The indispensible analysis of Nidra Poller, EXCLUSIVE TO ATLAS READERS. Poller shares my sentiments on the "innocent civilian canard" among a great many ther things. Read it.
Paris 8 August 2006
Don’t apologize. Don’t express sincere regrets. Don’t promise to investigate. Don’t fall into that trap. Apologize in private, in the privacy of the heart, apologize in prayer, ask for divine forgiveness, but don’t apologize to public opinion. Don’t fall into the traps set by vicious jihadis and relayed by unscrupulous media. Investigate, hold to the highest standards, but don’t promise to investigate. Don’t make promises to the cynical birds of ill augur perched on the fringes of the battle, squawking accusations against your brave hearts. Don’t say “we will investigate” because they translate it to “guilty as charged.” Did they ever ask a jihadi to investigate? Did they ever scrutinize a jihadi investigation with their steely eyes? Do they investigate their own misfiring, misjudgments, misleading misinformation?
Don’t apologize to a world that does not share our values. Don’t play into the perverse blood libel game. Your noble words fall into their meat grinder and it’s our own blood and macerated flesh that comes out the other end. Don’t apologize for misdemeanors, for slips of the gun in the heat of battle, because the ears that slurp up those innocent explanations are on fire with lust for our original sin. They are not accusing you of collateral damage, they are accusing us of killing the divinity we brought to the world, accusing us of existing, accusing us of existence itself. The jihad gods belch it out through their beards: you love life, we love death. They want death to win. And their misguided handmaidens pounce on every apology and throw it into the maw of the death worshippers.
Don’t apologize for killing civilians.
The hand trembles to write these words. How not to apologize, how not to suffer their pain in one’s own flesh, how not to have nightmares?
Don’t apologize to public opinion for killing civilians. Because dead civilians are the WMDs of this war. Israel is bombarded with rockets and with alleged civilian casualties. Either Lebanese sources are lying, or Hizbullah fighters are invincible, because every Israeli operation yields a new crop of civilian deaths. And the media take notes, like dutiful stenographers, and the statistics are racked up and turn into more weapons aimed at the total destruction of Israel and the Jews.
These jihad battles don’t begin with military action, they begin with civilian deaths in the jihad camp. Mohamed al-Dura for the jihad-intifada, the Gaza Beach episode for the current Hamas-Hizbullah offensive. They begin with blood libel--Israel is massacring our children--and everything that follows is justified by that initial crime. After the opening act, the jihad campaign segues into a small foray, just one more incident among dozens or hundreds in the never-ending war of attrition. If Israel counterattacks, the jihadis throw up their arms in horror and scream “what’s all this fuss about a few captured [sic] soldiers?” At the same time, their bearded chieftains, who have run for cover, send out credible threats of annihilation of Israel and all the Jews on the face of the earth. The rhythm of attacks accelerates--shahid martyrdom operations after September 2000, rocket attacks now—into a raging wave of atrocities aimed at Jewish civilians, accompanied by uninhibited expressions of genocidal intent. The jihadis are quick to declare victory. And redefine triumph. They begin with the stated goal of destroying the “Zionist enemy,” but as soon as they see that they are losing, they start attacking with dead civilians. The Jenin massacre, the Qana massacre, and countless mini-massacres, an endless series of macabre crime scenes, bloodied bodies, Israeli guilt, and it is all relayed without verification by the very media that pick up Israeli regrets and slather them over the “massacre” to make it look even worse.
Subsequently, when a bit of the truth comes out, Israeli apologies are used to contradict it. “What do you mean Mohamed al-Dura is not dead? The IDF apologized!” And Qana? A rare opportunity to dig under the rubble of lies and extract living truths: it was certainly not a heartless intentional massacre, and probably not an unfortunate side effect of war in tightly crowded villages but, most likely, a self-inflicted wound enhanced by gory fabrications.
Yes, rockets are launched from homes in Lebanon, deliberately attracting counterattacks that will kill civilians and Hizbullah fighters dressed as civilians, but it is worse than human shields and more macabre. And this time the evidence is leaking quickly. Lebanon is not Gaza, local stringers are not alone, the international press is in the field, the bloggers are on the job 24/24. The disturbing facts about the Qana bombing were rapidly uncovered and broadcast in reliable media. Will they be dismissed, as France 2 correspondent Charles Enderlin continues to this day to dismiss the al-Dura manipulation, by claiming that Palestinians (or Hizbullis) are not clever enough for such complicated staging?
What is the role of French diplomacy in the Lebanese conflict? President Chirac packaged it as a “humanitarian crisis”…only two days after the outbreak of hostilities. MFA Douste-Blazy inadvertently admitted that France has been calling for a cease fire…since the very beginning. Is France a secret ally of Hizbullah? Or simply a well-behaved dhimmi state? A dhimmi does not need to be told how to react to this or that incident, he just has to grasp the underlying concept of jihad conquest: jihadis can attack infidels, infidels do not have the right to strike back. If the conquering jihadis are in a position of supreme power, they decimate the conquered population and erect their version of the monument to the war dead-- a mountain of severed heads. But when the jihadis are fighting an uphill battle, as is the case in Lebanon today, their main line of defense is civilian suffering. The plight of the refugees, the dead and the injured, widows and orphans, the destruction of Lebanon--a coherent strategy designed to engage the international community in a concerted effort to force Israel to stop fighting and submit to Hizbullah’s demands.
Don’t apologize. Don’t apologize to European countries all dolled up with plaques and memorials to the Shoah and now mobilized to facilitate another extermination project. Don’t fall into European traps. Here in Europe local jihadis attack, then fall back and complain that Muslims are being persecuted. Don’t bow your head when Europeans shake their fingers. At the height of the conflict, and smack between two Ahmadinejad Jew-killing declarations, the French foreign minister shamelessly caressed Iran’s rump with one hand and fondled domestic Jew-hating immigrants with the other. Don’t apologize because there is no one on earth to apologize to. You can’t apologize to people who are sitting on the sidelines enjoying life while Israeli civilians suffocate in bunkers and Israeli soldiers courageously face death, fighting Hizbullah that is fighting for Iran that is fighting to destroy us all, Israelis, Americans, Europeans, Japanese, Indians…
Don’t apologize. Stand up to them the way you stand up to katyushas, and fight back against this lethal narrative jihad with equal valor and intelligence. No ordinary PR efforts can counter it. New methods are necessary, far more severe, far less defensive. Your critics do not care what you are fighting for or how nobly you are fighting; they run for cover, side with the villains, hide behind the killers. They have to declare Israel guilty because they are terrified at confronting the real force that is bearing down on them. You can’t reassure them by saying how good you are, how careful not to make tragic mistakes. Apologies feed their anguish, and their anguish is turned against us, against Jews. How dare we be so humane when subject to such vile aggression?
The injustice is beyond belief: the small nation of Israel has to fight against Iran, and as if that’s not enough, gets stabbed in the back while engaged in fierce battle. Don’t explain this, they don’t want to know. Use it to our advantage, use it to transform our place in the world. You are fighting to defend Israel’s existence, to establish authentic sovereignty for Israel and, beyond that, to bring an end for Jews everywhere to vicious cycles of persecution, extermination, and restoration. We are not victims, we are not mercenaries, we are no one’s protectorate. The cost of this war is too high today but the benefits can be multiplied if we rise to the full dignity that goes with such momentous responsibility.
What is Israel doing in Lebanon today? Israel is doing to Lebanon what we would have done to Germany when Hitler came to power…if we had a state then…but we didn’t…and we do now.