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Monday, February 04, 2008

And so it begins again...

It started as a small change in the tone of conversation in the office. 

I had my head down so I barely noticed the shift from boisterous, animated conversation to more subdued words of concern.  Several people were gathered near someone's desk looking over their shoulder at the computer screen.

A woman walks by and catches a whispered word; "Dimona?"

I take notice that she is now walking briskly back to her desk... dialing her cellphone as she walks... waiting... waiting... "Hello Ima, you're home?  Where's Abba??

A pause... then she allows herself to collapse into her chair with, "Thank G-d"

This is too familiar a routine, even though it hasn't played out in some time.  I turn to face my computer and surf over to one of the Israeli news sites.  Sure enough, the headlines:

At least three dead in Dimona suicide bombing attack
MDA treating casualties on the scene, say many wounded
by attack on Dimona commercial center; attacker assessed
to have crossed from Sinai...

I don't need to read more... I can probably write the rest of the coverage from memory.

More groups of people are gathering by computers... more people rush away suddenly while calls are hurriedly placed.  The relief... the guilt at feeling relief... the quiet tears...

And so it begins again.

Posted by David Bogner on February 4, 2008 | Permalink


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Does Israel have any serious peace partner in the Middle East?

Posted by: Rami | Feb 4, 2008 2:19:32 PM

I saw the headline on CNN but didn't click on it (why bother?) instead going right to 3 other Israeli news sites for details. I too am surprised that it was in Dimona and relieved that I know no one there to worry about..... but feel a familiar pang in my heart for the families of those hurt and killed.
Here we go again...

Posted by: celestial blue | Feb 4, 2008 4:05:42 PM

Who will stop it? I belatedly caught up with your last several posts. Of course I agree with every word, but who in the gov't agrees with you? Likud? Bibi?

All I've been saying, for a few years now, is give war a chance. (Of course with my rear end safe in Los Angeles, that's very easy for me.)

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Feb 4, 2008 4:23:59 PM

(Sigh) - Here we go again...

Trep - I know you're not in love with the idea, but I think it's time to start destroying the homes of suicide bombers again. While we're at it, knock down whatever madrassah they attend as well. Maybe it will give second thoughts to the parents and teachers who are brainwashing their little psychos into becoming holy martyrs for Allah. At the very least, it will, if only temporarily, destroy the virus at its point of inception.

In the waning years of the Cold War, Sting wrote a song that contained the following lyrics: "The only hope for me and you/ is that the Russians love their children too." These brainwashing bast---s don't love their children. They don't love anybody. They don't know what the word means. It's time to stop playing nice, take off the kid gloves, and SMASH THEM. And if the current Israeli leadership doesn't have the stomach for it, they should make way for those who do. End. Of. Story.

Posted by: psachya | Feb 4, 2008 6:01:51 PM

Oh David,
I thought of you instantly when I saw the news on TV. I'm glad you are okay and I feel so terrible for those that have to endure the worry. I'm astounded at the Israeli government and how they are continually allowing the terrorists to get away with this again and again by not taking a hard line. How can they possibly think they can negotiate with these people? You can bet if something like this kept happening in the U.S., Guantanamo would be the least of the terrorists' worries, yet the U.S. among others keep encouraging Israel to give up land and "play nice". This is so ridiculous and I know what I'm saying is absolutely nothing new, but I had to comment.

Posted by: Maya | Feb 4, 2008 7:22:38 PM

Interesting to note that our neighbors are hitting on the people (communities) that we haven't cared about since day one. Shderot, Dimona, Kiryat SHmona. The places we sent the people we did not caree about. Let them face the attacks and when our enemies see that no one cares that can attack even more. Ever think of moving major government offices to Netivot?Where are the Black Panthers when we need them?

Posted by: Alizah | Feb 4, 2008 7:34:48 PM

It saddens me to say that I am still of the opinion that before it gets better it is going to get much worse.

Posted by: Jack | Feb 4, 2008 9:12:30 PM

The Pal-death-cult rears it's ugly head. And we are supposed to make peace with these barbaric pustules on the derrière of humanity?

Posted by: QuietusLeo | Feb 4, 2008 10:47:20 PM

I pray for all you who are in the homeland - your safety, your souls, your children and homes. It's all I know to do at half a world away...

Posted by: mercurial scribe | Feb 5, 2008 1:38:20 AM

Rami... I can think of several joke responses to that question, but the honest answer is 'no'.

celestial blue... Trust me, the idea that 'I know no one there to worry about' is how the decision makers in this country feel about Dimona and such places... which is exactly why the terrorist pick those places. Such attacks demoralize the country without causing the government to act.

Doctor Bean... If you hadn't said it, I would have.

psachya... preaching to the choir, my friend.

psachya... The US government has quite a few double standards... why mention only this one? :-)

Alizah... I've pointed this out in the past. Targets such as the old bus station in Tel Aviv... Sderot.... Kiryat Shmonah... Dimona... are below the threshold that will cause the country to rise up and demand the government to act. The Dolphinarium and the Park Hotel... immediate responses. The terrorists want to keep the country on a low simmer, not have it erupt in a roaring blaze that will burn them too.

Jack... Whether you are talking about the terror or our leadership, I agree with you.

QuietusLeo... I'm sure you spent a lot of time on your feet yesterday.

mercurial scribe... It is much appreciated.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Feb 5, 2008 1:48:59 PM

That's why it's so important to always say to those that mean the most to you - you family, your love ones, your dear friends - how much you love them, cherish them, and miss them when they aren't around.

So they can always walk around, knowing that in their hearts and you, without carrying any regrets.

Posted by: jaime | Feb 6, 2008 3:30:56 AM

Muslims Against Sharia condemn the murderers responsible for the homicide bombing in Dimona as well as degenerate perpetuation of the culture of death in Gaza.

Our prayers are with the victims of this atrocity. We send our condolences to their loved ones.

May the homicide bomber rot in hell for eternity. May his accomplices and animals who celebrated this horrendous act join him soon!

Muslims Against Sharia call on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to shut down Al-Hayat al-Jadida, Al-Iyam and Al-Quds as terrorist mouthpieces that glorify homicide bombings. Failing to do so will show that Palestinian Authority's quest for peace is nothing more than empty words.


Posted by: Muslims Against Sharia | Feb 11, 2008 6:55:01 AM

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