Israel takes charge

Mike Gallagher

7/14/2006 12:00:00 AM - Mike Gallagher

It’s good to see Israel not just talking the talk but walking the walk.

Time and time again, Israel has tried to compromise with terrorist-laden entities like the Palestinian Liberation Organization, only to be greeted with even more violence and bloodshed.

When Hezbollah crossed the Israel/Lebanon border and brazenly kidnapped some Israeli soldiers this week, Israel decided that it was time to take the gloves off. Bombs flew, airport runways were destroyed, and sadly, some citizens in Lebanon were killed.

Rather than a condemnation of Hezbollah’s actions which led to Israel’s military response, the words that came from the Secretary-General of the United Nations were almost breathtaking. Kofi Annan said, “I condemn without reservations the attack in southern Lebanon.” He went on to describe Israel’s military response as “terrorism.”

And the mainstream American press, consistently sympathetic to terrorists who feel that blowing up buses full of children is a legitimate strategy to get their way, has focused on Israel’s response to Hezbollah’s actions rather than the actual kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers itself.

Now, more than ever, the world needs to support this tiny sliver of land known as Israel. For years and years, Israel has been surrounded (literally and figuratively) by an angry Arab world that doesn’t believe in Israel’s right to exist. It has endured countless suicide bombings and acts of violence and bloodshed towards the Israeli people that should shock most Americans.

And lately, it seems, Israel has made an effort to compromise with its enemies. When over 8 thousand Israeli settlers in Gaza were ripped from their homes, the holy synagogues there were mercilessly burned to the ground. There is a common misperception that many Arabs want peace. If that’s true, having governments actually pay the families of suicide bombers sure is a funny way to show it.

And while Israel stands tall in refusing to offer any prisoner exchanges and continues to heap its military might on Lebanon, we should finally stand up to the United Nations and tell Kofi Annan and his toadies what we think of his refusal to support Israel.

It is positively shameless to witness the United Nations reluctance to wholeheartedly support the state of Israel. All Israel wants to do is survive. To do so, it has to be able to defend itself, and that includes taking military action when necessary. If Canada started lobbing bombs at us, if Mexico came across our border and abducted our soldiers, would we not respond?

The United States has been saddled with the U.N. for long enough. New York City has long suffered the pomposity and lawlessness of U.N. diplomats. The stories of diplomats parking their vehicles wherever they want, ignoring thousands of dollars of parking tickets, are legion. More and more news reports expose the United Nations as an agency that is filled with corruption and incompetence.

I think there’s a way we could demonstrate our country’s support of Israel. Let’s turn that big building on Manhattan’s east side into condominiums. If Kofi Annan thinks that Israel is guilty of terrorism, perhaps he could move the U.N. to the Gaza Strip as a show of support for the Arab world.

Americans are getting disgusted with the quagmire that is the U.N. Let’s pull out of the United Nations and be rid of it once and for all.

Like Israel, we could walk the walk, too.