Oh for Allah’s sake…

•January 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Eight churches attacked in Malaysia. Eight. All over the use of a single word.

Firstly, the party that instigated this entire affair is not the Muslims or the Christians – it was UMNO. Remember when the Home Ministry decided to make an issue of the use of the word Allah? Before that, no one really gave much thought to the issue. The Ibans used the word as part of their Bibles and the Herald used it in their Malay language news. Then when Badawi became PM, the issue of banning the use of the word Allah in the Christian context was raised but seemed to be resolved. However, the Home Ministry, just before the 2008 elections, decided to raise the issue one more time and expected the Herald to play along with its games. The Herald decided to stand it’s ground and when a High Court judge stood by her principles, this is where we are at today. You can read all the news reports in sites like Malaysiakini and the Malaysian Insider.

This is a ridiculous situation. All over the Middle East, Christian Arabs use the word Allah and the rest of the Muslim Arabs have no problem with it. Malaysia, however, must somehow be more Islamic than the Arabs and try to copyright the word Allah, since their Arab brethren failed to protect that word. This is reminiscent of and yet even more ridiculous than the riots that erupted when the Danes published the Mohammad cartoons. The Muslim reaction was definitely an extremely exaggerated response to a few harmless little cartoons but at least the cartoons actually poked fun at their prophet!

Eight churches attacked. Over what? The use of a single word? This is stupidity at its best. Where was the rage when the Nigerian man tried to explode his underwear and kill innocent people on a Flight 253? Where was the anger when a suicide bomber killed dozens at a volleyball game in Pakistan? Where was the outpouring of fury when gunmen killed 7 Coptic Christians as they exited a church in Egypt?

All those protesting and getting all upset over Malay-speaking Christians who use the word Allah are nothing but irrational, idiotic hypocrites. You rejoice either openly or secretly when innocent people are killed by your terrorist brethren but jump about as if you have explosives in your underwear just because someone else uses the same word that you use to refer to your god to refer to their own god. Oh for Allah’s sake…

Verdict: Perak’s Sultanate is Rotten

•April 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It amuses me no end to read two articles in Malaysiakini – one reporting Sultan Azlan Shah’s speech and the other on Raja Nazrin’s. Both in essence were an attempt to try to reclaim some dignity for the reputation of the Perak Palace after the bashing it received following the Perak political crisis. The Perak Sultanate had built a reputation as being the new enlightened, just institution following various speeches by both Azlan Shah and Raja Nazrin. However, as everyone knows, talk is cheap and when the shit hits the fan, the Perak Sultanate proved to be nothing more than a useless institution that could not and would not stand up to UMNO and defend the rights of the people that they claim to represent.

The Sultan denied Nizar’s request to dissolve the state assembly, he unjustly sacked Nizar as Menteri Besar, he swore in an illegitimate bastard as the new MB and his equally illegitimate cabinet, he ignored Nizar’s request for an audience, he has remained silent in the wake of the courts interference in the Speaker’s duties and to top it all off, he makes that bastard Zambry a Datuk Seri.

It is by your actions and not your words that you shall be judged. It on the basis of the evil and injustice of your actions, O Azlan Shah, that your throne is judged. Your throne has thus been proven to be nothing but the seat of evil, the seat of oppression, the seat of injustice and the seat of cowardice. Your throne has lost all credibility and dignity in the sight of your own people. The people who once loved you as a monarch now spit on your name and your reputation. The people who once thought of you as a great sultan now utterly despise even the mention of your name. You have proven yourself to be nothing more than UMNO’s stooge and dog. That you dare state that you are not “blind, deaf or mute” only magnifies your cowardice – if you knew of the oppression, corruption and evil of UMNO and did not act to stop it, then what use are you?

You have been weighed and have been found sorely wanting. Your actions are that of a coward and a spineless puppet. The people have judged you, O former Judge, and their verdict is that your house is rotten, unjust, corrupt and useless. The verdict is that you have brought utter shame and humiliation on yourself and your throne. No respect is due such a king. May you meet the same fate and ignominy as King Louis XVI of France!

