The Tired Repetition of a “Truce”

Few things are more despicable than moral equivocation. Yet ever since the social revolution of the 1960s took hold, the citizens of Western nations in general, and America in particular, have slowly grown accustomed to “splitting the difference” between good and evil. The latest incarnation of this abandonment of principles is the so-called “truce” between Hamas and Israel. It represents nothing more than a reiteration of Albert Einstein’s immortal definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result each time.
This time, like every other time, the script was written long before any of the current machinations took place. Here is the standard formula that never changes, not even one iota:
 1.  Hamas, Hezbollah or some other terrorist entity perpetrates some form of violence against Israel until they reach a breaking point.
 2.  Israel first responds with surgical strikes.
 3.  The terrorist entity ramps up the violence, and Israel responds in kind.
 4.  The terrorist death toll mounts, due in large part to the reality that they put their military ordinance among the civilian population.
 5.  The mounting death toll is exploited by terrorists, who enlist the aid of the useful idiots in the media.
 6.  The media willfully cooperates, publishing “heart-breaking” pictures of terrorist casualties (real or faked), and begin disseminating columns and articles about Israel’s “disproportionate response.”
 7.  The so-called International Community picks up on that motif, and begins to condemn Israel, even as the terrorist violence becomes irrelevant.
 8.  The resultant pressure forces Israel to back off, and a “truce” is secured.
 9.  The negotiators pat themselves and each other on the back for averting a “greater crisis.”
10. The International Community once again urges a “jump start” to “peace talks” that involve concessions from Israel, and nothing in return from the terrorists.
11. The International Community stops paying attention.
12. After a period of faux-calm, terrorist activity resumes against Israel, and the whole cycle begins all over again.
This formula is so rigid, that even when evil clarifies itself succinctly, it can be swept aside. In this case, the Hamas military wing known as Izzedine al-Qassam made it crystal clear that the summary execution of six of their fellow Palestinians accused of “spying” for Israel–absent anything remotely resembling due process–can be studiously ignored by those for whom splitting the difference dictates such an imperative.
Not that Izzedine al-Qassam made it easy for the moral midgets. Four masked men pulled the six “collaborators” out of a van at a public intersection, where they were made to lie face down on the street. Each one was shot in the head and killed. After that, one of the dead men was cabled to the back of motorcycle and dragged through the streets. 24-year-old Ashraf Maher illuminated the feelings of his fellow Palestinians. “They should have been killed in a more brutal fashion so others don’t even think about working with the occupation,” he contended.
Initially there was a YouTube video depicting the savagery. The website removed it, citing their policy of not disseminating “shocking and disgusting content.” The Daily Mail was less sensitive, publishing these pictures of the atrocity. In the comments section underneath the story, one person neatly summed up the position of the moral equivocators. “110 Palestinians to 3 Israelis. Need I say more? shame on all of you zionists,” read the comment.
This then, is the ultimate destination of  “fairness.” It is no longer enough that the living must be subjected government-enforced rigors of equal outcome. Casualties of war must now be totted up in order to determine who is good and who is evil, and whether or not Israel is “justified” in defending itself against those who yearn for its annihilation–and make no secret of the fact.
No one illuminated the bankruptcy of such “fairness” better than MSNBC correspondent Mara Schiavocampo, who asked this question during an interview with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. “Living under the threat of rocket attack is certainly a psychological trauma. But what would you say to those who argue that the rockets are essentially very ineffective, they rarely do damage and that the response from Israelis is disproportional to the threat they’re under?” she asked. In other words, Israel’s response to the barrage of 12,000 rockets and mortars lobbed at their civilian population since 2009 is disproportionate–because an insufficient number of Israelis have been killed or wounded by them, due their ineffectiveness.
Yet time, and technology marches on. Israel’s Iron Dome antimissile defense was deemed a “game changer” due to its 90 percent success rate in shooting down Hamas’s Iranian-supplied Fajr 5 missiles, some of which were aimed at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. That means ten percent of the missiles got through. It also means that both of Israel’s most populous cities are now in missile range.
Perhaps a technological breakthrough will provide Hamas or some other terrorist entity with their own “game changer,” as in the kind of advanced missile technology, or warhead capability, that ensures the next time they ramp up their bloodthirsty ambitions–and make no mistake: there will be a next time– that the kind of “fairness” sought by the moral equivocators in government, the media, and the International Community, will be achieved.
All Israel bought itself was time. And time is not on its side. Yet for those utterly bereft of integrity and moral character, time is more than enough.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    Some additions:

    1. Hamas, Hezbollah or some other terrorist entity perpetrates some form of violence against Israel until they reach a breaking point.
    2. Israel first responds with surgical strikes.

    2B. The "Uma" or rather the corrupt Islamic supremacists elected by them, go in to action with lies broadcast all over the world.

    3. The terrorist entity ramps up the violence, and Israel responds in kind.
    4. The terrorist death toll mounts, due in large part to the reality that they put their military ordinance among the civilian population.

    5. The mounting death toll is exploited by terrorists, who enlist the aid of the useful idiots in the media.

    5B. The "Uma" or rather the corrupt Islamic supremacists elected by them, go in to action with lies broadcast all over the world, which is where the useful idiots come in.

    6. The media willfully cooperates, publishing “heart-breaking” pictures of terrorist casualties (real or faked), and begin disseminating columns and articles about Israel’s “disproportionate response.”

