Tuesday, April 10, 2012
PURIM AND PESACH 5772: POLLARD, SHALIT, AND IRAN...
...AND SYRIA, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, KASHMIR, SIANKIANG, NORTH KOREA, CHINA, AND TIBET.
PESACH is now here and Purim is come and gone a month ago. We look now for revelations (or at least hints) of the hidden miracles that HaShem has set in motion for imminent realization.
And so, listening to the news from Israel today, there is talk in the air once again that JONATHAN POLLARD may be freed; it is said that both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres are communicating with President Obama on this subject. If and only if Pollard's treason was unforgivable should Pollard remain locked away; otherwise, Pollard should have been on a plane for Israel long ago. Anything less is cruel. President Obama will be accused of political dealing, regardless of any decision to free or not free Pollard. So, President Obama should take a deep breath, hold his nose, and just do the right thing: he should free Pollard immediately, and he should do so without thought to political gain.
GILAD SHALIT has been free now for approximately six months. He has put on some healthy weight and there is now a soft, humble, welcome smile to his face. May he go from strength to strength, and may Jonathan Pollard and wife be in Israel together and be imminently blessed to join Gilad Shalit at a Pesach table before Pesach concludes this Shabbos.
IRAN and SYRIA are on everyone's mind. May the Assad regime disappear quickly from Syria. May the increasing pressure that the USA applies to Iran cause Iran's present political tyranny to implode. Without any nuclear accidents nor incidents nor war, may there be a yield in Iran of a new, democratic, rights- respecting regime. May such a new regime be bold and immediately set a precedent for other Islamic nations by recognizing Israel.
May IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN follow suit.
May KASHMIR become free of terror.
May CHINA be wise and end it's occupations of SIANKIANG and TIBET.
May China never come to occupy AFGHANISTAN and therefore the waters of Central Asia.
May China end it's occupation of Siankiang and thus ease the tensions to violence in Afghanistan.
May China end it's occupation of Tibet and thus ease the tensions to violence along the Himalyas into Pakistan, Kashmir, India, and Southeast Asia.
May China end it's occupation of Tibet and return the physical, political, and spiritual security of the headwaters of the nations of Pakistan, India, Southeast Asia, and China into the safe, respectful, loving robes of Buddhist Tibet.
China has nothing to prove to the world militarily and should free it's mind of dull, deadly, provocative military devotion to it's own military expansion and that of it's proxies (e.g. North Korea, Iran). In the great traditions of Lao Tzu and Confucious, China honor it's Ancestors and inspire the world in unexpected, non-violent, spiritual ways.