If Israel won't do it, who will? The Israelis understand that friends, even old friends like the United States, are nice -- but nice is never enough. The Europeans, who were saved by outsiders from an evil a lot like radical Islam twice in the previous century, are the last people on earth the Israelis can depend on. And who knows what this American president would do for anybody when crunch comes to crunch? No, if the Israelis are interested in survival, they'll have to do it.
Hamas continues to rearm for more war against Israel, secure from accounting for their atrocities behind the barrier of the double standard. They're aided and abetted by friends in the neighborhood, mostly the Turks, who sponsored the "peace" flotilla intercepted by Israeli commandos early this week.
The arguments continue about the how and when of the Israeli response to the provocation, but never the why. The sponsors of the flotilla, a not-so-obscure "charity" with close ties to Hamas, knew when the boats left Cyprus bound for Gaza that the Israeli navy would intercept them. The sponsors knew why, too: Hamas has been trying for months to open new routes for the rockets, arms and ammunition the Palestinian terrorists intend to fire into Israel to kill Jews. The fewer rockets fired into Israel, the fewer dead Jews. It shouldn't be difficult to understand this.
This preference for life seems a mystery to the Europeans and to some people we expect to know better. David Cameron, the new prime minister of Britain, gives lip service to the ritual promise, "reiterating," in the words of the British Foreign Office, "the United Kingdom's strong commitment to Israel's security." Only don't count on it: The prime minister urged Israel to "respond constructively to legitimate criticisms of its actions, and do everything possible to avoid a repeat of this unacceptable situation."
Cameron, who seems bright enough, "deplored the heavy loss of life off the coast of Gaza," as if unaware of who started the fighting that led to the heavy loss of life.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy was "profoundly shocked" by the Israeli raid, though fortunately for France, not fatally shocked. His Excellency imagines that his contribution to the West's struggle against radical Islam -- banning Muslim symbols and headgear in public schools -- should be enough. We're all aware of the French trade in haute couture, but the Israelis are threatened by weapons somewhat deadlier than needle and thread.