And now the West is actually pitching in on Israel's destruction.
It is quite a moving speech.
Robin Williams has left this world, he has left us, his fans, but more importantly, he has left those closest to him, his wife and children.
I won't spend a great deal of time listing his long list of artistic achievements, accolades or awards. Nor will I spiel-off his unequaled professional performances in film, on stage and television. I will not issue a list of his shortcomings. There are plenty of other sites, newspapers and magazines that will be filtering that information for the next several weeks.
I simply want to share what Robin Williams has meant to me over these last nearly four decades since I first became acutely aware of him and his unique brand of schitzy and brilliant performing. Like most in the world I received my first full introduction to Robin when he made a guest appearance on the Happy Days sitcom in 1978. However, that really wasn't my freshman taste of his genius. I do remember an uncredited bit player in the 1977 very short-lived variety program known as The Richard Pryor Show. I thought then that this guy had something special but wasn't sure from just those few outings if he could blossom on the American television of the 1970’s. I was wrong.
Robin and I come from that same middle America generation growing up in the “duck and cover” 1950’s and the rebellious free love, sex and rock n’ roll 1960’s. Because of that kinship with me and the countless other U.S. ‘baby-boomers’ Robin spoke particularly to us and was, without doubt, the purest expression of our generation — full of break-out ideas and idealism, an almost psychotic-like need to express hatred for “the man” or authority of any kind (so wonderfully displayed in The World According to Garp, Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poet’s Society), the need to create, build something new and different in all avenues of life both tried and true and untested horizons; and sadly, a destructive perchance toward deadly addictive behavior. Robin was our generation’s Poster Child — free-spirited, beautifully psychotic, schizoid in his unbridled creativity, raw intelligence off the charts, introspective yet with an unquenchable need to be seen and heard, as well as overtly obsessive.
Robin Williams was us while remaining uniquely himself and he will be greatly, greatly missed.
We love you Robin, I only hope you knew how much — R.I.P. and keep heaven laughing.
"Where is the U.N. Human Rights Council? Where is Amnesty International? Where is Human Rights Watch? Where is the international media and Middle East pundits. Where are all the lawfare experts? Here is 'Exhibit A' to indict Hamas for war crimes and crimes against humanity by placing the people of Gaza as human shields," said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, dean and founder and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm to civilians.
Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has continuously used the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. The discovery of a Hamas “urban warfare” manual by IDF forces reveals that Hamas’ callous use of the Gazan population was intentional and preplanned.
This Hamas urban warfare manual exposes two truths: (1) The terror group knows full well that the IDF will do what it can to limit civilian casualties. (2) The terror group exploits these efforts by using civilians as human shields against advancing IDF forces.
In a portion entitled “Limiting the Use of Weapons,” the manual explains that:
The soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities. It is difficult for them to get the most use out of their firearms, especially of supporting fire [e.g. artillery].
Clearly Hamas knows the IDF will limit its use of weapons in order to avoid harming civilians, including refraining from using larger firepower to support for infantry.
The manual goes on to explain that the “presence of civilians are pockets of resistance” that cause three major problems for advancing troops:
(1) Problems with opening fire
(2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward
(3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it
Lastly, the manual discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed:
The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).
It is clear that Hamas actually desires the destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, knowing it will increase hatred for the IDF and support their fighters.
Why Shuja’iya is Important
It is also of no small importance that this manual belongs to the Shuja’iya Brigade. The IDF fought a major battle in the neighborhood of Shuja’iya, which had been turned into a terrorist stronghold. The discovery of this manual suggests that the destruction in Shuja’iya was always part of Hamas’ plan.
Don't you dare turn your jelly-soft Western eyes away from this video. About time you saw what daily life is really like under the rule of Hamas, ISIS, Islamic Jihad, Al-Qaeda and other terror groups.
These are the very people Israel must face everyday in their struggling fight for their own existence in their own land.