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Israel’S Nightmare

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson has called for mass, non-violent invasion of Israel by Palestinian refugees and their descendants. The adoption of such tactics by the Palestinians under Israeli rule should terrify the Israeli leadership, because non-violent resistance is extremely effective in struggles with civilized peoples, like in our own South or against the British in India. After all, how many people would Israel be willing to machine-gun? This, of course, has never been a problem for tyrants, like the governments of every Arab country – which is why Reinhold Neibuhr mocked the pacifists who opposed fighting the Nazis, by asking how they intended to stop bullets and Stukas and tanks with “soul force.”

Of course, if the Arabs had the cultural sophistication to adopt mass, non-violent resistance they wouldn’t be suffering from overwhelming backwardness in the first place.

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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