Jan 15 2009

Globe & Post: Apologies Are Overrated. Show Your Teeth

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. – Ariel Durant, writer

Here’s an interesting strategy: while your opponents gather in their hundreds in the main squares of cities, you gather your own hundreds of supporters in large but easily-overlooked buildings out of sight of the public.

The other side gets widespread media coverage from their giant rallies. Meanwhile, your non-confrontational tactics have earned some lackluster column space and a few late-night sound-bytes.

And when members of the other side start chanting vile slogans attacking your people, you resort to the awkward tactic of asking for an apology, instead of rallying your numerous supporters into the streets to face down the idiots with a show of solidarity.

I’m extremely heartened by many of my colleagues who have gotten involved and stuck up for human rights and peace for both Palestinians and Israelis in a way that lends no mercy to those who condone terror and aggression.

I can also at least understand the hesitancy of those who don’t want to get involved. To many, it must seem like an intractable ethnic conflict rather than a fight between an embattled democratic UN-member state and a ruthless fascist movement that knowingly use their own civilian population as human shields for conducting terror attacks.

I can even understand those who decide to stay home out of disgust with the bloodletting from both sides happening in Israel and Gaza. Anyone with compassion wants to see the violence on both sides ended as soon as possible, with a sustainable peace in place for both Israelis and Palestinians.

But the so-called leaders of Canada’s Jewish community, a group which every day is largely asked to defend itself from aggressive and relentless rhetoric, have lost touch with reality, when they think that gathering the community in temples for cheerleading sessions and going after leaders of the pro-Hamas rallies to “apologize” is going to do anything. It’s not merely ineffective. It borders on cowardice.

The war of ideas will not be won hidden away in community buildings. It’s long past time to get into the streets and start shouting back.

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3 Responses to “Globe & Post: Apologies Are Overrated. Show Your Teeth”

  1. Dagon 15 Jan 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Resistance doesn’t organize itself. Spontaneous eruptions of dissent are likely to be riots rather than resistance. One needs a rational and planned response; and it takes people sitting down to discuss ideas rather than street tactics. Thus, we at Covenant Zone invite you all to sit with us and join in for coffee and discussion about current events in light of potential resistance to jihad and Left dhimmi fascism. We talk, often about books, sometimes about actual physical protest. Talk, regardless, is the rational prelude to action.

    We’ll be meeting and talking this evening at the local library in downtown Vancouver in the atrium just outside Blenz coffee ar. We meet weekly, each Thursday evening for a few hours, from 7-9:00 to discuss and consider.

    Openly sitting in public and being known to sit in public is to demonstrate that we resist jihad and Left dhimmi fascism. We tke it from there. Please feel welcome to join us this evening.

  2. Jonathon Narveyon 15 Jan 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the invite, Dag. Good timing.

  3. Ianon 19 Jan 2009 at 3:42 pm

    To be honest, I’m one of those disgusted with both sides. Yet when thinking of Israel’s position, I can’t help but think of the quote:

    “One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.”

    http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/dp10.htm

    The conflict has been perpetuated far too long for either side to claim moral victory. It no longer matter’s who is “right” but what is wise.

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