Jewish date: 17 Tishri 5770.
Today’s holidays: Ḥol hamMo‘edh Sukkoth (Judaism), Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time (Roman Catholicism).
NOTE: Do not trust the tarp you put on top of your sukkah when it rains to keep the contents dry. (It started getting wet here in Charleston starting last night.) I have a cot mattress hanging from the shower rod of my bathroom in an attempt to dry it out because the tarp was ineffective.
Topic 1: “Whitehouse Blues”: Every president of the United States of America at least since Jimmy Carter has tried to put an end to the Israeli-Arab War without dealing with the fundamental problem: it is a war of Islam against Judaism and Christianity. Trying to solve it by putting pressure on Israel to act against its own best interest has no chance of working since it does not change the fact that Arabs have no interest in making a real peace or doing anything substantial towards making a real peace.
Topic 2: “Anger at Jerusalem shrine clash”: Thus it is written:
Palestinian leaders have blamed Israel for raising tension in Jerusalem after a day of clashes at the city's most sensitive religious site.OK… So the so-called “Palestinians” start throwing rocks at non-Muslims, and somehow Israel, which sends in the police to stop them from behaving in an unacceptable manner, are to blame “for raising tension”. The claim is suspicious in the first place since the so-called “Palestinians” cannot even agree on what what the alleged provocation for throwing rocks was in the first place. Am I alone in suspecting that there was no real provocation at all?
Police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse 150 Palestinian protesters who had thrown rocks at non-Muslims who entered the al-Aqsa mosque compound.
Topic 3: “Islam on Capitol Hill: A Missed Opportunity”: I doubt I can do better than the author of this piece on noting what is wrong with the idea of “Islam is a religion of peace.”
On to other things I hope to do today...