Thomas Wictor

War IS the answer

War IS the answer

Since I started writing my posts debunking Pallywood hoaxes, I’ve gotten hundreds of messages from really angry people. They call me a liar, an inhuman monster, a paid Israeli agent, a racist, an Islamophone, a homophobe, an idiot, “unwell,” and lots of other compliments. But not one person has actually told me where I’m wrong in my analyses. A creepy guy offered to do so, but he used that “I’m just asking questions” gambit, which is something that only totally narcissistic mental patients and sadists say. What it comes down to is that people are loathe to admit that war IS the answer to certain questions.

On Twitter, someone named Justin Raimondo called me “Tommy” (using diminutives shows domination, like when dogs mount each other) and told me to pick up my “hasbara check.” I knew I’d heard that exact phrase before, but I couldn’t remember where. And then of course! That’s what Stormfront says to anybody who defends Israel. It’s the standard putdown of Neonazis.

We again catch a glimpse of the secretive love affair between the fanatical libertarian right and the National Socialists. All they have in common is Jew-hate, but that’s enough. Justin deleted his tweet after I told someone else that Stormfront uses the precise insult. Can you imagine starting a site called This is someone so infantile that he actually puts in writing that those who disagree with him are unpatriotic. represents the truly pro-America side of the foreign policy debate. With our focus on a less centralized government and freedom at home, we consider ourselves the real American patriots.

Justin believes that no war is worth fighting. Ever. That’s called “monomania.” It’s a treatable mental illness.

In the case of Operation Protective Edge, war was the answer, as succinctly laid out by Brigadier General Michael Herzog (ret), Israeli Defense Forces.

Israel launched a ground operation into Gaza on Thursday night after ten days of heavy bombardment of over 140 rockets a day raining on Israel. Israel tried to stop them by applying force—air strikes—against Hamas’s military infrastructure in Gaza. That failed. Egypt proposed a ceasefire; Hamas rejected it even though it was accepted by the Arab League and by the civilian authority in Israel, so Israel felt it was left with little choice but to launch a ground operation.

A guy on Facebook sent me a masterpiece of incoherence.

What is his complaint? His next message clarified it, but only because I’m used to wading through doggerel.

What he’s saying is that it’s wrong for me to debunk propaganda because even if the images are fake, they tell a greater truth, which is that people die in war, and war must therefore be avoided at all costs.

I’ve learned that actually nobody opposes all war. They oppose only war waged by Israel and the United States. When I get messages from people angry at me for debunking Palestinian propaganda, I look at their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. They never have anything to say about the Islamic State butchering its way across Iraq, or the Syrian Arab Army and the al-Nusrah Front competing in the Atrocity Olympics, or Boko Haram carrying out mass throat-cuttings in Nigeria, or the eternal inhuman savagery in South Sudan.

A man sent one of my Pallywood posts to a BBC reporter.

“Total rubbish,” she responded.

I asked her to give me specific examples of my rubbish. She never replied.

About a week ago a very large media outfit interviewed me for half an hour by phone. The piece never appeared.

None of this bothers me because one of my role models is General William Tecumseh Sherman.

He was a brilliant general, a curmudgeon, and he said exactly what he wanted. In fact he was a quote machine.

If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.

This war differs from other wars, in this particular: We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.

If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have people speak so directly today? How many civil wars has the US had since Sherman marched to the sea, his bummers wrecking everything they could? It was chemotherapy, which is horrible. I know: I watched my mother suffer through it. But she died of cardiac arrest caused by self-starvation, not cancer. Dr. Brian J. Leberthon brought her back from Stage IV metastasized cancer. There were no cancer markers in her blood two days before she died.

Sherman is still hated in the South. I once had an online discussion with a southerner about Sherman.

“He burned my great-great-great-great-granddaddy’s farm!” the man wrote.

So what? This Southerner didn’t even know his ancestor, and Sherman burned his farm in order to deprive the Confederate Army of provisions and end a war fought in part over owning other human beings as slaves. I’ve got ancestors too. Like this guy.

No clue who he is. Both my parents were into genealogy as a hobby, but their interests were selective. They studied only particular branches of their families. And they didn’t tell us much at all. We’re left with thousands of unlabeled photos. This is someone from my father’s side of the family, but he’s a stranger and will always remain so. That doesn’t matter to me.

I’m not tribal. For me, blood is not thicker than water. I accepted long ago that I have no roots. That’s why I can’t understand modern-day Southerners still hating William Tecumseh Sherman.

Nor can I understand Sunnis hating Shi’ites, Shi’ites hating Sunnis, both hating Christians, Arabs hating Kurds, Persians hating Arabs, and everybody hating the Jews.

The hate will never stop, but the fighting will. When the non-Jews accept that they can’t defeat the Jews, the Jews will be left in peace.

In the meantime, war is the answer. These men must be killed.

And these men must be killed.


And this man must be killed.

A giant, major, huge, respected journalist recently said something really moronic.

With William Tecumseh Sherman as my muse, I responded.

I don’t think anybody from the mainstream press will be asking for any more interviews. That’s fine. I can’t wait for the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge to end so that I can return to obscurity.

Until that happens, here’s another bit of Pallywood debunking to make the angry loonies angrier. It was brought to my attention by a reader, so I can’t take credit.

The IDF tried to arrest Zakaria Daoud Ding, but he chose to fight it out instead. Supposedly he died. I guess that’s him on the stretcher being carried away…alive.

After he’s gone, a woman carries a baby up to the house.

There’s an edit, and now the baby is being brought out of the house.

Then he’s rescued a second time by different people.

What actually happened was that the IDF called the house, and everyone except for Zakaria Daoud Ding evacuated. There was a shootout, and then a bulldozer came in and broke a hole in the house. Zakaria Daoud Ding got shot, at which point he was given to Palestinians? I have no idea. Nothing the Palestinians show or tell us is truthful or makes sense.

A dead Palestinian family came back to life, you know.

In that grudging, peevish, excuse-laden correction, they don’t tell you that policemen in Gaza are members of Hamas, which is the the reason the house was bombed in the first place. Also, the Qassam mosque was hit because rocket launchers were being set up in the yard. Here’s Nusseirat (or Nuseirat) “refugee camp.”

And if that isn’t insane enough for you, I’m sure you’ve heard the endless horror and outrage of Israeli, European, and American human rights groups over the use of rubber bullets on Palestinian protestors. Well, here are Palestinian spectators watching IDF soldiers shooting protestors with rubber bullets.

Doesn’t the rage and humiliation of the Palestinian men just leap out at you?

The voice of the people is the voice of humbug.

—William Tecumseh Sherman