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Killing for Peace
"Premature" ceasefires and other wacky nonsense
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Killing for Peace
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Bush, Condi and the gang think that Israel should be given time, that a ceasefire—that’s when people stop murdering at each other—would be “premature” until Hezbollah is completely disarmed. But the truth is that such a goal is unreachable. You can’t completely disarm a militia that specializes in hiding itself, and even if you did there’d be no way to be sure you had done it. And it’s improbable that Hezbollah would voluntarily disarm—Islamic terrorists want a clash of civilizations almost as much as the Neocons, and with Western invasions now in three places in the Middle East, they just might get it.

In fact, although it’s very unfashionable to mention, Israel itself was largely established through terrorism, and more than a few of its leaders were terrorists—former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, for instance, who organized the King David Hotel bombing, which occurred exactly 60 years ago last Saturday (David Ben-Gurion, later to be Israel’s first PM, approved of the attack as well, but withdrew his support before it took place). The bombing took the lives of 92 people, including 41 Arabs, 28 Brits and 17 Jews, and injured 45 people as well.

Defenders of the bombing stress that calls were made to warn of the bombing, urging the Brits to evacuate the hotel, and went unheeded. But this clearly doesn’t absolve them of their crime. The IRA, for instance, made a habit of blowing up buildings when they were unoccupied, but that never mitigated their status as a terrorist organization. Needless to say, if a similar bombing occurred today and was perpetrated by a Muslim group, there would be no controversy in Western media about whether it constituted a terrorist act.

You’d think that modern Israeli leaders would like to sweep events like this under the rug, but you’d be wrong, as the Times of London reported last weekend (“British anger at terror celebration,” 7/20/06):

“ The rightwingers, including Binyamin Netanyahu, the former Prime Minister, are commemorating the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the headquarters of British rule, that killed 92 people and helped to drive the British from Palestine. “

They have erected a plaque outside the restored building, and are holding a two-day seminar with speeches and a tour of the hotel by one of the Jewish resistance fighters involved in the attack.”

The piece goes on:

“The controversy over the plaque and the two-day celebration of the bombing, sponsored by Irgun veterans and the right-wing Menachem Begin Heritage Centre, goes to the heart of the debate over the use of political violence in the Middle East. Yesterday Mr Netanyahu argued in a speech celebrating the attack that the Irgun were governed by morals, unlike fighters from groups such as Hamas. “

It’s very important to make the distinction between terror groups and freedom fighters, and between terror action and legitimate military action,” he said. “Imagine that Hamas or Hezbollah would call the military headquarters in Tel Aviv and say, ‘We have placed a bomb and we are asking you to evacuate the area’.”
Yes, just imagine. I’m sure everyone would have a sudden change of heart about Islamic “freedom fighters” if only they’d call ahead.

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