Overview: Arab "truces" are meaningless.
Polish hero Jarema Wisniowiecki on standing up to banditry
Do not negotiate with vicious terrorists
Dialogue of the Athenians and the Melians
Lessons from King Henry VI
Lessons of the Second World War
Truces, Arab Style
"What is being touted
as a 'cease-fire' is something called a 'hudna.' A
hudna [also known as a hudibiyya or khudaibiya] is a tactical cease-fire that allows the Arabs to rebuild their
terrorist infrastructure in order to be more effective when the
"cease-fire" is called off." -- "Cease-fire
by Shira A. Drissman
the Oslo accords, once again, to the 10-year truce
made by the prophet Muhammad in A.D. 628 with the Arabian tribe of
Quraysh. The Islamic forces used the
peace to become stronger over a couple of years, then defeated the
Quraysh tribe. The parallel re-emphasizes that Arafat sees Oslo not as
a pledge to work for a permanent reconciliation between Arabs and
Israelis but as a temporary and tactical maneuver. Why else have
thousands paraded in Gaza with signs saying "We worship Allah by
Source: http://www.qchillel.org/news/122198.htm Mortimer Zuckerman,
Editor-in-Chief, US News Editorial
|Ours are guerrilla tactics. They
consist mainly of the following points:
"Divide our forces to arouse the masses, concentrate our forces to deal
with the enemy."
"The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy
tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue."
--Mao Tse Tung
"Kill them so
they know they're
dying." Duke Jarema Wisniowiecki's answer to a mid-17th century
Background: Cossack leader Bogdan
Chmielnicki has started a civil war in the Polish-Lithuanian
Commonwealth. He has, with the aid of his Tartar accomplices, won
battles at the Zolta Woda (Yellow Waters) and Korsun, but he has yet to
face a decent hetman (general). Chmielnicki sends envoys with a humble
and conciliatory letter to the magnate Jarema Wisniowiecki, who is
known to be an excellent commander whose soldiers respect him. (He
keeps strict discipline but he also shares his men's hardships in the
field, e.g. by sleeping in poor or humble quarters when his men must do
Per Henryk Sienkiewicz's With Fire and Sword (Binion
translation, pp. 286-289, emphasis is mine. Believed to be in the
public domain because the translation is more than 100 years old.)
It was clear to them
[the Cossack messengers] that Khmyelnitski did not wish to risk a
battle at present with such a celebrated leader and that instead of
marching against him with his whole strength, he was trying to create delay, and
pretending humility, evidently in the expectation that the forces of
the prince [Wisniowiecki] would be worn out by long marches and
by battles and encounters with various Cossack detachments; in a word
he was evidently very much afraid of the prince.
...[Wisniowiecki concluded] "The cunning of this enemy is great! He either thinks that he will lull me to
sleep with this letter in order to attack a sleeping man, or he
is trying to entice me into the heart of the Commonwealth, finish up
the business there, and receive pardon from the King and from the Diet
...[After consulting his officers, Wisniowiecki] ...then turned to the
Colonel of the Tartar bodyguard. "Colonel Vyershul, order your Tartars
to behead these Cossacks; but to cut a stake for their leader and
impale him at once."
..."This must be done in return for the cruelty which they practiced on
the other side of the Dnieper; and to maintain our dignity and for the
welfare of the whole Commonwealth. It must be shown by such an example
that there is someone who is not afraid of this bandit leader
[Khmyelnitski], and who will treat him as a highwayman..."
In the movie version, he orders simply, "Kill
them so that they know they're dying."
The "cruelty which they practiced on the other side of the Dnieper"
included massacres of entire villages, with Jews and Polish gentry
being put to the sword or worse, women raped and then drowned
(presumably because they could no longer be sold to harems, as they
became "spoiled goods"), convents and monastaries put to the torch and
their occupants slain, and similar behavior. Today, Palestinian and
other Arab terrorists perpetrate similar atrocities (Seders and buses
blown up, a senior citizen murdered and thrown off a ship, airplanes
hijacked and crashed into office buildings) against innocent civilians.
