Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The World's Most Important People

The height of fashion in the West is to dress oneself in political cliches derived from Counter-Enlightenment Romantic philosophers of 18th and 19th Germany. Those who've followed this blog in detail will know that Nazi Germany arose from the philosophies of von Herder and Fichte, for example. Nazis did not spring full-blown from the mind of Hitler.

We've spent considerable time and risked boring our readers by providing some slight critiques of some philosophers to make the point obvious and provable that in reaction to the Enlightenment and the spread across Europe of the French Revolutionary values of liberty, fraternity and equality the feudalists of the past age rose up to combat Modernity itself, a war that continues to this day. Modernity is under attack today, as it has been since 1790, by reactionaries of all sorts, roughly known as fascists in today's language. From the progress we've made so far in this thesis we see there are still a few months to go to cover the main points of our description of living fascism in today's Modernity.

We hasten to state that most people who today consider themselves liberal and progressive are, to some extent, exactly so. It's in the details that we find many liberals to be fascistic. We can turn immediately to the case of the Palestinians, so-called, to find out what that means.

When we refer to liberals as fascists the first reaction from them is that we are evil, stupid, and uninformed. The record shows clearly that the Left is fascist. The Left's adoption of the cause of the Palestinians is a prime example of the misunderstanding of the Left by the liberal individual who treats the cliches of the age as truth. Liberals, through a lack of knowledge of the philosophical background of the Left have fallen into a well-intentioned fascism, and one result is a conditioned response favoring Palestinians regardless of their behaviours.

Often we encounter terms we're not able to easily define, one such perhaps being "philobarbarism," the love of barbarians. Philobarbarism is a liberal attribute, one barbarians themselves cannot hold because they have no critical distance to understand themselves as barbarians. To do so would be to destroy the barbarism itself, alienating them from their identity, making them not what they were. They can love themselves, but they cannot love their own barbarism without becoming sophisticated and modern in the process. Only Moderns, us, can admire them--if we so choose. And we often do.

The love of barbarians is akin to the enjoyment of camping or other Nature activities. It's something one can only enjoy if it's not ones permanent state. One can love the wilderness only if one isn't living in it as a totality. So it is with Palestinaians and other barbarians. They look good from a distance, romantic, mysterious, nostalgic, and interesting. One may sentimentalize them from afar, even up close for very short periods of time. From a distance they are such stuff as comic books are made on. To suggest that one loves them or cares about them as people, or sympathizes with their plights, or wishes they were better off is to deny them the basic rights of all people as Human individuals to have the rights of free individuals. To drop these barbarians in the amber of culture and to pretend that they are somehow unique and special due to their romantic barbarism, their interesting clothing, their exotic traditions, is to dehumanize them. It is to be oneself inauthentic as a person. It is a form of fascism to deny people basic Humjan rights simply because of ones own lack of interest in life. To assign others a place in the social world based on exceptionalism, of, for example, culture, is to dehumanize the other, to make that individual less than a person and to make him a cariciture fitting into "culture or ethnicity." Von Herder and Fichte did so with Germans, Hitler took it further with Aryans and Jews. Leftists do it today with Palestinians. Exceptionalism and philobarbarism are fascistic.

In coming posts we'll return, even at the risk of losing our dedicated readers' attention, to concerns of "identity, culture, tradition, authenticity, and such things as autarky and obscuratism." All of these problems are evident in the lives of the Palestinians, and all of them are held dear by well-meaning liberals who don't have to live with the very barbarians they give cheques to.

Below we see a story from the CSM on the chaos of primitivism in the midst of Modernity. Those who will excuse this behaviour on whatever grounds are simply intellectually dishonest. These dishonest liberals are people who might "love Humanity," as Dostoyevsky writes, "but they hate people."

There cannot be any exception to Human rights. If one is not Human, then one cannot claim such rights as are automatically granted to Humans. But if one is Human, even if one is a Moslem or a Palestinian, then those Human rights are automatically in place from birth to death; and to deny people those rights on the grounds of exceptional tradition, culture, or ethnic identity is to dehumanize them. That's what we will see below.

Palestinians, driven to madness by exceptionalist philosophies from Western liberals are turned into a culture of monsters. God, in His infinite wisdom, created lamp posts for such liberals to hang from.

The Palestinians, barbarians from the beginning of time, are deliberately excluded from Modernity to satisfy the romantic longings of the fat and sated, the cynical and the mean-spirited. Palestinaians are barely able to survive physically without the endless assistence from the rest of the world, primarily the West, including Israel. It is the liberals of the West who have allowed this madness to grow unchecked. If we do not stop our own from feeding this frenzy of Palestinian and Islamic triumphalism of Death Whorship we will in time have to intervene and exterminate the lot of the barbarians now emboldened by our liberal enthusiasms for vicarious Wilderness.

