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A tale of two wars on terrorism


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Editor's note: Since Mr. Olson wrote this column, two more Israeli soldiers have been captured, this time by Hezbollah near the Lebanese border with Israel.
An Israeli solider has been kidnapped in Palestine and remains missing at this writing! Our captive media can't get enough of this. What an outrage! What a crime against civilization! Oy, the humanity!

In response, Israel has launched a savage assault on the nascent Palestinian state — invading northern Gaza, ordering air strikes, arresting some Palestinian officials and hinting worse, vowing that "the sky will fall on them" if Corporal Gilad Shalit's captors harm him. The world media wait breathlessly for excuses to repeat and update the story.

Gee — ever wonder where the Palestinians got the idea to kidnap a soldier?

In his unbelievably self-righteous 1950 book, Triumph on the Gallows (published by the American Memorial Committee for the Hanged Martyrs of Eretz Israel & Brit Trumpeldor of America), fanatic Zionist author Itzhak Gurion recounts a story worth remembering. (Some of the characterizations are my own.)

On June 12, 1947, the Irgun Zvai Leumi, a unit of the Jewish terrorist army in Palestine, kidnapped two British sergeants, Clifford Martin and Mervyn Paice. This was the Irgun's response to the scheduled execution of three of its own members who had been found guilty by British authorities in an assault at Acre and had been condemned to death by hanging.

Two months earlier, a large group of Irgun terrorists, some wearing British uniforms (a violation of the Geneva Accords, by the way), had fired missiles into the British fortress at Acre and then assaulted the compound. They freed some 255 prisoners, including 41 Zionists and hundreds of Arabs who simply fled in panic. Several Jews were killed in the incident, and five were apprehended. Three were condemned to death, the others spared because they were minors.

Both the Brits and the Haganah, another group of Jewish terrorists temporarily cooperating with the authorities at the time, mobilized thousands of men but could not locate the missing sergeants. Martial law was declared and a house-to-house search was conducted in the city of Nathanya, to no avail. Martial law was rescinded on July 27. In the early hours of the following morning, the three Irgun terrorists were executed, after their "oppressors" (Gurion's description) carefully ensured that a rabbi was present to say the viddui with the prisoners.

"By carrying out the death 'sentence' against the three Irgun soldiers," explains Gurion, the British "had condemned the two sergeants to death."

Three days later the Irgun announced that the British sergeants had been hanged, and warned that the site of the hangings was mined. "This was the first time in British colonial history that 'natives' dared to inflict harm on the 'sacred' bodies of British soldiers," sneers Gurion in his arrogant account. He is factually incorrect, of course, just as he gets the names of the British sergeants wrong, but the truth never stops — or even slows down — a fanatical bigot of the Zionist kind.

Stop and think about that when the missing Israeli soldier is found, dead or alive — the wailing and gnashing of teeth and rending of garments that will follow endlessly if the fellow is found dead, and the renewed media fury against the Palestinians even if he survives. Either way, the name of Gilad Shalit will be on the lips of every newsreader and pundit, and of every savvy, Zion-kissing politician.

But who will know the names Clifford Martin and Mervyn Paice except those who read them here?

July 14, 2006

© 2006 Douglas Olson.

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