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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Powerless

The news this morning reported seven civilian neighbours were injured when the Israeli military destroyed the house of an alleged extremist in Gaza, where a weapons cache was supposedly located.

Summary: The IDF managed to blow up the bloody arsenal without killing a single person!

(Further details: A quick internet research turns out it was four persons, not seven - I gather the newspeople relied on local "eyewitnesses" and hospital receptionists. I have no information about the alleged supposed civilians' reported claimed civilian status. Concerning the avoidance of the word terrorist see here - scroll down to the Slip-Of-The-Tongue Award.)

Bottom line for the innocent viewer: The military Israelis nearly killed a family, destroyed a house - the old oppression routine of those vindictive Old Testament people - and now they produce this paltry excuse. Anyway the freedom fighters are right.


I have this horrible feeling of powerlessness you had as a child.
And I'm a non-Zionist leftist.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

The IDF can be pretty impressive...(keep in mind they are only human, and can make mistakes from time to time...but overall, this is an example of doing things right)

And Kol HaKavod to them! :)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 7:50:00 AM  
Blogger Irviner Chasid said...

Its times like these I am reminded of the Tanach, where it says you will be scattered and hated.

Times like these give me a closer connection to G-d, and seeing His hand in history and the special status we have as a people.

Don't feel powerless, feel empowered.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

The attitudes towards Israeli actions can best be described as "bad Jew, NO matza!"

I often get the feeling that if Jews just shut up and whimpered every time Edom committed an outrage, the world would smile in a kindly fashion.

Just don't know at whom they'd be smiling.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 12:53:00 PM  
Blogger Lipman said...

I often get the feeling that if Jews just shut up and whimpered every time Edom committed an outrage, the world would smile in a kindly fashion.

Hardly, I'm afraid. And as history has shown, they wouldn't stop committing outrages, not in general and not against Jews.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Yeah, but they'd be smiling.

As would Edom.

Unfortunately fighting back doesn't seem to be teaching them to stop committing outrages either.

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It ires me when commentators use the Old Testament allusion. Atjeh and the Dutch fought brutally for nearly a century - irrespective of testaments. The French were positively demented in Algiers and Vietnam while losing their empire. Again, neither Testament had zip to with it. Iraq is the most vindictive place on the planet - hardly a Testamentarian to be found.

No one says that the wars of Christian countries (there have been several, I believe) is New Testament people viciousness. Though in the past century, quite like parts in the Book of Revelations.

Wars aren't testamental, but testicular.


Lastly, on a personal level, I dislike the terms Old Testament and New Testament. I prefer Torah, Nach, and 'the Christian Subsequentia'.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 7:07:00 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der Å¡teg) said...

"Subsequentia", i like that.

I usually use Tanakh (or "Jewish Scripture") and Christian Testament. or "Christian Bible" when refering to the whole complex of texts considered canonical by Christianity

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 1:46:00 PM  

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