It is Just a Matter of Time

“I read the news today oh, boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They’d seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
if he was from the House of Lords”
A Day In the Life- The Beatles

As I read about the suicide bombing in Dimona this song was among the first thing that popped into my head. Given my distaste for the BBC and the sad events surrounding Holocaust Memorial day in London I probably should have picked a different band.

But, I didn’t and this song made sense to me. The ho hum approach that much of the world takes towards the security situation in Israel makes it clear to me that for now Israel has to consider itself to be an island among the nations. It is up to Israel to protect itself.

Rhetoric is not enough. Israel cannot sit by and listen to weak and ineffective condemnations of terror. Israel cannot watch Egypt pretend to be unable to control its border.

If things continue as they are I expect to see Israel launch a major offensive in Gaza. A housecleaning is needed. When your peace partner celebrates murder by passing out candy there is not much that you can do.

There will be blood. Families are going to lose loved ones. Lives are going to be torn apart. It is time to establish boundaries again. Deterrence is needed. If a line is not drawn in the sand and soon, it will get much worse.

I pray that I am wrong.

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4 Comments

  1. Z February 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Yeah, as long as no one’s eating MY lunch…it’s all good.

    Pathetic really.

  2. Jack February 6, 2008 at 4:49 am

    Miriam,

    Maybe not, but we’ll see.

    Z,

    It is all too easy for people to ignore the plight of others.

  3. Z February 5, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I agree. Nobody else seems to want to accept the reality of the situation. And if they do accept it, it’s not all that important.

  4. miriam February 4, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I don’t think it’s going to happen.

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