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Thursday, June 24, 2010

If Gilad Shalit were not an Israeli

Here's a brief comment from Jay Nordlinger on Gilad Shalit, who will observe the end of his fourth year in captivity on Friday.
Ehud Barak, the defense minister of Israel, said this to Robert Gates, our own defense chief: “A million and a half people are living in Gaza, but only one of them is really in need of humanitarian aid.” He meant Gilad Shalit, held hostage by Hamas for four years.

Hamas does not permit the Red Cross to see Shalit, of course. Neither does the Cuban dictatorship or Chinese dictatorship permit the Red Cross to see prisoners. May I remind you that the Red Cross visited inmates in Nazi concentration camps? One was Carl von Ossietzky, the pacifist journalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for 1935. And may I remind you that Red Cross representatives were regular companions of Nelson Mandela, imprisoned on Robben Island?

If Gilad Shalit were other than Israeli, there’d be mass demonstrations in his behalf all over Europe, and on American streets, too. But . . .
Of course, the Red Cross didn't visit Jewish concentration camp inmates under the Nazis either. There's definitely a pattern there.


At 6:30 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

"Of course, the Red Cross didn't visit Jewish concentration camp inmates under the Nazis either."


Of course this is about Israel. What does this say for the leaders of the free world?

Understand all it would have taken was the President of the U.S. backed by both houses of congress to sign an order demanding the Red Cross meet with Gilad. Period.

When that was accomplished the U.S president would sign an executive order to shut the U.S.office of the PLO permanently until Shalit was released. (he signs the renewal lease each year) But of course he couldn't do that for he made certain to clearly differentiate the differences between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas was like darkness and Fatah, beautiful sunhine.

So rather then cut them all off because it is a lie they are different he lavished billions upon them in all manner. He spent more millions training the "good guys who seek peace" security forces who marched to the nazi goosestep in clear view of a camera. He hailed the Holocaust denying Abbas as a man of peace. Almost in the same breath he railed against Israel as occupiers and humiliators of the Palestinian people warning Israel the Palestinian state must be contiguous, (double speak for Gaza and WB as one) viable and in no way resemble swiss cheese! For this as yet another gesture to Abbas the man of peace he denied Israel by going against his campaign promise to sign the embassy act. (by then this promise to sign it in the first week of office had amounted to axing it a few times already.)

If we were not sunk enough before, we are really sunk now. We get nothing from the current occupier of the oval office and nothing from the rest of the world except finger pointing and condemnations.

Unequivocally we stand alone. We as a populace are like a single grain of sand in a desert amongst phony friends and foes alike.

btw: Where was Jon Voight whom everyone is gushing over right now when Bush betrayed Israel?

If we tiny group of people are not merely political pawns at the hands of antisemites, (admit it or not) what then are we?

At 9:10 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

As I said, Israelis should get out on the streets to riot and demonstrate to pressure the government to reverse its generosity to the Gaza Arabs. As long as Gilad Shalit is not free, they should receive NOTHING. Regardless of what the world thinks.

At 6:13 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

This Yankee neo-con, military veteran, despiser of all things "progressive", supporter of Israel has a question:

Why doesn't Israel simply take all those Hamas prisoners it has and put them in special imprisonment emulating as much as possible the conditions of Gilad Shalit's confinement. Solitary confinement, no Red Cross or family visits, no mail, no parcels, nothing whatever...and, whenever any other Hamas dirtbags are captured, especially leadership types, throw them in the same confinement with nobody going anywhere until Gilad Shalit is freed.

In fact, it'd be great if Israel could mount some special ops to capture some Hamas bigwigs, with Shalit-like confinement awaiting.

Israel is going to continue to be the object of hatred from the West's "progressives" and the bulk of the Arab Muslim world. They can't hate Israel any more than they already do. Israel may as well go for deterrent respect/fear.

I really don't see any other way of getting that poor man freed. Just a thought.

Any comment anyone?


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