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The Arabic Satellite TV station Al-Jazeera shows footage of two Islamic Jihad leaders sitting at a table, speaking about the recent Israeli operation in Gaza against the terrorist infrastructure there, with the head of an Israeli soldier sitting in front of them on the table.
Later, a video appears on an Al-Qaeda-linked website showing the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq, Nick Berg, who was a Jew. In a grisly gesture, the executioners hold up the man's head for the camera. The decapitation recalled the kidnapping and videotaped beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl - another Jew - in 2002 in Pakistan. Then, Al-Jazeera rebroadcast this beheading scene, like the earlier scene of an Israeli soldier's head sitting on a table, throughout the Arab world.
What's going on here?
The executioner in Iraq claimed his killing of a random American civilian, was revenge for the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison. But one can wonder if Nick Berg was picked out because he was Jewish. The photos and reports of abuse and degrading behavior toward the Iraqi prisoners need to be investigated, and properly punished. But was "revenge" against an innocent American civilian justified?
As the American President, George Bush stated, "There will be a full accounting for the cruel and disgraceful abuse of the Iraqi detainees. The conduct that has come to light is an insult to the Iraqi people and an affront to the most basic standards of morality and decency. One basic difference between democracies and dictatorships is that free countries confront such abuses openly and directly... Today, several formal investigations, led by senior military officials, are underway... Some soldiers have already been charged, and those involved will answer for their conduct in an orderly and transparent process."
What we all know is that the behavior of a few American soldiers in Iraq does not represent the values of America, or the West in general.
Every once in a great while, an Israeli soldier is disciplined for abuses toward the enemy also. But that's the point; it's not very often and they're being disciplined, in Israel and in America. These stressed-out behaviors by men and women put by their governments into very difficult situations aren't tolerated, and they are held accountable for their behavior.
Contrast this with the outrages perpetrated at the end of March in Fallujah, Iraq. The bodies of four murdered American security contractors are mutilated, then burned and displayed in public. Crowds gathered around to joyously view the dead Americans.
In Gaza, they also celebrated the mutilation of the Americans...
And now this: the Israeli Army entered Zeitoun in Gaza recently, to destroy "Palestinian" weapons factories. In the operation, the soldiers blew up some 20 workshops that were used by terror groups to make weapons. The operation encountered resistance from hundreds of "Palestinian" fighters, but the Israeli troops suffered no casualties. After dawn, as the operation was being wrapped up, the soldiers began to withdraw from Zeitoun, when a bomb containing approximately 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives was detonated against an Israeli armored personnel carrier carrying six members of the Givati Brigade's engineering corps. The vehicle was carrying explosives for use in demolishing the weapons manufactories, which intensified the effects of the blast. Pieces of the APC and of the soldiers' bodies were scattered for hundreds of meters roundabout, even landing on the rooftops of neighboring buildings.
Soon after the blast, Hamas terrorists excitedly displayed and played with the body parts in front of cameras. Gazan Arabs were seen dancing in the streets with pieces of the destroyed Israeli APC and pieces of dead Israeli soldiers. In another scene, shown on Israel's Channel Two TV, a Hamas gunman on a motorcycle held a bloodied burlap bag with body parts. An armed Hamas barbarian bragged how he had human remains from the APC blast; he proceeded to pull a finger out of the bag and shouted, "This is for Sheikh Yassin, and for the rest you'll pay in liberated prisoners." Fatah - Arafat's group - Hamas, and Islamic Jihad all competed to claim responsibility for the attack. It seemed like everyone in the neighborhood had a piece of metal they claimed came from the APC, or a piece of human remains that they said belonged to the Israeli soldiers.
And then, this macabre scene on Al-Jazeera TV: hooded Islamic Jihad spokesmen, sitting and talking on camera, with a human head from a dead Israeli soldier sitting in front of them on the table, as if nothing strange was happening. It was like a scene right out of a Hollywood horror flick, with the demented evil ones right before our eyes, except this was real...
