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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Reductio Ad Occupationum - Blame Israel for Everything

As the fighting goes on in Gaza the world watches and frets wishing those nice boys in their ski masks would stop shooting at each other and get back to their usual time honored hobby of killing Jews.

The bout of savage barbarism that exploded in Gaza and is threatening to spill over into the West Bank challenges the world's deeply held assertion that every terrorist atrocity against Israel was caused by Israel's oppression of the Palestinian Arabs. The sight of Fatah and Hamas terrorists shooting, beheading and throwing each other off tall buildings leads any intelligent person to the inevitable conclusion that Fatah and Hamas haven't been killing Israelis because they had no choice but because they are ruthless murderers greedy for power and who have no regard for human life.

That however is too difficult a conclusion for Western liberals and some conservatives who have staked so much on the belief that Palestinian terrorism is the product of oppression. Instead they adopt the Reductio Ad Occupationum. The Reductio Ad Occupationum reduces every single Arab problem across the Middle East to one primary cause, Israel.

For the last decade Arab countries from Saudi Arabia to Egypt had been insisting that the lack of human rights, the dictatorships, the oppression of women and terrorism in the region were all caused by Israel and the "Occupation". Until the Palestinian question was resolved (preferably through the destruction of Israel) the Arab world and perhaps the Muslim world was hopelessly
doomed to be a series of dictatorships, wife beaters, honor killers and exploding Jihadis.

Whenever the Bush Administration has talked about reform, the Arab dictators have promptly dragged out the Palestinians like a boy bringing a dead cat to school as a particularly gruesome piece of Show and Tell, insisting they could not reform until Israel gave the Palestinians a state. It was a particularly pathetic sight when 100 million people who fancy themselves as the greatest religion in the world and descendants of the greatest empire in history, blamed all their problems on a few million people living in a tiny strip of land.

Yet this is the nature of Anti-Semitism. Conspiracy theorists have routinely insisted that Jews control everything. The government. The Federal Reserve. Hollywood. There is a method to such madness. The Arab world by blaming Israel for everything gives up none of the control but all of the responsibility like a drunk who insists he drinks because of his wife or his kids or his boss. Arabs want the freedom to live in dictatorships, to murder their wives and daughters and make a mess of their countries and none of the responsibility. For the Anti-Semite, the Jew is the Prime Cause of everything. For the Arab world, the Jew is the reason for their own miserable failures.

Reductio Ad Occupationum has been widely adopted. Its premise is that everything goes back to the Occupation. When Hamas and Fatah began shooting each other in the streets, a host of figures from Desmond Tutu on down began insisting that the occupation was at fault. It of course doesn't matter that there was no Occupation in Gaza and that in fact the killings were happening precisely because there was no more Occupation in Gaza-- a sentiment Palestinian Arabs themselves repeatedly voiced to Western reporters. Occupation you see is a State of Mind.

In the philosophy of Reductio Ad Occupationum, Occupation becomes the Original Sin of Israel which forever deprives Palestinian Arabs of any responsibility for their own actions, instead laying the sin on Israel for all time. When Fatah kills Hamas, it is Israel's fault because Israel had backed Fatah. When Hamas kills Fatah, it is Israel's fault because Israel backed Hamas. If both kill each other, it is Israel's fault for not picking the "right" side, for not having turned over Gaza in 1997 or 1967 or 1897 and finally for simply existing.

That is what Reductio Ad Occupationum ultimately comes down to. Israel is at fault because it exists. Every instability, every fault and every flaw and misery spread throughout the Arab world is tied down to Israel. From Terrorism to Tyranny, Arab misbehavior is simply the helpless product of Israeli abuse. A 100 million Arabs are just the abused children of the few million Jews whom they spent centuries slaughtering and oppressing because those Jews finally managed to build themselves a state.

As long as the Arab world is willing to justify their sins through the Jews and as long as the world is willing to let them, the Arab World will be exactly the collection of brutal tyrannical regimes ruling over plots of dirt, exploding in frustrated bursts of rage aimed at their own governments America, Israel or their own wives and daughters. Those who are incapable of taking responsibility for their actions are also incapable of morality. They cannot repent or change their ways or improve their lives because they have already shifted the imaginary locus of control over to the Jews.

It is not the Occupation that is the Prime Cause of the Arab world's problems but their own unwillingness to take responsibility for their own ills. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars, but in ourselves.


  1. Execellent article.

    A few thoughts...even if Israel (G-d forbid) decided to totally abandon the country, turn it over to Fatah, Hamas etc. in the name of peace, Arabs and their supporters would STILL find a way to blame Israel.

    The land would become barren, no harvests, no crops, no hospitals, no moderan shopping malls, nothing, no charities to help the poor, hungry, orphans and women.

    Nothing would remain except a desert, violence, ruined buildings and terrorist infighting among Arabs. And I truly believe liberals and some conservatives would find a way to blame Israel for this as well. Something along the lines of destroying the infrastructure.

    Kind of like the way Palestinians clamored for independence FROM Israel and then cry apartheid at the presence of a fence separating the two.

    Yes. Even if Israel didn't exist it would still be their fault in the eyes of many people.

    A little OT but taking the situation into the US: aren't whites still blamed for the conditions of the inner cities? Our parents fled once vibrant middle class neighborhoods to the suburbs to get away from all of the violence (largely committed by blacks, at least in my city).

    We move out, blacks destroy the city, black on black crime goes through the roof and who gets the blame? Us, for our "white flight."

    And despite all of the black and black crime, low high school graduation rates, high birth rights among unwed mothers...it's still our fault going back to the days of slavery.

    Yep. Now they want restitution. After decades of government hand-outs they want restitution.

    Arabs need to hate Israel, without that, they'd have o except blame and responsibility for their own miserable lives.

  2. yes, it's exactly what happened in gaza and israel is being blamed

    israel is blamed for being there and for not being there, the key point is an ideology that blames israel, regardless

    and yes the same thing happened in urban areas and now there's endless complaints about gentrification, just as there were complaints about white flight, when the grandchildren of the very same people who lived in harlem and the lower east side actually move back and build new housing and improve the neighborhoods, the liberals shriek and whine... from their own 300,000 dollar condos

  3. Spain went down the toilet when Jews were expelled and on that very day the Armada was defeated.
    England also suffered when they expelled jews.
    It will happen over and over but the hatred people have for God himself is at the root and there is a mentality so evil in this world that they will hurt themselves as long as they can thumb their nose at God in the process.

  4. Bouncing off Lemon. No country has ever been spared punishment when it treats Israel evily.

    It's a pity there are those who think the US will be spared. They're going to be in for a huge surprise.



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