Monday, July 31

Hezbolla: Cowards To The Last

The Australian Herald Sun has exclusive photos of what we all know to be true... the "men" or should I say males of Hezbolla have not only been hiding behind women and children, but civilan dress while they wage war against Israel.

This is of course no surprise. It is a well-known tactic of the islamofacists who also hid in hospitals, schools, and residential areas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In doing so, they immediately garner the sympathies of the uninformed and ill-informed world who decry the US and Israelis as brutal war-mongers who target women and children, hospitals, and UN workers.

Be we all know that only cowards hide behind the skirts of women (women they hate) and the toys of children.

Yalla ya Nasrallah



Buy the IDF a pizza or maybe some burgers. You can't hunt the devil on an empty stomach.

The In T View: Lebanese Bloggers on The Lebanon/Hezb'allah - Israeli Conflict: Lebanos


Beirut's Martyr's by pbo31 - Flickr


Millions of words have been written by Bloggers on the conflict between Israel and Hezb'allah/Lebanon. But what do people really know? Those in the United States, protected by the geographical barriers of two vast oceans, lack from the immediacy of this war. To know a conflict is to truly grasp its immediacy and intimacy.

Thus we sought out, through a series of varying questions, the opinions of those affected by this war, first the Israeli bloggers and now their Lebanese counterparts, their homeland under attack by Israel. The Lebanese, a very hospitable people, coping together in very inhospitable times. Will there ever be peace in Lebanon?

In this In T View we present Lebanos, who maintains a strong presence in the Lebanese blogging community, appearing in such blogs as: Kadmous, Hamid Aouad, Sasar, Photo Lesson, Roula Awach, and ZouNazar.

MG: Why do you think Hezb'allah acted now?

Lebanos: Alan M. Dershowitz, a Jewish I presume, the Professor of Law at Harvard and the author of "Preemption" wrote today at jpost.com that Israel was attacked from areas that it does not occupy. And that last sentence says a lot about the situation. Hizbullah indeed attacked inside the Israeli borders, but Israel is occupying a 40 km2 of silver land, sending it's warplanes and sea destroyers to Lebanese territories, prisoning 3 Lebanese captives from earlier operations inside Israel lead by the Palestinians, and refusing to hand out the mines maps to the UN. Those points I stated above are the reasons which Hizbullah is exploiting to keep on it's political agenda, if any.

But (I) read again some lines from your interview with an Israeli citizen called "Amechad". Amechad answers to your question and says that Historian Dr. Michael Oren, another Jewish I presume, senior fellow of the Shalem Center, has written a convincing argument in favor of invading Syria. Not out of joy but out of necessity. Syria and Iran are arming Hizbollah so that they can murder our children.

So Israel, knowing that Hizbullah is merely a tool, or an entity financed and armed by Syria and Iran, choose to destroy Lebanon, the only democratic country in the Mideast, with entirely moderate groups and elites who want only to live in peace and harmony with the rest of the free world. Choosing to send us back to violence and counter violence, after freeing us from the most rogue occupation in 30 years: Syrian occupation.

Hizbullah created 1982 after the Israeli invasion, and since then they launched numerous attacks against the Israeli army. But year 2000, Israel left Lebanon. Syria then feeling that the heat is coming later on her to leave the country as well, supported the idea that Israel is still occupying a silver land called Shebaa farms. Thus Hizbullah under the slogan "Lebanese resistance" made it clear that they will not lay arms until Shebaa farms is liberated and the Lebanese prisoners are released from the Israeli jails.

In 2005, the Lebanese people, sensing that the international community is supporting them, specially the US, went in a one and half million demonstration against the Syrian occupation. Knowing that there is no need to any Syrian existence after the Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon.

Without firing one bullet, and after constant demonstrations, the Syrian army left humiliated Lebanon after 30 years of occupation. Israel in July 2006 with the silence of the same international community destroyed Lebanon.

Did we give Hizbullah any more alternatives. Israel still occupy a part of my country and still has Lebanese prisoners and still violating our skies and seas, and the international community wants us to disarm Hizbullah and lead us to civil war. Is that an alternative? What act is left to Hizbullah and to us the Lebanese?

MG: Some would say, Lebanon is held hostage by the actions of Hezb'allah. Can you give us your opinion on this?

Lebanos: Lebanon is not held hostage by the actions of Hizbullah ONLY. This is half of the truth. Lebanon is held hostage by Hizbullah, Israel, Syria, Iran and the Arabs, specially the Saudi Arabia.

Israel and Syria are stopped by a ceasefire agreement signed 1973 which prevented them resuming the militarily actions on their OWN territories. Israel made one mistake: they forgot to include Lebanon's territory in this truce. Therefore Lebanon was the hostage, the battlefield in 32 years now. No bullet fired from Israeli-Syrian border since then. That is why we are not surprised to see both the Syrian army and the Israeli army flexing their muscles over this battlefield.

Iran followed the war games after the Islamic revolution lead by Khomeini, a revolution exported to Lebanon first due to the free open passage to an occupied Lebanon by both Syria and Israel. The receiver of this importation was obvious, the Shiaa Lebanese.

Saudi Arabia, the extreme Sunni Muslim regime followed the stream in defending the Sunni gains in the Arabic world, and fighting the Shiaas revolution, fearing a revolt by the Shiaas huge population in Saudi itself. The revolution exportation winnings in Lebanon meant to the corrupted Saudian regime one thing: our turn is coming. So they sided against Hizbullah.

And what this hostage can do against his kidnappers: wait and see. Maybe the international community and the US in particular can understand that we the hostage can do nothing. Instead we got the current crazy war.

MG: How has the Conflict personally affected you?

Lebanos: Like any human being during a war. Very sad and very frustrated. I feel helpless, specially when I see those chattered bodies of the kids who has nothing to do with this madness. I feel very desperate to read on the Internet that there is human beings expressing themselves like no human beings, justifying the killings of unarmed kids, stating that it's necessary to create pain to let those on the other side to understand.

Squeeze yourself in the arm and then tell me how much you can hold without releasing of pain. Imagine a piece of a 500 kg bomb is hitting your kid, your wife or your mother.

I am very angry because everybody knows that Lebanon and the Lebanese could do nothing against all this. We are a nation coming from a 30 years of different occupations, alone trying to build our country to regain our place on the world map. Instead everybody by silence or cooperation or bombing is smashing our dreams for a just free world where every nation live in peace and harmony. We never hated just to hate, we never been angry just for the sake of angriness, but to seek justice and freedom. What you think is happening now with our dreams, why destroying the love and lounge for life, what are they planting in our hearts.

MG: Does it take a special quality to be a Lebanese? You've been wracked by civil war, occupied by by foreign powers, seen a diaspora of your peoples... Do you ever say to yourself, "Oh God, this is enough for me, I'm out of here?"

Lebanos: NEVER tired, never giving up. Come again to this interview when this war ends and read these coming words: We will come again on our feet and we will build again our country. There is no power nor silence which can destroy our will or take our resignation to give up. This is not the first war launched on us. This is not the first occupation, first the Palestinians, then the Syrians and the Israelis. Why or how do you think we survived those 30 years of wars and occupations. We cant afford to loose this hope. We mastered the art of survive as our historians told us.

And I will tell you why. Because we are a nation who never asked or made a war. We love life. We love to live in peace. We love to love the beauty and the art. We make wonders in peace. We have proofs that we are a very great peaceful nations. Our diaspora and citizens sit on the top of huge companies, we have presidents with Lebanese roots, NASA scientists, prime ministers, Nobel prize winner, and the world is full of Lebanese successful in their jobs and places.

As the Jamaican journalist, Ian Boyne has said yesterday : " It's a pity that a country which has contributed so much to civilisation is being destroyed through an overdose of fanaticism and Great Power excesses. The first law school in history was located in Beirut by Ad 196. It had a depository of written constitutions where the oldest constitutions of the Roman Empire were safeguarded. The Phoenicians invented the alphabet, introduced the institution of the senate and by the tenth century BC had developed written constitutions which Aristotle cited as the model for all states. Jesus preached His message of peace to Southern Lebanon.

As we told the Syrians before when they left our land, again we tell Israel: We want to live in peace. Leave our country alone, respect our nation, don't violate our sea land sky, let us rebuild our relations based on mutual respect to our interests and rights, respect each other strive for life and prosperity. Stop the killings. Lets embrace the path for peace.

MG: So what's your biggest complaint with the Lebanese government's handling of this crisis?

Lebanos: Do you know that the majority of the Lebanese government consists of ministers belongs to political parties which cooperated with the Syrian occupation during the last 30 years. And those same political parties cooperated with the Israeli occupation in 1982-1983.


Snowy Sunset, Laklouk, Lebanon - by LouisL - Flickr


MG says: Our thanks go out to Lebanos.

Friday, July 28

Joe McCain speech The Jews and Israel

From Joe McCain-brother of John MccainSenator

John McCain's brother on The Jews & Israel.

There is a lot of worry popping up in the media just now -- "Can Israel Survive?" Don't worry about it. It relates to something that Palestinians, the Arabs, and perhaps most Americans don't realize -- the Jews are never going quietly again. Never. And if the world doesn't come to understand that, then millions of Arabs are going to die. It's as simple as that.

