Op-Ed: Honor Rachel Corrie: Serve as Human Shields - in Syria
Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPRThe author is CEO of 5WPR, 1 of the 25 largest PR Agencies in the US.
It should be said loudly, and clearly:
Rachel Corrie broke the law, and her fate was expected and inevitable. While her parents are grieving and a parent's pain is understandable, their reaction is biased and evidence of a despicable double-standard against Israel.
It’s quite amazing - just as there’s no “peace flotilla” to Syria, there are also no Rachel Corrie’s protecting the poor tortured innocent children today in Syria.
Imagine if in the midst of the war in Iraq, a foreigner entered a closed military zone and disregarded the orders of the military who was carrying out necessary maneuvers. Would anyone have been shocked if that foreigner would have been killed?
Anyone who doubts me should take a boat full of people to Guantanamo Bay, or Rikers Island in New York City. Keep going when the military tells you to stop – let me know how it goes. If you survive, that is. Would any US court even hear a case of someone killed after entering a closed military zone?
The case of Rachel Corrie is very clear – she violated the law and entered a dangerous area of “a military action in the course of war.” Thankfully, an Israeli court ruled that her death was an accident that she brought upon herself by refusing to leave what had been declared a closed military zone. As the Judge graciously said: "It was a very regrettable accident and not a deliberate act."
Corrie endangered her own life – disregarding the fact that the Israeli forces working in that area had to carry out ‘leveling’ work against explosive devices that posed a tangible danger to life and limb.”
And while these anarchists like Corrie and her friends of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) are being used by terrorists, the military in Israel is also young ideologues - but they are protecting their country and people. Corrie was harming her countries’ closest ally – and breaking the law of a democratic country.
Corrie’s father, Craig has been carrying - all over Israel - pictures of the Palestinian girl, then 6, whose family’s house was ostensibly behind Ms. Corrie - a disputed fact to begin with - when she was killed. The man should continue his daughter’s legacy - and go to Syria to protect 6-year old children’s homes there now.
He can even bring her friends from the ISM with them.
If someone warned him not to enter an area, would he still continue? Is it surprising that a country would want to stop foreigners from entering a war zone illegally? The Jewish state doesn’t need to apologize for protecting itself – not from Corrie nor others who want to harm the State.
Corrie’s father said today of the child of the Palestinian who claimed that it was in front of his home Corrie was killed, “She deserves a future that we all want for our children.” There’s nary an Israeli who disagrees – and people like Craig Corrie should tell the terrorists to stop killing Jews, and everyone will be happy and have peace.
In the meantime, he can go to Syria and protect homes with his body. Let’s see how that works out.
The case of Rachel Corrie is simply one which Anti-Israel forces have tried to use as a public relations tool to embarrass Israel in the worlds media. Israel was right, and as Golda Meir said: “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”