The Federal Government forbids US airlines from flying to Tel Aviv. Fair enough; there are or may be real security issues involved. If it failed to issue such a prohibition and someone died, the Obama Administration would be criticized for it.
Yet, yet, the closure is a political victory for Hamas a a slap in Israel’s face.
And how about the old-fashioned notion of punishing those who created the conditions of insecurity in the first place? That would be the government of Gaza, the Hamas Party, that makes no mystery of its launching a thousand rockets into Israel, many much before the current hot phase of the conflict. One of its rockets landed close to Ben Gurion Airport. Hence, the US closure.
And how about the tunnels Hamas proudly proclaimed it dug into Israel. Are those for grocery shopping on the other side of the border? For peace delegations?
The Obama administration is about to give Hamas some of my tax money instead of retribution for starting this fight. (OK, it won’t give it directly to Hamas.)
The mounting number of Palestinian victims excites compassion, of course. Contrary to most press report though, the Palestinian people of Gaza are not all or mostly innocent victims of Israeli strikes. They are rather less innocent than the hundreds of thousands of Germans who died in Allied bombings in World War Two.
What the press keeps forgetting to report is that the Gaza government is this rare thing in the Middle East: a freely elected government, one elected while international observers were monitoring. It was a hotly disputed election. When the good people of Gaza gave Hamas a comfortable majority, Hamas made no mystery of its program. Hamas is a very clearly spoken organization.
The Hamas program does note explicitly include a plan to massacre Israeli Jews as is often mistakenly reported. Rather, after eradicating the state of Israel, Hamas intends to divide Israeli Jews into two categories. Those without roots in the Middle East according to Hamas’ own criteria will be deported to parts unknown, perhaps Poland, or Russia. Those who are locals according to Hamas will be given the option to stay under Islamic rule. This means permanent second-rate citizenship, special discriminatory taxes, severe limitations on religious expression. Those who convert to Islam however, will go scot-free.
If you don’t know what Islamic rule means, look up the recent treatment of Christians in the part of Iraq now under the control of the so-called Islamic Khalifate. To make a short story even shorter: Convert to Islam, or agree to paying ruinous taxes and stay, or leave for good, or die. If you leave, you can take nothing with you, not even a change of clothes. Note: There have been Christians in that part of the world ever since there has been a Christianity, more than six hundred years before the birth of Islam. The Islamist rulers dynamited three days ago one of the oldest churches in the world. Well, nobody is perfect, seems to say the liberal press.
The debacle of the Obama presidency continues. I keep not finding many former supporters willing to say Oops!
There is recrudescence on the web of questions regarding Mr Obama’s birth place and the confusing state of his personal documentation. Myself, I am still curious about his undergraduate grades. I can’t believe, especially now after these many years as president, he is simply ashamed of the low grades he may have obtained thirty years ago. There is something else that would be divulged if he opened his grade records, I think.
Having just produced my autobiography (see; “New excerpts….” on this blog) I am newly intrigued about some minor aspects of Mr Obama’s life: Did he have part-time jobs in college? What jobs? Why don’t his former employers come up and say what a good kid he was, or what a little rat? I know if I became famous, both kinds would pop up from my long-ago past.