N'omi Orr: A Russian proverb few remember
Russian proverb: "A fool learns from his own mistakes. A wise man learns from
the mistakes of others."
To get rid of terrorists, learn from Chile: Just DO it!
PS The frustration this writer (below) shows with Israeli "liberals" is
frustration with Israelis who think that giving Arab terrorists what they say
they want will appease them and make them stop the terror, not with "liberal"
views of Americans.
[Reporter at site of terrorist attack that killed foreign workers in Israel]
Foreign workers get it. Sitting nearby on the sidelines, Felix Margonado, a
house painter from Chile, said, "Ever hear of Pinochet? If Pinochet were
here, there wouldn't be any Arabs. Inside a year, they'd all be dead." "In
Chile there are no terrorists anymore," says an approving Ronny Gonzales, who
came here 12 years ago. There was a revolution, they came in, and Pinochet
got rid of them. At 3 o'clock in the morning they were taken out of their
houses and never heard from again."
PERES VERSUS HISTORY
Thoughts on Political Ignorance of History
George Santayana said, "Those who are ignorant of history are condemned to
repeat it." Shimon Peres said (1993; see below), "It is a great mistake to
learn from history. There is nothing to learn from history."
VOICE OF JUDEA COMMENTARY: Seeing photos of the Left-wing Jewish
demonstrators holding signs such as "Killing Causes Killing", while
protesting outside the Defense Ministry on Wednesday against the killing of
Saleh Shehadeh, one begins to have serious doubts as to the collective sanity
of the Jewish people.
Which "killing" caused the killing of the Holocaust? Was the Final Solution,
perhaps, brought on by Jewish attacks on German men, women and children? The
slaughter of dozens of innocents that Shehadeh arranged must have been a
result of previous
Any psychiatrist would have a field day analyzing the reasons behind such a
massive guilt complex as this [sign-toting] lady must have, but the
fundamental reason can be only one: severe self-hatred.
Tell me who the Jews killed that "caused" the pogroms of the '20s and '30s.
Or earlier, back even during the first and second aliya? YOU WITH THE SIGNS:
TELL ME! - that the pogroms in Europe were caused by Jewish aggression! TELL
ME! - that the Inquisition was a result of Jewish attacks on innocent
Spaniards! TELL ME - that the Pogroms and the Inquisitions in Europe were a
reaction to marauding Jew-warriors who for so
long terrorized their host peoples in Europe!
Seriously, Jewish (and world!) history shows that the only sure way for
national survival when enemies are killing you, is to rise up and kill them
The main problem, then, is the ignorance of the [Israeli] Left, particularly
in regard to history. They just.... well...they just don't feel that there's
much need to know anything about it at all. Their attitude was summed up
pretty well once by Peres: "It is a great mistake to learn from history.
There is nothing to learn from history." (M'aariv interview, 1993)
These liberals' ignorance is peculiar in its willfulness. They almost wallow
in it. Slogans are preferred to facts - they are big with the left because
they're easy to remember, seem like they have a lot of meaning, but are
devoid of meaning. Take any leftist slogan. What does it mean? Examining it a
bit, you will find that it, in fact, means NOTHING, and is just for effect
[examples below]. It's like a jab in boxing: something to stun you, throw you
off-balance a bit.
Some people like slogans because they sound smart, and in today's
T.V-overdosed society, almost no one bothers to remember anything for much
longer than 5 seconds, much less think. The politicians know that people
today are commercial-trained to take
everything at face value and that no-one will look past that but....
regardless, scratch the surface of a liberal slogan and you find: nonsense.
For example, another Peres favorite: "the history of the future". Dear
reader, what does this mean?
Liberals apparently do not like to face reality; they want painful things to
go away; they do not like to analyze facts; they do not like to examine any
situation in-depth; they appear take everything at face value. Worse, they
behave as though they are smarter than all other people, including the people
who have lived before them. They invent the world in their mind, therefore
they don't need anybody to tell them how it'll all end up. They think they
can control outcomes by talk. They prefer chat to conversation, television to
books, slogans to investigation.
Another disturbing thing about the views which that poster implies is the
blind trust some have in terrorist groups. Every time there is a suicide
bombing or an attack, Hamas or PFLP or Fatah or whoever issues a statement to
the effect that their terror act is "in retaliation" for one or another
specific act committed by the Israelis. Liberals believe them!
They have to understand that this, too, is nonsense. The Arabs are not
attacking specifically in retaliation for one act or another. They started
attacking us in the first place, and ever since. Their violence would
continue "as usual" even if Israelis sat on their hands all day--which they
have often done, to no avail.
The Arabs view their struggle as a legitimate guerilla war for the
"liberation of Palestine" leading toward world conquest.
A guerilla war whose goal is the "liberation of Palestine" necessarily has
the goal of "throwing Israel into the sea". It's simple physics: two things
cannot exist in the same place at the same time. Neither can two countries.
So "Palestinians" will not stop their war until this is achieved, and it will
only BE achieved if we all commit hara-kiri. Thus--barring mass Israeli
conversion to Shintoism--there will be no end to the conflict except through
total victory of either side. Arabs refuse to compromise: the violence can
only end with Israel into the Mediterranean,
or "Palestine" back into Jordan.
As their maps show, the Arabs as a people want nothing less than a
"Palestine" on ALL of Israel - anything said to the contrary is propaganda,
same as the "reasons" issued after terror acts. Their stated goals,
internally and in Arabic, have never changed. Differing statements (mostly in
English. although lately they've wised up and now throw the West "moderate"
Arabic quotes with translation), are 100% P.R., because they
realize that winning on the propaganda front is so crucial now .
Clever people, the Arabs. Sly, but clever.
The only comfort a normal-thinking person can take is in the fact that our
Liberalist phenomenon, only 40 years old in the modern sense, will not last
long historically because it is inherently non self-perpetuating. Their
purposeful ignorance dooms them to repeat the mistakes that others have
already learned from. So liberalism as a
movement was doomed from birth to self-destruct.
But, unfortunately, it's not dead yet and we still have to deal with them
and... it's not easy. It is not easy walking in your homeland and having to
constantly "watch your
back"... because the 'countryman' on your left is trying to stab you in it.
(Peres quotes are from "What Shimon Says" by Gerber & Isaac)
"The past interests me like last year's snow"
"Forgetfulness leads to exile, while Remembrance is the secret of
- Baal Shem Tov
"I am totally uninterested in the past. If you wouldn't ask me I wouldn't
talk about it. The past bores me. Listen, it bores me for two reasons: it
never repeats itself and secondly it is unchangeable. So why should I concern
myself with it?"
"Only in Israel...is the injunction to remember felt as a religious
imperative to an entire people....the Hebrew word "zakhor" (remember) appears
in the Bible no less than 169 times in its various declensions"
"Israeli children should be taught to look to the future, not live in the
past. I would rather teach them to imagine than to remember."
Remember world history; study the generational epochs. Ask your father and he
will relate to you, your elders and they will tell you.
Of course, we should not "live" in the past, but we should LEARN from the
past, by examining what behaviors resulted in peace or destruction for
peoples and individuals.
A Russian proverb: A fool learns from his own mistakes. A wise man learns
from the mistakes of others.
© Copyright 2002 Joel Orr.
Last update: 7/28/02; 3:59:13 PM.