Ah, Parades...When Will Israel Finally Learn To Appreciate Them?
by Gerald A. Honigman
How can you not like parades?
I mean, just think of all those folks in all of their nice, fancy costumes or uniforms, showing off their prowess and wares of one kind or another. And all of that great music...
And yet, after all of these years, Israelís military leaders still donít seem to get it. Canít say I havenít tried. I first attempted to persuade them years ago. Youíd think this would be, as the kids say, a no brainer by now.
Regardless, Israel still insists on ignoring such advice and being too darned predictable. You'll soon see what I mean...
Despite all that the Arabs say, they know that the Jews will try their best to just kill the rats in their dens. They'll go house to house, endangering their own sons, trying to just target those involved in attacks on Jews as best as possible.
The Geneva Conventions make perfectly clear that militants are not permitted to use their own non-combatants as human shields (as Arabs do constantly); that those non-combatants do not prevent an army from pursuing an enemy; and that any harm occurring to the civilian population as a consequence falls on the heads of those using their own people this way. Listening to the United Nationsí spokesmen in and out of Gaza, however (aka the Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil club when it comes to Arabs), you'd never know this.
The reality is that there is no military anywhere in the entire world more careful in trying to limit "collateral damage" than that of the Jews. The Arabs know this very well. Who else drops leaflets telegraphing its punch or calling folks on their cell phones before an attack? Recall America's deliberate launch of cruise missiles and such against civilian restaurants and other facilities in order to take out Saddam. Any one interested in "collateral damage" caused by America's current fight in Iraq and Afghanistan? Let's just say that, putting it mildly, it dwarfs that of Israel's. And America, too, tries to not have this happen, but now faces similar enemies that Israel has had to deal with for almost a century.
Recall that the enemy Israel constantly faces cuts out the entrails of Jewish victims to show off to cameras, hangs fake Jewish body parts up in rafters from museums to commemorate the "heroism" of actual blown Israeli teen night clubs and pizza parlors. Such stuff is all available on the Internet, by the way. Recall, as well, our last Presidentís wisdom regarding the handling of those who harbor and support terrorists.
Despite what they say on CNN and elsewhere, Arabs know that their own wives and children will not be deliberately targeted on buses, in restaurants, shopping centers, and so forth. Their pregnant women wonít be deliberately stopped on roadways, massacred at point blank range, with their younger kids murdered while strapped to car seats. Arab children won't be kidnapped, having their heads smashed against walls inside of caves. No...but all of these actions--and much more--are Arab heroics that Jews have had to put up with while the United Nations and the rest of the world watched and did nothing until the Jews finally overdosed on such barbarism.
Recently, as all know by now, Israel struck back after having its innocents once again deliberately targeted, murdered, maimed, and terrorized.
And, after the latest cease fire--in which the Jews ceased and the Arabs still fired--that same U.N., which was deaf, dumb, and blind to thousands of mortar and rocket attacks over the years on Jewish civilians in Israel launched from Arab civilian population centers (a double war crime big time as referred to above), all of a sudden regained all of its senses to accuse Israel of alleged "war crimes"... and this time with President Obamaís new U.N. representative virtually jumping aboard as well.
So, this all brings me back to an appreciation of parades...
Itís obvious that Israel will always be in a no win situation regarding its fight to survive.
It will be condemned by hypocrites who would have never put up with what they expect Jews to just merely accept. And Iím not even referring to Arab critics--who have blasted, gassed, and otherwise massacred their own real or perceived Arab and non-Arab native rivals by the scores to hundreds of thousands in the region.
Given that no matter how hard it tries to do things "right," itís going to be condemned anyway, itís time for Israel to learn some lasting lessons from all of this instead of repeatedly finding itself in the same situation.
Hamas and its ilk hold rallies and parades all of the time.
The masters of blown buses--who readily use their own women and children to hide behind and fire at Jews from in schools, hospitals, homes, mosques, and such--just love to show off how nice they can prance around in their bandanas with weapons gleaming. They have similar rallies when burying one of their fallen comrades.
Now, with hundreds of such uncontested "militants"--whose expressed raison díetre is the very destruction of Israel and Jews (who else faces such an enemy?)--exposed front and center this way, Israel truly needs to learn how to appreciate a good parade...
Why waste expensive bombs, endanger oneís own personnel, and so forth to take out such targets one at a time when hundreds or more can be sent to Paradise all at once...with a guarantee that the vast majority of those dispatched will be Jew-killers or Jew-killer wannabes?
Wise up, Israel--before itís too late.
Stop fighting your war for survival as Arabs know you will...worrying too much about things which Arabs never give a thought to when fighting their own enemies. You're indeed too darn predictable...
Stop trying to win favor with most others as well--practitioners of the double standard supreme. As soon as the last "cease fire" in Gaza went into effect, Arabs slaughtered and wounded your soldiers on your own side of the border. That's where playing by the Arabs' own rules and game plan get you.
All right...let's end this for now with me trying to convey my years' old message yet again.
Find out when and where that next Arab parade is scheduled. That "cease fire" you agreed to in order to appease the newly-elected American President wonít do you any good anyway. The recent American U.N. action is just a small taste of whatís now in store for you...courtesy of most American Jews, amongst others.
Itís time for Israeli leaders and the military to finally learn the value of parades. The next such Arab military mass gathering must be attended by Israel in such a way that Arabs will never forget and that will be worth the condemnation which comes in the wake of all your attempts at self defense anyway.
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and
conducted counter-propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous university campuses and other platforms,
and has publicly debated many anti-Israel spokesmen. His
articles and op-eds have been published in hundreds of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites around the
world. His official website is:
Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article.
A. G. S.