A basic human principle is this: respect for life.
There are lots of folks who believe that there are equivalencies to be drawn between the Israelis and the Jihadists in the Middle East. But there's a simple distinction: respect for life.
The Palenstinians have it in their charter to "eliminate" Israel.
...in Article 15, the Arabic is translated as "the elimination of Zionism," whereas the correct translation is "the liquidation of the Zionist presence." "The Zionist presence" is a common Arabic euphemism for the State of Israel, so this clause in fact calls for the destruction of Israel, not just the end of Zionism.Ditto for Iran.
The European Union and Russia have joined condemnation of the Iranian president's public call for Israel to be "wiped off the map". Israel has not made such a call. Isreal is, in fact, armed to the teeth and has been for decades. But they're not trying to wipe out or eliminate anyone, though they certainly could have.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remark has already been condemned by individual EU states and Canada who all summoned Iranian diplomats for an explanation.
Jihadists, radical Muslims who want to see the world converted to Islam or destroyed in the process, are a global threat. They attacked us on 9/11. They attacked England. They attacked Spain. They recently attacked Mumbai, India. They killed in Indonesia.
Jihadists have no respect for the lives of others. They want to kill indiscriminately.
Israel, on the other hand, currently targets its bombing of Lebanon to Hezbullah's weapons caches and means of weapons re-supply, such as ports and the airport runways and bridges.
Not night clubs, bus depots, hotels, financial centers, or railways - all populated by civilians.
There's a difference.
If Israel chose, Lebanon and Syria could be "wiped off the map." They have the capability. They don't choose that. They're simply going after those who seek to kill them. That's called defense.
If the Jihadists had the means and opportunity, they would nuke Israel without the merest second thought. So Hamas, Hezbullah, al-Qaeda, and all the other terrorist Muslim groups worldwide take an offensive stance and seek to kill all non-Muslims.
It's time for the world, as a whole, to say "No" to the big jihad that kills innocent people worldwide. Enough already. Everyone has a right to exist. Can anyone really disagree with that? If so, why would anyone support Hezbullah? Or Hamas? Or Iran's religious political leadership?
For me, I stand with Israel and with those who recognize Israel's right to exist. I stand with Muslims who truly do seek peaceful coexistence. I stand with the basic human principle of a respect for life.