Why excuse supporters of a genocidal terrorist organization who try to run a naval blockade in the middle of a war?
Here is Andrew Sullivan on the latest Gaza attack on Israel:
“It staggers me to read defenses of what the Israelis have done. They attacked a civilian flotilla in international waters breaking no law. When they met fierce if asymmetric resistance, they opened fire. And we are now being asked to regard the Israelis as the victims.
Seriously, Andrew, these supporters of Hamas, a genocidal terrorist organization which has sworn to obliterate Israel and exterminate the Jews, tried to run a naval blockade of Gaza in the middle of a war. In a war, what in the world is an “asymmetric resistance” except an obfuscation to avoid facing the facts? This was an orchestrated effort to break a naval blockade whose purpose was to keep weapons out of the hands of Hamas. If the ship had another purpose — e.g., to deliver humanitarian aid — it would have accepted Israel’s offer to unload the ship at the port of Ashdod. It didn’t because it was part of an organized effort by Turkey and Hamas to break the blockade. Here’s the Hamas terrorist in chief claiming victory through this attack in breaking the naval blockade designed to keep out the rockets aimed at Israeli school children. It was an act of war and those who perpetrated it got what they deserved.
“This is like a mini-Gaza all over again. The Israelis don’t seem to grasp that Western militaries don’t get to murder large numbers of civilians because they don’t like them, or because they could, on a far tinier scale, hurt Israelis.”
Oh, I get it. Seven thousand rockets fired into Israeli towns and schoolyards is such a tinier scale of aggression — after all it is only targeting Jews — as to be ignored by civilized people like Andrew. There is no other country but this tiny Jewish one surrounded by terrorist armies led by religious fanatics (who would hang Andrew from a crane if they could get hold of him) that Andrew would ask for such forbearance. And of course Andrew is not asking; he is threatening: The Israelis seem to be making decisions as if they can get away with anything. It’s time the US reminded them in ways they cannot mistake that they cannot.
Nice Andrew. Call on Uncle Sam to strike a blow for the Hamas and Turkey’s Jew haters.