Militant Islam Threatens Us All
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Militant Islam Threatens Us All

Militant Islam Threatens Us All

There is no moral equivalence between Israel, a democracy which seeks peace and targets the terrorists, and Hamas that seeks Israel's destruction and targets the innocent.

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Imagine a siren that gives you 30 seconds to find shelter before a Kassam rocket falls from the sky and explodes, spraying its lethal shrapnel in all directions. Now imagine this happens day after day, month after month, year after year.

If you can imagine that, you can begin to understand the terror to which hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been subjected. Three years ago Israel withdrew from every square inch of Gaza. And since that withdrawal, our civilians have been targeted by more than 6,000 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza. In the face of this relentless bombardment, Israel has acted with a restraint that other countries, faced with a similar threat, would find hard to fathom. Israel's government has finally decided to respond.

For this action to succeed, we must first have moral clarity. There is no moral equivalence between Israel, a democracy which seeks peace and targets the terrorists, and Hamas, an Iranian-backed terror organization that seeks Israel's destruction and targets the innocent.

In launching precision strikes against Hamas rocket launchers, headquarters, weapons depots, smuggling tunnels and training camps, Israel is trying to minimize civilian casualties. But Hamas deliberately attacks Israeli civilians and deliberately hides behind Palestinian civilians -- a double war crime. Responsible governments do their utmost to minimize civilian casualties, but they do not grant immunity to terrorists who use civilians as human shields.

The international community may occasionally condemn Hamas for putting Palestinian civilians in harm's way, but if it ultimately holds Israel responsible for the casualties that ensue, then Hamas and other terror organizations will employ this abominable tactic again and again.

The charge that Israel is using disproportionate force is equally baseless. Does proportionality demand that Israel fire 6,000 rockets indiscriminately back at Gaza? Does it demand an equal number of casualties on both sides? Using that logic, one would conclude that the United States employed disproportionate force against the Germans because 20 times as many Germans as Americans died in World War II.

In that same war, Britain responded to the firing of thousands of rockets on its population with the wholesale bombing of German cities. Israel's measured response to rocket fire on its cities has come in the form of surgical strikes. To further root out Hamas terrorists in a way that minimizes Palestinian civilian casualties, Israel's army is now engaged in a ground operation that places its soldiers in great peril. Carpet-bombing of Palestinian cities is not an option that any Israeli leader will entertain.

Only by defeating Hamas can we provide security for our people and hope for a future peace.

The goal of this mission should be clear: To end the current round of missile attacks and to remove the threat of such attacks in the future. The only cease-fire or diplomatic initiative that should be accepted is one that achieves this dual objective.

If our enemies assumed that the Israeli public would be divided on the eve of an election, they were wrong. When it comes to exercising our most basic right of self-defense, there is no opposition and no coalition. We stand united against Hamas because we know that only by defeating Hamas can we provide security for our people and hope for a future peace.

We fight to defend ourselves, but in so doing we are also fighting a fanatical ideology that seeks to reverse the course of history and throw the civilized world back into a new dark age. The struggle between militant Islam and modernity -- whether fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, India or Gaza -- will decide our common future. It is a battle we cannot afford to lose.

This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

 

Published: January 10, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) Mark Alan Johnston, May 29, 2011 6:04 PM

Turn Back to TORAH

Beloved Chosen People of G_D: This is a WAKE-UP call to TESHUVAH. Remember the Megillah....HAMAN....HAMAS....Need I say more?

(5) Paula Tilley, January 12, 2009 10:45 AM

SUPPORTING ISRAEL

I STRONGLY AGREE WITH BIBI. HE SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY SINCERE ONE WITH THIS MATTER. WE ARE ALL THREATENED WITH TERRORISM. ISRAEL, MOST OF ALL. THE U.S. & OTHER COUNTRIES SHOULD BE GIVING ALL THE SUPPORT THEY CAN. WE KNOW ISRAEL IS HOLY LAND & THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE THE " APPLE OF G-D'S EYE". WE MUST RID THIS WORLD OF THESE TERRORISTS NO MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD THEY ARE. BIBI IS SINCERE & SPEAKS THE TRUTH & NOT POLITICAL RHETORIC. HE KNOWS MORE & HAS MORE INTELLIGENCE ON TERRORISM THAN ANYONE ELSE.

(4) Michael Oberndorf, January 11, 2009 8:45 PM

Silence is active support

I agree with Gary, that Islam is in no way the "religion of peace" that apologists for Islam claim it is. Indeed, it has always spread itself though violence. Were it not for Charlemagne, Europe would have been overrun, and would be an impoverished Muslim wasteland, as are most Islam-dominated countries. As to Israel's right to self-defense, a clearer case of this would be nearly impossible to find. And if there is collateral damage, so be it. The "Palestinians" who sat silently by while Hamas carried on its murderous assault on innocent civilians, intentionally targeting civilian neighborhoods, have no one but themselves to blame. These, by the way, are the same "Palestinians" who danced and laughed when 3,000 Americans were murdered on 9/11. The reason that no war since WWII has ended successfully, with a clear victory, is that the leftists who have dominated our governments for the past 60 years have forced us to leave the complicit civilian populations largely unscathed, willing and able to hide, succor, and support our enemies, allowing them to go on and on and on. This truly needs to change...

(3) Carmen, January 11, 2009 5:34 PM

no one has spoken the truth like Mr. B. Netanyahu. Our prayers go out for him and his people. God bless Israel.

(2) Chuck, January 11, 2009 4:46 PM

Hope for all

I agree that Israel must have the right to defend itself. Yet some way we must give hope to hopeless ones in the midst of this. God grant real peace to us. LIke Satan, our first sin was pride and we are still subject to this. Can we change our basic nature without the Lord's intervention? I think Israel is doing a better job from my perspective. Hezbollah and Hamas have a different objective: World domination and peace on their terms. God doesn't demand subjection. He gives us a choice. We will give an account for our choices.

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