Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Israel Suffers First Suicide Bomber in Over a Year

The Wall Street Journal has the simple truth about terrorism---restrict access and the rate of attacks dwindles to nearly zero:
The news about yesterday's suicide bombing in the Israeli town of Dimona is that it's news. In 2002, at the height of the second intifada, 451 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks, including 14 suicide bombings. By contrast, yesterday's attack, which killed one and injured 11, was the first of its kind in more than a year.

This didn't happen by accident, or because Palestinian radicals have somehow become less hostile to Israel. Responsibility for yesterday's attack was claimed by the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, which is affiliated with President Mahmoud Abbas's ostensibly moderate Fatah party. Islamist Hamas remains even more ardently dedicated to Israel's destruction, a point it emphasizes with its rocket barrages at southern Israeli cities close to the Gaza Strip.

Instead, the difference has come because of Israel's increasingly successful antiterrorist efforts. Key to that success has been the construction of its ostensibly "illegal" security fence, its equally "illegal" targeted assassinations of key terrorist leaders, its "disproportional" attacks on terrorist enclaves in Jenin and elsewhere, and other actions that saved innocent lives but which much of the international community deplored.

One of the most common arguments against Israel's actions is that it would feed a "cycle of violence." It's fair to say that what happened is closer to the opposite. As Israel put pressure on terrorist leaders, they were forced to spend their time running for their lives rather than planning the next attack. As Israel set up physical obstacles to terrorism, the need for large-scale military incursions declined, allowing a semblance of normal life to return for Israelis as well as Palestinians. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, Israel proved that terrorists can be defeated -- a lesson that applies equally in Iraq.

What the Declaration of Independence called respect for the decent opinion of mankind no longer is respectable---mankind's opinions in fraudulent organizations like the UN or other "respectable" NGOs are invariably wrongheaded and precisely wrong more often than not.

The United States is currently being flim-flammed by the same usual suspects about its borders with Mexico, where thousands of security risks cross illegally on a daily basis. These NGOs and do-gooders absurdly compare a US border fence to the Berlin Wall, which of course was built to keep the prisoners of Communism in their prison-states rather than to keep people OUT of East Germany or other workers' paradises.

The absurdity of "international opinion" as proferred by the feckless impotent EU and others living the good life thanks to US protection of their freedoms continues to be ridiculous---just like their hypocritical criticisms of Israel, whose inhabitants their criminal ancestors tried in vain to exterminate just a couple of generations ago.

Why shouldn't the Israelis repay them with the contempt and disdain they so richly deserve?

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