The Guardian April 24, 2002


Kill 'em all!

Professor Martin Van Creveld who is a Zionist military historian has 
expressed in words the policy that the Israeli army put into practice 
during its destruction of Jenin. The Professor argued in the Hebrew weekly 
Yerushhalyim that the Israeli army would have to kill tens of thousands of 
Palestinian civilians in order "to restore the balance of deterrence 
between us and them".

Asked if he was in favour of bombarding Palestinian cities and causing 
thousands of deaths among civilians, Creveld answered: "Yes, as much as is 
needed in order that there will not be a need to repeat it, so that they 
won't tail us during the time of the withdrawal. We have to strike so hard 
that there won't be a need for a second strike. Perhaps 5000 or 10,000 
killed won't be enough and then we will have to kill more."

The Professor said that the mass killing would have to be done so quickly 
and so strongly that before "the world understood what was happening the 
matter would be over".

"What is involved is a massive crime, but whoever isn't willing to commit 
crimes in order to save his country shouldn't engage in statesmanship, it 
is better that there be one massive crime after which we will exist and 
lock the gate behind us."

Asked about the possible international reaction, Creveld said, "People 
forgive for one crime on the condition that it is over. They forgive if it 
is quick and smooth, and particularly if it succeeds. If it doesn't 
succeed, everything is lost."

Creveld, at the same time as putting forward these barbarian views, 
described himself as a "pacifist". He said his plan had been presented to 
the Israeli authorities and that "the right people read it".

Here we have not just the preferred policy of the Israeli Government of 
Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres but the policy and ideology of a dying 
capitalist system.

The leaders and governments of the leading capitalist countries have no 
answer to the world's problems, except to use force to impose their policy 
aims and the slaughter of tens of thousands of people who disagree with 
them and refuse to submit.

Capitalism is incapable of finding a solution to poverty and unemployment. 
It has no policy by which different nations with a variety of social 
systems, ideologies, national groups and religions can live together in one 

The ideology of Creveld is no different to that of Bush, Tony Blair, John 
Howard and a number of others, although they are usually more careful in 
expressing it.

Successive Israeli governments have proven to be incapable of negotiating a 
fair and reasonable solution to the Palestinian question which entails the 
creation and recognition of an independent Palestinian State and the 
withdrawal of Israeli forces to their pre-1967 borders.

Being incapable of accepting this solution, which embodies the resolutions 
of the United Nations, the Israelis opt for war and the mass murder of 
Palestinians and the imprisonment of thousands more. They bullbozed homes 
with people still in them. They destroyed the infrastructure required by 
any modern community  food, water and medical supplies, housing, schools, 
hospitals and so on.

Creveld sees the situation as "between us and them" reflecting the racist 
attitude of the capitalist world. Having carried out the recommended mass 
killing, the Israelis would "lock the gate behind us". It is apparent that 
the Israeli army now intends to remain in occupation of Palestinian land 
and continue to surround Palestinian cities with their tanks.

There is yet another aspect of Creveld's statement. He claims to be a 
"pacifist". It has become a common feature of the leaders of a number of 
countries to present policies which are directly opposite to those carried 
out. Creveld is a warmonger, not a pacifist. It is a deliberate policy of 
lying  just as John Howard has deliberately lied about the "children 

Creveld's "solution" is little different to that of the Nazis who attempted 
a "final solution" to the "Jewish question" by sending millions to gas 

His statements may help to awaken those who think about what happened in 
Jenin last week and what is in store for others who refuse to bend the knee 
to such criminals who parade as professors, statesmen and even as civilised 
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