Sri Lanka’s lesson for Israel: Win it!

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Israel is the good guy in the latest Middle East conflict, and I’d like to see the bloodshed end, but there’s only one sure-fire way to end a war-and that is to win it.

I’m not publishing this because I value Israeli lives more than Palestinian lives. Not at all.

When I saw President Biden call for a ceasefire, I remembered this column.

I went back and reread it, and sadly, only one thing has changed, our President’s name is now Biden, not Obama.

This column was originally published in January of 2009 in the Boca Raton News: 

After 30 years of fighting and approximately 100,000 dead, the government of Sri Lanka finally did what was necessary to defeat the secessionist and terrorist Tamil Tigers.

The Tamil Tigers invented the suicide bomber belt. The Tigers pioneered the use of women and children as suicide bombers, beheaded innocents, recruited child soldiers, assassinated scores of Sri Lankan politicians, and kidnapped, tortured and murdered other Sri Lankans.

Over the years there have been U.N. brokered ceasefires, peacekeeping troops, negotiations and government concessions to the Tigers. None of these policies worked. The Tigers broke every agreement and continued the slaughter.

Recently, the Sri Lankan government decided it was through negotiating and set out to destroy the Tigers once and for all.  The government launched an offensive that drove the Tigers into the northern end of Sri Lanka, and in a brutal final assault, hunted down and killed all the fighters and leaders of the Tiger movement.

Thousands of civilians died during this final assault, but the Sri Lankan government ignored calls from the United Nations and various human rights groups for “restraint.” The Sri Lankan government also shrugged off numerous Reuters and Associated Press stories calling the war a “humanitarian disaster.”

Sri Lanka understood that sometimes, a terrible price must be paid to defeat evil. Sri Lanka understood that in order to defeat terrorists hiding among a civilian population, and using these civilians as human shields, civilians would have to die.

War is an ugly endeavor. Human beings kill other human beings, and as children of God, all of us are diminished by the violence of war. But good men must always confront and defeat evil, or the world descends into barbarism.

Despite the bloody final assault, the U.N. Security Council did not intervene. The great military powers of the world, including the United States, did not threaten military intervention.

The 30 year Sri Lankan war is now over. The bloodshed has ended, and Sri Lanka is already taking steps to rebuild its war-ravaged country.

Sri Lankans were allowed to confront and defeat evil with only superficial criticism from the usual suspects. The Sri Lankans had one big thing going for them.

Sri Lanka is not Israel, and Sri Lankans are not Jewish.

My entire life, Israel has been fighting the Palestinians, assorted terrorist organizations, and most of the Arab world. People have come to assume that conflict in the Middle East is inevitable and that the region will always be at war.

But Israel has never been allowed to finish a war. Israel has never been allowed to defeat her terrorist enemies. Israel has never been allowed to win. Whenever Israel is close to defeating evil, immense pressure is exerted on Israel by her allies and enemies alike, to stop the fighting, and leave her terrorist foes alive to fight another day.

20,000 French civilians were killed in the battle for Normandy during World War II and over 200,000 civilians died during the battle for Berlin in 1945. Should the Allies, out of concern for civilian casualties, acted with “restraint,” and negotiated a ceasefire with Hitler?

Obviously not, so then why does the world always demand that Israel act with “restraint” when confronted with a similar evil?

The Western Democracies seemed to have forgotten that in order for most wars to end, people must die, and someone, preferably the good guys, has to win. The only way to win a war is to kill everyone on the other side with the ability and the desire to continue fighting. I wish there was another way to win a war, but there isn’t.

Hamas, Hezbollah, and the other terrorist organizations dedicated to the destruction of Israel copied many of the tactics pioneered by the Tamil Tigers. Israel has suffered terrorist atrocities very similar to what the Sri Lankans suffered. Israel has also tried all the peaceable solutions that Sri Lanka tried. And, just like in Sri Lanka, none of them worked.

Now, in addition to terrorists, Israel is expected to allow a rogue terrorist nation like Iran, to acquire nuclear weapons, and risk her own obliteration.

Sadly, under President Obama and a Democratic congress, Israel can no longer count on the United States as a reliable ally and partner.

I hope that the next time Israel is attacked, or threatened by terrorist groups or terrorist states, that Israel has learned the lessons of Sri Lanka. Ignore the U.N., ignore the global liberal media, and if she must, ignore President Obama.

Dear Israel, if you must face this terror alone, then do so. When the time comes, defeat the evil that confronts you by any means necessary, with or without our help.


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