RUSH: Well, ladies and gentlemen, the Israeli and Palestinian, slash, Hamas conflict has just reached a new level of seriousness with the low-information voters finally getting clued in. There is now a hashtag on Twitter. Can the end of this war be far behind?
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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a hashtag. #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies is the new hashtag, and, as such, we can expect peace to break out any moment. Now, I understand some of you, “Rush, why are you so cynical about people getting involved and showing how much they care and trying to help?” I know these are the questions that some people ask. To me those are embarrassing questions. They’re embarrassing questions to have to answer. No, no. They’re not embarrassing to have to answer. Well, they are in a way, but it’s embarrassing that they’re asked.
This is what is becoming of what used to be serious thought. I mean, this hashtag is a direct product or a direct result of what has been said to be education throughout our public school system, conflict resolution 101, can’t we all just get along, can’t we all just be friends. At the root of it is the failure to accept and failure to believe that there are bad guys. And at the root of it is this ridiculous assumption that we’re all the same, that we’re all equal, that we all have equal amounts of goodness, and we all have equal amounts of badness. And if we can just get the excess of badness out of what are essentially good people then everything will be fine.
So we can shame the bad people with a hashtag on Twitter. It doesn’t work that way. It never has worked that way. It is a world governed by the aggressive use of force. It’s not a world governed by words, doctors, clean water, speeches, or what have you. Now, I understand some people are just doing this ’cause they want to get in on the story. They want to be involved. But some people actually think that it’s gonna matter. And that’s another aspect of it, and this is understandable psychologically. Everybody’s searching for meaning in their lives. The left uses that to great effect. Global warming debate, you name it. Tell people they’re destroying something but they can redeem themselves with proper political ideological behavior, and bammo, you’ve got instant supporters.
Speaking of, the first popularly known hashtag to resolve a conflict, of course, was the Boko Haram kidnapping of all of those girls in Nigeria. I have an update here. “In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region.”
The hashtag apparently — well, they’re mocking the hashtag over at Boko Haram. We had that audio sound bite from a little while ago where the leader of Boko Haram is laughing at Goodluck Jonathan, the leader of Nigeria, and at the hashtag campaign, if you will, in general.
“In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died. … Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to the Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, said a health worker who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals by the extremists. At least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses that the community blames on trauma due to the mass abduction 100 days ago,” of over 200 girls.
So not only did the hashtag not get the girls back, the #BringBackOurGirls made famous by Moochelle Obama, had no effect. And now there’s one for the Israeli Middle East conflict. What’s appearing over there is an outrage. Again we have the unwillingness on the part of this administration, by the way, and countless others to recognize the good guys and the bad guys, an unwillingness to recognize that we have a long-standing ally. This administration seeks to blame our ally for the problem. And if you understand liberalism, it makes perfect sense why. Forget the details of the region, which just add icing on the cake.
To understand this administration’s lack of support for Israel all you have to do is take a look at the Middle East and try to find who a leftist would think the victims are. Because the victims are always what dominate everything. The victims are on whom and around whom policy will be based. Well, in the Middle East there is a singular power, and that is Israel. And, as such, they are the automatic “oppressors,” as liberalism looks at things.
The “victims” are the poor Palestinians and Hamas, and all they are doing is trying to protect themselves against this vicious, all-powerful, unfriendly invader known as Israel. The left will always side with the victims, and they will always try to manufacture victims. In that scenario, victims are incapable of committing acts of evil because all they’re doing is defending themselves.
All they’re doing is responding to vicious, aggressive attacks by the evil power — the majority, if you will. In this case, it would be Israel. There’s a total ignoring of what is driving this, and it is nothing more complicated than anti-Semitism, and it has been around since long before this conflict began. There is no solution in this conflict that can be found by any government policy from the United States originated by any liberal Democrat.
It’s simply not worldly possible, because they will not even admit what the root problem is. They will not assign Good Guy and Bad Guy status to the combatants. In both instances they’re both bad guys, but the real bad guys — Hamas, the Palestinians, you name it — they get a break. They’re cut some slack. “Because they’re poorer and they’re less educated and they’re the chosen.