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, participating in a Knesset ceremony commemorating the 59th anniversary since the end of World War II, responded to the APC blast by describing Israel's enemy as "cruel and inhumane."
Sharon told the Knesset, "We are fighting a ruthless enemy, without human feelings," and that Israel would strike back hard. "We will not stop fighting [the enemy] and hitting him, wherever he operates and hides," Sharon said. He added that Israel must continue striking out until the enemy is defeated.
In a quickly convened security cabinet meeting, it was reported that Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the families of the slain soldiers should be asked for permission to distribute abroad the grisly footage of the "Palestinians" desecrating the bodies, so that the world will have a clear picture of the "monsters we are dealing with."
Even funerals and memorial services apparently are no longer sacred...
Recently, a pregnant Israeli mother and her four young daughters were shot to death in their car on a Gazan road. First, the terrorist barbarians shot at the car, then, as it veered off the road and came to a stop, they ran over to the car and, at point-blank range, shot each of the occupants to death: Tali, the eight-month pregnant mother, Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, and two-year-old Meirav. The murderers then continued to fire dozens of more bullets into their bodies.
When mourners came to the site of the murder for a memorial service a week later, the terrorist barbarians, one of them apparently dressed as a woman, opened fire at the hundreds of Jews who came to participate. "Bullets whistled past our ears, and between our legs, and miraculously, no one was hurt," said the Gazan Jewish Community spokesman Eran Sternberg. IDF soldiers managed to kill two of the attackers.
"It was a humiliating experience for Jews who come to remember a slaughtered family to have to crouch and lie down while terrorists shoot wildly around," said David Hatuel - husband and father of those murdered - after the attack.
But these are the "New Barbarians"...
Even the Palestinian Authority understood that it wouldn't look good for them. They called on the terror groups and residents of the Gaza Strip who hold remains of the IDF soldiers to return the parts. In the statement, released after a meeting of PA officials in Ramallah, the Palestinian leadership called on the groups to treat the bodies "according to Islamic law, and not to harm Islamic values." The PA condemned the "criminal" IDF operation, but called on the groups not to "tarnish the image and values of the Palestinians."
My question is, since mutilation of the enemy, and the degrading display of body parts is so widespread in the Arab world, is it really "against Islamic values" to do? What about the fact that Arafat's own group, Fatah, vied for claiming responsibility? And what about suicidal-genocidal bombing of innocent civilians, which certainly seems to have the go ahead of Islamic clerics?
Then along comes Prof. Yonah Alexander, a leading expert on terrorism and director of the Inter-Universities Center for Terrorism Studies, who in an interview recently said he believes it is only a matter of time before groups like al-Qaeda will use non-conventional weapons to propagate their Jihadist ideology and undermine Western Society. Alexander feels that al-Qaeda's next theater of operations will be Europe, where they have established an extensive network.
What he doesn't say is that besides the terror network they've set up, Muslims have been converting Europeans in droves to Islam.
In the United Kingdom, according to the first authoritative study of the phenomenon, carried by the Sunday Times on February 22, some of Britain's top landowners, celebrities, and the offspring of senior establishment figures, have embraced Islam after being disillusioned with Western values. For example, Jonathan Birt, the son of Lord Birt, former director-general of the BBC, and Emma Clark, the granddaughter of former liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, are only two of 14,000 mostly-elite white Britons who have converted to Islam recently, according to the Sunday Times. Emma Clark said, "We’re all the rage, I hope it’s not a passing fashion."
Islam has even received formal acceptance at the heart of the British Establishment. The Queen recently approved new arrangements to allow Muslim staff at Buckingham Palace time off to attend Friday prayers at a mosque. A member of staff in the finance department was the first to take advantage of it.
Many converts have been inspired by the pro-Islamic writings of Charles Le Gai Eaton, a former Foreign Office diplomat. "I have received letters from people who are put off by the wishy-washy standards of contemporary Christianity and they are looking for a religion which does not compromise too much with the modern world," said Eaton, who is author of Islam and the Destiny of Man.
