January 6, 2009

Harry Reid Steps Up

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went on Meet the Press Sunday and strongly supported Israel’s right to defend itself from the terrorist army in Gaza. “For eight years they’ve been firing rockets into Israel,” he said of Hamas, and went on to describe the dynamic as follows:

They’ve become more intense the last few months. Israelis have been killed, maimed and injured. Sometimes more than 200 a day coming into Israel. If this were going on in the United States from Vancouver, Canada, into Seattle, would we react? Course we do. We would have to…Israel, for–since 1967, controlled Gaza. They gave it to the Palestinians as a gesture of peace. And all they got are a bunch of rockets in return.

He is right, of course, that if the Canadian government were launching missiles at Seattle the U.S. would react, and with force. And we all know the U.S. would not wait eight years.

Reid’s comments are an important reminder of something most of us already know. The United States is more supportive of Israel’s existence and right to defend itself than any other country on earth. The conservative and supposedly pro-Israel President of France Nicolas Sarkozy condemned Israel’s response on the very first day, while the hyperpartisan left-wing American senator stridently defended Israel after more than a week of fierce fighting. Hatred of Israel consumes the mainstream political Right as well as the Left in Europe, while hatred of Israel in the United States is relegated only to part of the intellectual class and to the left-wing and right-wing lunatic fringes.

Read the rest in Commentary Magazine.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at January 6, 2009 9:09 AM
Comments

Sarkozy knows that 10% of his population is Muslim.

Posted by: Boojum Author Profile Page at January 6, 2009 10:01 AM

It's hard for me to understand this hatred of a people. I try to judge every person individually. How can you hate a whole people like that? And why the Jews...I know this goes back thousands of years, but really, why? It's not like they go around car bombing people or anything. It's just senseless, and an indictment of an intolerant religion.

Posted by: Jamon51 Author Profile Page at January 6, 2009 11:40 AM

What do you mean!? CommonScreams, uh, I mean, CommonDreams is NOT a left-wing lunatic fringe site. Well, um, I mean,. . . .

Posted by: Kummin Author Profile Page at January 6, 2009 12:56 PM

Jamon51:

First establish your enemy as non-human; Hitler used the term sub-human. Then you're squashing cockroaches, be they babies or adults.

It is ghastly to the ethical mind...acid in the face of a girl who wants an education, training camps for child suicide bombers, and other horrors, which is why something deeply embedded in non-psycho/sociopaths has to be switched off first.

Posted by: Paul S. Author Profile Page at January 6, 2009 2:51 PM

Ghastly is right!

Posted by: Jamon51 Author Profile Page at January 7, 2009 1:17 AM
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