In the comments section under one of those ghastly, bloody pictures of a partial body of a civilian in Gaza, I recently had a bleeding-heart liberal tell me on Facebook:
“People don’t just go out and join these groups (Hamas) based solely on ideology so much as they see their entire family killed and only know one way to get back at the people who did it. You sit here from your comfortable life and don’t even stop to think how you’d react if your wife and kids, or even more been blown to pieces.”
This is the “everyone is a freedom fighter to someone” argument, formally known as the moral equivalence fallacy. And it’s widespread enough to write an article about. But do we really need to walk a mile in an Islamofascist’s shoe-bombs to understand why they join terrorist groups?
Come now, and let us reason together. The conflict in the Middle East…
It’s a Muslim thing; it’s not a Jewish sovereign state thing. If Israel was wiped off the face of the earth, the Arabs would all be even worse off, and their horrible deaths would be even more of a foregone conclusion according to–not my perspective or yours, but–the perspective of history and culture.
“Some 11,000,000 Muslims have been violently killed since 1948, of which 35,000, or 0.3 percent, died during the sixty years of fighting Israel, or just 1 out of every 315 Muslim fatalities. In contrast, over 90 percent of the 11 million who perished were killed by fellow Muslims.”
Without Israel, Hamas would just be killing other Muslims, who would be avenging other Muslims who were massacred by other Muslims whose families were all horribly blown up by other Muslims, while torturing other Muslims, shouting “Allahu Akbar” all the way, and all the live-long day. No, I’m not saying ALL Muslims are terrorists, but I am saying that Hamas–like most internationally recognized terrorist groups–was elected, sorry… OVERWHELMINGLY ELECTED… by Muslims.
Israel isn’t a part of that; they’re the new nation-state on the block.
Moral equivalency arguments are void when there exists a fundamental difference in worldview, and when you realize Hamas would be doing the same thing without or without Israel. The public relations battle with graphic pictures of their dismembered civilians they hide behind is Hamas saying “Trust us, without Israel, none of this would have happened here.” History tells us different. They would be herding their civilians in front of Egyptian rockets, or Jordanian rockets, or Turkish rockets. They just can’t help themselves.
But back to the question at hand: How would I react?
I would react differently than them. Look at Mosul. Breitbart has reported:
“In a statement read out at the city’s mosques, the Islamists told Christians that they had until midday to either convert or pay a “jizya” – a tax on non-Muslims. Those who refused to comply would be killed….They may also be subject to various humiliations, such as having to shave their heads, wear a red belt around their necks or wear only one shoe….Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities. The Chaldean Catholics are an autonomous part of the Catholic Church and maintain their own liturgy and traditions….10,000 had fled Mosul since ISIS had taken control of the city.”
Unlike most, I’ve seen some beheading, burning, and execution videos put out online by terrorists. Your spiritual eyes cry the tears that come out of your physical eyes. All the moral equivalency parrots have to counter that with is, “Well! Christians! They… The Crusades!!!”
They were never there during “the Crusades,” but whatever the wrong(est) side was, I have no doubt they’d be on it. Now, back to 2014 A.D. Look at today, look at Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS. Consider female genital mutilation, crucifying infidels on trees in public squares, playing soccer with a person’s head because they won’t take the religion you’re shoving down their throat. All real, all verifiable, all now.
But me. What would I do? I do sit here in my comfortable chair, typing. So let’s turn to the tens of thousands of Christians being driven from their homelands after they have seen their families persecuted or martyred.
I’ll tell you what they’re not doing. They’re not joining a “Hamas for Christ” chapter and blowing themselves up for Christ because their family member was blown up by someone else blowing themselves up for Allah.
And that’s precisely what I would not do if my family blew up. I wouldn’t start a “Hamas for Christ” group. I’m not like them. America is not like them. Israel is not like them. There is no moral equivalency. We are not the same. There is black and white. There are truths and lies. There is good and evil. There is right and wrong. Do I need to keep going?
So the next time a liberal shames you for supporting Israel because you haven’t personally held the blown-to-bits body of a family member in your arms, ask them when they last fought Hamas or ISIS.