(Hat tip: Andy McCarthy)
Writing in The Spectator, Melanie Phillips has this excellent take-down of Ed Husain who, as Phillips points out, “has shown that in the great battle to defend civilisation against barbarism he is on the wrong side.”
Specifically, Husain has accused Israel of massacring innocent Palestinians, of “cold, politically timed killings”, and even questions Israel’s right to exist, not to mention her right to self-defense. Oh, he also displays an embarrassing ignorance of Middle-Eastern history regarding Israel and the Palestinians. Husain is spectacularly wrong, and Phillips blows his fallacious arguments out of the water. It’s a great read if, for nothing else, Phillips eloquent argument on the necessity of Western civilizations to defend themselves against Islamic wolves. Enjoy.
The vast majority of Gazans who have been killed were Hamas terrorists. According to todayâ€™s UN figures, 364 have been killed of whom only 62 were civilians. Israel has been targeting only the Hamas infrastructure and its terror-masters, as detailed here. While some civilian casualties are unfortunately inevitable, Israel is clearly attempting to minimise them. It is Hamas which deliberately targets Israeli civilians when it fires its rockets and detonates its human bombs specifically at Israeli civilian targets. It is Hamas which deliberately turns its own civilians into targets by siting its rockets and other military equipment under apartment blocks and in centres of densely crowded population. Hamas tries to kill as many Israeli innocents as possible; Israelâ€™s military operation is conducted solely to defend its people against such attack and is designed to minimise the loss of civilian life in Gaza. To draw an equivalence between the two is obscene.
The issue of Israel sits at the very apex of the fight to defend civilisation. Those who wish to destroy western civilisation need to destroy the Jews, whose moral precepts formed its foundation stones. The deranged hatred of the Jews lies at the core of the Islamistsâ€™ hatred of America, the â€˜infidelâ€™ west and modernity, and is the reason why they wish to destroy Israel. Unless people in the west understand that Israelâ€™s fight is their own fight, they will be on the wrong side of the war to defend not just the west but civilisation in general.
The British government has invested huge hopes in Ed Husain as an attractive and plausible antidote to Islamist extremism in Britain. But how can anyone now believe anything he has ever said when he promulgates such a gross libel as the canard of Israelâ€™s â€˜massacreâ€™ of hundreds of â€˜innocent’ Gazans? How can the government believe that Ed Husain will de-radicalise British Muslims when through articles such as this one he is inciting them to yet more hatred of Israel, the westâ€™s forward salient against Islamist aggression?
Of course, his arguments are — tragically, appallingly — replicated in large measure amongst the British intelligentsia, media and indeed members of the government itself and the broad political class. Indeed, this is a far, far wider problem than one not-so-reformed-after-all Islamic extremist. It is a profound moral corruption that has infected the British body politic. The fact that so many among Britainâ€™s educated class think like this means that they too are on the wrong side in the great battle to defend civilisation. And itâ€™s not just Israel that in their moral confusion they are thus preparing to throw to the Islamist wolves. It is their own society too.