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The Deadly Diplomatic Cult of ‘Restraint’

July 1st, 2014 - 2:08 am

Three Israeli teenagers are kidnapped and murdered. Their bodies are found in a rock pile near the West Bank  city of Hebron. It is horrible. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says “Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay.”

And from the wood-paneled office suites and limousine back seats of the diplomatic sphere — from Washington, the European Union and the United Nations — comes the usual chorus, urging that all parties show “restraint.”

That call for restraint is prefaced, of course, by expressions of sympathy and condemnations of the murders. But there is always that culminating line — the call for restraint — which undercuts all the rest. There was no restraint involved in the terrorist triple murder of those teenagers. But the hollow diplomatic default is to demand that the Israelis refrain from striking the terrorist leaders who spawn these attacks. That’s a brand of “restraint” that translates into an invitation for more terrorism.

From Secretary of State John Kerry, we hear that the news of murder is “simply devastating…a horrific loss…. We condemn this despicable terrorist act in the strongest possible terms” and “the perpetrators must be brought to justice.” But then there’s the thud of that closing line: “This is a time for all to work towards that goal without destabilizing the situation.”

From the EU comes a statement expressing “profound sorrow.” The EU condemns the killing of the three Israeli youths, sends condolences to their their families and friends, and professes to “share their grief.” The EU further trusts that “the perpetrators of this barbaric act will swiftly be brought to justice.” But then comes that inevitable disclaimer to round it off: “We call for restraint of all parties concerned in order not to further aggravate the fragile situation on the ground.”

From a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon comes word that Ban believes “there can be no justification for the deliberate killing of civilians.” Ban hopes the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice, etc., etc., but then comes the ritual kicker:  Ban “calls on all parties to abide by their obligations under international law and to refrain from any actions that could further escalate this highly tense situation.”

Changing the mindset behind this diplomatic cult of “restraint” is a tall order. But one place to start would be to demand that our high-minded diplomats practice some restraint of their own — and alter the template for these statements. By all means, retain the condemnations, the expressions of sympathy and grief, and the calls for swift justice. But stop there. Show some genuine respect, not to mention decency and basic sense. Scrap the last line.

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and what is your idea of justice? what should be done? Plead with Hamas to turn over those responsible for the incident? Or perhaps ask Hamas to hold their own trial for those responsible. After the Palestinian people finish dancing in the street and passing out candy I'm sure Hamas will hold a trial.
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This mumbo jumbo is to clumsily conceal a desire to prevent Israeli self-defense.
You know exactly why they desire that.
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You have to admire the gall it takes for Obama and the One World Totalitarians to utter the drivel that "all parties" should show "restraint" so as not to "destabilize the region".

Let's examine idiocy and disingenuousness in their full glory.

First, how is it that "both parties" should exhibit "restraint? Israel by letting schoolchildren be kidnapped, terrorized and murdered without exacting retaliation...and Hamas passing out sugar free candy while spray painting vehicles containing the remains with lead free pastels?

And precisely how stable is "the region" that has a terrorist group running the government, that kidnaps children and throws their dead bodies on a rock pile.

If the "region" includes neighboring Syria, Iraq, etc., I think bringing back crucifixions and massive amounts of beheadings might create just a tad bit of instability that might benefit from some "unrestrained backlash".

Weakness is a pheromone that gives the feral beasts predatory adrenal rushes. If one acts like prey, one gets devoured.

Rabid dogs don't do tricks. They don't shake hands, play dead or roll over.

Cowards want to pet them. I say, put them down.
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The mayor of Jerusalem and the PM have also called for restraint.
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This restraint is directed at the citizens from taking the law into their own hands.
Nothing like quoting without giving the context.
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Pansies like John Kerry and Ban Ki-moon will never ever condemn the Palestinians. They are a worthless bunch, Muslims bent on destroying the Jews. Palestinians in the West Bank deserve nothing but disdain from the world. Instead, the USA, through John Kerry and Barack Obama, and the UN, are apologists for the Palestinian Muslims as if they are the only ones of value in the middle east.

Stand back, Kerry and Obama, and allow Israel to do what they must do.
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Bebe, tell Kerri you will be glad to show restraint, just as soon as Obama shows restraint with Republicans.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Wink Wink.
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These murders were the direct result of the administration's decision to effectively recognize Hamas. The kids' blood is on Obama's hands as much as Hamas'.

The call for "restraint" was clearly directed at Israel, not the Palestinian perps. We may as well have David Duke as President.
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cfbleachers, as usual, makes an interesting analogy. If you have cats, and one suddenly starts acting afraid, that is, like prey, even though they seem to have been playmates in the past, the dominant one will start abusing the fearful one. Tribalism is about one step above that in that they can restrain themselves in the face of sufficient third party force.

How long has it been since some grievously offended nation really went Roman on one of these gangs. Also, doesn't 60% of a population supporting the murder of three kids justify some pretty severe collective punishment?
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The murderers know the koran and the hadiths. They are doing exactly what the medieval Arabian death cult tells them to do. These are not extremists, these are merely believers doing what all Muslim believers are instructed to do; "Slaughter them where you find them." Clear?
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When is the Legislative Branch going to cut all financial aid to these terrorist groups. Aiding and abetting terrorist ultimately makes you a terrorist too. Obama and the Democrat Party are connected to the terrorist world, but we the American people do not have to be. The Palestine Authority was founded as a terrorist organization and it has not changed one iota since.
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I think the Israeli's are already showing tremendous "restraint" by not turning Gaza into a glowing parking lot. Showing restraint in the face of Islamic murderers is to show weakness; you can't bargain with terrorists, you can't negotiate with them, you can't strike a deal with them. What can be done is to chase them down to whatever hole they're hiding in and put an end to their terrorist activities, down to their relatives and children if necessary until they get the message.
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By his 20 year attendance in Jeromy Wright’s so-called church, by his saying “The Arabic Call to Prayer is the most beautiful sound on Earth”, by his celebrating Ramadan in the White House, by his 2009 speech in Cairo praising Islam, by his call to go back to the pre 1967 war borders, by his giving the Muslim Brotherhood and their auxiliaries entrance to the White House, the State Department and even the military, by his deep bowing to the Saudi King – By each of these things Obama’s calling is plainly revealed. That all united should fail to enlighten the competent inquirer is almost inconceivable.
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Either Obama is a fool or he knows what he is doing. That he consistently makes what appear to be appeasing boneheaded maneuvers in the Middle East that empower the worst elements in the ME seems too orchestrated to be bumbling and accidental anymore. It is a plan. While I think he does have a fondness for communism, 'social justice', the liberal agenda and uses those political tools to get and keep power, it seems he is more intent on strengthening Islam and weakening those who would stand in the way. His actions, including killing Osama, all fit this scheme.
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