Cuddles Versus Lashes

Cuddles and Lashes
Interesting juxtaposition of civilizations before us…



On one hand, we have people in the West looking for a hug and cuddle (even if oddly, they think they have to pay for one). 



While on the other hand, Islamist extremists are giving 1,000 lashes (the first 50 of which were proudly given today with more to come in the following weeks) for “opposition” blogging, and terrorists are killing hostages in a kosher grocery store in Paris and gunning down satirists making comics for Charlie Hebdo magazine.



Seems like somehow we just aren’t mentally getting it (or maybe we can’t stop “getting it” from the bad guys)!



Cuddles and lashes will never go together. 



You cannot cuddle a terrorist!



Yet, we ostensibly have terrible difficulty even calling them Islamist terrorists and extremists, even though that is what they are.



They are killing people with AK47s in Paris and bombings in London, hijacked airplanes targeting the World Trade Center and Pentagon, beheading journalists and gassing civilians in Syria, kidnapping women and children in Nigeria, and slaughtering schoolchildren in Islamabad



However, we are and will unfortunately continue to get our lashes from them, as the threats are not gone or dissipating, and the war is not won or maybe has barely even begun–although we are “war weary”.



We must awake from our cuddling stupor and realign ourselves to the mentality of 1000 lashes. 



Appeasement will keep failing as the false thinking and broken promises of those who teach hatred and kill indiscriminately and barbarically will somehow just stop–they won’t. 



Sadly, be ready for the enemy upping of the ante with bolder, more daring, crazier, and deadly attacks.



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

UN Inhuman Rights

Hamas_Baby_Armor
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for investigation of Israel for possible violations.



Hmmm, how does that make sense?



Israel abides by every ceasefire, sets up medical facilities for Gazans, provides advance warning of fighting to get innocents out of the way, and makes every attempt to withhold fire when civilians are at risk. 



This while Hamas and Islamic Jihad use babies as human shields and indiscriminately target vast population centers and critical infrastructure in Israel.

 

Incredibly, the UN Relief and Works Agency facilities in Gaza (e.g. schools) were being used to hide missiles for use against Israel and upon discovery, the UNRWA returned these to terrorists to continue to harm civilians. 



Unfortunately, in these cases, the UN is not protecting human rights, but rather is enabling the “rights” of dangerous terrorists to act grossly inhuman and immoral.  



Where politics trumps right and wrong…evil is permitted to flourish and good is diminished in the world.



Only 13 years since the 9/11 attack by Islamic terrorists that killed almost 3,000 innocent civilians here…is the world again getting amnesia on the very dangerous threat it faces?



(Source Photo: here from The Yeshiva World)

Time To Get Up

Sitting, Waiting, Metro
This person is sitting on a stool and waiting for the Metro.



The quiet and complacency of this person just sitting there was a stark contrast to the big train coming down the tracks.



I wondered if this is not a sign of our times where the world is moving large and fast in turmoil:



– With big airliners with hundreds of passengers being shot of the sky

– Thouands of rockets and dozens of murder tunnels aimed at cities full of civilians by terrorists hiding in hospitals, mosques, and playgrounds

Six year old girls raped by their roller-skating instructors

Women being stoned to death for alleged adultery. 



…but where we are sitting here quietly and contemplatively as the big train rolls over any vistages of moral decency left in humankind.



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Rally For Israel For Self-Defense


This video is from the Rally For Israel for their Self-Defense in Washington, D.C. today at lunchtime. 



Israel is still trying for a cease-fire, but continues to be under a barrage of missiles from Gaza. 



Thanks to G-d, as well as the support of the United States, the Iron Dome Missile Interceptor is protecting the people of Israel from more than 1,300 indiscriminate missile attacks by terrorists–this is truly miraculous!



Even today, the United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza found 20 missiles hidden by Hamas in one of the U.N.’s schools in Gaza–sort of leaves you scratching your head as to what type of schooling these children are unfortunately getting?



The multiple ceasefires by Israel, warning residents before taking military action, and even fixing the electricity to Gaza that Hamas knocked out with a missile they were aiming at Israel–is a wonderful testament to the humanity of the IDF. 



Interestingly enough, at the rally, there were a handful of antagonizers with megaphones behind the stage and podium trying to interrupt the lineup of ambassadors, congressmen/women, and other speakers for Israel’s right to self-defense–sort of telling that they wouldn’t even respect other people’s right to assemble and speak. 



The trillion dollar questions is how you get to peace and security under these circumstances?



(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)