In case you missed one of Steyn's most glorious missives in its first incarnation, here's Part 2.
I won't excerpt because it's so well done, posting a few pieces here and there won't give it justice.
Suffice to say that I laughed ("By "cowardly wimps", I suppose Mr Fatah has in mind chaps like David
Cameron, whose instant, reflexive need, whenever one of his fellow
Britons get decapitated, to hail Islam as "a religion of peace" is
beginning to come across like a bad case of multiculti Tourette's").
Then I cried ("It's a bit dispiriting to write a wake-up call only to find everyone you
wrote it for simply doubles the strength of their sleeping pills.")
Steyn also links to a couple of very astute pieces by a couple of really smart Jews-David Solway and Daniel Greenfield, so be sure to read their essays as well.
To those essays, I would add this piece by Meotti. As readers know, he is my favourite living Italian. La Fallaci is my favourite dead one, but he's channeling quite a lot of her spirit, but clearly has even more of an affinity for the Jewish people.
Where Islam Treads, It Leaves a Desert
As we approach the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur-the Day of Atonement, I think it is a fine time to think about every one of our roles in this world. What were we meant to do on this earth?
I keep coming back to the idea that Judaism and monotheism are lights unto the nations. These values civilized mankind, and will continue to civilize mankind. These values are worth fighting for and dying for.
So, the main thing is not to be afraid and not to apologize.
I'm with Kathy and Arnie, I will outlive and outlast the evil. I won't be silent either.
I encourage you to live unafraid, to speak aloud, to joke aloud and thereby live free.
Live by these words from Rabbi Nachman: Kol Ha'olam Kulo
This is what IDF soldiers were singing at the border with Gaza. Singing and dancing.
This whole world is a very, very narrow bridge. People like Mark Steyn and many others understand that.
The main thing is never fear.
G'mar Chatimah Tova to all my Jewish readers.
May you be inscribed for a happy, healthy, New Year in the Book of Life and have an easy and meaningful fast.
May G-d watch over Israel and all the brave soldiers, bless the memory of those who were killed by savages and protect every single person watching over Am Yisrael.
To all the non-Jewish friends of the Jewish people thank you for your ongoing support and friendship and for not being afraid.