Thursday, April 18, 2002

MIGHT MAKES RIGHT, as far as the United Nations is concerned. Take the Israeli-Palestinian war. Ostensibly, the U.N. sides with the underdog Palestinians, who fight against a superior Israeli Army equipped with those "U.S.-supplied Apaches" with nothing but RPGs, Kalishnikovs, and suicide bombers. But in fact, the Palestinians are proxies for Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab world, the population of which outnumbers Israelis by tens of millions and whose combined military might (less nukes, for now) dwarfs the Israeli military. When the Israeli-Palestinian war is seen for what it really is, an Israeli-Arab war, it's clear who plays David and who plays Goliath, and that the U.N. is siding with the giant. Consider this excerpt from a Washington Post article on the aftermath of the battle for Jenin:
Terje Roed-Larsen, the United Nations' Middle East envoy, stood on a pile of rubble and surveyed a landscape of wretchedness and destruction. Just a few feet away, two middle-aged brothers used plastic buckets to excavate the ruins of their former home, unearthing a partial human torso. It was all that remained of their elderly father. "What we are seeing here is horrifying – horrifying scenes of human suffering," said Larsen, who helped shepherd Palestinians and Israelis toward the 1993 Oslo peace accords. "Israel has lost all moral ground in this conflict." ... Larsen, who witnessed the scene, said he was shocked by what he had observed this morning, including the charred body of a 12-year-old boy. "They are not only fighters," he said. "We've seen kids. There was a 60-year-old woman who was found. . . . What is really shocking beyond belief is that the Israelis have not conducted a search and rescue operation in 11 days."
No one knows how many civilians American bombs killed in Afghanistan, just as no one knows how many civilians died in Jenin. But while U.N. bureaucrats have refrained from declaring that "America has lost all moral ground" in our war, U.N. imbeciles like Larsen freely declare that "Israel has lost all moral ground in this conflict." Ignore this obscene logic, that a state fighting an enemy who intentionally maims and kills civilians can lose all moral ground because, in the course of fighting an intentional killer of civilians it unintentionally kills civilians. Instead, consider the discrepancy between Israel's treatment by the U.N. and ours. What explains the difference? Power. America has it, Israel doesn't. Without American participation, the U.N. would be just another irrelevant platform for anti-Americanism, anti-semitism, and anti-capitalism, which is to say, a platform for promoting despotism, racism, and poverty. Of course, even with American participation, the U.N. is such a platform, but that's not all it is, because occasionally the United States can turn it to good ends, or at least make it shut up and get out of the way. The former happened in Iraq, the latter in Afghanistan. But Israel doesn't have our power. It can't influence the U.N. or make it shut up. Which is why the U.N. spews anti-Israeli proganda, passes a resolution condoning Palestinian terrorism, and otherwise tries to thwart Israel's anti-terrorist campaign. And it will continue to do so as long as the equation of power runs against Israel, i.e. as long as it reasonably expects the Arab Goliath to exterminate the Israeli David. The only thing that changes this equation is American power. If we make Israel's war our own, ensuring its survival and threatening Arab despotisms with extinction, the U.N. will reasonably, if amorally, side with the winner. That fact won't diminish our cause, but it will diminish the U.N.

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