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March 13, 2011 - 3:29 pm

Very lightly reported in the principal media, several heroes of Palestine “broke into the house of Udi and Ruth Fogel (36 and 35 years old, respectively), and stabbed them to death along with their 3-month-old daughter, Hadas, and two sons, Elad (3 years old) and Yoav (11).” YouTube promptly removed a video – not of the actual murders (there apparently was none to remove) but showing still photos of the dead Israelis. As all left thinking people know, YouTube did the right thing. The many heroes of Palestine have for too long been disparaged in the media.  While these heroes’ efforts to produce true peace will not likely be effective other than for the few Israelis noted above,  I look forward to viewing,  at YouTube and elsewhere, videos showing the peacefully joyous reactions  of these

residents from the southern city of Rafah [who] hit the streets Saturday to celebrate the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Itamar where five family members were murdered in their sleep, including three children.

Residents handed out candy and sweets, one resident saying the joy “is a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank.”

This brings me to the venomous snakes which want to come into our yard to play with us and with our puppies. In many respects like Palestinian heroes, these pitiably downtrodden snakes are peaceful beings; unless hungry and wanting to assert their natural rights to food, or disturbed after asserting those rights and then merely wanting to relax and bask in the warm sunlight as they also have every right to do, they are harmless. Yet I have sometimes sinned by trying to drive them away or even to kill them (the snakes). May Allah – whose beloved children we all are – hear my confession and have mercy upon me.

Having learned much from Dear Leader Obama, I have resolved to give peace a chance. I am eliminating all remaining (but fortunately ineffective) barriers to snake entry and otherwise making them feel as welcome as my own brothers and sisters. Given enough warmth, affection and puppies to kill they could easily become loyal comrades to comfort me as I slide even further into librul senility.

To help others to understand, and to persuade them to support, my worthy goal of peaceful coexistence, I am hereby demanding that the malicious stories about venomous snakes be removed from all media, that health agencies cease instructing on the prevention and treatment of snakebites and that all schools everywhere revise their curricula to focus, instead of on their own warped misconceptions, on the great good done by our peaceful friends, the venomous snakes. To do other than welcome and provide for them would destroy the peace process I am trying so hard to initiate and to make work.

Despite President Obama’s wise counsel, which I have taken to heart, Israel continues obdurately to pursue her racist and discriminatory follies. If she is to become a civilized, appropriately diverse (but former very small) and therefore peaceful country, she must accept our great president’s enlightened wisdom and do as he has tried so hard to persuade her to do. Israel, in her uniquely contumacious way, has yet to yield. Not once in recent memory has a President of Israel even bowed to a Palestinian statesman!

Israel probably has more Palestinian heroes with whom to deal than I have snakes; the snakes may well be less aggressive and dangerous. Nevertheless, since in my own small way I am making similar efforts with snakes, Israel can do even more. Should she now fail to demonstrate even the minimal desire for the true peace she has for so long rejected, President Obama must declare and mercilessly enforce a no fly zone over all portions of those lands now under Israel domination until she does.

Dan Miller graduated from Yale University in 1963 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1966. He retired from the practice of law in Washington, D.C., in 1996 and has lived in a rural area in Panama since 2002.

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