William A. Levinson
Amy Goodman, aka "Hamas Amy," is on previous record as blood libeling Israel with false accusations of war crimes. Her latest column calls into question her diligence and integrity as a journalist. That is, she either (1) does not know what she is talking about, which indicates the lack of due diligence that results in all kinds of Internet rumors, or (2) knows the facts but chooses to ignore them. The latter is outright dishonesty, which means she should be writing for the tabloids one usually finds in supermarket checkout lines, and not for major U.S. news publications.
Her opinion piece starts out well enough by describing the stupidity of the European leaders who started World War I, and there was indeed plenty of blame to go around. The Great War is a model for "the war nobody wanted," and a warning of how a seemingly minor conflict could turn into a world war today. Then, however, whether because her lack of due diligence leaves her ignorant of the facts, or because she willfully ignores them to provide propaganda support for terrorists, she contends,
.After nearly 50 days of the bombardment of Gaza with Israel’s intensely lethal, high-tech, U.S.-funded arsenal, Palestinian health officials put the number of Gazans killed at 2,139, of whom over 490 were children. Israel reported 64 soldiers killed as a result of its ground invasion of Gaza, with six civilians dead. The narrow Gaza Strip, one of the most densely populated places on Earth, suffering under an Israeli-imposed state of siege, is now a pile of rubble through which people pick, searching for the bodies of loved ones.
All Effects Have Causes; Any Questions?
Hamas Amy, who might easily have been Axis Amy seventy years ago, describes the effects of the bombardment but, whether through lack of diligence or integrity, omits the obvious cause. It's easy to envision what Goodman would have said as Axis Amy:
After the firebombing of Dresden with the UK's intensely lethal, high-tech, U.S.-funded arsenal, Nazi health officials put the number of Germans killed at 135,000. The narrow Nazi Strip, one of the most densely populated places on Earth, suffering under an Allied-imposed state of siege, is now a pile of rubble through which people pick, searching for the bodies of loved ones.
Conspicuously absent from her bleating tirade would have been the Nazis' invasion of Poland, genocide of Jews, Gypsies, and Poles, use of French and Czechs for slave labor, and an ongoing litany of ballistic missile attacks on London and other civilian targets. (Here is a graphic image of a child's body burning in the streets of Antwerp after a V2 attack, which is similar to what Hamas is trying to do to Israeli children.) Sir Arthur Harris, on the other hand, explained the cause as well as the effect:
The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.
Israel has actually used far more restraint--admittedly with precision-guided munitions that were not available in 1945--than the Allies by attacking only specific military targets, as opposed to entire cities with scattered military-related assets like factories, roads, and railroads. The next time anybody in the U.S. or UK bleats about how Israel's weapons cause collateral damage because Hamas willfully mingles its military assets with civilians, Israel should remind that person that the U.S. and UK turned an entire city into a crematorium in response to Nazi rocket attacks on English cities. It might also be instructive to ask some older Britons, the ones who had to run for bomb shelters every time the sirens went off, to recount their experiences. Now let's see if Hamas Amy (and Hamas sympathizers in the UK) can relate to this news report:
Among the 46 dead and 200 seriously injured were shoppers in the street and passengers on buses.
No, it wasn't a Palestinian suicide bombing in Israel; it was a cruise missile attack on London. Here is what British pilots did to stop these weapons:
- Video from a Supermarine Spitfire's gun camera while the pilot shoots down a Nazi cruise missile (the first movie shows clearly the V1's engine duct).
- Computer animation of the UK's Iron Dome, which was effective against the V1 but not the supersonic V2. It was actually safer for the pilot to "flip the doodlebug" than shoot it, and risk having it explode in his face.
Hamas Amy then goes on to (more likely than not) blood libel a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
In Ferguson, police violence has provoked protests and a national debate after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed, African-American teenager Michael Brown just days before Brown was to head off to college.
Again, all effects have causes. Yes, Michael Brown was unarmed, but the law also recognizes something called disparity of force; namely the fact that a bigger, stronger, and possibly berserk assailant can inflict serious injury on you even with his bare hands. Darren Wilson was taken to the hospital after the incident for injuries that Brown obviously did not inflict on him after he was shot.
A police source has confirmed to MailOnline that Wilson was taken to hospital and treated for facial injuries sustained during the Brown incident but would not elaborate on the severity or nature of those injuries.
Last week, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson had suffered swelling to the side of his face but gave few details of the injuries.
If War is Not the Answer, You Haven't Asked the Right Question
Goodman concludes her article with the line, "War is not the answer to conflict in the 21st century." That is clearly because she does not know how to ask the right questions.
(1) How, other than with war, was the civilized world supposed to have stopped Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan? This was admittedly in the 20th century, but weapons then were sufficiently powerful to kill tens of millions of people.
(2) How, other than with war, is Israel supposed to stop Hamas terrorists from murdering its civilians (and also its own)?
(3) How, other than with war, are people supposed to stop ISIS from cutting off heads, burying people alive, death-marching prisoners of war the way the Imperial Japanese did, and cutting children in half for entertainment?
Let us know when you come up with an answer, Hamas Amy, and then get back to us. We won't hold our breaths, though.