The French and Europeans cannot win the war against radical Islam if they continue differentiating between good and bad Islamic terrorists.
They are sure to lose the fight if they still believe that Muslim Palestinian terrorists have legitimate reasons and rationale for murdering innocent Israelis while the French- and Belgian-born Muslim terrorists lack any legitimacy in their murder of innocent French and other European people.
Europe, as well as the Obama administration, must wake up soon and acknowledge the truth, that a religious war is brewing between radical Islam and the civilized, democratic and free Western world, which includes Israel.
Israel has been victimized by terrorists not because it “deserved” it, but because it represents the values that all Muslim Arab terrorists despise about the West. Israel has been in the forefront of the war on terror because it is a Western, democratic, and Jewish nation located in the barbaric, primitive, Islamist neighborhood where radical Islam originates.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel honor terror victims in Paris. Europe must wake up and acknowledge that a religious war is brewing between radical Islam and the civilized, democratic and free Western world which includes Israel (Photo: AFP)
History teaches us that after evil entities and ideologies kill the Jews, they then go after everyone else. The establishment of a Palestinian state or even the total destruction of the only Jewish state will not stop the jihadist cancer from spreading throughout Europe. This enemy is against the whole civilized world while western nations foolishly focus on appeasing it in regard to Israel by scapegoating the Jewish state.
For many years, Israel has been trying to explain to Western nations, including the United States, France and other European countries, that the root of the Israeli-Arab Palestinian conflict is extreme Muslim indoctrination to jihad, violence, and hatred against them. However, the West seems to dismiss this argument as an excuse, and insists that the roots and the causes of the anti-Israel terrorism and violence have been Israel’s own actions and policies.
These actions include the so-called occupation of Palestinian lands by Israel, the settlements, poverty, and a sense of humiliation and hopelessness among the Palestinians. But much worse, they have irrationally convinced themselves that the root cause of the anti-West and anti-European hatred and terrorism by European born Muslims is the Palestinian- Israeli conflict, and that solving the conflict by pressuring Israel for concessions will bring peace to Europe and the West.
However, Europeans should know that throwing Israel under the bus through product labeling, boycotting, condemnations and divestments will not save Europe from radical Islam. Associating with, sympathizing with and granting concessions to other radical Islamist players such as Iran, Assad’s Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority, only reassures ISIS that Europe is not serious about defeating Muslim terror and eventually can be weakened to embrace them too.
Otherwise, how do explain the fact that since the attacks in France in January, where French-born Muslims killed 17 people at Charlie Hebdo offices and specifically targeted Jews at a kosher grocery store, the French government has been single-mindedly using its diplomatic efforts to advance the Palestinian cause by punishing the Jewish State, instead of uniting world efforts in advancing the cause of defeating the Islamic State and its sympathizers.
First, France included Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, in the solidarity march of world leaders following the January attacks, and even placed him in the first row. For those who do not remember, Abbas was for over 30 years the No. 2 to Yasser Arafat, one of the worst terrorists in history responsible for the killings of thousands of innocent Jews.
In March, it was the French who pushed for a UN Security Council resolution to impose upon Israel, without any negotiations, a timeline for its withdrawal from the West Bank and Jerusalem and the establishment of a Palestinian state along the suicide borders of 1967, with total disregard for Israel’s security needs.
In October, a campaign of terror began against Israelis by Palestinians, provoked by the libelous claims of Abbas and Muslim clerics that Israel is undermining Palestinian rights at Al-Aqsa Mosque. The French gave credence to this lie by introducing to the UN Security Council a plan that would station UN observers on the Temple Mount to supervise the status quo, thereby undermining Israeli sovereignty over the holiest site for the Jews.
On November 11, after weeks of Palestinian terrorism against Israeli Jews, the European Union, including France, only chose to penalize Israel by labeling Israeli products made in Jewish settlements in the so-called occupied territories.
Two days after the labeling, on November 13, French- and Belgian-born Muslim terrorists, coordinated by ISIS, killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more in the heart of Paris, at targeted sites that were accurately chosen as representing the Western way of life.
On November 14, the Islamic State’s message claiming responsibility for the attacks did not at all mention Israel or the Palestinians or the settlements as their motivation. In their message, they called the French “crusaders” and “disbelievers” and mocked France as a “capital of prostitution and obscenity” and “the carrier of the banner of the Cross in Europe, Paris.” They called the concert “a profligate prostitution party” and the concertgoers “apostates.” They mentioned Allah and the prophet many times and quoted from the Quran.
However, it seems Europe is still choosing to focus on the one conflict involving Jews as the rationale for the attacks. Just few days after the ISIS message, Jan Marijnissen, the chairman of the Dutch Socialist Party, said in an interview that the perpetrators of the attacks, acted in part out of frustration over the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, saying that the conflict “is the growth medium for such an attack.”
Similar comments were repeated by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who said that “to counteract the radicalization, we must go back to the situation such as the one in the Middle East of which not the least the Palestinians see that there is no future: We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.”
For those and other jihadists, the motivation for their actions is very clear. They are engaging in an end of days clash between the Muslim world ruled by Sharia law and the Quran and the Western World ruled by individual liberties, freedoms, equality, the rule of law and value for life.
How much more blood must be shed for France and the rest of Europe to understand that even if the West removed every soldier from Iraq, Syria and the entire Middle East and stopped supporting Israel, there would still not be peace with radical Islam but an invitation to more terror?