There are three other special features of Yom Kippur day we note. First is the last biblical portion our Sages determined we read on this day - the book of Jonah. Jonah was ordered by God to take action to save a city. He tried to duck his responsibility until forced to see the error of his ways and do as God commanded. The Torah says do not stand idly by while the blood of your neighbor is spilt. Isaiah says God reflects "I looked down and saw injustice and wondered why no one would intervene?" When the two and a half tribes in the Torah wanted to avoid entering Israel, Moses and God finally allowed them to outside of Israel, if they first helped Israel insure its ability to live inside the Land. The Torah has Moses saying "will your brothers go to war and you remain not helping them." We can do no less.
Third, the second unique aspect of the
Yom Kippur musaf, Eleh Ezkara. This ancient poem depicts the brutal massacre
of 10 great rabbinic Sages at the hands of the Romans, including the flaying
of the flesh off the body of Rabbi Akiva, who helped lead the rebellion in 135
against the tyranny and yoke of Rome. Many sysnagogues insert readings about
the Holocaust in this service.
1. They have no bombers, just fighter bombers.2. Each plane would need to be refueled twice to get back safely.3. They would get one bomb run most likely4. There are over 35 sites, many on the far east side of Iran, buried a mile down in hardened sites.5. So how much damage can they really do vs. a several month long USA attack with our bombers?6. Why is this Israel's responsibility anyway? Do you not believe Iran represents a nuclear threat to the USA? They'll have intercontinental ballistic missiles which can reach us within a few years, and dirty bomb fit into a terrorist's backpack capability soon.7. But Obama is reluctant, the military is tired after two wars in that part of the world. Some of the Republican candidates are discussing it. On Fox news Sept 13. Romney said Obama's biggest failure as President has been his failure to stop Iran and his seventh point of his seven point plan to stop them is the US having a "serious military option on the table." Of course then there is Ron Paul who says who cares if Iran gets nuclear weapons.
Israel will be blamed [of course],
maybe Egypt, Syria, etc. will decide it's a good time to pour it on. Who
knows what would be unleashed. The PR against the attack will be ferocious.
Two term US Senator Ruby Boschwitz (R-Minnesota) who served when Israel
bombed the Iraq nuclear site in 1981, told me he was accosted by a fellow
Republican Senator the next day and was asked "what did you people
do?" To which Sen. Boschwitz retorted (a) They are not my people. I am
a USA Senator and that was the sovereign state of Israel and (b) You'll
thank me in a week". Sure enough, that happened.
Now we need to be prepared. The evidence is overwhelming that:
1. Iran wants to develop nuclear bombs and is getting close. No one knows exactly how close.2. It has stated it wants to destroy Israel. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "The pretext [Holocaust] for the creation of the Zionist regime [Israel] is false. Confronting the Zionist regime is a national and religious duty.... This regime [Israel] will not last long. Do not tie your fate to it ... This regime has no future. Its life has come to an end," he said in a speech broadcast live on state radio. Will Obama allow this man to control nuclear bombs and missiles? Looks like he will. "History will judge this [Obama] administration when it comes to the end of its term whether Iran has nuclear weapons or not," Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Fox News in an interview. He also said sanctions are not enough to stop Iran from reaching nuclear capability.3. Diplomacy and sanction have not and cannot stop them.4. Even if our Navy destroyer off Iran's coat can shoot down 95% of Iran's missiles, and Israel in a few years could shoot down most of the rest, are you so sure of technology and no human error that 0 nuclear bombs will get through? And how do we know that the US would shoot them down?5. The USA has given no sense it feels a military campaign is urgent and Washington is now settling on "containment."6. Many other Arab nations have said they want nuclear bombs if Iran gets them. Is that something the USA can live with?7. Wikileaks has shown the Saudis are begging the USA to stop Iran.8. Again, Golda asked the allies to bomb Auschwitz. They did not. 6 million Jews died.