The Insanity of Ceasefire

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

For nearly a month now, Israel has been engaged in an offensive to stop Hamas terrorists from their continuing campaign to wipe out the nation of Israel and every Jew who lives there. And, as happens each and every time Israel sends its military forces out to engage these terrorists, the world community has turned against Israel in its quest to defend itself.

The oddest thing about how so many around the world rise up to oppose Israel’s defensive military actions is that these same world leaders who condemn Israel would show nowhere near the same restraint Israel has shown if they were facing similar circumstances. The people protesting in the streets of Europe and America would have much less of a problem with civilian casualties if terrorist rockets were raining down on their cities, instead of just on a bunch of Jews. Even some politicians here in the United States, long Israel’s closest ally, will in one breath state that Israel has a right to defend itself, and with the next breath denounce Israel for taking defensive action.

It doesn’t help, of course, that both Israel and Hamas have very well-developed propaganda arms, so that no one believes anything the other side says about what actually went on anywhere in the conflict. It also doesn’t help that news outlets across the globe always give news reports from Israel with a noticeable slant toward whichever side of the conflict they support.

While it’s difficult to find anything positive while people are dying (other than the fact that quite a few of the dead are terrorists), the current hostilities have brought some much-needed moral clarity to the ongoing conflict (if you ever had doubts about the morality of the situation to begin with).

Continue reading here.

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