Saturday, May 07, 2005

How to not treat your fighting men

The Netherlands has been firmly on the side of the US in the Iraq war. Large detachments of Airmobile and Marines have been patrolling and securing the Iraqi countryside, mostly along with their UK counterparts (we train side by side in NATO exercises).

In an incident where a truck with supplies was being looted, a sergeant-major of the Royal Netherlands Marines fired two warning shots, trying to disperse the looters. After this, things become muddled. Other Iraqi's claimed a man was killed by the shots, but a body was never produced or found.

Nevertheless, the Dutch public prosecutor decided to press manslaughter charges against Erik O. (despite the absence of evidence, such as a body!). In the process, information was 'accidently' leaked that Erik O. had been (and perhaps still was) a member of the BBE, the prime Dutch anti-terror unit, a highly secret unit within the Marines (The Dutch Marines are more comparable to the US Army Rangers than the USMC, except they also extensively train amphibiously). The prosecutor tried to paint an image of O. as a trigger-happy state-sanctioned assassin.

O. was aquitted, and again after the prosecutor appealed. The moron is even considering a last, more administrative appeal, must be a very sore looser.

So now
Marine may sue Dutch State

Marine Erik O. is considering lodging a claim for damages against the Dutch State after being acquitted on appeal for the shooting death
[never shown! - Ed] of an Iraqi looter. O. claims he has suffered because his name is now linked to the December 2003 shooting. He accuses the public prosecutor of using him as a test case in a politically-tainted process. Meanwhile, politicians in The Hague have in general welcomed the acquittal of the 44-year-old by the appeals court in Arnhem. The court ruled that O. did not breach military rules of engagement.
Dutch Marines and Commando's are currently fighting side-by-side with US Special Forces in Afghanistan. This time there is no doubt about their mandate: They are operating in a war setting, under strict Rules Of Engagement. As long as they stick to the RoE, they can kill Jihadists to their heart's content.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Sympathy for me

See how embarrassing it is to be Dutch?
A Dutch judge has ruled that US President George W. Bush can visit the Netherlands as planned this weekend and should not be arrested.
Bush must be so relieved!

To think that some Dutch morons tried to outdo the
imbecilic Belgians who wanted Sharon and other Western leaders arrested for warcrimes. And now all of the Netherlands are guilty by association (and rightly so, I guess).

Thank God my
old mates in the RNMC are hunting Muslim extremists in Afghanistan. The US know who's who in Europe.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Jews, the Shoah and Europe

This article from the Jeruzalem Post, by Caroline Glick. I reproduce it here in full because it is so crucial, so true. Please read.
The war made it clear that almost everybody agreed that the Jews had no right to live.

That goes straight to the bone.

Other people have some choice of options – their attention is solicited by this issue or that, and being besieged by issues they make their choices according to their inclinations. But for "the chosen" there is no choice. Such a volume of hatred and denial of the right to live has never been heard or felt, and the will that willed their death was confirmed and justified by a vast collective agreement that the world would be improved by their disappearance and their extinction.

– Saul Bellow, Ravelstein, 2000

Yom Hashoah is a day of collective Jewish mourning. We have other days when we mourn – most prominently Tisha Be'av, when we mourn the loss of the First and Second Temples and of our sovereignty.

As a day of mourning, Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day is distinct in that it is not a fast day. We don't deny ourselves things on Yom Hashoah. We eat. We drink. We go to work.

There are explanations – handed to us by generations of rabbis – for the destruction of the ancient Kingdoms of Israel. We were persecuted back then by the Greeks and the Assyrians and the Romans, but we too played a role in our own destruction. We had some power over our fate.

The Holocaust was unique from those other catastrophes that befell us in just how little it had to do with the Jews. We were not actors in the Holocaust. We were objects acted upon by the nations of Europe which, as Bellow wrote, did in fact agree that it would not be too objectionable to anyone if the Germans were to go ahead and exterminate the Jewish people.

In March a dispute between Holocaust survivors and Yad Vashem generated a modicum of domestic media attention. It seems that Jews who saved other Jews want to be recognized by Yad Vashem in some way. These Jewish heroes – now approaching death – argued that since the non-Jews who saved Jews are recognized as Righteous Gentiles, they, who at much greater peril saved far more Jewish lives should also be distinguished officially for their valor.

Yad Vashem rejected their request explaining that from its perspective, a Jew acting heroically to save another Jew is obeying an existential imperative. The murder of one Jew is a wound that every other Jew absorbs. In contrast, the Christians who saved Jews in the Holocaust were exercising a choice. Therefore, said the officials at Yad Vashem, those Christians should be specifically and individually acknowledged for their efforts.

There is something telling in Yad Vashem's argument. It cuts to the heart of something that has nothing at all to do with the Holocaust. It speaks about what it means to be a Jew. We have a responsibility to our fellow Jews because the fortunes of all of us are connected inextricably with the fortunes of each individual Jew. Try as we might, there is nothing we can do to escape this reality.

