Saturday, November 17, 2012

Murder? Just don't!

Why the killing of Jews in Israel is a bad idea       In the recent election, I was shocked to read opinions expressed about Israel that frightened me. Never had I seen so many written with such vehemence. In short, they stated that the U.S. can’t afford its relationship with Israel, that we ought to stop all aid to Israel. Maintaining our relationship with Israel was too expensive.

Of course, I knew better. One site presents a cogent counter. [Israeli Intelligence | Foreign Policy Blogs For those curious about whether Israel is more of a liability than an asset to the United States, consider what we have to lose… -]

That post offers these insights:

“…As one Ynet op-ed puts it:
“General John Keegan, a former chief of US Air Force Intelligence determined that Israel’s contribution to US intelligence was “equal to five CIAs.”Senator Daniel Inouye, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and former Chairman of the Intelligence Committee said “The intelligence received from Israel exceeds the intelligence received from all NATO countries combined.”…  [my emphasis]
…Even those Americans that could match Israelis’ ability to blend in are still few and far between and have to have a desire to become part of the intelligence community. Israelis, on the other hand, are — for the most part — required to join the military and those Israelis with Arabic skills are drafted into intelligence, immediately launching their career in this field.
In short, Israeli intelligence is unmatched. And, the utilization of Israeli intelligence could be the sole reason for maintaining a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, not to mention a slew of other reasons…”

There other reasons why it’s bad to kill Jews in Israel, reasons that don’t directly relate to the precious lives of my dear family and friends who are living there.

 Although what follows may seem to be twisted logic, it is (tragically) relevant.

When Hamas or its ilk kills Jews, they anticipate reprisal. Indeed, they want reprisal. So brutally brainwashed and committed to Allah and Mohammad are even the most brilliant among the Muslims that they see their own death, if it happens while they are killing infidels (especially Jews), as a portal to paradise.

School children are taught that. Mothers pray for their children to become martyrs. Adults forsake their families to wage suicidal jihad; it is that much more important than parenting. It serves to set the course their children might choose by example.

Streets are named after martyrs. Posters of martyrs adorn walls. Leaders hold them (even the 9:11 Twin Towers murderers) in highest esteem.

Instead, I argue that those who portray them as heroes should be regarded as accessories who provoke murderous acts.

This may be the most significant reason why it is bad to kill Jews in Israel; killing them means that there will be more martyrs to revere.

Belief in martyrdom relates to Surah 9:111. In that part of the Koran, it is explained that suicide bombers and martyrs who “…kill [infidels] and are killed” will instantly achieve paradise.

Surah 9:111 reads: Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed. (my emphasis) [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment. [Just click on surah to get linked to corresponding verses
Just click on surah to get linked to corresponding verses. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 1 1. 1 2. 1 3. 1 4. 1 5. 1 6. 1 7. 1 8. 1 9. 20. 2 1. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28 29. Al-Fatihah Al-Baqarah]

Various sites discuss the meaning of 9:111. Among them, I have found Answering Muslims: Samatar Mohamed Again Condemns the Qur'an ... Not at all. Samatar's god explained things for me quite well. In Surah 9:111, Allah explained what "fight" means in the context of this Surah: to be among the best because it takes the form of a debate.

That said, there are so many reasons why it remains a bad idea to kill the Jews of Israel. It is past time for the rulers of Gaza to understand and accept that.

             B. Koplen  11/17/12

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