Monday, May 31, 2010
The Third Barbary War of the Mediterranean
by Steven Plaut
The United States fought two Barbary wars against the Barbary coast pirates. In the first Barbary war alone, the US suffered 35 dead and 64 wounded. The pirates suffered at least 800 dead and many more than that wounded. The American forces put the cities of the pirates under siege and blockade. When the pirates renewed their terrorist activity, (in part thanks to the US being at war with Great Britain), the second Barbary war was fought in 1815.
The third Barbary War against Mediterranean pirates was fought last night. It was fought by Israel against violent armed terrorists.
Like the Americans in the 1800s, Israel has put the terrorist pirate enclave of Gaza under siege. It is only letting in civilian consumer goods. But that has the supporters of the Hamas upset. They demand that Israel allow in weapons so that the Hamas can engage in more terrorism and piracy.
It was against that background that the "flotilla" of terrorists trying to challenge Israeli sovereign control of its sea lanes and waters was organized by Islamists and Western anti-Semitic leftists. Once again the modern Ribbentrop-Molotov pact of Islamofascism and Western leftism united to attack the Jews.
The 20 (or whatever the correct number is) of dead terrorists from the flotilla ships are being proclaimed "innocent civilians." They were neither innocent nor civilians. They were guilty terrorists. They opened fire on IDF soldiers, and attacked them with knives and pipes and other weapons.
After two decades of pusillanimous pandering to such people and coddling leftist "solidarity" anarchist terrorists, even when they violently attack IDF soldiers and Israeli police, Israel has at long last done the right thing. At long last it has taken a clear position: raise a hand against an Israeli soldier and die!