Throughout the history of the world, the most abused, kicked-around race of people have been the Jews. Not just during the holocaust of World War II, but for thousands of years. They have truly been "The Chosen People" in a terrible and tragic sense.

The Bible story of Egypt's enslavement of the Jews is not just a story, it is history, if festooned with theological legend and heroic epics. In 70 A.D. the Romans, which had for a long time tolerated the Jews -- even admired them as 'superior' to other vassals -- tired of their truculent demands for independence and decided on an early "Solution" to the Jewish problem. Jerusalem was sacked and reduced to near rubble, Jewish resistance was pursued and crushed by the implacable Roman War Machine -- see 'Masada'. And thus began The Diaspora, the dispersal of Jews throughout the rest of the world.

Their homeland destroyed, their culture crushed, they looked desperately for the few niches in a hostile world where they could be safe. That safety was fragile, and often subject to the whims of moody hosts. The words 'pogrom', 'ghetto', and 'anti-Semitism' come from this treatment of the first mono-theistic people. Throughout Europe, changing times meant sometimes tolerance, sometimes even warmth for the Jews, but eventually it meant hostility, then malevolence. There is not a country in Europe or Western Asia that at one time or another has not decided to lash out against the children of Moses, sometimes by whim, sometimes by manipulation.

Read the entire speech

The In T View: Israeli Bloggers On The Israeli - Hezb'allah/Lebanon Conflict: Chayyei Sarah


cells. seed and thread by Moon Rhythm - Flickr


Millions of words have been written by Bloggers on the conflict between Israel and Hezb'allah/Lebanon. But what do people really know? Those in the United States, protected by the geographical barriers of two vast oceans, lack from the immediacy of this war. To know a conflict is to truly grasp its immediacy and intimacy.

Thus we sought out, through a series of varying questions, the opinions of those affected by this war, the Israeli bloggers, their homeland subjected to uncontrolled missile attacks and barrages, damage and destruction, lives lost, innocents dead, and a Israeli response to the Hezb'allah threat by bombings and incursions into Lebanon to seek out the purveyors of this latest round of Mideast hostilities.

In this In T View we present noted Israeli blogger Sarah from the very fine blog, Chayyei Sarah. This In T View took place on July 24, 2006.


MG: Could you tell us what sustains you during these times of crisis in Israel?

Sarah: Well, I'm dealing with it on different levels.

Perhaps the best question is not what "sustains" me, but how I'm managing not to lose my mind with worry. First, I decided to limit how much news I consume. Rather than check the news online every hour, as I usually do, I now look at it once in the morning and once in the evening. I still check all the same news sources: Ha'aretz, NYTimes, CNN, and various blogs in both Israel and other Middle Eastern countries, but now I do it more seldom. That way, if anything major happens I know within 12 hours, but I'm not stressing all the time.

The other way I cope is by throwing myself into my work. Let's just say I've been extremely productive in the past week!

I spend a lot of time praying, and thinking, and worrying -- worrying about the casualties on both sides, worried that Hezballah might be found to have missiles that could reach Jerusalem, where I live, worried about Israel's image, worried about whether there could have been another way, worried about who went wrong, and when, and worried about . . . well, everything.

MG: What would you as an Israeli like to say to the world about the necessity of this war?

Sarah: The residents of Northern Israel have been living under Katyusha fire for years. In the last 15 years, over 2,200 Katyushas have rained onto the town of Kiryat Shmona alone. So when people say that Israel should have more restraint, I would like to remind them that Israel has been showing restraint for years. The recent kidnapping of soldiers and strikes by Hezballah are not a strange and isolated incident; they were the straw that broke the camels back.

In an ideal world, the Lebanese government would have been strong enough to reign in Hezballah itself, to prevent attacks against Israel and, failing that, to be strong enough to negotiate a peaceful solution through diplomacy. Unfortunately, the government is not currently strong enough to do that. I understand that Lebanon has been through terrible crises of its own lately, and is still trying to get back on its feet. But whatever the reason, and however good the excuse may be, the fact is that Israel has to protect itself, since Lebanon is not strong enough (yet) to maintain control and peaceful relations.

As I recently indicated on my blog, I am not at all happy that we are harming so many Lebanese civilians. Rather, I'm terribly sad that we have to, that we have no choice.

MG: Do you think it's an accurate assessment to say, that while Israel appears to be winning the actual war, they are losing the propaganda battle?

Sarah: Yes. As I recently saw it expressed in Time magazine, Israel may have no choice, but by killing so many civilians, there's no way we can come out looking good.

I cannot speak for the populations of other areas, such as Europe, but I keep a close eye on American media. Americans -- or, at least, American journalists-- have an interesting idiosyncracy of always rooting for the underdog, whether they share the same values or not. It is difficult to tell how much of that attitude reflects the ideas of the masses.

Israel has made some grave errors in its policies in Gaza and the West Bank, but in the minds of many people around the world, the only way for Israel to be a good guy at this point is to become the underdog. I think there is some truth to the Jews' paranoid idea that the only way the world likes us is when we are dying. Give us some power, and they can't stand us -- even if we are right. That may be a paranoid outlook, but that doesn't make it inaccurate.

I'd also like to say that my own particular position is that I don't care whether the rest of the world, especially Europe, thinks we are right or wrong -- the "rest of the world" are the same people who persecuted us for 2,000 years -- but I do care very much whether God thinks we are right or wrong. I pray every day that He guides our decision makers, and that whatever we do is ultimately for the best. I do not know whether Israel's leaders are wise, but I hope that with God's help they are, at the very least, stumbling upon wise actions.


Bahai Gardens Above Haifa by Ark 47 - Flickr


MG: Do you feel that the U.S. shackles Israel? Does it let Israel operate at full capacity against terrorist groups like Hezb'alla and Hamas?

Sarah: That is a very difficult question to answer. Israel has often done things that displeases America. We're not exactly a puppet of the West . . . not exactly. Still, there is no question that Israel would like to stay on America's "good side," and may otherwise act more forcefully.

I realize that it may be very difficult for our neighbors to believe this, but I do believe that one thing that "checks" Israel's aggressiveness is the will of its people. Most Israelis are extremely sensitive about NOT killing innocent people, NOT creating "collateral damage." There is a tremendous population of Israelis who very much see Arabs, including Palestinians, as regular people who just want to live productive lives, and we ourselves are conscious of not wanting to hurt other people. Like I said, Israel has made grave errors, but the overall feeling I get from most Israelis (and I encounter all sorts of Israelis) is that they really just want to be left alone, and would gladly withdraw to the 1967 borders and mind their own business if only they knew with absolute certainty that they, too, would be left alone to live productive lives. Unfortunately, as evidenced by Hezballah, we have no such promise.

MG: If you had the chance to watch any of the international coverage of the conflict like CNN, BBC, or Fox, do you think their coverage has been fair and objective?

Sarah: I get all my news online. However I have many friends in America who watch CNN, and they tell me that it is grossly biased in favor of Lebanon, painting Israel as the bully who is indiscriminately killing people -- without providing enough context to explain why this war is happening. They also do not report, for example, in giving over the casualties statistics, that one of the reasons so few Israelis have died is that Israel long ago invested in early-warning systems, and bomb shelters for all residents. And also, that the North has basically emptied out. The low number of Israeli casualties is not due to a lack of effort on Hezballah's part, but because Israelis were extremely prepared for attack.


Woman by Nimbu - Flickr


MG: Will there ever be peace in the Middle East in our lifetime?

Sarah: Oh, how I wish I could say yes! I dream of someday renting an RV and traveling to Beirut, to Baghdad . . . I have been to the Israel-Lebanon border, and it is so beautiful up there . . . . surely Lebanon must be gorgeous. The mountains and the sea do not end where the border does.

But, no, barring what we call in Judaism a "revealed miracle," I do not believe that there will be peace between Israel and its neighbors in our lifetime. My personal feeling is that it will take approximately 300 years. I hope I am wrong. And maybe I am. Who would have imagined, 50 years ago, that Israel would have working (more or less) peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt? It may be a cold peace, but it's better than nothing.

I cannot give any estimates about when there will be peace BETWEEN the Arab states. That is for you guys to figure out, though unfortunately I don't think Israel will be left alone until the Arabs make peace, real peace, between themselves.

I wonder, also, when you say "peace," what does that mean to you? I have heard it said that one reason there is no peace is that we define it differently, that to the Arab states, peace with Israel means "we won't attack you any more, we'll put up with the fact that you are there," and to Israelis it means "we'll promote tourism between our countries and form mutually beneficial trade agreements." When you say "peace," do you mean "we'll agree to swallow the bitter pill of Israel's existence," or do you mean "I want to see Tel Aviv on my next vacation"?

(Most Israelis would do practically anything to get the former, but in an ideal world it would be the latter.)

Thanks very much for giving me a chance to express my views...

Thanks,
Sarah
aka Chayyei Sarah

MG Says: Our thanks go out to Sarah.

