The Danger in Israel's Success

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The Danger in Israel's Success

Post by Barry » Mon May 08, 2006 11:55 am

The danger in Israel's success
With more Jews there than anyplace else, it is a convenient target for Hitler's successors.
By Charles Krauthammer
When something happens for the first time in 1,871 years, it is worth noting. In A.D. 70, and again in 135, the Roman empire brutally put down Jewish revolts in Judea, destroying Jerusalem, killing hundreds of thousands of Jews, and sending hundreds of thousands more into slavery and exile. For nearly two millennia, the Jews wandered the world. And now, in 2006, for the first time since then, there are once again more Jews living in Israel - the successor state to Judea - than in any other place on Earth.

Israel's Jewish population has just passed 5.6 million. America's Jewish population was about 5.5 million in 1990, dropped to about 5.2 million 10 years later and is in a precipitous decline that, because of low fertility rates and high levels of assimilation, will cut that number in half by mid-century.

When 6 million European Jews were killed in the Holocaust, only two main centers of Jewish life remained: America and Israel. That binary star system remains today, but a tipping point has just been reached. With every year, as the Jewish population continues to rise in Israel and decline in America, Israel increasingly becomes, as it was at the time of Jesus, the center of the Jewish world.

An epic restoration, and one of the most improbable. To take just one of the remarkable achievements of the return: Hebrew is the only "dead" language in recorded history to have been brought back to daily use as the living language of a nation. But there is a price and a danger to this transformation. It radically alters the prospects for Jewish survival.

For 2,000 years, Jews found protection in dispersion - protection not for individual communities, which were routinely persecuted and massacred, but protection for the Jewish people as a whole. Decimated here, they could survive there. They could be persecuted in Spain and find refuge in Constantinople. They could be massacred in the Rhineland during the Crusades or in the Ukraine during the Khmelnytsky Insurrection of 1648-49, and yet survive in the rest of Europe.

Hitler put an end to that illusion. He demonstrated that modern anti-Semitism married to modern technology - railroads, disciplined bureaucracies, gas chambers - could take a scattered people and "concentrate" them for complete annihilation.

The establishment of Israel was a Jewish declaration to a world that had allowed the Holocaust to happen - after Hitler had made his intentions perfectly clear - that the Jews would henceforth resort to self-protection and self-reliance. And so they have, building a Jewish army, the first in 2,000 years, that prevailed in three great wars of survival (1948-49, 1967 and 1973).

But, in a cruel historical irony, doing so required concentration - putting all the eggs back in one basket, a tiny territory hard by the Mediterranean, eight miles wide at its waist. A tempting target for those who would finish Hitler's work.

His successors now reside in Tehran. The world has paid ample attention to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's declaration that Israel must be destroyed. Less attention has been paid to Iranian leaders' pronouncements on exactly how Israel would be destroyed "by a single storm," as Ahmadinejad has promised.

Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, the presumed moderate of this gang, has explained that "the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam." The logic is impeccable, the intention clear: A nuclear attack would effectively destroy tiny Israel, while any retaliation launched by a dying Israel would have no major effect on an Islamic civilization of a billion people stretching from Mauritania to Indonesia.

As it races to acquire nuclear weapons, Iran makes clear that if there is any trouble, the Jews will be the first to suffer. "We have announced that wherever [in Iran] America does make any mischief, the first place we target will be Israel," said Gen. Mohammad Ebrahim Dehghani, a top Revolutionary Guards commander. Hitler was only slightly more direct when he announced seven months before invading Poland that, if there was another war, "the result will be... the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe."

Last week, Bernard Lewis, America's dean of Islamic studies, who just turned 90 and remembers the 20th century well, confessed that for the first time he felt it was 1938 again. He did not need to add that in 1938, in the face of the gathering storm - a fanatical, aggressive, openly declared enemy of the West and most determinedly of the Jews - the world did nothing.

When Iran acquires its coveted nukes in the next few years, the number of Jews in Israel will just be reaching 6 million. Never again?
"If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee." - Abraham Lincoln

"Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed." - Winston Churchill

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon May 08, 2006 1:53 pm

Good article, Barry.

One difference I see between now and 1938 is the Jews are not at the mercy of hostile governments of the states they live in. Israel is a state and has nuclear weapons. If we'd get out of their way, they would take care of themselves and the rest of the technologically advanced west. However, part of this dance is that we hold them in a "friendly" embrace.

BTW I had never heard until Sat why we were so cross about the Jonathan Pollard episode: most of what he passed to the Israelis made it to Moscow because of a Soviet mole in the Israeli government and resulted in the deaths of many CIA agents in the field. He was a regular Philip Agee.
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Post by Ralph » Mon May 08, 2006 9:33 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:Good article, Barry.

