Shouldn't We All Be Israelis Now? [Excerpts]
By Kyle-Anne Shiver
I've been on vacation, purposely avoiding news of any kind as I sought to refresh my soul. The very first thing I read upon resuming my vigil on the world's affairs was a report describing those despicable Israelis cold-bloodedly murdering a group of innocent peace activists, bringing much-needed aid and comfort to the Israeli-victimized Gazans and a companion piece filled with the world's condemnation of Israel.
Having followed Middle East events rather conscientiously for a number of years, I immediately suspected that there was a great deal more to this story. Having watched a Western press grow more and more willfully blind and downright anti-Semitic over three decades greatly increased my skepticism. Seeing my American president blink, blink, and blink again while blathering more inanity about irrelevancies, unable to discern right from wrong, brought me to the brink of gut-wrenching nausea.
What has happened to us?The West, I mean, and more specifically, America?
The Israeli Defense Forces are not stupid, for one thing. They had clear video of individual soldiers legally enforcing a two-nation naval blockade for purely defensive purposes. The boat boarded by the IDF had multiple warnings and were peacefully informed that the ship would need to be boarded and inspected for weapons before it could pass to deliver the aid purportedly on board. All perfectly in accordance with international law. Instead of "peace activists," the soldiers -- not drones or missiles or mechanized artillery, mind you, but real men, sons, brothers, husbands, fathers -- were met by an army of savages wielding steel pipes, who overwhelmed the soldiers and beat them without mercy.
The savage gang was fired upon, and nine of them were killed. It was called an Israeli-perpetrated massacre.
A Chicago police officer attempting to inspect a car trunk for illegal drugs who is surrounded by a gang and beaten with steel pipes certainly has the right to use his gun and depend upon his partner to do so. An American soldier disarming people by law in the wake of Katrina, if met by a gang wielding clubs against him, would fire in self-defense. Would we have the same difficulty condemning the real law-breakers? I don't think so.
Figuring out who is right and who is wrong in this situation is not hard stuff.It's not the kind of moral dilemma which anyone over the age of twelve ought to have difficulty resolving. No, it isn't Auschwitz, at least not yet. It isn't the blueprints for massive "ovens," at least not yet, but the leaders of Israel's enemy states have publicly declared over and over again their intentions to perpetrate Holocaust II at the first opportunity.
No, understanding the Israeli position as the only morally defensible one in the region is not difficult.It's the kind of elementary morality that any good parent hopes to have instilled in his children before they reach middle school.
So again, I ask myself, what has happened to us as a civilization?