Monday, November 21, 2005

Is Inevitable
In Pacifism

This post, from Michael Phillips, is one of the great posts in blog history:

... anti-Semitism is a disease that destroys the brain of the anti-Semite or the culture of anti-Semitic peoples. As I’ve churned this idea around in my head I now find it more appropriate to think of anti-Semitism as a poison. When people accept anti-Semitism they are drinking a poison that leaves their brains dysfunctional.

For Arabs and Hitler era Germans, blaming the Jews for all their problems and accepting no responsibility for anything creates a dysfunctional society. You can hardly consider yourself a true Arab if you don’t blame the Mossad and the CIA for all your problems.

I’ve seen it happen to one of my old friends, Fran Peavey, who became increasingly anti-Semitic as her lefty pacifism became more anti-Israel. The rest of her work became confused and ineffective in parallel.

Of course, some anti-Semitism is to be expected with a pacifist. The Holocaust is the towering granite mountain of evidence that pacifism is nonsense. The Jews surviving in Israel, in the middle of 100 million hate filled Arabs, by building a great military, is a second Himalayan mountain of evidence against pacifism. The Jews are living and dead proof that pacifism is fantasy. Ipso: pacificists readily become anti-Semities.

The other day, I was discussing the War with a Jewish Pacifist. Between spitting insults at George Bush, and accusing him of all manner of crimes against humanity, she also called the Orthodox Jews of Israel "evil." Now, mind you, this is a woman who refuses to "judge" anything. But, the word evil did slip from her tongue when it came to her fellow Jews.

In the course of the conversation, I told her that we need to fundamentally alter the Islamic religion, eliminating the twin doctrines of Jihad, and strict Sharia. She thought this was an apalling idea, that I would propose that we Westerners dictate to Arabs what beliefs they can and can't put into practice.

I pointed out that we had done precisely that in Germany and Japan, after WWII. Now, get this. She acknowledged the truth of what I was saying, and that it worked, but then, she turned right around and said, "I don't think we should be telling others what they can and can't believe."

(The photo was taken by Zombie, as a anti-War demonstration in San Francisco.)