My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Why do they hate us???

A cross post from Rightchik, who is touring around Israel...
On Tuesday, the Major and I went to the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) Museum. Before you can enter you must show a passport (if you are not Israeli) and have your bags searched. The young man taking care of security (no doubt a former soldier) took a close look at our passports. We knew he had gotten to the Syrian visa stamp when he looked up.

Naturally we explained but that is when the conversation started. I told him how much I loved Israel. That I thought it was beautiful and that the people were so very friendly.

This young man who wasn't any older than my daughter looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why do they hate us?" He asked this very quietly and you could see something in his eyes that I can only describe as mourning. It was the look of loss and resignation.

I replied that it must be jealousy. He looked down at his feet, shook his head and again very quietly said he didn't think so. No malice, no anger. He was far too humble to accept that answer.

This beautiful blond boy looked up, smiled and wished me a good visit and welcome to Israel.

In these past few days I have thought of him and his question. I suppose there are a lot of "reasons" but none that make any sense. But whether you call it anti Semitism or anti Israeli, they are borne of the same evil. There are no explanations. I believe in evil. I believe in good.

As I write this I am reminded of what Geert Wilders said in today's Jerusalem Post. To paraphrase, mothers in the west sleep very well because mothers in Israel lay awake at night worrying about their children.

I have no doubt that I will keep this boy in my thoughts for the rest of my life.


Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

They hate because they are instructed to hate from birth. It is ordered in the koran on practically every page.

It is a pillar of islam, and if they don't obey they are not considered true muslims.

The whole reason for being a muslim is to kill Jews. then everybody else. When there are only muslims left they will kill eachother, as they have no idea and no desire, to do anything else.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Hanz said...

Juni- You seem to take the view that a) it is only Muslims who dislike Israel and b) it is Israel they dislike.
I would say that b) it is the actions of successive Israeli Governments they dislike and a) there is a growing dislike of these actions around the World among all religions, not just Muslims.
It is easy to say they hate 'Israel' but that is like saying everyone hated America because of what George W Bush did or Britain because of Tony Blair. That's an ignorant argument. We didn't hate Iraq because of Saddam, we hated Saddam and his regime.

If that soldier wanted to know why he viewed his country is disliked, he should look inside, not outside.

There you go pee wee, let's see you now reduce this discussion to your usual level.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Nemesis said...

Hanz, you're correct, not only do Muslims hate Jews but many other people do too. Israel could do anything, and has done, including giving Arafat 98% of everything he wanted, but they still hate Israel. Why? Jews.

I take it you won't be happy until Palestine is Judenfrei.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Hanz said...

As i said, it isn't Jews as a whole or the country of Israel that is disliked, it's the policies of the Israeli Governments.

2:01 PM  

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