Diana West, author of American
Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character
, delivers a one-two
punch in her July 25th syndicated article, “Israel
and the U.S.: Whose Survival Instinct is Stronger?
The subject is the use of children by
terrorists in Gaza as “human shields,” and the use by President
Barack Obama of children as “invasion shields” at the U.S. and
Mexican border.
Terrorists and Obama lie; children die.
Children have been used as a Trojan Horse
for all sorts of statist and collectivist initiatives: to ban smoking, to ban
guns, to ban obesity, to ban Barbie Dolls and other “dangerous” toys,
and so on. But West discusses the nearly unprecedented use of children as
weapons of war in the Middle East and
in the U.S.  As she describes the
There’s something
darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against
the survival instinct of both Israel and the United States is an alleged “heartlessness”
when it comes to children.
Most stories appearing in the MSM in the
U.S. and overseas are nearly maniacal in their focus on the “civilian
casualties” of “Palestinians” in Gaza as a result of Israel’s
campaign against Hamas, with “personal” stories accompanied by
photographs of devastated streets and homes, sorrowful pictures of Gazan
children sitting in the rubble, and even faked photographs of supposedly dead
children, or second-hand, recycled faked photographs used in Syria.
Is Hamas’s use of children as “human
shields” unprecedented? No. Hitler, when he began to run out of adults to
fight the Allies, filled his shrinking armies with adolescents and boys. Japan
counted on women and children to fight the expected invasion by Americans, with
guns, if available, with bamboo sticks, if necessary. Mao employed uncounted
children to enforce, by violence and force, his “cultural
revolution.” Islamic jihadists have employed children to don suicide vests
and blow themselves up among Jews and American soldiers. So, the “human
shield” tactic isn’t new.
But all that is conveniently forgotten by
the MSM. It’s easy to decide whether that forgetfulness is a symptom of a
short-term memory or deliberate repression. It’s deliberate repression.
Discussing an article in the London
Telegraph about Israel’s alleged war crimes, West writes that the Telegraph
headline is not untypical: “Israel’s offensive in Gaza has ‘killed more
children than fighters,’ say human rights groups. Israel has been accused of
waging ‘war on the children’ of Gaza …”
 No mention in the article, however, of Gaza’s
purposeful, strategic use of “human shields,” which leads to such civilian
casualties. No mention of the directive from the Hamas-controlled Ministry of
the Interior instructing civilians to remain in their homes on receipt of
advance warnings from Israel to vacate before a military attack, as the
Washington Free Beacon first reported. No mention that despite building
networks of military tunnels, Gaza authorities neglected to build any bomb
shelters for civilians! No mention of Gaza’s use of schools and other civilian
sites to store rockets and other military material, and of its use of hospitals
as Hamas command centers, and other civilian sites to store rockets and other
military material, and of its use of hospitals as Hamas command centers.
It’s the children who must be spared injury
or death. That’s the unspoken moral imperative. Never mind that
“Palestinian” children are taught to hate Jews and Israel and are
indoctrinated in Hamas run schools (which succeeded the PLO’s and Fatah’s
schools) from the moment they can read and even tote an AK47. West continues
excoriating the London Telegraph article:
No, the story is
tightly focused on Israel’s supposed “war on children.” This libel is tweeted,
screamed and news-anchor-intoned into poisonous propaganda designed to sap the
life from Israel’s survival instinct, or at least alienate her supporters. In
the stage-managed furor, the pressure on the Jews of Israel builds: Stop defending
your borders, your people and your nation. Stop everything and “save the
children of Gaza.”
Only emotion to the
point of frenzy bursts into such agitprop, but it is vital to note that the
emotion showing through is hatred for Jews, not love for children. If it were
the latter, we would see rage directed at the society that steeps its young in
the Jew-hatred of jihad and then turns them into “martyrs” – not at the Jewish
society seeking to protect its people, young and old, and, at far too much risk,
Gaza’s as well.
The MSM is largely successful in stirring
up demonstrations of hate and even a pogrom in France, comprised of mobs of
Muslims and Leftards. Truth to these people is not “optional” – it is
unwelcome because without Jews to hate, they are purposeless, empty manqués.
The Leftards among the Muslims and who are vehemently anti-Israel protesters,
are basically malign Mortimer
. And that’s a “kind” appraisal of their character and
mental equipment.
Hamas, it seems, is such a great valuer of
children that it employs them to build the underground matrix of tunnels Hamas
had planned to use to launch mass
against the men, women, and children in settlements and towns
bordering Gaza come the Jewish holiday in September. On July 25th, Tia
Goldenberg of Business Insider ran a story about the complex, “Hamas’
Massive Network of Underground Tunnels Is a Military Game-Changer
A network of
tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed “lower
Gaza” by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war
between Hamas and Israel. Gaza’s Hamas rulers view them as a military game
changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose
a serious threat and that destroying the sophisticated underground network is a
key objective of its invasion of Gaza….
