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Shalom

An elderly Israeli woman, who, with her husband, was taken hostage during the HAMAS Terror Invasion, is released with great fanfare. She thanks her kidnappers — which seems understandable considering her husband and many others continue to be held hostage. But after walking out of frame, she returns, shakes the hand that helped murder 1,400 innocent civilians, and wishes him “Shalom” – ‘Peace.’ Stockholm Syndrome? A play for better treatment of her husband still held hostage? A spiritual victory over hatred? Or is it impenetrable naiveté?

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Kurt Wullenweber
October 28, 2023 10:37 AM

Not a day goes by that I am not haunted by a fairly old Sting song – “I hope the Russians love their children, too.” It is a pretty good take on the cold war, in general, and MADD policy. He had poor things to say about both Reagan and Gorbachev, but the title tells it all. The fact Russians were as adamant as the west to see their children grow, prosper and multiply was the real reason the cold war would probably not go hot. Then I shudder thinking of Muslims using their children as human shields and suicide… Read more »

Keith Jackson
October 28, 2023 6:41 AM

I would like to believe the Palestinians are redeemable, have some remaining humanity, are susceptible to recognizing the value in human life and standing down from their behavior. They don’t. That said, we have to realize that they have nuclear weapons. If their culture doesn’t respect life on earth and seeks to die for their faith in an effort to exterminate the Jewish people, this is something that has to be remedied. The reason we haven’t had world wars up until now was because the Russians have people who don’t want oblivion as a goal. The parameters of war have… Read more »

ACTS (TM)
Reply to  Keith Jackson
October 28, 2023 9:57 AM

The so-called Palestinians do not have nuclear weapons. This is at least the second time I’ve seen you say something like that and it’s just not so. I don’t know if you’re confused about the difference between Palestinians, who are Arabs, and Iranians, who are Persians and NOT Arabs, or if there’s something else going on here. Unless you have intel that contravenes everything I’m aware of and backs up such a claim, the Iranians do not have nuclear weapons either. Yet. They’re not likely to EVER get real thermonuclear weapons but they may, if not vigorously hindered, acquire atomic… Read more »

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ACTS (TM)
Reply to  Harry Ferguson
October 28, 2023 3:59 PM

My Dad had a business card from J.C. (James Cash) Penny, the chain store guy. It said, under his name and such … “Just because something has been done a certain way for a long time doesn’t mean it’s ever been done the right way.” My point about nukes vs. atomic vs. fission vs. fusion addresses the correct, military view and nomenclature not the common vernacular. The common vernacular is always fraught with inaccuracies and hyperbole. See “racist” for a good example. I’m not up on the Russian’s sub-strategic nukes but our own predominant tactical nuclear warhead is the B61… Read more »

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David Pimentel
Reply to  ACTS (TM)
October 28, 2023 4:19 PM

Well, the “atomic weapon” term is a misnomer. Both fission devices, which are incorrectly called atomic weapons, and fission/fusion weapons (i.e., thermonuclear devices) are nuclear weapons. They both rely upon nuclear reactions to produce their energy outputs. Both rely upon the fission (i.e., breakage of fissile nuclei) to release large amounts of energy, neutrons and fission fragments in a catastrophic, uncontrolled chain reaction, which releases orders of magnitude more energy than any atomic (or chemical) reaction (i.e., TNT). Alternatively, thermonuclear devices use that fission energy, as you stated, to initiate a fusion reaction of the nuclei of a light element… Read more »

David B
October 27, 2023 5:45 PM

Another possible reason may be she’s a good, solid follower of God, who said “Love your enemy.” It takes strong faith to do that when treated as she and others were. Jesus was treated badly, and is a perfect example of how humans should respond to treatment. I’m proud of her IF that is what is behind her actions. I could never do that. My US Marine training would demand other responses, more ‘ever lasting,’ may God forgive me.

Karl Schweitzer
Reply to  David B
October 27, 2023 6:51 PM

How does one of the special forces taglines go? “.. its our job to arrange the meeting.”

ACTS (TM)
Reply to  David B
October 28, 2023 6:34 AM

Yeah, I’m a Jarhead too and “Love your enemies” is one of the very hardest commands to adhere to. I don’t really hate them either. All I feel when I kill is recoil.

Ron Swansons Alter Ego
October 27, 2023 1:10 PM

The title of this made me think of an episode of All in the Family called Archie is Branded. From IMDB Archie wakes up one Sunday morning to find a swastika has been painted on his front door. At first he thinks it might have been a bunch of juvenile delinquents who might have done it. However, it is soon learned that it was meant for a Jewish activist who lives the next block over. Things become even more heated when a member of a radical Jewish vigilante organization offers to protect the Bunkers even though it might mean busting… Read more »

ACTS (TM)
Reply to  Ron Swansons Alter Ego
October 28, 2023 10:28 AM

I said below to Karl that for me this falls in the “judge not that ye be not judged” category because I don’t want to hold others to standards I’m not willing to meet myself. I was talking about this Israeli woman. Not the Palestinians. I’m happy to be held to the standards I hold them to. I’m not a murdering animal and they should not be murderous animals either. I do not behead babies and rape children. I do not shoot unarmed people presenting no threat to anyone in cold blood. I do not hide behind women and children… Read more »

Karl Schweitzer
October 27, 2023 12:16 PM

I am going to side a little more with Scott than Bill, although either could be more correct in this case. Mostly this might be my naivete but I am hoping she did what she did, and the work her husband and she was doing, was more in the line of a missionary than progressive virtue signaling. Someone might create a charity and raise money to pay for people to transport others to show virtue. I am less sure they would transport the people themselves. Most of the Progressives are big on doing something that looks good but less on… Read more »

ACTS (TM)
Reply to  Karl Schweitzer
October 28, 2023 6:48 AM

I agree, there are good hearted people who mean well and act accordingly. Even if some might see their actions as misplaced or mistaken their motivations are good. Often the line dividing virtue signalling and actual virtue is the commitment a person exhibits. The Left goes on and on about saving the planet while promoting electric cars that do nothing towards that end and are more likely harmful than helpful. They decry the squalid conditions of the poor but not one of them will sell his iPhone and give the money to a shelter or food bank. Etc. The hypocrisy… Read more »

Kurt Wullenweber
October 27, 2023 10:37 AM

How about the ENTIRE scene was scripted?

Brother Bob
Reply to  Kurt Wullenweber
October 28, 2023 9:39 AM

Once again, Occam’s Razor for the win.