Diana West, author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character, delivers a one-two punch in her July 25th syndicated article, "Israel and the U.S.: Whose Survival Instinct is Stronger?"
The subject is the use of children by terrorists in Gaza as "human shields," and the use by President Barack Obama of children as "invasion shields" at the U.S. and Mexican border.
Terrorists and Obama lie; children die.
Children have been used as a Trojan Horse for all sorts of statist and collectivist initiatives: to ban smoking, to ban guns, to ban obesity, to ban Barbie Dolls and other "dangerous" toys, and so on. But West discusses the nearly unprecedented use of children as weapons of war in the Middle East and in the U.S. As she describes the phenomena:
There’s something darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against the survival instinct of both Israel and the United States is an alleged “heartlessness” when it comes to children.
Most stories appearing in the MSM in the U.S. and overseas are nearly maniacal in their focus on the "civilian casualties" of "Palestinians" in Gaza as a result of Israel's campaign against Hamas, with "personal" stories accompanied by photographs of devastated streets and homes, sorrowful pictures of Gazan children sitting in the rubble, and even faked photographs of supposedly dead children, or second-hand, recycled faked photographs used in Syria.
Is Hamas's use of children as "human shields" unprecedented? No. Hitler, when he began to run out of adults to fight the Allies, filled his shrinking armies with adolescents and boys. Japan counted on women and children to fight the expected invasion by Americans, with guns, if available, with bamboo sticks, if necessary. Mao employed uncounted children to enforce, by violence and force, his "cultural revolution." Islamic jihadists have employed children to don suicide vests and blow themselves up among Jews and American soldiers. So, the "human shield" tactic isn't new.
But all that is conveniently forgotten by the MSM. It's easy to decide whether that forgetfulness is a symptom of a short-term memory or deliberate repression. It's deliberate repression.
Discussing an article in the London Telegraph about Israel's alleged war crimes, West writes that the Telegraph headline is not untypical: “Israel’s offensive in Gaza has ‘killed more children than fighters,’ say human rights groups. Israel has been accused of waging ‘war on the children’ of Gaza …”
No mention in the article, however, of Gaza’s purposeful, strategic use of “human shields,” which leads to such civilian casualties. No mention of the directive from the Hamas-controlled Ministry of the Interior instructing civilians to remain in their homes on receipt of advance warnings from Israel to vacate before a military attack, as the Washington Free Beacon first reported. No mention that despite building networks of military tunnels, Gaza authorities neglected to build any bomb shelters for civilians! No mention of Gaza’s use of schools and other civilian sites to store rockets and other military material, and of its use of hospitals as Hamas command centers, and other civilian sites to store rockets and other military material, and of its use of hospitals as Hamas command centers.
It's the children who must be spared injury or death. That's the unspoken moral imperative. Never mind that "Palestinian" children are taught to hate Jews and Israel and are indoctrinated in Hamas run schools (which succeeded the PLO's and Fatah's schools) from the moment they can read and even tote an AK47. West continues excoriating the London Telegraph article:
No, the story is tightly focused on Israel’s supposed “war on children.” This libel is tweeted, screamed and news-anchor-intoned into poisonous propaganda designed to sap the life from Israel’s survival instinct, or at least alienate her supporters. In the stage-managed furor, the pressure on the Jews of Israel builds: Stop defending your borders, your people and your nation. Stop everything and “save the children of Gaza.”
Only emotion to the point of frenzy bursts into such agitprop, but it is vital to note that the emotion showing through is hatred for Jews, not love for children. If it were the latter, we would see rage directed at the society that steeps its young in the Jew-hatred of jihad and then turns them into “martyrs” – not at the Jewish society seeking to protect its people, young and old, and, at far too much risk, Gaza’s as well.
The MSM is largely successful in stirring up demonstrations of hate and even a pogrom in France, comprised of mobs of Muslims and Leftards. Truth to these people is not "optional" – it is unwelcome because without Jews to hate, they are purposeless, empty manqués. The Leftards among the Muslims and who are vehemently anti-Israel protesters, are basically malign Mortimer Snerds. And that's a "kind" appraisal of their character and mental equipment.
Hamas, it seems, is such a great valuer of children that it employs them to build the underground matrix of tunnels Hamas had planned to use to launch mass murder against the men, women, and children in settlements and towns bordering Gaza come the Jewish holiday in September. On July 25th, Tia Goldenberg of Business Insider ran a story about the complex, "Hamas' Massive Network of Underground Tunnels Is a Military Game-Changer."
A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose a serious threat and that destroying the sophisticated underground network is a key objective of its invasion of Gaza….
