Friday, August 19, 2005

The Beginning of Something Else

It's ironic that on the day a German becomes the second pope in history to visit a synagogue, in Israel, Jews are being forced out of their homes at the hands of their own government, under pressure from the world to concede the land to the Palestinians.

In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal bragged that the victory will lead to the end of the state of Israel as well as help anti-U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan:

Asked about Hamas's future plans, Zahar said: "Neither the liberation of the Gaza Strip, nor the liberation of the West Bank or even Jerusalem will suffice us. Hamas will pursue the armed struggle until the liberation of all our lands. We don't recognize the state of Israel or its right to hold onto one inch of Palestine. Palestine is an Islamic land belonging to all the Muslims."

Zahar said the disengagement would boost morale in the Arab and Muslim world and positively influence the [anti-US] campaign in Afghanistan and Iraq. "We are part of a large global movement called the International Islamic Movement," he explained.

Note that Israel's withdrawal from Gaza over the past few days did not stop Al Qaeda from attacking an Israeli airport and U.S. ships this morning. So much for appeasement.

I am indebted to the The Anchoress'reflection on these events in Gaza this week. On her blog, Anchoress states that at the very least, the forced emptying of the Jewish settlements is problematic in that it has become easy to blame the Jews for everything. I agree. Neither atheist-progressives, nor the apologists for Islamofascism would cry to see the last Jew on earth dead.

The Anchoress writes:

Here is what I am fearing right now: I’m fearing that these pictures of Jews being moved at gunpoint will, aside from filling some with glee, also make the whole idea of “moving Jews at gunpoint,” seem “usual” and therefore doable and even palatable for some ... The stuff going on in Gaza feels like a beginning of something else, that’s all.

The wrenching photos, the tears of the soldiers, the resistance of the settlers -- it's too much to witness and I want to turn away from it lest the agony become my own. God, deliver me from the human desire to reject suffering, lest I cooperate with evil.