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Sunday, August 12, 2012

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 in Munich. 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, written as Willi Woss, 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 many of its top officials were dead.

Western law enforcement had failed to hold responsible even the actual perpetrators of the Munich Massacre, never mind the representatives of the PLO who openly mingled with red radicals in Europe's 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 as a frightened guest of 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 by that handshake 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.

Ehud Barak and Yoni Netanyahu took part in the Beirut raids that devastated the PLO leadership and nearly killed Arafat. Today, Barak serves as Defense Minister and Netanyahu's brother as the Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Rather than fight terrorism, their government made the Shalit deal which freed over a 1,000 terrorists in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier. Afterward, Barak said that a "life-loving country" cannot afford to keep exchanging 1,000 terrorists for a soldier.

And yet the Shalit deal was reasonable compared to the Peace Process. While Israel has given up a great many lives and a great deal of land, it has yet to receive peace. But in the Shalit deal, it actually did get Gilad Shalit back. If a "life-loving" country cannot afford to keep exchanging one soldier for  1,000 terrorists, then how can it afford to keep exchanging land and lives for the false promise of peace?

Terrorists are a renewable resource. Arrest them, plant them in jail, let them study for advanced degrees and post status updates to Facebook while collecting salaries from the Palestinian Authority, funded by the United States and Europe, then trade them for a soldier. Then when they've gone back to their old habits, arrest them and trade them again. But doing that with territory is much harder. Let Israel try offering Ramallah a second time in exchange for peace and see what kind of howls rise out of the State Department in Washington D.C. and the Foreign Office in London.

The terrorists can offer Israel peace in exchange for Jerusalem, even though they already offered it in exchange for Ramallah, but Israel isn't allowed to meet farce with farce by seizing Ramallah and then offering it back in exchange for peace.

Instead, Israel keeps putting new lands on the table, which Washington and London proclaim to be insufficient because something is too low a price to pay for nothing. Peace is a priceless commodity. while half of Israel's capital is a negotiable commodity. But after two decades of negotiations, Israel is running out of things to negotiate with.

The old joke about the Six-Day-War was that the Egyptians had followed the Soviet battle plan from World War II: pull back and wait for winter. The joke has now turned around. Since the Nineties, the Israelis have been following the American battle plan from Vietnam: sign a worthless peace accord, pull out and then ignore what happens afterward. Just as Egypt doesn't have Russian winters, Israel doesn't have a 6,000 mile distance from its last war.

The rivers of tears keep flowing and, while Israeli spokesmen can list in detail every single casualty, tears don't protect against murder. Neither do peace treaties. No amount of tears stopped the murder of Six Million Jews, convinced the British Foreign Ministry to allow Jews fleeing the Nazis into Israel or the State Department to allow them into the United States. The St. Louis and the Struma are both reminders of the futility of tears.

No amount of tears has convinced the International Olympic Committee to respond decently to the Munich Massacre. And 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 American and European 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 crimes.

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, it cannot be disproven, it cannot be defeated with Hasbara, it cannot be 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.





22 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Tears don't protect against murder. Bullets do." - yes. From the reasoning of man that can be the only response, the only protection.

In the morning, O LORD, Thou wilt hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch. For Thou art not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with Thee. The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity. Thou dost destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. - Psalms 5:3-6

American Genie said...

One of the best things you have ever written, Daniel.

Thank you so much for sharing your gifts of remarkable insight and beautiful writing ability with us.

mindRider said...

Regrettably, you are right once again.

Gil said...

Sultan, Sami Kunter is a Druze who hate muslims, and the Christians who are leaving the Middle East settle in the USA where they are active in rousing the Christian West against Islam.

Have you checked to see who the chief perpetrators against Israel are? The English Church, the Scottish Church, the elite US churches all have Christan Arab ties. Sabeel is revered tho they don't like Hamas and Hezbollah.



It is important to note that there is a not-so-small contingent of Christians who not only openly support HAMAS and Fatah and other Islamic terrorist groups, but take part in their terrorist attacks and mass murders.



