There are good things in the speeches written for Biden. Things like.
Scores of innocents — from infants to elderly grandparents, Israelis and Americans — taken hostage.
Children slaughtered. Babies slaughtered. Entire families massacred.
Rape, beheadings, bodies burned alive.
Hamas committed atrocities that recall the worst ravages of ISIS, unleashing pure unadulterated evil upon the world.
There is no rationalizing it, no excusing it. Period.
But inevitably it defaults to the familiar moral and intellectual failings of liberalism.
Shock, pain, rage — an all-consuming rage. I understand, and many Americans understand.
You can’t look at what has happened here to your mothers, your fathers, your grandparents, sons, daughters, children — even babies — and not scream out for justice. Justice must be done.
But I caution this: While you feel that rage, don’t be consumed by it.
After 9/11, we were enraged in the United States. And while we sought justice and got justice, we also made mistakes.
I’m the first U.S. president to visit Israel in time of war.
I’ve made wartime decisions. I know the choices are never clear or easy for the leadership. There’s always costs.
But it requires being deliberate. It requires asking very hard questions. It requires clarity about the objectives and an honest assessment about whether the path you are on will achieve those objectives.
The vast majority of Palestinians are not Hamas. Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people.
Were Americans “consumed “by rage after 9/11? No, we chose the familiar path of liberalism. Instead of flattening Afghanistan or, more relevantly Qatar and Saudi Arabia, we spent endless amounts of money and American lives reconstructing it. We embraced the idea that Al Qaeda and all the other Islamic terror groups didn’t “represent” Islam, but had “hijacked a great religion.”
And how did that work out for us and the rest of the world?
Remember all the slogans about how if we actually go after the terrorists, we “lose who we are” and then the “terrorists have won”. Get ready to enjoy it all over again.
Today, I’m also announcing $100 million in new U.S. funding for humanitarian assistance in both Gaza and the West Bank. This money will support more than 1 million displaced and conflict-affected Palestinians, including emergency needs in Gaza.
You are a Jewish state. You are a Jewish state, but you’re also a democracy. And like the United States, you don’t live by the rules of terrorists. You live by the rule of law. And when conflicts flare, you live by the ru- — law of wars.
What sets us apart from the terrorists is we believe in the fundamental dignity of every human life — Israeli, Palestinian, Arab, Jew, Muslim, Christian — everyone.
You can’t give up what makes you who you are. If you give that up, then the terrorists win. And we can never let them win.
Hamas isn’t trying to make Israel “give up” who it is, it’s trying to massacre or enslave the entire non-Muslim population in keeping with Islamic laws of war.
Terrorism is not a philosophical debate, it’s a matter of survival. Either you kill them or they kill you.
It’s remarkable how enduring the same failed ideas that we heard from Bush and that we’re now hearing from Biden are. They’ve never produced anything except failure, misery and death. They have failed to grapple with the actual nature of the threat and brought America, Europe, Canada, Australia and much of the free world closer to destruction.
Yet here they are. The same tired language. And you don’t just hear it from Biden. You hear it often from Republicans.
Take Nikki Haley’s suggestion about taking in ‘Palestinian’ refugees.
And so Biden, pivots as he must, as the entire establishment must, to the same failed dead ends, the policies that are inherently unworkable, framed as moral imperatives. As dogs return to their vomit, so do the politicians of the free world hunker down and repeat the same nonsense while savages rape, murder and behead their people.
You inspire hope and light for so many around the world. That’s what the terrorists seek to destroy. That’s what they seek to destroy but — because they live in darkness — but not you, not Israel.
Nations of conscience like the United States and Israel are not measured solely by the example of their power. We’re measured by the power of our example.
That’s why, as hard as it is, we must keep pursuing peace. We must keep pursuing a path so that Israel and the Palestinian people can both live safely, in security, in dignity, and in peace.
For me, that means a two-state solution.
The only way bring light is to give the terrorists a state. The power of our example requires empowering those who will destroy us. Our exceptionalism consists of surrendering to our enemies as long as they aren’t attacking us right now.
Much like the Petraeus article, this is the post 9/11 failure of America’s moral imagination writ large. This is, among other things, where Trump comes from and all the disruptions that the establishment bewails. The establishment cannot see itself from the outside, cannot recognize its failures and mistakes its discredited cliches for vision.
Israel has a chance to break out of this mental prison. America desperately needs to break out of it too.
Our moral authority doesn’t come from aiding evil, but protecting the good. The real darkness isn’t just from the forces of evil, but from the forces of good that aid and abet them. We learned that the hard way in WWII and forgot it just as quickly with the Soviet Union and the onset of the Cold War. May we remember it soon.