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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tears Don't Protect Against Murder

After serving a few years in prison for his role in the Munich Massacre, Willi Pohl moved to Beirut. The brief sentence was a slap in the wrist, but Pohl had still served more time in prison than the Muslim gunmen who had murdered eleven Israeli athletes and coaches during the 1972 Summer Olympics. Mohammed Safady and the Al-Gashey cousins were released after a few months by the German authorities.

They went back to Lebanon and so did he.

A decade after the attack, Willi Pohl had begun making a name for himself as a crime novelist. His first novel was Tränen Schützen Nicht vor Mord or Tears Do Not Protect Against Murder.

While Pohl was penning crime novels, Israeli operatives had already absorbed the lessons of his first title. Tears, whether in 1939 or 1972, had not done anything to prevent the murder of Jews. Bullets were another matter.  

The head of Black September in Rome was the first to die, followed by a string of PLO leaders across Europe. Those attacks were followed by raids on the mansions and apartments of top Fatah officials in the same city where Pohl had found temporary refuge. By the time his first book was published, hundreds of PLO terrorists and officials were dead.

European law enforcement had failed to hold even the actual perpetrators of the Munich Massacre responsible, never mind the representatives of the PLO who openly mingled with red radicals in its capitals. Israeli operatives did what the German judicial system had failed to do, putting down Safady and one of the Al-Gasheys, while the other one hid out with Colonel Gaddafi in Libya.

The Israeli raid on the PLO terrorists in Beirut's Muslim Quarter missed one important target. Arafat. And so, on another September day, some 19 years later, September 13, 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Rabin shook hands with Arafat and proclaimed, "Enough of blood and tears! Enough!" But the blood and tears had only begun, as a PLO on its last legs was revived and built its terrorist infrastructure inside Israel's borders.

By 1993, the year of the infamous Rose Garden handshake, 45 Israelis had been killed and 34 injured in Muslim terrorist attacks. A year after the handshake, the toll stood at 109 Israelis dead and 456 wounded. By 2002, the year that Israel's patience finally broke and Sharon sent forces storming into Arafat's compound, the numbers for that year were a horrifying 451 dead and 2,348 wounded.

Today, some 40 years after that September in Munich and 19 years after the even worse tragedy of that September in Washington D.C., with over 1,500 dead since that fatal handshake, there have been rivers of blood and tears. And a shortage of bullets.

PLO officials these days are more likely to die of morbid obesity or, like Arafat, of AIDS, than of Israeli raids. They are nearly as likely to kill each other, like Arafat's cousin, Moussa Arafat, the former head of the Palestinian Authority's terrorist forces, who was dragged out of his home and shot by his own people. The murder of Mohammed Abu Shaaban, killed a week after the handshake, by his own people, was the first of a long string of Fatah on Fatah violence that is a far more likely cause of death for top terrorists than the jet planes and tanks of the hated Zionist regime.

The rivers of tears keep flowing, but tears don't protect against murder. Neither do peace treaties. No amount of tears from the tens of thousands mutilated, tortured, crippled, wounded, orphaned and widowed by the PLO in all its front groups, splinter groups and incarnations, including its current incarnation as a phony government, has been enough to stop Western governments from supporting, arming and funding the terrorists.  

Tears don't protect against murder. They don't stop killers from killing. They don't prevent the authorities from looking the other way when the killings happen because there is something in it for them. They don't bring the terrorists to justice. They don't even ensure that the truth will be told, rather than the lie that rationalizes the terror.

Tears did not stop the operation of a single gas chamber. They did not save the life of a single Jewish refugee. They did not stop a single dollar from going to the PLO or Fatah or Black September or the Palestinian Authority or any of the other masks that the gang of Soviet-trained killers wore. They will not stop Iran from developing and detonating a nuclear weapon over Tel Aviv. They will not stop Israel from being carved up by terrorists whose demands are backed up by the diplomatic capital of every nation that bows its head in the direction of Mecca, Medina and Riyadh, and the old men who control the oil wells and the mosques.

In 1988, Willi Pohl published another book, Das Gesetz des Dschungels or The Law of the Jungle. That same year, PLO terrorists carried out the "Mother's Bus Attack" taking the passengers of a bus, filled with women on board, hostage and demanding the release of all imprisoned terrorists. The terrorists killed two hostages and Israeli Special Forces moved in, killing the terrorists and saving the lives of all but one hostage.

In response, Israeli commandos stormed Tunis, killing Abu Jihad, a former Muslim Brotherhood member and the number two Fatah leader after Arafat . The United Nations Security Council met and passed Resolution 611, noting with concern the "loss of human life", particularly that of Abu Jihad, and vigorously condemned the "act of aggression", Not a single member of the Security Council voted against it. The United States abstained.

Not one single resolution was passed that year or the year afterward or the year after that condemning a terrorist attack against Israel or criticizing any of the countries that trained, armed and harbored the terrorists. Instead there were numerous resolutions condemning Israel for expelling and deporting terrorists. The closest thing to a resolution critical of terrorism was Resolution 579 in response to the Achille Lauro hijacking, carried out by men loyal to Mahmoud Abbas, the current President of the Palestinian Authority, who also provided the funding for the Munich Massacre. Resolution 579 did not mention the Achille Lauro, Leon Klinghoffer or Palestinian Arab terrorists. Instead it condemned "hostage-taking" in general.