Thursday, July 27

The In T View: Israeli Bloggers On The Israeli - Hezb'allah/Lebanon Conflict: Rahel From Elms In The Yard



Darren by Dan Stringle - Flickr

Millions of words have been written by Bloggers on the conflict between Israel and Hezb'allah/Lebanon. But what do people really know? Those in the United States, protected by the geographical barriers of two great oceans, lack from the immediacy of this war. To know a conflict is to truly grasp its immediacy and intimacy.

Thus we sought out, through a series of varying questions, the opinions of those affected by this war, the Israeli bloggers, their homeland subjected to uncontrolled missile attacks and barrages, damage and destruction, lives lost, innocents dead, and a Israeli response to the Hezb'allah threat by bombings and incursions into Lebanon to seek out the purveyors of this latest round of Mideast madness.

In this In T View we present Rahel Jaskow from the nice Elms In The Yard blog. Rahel, a native of Jerusalem, is also a singer, whose CD Day Of Rest won the Just Plain Folks award for Best Ethnic Album of 2001.

MG: Do you feel that Israel was justified in attacking Lebanon? And could you tell us why?

Rahel: I'd like to turn this question on its head for a moment. Does anyone think that Hamas and Hizbullah are justified in their recent unprovoked attacks on Israeli cities? (Remember that Israel withdrew from Gaza last year and from southern Lebanon six years ago.) Those who would answer yes to that question are the same ones who feel that Israel has no right to exist ... which is precisely what Hamas and Hizbullah, directed by Syria and Iran, are trying to accomplish.

Now for the question as you asked it: yes, I think that Israel's attack on Lebanon was absolutely justified. What else should any sovereign country do when hostile states, or terrorist groups that have received sanctuary and sponsorship from those same enemy states -- and are acting on their behalf -- engage in unprovoked attacks upon its civilian population?

MG: What about those who would say, the real culprits in this conflict, the ones who are the puppet masters of Hez'Ballah and Hamas are Syria and Iran... So why isn't Israel dealing with them first?

Rahel: I am not a military analyst. That said, perhaps Israel is sending a warning to Iran and Syria by attacking Hizbullah first. Then again, the fact that the American Secretary of State and several European foreign ministers have begun to visit would indicate that the US and Europe also have something to say on the matter ... but I'm not a political analyst, either.

MG: Does it take a special quality to be an Israeli? You seem to be surrounded by groups that want to drive you into the sea, subjected to bombings and rocket attacks, participate frequently in wars - Does it ever get to the point where you say, I've had enough, get me out of here? In other words, what keeps you in Israel?

Rahel: I don't know whether it takes a special quality to be an Israeli because we all come from so many different places. Nevertheless, I can name a few special qualities that Israelis have: courage, hutzpah (daring, nerve), humor, inventiveness, resilience and a stubborn resistance to our enemies' desire that we lie down and die. In the Bible, God calls the Jews a "stiff-necked people." It is clear that God was exasperated with us then, but I like to think that there was also a good deal of affection in those words, since that very "stiff-neckedness" has helped us survive and even prosper against overwhelming odds for millennia.

Yet for me, this conflict is not and has never been about being specifically Israeli. Nor is it about land. For me, this conflict is about the fact that we are Jews, and about the way certain people and groups respond to our presence on the planet. They do not want us here, and to put it extremely mildly, throughout history they have not exactly kept their feelings a secret. Although there was no Jewish state from the year 70 to the year 1948, anti-Jewish persecution in its various forms continued relentlessly during all that time. So what's happening now is nothing new.

I'll give you an example: Every year, we Jews celebrate the Passover festival, which marks our liberation from slavery in Egypt. At the seder, the ritual meal that begins this seven-day festival, we recite the Haggadah, a small book which recalls our slavery and liberation and which is approximately two thousand years old. One passage in the Haggadah reads: "It has not happened only once that someone tried to destroy us. Rather, in every single generation there are those who try to destroy us, but God saves us from them." Those words are from two thousand years ago, and even the briefest look at Jewish history will show you how true they are.

You ask: "Does it ever get to the point where you say, I've had enough, get me out of here?" Well, I suppose I could leave Israel, though it would break my heart to do it. But I read your question in a deeper way: Can one opt out of being a Jew? Externally, yes. Plenty of Jews have done so throughout history, for a variety of reasons. There's an old Yiddish saying: It's hard to be a Jew. So we realize that, too. But we have still another saying: When we forget that we are Jewish, our enemies are quick to remind us. For myself, I don't think that we can ever truly opt out, because it's not about where we live. It's about who we are. And we can never truly stop being who we are.

You ask what keeps me in Israel. Well, Jews have a soul-deep, unbroken connection to the Land of Israel. For example, we are about to observe the fast of Tisha be-Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av), which marks our exile by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and by the Romans in 70 CE. The Ninth of Av is the saddest and most painful day in our calendar, and in fact, we begin certain mourning practices three weeks in advance. The fact that we still observe this period of mourning two thousand years after the event says something profound about our connection to Israel. But of course, it's not just about sadness and mourning. That's only one manifestation of the connection between Jews and the Land of Israel, and I mentioned it because it is only a few days away. There are plenty of joyous manifestations of this connection, too, both in the Jewish calendar and in my own life.


Kate Elston 3 by Kate Elston - Flickr

MG: One thing Israel would seem to need is a good anti-missile system. Should the Israeli government have made the acqusition of such a system a stronger priority before this confict?

Rahel: We had a successful test of the Arrow missile some time ago, and we have deployed batteries of Patriot missiles. But since this doesn't seem to be helping the north very much right now, then yes, I would like to see our government do more in that department.

MG: How does your routine or perception change during a crisis like this? Do you become a news junky, call frequently to check on your family members and friends, worry a lot, spend more time with your loved ones?

Rahel: My routine hasn't really changed at all because I live in Jerusalem, which is nowhere near the front lines of this conflict. In fact, I'd like to suggest that you interview as many people who are living on the confrontation line as you can in order to get a more balanced picture. About being a news junkie: Since I translate news from the Hebrew press several times a week, I have to deal quite closely with the news whether I want to or not. Also, since I ride the bus, and since Israeli bus drivers turn up the volume of the bus radio when the hourly news broadcast begins, I'll hear the news if I'm on a bus. But other than that, I try not to watch it too much. I feel that it is important to be aware of what's going on, but within healthy boundaries. Yes, I worry. Some of the soldiers out there are my friends' children. And yes, I have been in greater connection with friends and family since the war began. Thank you very much. I hope this helps. Best, Rahel

MG Says: Our thanks go out to Rahel.

Wafa Sultan: A Voice of Reason In An Insane World

This clip was played on Al Jizz.

I don't know how long this link will last, or Wufa for that fact.

She really knows how to tell it like it is!

[Hattip: Dov]

More on this amazing woman:

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LA Psycohologyst Wafa Sultan Clashes with Algerian Islamist Ahmad bin Muhammad over Islamic Teachings and Terrorism

The following are excerpts from a debate between Wafa Sultan, a psychologist from Los Angeles and Dr. Ahmad Bin Muhammad, an Algerian professor of religious politics. Al-Jazeera TV aired this debate on July 26, 2005.

Wafa Sultan: Why does a young Muslim man, in the prime of life, with a full life ahead, go and blow himself up? How and why does he blow himself up in a bus full of innocent passengers?
In our countries, religion is the sole source of education, and is the only spring from which that terrorist drank until his thirst was quenched. He was not born a terrorist, and did not become a terrorist overnight. Islamic teachings played a role in weaving his ideological fabric, thread by thread, and did not allow other sources – I am referring to scientific sources – to play a role. It was these teachings that distorted this terrorist and killed his humanity. It was not (the terrorist) who distorted the religious teachings and misunderstood them, as some ignorant people claim.
When you recite to a child still in his early years the verse: "They will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off," regardless of this verse's interpretation, and regardless of the reasons it was conveyed or its time – you have made the first step towards creating a great terrorist...

Bin Muhammad: The guest from America asked how a young man could blow up a bus. If only she had asked how a president could blow up a peaceful nation in Iraq. How does a president help the arch-killer of occupied Palestine? Why doesn't she ask from where Hitler was brought up – Hitler, who murdered 50 million innocent people. Why doesn't she ask where the people who dropped two atom bombs on Japan were educated? Who killed three million innocent Vietnamese? Who annihilated the Indians? Who maintained imperialism to this day? Who waged the Spanish civil war, which exacted a toll of 600,000 in 36 months? Why don't we ask these questions? Who has over 15,000 nuclear warheads – Muslims or the non-Muslims? The Muslims or the Americans? The Muslims or the Europeans? We want an answer. Where was Bush educated – if education is really what makes a person a criminal?...