“They’re the ones at what we all need to care about because they’re the ones that are being oppressed. They’re the disadvantaged, they’re the ones that are being mistreated, blah, blah, blah, blah, and so whatever they do to defend themselves or get what they want, it’s understandable. We must take time to understand the rage.”
Never mind the fact that Palestinian and Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, you name it — militant Jihadist leaders — were trained, they were collaborated with by the Nazis. They held something in common: The hatred of the Jews. The Nazis aligned, back in the thirties and forties, with anti-Jewish interests in the Middle East. There is no solution to this problem.
In fact, the quote/unquote “closest we’ve ever come” was Bill Clinton, in a moment of desperation, gave Yasser Arafat (when he was alive) virtually everything Arafat was demanding. Not virtually. Almost everything that Arafat was demanding, Clinton gave. You know what Arafat did? He moved the goalposts. He said, “Ah, ah, ah, no,” and added new demands. Why? He didn’t want a resolution.
He didn’t want there to be any solution to this, just like the race industry in America does not want there to be an end of the so-called racism that defines (in their view) the United States. None of the major causes advanced by the left and are claimed to be important, are causes they really ever want to solve. It’s the same thing with the Palestinians and Hamas. There’s no solution to this except the death of every Jew they can see and find.
Short of that, there’s gonna be consistent, never-ending, all-day-long, all-night, 24/7, 365 war. That is the natural state. That is what is normal for the enemies of Israel in the Middle East. Peace to them is simply a momentary lull, usually in the midst of resounding defeat where they have to take a time-out, retreat, regroup, rearm, come up with new plans, and then start it up all over again.
Peace to the Israelis is what peace is to you and me: The absence of war, the absence of conflict, the absence of threat, and the presence of justice. That’s what the Israelis seek. It’s not what the Palestinians seek. There’s no two-state solution, there is no mutual accommodation, because there’s nothing held in common here. For the longest time, in analyzing this so-called peace process, intellectually it’s always amazed me.
It seems to clear to me. It doesn’t matter. Administration after administration, secretary of state after secretary of state, it doesn’t matter. We get the same application of policy. We want to sit down, get the combatants at the table, have negotiations, have chats, do whatever. It never changes. In any conflict, there must be a winner and there must be a loser, and until such time as that happened, none of this is gonna end.
I’ve always asked myself, “Why do we not just let Israel win?” What is wrong with this? They are our ally. They don’t seek to eliminate all Arabs from the face of the earth. They don’t seek to march every Arab they can find into the Mediterranean. They don’t seek to bomb every Arabian capital off of the map. That is the objective of their enemies, though, where the Jews are concerned.
But this is a war, and you don’t end wars with peace talks. Take any war in the past. For example, World War II, how did it end? Well, in Japan it ended when we dropped a couple of nuclear weapons, and that made the Japanese surrender. And that’s when there were negotiations, and during those negotiations, we took ’em how it was gonna be. We won.
Ditto VE-Day in Europe, Victory in Europe. We defined the terms of victory militarily. In both instances, civilian targets were exactly what was sought. That’s how you won: Civilian casualties. Bombing Dresden, bombing Berlin. There wasn’t any such thing as precision surgical strikes. The two bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were general population targets. That’s what war is. It’s horrible.
Once you find yourself in it, there are definite things you do to win, definite things you do to lose, but you do not win a war by having peace conferences. You don’t have victory attached to peace talks. You don’t negotiate, you don’t send a hapless secretary of state all over the world trying to convince the two parties to do whatever it is he or his boss want.
It’s just a fruitless, useless, wasteful exercise. I am 63 years old. The Middle East peace process is as old as I am. It’s as old as you are. There hasn’t been anything substantially changed in my lifetime, in terms of the nature of the disagreement, because the nature of the disagreement is anti-Semitism. Isn’t it amazing?
People around the world will point fingers in blame at anti-Semites everywhere they can find ’em except where it is concentrated and focused in the Middle East; then they can’t even find the word coming out of their mouths. And that’s because the anti-Semites in this case happen to be the poor, hapless victims of an all-powerful, evil neighbor seeking to impose its will on the region. That is the perverted view that at least this administration has.
