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Which Child Do I Save?

I read a moving blog post at the Jerusalem Post this morning about the fear a mother living in Israel has of Kassam rocket attacks as she carpools her kids and her neighbor's kids to school everyday. We are very lucky here in America that we don't live with this kind of fear. Yes, we do fear a terrorist attack, but we've haven't had one in almost six years. In Israel, however, with Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, and other terrorist organizations intent on destroying Israel just next door, the people living there must be prepared for rocket attacks at any moment. This mom wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Olmert and President Bush detailing her fear and asking that they do more to help Israel protect itself from these kinds of attacks:

This year, I drive carpool in the same way. But I face a dilemma. You see, at any point, whether while I am driving the car, or bringing children to their schools or homes, I am under threat of being interrupted by an evil, sinister sound- "TZEVA ADOM! TZEVA ADOM! TZEVA ADOM! TZEVA ADOM!" This "Red Alert" signal booms in the streets of Sderot, sending the children into stress and myself into panic. We have fifteen seconds to find cover. A Kassam rocket has been launched at Sderot and nobody has any idea where it will hit. We feel helpless, almost paralyzed by fear. I was driving the last time it happened. In 7 seconds I managed to stop my car, unbuckle my seatbelt and climb towards the back seat of my van. And then I faced an enormous dilemma: Which child do I save? I cannot possibly, in the 8 seconds or so that I have left, unbuckle all the children and babies and get them to the floor and lie down on all of them. I can manage to unbuckle one child. So who should it be? Maybe my neighbor's child? After all, I would want her to do the same for me. Or maybe my oldest? Perhaps the baby? Or else the child with disabilities? How about the middle child? Are sons more important than daughters? Are my children more important than my neighbor's?

What a terrible dilemma to face. The author, however, puts the blame for this situation at the feet of PM Olmert and President Bush instead of where it truly lies: with Hamas, Hezbollah, al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, and the other terrorist organizations supported by the rogue Islamic nations that surround Israel. But her frustration is no less understandable because it's American administrations who push for restraint and cease fires and Israeli prime ministers who give into this pressure.


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Comments (10)

"We are very lucky here ... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

"We are very lucky here in America that we don't live with this kind of fear. Yes, we do fear a terrorist attack, but we've haven't had one in almost six years."

Lawdy, lawdy,I thanks you so much Masser Bush...6 whole years.

Of course, from 1993 thru September 10, 2001, just nigh on 8 years, we had no terrorist attacks. Guess it's just a bit early to think that the Chimp has made us all safe again.

Fries, you useless twit, th... (Below threshold)

Fries, you useless twit, there were THREE terrorist attacks on American territory during the Clinton years by Al Qaeda, after the first World Trade Center bombing.

Repeat after me, Fries:

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt."

J.

Look, JT, your definition... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

Look, JT, your definition of American soil is just ...crap. The nitpicking that you suggest is plain silly.

And, if you think the absence of attacks on embassies or whatever else you are attempting to define as "American soil" is because of Bush, and that Americans here at home feel so much safer because of that, then you are even dumber than you sound on radio.

Some clueless twit whined:<... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Some clueless twit whined:


"We are very lucky here in America that we don't live with this kind of fear. Yes, we do fear a terrorist attack, but we've haven't had one in almost six years."

Lawdy, lawdy,I thanks you so much Masser Bush...6 whole years.

JT's point is correct. And your whole argument is completely tangent to anything in Lorie's piece. Get the chip off your shoulder and stop being a moron.

Grr.. blockquote doesn't li... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Grr.. blockquote doesn't like carriage returns..

"We are very lucky here in America that we don't live with this kind of fear. Yes, we do fear a terrorist attack, but we've haven't had one in almost six years."
Lawdy, lawdy,I thanks you so much Masser Bush...6 whole years.

the moron's quote should have read as above..

You are correct with regard... (Below threshold)
Jaded:

You are correct with regards to the last 30 years of President's and Prime Ministers literally forcing Israeli's to accept whatever they felt would keep the "peace" and what have they gotten in those 30 years, war and more war because there are no honest brokers in the Middle East. The Muslims and Arabs want nothing more than the complete removal of Israel period and the Arafat years being the worst. Arafat's wife living fat and happy in France off of American tax payer dollars in the hope that feeding the beast would make it peaceful and of course it did not. I cannot even begin to tell this mother that until America and Europe totally disengage from the Middle East with their money that she can expect the exact same for decades to come.

Personally I think we shoul... (Below threshold)
drew:

Personally I think we should give Israel all the weapons they want and stand back and let them take out the 5000 years of persecution and frustration.

FF:Look, JT, y... (Below threshold)
marc:

FF:

Look, JT, your definition of American soil is just ...crap. The nitpicking that you suggest is plain silly.

And your glee at tossing feces at anything right of Joe Lieberman is well known.

It also leads you to make a fool of yourself when discounting the possibility of U.S. embassys, U.S. Military bases and U.S. warships are not considered U.S. soil.

They have been, are and forever will be.

And BTW, you can add U.S. owned and operated airlines, i.e. PanAm 103.

As marc alluded to, two US ... (Below threshold)

As marc alluded to, two US embassies and one US warship -- both legally sovereign US territory -- were attacked by terrorists betweeen the first and second WTC attacks.

And marc's addition of Pan Am 103 is also valid.

Since 9/11... one that is debatable, but I think is a valid terrorist attack: LAX, 7/4/05.

Also, the DC snipers -- perhaps.

Finally, Fries, nice attempt at rewriting what I wrote. I said "territory," you changed it to "soil."

Try to play honestly -- or, least, do better.

J.

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