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The Derelict From Tikrit

Friday, January 16th, 2004

When Jacob’s sons Shimon and Levi butchered all the menfolk of Shechem, their father was terribly concerned that the vengeance would endanger him and his nation among the Canaanites. But he need not have worried. As it turned out, the Canaanites did not lift a finger against him. The vengeance had worked. It had cowed the barbarians. It had focused their minds.

I find myself contemplating that as I sit back and enjoy some sangria as part of the celebration of the downfall of Saddam. What a great day to be an American! What a great day to be an Israeli! What a great day to be a Jew!

The most delightful part was trying to project into my own mind what must have been the
thoughts in the heads of the leading barbarians of the Arab and Islamist world, the leaders of Iran, Syria, Libya, and the many terrorist groups. Here we had the man who had defied the United States, who had thumbed his nose at the democratic West, reduced to a Neanderthal lifestyle, the suitcase of dollars nearby notwithstanding.

Sure it was twelve years too late, and sure it proved how foolish George Bush Senior had been to fear carrying the first Gulf War to its natural conclusion. That fear had allowed Saddam to morph into the great hero of the fascist Arab world, resisting all the efforts of the U.S. and the UN for years after George Bush Senior had seen his own political career come to an end.

But those of us who laugh last laugh best. The ultimate purpose of the career of the monster from Baghdad is, we now know, to illustrate for the Middle East’s barbarian hordes and
their leaders what type of fate awaits them. The man who fired missiles into Tel Aviv received
what can only appear as Divine comeuppance. Confined to a hole in the ground with rodents
scurrying about, living for months in conditions far worse than those to which he will now be
confined as a prisoner, his two sons assassinated, left alone by his people. A Haman-like
denouement if ever there was one. Who says the modern world does not resemble the Bible?

You know how everyone who was alive at the time claims to remember exactly where he or she was when the news came that President Kennedy had been shot? In my case, I actually do recall it quite clearly. Though I suspect the capture of Saddam will not be as memorable and as historically marked in people’s minds as the Kennedy assassination, I thought I’d share my own experience of hearing the glad tidings of Saddam’s capture.

I had taken a break from some office work at Haifa University shortly after noontime. I went down to the Arab student cafeteria. No, that is not what it is officially called, just what I call
it. Haifa University has the largest contingent of Arab students in Israel. While they are not a
homogeneous bunch, the bulk of them are ferociously anti-Israel and pro-PLO. Many strut about campus with T-shirts portraying the late Egyptian dictator Nasser — the other Arab tyrant who was planning to fire missiles with weapons of mass destruction at the Jews.

There is one cafeteria where the Arab students tend to congregate in large numbers, and
this cafeteria has a better-than-average shwarma stand (kosher, of course). The fellow who sells shwarma there is himself an Arab — though not pro-Saddam. I know, because I once brought him an Internet photo of Saddam cutting shwarma off a churning rotisserie with the caption, “We have discovered where Saddam is.” He thought it was hilarious and he hung it up, telling me that most of the Arab students who came there to eat were Saddam supporters and would be angered by the photo, much to his delight.

I was waiting in line for the shwarma-in-pita when I started listening to the TV set in the
cafeteria. It was the announcement by the U.S. governor in Iraq that Saddam had been  caught. The Arab students in the cafeteria were thrown into deep remorse, anger and shock. Their faces showed their sorrow. I ordered extra sauce to celebrate.

The sorrow of the Arab students at seeing their hero captured was not restricted to Haifa
University. Pity those poor peace demonstrators on Western campuses! You might want to send condolence cards to some antiwar protesters and leftist professors in your town, telling them how sorry you are that the guy who best represents their values and dreams is now behind bars. You might want to slap an antiwar protester with your sandal, or turn a fire hose on the demonstrators for Palestinian ‘liberation.’

And Saddam? In the first photos, he looked ever so much like one of those homeless men
south of Market Street in the Mission District of San Francisco who eat out of garbage bins. The tyrant of Iraq reduced to dressing like a derelict, hiding in the mud, pouring dirt on himself to try to escape capture.

Could there be a better image to focus the minds and deter the Islamofascist leaders of the
Arab world? An image to throw the fear of death and humiliation into them? Could there be any better way to deter their savagery?

