Lethal terror bombing of Israeli tourists
On the 18th anniversary of Iran's terrorist attack on a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina that killed 85 people, the Islamic Republic of Terrorism has apparently struck again. On Wednesday, a bus about to transport a group of Israeli tourists after their arrival at the airport in Bulgas, Bulgaria, exploded killing at least six and wounding dozens of others -- many of whom were teenagers. Television images of the scene showed smoke billowing up from the bus that was apparently targeted by a bomb planted before the Israelis boarded.
While Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu called the atrocity an "Iranian terror attack" and promised a tough response, the lives of the innocent Israeli youths cannot be brought back and the horror of the atrocities will be forever etched in the memories of the survivors and all of the victims' families. But this is nothing new for Israelis and despite the United States allowing Israel to be excluded from its feel good but accomplish nothing Global Counterterrorism Forum, Israel faces more terrorist attacks from Islamist extremists, Palestinian nationalists, and enemies far and wide than any other country in the world.
This most recent deadly attack follows the arrest earlier this week of a Hezb'allah operative in Cyprus, the result of which likely thwarted a similar murderous rampage. In an interview with AP, counterterrorism expert Boaz Ganor concluded that Iran and Hezb'allah were likely responsible for the deadly attacks. He surmised that "This is probably a parallel operation and likely not the last in a series. All this looks like Hezbollah, Iran or a combination of the two." Netanyahu also noted that similar attacks or attempted attacks have occurred in recent months in India, Georgia, Thailand, Kenya, and Cyprus with "all signs point[ing] to Iran."
But from the perspective of the world's leaders and in particular, the Obama administration, it makes sense to isolate Israel further through exclusion from the GCTF, single her out as the sole impediment to peace in the region, treat her democratically elected leaders as pariahs while making ridiculous claims that the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate, and inviting Egypt's new extremist leader to the White House for more niceties and lavish praise (in the face of his ridiculous claims of ownership of Jerusalem and threats to gut the decades old Egyptian/Israeli peace treaty).
When was the last time a bus carrying Palestinian youths on vacation was blown up? When was the last time Egypt or Turkey or any of the other Mideast Islamist governments faced attacks from crazies like Iran's Ahmadinejad who promise to wipe them off the face of the map? And yet, Hillary Clinton, the woman who years ago warmly hugged Suha Arafat, wife of Palestinian murderer, Yassir Arafat, was pictured with big smiles earlier this week chatting away with Egypt's new President and Muslim Brotherhood leader while he asked that the U.S. release the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center attack, Sheik Abdel-Rahman. Following her meeting with Morsi, Clinton met in Israel with Netanyahu, where she was the one asking for favors -- Israel should release more terrorists from prison in order to further along the administration's failed peace process.
This administration is clueless -- but it is also dangerous. It is dangerous to every American's national security and it is dangerous to every Israeli and Jewish person's safety abroad. For as long as the U.S. continues to lead from behind, allows Iran to pursue nuclear weapons, and empowers the world's terrorists in the face of shrinking American power in the region and across the globe, blown up buses of Israelis and Americans will become common place.
This is not to say that such atrocities have not occurred under prior U.S. governments for unfortunately they have. And this is not to say that even the superhuman Barack Obama can stop global terrorism. But what he can do is bring Israel back into the fold of the civilized world and make it clear that the United States is her strongest ally just as she is our strongest ally in the region and arguably the world. What is seriously lacking from the present U.S. government is leadership and resolve and Iran knows this well, just as it realized that there was little leadership and resolve under Jimmy Carter.
My heart goes out to the victims' families as it went out to the 9/11 families. This devastating attack should be a reminder to all that the Big Satan and Little Satan are integrally tied together in the eyes of the Muslim world whether the current administration likes it or not. Iran is an evil empire and it is time to end its reign of terror.