One difference I see between now and 1938 is the Jews are not at the mercy of hostile governments of the states they live in. Israel is a state and has nuclear weapons. If we'd get out of their way, they would take care of themselves and the rest of the technologically advanced west. However, part of this dance is that we hold them in a "friendly" embrace.

BTW I had never heard until Sat why we were so cross about the Jonathan Pollard episode: most of what he passed to the Israelis made it to Moscow because of a Soviet mole in the Israeli government and resulted in the deaths of many CIA agents in the field. He was a regular Philip Agee.
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Pollard et ux were traitors in the ordinary, not legal, meaning of the word. A now retired law school colleague, a rabbi, was involved in trying to spring the guy. Pollard ought to rot in prison. It's irrelevant that material furnished by Pollard got to Moscow via a mole - once he gave away secrets he was legally and morally responsible for whatever happened.
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Post by pizza » Tue May 09, 2006 12:53 am

Ralph wrote:Pollard et ux were traitors in the ordinary, not legal, meaning of the word. A now retired law school colleague, a rabbi, was involved in trying to spring the guy. Pollard ought to rot in prison. It's irrelevant that material furnished by Pollard got to Moscow via a mole - once he gave away secrets he was legally and morally responsible for whatever happened.
Nevertheless, he had incompetent counsel who blew the time for filing an appeal when the government reneged on its plea bargain. He wasn't legally and morally responsible for that.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue May 09, 2006 1:17 am

Do either of you know if we ever got Agee? I don't recall anything but the ruckus over the book and the deaths of the CIA agents.
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Post by pizza » Tue May 09, 2006 5:55 am

Agee was on the run for a few years, was expelled from some countries, and finally lit in Cuba.

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Post by Ralph » Tue May 09, 2006 7:19 am

pizza wrote:
Ralph wrote:Pollard et ux were traitors in the ordinary, not legal, meaning of the word. A now retired law school colleague, a rabbi, was involved in trying to spring the guy. Pollard ought to rot in prison. It's irrelevant that material furnished by Pollard got to Moscow via a mole - once he gave away secrets he was legally and morally responsible for whatever happened.
Nevertheless, he had incompetent counsel who blew the time for filing an appeal when the government reneged on its plea bargain. He wasn't legally and morally responsible for that.
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Ah yes, Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, the last plea of an incarcerated felon. :)
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Post by Ralph » Tue May 09, 2006 7:20 am

Agee owns Cubalinda, a travel agency in Havana.
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Post by pizza » Tue May 09, 2006 10:52 am

Ralph wrote:
pizza wrote:
Ralph wrote:Pollard et ux were traitors in the ordinary, not legal, meaning of the word. A now retired law school colleague, a rabbi, was involved in trying to spring the guy. Pollard ought to rot in prison. It's irrelevant that material furnished by Pollard got to Moscow via a mole - once he gave away secrets he was legally and morally responsible for whatever happened.
Nevertheless, he had incompetent counsel who blew the time for filing an appeal when the government reneged on its plea bargain. He wasn't legally and morally responsible for that.
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Ah yes, Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, the last plea of an incarcerated felon. :)
Ah, yes -- a humorous retort to what is inconveniently obvious -- the typical plea of a law prof to a contradictory but indisputable fact. :wink:

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Post by Ralph » Tue May 09, 2006 11:42 am

pizza wrote:
Ralph wrote:
pizza wrote:
Ralph wrote:Pollard et ux were traitors in the ordinary, not legal, meaning of the word. A now retired law school colleague, a rabbi, was involved in trying to spring the guy. Pollard ought to rot in prison. It's irrelevant that material furnished by Pollard got to Moscow via a mole - once he gave away secrets he was legally and morally responsible for whatever happened.
Nevertheless, he had incompetent counsel who blew the time for filing an appeal when the government reneged on its plea bargain. He wasn't legally and morally responsible for that.
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Ah yes, Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, the last plea of an incarcerated felon. :)
Ah, yes -- a humorous retort to what is inconveniently obvious -- the typical plea of a law prof to a contradictory but indisputable fact. :wink:
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I wasn't aware the we could be lumped into one group and, anyway, I've never closely looked at Pollard's trial. Now if you want to see evidence of true defense incompetence at trial study the Rosenberg case.
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Post by pizza » Tue May 09, 2006 12:57 pm

Pollard never had a trial. He entered into a plea agreement and cooperated with the government. The government then reneged and introduced secret evidence during the sentencing phase which resulted in a life sentence. Pollard's counsel failed to file the necessary motions and appeal.

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