Had he survived the intifada of the knives, Taylor Force would have been a father, a loving husband, and well on his way to an outstanding career.
But Taylor Force will be none of these. The young U.S. Army captain, combat veteran, and West Point graduate — in Israel to study entrepreneurship with his Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Management classmates — had his life stolen from him on the night of March 8, 2016 while walking on a Jaffa pier.
The perpetrator was a knife-wielding terrorist in a scene that is now all too common. Ten others were wounded in the same attack that night.
Taylor Force was murdered not only by a single assailant but also by a cultural, political, and perverted theological belief system that inculcates hatred from childhood and promises rewards, both earthly and heavenly, for the random murder of innocents.
The Palestinian Authority financially rewards each Palestinian terrorist (or his/her family) based on a logarithm involving the notoriety, body count, and (when applicable) jail sentence resulting from an attack.
The family of the Palestinian teenager who, last month, crept into a Jewish home in the town of Halamish and stabbed to death a father and two of his children can expect to receive more than $3,000 a month for the murders, assuming the attacker will be convicted and sentenced to a long prison term.