    6B and (the mainstream media) suppresses salient facts inconvenient to the Islamic supremacists, under threat of death. These death threats are almost never reported to anyone, never mind to their own audience.

    My main point is that the liars we trust to lead us from their elected political positions empower our enemy's leaders, and do nothing about a press that has shirked its responsibilities to deliver salient facts.

    • EthanP

      As concise a comment as I've seen. Thanks.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Mara Schiavocampo, who asked this question during an interview with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. “Living under the threat of rocket attack is certainly a psychological trauma. But what would you say to those who argue that the rockets are essentially very ineffective, they rarely do damage and that the response from Israelis is disproportional to the threat they’re under?” she asked."

    Go pick up a firearm of any kind and shoot above any policeman's head and count how many bullets are allowed before he defends himself. Make sure you don't actually hit him so that you can explain your innocence to the judge, assuming you live to do so.

    • Mary Sue

      Mara clearly has not heard of PTSD.

    • PaulRevereNow

      Sentence them to a month as a resident of Sderot; where the first order of business will be to observe the recovered rocket storage room in the Sderot Indoor Rec facility. They can spend the morning inspecting any rocket they choose, since the room is full, and since they are all inscribed with "Death to the Jews!" They will then spend the afternoon in an empty playground, and not be allowed to take cover when the siren sounds. The next order of business will be to rent an apartment, exposed on the western side, facing Gaza, and not be allowed to use the safe room when the siren sounds….

  • Matamoros63

    Let's do the math on "proportionate response." This is a war between Jews and Mohammedans. By latest count, there are about 4MM Jews in the world and about 1,600MM Mohammedans in the world. Simple division give us a "proportionate" kill ratio of 400 Mohammedans for every Jew. However, in order to preserve the integrity of the Jews (who are our allies), we should increase the kill ratio to 500-600 to one. Now, those are MY kind of numbers.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Casualties in Gaza were remarkably small given the weight of Israeli ordnance delivered.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Perhaps another form of "proportionality" should be adoped by our people.
    Considering the political nature of the Israeli military responses a number of people are pondering the following.
    Why not returning fire against Islamic Hamas etc; using also rocket artillery? Quite erratic but deadly/
    Would that be acceptable? I hope so because it could be coming.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The legitimate concept of proportionality in war is a response that is no greater than that needed to end the violence in one's favor. It has nothing to do with proportion to damage sustained and whatnot. This term is YET ANOTHER liberal-Islamic use of twisting definitions and concepts to serve their deceptions and lies.

      "Why not returning fire against Islamic Hamas etc; using also rocket artillery? Quite erratic but deadly/
      Would that be acceptable? I hope so because it could be coming."

      They've already established their totalitarian goals. Destroy them completely. That is the correct proportional response. If the threat is total, the response must also be. Total in this case means rendering them absolutely neutralized through death or imprisonment.

  • JacksonPearson

    Israel Vs. Hamas is Civilization Vs. Savagery

  • Ghostwriter

    Sadly,it seems that the only thing the Palestinians know how to do is scream for the deaths of Israelis and Americans and blow up other people. That's all that they seem interested in doing.

  • watsa46

    The left promotion of universalism requires the destruction of Israel!!!!! and a leftist diaspora (which is on its way). They already refuse to support IL.

  • curmudgeon

    it is too bad that the israelis didnt deliver a surprise napalm attack to those asswhipes who were celebrating their victory over the free world after the "cease fire". it would be good for the muslims to experience a "cease fire" violated not by themselves, but by the people they have sworn to kill. in the photos of the celebrations, i did not see any evidence of human life. only animals.

  • Tabris

    –"But what would you say to those who argue that the rockets are essentially very ineffective, they rarely do damage and that the response from Israelis is disproportional to the threat they’re under?” she asked." —

    What do you think Mara Schiavocampo? The Palestinian firing those rockets has the intent not to hurt anybody or to kill as many Jewish people as possible? What do you think he is hoping for?

  • dannyjeffrey44

    I somewhat arrogantly state that I do not allow myself the luxury of anger or depression…Well at times we all know humility and the news of this so called truce gave me a few days of depression. It took that long to figure out what is really happening. Netanyahu is great at both chess and poker. I am betting on him. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2012/11/why-israe

  • Thom

    it was intellectual Jews that brought about splitting the difference between right and wrong. They brought some of the most vile movements to the west and have fractured our values and our societies.

    I could care less about Israel or the Muslims, I hope they destroy each other. I am more worried about fixing the damage these same Jews brought to the US and Western Europe and hoping the indigenous people in those countries come out of the other side of it.

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      Ah yes, "It's the Jews' fault." Obama, the Clintons, all the Saudi paid professors — I think you have been watching too much Alex Jones and reading too much of your favorite philosophers – Adolph Hitler and Henry Ford. You sound like one of those white supremecist peabrains whose daddy gave him too many spankings when he was little.

  • hmurveit

    Great article, i would also add that the only occupiers are that of the terrorist. Jews have more of a right to be in that area then the Arabs. Also the disproportional aspect has nothing to do with the dearth count ..its whats needed to stop the aggressors (hamas)… If Hamas dosnt fire at Israel then there is no death toll. and finally the death count should be Hamas -all of them, Israel none of them… Israel suffered 3 they shouldn't have.Israel should have retaliated long before suffering any deaths