William A. Levinson
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM), on which Lee Kaplan has written some outstanding and well-researched articles, is using the accidental death of an American student, Rachel Corrie, to whip up hatred of Israel. The ISM has blood libeled* Israel by saying that Israel murdered her for protesting against the demolition of Palestinian houses. Israel's psychological warfare mistake is to defend itself against this malicious accusation, thus conceding the initiative to the enemy. As stated by Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke, "The advantages of the offense are clear and permanent. He who acts on his own decision lays down the law to which the waiting party must conform his countermeasures. ... [I]t will generally be more advisable to proceed actively and keep the initiative than to await the law of the opponent."
One approach is to argue (correctly) that Rachel Corrie chose voluntarily and recklessly to play "chicken" with moving construction equipment. This is, however, wholly defensive, and defense does not win conflicts. The other approach is to recall General Carl von Clausewitz's warning that "artillery is the only one of the three arms whose main equipment—guns and carriages—can be promptly used by the enemy against its original owner." In this case, we seize the enemy's public relations weapon, the death of Rachel Corrie, and turn it against him to demolish his credibility.
We Can Own Rachel Corrie
Niccolò Machiavelli wrote that it is often useful to do voluntarily what the enemy seeks to force you to do. Needless to say, however, you do it at a time and in a manner that is convenient for you and fatal to the enemy. Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings mentions a technique, "to accompany him and forestall him," which sounds like the same thing. "To go along with him" is a good way to phrase it.
The ISM has put forward Rachel Corrie as an innocent and idealistic doe-eyed peace activist who was martyred in a confrontation with the IDF. Instead of arguing that she was fully responsible for her own actions, we accept the enemy's position, and then turn her into OUR innocent and idealistic doe-eyed peace activist; one who died because the ISM knowingly, willfully, and recklessly endangered her life. We have every right in the world to do this because, when you use a word like "murder" as the ISM has accused Israel, it is very bad judgment to express a motive for wanting the decedent dead.
Rachel Corrie was More Useful to the ISM Dead than Alive
One of the first rules of psychological warfare is that anything you say or do can be used against you. The International Solidarity Movement is on record as saying openly that Rachel Corrie was more useful to its cause dead than alive. It is a matter of record that Craig and Cindy Corrie have been informed of this.
(1) This article was posted by Freepalestinecampaign.org. In it, ISM member Joseph Smith, who was present when Rachel Corrie was hit by the bulldozer, put himself on record as follows. (Emphasis is mine.)
The spirit that she died for is worth a life. This idea of resistance, this spirit of resisting this brutal occupying force, is worth anything. And many, many, many Palestinians give their lives for it all the time. So the life of one international, I feel, is more than worth the spirit of resisting oppression.
Most cowardly manipulators, like the mullahs and imams who promise Arab teenagers 72 virgins in the afterlife, prefer to send others to die for the Cause. Even worse is to come, because Smith admitted openly in "Making of a Martyr" by Sandra Jordan,
Joe Smith, 21, who went to college with Corrie, said that, although they acknowledged the danger, they saw death as a ‘small, unlikely, potential risk’.” ‘We knew there was a risk,’ Smith said, ‘but we also knew it never happened in the two years that we (the ISM) have been working here. I knew we take lots of precautions so that it doesn’t happen, that if it did happen it would have to be an intentional act by a soldier, in which case it would bring a lot of publicity and significance to the cause.’
The very definition of recklessness is (1) to know that something is dangerous to another person, and then (2) to go ahead and do it anyway. Note also that Smith says openly that the death of an "international" would be useful for publicity. The bottom line is that he expressed a motive for wanting a young American college student dead. If this was not bad enough by itself, his chief priority was to take pictures rather than to try to get her out of the bulldozer's path.
A traumatised Smith raised his camera and took photographs: Rachel standing in front of the bulldozer; then her bloodied body being pulled from the freshly turned soil; being cradled in the arms of her friends.
