Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Holtzberg funeral

Apologies if that link doesn't work. I'm sure you can search at the Daily Mail's website for the article.

I'm still stunned from the carnage the terrorists inflicted on Mumbai and the city's innocent victims Wednesday night through Friday. The pictures (from the above article) of the Holtzberg's funeral in Israel are heart-wrenching. I'm truly at a loss for words. If the Holtzbergs were like any of the Chabad shluchim (emissaries) I've met, then they were truly nice, gentle, loving people who went out of their way to make anyone who met them feel right at home. Running Chabad Mumbai may have been a daunting task, but I doubt the Holtzbergs ever considered being anywhere else despite their Western childhoods.

Mrs. Holtzberg was pregnant; Moshe, age two, probably witnessed his parents' murders; Moshe was most likely beaten; his parents may have been tortured. The terrorists were not just cold-blooded killers. They were sadists fueled by unadulterated hatred who inadvertently spared Moshe only because they didn't realize he survived. They certainly didn't hold to the Mob's "No women/no kids" code. The attacks had nothing to do with U.S. foreign policy, Deepak Chopra. And no, Stupid Woman on TV, the terrorists didn't much care we elected Barack Obama. This was another Muslim terrorist attack on Jews and Westerners, and yes, it matters the terrorists were Muslim. Most Muslims are peace-loving people who just want to live their lives like everyone else. But almost all terrorists are Muslim, and almost all terrorist attacks are carried out by Muslims. The terrorists targeted the Chabad House because it is a Jewish center and house of worship--a symbol of Judaism and the West in mostly Hindu Mumbai. There is no other reason.

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