Tidbits From Israel
By Ron Jager
The fundamental fabrication of historical, political, and religious truths about the Palestinian Arabs has created a universal discourse afflicted with intellectual myopia, enabling the majority of Islamic nations of the world to violate basic human rights of their own people. The almost automatic acceptance of denying reality concerning Palestinian Arab terror has created a parallel system of logic and rationality—one for Israel and one for the rest of the world. The Palestinian Arabs make every effort to attack civilians with conventional terror or with missile terror and Israel makes every effort to avoid attacking civilians even when used as human shields, yet the symmetry used to describe these parallel events do not differentiate between the two; in that vein one can then easily claim that there is no difference between right and wrong, no difference between moral and immoral behavior. The rejection of truth by accepting Palestinian fabrications will only backfire and create a similar rejection of Western truth and morality as the world attempts to deal with the current barbaric terror campaign conducted by terror organizations claiming to represent Islam.
This confusion has caused intellectual and moral paralysis in the West, playing directly into pathological Islamic culture, which makes dialogue impossible. So many Muslims genuinely believe they are under attack by the West, that there is a giant conspiracy to destroy Islam; they perceive their own aggression as legitimate self-defense and the West’s defense as aggression.
Millions of people around the world were horrified recently by the display of barbarity in the name of Islam when ISIS doused Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh with gasoline, put him in an animal cage, and burned him alive, broadcasting the whole event for the world to witness. Many in the media have been quoted as saying that perhaps this act of terror will be the catalyst that will wake people up to the ruthless and relentless savagery sweeping across the Middle East under the banner of the Islamic State. But I seriously doubt this.
We have gotten used to seeing the beheadings of journalists and aid workers. We have moved beyond the shock of the murders at the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Does anyone still remember that Jews were targeted and murdered only because they were Jews? Does anyone remember that Boko Haram militants kidnapped and sold hundreds of schoolgirls? What about the plight of the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, as these innocent people were crucified, buried alive, raped, and butchered by Islamic State? I doubt many remember the night when Palestinian terrorists crept into the home of the Fogel family and slit the throats of nearly every family member who lay asleep.
And then there’s Obama, who stirred outrage with his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast this past Thursday by comparing the recent atrocities committed by ISIS to those of Christians during the Middle Ages. Obama was quoted saying, “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in [his name]. . . . So this is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”
As a child, President Obama lived and was schooled in Islamic society. As an aspiring student during his early adulthood, he was immersed in Palestinian polemics, absorbing intellectually and emotionally the necessity of fabricating truth concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict so as to justify support for the Palestinian cause despite their murderous behavior from its inception. Now he is confronted with those same Muslims who in the past were part of his life, yet today are behaving like barbarians across Africa, the Middle East, and sometimes in Europe and America.
President Obama did much more than stir outrage by refusing to admit to the reality of his own presidency or, as many might claim, because of his presidency. In retreating back to the Middle Ages to explain today’s barbaric behavior of Islamic State, Obama was attempting to create in the minds of the public a kind of moral equivalence that describes parallel events yet does not differentiate between the two. This kind of immoral symmetry employed by Obama in his recent address is his way of denying what is actually going on in the Islamic world; actual reality, actual truth, actual facts, historical facts, present-day facts are all simply opinion—there is no one truth anymore as far as Obama is concerned. Middle Ages, modern period, it’s all the same. So if there is no one truth, it’s all a question of who has a more convincing narrative.
This is the common thread that ties together Obama’s inability to seriously confront radical Islam and explains his determination to misrepresent the intentions of Iran. It also helps to clarify his ambivalent and at times overly hostile relationship with the State of Israel and its current leader. When Obama uses language that excuses the brutality of radical Islam, we can only assume that he is truly unable to confront his own inability to lead rather than be led by past emotions and affiliations.
Ron Jager is a 25-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, where he served as a field mental-health officer and as commander of the central psychiatric military clinic for reserve soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty in 2005, he has been providing consultancy services to NGOs, implementing psychological trauma treatment programs in Israel. Ron currently serves as a strategic adviser to the chief foreign envoy of Judea and Samaria. To contact him, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ronjager.com.