Note also that Wisniowiecki refuses to acknowledge Chmielnicki's
self-proclaimed status of Hetman. He instead calls him a "bandit
leader" whom he will treat as "a highwayman." When Chmielnicki's envoy,
a Cossack ataman, says he bears "a letter from the hetman,"
Wisniowiecki answers, "From a
scoundrel, vagabond, and a bandit, not from a hetman."
clearly making a mistake by acknowledging Yasser Arafat as a
negotiating partner, President of the Palestinian authority, or indeed
anything but a terrorist and criminal who deserves a bullet through the
head at the earliest opportunity. The idea that a thug like Bashar
Assad, Moammar Khadafy, Kim Il Jong, or Saddam Hussein is a legitimate
head of state is equally ludicrous.
The problem is that Western Civilization has yet to bring forth someone
like Jarema Wisniowiecki to answer their violence appropriately. While
impaling the terrorists would be unconstitutional, we
have yet to shoot, hang, or lethally-inject any of the Achille Lauro
pirates or 9/11 conspirators, and Israel does not have capital
punishment for terrorism. Instead of "Kill them so they know they're
dying," a modern Jarema can answer, "We are not the tribe of
Is Wisniowiecki a worthy role model? He was headstrong and
Sienkiewicz portrays him as a hero. His contemporaries apparently felt
the same way because they elected his son Michael Korybut as King in
1668. The Poles apparently expected the father to live on in the son
but Michael Korybut was actually ineffectual. Jarema Wisniowiecki
cannot be condemned for barbarism according to contemporary standards,
as cruel practices like impalement were far from unusual in his day.
criminals on the wheel until Louis XVI abolished this punishment in the
late 1700s. England burned people at the stake through most of the 18th
century although they were usually strangled first. Hanging, drawing,
and quartering (the punishment inflicted on William Wallace) was still
the punishment for treason in England through part of the 19th century,
although it was usually reduced to hanging and then beheading in
"I would not live in this Commonwealth, for I
should be ashamed."
Per Henryk Sienkiewicz's With Fire
translation, pp. 349-350) emphasis is mine)
The lord of Bratslav told the prince [Wisniowiecki] that the
negotiations had begun... he hoped to soothe and pacify Khmyelnitski.
In conclusion, he begged the prince not to deal too severely with the
Cossacks, and to give up as much as possible all warlike undertakings
until the close of the negotiations.
Had one announced to the prince that his whole Dnieper country was
devastated; that all the cities had been razed to the ground, it would
not have wounded him so deeply as did this letter.
..."I would not live in this Commonwealth, for I should be ashamed. The
Cossack 'blacks,' the peasantry, have flooded the country with blood;
united with the Heathen [Crimean Tartars] against their own mother. The
hetmans are beaten, the armies destroyed, the glory of the nation
trampled underfoot. Authority is overcome, the churches burned down,
the priests, the nobles slain, the women ravished; and upon these
ruins, this dishonor, at the sight of which our ancestors would have
died-- what does the Commonwealth answer? With the traitor, with her
despoilers, with the allies of the Heathen she enters into negotiations
and promises them satisfaction. O God, let me die, I repeat, for we can
no longer live in the world who feel the dishonor of the mother country
and bring our lives to her as a sacrifice."
Sienkiewicz uses the word hanba
the root of pohanbienie
refer to the "dishonor" of Polish women at the hands of the Cossacks.
Jerzy R. Krzyzanowski's The Trilogy
Companion: A Reader's Guide to the Trilogy of Henryk Sienkiewicz
It isn't merely shame, disgrace, or
even dishonor. It denotes such utter degradation and such total and
complete humiliation that no self-respecting human being could ever
accept it. Indeed, pohanbienie
has a ring of such abysmal finality about it, and it suggests such
brutality in its application, that death itself would be preferable to
it. A man or woman who is shanbiony
is hardly able
to live with his or her own image, far less among others. [Further
research shows that shanbiony may not be the correct word, but rather a
misspelling of haniebny, which means disgraceful or dishonorable.]
