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When we go about our daily routines, we are helped by rules or certainties that remain fixed even throughout our hard and chaotic lives. Our sense of order in the universe does not remove anguish, but provides a context in which to deal with it. For instance, we might get mugged, but we know the police will at least try to capture the thief. We also might get cancer, but we know that family and friends will try to comfort us and a doctor will try to heal us. Even with life’s difficulties, we believe that there are some constants.
Despite our best attempts to draw assurance from our understanding of the world and the rules of human behavior, we are sometimes thrown off. This truth reminds me of a scene from the movie, The Matrix. In this movie, the heroes are able to travel into a virtual world in order to fight the villains. This virtual world has rules. Sometimes, the heroes are killed, but there is a sense of security created by knowing and following the rules of the virtual world. But this changes. In one scene, the good guys are walking up the stairs in a building. Neo, the savior, has a bout of deja vu. It is then explained that the Matrix, or the rules of the universe, has changed. Panic breaks out, because every rule that they took for granted has been altered. The changing of the rules of the Matrix nearly lead to the death of another hero, Morpheus.
This internal psychological panic created by the alteration of the rules of the universe, or Matrix, is the only way I can describe my reaction to recent news concerning Israel, and the Jews in general. All the known laws have changed and yesterday’s certainties no longer exist.
This year there were several stories concerning high profile expressions of anti-Semitism. Any one of these incidents would be sufficient to cause concern. We had the story of U.S National Security Advisor James Jones, who thought it opportune to tell a Jewish joke for the media during an official press conference. Then there was Helen Thomas, who told the Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine.” And this week we had Oliver Stone accusing Jews of running the media.
It is not earth shattering that these incidents have occurred. Actions like these will probably always arise. What does “shake your foundations” is the ho-hum acceptance by the public at large. The best evidence of this is the quality of apologies that these three gave after making anti-Semitic attacks. I have seen four-year-olds give a more contrite “excuse me” after burping at the table, then I have saw from Jones, Thomas, and Stone.
The public’s passive acceptance of anti-Semitism is what makes it possible for the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, to attack Israel the way he did yesterday. Breibart reports that Cameron made a statment concerning Israel in preparation for his meeting with Turkey:
Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday urged Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, slamming the current state of the Palestinian enclave as a “prison camp.”
“Let me be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change… Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp,” he said in a speech to a business association during a visit to Turkey.
What can account for such a distortion of the truth concerning the situation in Gaza? Once upon a time, a British prime minister would have been leading the charge against the enemies of the West, as Churchill had done. Now we have an Obama-esque PM who is attacking his own allies.
Doesn’t Cameron remember the 7/7 London bombings, or the February 3, 2006 Islamic protests? The Islamists were threatening death and destruction to England and all of Europe. Here are some direct quotes from those protesters:
We will bomb you, and invade your country, and take your women and wives as war booty!
Denmark you will pay, you will pay, with your blood, with your blood!
Bomb bomb Denmark! Down down Denmark! Bomb bomb Denmark!
Bomb bomb Germany! Bomb bomb Germany!
Bomb bomb France! Bomb bomb France!
Bomb bomb Spain! Bomb bomb Spain!
U.K. you will pay! 7-7 on its way!
The reality of these statements can only truly be felt by watching the short video of the protest.
The world is changing. The human desire to love and protect one’s country and allies from barbarians threatening death and murder can no longer be relied upon. The Matrix has been changed and our comfort zones are destroyed by the abandonment of perennial norms. Instead of Churchill, we have Cameron.
If Cameron does not have the honesty to refrain from disparaging the Israelis when they are under attack, perhaps the fear of the Islamo-Fascists, the same as those in London,will at least help foster some respect for a nation that lives and fights on the edge of the abyss.