Wafa Sultan: Murder is terrorism regardless of time or place, but when it is committed as a decree from Allah, this is another matter...
The Crusader wars about which the professor is talking – these wars came after the Islamic religious teachings, and as a response to these teachings. This is the law of action and reaction. The Islamic religious teachings have incited to the rejection of the other, to the denial of the other, and to the killing of the other. Have they not incited to the killing of Jews and Christians? If we had heard that a tribe in a distant corner of China has a holy book and religious teachings calling to kill Muslims – would the Muslims stand idly by in the face of such teachings?
The Crusader wars came after these Islamic religious teachings. When these Islamic teachings were delivered, America did not exist on the face of the earth, nor was Israel in Palestine...
Why doesn't he talk about the Muslim conquests that preceded all the wars he is talking about? Why doesn't he mention that when Tariq bin Ziyyad entered Andalusia with his armies, he said to his people: "The sea is behind you, and the enemy is in front"? How can you storm a peaceful country, and consider all its peaceful inhabitants to be your enemies, merely because you have the right to spread your religion? Should the religion be spread by the sword and through fighting?...

Bin Muhammad: Who invented slavery in recent centuries? Who colonized the other – us or them? Did Algeria colonize France, or vice versa? Did Egypt colonize England, or vice versa? We are the victims...
I am not saying that killing innocent people is nice. I say that all innocent people should be protected. But at the same time, we must start with the innocent among the Muslims. There are millions of innocent people among us, while the innocent among you – and innocent they are – number only dozens, hundreds, or thousands, at the most...

Wafa Sultan: Can you explain to me the killing of a hundred thousand children, women and men in Algeria, using the most abominable killing methods? Can you explain to me the killing of 15,000 Syrian civilians? Can you explain to me the abominable crime in the military artillery school in Aleppo? Can you explain the crime in Al-Asbaqiya neighborhood of Damascus, Syria? Can you explain the attack of the terrorists on the peaceful village of Al-Kisheh in Upper Egypt, and the massacre of 21 Coptic peasants? Can you explain to me what is going on in Indonesia, Turkey, and Egypt, even though these are Islamic countries which opposed the American intervention in Iraq, and which don't have armies in Iraq, yet were not spared by the terrorists? Can you explain these phenomena, which took place in Arab countries? Was all this revenge on America or Israel? Or were they merely to satisfy bestial wild instincts aroused in them by religious teachings, which incite to rejection of the other, to the killing of the other, and to the denial of the other. When Saddam Hussein buried 300,000 Shiites and Kurds alive, we did not hear a single Muslim protesting. Your silence served to acknowledge the legitimacy of these killings, didn't it?...
What do you want from me? To speak evil of the American society? I've never said that America is the eternal city of Plato, but I did say it was the eternal city of Wafa Sultan. The idealism of American society was enough to allow me to realize my humanity. I came to this country with fear.

Bin Muhammad:Along with the Indians? Along with the Indians? What was left of the Indians? What do you have to say about the Indians?

Wafa Sultan: Christopher Columbus discovered American in 1492. America was founded in 1776, approximately 300 years later. You cannot blame America – as a constitution, a regime, and a state – for killing the Indians.

Wednesday, July 26

More voice from Israel

Psalm 83
















(AP Photo/ National Museum of Ireland, HO)


Ancient Book of Psalms Unearthed in Irish Bog
From: Shawn Pogatchnik
Of: The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 26, 2006; Page C08
washingtonpost.com

DUBLIN, July 25 -- Irish archaeologists Tuesday heralded the discovery of an ancient book of psalms by a construction worker who spotted something while working in a bog.

The approximately 20-page book has been dated to 800-1000 A.D. Trinity College manuscripts expert Bernard Meehan said it was the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in two centuries.

"This is really a miracle find," said Pat Wallace, director of the National Museum of Ireland.

"There's two sets of odds that make this discovery really way out. First of all, it's unlikely that something this fragile could survive being buried in a bog at all, and then for it to be unearthed and spotted before it was destroyed is incalculably more amazing."

He said an engineer was digging up bog land last week to create commercial potting soil in Ireland's midlands when, "just beyond the bucket of his bulldozer, he spotted something." Wallace would not specify where the book was found because a team of archaeologists is still exploring the site.

"The owner of the bog has had dealings with us in the past and is very much in favor of archaeological discovery and reporting it," Wallace said.

Crucially, he said, the bog owner covered up the book with damp soil. Had it been left exposed overnight, he said, "it could have dried out and just vanished, blown away."

The book was found opened to a page describing, in Latin script, Psalm 83, in which God hears complaints of other nations' attempts to wipe out the name of Israel.......

(click the title of this post to see a flash presentation I found about Psalm 83)

Also, from the site gracethrufaith.com is this post of and about Psalm 83:

Psalm 83
Bread From Heaven

O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.

"Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more."

With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you- the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot.

Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who perished at Endor and became like refuse on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, "Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God."

Make them like tumbleweed, O my God, like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek your name, O LORD. May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace.

Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD-that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

This psalm speaks of nations who, at various times, tried to defeat Israel and drive the Jewish people from the Land God gave them. All their attempts were ultimately unsuccessful. And where are these nations now? People occupy lands that were once theirs, but not one of those listed here remains as a nation today. Not even after you take into account the fact that nations change their names from time to time, can you point to a group and say, "These are the ancient Moabites, or there are the Amalekites." They're all gone, having learned the painful lesson that comes from defying God's promise to Abraham. "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you." Only Israel remains, a testimony to the power of a promise from God.

Has God made promises to you? "Surely I am with you always," He said, "Even to the end of the age (Matt 28:20). Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. But seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well (Matt. 6:25, 33). I tell you the truth it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away the Counselor will not come to you, but if I go I will send Him to you (John 16:7). And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:3). Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth (Rev. 3:10)."

Each one of these is straight from the Lord's mouth to our ears. Each is as clear as His promise to Abraham. "Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday today and forever," we're told (Hebrews 13:8). God's promise to Abraham carried no expiration date. Over 4,000 years later, nations who curse the descendants of Abraham still risk the wrath of God.

And it's the same with His promises to us. As a shepherd's first priority is protecting His sheep, so the Lord's first priority is protecting us. It's a sacred trust, placed with Him upon His descent to Earth.

"I have come down from Heaven not to do my own will," He said, "But the will of Him Who sent me. And this is the will of Him Who sent me; that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I shall raise him up at the last day." (John 6:37-40)

Oh Lord, let the disposition of these ancient nations who sought to defy your promise to your chosen people serve to strengthen our faith in your promises to us today.

Friday, July 21

An Open Letter to the World

Dear World,

I understand that you are upset with us, here in Israel. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry. (Outraged?)

Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. Today, it is the "brutal repression of the Palestinians"; yesterday it was Lebanon; before that it was the bombing of the nuclear reactor in Baghdad and the Yom Kippur War and the Sinai campaign. It appears that Jews who triumph and who, therefore, live, upset you most extraordinarily. Of course, dear world, long before there was an Israel, we - the Jewish people - upset you.

We upset the German people who elected Hitler and upset the Austrian people who cheered his entry into Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations - Poles, Slovaks, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians and Romanians. And we go back a long, long way in the history of world upset.

We upset the Cossacks of Chmielnicki who massacred tens of thousands of us in 1648-49; we upset the Crusaders who, on their way to liberate the Holy Land, were so upset at Jews that they slaughtered untold numbers of us.

For centuries, we upset the Roman Catholic Church that did its best to define our relationship through inquisitions, and we upset the arch-enemy of the church, Martin Luther, who, in his call to burn the synagogues and the Jews within them, showed an admirable Christian ecumenical spirit.

And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear world, that we decided to leave you - in a manner of speaking - and establish a Jewish state. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers in the various countries that comprise you, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you)- and have you love us and so, we decided to come home - home to the same land we were driven out 1,900 years earlier by a Roman world that, apparently, we also upset.

Alas, dear world, it appears that you are hard to please.

Having left you and your pogroms and inquisitions and crusades and holocausts, having taken our leave of the general world to live alone in our own little state, we continue to upset you. You are upset that we repress the poor Palestinians. You are deeply angered over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are clearly the obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

Moscow is upset and Washington is upset. The "radical" Arabs are upset and the gentle Egyptian moderates are upset.

Well, dear world, consider the reaction of a normal Jew from Israel.

In 1920 and 1921 and 1929, there were no territories of 1967 to impede peace between Jews and Arabs. Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered tens of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed and Hebron.Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered one day in Hebron in 1929.

Dear world, why did the Arabs - the Palestinians - massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered in Arab riots between 1936-39? Was it because Arabs were upset over 1967?

And when you, dear world, proposed a UN Partition Plan in 1947 that would have created a "Palestinian State" alongside a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried "no" and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews - was that "upset" caused by the aggression of 1967? And, by the way, dear world, why did we not hear your cry of "upset" then?

The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who ­ when they had all the territories they now demand be given to them for their state -attempted to drive the Jewish state into the sea. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "itbach-al-yahud"
(Massacre the Jew!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream - destroy Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today, but we should not "repress" them.

Dear world, you stood by during the holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres.

You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction. And since we know that the Arabs-Palestinians dream daily of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that bothers you, dear world, well ­ think of how many times in the past you bothered us.

In any event, dear world, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew in Israel who could not care less.


[Hattip: PDM]

I don't know who the author of this open letter is, and I don't really care. The points are valid. The history is accurate. The author is fully entitled to express their feelings, opinions, and thoughts, and to share them with whomever cares to read them.

As for me, I stand with Israel.