Note that the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth has actually lost battles
such as Zolty Woda or Yellow Waters and Korsun whereas the Palestinians
cannot possibly win a military engagement against Israel. The Cossacks
succeeded in wholesale slaughters of Polish civilians, clergy, monks,
and nuns, while the Palestinians can at best inflict random murders
through homicide bombings. If Wisniowiecki preferred death to enduring
the shame of negotiating with rebels who had actually beaten Polish
armies, Israelis who want to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority
must be truly haniebny
Dialogue of the Athenians and Melians
"...you know as well as we do that right, as the world goes, is only
in question between equals in power, while the strong do what
they can and the weak suffer what they must."
It therefore follows that only equals in power need to negotiate. In
other cases the weaker side, whether right or wrong, will seek to gain
by negotiation what it cannot gain by force.
- Hitler "negotiated" for the Sudetenland because he felt
himself weaker than an alliance between England, France, and
Czechoslovakia. Historians do not believe that Hitler would have gone
to war had England and France told him to go to hell instead of
- Hitler similarly gained the rest of Czechoslovakia because
England and France (still probably stronger in 1938) did not stand up
- On the political front, the Million Mom March
sought to "negotiate" away the Second Amendment through a policy of
incrementalism similar to that of the Arabs. Second Amendment
supporters who knew themselves to be stronger did not seek any
negotiations or compromises with the Million Mom March. We destroyed it
as an organization by exposing evidence of serious improprieties. This
caused its own rank-and-file supporters to walk away in disgust.
This is a strong argument for Israel's outright annexation of the West
Bank and Gaza, with a reminder to the Arabs of the fate of the Melians.
The Athenians took their city, killed the men, and sold the women and
children as slaves. Israel's position should be that the Arabs have,
through waging four wars of aggression, forfeited the West Bank and
Gaza as prizes of war. Should they start yet another Arab-Israeli war
over this, they can count on losing their national independence as well.
Negotiating with the Enemy shows Weakness
"Whoever prays for an armistice,"
said Volodiyovski [Wolodyjowski], "shows fear and weakness, and whoever
looks for assistance doubts his own strength. The Infidel [Turks] will
come to this conclusion from your letter, and thus it has wrought
Henryk Sienkiewicz, Pan Michael (Binion translation), p. 473
This was in response to the Bishop of Kamenets' request to the Sultan
for a four-week armistice so that "In that interval we will send to our
king for help and await his instructions and God will decide the rest."
His open proposal that the Turks delay their siege so the King of
Poland could send a relief army showed either that he had the
intelligence of a turnip or he thought the Sultan did; far better was
Pan Zagloba's proposal to send a dog's tail to the Sultan in answer to
the Sultan's demand for the fortress' surrender.
Noam Chomsky, Tikkun.org, and the Geneva
"negotiatiors" as haniebny reincarnations of King Henry VI
These excerpts from King Henry VI,
show how Chomsky-like conduct caused rivers of blood to
run throughout England in the conflict known as the Wars of the Roses.
My commentary relates King Henry's conduct to Israel's.
Lessons from the Second World War
Think'st thou that I will leave my kingly throne,
Wherein my grandsire and my father sat?
No: first shall war unpeople this my realm;
Ay, and their colours, often borne in France,
And now in England to our heart's great sorrow,
Shall be my winding-sheet. Why faint you, lords?
My title's good, and better far than his.
Prove it, Henry, and thou shalt be king.
KING HENRY VI
Henry the Fourth by conquest got the crown.
'Twas by rebellion against his king.
KING HENRY VI
[Aside] I know not what to say; my title's weak.--
Tell me, may not a king adopt an heir?
KING HENRY VI
An if he may, then am I lawful king;
For Richard, in the view of many lords,
Resign'd the crown to Henry the Fourth,
Whose heir my father was, and I am his.
He rose against him, being his sovereign,
And made him to resign his crown perforce.
Suppose, my lords, he did it unconstrain'd,
Think you 'twere prejudicial to his crown?
No; for he could not so resign his crown
But that the next heir should succeed and reign.
KING HENRY VI
Art thou against us, Duke of Exeter?
His is the right, and therefore pardon me.
Why whisper you, my lords, and answer not?
My conscience tells me he is lawful king.
KING HENRY VI
[Aside] All will revolt from me, and turn to him.
Plantagenet, for all the claim thou lay'st,
Think not that Henry shall be so deposed.
Deposed he shall be, in despite of all.
