Given the alternatives, we are lucky with respect to the nations that sit on our border. Canada is a relatively peaceful country. We have our differences, but neither Canada nor the United States have much interest in changing or robbing the other. We each are content to trade for what we want from the other.
Mexico is a relatively poor country. The Spanish people who settled Mexico, and the Indians who were already there have never quite gotten things together. Since we have a long border with Mexico, the troubles that beset Mexico tend to seep into our nation. I also suppose some Mexicans still harbor resentment against the United States. Even though no one now alive remembers those wars, Texas and later the United States once warred with Mexico. Both Texas and the United States seized huge amounts of land that once belonged to Mexico. Anger over that seizure still sits on top of the cultural and racial animosities that some people seem prey to. Nevertheless, many Mexicans have become good citizens of the United States. So the hatred doesn’t seem to amount to so much it cannot be overcome.
Israel is not so blessed. Currently, Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, and Lebanon provide havens for blood-thirsty terrorists, including some who are quite able and willing to shoot missiles into Israel. The notion that the government of Israel should do virtually nothing about terrorists who hate the people of Israel enough to kill them is obscene. Yet there are Americans who inexplicably have that attitude. So please go see what Tricia has to say about it.
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The Trump administration held a ceremony today in Jerusalem to mark the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the ancient city. Unsurprisingly, a mass swarm of protestors charged the border fence that separates Gaza and Israel, under the direction of Hamas, the terrorist organization that’s governed the area since its violent takeover from the Palestinian Authority in 2007.
Israel responded as you might expect any country whose borders were under siege to, by shooting the attackers, killing 58 and wounding over a thousand. Multiple warnings were given days ahead of the shootings and it’s difficult to believe the border rushers didn’t know exactly what they would face.
Predictably, the usual suspects within the UN and Western press are blaming Israel, calling on them to “steady their response” and comparing Trump’s embassy move to a lit match that blew…
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