Wednesday, July 27, 2005

KEEP AN EYE ON THE CANARY

I was reading the always-insightful Victor Davis Hanson in the National Review:
First the terrorists of the Middle East went after the Israelis. From 1967 we witnessed 40 years of bombers, child murdering, airline hijacking, suicide murdering, and gratuitous shooting. We in the West usually cried crocodile tears, and then came up with all sorts of reasons to allow such Middle Eastern killers a pass.

Yasser Arafat, replete with holster and rants at the U.N., had become a “moderate” and was thus free to steal millions of his good-behavior money. If Hamas got European cash, it would become reasonable, ostracize its “military wing,” and cease its lynching and vigilantism.

When some tried to explain that Wars 1-3 (1947, 1956, 1967) had nothing to do with the West Bank, such bothersome details fell on deaf ears.

When it was pointed out that Germans were not blowing up Poles to get back lost parts of East Prussia nor were Tibetans sending suicide bombers into Chinese cities to recover their country, such analogies were caricatured.

When the call for a “Right of Return” was making the rounds, few cared to listen that over a half-million forgotten Jews had been cleansed from Syria, Iraq, and Egypt, and lost billions in property.

When the U.N. and the EU talked about “refugee camps,” none asked why for a half-century the Arab world could not build decent housing for its victimized brethren, or why 1 million Arabs voted in Israel, but not one freely in any Arab country.

It occurred to me that Israel functions, as the Jewish people have for millenia, as the canary in the mine.

Center for a Livable Future
Before venturing into deep mines, miners in the 19th century lowered canaries into the mineshafts to determine whether potentially lethal gases (e.g., carbon monoxide and methane) had accumulated. Characterized as odorless, tasteless, and colorless, the build-up of such gases was often undetected. If the canaries died, the miners took this as a signal not to descend into the mine until the shaft was ventilated.

Canaries served as an early warning signal - they would, due to their size and fragile biology, expire before the gases had built up to a point where they would be lethal to the men.

Jews are our canary. Anytime there is a political situation that endangers humanity, Jews are always the first victims. Due to the anti-Semitic biases of the Left, these early indicators have been ignored; the danger has been said to only apply to the Jews.

Today, the danger Islamic fanatics pose to all of us is evident. We have chosen to ignore the canary, and to blame it for inconveniently dying. Stupid canary.

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