SOUTH FLORIDA, November 19, 2014 — In an all-too-familiar scene, Palestinians murdered innocent Jews this week. The most recent incident had nothing to do with a military or political conflict. The victims were American Jews just trying to pray in peace.
Five Orthodox Jewish men were murdered when Palestinians stormed into their synagogue shouting “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “God is great.” The Palestinians were armed with guns, knives, axes, and meat cleavers. They shot, sliced and diced any Jew within range. Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky were American citizens. Three of the five victims were rabbis.
Images of the murdered Jews shocked everyone with a conscience. That exempts the pro-Palestinian CNN, which ran the headline “Israeli police shot, killed two Palestinians.” The Israeli police justifiably killed the murderers to stop them from murdering more people.
It is one thing for a network with an ideological agenda to be morally bankrupt. CNN is a business. That business is failing domestically. It’s only respectable ratings come globally, which means catering to its Arab customers. Without the Arab audience, CNN may go the way of Air America and Current TV.
It is one thing for a suicidal and genocidal society to try and justify barbarism under the guise of having a grievance; the President of the United States has no excuse for his moral bankruptcy.
For decades, the phrase “cycle of violence” has been used to offer a moral equivalence that has never existed. The response to innocent Jews trying to pray being murdered by Palestinians should be to blame the people who committed the evil acts. This was too much to ask of a president who never has to face the voters again. He said, “Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died.”
Obama is wrong. The reason the conflict continues is because far too few Palestinians have died.
This observation may seem harsh on the surface, but we have to ask hard questions. Outside of a drastic increase in the number of dead Palestinians, does any other solution to violence there exist?
The first option is the Palestinian solution. Israel must vacate the “occupied territories.” This compromises the entire land of Israel. Palestinians chant “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Despite 22 Arab nation states containing few if any Jews, the Palestinians want the 23rd Arab nation state to be free of Jews. Unless the Israelis are able to convince every one of their citizens to commit suicide or flee the land, this is not a viable option.
A second option is two states living next to each other, one named Israel and the other Palestine. The problem with this approach is that the Israelis keep accepting the idea and Palestinians keep rejecting it. Had Arabs, the precursors to the Palestinians, not attacked Israel in 1948, Palestine would be in its seventh decade of existence. Israel vacated the Gaza Strip in 2005. The Palestinians could have built civil institutions. Israel left them beautiful greenhouses. The Palestinians blew them up.
A third option is perpetual war. This involves Israel winning military victories but refusing to finish the job. Palestinians offer truces that they violate.
This leaves the fourth option of ending a war by winning it. President Harry Truman dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Within days, the Japanese surrendered and America had complete and total victory in World War II.
Wars end under one of two conditions: One side concludes that victory is impossible, or both sides reach this conclusion. The Korean War ended in stalemate. World War II ended with checkmate.
Stalemate will not occur because Israel will not unilaterally surrender. They have the stronger army. This leaves the Palestinians to either surrender or continue waging jihad. The Japanese reached an intolerable pain threshold. They were not willing to suffer one more death. Victory was impossible. Conceding defeat was the only way to prevent more deaths.
The Palestinians have concluded that they have not suffered enough. They have not seen enough of their own people die. They still believe that displacing six million Jews from Israel is possible. They are still willing to sacrifice more of their own people for a goal that they believe is attainable.
The righteousness of their cause is irrelevant. Palestinians say they were displaced from land that they owned. Israel disputes this. The archaeological evidence backs Israel, but righteousness is not the same as sanity. From a logical, rational strategic standpoint, a military that keeps losing with no hope of winning surrenders to preserve human lives. Palestinians still believe that getting their own people killed is worth it if some Jews are also killed.
Palestinians will not stop fighting until they are crushed with such overwhelming force that their own people decide the conflict is no longer worth fighting. Golf, macrame, and shuffleboard are all activities that usually lead to zero risk of death.
No decent person anywhere in this world, Jewish or non-Jewish, wants more deaths of anybody. Jews do not want Palestinians to die. They want them to stop killing. Faced with only two options of dead Jews or dead Palestinians, then and only then will Jews lament that dead Palestinians seems to be the only solution.
There have not been too many Palestinian deaths. If their were, the war would have ended.
Far too few Palestinians have died.
Everyone except CNN and faculty lounge professors in universities, the State Department and the White House understand this.
The Hundred Years’ War took plenty of British and French lives before the death toll led to the notion that enough was enough. The conflict actually lasted 116 years. Since modern Israel has only existed for 66 years, the Palestinians may need another half a century before determining that they have reached the death saturation point.
Until that date that Israelis already yearn for, Palestinians must stop trying to justify the indiscriminate murders of Jews. Otherwise, the only solution to the conflict is as many dead Palestinians as possible as quickly as possible and as painfully as possible.
This solution is terrible. Every other solution is worse.
Israelis understand that war is hell. Palestinians need to learn this soon for the sake of both sides.
Like an alcoholic or drug addict spiraling downward, the Palestinians need an intervention.They will face one on their own or it will be imposed on them. They can have fewer deaths or more deaths. The choice is theirs.
As with everything in life, it is what it is.
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