Some juxtapositions juxtapose themselves. Shot:
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 9, 2014
Chaser: “A large Nazi flag was seen on Sunday flying over the West Bank Palestinian town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, only several kilometers away from a field where the bodies of three murdered Israeli teenagers were found buried last week…Residents of Beit Ummar have flown Nazi flags in their town in the past as well, including above a mosque:”
We’ve all built our Arabic vocabularies a touch since 9-11, but the definition of words can often be problematic. The meaning of concepts like, say, jihad, are notoriously difficult to pin down, even when they shouldn’t be; I think deliberately. One of those elusive terms is hudna, meaning a temporary truce or “quiet.” A permanent truce, i.e., genuine peace, does not seem part of the vocabulary of jihadists whose sworn goal is to make the world Islamic, sooner or later, like it or not. They just take a time out when it looks as if they could be in trouble, like a hockey player with a twisted ankle. As an example, Hamas is known for its hudnas, cooling down (or pretending to) and then heating up again as soon as possible to do what the beginning of its charter always promised it would do — destroy Israel.
For years the bien pensant of the West (Europe, the U.S.) have urged, actually put strong pressure on, Israel to play the hudna game with Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and the rest of the sociopathic Islamofascist crew. The Israelis, from a humanistic tradition and anxious to be thought well of, have acquiesced, even when they have the extreme whip hand. The results have been as one would predict: another war, another hudna and on and on. This has been going on since the founding of the state of Israel in 1948, even before that really. In other words, for a long while.
Maybe it’s time for a different approach. How about just…winning?
Works for me. Read the whole thing.