There have been several cases in the last couple of years, of coverts to Islam helping in the terror effort, for example the British "shoe bomber," and a British covert that planned on carrying out a Hizbollah attack in Israel. At least, both were captured before they could carry out their operations.
Alexander continued, "We can expect to see an escalation in terrorism on a global scale with a continuation of conventional acts of terror, such as suicide bombings and shooting, as well as mega-terror like September 11 in the US and March 11 in Spain. There will also be a move towards the use of non-conventional weapons: biological, chemical, nuclear as in dirty bombs, and cyber-terrorism, whereby perpetrators will try to disrupt power supplies and air traffic, for example, at the touch of a button."
He cited the examples of the anthrax attacks in the US after September 11, 2001, reports that al-Qaeda was trying to produce ricin, and the unsuccessful attempt to blow up the Pi Glilot fuel and gas storage depot in Israel as an indication toward the future. "According to the studies we have conducted, we can expect a continuation of bus bombings like the ones that have occurred in Israel, as well as attempts to strike at chemical plants and infrastructure targets and super-terrorism with non-conventional weapons," said Alexander.
Beheadings, disgusting abuse of human remains, suicide bombings, and now mass genocidal terror?
In predicting that international terrorism will expand and intensify, Alexander referred to numerous disputes throughout the world, such as those in Chechnya, Kashmir, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and South America. He forgot to mention the Philippines and South Asia.
Notice most of these places include Muslims on one side of the conflict....
But, I feel Alexander is mistaken when he said, "Islam has been hijacked and taken hostage by extremists who are using it to serve their own interests." Suicide bombings against Israelis regularly garner 50-80% support amongst "Palestinians."
This is the same line of reasoning that George Bush and others have been using to divide the Arab/Islamic world into friends and foes. I don't agree. I believe the Jihadists speak for real Islam, as originally set out by Mohammed and his barbarian hordes. Islam started out as an Arab Imperialist movement, and has only put a "thin veneer" of "religion" over it. Notice, they started in Arabia and ended up ruling everything throughout the Middle East and North Africa, up to Spain and Southern France by the 700s. The Jihadists openly state that they want to introduce a worldwide caliphate, i.e. global Islamic conquest. But this has always been "traditional" Islam's ultimate goal too.
"What concerns many is the expansion of international networks as seen after the Madrid bombings, when links were discovered between Spanish citizens and people in North Africa, Asia, and with various other groups like Hamas," Alexander explained.
Because they draw from Muslim communities throughout the world; every Muslim is a potential Jihadist.
Alexander asked whether nations should give in to terrorism and whether civilization would survive in the event of the use of non-conventional weapons. He answered that submission only further motivates the terrorists and their leaders, while survival would depend on nations taking all necessary steps to reduce the risks. "Dealing with terrorism requires a broad range of responses, starting with clear and coherent policies. It is necessary to have quality intelligence, as well as law enforcement, the military, and the means to counter technological and cyber-terrorism.
"To this end some innocent civilians might be harmed but, make no mistake, this is war and to fight it nations have to pool their resources. No nation can deal with the problem unilaterally. In the past, terrorism was regarded as a tactical rather than a strategic threat but it has become a permanent fixture and a challenge to the strategic interests of nations. In fact," said Alexander, "it represents the most threatening challenge to civilization in the 21st century. The question of survival will depend to a great extent on how civilized society tackles this threat."
There you have it, the ultimate question, "How will civilized society tackle this threat?"
The Islamic barbarians are at the gates of Jerusalem, the gates of Europe, and have attacked the towers of America...
Will we let them in?
We are in a world war and yet we do not notice it.