And for Israel, could there be any better lesson in how to handle Yasir Arafat, that longtime groupie of Saddam? Arafat is a tyrant and fascist leader who would also make a wonderful poster boy for homelessness and dereliction. I am willing to dig the hole under the farmhouse myself, despite my bad back.

Shimon and Levi were right. The ‘peace movement’ was wrong. The Left is always
wrong.

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book ‘The Scout’ is available at
Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steven_plaut@yahoo.com

The Brat With No Hat (With apologies to Dr. Seuss, wherever he may be)

Saturday, January 10th, 2004

The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So they sat in Geneva
With murderers all day.

And then
We connected the dots!
How those dots made us plotz!

We looked!
Could not believe the nerve of the brat!
We looked!
And we saw it!
The Brat with no Hat!
And he said to us,
“We’re gonna make peace just like that.”

I know it is dumb
And this brat is not funny.
When he mails us this treason, using lots of bad money!

“I know some appeasements we can play,”
Said the brat.
“I know some new tricks,”
Said the Brat with no Hat.
“Capitulations to terrorists true,
Your mother
Will be blown to bits when we do.”

Then you and I
Did not know what to word.
We were tongue-tied and forlorn when we read the ‘accord.’
But our lemmings said, “No! No!
We can make the war go away!
Just tell all them settlers that they just cannot stay

“They should not be there.
They should not be about.
They should not be around
When the bombers come out!”

“Now! Now! Have no fear.
Have no fear!” said the brat.
“My accords are not bad,”
Said the Brat with no Hat.

“Why, we can have
Lots of fun, yes we shall,
With a game that I call
Send the Guns to the Pals!”

“Stop the deaths!” said the Jews.
“Stop, we see red!
Reverse course!” said the Jews,
“Before we’re all dead!”

“Have no fear!” said the brat.
“When have I been wrong?
Their right of return should be implemented ?fore long,
With a pen in my hand!
And sly tricks up my sleeve!
That is not ALL I have done!”
(Just ask Steve.)

“Look at me!
Look at me now!” said the brat.
“With a terrorist deal
I’ve pulled out of my hat!

“I can set up TWO states!
One for them and one more!
Two states for two peoples!
And thereafter war!

“And look!
I can hop up and down on the law!
But that is not all!
Oh, no.
That is not all…

“Look at me!
“Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to surrender
But you have to know how.

“And look! With my arm
I can hold a red flag!
To promote my agenda
With no Aloni hag!
But that is not all.
Oh, no.
That is not all.”

That is what the brat said…
Kassem rockets dead ahead!
And you and I,
We saw ALL the bombs fall!

“Now look what you did!”
Said the Jews to the brat.
“You gave them a state!
How could you do that?

“You sank our own state,
Sank it deep in the mud.
You set them up armed
And sank us in blood.

“You SHOULD NOT be here,
When common sense is not.
You get out of this house!”
Said the Jews to the sot.

“But I like to be here.
Oh, I like it a lot!”
Said the Brat with no Hat
To the Jews on the spot.

“I will NOT go away.
I do NOT wish to go!
And so,” said the Brat with no Hat,
“SoSosSo…
I will show you
Another good game that I know!”

And then he ran out.
And fast as a fox,
He flew to Geneva and
came back with a box.

A treasonous box.
To be sold hook or crook.
“Now look at this deal,”
Said the Brat.
“Take a look!”

“I will impose my will.
On the Jews, otherwise
I will force upon them to submit, to demise.”

The Jews and I
did not know what to do.
So we had to shake hands
with Thing One and Thing Two.

We shook Yasir’s paws.
While our minds said, “No! No!
Those Things should not be,
In this land! Make them go!

“They should not be here,
When they shoot at us guns!
Put them out! Put them out!”
Said the Jews of the bums.

“Have no fear, little Jews,”
said the Brat with no Hat.
“These Things are good Things.”
And he gave them a pat.

“They are tame. Oh, so tame!
They have come here to play.
They will give you some peace
On this bright Oslo day.”

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book ‘The Scout’ is available at
Amazon.com. He can be reached at steven_plaut@yahoo.com.

No Holds Barred: A Frank Conversation With Steven Plaut

Thursday, January 30th, 2003

Erudite and outspoken, Steven Plaut is a frequent contributor to The Jewish Press whose essays, many of which have appeared in this front-page space, always generate enthusiastic reader feedback.