HAMAS has had Christian leaders.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group, which murdered Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi and perpetrated several deadly homicide bombings in Israel, was founded and headed by George Habash and deputy Dr. Wadih Haddad, both Greek Orthodox Christians. Greek Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, and Coptic Christians are among the most anti-Semitic, anti-Israel fanatics there are. In many cases, such as with Egypt’s Copts, they led the Muslims in pogroms against the Jews.

Their religious leaders, including Jerusalem Greek Orthodox Church spokesman Atallah (a/k/a Theodosios) Hanna, frequently and openly attack Jews and call on congregants to support HAMAS. Just as the many Islamic terrorists–and one Christian pan-Muslim terrorist among them–were released, this week, Israelis captured Dmitri Dalyani a/k/a Dmitri Diliani a/k/a Dimitri Diliani, a Palestinian Orthodox Christian and a Fatah terrorist, in Jerusalem. Dalyani is part of the Fatah Revolutionary Council. Fatah claimed Dalyani was “protecting” Jerusalem and its holy sites. Ah, a not-so-new euphemism for terrorism: “protecting.” And despite the fact that he’s suspected in terrorist attacks, Palestinian Christians backed him and threatened more anti-Israel terrorism a/k/a “Christian resistance”:

Christian groups in Jerusalem condemned the arrest of Dalyani, describing it as “a barbarous operation” and said it would only increase the strength of Christian resistance in Jerusalem.

And that brings us to Christian “Chris” Al-Bandak, one of the murderous Fatah terrorists released in the trade for Gilad Shalit. Like, Dalyani a/k/a Diliani, Bandak is an Eastern Orthodox Christian and a cold-blooded killer. He was arrested at the Church of the Nativity after he killed at least two Israelis and seriously wounded a third in 2002. He is a member of the Fatah Tanzim, arguably the most brutal and deadly segment of the Fatah terrorist group. In 2003, he received four life sentences from an Israeli court. And, now, he is free, and using his freedom from justice to invoke Christianity in his attacks on Jews and Israel in interviews with the Muslim media. Remember that HAMAS, not Fatah, fought for his release. He’s one of them. But same difference, anyway.

Gil said...


Taken from:

October 21, 2011, - 3:00 pm

HAMAS’ (& Fatah’s) Christian Terrorists: Meet Chris Al-Bandak of the Shalit Trade

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s important to note that there were Christian terrorists for Islam involved in this week’s HAMAS terrorist trade for Gilad Shalit. And as one Christian Fatah murderer was set free, another was captured planning an attack in Jerusalem.

Gil said...

the url above should be

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/43630/hamas-fatahs-christian-terrorists-meet-chris-al-bandak-of-the-shalit-trade/

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

And? There are Christian Arabs who join with their Islamic brothers in the name of Arab nationalism.

This is not the same phenomenon as left-wing Christian groups who support Islamic terrorism. The latter are no different than liberal Rabbis who support terrorism.

Anonymous said...

Israelis and Jews have been losing the narrative for the last few decades. The is the "Palestinian" narrative of victims of white colonialism that is dominant. The Arabs, the Muslims could not destroy Israel militarily, so they are doing it more slowly in the public sphere, in politics, in academia, and here they are winning. Bullets are not enough. They become necessary when you don't have political support and grass roots support. It is also a demographics game. The Muslim population is larger than the Jewish. They have 56 Islamic states, you have one. Their populations are growing in non-Muslim lands like Europe and Asia, causing problems in both but also for Jews and Israel. They rather keep the peace with their growing Muslim population than take a stand with Israel. You will have to sooner rather than later confront this. You will have to show Islam to be the 7th century Arab warlord's fraud of Judaism that it is, you will have to help gentiles return to their non-Muslim religions (reconversion), reducing the population and countries that are Islamic. And that does not take bullets but the pen and media and academia and alliances with non-Muslim religions under onslaught. Ally with non-Muslim religions and help them be strong, and grow stronger wherever they are - with the Zoroastrians in Iran, with the Hindus in India, with the Buddhists of East Asia, with the African animists in Africa, with the Copts and other non-Muslims in the Middle East.

Dovber Schwartz said...

Ur amazing

Anonymous said...

All I can add is an AMEN!

Yossi said...

"The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed"
Amen

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Actually it's...

תְּאַבֵּד, דֹּבְרֵי כָזָב: אִישׁ-דָּמִים וּמִרְמָה, יְתָעֵב יְהוָה.

