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Indiscriminate Pacifism

By Nidra Poller - August 1, 2006 12:00 AM

Rebuffed at the recent Rome Conference, a cluster of European nations, allied with the UN and the Lebanese government, are still pushing aggressively for an immediate ceasefire on the Israeli-Lebanese front. To stop the fighting, they brandish the pure white flag of a hypothetical international force with a strong European contingent that will somehow achieve what no pinpoint attack, negotiation, security zone, incursion, or UN Resolution has heretofore accomplished. Whichever way you turn these solemn promises, they come up ridiculous. Denying, on the one hand, the realities of blood, sweat and tears combat and, on the other hand, the totality of European attitudes and reactions to events in the Middle East since the onset of jihad-intifada in September 2001, these vague proposals serve as a fancy veil to hide the face of European duplicity.

For the past several years European governments, with rare exceptions, have elaborated foreign policy in terms of anticipated reactions from their growing Muslim populations. Nobody goes anywhere without looking both ways before crossing the European Arab street. And European politicians make no secret of it. The Danish cartoons are a perfect illustration: one act of press freedom in a far corner of Denmark set the Muslim world on fire, and those who stood firm in defense of liberty of expression were few and far between.

European opinion has found excuses for the enraged and humiliated whose exacerbated sensibility, shocked by scenes of anti-Muslim violence in "Palestine," torched synagogues and attacked Jews in Europe. European intellectuals have waxed lyrical on the 9/11 martyrdom-pilots and the legions of Palestinian shahids exploding in the face of Israeli civilians. European leaders and their ardent collective followers consistently castigate American and Israeli forces. No recent military operation has ever satisfied the strict European criteria for squeaky clean war. European public opinion is as elaborately constructed as its cathedrals. It is a monument to indiscriminate pacifism.

France is the most ambitious peace-mongering nation. Faced with domestic insurrection, French riot police turn the other cheek, French leaders back down, French media praise the rebels. Jacques Chirac explained that the international force that will eventually intervene to keep the peace in Lebanon must not operate under NATO command because NATO is seen as the armed branch of Western imperialism thrust into the Arab world. The unwritten rules of engagement currently respected in France look harshly on any and all aggressive action against an Arab-Muslim entity, whether it be a person, a militia, or a state. Deporting illegal immigrants is considered, by a significant sector of the French population, as a crime against humanity.

French military participation in Afghanistan is off the radar screen. French troops are seen with a tender eye only when they participate in humanitarian operations—rescuing survivors of a tsunami, bringing food and medicines to Hezbollah fiefdoms in southern Lebanon. José Luis Zapatero got elected in Spain when he promised to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq...in reaction to the Madrid train bombing. Romano Prodi is adored because he is likely to do likewise. Tony Blair is despised, even in his own country, because he actively supports American policy in the Middle East.

Europeans are steeped in diversity worship. European intellectuals preach dialogue with the adversary, concessions to the aggressor... they refuse the very idea of enemies.

All of the above is verifiable and, I repeat, visible to the naked eye. Europeans do not hide their aversion to anything faintly resembling war. They stand—at a safe distance-- on a platform of zero casualties. When American soldiers die in Iraq, when Israeli soldiers die in Lebanon, European commentators hand out red cards. The death of soldiers is held up as proof that the war was unjustified and the population will not put up with it much longer.

Today, at this stage in the conflict triggered by an unprovoked Hezbollah attack, French media find absolutely no justification for Israeli military operations. The situation is treated as a humanitarian crisis requiring an immediate cease fire...and including the promise of a multinational intervention force with a strong European contingent operating under the auspices of the United Nations.

One question: how could European troops exert the slightest military pressure against a Hezbollah fighter, especially when he is ensconced in a civilian setting, without immediately provoking the ire of their own local Muslim street, their own anti-military media, their own peace-loving compatriots, and the global Arab street?

The answer is, they couldn't.

If you don't believe me, ask the EU's foreign policy man, Javier Solana:

"Asked who would disarm Hizbullah—a central demand of Israel—Solana said that the Lebanese could play a role and that he hoped a political end to the conflict would deprive the militant group of its rationale for arms." [Dan Bilefsky & Jad Mouawad, "EU to push for force in Lebanon," International Herald Tribune, 26 July 2006]

In other words, the ceasefire so ardently demanded would lead down the daisy path to a very dead end. Is it any wonder that those who love life prefer to stay on the high road where courage breeds legitimate hope?

The author is a writer living in Paris.

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8 Comments

as this is written, a cease-fire is in the works
Thus, right or wrong, the pacifists win again.

