The Abuse Excuse


“Why did they kill little Bobby Franks? Not for money, not for spite, not for hate. They killed him as they might kill a spider or a fly, for the experience. They killed him because they were made that way. Because somewhere in the infinite processes that go to the making up of the boy or the man something slipped, and those unfortunate lads sit here hated, despised, outcasts, with the community shouting for their blood.”* Clarence Darrow at the Leopold and Loeb trial.

Well thank you Clarence Darrow.

Your highly creative abuse-excuse defense ploy to save the lives of two cold-blooded murderers in 1924 has come full circle, and now justifies the most heinous of crimes against decent people in our modern and quite careworn civilization.

Its common usage is a testament to its effectiveness. From Casey Anthony to the killing of innocent Jewish children, it is being employed with great success on every level, on a daily basis.

Today, however, I shall focus my disgust on the British media that has cultivated the use of abuse excuse whenever reporting any story about murderous atrocities in Israel. It has literally raised this repugnant practice to an art form.

Children are butchered in their sleep?

BBC implies, “Those crazy Jews! They brought it on themselves.”

Hamas attacks busses of innocent schoolchildren and kills one teenager.

“Those Israelis, there they go again, starting trouble. When will they learn?”

More to the question is, when will the world learn? More specific, when will the Brits learn? For such a beautiful country they act appallingly on a moral level.

Evil needs no excuse, nor is there any justification for its behavior.

How’s that working out for Great Britain? They have always sided with Israel’s enemies. Their motto has always been, “Got something bad to say about the Jews, just tell us.”

Now their country is under attack as well.

Well, all I can say is, “Oh those Brits. There they go starting trouble again.”

So how does it feel, oh Britannia? How much fun is it to be the target of evil and misplaced anger?

Having some fun now?

Enjoying the riots, the bombings, the fires and the threats?

Hmmm, 38 dead July 7, 2005, plus more recently numerous incidents thwarted by authorities and on and on.

But these are your friends, why are they targeting you?

According to your philosophy, you must have done something to egg them on. Come on, confess. After all, these fine, upstanding terrorists don’t kill and maim for no good reason. Isn’t that what you say every day on BBC?

Isn’t that what you claim every time a Jewish child is murdered in his sleep?

Fess up now, Mates, they hate you for a reason, don’t they?

No one is just a murderous butcher for nothing.

I’ll bet if Jack the Ripper were schlepping through London’s streets today, you would be blaming his victims for being in the wrong place at the right time. After all, he was nice guy until someone forced him into a life of slicing up women, right?

Blimey! I’ll bet you would even find a way to blame his murders on Israel.

Perhaps he wanted a bagel and the deli guy didn’t schmear enough cream cheese beneath the lox and tomato. That might have been what set him off on that pesky crime spree.

If only people understood how these little Jewish offenses can turn good, kind, decent people into evil terrorists and killers. It’s a good thing the BBC is on the case. You explain the cause and effects so well, don’t you?

When Hitler was bombing the life out of British cities, there was no State of Israel to blame. Must have been difficult for the BBC to justify Germany’s behavior. Guess the black boot was on the other foot then.

And yet, they still just don’t get it somehow.

I have noticed that Heathrow Airport is a fortress. Seems to me, Bloke, there is more firepower there than in a shipment of U.S. guns to the Mexican drug cartels.

Why would you need all that ammo if the terrorists really like you? After all, the Brits are so kind, so understanding, and so terribly sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. Why so many guns? So much intelligence? So many new MI6 recruits?

You are their friend, now can’t they just see that?

Must be Israel’s fault, somehow, somewhere? Don’t worry you’ll find a way to connect those dots, won’t you?

Recently my friends were in London and warned to stay inside their hotels due to riots in the streets.

Was that the fault of those pesky Jews, running through London lobbing bialys and packages of Philly cream cheese at tourists?

Couldn’t have been Palestinians or terrorists inciting those problems. Or even the failure of the British government to address the problems of their people. The world’s crazies feel the love radiating from the BBC and British government toward their issues.

Here’s a thought or few for you to ponder over your next pint at the pub.

When we enable evil, we join their party.

When we create excuses for the wrongs of the world, we become evil’s advocate.

When we stand on the sidelines and cheer on Satan’s minions, we become awash with the blood of his innocent victims.

Too long the world has stood aside and used the abuse excuse to malign Israel.

Instead of applauding the tenacity of a tiny country to stand as a beacon of democracy in a region knee deep in evil dictators and radical Islamic regimes, they join the battle to destroy the one ray of hope in that part of the world.

Perhaps I might remind the Brits of this quote from their most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.”

Perhaps they should remember his words before blaming Israel for the evils of the world.

So Mates, take that bit of vinegar and pour it over your fish and chips!

Norma Zager is a Jewish woman who lives in the USA.

In the series “Postcards from Israel,” Ari Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two sets of eyes: Bussel’s on the ground, Zager’s counterpoint from home.

Israel and the United States are interrelated – the two countries we hold dearest to our hearts – and so is this “point – counterpoint” presentation that has, since 2008, become part of our lives.