Latest update: July 16th, 2014
The latest argument, one that has no semblance of logic or decency, is that Israel’s response is disproportionate. Not because they are not being attacked, but because the majority of the recent attacks have not been successful. Jews have sat back and waited before. So now when a Jewish government refuses to sit back and wait for more Jews to die, many in the world throw out the term “disproportionate response.” For those who are unclear as to why the term “disproportionate response” is simply the latest catchphrase for the vehement anti-Semite, I offer you the following analogy.
Imagine you live with your family in a rough neighborhood. You know it is dangerous but since it is the house where your parents and grandparents grew up, and it is a beautiful house and one you call home, you have no desire to leave. Now imagine you are a law enforcement officer with a license to use a gun (this should take the politics of gun control out of this discussion) and that you have the ability and strength to defend your family by any means necessary. The neighbor right across the street takes shots at your family with whatever object they can find, rocks, stones, crude Molotov Cocktails, etc., and throws it at them at random times just because they want you to leave the neighborhood. Somehow you show restraint because you just want to live quietly and peacefully. But one day when being dropped off by the school bus your son gets attacked by the neighbor and gets critically injured. Mind you, this is not the first time actual damage has been done to your family, just the most recent time. Now, even though you have finally had enough, you don’t just rain bullets on the neighbor’s house, you take your guns and fire a shot at the neighbor’s house with a warning, a warning that leaves no margin for misunderstanding. You very simply say, “leave my family alone or I will destroy your home and anyone helping you.” What does the neighbor do? The neighbor gets more of whatever crude weaponry it can find and increases its attacks on your home and family. This time making it so bad that it limits your movement. You bring out the heavier artillery, know where they are attacking from and fire on that part of the neighbor’s house. What is the neighbor’s next move? A sick one. They put their kids in the room where they keep the weapons and then run to the police, incidentally police with no real jurisdiction in your neighborhood, just police they have a connection with, claiming they are being brutalized, you are targeting their children, and that they are being unjustifiably attacked by you. Here is where it gets totally bizarre. The police ask you to stop saying that it is unfair for you to attack them with such force because all they are doing is throwing stones and Molotov Cocktails that usually miss your home. They ask you to have a meeting with the neighbor, fully knowing you’ve made every attempt to speak with them already. The press comes out to report the ongoing situation, showing burning Molotov Cocktails on your front lawn and bullet holes in the neighbors bedrooms. They don’t tell the story, they just show what looks like one side having a burning lawn, and another side having a bullet ridden bedroom. Naturally they cause the public to feel sympathy for your neighbor since they very irresponsibly don’t state the facts leading up to what is seen on the screen. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? What makes it even crazier is that you are the best hope to keep the neighborhood safe, while your angry neighbor and his friends really just want to take it over, destroy it and then do the same to other neighborhoods.
About the Author: David Groen's website, hollandsheroes.com, is dedicated to the victims, survivors, and heroes during the Nazi occupation of Holland during World War II giving special recognition to the acts of righteousness of the ordinary Dutchman, the bravery of the Dutch Resistance and including a once vibrant and significant Jewish community in Amsterdam.The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.
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