"If you lie once,
nobody believes you. If you lie a thousand times -
everybody believes you." - Thomas Mann
"We are apt to close our eyes against a painful truth."
- Patrick Henry
Israel's Response IS Disproportionate
December 30, 2008
By Jonathan Mark
I condemn Israel's disproportionate attack on Hamas
because, so far, it has only lasted four days and I
would like to see a proportionate response that
terrifies Hamas for seven years, the years that have
filled Sderot and neighboring towns with nightmares,
death, amputations and trauma coming from rockets and
mortars fired from Gaza.
Perhaps a proportionate response would have Gaza's
leaders fearful of being killed every day for the next
two years, as Gilad Shalit has been terrified of torture
and death every day for the last two years in his
solitary Gaza dungeon.
A proportionate response would have Hamas mothers and
fathers as fearful for their children's lives as
Shalit's mother and father have been fearful for Gilad's
A proportionate response would have Gaza's children
crying for their mommies and daddies, the way at a Hamas
pageant earlier in December a Palestinian actor dressed
as Shalit got down on his knees, mock-begging in Hebrew
for his Ima and Abba while the Gaza crowds laughed.
A proportionate response would so intimidate Hamas that
they will grovel and, as a "gesture," send cocoa and jam
into Sderot, the way Israel has groveled in response to
rockets from Hamas, sending cocoa and jam into Gaza.
Imagine Churchill sending cocoa and jam into Berlin as a
humanitarian gesture after - during - the bombing of
A proportionate response would be one that will convince
Hamas there is no military solution, no solution but
surrender. They can then call surrender a "peace
process," if they like, just as the mostly unanswered
attacks on Jews have convinced some Jews that there is
no military solution but surrender to any and all
demands. They suggest a euthanasia by the euphemism of
"peace process," that Israel become what some are
already planning to call "Canaan," a non-Jewish state of
all its citizens.
A proportionate response will convince Palestinians that
if they insist that the starting point to peace
negotiations is that no Jew be allowed to live on the
West Bank, the proportionate response will be that
Israel's starting point in negotiations is that no Arab
be allowed to live in Tel Aviv. Horrible to contemplate?
Fine, let there be a proportionate negotiation.
A proportionate response to Hamas, one might gather from
the European scolds, would be as if the United States,
after Pearl Harbor, would bomb just a few Japanese
fishing boats and call it a day, believing the war would
have ended with that.
A proportionate response will begin to remind Jews that
there is no peace process like victory, just as Israel's
decade of disproportionate restraint and self-doubt has
convinced young Palestinians that their victory is
inevitable, like Aryan youth in 1933 singing "Tomorrow
Belongs To Me."
Let it be said to Israelis and Jews everywhere, in the
words of Churchill: "You have enemies? Good. It means
you've stood up for something." But remember: A war (and
Hamas has repeatedly said this is war) is never won if
you are disproportionately kind to someone who wants to
destroy you and, failing in that, demands with
indignation that you not destroy him.
When meeting that enemy, be proportionate.
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