In 1972, the year of the Munich Massacre, there were three Security Council resolutions condemning Israel. Not a single one condemning the massacre of Olympic athletes at an international event. Not a single one condemning the countries which armed, trained, harbored and controlled the terrorists. The countries that had refused that their flags be lowered in response to the massacre.

This was the law of the jungle disguised as international law. Against the law of the jungle, tears are futile. Jungle law cannot be debated away or subdued with the speechifying of an Abba Eban or a Benjamin Netanyahu. It cannot be moralized into decency or signed away with peace treaties. It can only be met with resistance.

Tears don't protect against murder. Bullets do.

14 comments:

IgorR said...

I'm sure Netanyahu woud do more shooting and less talking if he could simply shoot every one of Israel's enemies, and do it without significant consequences, even if he does like the sound of his own voice. Tears are definitely useless, but speeches are a necessary evil. There are just too many enemies to kill, and Israel does need to trade with the rest of the world to survive. Are Israelis too sentimental? I have no idea, but probably. It's hard for people to compartmentalize killing the enemy and otherwise leading unaffected lives. It's also hard to judge people without knowing the real constrains on their action. Israel has done remarkably well considering the whole world with just a few exceptions is against it.

fizziks said...

That's more like it!

Just a common 'tater said...

A sad but accurate testament to the lack of political will to face down and deal with the evil powers behind the terrorists. I have done plenty of reading and observing over the years, and here is my explanation for why this is so.

Very few people were willing to speak out against Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and the Japanese fascists. Those that did (like Churchill) were marginalized, vilified, or if in the military-cashiered or court-martialed. Here in the US we had German-American Bunds and Stalin was the darling of many democrats. As time wore on, and the true nature of these cruel dictatorships became evident, no one wanted to offend them, lest we get into a war.

Fast forward to today. OPEC oil money, liberalism, and ignorance of history prevent our political leaders, the mainstream media, and so called intellectuals from recognizing the true nature of our peril. We refer to the terrorists as criminals and send the FBI after them. I believe this is for the same reason as before WWII. If we really went after the terrorists for what they really are: a front for military action against us, we would end up in a real shooting war. North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, and the other sources of training and equipment are proxies for Russia and China who somehow think they will be exempt from jihad. Our leaders were stupid enough to think that the anti-soviet mujahideen would love us for helping them.

The US went through this once before, but we have neglected to learn the lessons from history. Remember the words to that song, "From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli?" A little study of history woud be very useful at this time. A similar course of action would also help.

Anonymous said...

I find the West's unwillingness to defend itself in a rational manner rather frightening. It's like having all your life-long friends turn out to be a suicide-cult.

Anonymous said...

Daniel,
You state with confidence that Arafat died from AIDS. Dou know this for sure? Are the results of testing which followed exhumation now available? If so, where?

Steve, London

Some dude said...

Im beginning to wonder if our feckless gutless cowardice is angering Hashem, and by "anger" i mean old testament, raging fury anger.

Elise Ronan said...

I don't understand why you think that Israel isn't doing both...speeches and bullets. Israel learned along time ago that she needs to do what is necessary to survive. And I believe she will. Personally it is the USA under Obama that I am worried about. I live here with my children and know we have a President who hates his own country and the people that elected him.

Anonymous said...

The recent Boston bombings have all the earmarks of a typical "Mideast" incident in which hundreds of innocents are brutally maimed and murdered. But we can't be islamophobic can we? I guess the administration will call this a sportsplace killing, similar to the workplace killings at Fort Hood.

vladtepes2 said...

Just a common 'tater said...

I get your diagnosis, what's the prescription?

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

You can give speeches, but they should be done to rally your own people and make the terms clear, rather than expecting them to change the hearts of your enemies and those who want to side with them

Anonymous said...

well said, Daniel. One day, I fear only after some horrific act, will "the west" wake up. We can only hope it's not too late.

AG said...

You have to give credit where it is due. The Islamist Supremacists are masters at playing the Western PR game. They have managed to obfuscate their true motives and the fact that they have been attacking the West for as long as they have been around and commanded to do so in their book of filth.

Marcel said...

'You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me.'
Exodus 23

God has blessed Israel with ever expanding borders every time their enemies began a war with the goal of wiping the tiny nation off the map and what has Israel done ?
Under the manipulative spell and bully like domination of their false ally America to retreat from the land and surrender it to these same treacherous enemies,Israel became the submissive whore to her Pimp daddy's every demand.
Israel's weak,faith challenged, secular leaders have retreated and capitulated every time and rewarded evil.
Israel's policy of being merciful to the cruel and abusive to good fellow Jews who build up Zion is evil,but the prostitute ministers of Israel love to please their brute Washington masters.
This disobedience to God and playing the whore to decadent America will not go well for Israel.

Anonymous said...

The placating and coddling of those that are obviously unwell and in need of a 'sityoass down' moment is gross.

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