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November 30, 2010

Korea Envy

Filed under: All Posts — brogsblog @ 8:44 pm

Last week, as most of us turned our thoughts to Thanksgiving, the tyrants ruling North Korea turned their focus to violence. The North Koreans fired over 100 missiles at a small South Korean island just across its border. The island’s 1,200 inhabitants were forced into bomb shelters and later fled the island entirely. Two South Korean marines were killed, and 18 more people were injured.

Former South Korean special agents whose mission was to infiltrate North Korea protest outside houses destroyed by North Korean shelling last week on Yeonpyeong Island. Photograph: Lee Jin-Man/AP

This attack was unprovoked and unjustified. And it was quickly and unequivocally condemned by the United Nations, the European Union and the rest of the international community. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the missile fire “one of the greatest incidents since the end of the Korean War.” President Obama expressed his “outrage” at the attack, and strongly affirmed the U.S. commitment to defend South Korea. United States ships and troops were dispatched to conduct joint military exercises with the South Koreans.

This response to North Korea’s aggression was necessary and appropriate. And it also dwarfed — by large multiples — the world’s reaction to aggression against another free society: Israel. The Jewish State has been subject to far greater attacks, for far longer, with far greater casualties – and all with far less international outrage.

The attacks on Israel have created not merely one terrible hour, but many terrible years. These attacks have not involved the firing of a hundred missiles into Israeli cities, but the firing of many thousands of missiles. This aggression has not killed and injured tens of people, but thousands. Yet the world has responded with a muted, confused critique that often blames the victim and excuses the aggressor.

This disparate treatment is nothing new. When five Arab armies rejected the United Nations partition of Palestine and tried to destroy the Jewish State in 1948, neither the United Nations nor the United States lifted a finger to defend Israel. On the contrary, the United States and almost every other nation in the world refused to even sell arms to Israel. Yet when North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, the United Nations and the United States not only condemned the attack – they sent hundreds of thousands of troops to repel it. Over the course of the Korean War a total of 36,516 American soldiers were killed and another 92,134 were wounded. To this day, thousands of American soldiers are stationed in Korea manning a dangerous wall in defense of our South Korean ally.

There could be perfectly rational reasons for this difference of treatment. It could be that East Asia is of greater strategic significance to the United States than the Middle East. Yet as recent events demonstrate, a Middle East which is the source of so much of the world’s oil and terrorists is of equal if not greater strategic value than the Korean peninsula. It could be that South Korea shares a special relationship with the United States. Yet it is difficult to imagine a society that better reflects American values and culture than Israel. Yes, a conflict involving a nuclear North Korea has the potential to escalate into a massive war. But, as Israel has been trying so hard to remind the world, so too does a Middle East conflict with an almost nuclear Iran.

There is one major difference between Israel and so many of our other allies that may contribute to these different perceptions. Israel has never asked for America to fight her battles. Israel has never expected American boys to die in her defense. The Israelis send their own sons and daughters to risk their lives – and give their lives – in defense of their tiny country.

All the Israelis have ever asked is that the blood of their children matter to us as much as that of anyone else. All Israel has ever wanted is to be treated the same as every other nation. Indeed, this was the very simple goal of the Zionist movement since its first days: to create the conditions under which the Jewish people could become a nation like every other.

The day that the world responds to the shelling of an Israel city the same way it has responded to the shelling of a Korean city is the day that the Zionist dream will finally, belatedly, be realized. By all accounts, we are a long way from that day. While the world can abide such a double standard, we friends of Israel dare not. Perhaps this – more than anything else – is what makes us Zionists. It’s not that we see Israel’s Jews as the Chosen People. It’s simply that we see them as people.

David Brog is the executive director of Christians United for Israel and author of a new book, In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity.  You can follow David on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.



  1. Well said David!

    Comment by Joey Bock — December 1, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

  2. I’m afraid that the world’s anti-Zionist fervor won’t stop until the “Lamb of God, Christ Jesus” returns to defeat the Antichrist and his Islamic hords.

    Comment by Gus — December 1, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

  3. Unfortunately nations have not supported Israel, but individuals who love our God do. Like members of Friends of Israel and CUFI. May God bless Israel and her people and bring peace to her.

    Comment by James Cecil — December 1, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

  4. What a lame title, Korea Envy. A title should reveal the contents, not play a game with my mind. The contents were good but your lucky I looked.

    Can’t you tie this to ANY bill so we can let a Senator or Congressmen know how we feel via a link?

    Comment by Don Jusko — December 2, 2010 @ 4:14 am

  5. Jerusalem will live in its place in Jerusalem for ever for it is the Land loved by the most high authority of the universe.The children of God all over the world love this chosen of their father Jesus who cried for her in love.I don’t know how the Jewish answer to this lover of Zion.But Zion is loved by Him and despite negligence by the international community the land of Abraham will remain the home of Jewish.Love Israel more and more- the chosen of our God!

