We are coming up on the one-month anniversary of the October 7 Hamas terrorist attacks against the Jewish people of Israel. 1,400 innocent lives were lost. Hundreds more were kidnapped and are now being used as human shields, or worse, by the Hamas terrorists who perpetrated the attacks.
Many more innocents were left with permanent scars, mental and physical alike, from the unprovoked attack.
Many have aptly referred to the 10/7 attacks as “Israel’s 9/11.” Others have correctly assessed that, as a proportion of population, the 10/7 attacks on Israel were more destructive than the 9/11 attacks on America.
By this time after 9/11, the United States had already started massive bombing campaigns. CIA paramilitaries had helicoptered into Afghanistan in the dead of night, armed with satellite phones, backpacks of cash, and Kalashnikovs. American special forces operators backed the CIA paramilitary teams up, too.
Within a month of the 9/11 attacks, the United States was on a war footing and was pounding the groups in Afghanistan responsible for the attacks. The world—including Israel—rallied soundly behind the Americans, as Washington’s leaders vowed to strike back and defeat the terrorists who had killed 3,000 Americans, no matter how long it took.
At no point did anyone express sympathy for the potential civilian deaths that would inevitably occur from the American war in Afghanistan. None but the most craven leftists and Islamists around the world demanded America stay its mighty hand in retaliating against the terrorists who perpetrated 9/11.
Former U.S. presidents did not attempt to “both sides” the attack, as former President Barack Obama recently did. The United Nations did not elevate Taliban representatives from Afghanistan to lead the UN’s Human Rights Council, as the UN did with Iranian representatives just a few weeks after their Hamas proxies attacked Israel.
The global response to 9/11 was light years away from the way the world has responded to the 10/7 attacks in Israel.
Israel Isn’t Allowed to Defend Itself
Within three days of the attacks, while the Biden administration was promising to stand with the Israelis in their hour of need, the Biden White House was speaking out of both sides of its mouth.
They were telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu they were with Israel while publicly pleading with Israel to abandon its vow to crush Hamas in Gaza, for fear of the fates of Palestinian Arabs (who overwhelmingly elected Hamas, or at least looked the other way while Hamas rose to power in Gaza in 2006).
Little word was said about the absurdity of Israel’s purported allies castigating Israel’s leaders for their proposed—justified—retaliation against Hamas in Gaza.
No formal complaint was lodged by Jerusalem against Washington’s decision to send $100 million in “aid” to the Gaza Strip (where it will be stolen by Hamas and their allies and used to further their war of extermination against their Jewish neighbors).
For their part, Israel’s military leaders have judiciously created target sets designed to avoid collateral damage of the sort that their Hamas terrorist foes gleefully inflicted upon the Israeli civilians who lived around Gaza.
In fact, the Netanyahu government has been exceedingly slow to launch their desired massive invasion of Gaza, partly out of concern for overwhelming civilian losses.
Nevertheless, the entire world continues piling on Israel; threatening their leaders, priming the media to report any potential civilian death that might occur in Gaza as a result of Israeli military actions as though it was somehow more grievous than the original Hamas attack a month ago.
A Two-State Obscenity
Which gets us to the next part. The part that is most infuriating. Those in the West who are calling for a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas-led Gaza Strip are those who are most invested in the morally and intellectually bankrupt two-state solution.
This plan, which has been kicked around for decades, calls for Israel to exchange land for peace. It demands that Israel let a contiguous Palestinian Arab state be constructed right next door to their country.
Setting aside the absurdity of making Israel, which has done nothing wrong against the Palestinian Arabs of Gaza, to give up land to the very people who murdered 1,400 Israelis in cold blood, one must also look at the logistics involved.
The proponents of a two-state solution seem to gloss over the fact that Gaza was allowed to have democratic elections in 2006. And the group they elected overwhelmingly was none other than the murderous, Iran-backed Hamas terrorist group that has the extermination of Israel as its mission statement.
Should a Palestinian state be created, Hamas or a similar organization would become the dominant power in that new state—and would fashion that state into a base from whence to attack Israel with renewed vigor.
The October 7 attacks were the results of the vitriolic, vile, and genocidal objectives of Hamas and its fellow Islamists throughout the region. Their mission is to kill all the Jews, take their lands, and then make war upon the West.
Not only should Israel be unequivocally encouraged to destroy Hamas, but the West should drop its delusions that the Palestinian Arabs want peace or that any new Palestinian state for the Arabs would be anything more than a pre-failed state.
For years, we promised to never forget 9/11.
After 20 years, most Americans have forgotten. Just a month after Israel’s 9/11, the people of the West are either siding with Israel’s attackers or demanding the Israelis to forget.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor and an energy analyst at the The-Pipeline, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (Republic Book Publishers). Weichert occasionally serves as a Subject Matter Expert for various organizations, including the Department of Defense. He can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon. This opinion piece reflects the author’s own views.