What is Humane and What is Inhumane?

What is Humane and What is Inhumane?

© David Burton 2014

Hamas Hamas

     ”With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals.
     “The accusations and demands are ascribed to something fictitious, ‘the international community.’ . . . ‘International community’ is {nothing more than} an empty cant that bewitches the minds of earnest diplomats {and the gullible bleeding hearts of the world}. . . . {But, today’s reality is that} Jews shall never again . . . depend on the kindness of strangers. Such dependency did not work out well for Jews, so Israel exists for Jewish self defense.” (Ref. 1)

     There are actually two wars being conducted between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization in control of Gaza. The first war is the one being fought between the IDF and Hama with rockets, bombs, and rifles. The second war is the propaganda war against Israel, waged by Hamas, but supported (either intentionally or unintentionally) by the news media of the world. This second war is being won by Hamas – the world is bombarded with stories and pictures of the innocent victims in Gaza. It’s heartless to be unsympathetic. But, this second war is just that – a propaganda war. The first war, however, is the real war, and this is one war that Israel cannot afford to lose. In truth, it is a war that all opponents to radical Islam cannot afford to have Israel lose. While Israel fights the real war, the one that ultimately is for its very existence, the rest of the world needs to stop being the dupes of jihadist propaganda. The rest of the world needs to get behind Israel and give that nation the support it deserves in their all-out effort to rid the world of the cancer that is causing so much misery for the Palestinians in the Gaza strip.

     Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister, believed in the efficacy of the Big Lie: If you are a victimizer, tell the world you’re a victim, and if you repeat that lie often enough, people will believe it. Goebbels said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” (Ref. 2)

     The Arab extremists have learned this lesson well. They make martyrs of their adherents and their innocent children and then complain to the world that they are the victims rather than the victimizers. Too many people have bought into this big lie. The world media abets these extremists by repeating and perpetuating this big lie. For the mass media, dead bodies sell, destruction sells, bad news sells, the big lie sells. Israel fighting for its right to exist itself just doesn’t sell as well – there isn’t enough gore and hand-wringing in reporting on this fact, there aren’t enough dead bodies in Israel (thank God) to make the front page or the 6 o’clock news. It’s time for all people of good will and a little intelligence to ignore much of the repeated, biased and irrelevant reporting from Gaza and focus on the underlying justification for Israel’s war on Hamas and the need to rid the world of the evil festering in the Gaza strip.

     I’m tired of the media repeatedly ranting about the disproportionate ratio of Palestinian casualties versus Israeli Casualties, presenting innumerable images of Palestinians filled with rage and/or grief over their dead friends, relatives and children, and endlessly showing films and videos of the destruction and casualties of the war in Gaza. All unneeded deaths are unfortunate and everyone should mourn for the victims and their families. But instead of the endless coverage that shows the misery of war, I would rather the media focus on asking and answering the following basic questions: Does Israel deliberately target innocent civilians? – NO! Does Hamas deliberately target innocent civilians? – YES! Does Israel spend billions of dollars to protect its civilians? – YES! Does Hamas spend the billions of dollars in foreign aid it receives to protect its civilians? – NO! (Hamas spends it on weapons, tunnels and incitement to terror!) Does Israel deliberately use its civilians as human shields and martyrs to garner sympathy? - NO! Does Hamas deliberately use its civilians as human shields and martyrs to garner sympathy? - YES! Does Israel call for the elimination of a potential Palestinian state and the expulsion or killing of Muslims living there? – NO! Does Hamas call for the elimination of Israel and the expulsion or killing of all Jews living there? – YES!

     Unfortunately, people are killed and maimed in war, especially the type of war waged by the jihadists in Gaza. In war, proportionality deals with the amount of force necessary to achieve a legitimate military objective with a high degree of certainty. Given the objective of defeating a vicious enemy, the legitimate amount of force used may be hugely disparate. For example, hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians were killed by U.S. bombing even before the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It has nothing to do with equivalent or “balanced” casualty rates. It has to do with the ultimate objective – victory, with the minimum amount of losses to oneself. War is not a game to be played on a level playing field!

