Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook
Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of News Corporation, addressed the American Jewish Committee on March 4th. He posed the question: can we in Europe and the United States survive if we allow the terrorists to succeed in Israel?
Rupert Murdoch, the owner of New Corp, which includes the Fox News Network, The New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, received the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee on March 4th.
The World asks if Israel can survive without the West, but Murdoch turns the question around:
Tonight I say to you: Maybe we should start wondering whether we in Europe and the United States can survive if we allow the terrorist to succeed in Israel.
In this new century, the "West" is no longer a matter of geography. The West is defined by societies committed to freedom and democracy. That at least is how the terrorists see it. And if we are serious about meeting this challenge, we would expand the only military alliance committed to the defense of the West to include those on the front lines of this war. That means bringing countries such as Israel into NATO.
My friends, I do not pretend to have all the answers to Gaza this evening. But I do know this: The free world makes a terrible mistake if we deceive ourselves into thinking this is not our fight.
In the end, the Israeli people are fighting the same enemy we are: cold-blooded killers who reject peace, who reject freedom and who rule by the suicide vest, the car bomb and the human shield.
Mr. Murdoch makes the point I've written about often: The only issue is living freely.
Read the entire speech at Jerusalem Post.
Photo: Guerin Nicolas