The dead baby strategy: defend terror, not democracy

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

In this 2014 Gaza-Israel war, the world rises to defend an ‘innocent’ Gaza against a ‘brutal’ Israel. Look at the news stories below. They are from August 1-6, 2014. Their message is clear. Hamas is victim. Israel is brutal; Israel-the-baby-killer must be stopped. Please, the stories seem to say, we beg you: defend Hamas-the-terror-organization against Israel–the-brutal-democracy.

For example, British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond, in “Foreign Secretary condemns 'intolerable suffering' in Gaza”, The Daily Telegraph, August 3, 2014, reports that he is “shocked by the extent of the violence and destruction” in Gaza. That violence and destruction is, of course, created exclusively by Israel. Hamas plays no role in that violence. Hamas is innocent.

Read the news: terrorists are innocent. Israel-the-democracy is evil.

The Daily Telegraph looks at this war—and airbrushes the terrorist Hamas. In “UN: Nearly 300 Palestinian children killed”, The Daily Telegraph, August 3, 2014, we see how a terror organization uses a ‘dead baby’ strategy. It uses children as human shields. It seeks more, not less, civilian deaths. It does that to enrage the world against Israel.

It’s a strategy that’s perfectly aligned with how a terror organization thinks. The Daily Telegraph, however, doesn’t understand the difference between a democracy and a terror organization. It doesn’t look at how Hamas deliberately positions civilians, especially women and children, to be killed by attacking Israelis. It doesn’t ask why Hamas won’t let civilians leave targets after Israel notifies those civilians to evacuate because a strike is coming at them. It cares only about one thing: Palestinian children have been killed by Israel-the-democracy.

Read the news: Israel-the-democracy kills children. Look at those dead babies. What do you expect from a democracy? It brutalizes a terror organization. It must be stopped.

The BBC loves to hate Israel-the-democracy. In “Deadly strike 'on UN school in Gaza'”, BBC News, August 3, 2014, we learn that Israel-the-brutal democracy has—yet again--killed civilians during an air strike on a UN-run school housing Palestinians displaced by the Gaza conflict. How do we know the dead were civilians? Hamas terror officials said so. How do we know the site was a non-combatant site? Hamas terror officials said so.

Therefore, the world is outraged by Israel-the-brutal-democracy. The world is compassionate towards the terrorist Hamas. Is the world just a little too content to accept--without comment or question--the picture of Israel-the-democracy as baby-killers and Hamas-the-terrorist as innocent victim?

The world’s anger towards Israel-the-brutal-democracy grows. In “Gaza crisis 'intolerable'”, BBC News, August 3, 2014, gave us a second look at British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond. In this BBC story, he tells us that he finds the situation in Gaza "simply intolerable, and must be addressed". He is particularly concerned because he has heard from the British public. That public has ‘bought’ the ‘dead baby’ strategy. That public is “deeply, deeply disturbed by what it is seeing on its television screens coming out of Gaza".

Yes, the ‘dead baby’ strategy works. Hammond feels the compassion of his public: Hamas-the-terror-organization is victim. Israel-the-democracy kills babies.

In England, [British Labour Leader] Ed “Miliband opens fire on PM over Israel” Times of London, August 3, 2014. Miliband sees those dead babies. He is repulsed. He doesn’t see anything wrong with Hamas. They’re innocent, aren’t they? Aren’t all terrorists innocent? Miliband finds it “inexplicable” that Britain’s PM David Cameron has failed to condemn Israeli attacks that have killed Palestinian children.

British politicians are angry. They seem to want to know, why won’t Cameron vilify Israel-the-democracy and protect Hamas-the-terror organization? Is Cameron insane?

In the United States, a White House official joins in the chorus against Israel-the-baby killer. In “Senior Obama Adviser: You Can't Condone Killing of Children”, Arutz Sheva, August 4, 2014, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett is quoted as saying that you “can't condone [Israel’s] killing of all of these innocent children".

She’s right to say one cannot condone the killing of innocent children. But, according to international law, she is wrong to blame Israel for those deaths; she should be denouncing Hamas’ use of human shields for those deaths.

It doesn’t matter. The White has chosen to place Hamas-the-terrorist above Israel-the-democracy.

The United Nations agrees. Since the beginning of this war on July 8, 2014, it has, essentially, airbrushed Hamas-the-terror-organization and has attempted instead to criminalize Israel-the-brutal-democracy. In “UN Rep: Attacks against Civilians May Constitute War Crimes”, Arutz Sheva, August 6, 2014, the UN did it again. It ignored Hamas’s war crimes and turned on Israel. Navi Pilay, the UN’s Human Rights guardian, declared that any attack against homes, schools and hospitals must be condemned and may constitute war crimes [emphasis mine].

The dead baby strategy works. It motivates the world to defend terrorism. It provokes the world to criminalize democracy.

The G-d of Israel watches. He sees how the world supports terror over Israel.

In the name of peace and law, the world sows seeds of perversion and hate. Its harvest will be neither justice nor love.

(Originally published August 7, 2014 at the Tuvia Brodie blog)