Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Back from my slumber

I spent the first few days of Passover in San Diego at my mom's. Good food, good company, hours playing Gin (had never played before-- it was a blast!). And, thank goodness, a relatively quiet holiday around the world. Luckily, the ever vigilant IDF foiled yet another Palestinian attempt to murder Israelis during Passover. Big surprise there was another attempt. Big relief they weren't successful.

I was over at Bill's place and found that he had posted an article by Larry Miller-- "There are no Palestinians". It reminded me of an article from the Village Voice that was published during the height of tensions after the Passover massacre of last year, "Palestine 101".

It starts off with a joke, but the article is a quickie lesson in history:

Have you heard the one about Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Chairman Yasir Arafat finally sitting down to negotiate? Sharon opened with a "biblical" tale.

"Before the Israelites came to the Promised Land and settled here, Moses led them for 40 years through the desert. One day, miraculously, a stream appeared. They drank and then decided to bathe. When Moses came out of the water, he found all his clothes missing.

" 'Who took my clothes?' Moses asked. 'It was the Palestinians,' replied the Israelites."

"Wait a minute," interrupted Arafat. "There were no Palestinians during the time of Moses!"

"All right," smirked Sharon, "now that we've got that settled, let's start talking."

What's so funny about Arab history is that they don't seem to be capable of learning from it, so as to not repeat it. After promising to annihilate the Jews/Israel in 1948, and then getting their asses kicked, Arabs continue to pick fights with those who can handily crush them. Arab leaders are idiots, and they are control freaks. They fool themselves into thinking that their militaries can actually put up a fight against Israel or the western democracies, while we all know that they don't have the brains or the brawn to even compete. As long as they refuse to join us in the 21st century, and as long as they continue to instigate, they will continue to get slapped around. No religion is superior to others, and it's time they learn that and respect the basic right to practice any religion you wish.

What is depressing and scary is the Shi'ite gathering in Karbala, where many of the pilgrims expressed their hatred towards the U.S. The U.S. has made it possible for them to partake in their ritual, yet they show a total lack of gratitude. Our troops have gone out of their way to avoid intruding on their religious rituals. Hopefully the younger generations will come to their senses at some point soon. We can't afford to allow our efforts and soldiers' lives to be wasted. We cannot allow Iraq to turn into another Iran.

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