Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Israel - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Lord must have had His purposes in my posting difficulties yesterday. I have received some additional information regarding the Israel-Lebanon crisis that I did not have when I made the original post. So, here is a rewritten version of my earlier commentary.

My life's work and ministry requires me to read and watch a lot of news from all kinds of sources. After nearly 30 years in broadcasting and other media, I have also developed quite a list of contacts - both public and private. These contacts provide me with information that the general public doesn't always get from the mainstream media. I say this in an effort to make it clear that I do not generally knee-jerk my reactions to events. The situation with Israel and observing global reaction to it has made me angrier than I have been in a long time. Of course, I knew that the Israelis would be condemned no matter what they did, but it still makes me mad. Righteously, I think.

Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it very well, as have several of our government officials. If Fidel Castro were to lob a few missiles into Miami, would the United States act with restraint? I think not.

Did the United States act with restraint when Osama bin Laden's goons knocked down the World Trade Center, killing thousands in the process? Ask the Taliban that question. We hit Afghanistan hard and replaced the regime. When Saddam thumbed his nose at the U.S. one too many times, we replaced his regime (Note that I am not taking an editorial position one way or the other on the Iraq war - this is just an observation).

Look back historically at World War II. Did we act with restraint when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor? No, we did not. Hiroshima and Nagasaki can attest to that. Did we act with restraint in Germany? We destroyed the city of Dresden for all intents and purposes. We went all out to crush the enemy and make the price too high for him to hit us again. Other nations have done this as well throughout history.

This is well and good enough for most other nations on the planet, but let Israel respond to an attack on her territory, and the caterwauling begins immediately. She earns rounds of condemnation for "aggression" and endures global calls to show "restraint." It's okay for Hezbollah and Hamas to do what they like to Israel, but Israel is not allowed to defend themselves. How much of this is remnant anti-Semitism on the part of Europe is hard to say. I suspect quite a lot.

I am encouraged by President Bush's resolve to stand with Israel in the face of this most recent unprovoked attack. I also like what former House majority whip Tom DeLay said yesterday. "There are two places for a cell or in a cemetery." That is a lesson that this country (and the world) had better learn and learn quickly. In terms of their goals, there is no difference between the Third Reich and fanatic Islam. Both are out for world domination and to kill as many of their enemies as possible. There is no negotiating with such people. They must be completely crushed. Instead of giving Israel "time" before a cease fire, we ought to have a force in southern Lebanon WITH the Israelis going house to house rounding these thugs up or shooting them dead. The price must be made too high for Hezbollah's actions. If they insist on being martyrs for Allah, we should help as many of them accomplish that goal as possible. The less terrorists there are who are allowed to breathe, the more chance we'll have at some peace and quiet for a while. We had best be prepared to deal with them here at home, too.

I know there will be some out there who question the "Christianity" of all this. Christianity is not pacifistic. We believe governments have the duty to protect their citizens, and that citizens have the right to protect themselves and their families. As the Apostle Paul pointed out in Romans 13, the state is to be a terror to evildoers. It bears the sword for a purpose.

If an individual Christian or a church proclaims the Gospel to a Muslim and the Muslim trusts in Christ, great. I hope and pray that takes place often, because a changed heart will lead to a changed life, and terrorism will be left behind. However, a government cannot wait for this to take place. If a group of radicals is getting ready to blow up a restaurant in New York, I want the police or military there to round them up. That is not the right time for a missionary endeavor.

The long and short of it is that we are in for a war whether or not it is officially declared by Congress. A long war. The enemy we are facing hates us and our values with a passion and will not rest until they kill us or are killed themselves. The Muslim hoardes overran Europe including half of France until they were stopped by Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours. Reconquest of their lost territory and conquest of the rest of the world is the goal of today's radical matter how long it takes. The world had better wake up.


Tall_Rep said...

Joel.....I have said almost the same thing MANY times on IMDb. I completely agree with evrything you have said my friend. I pray often that somehow, the misguided people in this country will wake up to reality before it is too late.

GREAT editorial.


SolaMeanie said...

Thanks, Michael..

Not an easy thing to write, but it is the truth. The current tactics being used by Hezbollah also conjure up memories of the Viet Cong. They loved to send children up to our troops with hand grenades. The kids would hold out their arms like they wanted to be held or hugged, and then they'd detonate the hand grenade. After a while, our troops wised up and opened fire. But of course, the left spun that as we were indiscrimately killing innocent children.

We should remember how the Palestinians (of all ages) celebrated in the streets when the World Trade Center was hit. That is the nature of what we are facing.