Steven Plaut

Friday, November 14, 2014


End the Unfair Competition!  Ban freebies!

 

   As you know, the Israeli Knesset just passed on a first vote (it needs to pass three votes to become law) a bill that seeks to force the closure of the most popular daily newspaper in the country, Israel Hayom.   The bill is the initiative of Knesset Member Eitan Cabel from what is left of the Israeli Labor Party.  Cabel and his cronies claim that it is unfair competition if a newspaper is distributed for free because it harms the other newspapers in Israel (never mind that they too, especially Yediot Ahronot, are also often distributed for free) and so Israel Hayom must be banned and closed because of this "unfair competition."    All in the name of freedom of the press.

 

    Well I would like to point out that on certain streets in Tel Aviv there are hard-working women who charge money for the very same "services" that are provided to Eitan Cabel by his own wife for free.   The fact that Cabel's wife is not charging for these services clearly is unfair competition because it harms the livelihoods of these hard-working women.  This is a clear and present danger to freedom and fairness!

 

    OH, before you get too agitated, I was of course referring to cooking.

 


Thursday, November 13, 2014


The anti-democratic Initiative of the anti-Adelson Horde


 

     In one of the worst assaults on democracy the Israeli Knesset yesterday approved in the "first vote" (a bill must pass three votes to become law) a Soviet-era-style censorship law that seeks to shut down the most popular Hebrew daily newspaper in the country, Israel Hayom.  This assault on freedom of the press is the brainchild of Labor Party Knesset Member Eitan Cabel.   Its purpose is to erase and suppress journalist freedom in Israel, preserving it for the forces of darkness associated with the Israeli Left.  It seeks to eliminate the popular conservative pro-Netanyahu daily Israel Hayom in order to preserve the hegemony over Israeli printed media by the two Far-Leftist Israeli dailies, Haaretz and Yediot Ahronot.  (The other Hebrew daily Maariv is semi-bankrupt and is not even distributed outside the Tel Aviv area.)

 

     Komrad Cabel was joined in this Stalin-era-like vote against the press by most of the Knesset Members from the Labor Party, Tzipi Livni's party, the members of Avigdor Lieberman's party, Yair Lapid's party, and the anti-Israel Arab fascist parties.  It was opposed by most Knesset Members from the Likud and – interestingly – by one member of Meretz (although another Meretz member voted in favor).   While some flunkies from Naftali Bennett's party had been among the early supporters of this bill, to the party's credit all those Knesset Members present at the vote opposed the bill (although others chose not to be present).

 

   The ostensible basis for the banning of Israel Hayom is that it is distributed for free.  Just why that should be grounds for banning a newspaper is never explained by the wannabe censors.   Why not have the courage of your convictions?  If it is illegitimate for a newspaper to be distributed for free, then why do you not also come out against free news broadcasting and distribution by radio and TV stations and by the internet?  By all means, Komrad Cabel, end those outrageous free distributions of news that harm the public!   Ban the internet!  In the name of freedom!

 

   Of course what really has Komrad Cabel and his wannabe Kremlin friends upset is that Israel Hayom is owned by Sheldon Adelson, who supports Netanyahu.  Why Adelson is any less entitled to operate his own newspaper than, say, German ex-Nazis like the co-owners of Haaretz is not explained by anyone.  This is the same Knesset that the country now depends upon to rein in the anti-democratic excesses of the Israeli Supreme Court, now leading the jihad against journalistic freedom!

 

   Should this atrocity ever pass the final vote and become law, I would like to propose to Sheldon Adelson and to the management of Israel Hayom how to respond.  The law seeks to prohibit any newspaper that is distributed for free 6 days a week in Israel.  So what I propose is that Israel Hayom be distributed for free 5 days a week and on Tuesdays it be distributed for 10 agorot (two and a half cents).  Individual vendors can be instructed to use their own individual judgment as to whether to assist people coming up to them on Tuesdays and saying that they really would like to read the paper that day but do not have a 10 agorot coin handy.

 

   Meanwhile I also think that Israel needs a national campaign of pie throwing into the faces of politicians who oppose freedom of speech and freedom of the press.   


