Israel Palestine Infos
August 27, 2011
The Shores of
THOUGH THE Bible tells us “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth” (Proverbs 24:17), I could not help myself. I was happy.
Muammar al-Gaddafi was the enemy of every decent person in the world. He was one of the worst tyrants in recent memory.
This fact was hidden
behind a façade of clownishness. He liked to present himself as a philosopher
(the “Green Book”), a visionary statesman (Israelis and Palestinians must unite
in the “State of
This was obvious to anyone who wanted to see. Unfortunately, there were quite a few who chose to close their eyes.
WHEN I expressed my support for the international intervention, I was expecting to be attacked by some well-meaning people. I was not disappointed.
How could I? How could I support the American imperialists and the abominable NATO? Didn’t I realize that it was all about the oil?
I was not surprised. I have been through this before. When NATO started to bomb Serbian territory in order to put an end to Slobodan Milosevic's crimes in Kosovo, many of my political friends turned against me.
Didn’t I realize that it
was all an imperialist plot? That the devious Americans wanted to tear
This was said when the
evidence of the gruesome mass-murder in
So how could decent,
well-meaning leftists, people of an unblemished humanist record, embrace such a
person? My only explanation was that their hatred of the
Now it has happened again. I was bombarded with messages from well-meaning people who lauded Gaddafi for all his good deeds. One might get the impression that he was a second Nelson Mandela, if not a second Mahatma Gandhi.
While the rebels were already fighting their way into his huge personal compound, the socialist leader of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, was praising him as a true model of upright humanity, a man who dared to stand up to the American aggressors.
Well, sorry, count me out. I have this irrational abhorrence of bloody dictators, of genocidal mass-murderers, of leaders who wage war on their own people. And at my advanced age, it is difficult for me to change.
I am ready to support
even the devil, if that is necessary to put an end to this kind of atrocities. I
won’t even ask about his precise motives. Whatever one may think about the
HOW LARGE a role did NATO play in the defeat of the Libyan dictator?
The rebels would not have
I assume that the rebels also received arms and advice to facilitate their advance.
But I object to the patronizing assertion that it was all a NATO victory. It is the old colonialist attitude in a new guise. Of course, these poor, primitive Arabs could not do anything without the White Man shouldering his burden and rushing to the rescue.
But wars are not won by weapons, they are won by people. “Boots on the ground”, as the Americans call it. Even with all the help they got, the Libyan rebels, disorganized and poorly armed as they were, have won a remarkable victory. This would not have happened without real revolutionary fervor, without bravery and determination. It is a Libyan victory, not a British or a French one.
This has been underplayed
by the international media. I have not seen any genuine combat coverage (and I
know what that looks like). Journalists did not acquit themselves with glory.
They displayed exemplary cowardice, staying at a safe distance from the front,
even during the fall of
What came over was endless jubilations over victories that had seemingly fallen from heaven. But these were feats achieved by people – yes, by Arab people.
This is especially
galling to our Israeli “military correspondents” and “Arab affairs experts”.
Used to despising or hating “the Arabs”, they are ascribing the victory to NATO.
It seems that the people of
Now they blabber
endlessly about the “tribes”, which will make democracy and orderly governance
Well, for a people that
does not exist, the Libyans fought very well. And as for the “tribes” – why do
tribes exist only in Africa and
(When I visited
The “tribes” of
ALL THOSE who decry NATO’s intervention must answer a simple question: who else would have done the job?
21st century humanity cannot tolerate acts of genocide and mass-murder, wherever they occur. It cannot look on while dictators butcher their own peoples. The doctrine of “non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states” belongs to the past. We Jews, who have accused mankind of standing idly by while millions of Jews, including German citizens, were exterminated by the legitimate German government, certainly owe the world an answer.
I have mentioned in the past that I advocate some form of effective world governance and expect it to be in place by the end of this century. This would include a democratically elected world executive that would have military forces at its disposal and that could intervene, if a world parliament so decides.
For this to happen, the
United Nations must be revamped entirely. The veto power must be abolished. It
is intolerable that the
Certainly, great powers like the US and China should have a louder voice than, say, Luxemburg and the Fiji Islands, but a two thirds majority in the General Assembly should have the power to override Washington, Moscow or Beijing.
That may be the music of
the future, or, some may say, a pipe dream. As for now, we live in a very
imperfect world and must make do with the instruments we have. NATO, alas, is
one of them. The European Union is another, though in this case poor, eternally
This is not some remote problem. Gaddafi is finished, but Bashar al-Assad is not. He is butchering his people even while you read this, and the world is looking on helplessly.
Any volunteers for intervention?