Who here remembers 9/11?
I was at work, at Visteon, in Dearborn, Michigan, and watched the second tower fall, live on TV in the lobby of our building, then saw the Pentagon hit.
When it became clear that it was a terror attack, we were sent home because no one knew if it was one of many pending attacks, or if it was a single event.
People all over the country rushed to pick up their kids from school, businesses sent their employees home, and we, as a nation, called for retaliation and for the utmost force to be employed against the perpetrators to prevent any future, similar occurrence(s).
We, here in the US, have forgotten, for the most part, the emotions we felt when the towers fell, and have forgotten how we swore we would do whatever it takes to “get” Osama Bin Laden and his friends, and how we would do whatever it takes to make sure 9/11 never happened again.
Fast forward a few years.
Israel has been enduring rockets on its population on an ongoing basis, from Gaza. While the death toll has not been as high as the apologists for Hamas think it should be, in order to justify any kind of response, there have been deaths and injuries, property damage, and millions of Israelis running to bomb shelters with less than a minute warning.
This has been going on for NINE YEARS. NINE YEARS.
Why would ANY American not understand that Israel cannot endure rockets and terror attacks on its civilians?
There are many who justify the attacks, and apologize for Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, Al Qassam Brigades, etc., as if the “occupation” justifies acts of terror against a civilian population. They ignore the degradation and terror these groups inflict on their own people. They chant things like “We are Hamas”. “We are Hamas”? Really? Misogynistic, racist, fanatical, intolerant, murderous terrorists? That is who they want to identify with?
If you lived in Israel, what would YOU want the government to do in the face of constant attack?
Would you ask them to unilaterally withdraw from the West Bank, immediately? Would you ask them to turn Gaza into a parking lot? Would you tell Netanyahu that he should “do more” to avoid civilian casualties at the expense of Israeli casualties? What would YOU do?
I know what the answer would have been in 2001, following 9/11. The fact that 9/11 seems so distant to us, now, does not mean that it should be. The forces that perpetrated it are still around, as are their “friends”, which include Hamas.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to reach peace with Hamas. They have proven that over and over again. At this point, Israel’s only option is to beat them into a position where they cannot continue to attack Israel.
War is a terrible, horrendous, awful, heartbreaking thing. It is heartwrenching to think of children in Gaza hearing bombs, seeing the dead all around them, being killed and maimed. It is truly outrageous.
Yet, what alternative has Hamas (and their proxies) left Israel? To continue to endure the unendurable attacks, simply turning the other cheek? To capitulate? To pack up and move all the Israelis “back” to where they came from, in Europe, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, etc.? Somehow, I don’t think that’s workable.
Hamas and the Gazans don’t have to love or like Israel or Jews. But, they DO have to be “civil” neighbors, or suffer the consequences. What we are seeing now are “the consequences”.
There is a way out – lay down their arms, stop firing rockets, and work to build a Gaza that the world can be proud of, that is a good neighbor to the world, including Israel, and to give their children a chance to grow up as decent human beings.