Tuesday, November 11, 2014


 

   Israeli Far Leftists Demonstrate Solidarity with Dead Terrorist killed while Attempting to Stab Jews

 

   Meretz Leaders Rush in To Cheer and Defend Terrorism, Denouncing Police Action against Terrorist who attempted Murder

 

By Steven Plaut

 

 

Khair al-Din Hamdan from Kafr Kanna in the Galilee was an Israeli Arab terrorist who was minding his own business a few days ago and attempting to stab Israeli policemen to death.   Kafr Kanna is where the Biblical town of Cana stood and according to the New testament it is where Jesus turned water into wine.  The tomb of the great Jewish sage Simeon ben Gamliel is nearby, attesting to the Jewish origins of this town now under Arab occupation.

 

The intended police victims of the terrorist were not amused and were unappreciative of the symbolic value of their being stabbed to death to protest the grievances of Hamdan and his terrorist comrades.  Instead, the police selfishly and immoderately shot Hamdan to death as Hamdan attempted to murder them with his knife.

 

Israel's Arab fifth column and its fellow travelers then took to the streets and violently protested this "murder in cold blood" of the gentle giant Hamdan.   He instantly became the poster boy for those loyal Arab citizens of Israel who seek the annihilation of Israel and its Jews.   The neutral and objective foreign media were also outraged at the violation of the Miranda rights of Hamdan, who was killed by the police without legal representation and a trial.   Khair's father expressed the outrage of the family that his son had been prevented by the police from murdering Jews.   Why was his son not simply stopped with tear gas or at most a bullet in his thigh?, the father demands to know.   And the heroic appeasers of the Likud government decided to order an official commission of investigation into the interruption by the cops of the murder attempt by Khair.

 

At the same time, some of Israel's finest leftists are also taking to the airwaves and the streets to show their solidarity with the young dead terrorist.   The Khair lobby claims that video footage shows that, after attempting unsuccessfully to stab the cops, he was in fact backing away from them when he was shot.  Just why his backing away could be interpreted as any reason NOT to summarily shoot and execute him on the spot with extreme prejudice has never been explained by anyone.  Some of the car crash murderers in Israel in recent days have been shot on the spot AFTER crashing intentionally into people.  The only thing wrong with that is that Israel's weenie government refuses to pass a law proclaiming that instant execution without trial of ALL terrorists at the scenes of their murders and attempted murders is not only legal but downright laudatory and deserving of a medal of valor. 

 

The emerging leading Jewish leader of the Khair lobby is a Knesset Member from the anti-Israel semi-Marxist MERETZ Knesset Faction, loosely associated with the anti-democratic protest movement "Peace Now."  She is Tamar Zandberg.   She decided to go in person to Kafr Kanna to show her solidarity with the poor innocent victim Khair, a bit like all those demagogues in America making hajj to Fergusan, Missouri to show their solidarity with the violent thug shot there by police.

 

Sister Zandberg's participation in the Salute to Terrorists with Knives event at Kafr Kanna is relayed by herself in Hebrew on her Facebook page.  She also posts a photo of herself without chador sitting on the protest podium with assorted Arab members of the Khair lobby.  

 

Here is my translation of what she posts there:

 

"I visited today in Kafr Kanna, the town in which Khair Hamdan was shot to death.  I went together with Knesset Member Issawi Freij (also from Meretz).  We expressed our solidarity with the feelings of injustice that an entire community feels today, not only because of the excessively light finger on the trigger (by the police), not only because of the fact that the photographs of the event raise serious doubts about the legality of the police actions and the suspicions of an attempt to cover them up, but also because of our recognition that this is NOT an isolated disconnected incident.  It is instead part of the policy of racist discrimination directed against the Arab minority in Israel, a policy directed and implemented from on high by the Prime Minister and his cabinet.

 

"While one minister speaks about 'a terrorist" and another speaks about 'terrorism,' while the Prime Minister himself raises the possibility of stripping citizens of their citizenship, they are not just commenting on a controversial (sic) incident but rather they are outlining their policy against the Israeli Arab public.


"This government of intimidation and incitement has now reached new heights of hatemongering.  Its own obstinacy is what manufactured the confrontation whose climax was seen in the Gaza war this past summer.  It has driven Israel's international reputation down to a new low.  This same government now paints 20% of the country's population as the enemy.  I cannot escape the feeling that this is part of a grand governmental plan of organized destruction against any hope for a better future.  (The word 'destruction' she uses in Hebrew is the same as the word for 'terrorism' – SP) "

 

 

"The attorney general needs to order an investigation not only into the policemen who shot the young man, but also into the responsibility of the public security minister, who gave license to murder when he said that a 'terrorist who hurts civilians deserves to die'," said Zehava Galon, Meretz party leader.

