The results of a recent European Commission poll surveyingEuropean Union citizens asked who they thought was the greatestthreat to world peace left me shocked to say the least. Of all thenations in the world, especially compared to the ones who‘sponsor’ and ‘harbor’ terrorists, Israeland the US were considered the greatest terrors of them all.
Though the EU and Commission President Prodi denied that thisaffects or has affected EU policy, it shows a disturbing increasein anti-Semitism in Europe. Fifty-nine percent of Europeans thoughtthat Israel was a menace. I am inclined to think that the U.S. wasincluded for its backing of Israel as well as the conflict in Iraq.Now if you are going to say that Israel is just as much at faultfor the problems in the Middle East as the Palestinians are, I amgoing to disagree. Israel responds to every Palestinian attack indue time. They do not attack the Palestinians for no apparentreason. Was it Israelis that flew two airliners into the TradeTowers? Is it Israelis that run into the middle of a crowd ofPalestinians with C4 strapped around them and murder dozens ofpeople?
All the Israelis want is to be left alone. It is something theyhave been wanting since before World War II. And half the reasonthey got their own state was because no one wanted to accept themin the first place. It is fairly apparent now that that same hatredis still alive and well in Europe. Do you know how much trouble Iwould get in if I criticized a Jewish person for anythingnow-a-days? And yet the same people who would chastise me are doingexactly the same thing… all because the Israelis aresticking up for themselves. The same people who would have giventheir right hand for the opportunity to stop the coup of the Nazisare now rebuking the Israelis for doing just that, exercising oneof the most natural rights, to defend oneself.
People have been telling me that Israel ought to learn to just takea peaceful approach to dealing with the Palestinians. Well, Israelhas been doing just that for the past twenty odd years and the onlything it has gotten them is half their country seized and thousandsof their people dead. And it does not look like the pattern isgoing to break anytime soon. So long as the Palestinians keepprovoking the Israelis will keep responding. Israel is not and hasnever been an imperialist nation. They are not out to conquer theworld. They are just trying to protect against the evil that isbeing visited upon them, and for that they deserve our support, notour cold shoulder.