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As Stanford Professor Victor Davis Hanson has noted, many American universities have exhibited vicious hatred as to recent events in the Middle East. Radical campus activists have torn down pictures of Israeli captives kidnapped or murdered by Hamas. Several professors at “prestigious” universities heap praise upon the “liberators” of Hamas. Some even call Israelis “savages” and “pigs.”

At rallies and protests, hundreds parrot the mantras of Islamic extremists calling for the complete elimination of Israel. Jewish students at several universities are subjected to threats of violence. This is eerily reminiscent of the Nazi rampage against Jews in Germany on November 9, 1938, known as Kristallnacht (the “Night of Broken Glass”) which resulted in the destruction of 200 synagogues, the murder of over 100 Jews, and the deportation of thousands more to concentration camps.

The mainstream media and Ivy League academics continue to pound away at their trite narrative, i.e. that Arab terrorists are just desperate freedom fighters while the region's only free democracy -- Israel--is the oppressor, not least because of its alliance with America. The current riotous “protestors” supporting Hamas argue that if Israel strikes back at terrorists who brutally attacked them without any warning, it will be some kind of “war crime.” One look at the pictures of the atrocities inflicted on innocent Israeli women and children by Hamas terrorists should convince any objective observer of who the real purveyor of genocidal hate is in this war.

A territorial dispute, longstanding though this one may be, can hardly justify what the world has witnessed since October 7th. Civilized nations do not seek justice through terrorism. Any attempt at equating Israel’s response to the brutality with what Hamas has done is but a veiled justification of the latter’s heinous savagery. Such attempts are, however, not surprising, given the longstanding indoctrination on our college campuses concerning the Middle East. I’m only surprised that anyone is surprised when support for evil manifests itself in places where it has been inculcated for decades.

1,400 Israelis were killed in the first several days of the Hamas attacks. Proportionally, that is the equivalent of over 50,000 American victims of such an attack. 125,000 Israelis are now sheltering in abject fear away from their homes. That would be equivalent to 63,000 people in Wyoming being driven out of their homes.

And Israel has no right to strike back in self defense? Disgraceful!

Charles Cole,



This is a repost of a letter to the editor published in the Sheridan PRESS on November 4, 2023.

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