 

Meretz is a political party whose base of support is those Israeli Jews who hate themselves and their country.  As you know, the Israeli government and parliament have banned Kach, the main Kahanist group, proclaiming it a terrorist group and as a  group that supposedly violates Israel's "anti-racism" law.  It denies those Kahanists freedom of speech and the right to organize.  While I believe that the banning of the Kahanists was anti-democratic and arbitrary, given that this is Israeli government policy the time has come to criminalize MERETZ as a pro-terror anti-Jewish anti-Israel racist group that automatically supports the enemies of Israel and justifies anti-Jewish terrorism.

 

 


Monday, November 10, 2014


1.  We should all send congratulations to all right-wing fringe violent hooligans who decided not to beat the crap out of Yariv Oppenheimer, the anti-Israel fanatic who heads the anti-democratic "Peace Now" and the twit who sent a twit congratulating the cops for not terminating the murdering terrorist with extreme prejudice.


2.  Naftali Bennett's party adopting price controls and economic bolshevism as its banner:  http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php… 


3.  Another astounding success for the Get out of Jail Free policies of Netanyahu:



4.  Tell you what. We keep Jerusalem and THEY can have the West Bank. THIS west bank, of course:

http://www.buyidahorealestate.com/…/bank-of-the-west_400.jpg





6.  Thought of the week:  The world needs a Palestinian state about as much as it needs a Fourth Reich.

Saturday, November 01, 2014


 

 

1.  When the Defense Minister Yaalon ordered "Palestinians" in the West Bank to ride on separate buses than "settlers" in order to avoid violence, he and all of Israel were denounced by the caring folks as "apartheid." Well, it turns out that all over the world there are plans or proposals to introduce women-only metro cars, subway, cars and buses in order to prevent sexual harassment and violence against women. Some of these programs operate in Third World countries and some in Western Europe. But the most amazing point is that not a single caring journalist or politician has denounced any of these "separate public transit vehicle" proposals as "apartheid."

 

See http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/women-only-train-carriages-could-introduced-4349573 

 

By the way, how come no one thinks it is "apartheid" when only Jews (and Druse) get conscripted in Israel to serve in the IDF but Arabs are exempt?

 

 

2.    The cancer spreads to the high schools:  http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/campus-conquered_817778.html#.VFNyRZGAe6g.email

 

 

3.  Treason du Jour at Haaretz:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/cartoonist-turns-tables-on-haaretz-anti-netanyahu-pic/2014/10/30/  

and

 

  http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/steven-plaut/treason-du-jour-at-haaretz/

 

There is an anti-democratic initiative afoot in the Knesset to shut down Israel Hayom, the country's daily newspaper with the largest circulation, because it threatens the financial interests of the leftist Yediot Ahronot.  Haaretz this week ran a cartoon of Israel crashing a plane into the World Trade Center.  There is no Knesset initiative to shut down this treasonous newspaper:

 

 

4.   Think Jerusalem is a difficult unsolvable conundrum? Think again. There is a very simple solution. Israel simply tells the "Palestinians" - you can't have it! End of discussion.

 

 

5.  In the Knesset vote this week to expel the terrorist Haneen Zoabi for 6 months from the Knesset, Amram Mitzna, the one-time mayor of Haifa and one-time Labor Party contender for Prime Minister, voted AGAINST expelling her and the rest of the members of the Tzipi Livni party decided to abstain or else did not attend the vote at all. This should be borne in mind by anyone considering the Livni party to be a centrist ZIonist party.

 

So now the little birdie Tzipi Livni thinks ordering the "Palestinians" to use other buses than "settlers" in order to prevent violence is apartheid. This after her party spent the week demonstrating its solidarity with terrorist Haneen Zonabi. 
There are today three political parties competing for the treason vote, meaning the votes of all Israelis who hate Israel and hate themselves and want to see Israeli defeated. These are Meretz, the Israeli Labor Party, and Tzipi's silly "Ha-Tnua" party. So Israelis who hate their own country can take their pick from the three!

 

 

6.  Ventriloquists for Rabbi Yehuda Glick!

 

Friends, comrades, Inciters, lend me your Zionist ears! For many years we have been naively striving to rescue the Jewish state and its soul using conventional means: military defense, economic development, construction, education. But it seems we have missed out on recruiting the most important tool of all needed to rescue Israel.

