When appeasement becomes racism
is a fundamental right of every
individual to be judged equally amongst his peers. Without it, democracy
becomes unsustainable. And yet, multiple standards are almost intrinsic to
human nature. Double
standards infect almost every realm of human endeavour.
A prime example is the use of human shields.
by the Geneva Conventions, the use of
human shields is decried by all. The
former UN Secretary General, Kofi Anan, denounced
the use of human shields by guerilla rebels in refugee camps of
So what action was taken in Palestinian villages
presided over by the UN? UNWRA
headquarters in Jenin was used as cover for Palestinians to shoot at IDF
soldiers. Human shields were, and are, a common tool. Terrorists were even
caught opening fire while taking cover behind a woman holding an UNWRA flag.
was UN condemnation phrased on this occasion? The
Standard described it well. Local UN officials fabricated an
Israeli army "massacre" of "unarmed civilians" and UNRWA
Commissioner General Peter Hansen gave dozens of lip-smacking interviews
recounting his eye witness account of Israeli atrocities. But the Weekly
Standard concluded, based on foreign journalist and international observer
evidence, that Hansen "is a bald-faced liar."
determination to vilify Israel and
exonerate Palestinian fabrication is evidenced in any event where
Palestinians being used as human shields are accidentally killed – whether
by Israelis as collateral damage or by Palestinian "work
accidents." Deep indignation is loudly shouted.
By contrast, Palestinian
murder of deliberately targeted Israelis is addressed by a muted voice
whispering mild concern.
Palestinians have well understood
that the international the media and politicians will grant rewards for
every civilian death in their struggle against Israel – whether of Jew or
Mahmoud Abbas publicly declared that Palestinians must avoid civil war, and
turn their guns against Israelis.
And the world declares amen
to depictions of this man as a "moderate" deserving of hundreds of
millions in arms and military training. Media
reports adopt his language: "Jerusalem
church leaders alarmed at worsening relations between two main political
parties are calling for an end to violence and an urgent return to the
"real priorities" of Palestinians." Code words
lifted almost directly from the Palestinian leader's speeches; quickly
translated: Stop killing each other and
get back to killing Jews.
human shields themselves have also
reached a new level of boldness and sophistication.
Knowing that Israel will avoid killing "innocent"
civilians, they call for the murder of their Israeli counterparts, while
protecting terrorists and arms caches with their homes
and their bodies.
recent months, Israeli security forces have used telephone calls to warn
Palestinian militants and others near alleged militant safe houses and
weapons caches, giving them up to a half hour to evacuate. When militia
leader Mohammed Baroud got the call Saturday, he enlisted neighbors to
protect his house from the Israeli military. They've now set up a system of
shifts to protect the house around the clock.
kind of [peaceful] resistance cannot replace the rocket resistance,"
says Jamila Shanti, a female member of Hamas who helped organize a permanent
presence of female human shields around the house. "The popular
resistance is to protect the people from the bombing. The rocket resistance
is to confront the Israeli machinery." (http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1120/p01s02-wome.html)
US, on the other hand, solves
the dilemma by simply following the rules of war. According to the Geneva
conventions, as Kofi Anan pointed out in Timor, armies are not required to
protect human shields. Whether
in Afghanistan, Iraq, or more recently Somalia,
the results have been devastating. But
the world quietly applies the international standard, as long as the
attacker is "one of us." Israel, as "the other," must
respect human shields deliberately hiding terrorists and their weapons.
Palestinians, "the lesser," are not up to these
international ethical norms. Using
human shields and murdering civilians are minor faults which cannot be
allowed to distract the flow of international aid.
you slice it – that's racism.