Remember the big anti-Muslim backlash, that was going to come down on the "Religion Of Peace" in the United States? Well, it never happened. The FBI asked a few illegal aliens some pointed questions, sent a few back to their homelands, and it's been fairly quiet ever since. Too quiet, if you ask me.
A few jihadis have been very upfront, about their activities and long-range plans. I take them at their word, ever since 9-11. Check out the business cards, of Hizbollah's Media Relations Dept., posted at LGF:
What, no room for a little beheading vignette?
Meanwhile, as HR's poll showed the other day, a LOT of people, more than half, think the anti-Semitic views of Mel Gibson are quite alright.
Meanwhile, there is a new movie about 9-11, "World Trade Center," directed by Oliver Stone. I was really concerned about this one, as I figured he'd take his usual anti-American, crazy-conspiracy shot at the subject. I guess I was wrong, according to early reviews, like this one, which says upfront: "Everyone leaving the theatre will be reminded we are at war, the enemy is real, we are not out of danger and there are far too many sympathizing with the enemy." http://www.rottentomatoes.com/click/movie-1158187/reviews.php?critic=columns&sortby=default&page=1&rid=1528479
Hear, hear! It's about time Stone got off the crack-pipe.
I thought "United 93" was brilliantly done, though it was incredibly hard to watch. I think a lot of us were looking around, during the final scenes, for a cockpit terror-party to crash. Still, no anti-Muslim backlash, no mosques burned to the ground, or covered with hostile graffiti. If "The Joooos" had pulled off such a stunt as 9-11, can you imagine the reprisals to their synagogues? It wouldn't be pretty, I can promise you that much, based on history, recent and not-so.
CAIR has already "mobilized" to fight the oncoming Storm Of Opprobrium, expected as fallout from the new movie. They should save their money and time, for the fallout from the next terror-attack, within our shores. Americans are slow to anger, and quick to forget, but once you rouse the sleeping giant, watch out. If the Islamofascists succeed in touching off another catastrophe of 9-11 proportions, or greater, it will be a pyrrhic victory for sure, followed by a crackdown on Muslim symps and illegal Muslim aliens the likes of which they never envisioned. I hope so, anyway.
Metro Detroit Jews fear hatred
Anti-Semitism is a growing concern
BY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
August 4, 2006
The prayer was first recited by Jews more than 2,000 years ago in Haifa, Israel -- now the site of repeated missile attacks by Hizballah. So when the crowd of more than 500 stood together inside a Jewish center in West Bloomfield this week to say the words, they took on a special relevance.
"Adonai Hu Ha'elohim," they prayed.
God is the power.
It was intended to bring comfort during an anxious time in metro Detroit's Jewish communities while missiles rain down in Israel. On Thursday, about 200 Hizballah rockets pounded northern Israel, killing eight people, as fighting between Israeli forces and the Lebanon-based militant group continued.
Many Jewish people in metro Detroit feel under siege, too, not only worried about friends and family in the Mideast but concerned about anti-Jewish rhetoric being heard from Dearborn to Hollywood and Seattle, where a Muslim American fatally shot a woman inside a Jewish community center last week.
But members of the Jewish community in Michigan are showing solidarity and expressing their faith -- with prayers, fund-raisers and volunteer trips to the Mideast. And they are forming coalitions with a broad range of groups and elected officials in the region to fight bigotry and firm up support for Israel.
To them, Israel's fight against Hizballah is not just about survival: It's part of a broader fight that they say the world must continue to wage against Islamic extremism.
"We have a string of terrorist acts that is happening across the world, and the common denominator is extremist Islam," Rabbi Alon Tolwin, 55, of Southfield said Thursday. "They're terrorists, and they're bent on our destruction. We can't be afraid to fight."
On Thursday, many Jews commemorated Tisha B'Av, a holiday of mourning that marks historical tragedies in the Jewish community, including the destruction of a Jerusalem temple in the First Century that scattered Jews around the world.
It's a day of fasting, of prayer and of mourning. The current threat gives it timeliness, too.
"It's a terrifying moment," said Julie Wallis, 50, of West Bloomfield. "I'm not sure what's in store for us with Hizballah."
That concern is not limited to what happens in the Mideast. Some of Hizballah's supporters outside the region spout anti-Semitic views.
At a rally in Dearborn on July 18, Muslim demonstrators held signs equating the Star of David, a Jewish symbol, with the Nazi sign. Others chanted support for Hizballah and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah. That alarmed some Jewish people.
A column written about anti-Semitism expressed at the Dearborn rally was published last week in the Forward, one of the top Jewish-American newspapers. And in Haaretz, one of Israel's largest newspapers, the chief U.S. correspondent, Shmuel Rosner, wrote in a column:
"Had the July 18 rally been held in Europe instead of Dearborn, it would likely have been officially classified as an anti-Semitic event."
The Seattle shooting has unnerved people as well. Wallis, for one, said she was nervous about getting out of her car at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield on Tuesday.
To make matters worse, Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic remarks last week about Jews causing wars illustrates what those in the Jewish community consider unfair criticism of Israel. To them, Israel's battle is necessary to protect the nation from the threat posed by Hizballah.
While media reports focus on the civilians killed in Lebanon -- such as those in a bombing at Qana -- they don't note Israeli claims that Hizballah deliberately uses civilians as shields, members of the community say.
"Hizballah plays this wonderful PR game, trying to get sympathy for their cause," said Donna Sklar, 69, of Farmington Hills. "But Israelis are not targeting civilians. Hizballah is."
Sklar said the Israeli army often gives notice before it starts bombing an area, while Hizballah indiscriminately launches hundreds of rockets into civilian areas in Israel.
"I don't see Hizballah sending out any notices, saying: 'Get out of the way.' "
So for Sklar and others, the only way out is to continue battling Hizballah and other radical Islamic groups. At the West Bloomfield center Tuesday , the former chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'Alon, was optimistic about the war on terrorism.
"They feel they're on the march to defeat us," he said of Islamists. "They have no chance."
The crowd applauded.
Contact NIRAJ WARIKOO at 248-351-2998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.