A small band of determined warriors takes on and fights
off the mightiest army of the region: this is the stuff history is made of.
Why the war? Leave small details to a future Plutarch;
this is another round of battle for
This was most unexpected. The Israelis were used to kill
– or disperse - weaponless untrained Palestinians. Instead, the fighters of
Sayyed Nasrallah dug in their heels into the bare hills of Bint Jbeil and gave
battle. If they were destroyed quickly, Israeli generals would lead their
victorious troops to
More important, Hezbollah refused to cease fire as long
Israeli PM Ehud Olmert said: “We have changed the
The now-subservient regimes of neighbouring countries can fall any minute or remove the Yoke of Zion. Their rulers were led to believe in Jewish superiority, and that is why they chose to condemn ‘imprudent Hezbollah’. But now their people see that even a small force of determined fighters can beat the enemy, they find no justification for cowardly behaviour of their rulers. It can lead to revolution, for King Faruk was removed by young officers of Falujah fame disappointed by his weakness in 1948.
Neil MacFarquhar reports in the NYT (28.7.06): “At the onset of the Lebanese crisis, Arab governments, starting with Saudi Arabia, slammed Hezbollah for recklessly provoking a war, providing what the United States and Israel took as a wink and a nod to continue the fight.
Now, with hundreds of Lebanese dead and Hezbollah holding
out against the vaunted Israeli military for more than two weeks, the tide of
public opinion across the Arab world is surging behind the organization,
transforming the Shiite group’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, into a folk hero
and forcing a change in official statements. The Saudi royal family and King
Abdullah II of Jordan, who were initially more worried about the rising power of
Shiite Iran, Hezbollah’s main sponsor, are scrambling to distance themselves
The report sees the popular opinion, “the Arab street” as
the vehicle for change; but the change can come from above, too. The cruel
Indeed, the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem existed longer
than the Jewish state, and probably would last for centuries, but its innate
aggressiveness and preparedness to serve as bridgehead for European invasions.
The turning point in Crusaders’ fortunes took place some 850 years ago, at the
Second Crusade which bore an uncanny resemblance to the Second Lebanese War. By
that time, the Arab nations were inured in invincibility of the Crusaders; sheer
arrogance of power led the Crusaders to march on
The Arab neighbours learned two things: (1) submission
and complacency can’t guarantee their peace for the Crusader state is a
Damocles’ Sword forever hanging above their heads; and (2) Crusaders can be
defeated. Out of the Second Crusade, came Saladin, a nephew of Nureddin, who
But the Jews may yet face another danger caused by their assertiveness. They relate to themselves the fiery prophesy of Rev. 19: 15 “Out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, with it he should smite the goyim, and he shall shepherd them with a rod of iron; and he is crushing with his feet the grapes of God’s wrath”. They take it so seriously that their massacre of Qana (120 butchered refugees) was named “the Grapes of Wrath”. These features are not the most endearing; and not only the Arabs may object to be shepherded by an iron rod.
An easy-going American may dislike that he can’t cuss a Jewish cop without reading about it in the New York Times. A believing American may be upset that he can’t mention Christ unless he is ready to be summoned to a court hearing. An honest American – or an European – may be annoyed by their hypocrisy. It is not enough that they push for war, they also blame others for it. It is not enough that they kill children in droves, they also preach on immense value of human life.
A religious Bible-thumping American may remember the prophecy of Ezekiel, 22 who said to the princes of Israel in the name of the Lord: “You have become guilty in your blood that you have shed; everyone among you, putting out his full force to shed blood” – that is the blood of innocent Palestinians and Lebanese; Ezekiel also prophesied the Zionist Gathering of Jews, and that it will lead to a major disaster to Zionists: “the house of Israel has become dross to me; therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst, and you shall know that I, the Lord, have poured out my fury upon you. The Israelis have used oppression, and committed robbery, and have wronged the poor and needy; indeed, they have oppressed the gentiles wrongfully, and therefore I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath; their own way have I rewarded upon their heads, said the Lord God.”
An American politician, maybe even an American president may get tired by these people’s endless need to demand sympathy or to protest an outrage; by necessity to watch out, by ideological censorship and party discipline, by their blackmailing habits, by their fat pockets and media hold, by Damocles Sword they hanged above his head.
Moreover, an American or a European who calls himself today “a Jew” may ponder whether he has much in common with the people whose poets call upon their soldiers: “Storm on Lebanon and Gaza, and plow it and sow it with salt, raze it down, let no human being remain alive/ Turn them into a desert, rubble, a valley of mess, unpopulated/ Save your nation and drop bombs / On villages and cities, their collapsing houses do shell / Kill them, shed their blood, turn their lives into living hell /”.
He may give a thought whether he wishes to be a secret weapon of Israel in words of Prime Minister Olmert who said: “Arab weapons, even when they hurt us, are nothing like the powerful, secret weapon we possess: The Jewish people… across the world, and the special feeling of love and mutual commitment that prevails between all Jews, regardless of where they are”. He may just stop to consider himself a Jew and melt into general populace, as millions did before him.
A Jewish friend of mine wrote: “I have asked a number of
my friends in the
Israelis, i.e. dwellers of
And after all, Americans and Europeans may just get bored of these guys that endlessly preach to others and are never willing to hearken to others’ views. Even Germans may one day kick their masochist habit of endless repentance. And then the Yoke of Zion will be gone, for this Yoke is nothing but shared belief in Jewish superiority. And then, the perfectly harmless Jews will have to learn and become usual citizens of their countries, without a special access to presidents, bank coffers and TV screens.