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    The Yoke of Zion By Israel Shamir http://groups.yahoo.com/group/shamireaders/messages A small band of determined warriors takes on and fights off the mightiest
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      The Yoke of Zion
      By Israel Shamir
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/shamireaders/messages


      A small band of determined warriors takes on and fights off the
      mightiest army of the region: this is the stuff history is made of.
      Thermopylae, move over, Bint Jbeil comes in! Bishop Philip of Antioch
      compared the levelling of this small Lebanese town with the
      destruction of Stalingrad, but these cities are also comparable by
      courage of their defenders. Not often, not every generation merits to
      witness such a shining example of valour: for three long weeks a
      handful of Hezbollah warriors – two thousand by the most optimistic
      count – fought off to standstill ten, twenty, thirty times more
      numerous Israeli troops. Forty years ago, Israelis defeated three
      armies in one week, but now the invaders' charm wore off, or passed
      over to the vanquished. In today's somewhat feminine victim-centred
      narrative, suffering attracts more attention than masculine gallantry.
      Thus Qana massacre had overshadowed a greater going-on, that is the
      steadfast resistance of the Lebanese fighters. But Andromache's sorrow
      should not obscure Hector's courage: Hezbollah's deeds deserve to be
      immortalised by poets.

      Why the war? Leave small details to a future Plutarch; this is another
      round of battle for Palestine. Supported and supplied by their captive
      empire, the US, the Jews had all the weapons, all the ammunition, all
      the diplomatic support, when hubris-drunk they drove into disarmed and
      starved Gaza to kill off its last resisters and impose the Yoke of
      Zion. Their invasion was prepared by a year-long siege and incessant
      shelling; they were cock-sure they can devour Gaza at will. And
      indeed, all kept mum: the Egyptians traded the glory of the Ramadan
      War for greenbacks, sons of Hejaz and Nejd were too busy serving at
      the oil pump, and the princes of the Gulf cared but for their falcons.
      The Jews felt secure as they stooped to kill off Gaza: who will
      disturb the lion of Judah roaring at his prey? And a tiny force from
      the Mount Lebanon said: we will. They attacked the all-powerful Jews;
      thus the hobbit pierced the sinew of Nazgul when he stooped to kill.
      Israeli army roused from his prey turned north and lashed with all its
      might at the Hezbollah fighters. But they stood fast.

      This was most unexpected. The Israelis were used to kill – or disperse
      - weaponless untrained Palestinians. Instead, the fighters of Sayyed
      Nasrallah dug in their heels into the bare hills of Bint Jbeil and
      gave battle. If they were destroyed quickly, Israeli generals would
      lead their victorious troops to Damascus and Teheran before turning
      back and despoiling Palestine of its priceless jewel, Haram al Sharif.
      It still can happen, but chances were diminished by the steadfastness
      of Hezbollah.

      More important, Hezbollah refused to cease fire as long as Israel
      occupies the land of Lebanon. This daring step undermined the whole
      strategy of Zionists. They planned to occupy the South and wait there
      until the international (or NATO) force will enter and do their job
      for them. Hezbollah's decision lacks one detail: cease fire must
      extend to Palestine, as well. It is inconceivable that Lebanon will
      lay arms down, while Gaza is besieged and Nablus is devoured.

      Israeli PM Ehud Olmert said: "We have changed the Middle East". I do
      not know whether all Middle East had changed, but in Israel we witness
      a great change. Until now, only a few just men and women of Israel
      called their government to desist in their aggression against Gaza and
      Lebanon. But the Katyusha rain changed minds of many. At first carried
      away by arrogance of their generals, now Israelis discovered the heavy
      price of war. Their first complaints on the army's failure to deliver
      gave place to critique of the policy. They began to understand that
      time is not working for them.