Wednesday, July 19

A voice in Israel

Tuesday, July 18

A Very Special Thank You


U.S. Army Lt. Col. Grayson Gile of Marion returned from his mission in Afghanistan with a very special gift for President Bush in his possession. The man who created this beautiful rug wanted to say thank you in the best way he could, so he hand-knotted this rug as a thank you and tribute to President Bush for his intervention in Afghanistan and for putting an end to the Taliban's brutal rule.

Click the title link for the whole story.

I know many who think we should have bombed Afghanistan and the Taliban into oblivian. I can agree on the latter, but not the former.

I know that our enemy is radical Islam, but not all Muslims are our enemy. I heard it quoted this past weekend that, "Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims." I hope we can remember that in the hard days ahead, and I hope the Muslim communities around the world and here in the States take hold of this and do something about the cancer growing in their midst.

And to the elderly Hazara man from Kabul who created this beautiful tribuite, thank you for talent, your gift, and for being one more example of good that can and does exist in a Muslim land.



[Hattip: Elcid]

Monday, July 17

An eye in Israel


My heart goes out to all Israelis. Why can't they be our 51st state?

UPDATE: Israeli television news channel 10 live !!

Friday, July 14

Time Gets Snowed

We have a Press Secretary Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House's Office of Strategic Initiatives who can quote Monty Python. The future of civilization is assured.
PIMF - Tony Snow wasn't the genius responsible for this, it was Peter Wehner. According to the fine print, "Peter Wehner is Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House's Office of Strategic Initiatives." I will abstain from my thimbleful of cognac in penance.
For Time's thesis to have merit, the magazine would have rewrite most of the history of the past five years. It would have to erase virtually all of the day-to-day activity on the war on terror, which as a practical matter consists of unprecedented levels of cooperation and integrated planning across scores of countries, both long-time allies and new partners. Time would have to ignore virtually all of the day-to-day activity on curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction (such as the Proliferation Security Initiative, our work with Russia, and so forth). Time would also have to ignore our trade policy, our development policy, and more.

All of this calls to mind the scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian in which the Judean "guerrillas" debate whether the Roman Empire has brought any good to the Holy Land. The John Cleese character asks rhetorically what good the Romans have done. After his men point out one benefit after another, the Cleese character is obliged to say: "All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"

Apart from the vast number of multilateral foreign policy initiatives from 2001 to the present, when has the Bush Administration ever worked in partnership with other countries?

Thursday, July 13

The "Liberty Belle" B 17 Flying Fortress



Freedom is not Free

When I take my lunch hour to rest and relax I usually tour David Wayne Hook’s airport. I enjoy taking my motorcycle and touring the runways, hangers, etc. They have some pretty special planes there and it is interesting to see what’s where.

A tour of the hangers is like riding through air history. There are "Texas Air Aces" who regularly put on dogfight exhibits. The planes vary from, Migs, Corsairs, Messerschmits, to Lear Jets and at one time ever 6 privately owned Blackhawks. (After they get so many hours they are decommissioned and sold)

The airport is still a private airport and those of us that are familiar there are allowed to run the ramps, taxiways etc as long as we go slow, respect the planes and always give them right of way and plenty of room.

About 60 days ago I was blessed with running upon the “Liberty Belle”

She was made as a 5 engine B17 and was completed after the war had ended therefore the government sold her as scrap. The buyer of this brand new “scrap” flying fortress climbed on her wings, looked in her fuel tanks and saw she was full of fuel so he bid $ 1,000.00 and won her.

She was than sold to Pratt Whitney for testing and Pratt Whitney cut her nose engine off. Originally she could fly with either her 4 wing engines or her nose engine or both.

After testing and modifications she went back to the private sector.

When she cranks her engine it is a sight to see. Crank one engine at a time so that the engine that is running keeps the batteries charged to start the next one. Smoke billows everywhere and you would think she is going to blow up as she shakes the ground.

And when she flies it is a sight and sound to see.

The B-17 was my fathers “starter bomber” and he progressed to the B29. And after doing stints in TAC and SAC wound up in the B-47’s. The air is another world. He chose his own funeral plot. Right underneath the landing pattern within sight of Bush Intercontinental Airport.

I was lucky to get some real good shots of the “Liberty Belle” and if you note she looks like she’s suspended as if her motors turn the engines so slow that they look like they are not running.

Go to her site and watch the videos and enjoy.

As per David Wayne Hooks " Mans destiny is in the air" http://www.hooksairport.com/pg.htm#

Wednesday, July 12

Israel - Lebanon and the Regional Conflict: Casus Belli?

A swiftly tilting planet. The dispute over Iran's nuclear program seems to drag on forever. But events unrelated to the mullahs' nukes could force a confrontation sooner rather than later ... whether the UN and the IAEA like it or not.

Washington's strong language against Syria, Iran. The Belmont Club notes the exceptionally strong language in a recent White House press release: 'The United States condemns in the strongest terms this unprovoked act of terrorism, which was timed to exacerbate already high tensions in the region and sow further violence. We also hold Syria and Iran, which have provided long-standing support for Hizballah, responsible for today's violence. ... Hizballah's terrorist operations threaten Lebanon's security and are an affront to the sovereignty of the Lebanese Government.' As they say in the language of international relations: Them's fightin' words. Wretchard also quotes Israel calling the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers "an act of war by the state of Lebanon against the state of Israel" which would bring a "very painful and far-reaching" response. Wretchard doesn't like the sound of this: 'If Israel strikes at the Lebanese government it will be very damaging, I think, to all the efforts made to kick Syria out.'

Mah ha-matzav? Also via Wretchard, Israel Matzav quotes a knowledgeable source: 'RUMORS FLYING THAT EHUD OLMERT WILL BE DECLARING WAR TONIGHT ... IN GAZA, MOHAMMED DEIF, LEADER OF HAMAS, LOST OTHER LEG AND ARM, NOT DEAD YET FROM LAST NIGHT'S IAF AERIAL BOMBING ON A NON EMPTY BUILDING (RABBIS SAID ''SHEHACHAYINU" ' Contrary to what's reported here: 'A missile strike on the building killed nine, including a senior Hamas official, his wife and seven children. But according to Israeli sources, Deif escaped with injuries.' But AP says: 'The top fugitive, Mohammed Deif, could end up paralyzed, Palestinian security officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his condition. Wednesday's blast marked the army's fourth attempt to kill Deif, held responsible for suicide bombings in Israel. In a 2002 missile strike, he lost an eye.' Mahatma Gandhi could not be reached for comment.

Debka on Iran/Syria contacts. Latest bulletin from Debka:
Iran’s national security adviser Ali Larijani flies to Damascus aboad special military plane Wednesday night as war tension builds up around Hizballah kidnap of 2 Israeli soldiers. Larijani is also Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator. He will remain in Damascus for the duration of the crisis in line with the recently Iranian-Syrian mutual defense pact. His presence affirms that an Israeli attack on Syria will be deemed an assault on Iran. It also links the Israeli hostage crisis to Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West. The White House released a statement holding Syria and Iran responsible for Hizballah abduction and demanding their immediate and unconditional release. The Syrian army has been put on a state of preparedness. DEBKAfile’s military sources add that the Iranian air force, missile units and navy are also on high alert. DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report Hizballah acted on orders from Tehran to open a second front against Israel, partly to ease IDF military pressure on the Hamas in the Gaza Strip. This was in response to an appeal Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal made to the Iranian ambassador to Damascus Mohammad Hassan Akhtari Sunday, July 9. DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources report Tehran’s rationale as composed of three parts: 1. Iran shows the flag as a champion and defender of its ally, Hamas. 2. Sending Hizballah to open a warfront against Israel is the logical tactical complement to its latest order to go into action against American and British forces in southern Iraq. 3. Tehran hopes to hijack the agenda before the G-8 summit opening in St. Petersberg, Russia on July 15. Instead of discussing Iran’s nuclear case and the situation in Iraq along the lines set by President George W. Bush, the leaders of the industrial nations will be forced to address the Middle East flare-up. ...

Commentary. Well, we know that Iran and Syria have a strategic partnership, and presumably each is expected to regard an attack on the other as an attack on itself. So if Syria becomes formally involved in a shooting war with Israel, Iran probably won't be far behind; but as our Government has been at pains to point out lately, we are prepared to defend Israel. What could very easily happen is that the parties will square off into an Iran/Syria vs Israel/US war - and this could happen very fast. Notwithstanding the IRI's projections, Washington could use this as an occasion to launch strikes directly against Iran - rendering the UN and its blather irrelevant. If there's one thing George W. Bush ought to have learned by now, it's not to stake the rationale for a war on the discovery of WMD. An open Israeli-Syrian conflict could provide him with a whole other rationale.

Monday, July 10

Okay, how many guesses will it take


to tell me what this was in January of this year ?

Saturday, July 8

Abnormal Psychology 201 – Introduction to Dr. Deborah Frisch

At the time I write this, the esteemed Jeff Goldstein is still off-line. A DoS attack took Protein Wisdom down shortly after Jeff and his two year-old son were subjected to an incredibly vile and sinister string of comments by Dr. Deborah Frisch, an adjunct Psycho-Prof from the University of Arizona.

