Isis is singing an old Nazi marching song with new words. “Heute in Frankreich und Belgien, morgen die ganze Welt”…. Today in France and Belgium, tomorrow in the entire world. A song that brings back past horrors and massacres. Same melody. New singers. Europe is in danger of no longer being Europe.
After the horrendous attacks in Paris, the world is beginning to change. In Belgium, Brussels has closed its metro system and centers of mass transportation. The American State Department has issued warnings to American citizens in Brussels not to leave their homes or hotels.
The 26 member states of the European Union has halted passport-free transportation in the Schengen region and national frontiers have been closed to anyone unable to verify national identity.
Tourism is rapidly declining. Hotels and restaurants are quite empty. Shopkeepers are suffering from lack of customers.
Isis is on the march. The Security Council of the United Nations has unanimously declared war on Isis and seeks its destruction. The entire western world has condemned radical Islam and Islamic terrorism.
Only one voice remains silent. The American president Obama does not refer to them as radical Islamists or Islamic terrorists. For Obama, they are simply evil criminals bent upon destruction and violence. He calls them murderers, acknowledges their dastardly crimes against humanity, but he is uncomfortable using the word terrorists.
Mr. Obama is not anti-Semitic…. only anti-semantic.
Members of his own Democratic party and those holding positions in his government oppose allowing Syrian “refugees” to enter the borders of the United States. But Mr. Obama is ready to welcome them in the name of “compassionate humaneness”.
If all the nations on the European continent could be united and unified, many more air strikes on Isis territory could diminish its powers and its threats. More than once in history, at the battle of Tours and at the gates of Vienna, Christian Europe pushed the Muslim invaders out of Europe. The Popes in Rome praised the “brave Crusaders” who marched halfway around the world to vanquish the Muslims in the Holy Land.
Perhaps an old church hymn with new words needs to be sung in Europe. “Onward Christian soldiers, marching off to war….”
There must be better ways. Prevent supplies being brought into Iraq and Syria by plane or overland. Withhold food and medical supplies. Hunger and pain can have positive effects upon warring people.
School buildings in which young children are taught to hate infidels and moderate Muslims should be destroyed. Homes should be demolished. Radical preachers of hate should be arrested and the doors of their mosques locked.
The world cannot afford to remain silent. We have never forgotten 1939 and our promise that “never again” would the world be destroyed by genocide. Isis is a cancer and like a cancer, it must be excised.
France, once the most civilized country in all of Europe, is prepared to fulfill its declaration of war. My daughter-in-law’s father from Paris has been visiting here for the past month and is returning to France on Monday. He assures me that the majority of French Jews prefer to remain in France. In spite of the recent attacks only in Paris, French cities are more safe and secure than Israeli cities.
He is convinced that all the problems now exploding in the Middle East are the fault of Barack Obama who, he says of the French conviction, is a weak man who does not know the meaning of leadership. “He is a disgrace to America”, he says. I think many Americans would not disagree.
Now Isis has threatened to attack Washington as it had attacked Paris. They have threatened to blow up the White House.
The last time the White House was destroyed was during the war of 1812 when Great Britain was the enemy. Now there is a powerful and merciless new enemy. As the Security Council proposed, this treacherous enemy must be destroyed. But how?
Some people say that there should be more airstrikes, many bombs dropped, Isis strongholds burned to the ground. I tell them that the damage inflicted could cost the lives of thousands, even tens of thousands, of civilians. And they reply, “do you remember when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed? Thousands were killed but it ended a long and treacherous war. Is it not better to kill thousands in order to save the lives of many millions?” For that question, I have no answer. I leave it in the hands of Mr. Obama and the leaders of the free western nations.
In a few more days, November will end and December will begin The chill of wintry days will be upon our bodies. Hopefully rays of sunshine will warm our souls.
As the Christian holiday season approaches in December, let us wish for peace on earth and goodwill to men.