this war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein is for us. Even the anti-Semites,
like Patrick J. Buchanan and Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) know it! Pat Buchanan
has been accusing the neo-conservatives, what he calls the War Party -- i.e.
the Jews and their followers in America -- of pushing the United States into
this war. He has also blamed Prime Minister Sharon and Israel, for wanting
the war. That's what he said in a recent article, "Whose War?" Rep. Moran
recently came out of the closet saying, "If it were not for the strong support
of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq we would not be doing this."
Other anti-Semites like Louis Farrakhan have also been saying it!
They're both right, and dead wrong. True, most Jews in America and Israel
want the US to capture Saddam Hussein and his gang, disarm Iraq of Weapons
of Mass Destruction, institute some form of regime change, and introduce freedom
and democracy. But so do most Americans, many Iraqis, and many other freedom-loving
people in the region and around the world. And although it might be in Israel's
interest to see the 'neighborhood bully' -- Iraq -- have its non-conventional
weapons confiscated, it's also in America's interest; it's also in Europe's
interest; it's even in Russia and China's interest -- they've both been plagued
by Islamic terror in recent years. Although they might not like to admit
it publicly, it's even in the interest of Arab states in the region.
Nobody who thinks about it for a couple seconds should want a dictator like
Saddam Hussein -- who has already used chemical weapons on his own citizens,
the Kurds, and his neighbors, the Iranians -- to have Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Whether he uses them himself, or passes them off to terror groups like al-Qaida,
al-Saif in the Philippines, the Chechens, or Hamas and Islamic Jihad; who
wants some nut case releasing Small Pox, Anthrax, or VX Nerve Gas onto innocent
But we already knew that this war is for us -- i.e. the Jews and Israel.
Our prophets and sages throughout the ages have explained the Torah, telling
us that everything that happens in the world is for the benefit of the Jewish
Simply put another way, if all the world is a stage, then the Jews - -and
especially those in the Land of Israel -- are the lead actors on the stage
of history, and the nations, have supporting roles, while the evildoers are
props and back round scenery. As our tradition states, G-D -- the great playwright
-- created the world for the sake of the Jewish People, and it's our responsibility
to implement the Torah -- absolute morality -- the blueprint of creation,
Stop and think for a moment: the last Gulf War in 1991 ended just before
Purim. This Gulf War began just after Shushan Purim. Get the picture? In between,
"The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor" (Book of Esther 8:16).
Read the Purim story in the Book of Esther, it's a rags to riches story
on a national scale. Haman, the proto-typical anti-Semite, plans mass murder
against the Jews and in the end pays with his life, the life of his 10 sons
-- all hung -- and the Jews kill 75, 800 members of the anti-Semitic -- i.e.
Nazi -- party of the time.
Not so different from the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, where 23
Nazi War Criminals were tried. Originally 11 were to have the death penalty
imposed if found guilty. Everybody in those days thought that they would
be shot -- as is customary in military executions -- or get the electric
chair -- as was common in the United States -- but when the judges announced
the verdict of guilty, they also said that hanging would be the method of
execution. Two hours before the execution, they found Hermann Goering dead
in his cell. He had committed suicide. That left only 10 Nazis to execute.
Now, there's more to this story than meets the eye. In the Book of Esther
(9:7-9), when it describes the execution of Haman's 10 sons, their names are
listed in a vertical column. If you look at the Hebrew closely, you'll notice
extra-small letters in three of the names. The first name, Parshandata, has
a small 'Tav'. The seventh name, Parmashta, has a small 'Shin'. The
tenth name, Vayzata, has a small 'Zayn'. Hebrew letters are also used
as numbers, and for dates in the Jewish calendar. Tav, Shin, Zayn numerically
means 707, corresponding to the year 5707, which began Rosh HaShanah -- the
Jewish New Year -- on Sept. 25th, 1946. On October 16th, 1946, the same year
1946, as foretold in the names of Haman's sons, 10 Nazi leaders were hung
as war criminals. And if that doesn't impress you, out of nowhere, with the
rope around his neck, about to be hung, Julius Schtreicher -- editor of "Der
Sturmer" -- the Nazi propaganda newspaper, shouted out with flaming hatred
in his eyes, just as the trap door opened, "Purim 1946!" It was reported in
the international press of the day.
So as I said earlier, of course this war is for the Jews and Israel, and
instead of hiding from the accusation, or crying, "anti-Semitic slur," we
should gratefully acknowledge what the 'Master of the Universe' is doing to
our enemies, for us. Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Bashar Assad, Bin-Laden,
and the other dictators, terrorists and mullahs of the region, are the modern
day Hamans and Hitlers.
Great things are yet to come. The Hebrew month of Adar is a time for 'increasing
joy'. Purim is a time for celebrating our salvation from enemies who plot
our destruction. Adar falls at the end of the calendar for months, and the
end of the winter. And after Adar comes Nisan -- or Aviv meaning springtime.
Springtime is a time of rebirth and regeneration after a long dark winter.
Pesach -- Passover -- falls in Nisan, Z'man Cherutainu -- the time of our
freedom. In Nisan we were redeemed from slavery in Egypt, and the future redemption
will be in Nisan.
Rav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook taught that we were liberated from Egyptian
bondage in order to bring liberation to the entire world. The Torah repeats
three times that we departed Egypt in the springtime (Exodus 13:4, 26:15,
and Deut. 16:1), because our freedom is not only the spring of our people,
but also the spring of the entire world and its inhabitants. The objective
of our liberation is to perfect the world under the reign of the Almighty,
as G-D promised Abraham, "and through you all the families of the earth will
be blessed" (Gen. 12:3).
Yes the war is for the Jews. But it's also for all decent, peace-loving
and freedom-loving people. Just as the Jews were saved from Egyptian slavery,
liberated, given the Torah at Mt. Sinai, and brought into the 'Holy Land',
the world stands at a great opportunity to rid itself of the Hamans, Hitlers,
and Pharaohs who want to kill or enslave them today.
In the Purim story, Mordechai told Queen Esther when she seemed apprehensive
about approaching the king to ask for help to avert Haman's plan of genocide,
"If you remain silent at this time, then relief and deliverance will come
to the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father's house will perish" (Book
of Esther 4:14). That's what we should tell the Pat Buchanans, the Jim Morans,
and all those in America and around the world who say that the Jews are behind
America's war in Iraq.
That's what we should tell all those in the Anti-War Movement who are against
America. Pat Buchanan really is Anti-American, you know, though he hides it
well. Who could imagine an isolationist America disengaged from the world
as he advocates? Terrorists and Terror states would multiply. It would end
up bringing more tragedies to America like September 11th. Rather than blame
America's support for Israel for September 11th, as he and Jihadist Muslims
have; Israel, America, and their allies will lessen the threat of mass murder,
through it's war on Iraq, other terror-regimes, and terror groups.
Great things are coming, for the Jewish People, for the State of Israel,
for America and the western democratic world, and for all those who aspire
to be like them. And why should we apologize for that?
Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst &
consultant. He has a Master's Degree in International Relations & Policy
Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and
think-tank websites, in newspapers, and can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko.
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