Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Call Them What They Are


Hamas political poster, West Bank 2007
Vote for us. We'll kill Jews.


Most of the world is condemning Israeli “aggression” in the Gaza Strip. Are they crazy? Looks like it. I’m talking about the rest of the world, not Israel, which is trying to stop Hamas terrorists firing rockets from Gaza which they’ve done every day for years. That’s not crazy. That’s survival. Western media endlessly shows us Palestinian civilians killed by Israelis. They don’t mention that Hamas shoots rockets smuggled from Iran into Israel from Palestinian schools, hospitals, mosques, and civilian homes.

Most of the media won’t even call Hamas terrorists terrorists. Instead, they say “militants,” or civilians, or even “refugees.” Refugees? From where? They live in Gaza, which used to be part of Egypt, but was taken over by Israel when Egypt invaded from Gaza in 1967. Israel also took the Sinai Peninsula, but gave it back. Why? The deal was: Israel gives the Sinai back to Egypt - Egypt accepts Israel’s right to exist. That’s all.

Why doesn’t Israel give the Gaza Strip back too? Easy. Egypt doesn’t want it. Nobody does. Why? Because it’s full of crazed, Radical-Muslim terrorists, that’s why. Egypt would have to be nuts to take back the Gaza Strip. Egypt remembers what happened to their president, Anwar Sadat. He was machine-gunned by Radical-Muslim terrorists after signing the Camp David Accords with President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Manachem Begin and thereby accepting that Israel has a right to exist. He was machine-gunned by Radical-Muslim terrorists just like those who make up most of the population of the Gaza Strip.

Notice that I’m saying “Radical-Muslim terrorists” a lot? I have to, because the alleged “journalists” in the rest of the world won’t call them what they are. Perhaps you think I’m over-reaching by calling most Palestinians terrorists, but a majority of them voted Hamas into power, knowing full-well that Hamas was dedicated to the destruction of Israel - not the peaceful coexistence with Israel as a neighboring Palestinian state - but its utter destruction and killing of its Jews. You want to call them innocent civilians? I don’t. They don’t want a Palestinian state as much as they want Israel gone. You can’t negotiate with people like this. Israel is doing what it must do to survive.

And by the way, Palestinians danced in the streets when they heard about the September 11th attacks, but except for Fox News, western media didn’t want to show you that either.

Why do our alleged journalists refer to Palestinians as “refugees” and not as terrorists? According to Wikipedia: “The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) defines a Palestine refugee as a person ‘whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.’” Yeah, the older ones lost their homes and means of livelihood in that conflict. They chose to leave Israel 60-62 years ago because they knew their fellow Arabs in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt planned to invade and kill all the Jews. Arab Palestinians believed they could return afterward, and get much more than they left if all the Jews were dead, but that isn’t the way it turned out. Invading Arab armies were humiliated by those pesky Jews in their tiny country, who had their own army for the first time in two thousand years. Arabs called it Al Nabka - “The Disaster.” It was as if five strapping high school boys jumped a kindergarten kid and got thrashed. Their self-induced humiliation only made them hate Israel more.

They tried again to destroy Israel in 1967 and in 1973 with the same result. Palestinian Arab “refugees” bet on the wrong horse every time. They’re still “refugees” only because they’ve been supported by the United Nations for the past sixty years. If not for all those billions in refugee relief, they’d be force to really make peace. But they don’t want peace. They want Israel gone. After sixty years, that’s still what they really want. Sure, they want a Palestinian state, but not next to an Israeli state. That’s why they voted Hamas into power. Meanwhile, they want to keep the money flowing in from the UN, the US, and the EU, who all believe they’re helping “refugees” According to ProcCon.org, it’s “the equivalent of $1,330 per Palestinian. By comparison, the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II provided $272 per European (in today's dollars).” As long as the money flows, the “refugees” don’t have to worry about supporting themselves. They can concentrate full-time on terrorizing Jews. When I was in the West Bank a year and a half ago, most of the Palestinian men I saw were hanging around smoking cigarettes. The only ones I saw working were a few shopkeepers, cab drivers and waiters. Garbage was everywhere, but I didn’t see anyone picking it up. Why should they? They were second and third generation “refugees” supported by dollars and Euros from the west. Let the west clean up the garbage.

