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Monday, December 17, 2012

When will the Europeans learn how to empathize?

In a resolution sponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Ct), the US Senate last week urged Europe to take action to sanction Hezbullah. It's important that Europe ban Hezbullah, because much of Hezbullah's fundraising is done in Europe. And it's not just an Israeli issue. Hezbullah affects the United States, Syria and many other countries.

But the Europeans don't get it. In the post linked above, I reported that Europe was going to make a decision on Hezbullah based upon whether Hezbullah was implicated in the Bulgarian Airport terror attack. In that post, I argued that was the wrong standard of measure.

At the top of that post, there is a picture of the Bologna, Italy train station from August 1980. The station had been attacked by the PLO, with whom the Italians thought they had a deal not to carry out terror attacks. Despite that fact, and despite the fact that Hezbullah attacked French troops in Beirut in 1983, Europe still thinks it can make deals with terror organizations so long as the terror organizations don't attack in Europe's backyard. And the Europeans aren't able to empathize with others who are being victimized by the same terror organizations.

Europe's inability to empathize is nothing new. This is from Benny Weinthal.
Josh Block, a former Clinton administration official and CEO of The Israel Project, a US pro-Israel organization based in Washington, told the Post “Iran’s terrorist army Hezbollah has killed more Americans than any terrorist group except al-Qaida, and according to intelligence officials, in the past year has been more active in plotting and conducting terrorist attacks outside of the Middle East than in the last 20 years, including in Europe, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Thailand, and North America.
“When the White House counterterrorism chief says that the EU’s ‘failure to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization makes it more difficult to defend our countries and protect our citizens,’ one wonders if the European Union understands or cares,” he said.
“The EU’s failure to define the global terrorist organization for what it is calls into question the EU’s commitment to fighting terrorism and supporting peace in the Middle East, their interest in the welfare of innocent Syrian victims of Hezbollah, Iran and [Bashar] Assad’s sadistic partnership, and general ability of the EU to function in a serious manner.”
It's not that they don't understand. They don't care because they're not capable of empathy - of feeling another person's pain. It's a problem the Europeans have had for a long time. 

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At 3:10 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

The flipside of this is precisely what everyone ignores though. Europe demands endless concessions of Israel because endless concessions is what Europe eagerly makes in the face of Islamic and Arab psychopathology all the time. They simply cannot not cogit that anyone could do anything but.

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

An apt allegory is the old Hans Christian Andersen fable of "The Emperor's New Clothes". The weavers promised the mad emperor a magnificent suit of clothes that'd be invisible to those who are unfit or stupid. Not wishing to be deemed unfit or stupid, everybody in the crowd refused to see the ugly nakedness of the emperor (the Islamist/Arab)except the one honest, courageous child (Israel). When the child did see and exclaimed it, the crowd were shocked, not by the exposed madness of the emperor, but by the temerity of the child.


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