November 15, 2004
Now I can breathe a sigh of relief.
A couple of days ago I met with journalists who came to interview one of the ‘fanatic extremists’ whose views and opinions are on the very fringe of Israeli society. Of course, many of their questions focused on ‘what’s next,’ following the demise of ‘terrorist number one.’
“He’s dead, so what will be now?”
My first response was that I am truly sorry – I’m sorry that he didn’t die at least thirty five years ago – so many lives would have been saved. I added, ‘not only Jewish lives, but Arab lives too’ but I’m sure my interviewers didn’t take me seriously.
As to ‘what’s next,’ I answered without hesitation. “There is going to be a blood bath. The Arabs don’t know any other way. They live lives of violence, that’s the way they make decisions, and that’s not about to change now. They will inevitably start killing each other as part of a war of inheritance. There’s much to gain: power, prestige, and money – lots and lots of money. Maybe a free trip to Washington, a picture with George W., with luck a ceremony on the White House lawn, and if history should replay itself, a Nobel Peace Prize and a big slot in the history books. So, what’s a few dead people on the road to such goodies? “
The interviewers looked skeptical. So I continued. “Look, they have absolutely no respect for human life. Look how many of their own they’ve sacrificed over the years. A couple of weeks ago a 16-year old genocide bomber blew himself up, killing some more Israeli Jews. Fifteen year olds have been apprehended on their way to perpetrate such horrible crimes. Any leadership that sees 15 and 16 year olds as expendables, clearly don’t care about life. As far as they are concerned, life is a means to an end, and if it helps them meet their goals, is worthless.”
“But,” they continued to ask, “maybe something has changed – new leadership, free elections, etc.?”
“Do me a favor,” I responded. “There are twenty two Arab states in the Middle East. Find me one democracy. Show me one Arab state which has ‘free elections.’ Of course, some states, like Egypt, do conduct elections every so often, but there is only one candidate. In other countries, if you vote for the wrong person or party, you simply disappear. And many others, don’t even attempt to play the game. The leadership is sold, inherited, or taken by force. That’s simply the way it is.”
“Now, please explain to me why the so-called ‘palestinians’ should be any different. These people live by the sword and the gun. This is the way they’ve lived for centuries. How can anyone expect them to suddenly put down their weapons and start living like Americans in the United States. Their culture does not understand the meaning of ‘free democratic elections.'”
“Remember,” I told them, “the Islamic fundamentalist culture that they espouse is diametrically opposed to the western culture you are trying to force down their throats. Not only don’t they believe in it, they vehemently reject it. The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the terror in Spain, there is no end to it. Years ago, in July of 1997, I wrote an article called “Uncle Muhammad” [http://www.freeman.org/m_online/aug97/wilder1.htm], warning of impending fundamental Islamic terror against the United States and the entire Western world.”
“A few months ago I interviewed the director of the Norwegian chapter of the International Christian Embassy, Leif Wellerop, while he was visiting Hebron, and asked him his thoughts about the huge influx of Islam into Europe. His response was instant and still resounds in my ears. ‘World War Three has already started,!’ he exclaimed. The Muslims are attacking western, Christian values, traditions and culture, and their way is, of course, the way of the sword.”
Imagination. I don’t think so. Our Islamic friends have long memories that are saturated with revenge. The Spanish al-Qaeda attacks are a perfect example. The Middle East Info web site reports the following:
In the debris, police found a damaged videotape they said was likely recorded on March 27. Investigators salvaged images from the tape that they said showed militants, their faces covered and brandishing an assault weapon, warning of more attacks unless Spain pulled its troops out of “the land of the Muslims,” an apparent reference to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Evoking the history of Christian wars that drove Muslims from Europe, the speaker on the video said, “We all know about the Spanish crusades against the Muslims, the expulsions from Al Andalus and the tribunals of the inquisition,” according to a transcript of the recording released by authorities.
