Blogger Yochanan Gordon posted an op-ed on The Times of Israel entitled, "When Genocide is Permissible." I would love to be able to link to this piece, but it was very quickly taken down. Here is a screenshot:
He asks: "I mean, whoever heard of a timeout in war?"
He concludes with, "If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?"
If you have to question if genocide is permissible to defend a country that was established as a result of genocide, you have officially failed at life.
I took a look at some of the other op-eds written by Yochanan Gordon, including "Reflections of a Blogger" in which he says:
"It’s my fervent hope that you find favor in my words and that it should continue to arouse important introspective thought and dialogue amongst others and ultimately effect positive change in the world..."
Well, Mr. Gordon, the internet has not found favor with your words today.
I then checked out Mr. Gordon's Twitter feed, where I was greeted with this:
Searching Google for Yochanan Gordon led to a piece from 5 Towns Jewish Times, a website founded by his father, called "The Duplicitous Mr. Holmes" in which Mr. Gordon discusses the horrible tragedy in Aurora Colorado, saying :
"If we are to succeed in protecting ourselves and our children from dangerous people, it’s important to distinguish between sincere and insincere people. There are those who couldn’t care less about their public image, and it’s easy for us to avoid them. But those who present a facade of innocence, studiousness, and righteousness yet don’t represent those ideals in their hearts—they pose the greatest risk to society."
Yochanan Gordon, having deleted both his Facebook and Twitter profiles, seems to be seeking the kind of "sustained quiet" he suggested could be achieved for Israel through genocide.
I mean, whoever heard of a timeout in war?
Mr. Gordon has apologized, proving that perhaps timeouts are effective after all.