Mona Charen

Obama, by contrast, has slid into the role Hamas practically scripted for him, calling the Israeli prime minister twice in three days to express his "serious concern about the growing number of casualties."

No country on Earth takes more care to minimize civilian casualties than Israel. It sends text messages, phone calls and even "taps on the roof" (small firecrackers) to warn residents. And no government on Earth does more to ensure that civilians will be casualties than Hamas. "They have nowhere to go!" reported a U.N. official from Gaza on PBS television. That's because rather than building bomb shelters, schools or homes with the 800,000 tons of concrete at its disposal, Hamas has built miles of highly sophisticated, reinforced tunnels to infiltrate Israel. The world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai, Tablet Magazine notes, used only 110,000 tons of concrete.

Israel has taken precautions about civilians, despite being under ceaseless rocket and terror infiltration attack from Hamas for years.

Obama understands the need to fight terror. He has conducted a drone war against suspected terrorists throughout his term. The Long War Journal estimates that U.S. drones have killed 2,555 leaders and activists in terrorist groups as well as 153 civilians in Pakistan alone. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that drones have killed between 2,528 and 3,648 individuals, including as many as 948 civilians.

The U.S. has not experienced a large-scale terror attack since 2001. Obama has dispatched drones not in retaliation for attacks but on suspicion that the targets were terrorists plotting future attacks. "Turns out I'm really good at killing people," Obama boasted to a journalist. "Didn't know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine."

In May of 2013, the president defended his actions at the National Defense University: "Let us remember that the terrorists we are after target civilians, and the death toll from their acts of terrorism against Muslims dwarfs any estimate of civilian casualties from drone strikes."

Benjamin Netanyahu might quote those words back to him, when he next phones.


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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