National Review reports,
“California Governor Gavin Newsom will conduct tonight’s Christmas
tree–lighting at California’s state capitol virtually, amid threats from
pro-Palestinian protesters… The Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian
Rights announced that it would protest at the state capitol on Tuesday night —
the same night Newsom was set to direct the annual Christmas tree-lighting
ceremony. The group told KCRA Channel 3 that it wants to ‘out Governor Gavin
Newsom for hiding from the public because he doesn’t want to face their anger
at his shameful stance in regard to the genocide in Gaza.’”
Perhaps President of China Xi Jinping can show Newsom the
way. The Governor of California need not scurry to a place of safety because he
wishes to avoid a public headline-generating backlash as a result of a
strenuous moral opposition against a genocidal Hamas, both the governing authority
of Gaza and, more importantly, a terrorist organization in the pay of Iran. Xi
has been committing his opposition to the Chinese Gulag for decades.
It is not altogether clear that Palestine Gazans support
Hamas. Indeed, it is not altogether certain that Iran, part Persian and part
Islamic, supports its own revolutionary Shia government. Neither Iran, nor
Hamas, nor other of Iran’s terrorist proxies, favors democratic solutions to
political, cultural, or religious problems. And, of course, Iran, the principal
troublemaker in the Middle East, wishes to push the state of Israel into the
Protestors on college campuses throughout the United States,
some of them dripping with ivy, have expressed their solidarity with Iran,
Hamas terrorists, Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon, Yameni terrorists, and peace
seeking members of the United Nations, whose objections to Israel’s declaration
of war against Hamas terrorists infesting Gaza is more subtle than Iran’s.
Also subtle is U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ objection to
Israel’s declaration of war on Hamas.
Sanders, a Jewish socialist Senator from Vermont born in
1941, was 4 years old when anti-Nazi allies bombed Dresden in Germany. The bombing of
Dresden, necessary or not, helped to bring an end to World War II and
established, in the aftermath of the war, what one might call the peace of the
Sanders believes that Israel’s war on Hamas is both
necessary and just, and certainly Gaza is no Dresden. Israel is determined to
destroy Hamas, and it has established offensive strategies that will, as far as
possible, allow Gazans some measure of security against military attack not
present when Dresden was utterly destroyed. These measures were in place before
Sanders and President Joe Biden loudly advised Israeli leaders against the
indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians, such as happened when Hamas ruthlessly attacked Israel civilians on October 7.
Israel’s non-negotiable demands are these: Israel must win
the war against Hamas and its supporters, and “winning” means that Hamas, both
the government of Gaza and a terrorist organization financed and sponsored by
Iran, must be uprooted and destroyed. The terrorist infrastructure in Gaza –
religious, cultural and political – must be supplanted. If there is to be in Israel
a so called “two state solution,” Palestinian and Israeli, one of the states
cannot be Hamas -- or any other Iranian supported terrorist proxy. No nation
can long survive by housing in its bosom a foreign supported terrorist group
that has taken active measures to militarily destroy the nation.
These are demands that will be enforced, according to
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, whether or not the friends and enemies of
Israel agree that the extirpation of Hamas is necessary.
Cleverly, the anti-Zionists insist that Israel should pause
in its efforts to destroy Hamas for humanitarian reasons, and they do not make
sharp distinctions between a pause in military action – for instance, a
momentary cessation of hostile military action to allow for an exchange of
prisoners – and an undefined cessation of hostilities.
Every formal declaration of war is a crossing of the
If you are a nation that has declared war against a hostile
state or nation, you will want to concentrate your firepower, material or
rhetorical, on one overriding goal – winning the war.
Under certain conditions, diplomacy works. More usually,
wars, not diplomacy, decide the future of a nation, but only for those who have
won the war. The United States and its allies could and did negotiate terms of
peace with Germany and Japan after both nations had surrendered to the allies
in 1945 – not before.
Iran has been sponsoring terrorism in the Middle East for
decades, some would say successfully. The havoc Iran has caused has not disturbed
a single hair in the snowy white beard of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s
supreme leader since 1989.
Peace between Gazans and Israel is not possible while Iran
sponsored terrorists continue to harass the civilian population of Israel.
Hamas must be destroyed. And it would help a great deal if the policy of the
United States with respect to Iran were less accommodating than it appears to
be. The armada President Joe Biden has sent to the Middle East has been badly
used because it has hardly been used, apart from blowing up a few empty
buildings to the north of Israel.