Gaza has two sets
of tunnels — those reaching Egypt and those reaching Israel.
The underground
passages to Egypt are meant to bypass a border blockade on Gaza that was
tightened by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized the territory in 2007. The
tunnels provide an economic lifeline and are used to deliver building supplies,
fuel, consumer goods, and even cattle and cars.
In some of those
tunnels, Gaza militants received weapons and cash from their patrons abroad,
particularly Iran. Egypt has destroyed virtually all of the tunnels over the
past year, driving Hamas — which was taxing the smuggled imports — into a
severe financial crisis.

 The story goes on to describe how the
tunnels are used to stock rockets, anti-tank rockets, and other arms, how they
have their own maintenance shops, and how they are interconnected with
Hamas also moved
many of its rocket launching sites and storage sites underground, making it
more difficult for Israel to target them. Since the current round of
Israel-Hamas fighting began on July 8, Gaza militants have fired more than
2,000 rockets at Israel and repeatedly tried to sneak into Israel through
And just where, geographically, is this
tunnel complex located? In a treeless no-man’s land between Israel and Gaza?
Think again.
Israel says Hamas
has dug dozens of tunnels, linking them to one another as well as to rocket
manufacturing sites, maintenance facilities, launch sites and command and
control centers. It says the tunnels are meant to facilitate mass attacks on
Israelis as well as kidnappings, a tactic that Hamas has used in the past….
Soldiers have
uncovered 31 tunnels in the current round of fighting, the military said
militants trying to sneak into Israel through the tunnels have been found with
tranquilizers and handcuffs, an indication that they “intended to abduct
Israelis,” according to the military.
“Hamas has dug
terrorist tunnels under hospitals, mosques, schools, homes, to penetrate our
territory, to kidnap and kill Israelis. Now, in the face of such wanton
terrorism, no country could sit idly by,” Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu told visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week.

So, you would probably conjure up a picture of “resistance fighters
against the occupiers” sweating away carving out tunnels and risking their
lives in possible cave-ins and the like, in the spirit of 1963’s “The Great
.” Wrong picture.
The tunnels are largely built by…children.
Myer Freimann’s July 25th
article in The Tablet, “Hamas
Killed 160 Palestinian Children to Build Terror Tunnels
,” gives us the
…Israel cites the need to stop Hamas from firing thousands of rockets at
its own children, who are being forced to live in bomb shelters, as well as the
need to eliminate the tunnels that Hamas dug into Israel in order to carry out
terror attacks against Israelis. One tunnel opening was found underneath an
Israeli kindergarten.
But who built those tunnels? The answer is Hamas, of course—using some of
the same children who are now trapped under fire in Gaza.  The Institute for Palestine Studies published a detailed report on Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon in
the summer of 2012. It reported that tunnel construction in Gaza has resulted
in a large number of child deaths.
“At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to
Hamas officials.”
Only 160? Doubtless that figure is vastly
underestimated. Considering that Hamas places absolutely no value on human life
– most particularly not on the lives of the “Palestinians” compelled
to act as “human shields” – and taking into account Hamas’s record of
lying and falsifying data, the number probably runs into more hundreds.
The author, Nicolas
Pelham, explains that Hamas uses child laborers to build their terror tunnels
because, “much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble
President Barack Obama (and please know
that I hate having to extend the courtesy of an official designation to the
nihilist scumbag) has now demanded an “unconditional ceasefire”
between Israel and Hamas – most especially for Israel to stop its
tunnel-eradicating operations – and talk, talk, talk while Hamas resupplies
itself through smuggling and more financial aid sent to it by the U.S. and
Europe. Read the whole sorry, hackles-raising story in Daniel Greenfield’s
FrontPage article of July 27th, “Obama:
“Immediate, Unconditional” Surrender of Israel to Hamas
.” If
you are looking for a model of thuggish, unapologetic truculence, look no
further than Barack Obama.
Speaking of tunnels…..
Diana West next turns to the
“unconditional cessation” of stopping Obama’s “invasion by
invitation” of thousands of Mexican and Central American
“immigrants” across the U.S.-Mexican border.
Admittedly, there
are great differences between Israel’s plight and our own. For one thing, the
Israelis are more fortunate in having a government that actually wants to
protect its people from invaders. Israel enforces its own border, having
fortified it with a fence. Now, it fights for its inviolability. Our
government, meanwhile, has left our border effectively open, even after 9/11,
and has demonstrated no interest in re-establishing national sovereignty.