      The now-subservient regimes of neighbouring countries can fall any
      minute or remove the Yoke of Zion. Their rulers were led to believe in
      Jewish superiority, and that is why they chose to condemn `imprudent
      Hezbollah'. But now their people see that even a small force of
      determined fighters can beat the enemy, they find no justification for
      cowardly behaviour of their rulers. It can lead to revolution, for
      King Faruk was removed by young officers of Falujah fame disappointed
      by his weakness in 1948.

      Neil MacFarquhar reports in the NYT (28.7.06): "At the onset of the
      Lebanese crisis, Arab governments, starting with Saudi Arabia, slammed
      Hezbollah for recklessly provoking a war, providing what the United
      States and Israel took as a wink and a nod to continue the fight.

      Now, with hundreds of Lebanese dead and Hezbollah holding out against
      the vaunted Israeli military for more than two weeks, the tide of
      public opinion across the Arab world is surging behind the
      organization, transforming the Shiite group's leader, Sheik Hassan
      Nasrallah, into a folk hero and forcing a change in official
      statements. The Saudi royal family and King Abdullah II of Jordan, who
      were initially more worried about the rising power of Shiite Iran,
      Hezbollah's main sponsor, are scrambling to distance themselves from
      Washington."

      The report sees the popular opinion, "the Arab street" as the vehicle
      for change; but the change can come from above, too. The cruel
      bombardment of Beirut and of all Lebanon was supposed to frighten the
      Arab nations into obedience; instead, it convinced the rich and
      powerful Arabs that as long as the Jews run the writ in the Middle
      East, their riches and power can be taken from them anytime by will of
      a Jewish general. Beirut was peaceful, Beirut agreed to expel Syrians,
      Beirut was the most pro-Western state, and it did not save the city
      from Jewish – not even vengeance for there was nothing to avenge – but
      arbitrary heavy-handedness. The Arabs at power ask, whether the Jewish
      state can be a peaceful neighbour at all, or is it (as the Iranian
      President Ahmadinejad says) bellicose by its nature and had to be
      dealt with as once the Crusader Kingdom was.

      Indeed, the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem existed longer than the
      Jewish state, and probably would last for centuries, but its innate
      aggressiveness and preparedness to serve as bridgehead for European
      invasions. The turning point in Crusaders' fortunes took place some
      850 years ago, at the Second Crusade which bore an uncanny resemblance
      to the Second Lebanese War. By that time, the Arab nations were inured
      in invincibility of the Crusaders; sheer arrogance of power led the
      Crusaders to march on Damascus, their peaceful, complacent and
      hedonist neighbour, the least belligerent among small independent and
      much-divided Arab states, a "Lebanon of 12th century". At first, the
      Crusaders ran into guerrilla resistance of the then Hezbollah, and
      lost a lot of soldiers. When they besieged the city, the ruler of
      Damascus was forced to ask for help of his neighbour Nureddin,
      "Ahmadinejad of his day"; an army of Nureddin drew close and the
      Franks had to retreat in haste.

      The Arab neighbours learned two things: (1) submission and complacency
      can't guarantee their peace for the Crusader state is a Damocles'
      Sword forever hanging above their heads; and (2) Crusaders can be
      defeated. Out of the Second Crusade, came Saladin, a nephew of
      Nureddin, who united Syria and Egypt and eventually defeated the
      Crusaders at Qurn Hittin. Now the same two lessons were delivered to
      the Arabs, by courtesy of IDF. Is a new Saladin on the way?

      II

      But the Jews may yet face another danger caused by their
      assertiveness. They relate to themselves the fiery prophesy of Rev.
      19: 15 "Out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, with it he should smite
      the goyim, and he shall shepherd them with a rod of iron; and he is
      crushing with his feet the grapes of God's wrath". They take it so
      seriously that their massacre of Qana (120 butchered refugees) was
      named "the Grapes of Wrath". These features are not the most
      endearing; and not only the Arabs may object to be shepherded by an
      iron rod.

