From the violent riots across the country the last week, even a modicum of discipline has gone out the window, and with that comes a curtailment of freedom through deployment of the National Guard, Military, and imposition of curfews and more.
There was a time that peaceful protests led by leaders with integrity held sway…but now it’s anarchy out there!
Today, the cities are burning, the stores are being looted, people are afraid, and our republic is being torn asunder by racism and filthy election politics. 😉
I saw this “Antifa” (Anti-Fascist) symbol on this painting of a cow in Washington, D.C.
As a child of Holocaust survivors, I certainly understand and can even sympathize with the view of the anti-fascist movement–certainly, we should all unequivocally appreciate, love, and want to protect freedom and human rights!
However, I think throwing around labels like fascist, perhaps where it is more about political disagreements doesn’t help to identify the really bad actors out there in the world and what they can and even would like to do to harm all of us.
Anyway, I am pretty sure that this cow is no fascist.
I would also like to say that the red and black with this symbol here is way too close to looking like how the genocidal Nazi’s themselves portrayed the dreaded and infamous swastika in red and black.
It would be great if we use symbols and labels carefully, and let the cows go back to being cows. 😉
This video is an excerpt from the speech today by Israeli PM Netanyahu at the U.N. General Assembly.
Some highlights from this:
While Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle-East, it has been singled out for condemnation by the U.N. (in 21 out of 27 U.N. resolutions) more all than all other nations of the world combined.
And while “it doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain, it casts real villains in leading roles:”
– Khadafi-led Libya chaired the U.N. Commission of Human Rights.
– Saddam’s Iraq headed the U.N. Committee on Disarmament.
– Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the U.N. Security Council.
Netanyahu recalls in his speech–that despite all the many capable and decent people at the U.N., when in 1984 he was appointed Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N., that the Lubavitcher Rebee foretold to him that he would be serving in a “house of many lies,” but that even in the darkest place, a single candle can be seen far and wide.
I was proud to see the candle alight and hopeful that from it, intolerance, extremism, terror, and anarchy will be defeated.
All people have a right to dignity and respect–may G-d grant us a path forward to find a genuine peace–one where we not only learn to live with each other, but perhaps where one day, we can learn to love each other, as we are all children of the one G-d in heaven–Oh, what a peace that would be!
We watched this week the riots in London–the chaos, the anarchy, the destruction, and ultimately the fear brought upon the everyday people.
But nothing was more chilling than the video of the Malaysian student who already beaten and bloodied is helped to his feet by what seems like a good samaritan only to be taken off-guard by what turns out to really be a second attack, where they steal his wallet, phone, and Sony PSP playstation.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said about this incident: “When we see children as young as 13 looting and laughing, when we see the disgusting sight of an injured young man with people pretending to help him, while they are robbing him, it is clear that there are things that are badly wrong in our society.“
But what is wrong with society and how are we going to correct them?
Clearly, there are feelings are social inequality and injustice around the world and this has sparked protests, riots, and war.
This last week we saw the gamut from peaceful protests in Tel Aviv over the rising costs of living, to the riots in the UK leading to over a thousand arrests and estimates of hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, and ongoing warring battles for the Arab Spring occurring in the Middle-East in Libya, Yemen, Syria, and more.
And while protesting and even demanding change in the face of injustice is sometimes necessary, the brutal attacks on innocents is not a fight for social justice, but rather of those who would take advantage of the times for their own greed and malevolence–it is sick to loot, burn, and attack just because they can.
Unfortunately, we saw similar mob mentality in Egypt when CBS reporter, Lara Logan was brutally raped by a crowd celebrating the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.
So what is wrong? There are some people who lack a clear sense of right and wrong, and who are not inhibited from doing horribly wrong and violent things.
I remember as a child growing up, my father used to tell me, when there is no one to stand up and be a man, you be the man–you be the example!
This was not a lesson in masculinity, but rather of morality–no matter what others do, no matter how egregious, no matter how many, you must have the conviction to stand up and do what is right.
To me, we need more fathers in this world like mine, who teach and demand responsibility from their children.
Similarly, we need more nurturing mothers, enlightened educators, genuine models of religious piety, as well as wise and inspirational leader–who can bring out the best in our young people and give them hope, but also guidance.
Both the London riots and the attack on the student that happened this week, could happen anywhere next, if we don’t continue to address the basic needs of the people (from freedom to human rights, economic prosperity, etc.), and ensure a society that is governed by law, but also driven by ethical behavior and a sense of duty rather than entitlement.