If we support Israel’s right to exist, we must stop subsidizing Palestinian Arab “refugees.” It’s the only way this festering sore will ever heal.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's call you what you are, shall we? You are a festering fool.

Anonymous said...

Right on as usual. Hamas has told the world they will kill Jews to the last man. They don't care about themselves. They are doing the work of Allah. The only way to stop the slaughter of Jews by Hamas rockets is for Israel to kill them all. Perhaps if anyone remains in the Gaza Strip, they will realize it is not in their best interests to harbor terrorists like Hamas. Yes, I have been in Egypt and I actually sat on the exact spot in the stands where Sadat sat when he was assassinated. When I was there in 1982, it was a respected shrine to the Egyptian people. My thought was after I sat down in that spot, "Let's get out of here. What an excellent opportunity for terrorists to kill a bunch of United States Sailors". We are in a scary world today and it is going to get worse.

Harvey in North Baldwin

Anonymous said...

A thousand amens to your article, Mr. McLaughlin! I've been watching Israel news for a long time and reading about Hamas' long-term, constant, unprovoked attacks toward the Israelites. FINALLY, Israel said enough is enough. It's about time Israel retaliated and they need to do it with everything within their military arsenal. Anyone who cannot see that Israel's unparalleled patience toward an evil sect needed to come to an end, is a blind fool living in delusion. Thank you for verbalizing so well what many of us believe.

Anonymous said...

DEFINITION: An Uncouth person is one who lacks intelligence, one who cannot express himself in a courteous manner, and is commonly called slime.
That describes one who calls another a, "festering fool".
I call a person that uses those tactics to attempt to degrade another, and then refuses to identify himself as a,
"Gutless Wonder!"
Bob Sharkey in Lamoine

CALL THEM WHAT THEY ARE!

Anonymous said...

Someone who gives an anonymous compliment is sort of cool. Someone who gives an anonymous criticism with no facts to back up the statement is the festering fool. Are you really that much of a coward that you can't criticize Tom with your name attached?

-Monroe Mann

Ted Ropple said...

Outstanding column Tom.

It's time we start calling a lot of things what they are.......

Jason in Carlisle said...

I've heard about the "Palestinian refugees" for most of my life. I am still a young man in comparison to these events (35 years). I thank you for enlightening me on these not-so-current events. I also thank those who responded to the Anonymous fool. I shall call Tom what he is...teacher! Thanks again, Tom!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, someone with balls willing to speak the truth. Many Americans have lived the life of luxury, are soft and naive in believing life as we know it will never end. You should start a festering fool club, I'm in. For the ultra liberals out there who think President-Elect is going to change the world, think again. Let's see him organize the Middle East. Isreal has the right to defend their country and their citizen, somthing Americans take too lightly and place the burden of homeland security on others. The attack on 9/11/2002 was not the first. The terrorists attempted to blow up the Trade Towers on a previous attempt to kill Americans and there was no response by the Americans. When terrorists bombed the US Embassy in Libia killing Americans citizens and Marines and Kadafy was raddling his sworn, America responded without political debate or public opinion. The response was swift and effective.

Anonymous said...

Possibly the most disturbing feature of this latest round in Palestine and associated columns like yours is the utter lack of concern for the innocent and the vulnerable. This is surely an outcome of the barbarous behavior of the 20th. century. Our better natures are so calloused now by the brutality of the wholesale death, torture and genocide perpetrated in that infamous century that we cannot get appalled by "wars" of the type in Gaza. Israeli jets sit up several thousand feet and drop many types of death-dealing armaments and then with tremendous satisfaction return to base for a good meal and a few laughs.

Surely, when women, chidren and old men are being blown to pieces, should we feel something other than a "that's one for our side" as the bombs do there terrible work. Surely not!

At least 700 Palestinians are reported killed against 10 Israelis. Are Israelis so much more human than the Palestinians? Do they bring so much more to human progress than the Palestinians?

What will happen when the odds change as they will? Will the Israelis think it perfectly OK for the arabs to kill their kin on a ratio of 70 to 1?