We’ll treat this DoS attack as a coincidence for now. Later, we’ll treat it as the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from the kind of people who did it.

I won’t reprise Dr. Frisch’s creepy sado-pederastic hate speech, except to note a few of its peculiar characteristics. For our aim here is psychological examination. Psychology is a job which traditionally belonged to writers (like Dostoevsky and Kierkegaard) rather than Piled-Higher-and-Deeper Doctors-Of. Alas, I am no Kierkegaard, but going up against the likes of Dr. Frisch is a task for lesser minds. It would be far beneath the great Dane to chase this particular greased pig all over the fairground. Besides, if Dr. Frisch’s profession admits the likes of Dr. Frisch, then it is time for writers to reclaim the task which we once humbly ceded to the social so-called sciences. We can’t do much worse.

I’ll let the doctor introduce herself, in this comment at Left2Right (note that the post that drew this comment was a tepid note “on blogosphere manners”):
My name is Deborah Frisch. I live in Tucson, Arizona. I teach in the psychology department at the YOUkneeversity of AIRYzona.

You want to come find me, see that I'm real, hold a .357 magnum in my face, i say:

BRING IT ON.
A few minutes later, Dr. Frisch added:
One day, some cheeky blogger is going to be offed by a psychopathic blogger. Will it be a scuffle@left2right? idunno.

i hope to hell it ain't me, i gotta tell ya.

but i feel kind of guilty for not blowing myself up on the steps of the lincoln memorial when i lived in d.c. while i was doing out pork for sam..so in a way, i WANT some futhermucker A-hole to off me because i pissed him off in the blogosphere.

BRING IT ON, FUTHERMUCKERS!!!!!!!!
A regular panorama of pathology invites our examination here. The comment about psychopathic bloggers killing other bloggers is of obvious interest. As is the totally irrational display of hostility, the aggressive use of profanity to intimidate, and the references to violence, guns, and even suicide bombing. Note how capitalization suddenly deteriorates right after “.357 Magnum”. When an educated person who normally uses passable grammar suddenly ceases to do so, it is of course an indication of an excited mental state.

In the Spike Lee film Clockers (if you don’t pay attention to Spike Lee films, you’re being an insufferable Dan Quayle) there is a scene where the protagonist Ronald (played by Mekhi Phifer) shows his pistol to a young boy. Normally meek and articulate, Ronald undergoes a physical change when he handles the gun. In real life Ronald is a hapless punk with a weak stomach who is easily dominated by everyone around him, but when he holds his gun (which he has never actually used) he is taken over by a power fantasy. His face twists into a sneer and his speech devolves into crude ‘hood-gangster argot. The transformation is both frightening and pathetic.

Just thought of that, for some reason. Being a staunch defender of the right to bear arms, it saddens me to see people for whom a gun is an ersatz penis. But it also amuses me to see the way some supposedly gun-hating liberals get all gooey at the idea of fondling a firearm of their own. That’s what you get for indulging crude materialistic superstitions.

Dr. Frisch managed to more or less retain the use of her caps key during her assault on Jeff’s family, but her little inner bitch-slapping pimp just wouldn’t shut up:
I don’t give a rat’s ass whether the pissant’s progeny live or die, but I have no intention of snuffing the mofo’s chillen myself … Wanna escalate this game. Fine wit me. Bring it on, hombre. Bring it on.
I should point out that Dr. Frisch is not black, if it is not obvious from her horrible Steppin-Fetchit-from-Hell ebonics. It’s bad enough that prepubescent suburban punks fantasize about gangsterism. Dr. Frisch’s porcupine display is doubly embarrassing, whether it’s intended to frighten others or to make Dr. Frisch feel like … well, a man.

Does Dr. Frisch want to be a man? Or to borrow some “scientific” psychology, is Dr. Frisch a man trapped in the castrated and insufficiently hairy body that is the normal biological manifestation of gentle women-folk? Is it therefore necessary for her (him, whatever) to augment her penis-less corporality with a psychological construct that simulates the absent appendage? In order to reinforce this construct (which is under constant assault by social conventions, not to mention common f—king sense) is it necessary for her to acquire a physical object to symbolize (or reify) her penis? Like a high-powered handgun, for example? How much more of this can I stand before I’m as moonbat as she is?

Stepping away from the abyss for a moment, I’ll let Dr. Frisch describe her mental furniture, in another thread from Left2Right:

I'll cop to be Christophobic. I'm abrahamaphobic, more generally - I have utter contempt for and anger toward the trinity of guy in the sky religions (judaism, christianity, islam). I think they are much less sensible than other religions (Buddhism, pantheism) because they are sexist and speciesist (god's a guy, god's a person). My tax dollars are being used to kill Iraqis, maim Marines, mangle Humvees and destroy a poor nation's infrastructure because of this pathological worldview.

I am a Christophobic lesbian. The way I feel toward Christianity is exactly the way many fundamentalist Christians feel toward me. If you offered me the deal to live and let live - they'll stop judging me if I stop judging them, I'd say no way. I reckon they'd say the same thing.

….

I think we are in the endgame. I think the time for civility and politeness is over. I think there is a very good chance the US will be at war (either a civil war or the target of a worldwide coalition that recognizes what a cancer we've become) within the next ten years.
So to me, the only hope is to duke it out with words with the slim hope that this will preempt the need to duke it out for real.



Oh - and for the record, I don't hump my dogs or cats, I don't have any piercings and the only leather I wear is on my Birkenstocks.

Reading through Dr. Frisch’s numerous posts in that thread, I notice that her capitalization wobbles at the thought of God, just as it previously prostrated itself before the stirring mental power-image of the .357 Magnum. Again we must diagnose mental agitation, though probably of a different sort. Whereas gun-wielding imagery caused her to hurry breathlessly along a sort of orgasmic plateau, the eternal countenance of the Almighty has a castrating effect, inducing impotent rage. She takes God to be symbolic of male endowment, which attacks her own genital pretensions. It circumcises her right up to her pencil neck. Even guns are no good against God.

In retaliation, Dr. Frisch resorts to a variety of emotional tactics. She diminishes God to “baby hay suess”, but the infant incarnation of God fills her with even greater fear and loathing. To some persons of the feminist persuasion, a baby is an even more oppressive tyrant than a grown man is. In Dr. Frisch’s twisted “Penis = Power” world-view, a baby is a wound that men inflict on women with their penis/weapon. Judaism mocks Dr. Frisch by over-awing her with a hopelessly superior masculine image, while Christianity sneaks up behind and completes her humiliation by symbolically impregnating her with Baby Jesus. The virgin Mary also offends her – but “the virgin” is her own despised self-image; the mocking reflection of her own frustrated sexuality.

To reassert this sexuality, Dr. Frisch – apropos of nothing – alludes to humping things. Especially small helpless things; i.e., animals and children. Note her obsession with “ephing” and impregnating, which irrationally dominates her anti-Goldstein comments.

She also alludes to conspiracies, conspiracies, conspiracies. This is apparent in her blog, which is full of 9/11 sick-think, and in her recent comments in which she portrays herself as the victim of Jeff Goldstein’s “minions”. She constantly indulges in interpreting well-earned criticism as orchestrated persecution, and insists on viewing the logical consequence of her own actions as unjust punishment. This is, of course, a dead give-away for sexual inadequacy and frustration. These little conspiracies are mere adumbrations of the grand metaphysical conspiracy that deprived Dr. Frisch of the penis she so desperately desires, and which she heroically struggles to construct in spite of the cruel reality that daily castrates and renders her powerless.

Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha hah ha ha. Okay, I’m almost out of scotch. Time to stick a fork in Dr. Frisch’s lily-white ass, because I’m done with her.

So maybe the idea of taking back Dostoevsky’s profession from the modern so-called psychologists was not such a great one. A sane and healthy mind has the life expectancy of a Colombian judge in this business.

Also, to continue with this might reinforce Dr. Frisch’s delusion that she is under assault by Jeff Goldstein’s minions. I am not Jeff’s minion, only his constant admirer. It doesn’t make me mad when people attack Jeff, because he can defend his own lunch money. But attacking his family, however obliquely … that just fries my cheese to a crisp. (Note the barely repressed hostility in all the preceding paragraphs.)

I think Jeff, and Jeff’s loved ones, have little to fear from Dr. Frisch. Or from Dr. Frisch’s imaginary phallus. Else I would not have made light of a situation that has grieved him. Peace out, boys and girls.

Friday, July 7

Viola Elder "America's Mom" 1924-2006

Viola Elder, the mother of radio and television talk-show commentator Larry Elder who became a beloved figure on her son's syndicated radio program, died June 13 in Los Angeles. She was 81.
-L.A. Times






Viola was a common-sense, no-nonsense person with unfaltering, inspirational Conservative values, who raised a brilliant, articulate son with the same rock-solid foundation. According to a nameless "staff writer" at the L.A. Times, she was a Democrat who sparred with her son on the air, however I am an avid listener of KABC 790 in Los Angeles, but I never heard this happen -- c'mon what do you expect from the lib Dino-Media? How often do you suppose they catch the Larry Elder radio show?