Over the past few weeks reports have abounded about the widening berth of the forces of global jihad. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that al-Qaida linked groups are operating in Africa from the Western Sahara to the Horn of Africa. The jihadis in countries like Niger, Chad and Mali are being financed, trained and indoctrinated by religious authorities from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
The recent elections in Indonesia ended with neither major party receiving much more than one fifth of the popular vote. In Indonesia's parliamentary system this means that the small Islamic parties will be able to exert great influence over the new government which will need to bring them into the governing coalition to rule.
In Nigeria this week Muslim mobs brandishing machetes butchered some thirty Christians in the streets of the city of Kano. The panicked Christians ran for shelter in police stations as they watched their co-religionists butchered and set aflame before their eyes.
The problems in Nigeria began in 1999 after elections brought an end to military rule in the oil rich country. Today 11 of Nigeria's 36 states are governed by Sharia law. Rights of women and non-Muslims in these areas have been summarily destroyed. Nigeria's turn to jihad has been spurred on by foreign Arabs. Palestinians, Saudis, Syrians and Sudanese have all been acting as advisers to the mullahs in Nigeria and have been actively funding and training the Muslim militias that have killed thousands of Christians there over the past few years.
In the Philippines, President Gloria Arroyo has given de facto autonomy over large swathes of the country to an al-Qaida linked group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front operating in the southern parts of the archipelago dominated by the country's Muslim minority. The MILF too is supported by the Saudis and other Arab states with money, arms and jihad indoctrination.
Both western intelligence agencies and casual observers are casting worried glances at Europe itself. With Western Europe's large and increasingly extremist Muslim minorities demanding cultural autonomy while preaching and funding and training men for jihad, many EU member states are looking more and more like Islamic countries everyday.
All of this should be taken into account when we look at the bloody toll of the Palestinian offensive in Gaza and when we observe American confusion in Iraq today. It should be taken into account because we must realize that our enemies are engaged in a world war against the non-Muslim world. When we consider our daily battles on our limited terrain we must not allow our perceptions to be distorted by that directly before us.
Yet undermine our perceptive powers we have. Although the Palestinians, like their Iranian and Hizbullah overlords have consistently stated that their aim is to destroy Israel in stages, we Israelis refuse to see the overall picture of their strategy. They execute Tali Hatuel and her daughters on the day of the Likud poll and we fail to understand the message. It is not, "Get out of Gaza, or else." It is, "Regardless of what you desire, we will push you out of Gaza as we pushed you out of Lebanon and as we will push you out of the rest of Palestine that you refer to as Israel."
But we don't see it that way. Our press, like our beleaguered and vain politicians, pushes a different story. In their story, there is no enemy, only Israel. There is no jihad, only settlers provocatively daring to live in their homes and soldiers carrying too much explosive material in their armored personnel carriers and tanks. It is the settlers who "endanger" their children and the soldiers who placed too much TNT in their APCs who are responsible for their deaths.
We do not see news analyses of Palestinian societal derangement that manifests itself in cannibalism. We do not see debates of what an Israeli defeat in Gaza means to a society bred from the cradle to the grave on global jihad and its requisite genocide of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel and beyond.
Indeed, we see no discussion of Gaza as part of a larger whole – whether that whole be the entire Land of Israel or the entire non-Muslim world. Because we limit our gaze with super telephoto lenses to see only that immediately before us, our picture of the war being waged against us is taken up almost entirely by ourselves with the enemy barely visible at the outer edges of the frame.
Rather than learning from our mistakes, over the past month or so we have seen our American allies repeat them in Iraq. There, the US has limited its gaze to itself. Can the US forces enter into sacred Shiite towns or not? Can US forces engage in house to house battles, risking civilian casualties in Fallujah or not? Can the US empower its allies and weaken its enemies in Iraq without being perceived (by itself) as imperialistic? Can the US continue its occupation of Iraq and campaign to bring freedom to this malformed Arab state when a handful of its soldiers besmirch the honor of their uniforms by abusing Iraqi enemy prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison?
