It angered me when President Obama refused to use the "T" word for the Fort Hood attack. When someone takes a gun, screams, "Allah Akbar" and opens fire, the action is clearly a terrorist one. Obama had problems with the more recent attack against American forces in Germany as well. So let me explain.
Last week, terrorists threw rocks at a bus from Maale Adumim that was about to enter a tunnel in Jerusalem. The tunnel was built a few years ago as a bypass to the old bypass road. The first bypass road was built so that thousands of people didn't have to drive through Abu Dis and Azarya for the 5 minute drive into Jerusalem from Maale Adumim. Those 5 minutes through two Arab neighborhoods threatened their safety and their lives as Arabs were throwing rocks and firebombs and more at passing cars.
During the second intifada, the Arabs attacked the bypass road, shooting, throwing things, etc. at the passing cars. More than once, they threw couches, chairs, even a washing machine - "appliance terrorism" a friend joked, but terrorism, nonetheless.
So the second bypass road was built, tunneling under Mt. Scopus into Jerusalem and moving the path of now tens of thousands of Israelis to a safer more distant area. And so, sometimes, despite heightened security, some cameras, and a checkpoint, the Arabs attack that road. Not often, as the land doesn't easily lend itself to attack and run, but still it happens.
Last week, they attacked a bus - one woman was injured and the bus was damaged. The Arabs had failed, though - because their goal was likely to hit the driver's window, shattering it from above and causing the bus to crash. The greater the suffering, the more the victory - for a terrorist.
Last night, Arabs opened fire on a bus in Maale Ephraim, north of Jerusalem. Damage to the bus, no injuries. Again, a failure for the terrorist. Again, terrorism.
It's called terrorism, folks - when someone opens fire on innocents. It's terrorism when they use religion or politics as the justification for their attack, glorifying in the suffering of innocents. Terrorism, Mr. Obama.
Of all Obama's failures, and there are many, I believe his greatest failure will go down in history as his refusal to understand the fundamental threat that we in the west face. For whatever reason he refuses to see it, and I won't get into his religion, his birth certificate or parents, whatever the reason, his refusal to call terrorism by name is an insult to Americans, the military, all Israelis, and anyone who believes in the rights of the innocent.
When a rocket is fired at a city, that is terrorism. It terrorizes hundreds of thousands of people, parents and children, innocents. No political or military action in the world justifies such terrorism. That is the fundamental truth that Obama seeks to minimize by failing to use the accurate word.
It IS terrorism, folks. Yesterday and the day before, last week, last month, last year. In Fort Hood, in Tel Aviv, in Germany, in Kfar Sava, on September 11, in Bali, Jerusalem, Madrid, Netanya.