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The New Appeasers

by Anastasia (writer), London, April 05, 2012

Credit: Obstacles to Peace
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There are those who would sacrifice Israel for the sake of ‘world peace.’

I took part in a discussion recently on Blog Catalogue which focused, or began to focus, on the right of Israel to exist as a nation. It was quite illuminating, not because it added anything of substance to my own views on this issue, but because it made me aware of a new trend, a new mode of thought, one that looks like becoming a feature of policy making in the cabinet rooms and chanceries of the West.

I’ll come to this a bit later but first a word or two about the debate in question. In the course of it I mentioned that I once visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the place where all the victims of the Holocaust are memorialised. One of the features is a darkened room, a hall of mirrors, where candles seemed to burn, like stars, into infinity. As one stands there the names and ages of the children who were murdered by the Nazis are read out. I wept, I admit it, freely and uncontrollably. How could any Jewish person in the world feel safe, I asked in the debate, without the existence of Israel?

The response was not one I anticipated. I was told that they were less (an emphasis was placed on less) safe “with the creation of Israel and the threat of war and possible world annihilation.” It’s a deeply confused and sophistical point of view, based on an incomprehension or a wilful ignorance of history.

In the 1930s the Jews of Europe had no refuge or recourse. All doors were shut. Now the state of Israel is a Noah’s Ark, a sanctuary in extremities. It’s unlikely that the vast majority of Jewish people around the world will ever go there, or need to go there, but at least they have that option. They will never again, so long as Israel exists, be cast into the shadows.

The threat of war, moreover, comes not from the existence of Israel but from the rise of new forms of obscurantist barbarism, represented most particularly by the clerical fascist regime in Iran, a place where women are stoned to death while scientists try to develop atom bombs. It’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the country’s Holocaust-denying president, who gives succour to the murderous fanatics of Hamas, those purveyors of Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

I think the view of my interlocutor is, sad to say, increasingly typical. There are a growing number of people, particularly in the United States, who would sacrifice Israel for the sake of ‘world peace.’ But we have been here before. In 1938 the British and French sacrificed Czechoslovakia at Munich for the sake of ‘world peace.’ Saying peace, peace, when there is no peace. They were to find out the truth of this the following year.

We are now faced with the new appeasers, those who would commit the same errors, not knowing the price they will eventually have to pay. Not knowing or not caring, for blind ideological reasons. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, George Santayana wrote. This was never truer than it is today.



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By Betty B. on April 05, 2012 at 05:16 am

great job

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By Caballero_69 on April 05, 2012 at 07:56 am

Ana,

"There are a growing number of people, particularly in the United States...." Finally! The people and the media of the United States were duped with complicity or not into an attack on Iraq. It is about time that both are awakening to some measure of dubiousness regarding the perpetual war machine run mainly by one of the two major U S political parties.

Skepticism or even cynicism about those who hunger for wars and rumors of wars is long overdue.

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By Anastasia on April 05, 2012 at 06:13 pm

Thanks, Betty. :-)

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By Anastasia on April 05, 2012 at 06:15 pm

Caballlero, you might care to have a look at my recent Big Brother might just watch you on my Ana the Imp blog. Across the Western world we are being let down by our political class.

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By Uttam Gill on April 06, 2012 at 09:44 pm

Those who talk about Israel that it should not exist, certainly fail to see that from where these voices are raised…some part of the world they don’t believe in value of coexistence…Existence of Israel is very much is in the interest of this world.

I just wonder how casually people tend raise a bogey, without even understanding the looming threats around the globe. How can one be quiet when fascist regimes in some part of the world are behaving sinisterly? In the name of religion they are unleashing the terror...What is all this about? Why a woman be stoned to death...It is insulting and disgusting...who is going to check these lampoon elements...My country is witnessing the carnage of terrorist group from across the border for decades…To watch the interest of our nation we are engaging them aggressively and so as USA…War against terrorism and the regime which are encouraging them is must…rather it has been lumped on us and we all have the right fight against with all our might to annihilate them.

Anastasia once again a very thoughtful post from you…Waiting for the next post

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By Anastasia on April 08, 2012 at 05:45 pm

Thanks, Uttam, my friend. I'm about to post a special, just for Easter Sunday.

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