Revolution

•April 18, 2009 • 2 Comments

I read with interest Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s article today on the Storming of the Bastille. To the uninitiated, this was one of the pivotal events in the French Revolution, which led to the formation of the Republic of France as well to the very bloody end of the French Monarchy and aristocracy and many corrupt politicians. In case we all get cold feet and fear being charged for treason, let us remember what the Sultan of Perak has done for his people of late. Remember when we thought that His Majesty, the supposed paragon of justice in a “reformed” monarchy, would dissolve the state assembly in response to the three traitors from Pakatan defecting to the BN? Remember how we hoped that His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah would uphold the tenets of justice and defend his people against the oppression of UMNO?

But how wrong we all were! How mistaken we were to assume that the supposedly just Ruler was on the side of the people! How we were blind-sided by His Royal Highness! How foolish of us to presume that His Majesty was actually interested in the well-being of his people! How silly of us all to think that the Oh-So-Noble Shoes (i.e. Duli Yang Maha Mulia) would stand up to the filthy, scumbag Najib and dissolve the state assembly! Instead, the former Lord President, who was busy spouting ideals like justice and democracy not too long ago, handed the state government to UMNO. Just like that. How could we have trusted him so much?! Perhaps it was because His Majesty wrote a book called Constitutional Monarchy, Rule of Law and Good Governance in which he waxed lyrical about lofty ideals. Then again, how dumb of us to forget that TALK IS CHEAP!

Why did we place such high hopes on the Sultan? Why did we assume that his decision would reflect the will of the people? How dare we assume that the High and Mighty Shoes would be actually interested in our little lives! Who are his subjects but mere tax-payers who support his royal lifestyle? Who are the people but mere humans who were not fortunate enough to be born into royalty? Who are the rakyat but a ragtag bunch who, if they could afford it, would have to pay for their own golf club fees? Oh, how audacious of us to assume that the Royal One would take a break from his rigorous golf schedule to tend to something as vague as democracy and justice! Has the Palace of Perak regretted its folly and turned from its mistake? Judging by how the Palace has ignored Nizar’s request for an audience with the Sultan, the monarchy of Perak seems intent on being UMNO’s puppet.

Who is this Sultan Azlan Shah we had heaped such high hopes on? Is he the Son of God, appointed to rule by the Mandate of Heaven? Is he the son of Zeus? Is he the incarnation of Amon-Ra, the Sun God or maybe Vishnu? Is he divine or even semi-divine? Who is he that we respect so and entrust with our future? Is he incorruptible and sinless, perhaps born of virgin birth? Is he not a mere mortal just like us? Is he not a human being like one of us? Is he not just an ordinary person who happened to be lucky enough to have a father who happened to be Sultan? Is he not also selfish and self-serving? Is he not also tempted by wealth and power like any ordinary human? Is he not prone to abusing his authority and oppressing those under him, just like any other mortal man? Is he not also prone to being afflicted with dementia and a deterioration of his faculties especially with age? Is he not also tempted by lure of corruption?

Who is this Azlan Shah that the destiny of Perak should be determined by him and his descendants? Who is he that we should continue to pay taxes that support his royal lifestyle? If the King stands for justice and upholds righteousness, then the people would gladly support him. But if the King does nothing when corrupt and evil men plot and threaten his people, then what good is he? Is he not as useless as a used menstrual pad? Is he not as worthless as a stray dog? If the King instead facilitates the perpetuation of corruption and oppression, then he has become nothing but a burden on his people. He has become a yoke of bondage that would be cast off and destroyed by the power of the people.

Lest the Sultan forgets, we should remind him that he is a mere mortal like one of us. And if his memory serves him correctly, let him also remember the fate of corrupt and incompetent kings. Let him remember King Gyanendra of Nepal who was ousted from the palace by popular vote and sent into exile. He who once thought of himself as the incarnation of a Hindu god was nothing but a mere human being. Let him remember the fate of Czar Nicholas of Russia, who was overthrown by a population that was finally too enraged by his incompetence and hopeless leadership. And perhaps, we should warn him about the fate of King Louis XVI of France who lost his head at the guillotine during the French Revolution. Beware the wrath of the people, oh Sultan, lest you meet the fate of these rather unfortunate Sovereigns.

