Investigator/blogger Bill Warner recently had an excellent post on American Jews having no appetite for a quarrel:

We Don’t Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning

I went to an “Israel Solidarity Gathering for Peace” at a local synagogue. The title says it all. This was not a rally, but a gathering. (No, we do not want to get anybody fired up or pumped up.) This was to be a quiet gathering of intelligent, prosperous, and respectful people. From the look in the room there were no people there who could wield a weapon or throw a punch. They don’t even want to know such a person.

Kind people talked about the damage that Israel had sustained over the last eight years. Hamas are bad guys who used women and children for human shields. But there was only one mention of political Islam. One speaker mentioned that “moderate” Muslims have to rein in the “extremist” Muslims. He did not make any mention of how or why this would happen.

They said that the Israelis had bent over backward to avoid trouble. Children came up and talked about how wonderful they found Israel during their visit there. Yada, yada, yada.

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning,” comes from an over-the-top officer in Apocalypse Now. There are people who will run towards a fight and there are those who run from a fight. These people were running from a fight. They do not want to smell victory in the morning. Victory reeks of oppression and these people don’t want to be oppressors. Victim is the comfort zone. They weren’t actually that comfortable with victim, but they were less comfortable with victory and the smell of napalm in the morning. Victim won by default.

In an hour’s time, the word victory was not mentioned. This was a gathering for Peace. The word victory brings up a fight and a fight implies an enemy. And too much talk about an enemy might bring up dreadful questions. Such as: who is the enemy of the Jews? The only acceptable enemies of the Jews are the KKK, neo-Nazis and conservatives. No one else gets a mention.

All of this fits in with a modern day liberal concept of the sacred victim and how the victim is the winner in any social argument. These Jews think that if they plead their victim case everyone will realize that they are the moral winners. Victim is good. Unfortunately, Islam does not share the same ethical code as the Jews. Islam never grieves over its victims.

The last gathering by the Jews was about the torture/slaughter of the Jews in Mumbai. But there was no mention of Mumbai at the Peace Gathering. The reason is simple. There is no connection between Gaza and Mumbai. That is the official dogma. Each event of violence is unrelated to the next event of violence. There is also no connection between the rising Jew hatred around the world and Islam. Jew hatred can be mentioned as long as you don’t mention Islam. Or, if you do mention Islam, you must say that those haters aren’t real Muslims. It seems that every rabbi knows a “nice” Muslim who proves that Islam is good for the Jews. No ideology can be mentioned.

Actually, there was one person in the room who mentioned victory. But he said it as he shuffled out leaning on his cane. He said, “You get peace from fighting. Kill the enemy until they are defeated. Peace will come after victory.” I’ll bet when he was young he knew what “wielding a weapon” meant. But his replacements coming up behind him don’t want victory. They want peace and no enemies. What they will get is no peace and an enemy they refuse to acknowledge.

What makes the situation even more pathetic is that the Jews in attendance at the event Warner describes are actually a notch above many, many other Jews. For they at least are talking about Israel and Hamas and Muslims, however evasively — albeit probably because of current events. My friend Heather has been to a number of meetings over the years for young Jewish professionals, whether the meetings are for networking purposes or for guidance on charitable giving or to discuss world problems. Every time, she reports that there is an 800-pound gorilla in the room. Israel, much less Islam, is never brought up. And often the Jews are just trying to find the next disadvantaged minority to help. Like I always say, it really is a miracle that we lost *only* six million.