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    Soldiers With Pens In The Information War Against Israel

    Soldiers With Pens In The Information War Against Israel

    I have been sounding the warning over Turkey since January 2009. Now that Turkey has instigated a confrontation with Israel, it is important to keep Turkey’s greater game in mind.

    Caroline Glick (h/t Instapundit) explains it quite well.

    Glick makes another important point, which is that alongside the shooting war is an information war. The information war is designed to deligitimize Israel and deprive it of the ability to defend itself:

    This is where the Useful Idiots, like Glenn Greenwald, come in. By demonizing and dehumanizing Israel and its supporters (for example, labeling them “Israel-firsters“), and attacking everything Israel does to defend itself, the incessant critics of Israel put Israel on the defensive militarily.

    The flotilla incident is a good example. Apparently fearing criticism of using “excessive force,” Israeli commandos initially only used paint ball guns (a mild form of riot control) to defend themselves. Had the Israeli commandos gone in with a greater show of force, and cleared the decks with tear gas, stun grenades, and other non-lethal forms of crowd control, there likely would have been no deaths.

    This lack of force allowed the jihadist agitators on board the Turkish vessel to attack the commandos with iron bars and other weapons, which resulted in the commandos having to use deadly force to defend themselves. The use of deadly force, of course, was just more excuse to attack Israel.

    The information war contributed to the fiasco at sea, and the fiasco itself became another weapon to be used against Israel.

    In many ways, the information war is as important as the shooting war. The isolation of Israel by a ring of missile launching pads in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza is matched by the isolation of Israel by the Islamist-leftist coalition.

    I am reasonably confident Israel can win a shooting war, although the price it will pay is rising dramatically.

    As to the information war, I’m not so sure.

    Fortunately, the vast majority of Americans do not buy into the verbal and written garbage hurled by the liberal intelligentsia at Israel.

    We need to keep it that way.

    Note: With this post, I’m starting a Turkey post tag, since I have a feeling I’m going to be posting on Turkey’s slide into Islamism in the coming months and years.

    Update: Read Robert Pollak’s article in The Wall Street Journal, Erdogan and the Decline of the Turks:

    To follow Turkish discourse in recent years has been to follow a national decline into madness. Imagine 80 million or so people sitting at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. They don’t speak an Indo-European language and perhaps hundreds of thousands of them have meaningful access to any outside media. What information most of them get is filtered through a secular press that makes Italian communists look right wing by comparison and an increasing number of state (i.e., Islamist) influenced outfits. Topics A and B (or B and A, it doesn’t really matter) have been the malign influence on the world of Israel and the United States.

    Charles Krauthammer also gets it right:

    The whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive Israel of any legitimate form of self-defense.

    Related Posts:
    Turkey Looking Like The Next Iran
    Another Warning on Turkey’s Islamist Slide
    Turkey is Lost to Islamists

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    I occasionally wonder if Greenwald's representation of Matt Hale didn't represent something more than "everyone deserves a lawyer".

    Turkey is being hailed on Muslim websites as a defender of Palestine. We need to tread lightly on this Turkish element.

    I am certain NATO nuclear materials must be staged and ready to go on Turkish soil. Not just western tourists are there.

    How about this scenario: Turkey appeals to NATO to let it escort the Irish vessel. Would Israel then attack "NATO"? Probably yes it it had to.

    On thinking about why the US subs and Naval battle ship groups are positioned, it is to protect our troops. We are certain there will be war.

    If you don't already, you should read Barry Rubin's blog. He's also been following Turkey's move towards Islamism and Iran and has some sharp analysis.

    I did a post today about how people have stopped listening to words – arguments for or against on both sides and are riveted instead on the next action. Part of it goes:

    The old saw – “actions speak louder than words” should be remembered by both sides in this. They are useless at this point unless spoken within the context of a body of arbitration. Individual, isolated “addresses” to the global community now fall on deaf ears with everyone hyper focused on the looming confrontation as it may be repeated or tweaked as Israael has indicated.

    The genius of the civil disobedience approach [ie the flotilla] is that it usually garners support and more often than not ends in victory. Israel’s options are being reduced by European action of this kind. How have the “European” activists convinced the Global community that their mission is purely humanitarian? Their action has been to take vessels to thwart the blockade and by this act were willing to be stopped. In short: their action presupposed they had nothing to hide. This is the strong message that their action carried.

    By this act, Israel was instantly labeled as the aggressor. Ask any Republican, labels are tough to throw since they are now all right wing nut jobs.

    Analysis of the dynamics of this thing and not the arguments for or against what got us there will be key. The key to turning this around will be to coolly sit down and assess what actions produced what result rather than what words or ideas produced it. Actions speak louder than words – we need to remember this. Follow the action.

    Ralph | June 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I think Mayor Bloomberg had one of the best responses in recent times about claims of Israel's excessive force with the example if someone is breaking down your door, do you want 911 to send one cop in order to be proportionate to the perp, or as many as they can?

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