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Lest we forget. [Jul. 27th, 2006|01:39 pm]
In the midst of the international climate of today's multipolar geopolictical arrangement that has grown out of the post World War II and post Cold War worlds, Israel finds itself in a new arrangement of the victim, perpetrator, and bystander model of anti-Semitism which has been discussed time and time again by scholars. The State of Israel is now the manifestation of the Jew in the world, surrounded by hostile forces seeking its annihilation while the world community looks the other way. While terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad are openly calling for the destruction of Israel, while being openly funded by Islamic nation-states, primarily Iran and Syria, the international community chooses to ignore this reality. Furthermore, nations such as France and Russia with a personal stake in providing weapons to these hostile forces through their proxies, Iran and Syria, choose to condemn Israel for merely defending itself. New euphemisms have also come to the fore in today's anti-Semitic rhetoric, such as "anti-Zionism", "disproportionate force", and even "Israel does not have the right to exist" which are cryptically similar to those made in the past century. While Iran's President openly calls for the destruction of Israel, the EU considers granting Iran some level of nuclear capability is not only irresponsible, but complicit in possible future war crimes. This is an example of perpetrators and bystanders actively working together to annihiate Israel. However, Israel will not go quietly to the slaughter while the world chooses not to lift a finger. While Islamic fundamentalists and the Western Left call for a cease-fire and cry foul in the form of "disproportionate force", Israel fights to disarm Hezbollah when Lebanon chose not to, to disarm Hamas when the world watched for nearly a year as rockets landed in Northern Israel. The Bush Administration realizes that they have a common cause with Israel and cannot abandon her in her time of need. Isolated in the world while defending itself, Israel cannot afford another cease-fire in the midst of this hostility. In today's modern arrangement of victim, perpetrator, and bystander, Israel chooses not to participate as a victim. Lest we forget the 6 million who perished in the Holocaust, Israel surely has not.