My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Good for Israel....

I hope it was Israel who killed that Hamas operative in Dubai...
It is an unfashionable thing to say, but I have a considerable admiration for the Israeli way of doing things. They want something, they get it. They perceive someone as their deadly enemy, they kill them. They get hit, they hit back. They don’t waste time explaining or justifying or agonising; nor do they allow their detractors to enter their country and then afford them generous welfare payments. They just act. No messing. No scruples. Not even a shrug and a denial, just a rather magnificent refusal to debate anything.

This absolutism, based on their history, carries its own moral weight; one that is rather electrifying in a Western world grown flabby with niceties. Clearly, the Israelis could defend their policies if they wanted to, but they quite simply can’t be bothered. It’s a waste of breath. One admires them for that, too.

I’ve felt this way ever since the Entebbe raid in 1976, an occasion when the Israelis showed Hollywood a thing or two. After two Palestinians and two Germans had hijacked an aircraft on a flight that had originated in Israel, the Israeli army simply swooped in, killed the hijackers and freed all but three of the hostages. It was decisive, bloody and clever. Lieutenant-Colonel “Yoni” Netanyahu, the older brother of the present Prime Minister, Binyamin, was the only commando killed in the fighting.

They also outdid fiction after the massacre at the Munich Olympics in 1972, when they hunted down 11 Palestinians who were responsible and eliminated them wherever they were in the world. Aided by fake passports and disguises, Mossad agents employed methods including a booby-trapped telephone, a bomb planted in a bed and a raid in Beirut in which the present Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, dressed as a woman. Nobody caught it on CCTV, but on the ground that human nature can never resist this kind of stuff, Steven Spielberg made it into the Oscar-nominated 2005 movie Munich.

Maybe, as the West becomes increasingly gentle and polite, and pays those monthly direct debits to Amnesty International, we need the Israelis to remind us that the world is not made according to our template. Maybe that is why we are drawn towards tales of uncompromising, ruthless derring-do. How else to explain the veneration of the SAS, the worldwide glut of books and movies on covert operations?

One last point. Usually, in comedy heist movies, no one gets killed. Somewhere a family is weeping at the death of Mr al-Mabhouh and no one takes any pleasure from that. But the people who die in Mossad operations tend to be, like the Hamas leader, morally compromised. There’s a side to us that acknowledges that some assassins’ victims may have had it coming to them. So we’re appalled, but not so appalled that we don’t look forward with relish to the sequel. Ultimately, this is less about siding with the Israelis than loving winners.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry G&R, I don't agree with you.
I might if Israel was consistent in it's tough guy stance but it's not. It plays tough one minute and the next it trades 100's of jailed Palestinians for 1 of its own citizens - or the body of same.

If the ends justify the means then Stalin, Hitler and Hussein were all legit

12:03 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

I really don't understand either of your points. On the latter, what Israel does has nothing to do with stalin or hitler...

Israel goes after genocidal killers....if they weren't out trying to destroy Israel, then we would have peace.

As for the first's not that I disagree, it's that it is difficult being Israel. While I don't support the trading of jailed Palestinians, I do understand why Israel does it...and that says something about what is human about Israel.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is there about "... ends justify the means.." that you don't understand?

There is much to admire in Israel but the state was born out of terrorism. And when a state uses terrorism, it is a little hypocritical to complain when enemies respond in kind.

1:26 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

The ends do not justify the means.

But, I have no problem with the means. Hamas is a genocidal organization that wants to kill all Jews. Their top leaders need to be targeted.

Israel was not born through terrorism. It was born through decades of hard work by Jews from around the world who needed a homeland.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funniest thing about all this is that the Gulf States don't recognize the very existance of Israel until they percieve that an Israeli has done them wrong.

P.S. Not the same anonymous as above.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If the ends justify the means then Stalin, Hitler and Hussein were all legit"

You're ayi9ng Hitler's goal of an all-white Europe and Death To All Jews is justifiable and Nazism is the correct means?

"the state was born out of terrorism. And when a state uses terrorism, it is a little hypocritical to complain when enemies respond in kind."

Lefty-libs are the new fascists.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

History of dumb Mossad
"A brief history of Israeli espionage scandals." This list is so incomplete and so brief that it does not even begin to tell the story

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Lefty-libs are the new fascists..."

Wow - what an original thought. A veritable insight.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wow - what an original thought. A veritable insight."

When you excerpt the summary paragraph seperated from the rest of the argument, you can mock anything.

This is what the fascist lefty-libs do, they twist your words and arguments, and try to make you sound crazy.

They truly are fascists.

12:32 PM  

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