[November 14, 2023] After the Hamas terror attacks on Israel, killing more than 1,400 civilians, I wrote an article that proposed the only way to stop Palestinian violence was to utterly destroy their culture of death (October 17). And yet few thinkers have dared to agree. But I found one of them, John Hinderaker, at PowerLine (November 13). He uses World War II as the classic example.
“The Germans and Japanese started the war, but did it lead to a cycle of violence? No. The war’s conclusion brought about a peace that continues to this day, as far as those combatants are concerned. Why is that? Because the war had a decisive result. Germany and Japan were crushed. There were millions of civilian casualties. The German and Japanese people understood that they had lost the war, and the war had been a catastrophe for them. They had no desire to renew the violence.” – John Hinderaker
Hinderaker gives other examples from the past. I will illuminate his and my idea that the Palestinian culture must be crushed by offering the U.S. Civil War as another example. The Union sent large federal armies deep into the South, General Sherman being the most well-known.
“Sherman’s march to the sea” was based upon a scorched earth policy designed to destroy military targets, as well as industry, infrastructure, and civilian property, thereby crushing the very fabric that supported the Confederacy. The Union’s efforts were so destructive that some towns and cities in the South did not celebrate America’s birthday on July 4th until the 1960s, a hundred years later. John Hinderaker applies this lesson to Gaza.
“They have continued to launch terrorist attacks and wars against Israel from 1948 to the present, most recently and most horrifically last month. Why is that? Most fundamentally, because the Palestinians do not believe that they have been defeated by Israel. On the contrary, they–especially the Gazans–seem to have believed that they were doing pretty well. Intifada was good to them, yielding vast quantities of international aid and considerable international respect.” – John Hinderaker
As long as we have the pandering to Palestinians, “humanitarian aid,” ceasefires, a push for a two-state solution, and talk of a proportion response by Israel, the violence will continue. Like in all past wars serving as evidence, this means a massive and overwhelming force that exacts a soul-crushing defeat upon Hamas and brutal retribution upon the civilian population until they are convinced they have been defeated. Their only way forward is to rid themselves of Hamas and its Evil ideology. Ultimately, that means destroying the Palestinian culture of death.
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