It is reported today that the UN is suspending shipments of humanitarian aid to Gaza as the Israelis are shelling the convoys and UN installations. Also the International Red Cross are condemning the IDF for ignoring the plights of the palestinian wounded where wounded or dying mothers are lying in the rubble with their infants clinging to thier bodies. This is the true statement of the "war". We seem to the world like the adoring mother watching her son marching in an Army recruit column where everyone is in step but her son and she says " Everyone is out of step except my Jonny".

Gordo

Anonymous said...

Gordon, Hamas FINALLY gets what they deserve! Maybe yiu should get your head out of your behind and start using objective sources instead of the leftard antisemitic MSM. You will definitely come to different conclusions, if it is indeed the TRUTH you are seeking:

From YNET News:

"Report: Hamas Stealing Aid Supplies to Sell to Residents

Grim picture of Gazans’ lives painted by reports emerging from Strip, claiming gunmen hiding in civilian homes, using residents as human shields, and hijacking trucks of humanitarian aid

A government or a gang? As the Israeli operation in Gaza wears on it appears Hamas has relinquished any visage of a socio-political party, abandoning its claim to govern the residents of Gaza in favor of engaging in open war at their expense.

A number of reports from the Strip paint a picture of very difficult humanitarian conditions, not least because of Hamas itself. The suspicion is that the group’s operatives have seized control of any supplies passing through the crossings — including those sent by Israel and international organizations.

Reports say Hamas takes a cut out of all aid that arrives, including flour and medicine. Supplies intended to be distributed without gain among the population is seized by the group and sold to the residents, at a profit to the Hamas government.

One such incident was recorded Monday, when a convoy of trucks carrying supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing was opened fire upon and seized by Hamas gunmen. Similar incidents occurred with trucks carrying fuel.

In other cases, civilians are simply used as cannon fodder or human shields. Reports out of Gaza say residents who attempted to flee their homes in the northern area of the Strip were forced to go back at gunpoint, by Hamas men.

The organization is presumably interested in increasing civilian casualties in order to give rise to international pressure against Israel. Arab media reported that in an IDF strike on a UN school 30 civilians were killed, but there is no legitimate way to prove gunmen were among those killed as Hamas tends to bury these bodies quickly, thus eliminating evidence in Israel’s favor.

Other civilian complaints state that Hamas gunmen pull children along with them “by the ears” from place to place, fearing that if they don’t have a child with them they will be fair game to the IDF. Others hide in civilian homes and stairwells, UNRWA ambulances, and mosques.

In other reported cases Hamas gunmen hold civilians hostage in alleyways in order to provide themselves with a living barricade to ward off IDF forces. Reports somewhat more difficult to verify say the group’s men shot Fatah operatives in the feet to make sure the latter would not attempt a coup.

No one to turn to

These reports lead to the assumption that Hamas is attempting to exacerbate the atmosphere of a humanitarian crisis in the Strip, as this may promote an international ceasefire initiative. In any case the reports clearly show that the residents of Gaza have fallen prey to Hamas as well as the IDF.
- - - - - - - - -

Reports of alarming shortages are also forthcoming, as residents appear to lack water, flour, electricity, and any sign of a capable government. Chaos reigns as no one appears to know when electricity will be available, how to obtain water or food, or whom to address in order to evacuate the injured.

[…]

Despite this, no authoritative anti-Hamas sentiments have been heard from the Gazans. However Palestinian sources claim that grievances against the group are voiced in secret. The animosity towards Israel has not disappeared, say the sources, but it is now accompanied by bitterness towards the organization many are dubbing Iranian in its extremism.

It doesn’t matter how brutal, callous, and murderous Hamas is. The residents of the Gaza strip will never turn against the terrorists, because hatred of the Jews remains paramount. The destruction of Israel trumps all other concerns. They will agree to surrender their property and their children’s lives rather than turn against the thugs who rule them.

In a similar manner, Hamas and Hizbullah will aid and abet Iran in its quest to vaporize Israel, even though millions of innocent Palestinians will be killed in the blast, or live downwind and will die of radiation poisoning later. But this will be of no concern to any Muslims, except possibly the victims themselves.

