published : 2023-11-04

Attacks on Israel are only the beginning. All democracies are at risk.

Western denialism is similar to isolationism before Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor

A photo of peaceful protests in support of Palestinian independence, taken with a Nikon D850.

Israel's battle against Hamas in the Gaza Strip goes beyond its borders and poses a threat to global peace.

The worldwide support for Hamas's crimes, with millions marching in major cities, proves that the terrorist group has sympathizers everywhere.

While the attacks currently target Israel, the danger looms for any democracy in the future.

Unfortunately, many nations are trapped in an illusion, reminiscent of the early 2000s when suicide bombings by Hamas and Islamic Jihad shook Israel.

Recent warnings from Israel that this battle would eventually spread were ignored by the Western world, who chose to view it as an isolated conflict caused by Israel's alleged mistreatment of the Palestinians.

Tragically, Israel's predictions of further attacks came true repeatedly with major terrorist incidents around the world during the past two decades.

From al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington in 2001 to Jemaah Islamiyah's bombings in Bali in 2002, and the Madrid and London bombings in subsequent years, the West has faced the consequences of denialism.

The pattern of denialism is not new; it stems from a peace-loving majority that finds it easier to overlook enemies than confront them, assuming reasonability where evil lurks.

A photo capturing the aftermath of a terrorist attack in a major city, highlighting the need for global security measures, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

During the 1930s, as Nazi Germany and Japan posed a threat to the world, most Americans remained isolationist, unwilling to take action.

Even when President Franklin Roosevelt warned of the imminent danger, Congress faced overwhelming demands for neutrality.

Similar sentiments were echoed by students and professors, preferring peace over war, and showing little readiness to fight.

In 1941, just two months before the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, only 17% of Americans favored going to war.

The West, especially the U.S., must avoid falling into the same trap again.

We must recognize Hamas's October 7 massacre as the latest round in the 21st century's battle between good and evil.

The values and liberties cherished by the West must prevail over Islamic extremism.

The global response to Israel's actions in Gaza has been worrisome.

A photo of a young student holding a sign advocating for peace and unity, taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III.

While some rally in support of Israel, millions worldwide support the perpetrators of heinous crimes against children, Holocaust survivors, and pregnant women.

Anti-Israel demonstrations in various cities have incited religious warfare against Jews and the West.

Disturbing incidents, such as locals in Russia attempting to target Israelis and Jews, highlight a much deeper issue that should concern responsible leaders worldwide.

The ongoing battle between Israel and Hamas mirrors the conflicts against al Qaeda and ISIS, fought by America and Western Europe.

Although Hamas claims to fight for Palestinian freedom, its actions, such as burning babies and mutilating children, demonstrate a culture of death.

There is a way to defeat this culture; standing with Israel and making it clear that calls for Israel's destruction or support for Hamas will not be tolerated.

We have an opportunity to stand on the right side of history and must not let it slip away.