A three month old baby girl was stabbed to death along with most of her family on Friday.
In the Israeli settlement of Itamar on the West Bank, at least one terrorist broke into the home of Ruth and Udi Fogel (35 and 36). The mother and father of six were brutally stabbed to death in their bed. The killer(s) then stalked from room to room and slayed three of six children – two boys, Yoav (11), Elad (3), and a three month old infant girl whose name was Hadas.
“The children were literally slaughtered,” an IDF officer said, describing the scene, including the children’s toys spilled out on the floor and covered in blood. “This is one of the most brutal attacks we have ever seen.”
Three other children in the family survived. Two were in a side room and perhaps went unnoticed. A third, the eldest son Tamar (12) was away from the home. Imagine how their lives have been devastated, how difficult it will be to salvage their broken hearts and rattled souls.
In in age where news of mayhem is constant, it can be difficult to appreciate the impact of such an event, and tempting to shield ourselves from contemplating its horror. However, by allowing ourselves to reflect upon this unspeakable crime, we can confirm an essential truth which is indispensable to our deliberation of policy.
Why must we contemplate this horror? Because it serves to demonstrate that evil exists, and acknowledging that fact enables us to fight it. The policies championed by the Left, whether they involve foreign affairs or domestic social concerns, are often predicated upon a premise which this terrible crime plainly disproves.
It is clear that some people do not value life, children, or innocence. Try to ponder what it would take to bring a knife down on a three month old baby girl. Chances are you can’t bring your self to imagine it. But someone could. Then they did it. That someone does not think how you think. They do not value what you value. And they plainly cannot be expected to behave as you would behave.
FrontPage’s Stephen Brown aptly describes why. He begins with a quote by Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah.
We have discovered how to hit the Jews where they are most vulnerable. The Jews love life, so that is what we will take from them. We are going to win, because they love life and we love death.
Brown goes on to explain what seems incomprehensible to decent folk in the West. There are individuals and entire cultures who revel in extinguishing innocent life.
Since children are the objects of so much love and the wellspring of present and future life, the Communist, Nazi and Islamist death cults eventually felt compelled to kill them if they were to establish their “silence of the graveyard(…)”
To satisfy their reverence for death, the Communists and Nazis also became noted baby killers. Margarete Buber-Neumann, a former inmate of the Nazi women’s concentration camp Ravensbruck, wrote in her book Milena: The Story of a Remarkable Friendship, that all newborns in the infirmary were immediately drowned after birth in a bucket of water by a Nazi nurse.
The communist Khmer Rouge were probably the most sadistic of the death cultists in their treatment of children, as they were in most other things. The 2009 trial of Duch, the former teacher who ran the feared Tuo Sleng prison where 14,000 people were murdered, revealed that children arriving at this death factory were not even properly processed or photographed, as all other prisoners were, before they were killed. Unlike the other inmates, the tragic deaths of these poor innocents, whose number is estimated at 2,000, went unrecorded. Babies were disposed of, the trial learned, by guards simply smashing their heads against trees.
With this in mind, let us consider a common argument brought by both the Left and many so-called libertarians. At the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Phoenix last month, I briefly interviewed Congressman Ron Paul. I asked him if there is ever a point at which a libertarian would be compelled to assist Israel, a friend and ally which seeks to preserve both its sovereignty and right to exist. Congressman Paul did not directly answer the question. He instead attempted to minimize the threat posed to Israel by its neighbors.
I don’t know of anybody who can militarily threaten them. They have 300 nuclear weapons. Nobody’s gonna touch them.
Congressman Paul’s comment presumes that Israel’s nuclear weapons are a deterrent to those who might do them harm. In turn, that presumption depends upon those nations being motivated by morality, ethics, and impulses similar to our own. We value life. We do not want to die. We assume that Palestinians, Iranians, and everyone else feel the same way. This is called the pyschologist’s fallacy, assuming that others share your perspective and motives.
In fact, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made it abundantly clear that he does not value life and does not care whether he or the people he rules survive. Israel’s 300 nuclear weapons are therefore no deterrent, and ought to be of far less concern to the international community than one such weapon in Iran’s possession.
There is evil in the world. There are people who will stab infants in their sleep. This does not mean you and I, who would never dream of such a thing, ought not own knives. There are people who, if they could get their hands on a nuclear weapon, would use it to kill as many people as they possibly could. This does not mean that nations which value life and liberty ought not obtain and be ready to defensively deploy nuclear weapons. Intention matters. Morality matters. Values matter. We must not lend credence to, or allow to go unchallenged, the patently moronic idea that all people, nations, and cultures are morally and ethically equivalent. Doing so will continue to breed horrific policies which enable or contribute to devastating results.