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30-Nov-2008

How To Deal With Islamic Jihad

Filed under: Islam & ArabIntifada & TerrorismUS & Global PolicyUN — eidelberg @ 7:29 am Edit This

A day after 9/11, the present writer pondered the problem of how to deal with Islamic Jihad. Here is a brief scenario.

The President calls in the ambassadors of every Islamic country. He hands them the draft of a message and instructs them to send to it the heads of their respective states. The message reads something like this:

The President of the United States requests that you assemble your religious leaders and inform them that, unless they publicly renounce the ethos of Jihad and abrogate Islamic verses referring to non-Muslims as subhuman, the United States will take the following actions:

  1. The American ambassador to your country will be recalled. (more…)

Mumbai

Filed under: Islam & ArabIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 7:23 am Edit This

I have been saying this since 9/11, but will say it once more in view of the Mumbai massacre. We need an awesome victory over Islam, lest there be no end of Mumbais.

Islam has cowed Europe. It will cow America, the last hope of civilization.

24-Oct-2008

Thoughts Out Of Season

Filed under: Islam & ArabIntifada & TerrorismUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 6:04 am Edit This

1.   The only way to win the war on terror (or on what is called “Islamism”) is to terrorize the terrorists.

2.   To refrain from doing so because Islamic terrorists do not fear death is a strategic error.

3.   There are two ways of making them fear death. One is their witnessing unceasing attacks and annihilation of Islamic terrorists; the other is their witnessing the destruction of the visible symbols of their deity.

4.   Of course, the West is incapable of this kind of offensive warfare. Humanism or liberalism, tolerance and multiculturalism, preclude such ruthlessness. Sending our enemies to paradise is too much for self-righteous liberals or compassionate conservatives. Which is why the former abhorred, while the latter gradually deserted, the Bush Doctrine, by which I mean the following: (more…)

08-Jul-2008

War in Iraq

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This is a brilliant and urgently needed analysis—P.E.

Courtesy of The Claremont Institute For the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy.

War in the Absence of Strategic Clarity

More than merely winning the war in Iraq, we needed to stun the Arab World.
By Mark Helprin
September 17, 2003

America has approached the war on terrorism as if from two dreamworlds. The liberal, in which an absurd understanding of cause and effect, the habit of capitulation to foreign influence, a mild and perpetual anti-Americanism, reflex allergies to military spending, and a theological aversion to self-defense all lead to policies that are hard to differentiate from surrender. And the conservative, in which everything must be all right as long as a self-declared conservative is in the White House—no matter how badly the war is run; no matter that a Republican administration in electoral fear leans left and breaks its promise to restore the military; and no matter that because the Secretary of Defense decided that he need not be able to fight two wars at once, an adequate reserve does not exist to deal with, for example, North Korea. And in between these dreamworlds of paralysis and incompetence lies the seam, in French military terminology la soudure, through which al-Qaeda, uninterested in our parochialisms, will make its next attack.

The war is waged as if accidentally, and no wonder. For domestic political reasons and to preserve its marginal relations with the Arab World, the United States has declined to identify the enemy precisely. (more…)

07-Jul-2008

How Great Warriors Become Great Humanists

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 9:09 pm Edit This

Since Israel is at war, Israel’s General Staff would do well to emulate General George S. Patton, the warrior most feared by Nazi Germany.

On the eve of battle, Patton would admonish his soldiers: “The object of war is not to die for your country. It is to make the other poor dumb bastard die for his.” This requires confronting and killing the enemy on the battlefield.

“Never let the enemy rest.” No cease fires or hudnas. Unconditional surrender should be Israel’s proclaimed war aim!

“We want the enemy to know that they are fighting the toughest fighting men in the world!” This precludes benevolence (which Arabs despise). Just as Hamas (or Hezbollah) warriors would show no mercy to you, so you should show no mercy to them. These warriors must be killed even if this results in civilian casualties. (more…)

Do The People Of Israel Deserve a State?

Filed under: Israel's NationalsIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 8:55 pm Edit This

Various “rightwing” Knesset members blame yesterday’s Arab terrorist attack in Jerusalem on the government’s appeasement of Arab terrorism, especially its immoral dealings with Arab terrorist organizations. True, but superficial and misleading if not self-serving.

