Friday, March 07, 2008

7-Mar-08: Carnage in the library

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Things change but really they stay just the same.

Another massacre in the heart of Jerusalem, so reminiscent of the massacre that took the life of our own precious Malki six and a half years ago.

Then too our trust and naiveté left a bustling location, full of children, totally unguarded.

Then too the leader of the PA condemned the attack out of one side of his mouth and gave terrorists the green light out of the other. Abbas is Arafat without the kefiyah and army drabs. Like his mentor he is waging a "fight" against terrorism that is nothing but window dressing. When Israel finally reacted last week to Hamas' daily attacks from Gaza, Abbas jumped up and down screaming "massacre".

Abbas' terrorists have unabashedly assured journalists that they retain their arms and have not disavowed terrorism. Time and again, terrorists that Abbas claims to capture mysteriously "escape" or are sentenced to token prison terms.

Nevertheless Prime Minister Olmert, with Condoleezza Rice almost visibly breathing down his neck, was quick to "reassure" the West that these vicious, sadistic murders will not derail the "peace" talks.

The mirage of a "moderate" Palestinian contingent ensconced in Gaza and the West Bank lives on. It is a mirage embraced not only by our American patrons but ever more widely here in Israel too. During the barrage of Qassams and Grads on Sderot and Ashkelon, Bradley Burston Polyanna-ed in his Haaretz column: "The world of jihad is fraying at many points and, in the worst symptom of any revolution, beginning to show its age."

Burston chirps about an "exhaustive" Gallup poll of the world's Muslims (actually a sample of 50,000) that "claims to represent the views of 90% of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims", 93% of whom are said to be moderates who condemn the 9/11 attacks.

Even disregarding the questionable reliability of such a poll, we all know that a dangerous distinction is consistently made between terrorism against Israel - which they "understand" - and the terrorism everywhere else.

Moreover, 7% of 1.3 billion is an awful lot of radical, blood-thirsty jihadists, particularly when so many of them reside within spitting distance of your own home.

Burston concludes with these empty words: "If recent indications hold, Islamist terrorism as an ideological brushfire is dimming in its ability to galvanize and electrify."

If we needed evidence of his delusion, last night was it. The demise of Islamist terrorism is nowhere on the horizon.

The world watches us grieve and bury our dead children. But it cannot commiserate. It sees footage of the "poor" Gazans rejoicing over our murdered children, handing out candies to passers-by, but it cannot condemn. (See AP's report this morning: "Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip praised the operation in a statement, and thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza to celebrate.")

Almost every major news-network concluded its reports of the terror attack with variations on this unrelated addendum: "...An inevitable response to last week's Israeli military operation in Gaza that killed more than 100 Palestinians." Never mind that those casualties were Palestinian terrorists clutching sub-machine guns along with the neighbors they chose to endanger by fighting from within their midst.

With that one sentence the Western mainstream media have equated them with innocent Jewish school-children murdered in school, seated at their desks, clutching their books.


We remember the young victims of last night's murderous terror attack on the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva:
Segev Pniel Avihail, 15, of Neve Daniel
Neriah Cohen, 15, of Jerusalem
Yonatan Yitzhak Eldar, 16, of Shilo
Yonadav Haim Hirschfeld, 19, of Kohav Hashahar
Yohai Lifshitz, 18, of Jerusalem
Doron Tronoh Maharata, 26, of Ashdod
Avraham David Moses, 16, of Efrat
Ro'i Roth, 18, of Elkana

Our thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and with the families of all those caught in the line of fire of the barbarian gunman and his backers.

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