With all of the calls for calm and quiet, with the many condemnations of Israel by the E.U. and the United Nations, Russia and others...it makes one wonder if any of these people screaming at Israel for their retaliation against Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations, would be screaming if these same terrorist organizations were targeting their communities?
Would these hypocrites be screaming if their militaries were sent to bomb those who were attacking them? Would France, Germany, Italy, Greece, or Great Britain...any of them, stand for a rocket attack on their soil? Or would they declare war?
Would they be worried about a humanitarian crisis knowing that Hamas regularly makes a habit of practicing the art of making civilians human shields, placing their military operations smack in the middle of civilian population centers...in schools, in mosques, in universities and hospitals?
I think we all know the answer to this.
The terrorist government of Hamas should have been toppled a long time ago. If the USA had the chutspah, the guts to take out Saddam Hussein...(who was NOT a terrorist leader, a terrible man, and an evil dictator perhaps, but not a terrorist)...then Israel should have the guts to do the same to Hamas, and the world be damned.
The only problem I see here, is that it does look like a politically expedient move on the parts of Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak. Israeli elections are less than two months away with opposition leader, Benjamin Netanyahu coming on strong in the polls. The Israeli people collectively are tired of constantly having to justify their existence, constantly having to live in fear of terrorist rocket and mortar attacks, homicide bombers...constantly living in fear of the Muslims.
Benjamin Netanyahu predicted that if Israel allowed Hamas to rule in Gaza, if the Jews were expelled from land taken in 1967, it would not restore calm. It would not bring peace.
Instead it would create a terrorist state, a ten-thousand man terrorist army, and a rabid group of people dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish nation.
The "peace-at-all-costs" leaders of Israel, those in Kadima and Labor, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak were for this expulsion...they were for making Gaza, Judenrein.
(Wow such a provocation! Such an insult to the Muslim community...having to deal with Jews living among them and the Jews not having to bow, walk on a different side of the street or pay the Jizya Tax!)
[For those that don't know, you should read up on the history of Jews (and Christians!) living under Islamic rule.
Also for those who don't know, Under Islamic law, jizya or jizyah is a per capita tax levied on a section of an Islamic state's non-Muslim citizens, who meet certain criteria. The tax is/was to be levied on able bodied adult males of military age and affording power, (but with specific exemptions, though these were discarded at various points in history). From the point of view of the Muslim rulers, jizya was a material proof of the non-Muslims' acceptance of subjection to the state and its laws, "just as for the inhabitants it was a concrete continuation of the taxes paid to earlier regimes." In return, non-Muslim citizens were permitted to practice their faith, to enjoy a measure of communal autonomy, to be entitled to Muslim state's protection from outside aggression, to be exempted from military service and taxes levied upon Muslim citizens.
I suppose Jews should be on their knees thanking the Muslims for their kindness eh?]
The Arabic term jizya appears in verse Qur'an 9:29, but the Qur'an does not specify jizya as a tax per head. According to Paul Heck, the jizya taxation seems to be a developed form of the Sassanian practice of taxation.
So, thinking it would make peace, and caving in to international pressure from the U.S., the E.U., Russia...basically everybody, Ariel Sharon expelled the Jews from Gaza. And voila...war. Land for peace?
How about this: The Muslims understand strength. They understand the concept of "No Compromise." I understand this concept as well. It's my God against theirs. An unconquered Jewish people in their midst is a slap in the face of Islam! Yes, Mahmoud Abbas and Mashaal and I, we would understand one another. Neither of us would give an inch. We might hate one another, and we would strive to make sure the other failed, and they at least, would try to make sure I died. But we would, in the end, respect one another.
No one understands the insane, self destructive policies of Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni!!!
The entire Muslim world looks at Israel's leaders as weak, and ripe for conquest. Israel's destruction is nigh! Just listen to Ahmadinejad! They'll wipe Israel off the map they say. Why? Because they view Israel as weak. They will finally beat the Zionist entity they believe. Allah is stronger than YHVH! Stronger than the God of Israel they think.
(And for you Christians out there, you could not be farther from the truth if you believe that Allah simply is the Arabic word for God, and that he is the same as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.)
This is a religious war, and until the West understands this, they will not understand anything else about the Middle Eastern conflict. And, sadly, they will continue to be the so obvious hypocrites they are.