Perhaps a revolution similar to the French Revolution would be good for the nation. Perhaps it is time that the rakyat got so angry and so enraged with the rot in the political system, the judiciary, the police and in all branches of government that we rise up, storm the Bastilles of our nation, seize the corrupt leaders and bring them to a bloody end. Perhaps it would be a blessing for Malaysia if all the corrupt judges, police, politicians met their end at the gallows or the guillotine. Would it not be great day when the righteous and just can rejoice as they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked and the corrupt?

It is not inconceivable that Malaysia could one day become a republic. Who knows? It could start with Perak.

More anti-Chinese bashing from Utusan Malaysia

•April 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Utusan Malaysia is like this broken gramophone that constantly cranks out racist golden oldies. Ignoring the waves of criticism against their recent “Bangkitlah Melayu” rants, today they published a column (Dilema BN terhadap Pengundi Bukan Melayu) by the so-called President of the Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Wartawan dan Penulis Melayu Malaysia which is basically another thinly-disguised piece of hate speech aimed at agitating UMNO supporters into thinking that the non-Malays (specifically the Chinese) are undermining the BN (read: UMNO) and taking advantage of Malay “disunity” to impose their political aspirations on the nation.

Now, I am not against anyone criticizing the Chinese in Malaysia. In fact, if there is any race in Malaysia that needs to get it’s ass kicked, it’s the Chinese. For years, 50 years for fuck’s sake, the Chinese were like this schizophrenic group of people that oscillated between the BN and the DAP. I dare say that the current predicament facing the non-Malays in Malaysia i.e. body-snatching, erosion of religious rights etc. are a result of the attitude of the Chinese for the last fucking 50 years. After May 13 1969, the Chinese attitude became incredibly insular; they were willing to forgo all their political rights as long as they were able to do business, earn a living and pursue Chinese education and culture. The Chinese were so unwilling to rock the boat as they feared their rice bowl would be affected. UMNO was able to corrupt the entire country and oppress the rights of the minorities as the Chinese continued to blindly support UMNO’s faithful bitch, the MCA, and shun the DAP although Lim Kit Siang was fighting so vociferously for the community. They didn’t understand (or chose not to) the more esoteric concepts like equality, justice, human rights and were just transfixed like myopic morons on two things: their rice bowl and Chinese education. As a consequence, we ended up in the muck we are in today where the entire country is under UMNO’s hegemony and everyone, except UMNOputras, is suffering.

I digress. The point I wanted to make was simple: I am not against anyone criticizing the Chinese, as long as the criticism is valid.

Utusan’s article however, is inflammatory and factually incorrect on many points. It attempts to pin the loss of BN in the two Bukits on the support of non-Malays for the Pakatan.

Pertama, pengundi-pengundi bukan Melayu masih terpedaya dengan dakyah-dakyah parti pembangkang yang yakin boleh merealisasikan Malaysian Malaysia.

I dare to say that even the Malays are sick and tired of UMNO’s divisive tactics. It is impossible to ignore the groundswell of support among the Malay electorate for the Pakatan. Just looking at the racial breakdown of the two constituencies, it would be totally impossible for the Pakatan to have won if the Malay community did not support it. I find it interesting that Utusan considers the non-Malays to have been “deceived” (terpedaya) by the “lie” (dakyah) of equality.

Kedua, sikap ini secara umumnya mendorong para pengundi bukan Melayu supaya tidak mengundi BN walaupun segala permintaan yang dikehendaki oleh pengundi bukan Melayu telah dipenuhi oleh BN dengan pemberian pelbagai peruntukan di kawasan-kawasan berkenaan.

Mereka mengambil sikap: ambil kemudahan kerajaan tetapi tolak pentadbirannya, walaupun tidak ada kemudahan yang serupa diberi oleh pembangkang kepada pengundi-pengundi bukan Melayu.

The writer actually thinks that the BN has fulfilled ALL its obligations to the electorate by tossing out some loose change at them just before the elections. Right… do I even need to argue this totally preposterous point?!

Here comes the goodie:

Trend yang serupa dipamerkan dalam pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Kuala Terengganu. Penolakan pengundi Cina terhadap BN boleh dilihat, sungguhpun mereka mendapat bantuan kerajaan dan tidak mendapat bantuan pembangkang.