The only thing that counts is the welfare of the Ummah at large. It doesn’t matter how many innocent Muslims have to die, as long as the cause of world Islam is served.

Everyone should remember this fact when they watch the weeping Palestinians every night on the TV news."


Tom, thanks for that posting and for the good work in your blog!

Go Israel!

TC

Anonymous said...

Go Israel old boy! You seem to have missed the point.

I'm certainly not anti-Israeli and certainly not pro-arab. What I is is, I'm appalled at the complete lack of decent human behavior in today's society, whether it be in war or peace. We really have been desensitived to what can only be described as brutal, inhuman actions, and of all people in the world I would have thought the Jewish nation would be the last to have acted so.

We have lost our gentle side, we are moral cowards, barbarians. If we have the upper hand in anything we crush, despoil and attempt to eradicate the opposition. Read the blogs! Can you see in your mind's eye the bodies of children lying in the ruins of Gaza city and we glory in it.

There seems no moral compass in play anymore, no accepted code of conduct. WEhatever is expedient will be done, to hell with the results to the very young, the very old, the powerless, the disenfranchised.

We will pay for this; by we, I mean the world as a whole.

Dost see lad?

Gordo

Anonymous said...

Gordo

Astonishingly, voices like yours arise ONLY, when Israel retaliates. Why do I never hear or read this kind of warped reasoning, when a muslim blows up a discotheque in Tel Aviv?

Look, the Quran and thus the muslim world (and I deliberately do not use a word like "islamists" or "terrorists") considers us, Christians and Jews, and even more so any polytheists, "apes and pigs". Islam is no religion! It is an ideology, much like national or international socialism, that has only ONE GOAL! To conquer the world.

We have only the choice to submit, become dhimmis or to be enslaved or killed. Please let me know, if you need any (muslim) sources for what I say here.

A murderous organisation like Hamas, ALL its members and ALL the people who have voted them into power, should pay for the deaths of Jewish and arab women and children in this and all previous "Palestine" wars! The same goes for the governments who support the artificial "palestinian" cause! Mainly Syria and Iran!

I do not agree with you, Gordon, that we are barbarians. That is socialist nonsense along the same lines as all the other "minority" and feminist complaints about the "heterosexual white male" being the evil in this world.

I know the world, Gordon, and I have made a deliberate decision to live in this country, because most of the remaining GOOD in this world comes from the country and the culture you are whining about.

And don't call me "lad", I'm not!

TC

Anonymous said...

You can call me LAD anytime, old boy!
You don't know me so how do you know how and when I criticise ANYONE!
Never mind the feminist crap, I have no more use for that than I have for people like you who, like sheep, follow the popular line and NEVER look at the bigger picture!

The mid-east is the world's flash point; when the world changes it will be because of mid-east events. It will not be pretty. We have two peoples who are diametrically opposed on almost every subject. Both willing to destroy everything rather than give in or even show any kind of weakness. We are all in this, regardless of race, religion, sex, whatever.

Although many people are appalled at what's going on in the Mid-east there aren't enough because of what we have become, to pressure the combatants to stop and to figure out what is needed to bring acceptance to both camps.

The Hamas is a group of fanatics who because of this desensitised age are willing to fire their crude, little rockets into Israel hoping that they will kill an Israeli, regardless of age or gender. The Israelis have no other vision or boldness than to retaliate in the eye-for-an-eye mode. Even you must be able to see that this cannot continue forever. Events are bound to escalate, goals to evolve, greater and greater death and destruction to become increasingly acceptable.

This is not just a Jew/Arab thing this is a global thing and we all sit uneasily by and watch matters unfold until the day comes when the unfolding becomes disintegration.

God Bless You! Gordo

Anonymous said...

Gordo

it's always the same with you people. When you can't or don't want to answer a question or discuss FACTS, you resort to names calling and declaring your opponent a member of the unintelligent (sheep), unsophisticated (popular line, bigger picture) majority. That's kinda funny because where I live, I hear this crap from 98 out of 100 people.

So be it!

Fact is, that the barbarian, unreformable cult of the bloodthirsty bandit Mohammed finds its present day expression in Hamas, Hezbollah and the like.