Appeasement of Arab terrorism did not begin with the Olmert government. To give it only the most obvious beginning, it started with the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement of September 13, 1993. This means that the following prime ministers have fostered Arab terrorism: Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Ehud Olmert. (I omit the culpability of Israel’s left-wing Supreme Court.)

Since the Oslo Agreement has resulted in some 10,000 Jewish casualties, the question arises: what keeps inept as well as timid Israeli governments in power? Why is it that, regardless of which party or party coalition is at the helm of state, it pursues the same policy of self-restraint vis-à-vis Arab terrorism—a policy that hazards the life of every Jew in Israel? (more…)

15-Apr-2008

What Paralyzes America as Well as Israel

Filed under: Domestic PolicyEthicsIslam & ArabIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 4:44 am Edit This

For those of you who have received, either from me or another source, the video of Newt Gingrich on the failure of any public official to warn Americans of the existential threat Islam poses to their country, you may be interested in reading the updated version of Chapter 5 of Demophrenia: Israel and the Malaise of Democracy appended below. If you substitute “America” for “Israel” you will discover that both countries are suffering from the same mental and fatal disorder.

Unless I am mistaken, Mr. Gingrich will soon address the American Enterprise Institute on the subject he discusses in the aforementioned video. He is puzzled and dismayed by the intellectual and moral paralysis prevailing in America vis-à-vis the Islamic threat. That paralysis is a consequence of “demophrenia.”



CHAPTER 5

DEMOPHRENIA: SYMPTOMATOLOGY

If in life we are surrounded by death, so too in the health of our intellect, we are surrounded by madness.

    —Ludwig Wittgenstein, Notebook on Culture and Value, 1944

Introduction

From its inception in 1948, the government of Israel, regardless of which party or coalition was at the helm, has been afflicted by "demophrenia." (more…)

02-Mar-2008

Sderot—Only One Solution

Filed under: Intifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 7:45 am Edit This

A CALL TO ACTION!

There is only one solution to the bombing of Sderot.

No, it is not sending in the IDF with overwhelming force.

It’s getting rid of Olmert and his entire government—PERIOD. (more…)

26-Feb-2008

Rockets From Gaza: Facts and Figures

Filed under: Intifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 8:36 am Edit This

Tom Carew of Dublin, Ireland, is on the Board of Advisers of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy.

This article should be disseminated as widely as possible, especially to journalists, think tanks, and policy-makers especially in Israel and the USA.—Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Executive Summary

If the current rate of fire continues, by the end of 2008, over 4,500 rockets and mortar shells will have been fired by Palestinian terrorist organisations based in Gaza.

Since 2001 rocket and mortar shell fire has been directly responsible for the deaths of 24 Israelis and the wounding of 620. This statistic does not take into account the massive psychological cost borne by the 190,000 Israelis who live within striking range. With a population almost ten times that of Israel, the corresponding UK figures would be 240 killed and 6,200 wounded in a city the size of Newcastle. (more…)

06-Feb-2008

Confessions of a Political Scientist—Sequel

Filed under: Domestic PolicyIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 8:35 am Edit This

If Israel should perish (God forbid), the cause of its demise will be the death of outrage.

We all know about the government’s virtual unconcern about Jewish life in Sderot, terrorized and half-depopulated by thousands of Arab missiles. We also know that compounding the feckless behavior of this government is the impotence the Knesset, which tolerates Israel’s despicable prime minister.

But I want to go back to the premiership of his predecessor, Ariel Sharon, of whom Caroline Glick, in June 2005, wrote an article entitled “A Coward for a Prime Minister.”

I call the reader’s attention to another sterling journalist, George Will, to his account of the suicide bombing that occurred in Jerusalem’s Sbaro restaurant on August 9, 2001, when 15 Jews were killed and more than 100 were wounded, many maimed for life. (more…)

22-Jan-2008

אולמרט לא מגן על אזרחים, אלא מפקירם לידי האוייבים

Filed under: Intifada & TerrorismCURRENT ISSUESעברית — eidelberg @ 5:48 am Edit This

כד’ בטבת תשס"ח \ 2 לינואר 2008

שלום רב!