The questions here are not turned to the enemy that transforms sacred cities into armed camps and hides behind civilians, rendering them either fellow terrorists or hostages. The question, why would the US send 135,000 US troops to liberate Iraq only to have them turn it over to the same UN supported Ba'athist forces they were brought to Iraq to defeat is resoundingly ignored.
The confused Bush administration is not asked why the president should seek the approval of the Arab world for America's actions or forgiveness for its failings. It is not asked this even though, as the American scholar Fuad Ajami pointed out this week in The Wall Street Journal, the Arabs preferred Saddam's butchers to the American liberators and prefer to see Iraq revert to pan-Arab fascism and tyranny to its emerging as a secular democracy.
Indeed in the recent weeks of American Israeli-style navel gazing on Iraq, we see little questioning of what US retreats in Fallujah and hesitancy in Najaf do to the forces of jihad throughout the world. There is little note paid to the fact that in the attack on foreign workers in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia and the beginning of the month, the body of one of the American victims was tied to the terrorists' vehicle and dragged through the streets of the city as the terrorists invoked the lynching of US contractors in Fallujah in late March to the crowd that formed around them.
In the US tendency towards Israeli style self-obsession, we see them like us, buying into the psychological warfare of the enemy aimed at forcing their retreat. So it is that in the barbaric butchering of Nick Berg, the American press reports as fact the terrorists' contention that Berg's beheading was retribution for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib.
Of course this is a lie. Daniel Pearl was beheaded before the US invaded Iraq. The workers in Yanbu were murdered a year after the US pulled its military forces out of Saudi Arabia. The US contractors were lynched before the Marines went into Fallujah.
When we pay attention to our enemies and see the scope of their ambitions and depth of their hatred we must come to a revolutionary conclusion. We, Israelis, Americans, and indeed all non-fascistic Muslims constitute the frontline in the war wherever we are. It was not US military deployment in Saudi Arabia that precipitated the September 11 attacks anymore than it was the Israeli presence in Lebanon or in Gaza or Judea and Samaria or Jerusalem that precipitated the Palestinian-led jihad against Israel. It is our existence that provokes our enemy.
Our enemies, the forces of global jihad, be they Palestinian or Jordanian, Saudi, Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese, Iranian or Iraqi use all the means at their disposal to wage their war against us. From their television and radio stations and newspapers they incite for our destruction and feed us fictions of our own culpability to both strengthen their forces' will to fight us and weaken our will to defend ourselves.
In the UN, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and on countless other international stages they seek to criminalize us for our crime of defending our existence. In this they find accomplices among our own self-absorbed elites who are only too happy to blame the war being waged against us on ourselves.
When we limit our gaze to ourselves not only do we fail to take notice of the nature of the war, we craft national policies that harm both ourselves and our allies. In Israel, our self-obsession has brought about plan after plan all of which have weakened us and our allies in the global struggle. From the Oslo initiative to the retreat from Lebanon to Sharon's pullout plan from Gaza and parts of Samaria we have hurt ourselves and our allies.
We have hurt ourselves by weakening our ability to recognize our enemies as such seeing them rather as erstwhile peace partners. We have hurt ourselves by discrediting our own right to live unmolested as large swathes of our elites have preferred our enemies the Palestinians to our own citizens in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
In behaving as though the Palestinian branch of the global jihad is engaging in a war over a few kilometers in Gaza, Judea and Samaria rather than playing a central role in the global jihad against non-Muslims, we are making it harder for our allies, first and foremost the Americans, to see the true nature of the war they too are fighting. If it is only Israeli settlers who are preventing peace by living in mobile homes in Judea and Samaria then perhaps it is only America in its "arrogance" that is preventing the jihadis from coming to a meeting of the minds with the West.
