Good deeds and the spurning of evil preoccupied us throughout the Days of Awe
and the festival period, climaxing with the redemption of Gilad
We live in times when concepts such as good and evil are
deliberately blurred. For example, the mass murder of Norwegians in July by a
demented neo-Nazi psychopath – a diabolically evil act – was globally exploited
by far-left and Muslim groups to suppress legitimate condemnation or designation
of extremist Islamic behavior as evil, even accusing critics of inciting mass
Yet throughout the Arab world we are now witnessing the sickening
elevation to hero status of some of the world’s most demented
This is hardly a new phenomenon.
Can you recall the last
time you had a serious discussion in which the word “evil” was mentioned? It’s
unlikely, because employing such a term today is often regarded as politically
incorrect and likely to lead to accusations of bias or bigotry.
World War II, that the Nazis were evil was never in dispute. That knowledge did
not imply that the Allies were pure. The Versailles settlement was unjust.
Mistakes were made. There were undoubtedly degenerates in our ranks who
committed crimes, and we were certainly conscious of the moral shortcomings of
our Soviet allies.
But we unequivocally recognized that the Nazis
represented evil incarnate and were willing to stake our lives in the struggle
against the forces of darkness which sought to undermine freedom and
OVER THE past half-century, as post-modernism enveloped the
new Europe, conflicts became increasingly viewed from the perspective of moral
equivalency. Today, it is considered bigoted to define religious or nationalist
crimes as evil.
This change in outlook is linked to the erosion of Judeo-Christian values, which despite being more frequently breached than honored, did
at least provide a moral framework to distinguish between right and
It is no coincidence that Christianity in Europe has declined
dramatically. In the UK today, more Muslims pray at mosques than Anglicans
attend churches. Christian beliefs have been supplanted by secularism, and some
churches have themselves adopted post-modernist concepts.
In contrast, in
the US where religion continues to occupy a dominant role, morality remains
relevant and politicians endeavor to frame their policies in a manner perceived
to be ethical.
In this climate, many liberals refuse to take part in the
battle against the new global evil confronting us. They fail to acknowledge that
the radical elements dominating the Muslim world today represent no less a
threat to western civilization than the Nazis in the 1930s. Even many committed
Jewish leaders blur the reality, accusing those who point out that the Arab
Islamic world is largely dominated by extremists of promoting “hysteria” and
The level of moderation in Islamic societies
can be assessed by posing a number of questions: Do Islamic leaders and
activists promote moderation or do they at best stand aside and avoid condemning
the jihadists? Do most share the goal of imposing Sharia law throughout the
world? Endorse freedom of worship? Protest against the violence and murder
directed at critics of their prophet or Islam? Demand the curbing of the violent
passions which incite hatred and extremism in their mosques, media outlets and
schools? Most of the ruling elites in today’s Islamic Arab world would fail to
provide acceptable responses to such questions.
In fact, it may not be
politically correct to say, but the sad reality is that aside from a minority of
courageous moderate Muslims – primarily domiciled in non-Muslim communities –
the majority at best remain passive in relation to outrages committed by Islamic
Indeed, it is unfortunately indisputable that the vast
majority of Arab Muslims identify with the naked evil radiating from the
venomous, genocidal statements of Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah and Hamas, which leave
nothing to the imagination.
And alas, the misnamed “Arab Spring” has
merely resulted in an upsurge of regional extremist Islamic fundamentalist
It is not only adherents to the Hamas Charter who unashamedly
endorse the murder of Jews and boast that they will never forgo the goal of
destroying the Jewish state. The Palestinian Authority is merely more
circumspect in statements designed for Western consumption. But a recent poll by
the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion demonstrated that the vast majority of
Palestinians remain committed to our destruction.
responded that it was the duty of Muslims to participate in jihad to eradicate
Israel and 73% endorsed the Hamas Charter quoting from the hadith, a call from
the prophet Muhammad to kill all Jews.
All PA state instrumentalities –
mosques, media and education system – glorify and sanctify mothers of suicide
bombers, honoring as “martyrs” those who murder Israeli civilians.
should be highlighting the contrasting societal responses to evil in democratic
countries and Islamic fundamentalist regimes.
Critics of Islam in Western
countries do not hail as national heroes liberated psychopaths who murder women
They do not name city squares, erect statues or name
football teams to commemorate the perpetrators of such actions. Nor do they hold
street parties and hand out sweets to children to celebrate the death of
innocent Muslims killed in the war against terror.
But in the wake of
every attack on Israeli civilians, that is precisely what happens in the
Palestinian street, yet those who condemn such behavior as barbaric are
frequently accused Islamophobia and racism.
It is rational, not “racist,”
to deem such behavior evil. Prior to Nazi indoctrination, Germany was considered
the most cultured European nation.
Since the defeat of Hitler and the
implementation of a normal educational curriculum, the evil instilled by the
Nazis has been neutralized.
Instead of exposing the criminality and evil
of the Palestinian regimes and proclaiming that there is still no credible
Palestinian peace partner, we bury our heads in the sand, pleading for a renewal
of ritual negotiations with those committed to our demise.
repeatedly culminates with a “we give and they take” process as the Palestinians
endeavor to dismember us in stages. It also contributes to the global climate of
opinion in which our adversaries relegate us to pariah status.
Palestinians are considered the most talented of all Arabs. Provide them with
humanitarian leaders. Grant them an enlightened education to substitute the
hatred and culture of death in which their youngsters are brainwashed and new
humanitarian leaders would emerge, enabling Palestinians and Israelis to jointly
create a magnificent region of peaceful coexistence and creativity.
as Mahmoud Abbas demonstrated in his recent UN General Assembly address, for
now, that is but a distant dream.
The time has come to evaluate the
evidence, exercise moral judgment and act rationally. To flee from reality and
submerge ourselves in a delusionary, Alice in Wonderland
environment is highly
tempting. But it may incur a heavy price on our children, who will ultimately be
obliged to confront the existential threat emanating from the evil surrounding
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