1.   ממשלתו של אהוד אולמרט בוגדת באזרחיה, ואני טוען זאת לא ע"ס דעות, כוונות ופרשנות של חברי הממשלה, אלא רק ע"ס מעשיה ומחדליה—הנעשים בריש גלי; ולכן היא אינה חוקית, החלטותיה אינן מחייבות וזכותו של כל אזרח שלא לציית להן.

כדי שלא ייחסו לקביעתי הנ"ל תגים פוליטיים (כגון—ימני, קיצוני, אינטרסנט), אבסס דעתי רק על עובדות ועל ניתוח משפטי גרידא. (more…)

15-Jan-2008

Capital Punishment

Filed under: EthicsIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 7:40 am Edit This

With the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign in full swing, the issue of capital punishment has again surfaced in America. Again we hear social scientists echoing Amnesty International’s contention that capital punishment “has never been shown to deter crime more effectively than other punishments.”

Whether the death penalty will deter would-be murderers depends on three factors:

(1) The potential murderer must know in advance that, if he commits murder, there is a very high probability of his being apprehended, and soon after the perpetration of his crime.

(2) He must know in advance that, having been caught, he will receive a speedy trial at which he is almost certain to be convicted. (more…)

14-Jan-2008

Olmert Abandons Israel’s Citizens—A Letter

Filed under: Constitution & RightsDomestic PolicyIntifada & TerrorismLetters — eidelberg @ 8:29 am Edit This

Anyone still believe that Israel is a democracy?

But do you see how the myth of Israeli democracy colors Israel’s ruling elites with legitimacy? -P.E.


Contributed by Dov Even-Or

January 6, 2008

Olmert Does Not Protect the Citizens, But Abandons Them to the Mercy of Their Enemies

  1. The government of Ehud Olmert betrays its citizens. My claim is not based on opinions, intentions or analyses made by members of the government, but on its acts and deeds that are committed publicly; therefore this government is illegal, its decisions do not bind, and it is the right of every citizen not to obey them.

    In order to avoid being labeled (right wing, extremist or as representative of certain interests), I will base my opinion only on facts and pure legal analysis.

  2. Lack of protection for the citizens of the Western Negev.

    1. For the past seven years, this area has been targeted by Kassam rockets and fortunately, the number of casualties has been low; (more…)

31-Dec-2007

Hamas’ Covenant of Death

Filed under: Islam & ArabIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 8:51 am Edit This

Now that President Shimon Peres, the erstwhile champion of PLO chief Yasser Arafat, has conveyed a willingness to negotiate with Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, let us review the Hamas Covenant of Death.

Officially known as “The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement,” the Covenant begins: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it…” This document articulates the true nature of the war now being waged against Israel, and not only by the Arabs in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

The Covenant refers to these Arabs as but a single “squadron” of the “vast Islamic world.” “Our struggle against the Jews is very great,” and this struggle will go on “until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realized.”

The Covenant also refers to the Islamic Resistance Movement as “one of the wings of [the] Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.” (more…)

30-Dec-2007

Amalek

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabJudaismIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 6:41 am Edit This

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, December 24, 2007.

Does the Release of Arab Terrorists Contradict Jewish Law and the Commandment to Obliterate Amalek?

Introduction: Some 700 years ago, the great Rabbi Meir of Rotenberg was abducted and imprisoned in Germany, then under the reign of Rudolph I. Rabbi Meir’s community offered a vast sum of money for his release, but he refused to be ransomed by more than the amount prescribed by Halacha, Jewish law, lest it encourage the abduction of other Jews. The great sage died in prison, after having been incarcerated for seven years.

This raises the question whether a Jewish soldier abducted by Arab terrorists should be ransomed by Israel’s release of Arab terrorists, or whether, if the soldier could affect the issue, should accept his release under that quid pro quo? This is not a question that can be answered by tyros. Here I offer some historical facts and some thoughts about Jewish law. (more…)

25-Nov-2007

The Complaint of an Israeli Soldier

Filed under: EthicsOslo/Peace ProcessIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 11:03 pm Edit This

“I’m turning in my uniform to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and so are my buddies!”