     With respect to the second war now taking place, “House Speaker John Boehner said Monday {28 July 2014} that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration.
     “‘At times like this, people try to isolate Israel - but we are here to stand with Israel,’ Boehner said in remarks at the National Press Club. ‘Not just as a broker or observer - but as a strong partner and a trusted ally.’
     “Boehner defined that support: ‘Well, it doesn't mean issuing vague, on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand statements. No, it means backing up our words, and showing solidarity with our friend.’
     “The comments from the Ohio Republican came as Secretary of State John Kerry has tried to negotiate a humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas after weeks of fighting, with little success.
     “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned his country that it faces a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
     “Boehner said the U.S. House will always support Israel's right to defend itself.
     "’We will not equate professional militaries with terrorist organizations that use human shields and seek to maximize civilian casualties,’ Boehner said. ‘And we insist that the demilitarization of Gaza be not just a House goal but a shared, uncompromising U.S. and international objective.’” (Ref. 3)

     Even moderate Palestinians are fed up with the brutality of Hamas’s actions. U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Kraisi, the Palestinian Representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council said on MEMRI-TV, “The missile that are now being launched against Israel, each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity, whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets.”

     Contrast Boehner’s and Kraisis’s statements with the report that “President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been pressing Israel to accept an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire.” (Ref. 4) The simple fact is that Israel shouldn’t agree to any cease-fire that allows Hamas to rearm again. Kerry, Obama and too many of the other nations of the world either don't have a realistic grasp of what the jihadist mentality entails or they are simply closet anti-Semites or outright haters of Israel. Every time Israel has been forced into war to preserve its very existence, there has always been a superpower that intervenes and prevents Israel from achieving total victory and enforcing a peace treaty as the Allies did in WW II with the Nazis and Japan. This has allowed the terrorists masquerading as champions of the Palestinian people to subjugate these Palestinians under a brutal and repressive regime that uses them as cannon fodder in their vicious war against Israel.

     “Kerry’s error has been to put so much emphasis on achieving a quick halt to the bloodshed that he has solidified the role of Hamas, the intractable, unpopular Islamist group that leads Gaza . . .
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     “. . . Gaza has suffered from a generation of brutal expediency. Any deal that reinforces Hamas’ stranglehold . . . is misconceived. In the name of stopping bloodshed this week, it all but guarantees it in the future.” (Ref. 5)

     Kerry, Obama and the other useful idiots of the world are calling for an “unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in Israel’s struggle to end the ongoing attacks against them. Exactly what is humane and inhumane in this case? What would be inhumane would be to allow the jihadists to continue killing Jews, Christians, and Israelis while sacrificing their own children and people in an attempt to garner sympathy and support from the rest of the world. What would be humane would be for Israel to destroy, once and for all, the regime in Gaza that would keep the mid-east constantly at war. What would be humane would be for Israel to rid the world of the extremists who ultimately seek world domination and the subjugation or elimination of all "infidels". What would be humane would be for Israel, with the supoort of the rest of the world, to provide the people of Gaza with the right to enjoy a peaceful and productive life without the crushing oppression of the Hamas jihadists.

     Can your imagine what America’s and the Allies’ response to an absurd request for an “unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” would have been in the middle of World War II? – Please stop bombing Germany and Japan for humanitarian reasons. Israel is engaged in a war for its very existence. The war was not brought about by Israel – it was started and has been continued by the Arab terrorists in control of Gaza and elsewhere. Israel has the right to defend itself and has the right to destroy those who have vowed to eliminate the State of Israel. In spite of what the useful idiots of the world may say, Israel is not to blame for the civilian casualties – the Arab/Islamists who use civilians as human shields, who fire rockets at civilian targets in Israel, who have declared war on Israel, who refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist – they are the ones to blame for the civilian casualties in Gaza. To you useful idiots of the world and jihadist dupes, I say “Stop blaming the victims!” Israel is no more to blame for the civilian casualties in Gaza than the United States was for the civilian casualties in Germany or Japan in World War II. Adolph Hitler and his murderous Nazi criminals were responsible for causing Germany’s destruction in World War II and for causing the civilian casualties there. Today, Hamas, and not Israel, is responsible for causing the destruction in Gaza and for causing all the civilian casualties there.

     It’s time for the world to face reality. Hamas does not want a meaningful cease-fire. What Hamas calls a cease fire is for Israel to withdraw from all defensive/offensive positions, stop all defensive/offensive actions and for Hamas to be allowed to freely regroup, reorganize, re-install human shields, refortify, reconstruct tunnels and rearm while they cut back - not stop - their attacks on Israel.

