03 August 2006

Israeli Rhetoric of Genocide: ‘Hornkrantz Syndrome’

A Case of Chronic Hornkrantz Syndrome

The second Israeli massacre of Lebanese civilians in Qana in 10 years claimed at least 61 people, more than 37 of them children.

The slaughter is an unfinished chapter in the history of European Imperium genocide perpetrated against the indigenous peoples throughout the world - currently Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine being the obvious examples.

While the Israeli occupation forces continue their wholesale massacre of the civilians in Lebanon, various Israeli government officials are desperately trying to pin the blame on the Lebanese victims. [As of August 3, 2006 the Israeli Occupation Forces have butchered at least 615 Lebanese civilians, nearly half of them children, and wounded 3,225, one third of them children, according to Save The Children and the Lebanese government sources. Among the dead are 31 fighters. Of the nearly one million Lebanese refugees about 45 per cent are under the age of 18, Unicef reported.]

Israeli UN envoy Dan Gillerman said his country mourned with Lebanon on this "horrible, sad and bloody Sunday.'' Israel never targeted civilians, he said, and the deaths in Qana were the result of Hezbollah's decision to hide among them.

"They are the victims of Hezbollah,'' Gillerman told the Security Council. "If there were no Hezbollah, this would not have happened.'' U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton said Hezbollah's actions were the "fundamental cause'' of the conflict, and accused the group of hiding behind civilians.

In the first Qana massacre, April 18, 1996, the Israeli military artillery shelled a United Nations compound near Qana that was overflowing with 800 Lebanese civilians "who had fled from their villages on IDF orders." The barrage killed 102 refugees and wounded hundreds of others.

The then Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres declared, "the sole guilty party, still on the ground, is Hezbollah. . . . We are dealing here with a horrible, cynical and irresponsible organization. Hezbollah’s grand strategy all along has been to hide behind the backs of civilians."

Last week, an Israeli government spokesman said Israeli Foreign Minister responded to charges of 'disproportionate use of force' and 'collective punishment' of the civilian populations both in Gaza and Lebanon: "Terrorists use the population and live among them," she said. "[M]any civilians in southern Lebanon have Katyusha and other rockets under their beds."

"When you go to sleep with a missile," she added, "you might find yourself waking up to another kind of missile." In an interview on the US-based official Israeli ‘news’ agency, CNN, another Israeli official retorted: "Yes, civilians are being killed ... not by Israeli design, but because Hezbollah have been allowed to live among them ... they live and store their weapons, explosives and rockets in Lebanese villages and hide behind the Lebanese civilians."

How curious this chronic Hornkrantz Syndrome!

The Israeli rhetoric of genocide used to deny (or justify the massacres of civilians when their cover-up is exposed) their on-going genocide of peoples of Palestine and Lebanon is identical to the rhetorics used by the European Imperium to deny, justify and, ultimately, glorify their genocide of the indigenous peoples throughout the world.

On the dawn of 12 April 1893, the bokmakieries were singing as 200 German soldiers, newly arrived from Europe, took up their position around the small settlement of Hornkrantz. The village was the home of an African tribe, the Witbooi, and, although barely 100 kilometers from Windhoek, the fledgling capital of German South West Africa, Hornkrantz’s occupants had successfully resisted the encroaching Imperial power.
The Massacre

The German soldiers, part of one of the largest and most powerful land armies in the world, started firing from three directions, and within thirty minutes 16,000 rounds had been expended by 200 rifles. By the time this torrent of bullets had ceased it had wrought a dreadful carnage. Blood stained bodies and the remains of slaughtered animals were strewn around the settlement.
The Report

The German captain’s official report immediately following the massacre suggested that Witbooi were neutralised as a fighting force. One cable to Berlin more than a month after the raid suggested that fifty Witbooi soldiers had been killed.
Gradually, however, it emerged that of the ninety people massacred by the brave soldiers only a few had been ‘able-bodied’ men. Seventy-eight of the victims were in fact women and children – not at all surprising when you attack a village, raid a residential area at the crack of dawn, or bombard a building filled with civilian refugees.

The Spin

German officialdom was forced to make what it termed ‘an undesirable revision’, it struck upon a brilliantly reply to the accusations. There had been heavy casualties among non-combatants conceded the Director of the German Colonial Department, but this was owing to the cowardice of the Witbooi men who took cover behind their womenfolk when fired upon.
Another, somewhat less ‘brilliant’ variation of the ‘Hornkrantz Syndrome’ is the response you would get from the so called Paheka, the white folks in New Zealand. Ask any of them why they had to decimate the Maori population (the brave Brits massacred 5 out of every 6 Maoris – more than 208,000 of the 250,000 population round about the same time – by the 1890s) to steal their land (instead of just obtaining rest of the Maori land by deception, since the deception method had previously worked so well for the occupiers), and the white 'New Zealander' sporting a sadistic smirk on their face would tell you they didn’t kill any Maoris, "didn't have to… the cannibals just kept on bumping each other off at tea time!"

Graham Kelly, 'New Zealand's high commissioner' in a speech to the 'Canadian Senate' said about Maori: Once they got to New Zealand, they started fighting and eating each other; so there have been Maori wars ever since then.

Source on Hornkrantz: Cocker, M., Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold: Europe’s Conquest of Indigenous Peoples, London, 1998.

Israel calls 48 hour pause on world condemn -- REACTING to withering world criticism, Israel agreed to a 48-hour suspension of airstrikes in Lebanon after yesterday's bombing killed at least 56 Lebanese, most of them women and children, leveling a building where they had taken shelter from earlier Israeli attacks, the Associated Press reported.

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