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Sunday, December 2, 2012

"I'm not an anti-Semite -- I just hate Israel"


During a time when Israel is suffering daily attacks on her population centers, there are still people who are calling for Israel's condemnation, protesting in front of Israeli embassies and consuls, and generally blaming Israel for all the problems in the Middle East if not all the problems in the entire world.

I was wondering what it is about Israel that inspires so much ire. What is it? It can't be that Israel is the Jewish State. After all, a large percentage of Jews condemn Israel. It can't be that Israel is the Jewish State. Ask anyone who condemns Israel. They insist they aren't anti-Semites, just anti-Israel. So, obviously I'm missing something. I must be missing something that makes Israel such a horrible place that Israel deserves more censure than that bastion of civil rights, China, that oasis of free speech, Iran, that wellspring of liberty, Syria. There must be something about the "Palestinians" that makes them more worthy of support than the Christians in Darfur, women in Afghanistan and Iran, Tibetans under Chinese occupation. What is it I'm missing?

What am I missing that makes Hamas a more appropriate governing body than the democratically elected Israeli Government? Why is it better for the world to have Hamas controlling "The Gaza Strip" by turning it into a missile launching pad to lob bombs on population centers and then hide behind their own civilians so that when Israel goes to protect her citizens, residents and guests, all the reporters and photographers see is dead Hamas citizens? Why does the world want to doom the "Palestinian" people to a country run by Hamas?

If people truly cared about the "Palestinians", they would support Israel. Israel sends aid to the "Palestinians",treats "Palestinian" (and other Arab/Muslims) with more respect than Hamas. If people truly cared about the people in the Middle East they would support Israel. But, the truth is, they truly are anti-Semites, they truly do hate Israel simply because it is the Jewish State. There is truly no other reason to hate Israel and no other reason to so zealously support Hamas and Fatah. Israel is the only Jewish country in the world. Why is it so vilified? Because it is the Jewish State. That's the only reason. It doesn't matter how much the anti-Israel "crowd" insists they aren't anti-Semitic.

Listen to the words that come out of the mouths of the Israel haters. They sound a lot like the words that came out of the mouths of the French people when French Jew Alfred Dreyfus was framed for treason. They didn't say, "Kill the Traitor" or even "Kill the Jew" (which would have been bad enough). They said, "Kill the Jews" in the plural. Even if Dreyfus HAD been guilty (he was exonerated when the real traitor was uncovered), that would have been an anti-Semitic thing to say.

So let's call an anti-Semite an anti-Semite. If you condemn Israel, particularly if you let other countries "off the hook", you ARE an anti-Semite.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Free Speech Only For the Followers of Muhammad?


Maybe it's because I'm an American. Maybe it's because I've seen, in my life, what suppression of Free Speech has done around the world, the repressive, anti-equality, anti-Freedom, anti-feminist, anti-Jewish, anti-American regimes it has created. But I cringe when I hear about groups of people trying to kill others based totally on something that the other group believes or said.

That's why my feathers are ruffled. That's why I'm incensed that Hillary Clinton is talking and other people are talking about mobs attacking US embassies and talking about the Ambassador being killed in an attack in Libya over a movie that THEY see as being uncomplimentary about Muhammad.

It is time for the talking and the rhetoric and the speechifying to stop. It is past the time of asking Muslim leaders to control their people. It is past the time of diplomacy and negotiations. It is time for us to protect our rights to create a movie that is controversial. It is time for us to protect our television producers and our movie makers. It is time for us to show our enemies that we can "talk their language", that we can fight back and that we have just as much of a right to our opinions as they do.

The only way to do this is to fight for our rights, literally. And, while I don't for one moment underestimate the sacrifice our military people make, but the reason we have a strong military is to protect our freedom, our way of life and our lives. I appreciate the brave men and women who protect our freedom and our lives, but we are not being fair to them if we send them in to do a job and many of them lose their limbs or lives and then we pull out before the job is done. It's sort of like having a virulent, life-threatening infection and only treating part of it. By doing that, you create antibiotic resistant bacteria. By only fighting part of the war, we create an enemy that thinks we are weak and that strengthens them.

We, unfortunately, have a long history of striking hard and moving out. This started with Carter and his washy-washy way of handling the Ayatollah. It continued with Bush hitting but not finishing off Saddam Hussein. And it's still going on today with our indecisive handling of Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention Al-Qaeda, post 9-11.

This embassy attack is a symptom of the problem. It's a symptom of the entitlement that men in the Muslim world feel. It's a symptom of the Muslim world's belief that they are better than everyone else. As long as we appear weak to them, they believe that G-d is on their side. And we can't allow them to believe that. We have to fight for the real Face of G-d, the G-d who gave us an equal chance to succeed, an equal chance to shine in His/Her world. If we allow them to define G-d, if we allow the worst opinion of G-d to hold sway, we do ourselves and this world a disservice. Let's stand up for our values. Let's show our strength. Let's prove to the Muslim world that freedom is something we think is worth fighting for.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Bloomberg is off the Rose..... Or was it ever there?


There's a commercial that's on the tube in the New York City area put out by the United Federation of Teachers. "Ten years as Mayor, and Mike Bloomberg still doesn’t get it" the commercial begins. While the teachers are referring to his dealing with education, I agree that the Mayor doesn't get it, but also in another venue.

Ten years as Mayor of New York, coming in on Rudy Giuliani's coattails, jack-hammering his way to a third term, despite the desires of his electorate, Mayor Bloomberg still doesn't understand that the US, and, in particular, New York City, is at war. He still doesn't understand that by rolling over and allowing our enemy to dictate to us doesn't help. He still doesn't understand that, by bending over backwards to kiss the tuchuses of Islamists he is putting his city, our nation and the world in grave danger.

By shaming Police Commissioner Ray Kelly into apologizing for training his police officers in the methods and goals of the Islamist Revolution, Mayor Bloomberg gives strength to the enemy.

The Muslims who are on the side of freedom wouldn't use a movie about Islamist terrorism and jihad as an excuse to yell "racism" or "Islamophobia". They understand that a movie about terrorism isn't about them, it isn't about all Muslims; they understand that the movie is about the people who would use their religion to oppress others. So, in general, any Muslim that says that the Police in NY who are fighting terrorism on a daily basis, who are doing their best to protect the citizens of the Big Apple from the worms who would destroy it, are being insensitive by showing a movie about jihad are part of the problem. They are the ones who secretly (or not so secretly) root for the terrorists, the Jihadists, the Islamists.

So, Mr. "Mayor" (and I use that term loosely since I don't think Mr. Bloomberg deserves the title), stand up for your police department. Stand up for educating your first responders. Stand up for revealing the enemy for who he/she is. Show the world that you have a backbone, that you know who you are fighting. If you don't, you are handing New York over the the Islamists. If you don't, more people will die in another 9/11. Do your job, Mr. Bloomberg. Do your job and protect all the people who call New York home, all the people who work in New York, all the people who visit New York on a daily basis. Or you'll have no people left to protect.