Thursday, February 21, 2008

Gaza: Temporary relief or definitive cure?

The Jewish Press has a front-page article by "combined news sources" about a planned invasion of Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces to destroy the Hamas infrastructure and put an end to the daily rocket attakcs on Sderot and other places in the Negev and as far as Ashkelon. I believe the article goes into too much detail about what the IDF plans to do and how they plan to do it; back in World War II there was a saying that "loose lips sink ships."
The gist of the story is that sometime soon, and with at least the tacit approval of President Bush, the Israelis will bomb and then invade Gaza, stay for several weeks to several months, destroy Hamas's installations and ability to make mischief and then leave. The aerial bombardment is meant to reduce the numbers of Israeli troops in the ground invasion and thus the number of Israeli casualties. If so, the plan is flawed on several counts.
The Gaza problem is not new, nor did it begin with the ill-conceived disengagement in 2005. It has been going on since 1948. Fedayeen, al-Fatah, Hamas, only the names change, the daily terror attacks on civilians remain the same. In 1956 Israel responded to eight years of daily provocation by invading and capturing the Gaza Strip and the whole of Sinai up to the Suez Canal, only to withdraw against its own interests at the insistence of Britain and France (who participated in the invasion and then got cold feet) and President Eisenhower. A United Nations force was put in place as a buffer against terror attacks, and that more or less worked until 1967, when Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser flicked his finger and the U.N. force, the proverbial umbrella that folds up as soon as it begins to rain, left. The Six Day War and Israel's miraculous victory ensued, and that overwhelming show of strength kept the peace until Israel's foolish decision to negotiate with enemies sworn to its destruction. Still, several settlement blocs placed with the approval of several Israeli governments, left and right, kept a lid on the violence. Then the disengagement. As anybody with any sense of history would have been able to predict (and did predict), the enemy kept on "engaging" with deadly effect. Duh, appeasement doesn't work. Munich anyone? So now, repeating the errors of the abortive Sinai campaign, the U.N. folding umbrella and the placement of settlements only to remove them when the going got tough, Israel is set to embark on an illusory quick fix instead of a definitive solution.
The American experience in Iraq should show us that aerial bombardment does not win wars. All it does is prepare the battlefield; wars are won by boots on the ground and plenty of them. That means casualties, but there is no choice since the existence of the State hangs in the balance; if Israel is perceived as weak and unwilling to take casualties, the enemy is emboldened to increase its attacks, not just from Gaza but from South Lebanon. All of Israel will be in missile range from north or south. It also means a lot of diplomatic heat, but again there is no choice; diplomacy never defeated Arab terror and never will. Israel has no one to rely on except God and its own strength. Limited war is an oxymoron; one must go whole hog or not at all. While Israel should not go out of its way to attack civilians, when the enemy hides its military assets in civilian areas, as those brave Arabs always do, Israel's air force should drop some very dumb bombs from very high altitudes and put the fear of God in the enemy. Cold, clawing fear is what the Arabs understand. And forget about leaving in a few weeks, months or years. How do you think Hamas came to power in Gaza? In as free an election as any you could get in that part of the world (except Israel!). And what will happen as soon as the IDF leaves? That's right - Hamas comes right back, rearmed by their Syrian and Iranian sponsors, and the rockets start falling again and worse. Gaza is part and parcel of Eretz Yisrael and Israel must stay there forever. The expelled pioneers of Gush Katif are, for the most part, still in temporary housing and would return in a heartbeat and rebuild everything that the Arabs destroyed after the disengagement and then some. Golda Meir once said that Gaza is a dagger sticking into Israel's heart and must never be surrendered (she also told the world, straight from the shoulder, "The future of Jerusalem is not negotiable."). They didn't call her the only man in the cabinet for nothing. The Arab population must be dealt with the way Poland and what were then Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union dealt with the Germans in the huge chunks of German territory they inherited after World War II. To wit, complete the exchange of populations begun in the 1950s when tens of thousands of Jews from Arab countries were expelled and came to Israel with little but the clothes on their backs. Let them go to the Palestinian state that has sat on 80% of mandatory Palestine since 1946 and is known as Jordan. Or let them come to America. Gaza's Arabs for Brooklyn's Jews? Israel can do with a lot of brainy English-speaking Jews who can take the sun as well as any Arab, would be happy to never look at a snow shovel or bundle up like an Eskimo again and do not pose a security risk.
And what is this business of seeking the approval of President Bush before acting? Is Israel a colony of the United States? The first duty of any government is to protect its people. The safety of Israelis, not Americans, is at stake here. What do you think President Bush would do if border towns in New York were under constant rocket fire from Canadian territory? I have little doubt that he would have the U.S. Air Force give Canada an early spring. Indeed, when President Bush was criticized for invading Iraq without a consensus of world opinion, he replied that he will never wait for a permission slip to keep America safe. The same principle applies here. Go in and clean out the viper's nest once and for all.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

