Israel Cracks Down
Israel has been on the verge of losing its very life.
Israel is finally acting like it.
Israel has had enough. Fake dialogue, pointless meetings, useless photo ops, and worthless diplomacy have now gone up in thick, black, Gaza smoke.
Israel has cracked down.
It’s about time.
The most miserable group of individuals to ever inhabit the Earth have finally pushed too far.
The best part about the conflagration that will hopefully break the terrorists in Gaza once and for all is that no matter what happens, conservatives cannot be blamed.
George W. Bush is staying out of the way. That is what he is supposed to do in this situation.
Ariel Sharon is in a coma.
Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is not currently in power.
No, a leftist peacenik Prime Minister is waging war.
This is fabulous. Even a peacenik has had enough.
Ehud Ohlmert is waging war. Ehud Barack is justifying the war.
At this rate, everybody to the right of Leon Trotsky or Barbara Boxer will be supporting the war.
Even liberal Jews in America, who live to hate President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Ariel Sharon, are quietly thinking that maybe, just maybe, sometimes, war absolutely is the answer.
Part of this comes in the form of a natural political dichotomy. The rest is about common sense.
The political dichotomy grows naturally out of the fact that to govern effectively anywhere other than in a dictatorship, being somewhere near the center is vital.
Governing coalitions are fragile, and it is easier to win back die hard core loyalists than disaffected moderates.
This is why republicans get elected, and move to the left to survive. Conversely, democrats move to the right.
While on domestic policy this can be done with a certain amount of blurring the lines, there is nothing blurry about issues of war and peace.
Only conservatives can be trusted to make peace.
Only Richard Nixon could have gone to China.
Only Ariel Sharon, a lifelong warrior, could have been trusted to order the pullout from Gaza.
As a proud hardliner on Israel (as if that is a bad thing or that any other position makes sense morally and strategically), the idea of giving up land is normally a non-starter for me. You win a war, you keep the land. Period. Otherwise, America should give Texas back to Mexico and Florida back to Spain.
Yet I supported the Gaza pullout for no other reason than I trusted Ariel Sharon. “The Bulldozer” would not sell Israel down the river.
Nobody that matters can say that about liberal politicians. Most of them in recent years have been weasels that talked out of both sides of their mouth. Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and John Kerry stood for everything, which meant they stood for nothing. They looked at the polls to tell them what they believed. They offered meaningless blather and platitudes about “aggressive diplomacy,” “tough diplomacy,” and “more sensitive wars,” as if any of those phrases are less contradictory than “Jews for Jesus.”
Israeli liberals are even worse. Yitzchak Rabin agreed to the awful Oslo deal in 1993. Ehud Barak was ready to give away 97% of Israel in 2000. In 2006 Ehud Ohlmert was willing to accidentally get something right before bungling it in the grand tradition of leftist weakness.
Yet despite those failures, Ohlmert was given latitude to wage a 34 day war against Arab terrorism.
This is because liberals are allowed to wage war.
When a conservative wages war, they are referred to as imperialists, Nazis, fascists, dictators, and every other slur under the planet. If liberals want to stop being referred to as peacenik wimps, they need to stop demonizing conservatives as warmongers. They also need to stop acting like peacenik wimps.
Liberals are allowed to wage wars that should make conservatives green with envy.
Barack Obama could drop bombs the day after he is inaugurated, and the left will keep quiet. The left watched Bill Clinton bomb Iraq and Serbia. They also witnessed the disgrace that was Somalia.
The theory is simple. When liberals think somebody or something is bad, then it must be really really bad.
When liberals do not trust diplomacy, then diplomacy cannot happen.
The problem is that waiting for the left to finally give up their hyper-tolerant attitude is often the difference between winning with low casualties and losing with much larger casualties.
Nevertheless, liberals care about winning elections with a passion that conservatives save for killing terrorists. If a conservative is in power, it is beneficial for the left if the war is a failure. Democrats rode the discontent in Iraq to victory in 2006, and less so in 2008. The discontent did not come from the people. The discontent came from the media and the democrats. They forced bad news down the throats of Americans, despite the fact that the bad news was mostly lies.
