Friday, 9 February 2007

Hitler would have been proud

In 1939, as a flimsy pretext for invading Poland, the Nazi regime staged fake raids on its border installations and placed freshly murdered bodies of political prisoners in Polish uniforms at the sites. Based on the evidence so constructed, the Nazi regime invaded Poland on the 1st of September, 1939, starting the bloodiest and broadest war the world has ever seen.

This week, Israeli government crews, working with the antiquities authority, and having notified the Islamic Waqf and the Jordanian monarchy, began repairing the access ramp to the Mughrabi Gate to the Temple Mount, which overlooks the Women's side of the Western Wall Plaza. A few years ago, after a snowstorm, the ramp had partially collapsed, endangering both users of the ramp and worshippers below. The current work is being done entirely outside the confines of the Temple Mount itself. Unless the Waqf has engaged in illegal and dangerous excavation of the 2000 year old retaining wall 20 meters below grade, the work will be done nowhere near anything associated with the Islamic sites such as the Al Aksa Mosque.

Anyone who has been to the Old city of Jerusalem will recognize what I have described. Anyone who wishes can go to a number of live webcams to see the truth. But the truth, and concern for Jewish Worshippers and tourists of all faiths be damned. The Arab and Islamic world has taken a spurious claim and is in the process of turning it into what amounts to a blood libel. Much as was the outbreak of violence over the Western wall tunnels, this crisis has been manufactured out of whole cloth. It is now a provocation, and a way to unite a hopelessly fractured Muslim world. A reminder, if you will, that Sunni and Shia have a common enemy, and that is the Jew. never mind if he is wholly innocent - by the time the truth would come out - if ever - the Ummah will have been roused and the fractures of the Arab and Muslim world temporarily healed in common cause.

It is no surprise that these tactics echo the Nazi pretext for WW2. Unfortunately, it will also be no surprise if many, too many, fall for it.

Monday, 29 January 2007

Don't Kill Each Other, Kill the Jews.

What a sad commentary it is on Palestinian statecraft that the Islamic Jihad means of resolving conflict is the murder of Israelis in a suicide bombing in Eilat. I am no fan of the Saudis, or the Syrians, or the Egyptians, but all of them have at least kept their hatred of Israel and the Jews out of their efforts to resolve the nascent Palestinian civil strife. Islamic Jihad and their confederates in the Fatah linked Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade have been trying for months to get a suicide bomber into an Israeli city (over 100 times this year, accordinig to the IDF), so their rationale of "stop fighting each other and concentrate on the real enemy" rings hollow. The response to this atrocity, though it will not be nearly enough, will not make life easier for the perpetrators, or for most Gazans. So the question must be asked - Qui Bono? Who Benefits?
Iran and her proxies seem the likeliest.