… when recent news reveals the barbarism that we'd like to pretend isn't there. Or at least can be negotiated with. As usual, someone else says it better than I can, specifically Bari Weiss, who has a warning:
You are about to withstand a barrage of lies about the war that broke out today in Israel.
Some of those lies will be explicit. Some of them will be lies of omission. Others will be lies of obfuscation. Or lies of minimization. Lies told by people who are simply too afraid to look at such an ugly, barbarous reality. And lies told by people whose true beliefs are too ugly to quite say aloud. Turn on cable news and you can hear some of them right now.
So let’s get some facts straight.
Israel was attacked last night. It was attacked by Hamas terrorists who streamed over the border from Gaza. They came on foot and on motorbikes. They came by truck and by car and by paraglider. They came to Israel to murder and maim and mutilate anyone they could find. And that is what they did.
It is impossible to know the numbers of the dead or the missing or the injured.
The official numbers as of this writing: 300 Israelis dead; 1,590 wounded. And dozens—maybe many more—taken hostage into Gaza. They include women, elders, and children.
Some of those lies are described by The Times of Israel:
Pro-Palestinian, student and Muslim activist groups in the US backed Hamas’s terror offensive against Israel and condemned the Jewish state on Saturday, after terrorists from Gaza murdered hundreds of Israelis, sowing havoc across much of the country and prompting retaliatory IDF strikes.
A number of the groups also announced rallies in support of the Hamas attack, which saw terrorists infiltrate Israel in a surprise assault, slaughter civilians and soldiers, abduct captives and rain rockets on Israeli cities.
The US Council of Muslim Organizations, an umbrella group, said, “The recent unprovoked and continuous attacks by Israel on Palestinian towns, cities, and refugee camps have resulted in tragic loss of Palestinian lives.”
I'm pretty sure the US Council of Muslim Organizations has a faulty understanding of what "unprovoked" means. (A fuller description of their statement here.)
I'll (probably) pull myself together for the usual light-hearted look at the presidential campaign later today. Until then: if you pray, pray for Israel, Israeli dead and wounded, and Israeli hostages.