At any rate, rest in peace, Sweetie. You will be missed by many.

Tuesday, July 4

Happy Independence Day

Freedom for Egyptians (Egyptian-American):
I had never seen such a great love. There were two young girls next me cheering the bands as if they were in a staduim according to my Egyptian standards. They did not look as if they were celebrating a major national occasion. It is a country that gave a lot to its citizens. They take pride in being U.S. citizens and being part of this nation. One of the things that I have noticed in U.S. parades that some nationalities who became Americans take the chance to celebrate. I saw the Taiwanese and filipino Americans in the parades with the both flags saying Happy Birthday to the U.S. The last thing I can say it about American parades that it is about the love; the love of the crowds and the paraders. It is so in the air and no one can miss it. The last real parade in Egypt took the life of our late President Anwar Sadat on October 6,1981. Sometimes the Egyptian government pretent to do parades during spring time but nobody cares. So really I cannot compare the American parades to anything I have ever experienced in my life in Egypt. ...


Lebanon.profile (Lebanese):
Too often, Lebanese desire uniformity in education. The assumption is that the same national curriculum will breed a similar nationalism. This model is restrictive and oppressive, and it has not been proved to work in any environment.

Americans took a different tack in educating children. Instead of pushing a national syllabus, schools must come to their own educational solutions with very general guidelines from the state. To this end, the intellectuals and writers of textbooks become more powerful than the teachers themselves. From year to year, course to course, children are bombarded with different ideas that give them the opportunity to come to the best conclusion themselves.

Neither the teacher nor the state has hegemony over the children’s minds. ...


ActivistChat (Iranian):
Happy Birthday America.

Happy 4th of July to all.

Happy 4th of July to the people of America.
Happy 4th of July to the oppressed nations
and the freedom loving people of the world.

We honour the 4th of July, 1776,
and solute Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin,
John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston,
the members of the committee which drafted the
Declaration of Independence on that memorable day.

We salute the great people of America in their courageous move to kick the greedy British out of their great country
and we solute the people of America

for their contribution to end that filthy tyrannical empire.

+++++++++++++++++++++++

4th of July was officially declared as public holiday by the US congress in 1941,

but in reality it is truly an international event that should be honoured by all. ...

On December 25, 1776, General George Washington led his troops in a surprise attack against the British, who had settled into winter quarters in New Jersey. The American forces crossed the Delaware River at night and defeated the British troops first at Trenton and then at Princeton. These victories, although minor, dramatically improved the morale of the American forces.
Iranian people should be prepared for final battle of freeing their homeland ....



Nadz (Palestinian-American)
I grew up hearing more bad things about America than good, and even though I have always been an American citizen, I used to join in on the blame-America-first rhetoric in order to avoid ugly arguments. Not anymore.

I'm proud to say that I'm a citizen of the greatest country on earth. It is a country of ideas, and universal ones at that. Whether it is a monarchy, a communist state or a democracy, China will always be China, Germany will always be Germany and so on. In the case of the United States, it started with principles and ideas on which the nation was then founded. America is unique in that regard - our democracy is what makes America.

No matter how many American flags people burn from Karachi to Mardrid, people know this and are itching to benefit from the opportunities they create. We are not always perfect. We make mistakes. But we should not apologize for being the greatest country on earth and I'll drink an extra beer to that. ...


Happy Fourth of July!

The In T View: American Soldiers: Was Iraq Worth Your Time And Effort?


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Happy Fourth of July - Today We Are All Americans.

The Iraqi Conflict.

The Media, in an Ideological Confrontation with the Bush administration, of whom, they don't regard as possessing the legitimacy to lead the nation, has framed the Iraqi Conflict as an unjust action, a dispirited cause, a quagmire of bombings and killings among the Iraqi citizenry, and an ever present collection of Grim Milestones of American Soldiers lives forfeited in Iraq: 500 gone; 1,000 killed; 1,500 lost; 2,000 dead; 2,500 extinguished, trumpeted throughout news headlines, in an unceasing meme of death and destruction.

But the American Servicemen and women, who are currently stationed in Iraq or whom have already served there, are not merely statistics to be bandied about by the Media, seeking to influence the American Public on their perceived unjustness of the conflict. No, these American Soldiers have their own opinions and ideas of the Iraqi War and aftermath, having first-hand experience of the conflict, unlike the majority of the Media.

In this In T View, we sought out American Soldiers perspectives of the Iraqi conflict, rather than the Media's biased and flawed portrayal of events in Iraq, asking the servicemen and women:

In the end, do you feel that Iraq was worth your time and effort? And could you tell us why?

And here are their responses...


Mister Ghost,
Thanks for the e-mail. I'm out of the sandbox now, and while security is always important, I have no problem with revealing my name, etc. now.

I'm 1st Lieutenant Lee Kelley, and I was in Ramadi for a year.

To answer your question:

In the end, do you feel that Iraq was worth your time and effort? And could you tell us why?

I do think Iraq was worth my time, for a lot of reasons. To put it simply, any way I can take part in the fight of my generatiuon, this global conflict against terrorists which is currently most predominant in thge Middle East, I am happy to help. I think it's important that we remember the truth of our history - that we had to carve America into what it is today, and that it came at no small price and no small amount of war or blood - and to keep in mind that the military is a necessary evil. And someone has to do it. I was more than happy to be one of them, and I'm proud of the work I did with my unit, and the work that all branches of the military continue to do.

I won't say it was easy. Often the work is thankless and sometimes quite shocking and frightening. Being separated from family for months, 12 of which were spent in Iraq, was the biggest mental challenge of all. I personally believe beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Army is shooting itself in the foot for deploying National Guard, citizen soldier units for so long. Recruiting and retention will not be able to keep up with the losses. I myself am considering an end to my military career in the next few years. I spent four years on active duty, and I fully expected to get deployed, just as the Actice Army does today, but I do believe in the concept of citizen soldier and I think 18 months is too long.

Iraq was worth my time and effort because of the humanitarian missions I was able to participate in. We're giving a country in need a chance at a type of freedom they may naver have had, and that's a truly humane thing to do. I could go on and on, but I'll just say Yes, I think the war in Iraq is necessary, and I'm glad I went.

I wrote about this subject at the following link:


http://www.wordsmithatwar.blog-city.com/essay2.htm


Thanks for all you do, Lieutenant K


Lieutenant K blogs at the renown Wordsmith at War

Hi just thought I would answer your questions since they seem well worth the time to answer because this is a question that alot of people who have been over there get asked...

In the end, do you feel that Iraq was worth your time and effort?

In a way I do but for the most part I think that it was stupid.... this is my own opinion and as no reflect on the military at all.... I lost one of my best friends on April 22 2005 outside of Tal Afar and I was in the truck with him when it happened... so I do think that it was a waste look at all the families and soldiers that have lost loved ones over something that the government cant even prove. Maybe it was Iraq that started 9-11 but how can you prove that they werent working for some other country... alot of the Iraqi people are happy that America is there and then you have the ones that arent. Same as Americans. I don't think it was worth it at all. it is a waste of time effort and human life being over there.

Iraq is such a beautiful country, it has loving people in it that love America and are wondering why we are destroying their lives. I once talked to an Iraqi soldier who asked me "Why is America doing this to our families?" He lost his wife and kids when a bomb fell on his house. see how sad is that.. we go over there blowing shit up and kill innocent civilians tring to get one man... who I think is not even in Iraq since we attacked. So yes it is a waste to be there..

But than again it is good we are there.. they know that we mean business when you decide to fuck with America on our soil.... we are showing them that they messed with the wrong people and that we are going to punish those who were in charge of fucking with us.


Name Witheld By Request


Mister Ghost,
Thanks for your email! Every generation has a war in their lives, something hthat either the public is for or against. I lost a friend on Sept 11th, who flew KC 130's with me in the Marines. To me, this Jihad stuff is personal and I will do everything in my power to help put an end to it. Would I do it again? Yes in a heartbeat!! Would I go over to stop a country like Iran if we had to? Yes, and twice on Sunday. Take care and thanks for writing.
Semper Fi,
Taco


Taco aka Tacobell is located at Sandgram, formerly al AnBar, Iraq.


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Iraq wasn't worth my time nor my effort because my talents were not used and I didn't even perform the job the Army trained me to do. I was called back from the IRR and extended beyond my terminal ETS date to do something that anybody with any MOS could have done. I don't feel I was used to help in any significant way. It bothers me because I know I could have done more.
Thanks, Bobby LaRon


Bobby LaRon is at
Gypsy Life
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Mister Ghost,
Happy to oblige.

In the end, do you feel that Iraq was worth your time and effort? And could you tell us why?

I was a strong supporter of our efforts against Saddam Hussein specifically as a supporter of terror against the US, and in his defiance in the face of repeated injunctions by the UN Security Council. I knew he had weapons of mass destruction, and a proven willingness to use them against ethnic minorities and opponents. I never expected to be part of that effort in the National Guard, but I was proud to be called upon to serve in this way.

I think of my time in Iraq as service. I served my country, which I believe is the responsibility of all of our citizens. I also performed a service for the Iraqi people. This service involved sacrifices, on the part of me and my fellow soldiers, but also from our families, friends, and communities. It also has involved great sacrifice and expense from the Iraqi people themselves.

