Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Back to the Future: Israeli Soldiers: Prepare to Invade Gaza!
The War Against Terror That No One Protested
By: Steven Plaut
(this is a fuller better version than what I earlier sent out)
Date: Wednesday, January 07 2009
The jets bombed the daylights out of them. The ground forces
invaded. At long last the murderous suicide-bombing terrorists were being
suppressed in a military campaign. Their total defeat put an end to any
notion that the terrorists and their sponsors would be granted their own
state. Many civilians were killed and wounded, yet not a single protest
was made against the invasion anywhere.
I refer to the conquest over the past few days by the army of Sri Lanka
(once called Ceylon) of the holdout city of the Tamil independence rebels.
Kilinochchi was the last town held by the Tamil "Tiger" Rebels, a group
considered a terrorist group by the United States. With it fell the last
Tamil hope of setting up an independent state or even of getting autonomy
inside Sri Lanka.
The Tamils do have their own state inside India but were not satisfied
with that manifestation of "self-determination." Kilinochchi, 579
kilometers north of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, was until recent months
the center of political power for the rebels.
Over the years, 65,000 people have been killed in the war with the Tamils
in Sri Lanka, almost all of them civilians.
Meanwhile not a single Solidarity-with-the-Tamil-Tigers protest has been
organized on a single Western campus or in a single downtown square.
Jewish leftists have not taken to the streets to demand an end to the war
of aggression against the Tamils. Leftist websites have not proclaimed
every injury of a Tamil civilian to be a Nazi-like war crime by Sri Lanka
and an act of genocide.
The Eurocrats have not pontificated about how the Sri Lankan response to
terror was out of proportion. The BBC did not describe the Tamil suicide
bombers as activists. The International Solidarity Movement has not sent
in protesters from the West to try to defend the terrorists. Communists
and fellow travelers have not organized flotillas of boats carrying aid to
the terrorists to "break the siege."
Hundreds of non-governmental organizations claiming to be concerned about
human rights have not rushed aid to the terrorists in the name of
And then there was the eerie silence of Israeli politicians.
Not one of them chose to lecture the Sinhalese of Sri Lanka about how the
whole problem is their insensitivity to the needs of the "Other." None of
them explained to the Sri Lankans that if they did not capitulate to the
demands of the Tiger terrorists, really radical and implacable enemies of
Sri Lanka would arise from among the Tamils.
Ehud Barak did not demand that the Sri Lanka government enter talks with
the Tigers and provide them with guns and funding. Israeli professors did
not organize petitions of solidarity with the Tamil suicide bombers.
Columnists at the far-left Israeli daily Haaretz have not turned out
column after column explaining that the Tamil suicide bombings are all
about the Tamils living under an inhumane siege. Israeli literary stars
David Grossman, Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua have not produced poems and
essays urging that the demands of the Tamil Tigers be met.
Israeli Minister of Education Yuli Tamir did not suggest to her Sri Lankan
counterpart that poems by Tamil terrorists be introduced as part of the
school curriculum there or that they be taught that Sri Lanka's very
existence is a catastrophe and a crime.
Strangely, not a single Sri Lankan professor who had a family member
killed by terrorists has endorsed their demands - unlike several such
professors in Israel. Not a single Sinhalese public figure has proposed
that Sri Lanka be dismembered and stripped of its Sinhalese symbols and
No Sinhalese members of parliament have proposed a change in the national
anthem. No one in Sri Lanka has proposed dividing Colombo and handing over
half to the Tamils. The UN did not denounce Sri Lanka for misrepresenting
the traditional Tamil drink of Ceylon tea as Sinhalese cuisine.
Virtually no one knows that 65,000 civilians have died in Sri Lanka's
fight with the Tamil terrorists - in fact, most people couldn't even find
the country on a globe. The Western media have shown no interest in
covering the story. In the first week of fighting in Operation Cast Lead,
the number of Gazans killed, most of whom were terrorists, was far less
than 1 percent of the number of Sri Lankans killed in their battle against
But then again, Sri Lanka is just not as advanced a country as is Israel.
No one bothered to explain to the Sri Lankan leaders that there can be no
military solution at all to the problem of terrorism and that the only
choice is to hold talks and meet the demands of the terrorists.
Those silly, naive Sri Lankans ignored all the sage advice and just went
ahead and solved their problem of terrorism with a military solution.
3. Speaking of "proportionality":
How Many Israelis Should Have Died For 'Proportionality'?More Articles By
Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.DRichard L. Cravatts, Ph.D
Posted Jan 07 2009
4. Campus Appeasement of the Jihad:
5. Another academic lobbyist for Israeli capitulation, this time one who
teaches at Sapir College in Sderot:
6. the Israeli Hamasnik of the University of Southampton:
7. The use of the "Nazi" epithet by anti-Semites and Neo-Nazis: