Make love and war

On Saturday night between 200-1000 Israelis marched in Tel Aviv, that hot-bed of secular politics, against war with Iran. They carried placards reading ‘Bibi don’t bomb Iran.” Do these people really think that life would be better and less dangerous or violent if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons? The outcome of that scenario is that Iran, if it could, would use an atomic bomb on Israel, probably targeting Tel Aviv, incinerating the city and killing at least 100,000 Jews in one go. This would have the ayatollahs dancing in their madrassahs. Do we want to take the chance of giving them this opportunity?

In 1933, prior to WWII, the Oxford Union debating society debated the proposition “that this house will not fight for King and Country.” To the great surprise of many this proposition passed by a large majority. This was taken as a clear indication of “defeatism” among the young men of England, and spurred Hitler into the decision to attack England on the certain belief that he would meet little opposition. As it turned out, this result was misleading. When “push came to shove” the young men of England faced up to the task of fighting the Germans and winning, including the effete upper classes who largely voted for the above proposition. I mention this historic incident so that Iranians, seeing the current campaign by a group of Israeli peaceniks, that they “love iranians,” even though they haven’t met any, and that they “do not want war with Iran,” should not believe this nonsense. It could cause the Iranians to make a huge historic blunder.

Some claim that they would not drop a bomb on Israel, because it would kill many PalestinianArabs. Nonsense again. The Iranian Shia are only using the Palestine conflict to gain traction in the Sunni Arab world, as they have done with Hamas for some years. They could not care less if tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed, since they would be martyrs in a good cause, the destruction of Israel. As “shahid” they would all go to heaven, so why worry. What those Israelis against war with Iran need to do is make love, so that there are more Israelis to fight the good fight for our survival.

About the Author
Jack Cohen was born in London and has a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University. He moved to the US and worked at the National Cancer Inst. and then Georgetown Medical School. In 1996, he Moved to Israel and became Chief Scientist of the Sheba Medical Center. He retired in 2001 and worked as a Visiting Professor at Hebrew University Medical School for 5 years.