Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Be a Sport...Make a Phone Call

As the days go by, one of the emotions I keep having to deal with is anger. Anger at the sons of Ishmael...anger at our government...and worst of all anger at some of my closest friends.

I know it is difficult to believe, but I do have a circle of women friends who are very left wing. VERY. One even volunteers for Arab rights. One is/was a Woman in Black who stood on one of our very busy street corners with her friends every Friday noon, protesting the War in Lebanon and demanding that we get the hell out of there.

Now I really like these women. Both are articulate, intelligent, extremely capable and interesting people who have been friends of mine for donkey's years. And over the years, I have learned what they are doing, what they stand for, and how they think.

I have worked very hard not to discuss either politics or religion with them as I feel they are misguided in both these areas.

In my opinion, they made a three-ringed circus out of Rabin's assasination, working themseleves and the country into a frenzy. Even Kennedy's assasination is only remembered one day in the States. Here we have the Jewish date, the secular date, and one more 'just in case'.

I knew then that the far left was so busy pointing a finger that they forgot we are all appendages on the same hand.

Over the years I did dip my toe into the muddy waters of debate with them.

'We have to get out of Lebanon, at all costs.'
'But...'
'We have to get out of Gaza and the West Bank.'
'But...'
'As long as we are occupiers, we will not have a decent country.'
'But...'

WE WE WE...bad us/poor them.

Quietly, I tried to point out that we spell peace, p-e-a-c-e...and they spell peace, p-i-e-c-e. I tried to show that no one can force another to love them. I love my brother, I turn the other cheek. I know there is plenty of room inside Israel and in the Middle East for everyone. But they don't care.

One of the things we would discuss was 'what if'. What if we kept Israel the way it was, and what if we gave back the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and left Lebanon.

I asked, 'What if I am right. What if land for peace is just the aperitif? What if they want the whole kit and kaboodle?'
'Ah, well, then we'll have to take it back and defend ourselves.'
'Oh, REALLY? We let them re-arm, re-group, and then hide behind women and children and we simply go and take it back?'
'Oh, Marallyn. Don't be so dramatic.'

I'm not going to quote you figures of dead and wounded. Or report on the massive damage done to property up north. I won't even discuss how traumatized one million of our family are.

But I do think, the least my friends could do was to pick up the phone and say 'I'm sorry. You were right.'

The truth is that they still think they're right. After the past few weeks of death and destruction, I don't know how...but they honestly still think they are right.

And it's making me crazy. 'I know Daddy, G-d made me crazy.'

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.

6 Comments:

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous a friend said...

AMEN! And... they are still spewing their vitriolic words... have you ever noticed that they (actually... this fascinates me!) FOAM at the mouth they get so angry? It is NOT a 'breaking heart', it is a vicious, intellectual anger. I had one yesterday at work. Would you believe that she is from Germany, not Jewish but married to a sabra. NEGOTIATE!! NOW!! WE ARE SO BARBARIC... sigh, Marallyn... my heart hurts from it...

 
At 9:45 PM, Anonymous the guv said...

Blogs and blogs ago, I wrote of a conversation that I had had with two intelligent women friends of mine who just "didn't get it". One of them thought that Israel's response to the kidnappings, was "disproportionate". The other, a Jewish woman, didn't want to get involved in our chat because she had no emotional ties to that country. I backed off. After all, realistically, these opinions, were just that. Opinions. Opinions that, while they astounded and irked me, won't make one whit of a difference when all is said and done. Israel is just another country for these two, and for many like them. More to the point, their opinions were not going to affect their personal safety, or their country's very survival. Maybe, ultimately, the collective opinions of a great number of Canadians will affect Canada's image, but, even then, we're not talking about a significant consideration here.

But these peaceniks that you write of, while they are certainly entitled to their opinions, are making matters a whole lot worse for a country that is already up to its ass in alligators. Shame on them! Dangerous rabble rousers, all ! And, because we don't live in Israel, and are not privy to all available information, we probably have NO IDEA, what havoc these malcontents are wreaking. Again, and again, SHAME ON THEM !

