In their attempts to out-shallow each other, the George W. Bush administration officials and the anti-war movement piled irony upon irony. President Bush, whose First City, New York, Islam had just violated in a most horrific way, echoing the equivalently horrific Nazi aerial bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica on 26 April 1937, six days after Adolf Hitler's birthday and two days before Saddam Hussein's birth, declared Islam "a religion of peace."
The Bush administration wanted to go to war to topple Saddam Hussein, the world's most brutal dictator at the time, and one who, on all legal and moral grounds, deserved nothing less than to be toppled, just as the world's most brutal dictator immediately preceding him, Idi Amin, had been toppled by a foreign invader just three months before Saddam took office.
The Iraqi dictator had the Islamic war cry, "Allahu akbar!" emblazoned on his country's national flag, a specific combination of phonemes that, since 9/11, has come to be recognised the world over as a harbinger of imminent death, in particular, killing by worship. The anti-war movement, a peace movement, sought to defend this dictator against war from a president who had declared that same war cry to mean peace, right after losing 3,000 of his citizens to it in an act of war.
It was not as if George W. Bush, or his officials, had suddenly been taken with the notion of beating swords into ploughshares, especially as they were rather bashful about being photographed against the backdrop of Pablo Picasso's Guernica, even in the form of a tapestry copy of the great work. A disingenuous spokesperson might argue that what happened to Guernica in 1937 cannot be linked to what happened to New York in 2001, since the Nazis bombed the town from planes, whereas the Muslims bombed New York with planes. Not even remotely connected, see?
So why would General Colin Powell, born in New York City twenty days before the razing to the ground of Guernica, and twenty-two days before the birth of his nemesis, Saddam Hussein, all in that fateful April of 1937, not be photographed in front of Guernica prior to entering the Security Council chamber to call for war? Apparently, it had something to do with the composition of the painting, the heads of dignitaries below the nether parts of bulls and horses, if you get my meaning. Indeed, when Picasso so carefully placed dead human heads beside bulls' and horses' hooves and below their behinds, he intended it purely as a two-dimensional image, not as an installation with audience participation. But the President's men were having none of it. They were there to get clearance for a war, and proximity to a horse's anus was not quite the image to start with. I'm sure we can all agree on that.
Yet, from 8 October 2023 onwards, New York was again confronted with some people who did something, or did they? Going by the proceedings in the United Nations Security Council, the one with the Guernica tapestry outside the door, the august gathering could not bring itself to say that Hamas had perpetrated a massacre, or that there had even been a massacre, or that Hamas had done anything at all. The sculptures donated to the world body in the aftermath of WWII, by idealists and cynics alike, pretend by their presence to remind the pack of scoundrels there assembled that they find themselves on sacred ground, the ground of peace.
It was, after all, the Soviet Union that donated the "Let Us Beat Swords into Ploughshares" sculpture to the United Nations in 1959. By this misuse of the Book of Isaiah 2:3-4, it signalled that through the UN, it intended to destroy the kibbutz nation. Starting actively in 1962, the key was the manufacture a Palestinian nation, which it promptly set about doing. Its first victory, albeit short-lived, was getting the UN in 1975 to declare Zionism a form of racism, two years after its Arab protégés had been humiliated in their Ramadan War. In that instance, the world still had enough sense and moral courage to overturn this disgraceful abuse of truth.
By 2023, the rot was everywhere, and when the Russian Federation set out, on 8 October, to expunge from history the Simchat Torah Massacre that had taken place just one day earlier, the UN Security Council, you know, the one with a Guernica tapestry for a mezuza, could not bring itself to recall the event. The Russian Federation would not mention Hamas, let alone condemn it. “That’s untrue,” protested Russia’s UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia. “It was in my comments. We condemn all the attacks on civilians.” Yes, just like the Palestinians do.
From the Soviet Union to its successor Russian Federation, from the KGB to the FSB, the campaign to destroy Israel remained unbroken, continuity provided by the Palestinians, who on 7 October did the one thing they were designed to do, the only thing they can ever conceive of doing: they killed Jews, on the grandest scale and in the most spectacular way their backwardness enabled. The conduct of the world over the ensuing weeks, condemning Israel, specifically and by name, for the deaths of "innocent civilians" has been an undiluted victory in the Soviet-Russian propaganda war to destroy the Jewish state, showing the extent to which it had managed, over the intervening decades, to beat ploughshares into swords (Joel 3:10). Hamas put kibbutzim to the torch, as the sculpture hinted.
The heads of the world have come so low that they could not bring themselves to name the organisation that murdered, slashed, hacked, shot, raped and burnt its way through the sleeping communities of one of its own member states, let alone say what they did. To expect condemnation from them would be asking for the world. How low can a head go? As low as the severed heads Hamas left on the sand in the Negev, possibly trampled in the frenzy? Or as low as the severed head in Picasso's Guernica, beside the horse's hoof, beneath the horse's anus?
Saddam Hussein had himself photographed at prayer, with his head placed as low as feet and hooves, lower than his own backside. The best of people raised up for mankind must five times a day abase themselves by raising their anuses above their heads. Thus do they affirm their supremacy over all the world. Pride and humiliation rolled into one. It is a condition they cannot escape: to be Muslim is to be proud of humiliating yourself five times a day, every day, day after day. The only mitigation for their perpetual humiliation lies in finding others to humiliate even more severely than they humiliate themselves, and who better to so humiliate than the Jew. Humiliation and vengeance rolled into one.
All of us saw Hamas savages grab a teenager girl from the neck, pushing her into the unknown. That’s your very freedom. That girl represents your freedom. ...I don't know why it’s not obvious to everybody that the United Nations fail to condemn them.
All the murdering, slashing, hacking, shooting, raping and burning, that's worship to them. It would be unreasonable to expect the UN Security Council to condemn worship, wouldn't it. The UN submits. Like the peaceniks who turned out in their hundreds of thousands to defend the murdering, raping regime of the dictator Saddam Hussein (yes, raping was an official government job), the UN Security Council defends the murdering and raping Hamas dictatorship. The world body has become a severed head beside a hoof, beneath an anus.
I swear I will not die before I see Hamas dead.
Tapestry replica of Pablo Picasso's Guernica, by Jacqueline de la Baume Dürrbach, at the entrance to the United Nations Security Council chamber, New York.
Neptuul - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32412758
Benito Roveran from Verona, Italia - IMG_4713, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36487009
Screenshot from "Mosab Hassan Yousef Reveals Shocking Truths about Hamas at the UN," DaJobnik, YouTube, 21 Nov 2023 https://youtu.be/foytabrYUtc