     All the bleeding-hearts of the world, the useful idiots of the world who have bought into the jihadist lies and propaganda, along with the anti-Semites of the world need to come out and admit the obvious - that the Islamic terrorists controlling Gaza have been waging an ongoing inhumane war against Israel; they are waging this war with the goal of annihilating the State of Israel and of killing all the Jews that live there. Israel is engaged in a war - a war of survival. Israel did not start this war. But, God willing, they will end this war by winning this war. A permanent cease-fire or truce is not an option – total victory is the only acceptable solution. The murdering animals in control of Gaza must be destroyed just as the Nazi scourge of World War II had to be totally eliminated. One does not live with a cancer – one either exorcises the cancer or dies a lingering death because of it.

     Hamas is a cancer. It must be annihilated. Otherwise, it will continue to fester, even at the expense of destroying its host. Everyone needs to understand this, given the history of the Islamic radicals’ dealings with Israel and the rest of the world over the past seven decades. The world must understand that the Islamic extremists interpret the Koran to mean that they must conquer the world, that all agreements can be broken in order to achieve that objective, and that murder and suicide are noble ideals for the sake of their form of religious extremism. Hamas, like all the other Islamic jihadist organizations, fully subscribes to this doctrine - peace, tolerance and co-existence are not part of the jihadist doctrine.

     While no reasonable person takes pleasure in the death of innocents, when a nation or group chooses to fight another, inevitably civilians will die. In World War II, over 1.5 million German and Japanese civilians were killed - a lamentable waste of human life, but the blame for those deaths lay not with the Allies, but with the leaders of those countries and the populations who tolerated if not embraced them. So it is with Hamas and Gaza - except in this case, the casualties are even more egregious since the civilians there are being used as pawns by Hamas in their attempts to win the public relations war and the sympathy of the willing dupes of the world. That's the real tragedy here.

     The Islamic jihadists scream for Jewish blood and the elimination of Israel. In contrast, here is what one Israeli says. Hamas is killing Palestinian children for political gains, for propaganda. Am I surprised? No. I am shocked, outraged, flabbergasted, and disgusted. The vast majority of Israelis mourn every life lost. I was raised to believe that all God's children are precious. I feel immense pain at the death of innocent people (even when Hamas is responsible). I feel enormous pain for the brain-washing Palestinian children go through. I weep at their loss of childhood and loss of innocence. I wish they played with teddy bears and not with machine guns. I pray for reconciliation, where this blood soaked land will grow flowers and not tombstones. And here is my big disappointment with Obama and Kerry - they, like the Israeli Peace Now movement and other extreme left organizations, demand peace at any cost, when we know that such a peace, without real reconciliation, will only be the prelude for a bigger war. We need a reset button. We need a completely demilitarized Gaza. We need a kind of "Marshal Plan" for Gaza, so that, finally, these people will have normal lives, houses, jobs, education, and freedom. When even Saudi scholars openly write that it is time for peace with Israel, it is clear that Hamas is blocking the light at the end of the tunnel. We should not save Hamas. We should save the Palestinian people from Hamas. We can do it. Let us not miss this opportunity.

     “The war between Hamas and Israel is subtext to a far more consequential conflict between proponents of two forms of Palestinian nationalism – call them the State Builders, and the Rejectionists. Unless the State builders prevail, an enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will remain improbable.
     “Many Palestinians are tired of their conflict with Israel, accept that {Israel} is here to stay and would prefer to concentrate on establishing a viable Palestinian state based on a negotiated two-state solution.” (Ref. 4)

     Most Israelis long ago accepted the concept of a two-state solution and Israel has willingly offered to negotiate an agreement to make it happen. The Revisionist influences on the Palestinian side have famously forced the Palestinian ruling powers to reject the offer, even though U.S. President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have made attempting to force such an agreement upon both parties a cornerstone of the administration’s foreign policy.

     The Palestinians and the anti-Israel Arab countries have continually made several “non-negotiable” issues non-starters to arriving at a meaningful negotiated settlement. One of these is the demand for the “right of return” of refugees – more correctly the “right of return” of those who are descendants of the original 1948 refugees.

     “The Palestinian refugee population and a roughly equal sized group of Jewish refugees {from Arab countries} resulted from a war launched by Arab states in 1948 to annihilate Israel. The Jewish refugees were quickly resettled {in the newly established State of Israel that was ill-equipped, economically, socially and politically to absorb them}. Palestinian refugees, however, were relegated to camps where they {and their descendants} have languished as pawns of Rejectionists, who have made the refugee population’s hopes for the future contingent on Israel’s destruction.” (Ref. 4)

     The United Nations and the anti-Israel hordes have aided and abetted the rejectionists by establishing UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in 1949. For the past 65 years, UNRWA has kept the Palestinian refugees in what amounts to detention camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, as well as in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. UNRWA allows the Palestinian refugees to continue as unwilling pawns of the Arab rejectionists and bleeding hearts of the world. UNRWA is the only agency dedicated to helping refugees from a specific region or conflict. It is separate from UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is dedicated to aiding all refugees in the world.

