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Is an observation without an impact an observation?

Reader comment on item: In the Lion's Den

Submitted by Prashant (India), Sep 12, 2022 at 09:27

Dear Dr Pipes,

Thanks for your review of Danny Danon's "In the Lion's Den". I was intrigued by one of Dannon's observations quoted by you: "(in the UN) it's exactly the opposite—people are quite happy to publicly denounce Israel, but behind closed doors, they appreciate and admire us."

I am left wondering if an observation without an impact an observation. The United Nations is full of leftist/Islamist/socialist nations who vehemently oppose Israel. I think that the number of nations in the United Nations that do not fit this description must be less than ten. If hundreds of nations publicly criticize Israel but privately admire her, we need to ask ourselves how we can exploit this knowledge.

It follows that we can aggressively and *publicly* tell these hundreds of nations that they are hypocrites and incompetent.

I support the idea that Islam and Islamism must be criticized firmly, objectively, and politely. Any evidence that the supporters and apologists of Islam have self-doubts, provides strength to my conviction about this idea. People like Danny Danon should not just rejoice at the observation that Israel's enemies privately admire Israel, they should also publicly remind the enemies that they are wrong and need to mend their ways.


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