I am ill-equipped to write about the hostilities that exist between the Palestinians and the Israelis. I am neither an Arab nor a Jew. That, however, does not preclude me from having a strong opinion regarding the abandonment of reason by nations who seek to criticize Israel for defending her borders and her people. Israel has a right to exist and to be free from terror.
Looking for insight from sources other than the media, I came across a “letter to Turkey” from Sultan Knish who dubs himself as “a descendant of a subject of the Ottoman Empire”.
“Dear Former Friends, ever sinceyou decided to trade in the Secularism of Ataturk for the Islamism of Erdogan, you also seem to have dispensed with the ability to coexist with non-Muslims on a peaceful basis. These days all we ever seem to get from you is video clips of your leader, Prime Minister Erdogan, barking at us like a dog that its owner carelessly let off the leash. And if you don't know that Erdogan's owner lives in Riyadh, then you don't know very much of what goes on in your own country.”
“…when a country that persecutes its Kurdish, Assyrian and Armenian citizens, and sends their elected representatives to jail—presumes to self-righteously lecture us on how to manage our affairs; it had better remember that holding a stone throwing contest in a glass house will just lead to piles of broken glass.”
“You talk about stolen land, when your entire country is stolen land, from Cyprus to Istanbul. Your regime is a racist illegitimate entity based on the oppression of the Kurds, the Armenians, the Assyrians, the Circassians and numerous others. You went directly from being Imperialists to Fascists to Islamists, a truly dubious achievement for any nation. Your history is filled with slavery, ethnic cleansing, genocide and invasion. And that's just in the last century alone. If you had any sanity or shame, you would dig a hole, crawl into it, and hope that no one mentions words like "Minority Rights" or "Territorial Legitimacy" in your presence, instead of trying to use them as a club against a nation whose national history predates yours by thousands of years. We had kingdoms and a civilization that changed the world, back when your ancestors were still trying to decide whether to eat the sheep or rape it.”
You can read the rest of the letter here. It is extremely enlightening.
Further, Reuters asked several international law experts whether Israel acted legally, and on all aspects of the operation, they agree that Israel was on solid legal ground.
The Gates of Vienna poses the notion that “modern American policy towards Islam—especially that subset of Islam which avowedly intends to destroy the United States and the rest of the West in the name of Allah—went though several stages of development. It began as avoidance under Bill Clinton, escalated to denial under George “The Religion of Peace” Bush, and has now reached its full flower under the Obama administration. If the country continues on its present course, it is headed for full Islamization and cultural dhimmitude.”
"We have reached a point where nobody in public life who values his career prospects dares to mention the word “Islam” in connection with terrorism or mob violence. “Jihad” has officially been ruled out of the lexicon by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The word “terrorism” itself is discouraged, because too many people have come to associate it in their minds with Islam, for some strange reason.”
"We are so far down the rabbit hole that returning to a state of denial would be an improvement."
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