add-on to my last entry:
one of these postings in that AOL-board was by an Yougoslavian - he wrote that apparently the Holocaust wasn't enough for the Jews - they ought to get a second 'lesson' now.
There are millions of fanatic Jihadists & semi-fanatic Muslems who don't want political solutions with Israel - in a mix of religious sentiment and hatred of Israel (or Israel & Jews) their goal is to destroy it, not to have peace with it. - If some of their leaders may have peace negotiations with Israel, these fanatics will never stop fighting & attacking Israel & as long as they have the possibility to act their evil doing won't ease - Hizbollah shot about 800 rockets to Israel in the last 12 months - Hamas from Gaza shot about 1000 Katyusha rockets into Israel (they call it needle sticks) -
In the arabian world bad sayings & proverbs about Jews are quite common, like once here in Europe for more than 1000 years, which led to all those progroms in most European countries & finally to the holocaust. - The Europeans may have learnt meanwhile from history - especially the Germans who mainly feel deep guilt about what happened here.
But in the arabic world an unhindered, uncritizised anti-semitism goes it's way -
I have an Iranian friend - recently he told me a parable of Muhammad - I only half remember it: '.. every day while Muhammad walked to .. a Jew on the way gave him bad words every time he saw him & threw rotten things at him .. later on Muhammad was generous to that Jew & the Jew ashamed said: "I have called you bad things & you are gracious to me..' - this is a typical Jew-discriminating story like the Christians once beleft in the dark ages until they were so convinced about it, that they started to expell & kill them.
There's a big movement in the re-awakened Islamic world that is eager to do the same - The Heads in the moment are Ahamdinejad, Hizbollah & Hamas & the only chance Israel has is to fight them, like the free western world once fought the Nazis. You can't reason with them, because they got no reason.
Let's finish this with an article I found (through Howards blog) of Amos Oz (Amos Oz is an Israeli novelist and essayist. His most recent work is "How to Cure a Fanatic")
Hezbollah Attacks Unite Israelis
The usual domestic divide dissolves in the face of rockets.
July 19, 2006
MANY TIMES in the past, the Israeli peace movement has criticized Israeli military operations. Not this time. This time, the battle is not over Israeli expansion and colonization. There is no Lebanese territory occupied by Israel. There are no territorial claims from either side.
Last Wednesday, Hezbollah launched a vicious, unprovoked attack into Israeli territory. This was also an attack on the authority and integrity of the elected Lebanese government, as Hezbollah has, by attacking Israel, hijacked the prerogative of the Lebanese government to control its territory and to make decisions on war and peace.
The Israeli peace movement objects to the occupation and colonization of the West Bank. It objected to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 because the invasion was aimed at distracting world attention from the Palestinian problem. This time, Israel is not invading Lebanon. It is defending itself from daily harassment and bombardment of dozens of our towns and villages by attempting to smash Hezbollah wherever it lurks.
The Israeli peace movement should support Israel's attempt at self-defense, pure and simple, as long as this operation targets mostly Hezbollah and spares, as much as possible, the lives of Lebanese civilians (not an easy task, as Hezbollah missile launchers are too often using Lebanese civilians as human sandbags).
There can be no moral equation between Hezbollah and Israel. Hezbollah is targeting Israeli civilians wherever they are, while Israel is targeting mostly Hezbollah. Hezbollah's missiles are supplied by Iran and Syria, sworn enemies of all peace initiatives in the Middle East.
The real battle raging these days is not at all between Beirut and Haifa but between a coalition of peace-seeking nations Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia on the one hand and fanatic Islam, fueled by Iran and Syria, on the other.
If, as we all hope Israeli hawks and doves alike Hezbollah is going to be defeated soon, Israel and Lebanon will be the winners. Moreover, a defeat of a militant Islamist terror organization may dramatically enhance the chances for peace in the region.