Why? I asked.

“Look we fight, we fight against Fatah and Hamas other Arab terrorists, right? We risk our lives, some of us are wounded, some of my friends have been killed by these terrorists, and Barak and Olmert agree to releasing 435 of these bastards as a good will gesture to their terrorist leaders, like Mahmoud Abbas, Why the hell should I fight and risk my life when these politicians are more concerned about their seats and pleasing others than protecting us?”

But if everyone took your attitude, every soldier would lay down his arms and Israel would be slaughtered. Jewish mothers and fathers, wives and children, would be butchered and raped just as they were in Hebron in 1929. (more…)

11-Nov-2007

Мысли, независимо от сезона—Часть вторая

Перевод Аркадия Гинзбурга. Translation by Arkadiy Ginzburg.


Мысли, независимо от сезона. Часть вторая.
Пол Эйдельберг

Что израильтяне и американцы должны знать о трусах и кретинах, которые правят их странами:

1. Ваша огромная военная сила равна нулю, поскольку ваш противник не верит, что вы используете её.

2. Ваша власть – ничто, если вы не внушаете страха вашему врагу. Совершенно справедливо было сказано, что жестокость является последним гарантом мира.

3. Поскольку это выходит за возможности ваших лидеров, Усама бен Ладен и Махмуд Ахмадинеджад показывают кукиш и Большому Сатане, и Малому Сатане.

4. Как они будут танцевать от радости, когда собрат-мусульманин вступит в Белый Дом и превратит его в гигантскую мечеть!

5. Представьте себе его первый доклад о положении в стране , когда он рассказывает своим собратьям- американцам о Шариате в качестве «дополнения» к Конституции как высшему закону страны. (more…)

09-Nov-2007

Мысли, независимо от сезона—Часть первая

Filed under: Islam & ArabIntifada & TerrorismUS & Global PolicyРусский — eidelberg @ 7:28 am Edit This

Перевод Аркадия Гинзбурга. Translation by Arkadiy Ginzburg.


Мысли, независимо от сезона. Часть первая.
Пол Эйдельберг

1. Единственный способ выиграть войну с террором (или с тем, что называется «исламизм) состоит в том, чтобы терроризировать самих террористов.

2. Воздержание от такой политики на основании того, что террористы не испытывают страха смерти, является стратегической ошибкой.

3. Существует два способа заставить их испытывать страх смерти. Одним из них является свидетельство ими непрерывных атак и уничтожения исламских террористов, а другим является свидетельство ими разрушения видимых символов их божества.

4. Конечно, Запад не способен на такого рода наступательные боевые действия. Гуманизм или либерализм, терпимость и обилие разных культур исключают такую жестокость. Отправка наших врагов в рай – это слишком много для фарисеев-либералов или сочувствующих консерваторов. Почему первые отвергали такую тактику, тогда как вторые постепенно смирились с ней, объясняется доктриной Буша, под которой я имею в виду следующее: (more…)

07-Oct-2007

Patrons of Terror and the Myth of Israeli Democracy

Filed under: Islam & ArabIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 4:44 am Edit This

The root cause of terrorism is simply this: Arab or Muslim terrorists are patronized, more precisely, they are rewarded for killing and maiming innocent human beings! But what kind of regime would reward such monsters?

Alan Dershowitz writes: “Every single root cause associated with terrorism has existed for centuries, and the vast majority of groups with equivalent or more compelling causes—and with greater poverty—have never resorted to terrorism.”

Since the inception of Islam some 1,400 years ago, Muslims have slaughtered over 200 million “infidels.” This mania for murder—it’s called “jihad”—is a basic religious imperative and stands by itself as a sufficient cause of Islamic terrorism. (more…)

11-Jul-2007

Releasing Terrorists: A Postscript

Filed under: EthicsForeign PolicyIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 5:38 am Edit This

The government’s releasing terrorists as good will gestures to Muslims and Arabs has never brought Israel or the world one step closer to peace. To the contrary, such gestures reward terrorists and therefore encourage terrorism everywhere.

The only way to deal with terrorists is to punish them—and so severely as as to discourage further acts of terror. (more…)

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