Column: Something's Wrong
Its one thing to go through an airport check once in a while but it’s quite another when you get checked in NYC every time you get on a subway, bus, railroad or ferry.
When I go to the supermarket here in Safed, my backpack is checked – same thing at the bank and any government office – and I am swiped by a metal detector. In Jerusalem, you can’t even go into a hotel, restaurant and probably a host of other places without being checked and swiped. There are guards everywhere. They get on and off buses looking for bombs. They become your friends at the supermarket where you regularly shop – or maybe not – giving someone they recognize favored status and free entry can mean their job.
It wasn’t this way in Safed until about three or four years ago. This town is removed and quiet and hasn’t suffered more than one attack on a bus in nearby Meron. Still, when the attacks escalated nationally, Safed changed and there were guards and checks in places that there never were before.
Did you ever see a car with plastic windows or a bus with bullet proof windows and grating over the windshield? That was supposed to protect the Jews living in Judea Samaria and Gaza from terrorist attacks. The windows were rock proof, it being thought back in the 1980’s that the “intifada” would never escalate beyond rock throwing. Then the Arabs started shooting and the windows were little consolation and not much protection. Anti-tank missiles have been fired at bulletproofed buses in recent years and would be fired regularly if the weapons were in greater supply.
Everybody here knows that backing down and running away and covering up and negotiating are all losing approaches to dealing with terrorism. That’s why 60 percent of the Jews in Israel voted for Sharon and not Mitzna; who ran on a platform of withdrawal from Jewish Gaza. That Sharon became Mitzna does not obscure that fact.
Now that Sharon is shoving Israel into this mad expulsion that will make the whole country vulnerable to rocket attack it is important that Americans make sure that they learn how to deal with terror from the Israeli people and not the Israeli government of Sharon. What do I mean? Vote for and support those leaders that are toughest on terror. Demand a more aggressive assault on the whole worldwide terror network – wherever they are – as president Bush promised, including the dismantling of all “Palestinian” terror organizations now. Demand that Jews not be pulled out of their homes and have their lives destroyed by Israel’s tyrant and neo-capitulator whose plan will create a Hamasland.
Israel needs your help and you need Israel’s help. Israel needs your help in getting the truth out about the insanity of creating a terrorist state in the Land of Israel. The main stream media is stacked against the people of Israel and is supporting Sharon. Let your voices be heard in any way you can.
How can Israel help you? By telling you the truth about terror, but be careful to listen to the people and not the government. They are misleading themselves and the world in their appeasement and capitulation and they are betraying and comprising the security of their own people.
Listen to the Israeli people. You cannot run and you cannot hide.
The alternative is a European style capitulation and Dhimmitude: “the Islamic system of governing populations conquered by jihad wars, encompassing all of the demographic, ethnic, and religious aspects of the political system. The word "dhimmitude" as a historical concept, was coined by Bat Ye'or in 1983 to describe the legal and social conditions of Jews and Christians subjected to Islamic rule. The word "dhimmitude" comes from dhimmi, an Arabic word meaning "protected". Dhimmi was the name applied by the Arab-Muslim conquerors to indigenous non-Muslim populations who surrendered by a treaty (dhimma) to Muslim domination.” (http://www.dhimmitude.org/)
What can I say? The debate over bag checking and profiling is offensive to my ears. It reminds me of the plastic, rock proof windows. As long as the Islamo-fascist network is still around they will find a way to attack all those that have not submitted. Hear about bin Laden’s cocaine/terror attempt? How do you defend against that? How do you defend and protect yourself against maniacs who seek your destruction in any way they can imagine?
You can’t. Either you destroy them or you they destroy you or you submit and become their water carriers and footstools.