More stupidity from Lakewood

An interesting article appears in the Chronicles of Crisis column in this week's Jewish Press. In short, several families with young children were visiting their grandparents in Lakewood. The basement of the house was rented out to a kollel family, also with young children. The fire in the basement stove went out on Shabbat and the "man" of the house refused to turn off the gas. Soon enough the people upstairs started smelling gas and becoming sick. After finding nothing upstairs, one of the visitors, child in tow, came downstairs to investigate. It didn't take long to find the problem, and the visitor instructed his child to turn off the stove, which was not burning, under the disdainful eyes of the kollel "man."

The people who run Lakewood outdo themselves in stupidity and rish'ut every day. It doesn't matter how many blatt they memorized; they're still a bunch of imbeciles. Are they so busy banning books that they don't teach their talmidim the basics of survival? That man was worse than a hasid shoteh! The people in that house, according to the article, were becoming nauseous and getting headaches. Classic symptoms of gas poisoning. Continuously streaming gas displaces oxygen, dumbass! And any source of ignition might well have ignited a conflagration in which any or all of the occupants of that house, including young children, could have died, not to mention the firefighters who would have responded. They don't work hard enough, you see, they need extra business from yeshiva people who are supposed to have brains. Haven't the Kotlers and Salomons, with all their "learning," stumbled on an obscure concept called "pikuah nefesh?" It would serve that "man" right to be arrested for child endangerment and to have his children taken away.

Finally, why did the visitor instruct his child to turn off the stove? I learned that in cases of pikuah nefesh one does not ask a child or a Gentile to do the work, but does it himself. Even the gadol ha-dor, if present, must do the job himself to impress on the community the importance of setting Shabbat restrictions aside when human life is in danger. I would have brought my child downstairs, turned off the stove myself, opened the windows and told my child in a loud voice, making sure the "man" of the house hears, that when life is in danger you correct the situation first and ask questions later.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Obsession - The saga continues

Plus ca change, plus la meme chose. . . .

Obsession (see previous post) was produced in 2006. But the evil designs of radical Islam on Israel and the West continue. Arutz Sheva reports a "Palestinian" children's video show where a cute little rabbit pledges to "finish off the Jews and eat them." It's all in Arabic of course; thank God for the Palestinian Media Watch monitoring this stuff and translating it so neither we nor the mainstream media will have the excuse of ignorance. The rabbit goes on to promise to liberate Tel Aviv, which according to them was once an Arab city. Of course, all it was was an Arab sand dune until we got there and built it up with Jewish sweat. But ssssshh, yeshivot don't teach that stuff.
Read the article, watch the video clip, download the abridgement of Obsession and order the full version. None of this is pleasant stuff, but we're not living in pleasant times. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

It's the war, stupid - Democrats in denial

To hear both Democratic front runners talking, you'd think that there wasn't a war going on. We are not facing powerful enemies intent on our destruction. September 11 never happened, the Twin Towers still grace the New York skyline, we can afford to focus on what may or may not be a mini-recession that may or may not exist next January 20, and similar secondary issues. Both candidates have the same strategy for fighting the war - cut and run. As if the enemy was not going to follow us home!
I recently received in the mail a mini-DVD called Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West. It was quite an eye opener even for me. It goes behind the mainstream media's whitewashing to reveal the extent of Arab and Iranian doublespeak: they say one thing in English and quite another in Arabic and Farsi. They brainwash little children to idolize and emulate suicide bombers. Their fanaticism is unbelievable - but we disbelieve it at our peril. Every American should watch that video and the abridged version should be shown whenever John McCain speaks. He seems to be the only viable candidate who realizes the magnitude of the threat. The Democratic candidates should be followed around by truth squads to keep their audiences focused on the real problem.
I suggest that everybody reading this visit . Download the 12-minute abridged version of the film for free, then the 60-minute streaming version for $4.95 . You then have the option of purchasing the full version on disc for $10. Show it to your friends and colleagues. It might be the best $15 you ever spent. I can't exaggerate the importance of this film; the survival of our American way of life might well depend on whether we take its message to heart and act on it.

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