Friends, because the Israeli government has decided to appease the Islamists and prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount, any Jew whose lips move while visiting the Temple Mount is arrested. MK Moshe Feiglin has been arrested on numerous occasions. This is a particularly onerous challenge for lawyers visiting the Mount, because - as you know - lawyers cannot lie unless their lips are moving.

So I say the time has come to roll out the great secret weapon of Jewry. Comrades, we have no choice. To rescue the Third Jewish Commonwealth, to save the soul of Israel, we must utilize at once the Jewish Ventriloquists. Only Jewish Ventriloquists can restore dignity and self-respect to the State of Israel. The entire Temple Mount must be filled to the brim with Jewish ventriloquists reciting the Shma and other prayers. Let us see the Left complaining about rising Charlie McCarthyism in Israel!

Let us see the police come and arrest these warriors for NOT moving their lips! Let the Islamists launch a jihad against Howdy Doody!

Emergency conditions require emergency measures! The time has come at last! Unleash the Ventriloquists and let the new Nakba begin!

http://www.cafepress.com/+ventriloquistdummy_left_225_button_100_pack,114298510

 

 

7.  Let's wait until the midterm election results next week to see who REALLY is the big wad of chickenshit!

 

 

 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014


http://www.intellectualconservative.com/article2415.html

Deconstructing the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
by Steven Plaut
24 June 2003

This past week the Hebrew University of Jerusalem decided to grant an honorary PhD to Jacques Derrida, the godfather of the pseudo-philosophy of "Deconstructionism."



The Hebrew University of Jerusalem decided to make itself into an even bigger laughingstock than it already has been thanks to its legions of Far Leftist and Anti-Zionist professors.   This past week it decided to grant an honorary PhD to Jacques Derrida, the godfather of the pseudo-philosophy of "Deconstructionism."
 
Deconstructionism is a shallow form of Non-Thinking that has gained popularity among some of the more simpleminded disciplines of the academic world.  Essentially the same as "post-modernism" (how is that for a true nonsense word, something no woodchuck could chuck?), Deconstructionism argues that there do not exist any such things as facts, truth, logic, rationality, nor science.  Nothing in the world exists beyond subjective "narratives," each as legitimate as the next.   Language is the ultimate form of tyranny and source of control of us oppressed folks by those evil elites.  There are no false narratives, just different subjectivities.  And the only thing we can be truly certain about in this meaningless world is that the United States and Israel must be destroyed.  
 
Deconstructionism was defined nicely by Robert Locke:  "It is also known as poststructuralism, but don't ask what structuralism was, as it was no better.  It is based on the proposition that the apparently real world is in fact a vast social construct and that the way to knowledge lies in taking apart in one's mind this thing society has built.  Taken to its logical conclusion, it supposes that there is at the end of the day no actual reality, just a series of appearances stitched together by social constructs into what we all agree to call reality.  But not agree voluntarily, for society has (this is the leftist bit) an oppressive structure, so we are pressured to agree to that version of reality which pleases the people in charge."  Left-wing pseudo-intellectuals love substituting polysyllable-invention for thinking and analysis.
 
Among the "founders" of the "School" of Deconstructionism was Yale professor Paul de Man, a close friend of Jacques Derrida's, who had published pro-Nazi collaborationist and anti-Semitic articles in two Belgian newspapers in the early Forties.   The other Deconstructionists have always tried to deconstruct the Nazism of de Man so that it would not look too bad.
 
Deconstructionism has long been linked with Marxism, a rather strange combination - given the insistence by deconstructionists that they should never claim to "know" anything.   Marxists claim to know everything, based on ridiculous "theories" by Marx disproved 150 years ago, making the Marxist-Deconstructionist axis rather queer.  It also sometimes calls itself post-colonialism, apparently because some of its Frenchie inventors came from Algeria, although I have never understood how it can be certain that anything or anyone was ever colonized or colonizer.   
 
For deconstructionists, proof and disproof are unimportant.   They accept as axiomatic the claim that social power structures control everything in the world, I guess including all "narratives," and that literature and art are nothing more than reflections of or protests against such power and oppression.  Never mind that the Decon conmen have no way of measuring nor assessing power, control, class, nor privilege; they are SURE that these things are out there and control the world like the Council on Foreign Relations in a Barry Chamish conspiracy "theory."
 
