The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

08-Apr-2007

World History

Filed under: EthicsJudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:27 am

Adapted from a teaching of HaGaon HaRav, Dr. Chaim Zimmerman, z”l.

There was a time when great men walked the earth, such as King David, King Soloman, Plato, Aristotle, Yehuda HaNassi. Such was their nobility that they were not only worthy of having slaves, but it was an honor to be the slave of such men. Of course there were also tyrants who unjustly had slaves, but this does not reflect on the great men we have mentioned.

As time went on, however, such great and noble men disappeared. (more…)

27-Feb-2007

Reflections on War and Peace

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 8:39 am

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, February 26, 2007.

Part I. George Orwell on Civilian Casualties

During World War II, various British citizens formed what was called a Bombing Restriction Committee. The Committee denounced the RAF’s “indiscriminate” bombing of German cities. One of the Committee’s pamphlets declared that “thousands of helpless and innocent people … are being subjected to agonizing forms of death and injury comparable to the worst tortures of the Middle Ages.” Although the author of the pamphlet wanted England to win the war, the pamphlet urged the government to stick to “legitimate” methods of war and abandon civilian bombing.

George Orwell, who deplored bloodshed, took a dim view of the Bombing Restriction Committee. (more…)

20-Feb-2007

The Cultural Left: Islam’s Ally

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 5:40 am

This report correlates certain thoughts of George Orwell (elaborated in his World War II letters and essays), and the recently published book by Dinesh D’Souza, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11.

During World War II, American-born William Joyce, known as Lord Haw-Haw, became a Nazi propaganda broadcaster to England. His job was to undermine English morale. Joyce had allies among England’s leftwing intellectuals, who hated Churchill, just like their American counterparts hate George W. Bush. The British eventually captured Haw-Haw and executed him for treason.

More recently, an American convert to Islam, Adam Gadahn, became an English-language propagandist for al-Qaeda. (more…)

Organized Lying

Filed under: EthicsPoliticiansBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 1:35 am

We expect politicians to lie—some more than others. We expect politicians to lie especially in wartime. That’s when lying becomes organized. It seems to me, however, that organized lying in Israel exists on a scale never before known.

I know of no Jewish member of the Knesset that does not lie habitually about peace or the possibility of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Muslims. Never mind the blatant fact that Muslims cannot even live in peace with each other. The “politics of peace,” which means lying about peace, is the alpha and omega of Israeli foreign policy. (more…)

02-Feb-2007

A Matter of Courage

Filed under: EthicsUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 8:20 am

While the Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians” volunteer to fight alongside their Iraqi kinsmen, President George Bush repeatedly proclaims his commitment to a Palestinian state.

Apparently, it matters not to Mr. Bush that these “Palestinians” are killing American soldiers. More important than the lives of these Americans, or so it seems, is Mr. Bush’s commitment to a Palestinian state. (more…)

31-Jan-2007

Permissive Treason in Israel

Filed under: Domestic PolicyEthicsOslo/Peace ProcessBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 8:16 am

Article III, Section 3 of the American Constitution includes, in its definition of treason against the United States, “adhering to their Enemies” and “giving them Aid and Comfort.”

Israel’s Penal Law on treason is more complex: it defines treason in terms of four kinds of acts:

  1. the category of acts which “impair the sovereignty” of the State of Israel—section 97(a);

  2. (more…)

25-Jan-2007

The ID People

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabPoliticians — eidelberg @ 3:34 am

Who and what are the ID People? No, they’re not libidinous disciples of Sigmund Freud. Truth to tell, some are prime ministers. Some are foreign ministers. Others are party leaders. More than a few are academics and journalists. They are legion. And whatever their differences or diverse nationalities, they all have one thing in common: they are Intellectually Dishonest.

What does their dishonesty consist in? Simply this: They know you can’t make peace with people committed to your destruction. They know you can’t make peace with people who do not recognize the sanctity of human life. They know you can’t make peace with people conditioned by a culture of hatred—a hatred so deep as to induce these people to use their own children as human bombs. (more…)

23-Jan-2007

Racism and Good Character

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 6:24 am

If any one person can be named the father of modern racism it’s Arthur de Gobineau (1816-1882). Gobineau was a respected French writer, a Catholic who served as a diplomat in the Near East. Although he admired German culture, he despised chauvinism and regarded the notion of the “fatherland” as a “beastly idea.”

Writing in 1870, he referred worryingly to the newly achieved unity of Germany. With chilling prescience he warned: “It is from above that inspiration and direction are fated to descend to people; and when … in spheres of authority there no longer is any belief … no striving for the good and for the better, one may state with all the certainty of a mathematical proposition that power will fall to the first corporal who, in passing will seize it.” The corporal, of course, was Adolph Hitler. (more…)

15-Jan-2007

Ruthlessness and Cowardice

Filed under: EthicsPoliticiansBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 11:32 pm

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, January 15, 2006.

Part I

One of the most paradoxical and most important statements in Lee Harris’ book Civilization and Its Enemies, is this: “Only those who have mastered ruthlessness can defend their society from the ruthlessness of others.” But how can Western civilization be ruthless without discarding the humane values on which this civilization is based? Does this mean that the values we associate with liberal democracy are obsolete, and if so, what will take their place?

One of these values is tolerance. Tolerance, however, can degenerate into moral indifference or neutrality. (more…)

12-Jan-2007

Disproportionality II

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:52 am

Israel was accused of using disproportional force last year in response to Iran’s proxy Hezbollah in the Second Lebanese War. It may therefore be of interest to consider the Allied firebombing of Dresden in February 1945. The following is extracted from Wikipedia:

… During the evening of February 13, 796 Avro Lancasters and 9 De Havilland Mosquitoes … dropped 1,478 tons of high explosive and 1,182 tons of incendiary bombs by the early hours of February 14….