Thou art deceived: 'tis not thy southern power,
Of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, nor of Kent,
Which makes thee thus presumptuous and proud,
Can set the duke up in despite of me.
King Henry, be thy title right or wrong,
Lord Clifford vows to fight in thy defence:
May that ground gape and swallow me alive,
Where I shall kneel to him that slew my father!
KING HENRY VI
O Clifford, how thy words revive my heart!
Henry of Lancaster, resign thy crown.
What mutter you, or what conspire you, lords?
Do right unto this princely Duke of York,
Or I will fill the house with armed men,
And over the chair of state, where now he sits,
Write up his title with usurping blood.
He stamps with his foot and the soldiers show themselves
KING HENRY VI
My Lord of Warwick, hear me but one word:
Let me for this my life-time reign as king.
Confirm the crown to me and to mine heirs,
And thou shalt reign in quiet while thou livest.
KING HENRY VI
I am content: Richard Plantagenet,
Enjoy the kingdom after my decease.
What wrong is this unto the prince your son!
What good is this to England and himself!
Base, fearful and despairing Henry!
How hast thou injured both thyself and us!
I cannot stay to hear these articles.
Come, cousin, let us tell the queen these news.
Farewell, faint-hearted and degenerate king,
In whose cold blood no spark of honour bides.
Be thou a prey unto the house of York,
And die in bands for this unmanly deed!
In dreadful war mayst thou be overcome,
Or live in peace abandon'd and despised!
Exeunt NORTHUMBERLAND, CLIFFORD, and WESTMORELAND
a parley between the Lancastrians and Yorkists
Henry VI begins by showing some courage and determination but soon
shows his true color (the white feather). His character defect is not
lack of physical courage but rather moral courage.
Israel, by conquest in a war of self-defense, got the West Bank and Gaza
King Henry makes his first (and probably fatal) error by admitting that
theYorkists may actually have a legitimate claim on the throne, just as
Israel errs in admitting that the Palestinians might have a claim on
the so-called occupied territories.
King Henry now makes Israel's mistake about worrying too much about
King Henry has powerful and loyal nobles who are willing to fight on
his behalf. Clifford also wants revenge for the death of his father at
the Yorkists' hands.
This is Henry's gutless "negotiated" solution which is worse, not only
for his country but for him personally, than either fighting or
surrendering (in which case he could live out his life in peace as Duke
Shakespeare should have had York's son Richard ("Crookback Dickie") put
in the aside, "which will be for another week or so if I have my way"
after the phrase, "while thou livest."
Henry's cowardly offer earns the contempt of his friends as well as his
enemies. No one in the room respects him now.
The lords who would have defended Henry's crown with their lives now
wish him the worst possible fortune.
QUEEN MARGARET and PRINCE EDWARD
Here comes the queen, whose looks bewray her anger:
I'll steal away.
KING HENRY VI
Exeter, so will I.
Nay, go not from me; I will follow thee.
KING HENRY VI
Be patient, gentle queen, and I will stay.
Who can be patient in such extremes?
Ah, wretched man! would I had died a maid
And never seen thee, never borne thee son,
Seeing thou hast proved so unnatural a father
Hath he deserved to lose his birthright thus?
Hadst thou but loved him half so well as I,
Or felt that pain which I did for him once,
Or nourish'd him as I did with my blood,
Thou wouldst have left thy dearest heart-blood there,
Rather than have that savage duke thine heir
And disinherited thine only son.
Father, you cannot disinherit me:
If you be king, why should not I succeed?
KING HENRY VI
Pardon me, Margaret; pardon me, sweet son:
The Earl of Warwick and the duke enforced me.
Enforced thee! art thou king,
and wilt be forced?
I shame to hear thee speak. Ah, timorous wretch!
Thou hast undone thyself, thy
son and me;
And given unto the house of York
As thou shalt reign but by their
To entail him and his heirs unto
What is it, but to make thy
And creep into it far before thy
Warwick is chancellor and the lord of Calais;
Stern Falconbridge commands the narrow seas;
The duke is made protector of the realm;
And yet shalt thou be safe? such
The trembling lamb environed
Had I been there, which am a silly woman,
The soldiers should have toss'd me on their pikes
Before I would have granted to that act.