(2) ISM leader George Rishmawi also expressed a motive for wanting Rachel Corrie dead.
"When Palestinians get shot by Israeli soldiers, no one is interested anymore," Rishmawi said. "But if some of these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice."
(3) The ISM admits openly that it recklessly endangered Rachel Corrie's life. This is straight from the Electronic Intifada, which accused Israel of "murdering" Rachel Corrie.
Picture taken between 3:00-4:00PM, 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Rachel Corrie (L) and Nick (R) oppose the potential destruction of this home (to the west of the Doctor’s home where Rachel was killed). In the instance pictured, the bulldozer did not stop and Rachel was pinned between the scooped earth and the fence behind her. On this occasion, the driver stopped before seriously injuring her. Photo by Joseph Smith (ISM Handout).
There's Joseph Smith again, taking pictures while his fellow activist puts her life at risk. The key takeaway is, however, that the ISM says openly that Rachel was almost killed by a bulldozer earlier in the day. The ISM nonetheless chose to allow or encourage her to continue to play chicken with moving construction equipment, and thus knowingly and willfully endangered her along with any other activists who might have participated.
(4) "Making of a Martyr" quotes a Hamas member as follows:
'Her death serves me more than it served her,' said one activist at a Hamas funeral yesterday.
There we have it; Joseph Smith, George Rishmawi, and a Hamas member all said openly that a young American college student was more useful to them dead than alive. Rachel Corrie learned too late that, when you are more useful to your friends dead than alive, it is time to find new friends. We can and should use these statements to turn Rachel Corrie from ISM's asset into its albatross.
Rachel Corrie: Star in a Hamas Snuff Movie
An Arab journalist, meanwhile, lamented openly not that Rachel Corrie died, but rather that nobody made a snuff film of a young blonde, blue-eyed, American woman being killed.
If only they'd had a video camera,' one Palestinian journalist lamented. 'A film of the Israelis killing an American in cold blood would have ended the intifada.'
A snuff film is a movie of an actual murder, often of a woman, whose purpose is to appeal to the most depraved and sadistic kind of viewer. It is therefore useful to use the enemy journalist's own words to portray his side as patrons and purveyors of this kind of entertainment. Throw in honor killings of women, stonings of women under Sharia law, and the enemy's use of female foreign activists as "comfort women," and we can rightfully paint the enemy as a brutal misogynist who regards half of the human species as less than human, and also expendable.
Worth Repeating: PsyWar is an Offensive Weapon
General Patton, the same commander who said that fortresses are monuments to human stupidity, wrote the following in his Saber Exercise of 1914.
The saber is solely a weapon of offense and is used in conjunction with the other offensive weapon, the horse, In all the training, the idea of speed must be conserved. No direct parries are taught, because at the completion of a parry the enemy is already beyond reach of an attack. The surest parry is a disabled opponent.
Israel's (and Caterpillar's) best defense against blood libels and defamation from the dregs of society is not to try to fend off the latter's attacks. The best defense is to expose the organization as callously reckless, or worse, with the lives of its own volunteer activists. What the enemy does afterward will not matter because nobody will have the slightest interest in a single word he has to say.
* The original blood libel that Jews used the blood of Christian babies to make matzos was not, in fact, the first blood libel. The Roman Emperor Nero accused Christians of starting the Great Fire of Rome so he would have an excuse to throw them to his lions. Any false and malicious accusation of a particularly heinous crime is, for all practical purposes, a blood libel, especially if its purpose is to foment violence against the target. Other examples include:
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's accusations that his fellow service members were committing atrocities during the Vietnam War. If what he said was true, though, he is an admitted war criminal himself.
- Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Barack Obama's church, published accusations that the United States invented the AIDS virus (i.e. waged biological war), and that Israel was working with South Africa to develop an "ethnic bomb" to kill Arabs and Black people respectively.