Watching the aftermath of the horrific Paris attacks weeks ago I am taken by the anger of the French citizens saying that the government could have prevented the attacks and the massive toll of 130 dead and 300 injured… 163 of whom still were in the hospital as of a few days ago. France is in mourning and in fear. Threats of future incidents in Times Square and other heavily visited areas in Western Countries…in places as remote as Mali… result in very concerned citizens world wide.
To expect a government to know of every possible attack and to prevent it, is at best naive and at worst, fatal. It is the illusion that this is possible which prevents people from preparing their own defense.
In our tiny synagogue in Jerusalem, we have to deal with the same possibility …what if an assassin came to attack us while services are taking place on Shabbat? We discussed and decided to hire a guard to stand outside the premises, mostly to keep an eye on the children who leave the services to go to their own special area. But what we also know is that if someone comes to do us serious harm, the guard would be the first person to be shot and the congregation would be vulnerable The difference between our vulnerability and that of the concert goers however is clear; multiple members of our congregation carry guns and are prepared to defend the congregation in case of attack.
If the Paris attacks had happened in an Israeli concert venue, people would have died as well… a few. But there would have been people at that very same concert who would have had a licensed gun on their person…who would have stopped the Islamic Terrorists. The assassins in Paris used their Kalishnikov rifles for more than an hour to murder over and over again simply because there was no one to stop them…not the police…not the army…no one. Such slaughter could not be prevented with an unarmed populace.
I was a bit concerned the other day when I went to the Mahane Yehuda market and only saw a few soldiers in front of one of the many entry points, but none at another. Still, any attacker is immediately apprehended…how can that be? After inquiring, I discovered that the police are throughout the market, in undercover attire… but there all the same!
The world is turning into a cruel place. It is time for public gatherings around the world to provide undercover specialists prepared to protect the innocents . If cities or governments are not prepared to allow their citizens to carry arms, then it is time for laws requiring public events to provide protection for the innocent masses. Movie theaters, concert halls, group gatherings must be populated with those prepared to stop evil. The costs will be reflected in the price of the tickets for the events and the government budgets will need to provide the funds for public events. But the responsibility is clear for those in elected officialdom; STAND UP AGAINST POTENTIAL EVIL and let the evil doers know you are waiting for them! Not only France, but the entire free world needs to learn from Israel. Destroying ISIS with air bombings is critical for the long time survival of the free world. It will not however stop the homegrown terrorist already brainwashed into a murderous fervor. Cowering from the face of evil results in disaster.