close
close
(OPINION) Contrasting views on the wars in Gaza and Ukraine

The views expressed in this publication are solely those of the author and should not be construed as representing the views of Townsquare Media, News-Talk 1340 KROC-AM and 96.9 FM, or anyone else associated with the organizations.

_______________________________________________________

The hostility, prejudice and anti-Semitic hatred displayed towards Israel and Jews at protests on university campuses is alarming, dangerous and inexplicable.

The protesters have demonstrated a lack of knowledge about the history of the Jewish people who settled in Israel centuries before the Muslims and have revealed ignorance about the Holocaust of World War II.

In addition to hatred and ignorance, animosity is fueled by jealousy because Israel has made the desert bloom with its advanced technology and stability.

Israel is literally fighting for its survival, a situation that merits the oft-used phrase “existential threat.”

Pro-Palestinian activists surround the White House to protest the war in Gaza

(Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Critics of Israel and its military victories over the Hamas terror group in Gaza — including Biden’s Secretary of State Blinken, whose administration is seeking to limit military aid to the Middle East’s only democracy — are telling Israeli leaders to limit their war effort and adhere to the suicidal egalitarian concept of “proportionality”; the idea that they must confine their response to limits equal to the power of their genocidal attackers.

One of the ostensible goals of the proportionality doctrine is the protection of “innocent” civilians in Gaza. American Thinker columnist Warren Beatty traced the premise’s historical origins to World War II, and attributed its origin to classical historian Victor Davis Hanson. Beatty cited an interview by Sharona Mazalian with Douglas Murray, who pondered the related question: “Should Israel restrict itself to raping women and killing noncombatant women, elderly victims, and infants?”

Beatty quoted Andrew McCarthy, who wrote: “The nonsense about proportionality comes from anti-Western leftists, always ready to rationalize jihadist barbarism that recognizes no restraints on its tactics.”

Beatty concludes with this advice for Israel: “Whatever the Biden administration and the rest of the world say, take action, proportionality be damned.”

Leftists who propose to do anything for peace do not apply their intercultural ecumenism to the war in Ukraine between Russian dictator Putin and Ukrainian President Zelensky. That war must continue at all costs and in perpetuity.

Russian bombing in Kharkiv leaves multiple people injured

(Photo by Nikoletta Stoyanova/Getty Images)

A recent world peace summit in Switzerland did not include Russian representatives, but insisted that Russia give up Crimea before peace talks could begin. Ukraine was exempt, and there was no talk of Ukraine giving up territory occupied by Russian troops. China’s support for Russia and ideas for peace talks were ignored.

Breitbart’s Kurt Zindulka concluded: “On top of that, the Biden Administration signed a 10-year bilateral security agreement with Ukraine in which the United States pledges to continue providing arms and military training for at least the next decade.”

Some observers questioned the legality and constitutionality of such a long-term commitment that would preclude policy changes by a future president.

Breitbart political reporter Wendell Husebo cited criticism from Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green about Zelensky’s alleged political capitulation to the war. Green blamed Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson for allowing Biden’s legislative agenda to “Make Ukraine Great Again” to pass.

Listen to Tom every Tuesday and Thursday morning after the 11am news as he joins Andy Brownell for Rochester Today on News-Talk 1340 KROC-AM and 96.9 FM.

Major road projects coming to southeastern Minnesota in 2024

A look at some of the major road projects coming up in southeastern Minnesota during the 2024 construction season

Gallery credit: TJ Leverentz