RUSH: Let me read to you just a brief excerpt from a piece on all this today in National Review Online by my friend Andy McCarthy. He writes that “right now, there is a tremendous opportunity to demolish Hamas.” That would be a good thing. It would be a good thing for everybody. These are jihadists. These are people that strap bombs on their babies and send ’em into public bus stations and blow themselves up.
“Doing so is the only chance of breaking the Palestinian jihadist will…” We want to stop this, don’t we? We all claim to want to end terrorism. We want to end it as much as we can. There are three things the Palestinians need to concede if there is to be “peace,” quote/unquote “peace.” They must “accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,” which they do not.
They must “renounce terrorism,” they call it “resistance,” and they must “abandon the [silly] ‘right of return’ demand.” That’s the definition of peace. If you can come up with a speech or set-of-talks or negotiations to convince Hamas to do that, then have at it. Ostensibly it’s what Kerry and Obama are trying to do, although I don’t think they are. I think they look at those demands as excessive and unrealistic.
It is Israel that must concede. It is Israel that must give up more land. It is Israel that must back off. It’s Israel that must stop killing civilians. It’s Israel that must stop provoking. But if you really want peace, this is what the Palestinian concessions must be. If you want a two-state solution, which is what everybody claims they want, there’s only one way to get it. There’s only one way to get a two-state solution — and that is the jihad has to be defeated, like happens in any war.
The bad guys have to lose!
So get out of the way; let Israel win. Why do we have to keep reminding people that that means siding with our ally? That is such an embarrassing thing for this administration to admit, that Israel’s an ally and side with them? “No, no, no. We can’t do that!” The worst thing that could happen right now is what John Kerry is seeking, and that’s a ceasefire, ’cause ceasefires, that’s peace to Hamas.
That’s when they regroup.
That’s when they rearm.
That’s when they form new plans.
Before Israel has destroyed the chance for all of that to happen.
RUSH: Let me tell you one thing. There’s a lot going on. I had no intention of even opening up with the Israeli-Palestinian thing today. People ask me frequently at five minutes before showtime, “What are you gonna lead with today?” It happened yesterday, I got a note: “What are you gonna lead with?”
“I don’t know yet.”
“Well, you better figure it out because you’re up in 10 minutes.” And, you know, I got everything here ready to go, it’s whatever strikes my fancy when the microphone goes on. And right before the program started I’m watching CNN and I see this hashtag campaign, #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies.
I said, “For crying out loud, is this for real?”
CNN’s spending serious time on it as though it matters, and so I said, “Well, okay.” I do what I do every day. I get up, I look at the things I believe in under assault and seek to defend them; the people I believe in under assault and seek to defend them; or when I am confronted with abject stupidity that makes me frightened for the future of the country, I deal with it. And this hashtag stuff, on one hand it’s laughably funny. On the other hand, these people vote! On the other hand, they are impacted, affected, moved, influenced, persuaded by things that are just absolutely stupid.
For many people social media is the only thing that gives their lives meaning. They have some measure of fame, they think, because they have followers, or they have friends or what have you, or they have people that retweet them. So there’s a psychological component and whatever they can do to cause favorable reaction, hashtag, who’s to be critical of a hashtag? Well, count on me to throw cold water on all this meaningless emotional investment, like the Boko Haram thing.
So that’s why I’m spending time on this ’cause I saw that hashtag thing. These hashtag things, I don’t know, they grate on me, they irritate me, and the people that believe in ’em irritate me. I don’t know why. I guess I get frustrated at the stupidity, and I hope and pray that they’re not as stupid as they seem. But I look at election results and I’m not encouraged. So just a couple more things on this and then we’ll move on to something else I predicted back on January 16th 2009. I predicted, as you well know on that date — well, I said I hoped Obama failed.
But in that same monologue, I also predicted that Obama would divide this country like never before. That prediction I haven’t recalled to too many people’s attention, but there’s a poll out today showing just how divided we are, more divided today than when Obama was inaugurated. So went back to the archives and I got sound bite where I predict it. So that’s coming up.
The wrap-up here of the latest with Israel and Palestine, Obama has decided to send $47 million in humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. It might be useful to review why the Gaza Strip matters.