Stay angry, my friend! Speak out and influence people. Let us just hope that your tiny country's leader is just as angry. Angry enough to get the job, that simply must get done, done. Successfully, and completely, this time around.

The Guv

 
At 9:54 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks guv...for understanding and for caring so much...we have enough enemies wanting to destroy us on two fronts...this is not the time for disputing differences from within the country...this war is going to play itself out however the chips fall...and because we listened to the left wingers we did nothing to strenghthen the dam...we took down the fence and let the monsters in...no one's vision is better than the other's ...but you HAVE TO KNOW YOUR ENEMY...YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH...you can't play nice with a mob...they play by different rules...and by weakening me you strengthen them...and if you don't know it then keep your mouth shut and let me do the job...they are still on tv shreying make a deal make a deal...with who????? there is no partner on the other side...and no matter how much you long for one if he isn't there, he isn't there...thanks for years and years of love and caring...stay safe my guv...loveyou, marallyn

 
At 3:30 AM, Anonymous chavah said...

You are right-on! We have the same problem with "left-wingers" here in the U.S. also. Here is a quote from a famous radio show host. "Liberals are so open-minded, their brains have fallen out". That pretty much sums up why liberals take the positions they do. The are so intelligent, they have no common sense. Without common sense, it is impossible to be rational.

What your two "enlightened" friends fail to realize, is that no matter how many "pieces" of land they offer up as a sacrifice to Allah, it won't be enough to satisfy his appetite. What he is hungry for is the blood of Jews! Historically, sacrificial offerings to gods never permanently satisfied the god. He had to be appeased regularly, and usually the innocent were the ones who made the most costly sacrifice...with their lives. We look back on civilizations who did these kind of things, and pity them for their ignorance. To think the gods of terrorism can be pacified with land goes beyond ignorance, it's just stupidity!
To quote a scripture in the "Good Book" "But mark this: there will be terrible times in the ast days People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient, ungrateful and unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous...having a form of godliness....HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM. ....they gain control over weak-willed women....always learning but NEVER ABLE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRUTH".
Keep the faith my friend. We are rooting for Israel to win this thing, lock, stock and barrel!

 
At 7:28 PM, Anonymous chavah said...

....and to further state the case against the "peace at all cost" crowd, let me just say: "People who cry for peace at any cost do not understand the terrible price they will pay for letting freedom slip out of their grasp.

Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address, “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

To demand peace at any cost is to diminish the ultimate sacrifices of millions who have served their country nobly.

To the protesters, who are so fond of saying “one life is too many,” I’ll restate so you can understand: You are saying that peace is more important than freedom? That peace is more important than a country maintaining its sovereignty? That peace is more important than fighting for what is right, just, and good, simply because you can’t stomach the thought of casualties?
Looking back on all these who gave their lives in wars past, can you honestly say it wasn't worth it?
FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

You are wrong! There are fights more important than peace. You and the U.S. are fighting one right now. If you don't "get it", please just sit down and shut up so our brightest and best can do the ugly job that is necessary to protect your sorry derriere and ensure your freedom!
P.S. I wouldn't fly the "friendly skies" right now since those wonderful individuals you are trying to save, at this very moment are plotting to kill you and hundreds more.


(Sorry Marallyn, I just had to get this off my chest. Keep up the good work my dear friend. You are a bright spot in a dark world).

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

dear dear chavah...i love you for many reasons...and most of all because 'you get it'...and you say it so well...and your prayers for me, even though we have never met, have kept my family safe...i know that in my heart and i will forever be in your debt...since i don't believe in coincidence, there is one hell of a grand reason for us to have met this way...stay safe my dear friend...keep the home fires burning on your end and i'll do the same at mine...and together we will build a bridge...loveyou, marallyn

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home