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The Israel/Hamas Endgame: An 'Acceptable' Number of Missile

By Arnold Ahlert · Nov. 21, 2012

There was a political cartoon published a few years ago that neatly summed up the expectations of the so-called International Community with respect to Islamic terror. It showed two prize fighters and a referee. One of the fighters represented the United States, and the other represented al-Qaeda.

In the first frame of the cartoon, the referee is going over a long a list of rules that the American fighter must abide by during the match. In the second frame, the ref turns to the al-Qaeda fighter. “You can do anything you want,” he says. As the latest Israeli-Hamas confrontation looks on the verge of ramping up, absolutely nothing has changed.

In 2005, in a gesture that falls under the heading, “no good deed goes unpunished,” Israel gave the Gaza strip to the Palestinians, uprooting thousands of Jewish settlers in the process. What did they get in return? The rise of Hamas, whose charter called for the annihilation of the Jewish State, after it defeated the PLO, and assumed control of Gaza in 2007. More than 8,000 missiles shot across the border into Israeli towns since 2009, including more than 800 this year alone. For those of you unburdened by a public school education, that comes to just over two missiles per day, seven days a week, 365 day a year.

The reaction of the international community to this ongoing atrocity? Zero, zip, nada. Why? When you cut through all the b.s., the answer is simple: the elitist, “enlightened” thinkers of the world can’t possibly hold the Palestinians to the same standard of civilized behavior they demand from every other society, save one: Israel.

Israel is held to the highest standard of all, meaning that a couple of missiles lobbed their way on a daily basis is no reason to get excited. Don’t believe it? Here is, by far, the stupidest question asked by a journalist this year, yet it provides invaluable insight as to what animates the worldview of the “deeper' thinkers. MSNBC host Mara Schiavocampo, in an interview with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren posed this stunner:

"Living under the threat of rocket attack is certainly a psychological trauma. But what would you say to those who argue that the rockets are essentially very ineffective, they rarely do damage and that the response from Israelis is disproportional to the threat they’re under?” 
I’ll tell ya what I’d say, Mara. I’d say maybe it’s time MSNBC set up shop in Israel, in one of those border towns, like Ashkelon. If you and your colleagues have children, maybe you could send them to the school that was hit by a Grad rocket lobbed across the border in November. It didn’t kill anyone, so no harm, no foul, right? I’m betting a few days of living under conditions where much of life consists of never forgetting where the nearest bomb shelter is, might give that word “disproportional” some genuine meaning.

Or not. Those who live in a world of moral equivalency, where Hamas thuggery and Israeli efforts to blunt it are two sides of the same coin, are willfully oblivious to such realities. Thus, for the umpteenth time, the following formula will be followed:

  1. Hamas perpetrates terror until Israel reaches a breaking point.

  2. Israel responds with surgical strikes.

  3. The Hamas death toll mounts, due in large part to the reality that they put their ordinance among the civilian population.

  4. Any ramp up of Israeli military action triggers the International Community’s condemnation of Israel’s “disproportionate response.”

  5. Israel backs off, and a “truce” is secured.

  6. The International Community stops paying attention.

  7. Hamas resumes firing missiles into Israel, and the whole cycle begins all over again.

The only element that remains absolutely off the table? Victory. Israel must never be allowed to completely eliminate Hamas’s capacity to launch missiles at Israeli men, women and children. That, above all else, is the sacred status quo that must never, ever be breached under any circumstances. In other words, the end game here comes down to one question: according to the “ethical” standards of the International Community, what is the “acceptable” number of Hamas missile launches Israel must endure in order to achieve peace?

Back to you, Mara.


Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

A friend once told us, "there will not be peace, until the Prince of Peace comes again." Teach your children the ways of peace, but prepare for the worst war ever.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 5:53 AM

Rod in USA said:

And force they should get, Mac.

Amazing article by Mr. Ahlert. But then that is his standard level of excellence in analysis.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Alex in NJ said:

I am amazed how seemingly normal people will attack Israel if it comes up in conversation, even Jews.
Its disturbing and they think they're right and enlightened somehow.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Alex, You have to understand these idiots don't have to live with the constant threat of rockets in their everyday lives. They can sit back and pontificate and be sanctimonious where its safe. It's just another liberal mindset that telling the truth about Hamas is a bad thing but telling lies about Israel is okay.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Ct-Tom in NC said:

I aging Mexico launching the occasional rocket into San Diego, with a once-in-a-while lucky shot into La Jolla. I wonder how the lefties would spin that; after all, the US stole California from Mexico in the first place.

Hmmm, now that I think of it, maybe we could give it back, millionaires, movie stars, and all.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Ct-Tom in NC replied:

Outsmarted by autocorrect, again: "I aging" = "Imagine". Sigh....

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

pete in CA said:

Mara Schiavocampo and all the other "news" writers, reporters, readers, editors, and anybody in any other way involved should be required to spend 4 full years on active duty in places to include Israel, South Korea on the DMZ, Africa, and any assortment of other world hot spots where they will have the opportunity to live a life where they must know where the nearest bomb shelter is, how much cover/protection a roadside ditch or channel actually provides, and what it feels like to be in situations were you can't run, can't hide, and can't return fire to protect yourself.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Robinius in Broomfield, Colorado said:

I find the international community to be racist in their views of the "Palestinians." If the "Palestinians" are not held to international standards of behavior it can only mean that they are thought to be incapable of thinking or acting like the civilized countries that are so much more advanced. Forgive the Palestinians because they ignorant savages and don't know any better.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM