Friday, July 21, 2006

"Peace" movements create more war: Rhetoric vs. Reality...

Books by Thomas SowellThomas Sowell - Pacifists Versus Peace:
... Take the Middle East. People are calling for a cease-fire in the interests of peace. But there have been more cease-fires in the Middle East than anywhere else. If cease-fires actually promoted peace, the Middle East would be the most peaceful region on the face of the earth instead of the most violent.

Was World War II ended by cease-fires or by annihilating much of Germany and Japan? Make no mistake about it, innocent civilians died in the process. Indeed, American prisoners of war died when we bombed Germany.

There is a reason why General Sherman said "war is hell" more than a century ago. But he helped end the Civil War with his devastating march through Georgia -- not by cease fires or bowing to "world opinion" and there were no corrupt busybodies like the United Nations to demand replacing military force with diplomacy.

There was a time when it would have been suicidal to threaten, much less attack, a nation with much stronger military power because one of the dangers to the attacker would be the prospect of being annihilated.

"World opinion," the U.N. and "peace movements" have eliminated that deterrent. An aggressor today knows that if his aggression fails, he will still be protected from the full retaliatory power and fury of those he attacked because there will be hand-wringers demanding a cease fire, negotiations and concessions.

That has been a formula for never-ending attacks on Israel in the Middle East. The disastrous track record of that approach extends to other times and places -- but who looks at track records? ...
Read it all... here.

Nothing short of civilization is at stake.

The non-neutral media goes into Beirut: (h/t Bryan)

Another quote from Thomas Sowell:
"Those who keep calling for an end to the 'cycle of violence' are what make such violence more likely. 'World opinion' in general and the United Nations in particular can always be counted on to counsel 'restraint' in response to attacks and 'negotiations' in response to lethal threats... What that means is that those who start trouble will have a lower price to pay than if those they attacked were free to go all out in their counter-attack. Lowering the price to be paid by aggressors virtually guarantees more aggression."

The truth from the land of Israel:
... The 1920 resolution of the League of Nations (forerunner of the U.N.) reaffirmed our entitlement to all of Eretz Yisrael, on both banks of the Jordan, for the purpose of building a Jewish national home in the historical homeland of the Jewish people. It was for this specific purpose that Britain received a Mandate to govern the country, which was then called Palestine. However, in contravention of the international resolution, more than three-fourths of our territory (the Golan Heights and Transjordan) was torn away and handed over to the Arab occupier—in order to appease a prince who’d been left without a share in the spoils of the World War I.

Since then, the Arab occupiers have labored indefatigably to steal our land and annihilate our people. They have gone to war against us repeatedly and have been trounced each time. In our War of Independence, Arab states occupied additional portions of what remained of our national home. We managed to liberate these areas in 1967, in yet another of the wars that were forced on us – the Six-Day War. To this day, we have not demanded the liberation of most of our land, even though it weeps under foreign occupation, Arab occupation. In contrast, our enemies have been conniving, by means of unrelenting terror, cunning, or false propaganda, to evict us from even the small vestige of Eretz Yisrael that we control today. Shamelessly they even destroy archaeological sites in order to blur the truth about the Jewish past in Eretz Yisrael. ...

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