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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Israel the blot that won't go away

I am continually amazed at the bigotry against the small country of Israel and who joins in this bigotry. There is this unofficial coalition between terrorists, European elitists, American liberals and the United Nations joining forces to hate Israel and plot against it. While there may have been some heavy-handed defensive tactics by Israel along the way, looking at the volatile history of this country you see several points where their very survival was in question.

The vast bulk of any criticism I have ever heard or read about Israel comes when Israel is in a defensive posture. I don't know who is writing the rules here, but it is common sense to expect anyone to take whatever measures possible to defend themself, their family and their country when its existence is seriously threatened. There may have been times when defending their country against the threat of being pushed into the sea and against a flood of bombing terrorists things have gone too far. As in all war, I am sure some individual members of the armed forces committed repulsive actions. I do not condone those actions, but when looking at the whole picture I think the anti-Israel crowd has maximized those actions while minimizing the actions against Israel.

Since I have been observing events in Israel, I cannot recall where the cessation of hostilities has been broken by Israel. If anything I think Israel has been foolishly passive by giving back land fairly taken when attacked by multiple countries. Now that they have given back more land, they are being attacked from it. However, the media continues to report this in a reserved tone. If Israel had been the one attacking the media would be actively reporting against Israel.

Today it is being reported that the newly elected leader in Iran, who has been identified as one of the American hostage takers during the Carter presidency, has made some aggressive statements against Israel. Some snippets from that report:

' “As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map,” Mr Ahmadi-Nejad said, citing Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran’s Islamic revolution.

The president told an audience of students there was “no doubt the new wave [of attacks] in Palestine will soon wipe off this disgraceful blot from the face of the Islamic world”. '

Of course as he continues to escalate this rhetoric and Iran continues to develop its nuclear program, when Israel bombs the Iranian nuclear facility in the face of these threats, the anti-Israel coalition will kick into high gear. The United States has been criticized for its support of Israel. The fact is that without the level of support the US has given Israel, that little country would not exist today. Of course, that would make you liberal happy wouldn't it?

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