Iran clarifies the Middle East

By Dennis Prager size>

If you want to understand the Middle East conflict, Iran has just provided all you need to know.

A massive earthquake kills between 20,000 and 40,000 Iranians, and the government of

Iran announces that help is welcome from every country in the world . . . except Israel.

This little-reported news item is of great significance. It begs commentary.

Israel not only has the world’s most experienced crews in quickly finding survivors in bombed

out buildings, it is also a mere two-hour flight from Iran. In other words, no country

in the world would come close to Israel in its ability to save Iranian lives quickly.

But none of this means anything to the rulers of Iran. The Islamic government of Iran has

announced to the world that it is better for fellow countrymen and fellow Muslims — men,

women and children — to die buried under rubble than to be saved by a Jew from Israel.

That is how deep the hatred of Israel and Jews is in much of the Muslim world.

Hundreds of millions of Muslims — Arab and non-Arab, Sunni and Shi’a — hate Israel more

than they love life. Leaders of the Palestinian terror organization Hamas repeatedly state,

“We love death more than the Jews love life.” And now, Iran announces that it is better for

a Muslim to asphyxiate under the earth than be rescued by a Jew from Israel.

Naive Westerners — which includes most academics, intellectuals, members of the

international news media, and nearly all others on the Left — refuse to acknowledge

the uniqueness of the Arab/Muslim hatred of Israel and Jews. Yet, there is no hatred in

the world analogous to it. Not since the Nazi hatred of Jews has humanity witnessed

such hate.

That is why finding survivors from earthquakes, creating a Palestinian state and life itself are

all far less important in much of the Islamic and Arab worlds than killing Jews and

destroying the little Jewish state.

That is why Arab newspapers run articles by Arab professors describing how Jews

butcher non-Jewish children to use their blood for holiday meals.

That is why Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad could get a standing

ovation from the heads of every Muslim country when he told them “the Jews rule

the world by proxy.”

That is why Palestinian parents celebrate the suicide terror of their sons — the joy of

killing Israeli families far outweighs the pain of the death of their child.

Western naifs like to believe platitudes such as “Deep down, all people are really the same,”

“All people want peace,” and the great untruth of multiculturalism that no culture is morally

superior to another. That is why they choose not to face the truth about the Nazi-like hatred

that permeates the Arab/Muslim world and the consequent moral gulf that exists between it

and Israel. It shatters too many of their illusions.

Surely the Iranian refusal of rescuers from the Jewish state ought to help all these people

acknowledge the unique hatred that is at the root of the Arab-Israeli dispute and recognize

that it is therefore a conflict unlike any other on earth.

So, too, the immediate and sincere Israeli offer of rescuers to Iran should make the moral gulf

between Israel and its enemies as clear as day. Despite the fact that Iran is the greatest

backer of anti-Israel (and anti-American) terror and despite the fact that Iran repeatedly

declares that Israel must be annihilated (in other words, seeks a second Jewish

Holocaust), Israel offered to send its people to save Iranian lives.

The two reactions — Iran’s preference for Iranian deaths to Israeli help and the Jewish

state’s instinctive offer to help save Iranian lives ought to be enough anyone needs to

understand the source of the Middle East conflict. But they won’t. Because those who

are anti-Israel or “evenhanded” are not so because of the facts, but despite them.

(c) Rabbi Jason Miller | | Twitter: @RabbiJason |

Kucinich Shows Pie Chart on Radio Debate

By Associated Press

January 6, 2004, 8:44 PM ESTsize>

DES MOINES, Iowa — Federal spending was the topic and Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich came prepared with a pie chart to argue his point about a bloated Pentagon budget.

But although many listened to Tuesday’s presidential debate, few could see the Ohio congressman’s prop.

The debate was broadcast only on National Public Radio.

As Kucinich challenged Democratic front-runner Howard Dean for refusing to acknowledge that the Pentagon budget needs to be cut, debate moderator Neal Conan of NPR interrupted.

“Congressman Kucinich is holding up a pie chart, which is not truly effective on radio,” Conan told his listeners.

Kucinich was not deterred.

“Well, it’s effective if Howard can see it,” he replied.

(c) Rabbi Jason Miller | | Twitter: @RabbiJason |

"You Gotta Believe"

Tug McGraw succumbed to brain cancer today. He pitched for the Miracle Mets’ team that won the 1969 World Series. In 1973, McGraw helped the Mets climb from last place to first in the National League’s Eastern Division, then reach the World Series and come within one game of winning the championship. It was in that season that McGraw coined the Mets’ war cry: “You Gotta Believe.”

He was a great player and a great role model. Ironic that the same day he dies, Pete Rose finally admits that he bet on baseball (and on his own team). In my opinion, Rose should be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but only as one of the best players to ever play the game — certainly not as a mensch!

(c) Rabbi Jason Miller | | Twitter: @RabbiJason |

Baruch Dayan Ha’emet

Condolences to the Birnholtz family on Kenny’s death. Kenny was one of my USYers and High School students at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Michigan. He was a USY chapter board member and a participant in Nativ (USY’s Year-In-Israel program) during his freshman year of college (1998-99) before attending the University of Michigan. He was a mensch and will be sorely missed.

(c) Rabbi Jason Miller | | Twitter: @RabbiJason |