It is not the NEW problem that you would want to discern. The expansionist aggressivity of islam is as old as that so called religion itself.

It will be stopped in Israel as it has been stopped in Tours, in Vienna and at Kosovo Polje and in many other places over the past 13 centuries.

We will also stop it in Europe and the US!

TC

Anonymous said...

TC: Very weak ending: have a good life while you may. Gordo

Tom McLaughlin said...

"Fact is, that the barbarian, unreformable cult of the bloodthirsty bandit Mohammed finds its present day expression in Hamas, Hezbollah and the like.

It is not the NEW problem that you would want to discern. The expansionist aggressivity of islam is as old as that so called religion itself."

I have to agree with these quotes from TC. He's right on. Radical Islam is our enemy. It's Israel's enemy. It's Europe's enemy. It's the world's enemy, whether the world knows it or not.

I choose to believe that it will be stopped again as TC says:

"It will be stopped in Israel as it has been stopped in Tours, in Vienna and at Kosovo Polje and in many other places over the past 13 centuries. We will also stop it in Europe and the US!"

Sometimes, especially after listening to NBC Nightly News or reading Time Magazine, I have my doubts though. That's why I say "I choose to believe" in spite of my doubts.

Anonymous said...

Gordo

"have a good life while you may"

That's right, I forgot, after the names calling and the demeaning of your opponents, it's usually the THREATS that come out.

You peaceful bleeding heart liberals, you!

You are a ridiculous poseur, Gordo!

TC

Anonymous said...

For anyone who might be interested to pursue the subject of how the Hannukah War is being USED by the Western MSM to screw the Jews (and the rest of the West), here's a link to an article by my friend Melanie Phillips in the Spectator:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/3215641/britain-turns-ugly.thtml

Anonymous said...

Sorry for posting anonymously above. The M. Phillips link is from me.
TC

Anonymous said...

Thankyou TC; how silly of me to not be able to identify you as MP! Poseur; probably least likely person to be a poseur of anyone you have been in contact with.

I know all about the 6-7th. century onrush of Islam and only the Pyrenees stopping them.

Not that this is the point here. My main thrust is that the Mid-east crisis, Islamic agression, our own self-absorbed society etc etc are all part of a whole.

This is at the base of all our problems; and if we can't face it then we will be taught it in an extremely unpleasant way.

Israel is doing what it thinks is necessary to survive in a very uninspired way or the hardliners are in charge and they have no intention of going the peace route. Which it is I can't say, but they both are, in my opinion, precursors of disaster.

This self-absorbsion I speak of is producing fanatics of all stripes, everywhere in the world including the countries of the Mid-east.

For the first time in my life I voted Democratic in the latest election simply because Obama seems to have an inkling of what I mean. I could be wrong, but lets hope not.

Please don't attack me agin TC or at least identify yourself. I have been around much longer than you in all probability and in more differing circustances: I have never in all those years had the uneasy sense that I have now about the state of the human condition.

Gordo

Anonymous said...

Ok Gordo, first things first, I do not know, who or what MP is, but maybe you can enlighten me?

No doubt you can also enlighten me, as to what you mean, when you write things like "... our own self-absorbed society etc etc are all part of a whole."

In my mind it is one thing to say, that in our society some developments go in a fundamentally wrong, flawed and damaging direction. It is a TOTALLY different thing altogether to use moral relativism and see our Judeo-Christian culture supposedly as flawed as ideologies like communism or islam and to excuse or explain their EVIL with flaws of the Western World (and that includes Israel!)

If anything is bound to annihilate the Free World, it is exactly your self-demeaning worldview.

When advanced cultures die, it is always by suicide. And what you do here (and probably in other places) is the propagating of assisted suicide.

I am confident though, that a majority in this country will not just roll over and die.

Just one more thing:

You write:
"Israel ... ha[s] no intention of going the peace route."
That is so utterly wrong, Gordo! Israel has tried to live in peace with its neighbors for 60 years now. They have made concession after concession to the non-people of the palestinians, feed and clothe the palis, provide them with energy, let them work in their country, give them "land for peace". NOTHING works! The rest of the arab world props the palis up against the Jews in order to have them fight the muslim "holy war" against the infidel "apes and pigs". I have no respect for these people or anyone who supports them, for that matter.