Robert Locke has said that Deconstructionism is the opiate of an obsolete intellectual class.  It is little more than sophistry and absolute moral relativism.   Deconstructionists insist that even words themselves have no meaning.   Hence we all live in a meaningless universal in which we are all no better than noisy mutts, making silly barking sounds, which of course is already obvious to any of you out there who have listened in to comparative literature courses from lefty profs.  As one critic pointed out, all of Deconstructionism is founded on the paradox of using language to claim that language cannot make unambiguous claims (John Searle, "The World Turned Upside Down," The New York Review, October 27, 1983).
 
Deconstructionists oppose being "judgmental" about anything except the absolute evil of capitalism and America, which is why it is popular these days mainly among American tenured leftists (the French berets have by and large moved on to other amusements).   They believe in an absolute justice, although cannot tell you what and where it is, nor how to achieve it.  They think it is something we all simply need to sit back and await, like a Messiah on a deconstructed donkey, although we can hurry it along by joining the Far Left.  Deconstructionism attracts a certain sort of adolescent mind (regardless of the age of the accompanying body) because of its cynicism and dismissal of rational thought and science.  In Locke's wonderful words, "It raises to the level of a philosophical system the intuition that everything grownups do is a fraud. It is the metaphysics of Holden Caulfield. It enables the practitioner to tell himself that he is among the privileged group of insiders who know that the Wizard of Oz is behind the curtain." 
 
Among the forms of knowledge dismissed by them, especially in the case of the Deconstructionist "philosopher" Michel Foucault, is medicine, because medical science is merely an elite knowledge system that confers power on doctors.  I have long believed that one of the funniest things in life must be a Deconstructionist professor of comparative literature in need of an emergency root canal, being treated by a deconstructionist dentist.  ("Your pain is not real, it is subjective, let me narrate about it to you, there is no pain in reality, Novocain will interfere with your narrative,….")
 
Jacques Derrida is one of the fathers of this "school" of Deconstructionism.   (Do not confuse it with Reconstructionism, which differs from Deconstructionism mainly in the fact that it is spelled with an 'R'.)    He is best known for his attack on "logocentrism;" that is, on the cruel oppression by rational thinking.  What a poster boy for the Hebrew University!   He even dismisses Stalin as a logocentrist, which explains the Gulags and Red Terror that ruined what otherwise would be the great blessings of Marxism.  We should all seek salvation through resistance to logic.
 
As Deconstructionism has become regarded more and more as a laughingstock even among French leftwing intellectuals, it has gained popularity in some of the darker corners of American and Israeli campuses.  Israeli leftists and media columnists (pretty much the same people) like to toss around the Newspeak of Deconstructionism, and long ago decided that the whole war is because those insensitive Jews refuse to accept the Palestinian "Other."    Palestinians blowing up dozens of young "Others" on buses do not seem to bother them much.  
 
The weaker the level of intellectual analysis and formal standards of scientific evidence and proof, the more popular Deconstructionism is.  This is why professors of comparative literature have trouble controlling their sexual excitement stimulated by it, professors of education adore it, sociologists sometimes applaud it, and members of all real scientific fields tend to place Deconstructionism in the same category as the Ra-El cultists.
 
To Derrida's credit, he never bought in to the Stalinism so popular among most French "intellectuals."   And Derrida is only one of the better-known clowns in the three-ring Deconstructionist Big Top.  Michel Foucault is perhaps even better known than Derrida.   He was a great celebrator of psychedelic drug use, sado-masochistic anonymous gay sex, cruelty and violence as expressions of liberation and deepness.   He , however, could not be honored this week by the Hebrew University - because he died from AIDS in 1984.   There have been allegations that after discovering that he had picked up AIDS, he intentionally continued "cruising" the San Francisco gay scene to infect as many gay men as possible with the virus.  In the autumn of 1983, after Foucault's health had collapsed and less than a year before his death, he continued to frequent gay bathhouses and bars.  He is best remembered for his motto: "Sex is worth dying for."  According to Mark Lilla (The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics), Foucault laughed at the idea of 'safe sex' and apparently said, 'To die for the love of boys: what could be more beautiful?'
 
