The Chip Eater
So they whacked the Jews, murdering Bombay's rabbi and making orphans as they went. That's a pretty clear statement of cultural intent. It's almost as if they made a point of whacking the Jews. Eichmann would have been proud of them.
Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his 28 year old wife Rivkah and their co-religionists have walked through the valley of the shadow of death - hopefully they feared no evil. May their cups runneth over forever.
Constancy of faith of the kind possessed by Rabbi Holtzberg, and the courage that derives from it, never ceases to amaze. St. John Vianney never gave up on his God or himself despite suffering endless Satanic torments, during which The Father of Lies would call him a 'potato eater' - a calculated insult in 19th Century rural France.
Whenever any stuff like the carnage in Bombay goes down, you can always count on 'The Guardian' to produce a call for tolerance. Bombay seems to have been more serious than most jihadist massacres, for no less a luminary than Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE Ph.D., Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, has been wheeled out to produce a commentary entitled 'A Perversion of Islam'.
"There is no Islamic basis for murder, and this is exactly what happened yesterday. We persistently remind ourselves of the Qur'anic edict "If anyone kills a human being ... it should be looked upon as though he had slain all mankind, and if anyone saves a life it should be regarded as though he had saved the lives of all mankind."(5:32)"
It seems to be Edward Gibbon's day today.
In Chapter 50 of 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', he narrates the following incident from the life of Mohammed, which occurred in the immediate aftermath of The Battle of the Ditch -
"The Jews had excited and joined the war of the Koreish; no sooner had the nations retired from the ditch, than Mahomet, without laying aside his armour, marched on the same day to extirpate the hostile race of the children of Koraidha. After a resistance of twenty-five days, they surrendered at discretion. They trusted to the intercession of their old allies of Medina; the could not be ignorant that fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity. A venerable elder, to whose judgment they appealed, pronounced the sentence of their death; seven hundred Jews were dragged in chains to the marketplace of the city; they descended alive into the grave prepared for their execution and burial; and the apostle beheld with an inflexible eye the slaughter of his helpless enemies".
One would imagine that the eyes that beheld Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg might have been similarly inflexible.
Muhammed Abdul Bari loves fish and chips. In this space, he shall henceforth be designed as 'the chip eater'.