Thou destroyest them that speak falsehood, the Lord abhors the man of blood and deceit.

King David is specifically referring to the men who had slandered him and attempted to entrap him and kill him.

Anonymous said...

2012August: the Jerusalem police forbade the Bnot Akiva protest to say: "Temple Mount is in our hands"-- Motta Gur the liberator's well known words from 1967 war (too provocative for the arabs). Can we be worried about the enemies? Or the groveling Israeli government who sweeps everything Jewish and nationalistic under the rug. Even arson by arabs does get the same treatment, if we don't talk about it it will go away, if we let them still the Jewish farmers in Galil the sheep and lands, it will go away, if we let them buid illegaly while we destroy our beautful settlements, it will go away. Israel has lost its will to fight.

Empress Trudy said...

My sense of it is that we're in a form of war that's not new but very old, tribal even. I think the solution is to go after terrorists with exactly the same tactics and measures they use against us, and, apparently are championed by our better moral angels in the liberal west.

Proportionality? Ok, let's go after terrorists and their families and colleagues specifically. Some murderers engineer a Munich attack? Wipe out their wives and children and parents and cousins and aunts and uncles. A bus blows up in Israel? Blow up an apartment building in Gaza. Rockets fall on a school? Lob tank shells at a hospital in Nablus. Not more of them, just different targets in the same way.

And advertise it to the UN/EU quite publicly. Tell them up front there's a new tactic in play, one based on the UN/EU's own complaint of proportionality.

Make the Arabs live under the cloud of dread they wish to impose on Israel. Make them worry every day whether they'll get killed, their kids get killed, their house demolished. Make them look up in the sky all day and wonder when death from above will arrive. Make the families of the fat smug tyrants of Hamas and Hezbollah wonder if they're in the sights of a killer drone. Then kill them.

Let Abbas and Tom Friedman and Huffington Post whine and pout and scream. Then point to a big chart which demonstrates the actual material DE escalation of attacks against Arabs. Call them reprisals even. Admit it. Admit that now instead of a $20 million drone firing a $90,000 missile to kill one guy they're just lobbing a $900 howitzer round randomly into some highly populated area of Gaza JUST LIKE the critics demanded.

And oft quoted bromide is that the Arabs need to hate death as much as Jews love life. But that's only half of it. The Arabs need to FEAR TERROR as much as they love doing it to others.

Linda Rivera said...

Supposedly civilized nations' leaders act like a bunch of savages.
No more tears! NO more surrenders of Jewish land!

MB said...

The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a man of blood!"

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

That is not a prophecy, it's a curse from Shimi ben Geira that he later apologizes for.

TBS said...

Perhaps we can say also: The will to use bullets stops murder.

TBS said...

"Israelis and Jews have been losing the narrative for the last few decades."

With respect to Anonymous, you cannot lose what you are not fighting.

Anonymous said...

TBS oh yes you can lose what you are not fighting and cost you a great deal. There isn't an opt out button for you, so the only thing that is certain is that if you do not bother to fight you will certainly lose. This narrative is meant to play out in the minds of the non-Muslim world as the Muslim world is already allied with the Palestinians. The battle of the narratives in the minds of non-Muslims is going on whether or not you bother to fight and counter the Palestinian narrative with your own narrative. The campuses on colleges are turning, the news media is turned, politics of non-Muslim countries is being shaped by it, international bodies too. You are the bad guy, that is what people are absorbing. You are the foreign white settlers after WW2 who stole the land from the original inhabitants the Palestinians. The Palestinians suffered a great deal of racial and religious discrimination at the hands of Jews who exploited the tragedy of the holocaust to their advantage in Palestine to rob the people of their homes and lands, making the Palestinians pay for the crimes of White Europe. Who can blame them for killing Israelis who are the real terrorists while they are freedom fighters. A lot of people believe this. The only people who will suffer if you don't bother to fight the Palestinian narrative on college campuses, in the media, in political bodies, will be you in Israel. Not fighting only makes your loss certain.

mrzee said...

The leader of the Achille Lauro hijackers was Abu Abbas who died in Iraq not long after the US invasion few years ago, not the current PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

...which is why I did not say that Mahmoud Abbas led the attack

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