Sunday, February 04, 2007

Capital Letters, Ideals and the Madness of Fanaticism

Even as the Palestinian Authority's two ruling parties are busy killing each other in the streets, Secretary of State Rice continues to talk about peace and a Palestinian state.

It's 2007. Nearly 15 years ago Israel made major concessions to the PLO, giving up territory to it, arming it, supplying it and conducting extensive negotiations with it. Today territories held by it are enemy soil from which rockets fall on Israeli towns and where terrorists arm, train and set out from to murder Israeli soldiers and civilians.

After a decade and a half the Palestinian Authority has not set up anything remotely resembling a state, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that have poured in every year from around the world. While those in power in Fatah have profited handsomely from that aid, beginning with Arafat, the area under their control is a disaster area.

America pushed for democractic elections and for Israeli withdrawals. Both of those happened and ended with Hamas in power. Now the US is backing and arming Fatah in the power struggle, despite the fact that Fatah remains a terrorist group, that money given to Fatah routinely disappears into the coffers of top officials and that rather than pursuing peace, Fatah has done nothing but pursue war.

All this seems like madness until we realize one simple thing. When Condoleeza Rice, political pundits, diplomats and the media discuss Peace, this is an ideal that has nothing to do with an actual state of peace on the ground. When you hear a news anchor talking about the importance of peace and you wonder why he can't see how insane this is while the gunfire continues, it's because he isn't talking about a condition of peace in which the fighting and terrorism ends. He's talking about Peace (capital P), as an ideal.

Liberals fanatically advocate absolute ideals as a shield for their policies and utterly ignoring the context and reality of their implementation on the ground, while treating anyone who opposes them as enemies of that ideal. Thus pointing out that the peace process is a failure and a sham makes you an enemy of Peace (again capital P), while advocating Peace is never wrong even if the only thing it produces on the ground is more war.

It's the same reason Democratic Senators can call for negotiations with Iran, even when it's clear to anyone that the Iranian government is run by fanatics who are determined to have nuclear weapons no matter what. But Peace is an absolute good, and Peace is achieved by Diplomacy (another capital letter), it doesn't matter that in this case all Diplomacy will achieve is the death of millions. The very same people who insisted on diplomacy to Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia will pursue the same course with Iran even as they smugly congratulate themselves on their moral enlightenment and ethical superiority to the warmongers.

When ideals are divorced from reality and policies from context, the results are horrific. While advocates of Peace are quick to follow the script and call their opponents fanatics, they're the fanatics because they utterly refuse to modify their worldview or the policies they advocate when they go wrong. George W. Bush has done so twice in his administration already. By contrast the average leftist is saying exactly what he was saying before 9/11, after 9/11 and probably dating back to the Vietnam War.

When Carter goes on his book tour calling Israel as an Apartheid state and the reason why there's still no peace, he's following that same fanatical playbook, which ultimately leads where all fanaticism leads, to genocide.

While Nazi warplanes were pounding London and American troops joining the war were on their way to England, left wing groups protested that the real reason the troops were coming was to suppress the Labor movement. As demented as this seems to any sane person, it's just as reasonable as advocating negotiations with genocidal regimes like North Korea and Iran and shouting vociferously that the whole thing is a plot by the Bush Administration to benefit Haliburton. These same lunatics were screaming No Blood for Oil when we invaded Afghanistan, though it wasn't clear what oil was to be found there. They got lucky the second time around when we invaded a country that was an actual oil producer.

Like those Labor Unionists in WW2, they have a vision of what is really going on, guided by the ramblings of Noam Chomsky and a hundred other conspiracy theorists. The real villains in this vision are America and Israel. The terrorists are only the dupes of the evil machinations of Christian and Jewish religious fanatics they shout, even as they stand shoulder to shoulder with members of Muslim organizations advocating the imposition of Muslim religious law.

But absolutes ignore reality and the fanatical pursuit of ideals lead inexorably to madness. While Hamas and Fatah go on killing each other and rockets rain down on Israeli towns, Secretary of State Rice talks of a Palestinian state.


MM said...

Just curious: was this what Arik Sharon had in mind: that the people in Asa would kill each other off?

skfreespeech2 said...

I think Sharon was playing a dozen games at the same time

He likely was expecting this kind of meltdown, but his focus was more on benefiting his billionaire friends and shoring up power at home

giving the americans some of what they wanted only to have it blow up into anarchy

Lemon Lime Moon said...

I like your new labels and topics thingy.
I was pondering what I could put for mine.
Maybe, do I wear beige or white stockings with my pink shoes?
Or.. Should I wear pink shoes at all?
Perhaps, a category of :Should citrus fruit be legal at all?
Just typical Lemon know.

Lemon Lime Moon said...

I don't think Sharon had any plan other than the fat amount of money that he and his ilk (Olmert) put into the bank when they please their handlers.

Keliata said...

When people idealize and romanticize Peace, they're pretty ensuring that lasting peace is never achieved. All their speeches ring hollow, and have about as much sincerity as Rodney King's "can't we all just get along" statement in the midst of the LA riots.

Fire hoses? Riot police? Who needed any of that when all they really needed was to get along.

Talk show hosts ridiculed King for saying that, yet Hollywood is basically saying the same thing when they make these lofty, elitest pleas for Peace.

Can't we all just get along with the terrorists and understand them??

Can't we all just get along with the Palestinian moles/rats/terrorists who are digging tunnels in order to attack Israeli civilians??

Udiyah said...

I love the way "Peace" has become the banner for every Communist, Marxist, Socialist, pro-terror anti-American, anti-Israel, pro - Palestinian, antiwar group. And the twisted verbal acrobatics, that goes along with these groups is really at its flaming height now.

They say they want peace but what do they really want?

They want death for the Zionist Occupier at least, it goes without saying. Destruction of the West would be good too. Their goal is not tranquility and peaceful coexistence we can be sure of that.

One of the most vile of groups, Peace Now seemingly has become a part of the Israeli government. Scouring the Israeli countryside by helicopter, peering down through binoculars at "illegal" Jewish settlements and reporting back to the government. Where is a RPG when you need one?

I'm sick of hearing about peace. We're at war.

Keliata said...

Me too. Somebody needs to build a time machine and jettison these Peace Now morons back to the '60s.

Personally, I think the situation in Iraq/Iran has gotten too out of control. We need another Normady or Hiroshima to restore peace. Right now, there are just too many splinter terrorist groups to combat them neighborhood by nieghborhood or via intelligence or even targeted assasinations. Years from now Al Quaeda will become a movement, we'll speak of Al Quaedaism.

Would the world join and support the US and Brits in a Normandy like invasion and conquest? Doubtful. Hence, I suggest Hiroshima.

And hopefully before Iran drops the bomb on Israel and the US.

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