The Semantics of Warfare

Aren’t imperialism and colonialism fairly recent terms to imply victorious conquests over territory or people not previously belonging to you?

By changing the definition of warfare, we assign diametrically opposed meanings to the same outcome. Earlier wars, such as those under Alexander (“the Great”) are considered “just” and “gentlemanly;” those of Britain’s past and of America’s founding are being lumped into an imperialistic/colonial classification. No longer must usurpers declare open warfare, each side delineated by clearly marked boundaries and uniforms — the Viet Cong surely changed fighting methodology, and terrorists emulate the no-holds-barred strategies: fighting in civilian clothing, conducting warfare from densely populated civilian zones, using children and others as human shields, kidnapping, beheading, hostage-taking, ransoming, creating and using illegal weaponry (like Kassam and Katyusha rockets) in a civil war against people in neighboring towns.

I’m not really so sure I could kill another human being. Call me soft, but that’s what I think living in the relative safety of the United States has done to color my outlook. What my ancestors before me fought to uphold, their sacrifices to hold onto or to let go of the life that our L-rd has given us in order to be able to be Jewish and to stay alive with that designation through the thousands of years to my own present time, has not been one that others have allowed us to live easily.

For a brief while, it appeared that so-called civilization would, indeed, act in a civilized manner toward us. Sure, I’ve experienced some subtle and not-so-subtle bouts of “anti-semitism” in my own life: a favorite co-worker whispering to another coworker to indicate that Jews must be “the Devil” (they had been openly discussing the Passion of the Christ movie and knew I was Jewish; however, at one point, she had to whisper her words so that I would not hear); being told I could not be hired specifically because I was Jewish — not believing my ears, I again asked the person to repeat what was just said, and again I heard the same thing (and this does not count as anti-semitism because places which are religious do not need to hire outside their faith). In all fairness, I thought the Holy Land Experience constituted a theme park based on life in Israel; little did I know that it was really attached to a mission. Not that I would mind, but there had been no previous indication of this in the parking lot, prior to entry. Had there just been a posted sign indicating this, then all would have been fine.

There is alot of anti-semitism these days. I thought we had gotten somewhat past that — you know… all the pestering of the community-at-large we’ve had to do, just to be able to spend a day at the beach, or attend a country club. Yes, my mother still remembers signs on the beach in Miami prohibiting blacks, Jews, and dogs! I suppose it was not so obvious for us, as our skin color kindof blends, but it sure didn’t help us in Europe preceding War World II, nor does it help us in “proper circles” today.

In a roundup of some recent news articles, here’s what’s happened recently:

Mahmoud Abbas is trying to censor the internet that Palestinians might see; a Colorado synagogue was vandalized on Hitler’s birthday recently; Jews are being evicted again and again from our Homeland — already in Migron, and soon to be from Ulpana in Beit El (ps — being a female, Reform Jew means that I read from a Torah portion on the bimah (podium); my portion was about Jacob laying his head down upon a rock (when he dreamed about the angels and the ladder) and calling the place Beit El (although it was previously called Luz), and saying surely G-d is in this place, and I did not know it? Do we not know that G-d is in this place? Did He not indeed tell us so?

Mostly, I want to thank Israel supporters: this would be G-d first; also, a thank you to my parents, and a special thank you to those who support Israel.

Here is a particular thank you deserved for someone whose article I just read: Romeu Monteiro — I don’t know him, but he just wrote an article about how he was transformed from an Israel hater to an Israel supporter; the article can be read at Israpost.

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