Islam has to be dealt with along the same lines as national (and international) socialism. The first died with a bang in 1945 and the latter with a wimper in 1989 (at least in the eastern block).

What shall it be this time?

TC

Anonymous said...

TC me lad! You decided not to identify yourself. OK!

Peace will descend like a gentle snowflake on Palestine when Israel starts to follow UN decrees.

But let's have a final shot at the larger picture, your favourite sector is the most dangerous sector but it is only one of hundreds.

Violence in the world today has reached a crescendo; this coupled with our technological advances make each day a possible end-day.
As populations grow and intermingle with alien groups there seems to be a tendency to withdraw mentally into our tribal parts. We seem to be retreating into the prehistoric patterns that say if you're not with us you're agin us. This, often times fanatical loyalty to the group causes a fine type of panic that in turn leads to "destroy at all costs". Genocide. "The only safe ******* is a dead ******".

You can hear this in the hyperbole and rhetoric coming out of the Mid-east today and you can see it in the numbers of dead and maimed there and in the appalling numbers of all the regional massacres of the late 20th. century.

There seems to me to be two ways this will end. (1) We face facts and stop these incidents from developing (some type of world power) (2) Circustances will spin out of our control and the world will explode.

I feel a little like Winston Churchill in reverse when he spent the 30's preaching to the world that Germany was rearmimg etc. and no one listened.

In your particular interest Israel should offer the West Bank to the UN and the UN should be armed. As Winston said long ago "Don't tell me the difficulties, they speak for themselves" The advantages are enormous and with a little thought if you can get past your prejudices you may see a few.

I am calling a halt to this as I think we are starting to go in circles. It has been mildly interesting; be kind to those who disagree with you they may be your long-lost cousins. Gordo

Anonymous said...

Hey cousin!

You’re funny. Who are you, to trudge around the internet and ask people to “identify themselves”? That sounds almost like your “world government” has already arrived and like “peace” [of the cemetery kind] has already descended on the world “like a snowflake”.

Well, it hasn’t!

It needs a pompous fool, to assume that “world peace” is attainable. And an incurable fool, to imagine that globalization politics will lead the world there.
It needs the same kind of fool, to preach that right and wrong, good and evil, do not exist anymore. Even your new messiah knows that. Just not his liberal base!

Say, you feel like Winston Churchill? Really?

You know what he did? He got all the pertinent info about national SOCIALISM, lots of it from direct sources like “Mein Kampf” and he acted, with his allies, to militarily crush that imperialist ideology! As far as I can tell, he did NOT curl up in a corner to suck his thumb and whimper for “world government” and that “peace descend like a snowflake” on Germany.

So, here’s my proposal:

Read the Quran! That is today’s “Mein Kampf”! Or go at least to Robert Spencer’s website and read G.M. Davis’s Islam 101 ( http://www.jihadwatch.org/islam101/ ) You do not need to take anybody’s word about that murderous ideology. Just use the original sources. That will cure you!

Then brush up on your history, especially the history of islamic expansion and if after that, you still feel like relativizing, let’s have a second round.

Until then, any discussion with you seems fruitless.

TC

Anonymous said...

Tom

Before I get out of this thread, I would like to thank you, to pick up this subject. Israel is only a hot spot of the global jihad though. I would appreciate, if you could continue to report about the jihad and the muslim efforts to install the “world government” caliphate under the laws of sharia.

It is well underway and the liberal “elites” and their lemmings applaud it in Europe and America. If they knew what’s in store for them, they’d probably think twice:

http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/Hamas_bombs_Gaza_Israel/2009/01/09/169756.html

Call them what they are, indeed!

TC

Anonymous said...

Such hostility! Wow!
I can see why you wouldn't identify yourself.

Bye bye! Gordo

Anonymous said...

Tom, I think you are very over cautious about these radical Muslims. You really need to calm down about this whole thing, its like you think they're going to attack at any moment. I am a Liberal and I think that you are giving out a very harsh message, really Tom, calm down.

Thanks,

Julie.