To the editor:
Our country is silent while the president and secretary of state are slowly pivoting the people's mind against Israel, our staunchest ally, in their fight to survive attacks by the Hamas terrorist organization whose objective is to take Israel's land and annihilate the Jews.
Hamas has launched thousands of rocket attacks, tunneled into Israel with multiple tunnels in preparation for a mass attack - the objective: Wipe the Jews off of the face of the Earth.
Israel, with no success, has tried to live peacefully with the Hamas terrorists who were voted into power by the Palestinians. It is now time for Israel to fight for their lives or flee from their homeland. They will never flee.
The Hamas organization is comprised of animals; they have no value for human life. They use women and children as shields and depend on the press to show pictures of them as being brutally murdered. The worthless United Nations, as usual, is falling in line.
This war is probably one of two military actions where the civilian population is warned about the areas to be shelled - schools, churches, private homes - where Hamas has their missile launchers and the time and date of the shelling so they can evacuate. They either can't or won't evacuate so civilian casualties result. Israel has no other choice but to fight.
Can Israel be condemned for their action? No! Let me cite some identical actions by our own country. On Dec. 7, 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor to hinder our resistance from their overtaking territories of the U.S., United Kingdom and the Netherlands in Southeast Asia. In 1945 we were entering our fourth year of war with Japan. Our casualty count was 1.25 million. We had one course of action to stop Japan - invasion. Japan was aware that this was our last plan to win the conflict; they were also aware that the logical invasion point would be Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. The Japanese transported 2.3 million troops to Kyushu.
Harry Truman knew that an invasion casualty rate could be as high as 4 million American and Japanese soldiers and Japanese civilians. He made a useless request to Japan for surrender. Leaflets were dropped warning the population that Hiroshima would be bombed on Aug. 6, 1945 - it still was no surrender. Leaflets were dropped warning the bombing of Nagasaki. It was on Aug. 9, 1945. The Japanese surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945. The approximate combined casualty toll was 150,000, a far cry from 4 million.
We can credit President Truman with making one of the most important decisions in our history. Should he not have authorized that action, about 12 percent of Sentinel readers would not be reading this today - missing fathers, sons, uncles, brothers. I hold Benjamin Netanyahu in the same esteem as President Truman.
I am not advocating nuclear action. I am saying "Israel, use whatever tools you have to sustain your freedom and prevent your annihilation and remember the U.S. is with you because your success in great measure affects my country's future.
One thought to ponder: Do you suppose if Japan and Palestine had a constitution with the right to bear arms it would have prevented evil governing against the wishes of their citizens?
Charles E. Deibert