Re: Indiscriminate Pacifism
This article is as unbalanced as its author. The Afghanistan invasion was universally supported, Iraq has been a disaster (built upon a foundation of lies) and the Israeli action against Hezbollah will be counter-productive - it will recruit more people to Hezbollah and Islamic terrorism in general, not reduce it.

"No recent military operation has ever satisfied the strict European criteria for squeaky clean war"
"Unbalanced" is exactly the word. The article strings together a bunch of anti-European cliches.

Not only is the Afghan war now being overwhelmingly fought by Europeans but it the remark "No recent military operation has ever satisfied the strict European criteria for squeaky clean war" is specificly untrue. Remember the most important war of recent years - that against Yugolsavia which is being airbrushed out of history? In fact use of this example would have strengthened the writer's claims of EU hypocricy since it is obvious that in such things as illegality, deliberately targeting civilians & "proportionality" it vastly exceeds the wrongs Israel is accused of. It even supports the point about an immigrant Moslem veto. Unfortunately, since it also shows that the US is capable of genocide too, it dare not be mentioned.

Indiscriminate Human Paradigm
Consider:
The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.

Many problems in human experience are the result of
false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe.
The balance is a vast void of human ignorance. Human
reason cannot fully function in such a void; thus, the
intellect can rise no higher than the criteria by which it
perceives and measures values.

Humanism makes man his own standard of measure.
However, as with all measuring systems, a standard
must be greater than the value measured. Based on
preponderant ignorance and an egocentric carnal
nature, humanism demotes reason to the simpleton
task of excuse-making in behalf of the rule of appe-
tites, desires, feelings, emotions, and glands.

Because man, hobbled in an ego-centric predicament,
cannot invent criteria greater than himself, the humanist
lacks a predictive capability. Without instinct or trans-
cendent criteria, humanism cannot evaluate options with
foresight and vision for progression and survival. Lack-
ing foresight, man is blind to potential consequence and
is unwittingly committed to mediocrity, collectivism,
averages, and regression - and worse. Humanism is an
unworthy worship.

The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with
a functional faith while not-so-patiently awaiting the
foot-dragging growth of human knowledge and behav-
ior. Faith, initiated by the Creator and revealed and
validated in His Word, the Bible, brings a transcend-
ent standard to man the choice-maker. Other philo-
sophies and religions are man-made, humanism, and
thereby lack what only the Bible has:

1.Transcendent Criteria and
2.Fulfilled Prophetic Validation.

The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival
equipment for today and the future.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
universe. Selah

- from The HUMAN PARADIGM










Airbrushing
The only airbrushing here is your inference that the Europeans willingly entered the Serbia-Croatia conflice. At the prodding/insistence of the U.S., who saw thousands of Muslims being slaughtered, a force led by the U.S. and using primarily U.S. equipment entered the conflict. The Europeans stood by for months/years doing nothing. The author's point still holds.....

IT WASN'T THE CIA ALONE WHO SET UP THE KLA
Which shows how much you know. It was the EU, proded by Germany, that originally supported Croatian & Bosnia & Hercegovin1an independence at a time when the US was opposed to it (that the right of seccession not be a part of international law had, till then, been a US interest since the 1860s). The German secret service played as large a part as the CIA (& larger than your al Quaeda allies) in organising the openly genocidal KLA.

Neither the US nor Europeans saw "thousands of Muslims being slaughtered" in Kosovo (& far fewer than the number of slaughtered Serbs in the other wars) because it didn't happen.

That the US led the terror bombing of Yugoslav citizens (& some soldiers) I accept. That the were led by the nose by the Europeans, particularly Germany, into this genocide is obvious.

european pacifism
oh you are droll! agressive peace-mongering! whatever next. Europeans have reason to be scared of warmongers, and not just for historical reasons. Floated on a sea of fraud and disinformation, the recent neo-con wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon involve slaughter of babies, children and other non-combatants. Of course 'neo-con' derives from the free-market crazies. How about a bit of humanity, not dogma for a change?

(but then both the White House and Downing Street are in the hands of religious loons, so get a good bunker and hope they go away)

Not to MY naked eye
For one thing, just to take a French example, why did the headscarf ban go through if everyone there is so scared of what arabs think? (I might add that constraining people's freedom of fashion is possibly the stupidest way to face up to islamism if that's what they actually intended.)

How can you say that José Luis Zapatero promised to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq in reaction to the Madrid train bombing when this had been his declared stance a long time before?

When you fail such a simple fact but yet drone on that "All of the above is verifiable" you don't inspire very much confidence in your other opinions however strongly they're held. Does no better writers really offer themselves to TCS?

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