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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Deflecting Blame

I was saddened, but not surprised, to find the morning headlines bleating the current excuse of the Bulgarian government for not having prevented yesterday's terror attack against innocent Israeli civilians:

"The Mossad didn't warn us!"

Really?!  Seven tourists are killed and more than 30 others are wounded within your airport facilities (an area over which the government has exclusive security responsibility), and that's the official position?!!!  'The Mossad didn't give the Bulgarian government an official warning of an impending attack, so nothing we could have done...  how could we have known, right?'

It's not like an attempted attack on an Israeli tourist bus wasn't thwarted in the same country only a few months ago.  Oh wait, it was!

And then instead of focusing on the current emergency, the Bulgarian government seemed more intent on reassuring potential tourists that their country is not a dangerous destination to spend their money!

They (meaning the Bulgarian government) even went so far in the hours immediately following the blast, to say that one of the possibilities they were investigating was that the explosives had been in one of the Israeli's suitcases; as if the tourists themselves might have been responsible for the explosion.

Finally this morning Bulgarian officials are admitting that it was a suicide bomber.  They have admitted that after reviewing the security tapes, the bomber was seen for more than an hour casing the bus and waiting for the passengers to arrive.  No mention of why the security cameras weren't being monitored, or how anyone would be able to know in advance that a charter flight of Israelis would be arriving and that they would be using a specific bus to transfer from the airport to their hotel. 

Inside job?  Nah... that's crazy talk!

Oh yes, this morning all the usual talking heads and foreign government officials are expressing their condemnation of the attack.  But, on the heels of the condemnation everyone seems to also be urging restraint on the part of the Israeli government. 

We can't have a few dead Jews upset the apple cart of International Relations, now can we?

Given the passivity with which the European governments have greeted even the most horrible attacks on their countries (e.g. the Madrid and London train bombings), I doubt they will ever come to the conclusion that of all the weapons at their disposal in the war on terrorism, the sternly worded condemnation is as useless as no response at all.

Deflecting blame from the terror organizations and their state sponsors is, for all intents and purposes, the same as actually supporting them.

Posted by David Bogner on July 19, 2012 | Permalink


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Actually, David,this isn't quite correct.

I have a Bulgarian couple living with me. She looks after me, and he does other work. I know a lot of Bulgarians here, they are to a man both pro Israel and pro Jews. Although Bulgarian Orthodox my couple's child goes to an Israeli school in Bulgaria, speaks good Hebrew and hopes eventually to go to University in Israel.

But I've digressed. Within minutes of the incident Bulgarian TV was calling it a terrorist attack, and I had seen a translation of a Bulgarian newspaper calling it a terrorist attack. The Israeli schools and the shuls have armed guards outside 24/7 and though shocked and distressed, nobody appears surprised.

Posted by: chairwoman | Jul 19, 2012 11:22:18 AM

chairwoman ... you'll forgive me if I don't view 'a Bulgarian couple living with' you to be a statistically significant sample. The very fact that the "schools and the shuls have armed guards outside 24/7" should be your first clue that there is a systemic and deeply entrenched problem there. I'm sure the Bulgarians are a wonderful people, but their government is indifferent (at best) about the safety of Jews/Israelis. The proof is the points I've mentioned above.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jul 19, 2012 12:32:45 PM

David, here in London where, apart from a certain group of people and Guardianistas, the average Londoner has no gripe with Jews or Israel, and generally considerably prefers them to that 'certain group' I mentioned earlier, Jewish Schools and Shuls have constant security and here they are not armed.

Unfortunately if you live in the USA or Israel, you judge the population of a country by the mewlings of its politicians or the prejudices of some of the media,and recent experience has shown me that is not the case.

Let's face it, if I judged America by the NYT my opinion would be somewhat skewed.

Posted by: chairwoman | Jul 19, 2012 3:59:36 PM

The bomber`s identity is known. Now comes the process of tracing his movements and associations.When the investigation is completed,I hope Israel will respond against all those responsible for the planning and execution.

Posted by: ED | Jul 19, 2012 8:00:13 PM

...as we link arms and once again sing the chorus of CSNY's "Teach Your Children Well"...

Posted by: psachya | Jul 22, 2012 10:26:34 PM

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