The statement echoed aspirations of other Islamic militants, including al Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden, who in a taped message evoked “Al Andalus,” the ancient name for the area. In 1492, the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella ended eight centuries of Muslim rule after a long siege of the city of Granada. [http://www.middleeastinfo.org/article4250.html]
And in Time magazine:
“For Spanish investigators, it was a chilling message from beyond. As they searched a bombed-out apartment building in the Madrid suburb of Leganés last week — trying to determine from the body parts exactly how many members of the March 11 train-bombing cell had made their last stand there — the investigators found a videotape in the rubble. On it, an intense man, flanked by two others brandishing Sterling submachine guns, warned of massacres to come. “The Brigades of al-Mufti and Ansar al-Qaeda” — or supporters of al-Qaeda — were in Spain, said Sarhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet, 35, to demand that “its troops pull out immediately from the land of the Muslims.” Linking Iraq and Afghanistan to the 15th century expulsion of Muslims from Spain and the Inquisition, he demanded “blood for blood!” and “destruction for destruction!” [http://www.time.com/time/europe/magazine/article/0,13005,901040419-610023,00.html]
In other words, Islamic warriors are presently avenging the deaths of their comrades, almost 600 years ago.
These are the people that the State of Israel are expected to ‘make peace’ with. These are our ‘partners.’ The departure of the 20th century’s second-ranking terrorist is, according to western leaders, media, and everyone else, an historic changing of the guard, the opening of a ‘new chapter,’ a ‘fresh chance’ for peace.
Right, tell me all about it.
So, why do I now sigh a breath of relief?
Yesterday I heard that the ‘great Palestinian hope,’ Abu Mazen, had been chosen by the Fatah terror organization in Ramallah, to replace Hitler’s successor. He was then, according to news accounts, to visit the ‘mourner’s tent’ in Gaza. “Aha,” I said to myself, “if he is now an official candidate, undoubtedly someone will try to kill him.” And you know what – so it was. As soon as Abu Mazen arrived at the appointed place, gunmen invaded the ‘tent’ and started shooting. Abu Mazen wasn’t hurt, and today is trying to downplay the attack, claiming that it was not an assassination attempt.
He is, of course, playing on Arab intelligence to believe him. Forget the fact that two of his bodyguards were killed. Of course it wasn’t an attempt to kill him. They just ‘lost control of themselves, and Abu Mazen, by chance, happened to be in the way.
That’s the way they live, and that’s the way they’re going to continue to live – whether we like it or not. Forget about western democracy, forget about free elections. The name of the game is violence, money and corruption. And, of course, the primary element: the desire to wipe the State of Israel, and all it’s Jewish inhabitants, off the map. As a first course. This was exactly what I told the journalists, just a few days ago, and it already came true. Not because I’m a prophet, rather because when you know who you’re dealing with, it’s just common sense.
You remember the story about the guy who said he could train a cat to be just like a human waiter. He found a tame cat, and for an entire year worked very hard, teaching the cat how to walk on two legs, how to carry a tray, how to bow, how to act with proper manners in front of important people.
Finally the day came. The cat entered the hall, wearing a tux and bow tie, spruced-up, looking great. In his ‘hands’ the cat held a tray filled with exotic delicacies. He started serving table by table, and all the participants laughed with delight. Tray after tray, until finally, he appeared with glasses filled to the brim with an exquisite brew.
As the cat approached the main table, a little boy ran into the room, pulled a mouse from his pocket, and threw it in front of the cat. The tray suddenly crashed on the floor, the drink drenching the important guests. The cat tore off, chasing the mouse, forgetting his manners, forgetting his tuxedo, forgetting his ‘human’ attributes.
Once a cat, always a cat. Learn how to deal with them, as they are, like it or not.
Once an Arab, always an Arab. Learn what they are, learn how to deal with them, as they are – like it or not.
Because the alternative isn’t a tray full of drink crashing to the floor. The alternative is a replay of September 11th, again and again and again. G-d forbid.
With blessings from Hebron.