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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Is It Time to Face the Truth? Whatever Jews Do, We'll Never Be Truly Accepted As Equals?

-‘Never again’ or ‘Here we go again’?
The Middle East 'conflict' boils down to this guiding principle: Jewish/Israeli lives are simply worth less than Muslim/Arab lives
Jonathan Pearl

As we witnessed the incessant calls and declarations for “an immediate cease-fire" from Israel's detractors – whether politicians, journalists, religious and community leaders, or the United Nations with its resolution mandating a “cessation of hostilities” – I couldn't help but conclude that for all of these addressing the Middle East “conflict” boils down to this guiding principle: Jewish/Israeli lives are simply worth less than Muslim/Arab lives.

When missiles are blasted into Israel by Muslim/Arab terrorists living in their non-disputed Muslim/Arab territory, resulting in the murder of innocent Israelis/Jews, the world tells Israel to show restraint and refrain from retaliating with targeted responses against the origins of the rocket launches. Why? Because some Muslim/Arab civilians might inadvertently be killed.

And when Muslim/Arab suicide-bombing murderers steal into Israel and blow to smithereens innocent Jewish/Israeli civilians in pizza parlors and discotheques, Israel is admonished to show restraint and refrain from targeting the planners, facilitators, and future perpetrators of suicide-murder actions. Why? Because some Muslim/Arab civilians might inadvertently be killed.
-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stated that if it were up to him, he'd be willing and ready to "sacrifice half of Iran for the sake of eliminating Israel".
[...]The 49-year-old Iranian president, he said, "has a religious conviction that Israel's demise is essential to the restoration of Muslim glory, that the Zionist thorn in the heart of the Islamic nations must be removed. And he will pay almost any price to right the perceived historic wrong. If he becomes the supreme leader and has a nuclear capability, that's a real threat."

In facing up to Iran's nuclear ambitions, Eiland said the United States had three possible courses of action, "all of them bad," and that a decision could not be postponed for too long, "since delay, too, is a decision of sorts."

-This article shows how the classic anti-Zionist claims are merely excuses for explaining why Israel shouldn't exist.
Some questions and issues are only raised about Israel for mysterious reasons. They are always loaded in such a way as to imply that Israel is unique among all the countries of the world, and does things that no other country is allowed to do. The Israeli occupation is billed as the longest occupation. It is not - China has been in Tibet much longer, and Britain has been in Ireland for several hundred years.[...]

The most frequent questions relate to misperceptions about the Israeli constitution, the nature of Zionism or the definition of "Jewish" for various purposes. These are either based on racism ("the Jewish race") or the idea instilled by anti-Zionist propaganda that Zionism is based on religion and that Israel is the state of the Jewish religion. If you deny the existence of the Jewish people, then it follows that "Jewish State" must mean a state of the Jewish religion. Perhaps we should be saying "Israel is the State of the Jewish People" to avoid misunderstandings.

-Michael Young, of The Daily Star, notes that even-though Hezbollah's popularity is higher than ever, the group is at risk by the very fact that it is merely Iran's "bullet" and is indebted to the Khomenist Regime now more than ever.
Hizbullah's efficient ward heelers are handing out cash, reportedly much of it Iranian, to persuade the party's Shiite supporters that the destruction of their homes and livelihood was worth it. However, a more pressing question is: At what point will Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbullah's secretary general, be forced into making an impossible choice where he must either reimburse his expanding debt to Iran or, by doing so, risk losing the backing of his own community? In other words, when will Hizbullah have to truly decide whether it is Iranian or Lebanese?

The question is ever more relevant in light of the ongoing tension between the international community and Iran over the latter's nuclear program. Iran had wagered on Hizbullah's missiles being a deterrent in the event of a conflict with the United States and Israel. That effect has been mostly lost thanks to the month-long Lebanon war. Hizbullah still has many rockets, and its infrastructure in the South is probably intact. But what it no longer has is a blank check from the Shiite population to pursue a new war of "honor" that will surely put most of them back in the streets again.

-Jeff Weintraub has writes an article about how the Lebanese Prime Minister seems to think that Hezbollah can never again go to war within Lebanon and that it's time to make peace with Israel. Read the article to learn how, either, Seniora is completely dellusional or in dire need of psychiatric treatment.

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At 8:25 AM, Blogger Fern R said...

The article about Ahmedinejad doesn't fit with the title of this post. Half of Iran to eliminate Israel? We should be "honored." That means every Israeli's life is worth 4.85 Iranian lives. :-P

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Haha. Hmmm... I'll have to think about that one.


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