Jewish World Review June 4, 2010 / 23 Sivan 5770
The Convenient Villain
By Jonah Goldberg
Naiman waxed lyrical about how the moral authority of nonviolence had compelled Turkish-controlled
"All this," Naiman gushed, "and the main confrontation between the Israeli occupation authorities and the Gaza Freedom Flotilla has not yet begun."
Roughly 48 hours later, the "main confrontation" unfolded. In fairness, the majority of "peace activists" on the ships were nonviolent, offering passive resistance. But on the last boat Israelis boarded, the supposed disciples of peace attacked the Israeli commandos. These new Gandhians beat the Israelis with metal bars and even threw one Israeli overboard.
Funny, I'm no expert, but that's not how Gandhi behaved in the movie. Maybe there was a sequel with
The commandos had been equipped with paintball guns out of deference to the professed pacifism of the activists. But when the goons attacked, out came the real sidearms. Nine "humanitarians" were killed.
Now, one wouldn't expect Naiman to take
One might also expect kosher pigs to fly.
After the incident, Naiman returned to the
He opened with a question: "How do you know when someone is serious about pursuing a strategy of nonviolent resistance until victory for justice is achieved?" And then he answered it: "When they refuse to turn back in the face of state violence. Damn the commandos. Full speed ahead." He then went on to celebrate another propaganda ship heading toward
How do you know when a proselytizer of nonviolence is full of it? When he doesn't object to the use of violence.
The first part is almost indisputable at this point. The raid was a disaster. As for the second part -- that
The assumption is that world opinion is open to hearing
Question: If Israel is always hell-bent on murder, massacres and genocide, why is it so bad at it? If its battle plan called for a slaughter, why kill "only" nine people? Why not sink all of the boats?
Meanwhile, is it really the case that
And yet the only villain as far as much of the world is concerned is
But none of these facts matter. Indeed, it's tiring even to recount them in an environment where big lies matters more than obvious truths, where self-defense is "aggression," where restraint is "genocide," and where the heirs of Gandhi wield steel pipes.
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