Derrida is only the latest example of Israeli universities honoring fatuous trendy leftist know-nothing Eurotwit pseudo-thinkers.   A few years back Tel Aviv University gave a similar honorary doctorate to German "philosopher" Jurgen Habermas.  Habermas' theory is watered down Peres-ism, where there are no actual conflicts of interests on earth, where all conflicts in the world are the result of poor communications, and where all conflict may be resolved through "communicative actions" (psychobabble for talking it out).   I would like to see Herr Habermas get himself out of a mugging situation in gang turf in some of my old Philadelphian stomping grounds using communicative action.   But Habermas had at least been a vocal critic of German skinheads and neonazis, creating some sort of figleaf for Tel Aviv University honoring him.  Derrida has no such track record.  He has not even renounced de Man.
 
While technically born Jewish, Derrida has a long record of endorsing the Left's sets of liberation solutions to the "problem" of Israel's existence.  Far-Left Haaretz defines him as a Zaddik, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about his position on Israel.   
 
Hebrew University was once the leading academic institution in Israel.   It has long since been surpassed in most fields by Tel Aviv University, the Weitzmann Institute, and other institutions.   Its campus is increasingly dominated by Tenured Radicals and leftist extremists among the faculty.   So - on second thought, and I mean this in the most anti-logocentric sense of the word - perhaps the honoring of Derrida by the Hebrew University makes a great deal of sense after all, or at least it is a telling "narrative"….
 


Saturday, October 25, 2014


http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=27198

The Anti-Terror Campaign That Succeeded
By: Steven Plaut / JewishPress.com
Thursday, June 28, 2007


A valuable lesson for our confrontation with radical Islam.
After their military defeat by regular forces, the occupied population produced terrorists who engaged in bombings, sniping, poisonings, and other attacks on occupation forces and on the civilian population. They operated as irregulars in small terror units, armed with automatic weapons and bazookas.

Women and minors as young as eight participated in the terror attacks. They attempted to build weapons of mass destruction, using chemical poisons. They assassinated officials of the occupation regime. They had a special obsession with torturing and murdering "collaborators." They murdered hundreds of civilians, while thousands of the terrorists themselves were killed by the occupation armed forces. The occupiers responded to terror with brutality and force, sometimes using collective punishment.

The above does not refer to or describe the anti-American and anti-British terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nor does it describe Palestinian terrorism against Israel launched from the West Bank and Gaza.

What it does refer to is the campaign of terrorism directed against Allied forces in Europe in the aftermath of the defeat of Nazi Germany. The terrorists were members of a number of underground "resistance" organizations attempting to punish the Allied "occupiers" and drive them out. The most important of the terror groups was known as Werwolf (German for werewolf).

Until recently, relatively little was known about groups like Werwolf. But several books, particularly those authored by Perry Biddiscombe, a professor of history at the University of British Columbia, have shed light on the activities of the groups and on the anti-terror strategies that ultimately defeated them.

Most of what follows is based on the research of Biddiscombe. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the campaign against the Werwolf, both for the U.S.-led coalition fighting in Iraq and for Israel in its battles against Arab terrorism.

For many years now the conventional wisdom has been that terrorism cannot be defeated militarily, that it can only be stopped when its underlying grievances are redressed and appeased. Moreover, the entire strategy of dealing with terrorism militarily has long been under assault by the Western chattering classes as ineffective and unjust.

Anti-terror tactics used by the contemporary Allies in Iraq and Afghanistan or by Israel against its enemies have been denounced by the media and by countless public figures, especially in Western Europe. But the claim that terrorism and guerilla warfare cannot be defeated militarily is false, as illustrated by the campaign against the Werwolf.

Origins and Tactics

Nazi preparations for a campaign of terrorism against the invading Allies were underway by 1943. At first the intention was for irregular fighters to serve as a diversionary force operating behind enemy lines. The name "Werwolf" (also spelled "Wehrwolf") was chosen from a book by Hermann Lons (Der Wehrwolf) glamorizing a 17th century German guerilla fighter.

The Werwolf developed into a large full-fledged terrorist organization, operating under the command of the SS. It operated in "groups" consisting of 4 to 6 fighters, with 6 to 10 groups forming a "sector" and 6 to 8 sectors forming a "section." At its height, the Werwolf organization probably had about 6,000 fighters, though it could call on the support and cooperation of other units such as the Volksturm, a militia of the elderly and very young set up by Hitler near the end of the war. Himmler took personal control of operations starting in 1944.

