By Yochanan Gordon
A Gazan women and her family were seen in Barzilai medical center, standing off to the side deep in prayer. When asked, the women said she was praying for the well-being of the IDF Soldiers who evacuated her and her children from an area that was going to be bombed. She said, I am praying that the soldiers who saved my life return home safely. She was then asked if she felt worried giving this testimony lest she be reprimanded upon her return to Gaza. She replied, “I cannot withhold from speaking the truth.”
In another report, taking to twitter, an Italian journalist Gabriel Barbati tweeted, “Out of #Gaza far from #Hamas retaliation: misfired rocket killed children yesterday in Shati. Witness: militants rushed and cleared debris.
If you’ll recall, following initial reports about the UN School explosion in which sixteen palestinian children were reported killed – the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon was quoted as calling the act shameful and followed up by alleging that all accounts point to Israel as the responsible party. You could rest assured that the media channels such as CNN, Al-Jazeera and BBC will never report any of these incidents for fear of making Israel look like the moral army, absolved of any disproportionality that it really is. Clearly, these stated commentators have distinguished themselves as pursuing anything which makes Israel look like the aggressor – which is patently false.
Col. Richard Kemp, famous for his testimony defying the allegations of the skewed Goldstone report following Operation Cast Lead has been making his rounds to various media outlets, at least those who would let him on, rehashing that as far as he is concerned Israel is the most moral army in the history of warfare. Mr. Kemp went on to say that the human shield tactic being employed by Gazan Militants is something which is widespread in the Muslim world – which has been used against American forces in Afghanistan. For some reason, however, there is a dearth of reports regarding any action, let alone, disproportionality going on in Afghanistan. You could rest assured that if Israel was in Afghanistan we would be hearing all about it.
Many, including myself, have expressed shock and outrage by the lack of support that Israel has seen from the Obama administration. The truth is, among the many reasons why people didn’t vote for Obama were his middle name Hussein, his association to Jeremiah Wright who has been an outspoken opponent of America and Israel. The question we asked then was how someone who sat in the Church of Mr. Wright and absorbed all of the venom that he spewed be trusted with leading the people and upholding the values that American Presidents for the most part possessed? Well, it seems that our fears have been qualified. Despite America denying transcripts of recorded phone calls between PM Netanyahu and Mr. Obama, and a list of other leaked documents in which America has attempted to force Israel into a ceasefire, which would clearly undermine the war effort and its casualties thus-far,
It seems that the extent of Americas support of Israel is in stating that Israel has the right to defend itself. Picking up on that nuance, if you would have listened carefully to a number of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s public statements you would have heard him say, “Israel has the right to defend itself and the right to act upon that right. “Clearly, the necessity for saying that was the suspicion that despite Israel’s stated rights to defend itself, it seemed that, that right was only given in theory but the moment it would be exercised it would be deemed disproportionate.
Let’s take a step back for a moment and analyze one important thing. Since when does any nation or any person for that matter need to be granted rights to defend itself from stated annihilation? That very assertion smacks of anti-Semitism. Never, have I ever heard, in the history of this world of a nation having to beg permission for its right to defend its people. Not one missile or rocket entered the US borders when President Bush decided to send troops into Afghanistan. And although, Osama Bin Laden was tagged as the mastermind behind 9/11 which claimed over 3,000 lives in a matter of moments – is one infraction enough to go and assassinate someone? Mr. Obama, whatever happened to diplomacy? Iran has been pursuing nuclear warheads and you insist that we talk it over with them. Gaza has shot thousands of missiles exclusively at civilian centers within Israel and has sworn endlessly to annihilate the Jews and resettle the land as an independent Palestinian state – and that is not grounds for defense?
There is nothing more asymmetrical and disproportionate than that. But, my friends, I think the answer to all this lies in comments made by our very own President this past Sunday when he commemorated the Muslim Holiday of Eid al-Fitr which signals the end of the month-long observance of Ramadan. The President said, “Muslims have contributed to strengthening our democracy and building the very fabric of our nation.” I think those comments have caught just about every clear thinking person off guard. Political commentator Allen B West who served 22 years with honors in the American Army and was elected to the 112th Congress in the state of Florida and is a contributor to Fox News, asked readers of his blog to search the annals of history for a way to qualify the comments that Muslims have contributed to building the very fabric of our nation. He then, took the liberty to go first: Quoting from Genesis, way-back in history, Mr. West wrote, “I know Abraham was the father of all nations and he was Isaac and Ishmael’s dad. And in Genesis 16:11-12, (NIV)” The angel of the Lord also said to her (Hagar): You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”
So to Muslims, I say thank you for being a part of the Judeo-Christian foundation that established this great nation. And I am thankful for this Bible verse so I understand God’s blessing upon what would ultimately lead to the growth of violent jihad.
However, going back to Mr. Obamas Muslim upbringing it’s appropriate here to suggest that most civilized people may have a different understanding of the word building. You see, in America we have strived to offer freedom and equality to all in order to establish constructive lives and build wholesome families under the banner of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. America is so loved and cherished for the opportunities that have afforded people from all walks of life to reach these shores and escape oppressive, poverty stricken upbringings with the chance to rebuild and establish a life worth living. Muslim extremism, however, has repeatedly called for the destruction of the West. This type of freedom is against their very ideology. Possibly, in their vernacular destruction is building, where to everyone else it is seen as destructive.
Regarding an earthenware vessel Chazal write, “Breaking it is the only way to rectify it.” This is the manner in which Muslim extremism sees Israel, the west and all of democracy for that matter. If Muslims have contributed to strengthen the democracy in any way it is through their efforts to bring us down. Their definition of building is through destroying and I’m afraid that is what President Obama was referring to.
In light of this, there is only one way to deal with such a sworn enemy – to bring them down first. There is no rationale that justifies brokering a ceasefire to halt a war on the very fabric of evil. If we don’t bring them down, they will attempt again and again to sow fear and terror in the hearts of all Americans in their quest to take over the world.
Israel should have the fullest support of every free nation rallying behind it as it is working unilaterally to root out terror from its midst. Hezbollah and Iran are looking on closely to see the direction that this war is moving in to plan its next moves. America is acting extremely foolishly and had better get their act together. When Iran says they are pursuing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, read between the lines, peace usually means the coexistence of two disparate entities under one common purpose; however in their vernacular peace is to do away with every opposing ideology, the father of whom is America.