     It is well known that UNRWA’s work has long crossed the lines of humanitarianism and relief, deep into the realm of anti-Israel politics. Indeed, the acceptance by UNRWA’s leadership of the mission to enhance the political rights of Palestinians at large, not only refugees, has gradually become a key trend, characterizing the Agency’s activity. UNRWA has expanded its activities to provide protection for refugees and non-refugees alike. This mandate to protect Palestinians, and the accompanying sense of being joined with the Palestinians against Israel, is today a part of UNRWA’s culture. The supposedly neutral UNRWA has engaged in the endorsement of Palestinian political views. The one-sided positions of UNRWA officials were reflected by their focusing on condemning Israeli counter­terrorism efforts in language associated with war crimes while their criticism of Palestinian-initiated attacks was both mild and infrequent.[ 6]

     In addition to the U.N., the U.S. and other nations around the world have been blindly contributing to the corrupt and vicious Palestinian ruling regimes with so-call humanitarian aid. “Although ‘humanitarian aid’ may be nice sounding, the reality is no one in our government – or the U.N. – is tracking how hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid is being spent.
     “’We see what Hamas has been doing with all the international humanitarian aid in the past. Instead of building housing, and hospitals etc., they’ve been pouring all the aid into underground tunnels for a murderous war against Israel.’” (Ref. 7) One may well ask the obvious question of why is an organization like Hamas, designated by the U.S. and the European Union as a terrorist organization, being given ‘humanitarian aid’ in the first place?

     “Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has become the standard-bearer of the Rejectionist camp. It {Hamas} is recognized by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organization. Its charter expressly calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews. And, it explicitly rejects efforts to resolve the conflict with Israel peacefully. [emphasis mine]
     “Hamas has been committed to these goals for more than a quarter century, and preventing a final peace accord with Israel has been central to its efforts. To this end, it has maintained a robust terror program, including suicide bombings, missile attacks, assassinations and kidnapping.
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     “The current war between Hamas and Israel illustrates how Hamas uses violence to advance its mission. They launched hundreds of missiles and rockets at more than half of Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. In response to Israel’s efforts to stop these attacks, Hamas turned citizens of Gaza into human shields and every Palestinian killed into a trophy with which to sway public opinion against Israel. [emphasis mine]
     “The human tragedy that is unfolding is heartrending, yet this is a situation that demands moral clarity. An organization capable of the depravity demonstrated by Hamas is a bulwark against peace. By not confronting this reality, well-intentioned proponents of Palestinian-Israeli reconciliation continue to undermine Palestinian State Builders, cloud the path to peace and lay a foundation for continued conflict.” [emphasis mine] (Ref. 4)

     So, What is humane and what is inhumane? What would be inhumane would be to allow Hamas to remain in power! It’s time to end the inhumane treatment of the Palestinians in Gaza imposed on them by their terrorist Hamas rulers. What would be humane would be to once and for all eliminate the scourge of Hamas terrorism! It’s time to let Israel do the humane thing and end the rule of Hamas over Gaza, thus eradicating the cancer that has plagued the region and the world for too long. And it would also be the humane and intelligent thing to do for the world to stop buying into the Terrorists' and anti-Semites' big lies.

  1. Develop foreign policy neither weak, nor grandiose, George Will, Boston Herald, Page 17, 31 July 2014.
  2. Joseph Goebbels: On the "Big Lie", Jewish Virtual Library, Accessed 30 July 2014.
  3. Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel, AP Report on AOL Donna Cassata, 28 July 2014.
  4. Terrorist Hamas blocks peace, Robert Leikind, Boston Herald, Page 15, 29 July 2014.
  5. Kerry bungles Gaza cease-fire push, David Ignatius, Boston Herald, Page 15, 30 July 2014.
  6. UNRWA: Blurring the Lines between Humanitarianism and Politics , Dr. Rephael Ben-Ari, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Accessed 29 July 2014.
  7. U.S. needs to back words with action in Gaza, Adriana Cohen, Boston Herald, Page 8, 31 July 2014.


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