Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.
Our intelligentsia do not view Jew-hatred or Israel-bashing as racism. Instead, telling the truth about radical Islam or even mentioning that the majority of the 9/11 suicide killers were Saudi Arab Muslims is condemned as racist. Acknowledging that Islam is the largest practitioner of gender and religious apartheid on earth is viewed as inflammatory hate speech.
The situation is quite Orwellian. And yes, we are facing a potential Islamification of America.
With that in mind, here is what I propose.
Iran’s Ahmadinejad is the closest thing to Hitler in our time. He means what he says. He wishes to annihilate Israel with nuclear weapons and he wishes to convert all infidels to Islam. He wants a Caliphate.
Just as Hitler was appeased until it was too late, so too has Ahmadinejad been appeased. Remember how President Jimmy Carter appeased Khomeini when Americans were being held hostage in the American Embassy? Similarly today, Ahmadinejad is being appeased by Europe, the UN, and even to an extent by America. Iran will not hesitate to sacrifice millions of Iranians to destroy Israel.
We are up against a new kind of enemy – people who loves death more than they love life; who have been indoctrinated and brainwashed to view the Jews as the source of all evil and who are joyfully ready to die in order to destroy Israel, Jews, America, the West, and even other Muslims.
According to German scholar and activist Matthias Küntzel, the Ayatollah Khomeni dispatched 450,000 children between the ages of 12-18 to fight in war between Iran and Iraq. Few survived. They swept the fields for mines, they comprised human waves that did not stop advancing even as other “basiji” sent before them were shot down or blown up. They carried little plastic keys around their necks that would open the gates of Paradise – or so their handlers told them. Only after Khomeini perfected this Shia-based death cult did the Palestinian suicide killers start blowing themselves up in the name of Allah.
We must render Iran’s nuclear capacity ineffective. We must stop Iran’s arming of Hizbullah and Hamas. (When Ahmadinejad was here in New York being feted, I repeatedly asked people: “Why is this man still alive?”) At the very least, we must begin by isolating Iran in every conceivable way.
We must fund long-term projects to combat Big Lies with truth. We do not do so at present. What we do is scattershot, reactive, immediate. Combating lethal propaganda has not been a Jewish priority.
As Jews, we must continue to love life but we must plan for war – a very long war. We cannot afford to hope for the best or wait for someone else to handle it for us. We cannot deny that we are at war, nor can we trust the UN (especially now that John Bolton will not be there), NATO, or our European allies. But, as Israeli Major General Ya’akov Amidror has pointed out, Israel and America might find some unexpected, temporary allies among the Saudis, Egyptians, and Jordanians who do not want a Shi’ite, Iranian take-over of their region.
We must live life in the moment – but also remember that we are an Eternal People obligated to eternal tasks. We cannot expect the battle between Good and Evil to cease – at least not until the Messiah comes. Evil triumphs when good people do not oppose it.
I have a distinguished friend who prefers not to use his own name here. Let us call him Wolf Papiermeister. Let me share with you some of his suggestions.
● Name the enemy as radical totalitarian Islam and all those who appease it. Even though our enemy is not a single nation state, it has a name – Islam – and an address – Mecca.
● Propagandize against totalitarian Islam and against all those who appease it. Use the full force of modern media to expose the imperialistic and barbaric aspects of Islam.
● Make it a national priority to develop non-oil alternatives. Why are we providing Islamists with the resources to destroy us?
● Put the West on a war footing. Reinstitute the draft. Use the military to enforce oil conservation.
● Restrict massive Muslim immigration into the West. Insist that immigrants pledge to uphold religious tolerance and democratic values, including women’s rights. Grant asylum to Muslims fleeing Islamic persecution.
About the Author: Dr. Phyllis Chesler is a professor emerita of psychology, a Middle East Forum fellow, and the author of fifteen books including “Women and Madness” (1972), “The New Anti-Semitism” (2003), and her latest, “An American Bride in Kabul” (2013). Her articles are archived at www.phyllis-chesler.com.
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