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Reader comment on item: "Free Gaza" Flotilla Defeats the Israel Defense Forces

Submitted by Gravitas (United States), Jun 1, 2010 at 04:02

Under the current rules, if Israel restrains herself, she loses in the short term, due to opening herself up to physical mayhem and murder from "activists." On the other hand, if she responds, and defends herself, she is misrepresented as being a brute, and loses in the long term, due to institutionalized racism in news and political organizations. (Damned if you do, and damned if you don't, eh?)

However, the oddity is that while it is very much in Israel's interest to respond overwhelmingly, to any and all threats, she misrepresents herself as not needing to do so, and instead, she represents herself as a timid, fair maiden who couldn't hurt a fly, and only acts when it is absolutely necessary, and even then, in a very mild and inoffensive way. Naturally, when Israel does exert force, a contradiction is apparent -- and, of course, is exaggerated, by those seeking to dehumanize her.

In my mind, the solution is simple. Don't misrepresent the need to crush the genocidal swarm. If anyone thinks, even for a second, that they dare attack the Jews again, after the Holocaust -- they should shortly learn an undeniable fact: that they will be quickly hunted down, and overwhelmingly destroyed. Israel should be proud of the use of force, and boast about it. Terrorism uses the kindness towards strangers and presumption of innocence that civilized counties have, against them -- the way to win is to not give them an opening. Israel is fighting a war of survival (and, losing, I might add, based upon the territorial shrinkage). The rules are different in a war, and Israel needs to be explicit about this -- and publicly state that they (the Israelis) are in a war, are proud warriors, and they will crush anyone who comes against them. Bombastic, bold dramatic statements like these will be picked and widely circulated be the media, because, after all -- the media isn't there to tell the truth (as evidenced by the way that they circulate lies and untruths) -- they are there to sell an engrossing story! And they'll love the drama. And what's more, admittance of the use of force will fit the racist people's prejudiced ideas of Jews as being inhumane monsters, so, racists, too, will be happy to circulate bombastic Israeli threats. And these threats will scare the arabs in Israel who think that they can take over Israel, and complete their ethnic cleansing of Israel that began in the 7th century. These threats will make the Islamofascists in Turkey think twice.

And furthermore, the next time someone accuses Israel of not playing tit-for-tat, and not responding with "proportionate use of force" it can be said "You were warned." Israel has more moral authority then almost every other nation of the planet -- certainly more than any of her hate-filled hypocritical accusers. After what the nation of Israel has been through, she NEEDS to be publicly intimidating and overwhelming, so that everyone knows that "never again" is a PROMISE, and not a weak hearted phrase, and that she is NOT a victim!

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