A professor at the Graduate School of Business of Haifa University, Plaut brings a sharply analytical mind to any subject about which he writes, and one thing he doesn't believe in is pulling his punches. He was as combative as we expected him to be during our recent interview.

In addition to The Jewish Press, Plaut's articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsday, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Maariv, Fortune, Middle East Quarterly, National Review and Commentary, among others.

JEWISH PRESS: You seem to have emerged in the past few years as one of the most prolific writers around on Jewish subjects.

Plaut: Until Oslo, I kept a fairly low profile in the Israeli media, took no public stands on Right vs Left in Israel, and restricted myself to publishing articles about economic policy in Israel and abroad.

Oslo broke the camel's back. From that moment on, I have devoted myself to doing everything in my power — mainly through Op-Ed writing and Internet agitating — to help stop Oslo and rescue Israel from the mega-stupidity of its own leaders. I have also long been trying to protest and analyze Jewish self-obliteration through assimilationism in America. I regard Jewish political liberalism as the main avenue of Jewish assimilation in America.

What's your assessment of Prime Minister Sharon's performance?

They say that a people deserves the leaders it gets, but in the case of Israel such an assertion would border on being an anti-Semitic libel. Israel has produced a long stream of incompetent demagogues and cowardly lemming-like leaders, divorced from reality and pursuing national self-obliteration.

Sharon is marginally better than Netanyahu, Barak, Peres, and Rabin. But this is not the Sharon of 1973 or 1982. It is a tired, timid, and exhausted Sharon, unwilling to take the heat for pursuing a serious Israeli defense. Like his predecessors, he seems to think that Palestinian terrorism must be allowed to continue until the Palestinians feel they have reached catharsis and just get tired of murdering Jews.

It is true that Sharon has launched numerous half-hearted reprisal campaigns against the Palestinian savages, unlike the four prime ministers who immediately preceded him. But those reprisals consist of the Arik Sharon Hokey-Pokey: “You put your ground troops in, you take your ground troops out, and you move 'em all about.” Then you pull them out again until the next atrocity.

Where did Bibi Netanyahu go wrong?

By trying to be Shimon Peres II. Netanyahu was elected in 1996 for the sole purpose of ending Oslo. Upon his election, however, he turned about 180 degrees and pursued Oslo with all the same delusional vigor as Peres and Rabin before him. True, he scowled when hobnobbing with Arafat, in contrast to Peres's idiotic grins, but in fact he was simply pursuing Oslo — albeit Oslo Lite. He abandoned Hebron to the terrorists. He responded to Arafat's launching of the Tunnel Pogroms by turning the other cheek. He continued the face-to-face meetings with Arafat even as Arafat was mass murdering Jews. He signed the Wye appeasements, making him the Wye's Man of Chelm.

Netanyahu lost to Barak in 1999 for the same reason that New Coke failed — why have a pale imitation of an Oslo appeaser when you can elect the real thing?

Netanyahu tried to make a comeback and challenge Sharon this fall in the Likud primaries by posturing to the right of Sharon. But his wager that Israeli voters had forgotten his track record from 1996-99 proved incorrect.

You've written quite negatively of Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin.

I believe they should be indicted and prosecuted for a thousand counts of second-degree murder. Depraved indifference to human life and reckless endangerment are bases for charges of second-degree murder. First-degree murder — the actual pulling of triggers or detonating of bombs — is of course a worse crime, but second-degree murder is still murder.

What about Yitzhak Rabin?

It has become difficult to speak with any objectivity about Rabin because of the tragic ending of his life. But in reality, Rabin was a total disaster as prime minister and bears a lot of the blame for turning Israel into the Valley of the Shadow of Death. His policies were foolish and deadly. I like to think that had Rabin lived, he soon would have realized the foolishness of Oslo, reversed it, and tossed Peres and Beilin into a dungeon. But of course we will never know what he would have done.

How does one even try to explain the Oslo Debacle inflicted on Israel by its own leaders?

A facetious answer would be that Rabin and Peres had an ingenious master plan. You see, they figured out that much of anti-Semitism is based on the common stereotype of Jews being smarter than other people, and they figured that they could end anti-Semitism once and for all by proving how false this stereotype is.

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