If the writer had half a brain (I doubt he has), he would remember that non-Malay i.e. Chinese support for the BN candidate had actually increased in that by-election. Don’t believe me? Check it out here.

The writer also had the audacity to accuse the MCA and Gerakan for the erosion of support for the BN (like that’s logical) as they questioned Ketuanan Melayu and the social contract which he considered to be topics that “captured the imagination” of the non-Malays. That’s a laugh. The MCA and Gerakan have been nothing but the running bitches of UMNO and only recently have they had the courage to gently disagree with their master.

The writer then erupts into a tirade of hate speech towards the end of his disgusting article:

Di samping itu, tindakan-tindakan berani pemimpin-pemimpin DAP yang meletakkan papan-papan tanda jalan dalam bahasa Cina di Pulau Pinang dan Selangor sebenarnya manifestasi politik yang berasaskan aspirasi orang Cina, bukan berdasarkan asas-asas pemerintahan di Malaysia…

…pengundi-pengundi bukan Melayu teruja dengan rentak kempen dan propaganda anti UMNO dan BN. Sikap dan tindakan mereka disokong oleh Pas dan PKR yang hanya ingin menang dalam pilihan raya dan tidak mempedulikan ground rules dalam politik di Malaysia.

Kepada mereka ini, tidak mengapa kalau kuasa orang Melayu diambil alih orang lain asalkan mereka menjadi sebahagian kecil daripada pasukan yang menang.

Hakikat ini sehingga hari ini masih gagal dicanang oleh pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO untuk menyedarkan orang Melayu.

Akhir sekali, pemimpin-pemimpin BN, terutama UMNO, perlu memahami trend pemikiran parti-parti politik Cina hari ini. Apakah yang harus mereka buat dalam keadaan seperti ini?

Adakah perlu mereka mengambil risiko dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13?

Is he suggesting that all the Chinese political parties are conspiring to erode Malay political power? Is he suggesting that UMNO ditches it’s BN non-Malay parties in the next election and “go it alone” to restore Malay political power? Does he consider it a risk for UMNO to have the MCA and Gerakan (Chinese political parties) as partners in the next GE?

I do hope that UMNO goes it alone in the next GE. That would seal UMNO’s fate forever.

Bangkitlah Melayu? Jangan mudah melentinglah… Bising saja…

•April 15, 2009 • 2 Comments

Ah, the call to run amok! How long was it since we heard that sweet old refrain? Less than 24 hours I think. Yup. Here we go again, people. The rabid dogs of UMNO are at it again, frothing at their mouths and screaming about their usual Ketuanan Melayu and how the “other races” are attempting to “undermine” the “special position of the Malays” by questioning the “social contract”.

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Utusan Malaysia’s frontpage was emblazoned with two huge words: BANGKITLAH MELAYU. The article itself was actually rather short was a rehash of the racist dogs barking about Najib’s 1malaysia being equated with DAP’s Malaysian Malaysia. However, the first few lines of the article were incredibly seditious, by any standard. Take a read:

Orang Melayu perlu bangkit dan bersatu dalam berhadapan dengan tuntutan kaum lain yang kini dilihat semakin keterlaluan.

Mereka juga perlu sedar dan insaf dengan situasi politik semasa yang menyaksikan pelbagai tuntutan hingga boleh menjejaskan kekuatan politik orang Melayu.

Sehubungan itu, orang Melayu diminta tidak tunduk kepada tuntutan keterlaluan tersebut sebalik bangkit bersatu bagi mempertahankan hak dan kepentingan mereka.

Instead of reporting a news event, Utusan used the first three sentences to incite racism. But that is not the end of things. Utusan elaborated further on what that racist disabled-person-insulting fat bitch Ibrahim Ali said regarding racial equality. Here are a few gems:

…pemimpin bukan Melayu dalam hal ini perlu sedar yang sesebuah kerajaan itu boleh sahaja untuk tidak ‘melayan’ tuntutan mereka.

Katanya, jumlah kerusi terbanyak di Parlimen adalah milik Melayu dan ia cukup untuk membentuk sebuah kerajaan berasaskan wakil rakyat Melayu semata-mata di negara ini.

