[Jack's Update 11 is here.]
I understand that you are concerned about the state of things in Gaza. The rising number of dead terrorists, as well as the death of their human shields, and the photographs coming out of Gaza, are making things uncomfortable for you. It’s hard to ignore all of that devastation, so you are calling for an immediate, this-instant, don’t-make-me-come-up-there-young-man! ceasefire.
But I don’t understand; what did you think was going to happen?
What did you think was going to happen when you pressed Israel to pull every last Jew out of Gaza, and then you watched the population destroy the municipal infrastructure left to them, setting up rocket launchers instead of tending the greenhouses?
What did you think was going to happen when the population of Gaza elected a government which pledged to destroy Israel?
What did you think was going to happen when Hamas and Islamic Jihad sent rocket after rocket into Israeli towns for the past three years?
What did you think was going to happen when Hamas dug tunnels into Egypt, to import Chinese and Iranian missiles?
What did you think was going to happen when you permitted Hamas to hold Israeli Gilad Shalit for years, without so much as a peep about even letting the Red Cross in to see him?
What did you think was going to happen when Israel warned Hamas, repeatedly, that they would invade if need be?
What did you think was going to happen when Hamas terrorists blew themselves up in Israel?
What did you think was going to happen when Hamas violated their ceasefire?
What did you think was going to happen when Hamas used UN equipment to kill Israelis?
What did you think was going to happen as Israeli troops amassed at the border, watching rockets fly into their towns and land in fields and homes and kindergartens?
I ask you these questions because all along, you did nothing.
You failed to condemn the rocketers.
You failed to insist that Hamas live up to its agreements.
You failed to insist that Hamas release, or even treat humanely, Gilad Schalit.
You failed to insist that Hamas acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.
You failed to exert any pressure or express any outrage when Hamas poisoned its children with anti-Israel propaganda.
You failed to protest when Hamas launched mortars from UN schools.
Now, you wake up and protest. Now, you insist that all violence must stop.
Why? Because the dead people are named Mahmoud instead of Moshe? Jewish blood wasn’t enough to make you stir from your living room chairs?
Perhaps, to you, Jewish blood is cheap. Perhaps, to you, a few rockets a day, Jewish children growing up in bomb shelters, just isn’t enough to make you risk your relationships with Arab oil and its associated petro-dollars.
But you should have thought it through.
You should have planned ahead.
You should have realized that the other shoe was going to drop, and you should have put a stop to things back then.
We could have avoided all of this, if you would have protested three years ago, or two years ago, or last month.
I don’t know what you were thinking then, but I sure hope you’re going to start thinking now.