A trio on why moral relativism re Israel is morally wrong

I don’t have much time to write now, but I read a trio of stories at the Jerusalem Post that remind us why moral relativism regarding Israel is wrong.  Israel, for all her flaws, is a better, more moral country that the surrounding Arab nations, and that’s regardless of any of their virtues:

Another Arab resident in Israel used his vehicle to try for mass slaughter.  Fortunately, he was the only one to die.

An Arab woman crossing at a checkpoint into Israel threw acid on a soldier, potentially blinding him in one eye.  Keep in mind that the check points exist precisely because those crossing into Israel (by the grace of Israel, because no Israelis are crossing into Arab countries) are trying to achieve maximum bodily arm.

And just so you keep in perspective what these Arab countries are all about, let’s look at Iraq, which is a country that America has sort of, kind of, managed to turn into a Democracy:

First his two sons were murdered. Now he faces prosecution. The reason for Mithal al-Alusi’s troubles? Visiting Israel and advocating peace with the Jewish state – something Iraq’s leaders refuse to consider.

The Iraqi is at the center of a political storm after his fellow lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to strip him of his immunity and allow his prosecution for visiting Israel – a crime punishable by death under a 1950s-era law. Such a fate is unlikely for al-Alusi, though he may lose his party’s sole seat in parliament.

Because he had visited Israel, many Iraqis assume the maverick legislator was the real target of the assassins who killed his sons in 2005 while he escaped unharmed.

Now he is in trouble for again visiting Israel and attending a conference a week ago at the International Institute for Counterterrorism.

“He wasn’t set to speak, but he was in the audience and conversed with a lecturer on a panel about insurgency and terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel,” said conference organizer Eitan Azani. “We didn’t invite him. He came on his own initiative.”

Al-Alusi has a German passport, allowing him to travel without visa restrictions imposed on other Iraqis. Lawmakers accused him of humiliating the nation with a trip to the “enemy” state.

Keep in mind as you read the above that it is just one day’s news from the Middle East, and just a small handful of stories about Israel and her neighbors’ attitude towards her.

Let me reiterate the sentence at the start of my post:  Israel, for all her flaws, is a better, more moral country that the surrounding Arab nations, and that’s regardless of any of their virtues.

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  • Mike Devx


    “The woman, identified as a 19-year-old resident of Nablus, was behind a similar attack earlier in the month when she threw acid in the face of an officer at the checkpoint but succeeded in fleeing back into Nablus. [This time] she was captured and taken into police custody.”

    Dang, that kind of invalidates the whole “the beaker of acid simply slipped out of my hand” defense. What’s Ramsay Clark going to come up with now?


    Anan Abd el-Haq of Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus said soldiers wounded three bystanders with gunfire and shrapnel immediately after the incident. The military said, however, that soldiers fired only one shot in the air to keep the crowd at bay.

    How nice of the crowd, to want to help out the IDF soldier, who must have been in terrible pain as the thrown acid ate away at his face. Why in the *world* would the soldiers want to prevent these Good – no, Great – Samaritans from trying to help?

  • SGT Dave

    BW,
    I’ve had no moral qualms about the situation in Israel. I’m a hammer/nail type of guy and really wish that we’d get around to not giving the states in the region one penny of aid until they get around to not trying to kill their neighbors. I support Israel’s wall – I’d kinda like one for parts of our nation for different but valid reasons too. I wouldn’t mind serving a tour in that area, either, as long as the rule of engagement were Army standard (that is – if it is dangerous then kill it NOW). I think it would actually be a better mission than Kosovo.
    A nation should be allowed to control its own borders and prevent the death of its citizens within those borders. There are limits to what a people should endure and Israel has exceeded these.
    IMO, the crowd was lucky. If some damn fool tried to use acid on my people, the rules of engagement (standard) say I make him room temperature. Life, limb, or eyesight. You have a crowd trying to shelter the attacker? Complicit (though I’d be in trouble with the commander later, it would still be my call) and it sucks to be them. Sorry; there’s a set of sublaws under Murphy’s that go 1) Don’t throw $#it at an armed man and 2) Don’t stand next to a person throwing $#it at an armed man.
    ‘Nuff said; if they act like rabid dogs, then there should be no complaints when they get put down.

    SSG Dave – “Fair means my people come home.”

  • Ymarsakar

    I’m a hammer/nail type of guy and really wish that we’d get around to not giving the states in the region one penny of aid until they get around to not trying to kill their neighbors.

    I prefer sieges myself. Full blockade +starvation+no medical supplies+ no fuel+ no electricity+no telecommunication landlines=?

    Cheaper than an invasion and occupation I can tell you that. Sustainable for longer too, if the besieger has the balls, at least.

  • Mike Devx

    Sgt Dave,
    A far better answer than my own sly – and therefore unworthy – attempts at wit. You’re a sheepdog. I salute you.

  • Ymarsakar

    ‘Nuff said; if they act like rabid dogs, then there should be no complaints when they get put down.

    Let’s go easy on Book, here. If she listens to too many people like us, Dave, it might affect her political views even more ; )

  • Ymarsakar

    So the Palestinians can make acid but they can’t make fertilizer to make their land shat green or irrigation to keep it that way? Right. And who gets the money for making that acid, btw? Isn’t Arafat dead? What about the French?

    This is why I like executions as making a point. If you want to stop “Bad Behavior” tm, you need to punish the guilty explicitly and with extreme prejudice. Otherwise, what tends to happen is that people start thinking you just panicked and started shooting into the crowd or something.

    Cool, methodical, ruthless actions brings results, Book. But it has to be visible, otherwise the Palestinians are not going to pay attention. Mad dogs don’t pay attention to anything except what the mad dog is fixated on.

  • McLaren

    This is the SECOND time this same woman was caught throwing acid at an IDF soldier. Why she wasn’t greased the first time is a mystery.

    The “Palestinians” whoever they are, are their own worst enemies. The Jews are actually protecting them. And frankly, the U.S. isn’t protecting Israel. We are holding Israel back from solving the region’s problems. If the Arabs want to bitch about Israel now, wait until Israel decides she’s had enough. Then we’ll see what sincere complaining looks like as oppoed to the daily drumbeat of today’s “anger” on the Arab street.