Katanya, justeru, dari segi politiknya kerajaan itu sepatutnya memenuhi apa sahaja yang menjadi kehendak Melayu kerana mereka adalah majoriti dan bukan asyik bertolak ansur dengan bukan Melayu…

…Parti Melayu akan kuat bila Melayu dijaga. Jadi UMNO kena fokus orang Melayu. Jadi UMNO tak perlu takut kerana saya lihat bila UMNO itu kuat orang bukan Melayu automatik akan sokong juga Barisan Nasional (BN) macam dulu…

Bitch. Yesterday, this bitch was screaming about treason, disloyalty to the monarchy and weirdly enough, brought up Singapore. But today, he goes way beyond the the usual UMNO rants of Ketuanan Melayu. He actually says that since the majority of seats in Parliament are in “Malay” hands, they should form a “Malay” government and then would be able to ignore the “whims” of the non-Malays. If this is not hate speech and an attempt to incite hatred and inter-racial discord, then what is? If at any time I would support the use of the Sedition Act, it’s now. This bitch deserves to be thrown in prison and literally become someone’s bitch. I’d celebrate the day someone burns this bitch’s house to the ground with him locked up inside.

Fat ugly bitch

Fat ugly bitch

Interestingly enough, there is an article titled Jangan Mudah Melenting in Utusan as well which is basically accusing the non-Malays, particularly the Chinese, of being “over-sensitive” and “whining” and “howling” when the “government” reprimands them. The article was mainly commenting on the controversy surrounding Muhyiddin Yassin’s bitch-fit about the Chinese being “ungrateful” or rather as he “clarified” today, unappreciative. It goes on to say that Muhyiddin’s comment was valid and that since the Chinese voters did not appreciate the magnanimity and generosity UMNO has shown them (e.g. tossing them some loose change near election time for the purpose of Chinese education) by voting for BN, perhaps the BN should just spend money on “Malay” projects since the Malays always support the BN.

You know, this article is so exaggerated, lopsided, preposterous and downright silly that anyone who actually believes it and takes it seriously should be considered mentally-retarded. However, I expect that the UMNO sycophants who read this article would be vigorously nodding their empty, air-filled heads in blind agreement whilst complaining loudly about how the ungrateful non-Malays do not appreciate UMNO’s generosity.

I won’t even bother commenting on that ridiculous article. The stupidity, the incredibly shallow reasoning, the self-delusions, the idiocy of it is just too glaringly obvious.

Mengamuk? Go ahead, make my day…

•April 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

From the infamous Utusan Malaysia:

Presiden Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa), Datuk Ibrahim Ali menegaskan, bumiputera dan Melayu yang mewakili 60 peratus komposisi penduduk di negara ini sedia berdepan mana-mana pihak demi mempertahankan konsep Satu Malaysia yang menjaga kehormatan Perlembagaan itu.

Beberapa pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) dan pemimpin UMNO menyifatkan pengumuman Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mengenai konsep tersebut tidak mengetepikan hak bumiputera dan Melayu seperti termaktub dalam Artikel 153 Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Presiden Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa), Datuk Ibrahim Ali menegaskan, bumiputera dan Melayu yang mewakili 60 peratus komposisi penduduk di negara ini sedia berdepan mana-mana pihak demi mempertahankan konsep Satu Malaysia yang menjaga kehormatan Perlembagaan itu.

“Ini bukan Singapura. Ini Malaysia yang mana rakyatnya berjanji setia kepada raja dan negara. Kita mempunyai kedaulatan undang-undang, jadi jangan derhaka.

“Jika ada sesiapa yang cuba samakan Satu Malaysia dengan Malaysian Malaysia, Perkasa dan kaum bumiputera akan bangkit menentang mereka,” katanya ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian bagi melahirkan kerisauan masyarakat bumiputera tentang cubaan sesetengah parti politik, media dan blog yang cuba memanipulasi maksud Satu Malaysia yang dibawa Najib.

Here we go again. The lame-duck, controversy-tainted PM Najib spouts meaningless slogans which he has no intention or ability to fulfill (very much like his predecessors) and thinks that Malaysians can be easily hoodwinked by his pathetic attempts at reaching out to all races. He honestly must think that we have cotton wool for brains if he thinks he can win back our votes by just mumbling “1malaysia” over and over again like a brain-damaged parrot.

