A Victory for Moral Clarity

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Today is a great day to be an American. The news of the capture and the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the man who was responsible for the largest terror attack in history on American soil—the very icon of evil—was killed last night in a storybook lightning strike by U.S. Navy SEALS.

Our heart-felt thanks goes to the wonderful men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have risked their lives every day since September 11, 2001, and those behind the scenes who paved the way for last night’s victory.  And, our deepest and special thanks go to those brave men who carried out this potentially suicide mission that resulted in a decisive triumph for America and the Western world.

Although we know that there remain hundreds of terror cells around the world just waiting for the opportunity to attack American and Western interests, the killing of Osama Bin Laden is an event of overwhelming importance.  America’s killing of the one person who was the face, and voice, of radical Islam and the mastermind of its worldwide terror network, showed America’s seriousness in avenging the attack on the World Trade Center and eradicating this source of global terror and destruction.

With the death of Bin Laden, America has once again taken a stand on the side of the moral and the right. Just as America stood against Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin, it has again proven that we, as a nation, reveal our strength of character when we stare down the face of evil and put ourselves on the side of moral clarity.

Psychologically and emotionally, for the American victims of September 11, 2001 and the families who had been left behind,  it is the closing of a tragic circle.  In the case of this person who had made every American, every Christian, every Jew, and the States of Israel and America his sworn enemies,  we rejoice in the feeling of relief that Osama Bin Laden, the very face of evil, has been removed from the world.

President Obama’s statement in his speech last night, “Justice has been served,” is an understatement —as much more than “Justice” has been served; retribution has been delivered and a level of fear has been lifted from the world.

Now is also a good time to look back and remember who were Bin Laden’s most enthusiastic supporters and who cheered his murderous attacks on America and the West.

On September 11, 2001, when 19 of Bin Laden’s terrorists high-jacked American airliners and flew them into New York’s World Trade Center, killing 2,752 innocent people, it was the Palestinians in Gaza, in Ramallah and throughout the West Bank, who launched a wild and jubilant celebration by honking horns and passing out candies to cheer Osama Bin Laden’s deadly attack on America.

The first group that condemned America for killing Osama Bin Laden has been Hamas, the Palestinian leadership of the Gaza Strip.  Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, accused the United States of pursuing a policy based on “oppression and the shedding of Arab and Muslim blood.”

“We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior… We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and martyrs.” he said.  This same group, listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, has just announced that they will become partners with the Palestine Authority and the prime minister of the West Bank, Mahmoud Abbas.  The PA has endorsed the killing of Bin Laden.

Article Seven of the Hamas Charter states that Muslims will fight the Jews, (and kill them ), until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which [the rocks and trees] will cry: Oh Muslim!…There is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.”

As I write these words, high ranking officials from Mahmoud Abbas’ West Bank government are in Cairo preparing to meet with high ranking officials from Hamas to sign a reconciliation agreement.

Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in September of 1993, the United States has given hundreds of millions of dollars each year to the Palestine Authority. American CIA personnel have even trained their “militia.” Yet, the Palestinian text books, media outlets, maps and sermons from the mosques have for years proclaimed to the world what the P.A’s true intentions are.

How much more evidence do we need before we understand and appreciate who are America’s friends and who are our enemies? We should put an immediate end to any more American taxpayers’ dollars going to the Palestinian Authority.

In this dawning of a new age of decisive moral action, the fig leaf that has masked the Palestinian Authority’s true intentions for the last eighteen years has once and for all been dropped with the agreement between the Palestine Authority and Hamas.  Our sophisticated friends and colleagues inside the beltway, who have for years apologized , obfuscated, excused and covered up for the Palestinian Authority’s words and deeds, should once and for all, recognize on which side of the moral divide Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have made their stand.

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Sarah Stern
Sarah Stern is founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET).

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