Ignorance is Often not Bliss
Ignorance is Often not Bliss

We have witnessed over and over again Arab and Muslim war crimes on a never ending spiral of horror inflicted upon Israel’s civilian population. No doubt, future salvos of missiles will rein down upon Israeli villages, towns and cities, fired by the Iranian supported Hamas occupiers of Gaza and by Hezbollah in Lebanon. As before, the world will yawn.

But then, remarkably, it will doubtless awaken when the Jews have the unmitigated gall, temerity and chutzpah to defend themselves under unbearable Muslim violence and provocation as they were forced to do during the latest Gaza War.

It will be then, as always, that an outpouring of brutish and irrational hatred towards the Jewish state will explode in much of the morally bankrupt mainstream media, and among the thousands of hate filled Muslims who will take to the streets of European capitals in violent displays of hate.

The world had also yawned before and during the dark years of World War 2 when Jews were disappearing all over Europe. It was a time of towering intolerance and we have now retreated to those terrible years yet again.

It was then that Hitler targeted the Jews, always the victim of prior and ancient religious calumnies. Far too many of the peoples of Europe aided and abetted the German Nazis’ systematic slaughter of the stateless and hapless Jewish communities. But long dark centuries preceded Nazism as Jews throughout Europe were martyred in their millions at thehands of both the Church and the temporal powers. Indeed if you need to know the name of the largest Jewish cemetery in the world: It is Europe.

But once the Nazi hordes were driven back and defeated the cry became, “Never Again.” But it is happening again. The same world, albeit now with the children and grandchildren of that mostly compliant generation that allowed the Nazi horror to grow and metastasize, are again turning against the Jews and against their reconstituted biblical and ancestral homeland: Israel.

But this time the intolerance that is leading them into a new dark age is that which Winston Churchill called a 7th century ideology wrapped in a religion: Islam.

Here are the words of Churchill, one of the world’s greatest patriots who helped save the world from the Nazi juggernaut of death:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!

“Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

“A degraded sensualism deprives this [Muslim] life of grace and refinement; the next of dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. .. all [Muslims] know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

“Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

Winston Churchill wrote the following: “Appeasement is like feeding a crocodile in the hope he will eat you last.”
He continues:

“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”— (Winston Churchill on Islam in his book, The River War)

In the first volume of my trilogy, Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state, I ended the concluding page as follows:

“I for one realize that Islam will never accept a non-Islamic state in lands once conquered in the name of Allah. Therefore I no longer include in my articles or essays the phrase, the Arab-Israel conflict or the Israel - Palestinian conflict. Instead, I call it the Israel-Islam conflict. Alas, that is what it is, what it always has been, and what it always will be.”

In Volume Two, I concluded with these words:

“The appeasement of the Arab and Muslim world will bring the exact opposite of what the appeasers seek.”

Winston Churchill wrote the following:

“Appeasement is like feeding a crocodile in the hope he will eat you last.”

I went on to add: “The crocodile has no feelings of sympathy, nor does the Muslim Arab whose culture considers concessions a form of weakness and will offer no reciprocal concessions but cruelly demand more and more. It reminds me of the ancient saying from the Jewish Ethics of the Fathers: ‘Whoever is merciful to the cruel, ends by being cruel to the merciful.’”

The third volume of Politicide includes example after example of just such appeasement by growing numbers of individuals in the West towards the voracious Muslim appetite for world conquest, for a Caliphate and for triumphant Islam. Those individuals include politicians, tenured professors, journalists, entertainers, ad nauseum.

Nations seek to gain time -  before the Islamic tide washes over them - through appeasement. They do so by ever growing hostility and intolerance towards the embattled Jewish state in the hope of assuaging the Islamic appetite. But it is all folly.

Western European nations are now submerged in an ever growing, Sharia compliant, Islamic monster that is within the gates. In a generation or two, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Scandinavian countries and Britain may no longer retain a Judeo-Christian culture or civilization except in small pockets, always besieged by a Muslim majority they so foolishly allowed to grow and strengthen within their borders.

The world is changing and Israel, the one Jewish state, now finds itself after years of foolish concessions to an implacable Muslim and Arab foe, left with so little land, and with a Palestinian Authority occupying territory in the very heartland of the Jewish people’s patrimony - Judea and Samaria - called by its Jordanian Arab name: the 'West Bank'.

And then there is Gaza: A finger of land pointing into Israel’s heart like some cancerous tumor. This territory is occupied by Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood branch of the so-called Palestinian Arabs. 

As Adrian Morgan, a past editor of Family Security Matters, in his foreword to the third volume pointed out, this Islamic organization is motivated by an abiding hatred of Jews and not only wishes to exterminate the Jewish state and all its citizens, but seeks to destroy Jews throughout the world.

