insane complacency on two fronts

In particular. Or at least to start.

Or is it complacent insanity?

One, the world and its blind eye to the Middle East’s increasing violence. Frog in the pot, anyone? Yes, a myth. So, yes, just like that a frog will not stay in a pot that is continually getting hotter, the refugees will leave places that are continually impossible.

But how do we explain the Arabs living in Israel? Why don’t they leave? Could it be because they really think that if they cause terror, they will get rewarded with the whole country? Or is it because it’s really not that bad there? Really, I want to know what they think they will gain from all of this. Do they really think that there’s nothing left to lose, so martyrdom is all that’s left?

Here’s an interesting article debunking that, plus giving a lot more of an explanation:

A member of Israel’s Knesset and author of two books on suicide bombers told The Algemeiner on Monday that “girls are useful as terrorists, because they appear less suspicious than their male counterparts, and because it is easier for them to hide weapons under their garments.”

MK Anat Berko, a member Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, was responding to a question about the increasing rate of young females carrying out the terrorist attacks against Israelis that have become a near-daily occurrence over the last several weeks.

But she also pointed out the “benefit” of using children, particularly girls, to carry out acts that get them killed. “There is nothing better for portraying victimhood in the international media than wounded or dead youngsters,” she said. “It is a tactic, not a coincidence.”

Or…the UN official hurt in stoning 

in an update apparently posted from his hospital bed at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood — Kleibo said that both he and his wife, Tamara, were fine, and then added, “May Allah forgive those who throw the rocks at night.”

Allah may forgive, but I have a hard time doing so. Bret Stephens agrees with me in a powerful article in the Wall Street Journal, Palestine: The Psychotic Stage:

Today in Israel, Palestinians are in the midst of a campaign to knife Jews to death, one at a time. This is psychotic. It is evil. To call it anything less is to serve as an apologist, and an accomplice.

Which brings me to my other subject–mental health. Which you will see I think is the same subject.

I have been dealing for a while with a brother with serious mental health issues. They are particularly serious because he is unwilling to admit that he has anything that need addressing. I will acknowledge that there were always issues and perhaps (hah!) they were not addressed properly in the past. But now they are particularly egregious. He is hurting so much that he wants to hurt everyone around him. Our problem is to determine whether it will go from words to action. And that is the complacency of the system. We can’t get him help unless he does something hurtful to himself or to others. My poor father cannot do anything except watch what he says to him.  They are not seeing each other, which is hurtful to my father, but getting together has been anything but pleasant. He needs to stand guard.

En garde, in this case, is how we all need to be.  And that is the irony, as he stands en garde with his words, in attack-mode.

I will not go into the whole gun control issue in America and whether it is truly because of so many mentally-ill people getting weapons that they should not have, since it is so much larger than that. James Hamblin talks about that in the Atlantic.

But the system that stands about mental health has swung so far over to the side of patients’ rights that it interferes with public safety.

Interferes? More like:

The reason that I’m talking about it now is because I have met so many people with similar stories, but they are also stuck in really bad systems. But also because there are many whom I am aware of who have similar stories but are not willing to talk about them. They suffer in silence. Is it because they are concerned that they will be judged? We do not live in a community that keeps people from getting married because they find out someone in the family has mental illness. Actually, that may not be true, now that I think of it. But I figure that I should let people know my story (not the details; no one needs to know those) so that they feel more comfortable telling theirs. I should be the one telling, though–I don’t want anyone else telling it for me. Even my father is not really able to tell what is going on because, well, he is baffled by it.

No, I don’t know what’s going on, either in Israel or in my own family. But I know I cannot be complacent. I cannot stand by while fools like John Kerry think it’s the “settlements” that are causing the problem.

At an event at at Harvard University on Tuesday evening, Kerry spoke of the unraveling situation in and around Jerusalem, where a tempo of violence has relentlessly increased over the last two weeks.

“What’s happening is that, unless we get going, a two-state solution could conceivably be stolen from everybody,” Kerry said. “And there’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years, and now you have this violence because there’s a frustration that is growing.”

According to the State Department, the comment was not intended to justify the wave of violence— which it characterizes as terrorism— gripping the country.

“The secretary wasn’t saying, well now you have the settlement activity as the cause for the effect we’re seeing,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “Is it a source of frustration for Palestinians? You bet it is, and the secretary observed that. But this isn’t about affixing blame on either side here for the violence. What we want to see is the violence cease.”

He said that the US position against Israel’s settlement construction is “crystal clear” and remains unchanged.

“We’re not going to dictate immediate security requirements onto Israel. The Israeli government has a right and a responsibility to protect its citizens,” Kirby added. “We’ve certainly seen some reports of what many would consider excessive use of force. Obviously we don’t like to see that.”

While Kirby has called on both Israel and the Palestinians to reduce tensions by ending “incitement,” he declined to list examples of such incitement on either side. He also declined to attribute blame for the current cycle of terrorism, which has seen 28 separate attacks in 14 days, claiming 7 Israeli lives and wounding 70 others. Palestinian organizations also report at least 25 Palestinian deaths.

The State Department also concluded on Wednesday that an attack by an Israeli Jew against Israeli Arabs constituted terrorism. “Certainly, individuals on both sides of this divide have proven capable of and, in our view, are guilty of acts of terror,” Kirby said.

Kerry hopes that a calming of the situation may provide an opening for the resumption of negotiations toward a two-state solution.

But “its difficult to have that kind of discussion,” Kirby said, “when you have so much violence going on.”

Yeah. We’ll tell our own story. And we’ll take care of our own. At least in Israel, that’s crystal-clear.


But hey, if we Jews are being blamed…

in Jerusalem
in Jerusalem



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