Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Shimon Peres on the Boston Massacre
Shimon Peres writes a Letter to President Obama
April 16, 2013
(forwarded to the world by Steven Plaut)
Dear Mr. President,
My heartfelt sympathies to you and the American people for the acts of protest carried out in Boston this week during the Boston Marathon. Some are seeing this is the worst Boston Massacre since the Boston Massacre, but it really is a wakeup call for us all.
But you and I must really speak about how to deal with the atrocities and protests, including the attacks on Boston, by these misunderstood activists. Mister President, I have a great deal of experience in dealing successfully with terrorism and this is why I wish to come to your assistance.
The first thing you must realize is that one can only make peace with one's enemies. With one's friends there is no need to make peace. There is no military solution to the problems of terrorism, and this is why you must seek a diplomatic solution. "No Justice, No Peace," as they say. You must invite the leaders of this activist organization to the White House to meet with you and perhaps tour Capitol Hill. You must learn to feel their pain and understand their needs. You must offer to turn parts of New England over to them so that stateless Moslems can have their own state. I have no doubt the Muslim world will applaud your efforts.
You must meet the demands of the protesters in full. In addition, you must offer them Internet web services and five-star tourist hotels in exchange for their promising to abandon violence. After all, that is how we turned Yasser Arafat into a peace partner! You see, military force serves no role any more. It is passé. It is archaic. Today, economic interests dominate the world and the Islamist activists of the earth will surely make peace in exchange for some profits from participating in global trade.
The attacks on occupied Massachusetts came because you have been insufficiently sensitive in understanding the needs of Moslems. You never paid them for the tea imported from Asia that was dumped into Boston Harbor. You took fundamentalist rhetoric at face value, whereas we in Israel know that all this rhetoric is empty and in fact these people simply want peace. Sure, Moslem fundamentalists praise Hitler and celebrate atrocities, including the newest bloodshed there in Beantown, the Hub, but what is it that they really want? You must negotiate even while under armed attack; your conditioning negotiations on an end to violence is a no-win situation. It will simply extend the bloodshed!
You have been trying to rule over others and failed to be sensitive to The Other. You have illegal settlements that you have yet to remove from Guam, the Samoan islands, and Guantanamo Bay. You must put your own house in order, and eliminate inequality and injustice inside the USA, and then the terrorists will no longer target you.
The key is to build a new New England, one in which everyone is so busy with the important matter of development tourism and investments and hi-technology that they have no time to pursue violence. The era of war is finished.
Moreover, if you strike at the perpetrators of the perps of the Boston unrest/protests and their supporters, you will simply extend and enlarge the cycle of violence. Your bombs will no doubt injure some innocent children and civilians alongside any terrorist activists you strike, and that will simply enrage the rest of the world and make the victims seek revenge. Moreover, if you refuse to negotiate with them, then their leaders will be toppled and a really violent militant and fanatic will take their place. In that case, you will have lost the window of opportunity to make peace. Begin by declaring a unilateral ceasefire!
Mister President, blessed is the peacemaker. Bostonians must make way not just for duckies but also for Shaaria! Remember the men of Lexington and Concord and their determination to grant self-determination to oppressed peoples. The entire world will support you and congratulate you if you respond to these horrific attacks by disarming the Massachusetts State Militia and opening dialogue with the terror activists. You will receive cheers from the entire cast of Cheers!
All we are saying is give peace a chance. Yitzhak Rabin would have approved. Yes, chaver, what you need is shalom, salaam, peace. You will be cheered and awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition. Do not allow yourself to be drawn into the gutter of violence. Violence never achieves anything. History is no lesson. History is the dead past. End the cycle of violence. Show restraint. Forgo the juvenile impulse to avenge.
Mister President, the proof is in the pudding. My own peace policies have eliminated war and bloodshed and terror from the Middle East. We no longer have terrorists to deal with in the Levant, only peace partners. If you follow in my footsteps, you can achieve the same lofty goals.
Shimon Peres, Peacemaker-at-Large