If The Palestinians Use WMDs Against The Israelis, They Deserve Whatever They Get In Return
If the Israelis wanted to do so, they could squash the Palestinians like a bug under a child’s sneaker. The Israelis could kill them by the tens of thousands, they could drive them off their land, and there’s precious little that the Palestinians could do to stop them. So, the Palestinians are able to continue to live in the disputed territories solely because the Israelis are a better, more decent, more civilized people than they are. However, even the Israelis have their limits and if this story is true, they may soon be tested:
“The Aksa Martyrs Brigades announced on Sunday that its members have succeeded in manufacturing chemical and biological weapons.
In a leaflet distributed in the Gaza Strip, the group, which belongs to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Party, said the weapons were the result of a three-year effort.
According to the statement, the first of its kind, the group has managed to manufacture and develop at least 20 different types of biological and chemical weapons.”
Do the Palestinian terrorists really understand the can of worms they’re going to open up if they use WMDs against the Israelis? If they were to — say, use mustard gas in a pizzeria or sarin in an office building, it would be considered an enormous escalation of hostilities.
In response to an attack of that magnitude, you can be sure that the Israelis would hit the Palestinians much harder than they ever have before and when you’re talking about the response to the use of WMDS, there almost is no such thing as, “using too much force,” short of genocide.
For example, if a country like Iran, Syria, or North Korea were to use WMDs against American civilians, at a minimum you’d have to think that we’d overthrow the government of the offending country — and even nuking them wouldn’t be an overreaction. So, what would Israel do? It’s hard to say at this point, but you can be sure that it would be extremely painful for the Palestinians.
Also, there’s something else to consider: transfer. If the Palestinians were to commit an enormous massacre via WMDS, that might be the turning point that convinces the Israeli people that they simply can’t continue to live beside the Palestinians — and it wouldn’t be the Israelis who would end up moving.
Whatever the case may be, if WMDs are used against the Israelis, the Bush Administration should offer unwavering public support for any retaliatory measures by the Israelis. They’re fighting the war on terror, too, and they deserve our support.