I have to recount few historical events. It’s worth noting. It gives perspective to recent events. A nation is not the ruling government. It’s the personality of its People and their idea of nationhood.
On 27th June 1976, Air France Flight 139 started from Tel Aviv to Athens and finally Paris. When the aircraft took off from Athens, Palestinian Hijackers forced the flight to Entebbe, Uganda in East Africa.
The President of Uganda was Idi Amin Dada. This “Butcher of Uganda” had launched a “Jihad” against the Infidel West and had his own ideas to save the world. He and other rouge powers began negotiations with Israel. Israel was complying or so it seemed. But Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli Prime Minister had other ideas.
On 04th July 1976, a week after the hijack, 4 Aircrafts originated from Israel and flew at 100 feet (Yes One Hundred feet) avoiding detection from several Middle East and African countries and reached Entebbe, Uganda. Two C-130’s with Israeli Defence Forces landed on Entebbe Airport and rescued the hostages.
The book “90 minutes at Entebbe” recounts this heroic mission. There is also a movie. Check it out. It’s not an individual tall story. It’s an incident which shows how a nation thinks and acts at times such as these.
Now, 1972 Munich Olympics and 11 Israeli Athletes butchered. Golda Meir, the Israeli Prime Minister authorised Mossad to “List and Kill” all who were responsible. This operation continued secretly for 20 years. During this period the perpetrators started getting killed in various countries under mysterious circumstances. They were Car-Bombed, shot in the elevators, apartments. One of the terrorists was killed while breakfasting. Mossad Agents had replaced his table-top with a look-alike made of explosives.
Finally, “The Six Day War”! Israel against Egypt, Jordan and Syria fought a war from June 5 to 10, 1967. President of Egypt, Abdel Nasser, declared: “Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel”. Well, within first few hours of the outbreak of this war, Israel attacked Egyptian Air force base at El Arish. Almost 400 Fighters which stood exposed on the tarmac were destroyed. After this, the outcome of the war was a forgone conclusion.
Power always cross their Zone of Influence. Good Power or Bad. But when bad powers infringe us, all we do is compensate – One Lakh to those killed and Half of that to the injured.