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Friday, December 31, 2010

Not Guilty as Charged


American Law, much of which was taken from English law which was taken from Christian law (and some influence from Pagan law, I believe) states that people are innocent until proven guilty. But it is really difficult to prove that you are innocent. How can you prove you didn't do something? This is why court cases don't find people "innocent", simply "not-guilty" (meaning the prosecution has not proven that you are guilty).

Oftentimes people who we know in our hearts are guilty "get off" because of some technicality, such as tainted evidence which was inadmissible in court or the jury didn't believe the key witness. So people, despite being raised with believing that people are innocent until proven guilty, often pre-judge or post-judge and feel that anyone accused of a heinous crime must, de facto, be guilty.

As a single human being, it is sometimes possible to prove you were innocent. You can prove you were someplace else when something happened, for example. But for larger groups, such as armies or governments or police forces, it's more difficult to prove they didn't do something they were accused of.

Israel is accused, on a daily basis, of heinous crimes against humanity. But how can Israel fight these bogus accusations? How can they prove they didn't do these things?

This brings us back to the point I made earlier. Since people are bombarded with photoshopped images or wrongly attributed pictures taken out of context (I recall one such picture that the new services picked up as an Israeli soldier beating up a Palestinian when in reality, the beaten up man, who was an American Jew, called the news services and said that this Israeli soldier was protecting him from a murderous Palestinian mob) they believe these pictures and the lies that go along with them. Hitler called this "The Big Lie" and the OSS, when reporting on Hitler's methods of operation, said,

"[Hitler's] primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

People who have grown up in open Western societies can't really get their heads around supposedly "unbiased" reporters lying, on a regular basis, and to our own detriment (allowing hate-mongering leaders and jihadist to gain a foothold in their war against the West and Western values). They choose to believe that Israel is the villain, that all the world's ills will be resolved if only Israel would give the Palestinians their own state in Gaza and Judea and Samaria (colloquially called "The West Bank").

What they either don't understand or choose not to accept is that Israel would be the appetizer. Israel would only whet their appetite for Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and, oh yes, the Americas. They have already made inroads in all these areas. Europe is starting to wake up to the dangers of bending over backwards to please the unpleasable. Non-Muslim Africans and the people of India already understand (though the Western world focuses so strongly on Israel that they ignore atrocities like Darfur and the Mumbai bombings).

So how can Israel prove its "innocence"? How can Israel prove to the world that it is not the villain, that the Palestinians are living in squalor because their own leaders choose to keep them there, choose to fill their minds with hatred and feelings of entitlement rather than teach them and build an infrastructure for them? We certainly can't prove it to people who don't want to believe it. Open your minds, see beneath the lies to the truth. You can start the wave of truth.

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