Hypocrisy in Politics

Although the United States targetted Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and hunted them down it condemns Israel when it targets terrorists.  The U.S. condemns Israel when attacks against terrorists inadvertantly kill civilians yet in Iraq the U.S. uses fearsome AC-130 gunships to attack individual safehouses in crowded areas.  

When Israel built a fence to keep out terrorists it was roundly condemned by the European Union and the rest of the world for making life more difficult for the Palestinians.  However, the European Union is planning to build a separation fence of its own to separate recently added EU members Poland and Hungary from their new neighbors - Russia Belarus and Ukraine so that migrants from those countries won't enter EU territory.  Certainly this will cause hardship to the migrants.  The EU even invited Israeli companies to help with the construction.(www.wnd.com Aug 26,04)

Israel is criticized for the fence and for checkpoints on the grounds that it restricts freedom of movement yet the French declared curfews during the Muslim riots in France.  After a terrorist attack in Jordan the Jordanians set up checkpoints.   For more than 12 hours, Jordanian authorities locked down their country's borders to prevent culprits possibly slipping out. (Paul Garwood, Angry Jordanians Rally to Protest Bombings, Excite News, 11/10/05)

Regarding the hypocrisy of the EU a spokesman of Ariel Sharon said:

"It's incredible the EU has no problem building a fence just to keep illegal immigrants out, but when the Jewish State builds a security fence as a last resort for the purpose of keeping terrorists out and saving Israeli lives, we are blasted by them and the U.N., Makes you think, doesn't it?"

   Israel has been criticized by the United States for targetted killings of Palestinian terrorists but after the U.S. did the same thing their were a lot of embarrassing questions at press briefings for the State Department.  The Bush administration imposed an embargo on selling Israel spare parts for helicopters because Israel was using these helicopters to kill terrorists.  The embargo only ended when the United States started using helicopters to kill terrorists, too.  The French used helicopters to help the police keep track of Muslim rioters.

One of the demands of the Palestinian Arabs is the right of return of millions of them to Israel.  They claim that millions of them were forced out of their home by Israel.  This is a lot of nonsense as has been documented on the Middle East Primer page of Americans For A Safe Israel, yet a lot of sympathy for this demand has been expressed by members of the European Union. 

At the end of World War II 15 million ethnic Germans were expelled from their homelands.  These have suddenly become a matter of interest (see for example the Wall Street Journal's "War Echo: Ousted by Poland in 1945, Germans Want Homes Back," Aug 11, 04) for the simple reason that many of the countries who expelled German refugees after World War II have become or are becoming full members of the EU.

Steve Plaut wrote (frontpagemagazine.com Aug 26, 04)

There has arisen a wave of attempts by ethnic Germans expelled by these countries to use EU institutions to recover property or receive compensation, and in some cases possibly even to return to their former homes. Their chances of success are negligible. That is because the EU, led by Germany itself in this matter, is unalterably opposed to any "right or return" for ethnic Germans. Yes, the same EU insists that "Palestinian refugees" have an inalienable right to return to Israeli lands do not think ethnic German refugees have such a right.

   After Muslim terrorists took control of a school in Beslan, Russia and murdered over a hundred children, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came to Israel.  While the Russian Foreign Minister spoke of the need for a global counter-terror alliance, he warned against seeing a similarity  between the fight against international terror; drawing a line, saying, there is a clear difference between the Chechen conflict and what is between Israel and the Palestinians. Lavrov said the international community considers the West Bank and Gaza as occupied territory, but concerning Chechnya, the Russian Foreign Minister wondered aloud, "How can one be an occupier in his own country? Chechnya is part of Russia."   Ariel Natan Pasko wrote: (Freeman Center Broadcast 9/8/04)

One could say the same for Israel vis-a-vis Judea, Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza.

P.S. Czarist Russia conquered and occupied Chechnya in the 19th
century, the Jewish people's homeland included Judea, Samaria, and Gaza for
about 29 centuries longer..

   In addition the Jews were in Judea, Samaria and Gaza before the Islamic conquest.  On the other hand the Chechens were in Chechnya before the Russian occupation.  The Chechens have a much better case than the Palestinians do.   In my opinion however, if either the Chechens or the Palestinian Arabs gained control of their respective regions there would be less, not more freedom as radical Islam and corrupt Islamic gangs took over.  To the extent that they have gotten control this hypothesis of mine has been bourne out.  I also think that once a group engages in terrorism to promote a cause they have destroyed whatever legitimacy their cause may have had and should not be rewarded by having their demands met.  I once had an acquaintance who was the victim of Palestinian terrorist gunfire at an airport and she said after that that "They don't deserve anything".  She's right.

   Although Russia speaks about the need to fight terror Russia has been helping the Iranians develop nuclear capability.  Once the Iranians have nuclear bombs terror will take on a whole new meaning.  The hypocrisy of the Russians could have very deadly consequences.


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