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Pat Oliphant’s Loathsome Cartoon

GLORIA’s Barry Rubin has thoughts on a truly disgusting Pat Oliphant cartoon that will set the standard for jihadi propaganda for the foreseeable future. I demur from Rubin’s conclusion that it’s pointless (he says “silly,” but I take him to mean pointless) to say the cartoon is antisemitic, but I think he’s spot on when he argues:

Oliphant like many or most Western intellectuals, academics, and policymakers, still doesn’t understand the concept of asymmetric warfare. In this, a weaker side wages war on a stronger side using techniques it thinks can make it win. What are these techniques? Terrorism, indifference to the sacrifice of its people, indifference to material losses, refusal to compromise, extending the war for ever. This is precisely the technique of Hamas: let’s continue attacking Israel in order to provoke it to hit us, let’s target Israeli civilians, let’s seek a total victory based on genocide, let’s use our own civilians as human shields, and with such methods we will win. One way we will win is to demonize those who defend themselves, to put them in positions where they have a choice between surrender and looking bad. This cartoon is a victory for Hamas. But it is also a victory for all those who would fight the West and other democracies (India, for example) using these methods. Remember September 11?

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