Sunday, April 28, 2002

Krauthammer: Please Excuse the Jews for Living
Read this. Then start packing, dear friends.

How many accounts of the Europe of the thirties have I read, how many movies have I seen, where I cried, "Why didn't they leave? Why couldn't they see what was happening?"

And in recent years, I've learned horrifyingly more of the guilty truth of America's turning Jews away, before, during, and after the War. (Does anyone remember the St. Louis? Google it, as the name of a ship, if you are curious.)

When my Uncle Bobby was denied entrance to Columbia University in 1949, an embarrassed registrar pleaded with my grandfather: "Does his name have to be Blumenfeld?" Well, yes, it did. That's why Bobby joined his Habonim garin, and went off to Israel - and never regretted it.

"It can't happen here." Right.

"It's dangerous in Israel!" It is. And in New York, Chicago, Paris, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Sydney, Delhi, Capetown, London, you think you're safe?

If you don't believe in God, I don't know how you make head or tails of this mess. And what hope do you have? If your IQ exceeds room temperature (Fahrenheit), you can't have failed to notice that some people hate you just for being a Jew. You cannot appease them. You cannot buy their love or their friendship. You have only three choices: let them kill you, flee, or fight.

But you cannot fight alone, in a Jew-hating country, any more than our Polish and German relatives could, sixty years ago. That's why they tried, at any price, to get to that little sliver of land nestled between Lebanon and Egypt. When it was more dangerous than it is today. When we were renting from an evil British landlord.

Today we own.

If you don't believe in God, come to Israel, and in the community of bickering Jews, you will immediately begin to experience the sense of homecoming.

If you do believe in God, it's time to stop ignoring that quiet "something is telling me..." in your heart, and head home. Fearmongers and terrorists to the contrary, it's still the safest place on earth for a Jew. There have STILL been more deaths in Israel from car accidents than from terror this year!

Time to go home! Start now, and avoid the rush...