“A Fighter Protecting the Homeland”
Vol: 55 Issue: 22 Saturday, April 22, 2006
Israel is mulling over re-taking the Gaza Strip after Hamas announced it was creating a 4,000-man military force composed entirely of terrorists.
This shadow security force is about one-fourth the size of the existing 18,000 member armed security forces in Gaza and is to be headed by the number 2 fugitive on Israel’s most-wanted list.
Hamas’ proposed security force would draw members from various terror groups and is to be headed by the founder of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees.
The PPRC claimed responsibility for blowing up three Israeli tanks in 2002-2003 which killed seven Israeli soldiers. The group is also responsible for attacking a US diplomatic convoy in Gaza in 2003 that killed three Americans.
There are plenty of American Jews living in Israel, but the victims weren’t Jews. The Americans were security guards working for a private company contracted to protect US diplomats.
The explosion, caused by a roadside bomb or mine, hit the convoy after it had passed through the Erez Crossing, which connects Israel with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip.
The diplomats were in the Gaza Strip to speak to Palestinian professors about academic scholarships. The vehicles in the convoy were armored and had diplomatic license plates.
Jamal Abu Samhadana, the proposed ‘security chief’ remains defiantly unapologetic, telling the AP in an interview that he would continue his ‘resistance’ efforts despite his appointment to head the so-called Gaza ‘security forces.’
“There is no contradiction between the appointment and resistance,” he said. “I am a fighter who is protecting the homeland.”
In reading through the various reports, I noted that the mainstream media is using its word power in an effort to rehabilitate Hamas’ image. In all of the mainstream coverage, Jamal Abu Samhadana is designated a ‘militant’ instead of a terrorist.
The 4,000-member contingent are similarly rehabilitated from ‘terrorists’ to ‘militants’. As I’ve noted in previous reports, people who advance a political cause by indiscriminately killing people in order to invoke terror are ‘terrorists.’
People who advance a political cause in an aggressive, combative manner, as in ‘militant feminists’ or ‘militant homosexuals’ or ‘militant Mothers Against Drunk Driving’ make a lot of noise, but they don’t kill strangers to underscore their cause.
“Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes,” is how the dictionary defines ‘terror’. The world is allegedly engaged in a global war against terror. The dictionary leaves little room for redefining ‘terror’ as ‘militancy’.
But by redesignating the terrorists as militants and redesignating an organized terrorist group as ‘security forces’ one is left with a much kinder and gentler mental image than comes to mind when one thinks of a ‘terrorist.’
And it is worth noting the application of the phrase ‘homeland’ to refer to the Palestinian terrortories. (intentionally misspelled).
Add the words ‘occupation’ to describe Israel’s existence and ‘resistance’ to describe Palestinian terrorism, and I am almost ready to start rooting for the PA side. And that is precisely the point.
The phrase, ‘one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter’ is often employed by the MSM to justify its refusal to designate terrorists as, well, terrorists.
They point to the WWII resistance fighters in Europe as an example. Whether they were ‘terrorists’ or ‘freedom fighters’ depending on whether or not one was under Nazi occupation or was a Nazi occupier.
The image of a Nazi occupier has been indelibly linked to Israel by the MSM, casting Palestinian ‘resistance’ in the most favorable light possible.
But the Nazis invaded neighboring countries by force of arms in the midst of a formally declared war. When they were defeated, they went back to Germany. The Nazis ceased to exist, but the Germans had a home to return to.
The Israelis are ‘occupiers’ in the sense that Israel exists. The only way Israel could cease to ‘occupy’ territory claimed the Palestinian ‘resistance’ would be if Israel pulled down its flag and declared its dissolution, since the Palestinian ‘resistance’ claims every square inch of Israel to be ‘occupied territory’.
The Palestinian ‘homeland’ is Jordan. There has never been an Arab ‘Palestinian’ people. Until the early 1960’s, the term ‘Palestinian’ was a pejorative applied to the Jews.
The West Bank and Gaza Strip were in fact ‘occupied’ by Jordan and Egypt as land captured from Israel in the 1948 War of Independence. The 1917 Balfour Declaration included both as part of a Jewish homeland.
But words can be loaded like guns. And, aimed properly, they can be just as deadly as 158 grains of lead traveling at 2200 feet per second.
The entire world is under the spell of a grand delusion so powerful one can barely absorb its breadth and depth. In this delusion, a people whose historical connection to their land is THE most carefully documented in all of human history becomes the ‘occupation’ and the people whose connection to the land can be traced back to 1967 is the ‘resistance’.
The existence of Israel is at the core of all Bible prophecy for the last days. The antichrist rises to power via his confirmation of a peace covenant between Israel and her enemies. The prophets Zechariah and Ezekiel make it clear that in the last days, the entire world will stand united against Israel and that the prize would be the city of Jerusalem.
The delusional state of global politics makes it possible for Jerusalem to have been founded by Israel’s King David, while at the same time, somehow becoming an Islamic holy place that is the rightful capital of a people who never existed.
And while the MSM might be feeding that delusion by its application of semantics to evoke Palestinian sympathy and create the image of Israel as an occupation force, the fact is that the MSM believes it, which is why they are working so hard to make YOU believe it, too.
The MSM believes that it is its role to educate its readers more so than to inform them.
But it could have just as easily gone the other way. If the MSM, as an institution, had adopted Israel instead of the Palestinians, then the Palestinians would be terrorists again, and the Israelis would be victims again.
But it didn’t — because this is the way Bible prophecy lays out the blueprint for the last days.
In speaking of the coming antichrist, Paul wrote; “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)
Which cause? Back up to verse 4. Paul is describing the conditions under which the antichrist comes to power. Without the strong delusion that Israel is the ‘occupier’ and the Palestinians are the ‘resistance’, there would be no peace covenant to confirm.
The Palestinians would simply be terrorists, like al-Qaeda. Like al-Qaeda, their only options would be to quit or be hunted down. A negotiated settlement would not be an option.
Washington is harboring no delusions that al-Qaeda could govern, or that Osama bin Laden really only wants to be left alone to live in peace. Neither is the rest of the world. But when it comes to Israel, the world is delusional enough to believe that a two-state solution will actually work.
It makes no sense; like renting a movie you’ve already seen in the hope that this time it will end differently. But that’s the way it is.
And nobody seems to notice how completely nuts it all is.