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The Farce of the Fence By: Jonathan Eric Lewis
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, July 21, 2004

With Tuesday’s United Nations General Assembly vote that condemned Israel for building an anti-terrorism fence to save innocent lives, it is finally time for a nationwide discussion in this country as to whether the United States wants to continue to lend any legitimacy to the United Nations.   This is, after all, an organization that has dictatorships like Cuba and Sudan on its Human Rights Commission and that regularly singles out the world’s only Jewish State for condemnation, while turning a blind eye to the persecution to minority groups throughout the Arab world such as the Iraq's indigenous Assyrian Christians or Algeria's long suffering Kabyles. 

This is an organization that wants the money of American taxpayers and yet allows the most anti-American regimes in the world to define that amorphous farce that has become ‘international law.’  At a time when the Sudanese government is committing genocide against Black Africans, when Kurds are denied their most basic rights in Syria; when Armenians and Azerbaijans live in a situation that could easily once again erupt into savage violence in which Armenian civilians are targeted for the most horrific violence, and when the Palestinian Authority is in an anarchic state, the community of nations chooses to spend an inordinate amount of time condemning and vilifying the only democracy in the Middle East, a country that many in the Arab-Islamic world would like to see obliterated by Iranian nuclear weapons.


Although General Assembly rulings are not binding and are, in the parlance of the United Nations, ‘expressions of sentiment,’ the Palestinian Authority and its supporters will use this diplomatic farce in order to incite violence against Israelis.   As Gaza begins to look less like Egypt and more like Somalia, one would think the Palestinians would want to use their diplomatic influence in the United Nations in order to provide safety and security for their own people in the face of rising crime and gangster-land violence.  One would think that the Palestinian Authority might like to explain to France why several French aid workers were recently kidnapped in territory in which their police forces are essentially terrorist organizations.  One would think the Palestinian Authority would realize that its position at the United Nations is more intact than its very legitimacy among many Palestinians and act accordingly.


Not surprisingly, however, the Palestinian Authority has used its international voice to condemn Israel and to win a propaganda war.  Islamic extremists throughout the region will laugh at the precedent set by both the International Court of Justice and the United Nations General Assembly, for they know that someday they too will be able to use the ‘rule of law’ to prevent democratic societies from defending their own citizens against an enemy that hides among civilians and intends to inflict massive casualties on innocent men, women, and children.   Islamists are not concerned about tomorrow, so much as preparing the groundwork for a long-term jihad against the West.  Sadly, the United Nations has once again helped them in their task.


Let there be no mistake about it: in its fury to condemn Israel, the United Nations has drastically weakened the struggle against global terrorism.  For instance, if Israel is not permitted to use non-lethal force to protect its citizens from mass murder, why should any European state be allowed to take similar drastic, but non-lethal measures, if and when they are faced with a campaign of nihilistic terrorism launched from their own territory against their own citizens?  And if the General Assembly is so devoted to Palestinian self-determination, on what grounds can they deny it to the Abkhaz or the Karabagh Armenians?


The fact that the Palestinian Authority chose to make a mockery of international law in order to convince the world that Israel’s self-defense against terrorism and the protection of its Christian, Jewish, and Muslim citizens is worse than terrorism itself belies an important fact, namely, that outside of their rhetoric and propaganda meant to defame (and eventually destroy) Israel, the Palestinian leadership has no vision of what it wants.  Think of it.  Outside of the sloganeering of “Free Palestine” and “End the Occupation,” have you ever heard a Palestinian official discuss his or her vision for a Palestinian state?  We have heard pro-Palestinian propagandists label the anti-terrorism fence an “apartheid wall,” but we have never heard what they would do if the fence were to be taken down.  Are we to believe that, if there weren’t a fence, the Palestinian leadership would use their diplomatic victory to encourage international investment into the Palestinian territories so that they could build world-class scientific institutions or centers of interfaith discussion?


In light of the United Nations General Assembly ruling, it is time for all Americans of goodwill to discuss whether they want their hard earned tax dollars to be spent for an organization that allowed Saddam Hussein to build elaborate palaces from money meant for the Iraqi people; that refuses to condemn China for its illegal occupation of Tibet; that turns a blind eye to the persecution of innocent Christians in places like Egypt and Indonesia; and that spends hours of time and millions of dollars to defame Israel, a country that has long been a vital ally and friend to the United States and a state which, unlike Egypt or Saudi Arabia, does not promote hatred of America and Americans in its media.


It is time for all Americans to decide whether they will put their faith in an organization that condemns Israel for building a fence to prevent terrorism, but one that has, throughout the past several decades, turned a blind eye to regimes that have killed Middle Eastern Christians with impunity.  Without taking a position on the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, one that will almost certainly result in the creation of an authoritarian Palestinian state in all of Gaza and much of the West Bank, one has to seriously consider the moral implications of United Nations resolution that calls upon Israel to dismantle an anti-terrorist fence, but one which does not specifically call upon the theocrats in Iran to stop building nuclear weapons which they hope to one day use against Israel and, if they could reach it with their ballistic missiles, the United States.


It is this mockery of international law and common decency that will make it that much more difficult for the United States to protect its own citizens from religious fanatics who have no agenda aside from killing and destroying societies that respect freedom and pluralism.  It is a sad day indeed, for we all know that the liberal-leftist elites that dominate our universities will laud this United Nations ruling and condemn the United States for refusing to go along with the show.  Our enemies are once again laughing, for they know they have scored a victory against law, justice, truth, and human decency.

Jonathan Eric Lewis is a New York-based political writer and can be reached at jonathanericlewis@yahoo.com.

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