October 30, 2009
Pakistani Military Headquarters in Islamabad attacked, the guard post at
one of the entrances was breached and both civilians and officers were
taken hostage. After a standoff, commandos were able to rescue most
alive. This major security lapse and embarrassment is being
A breach of security in Iraq allowed car bombs to be set off moments
apart near the Ministry of Justice and the Baghdad Provincial Council,
killing more than 150. An investigation began.
A homicide bomber blew himself at a meeting in South East Iran, killing
42 people, including the Revolutionary Guard’s deputy commander. Hailed
as the deadliest bombing in more than 20 years and the highest military
death toll since the end of the Iraq War, the attack almost precipitated
an Iranian attack on Pakistan. [Iran immediately blamed the USA and the
UK, and American President Hussein Obama equally as quickly professed no
involvement. Eventually it will surface that the Israeli Mossad was
Car bombings, homicide bombings, courageous attacks on military
installations and landmarks, compete disregard to human life – is there
a pattern or a commonality?
Terrorism works. It was improved over many repeated trial attempts
against Israel, the laboratory where Jewish blood was readily available
to be wasted. Now it is being exported the world over. Interestingly,
those who helped finance and perfect it are now up in arms when the very
same methodology comes to haunt them. It is laughable when Iran, the
greatest exporter of terror, is offended by its use against the
In 1939 it was a radio station. On August 31st, seventy years ago, a
group of German soldiers took over a Polish radio station and
broadcasted an anti-German message. This "provocation” necessitated a
response. What a better way to "teach the Poles a lesson,” than to
Learning from history, one was immediately on the alert: Was Iran
intending to use the homicide bombing as an excuse to overtake Pakistan?
Iran assigns no value on the life of its people, and commanders in the
revolutionary guard are ready to give their lives for sake of Iran’s
grand plans of expansion – an illusion of a global caliphate. Thus the
scenario was quite likely.
But let us return to highlights of this month’s incidents around the
world. Iran’s "outrage” that her own methods work equally as effectively
against her as against Israel and America reminds us that an explosive
belt, a car bomb or a rocket is easy to assemble from materials which
are readily available.
In the West, we have long been entangled in an attempt to justify such
behavior: "Freedom fighters,” "militants,” "out of desperation,”
"legitimate resistance.” We have also grown accustomed to hear that the
real culprit is the Jewish State, the Zionists and all things Israeli
(from the "occupation” to the "siege,” from the "Palestinian Plight” to
their national aspirations quashed by the imperialist Jews). Since
Israel is the root-cause of all evil, no one should assume any
responsibility anyway. Just blame the Jews. Even American presidents
like Carter have called terrorism against Israel justifiable.
Dozens or hundreds of dead are not impressive any more. We do not relate
to those critically or even moderately wounded. It all happens in
another part of the world, to people who actually deserve it. The
further we are from September 11th, 2001, in time or geography, so are
the sights and sounds becoming dull and mute. Mankind is becoming far
too accepting of evil’s existence and willing to tolerate the killings.
So where does it end? It will not. These are just "trials and errors,”
constant calibration and improvements of methods. The weapons get more
sophisticated and the West’s readiness diminishes. Instead of fighting
terrorism, we are too busy showing who is at the helm – those that the
King likes are invited and empowered, others are rejected and kept at
It becomes scarier as each day passes, since the next weapon will be a
bomb, the likes of which brought Japan to its knees, never to be
attempted again. Alas, the lure of deterrence has dissipated, the
strength increased multiple folds and the best is that a bomb can be
used without holding any nation state responsible. This, at last, is the
true strength and the honest truth of exporting terrorism. Against whom
does one react?
Maybe it is time for the US to leave Iraq and Afghanistan. Give the
locals their victory, but let our sons and daughters, young mothers and
fathers, the defenders of Democracy, come back home. Why sacrifice the
lives of Americans when no one cares? Why hold God and country as ideals
when the only ones who believe are those on the front line, not even our
own Commander in Chief?
So there will be only one fort left standing, also under constant
attacks. Israel has undergone, alone, all the pre-trials and has
survived, and miraculously she will also withstand future attacks. That
is her legacy.
But Israel must be ready for an upcoming event, shown recently at a
different theater far from here: General Headquarters of the Israel
Defense Forces are in Tel Aviv, at the very center near the three main
Azrieli skyscrapers (whose footprints are a circle, a square and a
triangle). What happened in Pakistan can easily happen in one of the
gates to GHQ: an attack, followed by civilians and officers taken
hostage, followed by an elite commando unit freeing the hostages and
killing the hostage takers.
Now is the time to practice to prevent such an attack from succeeding.
Now is the time to ensure that Israeli military does not become the
laughing stock of the world. What works in Pakistan will also work in
The converse is also true, what works in Israel, works well in Jordan,
Iraq, Iran and elsewhere around the world and may soon be playing at a
theatre near you.