Latest update: August 7th, 2014
Those who use children as human shields are supposed to be embarrassed, right?
So why doesn’t that happen? Why aren’t the Arabs embarrassed to display their weakness to the world?
The answer is that Islamic morality is completely the opposite of our expectations.
They view their cruelty and their willingness to sacrifice children as strength, not weakness.
They view the care that we take to not harm children as weakness, not strength.
Even worse, they identify strength as moral – and weakness as immoral.
The world has not yet cracked the code of life’s secret, the proper and balanced connection between the spiritual and the material. The Western solution is to separate the two: The Christian priest does not wed and the Christian martyr suffers on the cross for all humanity. His weakness is his holiness. This is the source of the Western principle that noncombatants are innocent.
The Muslim approach is completely opposite. Its holy deity lives a life of debauchery, and that is also the reward of its martyrs in the afterworld. The Muslims’ prophet is a strong and cruel conqueror. His power and cruelty are his holiness.
All too often, the Hamas strategy is to hang children on a fence to ward off the IDF. The Hamas barbarian does not view himself as hiding behind the children. He views himself as fighting by means of the children, taking advantage of his moral “superiority” on the one hand and the moral “inferiority” of his Israeli enemy on the other.
How does one defeat such an enemy?
Sadly, this barbarian has caught Israel in its weak spot: moral confusion. Horrifically, the Israeli method that has unwittingly been created is to allow the deaths of enough of our soldiers to produce a no-choice situation, a situation in which the killing of the enemy population will fall under the category of a value we share with the Western world: self-defense.
When Israel’s Golani soldiers had been badly hit, the IDF shelled Gaza with heavy artillery to eliminate the fire that was raining upon them from within the civilian neighborhood. Why couldn’t the artillery barrage have been implemented before the soldiers went into that hell? Because at that point it would not have fit into the Western definition of self-defense.
Ultimately, Israel kills enemy civilians. But it also protects them at the expense of our soldiers’ lives. The Goldstone Report and The Hague are waiting at the end of the road anyway. And Europe, despite being drenched in Jewish blood, does not let Israel off the hook.
What can Israel do? It can stop employing Western culture, and employ Jewish culture instead. It can stop using Western mores against Muslim mores. It must start to act with Jewish morality. Judaism reveals the secret of life: The weak is not necessarily just, and neither is the strong. Justice is just.
The IDF commander who allowed for the deaths of three of our soldiers because he did not want to shoot at the UNWRA building is not ethical. On the contrary, he is unethical. Even if the building was full of children the commander who made that decision conducted himself unethically, for he allowed for the deaths of three Israeli soldiers who represented justice. They represented justice because this – including Gaza – is our land.
They were just because they represented the nation that sanctifies – from our Holy Land – the concepts of life and liberty.
All the children that the Islamic barbarians shove into an UNWRA building are weapons in the hands of a terrible enemy that sanctifies bondage and death. This is the war between the People of Light and the People of Darkness.
About the Author: Moshe Feiglin is the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of Israel's Security and Defense Committee. He heads the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel's governing Likud party. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.
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