Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Isn't it time for Europe to join us in recognizing a common enemy?

At the end of WWII, Pastor Martin Niemöller memorably said

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak out for me.
The Islamists have routinely been "coming for the Jews": October 19, 1994: "Hamas militant sets off bomb killing 23 on a Tel Aviv bus." -- November 20, 2000: "Two people have been killed and nine injured in a bomb attack on an Israeli bus taking children to school." -- August 4, 2002: "A bomb on a bus in northern Israel killed 10 people and injured more than 40 others." -- March 11, 2003: "A suicide bomber set off a powerful explosion that destroyed a suburban bus in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa on Wednesday, killing at least 15 Israelis and badly wounding at least 40, Israeli police said." -- These are just four bus bombings. For more examples of the hundreds if Israelis killed in Islamist/Palestinian attacks-- to resounding silence from Europe -- check out this, and this. To his credit, Tony Blair has stood resolutely with America since the Islamists came for America on 9/11, but he, the British press and large segments of the British public have been scarily silent at the blood bath in Israel for the past decade. Isn't it time that they start acknowledging that Israel is not the enemy? London, July 7, 2005: UPDATE: Apparently I'm not the only one to have noticed to obvious. Israelis, however, are being warned to excercise tact and not point out the similarities between Britain's one moment as an Islamist target, and Israeli's 60 years in that position:
Despite the natural political urge to compare England to Israel in the wake of Thursday's terror offensive in London, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants government ministers to remain silent. Thursday evening, Sharon instructed Government Secretary Yisrael Maimon to order ministers to refrain from making comparisons between Israel and Britain during media interviews. The ministers were instructed to avoid tying the bombings in London to similar attacks in Israel, but were told they can go ahead and express their condolences over the attacks. "We are talking about an incident the Brits are experiencing now," Maimon told the ministers. "At this time we don't need to be quick to connect this matter to us. The Brits suffered a difficult, painful blow, and it would be improper of Israel to put itself on the same front."