As the jihad spreads throughout the world, we must stop finally with our self-destructive self-absorption. The butchers in Zeitoun who kicked the remains of our soldiers like footballs on Tuesday, like the butchers in Baghdad, Karachi, Riyadh and beyond who kill with barbaric ecstasy and primordial hatred do so not because of anything we have done. They do so because they are barbarians. And if we do not wish to be destroyed, we must do everything to destroy them and nothing to give them hope for victory against us.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz have decided that the settling of Jews in Gaza was an historic mistake.
But as the painful events of the past few weeks have shown, it is these Israeli leaders who are erring.
Like the owners of the Titanic who said that "God Himself could not sink her," they are, as it were, forcing the hand of the Almighty.
Thus, despite his own party's referendum decision, and the more than 100,000 Israelis who voted with their feet against abandoning Gaza, Sharon remains determined to do just that.
Stung by taunts from Israel's God-rejecting left who assert that the majority of their countrymen want out of the Strip, the premier is buying into the lie that NOT pulling out of Gaza would be anti-democratic.
Olmert, Sharon's terrier and a man with his own sights on the prime minister's throne, dismisses detractors with the feeble reasoning that there is no option to leaving Gaza simply because there is no other plan.
Meanwhile, as his soldiers beat an increasingly bloody retreat from Gaza - and it is a retreat, even if more soldiers are being poured in just now to try and ensure it takes place on Israel's terms - Mofaz has taken to assaulting the bedrock beliefs upon which many of Gaza's 8000 Jews based their decision to live there.
"Gaza is not our birthright nor the land of our forefathers, and we will not be there within five years," he declared on May 9, according to The Jerusalem Post. "Under any final-status agreement, it is clear that Gaza will remain outside the borders of Israel."
Outside the borders of Israel? Well, that may be clear to Minister Mofaz. But with all the respect due to him and his fellow ministers, and leaving aside for a moment all those Jews who have and are giving their lives in defense of the Jewish presence in Gaza, the LORD God of Israel neither makes mistakes nor repents of the calling He has placed on His people.
So either Mr. Mofaz does not know the Bible - a validated document known to be one of the most ancient land deeds of all time - or he is out to refute it.
According to the Bible, Gaza was part of the inheritance given to the children of Israel in the past (Numbers 34:2-6), and promised to them for the future (Ezekiel 47:19-20). Gaza was specifically given to the tribe of Judah - from whence come Mofaz's people, the Jews. (Joshua 15: 20,47)
Under Joshua, the Israelites conquered the land as far as Gaza (Joshua 10:40-42), but in line with the promise of its designated territorial legacy, it was the tribe of Judah that took that land in battle. (Judges 1:18)
The Gaza Strip was also a part of Solomon's kingdom. (1 Kings 4:24)
So the Bible, at least, is quite clear about who owns Gaza.
The Jewish settlers who live in Gaza today have built the homes and gardens of their beautiful communities based upon these title deeds.
In 1967, in what millions of Jews and Gentiles believed to be a miracle, the Arab occupiers were driven out of Judea and Samaria and the illegally occupied Gaza Strip, back to where they came from.
While Israel's soldiers fought bravely and brilliantly in the Six Day War, it was God Who gave that victory. It was not a mistake. Rather, it was another step in His unfolding plan to "restore the kingdom to Israel."
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them. … But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. (Psalm 44:3,7)
By declaring that no-one can teach them about security, and by threatening to abandon Gaza and uproot its Jews in order to pursue the bankrupt land-for-peace process, Sharon et al are showing a blanket disregard for what the Bible has stated and affirmed. The cost of this folly is an ever-spiraling fatality figure - first the mother of the Hatuel family with her five kids, and now at least 11 Israeli soldiers.
Will the rush of violence in Gaza push Israel to accelerate the withdrawal, as leftist Israelis are gleefully anticipating? Or has Sharon's determination to move ahead with the pullout un-bottled a war-genie that will force Israel to resolutely confront and deal with the terrorism-breeding Arabs in the Gaza Strip?
The coming days will tell.
This has been a - what shall we say?... well, an especially hard week - even for Israel which is accustomed to hard times. It was also especially brutal, even for a brutal, ongoing war.
