A terrorist attack in Jerusalem yesterday resulted in the death of a three-month old baby girl, Chaya Zissle Braun. News of the attack was drowned out by events in Ottawa, but the attack is worthy of note.
It turns out, according to Israeli officials, that the perpetrator was connected to Hamas; he died of injuries sustained in the aftermath of the attack). Whether or not he was connected to Hamas, Hamas has issued a statement praising the attack. So has Islamic Jihad. It also turns out that the murdered infant was an American citizen. This is the statement issued last night by State Department spokesman Jen Psaki:
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.
Psaki’s statement leaves a few questions hanging. Among them: How many sides are there? Which side are we on? Or don’t we have a side?
You wonder how far we can fall into cretinous moral debility. When we seem to have hit bottom we discover that we have further to fall and that we are falling deeper into it every day.