Tonight Jews (and some non-Jews) begin their celebration of Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year. For Jews the day is both a celebration of the New Year as well as a reflection on the prior year – in anticipation for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
With the middle east ablaze in righteous indignation, faux religious anger, and blatant religious and ethnic hatred, today seems an appropriate time to reflect on the source of all this resentment and rage.
Make no mistakes about the holy fire engulfing the region of the world that gave birth to the world’s three greatest monotheistic faiths – the timing of these events is no accident. Do not allow yourself to be confused: the epicenter of Faith – the Middle East and Jerusalem – is on fire. Manipulations of a young people troubled about their futures – and political power-games of the ‘peace through strength’ crowd – are and ever have been the match that ignites the flames.
High Holy Days (Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana, and Passover for Jews; Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fatir for Muslims) are frequently tagged by radicals in both religions as days to respond to (real or alleged) slights with violence.
Make no mistake about this as well – and tell your friends – we in the U.S. are not and have never been the target, despite our arrogant assumptions about our relevance in this struggle. We are, however, always a victim in the battle – a form of collateral damage – in the political/moral struggle for the holiest spots in human history. We make ourselves willing victims.
We’ve arrogantly assumed that we are admired, respected, or envied for our freedoms by the ‘soldiers’ in the Holy War. We are not – we are despised for them; our relevance in this is nil at best, as far as the radicals are concerned.
We are seen by the radicals for what we have allowed ourselves to become – weak and easy moral/political targets-by-proxy. Do not think, however, that this means we are immune from or protected from physical attack. Our irrelevance today means zilch tomorrow once the target – The Holy Land – is won by either of the Holy Warriors.
What we need is to calmly look at the players, their place in history, and the motives driving them.
Books can be and have been written on this. Sniperhunter2012 will likely discuss some of this at a later date. Today, Sniperhunter will simply recognize the players and the war for what it is – a family squabble between the sons of Abraham as well as a Holy Struggle for the heart of Abraham and the claim to his God.
Today, Sniperhunter2012 reflects on the New Year and what it can mean if everyone could stop denying the evidence of their senses, stop hoping that this latest skirmish is something that a few words from we, the ever needed Americans, can fix. More crucially, Sniperhunter2012 reflects on what the New Year could bring if everyone stopped ignoring their responsibility to take an uncompromising and uncompromizeable moral stand.
First: we must acknowledge the right of the U.S. (and Israel) to self defense.
Second: we must recognize that the youth of the middle east have been used as (willing) pawns – as sacrifices to Jihad by haters of Israel, of freedom, and of all things infidel.
Third: we must acknowledge that we have defaulted on our obligation to help the young in the middle east understand their own victimization.
Finally, though not necessarily the be all and end all, we must know what it is we ourselves believe.
We must decide what matters to us.
Sniperhunter2012 decided long ago that the desire for peace and the desire for happiness felt by a very much abused and used Arab youth matters.
Sniperhunter2012 decided long ago that God’s desire for the children of Abraham to return to HIM – and the covenant that those children entered into with HIM – matters – to all of us.
Sniperhunter2012 decided long ago that any wars in the Middle East means, eventually, war for us if our principles are threatened and if such wars represent a Struggle for Man – a jihad – in the name of GOD.
Tonight, on the eve of a new year, Hunter reflects on what he believes and on what the religious flames across the sea really mean.
Hunter prays for hope. Hunter prays for protection. Hunter prays for his arab brothers and sisters who are being used as moral shields by opportunistic, GOD defying thugs. Hunter prays for his Israeli brothers and sisters as they sit in the crossfire between faux Muslims and Zion.
Hunter prays while the Middle East burns and his own leaders fiddle.
Next week Jews around the world observe the holiest of Holy Days, Yom Kippur. It is the day when Man is judged and must atone for his sin if he wishes to be included in the Book of Life.
God willing, and God help us, may peace come next year.
Next year in Jerusalem.
שנה טובה ומבורכת ושאלוהים יברכו. בשנה הבאה בירושלים
سنة جديدة سعيدة والله الموفق. العام القادم في القدس
ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος και ο Θεός ευλογεί. το επόμενο έτος στην Ιερουσαλήμ