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March 1, 2015 1:18 am

Purim or Munich?

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In the story of Purim, a king is manipulated by his advisers into making disastrous decisions. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Purim is this coming week. It’s a story that can be read as being about an ineffectual, drunken leader – a disaster just waiting to happen. Here is a king manipulated by his advisors into making disastrous decisions. Weakness always allows either dangerous, proactive demagogues to emerge or self-interested vipers to step into the vacuum. This is a lesson the USA is having to learn all over again.

“Munich” has many associations. The Munich Beer Hall Putsch in 1923 was when Hitler failed in his first attempt to gain power. The PLO massacred Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972. But in between was the infamous 1938 conference at which Britain sacrificed Czechoslovakia in the hope that it would bring peace. Hitler saw this as weakness and went on to invade Poland and Russia. Britain, instead of avoiding a small war, got dragged into a far wider and nastier one.

Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister at the time, will forever be remembered for his smug grin as he waved a piece of paper on his return from Munich declaring “peace for our time.” This was the prime example of appeasement. Appeasement is the Achilles heel of naïve, fainthearted liberals and social democrats. Much of the British aristocracy (as the American plutocracy) did not want to go to war. They thought Hitler was a good “chappie.” Even King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were enamored. The students of Oxford University voted not to fight for King and Country. Cambridge University provided a whole network of lethal Soviet spies because they believed Russia’s Marxist claptrap would make the world a better place.

America saved Europe. Instead of gratitude, it was resented and excoriated as an aggressive bully. At least its nuclear threat gave Europe the longest stretch of peace it had in centuries. But now the USA is going through precisely the same appeasement mindset that Britain did 80 years ago.

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I was brought up and educated in that post-war liberal mindset, in the warm, fuzzy belief that humans were basically reasonable and utilitarian. Socialism would help resolve all social difficulties. Normal men and women would always choose the moderate course over the extreme. Negotiations would always produce results, whereas violence and aggression never could. Universal values would always trump vested nationalist interests, and if we made love enough we could always avoid war. Mine was the generation of Sartre, Joan Baez, John Lennon and all the other talented ingénues. My default position was left wing.

But reality – the need to make a living, the realization that people did not behave rationally and would not necessarily love you if you tried to be nice – soon set in. The world was a more complicated, nuanced place than the hippies believed. Nasty President Johnson achieved a lot more by being tough than others did by being nice.

History might never exactly repeat itself, but certain cycles do indeed keep on recurring. After eras of American imperialism, fighting dirty wars all round the world in its struggle against communism, the USA has had a very mixed record of both positive intervention and incompetence. Bush senior intervened to save Kuwait. Clinton intervened to stop Serbia (but not Rwanda). Meanwhile both Iraq and Afghanistan, after initial military victories, have remained failed, corrupt terror-ridden states, for all the billions wasted on them.

The record of current liberal America is pathetic. The administration seems to think, in abstract liberal fashion, that if you talk sweetly, are conciliatory, and spend money, this will win friends, and people will start loving you. The Obama administration has now given us a sequence of disastrous policies (or lack of them) from Libya to Syria, from ISIL to Pakistan, from Cairo to Riyadh via Teheran. And it’s not just with failed Muslim states.

Russia grabs Crimea. No, says the USA you can’t. Russia arms rebels in Western Ukraine; they down a passenger jet using Russian missiles; they break every truce and are pushing on because we know they want a land passage into Crimea from Russia proper. NATO and America’s reaction? No weapons to help Ukraine protect itself. Only hot air and ineffectual sanctions that the Russians have already found ways around.

And why is Putin feeling so confident? Because Obama couldn’t stand up to him in Syria. Would not arm moderate rebels while there were a few still left. Still won’t arm the Kurds for fear of offending Turkey (who think nothing of insulting him) or being accused of colluding in the breakup of the artificial cobbled state called Iraq. All of which allowed ISIL to thrive and take Mosul. Now that he realizes they are not Little Leaguers, he thinks he can defeat then without boots on the ground, relying on an already discredited Iraqi army or Sunni tribes who are closer to ISIL than they are to the Iraqi Shia.

I would not intervene whatsoever in the Middle East. Let them sort their own differences out. It’s as much a fundamentalist, messianic, religious sectarian battle as a political one. The Imperialist powers made a hash of it. Now let the cards fall where they may. America doesn’t need Saudi oil any longer, and its bigger challenges lie much further to the east.

