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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Surrender or Die!

I overheard an idiot on the street yesterday saying that it was time to think about a cease fire because we'd reached our goal.  I asked him what goal he thought we'd reached, and he answered, "To deplete the inventory of rockets in Gaza."

The stupidity of some people boggles the mind.  It's like saying that a boxer is doing well in the match because he has used up most of his opponent's energy by absorbing hundreds of head and body punches.

I've said it multiple times in the past, but it bears repeating:

Ever since Egypt's Nasser accidentally discovered the trick in '56, every subsequent Arab leader has stuck to his tried and true formula for military success:
  1. Instigate a war. 
  2. Once the war is well underway and you are in the process of having your ass handed to you... get a few world powers to force your western opponent into a cease fire. 
  3. Whatever you do, don't surrender or submit to any terms dictated by your enemy.  That would ruin everything!  All you have to do is wait it out and eventually the world will become sickened at what is being done to your 'soldiers' and civilian population... and will force a truce.
  4. Once a truce has been called you can resume your intransigence (which probably caused the conflict in the first place), and even declare victory as your opponent leaves the field of battle.

This tactic has never failed.  Not once. 

Operation 'Cast Lead' was Israel's last serious attempt at trying to tamp down the fires of terror in Gaza and it played out along the very same lines as I've described above.  They fired rockets at us at a slowly increasing rate until we had no choice but to respond with force.

Once the military operation was underway, Hamas started screaming to the world (via a sympathetic media) about the 'massacre' Israel was carrying out.  The world was fed a steady stream of videos and still photos of destroyed buildings and wounded/dead Gazans (what the hell did they think happens in a war?!), and before you could say 'short term memory loss' the UN and the world powers were screaming right along with Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists for the big bad IDF to stop its 'senseless' onslaught.

Within seconds of the cease fire being reached at the end of 'Cast Lead', Gaza's terrorist leaders declared victory and immediately began enthusiastically smuggling replacement rockets for the continued harassment of Israeli civilians (the culmination of which we're seeing now).  The useful idiots of the world helped and encouraged their weapons smuggling by loudly denouncing Israel's blockade of Gaza as a war crime under international law (even though it has repeatedly been declared legal).

Israel, on the other hand, was universally castigated for its use of force... and a few more shelves at the UN were filled with reports condemning the evil Zionists.

So why the hell would we stop now?  Why wouldn't we continue until the carnage is so overwhelming that Hamas' leaders will have no choice but to submit to unambiguous surrender terms (or be destroyed)?

The reason is simple.  It doesn't fit the formula that I've described above.  Our leaders are schooled in 'western-style diplomacy', and they seek, at all costs, the approval of a chummy club of nations that will never accept this violent Shylock in their midst.

The western school of diplomatic thought has these romantic 19th century ideas about the Arab sense of 'honor' and 'face'... and we panic at the idea of forcing the proud Arab to accept defeat for fear that it will shame the leaders so badly that they will be pushed aside by a crop of even more belligerent and forceful Arab leaders; that the Arab 'street' will settle for nothing less.

Personally, I don't believe in such nonsense.  I can't worry about the future of some Arab despot while my country is not allowed to have a present... and the world insists on forgetting the past. 

And I give the Arab 'street' far more credit than the world's diplomatic community.  They are tired of their leaders using them as cannon fodder and human shields.  They are tired of having their lives' hopes and dreams continuously dashed by the greed and ambition of despots and kleptocracies!

To assuage our shame over 19th century colonialism ,the 'enlightened' west created these august diplomatic bodies that were supposed to make the world a safer, more sane place by forcing everyone - first and third world alike - to play by the same rules. 

Yet the existence of these bodies has had quite the opposite affect.  The world is a far more dangerous place because we have given the savages a seat at the table and politely agreed to look away so as not to make them feel bad over their lack of table manners as they stab the other diners with the polished silver.

I say to hell with talk of cease fires and temporary truces.  They only benefit the terrorists!  

I'll say again what I have said so often in the past:  These aggressors must be allowed to be beaten so badly that every civilized nation will stand in horror, wanting desperately to step in and stop the carnage... but staying their hand and letting it continue to its necessary conclusion.  Because the fight will only truly be over when one side gives up and is forced to admit defeat.

If anyone in the Israeli Cabinet is reading this, please, please don't let this opportunity go to waste. 

The UN is already drafting the next version of the Goldstone Report and we will inevitably be condemned for our disproportionate response to the unceasing and deliberate targeting of our innocent civilians.  We know this.

So why not try something new... something novel

Why not finally push this agressor, who has forced us onto the battlefield, to the ultimate decision in warfare: surrender or die? 