But thou preferr'st thy life before thine honour:
And seeing thou dost, I here divorce myself
Both from thy table, Henry, and thy bed,
Until that act of parliament be repeal'd
Whereby my son is disinherited.
The northern lords that have forsworn thy colours
Will follow mine, if once they see them spread;
And spread they shall be, to thy foul disgrace
And utter ruin of the house of York.
Thus do I leave thee. Come, son, let's away;
Our army is ready; come, we'll after them.
KING HENRY VI
Stay, gentle Margaret, and hear me speak.
Thou hast spoke too much already: get thee gone.
Brother, though I be youngest, give me leave.
No, I can better play the orator.
But I have reasons strong and forcible.
Why, how now, sons and brother! at a strife?
What is your quarrel? how began it first?
No quarrel, but a slight contention.
About that which concerns your grace and us;
The crown of England, father, which is yours.
Mine boy? not till King Henry be dead.
Your right depends not on his life or death.
Now you are heir, therefore enjoy it now:
By giving the house of Lancaster leave to breathe,
It will outrun you, father, in the end.
I took an oath that he should quietly reign.
But for a kingdom any oath may be broken:
I would break a thousand oaths to reign one year.
No; God forbid your grace should be forsworn.
I shall be, if I claim by open war.
I'll prove the contrary, if you'll hear me speak.
Thou canst not, son; it is impossible.
An oath is of no moment, being not took
Before a true and lawful magistrate,
That hath authority over him that swears:
Henry had none, but did usurp the place;
Then, seeing 'twas he that made you to depose,
Your oath, my lord, is vain and frivolous.
Therefore, to arms! And, father, do but think
How sweet a thing it is to wear a crown;
Within whose circuit is Elysium
And all that poets feign of bliss and joy.
Why do we finger thus? I cannot rest
Until the white rose that I wear be dyed
Even in the lukewarm blood of Henry's heart.
Richard, enough; I will be king, or die.
Margaret of Anjou is actually a better "king" than her husband. She and
Lord Clifford will later lead his armies while he watches as a passive
spectator without even caring who wins.
She'd have gotten along with Jarema Wisniowiecki quite well.
Israel's concessions to the Palestinian Authority similarly make the
sepulchres of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
Another lesson; those who care more about their lives than their honor
often lose both (per Xenophon). This hapless monarch will meet the same
fate at the hands of Richard of Gloucester. It's a mercy killing, at
least as far as the audience is concerned; who wants to hear this guy
mope and whine through yet another play?
So much for Henry's peace agreement. His wife has no legal authority to
violate it but her moral authority is such that Henry's nobles will
attack the Yorkists if she leads them.
On the other side, the Yorkists lose no time in figuring out why they
should break their agreement even before the ink has dried.
Breaking an oath is highly dishonorable in Western cultures (like that
of 15th-century England) but, as shown by the description of the hudna,
it is standard operating procedure among Arabs.
"Crookback Dickie" provides his father with a "reason" why the oath he
took is not enforceable.
His father the Duke of York is soon persuaded.
Neville Chamberlain and his French counterpart (Daladier) were morally
responsible for the slaughter of millions of people (including several
hundred thousand Britons) because of their treatment of Adolf Hitler as
a negotiating partner instead of, as Prince Jarema would have put it, a
bandit and a highwayman. They began to make concessions to Hitler (the
Sudetenland) when Hitler was too weak to back up his demands with war.
By handing him Czechoslovakia and its immense manufacturing capability
(including the famous Skoda armament works) they merely strengthened
him almost to the point where he could not be stopped.
Japan attacked Pearl Harbor not as a prelude to the conquest of the
United States but rather to bring the U.S. to the negotiating table.
All Japan wanted was the United States' Far Eastern possessions like
the Philippines. The United States did not even listen to Japan's
proposals, however, and declared war the day after the treacherous
attack. Nor did the U.S. stop short of total victory (as Israel was
forced to do in 1956 and 1973). Japan was compelled to surrender
unconditionally and her leaders, such as Tojo, were hanged as war
criminals. This is how the so-called Palestinian Authority should have
been dealt with long ago.