On Thursday, January 10, 2008, your 6:00 am radio news broadcast carried a report by a female Mideast correspondent which described President Bush’s visit to Israel and his drive from Jerusalem to the Arab town of Ramallah. I, hereby, quote a passage from memory.
“President Bush’s helicopter was grounded because of fog so he and his motorcade got a first-hand look at those frustrating checkpoints.” [emphasis mine]
What your correspondent described as “frustrating checkpoints” were set up by Israel to respond the ever-present threat posed by Arab suicide/homicide bombers. The Israelis did not implement this defensive tactic during the first 50 years of their state because the Arabs were not training their children and teenagers to murder Jews in suicide bombing attacks then. The checkpoints have been successful in achieving their expressed purpose because they have nearly eliminated the Arab suicide bombings.
I was intrigued, however, by your correspondent’s choice of the word “frustrating” to describe the checkpoints. The word suggests that your correspondent has a greater concern for the frustration of the Arabs inconvenienced and delayed by the checkpoints than for Jewish Israelis who often were inconvenienced and delayed. Their commute was disrupted by the death and destruction caused by the children of the same Arabs who are inconvenienced at the checkpoints today. Inconvenienced Arabs leave the checkpoints “checked,” alive and delayed. Inconvenienced Israeli Jews leave bombing incidents shaken, probably maimed for life (if they are fortunate), and often dripping from a body bag. Your correspondent showed a greater interest in the inconvenience caused by security than the inconvenience of caused by death.
Further, perhaps your correspondent has a greater concern with racial profiling than with murder. It is true that the soldiers at the checkpoints scrutinize Arabs more carefully than they scrutinize Israeli Jews. Such blatant racial profiling explains why the checkpoint system is so effective. You see, Israeli Jews do not murder other Israeli Jews with bus bombs filled with screws, nails and ball bearings. Anyone is entitled to believe that racial profiling is a greater evil than the mass murder of civilians. However, the Arab leadership does not merely plan and execute missions resulting in the mass murder of civilians, they utilize racial profiling too. Experience shows they only use the quick and efficient methodology of suicide bombing against the Jewish population. They do not terrorize the Christian, Muslim, and Druse communities with this technique. I believe that racial profiling with attendant inspections is a lesser evil than racial profiling with attendant mass murder.
Everyone knows that hand-washing in restaurants is frustrating to bacteria. The soaping process makes the hands slippery and then the bacteria are washed down the drain. This is very frustrating to bacteria whose life-purpose is to make ill and kill. However, what is frustrating to bacteria, is life-saving for restaurant patrons.
Surely, if bacteria did not exist, hand-washing would not be necessary. Similarly, when Arab suicide bombing did not exist, Israel’s checkpoints were not necessary.
Your correspondent missed the point. The checkpoints are designed to be “frustrating.” They are designed to frustrate the Arab parents who train their children to murder and to frustrate their children who attempt to perpetrate the murders.
Dr. Bert Miller,
p.s. The ancient Greeks used to say, “Boys throws stones in jest, but kittens die in earnest.” With the checkpoints, Arabs are being inconvenienced, but no Jews are being murdered. Had your reporter lived 65 years ago in Europe, might she have complained that the trains to Auschwitz created delays for Christians at railroad crossings? After all, Jews were dying and non-Jews were being inconvenienced.