That said, there
are similarities to note in the political attacks on Americans who hope to
repulse what they see as deathblows to our remnant republic coming out of the
“border crisis.” Anyone worried about the nullification of the southern border;
the accelerating usurpation of dictatorial powers by the president; the perils
to national security and public safety of open borders; the perils, also, to
the survival of our English-speaking culture rooted mainly in Europe, is
excoriated in the public square for having no “humanity.” Just like Israelis,
such “mean-spirited” Americans must hate children, too, because this is all
about “immigrant kids” in need, right? No – but that’s the dominant narrative.
Such a narrative
tells us that the only “humane” solution to the “crisis” is asylum for “the
kids” (and throw in their gang-banger brothers, felon-uncles and whoever else
is leaving those prayer rugs on the border). Talk of “rule of law,” and
“deportation” is “racist.” Talk of already overstretched American towns where
the social fabric has ripped under the stress of refugee resettlement, talk of
local public school systems broken by the extraordinary demands of supporting
impoverished, illiterate alien populations, is the talk of the “xenophobe.”
Again, it’s the children. An altruist code of sacrificing one’s
values for the needy, for the impoverished – for illiterate alien adults and
their children, or even for “unaccompanied” alien children – is what
is fueling the government’s campaign to swamp our culture and population. To oppose
this unconstitutional program is to earn the foul smears of racism and
I stress altruism here because no one else seems to want to challenge it. It’s
a Christian ethic, and a Jewish one, as well. It has been compartmentalized as
the default morality by countless people who live otherwise rational,
productive lives. And it is killing this country as a tool in the hands of this
country’s enemies – in and out of political office – here and overseas, who
expect Americans to do the “decent” thing and allow themselves and
their values to be sacrificed to the greater good of the Zero. They are
counting on American “decency” to make their plans work. And as their
plans are implemented, our enemies snicker on- and off-mike, because they are
vile, drooling nihilists. “Ozero,” a popular nickname for Obama, fits
his nihilist policies perfectly.
“Humanity,” in the parlance of
the committed altruists, is the will to sacrifice one’s values.
What becomes clear
is that such “humanity” is only for the foreign-born. Such “humanity,” such
concern, is never expressed for our own people – the Americans who, far from TV
news studios and government offices, live with and support the aliens and
refugees, young and old, in many of America’s less affluent cities and
hardscrabble towns.
And perhaps that’s
another difference between the Israeli and the American predicament. Israel
still prizes the lives of its citizens very highly – not above all, as we see
in their all-too-costly efforts to avoid civilian casualties (an effort the
U.S. military also makes at similar high cost). But I can’t say the same for
Obama’s actions are definably treasonous,
and a violation of his oath of office.
Who are the allies of Obama’s invasion by
invitation? Corrupt Central American and South American governments – and the
drug cartels. The drug cartels have burrowed probably hundreds of miles of tunnels
from Mexico into the U.S., chiefly to smuggle drugs into the country.
On April 4th, The London
Telegraph also ran a story on another kind of tunnel, the drug cartel tunnels,
smuggling tunnels with rail systems discovered under US border with Mexico
used for the transportation of drugs, linking warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico,
and the Otay Mesa area of San Diego and including rail systems, the sixth and
seventh found in the area in the last four years….
drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across
the US-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a
73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal
authorities said Friday.
contraband was found in connection with the tunnels, which linked warehouses in
Tijuana, Mexico, and the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, according to a statement
from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
The authorities know only about the tunnels
they’ve discovered, which are also used to smuggle people into the country. To judge
by the pictures in the preceding links, it would be easy to funnel numberless
terrorists into the country in the cartel’s tunnels.  There is a rumor that some cartels have sealed
deals with Hamas and other Islamic terrorist organizations to help them
smuggled jihadists into the U.S. Doubtless many Islamic terrorists have openly
crossed the border posing as Mexicans or other Latino “refugees.”
West ends her column with:
Our government
doesn’t enforce our border – its basic charge – and it is frantically engaged
in a vigorous program of what I can only describe as population replacement. We
seem to be poised before an unprecedented, anarchic demographic shift bringing
large swaths of Central and South Americans into the USA – and the federal
government seems to be doing everything it can to enable the shift and make it
permanent. My late father ruefully predicted the U.S. would one day become the
northern tip of South America. I don’t know if he thought it would happen so
Who would have
imagined, though, that the existence of Israel, surrounded by Islamic enemies
sworn to its annihilation, could in some ways seem more assured than our own?
Undoubtedly, most Americans want America’s
sovereignty preserved as a distinct nation, and the border closed to the Obama-instigated
invasion of Third World foreign nationals – most of whom will choose to remain
“foreign nationals” yet expect to be bequeathed the rights and privileges
of certified Americans, as the Muslims have demanded. Most Americans, including
Latinos who underwent an arduous citizenship process (such as the patriotic
Cubans) want America to survive as America.
West’s point is that before we can save any children, America must save itself
from the depredations of our own government.

the children? Whose?