Israel is not tame.
But she is good.
If a poacher shoots arrows at a pride of sleeping lions, are the lions to blame for rousing and defending themselves?
What does one say of the shooter when he intentionally cowers behind the skirts of his own women and daughters, hoping, indeed praying, that these precious souls will inadvertently perish as a result?
One calls him a coward, a fool and a monster.
Such are the men of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority – terrorists all. They are purposefully slaughtering their own citizenry.
There are but two things to blame for the tragic loss of life in both Gaza and Tel Aviv: Islam in general, and Hamas in particular. There is no moral equivalency in this raging Gaza conflict.
There is only good and evil.
Israel, though not perfect, is good. Hamas is evil. Israel loves life. Hamas loves death.
But don’t take my word for it. As recently as 2008, Hamas MP Fathi Hamad, addressing the Jewish people, betrayed Islam’s empirically wicked stratagem when he proclaimed, “We desire death more than you desire life.”
“Death for the Palestinian people,” said Hamad, “has become an industry, which the women excel at along with everyone else on this earth. The elderly excel at it, the jihadist fighters excel at it, and the children excel at it.
“Therefore they [the Palestinian Authority] created a human shield of women, children, elderly and jihadists to confront the Zionist bombardment machine, to say to the Zionist enemy: ‘We desire death just as you desire life.’”
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah concurs: “We are going to win, because they love life and we love death.”
And so innocent men, women and children, Israeli and Palestinian alike, become the victims of this Islamic culture of death.
These are the victims of Hamas.
Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu captured concisely this tragic phenomenon: “We are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”
Yet all the while today’s blathering, anti-Semitic axis-of-the-willfully-blind – the liberal intelligentsia, rank-and-file “progressives” and that elusive creature: the “moderate Muslim” – inexplicably, if not unwittingly, rally behind the principal Islamic cause: Death to the infidels (Quran 9.5).
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).