Someone once called Israel a stiff-necked people. Boy howdy! I don’t claim to be an international expert here—foreign countries to us back home was Nashville or Memphis—but that doesn’t keep me from pondering hard into the night on this latest round in the Middle East. I can’t tell exactly who is wearing the white hat here. But you can bet Israel once again is going to get the short end of the world opinion stick. You figure they are probably used to that now, after six thousand years of it.
By all accounts it appears this Hamas group is hunkered down in caves, tunnels and U. N. hospitals in the Gaza Strip and lobbing rockets, bombs and missiles over into Israel. That would irritate even the most peace minded among us in a fairly short order. It’s not about turning the other cheek here to a militant neighbor, it’s about survival! I don’t know if Israel asked Hamas politely to stop. I don’t know if they tried to broker a peace arrangement through the United States, France or with some other faction of the Palestine government. A period of non-action by Israel and the “peace loving” nations of the world allowed the Hamas fighters to grow bolder as they sent rockets further across the border…….Israel finally retaliated in kind.
As the first Israeli shot landed the world, including the United States, immediately demanded a unilateral cease fire. I’m more than baffled by this! Where was the world out cry for peace when the first Hamas bomb landed in Israel? Wouldn’t it have been much easier to have stopped this thing BEFORE it got started?
When Mother was separating me, Leon and David after we had fought from the bedroom, down the hall, through the kitchen, out to the porch the first thing she wanted to know was “Who threw the first blow?” I reckon that doesn’t matter anymore.
It’s like the biggest guy in the elementary school at recess. Some of the smaller kids pick on him. The big guy is not mad at anyone. He hasn’t especially done anything wrong, except maybe grow at a faster rate than the others. The taunts become a little meaner, more personal as they are not curbed by any authority. The unfortunate young soul gets tormented on the monkey bars, assailed over by the swing set and finally a rock or two comes from somewhere out of the crowd. I’ve seen this happen with my own eyes. One day, the bewildered big guy pushes one of the vilest offenders. You would have thought World War III was upon us! Teachers run over to stop the mayhem, the principal shows up out of nowhere. This can’t take place in our school yard! The “bully” must be restrained! Conferences break out all over the school system. Counselors and parents are called in. Order must be restored!
You wonder why better judgment wasn’t used before things got so out of hand. And it needs to be remembered, the guy getting the worst of the beating is often times not the innocent bystander…….
What if Mexico was building tunnels into California and lobbing bombs into Texas? Wait a minute, they have built tunnels! We had the Border Patrol, National Guard, CHiPs, Secret Service and Geraldo Rivera down there securing “things” quick as a wink.
Mexico did, maybe, could have, almost fired on American troops in Texas. It depends on whether the Rio Grande or the Nueces River was the actual boundary between the two countries in May of 1846. There was some dispute to that fact at the time. Manifest Destiny was reigning high and President James K. Polk declared that “American blood had been shed on American soil”. We sent ground troops all the way to Mexico City to ensure the safety of our citizens.
Poor Israel can’t win for losing. Their bombs seem to do more damage than the Hamas rockets. Somehow the world thinks that is unfair. And every Hamas rocket apparently hits an Israel soldier while every Jewish bomb lands on a school house, hospital or United Nations building. I never realized the U.N. had so many buildings in the Gaza Strip!
The world is appalled by the body count, as it should be in any war, earthquake, Tsunami or other disaster. But I’m a little leery of death reports coming from within the fighting factions. The accuracy of those figures is like me and Leon counting stars. On a clear night we’d see how many we could count in thirty seconds. I’d cheat a little bit and declare I spotted “a hundred and six”. Leon, in the same amount of time, counted forty-five thousand stars!
Here’s the most disturbing thing in this whole mess. There is fighting today in the Ukraine. They are fighting in Syria. Groups are on the attack once again in Iraq. And, as we are well aware, the conflict is ongoing in Afghanistan. Which “war” headlines the news? Where is the most world-wide pressure being applied for the fighting to stop? Over which bombings have people in France, Germany and I dare say, the United States, taken to the streets to protest? As a matter of fact, by the time you read this, I wouldn’t be surprised if a cease fire hasn’t been pushed on the Israelis.
Folks, this reeks of anti-Semitism.
Haven’t we seen this movie before……..