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Saturday, December 27, 2008

An open letter to...

... the Vatican which is now calling for an end to middle east violence...

... the U.N. Secretary General who is suddenly "deeply alarmed by the bloodshed..."

... the U.S. Secretary of State who is demanding an immediate cease fire...

... the European Union that is calling for "an immediate end to hostilities..."

... the Russians who are asking for all sides to return to the negotiating table.

I have just one question for all of you: 


Where was your concern for human life when it was Israeli civilians being targeted all these years?! 

Oh, and to the French who are condemning Israel's response to more than 10,000 rockets fired at her civilians as "disproportionate"... please just kiss my ass.  The only possible contribution you can offer to this conflict is to give the Arabs the benefit of your one expertise in warfare; Please teach them how to surrender. 

Posted by David Bogner on December 27, 2008 | Permalink

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this is so typical.
we sit and do nothing and get attacked and it goes ignored.
We do anything to stop the attack and suddenly we're the aggressors.

Posted by: triLcat | Dec 28, 2008 2:54:46 AM

I agree with you 100%. When it's them attacking Israel, no one says or does anything. When it is Israel defending itself from those attacks they all scream to stop it.

Posted by: David S | Dec 28, 2008 3:19:07 AM

Well said. Just as in the peace process where Israel is the only party from whom concessions are ever expected and in a cease fire Israel is the only party from whom compliance is ever expected, in any conflict, Israel is the only party from whom restraint is demanded. As if Jews should devalue Jewish lives to the level non-Jews devalue them and that Jews should be expected to place a premium on Arab lives far above that which the Arabs themselves value their own lives (as evidenced by the education of their children). You're absolutely right - while they're kissing yours they can kiss mine. And Livni was right - late but right - that enough is enough. Enough of any involvement by anyone in Israeli affairs until Israel can be dealt with equitably.

Posted by: Kae Gregory | Dec 28, 2008 3:40:02 AM

I want to apologize for Condi Rice. When she came in all the Republican hacks were treating her as the "smartest woman in the world" and she has really failed to live up to all of that. I believe the Republicans were being racist because they were shocked that one can be a woman and a black and intelligent. So they they over-emphasized her qualifications.

But still it is only downhill from here as our next Secretary of State is Hillary.

Bush is the worst President in American History. I have a feeling though that won't be true for long.

Posted by: Steve | Dec 28, 2008 4:06:40 AM

Meh, I'm expecting all the usual yelps of outrage from all the usual people over the next few days.

Jew-hatred on the streets of San Francisco? Pretty much guaranteed!

There were five times or more of the usual protestors at Grandlake today. Many of them faces whe recognized from other Jew-hating venues and events.

On the plus side, I got to use the word 'yenta' for the first time in a while. As in "no, I do not wish to converse with that kvetching pro-Palestinian yenta, or her pc gentile-wannabee associates".

I lament the loss of life, but not all of the dead. By no means.
Any members of Hamas that snuffed it were justifiable targets, and of the non-Hamas members that bought it, statistically nearly two thirds supported violence and terrorism. That being so, the disproportion has always been in the temperance of the Israeli actions. You know that, and I know that.

Those who scream about civilians in Gaza, where were they when the Russians and Georgians were fighting? Where were they when the Serbs slaughtered Kosovari and Bosniaks? Where were they when the Sinhalese army exterminated Tamil towns?

Well, we all know how well they advanced the rights and safety of the East-Timorese.......

It is, given their miserable record of 'equitability' and 'non-partisanship', best that they shut F up.

I will disagree with you on one key point, however. I do not want their mouths anywhere near my ass. Given what their mouths customarily say, I do not trust those holes.

Posted by: At The Back of the Hill | Dec 28, 2008 4:10:58 AM

"The White House issued a statement blaming Hamas for the Israeli air strikes on Gaza that killed hundreds of Palestinians in the bloodiest day there in decades." (emphasis mine) (link)

I mean, it's not exactly "Woohoo! Kick some ass, Israel!" but it's hardly France, either.

Is there anything we can do to help in the slightest, over here? Giving to MDA the best bet?

Posted by: Tanya | Dec 28, 2008 4:19:52 AM

This isn't a case of media bias -- media bias is reporters fawning over Barack Obama. This is antisemitism, this is evil, this may even be Satanic, but it isn't mere bias.

(BTW -- I'm sure France is up to teaching the Arabs in Gaza to surrender, but don't expect miracles. The Arabs seem to be slow learners of anything except hatred.)

