by Alan Simons
Bomb explosions in a Hezbollah stronghold. Helicopters drop barrel bombs on civilians in Syria. An estimated 136,000+ people have been killed since the beginning of the Syrian conflict. In Egypt, scores are killed and injured in bomb attacks targeting police buildings and personnel. The Iraqi army has intensified its shelling of Falluja as more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in January. Iran names hardliner to its nuclear implementation team. Shia Yemen rebels have overrun strongholds of powerful tribes in northern Yemen. In Turkey, the government is looking at amending a law to allow the blocking of websites without a court order, as well as implementing mass surveillance of Internet users. In Nigeria, the cold blooded killings by the extremist Boko Haram sect, in the last two weeks, rose to over 250. About 40,000 Nigerians who fled the rampaging Boko Haram insurgents to neighbouring Niger Republic now face starvation. This past week in Paris, France at a huge Neo-Nazi demonstration, the scum bags of this earth sang “Shoah chicks” and screamed out, “Jew, France is not for you!”
In the Middle East, the slaughter of Christians continues. Back in Syria, more than 450,000 Christians have fled the country since 2011. In Egypt, last year an estimated 207 churches were attacked and 43 Orthodox churches were completely destroyed. In Iraq, Islamic terrorists killed 37 Iraqi Christians on Christmas Day 2013. In Gaza, Hamas has cracked down hard on Gaza’s small Christian community by pushing them to convert to Islam.
While all of this is going on, how is US Secretary of State Kerry spending his time? He’s threatening Israel that should the current Middle East peace effort fail, the risk of boycotts would intensify. By all accounts one could say Kerry has as much sense as a church has mezuzahs. Or, as my Yiddish speaking friends would say: Er hot azoy fil seykhl vi in kloyster mezuzes. And with so many churches in the Middle East being razed to the ground by Islamic groups and thousands of Christian Arabs, men, women and children being slaughtered, it would be gratifying if Kerry would start getting his priorities in order. Threatening Israel merely shows us how weak he is in standing up to the likes of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas.
To quote another Yiddish saying: Keyner veys nit vemen der shukh kvetsht, nor der vos geyt in im. “No one knows whose shoe pinches except the person who walks in it.” Perhaps it’s time the US Department of State considers buying a new pair of shoes.