February 9, 2011 at 7:13 am 1 comment

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Excerpt from his book “How to Avoid Armageddon” 

Just before dawn on September 5, 1972 a drama began to unfold in the city of Munich, which shook the world. It also embodied an amazing degree of symbolism and followed a pattern that has been repeated over and over again till the present day.

The 1972 Olympic Games were well into their second exciting week, watched avidly on the television screens by billions of people all over the world. Apart from the ongoing celebration of human physical prowess and spirit inherent in the Olympic Games, these Games had a special significance: the previous time that the Olympic Games had been held on German soil had been in 1936, presided by Adolf Hitler, one of the most demonic beings in history, who had plunged the world into a period of unprecendented slaughter and destruction. And it was in Munich where Hitler’s Nazi regime had begun its terrible reign of terror.

But in 1972 Germany had become a totally different country. It had risen from the ashes of destruction subsequently brought on by the Nazi regime installed by Hitler exactly 40 years earlier, and had become an inspiring beacon of wholesome national upbuilding and endeavor. Nationally, Germany (or rather West Germany as the non-Communist part of Deutschland was then known) had also expressed in word and in deed – to a degree unparalled in history – its remorse and repentence for what Germany had wrought upon humanity and especially regarding the Jews. Germany had in fact redeemed itself in the eyes of the world.

This was clearly evident through the joyful Olympic Games taking place in Munich at this time. The official slogan of the Games was: “The Happy Games” and seemed delightfully apt. As usual there were thrilling competitions between supreme athletes from various countries. Records were broken. New sports celebrities emerged. A small Israeli team was also competing. This in itself was a notable indication of how things had changed since the time of the previous Olympic Games in Germany, when Jews had been verboten.

Meanwhile, another team had arrived in Munich. While very well trained, sport and goodwill was the last thing on the minds of these people. They were members of an organization called “Black September,” and they had arrived in Munich with the express purpose of taking as many hostages as possible from the Israeli team in order to demand the release and safe passage to Egypt of 234 terrorists jailed in Israel. They had prepared for this mission for a long time.

On this particular morning eight members of the Black September organization, armed with AK-47 assault rifles, pistols and grenades, had entered the Israeli delegation’s quarters just before dawn and overpowered eleven Israeli athletes and officials. The drama which ensued until after midnight caused the Games to be stopped for a few hours and ended with the death of all eleven of the Israelis taken hostage. Five of the terrorists were killed by German security forces. Three were captured, but subsequently released, following the hijacking of a Lufthansa airliner a few weeks later.

Much of the drama was witnessed live on television screens by billions of people all over the world. At that time many people were convinced that the terrorists, acting out of a deep commitment to further the cause of the Arabs of Palestine against Israel, had in fact done an utterly foolhardy thing. It was thought that instead of gaining support and sympathy for their cause, they had in fact demonstrated to the entire world with damnable clarity and with the most widespread media coverage possible, the demonic extent of their depravity and immorality. They had shown exactly what the beleaguered Israeli nation was up against in its struggle against Arab rejection of its very existence. Surely logic would dictate that these people had dealt themselves a devastating blow, nullifying in one dastardly act, any sympathy they might have had in the international community.

But intriguingly, it was the exact opposite that happened. Even though the Munich Massacre was only one of a string of dreadful acts of terror committed by Arab groups and becoming more murderous all the time, they kept gaining more and more acceptance, recognition and legitimacy throughout the world.

Incredibly, two years after this unprecedented outrage, and despite the many airplane hijackings or armed assaults on passenger planes, airports, schools, hotels and apartment buildings in Israel which followed,  Yasser Arafat, the leader of the Arab struggle for Palestine and the recognized doyen of terrorism, was invited to address the United Nations General Assembly. He stood on the podium, clad in his military-style clothes, packing a holster, and delivered a speech full of unfounded assertions and a mythical history of the Middle East. Significantly, his speech received a standing ovation by those U.N. delegates representing the Soviet and Muslim blocs as well as most Third World countries.

During the course of this book the words “terror,” “terrorism” and a number of applicable synonyms will keep coming up. It is important that we clarify what we mean, in terms that will be acceptable to any discerning reader. Based on resolutions passed in the U.N. and numerous papers on the subject by world-renowned experts, terrorism can be defined as the deliberate use of violence, specifically targeting civilian individuals, groups or crowds, so as to wound, maim or kill, using firearms, explosives and other methods, as well the hijacking of airplanes or ships, or hostage-taking of innocent civilians, either wantonly or in order to advance ideological, religious or political ends. Whether waged by independent individuals or groups, organizations or special military divisions within organizations, or states, the above-mentioned actions constitute terrorism.

This begs the question: are there cases where states can be accused of terrorism? Could Britain and the U.S.A., for instance, have been accused of terrorism in the carpet-bombing raids that destroyed Hamburg, Dresden and Berlin during World War II, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians? Were there mitigating circumstances? Or the nuclear attacks by the U.S.A. on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? In both these cases the rationale behind the unimaginably massive slaughter of civilians was to shorten the war which otherwise would have dragged on, causing the deaths of probably hundreds of thousands more Allied soldiers. Many Germans and Japanese saw these acts as terrorism in its worst possible form. Today, there are American and British people who might agree.

Similarly, can Israel be accused of terrorism in its war against suicide attacks and rocket barrages launched from within populated areas of neighboring countries? To answer these questions we need all the relevant facts. In Israel’s case what must be borne in mind are the long and frequent periods of almost daily rocket barrages on Israel’s towns and villages, that have intermittently been launched by armed groups that merged with the local population, and that the only way to stop these attacks was to launch counter-attacks against the militants, that often caused the death of bystanders and the destruction of buildings.

Gazans exposed to such attacks regard them as a blatant acts of terror. At the same time, the Israeli villager on Israel’s side of the border, having been subjected to years of bombings from Gazan militants, would regard such bombings as acts of legitimate self-defense. He might be sorry to hear that non-combatant men, women and children had been killed or maimed in the bombings and that homes were destroyed, but he most certainly won’t regard it as terrorism.

For the purpose of this book I shall use the words “terror” or “terrorism” very sparingly and beg indulgence of those who find the use of alternate terms unduly euphemistic. In most cases I will use other expressions to denote violent actions against unarmed populations, so as to avoid as much as possible, the impression of bias against anyone.

To get back to Yasser Arafat and his historic appearance at the United Nations General Assembly – since then, Arab militancy has mutated into something infinitely more devastating, operating not only against Israel, but against other countries. There have been literally tens of thousands of deadly acts against ordinary civilians – women, children and men in many parts of the world. They have hijacked and blown up passenger planes, perpetrated bombings – often suicidal – in public places such as restaurants, wedding halls, underground railway stations, airports, ships, including the Nine-Eleven hijacking of airliners full of passengers and crashing them into skyscrapers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, killing thousands of people in an instant.

And amazingly, with every outrage, instead of drawing universal condemnation, the cause of those engaging in this mayhem is rewarded with ever more support by much of the world community, while Israel faces more and more opprobrium. Also the U.S.A., which has borne much of the brunt in the struggle against global terrorism, and its main ally, Britain, have been repeatedly criticized in the media and through angry mass protest demonstrations at home and abroad for using military force to try and contain global Jihad and international terrorism.

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