Monday, May 2, 2011
And now, a few words from a "rabbi cum spiritual life examiner"
Osama appropriately dies on Holocaust Remembrance Day
God bless the courageous American servicemen and women who masterminded, directed, and fulfilled the special operation in Pakistan that put an end to one of the most sinister human beings who ever lived. We are thankful that our soldiers departed the scene without shedding any of their own blood. We note the brilliance of disposing of Bin Laden’s body at sea, thereby depriving him a martyr’s shrine for that segment of contemporary Islam sick enough to mourn him today. Perhaps such people will contemplate that a woman being used as a human shield by one of the 'brave' Islamic terrorists died in the raid.
It is not death that we explore as much as life that we cherish.
Not lost upon us in the Jewish community is the calendar coincidence: the architect of 9/11 was executed on Holocaust Remembrance Day—the annual somber commemoration of the Nazi genocide that took the lives of six million European Jews, including nearly two million kids. Bin Laden and his terrorist outfit Al Qaeda openly espoused the further extermination of Jewish life—specifically the annihilation of the State of Israel. Just as Al Qaeda continues its evil intentions at this very moment, likely planning reprisal attempts on American embassies or our homeland itself, so do menacing entities such as Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and innumerable shadow groups contemplate the continuing fulfillment of their anti-Semitic obsessions.
The remembrance of the Holocaust, in which millions of non-Jews perished as well, including Catholic priests who dared to speak out, righteous gentiles that hid Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, the handicapped, and so many other “undesirables,” calls us to venerate and choose life. It is not death that we explore as much as life that we cherish.
The three thousand innocent souls of September 11 live in our hearts as strongly and fervently as every innocent victim ever lost to the tyranny of bloody extremism. There are no religions in heaven, only peace and rest. We will leave to the one God to find a place for the wretched soul of Bin Laden, now put of our misery by worthy and valorous American hands.
But on this earth, may his memory be blotted out forever.