Monthly Archives: January 2009
It’s been a crazy, amazing, and hectic two weeks during which the US has welcomed a new president, Israel ran an unsuccessful bid to oust an embedded terrorist regime in our backyard, and I found two friends from my high school and college days, one of whom lives only an hour from me. We’ve been oblivious to each other’s being here for over 30 years. Wow.
Warning! Don’t click that “play” button if you are easily offended. Not PC, totally irreverent and relevant as only Robin Williams knows how.
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We Israelis watch the growing outrage against us and wonder whether the world has gone mad. How is it possible, we ask each other, that after suffering an unprecedented terrorist campaign, we’re portrayed as bullies for finally trying to uproot the threat? Why does so much of the world seem to get indignant not when Israelis are being massacred and turned into a nation of terrorized shut-ins but when we hit back?
The article by Yossi Klein Halevi quoted above was written not in 2008 or 2009, but in 2002, when Israel entered the West Bank town of Jenin to put an end to the terrorist attacks launched from there. via Does the World Prefer It When Jews Are Victims? – Los Angeles Times.
Still not the post I’m writing ruminating on the current situation in the south. Lisa, on the other hand, has written a whopper. While I don’t agree with a lot of what she’s said, it’s still worth reading every word, including the links.
A letter received yesterday from a close friend in America:
Yuk…what a terrible time. I pray for you all and am scared to see all that is going on. Where are your boys…still status quo? And would your daughter have to come home if called upon? it’s just never over is it? Come to THIS desert for a while….we can sit and knit and drink coffee! Love you.
Our older son, who has been out of the army for nearly two years, already called his commanding officer and volunteered. Regardless, there’s no place for him at the moment. His entire high school class was very motivated to get into combat units, so there are a number of them already called up.
Our youngest is not in a combat unit and in fact can’t be because of health issues. This doesn’t prevent the army from sending him to do guard duty on a base somewhere. At the moment he is still taking courses so unless total war breaks out (G*d forbid), he’s a student.
Our daughter is exempt from the army, although her old unit is quite busy at the moment.
Over? We’d love for it to be over, so would our Arab neighbors. That’s the crux of the problem.
Love you too.
The above email was edited to remove personal bits and for clarity.
Comments on this post are moderated and polite discussion is always welcome.
There is another post coming about the Gaza War, but this will let you know how things are with us at the moment.
P.S. the title of this post is not meant to be flippant. It just expresses for me how detached some people seem over what is happening here.