Much of the evil perpetrated upon the world could have been averted had people paid proper attention to critical statements made by key public figures. The potentates of interwar Europe dismissed nearly every indication that Adolf Hitler meant to conquer Europe, including Hitler’s own words to that effect. How many lives were lost because foreign ministers kept telling one another that “He doesn’t really mean it” — ? There’s no way to know.
We have a similar situation with HAMAS. Its top men have made perfectly plain that their fixed intention is to destroy Israel:
“People are saying now that the October 7 war has opened a new horizon for a vision of a political settlement. Here, they pull out their old ‘merchandise’ of the two-state solution. I would like to say two things about the two-state solution. First, we have nothing to do with the two-state solution. We reject this notion, because it means you would get a promise for a [Palestinian] state, yet you are required to recognize the legitimacy of the other state, which is the Zionist entity. This is unacceptable. We demand to be liberated, to get rid of the occupation, and to have our independence, and our state. [Israel] is my enemy. It is not my concern.”
Could it be clearer? The destruction of Israel is HAMAS’s aim and has been since the organization coalesced. It’s written into the HAMAS Covenant:
The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent Moslem generations till Judgement Day?
This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.
It happened like this: When the leaders of the Islamic armies conquered Syria and Iraq, they sent to the Caliph of the Moslems, Umar bin-el-Khatab, asking for his advice concerning the conquered land – whether they should divide it among the soldiers, or leave it for its owners, or what? After consultations and discussions between the Caliph of the Moslems, Omar bin-el-Khatab and companions of the Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, it was decided that the land should be left with its owners who could benefit by its fruit. As for the real ownership of the land and the land itself, it should be consecrated for Moslem generations till Judgement Day. Those who are on the land, are there only to benefit from its fruit. This Waqf remains as long as earth and heaven remain. Any procedure in contradiction to Islamic Sharia, where Palestine is concerned, is null and void.
“Verily, this is a certain truth. Wherefore praise the name of thy Lord, the great Allah.” (The Inevitable – verse 95).
That puts the matter quite plainly. Yet statesmen repeatedly wish it away. I don’t know if any “reporter” has confronted an important president, prime minister, or foreign minister with the above and asked “What do you have to say about that?” However, given the determination of such persons to believe that one can achieve an enduring peace between two peoples when one of them is dedicated to the destruction of the other, I’d bet that the politician would simply talk around it.
Politicians don’t like it when facts get in the way of their fantasies.
Another recent case concerns something that, even if those to whom it was addressed heard it plainly, they could not and would not accept the import of it:
Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan was on CNBC this morning discussing 2024, and he had some things to say that will probably piss off some Democrats. So you know I’m here for that! He started off by saying that Trump was actually right about some things (gasp!). He finished it off by calling Democrats out for name calling Republicans and said that Democrats need to, “Grow up and treat other people with respect.” He seems to think that negativity about MAGA is going to hurt Biden in the 2024 election.
🚨 Reporters GASP live on-air as Americans most powerful Banker praises Trump policies, defends the MAGA movement and BLASTS Biden for demonizing 75 million Americans.
“Trump was right about NATO, immigration, the economy… Democrats need to GROW UP”
Jaime Diamond, JPMorgan CEO pic.twitter.com/zLPmyCO4Cu
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 17, 2024
That is excellent advice for anyone with ambitions for high office: treat others with respect. But Leftists, who dominate today’s Democrat Party, are incapable of doing so for a tragic reason: Their self-concept is inextricably bound to their presumption of moral superiority. And of course, one must not grant respect to a moral inferior. That would be like saying that Satan has some good points and should be listened to.
How many observant and wise things have been said that people prefer not to hear? As any regular Gentle Reader would know, I have a large collection of quotes, into which I dip at need for a bit of reinforcement from a historical figure more widely known than am I. (I have no ambitions to become a “widely known historical figure.”) Some of them are millennia old. Many once appeared in various grammar and high school curricula. But they say things people today simply don’t want to hear.
Time was, we had some regard for the accumulated wisdom of our forebears. I’m unsure how we lost it. Perhaps we can get it back if we learn how to listen. But a great many of us are disinclined to do so…perhaps for the same reason politicians reject demonstrable facts in favor of their fantasies.