Recently UNESCO passed a resolution, for the second time this year, attempting to sever the Jewish People, and the modern State of Israel, from Har Habayit; the Temple Mount. Yes, the leveled hilltop where the First & Second Temples stood. The exhibition of such raw hubris in that vote is jaw-dropping.
Lots of ruffled feathers ensued. The Chair of UNESCO distanced herself & even got death threats. Mexico fired their (Jewish) ambassador to the UN when he walked out. Others wanted a do-over.
This stupid vote, one of hundreds of stupid UN votes, is hardly the last. Some believe that Obama has at least one last nut-kick waiting for Israel, before he leaves office. Probably so.
During the past few weeks, I have also (against my better judgment) seen chunks of the second and third Presidential Debates between Mr. Trump & Mrs. Clinton. I was mostly interested in the tactical skills utilized and the degree of overt bias the “moderators” exhibited. Plenty there to chew on.
What surprised me, however, was when the 2nd Amendment came up. Hillary was carefully prepped, and exhibited all the attributes of a skilled politician, masterfully stroking her “base” while proffering poll-tested, oleaginous, statements to the “undecided” voter.
Then, like a groggy man stepping in dog-poo in the dark, Mr. Trump maundered about, desperately trying to be all things to everyone. And failing, pitiably.
Most of the response to the UNESCO vote in the Jewish world has been the same time-worn things. Shock that the presumed leaders of the non-Jewish world still resent and hate them, despite numberless abasements and concessions, spanning two-thousand years of exile.
The tough-talkers typically fall back to established modes of “Hasbara”. Explanation. As if Titus, or Martin Luther, or Tomás de Torquemada, or Bogdan Chmielnicki, or Iosif Dzhugashvili, or Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, were merely misinformed about the true nature of the Jew and his mission in this World. Right.
Likewise, most of the 2nd Amendment groups, starting with that greatest advocate for (and often actual author of) victim disarmament legislation, the National Rifle Association, mewl about. Mincing words, and sharpening their dagger to stab US in the back when the next NRA “A” rated legislator barks.
Think about that the next time some NRA stooge talks about how they oppose “new” laws and only want the Government to enforce “existing” gun laws. Ahhh… But, we all have to be reasonable. Right? Law abiding.
Is a “law” that contravenes the plain wording of the Constitution a “law”? What if the Constitution was amended to require the gassing of the Gun-Owners, or Jews, or Muslims, or Gays, or Redheads?
A few Jews are openly calling for Israel to withdraw from fishhook stuffed things like the Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Government, and all that money. American taxpayers’ money.
Some folks have long argued that, history or not, being in the United Nations is a very bad thing (for both Israel, and the U.S., for that matter) and that they should get out. Now.
The late Mike Vandeboegh, of blessed memory, was steadfast in his resolve to both be immovable on principle, and savvy on tactics. To fight the fight, as much as was possible, with “clean hands”. A few… sadly, a very few… others in this fight, follow his example.
Most others are satisfied with 2nd Amendment “hasbara”, and relying on the NRA & their Republican politicians “make the best deal we could get” in every future battle. The slow trudge into a muddy pit, I say.
Each of us has our “Line”. At least, I sure hope so. The point beyond which we will say “NO”, and mean it.
When do we say…NO? When do we MEAN IT? Worth thinking about.