Since I wrote last week’s piece about the current fighting in Gaza, I have read several stories, and have had several thoughts on the subject. I will now try to compose a follow-up to the previous message; if it sounds rather disjointed, hopefully you’ll understand why.
I will begin with two bits of good news from my favorite Israeli source, Arutz Sheva. First, an Israeli company has discovered a natural gas deposit under the Mediterranean, between Israel and Cyprus. The size of the deposit is estimated at 3.1 trillion cubic feet, meaning it contains roughly as much energy as 516 million barrels of oil. This could be a big deal for a country as small as Israel. And where geologists find gas, there’s usally crude oil as well. Hmmm, does this mean that countries which depend on OPEC for their energy needs, especially Europe, will become friendlier toward the Jewish state, if only to buy gas?
The other story reminds us that there is still justice, though sometimes it has to come in the form of “an act of God.” An Arab teenager was killed when he threw a rock at an Israeli car, and the rock bounced off a tire and hit him on the head!
Here is a video my brother sent me a link to, where an Israeli officer shows how the Hamas “human shields” policy works:
In the Jewish World Review, one article speculates on what might have happened, if the Palestinians had turned Gaza into a beach resort rather than a launching pad for their rockets:
And finally, I read an article by Gunnar Heinsohn, a European sociologist, which looks at the demographics behind Palestinian terrorism. I mentioned Heinsohn in a couple of webpages on The Xenophile Historian; he suggested, based on the number of artifacts found, that Neanderthal Man only dominated Europe for sixty years, not for sixty thousand years as most believe.
And here’s the best part of the last article, which puts the numbers in perspective:
In such “youth bulge” countries, young men tend to eliminate each other or get killed in aggressive wars until a balance is reached between their ambitions and the number of acceptable positions available in their society. In Arab nations such as Lebanon (150,000 dead in the civil war between 1975 and 1990) or Algeria (200,000 dead in the Islamists’ war against their own people between 1999 and 2006), the slaughter abated only when the fertility rates in these countries fell from seven children per woman to fewer than two. The warring stopped because no more warriors were being born.
In Gaza, however, there has been no demographic disarmament. The average woman still bears six babies. For every 1,000 men aged 40-44, there are 4,300 boys aged 0-4 years. In the U.S. the latter figure is 1,000, and in the U.K. it’s only 670.
And so the killing continues. In 2005, when Israel was still an occupying force, Gaza lost more young men to gang fights and crime than in its war against the “Zionist enemy.” Despite the media’s obsession with the Mideast conflict, it has cost many fewer lives than the youth bulges in West Africa, Lebanon or Algeria. In the six decades since Israel’s founding, “only” some 62,000 people (40,000 Arabs, 22,000 Jews) have been killed in all the Israeli-Arab wars and Palestinian terror attacks. During that same time, some 11 million Muslims have been killed in wars and terror attacks — mostly at the hands of other Muslims.
Meanwhile, I hear that in Gaza, the two sides have agreed to a temporary cease-fire. Of course, we know that a cease-fire is not the end of the fighting, but only a pause; in both Hebrew and Arabic the word cease-fire means, “reload!” And as if to prove the point, the Palestinians have fired another rocket or two into southern Israel already.
When are the Israelis going to learn, that all these cease-fires are not in their best interests? Especially when the terms of peace are defined by the enemy. For this situation, there is something better than peace, and that’s victory. The Arabs, especially the Palestinians, won’t leave them alone until they are beaten so badly that they realize they cannot win. It also has to be a defeat that will completely discredit the Islamofascist ideology, especially its creepy death-worshipping cult. Consider a World War II analogy: does anyone seriously think that Germany, Italy and Japan would be peaceful, respectable trading partners today, if we hadn’t hammered on them until they agreed to unconditional surrender? Would descendants of the Nazis and the Japanese militarists still be in charge of the Axis countries today, if we had agreed to a cease-fire after a bloody battle like Kursk or Tarawa, giving them time to rest and recover?
Half-hearted, on-and-off conflicts may be all right for someone like Prime Minister Olmert, who doesn’t really think Israel deserves to win, but they won’t end the threat of rocket and terrorist attacks, nor will the Arabs get tired of trying to eliminate Israel. With Gaza, for example, there is a three-hour timeout every day, when Israel allows food, medical supplies and other essentials to cross battle lines. Has that happened anywhere else, since the age of chivalry ended? If the Israelis are serious about making a truly safe haven for Jews in the Promised Land, they’ll have to put the squeeze on the Palestinians so bad that their only options are to surrender or get out of the way. Then, if the Israelis are too squeamish to get rid of Hamas, the pressure exerted may be enough to make the Palestinians get rid of Hamas for them.
Along this line, I just heard a variation on a well-known verse about the Holocaust:
First they came for the liberal Jewish professors, but I was not a liberal Jewish professor, so I did not speak up.
Then they came for the media-activist Jews, but I was not a media activist Jew, so I did not speak up.
Then they came for the self-hating Jews who had supported them, but I was not a self-hating Jew, so I did not speak up.
Then they came for the gun-owning conservative Jews, and that’s when I shot them.
Let’s see, the Israelis want peace, while we know that Hamas, thanks to the “Pallywood” propaganda industry, likes dead Palestinians even more than dead Israelis. It should be possible to work out an agreeable solution.