A Society of Myths
The city of Beirut is severely damaged; so severely that it will cost no less than $3.5 billion to reconstruct it. In addition, the Mediterranean outside the harbor of Beirut is covered with so much oil that it may never be possible to reconstruct the beaches along the Lebanese coast. Furthermore, numerous Lebanese have died and many more have been wounded in the fighting caused by religious hate on the part of the Lebanese terrorists. In addition, several other Lebanese towns also lie in ruins. Yet, amidst all that misery instigated and organized and carried out by the Arab terror campaign against the Jewish people, the terrorists proclaim a great victory and shoot off fireworks in celebration.
Such conduct seems utterly irrational to us. Yet, each time the Arab enemies of the Jewish people instigate yet another horror, they celebrate. No Israeli has ever celebrated because they needed to kill and wound the Arab enemies come to murder them. In fact, Golda Meir once said that she is more saddened by the need to kill Arab men in self defense than the loss of Israel’s own soldiers. Utterly irrational and living in a mythological fog, the Arabs celebrate death and destruction.
The Philistines who live in Gaza celebrated and gave their children candy with joy when 3,000 Americans were murdered on 9/11/2001.
Living in a psychotic fog, the Arabs now even claim that the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the woods of Pennsylvania were attacked by “drones”, i.e. unmanned planes. According to the widespread belief in the Muslim world, President George W. Bush ordered the CIA to kill all those innocent people so that he could have a reason to attack Afghanistan and Iraq.
At present, the hate-filled Arabs pretend that Israel caused the most recent fight in Lebanon. The truth is that the Lebanese terrorists abducted two Israeli soldiers in harmony with the Gaza terrorists who dug a tunnel from Gaza into Israel and killed two and kidnapped one Israeli soldier. These actions were the only reason for the recent war. Yet, the Arabs never accept responsibility for their crimes. Their behavior is always the fault of the Jews.
Every year, the Egyptians celebrate a “great victory” in commemoration of the Yom Kippur war of 1973. The Egyptian army lost badly that time, but now claim a mythological victory.
According to Arab and Muslim propaganda, everything is the fault of “the Jews”. Yet, reality is quite otherwise. The Muslims attack Hindus in India, Christians in the Philippines and in Africa and each other in Iraq and everywhere else. Sunni Muslims kill Shiite Muslims but claim their murder campaigns are “the fault of the Jews.”
That which people believe is real is real in its consequences. Therefore, the killers and murderers invent one excuse after another concerning their brutal conduct. Yet, all-Muslim Turkey has a military agreement with Israel and keeps up diplomatic relations, proving that one must not include the hatred of Jews in one's Muslim allegiance but that even a Muslim country can live in reality.
Living a myth can be dangerous, as the recent war has shown. If the Arabs and their supporters want to live in peace with the Jewish people then we must demand that they face reality and give up the fairy tales they recite again and again.
The first of these truths is that the Arabs and their supporters have caused every fight and all of the bloodshed in Europe and Israel over the past century. The Arabs alone are responsible for every war fought between Israel and its neighbors. Religious hate is the sole cause for those horrors inflicted on the Jewish people by the Arab haters for 100 years.
We Jews are realists. We hate no one and we wish our Arab brethren well. May they soon learn the difference between myth and reality so that their children and ours will not die in more wars and persecutions brought about solely by Arab religious hate and ethnic bigotry.
One need not be Jewish to live by Jewish ethics. Even an Arab should be able to understand that most sacred of Jewish commandments: V’ohavto l’reyacho komaucho. (Lev. 19:18).
Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including Football & American Identity (2005) & Youth Culture and the Generation Gap (2005) with Dr. Ursula A. Falk.