Beyond the Cusp

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August 31, 2012

Any Length to Deny Anti-Semitism

There are two subjects that the authorities and the press in the United States and much of Europe will go to any length to deny, anti-Semitism and terrorism, especially Islamic driven terrorism. The second, terrorism, has been written about in countless articles. One glaring example was the shooting attack at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center of Ft. Hood on November 5, 2009, where thirteen were murdered and twenty-nine left injured. Disregarding the fact that Major Nidal Malik Hasan has admitted his attack was religiously motivated and that he carried out the attack as his contribution to Jihad and was heard to be shouting “Allahu Akbar!” the entire time while he was systematically moving from one person to the next, shooting as many as he was able, yet the entire assault has been classified as a case of workplace violence and not at all related or driven by terroristic motivations. The same has been the case in repeated numbers of such attacks. The second motivation which the press and authorities refuse to call by name is anti-Semitism whether it is an attack on somebody because they are a Jew or the attack is motivated against Israel due to its Jewish roots.

The latest of these instances occurred recently at Michigan State University at an off-campus party. It was initially reported that two young men walked up to the victim and asked if he was Jewish. Upon his answering in the affirmative the two executed Nazi salutes while chanting “Heil Hitler” and claiming to be members of the KKK and then knocked nineteen-year-old student Zachary Tennen unconscious and then stapled his mouth shut. East Lansing, Michigan Police are still investigating the assault and stated that they did not believe the attack was a hate crime, and privately told the Tennens that they believed the fight was over a girl. Police said in a statement they had interviewed two witnesses and identified a suspect, though the incident was still under investigation. With the evidence made available, this begs the question of how far must one go in order to commit a hate crime against somebody of Jewish heritage? If asking if somebody is Jewish and then, when they have identified their victim as a Jew, the attackers adopt Nazi salutes while yelling “Heil Hitler” and then attacking their victim is not sufficient to qualify an assault as anti-Semitic and a hate crime, then what more is required? Such ignoring of evidence in order to avoid admitting that an anti-Semitic hate crime has been committed is beyond the cusp of all that is reasonable.

The recent murder of a Rabbi and three young children who were students at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France was also classified as not a hate crime initially. France 24 National News referred to the murders and shooting as a “National tragedy” and not as a hate crime. Eventually, the investigation turned up that the same terrorist had attacked and murdered three French soldiers who were of North African heritage. It was eventually revealed that the motives for all the shootings were linked as the murderer believed he was killing those who served the infidel and the soldiers were considered by the murdering terrorist as traitors serving the infidel. But, of course these shootings were neither anti-Semitism nor terrorism, just simply a disgruntled and mentally challenged individual.

The two challenges in our world today that are threatening to unravel our civilization are hatred and terrorism. If we refuse to name and properly identify these acts when they are committed we will never be able to defeat these evils that are growing among us. Those who are committing these horrific crimes against civilization and humanity know full well what drives their acts and what they feel in their hearts. They have no problem even calling their acts for what they are and yet our societies are in such a state of denial that we refuse to even hear their declarations of deep hatred and violent filled motives. We continue on this path of denial at our own risk and we risk all that we have attained as a civilization and as a culture if we continue to dismiss hatred as simply accidents or mere insanity. Just because a person commits actions we cannot understand and we would classify as being driven by ideals and ideas that are insane does not make those who follow those ideals and ideas as their true path into insane people. They are sane and logically following something they honestly believe and are totally committed to and those are the acts of a sane person no matter how insane we find their acts and motivations.

The real source of our problem is the seeming inability of our societies to understand other societies which are foreign and alien to ours. We appear to be unable to walk a mile in the other’s shoes, as the saying goes. As long as we insist on applying our societal norms to the acts of those who follow a belief system that is totally alien and contrary to our own, we will never understand why these acts of violence are being perpetrated against us and will be unable to resist or prevent further actions against our way of life. We have to understand that just because we do not believe that religion can drive anybody in the modern world to murder for their religion does not mean that everybody in the world also stands for similar beliefs. It is completely likely, and with the evidence I have seen, extremely likely that there are people who believe that it is sanctified to murder in the name of their religion and to expand their religion and way of life to everybody on the planet. We are not all that many years removed from when we in the West had similar beliefs ourselves. We conquered the New World and forced our religious beliefs on many of the inhabitants on the American continents, on all of the North, South and Central Americas. We fought numerous wars with Muslims over the Holy Lands during the Middle Ages and beyond. The United States fought a religiously motivated war when we defeated the Barbary Pirates who felt their religion demanded that they impose their will by force on all who were not of their faith. As sorry as it may be to realize, but people murdering and conquering for their religion has not yet been erased from our planet and as long as anybody believes in violence for their religion we all have a serious problem which must be named and brought out into the light and confronted. Acceptance of all religions may be the cornerstone of our countries, as it especially is in the United States, but it has not always been so in all of the countries which now follow such theories. The United States fought its War of Independence over taxation and religious freedom. Much of Europe did not realize full religious freedom until after World War I. Secular societies and acceptance of all is a very new concept and has not been long accepted even in much of the current societies who now follow such a virtuous concept. Until the belief in universal acceptance and freedom of choice becomes universally accepted by each and every society and religious institution in this wide, wonderful and still too varied world, we will need to defend this enlightened idea as not all believe such acceptance is enlightened, some believe only those who believe exactly what they believe have received true enlightenment. In a way, we are trying to apply our idea of enlightenment to people who simply have a different idea as to what is enlightenment. Maybe a day will come where everybody can agree as to what is enlightenment. If we wish universal acceptance to be that unified enlightenment, then we are going to have to defend that idea against those who oppose universal acceptance. To fight those who oppose universal acceptance, we must be ready, willing and able to identify those who do not believe in universal acceptance and be ready, willing and able to fight for our ideals against those who oppose us in whatever field of battle they choose. If it be by debate, wonderful; if it be by the sword, very unfortunate but we may not be allowed to choose the arena in which this battle will be fought. Are you ready, and the next person?

