Monday, July 31, 2006

Israel has a right to defend itself against Islamic jihadists

Pope Benedict rightfully prays and pleads for peace in the Middle East and our Lord in the scriptures asks us to always "pray for the peace of Jerusalem."

But there can never be a real and lasting peace for Israel when it is constantly attacked by Islamist jihadists whose stated goal is total annihilation of Israel and the Jews. In the final analysis, the Israelis have a right to defend themselves and their nation.

In his latest column, Charles Krauthammer eloquently expresses that same belief:

Houston Chronicle
July 27, 2006, 9:35PM

Stop demonizing of Israel for merely defending itself

What other country, when attacked in an unprovoked aggression across a recognized international frontier, is then pu t on a countdown clock by the world, given a limited time window in which to fight back, regardless of whether it has restored its own security?

What other country sustains 1,500 indiscriminate rocket attacks into its cities — every one designed to kill, maim and terrorize civilians — and is then vilified by the world when it tries to destroy the enemy's infrastructure and strongholds with precision-guided munitions that sometimes have the unintended but unavoidable consequence of collateral civilian death and suffering?

Hearing the world pass judgment on the Israel-Hezbollah war as it unfolds is to live in an Orwellian moral universe. With a few significant exceptions (the leadership of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and a very few others), the world — governments, the media, U.N. bureaucrats — has completely lost its moral bearings.


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