    Comment by Sintayehu Asrat Beyene — December 2, 2010 @ 5:05 am

  6. If they ain’t stoned on hash they are hitting that date wine.

    Comment by Glenn L. — December 3, 2010 @ 1:25 am

  7. No one can destroy Israel no matter how they try because it’s the beloved and blessed of the most high God.
    We will always support Zion as we belong there.

    Comment by athanasius kilonzo — December 3, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

  8. As Christians, we owe our foundation to the Jews. Jesus was a Jew when He became the Son Of Man. He loves the Jewish people; and if we love Him, we will love them. A house divided against itself cannot stand. God loves His people, Israel. He has made it clear that those that bless Israel will be blessed by Him; and those that curse Israel will be cursed by God who see all things.
    We owe every word in the Bible to the Jewish people that God chose to put His Spirit upon them to write to us about Himself so that we might know Him. Without the Jewish belief in God and the faith of Abraham, we would be lost. In Christ, we are saved. Let us continue to stand with Israel who God loves. Because of the part that the Jewish people played in bringing the message from the Creator to us, we would not have had Messiah. And without Messiah, we would be the most miserable of all men. We must stand with Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The devil hates them, and this is a SURE sign that God loves them. Let us who love God, also love those that He loves.
    God bless Israel and peace of Jerusalem. Let her enemies be destroyed by the province of God. For surely, at the end of the age, God shall prevail.
    God bless each of you who stand with our brothers and sisters…the Jewish people.

    Comment by Eve V. — December 5, 2010 @ 4:56 am

  9. False weights and unequal measures–the LORD detests double standards of every kind. Proverbs 20:10

    Comment by Ani — December 6, 2010 @ 1:29 am

  10. Has anyone ever cared about Jews? When Hitler offered to send Europe’s Jews to whoever would take them which country offered to take any? There was the British White Paper or the meeting in Evian for example. Everyone knew Hitler would kill the Jews, that they would try to flee, so you had to make sure that they would not move in next door. So is it a wonder that there has been little support since 1948. Jews cannot be allowed to shoot back or to win a war. If Israel had been allowed to win in 1948, there would not have been 62 years of attacks on Israel,following. Today, Israel does not even have a right to its holy places. The Wall does not belong to Israel. Peace is no Jewish State.

    Comment by Marvin G. — December 6, 2010 @ 2:05 am

  11. Oh we shall see God’s protection for you little Israel. People talk bold, putting you down. But soon everyone shall see how much you are loved and us who are grafted in shall rejoice with you. “God bless Israel”.

    Comment by cat — December 8, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

  12. No matter what others try to do to the Nation of Israel, it will always prevail…Israel is the promise directly from God to our for-fathers Abraham,Isaac & Jacob…just as you read directly from the book of: Genisis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
    Gen 15:2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
    Gen 15:3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
    Gen 15:4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
    Gen 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
    Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
    Gen 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it:
    Gen 15:8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? what will we inherit the following directly from Genisis:
    Gen 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
    Gen 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
    Gen 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
    Gen 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
    Because God is the same yesterday today and forever, He is unchanging…why does everybody continue kicking against the gords…this is exactly what Jeses said to Saul on the road to Damascus…so we as the United States DO NOT take a stand for Israel…we will be in serious trouble…hopefully Congress will someday get it…the proof is in the pudding…

    Comment by Sara D. — December 9, 2010 @ 5:46 am

  13. Within the Old Testament I’m constantly reminded how our Lord would use kings to dictate his leadership over his people. How a wise king could leave behind the kingdom to a heir who is less than worthy of such a position. Are leadership has always looked well upon those who had done the most justice in the eyes of the very least; and how we look down upon those who have done little for the least in the kingdom. There have been many good, and many bad leaders within the written history of Israel.

    The same can be said today, about other groups of people, what former talks of peace may have been acquired in the past can quickly be taken out by a less than worthy leader. Hatred is a deep rooted disease within human society, it is the very driving force that has put so many tyrants upon the pages of history. A lack of understanding, an unwillingness to relate to a former enemy has only hedged peace only in are dreams.

    The relationship I have with our Father has driven a deep wedge even within myself. I’m torn not by a people, but by a spiritual battle that has caused me to take sides. I love and support my Father’s chosen people. I’m willing to do what is required to bring unity within the Body of Christ, and return to the love we have all left behind so many years ago… that of the Jews, and of the land of Israel. If there was ever a time Israel was in need of a messiah, today would be that age.

    Comment by Brian James Shelton — December 12, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  14. We christian know how much GOD loves Israel and his people and i am sure there are many who also know the truth including the muslim people and God even wants Israel to love him and we pray that God would protect Israel.

    Comment by LEENA — December 14, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

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