Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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A new human low can only be stopped by brute force

The whole idea of the post-WW I League of Nations and the post-WW II United Nations was, war is such a terrible thing, it should be avoided by negotiations. The underlying belief seems to be: of course, many countries would like to increase their powers, if needed by violent means but in fact, all nations are basically decent and we would all gain from arranging or rearranging things through peaceful means.

WW II happened 70 years ago but many still think within the old frameworks to understand politics. However, a new evil has arisen decades ago and those who don’t recognize it can’t fight it.

● Murder and genocide are no longer just side-effects of anger and nationalism gone berserk or the works of some lone “madmen” but might now be seen by some as holy endeavors in themselves.
● War no longer is merely a byproduct of lack of reason but rather is now sometimes interpreted as holy and good in itself.
● Destruction is no longer only an unfortunate spin-off of human irrationality but by some could be perceived as an objective in itself.

Half a century ago, no one could have predicted that some day, political powers would arise that have different rationales. Their goal would not be to increase in power but to destruct.

Not so long ago, a leading Orthodox-Jewish scientist taught that all civilizations basically believe in the same values. No culture values falsehood over truth, theft over honesty, murder over peace, etc.

But we can’t say this anymore. And that has consequences.

No reasonable negotiations are possible to find a compromise with people whose goal is to kill. Who learned that hate and ruin in themselves are good. Only some postponement can be won, but their zeal to maim and murder cannot be stopped by reason.

Not the voice of reason but only a voice of might can stop murderous regimes.

I’m not talking about countries like Russia or China. They’re only trying to get to world-domination – the old stuff. Or North-Korea, which would like to get more powerful. With such nations, negotiations are possible.

But preachers of hatred, like Iranian and Arab-Palestinian leaders, can only be stopped by brute force.

Another new situation is that in modern times, Jews never had a state and antisemitism therefore was not expected to bias bodies for world-peace. It was unforeseen that a majority of states could by default vote against a Jewish State, and it shows – with some token reservations.

We’ll Mess it up and Then G-d Will Make Peace

Another outdated but still widely used model is the Marxist idea that the masses first must be destitute enough before they’ll revolt. Don’t miss that right-wingers widely use this “logic.” Trying to appease murderous masses with some wealth to prevent a revolution.

It’s been pointed out before that many suicide-bombers came from well-to-do families, were successful university students.

Another doomsday way of thinking we often see among fundamentalist Christians. They actually long for “the final battle” of Agamemnon, having been taught that there evil itself will be defeated.

They don’t understand that such thinking itself is evil and that we’re challenged to find a peaceful, un-bloody way to bring Paradise on earth. (G-d doesn’t need our help to bring Redemption. Rather, He gives us a chance to do it instead of Him, so that we will be meritorious.)

Masses hellbent (pun intended) on killing Jews (including many Muslims in the Middle East), especially those who never met a Jew in their lives, were often brain-washed into seeing genocide on Jews are an ideal. This is not connected to revenge or anger. Hate is what they were raised on.

Another problem is that mass murder plans are no longer the “prerogative” of states. Terrorist groups like Chezbollah, Chamas and ISIS are proud to plan war crimes but can’t be prosecuted because they aren’t countries.

Preachers of hate, like masses set on committing genocide (of Armenians, Jews, Hutus), can only be stopped by brute force.


So, “new” to be considered is that some cultures and states are destructive, not from anger but because they regard it as holy. And some non-state groups and states strife for mass murder and genocide, not from anger but because they regard it as saintly.
Jews need special protection in international organizations.
Some groups try to get away with war crimes because they’re not states.
Stop being blind to political reality from thinking in old concepts only.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. 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