The peaceful majority are irrelevant

Adolf Eichmann?s appeal for a pardon from Israel?s then president Yitzhak Ben-Zvi was refused and he was hanged two days later. Photograph: Brook Lapping/Kessler Prod/BBC

People just don?t care, and the trouble with democracy is that most people simply don’t care enough to bother speaking out about things they actually disagree with.

When it comes to curtailing bad behaviour, history tells us that the majority stay silent even in the face of truly inhumane behaviour, and never more so than when there is serious threat to themselves or their family.

So then, if we as bystanders witness injustice and do or say nothing to counter it, we are guilty by association. Amorality is prevalent today and it simply empowers evil to continue on its merry way.

Adolf Eichmann was responsible during WW2 for developing efficient ways of killing and disposing of the bodies of millions of Jews.

A witness testifying during the 1940?s Nuremberg trials repeated Eichmann?s horrific boast that ?I will leap into my grave laughing, because the feeling I have 5 million human beings on my conscience is for me a source of extraordinary satisfaction.?

Eichmann?s subordinate Dieter Wisliceny also understood his master. Quote.

?Eichmann was very cynical in his attitude toward the Jewish question, he gave no indication of human feeling toward these people. He was not immoral, he was amoral and completely ice-cold in his attitude.?

But later, powerless and staring death in the face during his trial for war crimes, Eichmann penned his defence. Quote.

?There is a need to draw a line between the leaders responsible and the people like me forced to serve as mere instruments in the hands of the leaders,? Eichmann?s letter pleaded. ?I was not a responsible leader, and as such do not feel myself guilty.? End of quote.

Eichmann was amoral.? He simply didn?t care, but what he felt or believed is totally irrelevant ? it is what he actually did that counts. In the same way, it is what we actually do, or don’t do, that reflects who we really are and what we are responsible for.

Over the holiday break I read Peter Z. Malkin’s account of his part in the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and how he got involved.

Eichmann in my hands: a first-person account by the Israeli agent who captured Hitler?s chief executioner is valuable background reading about Palestine in the 1930?s and beyond. It?s a great read and the source of some of the quotes in this post.

15 years after the war, when Eichmann and his family were hiding in Buenos Aires under assumed names, Malkin was the Israeli Mossad team member who personally abducted him off the street outside his home. This was after a lucky break some months earlier from a blind Jewish survivor in Argentina who recognised Eichmann?s son.

Malkin interrogated Eichmann and gained his trust, getting the crucial signed confession necessary for deportation ? no mean feat on either count. Malkin incurred the wrath of his Mossad team mates by stealing a bottle of very expensive French red wine designated for the Sabbath, but instead drunk by the man who had murdered so many of the team?s friends and family. 

Malkin spent time with Eichmann, gave him cigarettes and played him music – after apologising that he couldn?t get his hands on a Viennese waltz he thought would have pleased him.

Eichmann was secreted back to Jerusalem for trial during 1961 on the first El Al flight to land in Argentina, found guilty of war crimes and hanged on 1st June 1962. That the trial was in Jerusalem instead of Nuremburg, Germany, was unusual, but it was at the insistence of David Ben-Gurion, Israel?s first prime minister. He was the driving force behind pursuing war criminals like Eichmann for so many years, even after the trail had gone cold. The rest of the world merely paid lip service to bringing war criminals to justice.

Malkin’s family was typical of the many Polish Jews who made up Poland’s largest minority, having lived there since at least the middle ages, and eventually pushed out by Europe’s anti-Semitism. Three million Polish Jews and 1.9 million non-Jewish Polish citizens died at the hands of the Nazis whose death camps were concentrated in Poland. He was eight years old when part of his immediate family moved from Eastern Poland to Palestine in 1933 and was only 16 when the war ended. He was still at school when he learned of the 6 million Jewish deaths and joined the Haganah, training in explosives. Malkin says in his book: quote.

?Few outsiders have a full understanding of how much, even today, Israeli policy remains a visceral reaction to the spectre of our loved ones being herded into the ovens.? End of quote.

Malkin joined the Israeli Defence Ministry, becoming a founding member of the Department of Internal Security, Shin Beth, giving his reason for applying as ?I like adventure.? He worked in Europe in counter intelligence which led to his participating in the Eichmann arrest.

Malkin saw plenty of evil in his lifetime. After the war he visited the Polish village where his beloved sister and her children had been murdered and pondered on the locals who did or said nothing, saying in his book, Quote.

?Evil does not exist in isolation. It is a product of amorality by consensus.” End of quote.

Today we witness the growth of Islam. Four years ago Brigitte Gabriel was confronted during her public address by a Muslim woman who stood up saying the majority of Muslims are not violent. Gabriel thanked her and asked why more peaceful Muslims were not with her.  Gabriel’s explanation is legendary. Here is the link to the YouTube video. Quote.

Of course, not all of them are radicals. The majority of them are peaceful people. The radicals are estimated to be between 15-25% according to all intelligence services around the world.

That leaves 75% of [Muslims being] peaceful people. But when you look at 15-25% of the world’s Muslim population, you’re looking at 180 million to 300 million people dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization. That is as big as the United States,” said Gabriel.

“So why should we worry about the radical 15-25%? Because it is the radicals that kill. Because it is the radicals that behead and massacre,” Gabriel said.

“When you look at Russia, most Russians were peaceful as well. But the Russians were able to kill 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

“When you look at China for example, most Chinese were peaceful as well. Yet the Chinese were able to kill 70 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

“When you look at Japan prior to World War II, most Japanese were peaceful people too. Yet, Japan was able to butcher its way across Southeast Asia, killing 12 million people, mostly killed by bayonets and shovels. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.”

The peaceful majority were irrelevant.” End of quote.

The peaceful majority are totally ineffective in any situation of exploitation and abuse.

A small percentage of New Zealand parents beat and abuse their children. The silent majority are complicit by keeping their mouths shut about family members who they know are guilty. 

The majority of Muslims are not terrorists or trouble makers but when they keep their mouths shut about those few Muslims with terrorist associations, they become complicit in the resulting damage.

The United Nations is supposed to represent humanity and oppose oppression – but it consistently opposes the only democratic country in the middle East – Israel. It consistently ignores genocide of Christians in African nations today. It consistently ignores Muslim oppression of women and murder of homosexuals in Muslim countries. The peaceful majority are irrelevant, giving us amorality by consensus.