Posted by: Bob | Dec 28, 2008 5:46:46 AM

Applause...

Posted by: Safranit | Dec 28, 2008 7:06:58 AM

All well and good, but it is understandable... and it is our fault.

WE (the Israeli government) give the message LOUD and CLEAR that it is acceptable to kill Jews (especially if they live in the "wrong" neighborhoods) and that it is NOT OK to kill Arabs. We rarely even punish accesories to murder.

So why now?

Why with such a display of force?

Better to fight Arab terrorism EVERY DAY, than to do it only once in a while, and then shock the world. Let the world get used to us defending ourselves on a regular basis. Let the world, including the Arabs, know that we will not tolerate even one attack on Jews.

And let's start this process of self defense (and pride), by stopping providing services when they are:
1. not paid for (such as the electricity in Gaza that YOU and I pay for)
2. abused (when ambulances are used for terrorism, then future ambulances can be sent to Arab hospitals)
3. defamed (if you lie about us in your media, we will stop giving access to your journalists -- after all, if you are going to lie anyway, what difference does it make if you are here or not...)

I could go on.....

Anyway, I think this was more about getting votes for Kadima than about defending our country.

Call me cynical, but I must ask, why now? what is different? the answer NOTHING, except the upcoming elections....

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | Dec 28, 2008 7:34:03 AM

I'm glad to see Israel standing up for itself. I'll sign that letter.

Posted by: Seattle | Dec 28, 2008 9:18:07 AM

There is one real winner in this pre-election (campaign?) war that should have been fought long ago.

Posted by: JoeSettler | Dec 28, 2008 10:08:31 AM

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in milk.

Henry David Thoreau

Posted by: Mongrel | Dec 28, 2008 10:19:15 AM

It is about time.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 28, 2008 10:35:47 AM

I'm glad to see that Israel's current action is eliciting these responses from these people. It means the Israeli government is finally doing the right thing. (And about time, too!)

And I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Condi Rice has been the biggest disappointment in either of George W. Bush's cabinets. And given Alberto Gonzalez, that's sayin' a mouthful. Frankly, I'm far from being a Hillary fan, but I can hardly see where she would be worse than the current Sec of State.

Posted by: psachya | Dec 28, 2008 10:55:52 AM

David - I'll second that letter.

My main feeling when I opened up the JPost webpage this morning Aussie time and realized what had happened, was sheer relief that Israel had stopped acting like a dhimmi (a dhimmi is not allowed to protest, complain, bear arms, defend themselves, or in any way actively respond to Muslim aggression - see Bat Yeor's 'The Dhimmi' and 'Islam and Dhimmitude', and some of the essays in Robert Spencer's anthology, 'Myth of Islamic Tolerance', for details), and claimed their right to defend themselves against the Jihad.

I shed no tears for Jihad Fortress/Armed Camp/Munitions Dump Gaza; the monstrous nonsense that pours from it is like that which poured from Hitler's HQ and deserves to meet the sort of response that the Allies gave to Hitler.

This morning in church I had the task of reading the Psalm. It was Psalm 124: "If it had not been the LORD who was on our side...". As I read it I couldn't help but think of tiny Israel surrounded by a raging sea of hate-blinded jihadists. I read it as a prayer for you all.

Posted by: dumbledoresarmy | Dec 28, 2008 12:49:13 PM

From the vantage point of 69 years (today:))of being an Israeli (well, my birth certificate defined me as a Palestinian), all I can say is: What else is new?? or better yet
אין חדש תחת השמש

Posted by: עפרה | Dec 28, 2008 1:18:03 PM

Much to my surprise, a French journalist noted ths morning on the radio that Egypt was more cautious than the other Arab states in its condemnation as they as they were tired of Hamas's bad will.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Dec 28, 2008 4:06:56 PM

I have to thank you for the 'six mailmen'joke. Unfortunately, it comes in handy often. Like today.

Posted by: Barzilai | Dec 29, 2008 6:36:16 PM

I lol'd (and i don't do that often) on the plea to the French to teach the Arabs how to surrender... ;o/

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Dec 31, 2008 8:35:44 PM

I am a bit late. Catching up after two weeks in the Golden Galut. It's good to be Home where we belong.

May I say that sometimes you are a genius of the simple stab to the soft tissue? Kol hakavod. Well said.

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Jan 1, 2009 11:52:49 PM

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