The 2012 election results convinced me
that we—Conservatives—are in the minority, at least among those who
voted this year. It did not, however, convince me that Big Brother
socialism and more government will solve our problems at home; and it
did not convince me that US weakness and pandering to our enemies will
solve our problems abroad. While, like so many of us, I went into a
bit of a shell after the vote and avoided politics and partisanship;
events are unfolding too fast and too deadly to let us pretend that they
have nothing to do with what happened on Tuesday, November 6.
While an estimated 69 percent of American Jews voted for President
Barack Obama, only 14 percent of Americans in Israel did, according to
at least one poll that closely mirrors most estimates. My Israeli
sources and several published comments made it clear that after Obama’s
re-election, Israelis understood that they could no longer consider the
United States the reliable ally it once was. Not much more than a
week later, the Middle East is in flames and the fire is expected to get
The chattering class will say it happened because Israel took out
Hamas’s top military commander, Ahmed al- Jabari; but that came only
after the terror group caused thousands of rockets to rain down on
Southern Israeli, endangering millions of civilians. Israel is not
the cause, we are; specifically, our actions on Election Day emboldened
our enemies. Nothing changed on the ground. There was no expansion of
Jewish communities, disparagingly called “settlements” by our enemies
and those whom Lenin would call “useful idiots.” There was no breakdown
of peace talks. Prior to Israel’s defensive, surgical strike in
Gaza, there was no Israeli military action. The only change came in
the form of a green light from American voters.
Yesterday, terrorist rockets killed a young Israeli couple and a
third person. The same cast of Obama, Clinton, and the lot who have
been “outraged” and “livid” when Israelis decide to build homes have
been reserved or silent. This is the same crew that waxed on
mercilessly about how angry a YouTube video made them because it
insulted Islam. But over the murder of innocent Israelis, they are
content to let the UN take the lead knowing the likely outcome.
What signal does that send our enemies—and we are not even at the
start of Obama’s second term? What signal does that send our
Those whose bent is to blame the Israelis for events like these,
truth be damned, should turn their attention to another part of the
world: Bangladesh. For years, I have been railing against the rise
of radical Islam in a country that people still love to call moderate.
For years, I have been documenting the government’s involvement in
oppressing Hindus and other non-Muslims. For years, I have been
writing about how a weak United States is causing people on the fence
there to opt for the Islamists. For years, I have warned that a
strong United States is the only possible break on those atrocities and
on Bangladesh threatening to become a base for anti-India jihad.
Salam Azad is an author out on bail after this “moderate Muslim
country” charged him with blasphemy for a book he wrote years ago in
India. I have been working with him and periodically check on his
well-being. Eight days after Obama’s re-election, he said in
response: “If democracy will survive in Bangladesh, I and my family
should almost [be] save[d]. But past few days Muslim fundamentalist and
their partners hits on police and common people. Many police man and
common people wounded by them. I don't know the future of my country.
Without democratic Institution people could not survive here. Especially
minorities, secular and democracy lover people are not surviving.”
That’s not Israel’s fault; and it’s not Bush’s fault. It is our own.
Posted on 11/15/2012 8:07 AM by Richard L. Benkin