It worked in Sri Lanka.  The UN wanted to impose yet another in an endless serious of cease fires that only the Sri Lankan Government observed... and that government finally said, 'go to hell'.  And they trapped the Tamil terrorists between the guns and the sea, and sent their demands; 'surrender or die'. 

The Tamils chose death.  Now there is peace.  It turns out the 'Tamil Tigers' didn't represent the Tamil people.  They represented only themselves.

It worked there... it can work here.

Gaza is a proto-state well on its way to becoming a failed state.   And make no mistake, the Palestinian leaders in the West Bank are watching carefully to see whether 'armed resistance' or diplomacy bears the most fruit. 

It isn't colonial arrogance to step in and finally remove a brutal leadership that is destabilizing the entire region and continuously at odds with the interest and welfare of its own people.  It is exactly what nations with principles, might and will are supposed to do. 

That nobody else wants to do it is our misfortune and our burden.  But we are part way there already... why not see it through to the end?

I'll end with a quote from a General who knew a thing or two about war:

 "War is cruelty.  There is no use in trying to reform it.  The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over."

                                                                 ~William Tecumseh Sherman~

Posted by David Bogner on November 20, 2012 | Permalink


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David, I think you should be our next Prime Minister.

Posted by: Tehillah Hessler | Nov 20, 2012 12:00:28 PM

Hear hear! The only "why not?" that bears weight, unfortunately, is the financial support that those horrified civilized nations (one in particular) provide.

Posted by: Alisha | Nov 20, 2012 1:55:26 PM

Once again, you hit it out of the ballpark.

Posted by: psachya | Nov 20, 2012 2:28:40 PM

My big son, who fought in Cast Lead, is disgusted that his brothers have to fight this war again. My two middle boys are waiting at the border to get the job done. Finished, once and for all, so their youngest brother doesn't have to fight the same war, for the same turf, again.

My big son, who fought in Cast Lead, doesn't want HIS son to fight this war.

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Nov 20, 2012 2:52:58 PM

It actually started in '48.

Posted by: Nachum | Nov 20, 2012 3:49:33 PM

I want to remind you that Israel does not have a professional army but a conscript army. There is a lot of tough talk and every commander with a political career in mind speculates about further steps and a possible ground op. But basically nobody wants to send the best and brightest into a war zone without a strategy and clear mission objective.

Currently it looks like that won't be a ground op, but a lull according to the terms of the Egyptian and Hamas. They will celebrate it as a victory and bury their dead. Life in Israel will plod on in it's usual 'Yehihe beseder"-mentaliyut and in a couple of years the whole game with start all over again, with bigger rockets and more Kipat Barzel batteries. Don't forget it's the middle east - not exactly a place to get things done. The only novelty is that now Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is also under a constant threat from rockets.

Posted by: Rashaba | Nov 20, 2012 5:24:30 PM

If the war was going the other do you think they would accept a ceasefire?

Posted by: Dave | Nov 20, 2012 5:46:45 PM

Thank you, David.

Posted by: SaraK | Nov 20, 2012 5:48:49 PM

More applause!!

Posted by: iva | Nov 20, 2012 7:56:49 PM

Standing Ovation!

Posted by: Renee | Nov 20, 2012 8:20:03 PM

*Like button

I am so sick of the absurdity (and cowardness)of the news, that I turn off or switch the channel anytime its on. The only joy is explaining to my kids how pathetic and cowardly the "opponent" is as well as the international press and world powers for choosing ratings (= ad sales) over honest journalistic integrity. As for the world powers - it probably all comes down to following the money trail as well. Just a guess, what else could it possibly be? Probably fear too. I think we give too much credit to anti-semitism as being the lone culprit in their intentional ignorance.

Posted by: jaime | Nov 21, 2012 7:06:05 AM


It has been a while since I have seen you, Zehavah and your beautiful family. Does your son Gilad still close Shabbat singing the Havadalah? I blog too, but I don't begin to write as eloquently as you. Since, I don't have the wonderful gift for words the way you do, I will echo your sentiments this way... Israel should kick the crap out of Hamas and the people who voted them into power so badly so that if, in a 100 years one Arab turns to the other and says hey, let's drive the JOOOOS into the sea?! The other would say, are you crazy?!?!? My grandfather still has the scars from the last time we tried that crap.

We are praying here in America and rounding up the money you need to press the matter with these Fascists. And YES, they are Fascists.
I warn you though, America is lost. Hashem put the truth before the American people and they still chose the Anti-Semitic Leftist. He will or is actively stabbing Israel in the back as we speak. I am sorry for that, but I guess it's time to get it on, as the saying goes. Give the family my best. You are all in our thoughts any prayers.

Posted by: Beth | Nov 21, 2012 4:07:49 PM

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