Bibi’s choice

News item:

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

Caro Quintero was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of DEA agent Enrique Camarena but a Mexican federal court ordered his release this week saying he had been improperly tried in a federal court for state crimes. …

The Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents in the United States said it was “outraged” by Caro Quintero’s early release and blamed corruption within Mexico’s justice system.

“The release of this violent butcher is but another example of how good faith efforts by the U.S. to work with the Mexican government can be frustrated by those powerful dark forces that work in the shadows of the Mexican ‘justice’ system,” the organization said in a statement.

So imagine how they would react if 104 “violent butcher(s)” were released from prison as a result of improper influence on the justice system, particularly if that influence came from a foreign power! This describes the prisoner release that Israel’s leaders have been coerced into accepting as the price for beginning talks with the PLO.

There isn’t justice in nature. Sometimes evil people do terrible things and escape punishment, even thrive. This brute fact has prompted countless pages of philosophical and theological discourse. But one thing that is not in doubt is that it is one of the functions of civilization to try to bring some order out of this moral chaos by imposing justice.

Hence one of the seven Noachide laws — one of the moral principles that Judaism recognizes as a requirement for any civilized nation, Jewish or not — is to establish courts of law. Subverting justice, then, is one of the worst crimes a person can commit.

PM Netanyahu fell into a trap set for him by Barack Obama, perhaps payback for the humiliation Obama suffered in May 2011, when Bibi dared to publicly instruct the ‘leader of the free world’ about “Middle East reality.”

Now Obama has handed him a “Sophie’s choice,” a moral dilemma in which both forks are horrible. Should he release the prisoners, cause immense pain to the families of their victims, damage Israel’s honor and deterrence, and subvert the legal system that condemned them (and by the way, destroy his own reputation and political career)? Or should he tell Obama to go to hell and expose Israel to whatever consequences were threatened?

Bibi has made his choice. History will judge him.

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7 Responses to “Bibi’s choice”

  1. MDA says:

    Bibi Netanyahu has like so many Politicians everywhere framed his career around the temptation to pursue “Moral Relevance” instead of Righteous Moral resolve predicated upon God’s word to mankind.
    Your observation is correct that he now stands with a Sophie’s Choice dilemma.

    Netanyahu capitulated to releasing Murderers in order to have permission to meet with the PA? That is now the political extent of Netanyahu’s bargaining power. And he has surrounded himself with willfully blind and G-dless cronies who agree with him?

    Either way that he decides ends his career for he is now at the point where his assassination becomes a Righteous solution for those who see him as determined to surrender the land to evil.

  2. Vic Rosenthal says:


    I wouldn’t go that far. We don’t know what the alternative was. That’s why I said “history will judge him.” There still isn’t a final judgment on Rudolf Kastner or Chaim Rumkowski, who were also given Sophie’s choices, in this case by the Nazis.

    What does this say about Obama, though?

  3. NormanF says:

    Netanyahu will be punished by G-d for subverting justice!

    We’re told in the Psalms, the righteous man executes justice upon the earth! Its the foundational value of civilization. Good never comes out of doing evil.

    If the Prime Minister does not repent and turn away from the evil he is about to do, he will suffer the consequences.

    Just like his predecessor Ariel Sharon paid the ultimate price for the evil he did to the Jews of the Gush Katif. Its not too late to say “no” and do what is right!

  4. NormanF says:

    I should point out here the fictional Sophie is presented a choice between doing two evils (one of which would result in the death of one of her children) – and as a decent person she recoils from both of them and in the end the Nazis make the choice for her.

    This does not fit Netanyahu’s situation! He is presented a simple choice between good and evil. He chose to do evil as the blood payment for the dubious privilege of talking to people committed to Israel’s destruction – he could have said “no” and refused to subvert justice as a matter of moral principle.

    Sophie’s choice is made for her by others. Netanyahu’s choice is of his own making and no one threatened or coerced him to release 104 murderers of Jews from Israeli prisons. He made his decision of his own free will! It is one thing if others inflict evil upon you, you’re not responsible for the outcome. If you do evil of your own accord, you’re fully responsible for the result.

    To say that Netanyahu is an innocent in this drama terrorized by Obama is offensive to every conscientious person on earth and its an insult to the human intelligence! Its not really a Sophie’s Choice the Israeli Prime Minister is faced with. I had to point out why the dilemma you posited is inapplicable to this situation. The Prime Minister can say “no” because every one would understand that justice is the supreme value that overrides all other considerations.

    If the Prime Minister Of Israel does not understand this simple truth of human nature, he is not fit to lead the Jewish nation!

  5. Vic Rosenthal says:


    Why do you say “no one threatened or coerced him?” Of course they did! Do you believe he agreed because he thinks talking to the PLO is a good idea?

    Unless you know what the alternative was that was presented to him, you do not know why he felt that he had to agree.

  6. NormanF says:


    I can hardly imagine what is worse than subverting justice! The fact remains he could have said “no” and chose not to do so.

    Just because one is given the choice of submitting to evil, one can refuse it. That is a path Netanyahu for his own reasons, didn’t take!

    No good will come out of talks with the PLO purchased with the blood of Jewish children! That is the bottom line.

  7. Olgordo says:

    This latest pressure upon Israel is yet another example of the Gentile world’s application of double standards to any situation in which Jews are involved.

    Bibi has proved to be bitterly disappointing. Is his submission perhaps designed to show that world that, compared to its enemies, Israel is always conciliatory? If so, he hasn’t learned from the past that all ears are closed to what they do not wish to hear.