Beyond the Cusp

March 21, 2012

Jewish Response to Toulouse Terror Murders Resolute yet Lacking

French Jewish Rabbis and leadership have called for the Jewish communities of France to respond to the heinous murders in Toulouse by building more schools, synagogues and other Jewish institutions. This may sound familiar to many as this is the same declared response Jewish leaders in Israel claim is the answer to the murderous terror attacks and barrages out of Gaza. Where this is a good response, it is an insufficient response as should that be the only action taken the world will end up having thousands upon thousands of Jewish schools, synagogues and other institutions sitting empty because there will no Jews to fill them. At some point the Jewish people are going to need to stand and take whatever steps prove necessary to protect their fellow Jews and use crippling force to end the senseless slaughter of Jews simply because they are Jews. The seemingly endless bombardments of the communities of southern Israel are an excellent case in point to exemplify the troubling weakness of Israeli, and all Jewish, responses to the murders and attempted murdering of Jews simply because they are Jews.


The political leadership in Israel announced the intent to build a synagogue and school and other buildings to honor the Fogels murdered in the savagely brutal slaughtering of five members of their family in their home in Itamar, Israel, which included slitting the throat of a four month old baby. The terrorist murderers of the Fogels not only admitted to killing the members of the Fogel family, they expressed dismay that they miraculously did not find two other children of the Fogel family that were home at the time of their savagery and took pride in their committing cold blooded murders of an innocent family and then pronounced they only wish they could repeat their evil numerous more times simply for the honor of killing Jews. The two Arab young adults who committed these unconscionable acts were found guilty of premeditated murder of five people including three young children, one an infant, and were sentenced to prison terms despite the death penalty being an available option in their sentencing. Despite the brutal and heinous murderous hatred displayed by these two terrorists, the Jews who decided their fate chose on the side of compassion, humanity, and life by refusing to sentence them to die for their horrid and unconscionable acts. In all of Israeli history, despite the technical availability of the death penalty being applied in any trial held under military tribunal, the Israelis have committed to utilize this option but once when sentencing Adolf Eichmann, a high ranking Gestapo Nazi criminal who was responsible for executing the Final Solution and murdering the Jewish people in Europe, who was hung on May 31, 1962.


Many around this world who have decided that it is their right and responsibility to second guess and criticize any and every action of the Israeli government will definitely protest loudly should Israel begin to avail themselves of the death penalty in the most severe cases where acts are committed by unrepentant terrorists vowing to repeat such acts. The call is always to utilize a life sentence or other lengthy imprisonment but we have seen recently that such sentences are so easily commuted by a government willing to trade over a thousand terrorists and hundreds of potential murderers in exchange for one Israeli. The concept of building as a response to murderous terrorism is a noble and honorable action to be praised and should definitely be a part of the Jewish response when attacked by those bent on murdering Jews. But before we end up building more buildings than there are Jews to fill them, perhaps some more concrete actions and reactions to such murderous intents should also be considered. The Talmud advises, “If someone is coming to kill you, rise against him and kill him first.” Where we are admonished that such should never be done with glee but done with great sorrow that such had become necessary, it still advises self-preservation as a Jewish goal. Deportation or imprisonment may be options in normal situations, due to the meddling of the entire world into even the smallest of actions and practices in Israel, anything which can potentially be undone will eventually be demanded to be retracted or negated which leaves only one way of preventing terrorists bent on murdering Jews from doing so again in the future. Such is not a happy choice but may be a necessary option which may require a willingness to consider its implementation in the most chronic, persistent, cruel and unrepentant cases. I would wish such would never be found necessary but such necessity cannot be ignored as things are at the cusp of a great and evil darkness which is arriving sooner rather than later. Building can be pursued as well as we should never give up on hope as an optional answer, but it may need to exist in parallel with more resolute actions.


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