Gaza has two sets of tunnels — those reaching Egypt and those reaching Israel.
The underground passages to Egypt are meant to bypass a border blockade on Gaza that was tightened by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized the territory in 2007. The tunnels provide an economic lifeline and are used to deliver building supplies, fuel, consumer goods, and even cattle and cars.
In some of those tunnels, Gaza militants received weapons and cash from their patrons abroad, particularly Iran. Egypt has destroyed virtually all of the tunnels over the past year, driving Hamas — which was taxing the smuggled imports — into a severe financial crisis.
The story goes on to describe how the tunnels are used to stock rockets, anti-tank rockets, and other arms, how they have their own maintenance shops, and how they are interconnected with cross-tunnels.
Hamas also moved many of its rocket launching sites and storage sites underground, making it more difficult for Israel to target them. Since the current round of Israel-Hamas fighting began on July 8, Gaza militants have fired more than 2,000 rockets at Israel and repeatedly tried to sneak into Israel through tunnels.
And just where, geographically, is this tunnel complex located? In a treeless no-man's land between Israel and Gaza? Think again.
Israel says Hamas has dug dozens of tunnels, linking them to one another as well as to rocket manufacturing sites, maintenance facilities, launch sites and command and control centers. It says the tunnels are meant to facilitate mass attacks on Israelis as well as kidnappings, a tactic that Hamas has used in the past….
Soldiers have uncovered 31 tunnels in the current round of fighting, the military said Thursday.
Palestinian militants trying to sneak into Israel through the tunnels have been found with tranquilizers and handcuffs, an indication that they "intended to abduct Israelis," according to the military.
"Hamas has dug terrorist tunnels under hospitals, mosques, schools, homes, to penetrate our territory, to kidnap and kill Israelis. Now, in the face of such wanton terrorism, no country could sit idly by," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week.
So, you would probably conjure up a picture of "resistance fighters against the occupiers" sweating away carving out tunnels and risking their lives in possible cave-ins and the like, in the spirit of 1963's "The Great Escape." Wrong picture.
The tunnels are largely built by…children.
Myer Freimann's July 25th article in The Tablet, "Hamas Killed 160 Palestinian Children to Build Terror Tunnels," gives us the details.
…Israel cites the need to stop Hamas from firing thousands of rockets at its own children, who are being forced to live in bomb shelters, as well as the need to eliminate the tunnels that Hamas dug into Israel in order to carry out terror attacks against Israelis. One tunnel opening was found underneath an Israeli kindergarten.
But who built those tunnels? The answer is Hamas, of course—using some of the same children who are now trapped under fire in Gaza. The Institute for Palestine Studies published a detailed report on Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon in the summer of 2012. It reported that tunnel construction in Gaza has resulted in a large number of child deaths.
“At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials.”
Only 160? Doubtless that figure is vastly underestimated. Considering that Hamas places absolutely no value on human life – most particularly not on the lives of the "Palestinians" compelled to act as "human shields" – and taking into account Hamas's record of lying and falsifying data, the number probably runs into more hundreds.
The author, Nicolas Pelham, explains that Hamas uses child laborers to build their terror tunnels because, “much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies”.
President Barack Obama (and please know that I hate having to extend the courtesy of an official designation to the nihilist scumbag) has now demanded an "unconditional ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas – most especially for Israel to stop its tunnel-eradicating operations – and talk, talk, talk while Hamas resupplies itself through smuggling and more financial aid sent to it by the U.S. and Europe. Read the whole sorry, hackles-raising story in Daniel Greenfield's FrontPage article of July 27th, "Obama: “Immediate, Unconditional” Surrender of Israel to Hamas." If you are looking for a model of thuggish, unapologetic truculence, look no further than Barack Obama.
Speaking of tunnels…..
Diana West next turns to the "unconditional cessation" of stopping Obama's "invasion by invitation" of thousands of Mexican and Central American "immigrants" across the U.S.-Mexican border.
Admittedly, there are great differences between Israel’s plight and our own. For one thing, the Israelis are more fortunate in having a government that actually wants to protect its people from invaders. Israel enforces its own border, having fortified it with a fence. Now, it fights for its inviolability. Our government, meanwhile, has left our border effectively open, even after 9/11, and has demonstrated no interest in re-establishing national sovereignty.