Terror from Islamic fanatics is a threat, but America and the rest of the free world should focus resources on protecting themselves within their own borders, not venturing into alien territory and cultures it does not understand in the vain and arrogant hope of changing them. Let the dysfunctional Middle East destroy itself or else wake up to the fact that blaming Israel is no way to build a just society. Using scapegoats is always a recipe for failure.

The Liberal agenda refuses to see things as they are, choosing instead to see things as they would like them to be. They still believe Achashverosh’s descendants in Teheran are negotiating in good faith. It might not be a drunken fog, but it’s a fog nevertheless. We all have our dreams and ideals. But we also need to be realistic and practical. In the end self-defense is always best. Nowadays no ally can trust America to come its aid.

Neville Obama may not be drunk with wine, but he is certainly intoxicated with his own dogmas.

Happy Purim.

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  • Dear Linda Smith!
    Socialism and communism can be good or bad, it depends on whom and how man does use it! Who depends on cultural roots! Cultural roots depends on the nature of man who does lives on it , if a nature is able to feed all man on it, which the nature is the actual roots of the culture of men’s mind , than Socialism is good! Why is good? Because culture and nature which is one who does teach man to be happy even in poverty, than when man gets rich man, man does not lose his mind. To day capitalism, democratic, liberalism, communism and socialism have the same faces! Why? Because we live in an open global world where all man has the right to decide what is best for him. In the soon future we must understand if man want peace man must make sure that the one, the man, the country man does business with has a good economy, if your partner has good economy he will not cheat you, no matter if your partner is a socialist or a communist, capitalist or even bogy – bogy dancer. I mean respect!

  • I had to come back to your article been surer of your message about that The Almighty was distracted when He created mankind! We can see this fact from different stage of minds! One is under the normal old religious believe one which has nothing to do with science that did create this actual possibility to communicate. Science does say that this planet was created approximately 148 million years ego where mankind did come into life on our planet very very late which I think our planet could exist without man on it, or I can say that our planet is much better of without man on it, but the fact is that man do live on it! The ” Toho vaboho” has nothing to do with man on earth, the miracle of the ” Toho vaboho” did happen and therefore could, and will happen again as a fact of ” everlasting motion” which is life. Now! The Jews did can out with the vision of the “Toho Vaboho” which is I guess the first literature message in book form ” The Bible” which I did never read all of it! Why ? Because I’m a man of facts! Why? Because I think that all religions need to be reformed toward time of science which will dominate the collective masses mind to be able to take care of our planet, we can not talk city or stat political philosophy in a global politics! The problem of our time is that the collective masses minds is lost in old thoughts close labyrinth, which makes all religions look the same in there behaviors no matter what, I mean Jews, Christianity and Islam which actually derives from the same tree which the tree is not old as our planet is. Science is created by individuals just as religions where created by few individuals. Now! About “men instinct perception” it does happens that few men where busy with the same maters in the same time in different locations on earth without been aware of each other! Time after time man does and did scientific researches where by accident or mistake something did occur where man stupid – genius was able to observe the unexpected scientific occurred event coming out with something man was not firstly after to discover. Does men’s observation act related to the ” Toho vaboho act of order or act of distraction?” We do not know! But it does in fact happen! When men do let it go because he knows that scientific events can happen without been after them “things – events do happen” which does change men’s life style on earth for few individuals to promote their discoveries into money to buy time-life. This is about matter products! But what about men’s mind trough old literature habit ? Does any one who does write a book need an award? Even if the writer has the gift to attract men’s mind from the first book page?! Well! I do not think so! Why? Because an award for any kind of literature is a TRAP! Why? Let’s take a fact! The Nobel Literature Prize 2014 to Patrick Modiano is a trap! Because it has to do with a man who his mind was lost writing time after time the same story becoming a stranger to him self, means to his mind because been born into split mind under Nazi events in France and when he did got the Nobel Literature award finding it very ” Very Strange” Does Patrick Modiano look HAPPY about it? No and never! Patrick Modiano was targeted to be mind twisted once more for those cowards who did gave him the literature award to feel greater and superior then Jew! Which actually the true is that those cowards who did give him the literature award are not cultivated human been, given an award in a time where Jews has been murdered in France! Watch out! And that has nothing to do with The Almighty been distracted when He created mankind! Everything is carefully planned! Wake UP!