The technology of those terrorists was of course far more primitive than that used by modern Middle East terrorists, but some of the similarities in technique are striking. Beheadings were a common Werwolf tactic. Decades before the pilfering of the museums of Baghdad, the Werwolf were under orders to sabotage and destroy art galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. While Germany never produced a campaign of suicide bombers, Werwolf terrorists were equipped with cyanide tablets and expected to commit suicide rather than be taken captive.

In the campaign against the Werwolf, an estimated 3,000-5,500 terrorists were killed. Werwolf terrorism continued well after formal hostilities ended and Germany had surrendered. In the German area of Italy, South Tyrol, where a German separatist movement was active, sabotage, bombings and Werwolf guerilla violence continued into the 1960's.

As part of the campaign of terrorism, German Red Cross ambulances routinely carried arms and munitions, long before the Palestinians perfected that technique. Buildings thought to be designated for use as Allied barracks were mined, especially in Lorraine (where the attacks were directed against the U.S. Third Army). Werwolf terrorists collected caches of poison gases and chemical weapons, most of which were discovered by Allied forces before they could be used.

The Werwolf used death squads and assassination hit teams, often against German civilians whom the terrorists suspected of collaboration or defeatism. Civil authorities in German towns under Allied occupation were favorite targets. Priests, public officials, and even German villagers flying white surrender flags were attacked.

Werwolf terrorists were each typically equipped with 15-20 pounds of explosives and small arms, often including bazookas. Generally they operated stealthily without uniform, in civilian clothes. They set up caches of armaments in farms, caves, forests, and abandoned mines. Interestingly, there was a female contingent of terrorists, a unit of which, equipped with bazookas, played an important role in the last weeks of fighting around Berlin.

Children were also frequently used in terror attacks. The Hitlerjugend, or Hitler Youth, was one of the main sources of recruits for the Werwolf. Entire units of Werwolf consisted of minors. Teenage Werwolf terrorists were involved in bombing the Red Army barracks near Hindenberg. Child snipers shot and threw grenades at advancing American forces. Himmler himself invented an incentive system for Hitler Youth serving in the Werwolf: 100 cigarettes for ten sniper kills; 20 days' leave for twenty kills; a watch and Iron Cross for fifty kills.

A unit of 14-year-olds attacked U.S. forces near Nuremberg. "Operation Nursery," a campaign against Werwolf terrorism by minors, was mounted by U.S. and British troops and continued well into 1946.

The terrorists used a variety of techniques. In addition to sniping and bombings, decapitation wires were popular – thin piano wire stretched across a road just at the height of the necks of drivers of Allied vehicles or motorcycles. Allied forces sometimes retaliated against such attacks by beheading captured terrorists. In Schleswig-Holstein, the British lopped off the heads of a dozen terrorists.

Mass poisoning was another favorite terrorist method. It was used with horrific success especially, but not exclusively, against Red Army troops. Between February and July 1945, 180 American troops were murdered with poisoned liquor. The Werwolf would spike liquor and food with odorless poison and wait for the troops to indulge. A special entity called the KTI, or Criminal Technical Institute, would prepare the poisons.

While the armed conflict raged, Werwolf terrorists were active in capturing, torturing and murdering enemy troops. But as the war drew to a close, the Werwolf began to specialize in terrorizing German civilians suspected of collaborating with or failing to resist the Allies' advance.

Werwolf terrorism was strongest on the Eastern front, as Soviet forces threatened East Prussia, Silesia, and other areas regarded by Germans as part of their heartland. The Werwolf even ran its own radio station.

Ferocious Response

How were those terrorists eventually defeated? With brutal military force and counter-terrorism combined with a long-term program of denazification of German civilians.

The Soviets were by far the least squeamish of the Allies when it came to suppressing Werwolf terrorism. According to a Vatican report, "Russian reprisals…were terrible. Using flame-throwers the Russians destroyed entire blocks of houses causing the deaths of hundreds of the inhabitants."

Soviet troops dealt with the threat through mass executions, mass arrests, marauding, and arson directed against German civilians. Hostages were grabbed from areas where any Werwolf sabotage took place and often were summarily executed. Any Germans – even hunters – possessing any weapons were shot on the spot as terrorists. Any German witnessing terror attacks who did not come forward to testify about them was shot. Those hiding terrorists or weapons were shot and their homes burned to the ground.

