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.
The people of Israel are castigated in news media, social media and the “international community” (read: the scoundrel United Nations, of whose budget U.S. taxpayers pay 22 percent) as lacking in “humanity” itself. Why? Because as the IDF fights to end Gaza’s endless rocket barrages against Israel, many children under the age of 18 number among the civilian dead. This London 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 ...”
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.
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.”
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?
• Diana West blogs at dianawest.net, and she can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.