DO YOU CARE ENOUGH TO SPEAK OUT? WARNING: POLITICAL RANT AHEAD. Is every thing political? Some think so. Mike Leigh, a British writer and thinks so; he states: “You can’t not be political. It’s like asking if I consider myself a human being.”
Others think saying everything is political stops people from actively participating in politics. I don’t often get openly political on my blog, but I do make my voice known on some political issues. I am definitely a Jew and definitely pro-Israel. So here is someone who shares many of my views and much of my frustration at the amount of mis-information accepted by so many as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Addressed to Jews by Rabbi Schlomo Lewis of Atlanta; it was his Rosh Hashanah 2010 Sermon.
A quick quote from the article. “We are at war. We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis but one wouldn’t know it from our behavior. During WWII we didn’t refer to storm troopers as freedom fighters. We didn’t call the Gestapo, militants. We didn’t see the attacks on our Merchant Marine as acts by rogue sailors. We did not justify the Nazis rise to power as our fault. We did not grovel before the Nazis, thumping our hearts and confessing to abusing and mistreating and humiliating the German people”
I agree with all my being that we are at war. I also remember the Americans did not want to help Europe defeat Hitler untl the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Moreover, many approved of Hitler, thought he was on tract to cleaning up the world. Studebaker, the now defunct car manufactor, even named a car for him–The Dictator. So I worry. I fear as with the war to save our environment, not enough will take action soon enough. Too many either hate all war or care only about their personal safety and comfort. These do not want to see that those who want to wipe Israel off the map, also plan to rule the world.
Many of my friends only see the faults of Israel. Makes me want to scream. How would you expect the United States to act if Canada backed by Europe was saying the American Revolution was an unfair usurpation of British soil and demanded we return the original thirteen colonies. What would you want us to do, if the Canadians started lobbing rockets and sending suicide bombers across its borders into our land, training their children to hate us and making heros of all who died in their cause.
Israel wants peace and has given much trying to make peace. There will be peace when the Arab nations are as eager as Israel to live in harmony with its neighbors.
I am also accused of prejudice against Islam–Islam that by theology wants to no freedom of religion. Yes, I know, “There are many Muslims who don’t believe that.” Islam is a loving religion. Well, so is Christianity. Sadly both see non-believers as headed to hell. The Christians have stopped actively helping non-believers get to the Fiery Gates, but as a Jew I will not sleep easily until faith in the Father, Son and Holy ghost become written theology acknowledging Christianity is one way to heaven, not the only way. Fundamental Islamists continue to wage Jihad. And not facing that fact is like denying the Holocaust and leading the world to another war, but one that will be with nuclear weapons.
When all the moderate and peace-loving Muslims and Arabs speak out against their brother’s war on other religion, I will sleep better. But I will sleep most soundly when all theolodgies stop playing the “My God is better than your God.” Then we will stand a better chance of surviving those who use religion to advance their greedy desires to rule.
I will also sleep better when my other friends don’t see the Palestinians and Arab nations as blameless victims and affirm Israel’s right to exist and so to do what has to be done to survive.
Takes two to war and just as their are no atheists in fox holes, there are few pacifists in lands were bombs explode.
I often fear the world will end before we stand united against tyrants and religious wars. End of rant.