As of October 1946, the Soviets were holding 3,336 Werwolf terrorists in prison within the Soviet zone. The Soviets also crowded 240,000 suspected Werwolf sympathizers into a prison camp (where fully a third simply perished). In Jarmin in Pomerania, when German terrorists killed two Soviet troops, the entire town was demolished. In Schivelbein, after a Soviet general was killed by a sniper, the Soviets murdered every man in town.

Soviet looting and marauding in occupied German areas continued unrestrained into 1947. While such behavior may strike us as barbarous retaliation, Biddiscombe describes it thus: "None the less, given what the Werwolf was doing, or trying to do, the responses of the occupiers do not lay beyond the realm of comprehension." The Soviets were still concerned about threats of Werwolf sabotage and terror in Eastern Europe during the 1950's.

The French were second to the Soviets in the viciousness and ferocity of their suppression of Werwolf terrorism. French soldiers pillaged German areas as they fell under their control. Random beatings of Germans by the French were common. The French forcibly expelled all German civilians from numerous towns and villages in their area of control. General Le Clerc issued an edict on November 25, 1944 to shoot five Germans for every act of sniping near Strasbourg.

Following some Werwolf activity around Constance, French forces grabbed 400 hostages and executed two. Any building in the French zone with Werwolf graffiti on it was immediately demolished. Owners had at most an hour to remove such graffiti once it appeared in order to avoid such a fate. Collective fines were imposed on German civilians for sabotage activities in their area. Wholesale travel and curfew restrictions were imposed on the entire German population.

While American troops generally avoided the excesses of the Soviets and French, they were sharply criticized by the British for using excessive brutality and force in suppressing the Werwolf. General Eisenhower ordered the execution of all Werwolf fighters captured in civilian garb.

It was understood among U.S. troops that they had a green light for applying frontier justice to terrorists, with no lawyers or trials. The counterinsurgency manual issued by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expedition Force (SHAEF) recommended that troops simply ignore Geneva Convention rules when dealing with the Werwolf.

SHAEF instructions allowed using captive Germans in forced labor; seizure of German civilians as hostages; collective punishment; shooting of hostages; and massive bombings of civilian areas containing terrorists. Threats to shoot all curfew violators were commonly made. At Lutzkampen, Allied troops threatened to burn down the village if there were any violations of curfew.

When U.S. troops were attacked at Aschaffenburg in Lower Franconia, the entire town was annihilated by Seventh Army artillery. In the fall of 1945, well after the surrender, U.S. forces still regarded Werwolf bands as "one of the biggest potential threats to security in both the American and Allied Zones of Occupation."

Around Stuttgart, members of Werwolf bazooka teams were shot on sight by American troops. Massive artillery bombardment of civilian areas with snipers was used whenever it was thought such action could prevent Allied troop casualties. In Krefeld, one of the first towns taken by the Americans, 120,000 civilians were rounded up and held in detention camps.

Other Allied forces were vicious in suppressing the Werwolf. The Czechoslovaks routinely tortured and abused captured terrorists. The most dramatic Czechoslovak actions took place in the Sudetenland. After some Czechs were murdered by the Werwolf, local authorities threatened to shoot all German refugees there who had arrived from Silesia.

In July 1945 a large explosion took place in Aussig an der Elbe, killing 50 people. Blaming local ethnic Germans, the authorities killed German civilians in reprisal. The remaining German population was expelled from the town. Slovaks and Poles often treated Germans little better.

Canadian forces were also brutal in suppressing terrorism. Canadian General Chris Vokes carried out large-scale destruction of German property in retaliation for guerilla activities. Towns from which sniper fire was directed against Canadian troops were reduced to rubble. Orders were given to demolish buildings housing snipers rather than risk the lives of troops. German homes were bulldozed. No "solidarity" protesters picketed the corporate headquarters of the companies manufacturing the bulldozers.

As is the case with the terrorism directed against U.S. troops in Iraq and against Jews in Israel, Werwolf terror was never in and of itself an existential threat, nor did it represent a serious military strategy capable of defeating regular armies. Rather, it was designed to demoralize – to defeat the enemy by generating growing casualties over long periods and trigger defeatism among the enemy's home population.

While no one in his or her right mind would advocate some of the more excessive means used to suppress the German terrorists of the late 1940's, that era nevertheless teaches us that a determined no-nonsense campaign of wiping out terrorism with armed force is capable of succeeding, even against the most brutal of opponents. Determined denazification of fanatic violent populations was also shown to work.

Such success is not easy, nor does it come cheaply.


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