President Obama’s misunderstanding of, and therefore his failure to act against Arab terrorism is attributable to the mindset that terrorism is a response to specific causes. In Israel’s case, the cause is the “occupation,” which has become a tool to legitimize killing Jews and demonizing Israel.
The danger of linking terrorism to grievances is that it rationalizes murder and elevates those who perpetrate it. But those who carry out such acts are not driven by a sense of injustice, or rescuing humanity; they are homicidal criminals who seek to inflict the most damage to the largest number of people, regardless of who they are, or what beliefs they hold.
Arab terrorists, who plan and train meticulously, don’t seek political compromises. Their goal is jihad; total elimination of Jews and the state of Israel. They don’t think about a “peace process.” They are committed to annihilation of their enemies. They see themselves as “martyrs,” and are glorified by their communities, and by the PA.
This provides the psychological determination to perpetrate murder as an act of religious and political sanctification. And they are not alone, since most of the international community, and now President Obama, justify not only their means, but their end – a second Arab Palestinian state.
This is what President Obama did not understand about the controversial Islamic Center proposed to be built at Ground Zero. The situation is not about a mosque, but about what comes along with it. It’s not about a building, or religious freedom; it’s about full disclosure and transparency.
The author is a writer and journalist living in Israel.
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