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Terror Attack Anywhere Is Threat to 'Forces of Decency' Everywhere

By    |   Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:03 AM

A knife-wielding terrorist stormed a synagogue, screaming that he "wanted to kill (the) Jews."

No this was not in Jerusalem, where a similar attack two weeks ago took the lives of five innocent victims — four rabbis at prayer and a brave Druze police officer who tried to stop the murderers. This attack occurred Tuesday in the Brooklyn, New York, headquarters of Chabad, the world’s largest Hasidic community.

While the attack is not about Jerusalem, it is not about New York, either. In fact, it’s not about any one nation, religion or ethnicity and it behooves us all to think about that.

Tuesday’s attack, as all such attacks are, is about one thing — terrorist violence and murder, and the fight against them. In that fight, there are only two camps, perpetrators and those who support them, and the forces of decency willing to take a stand against them, wherever they are. That question should be top of mind for all of us today, whatever our politics, ethnicity or place of residence.

People will describe the New York attacker as a "psychotic lone wolf," implying that there is no connection between events Tuesday and those in another synagogue far away and weeks ago. They may be correct in their description of the attacker, but not about the lack of connection. Whether consciously connected in his mind or not, when it comes to terror, the whole world is watching, including those inspired by fellow terrorists thousands of miles away.

The bottom line, however "inconvenient" it may be to deal with, is that there is no "over there" when it comes to terror.

That does not mean that all people everywhere face the same threat level. New York is generally safer than Jerusalem, for example. Nor does it mean that every fight in the world demands our military involvement. It does mean, however, that every nation's fight against terror is one fight, or at least it should be.

Terrorism, anywhere, is a problem for all of us.

As Americans, we need to adjust our sights. We need to look beyond the too-often asked questions regarding whom we need to please, or how those who do not share our interests will think about us.

Far from a "go it alone" approach, we need to ask ourselves, "Who are our real allies in this fight?" Not simply in the short term, but in the long term too. Who shares our values and commitments? Their nationality, race, and religion are irrelevant. And, whatever differences and disagreements arise with those nations and communities, we need to work past them and support each other with ever-greater clarity and intensity.

That’s what it means to realize that there is no "over there" in the fight against terror, and that we are in this fight together wherever it plays out on any given day. That’s also the only way to win the fight.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, a Newsmax TV regular, is president of Clal, and co-founder of TheWisdomDaily.com. He is the author, most recently, of "You Don't Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right."

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A knife-wielding terrorist who stormed a synagogue, screaming that he "wanted to kill (the) Jews" Tuesday was inside a synagogue in New York, not Jerusalem, where a similar attack two weeks ago took the lives of five people — and underscores that terrorism anywhere poses a threat everywhere.
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:03 AM
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