That said, there are similarities to note in the political attacks on Americans who hope to repulse what they see as deathblows to our remnant republic coming out of the “border crisis.” Anyone worried about the nullification of the southern border; the accelerating usurpation of dictatorial powers by the president; the perils to national security and public safety of open borders; the perils, also, to the survival of our English-speaking culture rooted mainly in Europe, is excoriated in the public square for having no “humanity.” Just like Israelis, such “mean-spirited” Americans must hate children, too, because this is all about “immigrant kids” in need, right? No – but that’s the dominant narrative.
Such a narrative tells us that the only “humane” solution to the “crisis” is asylum for “the kids” (and throw in their gang-banger brothers, felon-uncles and whoever else is leaving those prayer rugs on the border). Talk of “rule of law,” and “deportation” is “racist.” Talk of already overstretched American towns where the social fabric has ripped under the stress of refugee resettlement, talk of local public school systems broken by the extraordinary demands of supporting impoverished, illiterate alien populations, is the talk of the “xenophobe.”
Again, it's the children. An altruist code of sacrificing one's values for the needy, for the impoverished – for illiterate alien adults and their children, or even for "unaccompanied" alien children – is what is fueling the government's campaign to swamp our culture and population. To oppose this unconstitutional program is to earn the foul smears of racism and xenophobia.
I stress altruism here because no one else seems to want to challenge it. It's a Christian ethic, and a Jewish one, as well. It has been compartmentalized as the default morality by countless people who live otherwise rational, productive lives. And it is killing this country as a tool in the hands of this country's enemies – in and out of political office – here and overseas, who expect Americans to do the "decent" thing and allow themselves and their values to be sacrificed to the greater good of the Zero. They are counting on American "decency" to make their plans work. And as their plans are implemented, our enemies snicker on- and off-mike, because they are vile, drooling nihilists. "Ozero," a popular nickname for Obama, fits his nihilist policies perfectly.
"Humanity," in the parlance of the committed altruists, is the will to sacrifice one's values.
What becomes clear is that such “humanity” is only for the foreign-born. Such “humanity,” such concern, is never expressed for our own people – the Americans who, far from TV news studios and government offices, live with and support the aliens and refugees, young and old, in many of America’s less affluent cities and hardscrabble towns.
And perhaps that’s another difference between the Israeli and the American predicament. Israel still prizes the lives of its citizens very highly – not above all, as we see in their all-too-costly efforts to avoid civilian casualties (an effort the U.S. military also makes at similar high cost). But I can’t say the same for America.
Obama's actions are definably treasonous, and a violation of his oath of office.
Who are the allies of Obama's invasion by invitation? Corrupt Central American and South American governments – and the drug cartels. The drug cartels have burrowed probably hundreds of miles of tunnels from Mexico into the U.S., chiefly to smuggle drugs into the country.
On April 4th, The London Telegraph also ran a story on another kind of tunnel, the drug cartel tunnels, "Drug smuggling tunnels with rail systems discovered under US border with Mexico."
Tunnels used for the transportation of drugs, linking warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico, and the Otay Mesa area of San Diego and including rail systems, the sixth and seventh found in the area in the last four years….
Two drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across the US-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a 73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal authorities said Friday.
No contraband was found in connection with the tunnels, which linked warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico, and the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, according to a statement from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
The authorities know only about the tunnels they've discovered, which are also used to smuggle people into the country. To judge by the pictures in the preceding links, it would be easy to funnel numberless terrorists into the country in the cartel's tunnels. There is a rumor that some cartels have sealed deals with Hamas and other Islamic terrorist organizations to help them smuggled jihadists into the U.S. Doubtless many Islamic terrorists have openly crossed the border posing as Mexicans or other Latino "refugees."
West ends her column with:
Our government doesn’t enforce our border – its basic charge – and it is frantically engaged in a vigorous program of what I can only describe as population replacement. We seem to be poised before an unprecedented, anarchic demographic shift bringing large swaths of Central and South Americans into the USA – and the federal government seems to be doing everything it can to enable the shift and make it permanent. My late father ruefully predicted the U.S. would one day become the northern tip of South America. I don’t know if he thought it would happen so quickly.
Who would have imagined, though, that the existence of Israel, surrounded by Islamic enemies sworn to its annihilation, could in some ways seem more assured than our own?
Undoubtedly, most Americans want America's sovereignty preserved as a distinct nation, and the border closed to the Obama-instigated invasion of Third World foreign nationals – most of whom will choose to remain "foreign nationals" yet expect to be bequeathed the rights and privileges of certified Americans, as the Muslims have demanded. Most Americans, including Latinos who underwent an arduous citizenship process (such as the patriotic Cubans) want America to survive as America.
West's point is that before we can save any children, America must save itself from the depredations of our own government.