By Helen Freedman

"Do not go gentle into that...night...
Rage, rage against the dying of the light"

Dylan Thomas

On this sad memorial day of 9/11/02, when we pay tribute to the more than three thousand killed in the attack on America on Sept. 11, 2001, we recall countless other innocents who have suffered at the hands of militant Muslims throughout the world. The list is a long one, including Serbs, Greeks, Afghans, Indians, Sudanese, Lebanese, Indonesians, Europeans, Canadians, Americans, Israelis, and more. All have been targets of Islam - the religion that preaches jihad until it succeeds in conquering the world.

Israel and the Middle East are at the center of the conflict today. In the face of hundreds of Israelis murdered each year, and thousands seriously wounded, the Sharon government must take its lead from America, declare war on terrorism, and go after the enemy until it is defeated. Yasser Arafat has proven himself to be as evil a man as Osama Bin Laden, and on a par with the despots controlling Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Saudi Arabia. It is ludicrous for Israel to be debating the fate of Israeli Arabs who have betrayed their citizenship and joined the terrorists. It is criminally lax for Israel to stand by helplessly while the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is threatened by collapse because its southern wall was carved out by Arabs building a mammoth underground mosque. It is inconceivable that in the face of repeated expressions of unmitigated hatred and statements about the destruction of Israel, the Sharon government continues to pretend that there can be "negotiations" and an eventual "Palestinian" state. Even Jerusalem may be placed on the table, with enough knives at the place settings to satisfy the appetites of the Muslim world. All of this is a formula for failure and defeat. Every thinking person understands that appeasement of terror only fuels the appetites of the terrorists. Only strength and clear purpose, and the willingness to recognize and speak the truth can conquer evil.

The words of Dylan Thomas take on greater meaning today as Americans, Israelis, and good people throughout the world steel themselves for the battle ahead. May we not go softly into the night of willful blindness and wishful thinking, bowing our necks to the swords of the murderers. Instead, we must use our righteous anger like an eternal flame, to rage against the dying of the light of freedom and justice and truth. We must pursue those who would destroy the good, and eradicate them. Anything less will lead to the discovery that the light at the end of the tunnel is that of the oncoming train.

Helen Freedman

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