They were, are, and will be worth the sacrifice. They deserve the opportunity for freedom from brutality and oppression no less than any citizen of the world. They have shown remarkable courage in the face of grave dangers, and they have risen to all the challenges they've faced, from surviving one of the world's most brutal and corrupt regimes, to ignoring a largely ambivalent world audience, to forming the a new Democracy in the heart of the Middle East when few gave them any hope of doing so.

They will be great allies in the Middle East, against the many enemies we still have there, who's days are numbered in less quantity, thanks to the Iraqi People.

Personally, my time in Iraq was a time of tremendous spiritual growth for me and my family. I started to spend more time with the Bible, and shared thoughts and insights on Holy Scripture with friends and family and fellow believers back home. I found gifts I never knew I had. My wife grew in faith as well; not having me to lean on in a physical sense, while we were in regular contact, she found strength and ways to minister to others. My son also came to a better understanding of God's faithfulness and provision, and even the absence of his earthly father caused him to rely on our Heavenly Father in a way he had not known before.

We are a stronger, more knit together family, more focused on God's Will for our lives.

My job in Iraq was relatively safe, and we were blessed to serve 10 months in Iraq and bring the 200 soldiers in our unit home without injury or death. Some return with physical problems, most related to the hardships and stress, given that the average age of our (National Guard) unit was about 38, with a few Vietnam Veterans among us.

But I did complete about a dozen or so convoys. I remember those vividly, I wouldn't call them a "best" memory, just vivid. You take things like the pre-convoy brief very serious, you practice drills, how to respond to accidents or injuries, and of course improvised explosive devices (IED). You are never more alive as you sit in the seat, loaded down, locked and loaded, weapons ready, scanning every piece of trash, every person, every vehicle for potential threats. Then, getting where you're going, pealing off the layers, soaked in sweat, standing there alongside the clearing barrels or later over at the post exchange (PX, or military store), just breathing deep with "we made it" satisfaction.

That was part of God's provision, as well. I read and was reminded often of Psalm 91 in the Old Testament, where the Psalmist says, "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." (Psalm 91:2)

Beyond that, my time in Iraq was the impetus for me to start blogging. I posted an article about Why I MILBLOG. I explained that MILBLOGGERS like Greyhawk, Citizen Smash, and Blackfive had an excellent opportunity to comment on all things military from their blogs. Most importantly, their perspectives, insights and commentary stood in sharp contrast to what passes for "Journalism" on the part of mainstream (news) media (MSM).

In my view, the most important function of the MILBLOG is to provide information. On-the-ground reporting, and the perspective of those closest to and part of the action. Relatively few soldiers conduct direct combat operations, although more and more are subjected to potential conflict and violence. Still, everything that happens can potentially be a part of history. In many ways, we have only scratched the surface on capturing what it means to be a soldier, sailor, airman, marine.

Somewhere along the way, early on in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), I realized that I would have few opportunities to do the "shock and awe," real-time, heart pounding and heat of battle war correspondent kind of reporting. I could, however, pay attention to the many fine men and women around me in combat service support roles, serving their country with quiet honor, dedication, and a fair amount of good humor. Thus were Dadmanly Profiles born.

I believe it is times of sacrifice, of trials, of taking risks for purposes greater than our own comfort or physical well-being, in which God allows us to experience more fully His power.

So was my time in Iraq worth it? Absolutely, for in it and through it and out of it, flow blessings too numerous to count. My heart desires that God will bring the good Iraqi people through their long struggle and tribulation of these many decades, and bless them for their courage and faith with a brighter, free, more peaceful and prosperous future.

Dadmanly


Dadmanly is the very fine blogger at
Dadmanly
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Do I think Iraq was/is worth it? Pardon my use of the language, but, FUCK NO. These kids are forced to say that shit when a camera is stuffed in their face, or when the media is speaking to some FOBBIT who never once left the damn compound. I was a DUSTOFF pilot who threw a 16 ½ year career away because of my beliefs. I officially left the military this month. So that should tell you how strong my conviction to this question is.


Robert R.


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In the end, do you feel that Iraq was worth your time and effort?

Absolutely

And could you tell us why?

There is no doubt in my mind that the Iraqi people appreciate what we have done for them. The people I talked to and encountered on the streets of Baghdad were fearful of us leaving prematurely.

Iraq when I left was a different country than when I arrived. The Iraqi Army had made substantial improvements... both in numbers and performance. The Iraqi people began siding with the Coalition Forces. Zarqawi's biggest mistake was to target the Iraqi populace. He only strengthened our relationship with the people of Iraq. I am extremely proud of what I did in Iraq and the progress we made there. Iraq is improving daily. I cannot believe we have accomplished as much as we have in only a few years. The people of Iraq will stay with me forever. Their perseverance in the face of adversity and their continuous resolve has changed the way I look at life.

Hope this helps.


Mark Miner can be found at Boots In Baghdad.

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Not Born for Wars Alone ...



Lt. Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, in a message to his men only hours before his death on July 4th, 1976:

I believe in the responsibility of commanders: a good commander is one who feels a sense of full responsibility for everything done under his command.

I believe in going into details. Anyone who doesn't do it, and who tries to save himself work, will miss the main objective of preparing the unit for war.

I believe that there can be no compromise with results. Never compromise with results that are less than the best possible, and even then look for improvements.

I believe, with absolute faith, in our ability to carry out any military task entrusted to us, and I believe in you.

I believe in Israel and in the general sense of responsibility that must accompany every man who fights for the future of his homeland.

The basic assumption in our work is to prepare for war in the best possible fashion, in order to stand quietly on the day of judgment, when it comes, in the knowledge that we did everything we could in the time that we had.
The time that Yoni Netanyahu had on this distracted globe was not long; just over thirty years. In that short time he fought in two major wars, one minor war, and participated in at least three decisive operations with the elite Sayeret Matkal special forces unit. All that plus the endless day to day warfare of the professional Israeli soldier.

Death is the special companion - the shadow wife - of the military professional. At age 17, Netanyahu wrote:
Death — that's the only thing that disturbs me. It doesn't frighten me; it arouses my curiosity. It is a puzzle that I, like many others, have tried to solve without success. I do not fear it because I attribute little value to a life without a purpose. And if I should have to sacrifice my life to attain its goal, I'll do so willingly.
Maybe that's as much philosophy as a soldier can afford, and all that he needs. It's the difference between a soldier and a fanatic. To the fanatic the world is meaningless, life has no value, and the only purposeful action is to destroy as much as possible before you yourself evaporate - either to mix your atoms with the void or to greet a bloody grinning god of death. What the difference? But a soldier fights precisely because he recognizes the meaning in things that thoughtless and superficial people cannot understand.
In another week I'll be 23. On me, on us, the young men of Israel, rests the duty of keeping our country safe. This is a heavy responsibility, which matures us early. I do not regret what I have done and what I'm about to do. I'm convinced that what I am doing is right. I believe in myself, in my country and in my future.
There is no self-pity in these words, only a note of understandable regret - again, the mark of the humane man who must grow up fast and live a soldier's life. The nihilist wants nothing better than the struggle he throws himself into; he is precisely struggling against everything that is or might be better. He has nothing to lose and nothing to give. The bloody revolutionary is celebrated as a tragic and romantic figure, when he is nothing except an aberration. The tragedy belongs to the civilized men who must dream of peace while standing endless guard against its enemies.
Not a day passes, literally, without a border incident, sabotage, mine explosion, murder, ambushes, shootings and setting fire to fields. During all the years of my service and of my living here the situation has never been so tense. In the army, everyone is impatient — when are we finally going to strike back?!! We have complete confidence in our strength. We are capable of anything.
That was written in the months before the Six Day War. Unfortunately too many of Israel's civilian leaders, including the great David Ben Gurion, did not share the confidence of her soldiers. They clung to the belief that Israel must survive by alliance and negotiation, because they were afraid that the world would not tolerate Jews who defended themselves by force of arms.
The Wars of the Jews are always the ugliest and hardest of all. These are the wars of apologetics and futile bickering, suppression or distortion of facts, and procrastination in making decisions. There is no doubt that what's called for is new leadership, a more correct perception of the realities, a sound recognition of the enemy's aims, and clear, definitive strategic-political planning. There must be no fumbling in the dark and no more tactical expedients, for these will get us nowhere.
It's the great obscenity of modern history that the mantle of "peace" is worn by those those murder peace inch by inch, either deliberately or by neglect. Those who would act decisively in defense of peaceful society must wear the "pro-war" label, while so-called pacifism demands that the endless attrition of terrorism, tyranny and murder be tolerated and tolerated and tolerated. Maybe the human race will wake up and maybe it won't, but Yonatan Netanyahu will stand quietly on the day of judgment, with nothing to apologize for.
The real cause is the sense of helplessness in the face of a war that has no end. For the war has not ended, and it seems to me that it will go on and on… This is the 'quiet' before the next storm. I've no doubt that war will come. Nor do I doubt that we will win. But for how long? Until when?

We're young, and we were not born for wars alone.
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