Re-Post: “So, What Would They Do?” by Hal LindseyMonday, July 31st, 2006
I was listening with interest when a British reporter was called in by Fox News to give her ‘analysis’ of the current Middle East conflict between Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel. The context of the interview was in relation to Hezbollah’s upping the ante by firing a new, longer range rocket into Afula, some ten miles south of Haifa.
The interviewer pointed out President Bush’s statement that the root cause of the violence was Hezbollah and Hamas.
The British reporter, Hillary McKenzie, immediately took exception to Bush’s statement, saying that ‘in Europe’s view’ (which obviously was shared by McKenzie) the root of the problem was really Israel’s refusal to grant the Palestinians a state of their own.
The fact that every ‘occupied’ territory vacated by Israel was immediately used to stage new attacks against Israel aside, what would, say, the British do? Let’s just suppose that a group of Irishmen living in Ireland wanted an independent Irish state in place of the British mandate in Northern Ireland?
Let’s sweeten the pot by pretending that the Irishmen wanting an Irish state on Irish soil in place of the British-ruled state set up by the British after conquering its inhabitants won’t take ‘no’ for an answer?
To make it even more interesting, let’s pretend that these Irishmen set up an anti-British terrorist group and gave it a nationalist-sounding name, like, maybe the “Irish Republican Army” with a cool acronym like the Palestinians have in the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s acronym, PLO?
So, supposing there was an entity called the IRA that used bombs and terrorist attacks aimed at driving the British off Irish land and setting up an Irish state under Irish rule?
What would the British do?
Would they conduct ground wars against the IRA? Would they imprison the Irish ‘freedom fighters’ who were fighting with the only weapon they had — terrorism — against a ruling external nation much too powerful for the IRA to fight by conventional means?
Or would they, as McKenzie says Europe sees it, immediately turn Northern Ireland over to the Irish ‘rebels?’
Indeed, would ethnic Irishmen seeking to free themselves from foreign rule even qualify as ‘rebels’? Wouldn’t they be ‘freedom fighters’ like the Palestinians?
What IS the difference between British rule in Northern Ireland and Israeli rule over the West Bank and Gaza? Is there one? You bet there is. Before there WAS a Britain, there was an Israel. And before the British ever discovered there was an island across the Irish sea, the ‘Palestinian territories’ were part of ethnic Israel. Northern Ireland was never composed of ethnic Britons.
And Britain did not come into possession of Northern Ireland as a consequence of repelling Irish invaders whose goal was the extermination of the British race.
While we’re on the subject, China voiced its opposition to Israel’s incursion into Lebanon at the Security Council, demanding Israel be condemned for its actions against Hezbollah.
What if there were an island composed of ethnic Chinese that had NEVER been part of the People’s Republic of China? What if that island declared itself an independent nation? What would China do if Tawan resisted forcible unification with the Red Chinese? According to Beijing, it would use all the weapons at its disposal to bring Taiwan back under its rule.
What if Chechnya were to declare it did not want to be part of the new Russian Federation after the Soviet Union collapsed? What would Moscow do? Would it grant Chechnya the independence its population demanded? Or would it conduct a decade-long war, killing thousands of civilians in the process, to force Chechnya into the Russian Federation against the will of the majority of Chechen citizens?
What would the French do if the Vietnamese, after decades of colonial rule, declared its independence? Would it wish the Vietnamese rebels ‘bon chance’ and give the country back to its people? Or would it fight a ten-year war to keep Vietnam inside the sphere of French colonial influence?
Of course, none of these are exactly in parallel with the Israeli-Arab war. The Irish Republican Army poses no existential threat to the continued viability of Great Britain. The IRA has not sworn to annihilate every living Englishman and then seize Britain’s assets for itself.
The Taiwanese have not attacked Beijing, or threatened the annihilation of the Red Chinese state and every living Chinaman on the mainland.
The Chechens have not banded together with the express purpose of destroying Russia and setting up a Chechen state in its place.
And the Vietnamese defeated the French, after which, it left them alone.
What would the United Nations do if New Zealand attacked Australia with the express purpose of annihilating Australia as a nation and exterminating every Australian it could find, simply because they were Australians? Would they urge Australia to show ‘restraint’?
We already know what the British would do. They would increase their troop presence in Northern Ireland, and capture or kill every Irishman that lifted a hand against them. And they would NOT call the IRA ‘freedom fighters’. They’d call them terrorists.
China has threatened to launch an all-out invasion of Tawian and overthrow any Taiwanese government that dared to formally declare independence from the Red Chinese government Taiwan was never part of.
And Moscow has been conducting an all-out war against Chechen ‘rebels’ whom Moscow calls ‘terrorists’ and not ‘freedom fighters’.
But Israel, a sovereign member state of the United Nations, has fought five wars for its existence against the combined forces of the Arab world. In each case, the provocation for the Arab attacks was the mere existence of a Jewish state called Israel.
In each case, Brits, Chinese, Russians and UN have demanded Israel withdraw to indefensible borders, insisted on a cease-fire in order to give Israel’s enemies a chance to rest and regroup before launching a new war. And in each case, it blamed Israel for causing the war BY ITS EXISTENCE, demanding it surrender parts of itself to the aggressors in exchange for a ‘peace’ that never came.
History tells us what THEY would do. But, of course, their situation is different.
They aren’t Jews.