The Spot-On Quote Of The Week… [Updated Below]
…is awarded to the Leader Of The Free World, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for his straight-talking, no-nonsense response to those who are virulently condemning Israeli for acting in it’s own self-defense:
It is very clear to us that the attackers had prepared their violent action in advance. They were members of an extremist group that has supported international terrorist organizations and today support the terrorist organization called Hamas. They brought with them in advance knives, steel rods, other weapons. They chanted battle cries against the Jews. You can hear this on the tapes that have been released.
This was not a love boat. This was a hate boat. These weren’t pacifists. These weren’t peace activists. These were violent supporters of terrorism.
I think that the evidence that the lives of the Israeli seamen were in danger is crystal clear. If you’re a fair-minded observer and you look at those videos, you know this simple truth. But I regret to say that for many in the international community, no evidence is needed. Israel is guilty until proven guilty.
Once again, Israel is told that it has a right to defend itself but is condemned every time it exercises that right. Now you know that a right that you cannot exercise is meaningless. And you know that the way we exercise it – under these conditions of duress, under the rocketing of our cities, under the impending killing of our soldiers – you know that we exercise it in a way that is commensurate with any international standard. I have spoken to leading leaders of the world, and I say the same thing today to the international community: What would you do? How would you stop thousands of rockets that are destined to attack your cities, your civilians, your children? How would your soldiers behave under similar circumstances? I think in your hearts, you all know the truth.
Israel regrets the loss of life. But we will never apologize for defending ourselves. Israel has every right to prevent deadly weapons from entering into hostile territory. And Israeli soldiers have every right to defend their lives and their country.
This may sound like an impossible plea, or an impossible request, or an impossible demand, but I make it anyway: Israel should not be held to a double standard. The Jewish state has a right to defend itself just like any other state.
Big tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain whose posting has more information.
SIDENOTE: The hypocrisy and hatred directed at Israel is the product of minds that, in various ways, have been mauled and mutilated by Leftist thinking and self-hate. In the latter case, it is a deep despising of oneself that gets translated into a despising of those who love life and live it vibrantly and free of the destructive demons that the self-hater is infested with like so many cockroaches in a run-down inner-city building. These are the Nihilists, who are profoundly miserable and, in their wretchedness, wish to drag everyone down into their own cess pit of filth. Their souls are a desolation, bereft of the joy that arises in the healthy, beating breast.
To the long suffering people of Israel who have been subjected to the most horrific of calumnies, I can only offer Psalm 63:
1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
UPDATE at 1729….
-If you have any doubts about Turkey’s complicity in this whole affair, you might want to head on over to The Investigative Project On Terrorism and read the latest postings. From IPT News, dated yesterday:
The U.S. government has verified that IHH, the Turkish-based organization that launched the Mavi Marmara ship raided by Israel on Monday, has ties to Hamas.
Despite IHH’s terrorist connections, the group still enjoys Turkish political backing. In May, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told organizers of the flotilla that he would support them to “break the oppressive siege on the Gaza Strip.”
-Considering it is patently obvious that the civilians in charge of the Turkish government have thrown in their depraved lot in with the Jihadists, this news, via Reuters, should come as no surprise:
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Catholic bishop who was a leading figure in Christian communities in the Middle East was stabbed to death at his home in southern Turkey Thursday, and police arrested his driver in connection with the attack.
He is not the first…
Four years ago, a Roman Catholic priest, Andrea Santoro, was murdered in the Turkish Black Sea town of Trabzon by a teen-ager with suspected links to ultra-nationalists.
In 2007, three members of a Bible publishing company, one of whom was a German citizen, were tortured and killed in Malatya.
…nor will he be the last.
The world-wide Jihad proceeds apace unrestrained.