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The deadly sling of David,
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Fiamma Nirenstein describes the reality of a democracy under siege that remains strongly committed to liberty and human rights. She also speaks of us, of Western society which is under assault by Islamic extremism. Israel is at the frontline yet the war is against us all; we are Israel because we are all under attack by the same fanatics who have undertaken a reconquest after centuries of resentment at Western predominance. Our own destiny is tied to that of Israel.
Of course Europe doesn't want to know. Europe doesn't want to recognize the new threat, hoping instead that by sacrificing Israel and turning against the United States, it will avoid conflict. The EU is blind to the Axis of Thugocracies that is taking shape to its east and south. The European left is waging a relentless propaganda campaign against Israel, painting a picture of Israeli society which doesn't remotely resemble reality.
The propagandistic rhetoric of the so-called pacifist movements, antiglobalist intellectuals and revisionist historians are intended to delegitimize the Jewish State through words that equate Zionism with "colonialism', "imperialism", "racism", "oppression" and "occupation." The author describes this European generation that has lost its mind in vivid and moving autobiographical references.
She examines the reasons why the global media reduces the Middle Eastern conflict to idiotic condemnations of the right to self-defense. The shrill chorus of European chattering classes - the cicadas of Oriana Fallaci - has progressed from parlor anti-Semitism ("That little, shitty state' in the words of a French ambassador to London) to openly questioning Israel's right to life and the resurrection of medieval blood libels, especially in Scandinavia.
Nirenstein counteracts every one of the lies while revealing the hope and strength obscured by the propaganda of the haters and the pessimism of some of Israel's supporters. The Israeli people are not at all discouraged by the weakness of their governing and media elites. Israeli society is vibrantly alive as confirmed by Giulio Meotti.
A passionate commitment to democracy coupled with the constant threat of war and the need to counteract terrorist attacks have created citizens uniquely equipped to survive difficult circumstances. The average Israeli is as devoted to peace and liberty as he is prepared to confront the reality of jihad, terrorism and the asymmetrical war.
Contrary to the pervasive and widely accepted propaganda, Israel is a positive role model for those in democratic societies that cannot ultimately avoid a defensive war. That description encompasses the entire West plus countries like the Philippines, India, Japan, Thailand and South Korea.
Tenacity, courage and an almost supernatural determination characterize the people. Although a secular state, Israel has a culture of values within a powerful collective moral framework which implies that beyond immediate interests there are transcendent ones supported by powerful symbols.
According to the French intellectual Chantal Delsol, this very lack of transcendent ideals is what ails Europe, breeding a shallow materialism, hedonism and nihilism. Thus, Europe could recover by emulating the state it so vilifies. And judging by the conclusions in Michael Polanyi's valuable book Science, Faith, and Society, Israel is perfectly capable of meeting any challenges.
The initial euphoria which greeted the 2011 uprisings in the Arab World is already proving premature. Signs are that the worst dictatorships will survive while in other cases, bad tyrants might be replaced by even worse ones. It is therefore comforting to know that the only democracy in the Middle East is essentially healthy and in a much better state than the rest of the civilized world to face the future.