Yet when a liberal is in power, the desire to win elections requires that wars be won. Sheer expediency allows the left to do the right thing, even if for cynical, naked, politically calculating reasons.
When a conservative is in power, winning wars is not allowed because giving that conservative an ounce of credit makes liberals angrier than the war itself.
Getting beyond the political dichotomy is the issue of common sense.
No nation should have to face 9/11 horrors on a daily basis.
There is no moral equivalence between a nation trying to defend itself and a cluster of murderous monsters looking to destroy another nation.
There is no equality between Arabs that live freely in Israel and Jewish populations in Arab Muslim nations approaching zero for fear of being murdered.
There is no parallel between a democracy and the murderous dictatorships that surround it.
Conservatives have always understood this. Liberals, slowly but surely, are running out of excuses.
The liberal vision was tried. It failed.
It failed in 1993 with that pathetic Oslo agreement that Arab murderers never honored.
It failed in 2000 when Israel voluntarily left Lebanon. The reward for this painful concession was more terror.
It failed when Israel gave up Gaza and the Palestinians refused to stop murdering Jews, instead offering more terror.
We tried liberalism. It failed, and failed, and failed, and failed and failed.
Oh, and then it failed.
Some liberals have finally woken up.
Monday, Israel’s defense minister said the nation was in an “all-out war” with Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules Gaza.
“We have stretched our hand in peace many times to the Palestinian people. We have nothing against the people of Gaza, but this is an all-out war against Hamas and its branches.”
That was Ehud Barack. He is no right winger. He is a leftist that has simply had enough.
Yet some liberals still have not had the senselessness beaten out of them.
Some organizations simply exist solely for the purposes of despising America and Israel.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moonbat had this lovely anti-Semitic gem:
“While recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself, I have also condemned the excessive use of force by Israel in Gaza. The suffering caused to civilian populations as a result of the large-scale violence and destruction that have taken place over the past few days has saddened me profoundly.”
What saddens me profoundly is that the United Nations is a sad organization that has never offered anything profound.
Excessive? Disproportionate? Israel has lost 6 people, and the defective Arabs in Gaza have lost 375. That means that for every Jew killed, 62.5 Palestinians have been liberated to their land of blood stained virgins.
Let’s look at it differently. There are one billion Arab Muslims. There are 14 million Jews. By those calculations, the 6 Jewish lives are worth 415,000 Palestinians. If a 7th Jewish person is murdered, Palestinians should lose an even half of one million.
So yes, the losses are excessive and disproportionate against the Jews.
In Medieval times, families would have 14 children because they expected 7 of them to die due to diptheria or other illnesses. Nowadays Palestinians breed more children because losing some of them to homicide bombings they instigate is factored in!
Palestinians, as a whole, overall, do not value human life.
Are there individual Palestinians that value life? Absolutely? Are they sufficient in percentages? Absolutely not. As a collective, they are a genocidal society.
For those that want to make me aware of all the positive contributions that Palestinians bring to this world, I would love to see the research.
So am I advocating killing them all?
No. I am offering them an opportunity. They can give true peace a legitimate try, or they can choose war.
If they choose war, then the nation of Israel has every right to defend itself and win the war, with no exceptions.
A common expression is that liberals in America become conservatives after they get mugged.
Liberals in Israel have been mugged, beaten, raped, tortured, and savaged.
They have had enough. They wanted to be liberals. They saw what happened. They can’t stand it any more.
American liberals reached that point after Pearl Harbor, and gave a liberal President wide latitude.
Ehud Ohlmert needs more than wide latitude. He needs unrestricted, limitless latitude.
Then he needs to summon up the courage and bravery of Ariel Sharon and get the job done right.
Only then can somebody like Bibi Netanyahu be trusted to make a peace agreement that truly does lead to a lasting peace.
Until then, if Palestinians want avoid losing 500,000 people, they should make sure that 6 murdered Jews does not become unlucky 7.
After all, fair is fair, and Israel needs to be proportionate.