Even before the “first” intifada of December 1987, Israeli prime ministers and generals could be heard saying: “The people of Israel are tired of war, and this is why we must seek peace.” No wonder war is always on Israel’s doorstep. This statement is an incitement to war!
But what does this statement tell us about Israel’s ruling elites? On the one hand, it implies profound ignorance: that they are oblivious of the permanent dimensions of the conflict between Jews and Muslims—the religious and cultural dimensions. On the other hand, it suggests cowardice: that these elites lack the courage to go on the offensive against an enemy wholly committed to Israel’s annihilation. It seems that Israel’s ruling elites blame “the people” for their own degeneracy!
Perhaps the most sickening evidence of this degeneracy surfaced on June 9, 2005, when Ehud Olmert, then Israel’s Vice Premier, told a New York audience: “We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies, we want … to live in an entirely different environment of relations with our enemies. We want them to be our friends …”
No wonder the IDF has succumbed to the dogma that there is no military solution to the problem of Arab terrorism! This convenient dogma allows Israel’s timid elites to surrender Jewish land to Israel’s implacable enemies. This dogma underlies a recent IDF statement predicting that “war with Syria could erupt if Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not begin peace negotiations with Damascus” (The Jerusalem Post, July 11, 2007). Alas, Israel—the only democracy in the Middle East—must therefore surrender the Golan Heights to an Arab dictatorship!
This supine attitude confirms the adage: Only dead fish go with the stream. The question is: Why have dead fish become Israel’s ruling elites?
To answer this question we must ask: What are Israel’s ruling elites—politicians and judges, academics and journalists, artists and generals—what are these elites most proud of? The answer has been anticipated: that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. And of course democracy is the highest standard of what is good.
If so, let’s consider how democracies are faring in Europe, England, and America? All seem to have become dead fish, going with the stream of appeasement—the appeasement of Jihadic Islam.
The example of the United States will suffice. Thus, while imams in hundreds of mosques in America are inciting believers to wage jihad against unbelievers; or while Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is calling for a world without America and Israel, hence a world without Christianity and Judaism; or while Syria is increasing the death toll of American soldiers by reinforcing Muslim terrorists in Iraq—America’s very Christian president George W. Bush persists in calling Islam “a religion of peace” and is anxious to negotiate with the leaders of international terrorism, whether in Tehran or Damascus!
What might be the outcome such negotiations? A six-month period of relative quiet while the U.S. exits Iraq, for which Washington will “persuade” Israel to surrender the Golan Heights?
Be this as it may, negotiating with despots is the “politically correct” thing to do—indeed, that’s what the leaders of democracies invariably do, when they become dead fish. Notice how Israeli prime ministers, who are ever burning incense to democracy, so readily negotiate with evil men. Did I say evil men? But else are we to call Arab despots if democracy is the standard of what is good? But then, is it correct to regard the prime ministers or presidents of democracies good—let alone wise—if they make agreements with evil men? Would it not be more accurate to call them “dead fish”?
One might arrive at this conclusion another way. What can one expect of democracies steeped in multiculturalism—an ism that transforms distinctions nations or peoples once proud of their heritage into internationalists, stream driven “dead fish”?
This precisely describes Israel’s government, now dominated by multiculturalists. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni, Education Minister Yuli Tamir—and let’s not forget President Shimon Peres, who once applied for Israel’s membership in the League—all dead fish going down the stream of multiculturalism. Their agenda: to transform Israel into another Sweden—a country whose government has officially renounced its Swedish heritage. Why? Because Sweden’s increasing number of Muslim citizens refuse to become “Swedes.” And so Sweden, a social democracy, has officially committed cultural suicide.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Arabs refuse to become liberal democrats and Israel’s ruling elites lack the stamina to face this inexorable fact. And so these elites, lacking the creative power of life, want us to believe “there is no military solution to Arab terrorism.”
Alas, democracies, now in their old age or senility, swarm with dead fish; and since it’s one fish/one vote, don’t be surprised if a dead fish becomes your prime minister or president.