Many seemingly liberal nations, posing as progressive, and many thinkers on the left, posing as humanitarians, seem to have no problem overlooking the utter lack of humanity of Hamas and their supporters demonstrating offshore in the flotilla, and this bizarre phenomenon puzzles many well-meaning observers. But why should it? Was it not these same well-meaning liberal nations and activists that ignored the Nazi Holocaust until after the fact and also ignored every communist genocide from Lenin to Pol Pot and Mengistu?
If anything, the left admired these regimes when they were in the apex of their carnage. Bolshevik Russia was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s, at the height of their forced starvations, their program of collectivization, and their gulags and show trials. Left-wingers boarded ships for Russia in those years to visit "Uncle Joe" Stalin and to breathlessly report back to us American capitalist roadsters that they had "seen the future and it works." New York Times reporter Walter Duranty walked over fields of skulls in the Ukraine while writing reports about the great Soviet humanitarians. Communist China was most popular during its "Great Leap Forward" and "Cultural Revolution," both of which caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. Likewise with the genocides committed by North Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, North Korea and every other communist regime without exception.
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The PLO, seeking to annihilate Israel, envied the power and the influence of the international left and their success in turning the unprovoked invasion of South Vietnam by the communist north into a liberation and independence movement through propaganda and agitprop. They marveled over the thousands of American leftists making pilgrimages to Hanoi as they did in the past with their visits to Moscow and to Beijing, where they sat at the feet of the "little flower of the people" Mao Zedong. Thus the PLO sought public-relations advise from their comrade in arms, Ho Chi Minh in North Vietnam.
According to Palestinian terrorist Abu Iyad, in his memoir published in Arabic and entitled "Palestinian Without a Motherland," his North Vietnamese political advisers suggested that the PLO "stop talking about annihilating Israel and instead turn your terror war into a struggle for human rights. Then you will have the American people eating out of your hand." The success of the Hanoi strategy is undeniable as the international left, in the flotilla controversy, is championing the cause of Hamas on human-rights grounds while Israel, which handed Gaza over to the Palestinians on a silver platter, ethnically cleansed of Jews, is portrayed as unjust. The "People of Gaza" turned their state into a missile-launching pad that has firing approximately 10,000 missiles into Israel.
After the declaration of war by Hamas against Israel, which was followed by the missiles and by the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Israeli soil, Israel closed the border as an act of self-defense. Yet the left points to the border closing as unjust. Obviously, they expect Israel to allow the Hamas government of Gaza the ability to receive supplies without interference while the missiles fly. If the good people of Gaza want supplies, all they need to do is stop firing missiles into Israel.
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But why bother? The liberal nations of the world and the left-wing humanitarians don't seem to care about terrorism against Israel. They have turned a blind eye to the weapons aboard the "humanitarian" ship trying to deliver supplies to Hamas and the brutality of the crew, or to Israel's offer to transport the supplies to Gaza after the ship was properly inspected for terrorist materiel or contraband. They don't discuss, in polite company, the direct links between Hamas, a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, and the Nazis.
The Israelis heard peaceniks aboard the flotilla ship chanting, "Remember Khaibar, Khaibar, Oh Jews. The army of Muhammad will return!" This was a reference to the genocidal annihilation of Jews by Muslim forces in the Arabian city of Khaibar over a thousand years ago. Israel should be spared the moralizing of those who contemplate genocide and from their international left-wing amen corner.
Chuck Morse is the author of "The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin Al-Hussein."