      The US pays heavily for the Jewish fun. A poor American may hate to
      think that he has no medical insurance but his government pays tribute
      to rich Israel. Average American filling his average car may dislike
      to pay for support of the Jewish state because before the Neo-Cohns
      got into power in the Administration, gas was much, much cheaper. A
      wealthy and worldly American may feel vexed that he is not welcome
      wherever he goes – from Paris to Istanbul - as he was before the Yoke
      of Zion.

      An easy-going American may dislike that he can't cuss a Jewish cop
      without reading about it in the New York Times. A believing American
      may be upset that he can't mention Christ unless he is ready to be
      summoned to a court hearing. An honest American – or an European – may
      be annoyed by their hypocrisy. It is not enough that they push for
      war, they also blame others for it. It is not enough that they kill
      children in droves, they also preach on immense value of human life.

      A religious Bible-thumping American may remember the prophecy of
      Ezekiel, 22 who said to the princes of Israel in the name of the Lord:
      "You have become guilty in your blood that you have shed; everyone
      among you, putting out his full force to shed blood" – that is the
      blood of innocent Palestinians and Lebanese; Ezekiel also prophesied
      the Zionist Gathering of Jews, and that it will lead to a major
      disaster to Zionists: "the house of Israel has become dross to me;
      therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem, and blow upon
      you in the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst, and
      you shall know that I, the Lord, have poured out my fury upon you. The
      Israelis have used oppression, and committed robbery, and have wronged
      the poor and needy; indeed, they have oppressed the gentiles
      wrongfully, and therefore I have consumed them with the fire of my
      wrath; their own way have I rewarded upon their heads, said the Lord God."

      An American politician, maybe even an American president may get tired
      by these people's endless need to demand sympathy or to protest an
      outrage; by necessity to watch out, by ideological censorship and
      party discipline, by their blackmailing habits, by their fat pockets
      and media hold, by Damocles Sword they hanged above his head.

      Moreover, an American or a European who calls himself today "a Jew"
      may ponder whether he has much in common with the people whose poets
      call upon their soldiers: "Storm on Lebanon and Gaza, and plow it and
      sow it with salt, raze it down, let no human being remain alive/ Turn
      them into a desert, rubble, a valley of mess, unpopulated/ Save your
      nation and drop bombs / On villages and cities, their collapsing
      houses do shell / Kill them, shed their blood, turn their lives into
      living hell /".

      He may give a thought whether he wishes to be a secret weapon of
      Israel in words of Prime Minister Olmert who said: "Arab weapons, even
      when they hurt us, are nothing like the powerful, secret weapon we
      possess: The Jewish people… across the world, and the special feeling
      of love and mutual commitment that prevails between all Jews,
      regardless of where they are". He may just stop to consider himself a
      Jew and melt into general populace, as millions did before him.

      A Jewish friend of mine wrote: "I have asked a number of my friends in
      the US whether they think the Zionist mantra retains its power, and
      they agree it does not. The lobby does not, I think, have a bright
      future - that is why its agents have faced prosecution. Even if
      their lock on Congress persists for some time, their hold on American
      opinion must now diminish. I believe Lenny Brenner when he argues that
      young Jews are deserting Judaism and Zionism in droves."

      Israelis, i.e. dwellers of Palestine who consider themselves Jewish,
      may also contemplate whether they want to fight and support the
      ideological Yoke of Zion which brings them only hatred outside and
      poverty within. Instead of living in economic prosperity and in
      harmony with our neighbours, the Yoke of Zion turns us into
      impoverished cannon fodder.

      And after all, Americans and Europeans may just get bored of these
      guys that endlessly preach to others and are never willing to hearken
      to others' views. Even Germans may one day kick their masochist habit
      of endless repentance. And then the Yoke of Zion will be gone, for
      this Yoke is nothing but shared belief in Jewish superiority. And
      then, the perfectly harmless Jews will have to learn and become usual
      citizens of their countries, without a special access to presidents,
      bank coffers and TV screens.

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