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THIS DAY February 26

Posted by Shiva on February 25, 2009

Warning, This post contains graphic images

February 26, 1978:In the Philippines, Islamic terrorists from the Moro National Liberation Front kidnapped French Finance Ministry official Pierre Huguet. He was taking pictures with his tour group in Zamboanga when he was pushed off a bridge and plucked out of the water by jihadists lurking in a boat below.
The terrorists released Mr. Huguet unharmed two weeks later when the Philippine authorities agreed to reimburse the Muslims for the expenses incurred during their crime. It’s one thing to pay some arbitrary ransom, but to ask for and receive a terrorism expense check in some sort of cordial business agreement is a special kind of whacky. Reimbursing a criminal for their out of pocket costs makes terrorism seem like a legitimate enterprise. This is not a game. The stakes could not be higher. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hamas is Guilty of Child Abuse

Posted by Glezele Vayne on February 25, 2009


Good, loving parents all over the Western world are harassed by government agencies because they believe in disciplining their children, because they may place restrictions on what they watch on television, or Youtube,  or the sort of peer influences they allow. These same parents will be blamed if their children do get into trouble as a result of what they watch on television, learn from the internet, or bad peer influence. They’ll be accused of not disciplining their kids. Can’t win for losing.

On to even more absurd inconsistencies. Everyone is gasping over the carnage of Gaza. I agree. It is horrible.

The question is: Who is responsible for these horrors? Isn’t it obvious that Hamas wants these children to die? It’s great PR for them…to make Israel look like the monster. That has been the strategy since the Arab world refused to settle the Arab refugee population they created in 1948.

“The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live.”

— Palestinian Authority (then) Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) (Falastin a-Thaura, (March 1976)

I don’t see Israeli parents dressing their toddlers up like suicide bombers and encouraging them to murder Arabs. Israeli parents nurture their children for life, not death. A necessary fact of Israeli life, due to overwhelming and unceasing Arab aggression, is the military draft, which takes effect at eighteen years of age. Like all civilized nations, Israel focuses on legitimate self-defense against the unprovoked belligerency of their enemies, not on the glorification of blood and gore.

Israeli parents lose sleep while their children do their required service in the IDF. Israelis don’t pass out candies if, chas v’shalom, one of their precious children dies. They do what normal parents do. They weep. They also weep over the death of their enemy’s children. But Israelis, by and large, are not foolish enough to blame themselves. They didn’t create this mess just because they insist on living.

Why don’t these same Western governments, so quick to point fingers at responsible parents, start casting their critical eye towards Hamas? Why, instead of begrudging Israel her legitimate right to protect her own children, don’t these concerned governments condemn Hamas for it’s obviously callous use of innocent Arab children? How is teaching children, some who have only mastered walking, that their highest purpose in life is to murder Jews — if necessary by suicide — not the most serious form of child abuse??

Hamas is what has to go. Arab belligerency is the problem.

Not Israel.

From Schmoozing with Elya & Ellie Katz

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