Just as some Pakatan leaders take advantage of his “merepek-ing” and claim that this is exactly what they have been clamoring for all this bloody while, along come the racists from UMNO and NGOs (read: UMNO stooges) threatening to run amok, pretty much like the beruk they are, if anyone dares question their special rights.

I find it interesting though that Ibrahim Ali, the “independent” from Pasir Mas, who has a history of insulting disabled people, somehow manages to stretch his wee little mind and try to link Singapore (which has never ceased to rile up the insecurities of the beruks in UMNO) and disloyalty to the monarchy with the concept of equal rights. How his strange retarded mind works, I have no idea. All the concepts are in fact so divergent as to be almost mutually exclusive. I cannot fathom, by any logical or rational stretch of the mind, how the quest for equality and unity among all Malaysians can be linked to disloyalty to the sultans. But then again, whoever said that UMNO members and sycophants were logical or rational? They have just proven to be nothing but a bunch of non-thinking, uncultured, racist, petty-minded and mean-spirited morons who are just looking for the tiniest reason to pull out their tiny kerises in public and scream about running amok and howl their favorite slogan of Ketuanan Melayu.

I actually find it interesting how Najib has painted himself into a corner with his stupid 1malaysia slogan, which he probably thought very cute since it incorporated a numerical figure. On one hand, he babbles on about unity but does not elaborate on his cutesy 1malaysia slogan and on the other, he has the rabid dogs of UMNO frothing at the mouth while mindlessly yowling their typical supremacist ideologies. For instance, new Puteri UMNO head beruk Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin babbles that the opposition should not raise the issue of racial equality since that is not the priority of 1malaysia since that “naughty agenda” would have an effect on unity and inter-racial relations and therefore destroy the concept which is intended to unite Malaysians for national development. Hmmmm. What the heck is she talking about? Anyone? Nah, I don’t think this airhead even knows what she’s talking about.

If 1malaysia does not mean equality and therefore unity among all Malaysians, then what the heck does it mean? The cynic in me was laughing so hard when I heard about his slogan that I had a bellyache but there are actually folks that are happy about it (read this letter in Malaysiakini). I think it’s nothing more than an empty slogan pathetically aimed at fooling the foolish into believing that UMNO has reformed and has given up its racism.

I honestly don’t think that it would have any particularly profound meaning at all and am only interested to see how Najib beats around the bush to try and hoodwink the public while keeping the rabid racist dogs in his party happy that he is in no way denying Ketuanan Melayu. Perhaps someone should tell him that the concepts of racial supremacy and national unity are incompatible, very much like how Mahathir and Lee Kuan Yew are incompatible.

PROPOTIONALITY & HYPOCRISY

•January 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“There is always a cost to defeat an evil. It never comes free, unfortunately. But the cost of failure to defeat a great evil is far higher.”
Jamie Shea, NATO spokesman, BBC News, May 31, 1999

It was in these words that the official NATO representative chose to respond to criticism regarding the numerous civilian casualties incurred by the alliance’s frequent air attacks during the war in Kosovo between March and June of 1999. He insisted NATO planes bombed only “legitimate designated military targets” and if civilians had died it was because NATO had been forced into military action. Adamant that “we try to do our utmost to ensure that if there are civilians around we do not attack,” Shea emphasized that “NATO does not target civilians…let’s be perfectly clear about that.”

However, hundreds of civilians were killed by a NATO air campaign, code named “Operation Allied Force” – which hit residential neighborhoods, old-aged sanatoriums, hospitals, open markets, columns of fleeing refugees, civilian buses and trains on bridges, and even a foreign embassy.

Exact figures are difficult to come by, but the undisputed minimum is almost 500 civilians deaths (with some estimates putting the toll as high as 1500) – including women, children and the elderly, killed about in 90 documented attacks by an alliance that included the air forces of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Turkey, Spain, the UK, and the US. Up to 150 civilians deaths were reportedly caused by the use of cluster-bombs dropped on, or adjacent to, known civilian areas.

By contrast, the military losses inflicted by NATO on the Serbian forces during almost 80 days of aerial bombardment, unchallenged by any opposing air power, were remarkably low – with most estimates putting the figure at less than 170 killed.

