Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Signature Moral Issue of Our Time

From Melanie Phillips, "A Terrible Resonance" (via Blazing Cat Fur):
Religious fascism as thus displayed by Arabs from Ramallah to Gaza City is bad enough. But it is the evil that now consumes Britain and the west which so completely chills the heart and prompts a terrible despair. For such moral blindness and worse means that, facing the heirs of the Nazis, the Jews once again find themselves abandoned, their victimisation once again dismissed and themselves once again blamed for their own persecution. Listen to the BBC, read the British newspapers or the New York Times, read the vicious readers’ comments on so many websites (including this one) and you will see that the blind eye to deranged racism and totalitarian mass murder that paved the way for so much slaughter under Nazism and Stalinism is rampant once again, showing us once more that civilisation is merely a thin veneer for barbarism.

In the face of this crisis of western civilisation and its chilling implications for the Jewish people, Israel itself is worse than useless. This is because -- contrary to the brutish power ascribed to it by its enemies -- Israel is pathologically timid. And so, even when faced with the terrifying consequences for its own security from the moral inversion of the west, it has chosen to stay silent.

It does not say what it should be shouting from the rooftops, that it is being forced by Britain, America and Europe to cut its own throat and that it refuses to do so; that it stands for truth, justice and international law while Britain, America and the EU stand for their negation; that it is not Israel but these western powers that are the cause of the Middle East impasse, because from the get-go the more the Arabs massacred the Jews the more Britain and the west rewarded them and punished their Jewish victims, a pattern which continues to this day.

The question now has to be asked of every person in Britain and the west who promotes the boycott of Israel, or wears the keffiyeh in solidarity with the ‘Palestinians’, or so obsessively demonises the ‘settlers’ or ‘apartheid’ Israel, or makes vicious comments at the dinner tables of the elite about the bloody Jews and shitty Israel, why these ‘enlightened’ folk turn a blind eye to the slaughter of infants as they sleep, and assist Jew-hating fanatics in their racist aim of destroying Israel and denying to the Jews alone the right to live in their own historic country – and all because Israel is reluctant to reward these fanatics by giving them the territory from where they can finally achieve their murderous aims. These ‘progressives’ need to be outed for what they are – the fellow-travellers of psychotic religious fascism.

Israel is the signature moral issue of our time. Which side people choose to be on in the Arab and Muslim war against Israel tells us whether they are on the side of truth, justice and basic humanity – or the side of evil. The sickening response to the slaughter of the Fogel family shows us all too horrifyingly which side the west is on.


Bruce Hall said...

Perhaps the problem is that Israel represents the antithesis of the leftist concept of socialism which relies on big government as its foundation.

Israel took on many of the trappings of socialism in its early years, but the focus was on the community rather than the government. Individualism never died in the Israel model which rewarded ingenuity and creativity in the face of overwhelming hostility from the rest of the world. This was not how the left envisioned the collective dream.

The Jews were supposed to go off into the desert and disappear, but they didn't. Instead, they withstood the irrational hatred of the Muslims and maintained their own moral compass. They used force only in response to force and yet continued to try to accommodate the very people that were bent on destroying them. That's anathema to the relativistic mindset of the poll watchers.

Israel and the Jews greatest sin as far as the left is concerned is that they continue to exist in a world that detests their existence. Muslims hate the Jews because they are not Muslim in a part of the world that Islam has claimed as its own. Many Europeans hate the Jews because they see the Jews as inferior beings who somehow manage superior achievements.

I venture that most Americans admire Israel, but American politicians and the press need new causes and Israel is an old cause. So the politicians and the press have taken up the cause of the Palestinians and, ipso facto, find the Jews at fault for the troubles in the Middle East... conveniently ignoring the fact that the millions of Arab Muslims in that area want nothing to do with the Palestinians.

What you describe as timidity is Israel's ambivalence about the use of force and the suppression of others. Israelis want to live in peace with their neighbors... not surprising given the experience of their founders in the mid-20th century. Israelis don't want to be seen as the latest incarnation of Nazis, so they try to insulate themselves with a wall and respond when attacked, but don't attempt to do what their attackers are attempting... annihilation of the other.

Israel is not worse than useless; it is those who depict Israel as the evil force of the Middle East in complete disregard of the historical and present facts.

Ironically, it may be Britain that falls from the onslaught of the same forces that want to end Israel... before that ever happens to Israel. What will the BBC say then?