Sunday, 20 March 2011 07:13

He who laughs last....

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Inwardly I have been laughing at what is happening all around the Middle East. I have been afraid to admit it, but for weeks as I watch the protests raging in Arab nations, I’ve been holding back a smile. I just can’t help it. Something about this situation is making me happy. I even want to laugh. But I couldn’t admit it. I felt restrained, like I shouldn’t be enjoying someone else’s troubles.
 
You see I didn’t want to give the impression that I enjoy watching my enemies kill one another. That wouldn’t be right. I don’t want to be like the Muslims I see dancing in the streets when Jews are slaughtered or honoring suicide terrorists (see for example http://palwatch.org/). That is not funny. The cold-blooded murder of innocent men, women and children is no reason to rejoice.
 
Retribution does not make me laugh either. I thought I was glad to see Muslims killing each other because of what they have done to the people of Israel. Those of you who know me know that I have labored tirelessly for the past 3 decades building relationships with Arabs across the Middle East. I love the Arab people. I do not enjoy watching people in these nations killing each other. Vengeance is not funny.
 
I couldn’t understand why all this turmoil in the Middle East was making me laugh, until I read the story of Purim.
 
No matter how many times I read the story of how Haman had to parade Mordecai through the city square on the king’s horse I laugh out loud. Every time I picture Haman bent over walking in front of the horse proclaiming, “Thus shall is be done to the man whom the king delights to honor,” I can’t help smiling.
 
That is why I am laughing. It is the comic relief watching the fool foiled by his own foolishness. It is Haman hung on his own hemp.  It is the amusement of watching the malevolent make a laughing stock of themselves.
 
All these many years I have listened to Arab countries ridiculing, demeaning and despising Israel. I have listened to their calls and lived through their plots to destroy my people. While I try to brush aside their deceitful propaganda as ignorance, evil or insanity, these threats do not go unheard. I am aware of deep fears and intimidation these threats produce within me. The continuous contention, belligerence, hostility and bad blood leaves us with insecurities. We are not at peace in our own land.  Even our strongest faith can leave us vulnerable.
 
But now I am laughing. I am laughing because I am comforted in the knowledge that things are the way they should be. That justice rolls down, eventually. That right is right, even when the whole world says otherwise. And it is reassuring to know that wrong gets it in the end.
 
I am laughing because my fears are getting released. Now when I hear them blaming Israel for this or for that, criticizing and spreading vicious lies, it doesn't bother me so much anymore. I just think about how much trouble they are having in their own countries. And I have a little chuckle. 
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19 comments

  • Comment Link Anonymous Thursday, 28 April 2011 02:42 posted by Anonymous

    It is much too early to smile at the development in the arab countries surrounding Israel. Any unforseen event may be used as an excuse to blame or attack Israel or the jewish people. So we must hope for the best, but prepare ourselves for the worst. That we can do with a smile on our face...

  • Comment Link Anonymous Wednesday, 20 April 2011 06:55 posted by Anonymous

    One can smile because God is continuing to work His purposes out - there will be a huge ingathering from amongst all peoples in these last days - and we should remain alert as did the wise virgins so that we do not fall into the insidious traps that the enemy is setting. Ishmael became a great nation too, and there will be many from his seed who will be with us in the kingdom. The harvest is ripe - are we all at our posts ready to be used in the harvesting?

  • Comment Link David Lazarus Tuesday, 22 March 2011 01:21 posted by David Lazarus

    In light of our recentdiscussion, here's and interesting commentary on the current protest movement in Syria.

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/03/21/the-arab-revolt-hits-syria" rel="nofollow">The Arab Revolt Hits Syria

  • Comment Link David Lazarus Monday, 21 March 2011 20:34 posted by David Lazarus

    Daniel, thank you for your well articulated comments. I had made a similar observation back on February 2 when these protests were getting serious in Egypt. I too am thrilled to see the possibilities of change in the Middle East and I believe that we should do everything possible to support the brave people who are willing to stand up for their liberty.
    My comments on this blog were only an attempt to discover why I am smiling about all of this. It was kind of an exercise in self discovery. But you are right, I am also tickled about the possibilities of change over here. More than tickled, desperate.
    Here's a link to my blog on Egypt.
    http://abbalazarus.blogspot.com/2011/02/eygpts-censorship-without-sensibility.html#more" rel="nofollow">Censorship without Sensibility

  • Comment Link Daniel Monday, 21 March 2011 17:05 posted by Daniel

    Hi! I think we have a very different view on the situation.
    I too am happy to see the rebellion taking place, I find it beautiful that the idea of change travels like wild fires through mismanaged countries. on the other hand... I think its problematic referring to arabs as a group, pointing out their evil as portrayed by the media, is wrong.
    As a country, Libya is home to some of the wealthiest people on the planet. Oil tycoons and religious leaders who aim to keep the status quo of their riches and the majority poor and uneducated.
    Can you really be angry at people who have no information sources outside their religious leaders, and fueled by jealousy and misunderstanding?
    I think the riots are an amazing step towards peace. I think democracy in the middle east is closer then ever and with it, as history showed us many times, decline in religious fanatics and maybe peace. Lets not forget that in the middle ages, through miseducating and keeping information sources limited, the catholic church got the crusaders to do absolutely horrible things.
    Oh and of course. Its great to see again that evil people never win in the long run. that people refuse to take oppression forever and that seemingly impossible tasks are actually quite doable.

  • Comment Link Donna Diorio, Israelprayer.com Monday, 21 March 2011 12:50 posted by Donna Diorio, Israelprayer.com

    I am falling over laughing. This is the second time I came to this blog post - which I read last time but did not even see the Haman's ears on the a-haman-inejad pic! I am rolling in the floor this time because it is the first thing I see when the page loads. That was waaaaaaay too cute!

  • Comment Link David Lazarus Monday, 21 March 2011 09:38 posted by David Lazarus

    http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3566862617/" rel="nofollow">Trailer

    I think i might have figured out how to insert hyperlinks into these comments. Let's try it...

  • Comment Link David Lazarus Monday, 21 March 2011 01:24 posted by David Lazarus

    Thanks for the tip on "One Night With the King" I haven't seen it yet but watched the trailer. Looks good :)

    Here's a link to the trailer. Couldn't manage to hyperlink it so you need to copy and paste the link into your browser address bar.

    http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3566862617/

  • Comment Link Anonymous Monday, 21 March 2011 01:03 posted by Anonymous

    Great article! The picture says a thousand words.

  • Comment Link Anonymous Monday, 21 March 2011 00:29 posted by Anonymous

    We watched the One Night With the King movie last night. It was fun to be booing Haman and cheering Mordechai with 400 people...

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