This goes back to Clinton and Arafat. The Gaza Strip used to be run, owned, operated, occupied by Israel, and it was one of the many slices of territory that a previous Democrat administration forced Israel to give up. They said give it up. It’s a hellhole anyway, you don’t want to be there, nobody does. Give it to the Palestinians and let them run it. Give them their own little plot of land, let ’em run it.
No, no, no. You can’t do that. They’re gonna use that as a staging base for attacks on Israel.
That’s exactly what has happened. The Gaza Strip is not an example of what a great culture and society can be built if the Israelis will just get out of the way. That was the dream. Let them demonstrate how they can build sewers and hospitals and let’s show the world what they’re capable of. Didn’t happen. It’s a military staging, because they’re bad guys. In this conflict they’re the bad guys, from our standpoint.
Now, we have a certain set of values and morals and we have allies and we believe in certain things, and those people don’t. And if they take military action against us, they become bad guys. If they don’t want to just peacefully coexist in their own cocoon and they want to come out of the cocoon, they want to try to kill and punish people that disagree with them, they determine the rules, they become the aggressors, they become the bad guys. Our people don’t see it that way. So Barack Obama has just sent or has agreed to send $47 million in humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
You know why? ‘Cause the Israelis are being really mean. They’re killing people in the Gaza Strip. That’s what John Kerry was trying to sound sarcastic about when he was overheard Sunday on a Fox microphone mocking the Israelis’ pinpoint operations. The Israelis are not allowed a single civilian casualty. Hamas lives and dies on ’em. Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, you name it, the Islamic Jihad, is all about civilian casualties, specifically Jewish, Israeli civilian casualties.
But that’s understandable because they’re the oppressed minority. They’re the weaker of the two. It’s not fair that they shouldn’t be as powerful as Israel. So whatever they do in the face of this big threat from this evil, mean bigger country, well, we just have to understand it. That’s perverted thinking that leftist educations inculcated in the minds of a bunch of Americans. So the Israelis, one civilian happens to get killed in an Israeli response — Gaza is where they’re launching rockets into Israel, one of the places. Israel responds, and of course the Palestinians arrange for civilians to be killed by putting them in their military targets, converting mosques to military installations, taking over civilian neighborhoods and turning them into military compounds.
It’s impossible not to have civilian casualties because Hamas sets it up. And when it happens, Israel becomes the bad guy. And here comes Obama riding to the rescue, $47 million humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip because the Israelis are not being surgical enough in their strikes. My point is that Obama’s actions tell us exactly who he is: $47 million, not to the Gaza Strip, to the Palestinian Authority. Then what does he do? Then he closes the Israeli airport, first for 24 hours, and now it’s been extended. You want to isolate a country? Keep people from going there. You want to isolate a country? Make it look like if you fly there, you’re gonna get shot out of the sky. By who? The Palestinians?
We may as well give ’em a medal. Hamas may as well get a medal here. They have succeeded. This is exactly one of the goals of terrorism. You frighten your enemies into living normal lives. So here comes the United States right on schedule, banning American Airlines, United, Delta, you name it, can’t go in there, can’t land in Tel Aviv. Might get shot down. By who? Who’s shooting at civilian airliners? Well, it’s happening in Ukraine. Would Hamas do that? How come they’re not the bad guys, then? How come nobody’s condemning them? Why is it Israel’s fault that American airlines can’t go into Tel Aviv now? Israel is making it unsafe. Israel is threatening them by trying to defend itself. It’s absurd.
So here’s $47 million in humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority. It’s a slush fund, make no mistake. We close the Israeli airport in Tel Aviv. Obama reaches out to the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, but he will not work with Republicans on shoring up our Southern border. He will not work with a Republican governor in the state of Arizona to do the same thing, but he’ll gladly send his emissaries to sit down and work with the Palestinian authority.
Obama pledges more flexibility, bending to the demands of Russia. That doesn’t bother him, whatever the Russians do (imitating Obama), “Ah, we’ll be flexible, you know, got a deal here and there,” but he’ll shut down conservative organizations, True the Vote, other Tea Party groups trying to exercise their free speech and assembly rights, sics the IRS on them. Obama treats American citizens, certain American citizens, as a greater enemy than any foreign domestic threat we or our allies face. It’s pretty forward stuff, straightforward stuff, if you ask me.