by Caroline B. Glick
It's not "blaming the victim" to admit that it's largely the Jewish State's own fault its reputation is in tatters
These words are being written before the dust has had a chance to settle on Monday night's naval commando raid of the Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla of terror supporters. The raid's full range of operational failures still cannot be known. Obviously the fact that the mission ended with at least six soldiers wounded and at least ten Hamas supporters dead makes clear that there were significant failures in both the IDF's training for and execution of the mission.
The Navy and other relevant bodies will no doubt study these failures. But they point to a larger strategic failure that has crippled
In the space of four days,
Given the months-long build-up to the NPT review conference, and the weeks-long build-up to the Turkish-Hamas flotilla, that surprise cannot be attributed to a lack of information. What it points to rather is a cognitive failure of
The reality is simple and stark.
The Hamas abetting Free Gaza website published a list of some 222 organizations that endorsed the terror-supporting flotilla. The listed organizations hail from the four corners of the earth. They include Jewish anti-Israel groups as well as Christian, Islamic and non-religious anti-Israel groups. It is hard to think of any cause other than Israel-bashing that could unite such disparate forces.
The second indicator of the scope of the war against
This war against
The Red-Green alliance's aims are twofold. It seeks to delegitimize
Dismally, what the
Armed with this basic understanding of Obama's inclinations,
Had this been
And that is the thing of it. The Red-Green alliance's aim at the NPT conference was to discredit
The fact that
As to the flotilla, the challenge it presented
So too, the fact that Israeli forces boarding the ships would be met by trenchant, violent opposition was knowable simply by looking at
Moreover, there is
In view of all of this, it is clear that
And now, in the aftermath of the lethal takeover of the flotilla,
These efforts are worse than worthless. They make
The NPT has been subverted by the very forces it was created to prevent from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Hamas is a genocidal terrorist organization ideologically indistinguishable from al Qaida. International law requires all states and non-state actors to take active measures to defeat it.
This is the unvarnished truth. It is also the beginning of a successful
Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in
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