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How To Deal With Islamic Jihad

A day after 9/11, the present writer pondered the problem of how to deal with Islamic Jihad. Here is a brief scenario.

The President calls in the ambassadors of every Islamic country. He hands them the draft of a message and instructs them to send to it the heads of their respective states. The message reads something like this:

The President of the United States requests that you assemble your religious leaders and inform them that, unless they publicly renounce the ethos of Jihad and abrogate Islamic verses referring to non-Muslims as subhuman, the United States will take the following actions:

  1. The American ambassador to your country will be recalled. » Continue reading “How To Deal With Islamic Jihad”

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Mumbai

I have been saying this since 9/11, but will say it once more in view of the Mumbai massacre. We need an awesome victory over Islam, lest there be no end of Mumbais.

Islam has cowed Europe. It will cow America, the last hope of civilization.

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Thoughts Out Of Season

1.   The only way to win the war on terror (or on what is called “Islamism”) is to terrorize the terrorists.

2.   To refrain from doing so because Islamic terrorists do not fear death is a strategic error.

3.   There are two ways of making them fear death. One is their witnessing unceasing attacks and annihilation of Islamic terrorists; the other is their witnessing the destruction of the visible symbols of their deity.

4.   Of course, the West is incapable of this kind of offensive warfare. Humanism or liberalism, tolerance and multiculturalism, preclude such ruthlessness. Sending our enemies to paradise is too much for self-righteous liberals or compassionate conservatives. Which is why the former abhorred, while the latter gradually deserted, the Bush Doctrine, by which I mean the following: » Continue reading “Thoughts Out Of Season”

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War in Iraq

This is a brilliant and urgently needed analysis—P.E.

Courtesy of The Claremont Institute For the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy.

War in the Absence of Strategic Clarity

More than merely winning the war in Iraq, we needed to stun the Arab World.
By Mark Helprin
September 17, 2003

America has approached the war on terrorism as if from two dreamworlds. The liberal, in which an absurd understanding of cause and effect, the habit of capitulation to foreign influence, a mild and perpetual anti-Americanism, reflex allergies to military spending, and a theological aversion to self-defense all lead to policies that are hard to differentiate from surrender. And the conservative, in which everything must be all right as long as a self-declared conservative is in the White House—no matter how badly the war is run; no matter that a Republican administration in electoral fear leans left and breaks its promise to restore the military; and no matter that because the Secretary of Defense decided that he need not be able to fight two wars at once, an adequate reserve does not exist to deal with, for example, North Korea. And in between these dreamworlds of paralysis and incompetence lies the seam, in French military terminology la soudure, through which al-Qaeda, uninterested in our parochialisms, will make its next attack.

The war is waged as if accidentally, and no wonder. For domestic political reasons and to preserve its marginal relations with the Arab World, the United States has declined to identify the enemy precisely. » Continue reading “War in Iraq”

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How Great Warriors Become Great Humanists

Since Israel is at war, Israel’s General Staff would do well to emulate General George S. Patton, the warrior most feared by Nazi Germany.

On the eve of battle, Patton would admonish his soldiers: “The object of war is not to die for your country. It is to make the other poor dumb bastard die for his.” This requires confronting and killing the enemy on the battlefield.

“Never let the enemy rest.” No cease fires or hudnas. Unconditional surrender should be Israel’s proclaimed war aim!

“We want the enemy to know that they are fighting the toughest fighting men in the world!” This precludes benevolence (which Arabs despise). Just as Hamas (or Hezbollah) warriors would show no mercy to you, so you should show no mercy to them. These warriors must be killed even if this results in civilian casualties. » Continue reading “How Great Warriors Become Great Humanists”

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Do The People Of Israel Deserve a State?

Various “rightwing” Knesset members blame yesterday’s Arab terrorist attack in Jerusalem on the government’s appeasement of Arab terrorism, especially its immoral dealings with Arab terrorist organizations. True, but superficial and misleading if not self-serving.

Appeasement of Arab terrorism did not begin with the Olmert government. To give it only the most obvious beginning, it started with the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement of September 13, 1993. This means that the following prime ministers have fostered Arab terrorism: Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Ehud Olmert. (I omit the culpability of Israel’s left-wing Supreme Court.)

Since the Oslo Agreement has resulted in some 10,000 Jewish casualties, the question arises: what keeps inept as well as timid Israeli governments in power? Why is it that, regardless of which party or party coalition is at the helm of state, it pursues the same policy of self-restraint vis- -vis Arab terrorism—a policy that hazards the life of every Jew in Israel? » Continue reading “Do The People Of Israel Deserve a State?”

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Sderot—Only One Solution

A CALL TO ACTION!

There is only one solution to the bombing of Sderot.

No, it is not sending in the IDF with overwhelming force.

It’s getting rid of Olmert and his entire government—PERIOD. » Continue reading “Sderot—Only One Solution”

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Rockets From Gaza: Facts and Figures

Tom Carew of Dublin, Ireland, is on the Board of Advisers of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy.

This article should be disseminated as widely as possible, especially to journalists, think tanks, and policy-makers especially in Israel and the USA.—Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Executive Summary

If the current rate of fire continues, by the end of 2008, over 4,500 rockets and mortar shells will have been fired by Palestinian terrorist organisations based in Gaza.

Since 2001 rocket and mortar shell fire has been directly responsible for the deaths of 24 Israelis and the wounding of 620. This statistic does not take into account the massive psychological cost borne by the 190,000 Israelis who live within striking range. With a population almost ten times that of Israel, the corresponding UK figures would be 240 killed and 6,200 wounded in a city the size of Newcastle. » Continue reading “Rockets From Gaza: Facts and Figures”

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Confessions of a Political Scientist—Sequel

If Israel should perish (God forbid), the cause of its demise will be the death of outrage.

We all know about the government’s virtual unconcern about Jewish life in Sderot, terrorized and half-depopulated by thousands of Arab missiles. We also know that compounding the feckless behavior of this government is the impotence the Knesset, which tolerates Israel’s despicable prime minister.

But I want to go back to the premiership of his predecessor, Ariel Sharon, of whom Caroline Glick, in June 2005, wrote an article entitled “A Coward for a Prime Minister.”

I call the reader’s attention to another sterling journalist, George Will, to his account of the suicide bombing that occurred in Jerusalem’s Sbaro restaurant on August 9, 2001, when 15 Jews were killed and more than 100 were wounded, many maimed for life. » Continue reading “Confessions of a Political Scientist—Sequel”

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Capital Punishment

With the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign in full swing, the issue of capital punishment has again surfaced in America. Again we hear social scientists echoing Amnesty International’s contention that capital punishment “has never been shown to deter crime more effectively than other punishments.”

Whether the death penalty will deter would-be murderers depends on three factors:

(1) The potential murderer must know in advance that, if he commits murder, there is a very high probability of his being apprehended, and soon after the perpetration of his crime.

(2) He must know in advance that, having been caught, he will receive a speedy trial at which he is almost certain to be convicted. » Continue reading “Capital Punishment”

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