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An article by Ishai Sagi
 
 
Ishai Sagi

From "The Mysterious Stranger":

 

"There has never been a just one, never an honorable one -(*WAR*)- on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances.

The loud little handful -- as usual -- will shout for the war. The pulpit will -- warily and cautiously -- object -- at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, "It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it." Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will out-shout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity.

Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers -- as earlier -- but do not dare to say so. And now the whole nation -- pulpit and all -- will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."

 

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 . The Mysterious Stranger (published 1916)

 

Where are we in this speech? We are the ones who saw the "few fair men" write and argue and finally saw the "furious men" who "out-shouted" them and declared that the war with the Palestinians is a "must" and there is no other way. a "war for our survival".

I think the  "few fair men" where right when they first said we have no place in the territories, I think they were right when they said that when you occupy and control the lives of another people, then the whole nation is in danger of becoming an oppressor. And we became that oppressor.
Since the "few fair men" were "Out-Shouted" by the mob, it is my duty and the duty of my fellow Officers to stand up and shout back. And this time we won't use the "speech and pen" which has obviously failed. Now is the time for all those who believe that
Israel has no place in being in the territories to stand up and declare- enough!

 

Ishai Sagi

 


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