And now, after Israel in 2005 drove out its own citizens from their villages and farms in Gaza, 10,000 Jewish refugees from Gaza live within Israel, their lives embittered by such a breathtakingly stupid Israeli concession.

Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in the hope that the Arabs would live peaceably with them and share in the benefits for all that comes from a true and lasting peace, Israeli villages and towns in southern and central Israel endure a relentless barrage of deadly missiles.

So many Israeli concessions forced upon weak Israeli leaders by friends and foes alike have endangered Israel’s existence more than the combined military and terroristic Arab aggression against her since her reconstitution as a Jewish nation in 1948.

As you will read in the many chapters of Volume Three, and in the two previous volumes, Israeli concessions have never been met by Arab and Muslim concessions: Never.

The outrageous euphemisms employed to mask Israeli capitulation are well known. “Land for Peace” is the term used to sanitize Israeli national suicide. Land, precious land, with spiritual, historical, and strategic value to Israel, has been given away to persuade the Muslim Arab enemy to join in the benefits of peaceful coexistence.

But it is a disastrous charade played upon the Jewish state for, in return for painful Israeli concessions of territory, the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians, never, ever offer peace but endless intolerance and greater and greater demands.

Another suicidal euphemism to mask Israel’s gradual destruction is, “The Two-State-Solution.” This abomination has permitted a delusional belief that two states can live side by side in peace with each other. One state is Israel, a democratic nation. The other state would be “Palestine,” an artificial creation and a terrorist entity that would live and breathe relentless and genocidal aggression towards its neighbor, Israel.

For such a state to exist that patently and demonstrably has no desire - because of its adherence to its Islamic faith - to ever give up its ambition to destroy the Jewish state, will be the ultimate fatal error of any Israeli government.

It is national suicide and the very euphemism, “Two-State-Solution,” echoes in its hideous similarity that other euphemism employed by Nazi Germany as it systematically exterminated 6,000,000 Jews: “The Final Solution.” Yet Obama and Kerry, along with European moral equivalence, pursue this noxious idea with an unholy and mindless zeal.

Let me quote from words I wrote in one of the chapters in Politicide; words which, I believe, must be stated over and over again.

“Even though the native and indigenous peoples of Israel are the Jews, and even though the Land of Israel was given to the Jewish people in an eternal covenant with God, it does not matter to Islam’s adherents, for wherever the Muslim foot has once trod triumphal, that territory is forever regarded as Islamic. It becomes the Dar al-Islam (the House of Islam).

“If such territory is lost to Muslims, it enters the Dar al-Harb (the House of War). Allah has been diminished and the land must be retaken however long it takes. Peace, then, is merely a mirage in the desert sands.

“Too many world leaders fail to understand the Muslim mindset. Israeli leaders, who of all people should know better, still fall into the fatal trap of believing that the Western model of lasting peace between nation-states can equally apply in the Middle East between Muslim and non-Muslim nations. It is a fatal fallacy.”

Thus we reach the year 2015. It is a year in which anti-Semitism is on the rise by quantum leaps and the international guilt that permeated nation states after the Holocaust is fast withering away. The spectacle of the individual Jew as a victim is now increasingly replaced by the Jewish state; itself now cast in the role of the persecuted Jew.

The baffling alliance of the Left with Islam is a phenomenon stalking the world. Its target is the Jewish state even though the Left is protected and free to exercise its political will within the Israeli democracy.

But it remains forbidden to challenge all powerful Islam within the fifty seven Muslim nations and, because of the insanity of political correctness, it is now practically forbidden throughout so many western countries.

Phyllis Chesler, the feminist writer, saw as far back as 2003, what horrors were emerging in the West. Writing in her book, “The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It,” she penned the following:

“When feminists, gay rights groups, and civil rights activists choose to support Islamic countries where women are subject to honor murders, where homosexuals are imprisoned and sometimes executed, and - in the case of Sudan today and Saudi Arabia before 1962 - slavery is practiced, something irrational is at work. Only anti-Semitism can explain this weird Marxist-Islamic alliance.”

Indeed, the Left and Islam in their unholy alliance target the Jewish state with growing venom.

That Islam will turn with increased intolerance upon the leftists is guaranteed, yet it will let the Left work its evil upon Israel before - like Churchill’s crocodile - it devours its erstwhile partner.

In the Passover story, which is enshrined in the Haggadah, the book retelling the events of the Exodus and of the order of the Seder meal, there is a profound and millennial old passage:

“Not one man alone has risen up against us to destroy us, but in every generation there have risen up against us those who sought to destroy us; but the Holy One, blessed be He, delivers us from their hands.” And so it was and still is.

Hopefully you, dear reader, will become one of those who choose to defend and support Israel’s struggle to survive and prosper in an ever darkening world so full of intolerance.

In such a time as this, ignorance is not bliss.

Victor Sharpe is a prolific writer whose work is published in many leading conservative websites. He is the author of the acclaimed trilogy, Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.