[A few hours later,] … 529 Lancasters dropped more than 1,800 tons of bombs…. (more…)

01-Jan-2007

The Secular Democratic State and Islam

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabSupreme Court/Judicial — eidelberg @ 9:00 am

The founders of modernity, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Rousseau, Marx, prepared the foundations for the secular democratic state. In the name of philosophy and science, they undermined the authority of the Bible and removed religion from the domain of truth. Modernity, however, has spawned post-modernism, where truth has given way to moral and cultural relativism, the reigning doctrine of the secular democratic state now in process of decay.

Secular democracy was the goal of the Zionists who established the State of Israel. Their Zionism was based on the territorial nationalism of nineteenth-century Europe. (more…)

10-Nov-2006

Attention: American Victims of Terrorism

Filed under: Constitution & RightsEthics — eidelberg @ 11:51 pm

from devorah123-removethis-@juno.com

Please circulate, take out ads, print posters, etc. Links to downloadable flier versions of these announcements are available below.

ATTENTION: U.S. CITIZENS LIVING OR TRAVELING IN ISRAEL

A number of U.S. citizens have suffered while living or traveling abroad, at the hands of agents or officials of various governments or regimes.

Please be advised that your rights as American citizens are protected by the U.S. Constitution, and you may bring lawsuits against those who violate your rights in a U.S. civil court. American attorneys are available to help you file your complaint. Millions of dollars are awarded each year by U.S. courts to victims of foreign abuse of power, or other forms of persecution. (more…)

08-Nov-2006

Democracy and Sexuality in Classical Athens

Filed under: Democratic MethodsEthicsCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 7:27 pm

Although democracy had its origin in classical Athens—what could be more democratic than an assembly whose members are chosen by lot?—the Athenian attitude toward sexuality in those days was very different from that which prevails in democracies today.

In his book Law, Sexuality, and Society, David Cohen reminds us that in classical Athens “a wide variety of [sexual] offenses brought some degree or another of loss of civic rights (atimia: literally: the state of being without honor).” An honorable reputation was of fundamental political important in Athenian democracy. (more…)

31-Oct-2006

Shimon Peres and the Betrayal of Israel

Filed under: EthicsPoliticians — eidelberg @ 10:48 pm

[Transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 30, 2006.]

Seven years ago, Prof. Wolf Perlman and I co-authored an article on Shimon Peres which we sent to the members of the Knesset before they voted a second time—the first vote ended in a draw—on who was to be Israel’s President: Peres or Moshe Katzav. If memory serves, Peres lost by one vote. We can’t be certain, but that article of ours may have been the decisive factor.

The article started with a quote from former Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett’s memoirs, Personal Diary, published in 1957. Sharrett said this of Peres: (more…)

20-Sep-2006

Ethical Standards in Israel

Filed under: Ethics — eidelberg @ 6:11 am

Israeli Jurisprudence Lowers Israel’s Ethical Standards

The following was reported by Arutz-7 on September 17, 2006:

“Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has decided not to open a criminal investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a noted pen-collector, regarding the various expensive pens given to him over the years.

“Mazuz explained that the police had failed to uncover concrete evidence indicating that the pens served as bribe. (more…)

19-Sep-2006

Some Insights of Ben Hecht

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 4:23 am

The following paraphrases observations and ideas articulated in Ben Hecht’s Guide for the Bedevilled.

1. Our reasonable thinkers are always assuring us that it is a sin against reason to condemn a whole people as evil when only a part of their soul is at fault; since it is obvious that, in addition to being or gleefully cheering murderers, they are also very polite and hospitable. (more…)

14-Sep-2006

Complicit in Murder

Filed under: EthicsOslo/Peace ProcessIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 7:07 am

Politicians, pundits, and political scientists have blamed Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, the Sudan and other Islamic states as sponsors of terrorism, and so they are. But if we consider the policies of American presidents from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, as well as the behavior of Israeli prime ministers from Yitzhak Shamir to Ariel Sharon, another picture emerges.

President Carter allowed the PLO, the world’s leading terrorist organization, to establish offices in Washington, D.C. and New York. That was in the late 1970s. (more…)

12-Sep-2006

Why the Deadly Silence of Our American Jewish Leaders

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:59 am

Courtesy of JewishIndy.com

EDITORIAL: Why the Deadly Silence of Our American Jewish Leaders

…This is a very serious problem: there is no public support for institutional reform on the part of right-wing commentators and Zionist organizations. Why is this so?

The basic reason is that major American Jewish institutions and our most prominent Jewish thinkers and writers are ashamed for not having focused on the issue of institutional reform in the past. Here is their excuse: (more…)

10-Aug-2006

One Reason Why Israel Was Not Prepared For the Present War

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:04 am

In 1970, The Review of Politics published my article, “Intellectual and Moral Anarchy in American Society.” The thrust of the article was this: American higher education was permeated by the doctrine of moral or cultural relativism—a doctrine that thrives only in democracies.

An American Senator had the article published in the Congressional Record. He saw that moral relativism had penetrated decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court in the all-important area of freedom of expression, where it could readily undermine the moral fabric of American society. (more…)

The War in Numbers—IDF in Action

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 5:54 am

by Tom Carew

If the IAF flew 8,700 sorties, and even if the Lebanese claim of 497 civilians killed were true, that is still 2 dead for every 35 sorties.

A “massacre” ?
Disproportionate ? (more…)

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