Say Hello to George Orwell _____________________________________________________ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2006 ■ 3 Kislev 5767 ______________________________________________________
We all remember this dicey photo which appeared on the front page of last Friday's Jerusalem Post and I'm sure that we'll remember it for quite a while every time we hear someone say "savta", "grandma", or "bubbie." How many of us, though, even a week later, remember the article which appeared on the same page directly below this photo? Permit me to refresh your memories. (The comments interspersed in blue, of course, are mine). UN human rights head slams Israel for killing civilians ‘virtually each time' in Hizbullah war • By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER Israel could be considered deserving of more blame for its actions in the Lebanon war than Hizbullah, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post Thursday. Already we can tell that once again, the victim of aggression (us) is being turned into the aggressor. Asked by the Post if there was a distinction under human rights law between missile attacks aimed at killing civilians and military strikes in which civilians are unintentionally killed, Arbour said the two could not be equated. At this point I was hoping that she was going to abandon all that "moral equivalence" crap by which every Israeli act of self-defense has been put on the same level as every act of Arab terrorism. I didn't have long to wait to be disappointed. "In one case you could have, for instance, a very objectionable intent – the intent to harm civilians, which is very bad – but effectively not a lot of harm is actually achieved," she said. "But how can you compare that with a case where you may not have an intent but you have recklessness [in which] civilian casualties are foreseeable? The culpability or the intent may not sound as severe, but the actual harm is catastrophic." In other words, if, in an act of either self-defense or deterrence against one who comes to kill you, you kill not just the murderer but the people among whom he deliberately hides, then you, the original victim, is more guilty that the initial killer because his intent was to kill only one [a real mensch, huh!] but you took down more than one. Wasn't there something in Tractate Sanhedrin about rising up to slay a murderer at 3 a.m. if you knew that he was coming to kill you at 4 a.m.? Arbour spoke to the Post in Tel Aviv on the tail end of a five-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The visit came on the heels of international condemnation and came to Palestinian rights and the current violence between Israelis and the Palestinians in Gaza. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Jerusalem Thursday night, she criticized the Palestinians for launching Kassam rockets against Israel. The use of the rockets was "in breach of international humanitarian law and their use must cease immediately," she said. At least she acknowledges that the Palestinians are not showering us with matzoh balls. In her meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during her visit, Arbour said, she urged him to use "every legitimate means possible" to stop the rockets and to bring to justice those who launch them. Of course, despite renewed shipments of American rifles to the P.A., and an armed force of over 50,000 men still loyal to him (many times larger than the other armed groups), Abbas continues to posture that he is too weak to take on those who (with a wink and a nod from Abbas himself) are launching the rockets. Arbour said Israel had a right to use all legal means to protect its citizens from the Kassam attacks. [Mazel tov, and yasher koach!] She said such measures should not include depriving others of their human rights. When the allies carpet- and fire-bombed Dresden's civilian population to bring the Nazi regime to its heels, weren't they "depriving others of their human rights"? (And what about NATO's massive bombing of Serbian cities to bring Milosovich down some years back?) Could the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 be considered a bit of "overreacting" to the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor? THAT, however, was war. But today, the avowed declaration of Hamas to destroy the State of Israel is not an act of war so we must continue to be "restrained" as we defend ourselves. Overall, she said, she found that the people who live here suffered from an "alarming depravation of human rights," of which "the primary victims are both Israelis and Palestinians." Well, here she managed to resurrect the moral equivalence crap after all! Most of her meetings with members of both groups, she said, were characterized by a "profound sense of frustration and abandonment." But in looking at the two groups, she found that the lack of human rights was "particularly acute in the occupied Palestinian territory." "I left Gaza with a sense that the right of its people to their physical integrity – their right to life – was particularly imperiled," Arbour said. If the original victims of terrorism and the people in Sederot also have a "right to life" Arbour has conveniently neglected this minor point. She blamed much of the human rights problem in Gaza on the "policies and practices" relating to Israel's security measures, as well as the fiscal constraints imposed on the Palestinians by Israel and the international community. In suggesting corrective measures for the situation, Arbour focused mostly on steps Israel must take to improve life for the Palestinians. Outside of condemning the Kassam attacks, she said little about what improvements the Palestinians must make. Of course not. Is anybody in the world really expecting the Palestinian Authority to act like a responsible government while a blind eye is also being turned towards the Iranians and North Koreans? Has one spokesperson from all of these human rights organizations come out and talked about how the greatest violations of Palestinian rights occur at the hands of the Arab thugs who have been ruling over them since Yitzchak Rabin shook Arafat's bloody hands on the White House lawn in 1992? The Palestinians, Arbour said, were in need of measures of redress in instances where lethal force has been used. "It is imperative that there is a system of accountability available to Palestinians allowing for investigations, which are law-based, independent transparent and accessible," she said. In such a system, reparations should be made to the victims and the perpetrators of those violations should be held accountable, she said. Such accountability, "including personal criminal accountability" would lead to a change in the use of force, she added. So, Israeli soldiers should be brought to account for unfortunate errors in judgment while the murderers of Jews are worshipped as icons by the Palestinian media. Arbour called for "freedom of movement" for Palestinians within the West Bank and between the West Bank and Gaza. She said she was particularly concerned about the lack of Palestinian access to Jerusalem. With Arbour, the old adage that "your freedom ends where my nose begins" is a one way dictum — in favor of the Palestinians, of course. Remember this cartoon about Palestinian "free access"?
"You are keeping us from our farms, our families, our schools, and ... our victims!"
How's this ditty for number one on the "hypocrisy" parade? Arbour said Israel should remove the obstacles that prevent foreign passport holders, including those of Palestinian origin, from entering the West Bank. She called on Israel to "discharge its obligation toward all individuals in Israel, including the Palestinian citizens." Arbour said she hoped for a peaceful end to the conflict that would include the right of self-determination for both groups to live safely within internationally recognized borders. Who doesn't want peace—but we desire a peace that will hold for our children and their children after them. The Left, reflected by Post Naomi Chazan (a frequent columnist in the Jerusalem Post), is constantly trumpeting the mantra that "we do have someone on the other side with whom we can talk." Look below and see how the other side is preparing their next generation to talk with Israel . . . and never underestimate the value of a Palestinian education.
Now, before you get too tired or bored from these photos, scroll down for just a few more . . . .
But human rights should not be dependent on peace, she said, adding that the conflict should be redrawn through the lens of international rights.[end of Post article] Do you remember the heading I gave to this month's webpage article? Well, by now you should recognize the Orwellian NEWSPEAK from 1984 being employed by Louise Arbour, and the thousands of other Louise Arbours, whose "evenhandedness" is as much an enemy of our people as are the Kassem rockets. The victim has now been transformed in to the aggressor. WAR IS PEACE! SLAVERY IS FREEDOM! LOVE IS HATE! IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!
In Louise Arbour's world, the defenders of anti-terrorist activity are portrayed as the new apostles of Big Brother. (See image above). Louise Arbour would prefer not to look at the Chagall Crucifixion (below).
Don't be alarmed. Louise Arbour, et. al., are unconscious well meaning dupes working for BIG BROTHER somewhere in the sewer of the UN's Ministry of
Truth. In the modern version of their NEWSPEAK, we would probably find this addition to the old Orwellian mantras: TERRORISM IS LIBERATION and COUNTERTERRORISM VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS. Oh yes, and one more . . .
Originally, this month's webpage was going to talk about Chanuka (and yes, Christmas) by quoting an excerpt from Jehovah's Anvil (volume two of my trilogy, Joseph's Odyssey). Hopefully, you'll read it next month (or wait a year for the book to come out).