Below is the result of liberal fascism, the pretense that barbarians are the most important people on Earth:

Palestinians rush into the new Gaza

The last Israeli soldier left Gaza Monday, ending Israel's 38-year occupation in the strip.

| Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Nearly every Palestinian who could Monday flooded into lands Israel had occupied for 38 years, their mood pulsing with celebration tinged with frustration.

Synagogues in several of the largest settlements in Gaza, which Israel did not demolish, were burned or bulldozed, a move condemned by Israel's foreign minister as "a barbarous act by people who have no respect for holy places."

The Palestinian Authority (PA) had insisted Israel demolish the houses of worship along with the homes of 8,500 settlers it evacuated last month, complaining that Israel's refusal to do so left the Palestinians in a "no-win situation" because the buildings would prove impossible to protect.

The cycle of blame and counter-blame is symbolic of what may be the direction of any return to negotiations. Talk is not of bridge-building, but of cutting losses and calculating gains, underscoring the gap in expectations about the land transfer and its role in setting the stage for future peace talks.

"We don't want them to leave behind anything that will remind of us of the Israeli occupation," says Mohammed Farouk, a high school student carrying a rusty mortar for memories. It was a bit of old ammunition that he, like many other young men, picked up as they scavenged for raw materials - from wiring and pipes to wood beams and broken chairs.

But many other Palestinians were disappointed at the way the day unfolded. As people picked and plucked at the ruins here, a Palestinian policeman ran to a lamp post waving his night stick. He yelled to one young person who was already halfway up the pole to leave the light in place.

"We want to protect things because it's in our interest, but there are people who want to destroy everything," complained Lieut. Izzadin Najar, sweating and breathless from chasing teenagers.

From 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., he says, the Palestinian police ringed the synagogue and tried to stop it from being damaged, but were quickly overrun. "There was a huge number of people and we couldn't control it," he says. "I'm unhappy with what I see because I wanted everything done in a civilized way. What will the world think about us?"

Mr. Najar had hoped that the Palestinians would be able to present a unified voice at such an important moment. But instead, an array of flags flew from synagogues and cars - as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian (PLFP) all tried to claim a share of the credit for Israel's withdrawal. "We should have be flying one flag, not many," Najar says.

The overwhelming majority of Palestinians, according to a poll released Sunday, believe that armed resistance caused the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

According to the poll, carried out by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, 62 percent said attacks from Gaza against Israel should end after the withdrawal, while 35 percent said attacks should continue.

"It is a step toward freedom," says Mr. Farouk, the high school student. But his friends scoff and say it's ultimately a sad day. Palestinian aspirations for a state that includes the West Bank and a part of Jerusalem still seem far off, says one.

"What joy is there without that? Even in Gaza, we're still governed by the Israelis from the air, by the sea," says Ismail, who would only give his first name. "It's not enough."

But what isn't enough for Palestinians has been off-putting for many Israelis. An adviser to Mr. Sharon says Israelis will not be left with an appetite for making further gestures anytime soon.

"I think Israelis felt that by completing the withdrawal from Gaza, they had created an opportunity for peace for the Palestinians to seize upon," says Dore Gold, Sharon's adviser. "And what they saw was synagogues in flames, and that's something with a very ominous tone for the success of any future negotiations."

It was not only in the emptied Jewish enclaves in Gaza where the crush of Palestinians celebrating raised concerns. An Egyptian border guard shot and killed a Palestinian teenager along the Gaza-Egypt border Monday.

The shooting occurred after dozens of Palestinians rushed the wall along the border crossing at Rafah. Egyptian security forces allowed scores of Egyptians and Palestinians to flow through the border to mark the handover. Israel and Egypt had reached an agreement in which 750 Egyptian policemen would guard the route separating Gaza and Egypt, to allay Israeli concerns about Palestinian militants smuggling weapons into Gaza.

In Neve Dekalim, the twin synagogues that were the rallying point for fervent Jewish settlers resisting the evacuation a few weeks ago was crowded Monday with Palestinians scavenging whatever they could carry. A Hebrew poster signing the praises of the messiah was spraypainted with graffiti saying, "Yes to Islam."

Inside the former sanctuary, the floor was littered with shattered glass. Young men in the rafters with makeshift pick-axes sent debris and window panes crashing.

"We have been waiting for 38 years. What do you expect from me?" says Ahmed Ikheya from the third floor rafter. "We are not a destructive people, but we want to end the occupation and we don't want any memory of it."

Outside what used to be the regional council building of the Gush Katif settlement, a few Palestinian troops guarded against looters. "It is our mission to protect these buildings, but as you can see we are not very successful," says Maj. Mohammad Mansour. "The Palestinian resistance has more authority than the Palestinian Authority."

Joshua Mitnick contributed to this report from Gaza.


1 comment:

John Sobieski said...

islam=destruction=palestinian. We keep pretending, well, our leaders do, but not us. Let the internal fighting begin. I'll bring the bodybags, here's hoping they are all used up.