Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fuck You, Hizballah

"Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may thrive and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you." - Deuteronomy 16:20

"I don't know about the rest of you but I'm not celebrating, I'm
goddamned rejoicing!" - Steve (Daniel Craig) in Munich (2006)


It's been nearly sixty years since the State of Israel declared its independence, and as Hizballah's warnings following the assassination of arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh clearly demonstrate, the world still has yet to be made safe for Jews and Judaism. Muslims can harp on all they like about Islamophobia, but when have they ever been as persecuted or pursued as we Jews have? In fact, I would say it is patently hypocritical of them to complain about anti-Islamism when the Arab-Islamic world is a bastion of anti-Semitism of the nastiest, Nazi-esque sort.

There are certain people the world is better off without. Saddam Hussein was one such individual, and Imad Mughniyeh was another. That one ended his life hanging from a noose in Baghdad while the other was blown to smithereens in Damascus makes no difference to me; each time, I've shed no tears over their passing from this world into the next...they've joined Hitler and Milosevic in Hell.

Would it have been better for "Hajj Imad" Mughniyeh to have been captured, tried in a court of law, convicted (as he surely would have been) and then executed? Maybe, but we'll never know - Syria gave the mass murderer sanctuary. Normal routes to justice could not be...pursued. By anyone but the Syrians. And unless they broke character, they wouldn't do in such a valued, revered ally (unless, of course, they could spin it a certain way).

Now, Hizballah has threatened to strike out at Jewish and Israeli targets worldwide in retaliation for Mughniyeh's death. "Let this war be open," Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah informed his supporters - and the world. He has not declared a new war, but rather issued a call to arms for the continuation of a war which began years ago (and not with the Second Lebanon War of 2006). As a result, security measures, which already tend to be high at Jewish and Israeli-connected locales, have been beefed up once again.

Once again. Once again, Jews are supposed to fear for their lives and the lives of their children. Jewish houses of worship, centers of learning and love of God, are once again in danger of being attacked by those waging a modern Crusade against the infidel Zionists and their compatriots. Once again, Israel has gone on high alert. Once again, we wait for the blood of innocents to be shed so that the blood of murderers can be seen as having been avenged.

I haven't the slightest doubt that Hizballah has the operational capabilities of striking anywhere it wants to: When you get right down to it, Tucson is just as vulnerable as Jerusalem (andy you don't necessarily have to remember the 9/11 terrorists' and Hamas connections to this city), or New York. My concern is not localized, though; a terrorist attack against Jewish targets in South America, or Africa, or Europe is really an attack against Jews everywhere.

We might not all agree on the applicability of certain religious laws or interpretations of Torah, and we may differ markedly when it comes to our support for, or affiliation with, the State of Israel. Our stand on intermarriage can cause serious rifts within our families, and end friendships with fellow members of the tribe.

Back in ancient times, in our own Promised Land, we Jews weren't immune from civil war.

In modern times, we've come pretty close to picking up where they left off.

However, those differences between us matter little to Hizballah, al-Qaeda, Hamas, et al. Just as it was with the Nazis, to them a Jew is a Jew - Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, unaffiliated or even atheist. Islamist bombs are blind to the arbitrary fault lines between and within a people. Terrorist-launched missiles can be aimed, but rockets don't discriminate as to who they kill and who they spare.

But while we're reminded once again that it's dangerous to be a Jew - if it's ever been safe - I can't say I'm not proud to be Jewish.

"Justice, justice shall you pursue..."

And justice has been done.

Fuck You, Hizballah.

I designed this flag, by the way. Months ago.



Jews worldwide urged to be on their guard after assassination

Hezbollah Chief Declares War on Israel After Militant Commander's Death

Israel embassies on high alert following Mughniyah killing

U.S. Official: World 'Better Place' With Death of Hezbollah Figure


Avram said...

i'm still not so certain it was Israeli/US hands that took this SOB out ..

Jeremy said...

That's why I left open the possibility of Syria, or a rival group, taking him out. Still, either way, WE are to pay the price. Which means it doesn't really matter who killed him.