The High Cost of Ignorance – Read entire article on Times of Israel site – link enclosed.

In countless conversations with anti-Zionist, anti-Israel supporters of Palestine and Gaza, I am constantly taken aback at their lack of knowledge of history, and the extent to which they believe the revisionist versions of “history” they glean from a multitude of pro-Palestinian websites and blogs.

Even a cursory glance at historical facts would normally be enough to show that the “facts” in which they believe have sprung into existence in the last several years, yet, they cannot be bothered to examine that history.

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Proportionality? Why?

During this and each previous armed conflict between Israel and Gaza, Israel has been accused of a non-proportional response to Hamas’ rockets and mortars.

This is usually “proven” by lopsided “body counts” in which Israel suffers minimal casualty numbers, while Hamas and Gaza suffer much larger losses.

 

 

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A Few Pesky Questions (Read the entire article on The Times Of Israel – see link)

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A Few Pesky Questions
JOHN PORIS August 15, 2014, 8:54 am

Throughout the course of the most recent conflagration between Israel and Hamas (and their “associates”), we have heard any number of times that Israel should do “more” to reduce civilian casualties

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“Just Firecrackers”. “Not Enough Israelis Killed”. “Disproportionality”

These are the inane, incredible arguments I hear, over and over again.  Not just from the “useful idiots” in general, but from people who should know better.

The other night, I watched as Jake Tapper of CNN interviewed Mark Regev, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s spokesman, and essentially badgered him about Israel’s “disproportional” response to what Tapper thought was a minor inconvenience, clearly.

“How”, he asked, “could Israel justify the deaths of so many Palestinians in Gaza, when so few Israelis have been killed by the rockets?”.

This question makes me want to scream and yell.  I hear it frequently. It is the new rallying cry of the Israel-bashers.

They somehow believe that, if not “enough” Israelis are killed, Israel should not respond with the force necessary to stop the rockets. That they are only a “nuisance” and not really dangerous, since Israel has the Iron Dome, Bomb Shelters, warning systems, etc., and the rockets are not really that dangerous, not much more than firecrackers.

What infuriates me is that, without any doubt, these same people would be screaming for their governments to do “something” to stop rockets raining on their towns, and in all likelihood, would be peeing their pants in fear every time a rocket flew overhead.

The hypocrisy and vileness of this attitude is beyond galling.

My personal view is that “proportionality” in war is a mistake.  The object of war, which should always be a last resort, is to stop the threat against you.  When you are attacked, you should respond with the MAXIMUM force available to you in order to stop the threat.

Clearly, that doesn’t mean that if there is a cross border shooting every two years, you invade the country from which the shooting originated.  But, if there is shooting every day, a country is certainly entitled to do whatever is necessary to make it stop.  THAT is proportionality.

In the case of Israel and Gaza, clearly, Israel’s response has not been “proportional”.  What they have done is NOT ENOUGH, as it has not caused a cessation of rocket and mortar fire. Israel would certainly be justified in doing a tremendous amount “more”, but not to protect civilians in Gaza, as the world demands, but “more” to make the rockets stop.

Frankly, the idea that ANY country in the world would sit back and allow a neighbor to fire over 12,000 rockets between 2001 and 2014 (now over 15,000 rockets, including the latest war) without a major response, regardless of how many are killed or injured by those rockets.

And, to be clear.  Even ONE Israeli killed or injured by rockets launched deliberately and indiscriminately against Israeli civilians is too many, and is justification for massive retaliation.

Are We Already in World War III?

While watching the movie “Pearl Harbor” this evening, the thought occurred to me that it has been a long time since we, the USA, have been in a “declared” war with a clearly defined enemy, or enemies.

In WWII, the “Axis” was very clear. They attacked us, were discrete national identities, and swore to conquer us.  We were attacked, we declared war, we mobilized the population, we fought like tigers, and we won the war, eventually, at a very heavy cost.  Along the way, we killed many, many enemy civilians in far-off places like Japan and Germany, because we understood that the only way to prosecute and win the war was to break the enemy’s spirit completely, and cause him to surrender unconditionally.

Now, we see the forces of “Radical” Islam attacking all over the world.  They attacked us in 2001, on 9/11, killing more Americans than were killed at Pearl Harbor (look it up, if you don’t believe me).

We were gung-ho to go after Al-Quaida, since we identified them as the perpetrators, and along the way, became bogged down in “actions” in Afghanistan, Iraq, and to a degree, Pakistan. We’ve had skirmishes in other places, as well.

But, the Islamist forces are hard at work to conquer many places around the world. They are represented by “armies” that call themselves Hamas, Al-Quaida, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, ISIS, Boko Haram, and many, many more. They are supported by states like Iran, Qatar, Syria, and others, and have as their goal the spread of their brand of Islam to the rest of the world.

This week, we saw ISIS declare that, Insha’allah, their flag will fly over the White House.

Israel faces attacks on their Northern border from Hezbollah, and from Gaza from Hamas, all with the stated goal of driving the Jews into the sea, of exterminating them.

We see mobs all over the world rioting over cartoons they deem offensive, over “genocide” when Israel goes after “fighters” embedded in civilian areas, and generally, over anything they deem offensive to Islam, which is pretty much any aspect of our Western civilization that doesn’t conform to Sharia law.

Under these circumstances, and given the broad scope of the wars raging all around the globe, is it incorrect to posit that we are actually, already in the midst of World War Three, even though we haven’t yet “declared” it or decided we have to fight it?

Iran is working hard to gain nuclear weapons, which they threaten to use against Israel.  Israel, as a Western-style democracy in the midst of hundreds of millions of Arabs, most Muslims, in the Middle East, is truly an outpost of the West, yet many in the West are ready to sacrifice Israel in the name of appeasement.  “Maybe, if we let that ‘shitty little country’ go under, the Islamists will be satisfied and forget about the rest of us.”.

I don’t think that’s true. The Islamists have very long-range plans.  They are very patient, and are willing to die for their cause.

I do think that we, the West, are in a war for the very survival of our way of life.

Defeat is not imminent, yet, but make no mistake.  Our enemy is very clearly “Radical Islam”, and they ARE out to get us.

It is going to be a long war, and it will become increasingly grim as time goes on.  

If we do not wake up to the fact that we are at war, and then summon the determination to decisively and conclusively defeat this enemy, our future generations will be praying to Allah. I fear that we are too unwilling to recognize the threat in time to mobilize and work together with other nations to overcome and preserve our freedom and heritage. I fear that we are too caught up in the rush to make the world “politically correct”, and to avoid any civilian casualties because fighting back would make us “war criminals”.  We have bought in to the lie that war can be “clean”, without casualties, and that “proportionality” is the over-arching goal, rather than decisively and conclusively defeating our enemy that we may live free.

Make no mistake, this is a world war, only we, as a Western Civilization, are unwilling to recognize it as such.  That could well be our downfall.