  • Thank you, Jeremy

    Yes, the Almighty was distracted; I guess the distraction in it self is an absolute unavoidably power act which is a proof directly undivided from the unseen “moves no move” existential “matter- light- space-sound” as one which is but “substance – atom” which is “Reason” which is Justice! The act of ” Toho Vaboho” which we guess we know about. DID actually happen before the one we talk about! It does happen in this moment and will happen again and again toward the everlasting space- matter absolute “Desire”, out of billions of those acts of ” Toho Vaboho” only very few do succeed into creating life by exactly Almighty distraction!!! About ” men’s mind distractions which has nothing to do with Almighty distraction “ Let’s take en clear – cut fact about men’s behavior on earth! Let say! Netanyahu! Netanyahu is a Jew! A leader of one country of Europe did came out lately saying “I am a Jew” no matter cause! Now! Netanyahu is a man of the “book people” . Am I right? Maybe not! If man is of the book people as a country leader which I have full respect and support should NOT interfere in “The Israeli Literature Prize committee members”, a book man should understand what literature actually is! Now! Why did Netanyahu interfere? He did interfere because he did not understand what literature is! If he knows that the people of Israel masses minds are intelligent people who knows what literature is, he N. should not interfere, but the case is complex! A Jew as David Grossmann who is blind selfish been known by people who does support anti Israeli literature when he ones went out supporting infiltrated Africans into Israel trough the Israel southern naked border which is a shame of the Israeli government letting the southern border naked to be raped again and again by people who want to destroy the entire country by every possible possibility trough a lonely border where the coward David G. claims that those infiltrated Africans has the right to stay in Israel with full rights as citizens in a raped country Israel which David G. a foolish lost mind who derives from the ” Holocaust” and yet blind makes me furious knowing that an Ashkenazi Jew living comfortably in Israel by those who did give their life’s for him to write trap books and yet blind which is the one among others who did force Netanyahu mentally to interfere in the Israeli Literature Prize committee members weakening not only Netanyahu mind but the entire nation minds is a Shame! Because exactly the one who did make David G. known are the one who wants Israel destroyed!!!! I have facts at hand about people who do attack Davis G. mind to make him believe the trap he his writing about, a writer who does point out IS NOT a writer but a foolish trap! Does David G. know what Norwegian writer do talk about Jews in closed doors? No, not and never he will be award of!! One of them did tell me with inner anger eyes wide open about one and half million Russian Jews immigrating to Israel which has nothing to do with me!!!! We no forget that Jews were defenseless people in Europe!!! Should the Jews be made into defenseless people in their own historical country Israel today? In a time of anti-Semitic propaganda made by those people who did take down the Shah of Iran and planned the Arab Spring who actually do buy David G. trap books!!! IS David G. aware of?! David G. is a living dead man walking! I’m not against his trap writing, man can write whatever man wants! But forcing mentally a country leader Netanyahu to interfere in the Israeli Literature committee members is a terrible mistake which shows Jews weakness for the benefit of the enemy of JEWS! No wonder that history events do repeat it self. Just as Rome barbarians been stupid when meeting Greek culture in the end of the Roman Empire, We se today that Greek is weaken by barbarian EU. One of those Norwegian barbarians less than a cannibal did shot down dead with his photo camera one of my Chinese students, the same stupid Norwegian pedophiles and gay do read David G.

