December 26, 2005

Not "contrary to civilized values;" --just the opposite.

Scott at PowerLine quotes from this review (subscription only) of Spielberg's Munich. Here's a little quote from that quote:

...The most misleading line in Stephen Spielberg's Munich comes near the beginning. Israel's prime minister, Golda Meir, tells her cabinet, "Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values." The implication is that Meir was reluctant to hunt down the terrorists responsible for the Munich massacre, and that doing so was contrary to Israeli, and civilized, values.

The truth is just the opposite. Meir understood that Israel's chief obligation is to ensure that Jews will never again be slaughtered with impunity, simply for being Jewish. Holding mass murderers accountable is not a compromise; it is Israel's reason for being....

It is also a moral act. It is our moral duty as civilized people to protect the innocent by fighting terrorists relentlessly. And when Germany released the Black September terrorists two months later, it committed a profoundly immoral act. I'm sure they covered the deed with some sort of pacifist moral-equivalence appeasement bullshit, but in fact their duty, their moral duty, was to execute those terrorists promptly, and to make it utterly clear that there would be no compromise with terrorism, no matter the cost. By not doing so, they became accessories to murder...

(For some even more sickening evil, read on in the review about Avery Brundage, the American President of the IOC at the time of the massacre.)

Posted by John Weidner at December 26, 2005 1:47 PM
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