Mark Davis

When this week began, it was hard to imagine a story knocking our collapsing borders from the front of our minds. But in the span of a few hours Thursday, two stories made us hit the pause button on the mounting and proper indignation over the organized (and often secret) government dumping of illegals in our midst.

That is still a huge problem, and the one with the most direct effect on the average American citizen. But when TV screens began streaming images of the Ukraine wreckage of yet another Malaysian plane, and then the Israeli operation in Gaza, the border took a back seat.

That won’t last long. Ukraine and Gaza pack deep global importance, but if the Obama White House continues to hose us over the causes of the illegal deluge and the reasons for the secrecy surrounding it, the border crisis will force its way back to the attention-span forefront.

So if the coming days are to be a whirlwind ride from Gaza to Donetsk to the Rio Grande, this seems like a fitting moment to evaluate how we have arrived at all three crises— and surprise, it is not as simple as a finger pointed at Barack Obama.

While his stewardship of America’s decline is a prime cause of Mideast turmoil, Russian adventurism and a porous southern border, all three nightmares have histories that weave back through Presidents and Congresses of both parties.

Let’s begin with the Israeli response to endless provocation from Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Watch this operation closely, for this is what it looks like when a strong leader takes bold action to protect his nation, a sight we have not seen and will not see as long as Obama is in the White House.

But even George W. Bush, who kept us safe with a war taken to the enemy after 9/11, supported a ridiculous “two-state solution” that hastens to grant Palestinians a nation well before they show any aptitude for non-terrorist self-governance.

The moment the dust settled after the Six-Day War in 1967, the policy of the United States should have been the retention of the post-war status quo: Gaza is in Israel and not Egypt, the West Bank is in Israel and not Jordan, and the Golan Heights are in Israel and not Syria. This is what happens when wars are won.

The intervening years of bloodshed have been due in large part to America’s failure to remind the Palestinians that there are thousands of square miles they may inhabit in the vast lands surrounding the sliver that is Israel, and that if they do choose to remain in Israel, they will enjoy democracy and stability unthinkable in the Islamic neighbor nations.