In a world view increasingly dominated by Islamic and socialist propaganda, reaction to the latest Israeli-Hamas conflict would be almost funny if it weren’t so tragic. No matter what the facts are, the Arabs are always made to look like the innocent victims and Israel the aggressor.
The liberal world media is only too happy to promote the anti-Israeli view by looping over and over the television scenes of carnage and destruction rained down on the innocent Islamic victims by the Israeli bullies.
You may recall seeing scenes of carnage by Israeli bombing attacks against Hezbollah in 2006, often with the same actors appearing in rescue efforts in different parts of Southern Lebanon. In one unauthorized civilian video, the actors actually got up and walked away laughing after they had been brutally shot dead or blown up.
Without fail, the Islamists always exaggerate the damage and claims of “innocent civilian victims killed” in Israeli attacks. As we’ve seen so many times before, the actual numbers of civilian deaths turn out to be only a small fraction of what the Arabs claim, and in many cases, were not even the responsibility of Israel. The fact of the matter is; when it comes to the killing of Islamic terrorists, not even their own government knows who is a civilian and who is a combatant. Terrorists usually are civilians until they become corpses.
Since Hamas‘ refusal to renew the 6 month Egyptian negotiated truce 3 weeks ago, Israel has been pounded with over 400 rocket and mortar attacks from the Gaza strip. Where were the outcries from the socialist media mouthpieces then? Only when Israel was forced to counterattack in their own defense did the media think it worth reporting on.
But what did they choose to report? Just every last line of propaganda coming out of the Arab world and accusing Israel of aggression and the killing of hundreds of innocent civilians - just as they reported during the Israeli war with Hezbollah.
But what is even more noticeable is how the Islamics and socialists all wait until Israel gets the upper hand, then they start calling for ceasefire and U.N. intervention before Israel is able to finish the job. Never do we see any international calls to protect Israeli citizens from Palestinian terrorism, only calls to protect Islamic militants and civilians who get too close to the action.
It’s the standard operating tactic of Islam to use false media propaganda to rally world sympathy to their side and against Israel. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said in a statement that the Israeli attack was “proof of the aggressive attitude of the Zionist regime.” But I guess the attacks by Hamas, that prompted the Israeli attack, don’t mean a thing.
Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora denounced the Israeli air raids as "tragic and criminal." He also called on the United Nations to adopt "deterrent and necessary measures against Israel for it's continuous violations of Palestinian and Arab human rights."
In a statement issued on Saturday, Syria condemned the Israeli military strikes on the Gaza Strip as a "heinous crime and convicted terrorist act." "Syria condemns this appalling crime and calls on Arab nations and the international community to use all available means to pressure Israel to stop this aggression immediately…”
Turkey strongly condemned "the death of many Palestinians as result of Israel's attack on Gaza," and appealed for "an immediate halt" to the military operation. "We strongly condemn the death of many Palestinians as result of Israel's attack on Gaza. We are calling for restraint and an immediate halt to the Israeli operation," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate halt to the violence, as did the European Union, Russia, Britain and France, while several Middle Eastern states and the Arab League slammed Israel. In New York, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate halt to all violence" and urged all sides "to stop immediately all military activities."
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, on Saturday urged an immediate halt to military action by both Israel and the Palestinians, saying "there is no military solution" to the situation in Gaza. After 60 years of failed diplomatic efforts to resolve this problem, it seems that the only solution to end it is a military solution, providing Israel is allowed to finish the job just once.
Javier went on to say: "The E.U. has repeatedly condemned rocket attacks against Israel. The current Israeli strikes are inflicting an unacceptable toll on Palestinian civilians and will only worsen the humanitarian crisis as well as complicate the search for a peaceful solution.”
“Repeatedly condemned rocket attacks against Israel?” I guess that didn’t make the evening news. Here too, Solana falls for the Hamas propaganda that it is “Palestinian civilians” that are taking the brunt of the attacks, and not the Hamas militants who are actually being targeted and killed. And after 60 years of failure, he and others still seem to think that some “peaceful solution” is still possible with Hamas which is sworn to wipe Israel off the map, simply because it’s there, and it’s not Islamic.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who brokered the six-month truce, referred to Israel’s counterattack as "Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip" and blamed "Israel, as an occupying force, for the victims and the wounded."
According to an
article in World Net Daily, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his office today slammed as "barbaric" and "unnecessary" Israel's air strikes in Gaza, "There are no reasons for the Israeli raids." But according to top diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, Abbas for months now has been petitioning Israel to launch a massive military raid against his Hamas rivals in Gaza.
“Unnecessary?” “No reason?” How else is Israel supposed to stop the Hamas attacks and protect its people? Hamas leaders have repeatedly warned they will not recognize Abbas after the 9th, and that they will launch a major campaign to delegitimize the PA president and install their own figures to lead the Palestinian government. Abbas hopes a large-scale Israeli military campaign in Gaza would distract Hamas from attempting to undermine his rule. How many times have we seen this kind of doubletalk from Islamic leaders before - saying one thing to western states, and the exact opposite to their own people?
Even Pope Benedict XVI got in on the act as usual, after Israel defended itself, by imploring the international community to do "all it can to help the Israelis and Palestinians on this dead-end road... and not to give in to the perverse logic of confrontation and violence." In Rome, the pope said that "the terrestrial homeland of Jesus cannot continue to be the witness of such bloodshed which is repeated ad infinitum."
How many times do we have to play this game? Continual Palestinian or Hamas attacks on Israel with nary a peep out of the international community, but when Israel finally breaks out of its peaceful posture and comes to the defense of its own people, outbursts erupt all over the globe condemning the “ruthless aggressor.” And every time, Israel comes out on the short end of the stick - giving up more of the land it has won from its attackers before the socialists interfered.
It would appear that Israel has only one friend in this whole world, and that friend is the Untied States of America, at least for the remainder of the Bush Administration. It’s uncertain just how long that friendship will continue into the next administration. Israel has good reason to be worried.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice condemned Hamas for breaking the truce with Israel. "The United States strongly condemns the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and holds Hamas responsible for breaking the ceasefire and for the renewal of violence in Gaza," Rice said in a statement.
But then in concert with socialist diplomats who continue to deny Israel the approval to finish the job, Rice added: "The ceasefire should be restored immediately. The United States calls on all concerned to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the innocent people of Gaza.”
“Immediately,” she says, before Israel wipes Hamas off the map. Diplomats always feel the need to stick their noses into the middle of a war to stop the fighting, only to have it start up again later. This war has been going on for 60 years because of failed diplomacy. Will Israel ever be allowed to finish the job without international socialists getting in the way?
White House spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, had a slightly different approach in a statement made from President Bush's Texas ranch. "These people are nothing but thugs, and so Israel is going to defend its people against terrorists like Hamas. If Hamas stops firing rockets into Israel, then Israel would not have a need for strikes in Gaza," Johndroe said. "What we've got to see is Hamas stop firing rockets into Israel. The United States holds Hamas responsible for breaking the ceasefire; we want the ceasefire restored. We're concerned about the humanitarian situation and want all parties concerned to work to make sure the people of Gaza get the humanitarian assistance they need," said Johndroe.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said "Operation Cast Lead" against the Islamist aggression on Israel will continue “as long as necessary” I hope he means it this time, in spite of the Islamic propaganda and pressure from the international community to allow Hamas to live to fight another day.
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