Monday, September 11, 2006

Five years later

It's been five years since America and New York City were attacked. The unthinkable became thinkable. We can no longer take our safety for granted. The enemy has proven both clever and persistent. They know they cannot defeat us militarily so they are trying to break our will. If we break we can expect nothing but trouble all over the world. We grumble about the inconvenience we have to put up with, and the intrusions on our civil liberties that are an inevitable concommitant of war, but thank God and George W. Bush we have not been attacked on our own soil since. It is not because the enemy has not tried. The mainstream media harps on our alleged mistreatment of captured terrorists, barbarians who wear no uniform and serve no country, but to whom the media expect us to extend the protections of the Geneva Conventions intended for legitimate prisoners of war. Those of us who feel sorry that people who would kill us in a heartbeat are not given five-star accommodations should remember the results of Shaul Ha-melekh's misplaced mercy toward Amalek.
Here are some pictures to remind you of the nature of the enemy we face:

The following is the El Malei Rahamim that I recite out loud when I have occasion to be at the World Trade Center site:

אל מלא רחמים שוכן במרומים המצא מנוחה נכונה תחת כנפי השכינה במעלות קדושים וטהורים כזוהר הרקיע מזהירים את נשמות אלפי אנשים נשים וטף שנהרגו ושנשחטו ושנחנקו ושנשרפו ושנקברו חיים על ידי הערבים הרוצחים ימח שמם בעבור שמתפללים בעד הזכרת נשמתם בגן עדן תהא מנוחתם לכן בעל הרחמים יסתירם בסתר כנפיו לעולמים ויצרור בצרור החיים את נשמתם ה' הוא נחלתם וינוחו בשלום על משכבם ונאמר אמן.


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