First there was the vicious murder of Tali Hatuel, in her eighth month of pregnancy, and her four daughters - Hila age 11, Hadar 9, Roni 7 and Meirav 2. Not only were they shot while driving on the highway, but when the car ground to a halt, their Arab-Moslem-Palestinian murderers came up and emptied their guns point blank into Tali and each of her children, riddling their bodies with dozens of bullets - to make sure they were indeed dead and to better mutilate their bodies.
Then, one week later at a memorial ceremony for Tali and her daughters, at the spot on the road where they were killed, as several hundred participants, including many women and children, were praying, Arabs opened fire from houses from two directions. The ensuing chaos - screaming children, parents running for shelter with babies in their arms, people dropping down to the asphalt on the open highway and sheltering their children - was terrifying.
The people at the ceremony, many of whom carried weapons, returned fire until a few minutes later, the army went into action and began shelling one of the houses the Arabs were firing from. By a mind-boggling miracle, not a single Israeli was shot or hurt in this wild free for all, although all were out in plain view, directly in front of the shooting Arabs. Two out of the three Arabs were killed.
Several days later, the Israeli army entered a neighborhood in Gaza to destroy weapons laboratories which were producing mortar shells and rockets to fire into Israel. A large landmine exploded alongside one of the army halftracks and the vehicle, loaded with munitions and dynamite intended for the demolition of the workshops, exploded, killing the six soldiers inside.
Before the IDF could reach them, the surrounding Arabs snatched bodies and body parts, dancing with and displaying them before the ever-present international television cameras (which did not hurry to televise the orgy). Within the hour various Arab terrorist groups proudly announced that the bodies parts had been distributed throughout Gaza and would be returned only when Arab "demands" were met. Meanwhile, the fighting continued as Israeli soldiers go from house to house searching.
Then, only two days later, the story was repeated as another landmine blew up another two Israeli vehicles. What the number of dead and wounded are has still not been announced.
By the time you read this, perhaps, hopefully, b'ezrat Hashem, all the bodies will have been found, collected and brought to Jewish burial. Perhaps.
Meanwhile, the voices of "peace" are already screaming loudly, as if pulling back, running away, refusing to stand up and defeat evil, will somehow, miraculously, produce a more peaceful world.
In Hebrew, one always places the noun - the essence we are speaking of - before the adjective it comes to describe it. We say yeled tov - a boy who is good. The "boy" is the essence; he comes first. The description "good" follows.
But in the Torah, the description of Ishmael is out of order, backwards, just the opposite of normative Hebrew. He is not called an adam pereh - a man who is wild. He is called a pereh adam. He is first and foremost a pereh - a wild creature who is described as appearing in the form of adam - a man.
This is our enemy. This is who we are fighting. This is what we must remember. And not only must we remember. This is the enemy which the entire world now confronts. The "Islamic fundamentalists," the terrorists, and all those who passively or actively support them - they are all "wild creatures," messengers of death, out to destroy the world. As an editorial in a Florida newspaper wrote:
"There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims around the world, but that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Center, the million gassed and butchered in Iraq, Iran, and other countries in the Middle East, the tens of thousands slain by Moslems in Eastern Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the West Bank and Spain, or the four Americans shot, burned and hung like sausage over the Euphrates as a fanatical minority of Muslims did the joyful dance of death."
If the world does not recognize the imminent danger and take steps not only to protect itself, but to combat the danger, it may very well not only witness - but experience - another holocaust.
"We are fighting a cruel enemy that lacks any sense of humanity. We will continue to fight and harm that enemy everywhere it is active or hiding."- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon after Hamas stole the body parts of six IDF soldiers killed in Gaza
"I'd trade a Bush defeat for an Iraq victory any day. Of course, I would support Bush over Kerry even if we weren't at war, because Bush is the more conservative candidate and I'm not on crack."- Jonah Goldberg - NRO - Bigger than Bush
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