BUT AGAIN, the Holocaust, in and of itself, tells us nothing about Jewish identity. It only tells us about the rest of the world. The Jews of Europe did not decide to die. They neither seized territory nor did they plant bombs in German cafes. The Holocaust was a German initiative, carried out by Germans and millions of collaborators from France to Greece to Poland to Lithuania. The decision to prevent the Jews' escape from Europe to the Land of Israel belonged to Britain.

The group that really ought to be taking the Holocaust to heart is not the Jews, but the Europeans who two generations ago descended to the depths of human depravity by either conducting the extermination of European Jewry or enabling it.

Sadly, Europe has avoided serious self-examination and instead has turned the Holocaust into a fetish. Holocaust memorials spring up like mushrooms after the rainfall throughout the continent. But what do they signify? A sop to Holocaust-obsessed Jews, they are used to teach Europeans that nationalism is bad. Speaking in 2000, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said, "The core of the concept of Europe after 1945 was and still is a rejection of the European balance of power principle and the hegemonic ambitions of individual states."

But this has nothing to do with the causes for the liquidation of European Jewry. It was not Polish or American nationalism that led to the Holocaust. The balance of power between Britain and France had nothing to do with the Holocaust. It was genocidal anti-Semitism, nurtured by 2000 years of Christian mythology, embraced by a post-Nietzschean Germany, and accepted relatively enthusiastically by the overwhelming majority of the rest of Europe that caused the Holocaust.

There is something deeply distasteful and viscerally disturbing about the spectacle of dozens of leaders of anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian governments coming together at Auschwitz or the UN General Assembly or Westminster Cathedral and self-righteously bowing their heads for our exterminated brothers and sisters. It is particularly odious given that the nihilistic moral relativism that played such a role in enabling the Holocaust remains the order of the day in the societies these leaders now govern.

Israel exists and Jewish communal organizations in the Diaspora exist both to cultivate Jewish life for the benefit of Jews, and to protect Jewish existence from manifestations of anti-Semitism. Jews cannot convince anti-Semites not to hate us anymore than a deer can convince a wolf not to hunt it. That work must be done by the societies that committed and enabled the Holocaust.

Israel has a duty to recall the Holocaust for what it means to the Jewish people to have lost a third of our members. But we have nothing to gain from joining the Europeans in their bizarre Holocaust rituals. It is neither our right nor our responsibility to wash Europe's hands of our brothers' blood.

Indeed, what that blood tells us most of all is that in the postwar world, we cannot allow ourselves to be enchanted by odes to brotherly love or utopian dreams. We can only defend ourselves, in our land, with our military and with our economic creativity, because the notion of trust perished at Auschwitz.

Copyright The Jeruzalem Post/Caroline Glick

More dhimmitude

In this report at Expatica, more Political Correctness. The report says there's an average of 2 kidnappings A DAY in the Netherlands.
Two kidnappings are carried out every day in the Netherlands, figures compiled by a Dutch newspaper indicated on Wednesday.
You have to read through the article to find half a line on (some of) the perpetrators:
The Stolen Children Foundation said 120 children are kidnapped out of the Netherlands each year, often by Arabic fathers who take their children to their land of origin and disappear without trace.
Two children a day. No specific percentages are given, but it's clear that a vast number of these children are of Muslim descent. To be given a proper Muslim upbringing and education in an Arab/Muslim country. After which they'll want to 'repatriate' to W-Europe. And the circle is complete.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

"Leaky" PA jails

In this article in IsraelNationalNews the futility of dealing with the so-called 'PA security apparatus' is once again demonstrated. A known massmurderer is shot and killed by the IDF. Good, I hear you say, and I of course agree, but the man had already been aprehended and put in jail. But where Jew-killers are concerned, the PA has a revolving door policy. The moment the jews leave the building, doors are left open, eyes look the other way. Or maybe the murderers even get a ride home, who's to say?

Killing terrorists is better than arresting them. But if it means losing men like Sgt. Dan Talasnikov, 21, ()
the bitterness of dealing with the PA as if it were anything but a front for terrorists becomes too much to bear.

Handing terrorists over to their 'brothers' for the sake of justice: What are they thinking?

Poets, diamond merchants and millionaires

It's not terrorists and Muslim extremists the US is fighting in Afghanistan. Oh no, these people are peaceful. Poets and/or professionals.
The brothers, both journalists and part-time gemstone dealers, said they had been arrested on false accusations from political rivals.

They denied any contacts with either the Taleban regime or al-Qaeda.

"Although we did not have any links with the Taleban we did support them in our writings," said Badar.
Hilarious. And it gets better. Under the subparagraph of "Prolific writer", the BBC continues:
In detention he kept his sanity by writing poems. In his first months of confinement, Abdul Rahim's poetry was full of despair.

At first, deprived of paper and pen, he memorised his best lines or scribbled them secretly on paper cups.

He recited a verse: "What kind of spring is this where there are no flowers and the air is filled with a miserable smell?"
This just after they write:
Abdul Rahim said he had once been a member of Afghan rebel leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hizb-e Islami party, but severed ties to the group.
Or so he says anyway.

Journalists, both of them. Part-time gemstone dealers. Poets and family men.

What a tragedy.