    Happy Purim

  • Thank you, Jeremy

    Yes, the Almighty was distracted; I guess the distraction in it self is an absolute unavoidably power act which is a proof directly undivided from the unseen “moves no move” existential “matter- light- space-sound” as one which is but “substance – atom” which is “Reason” which is Justice! The act of ” Toho Vaboho” which we guess we know about. DID actually happen before the one we talk about! It does happen in this moment and will happen again and again toward the everlasting space- matter absolute “Desire”, out of billions of those acts of ” Toho Vaboho” only very few do succeed into creating life by exactly Almighty distraction!!! About ” men’s mind distractions which has nothing to do with Almighty distraction “ Let’s take en clear – cut fact about men’s behavior on earth! Let say! Netanyahu! Netanyahu is a Jew! A leader of one country of Europe did came out lately saying “I am a Jew” no matter cause! Now! Netanyahu is a man of the “book people” . Am I right? Maybe not! If man is of the book people as a country leader which I have full respect and support should NOT interfere in “The Israeli Literature Prize committee members”, a book man should understand what literature actually is! Now! Why did Netanyahu interfere? He did interfere because he did not understand what literature is! If he knows that the people of Israel masses minds are intelligent people who knows what literature is, he N. should not interfere, but the case is complex! A Jew as David Grossmann who is blind selfish been known by people who does support anti Israeli literature when he ones went out supporting infiltrated Africans into Israel trough the Israel southern naked border which is a shame of the Israeli government letting the southern border naked to be raped again and again by people who want to destroy the entire country by every possible possibility trough a lonely border where the coward David G. claims that those infiltrated Africans has the right to stay in Israel with full rights as citizens in a raped country Israel which David G. a foolish lost mind who derives from the ” Holocaust” and yet blind makes me furious knowing that an Ashkenazi Jew living comfortably in Israel by those who did give their life’s for him to write trap books and yet blind which is the one among others who did force Netanyahu mentally to interfere in the Israeli Literature Prize committee members wakening not only Netanyahu mind but the entire nation minds is a Shame! Because exactly the one who did make David G. known are the one who wants Israel destroyed!!!! I have facts at hand about people who do attack Davis G. mind to make him believe the trap he his writing about, a writer who does point out IS NOT a writer but a foolish trap! Does David G. know what Norwegian writer talking about Jews in closed doors? No, not and never he will be award of!! We no forget that Jews were defenseless people in Europe!!! Should the Jews be made into defenseless people in their own historical country Israel today? In a time of anti-Semitic propaganda made by those people who did take down the Shah of Iran and planned the Arab Spring who actually do buy David G. trap books!!! IS David G. aware of! David G. is a living dead man walking! I’m not against his trap writing, man can write whatever man wants! But forcing mentally a country leader Netanyahu to interfere in the Israeli Literature committee members is a terrible mistake which shows Jews weakness for the benefit of the enemy of JEWS! No wonder that history events do repeat it self. Just as Rome barbarians been stupid when meeting Greek culture in the end of the Roman Empire, We se today that Greek is weaken by barbarian EU.

  • Linda Smith

    On the contrary, many care about Israel. Joel Rosenberg is a watchman on the wall among many. Many Christians in the US care – this article spells out the truth – it is sickening that it has come to this – Bill Koenig’s site highlights news that deals with Jewish & Christian world events – God is keeping watch – politics won’t save us. Putin has been stirring the pot for some time – Would be nice to have a Margaret Thatcher or a Ronald Reagan who understood evil and called it by its name and stared it down – socialism, communism, fascism, – even the Church understands – so don’t give up the ship just yet – God Bless Israel and the USA – I hope He will have mercy on us and the rest of the ignorant world before it is too late. “Every knee shall bow” says the Bible – even the evil that is overtaking the Middle East and Russia.

  • Iran wants to destroy Israel. Israel must destroys Iran’s nuclear sites. The world cares little for ISRAEL

  • It is right, history does repeat it self in different shapes, I guess it does because of the conflict between beer culture, rice culture, and religions believes, when man mix all together man do find him self in a very complex situation where whatever man goes for ends up wrong even if man has a good thought behind his action. I guess in global politics waves of men’s thoughts fells to be taken seriously under the radar of information technology wave’s guards as this article is. We must start to be aware of causes of events for advancing into more stable global world, it will take time, man has no alternatives than seeing that the collective world masses mind’s is not yet in balance to be able to cooperate or man can say been able to move in a total collective move toward a stable world. I guess that the ” Toho Vabohu” was not a chaos issue! It was the will of matter atoms way into a move toward the creation of life, if the atoms did succeed to create life, it is about time that to day the collective masses minds tries to move into a direction where man is aware about facts that people masses minds has different believes which must be respected to be able to take care of what once was created, namely life of our planet. IS atom cleverer than men’s mind? Yes it is! It is immortal. I guess we have to go trough chaotic times created by men who did not understand that high mountains are actually very low.

    Happy Purim

    • Jeremy Rosen

      Thank you Emile for that very interesting post!
      Sometimes I think that the Almighty was distracted when He created mankind!!!
      Happy Purim
      Jeremy

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