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Houthis And The Blowhards

It’s hard to keep all these terrorist groups separate, especially now when they’ve become the darlings of the American, even international, left. But what’s a president to do when they fire on commercial vessels in international waters?

The Houthis’ leadership has made its strategic objective clear from the start; its goal was to draw the United States into a fight, ostensibly to show solidarity with Hamas. Having taken over Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in 2014 and endured a civil war and a bloody Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign, the Houthis survive — and thrive — on never-ending conflict. Actual governance is not their forte, as their official slogan indicates: “God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse Upon the Jews, Victory to Islam.”

Naturally, this caused the unduly passionate to immediately attack Joe Biden for taking action against the Houthis. Claiming that their attacks weren’t terrorist opportunism, but rather in support of the Palestinians, was more than enough for the left to know who was good and who was evil. And if they don’t fight against evil, then they are complicit. That, in the universe of simplisity, is all they needed to know.

The chanting for Yemen is all across the demonstration

“Yemen Yemen make us proud turn another ship around” pic.twitter.com/wQ296sUPif

— Harry’s Place (@hurryupharry) January 13, 2024

The protests at the White House later became rather animated.

: DC police and Secret Service had to rush to one part of the security fence to prevent a breach from the Palestinian crowd. pic.twitter.com/CQFkE6q9nn

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 13, 2024

A wag might ask how the response would have differed if these were Trump supporters trying to storm a government building, but I digest.

It’s not as if there are a half dozen crazies out in cold marching in cities around the world. The numbers are hardly insignificant. To the extent one would have hoped that October 7th would have exposed the hypocrisy and irrationality of the progressive grasp of the world, it looks to be turning out rather differently. While it’s impossible not to feel empathy toward the Gazans killed and wounded, even if there is much to dispute about the cause of violence, the solution to the violence and the lack of alternatives to the violence, the same cannot be said about the Houthis.

Yet, here we are, the same people calling Israel’s necessary effort to eradicate Hamas and secure safety for its people are now giving full-throated support to the Houthis as fellow-travelers in the “free Palestine” movement.

It’s not that the terrorists have won. It’s that our left now favors the terrorists without reservation. Should Biden have done nothing? Should they be allowed to attack commercial vessels with impunity? Should we succumb to the demands of terrorists whose open goal is to eradicate israel and, lest we forget, the United States? How do these protesters think that ends?The answer, of course, is that they don’t.

In their fanciful imagination, they want Israel and the United States to succumb to the will of the terrorists, who will somehow magically be satisfied with giving up Israel and, after all the Jews are raped and murdered, thereafter live in peace and harmony in a free Palestine with the rest of the world. Because that’s how terrorism works.

These are our children, our academics, our overly-educated and unduly-passionate true believers that the terrorists are the good guys and these Israel, that the United States, both independently and in complicity with Israel, are evil. To the extent anyone thought they would learn something about their adored heroes after October 7th, it’s time to let go of that dream and come to the realization that this is where we are now and these are the people who want to control our future.

Yet again, the words of Lyrissa Lidsky ring in my head.

Nevertheless, I know that in the war of generations, the younger always wins.  I just wonder what victory looks like.

The answer is becoming increasingly clear, and it won’t end with waiving Palestinian flags and trying to break through the fence in front of the White House.

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