Jewish World Review August 4, 2006/ 10 Menachem-Av, 5766

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The Jewish Problem | The Jewish state of Israel is in a fight for her very existence. So what else is new? Israel has been fighting for its life since its very inception. What makes this time so different is that the war to eradicate Israel by radical Arab/Islamo-fascists has expanded into a war against all of western civilization. Bush calls it "the war on terror" and most think it started on September 11, 2001, but it is the same war Israel has been fighting for decades. The cruel joke is, most of western civilization doesn't even know they are at war, or if they do, they are not taking the threat seriously.

Every newspaper columnist, internet news page, blogger, radio talk show host, and television pundit has weighted in on the war going on in Lebanon. The usual suspects have voiced all their predictable opinions; mainstream news media has taken its familiar side with the terrorists, the Democrats blame Bush, the U.N., Europeans, and Mel Gibson by and large blame the Jews, and on it goes.

In the very beginning of the war it looked, to my pleasant surprise, like much of the free world was taking the Israeli side - that lasted for about three seconds. Now, with the exception of most of talk radio, conservative web sites, the Op-Ed page of the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times it is clear that world opinion is once again against Israel. It is also clear that world opinion is once again dead wrong.

The United Nations as an organization for peace is less than useless. The U.N. would be downright laughable if it wasn't so dangerous. After a U.N. observer post in southern Lebanon was hit by an Israeli air strike, U.N. Secretary General and probable "oil for food" embezzler, Kofi Annan, couldn't wait to issue a statement the very same day accusing Israel of targeting U.N. personnel on purpose! The next day he had to quickly backpedal from that accusation when it became obvious that he had no way of proving such an outrageous charge. But you see, this is typical of the United Nations' anti-Western, anti-Israeli attitude that has been going on for years.

As far as our "enlightened" European friends are concerned, most of them suffer from a dreaded fear of Islamic retribution combined with progressive stupidity made up of multicultural nonsense, secular leftist elitism, and political correctness gone berserk. And, oh yeah, you can add a hefty cupful of anti-Semitism into the mix as well.

I put off writing a column on this because I didn't think I could add anything new to what was already being said by writers better informed and far wiser than I. Respected thinkers such as Charles Krauthammer, Alan Dershowitz, Jeff Jacoby and Mark Steyn have stated the situation brilliantly in their columns over the past several weeks.

Israel is being pressured by the world to halt its war against Hezbollah. If Israel is forced to stop this fight before Hezbollah is destroyed then the terrorists win. Pure and simple. They will regroup and rearm and continue their jihad against the free world. They will deploy their missiles and rockets at some later date of their choosing. And the next time they might even hit Tel-Aviv. They might even have a nuclear weapon at their disposal.

In a column dated July 27th, Charles Krauthammer asks, "What other country, when attacked in an unprovoked aggression across a recognized international frontier, is then put on a countdown clock by the world, given a limited time window in which to fight back, regardless of whether it has restored its own security? What other country sustains 1,500 indiscriminate rocket attacks into its cities — every one designed to kill, maim and terrorize civilians — and is then vilified by the world when it tries to destroy the enemy's infrastructure and strongholds with precision-guided munitions that sometimes have the unintended but unavoidable consequence of collateral civilian death and suffering?"

Israel must be allowed to finish this thing with Hezbollah once and for all. Not just for the sake of Israel, not just for the sake of Jewish people, but for the sake of all of western civilization. The "Jewish problem" is every bit our problem - only too many of us don't know it yet. How many 9-11's will it take?

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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