Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The West Appeases Islam

In the war between Islam and the West, the West has been failing. There’s more to it than the ascent of ISIS and the appeal it has for disenchanted Muslim youth in Europe.

More importantly, Europe and the West have failed to defend their culture and values. The anti-Western bias that saturates radical leftist thinking tells the Muslim world that it is on the right side of history. It tells the jihadis that the West is in decline and that its leaders will no longer defend it.

As I have mentioned, the clearest sign is the West’s failure to stand up for the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. Western leaders are incapable of defending the only free enterprise government in the Middle East. They have consistently held Israel to account for the failures of the Palestinians.

I have suggested that these leaders are buying protection, but they are not only undermining the Israeli government. They are fomenting and legitimating anti-Semitism.

Surely, the Obama administration has led the march. The resurgence of overt anti-Semitism in America is coming down from the highest levels of the American government. When you elect Jeremiah Wright’s protégé, what do you expect?

So, our Vice President, Joe Biden, was speaking to J Street, an anti-Israeli leftist lobbying group that favors more and more concessions to the Palestinians. For the J Street crowd, Israel is always in the wrong. It needs to submit to the Palestinian terrorists lest it be destroyed by the Palestinians. Naturally, J Street believes that it loves Israel and is trying to save it for itself.

As always, in these administration rants, the goal is to appear to be even handed—that is, neutral-- in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They see no significant or substantial difference between the warring parties—only one of which has declared war against the other. After months of terrorist stabbings of Israelis, the Palestinians are rewarded by being placed on the same ground as the Israelis. They are chastised by agents of the American government while the Obama-Biden administration saves its full fury for the Israelis. What other message can they draw but that terrorism works.

Joe Biden said:

I firmly believe that the actions that Israel's government has taken over the past several years - the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures - they're moving us and more importantly they're moving Israel in the wrong direction.

Biden continued to declare that the United States accepts responsibility for Israel’s security, but he also expressed:

… our sometimes overwhelming frustration with the Israeli government.

He says nothing about his overwhelming frustration with the Palestinian Authority’s terrorism. The best he can muster is that it needs to denounce terrorism. He does not say that they should stop the terrorism or that they should stop the building of terror tunnels with their partners in Hamas. He does not say that until they accept the legitimacy of Israel there will be no negotiations.  He offers them a polite slap on the wrist while he holds Israel responsible for the problems.

Biden is not remaining neutral in the conflict. He is echoing the Palestinian party line. With friends like that, the Israelis do well to develop alliances with Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

As though that were not bad enough, German Chancellor Angela Merkel—you remember, the woman who is destroying Germany with her open-arms policy toward Muslim refugees; the woman who is directing government officials to cover up the instances of Muslim violence against German women— stood side by side with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas at a press conference yesterday and stated that the problems in the area derive from Israeli settlements.

The policy of Western appeasement is alive and well. Sometimes you have to take sides.


Sam L. said...

The Left HAS chosen sides, and it is the Muslim and anti-Western side.

Ares Olympus said...

The topic I saw today was about the Israeli soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian suspect.
The medic, Sgt. Elor Azaria, 19, was charged with manslaughter by an Israeli military court on Monday for firing a single bullet into the head of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, killing him, on March 24 in the city of Hebron. Sharif was one of two young Palestinians suspected of lightly wounding an Israeli soldier in an area of the city inhabited by Jewish settlers.

As the Jerusalem Post reported last month, an Israeli military prosecutor told a court that Azaria told his commanding officer immediately after the shooting that he had fired the shot because “the terrorist needed to die.”

Somehow this reminded me of the Black Lives Matter protests the U.S. where police can execute any black they want to kill, and plant evidence to avoid accountability, EXCEPT when then are caught on camera, and then the Law SOMETIMES actually recognizes the injustice.

But unlike Israel, America Police officers openly rarely say after their executions "The black needed to die." So its cleear Israel is more screwed up than America, or maybe Israelis are just more honest?

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Certain circles advocate the appeasement of Islam, because we must be "tolerant," open to other views, faiths and ways of life.

That's why these same circles applaud ESPN for firing Curt Schilling for an offensive tweet about transgender people, a tweet where he used a provocative picture as a caricature. This is unacceptable. We must not tolerate such things. If someone wants to identify as another gender, we must accept their choice, regardless of consequences. We must, lest we become an uncaring, unloving, unjust society.

Liberals used to think they were above it all. Now they have sold out to the Left... they are totalitarians, championing anything that goes against the beliefs of those they don't like. It's a cult of opposition to standards of any kind.

Leftism is moving toward thought control. This does not comport with their traditional view of the First Amendment and their precious free speech. Producers will make a dozen more movies about the impact of McCarthyism and HUAC on the creative environment in 1950s Hollywood, but these same people can't look in the mirror and consider their own complicity in silencing other points of view.

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