Meanwhile, NATO forces suffered… no combat fatalities! This was mainly due to the decision to conduct high altitude aerial attacks which greatly reduced the danger to NATO military personnel in the air, but dramatically increased it for the Serbian (and Kosovar) civilians on the ground. Moreover, the civilian populations of the countries participating on Operation Allied Force were never attacked or – even threatened – in any way by Serbian forces.

The significance of all this for Israel, beset as it is by a maelstrom criticism and censure regarding its military campaign in Gaza, should be starkly apparent. It raises three trenchant issues which it would fail to address to its great detriment:

1. The irrelevance of proportionality in military engagements
2. The unlimited hypocrisy of international politics
3. The disastrous incompetence of Israeli international diplomacy

The issue of proportionality, or rather, the alleged lack thereof, has been the basis for the fierce condemnation of Israel’s conduct in its military operations in Gaza because the number of Palestinians casualties far outweighs that of Israeli ones. However, the conduct of military operations in Kosovo by many of Israel’s present detractors shows that this was never a consideration or constraint which they felt bound by.

Quite the contrary, the very modus operandi they adopted – i.e. high altitude bombing – demonstrates that they deliberately aspired to disproportionality. As noted, this ensured an almost zero casualty rate among their own combatants but inevitably resulted in less accurate targeting of alleged military objectives on the ground, exposing a virtually defenseless civilian population to far greater danger and far higher casualties.

‘Put a sock in it’

All of this serves to underscore vividly the crass hypocrisy of Israel’s critics. Indeed, in stark contrast to NATO’s willful disregard for enemy civilians, the IDF has often placed Israeli soldiers in mortal peril to prevent Palestinian civilians from being harmed. Furthermore, Israel’s use of military might has invariably been in response a tangible threat – or actual assault – on its citizens.

The blatant disregard for any semblance of proportionality by democratic belligerents and the shameless hypocrisy of their self-righteous and misplaced criticism of Israel highlight a crucial deficiency – often diagnosed and equally often neglected – in the overall structure of its international strategy: the incompetence – indeed impotence – of Israeli diplomacy. For the documented data on the conduct of the war in Kosovo by the world’s leading democracies should provide ample material with which to resolutely rebuff much of the pompous tirade of condemnation being hurled at Israel today.

Sadly however, this has not happened. Although up to now Israel’s media management during the Gaza operation has shown a marked improvement relative to the appalling performance during the 2006 Lebanon War, it still appears to be trapped in mindset of unbecoming apologetics and mired in a misplaced timidity which undermine its credibility and persuasiveness.

For Israel to prevail in the crucial battle for public opinion it must go on the offensive. It must convey confidence and conviction in the fundamental moral validity of the nation’s actions. It must not shy away from resolutely repelling unjustified slander and from reprimanding malicious slanderers.

It should not shrink from convening all the NATO country ambassadors in a public forum, open to the international media, and sternly point out how unacceptable “stone throwing” is for residents of “glass houses,” how inadvisable it is for “pots” to accuse “kettles” of being black, and to firmly demand – in appropriately discreet diplomatic terms – that they “put a sock in it.”

It should not refrain from confronting unprincipled correspondents who concoct malevolent fabrications against Israel, and unambiguously convey to them that gross lack of professional integrity and balance will not be tolerated, and that excessive abuse of journalistic privilege will result in its withdrawal. It should be made clear to those in the international media who reside in Israel but insist on portraying it in an unfair and unfounded light that they will have to cover events in the region while residing in some Arab country – where they presumably will find society less objectionable and less defective.

It should not hold back the resources required to assertively – even coercively – replace political correctness with political truth in the international discourse on the Middle East in general and on the Israel-Palestinian conflict in particular. It must bring these truths to the attention of political opinion-makers and of politically aware publics across the globe – if need be by circumventing hostile and obstructive editorial bias by means of prominent, paid infomercials in major media channels.

Only measures such as these will allow Israel to gain the upper hand in the battle for public opinion, to prevent it being the victim of unjust, unjustified and unjustifiable double standards, and to ensure that military operations in Gaza and Kosovo are not judged by wildly disparate criteria.

 
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