The Corner

‘Overpowering Horror’

I was as disgusted as anyone at the Palestinian celebration of baby-killers, but I didn’t really have anything to add until I noticed something in Jeff Jacoby’s column yesterday. He writes:

There are those who believe passionately that all human beings are inherently good and rational creatures, essentially the same once you get beyond surface disagreements. Such people cannot accept the reality of a culture that extols death over life, that inculcates a vitriolic hatred of Jews, that induces children to idolize terrorists. Since they would never murder a family in its sleep without being driven to it by some overpowering horror, they imagine that nobody would. This is the mindset that sees a massacre of Jews and concludes that Jews must in some way have provoked it. It’s the mindset behind the narrative that continually blames Israel for the enmity of its neighbors and makes it Israel’s responsibility to end their violence.

I think what many of us are missing is that the Palestinian baby-killers also would never do such a thing without being driven by some “overpowering horror” — and the very existence of Israel, and specifically its rule over Muslims, is that overpowering horror. Andy was right in his column yesterday that this is just the latest “hideous Muslim barbarity,” but it’s more than that. It’s bad enough that Muslims live under the rule of Hindus in India, Buddhists in Thailand, Communists (or whatever they are today) in China, Christians in Russia. They’re just regular infidels, who need to be killed or subjugated — naturally — but there’s no special shame in biding your time living under their suzerainty until Allah restores the natural order of things.

But to live under the rule of Jews! This is a matter of great shame, an “overpowering horror” that justifies baby-killing in the minds of many (I’d wager most) Palestinians to expiate that shame. I suspect that part of the loathing other Arabs feel for the Palestinians stems from their view that the Jews made the Palestinians their bitches, to be vulgar about it, and no Muslim worthy of the name would permit such an inversion of the natural order to happen. The very notion that a Jew should command and a Muslim obey, that a Jew should ride while a Muslim walks, that a Jew should be armed while a Muslim is weaponless is simply an abomination — an “overpowering horror.”

Not that most would be able to do such a thing — human beings are hard-wired to recoil from slitting throats of three-month-old babies. But while in other circumstances the inability to kill babies would be seen as a good thing, in this case those Palestinians who can’t bring themselves to do that see it as a weakness — they wish they could muster the courage to murder Jewish babies, but unfortunately they can’t. So the second best is to lionize those heroes who do have the cojones to wipe away the shame of being subject to Jewish overlordship.

Mark Krikorian — Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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