A 13 year old Jewish girl gets murdered in her bed. A 13 year old Jewish girl gets murdered in her bed and all of us desperately try to make some sense out of it. This was not someone who was going to impact world politics in the immediate future. She was a threat to no one. She was neither going to hurt nor help the Palestinian cause. Hallel Yaffa Ariel was a 13 year old girl who likely would continue doing whatever a 13 year old girl does. Yet somehow something possessed a 17 year old Palestinian boy to become a terrorist and murder her. Besides the obvious tragedy and heartbreak any normal person would feel for this horror, it is also accompanied by a desperate futility. How do we begin to solve this? How do we stop something so unimaginable, so horrific, so much in defiance of normalcy that we, as normal people would not even begin to be able to comprehend it?
When I was 17 the worst thing I did was cut school and make out with a girl in the back of a movie theater. I was a child. I did not know it then but I know it now. I also know that had I been raised to hate, to be violent, to be brutal, there is a very good chance I would have done something much worse. I also know that if I would have been a harm to society at that age, or any age for that matter, it would have been justifiable to separate me from the innocent, certainly from the defenseless, and in turn any additional retribution would have been appropriate. I say this because although I believe emphatically that the killing of this 17 year old terrorist was appropriate, I also cringe in fear at the thought that Palestinian youths are being formed into such tools of brutality, and wonder where and when it stops.
There are many things I don’t know. What I do know is that whatever someone’s politics is, murdering a 13 year old girl in her bed is a heinous despicable act. I also know that there is no moral equivalency between Israel retaliating to attacks and what happened to this girl. Even when innocent people die in Israel’s responses, they do so more because the same people who taught this 17 year old to hate and kill are the same people who use their people as shields or pawns. If you wonder who is responsible for the tragic deaths of innocent Palestinians you need look no further than to the very same people that taught this 17 year old that it was OK to kill a 13 year old girl in her bed while she was sleeping. These people, these representatives of everything evil, not only didn’t value the life of this little girl, they did not value the life of this 17 year old they pretend to fight for. They are cowards, manipulators and for those who do not know, they are just as bad as anything ISIS has to offer.
These young terrorists, these Palestinian teens that are ready to murder for a cause I imagine they barely understand, are in many ways already gone. If it is us or them the decision must be an easy one. But make no mistake. Their lives were taken from them by those we need to hunt down and destroy. The so-called leaders of the Palestinian people who are getting rich and powerful while they use their people to murder Jews. And no matter how many innocent Palestinians get killed in the process, ultimately innocent people on both sides will be saved if these devious manipulators are found and destroyed. Whoever they are, wherever they are, until the head of the monster is destroyed the monster will continue to grow and the danger of more innocent Jewish children getting murdered in their sleep will only continue to grow. That is something that should be unacceptable to any decent human being and must be stopped no matter what it takes.
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