Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New York Post's Helpful Tips To Al Qaeda

I was reading about the Times Square bomber, Shahzad Faisal, who has proudly pleaded guilty to 10 counts in the Times Square bombing case. The New York Post roundly ridiculed Faisal for his ineptitude in the bombing attempt, noting as follows his mistakes after attending a bombing class.

"The whole thing; how to make a bomb, how to detonate a bomb, how to put a fuse, how many different types of bombs you can make.

"I was there 40 days. My training was five days."

Either the teachers did a rotten job or he was unusually dense.

Experts have said Shahzad made several errors constructing the bomb, starting with using non-explosive fertilizer and ending by using legal fireworks that could not ignite the chain reaction needed to set off such a device."

I have read even more specific information in other articles that specified which type of firework Faisal used to detonate the bomb and what would have worked. This is helping the terrorists critique their performances and perfect them later. And the terrorists do learn from their mistakes. World Trade Center 1993 was followed up by World Trade Center 2001. These guys do their homework.

There seems to be no distinction made in reporting between reporting the political opinions of those who would overthrow the American government and providing logistical useful information for the commission of illegal terrorist acts. I am very interested in the mindset of the society in which terrorists are recruited. I do not want to have information provided that will facilitate a car bombing or bio attack.

We live in a society where you can discuss rationing free speech under the guise of the "fairness doctrine" but where no sense of responsibility is exercised in withholding information from terrorists. Bruce Golding, Dareh Gregorian and Dan Mangan of the New York Post, I hereby award you with the Lenin Prize. Vladimir Lenin is famously quoted as saying that the capitalists would sell the Communists the rope with which they would hang themselves. I can think of nothing more suicidal than telling terrorists how to do the job right. It is in this spirit that I award Bruce Golding, Dareh Gregorian and Dan Mangan the Lenin Prize for suicidal stupidity. The award will be 100 Afghanis in Taliban money, or its current equivalent in US currency. Because with friends in the media telling Al Qaeda how to fine tune their bombing techniques, Al Qaeda will probably have a promising future. Not too comforting, is it? Sphere: Related Content

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Chareidim" Rally For Segregation From Mizrachi Jews

I am completely puzzled by the massive protest in Israel. Ashkenazi parents want to segregate their children from children of Jews from Arab countries. Why? If we are talking about children whose families are committed to Torah, then there should be no problem. Some families have the custom of waiting 6 hours after eating meat. Others wait 3 or 1 hours. What is wrong with letting children know that people differ on such matters? Some people eat rice on Pesach. Others do not. Can a school not teach that we all follow our gedolim and chachamim and respect each other?

What about parsha commentaries? What is wrong with a commentary on the Parsha from the Ben Ish Chai and the Vilna Gaon or Shimshon Rafael Hirsh? I would hope that every child would grow up with respect for the different traditions within orthodoxy.

I follow Ashkenazi dietary laws and Lubavitch prayer customs. I am delighted that one of my children married someone of Iraqi Yemenite background. In my family, we are united. I can not understand parents who say that they will go to jail rather than send their children to school with Jews from Arab countries. We can maintain our respective traditions and still learn Torah together. Perhaps that would hasten the coming of Moshiach.

It saddens me beyond words that such a huge demonstration took place in Israel around this issue. I love Israel. I wish I were there. But it would have pained me to hear the echoes of such divisiveness in the holy streets of Bnei Brak and Jerusalem. These children are all religious Jews. We are one people. This demonstration was a disgrace. Even greater is my sadness that a secular court had to call religious Jews to their senses. There were actually people who compared mixing Jews from Arab countries and Ashkenazim to mixing Jews and Arabs or having coed classes. Have we lost our minds? I am sick at heart at this lack of unity. Enough already! Sphere: Related Content

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Helen Thomas Diversity Award ?

The University of Michigan has a "Diversity Award" that it gives to “recognize her role in promoting diversity in media and issues of race in America.” After her remarks that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine", the appropriateness of naming such an award after her is being reviewed.

If her suggestion is followed, Israel will become yet another country in from which non Muslims are either reduced to third class citizenship or "encouraged" to leave. In one Arab country after another, including the Palestine Authority, the Christian population has been plummeting. Israel by contrast, has significant Christian and Muslim minorities. Within its Jewish population and as a whole, Israel is a stunning panorama of diversity. It is nevertheless routinely condemned for "racism".

I don't expect the University of Michigan to name its "Diversity Award" after an Israeli. But it wouldn't be a bad idea. Sphere: Related Content