Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Physical War: Take Out Hizbullah's Missiles!

In the spiritual war, one must tackle the impediments to spiritual growth that the Yetzer HaRa (evil inclination) places in the way. The Yetzer HaRa has certain "weapons" at its' disposal to use on the offensive - those weapons must be taken out. If the Yetzer HaRa tries to entice the person with "weapons" known to be at its' disposal, the person (and their Yetzer HaTov - good inclination) must take out those weapons.

In recent posts I note that there is a powerful connection between the war on the spiritual plane as there is on the physical plane. Success in the spiritual war would greatly aid in success in the physical war. The spiritual war is to improve ourselves and other in the ways of the Torah and learn from the Torah to improve our middos (character traits). One of the spiritual impediments to success - one of the Yetzer HaRa's "weapons" is pritzus - immodesty. One of the ways to help in the war on the spiritual plane is to encourage those around us to dress and act more modestly and oppose such displays of immodesty (and immorality) as the planned "World-Pride" perversity.

Above: An Iranian missile. One of the missiles that Iran possesses is the Fajr-3 Artillery rocket: The Fajr-3, produced by Iran, has a range of 45 km and carries up to a 45 kg warhead. Hizbullah reportedly possesses 10,000 - 15,000 missiles aimed at Israel. According to Israeli intelligence, the Hizbullah terrorist organization also has the Fajr-5 missile with a range of 44 - 56 miles.

How Serious is the Missile Threat?

The threat is very serious and real as recent news reports show. As of a few hours ago, about 100 missiles had been fired from Southern Lebanon on northern Israeli cities. Two of those missiles landed in Haifa, a record for missile penetration. Haifa is Israel's third largest city with approximately 267,000 residents.

What type of missiles are pointed at Israel from Lebanon's southern border?

The majority of the 10,000 - 15,000 missiles aimed at Israel are Kassam rockets with a range of 5 miles. The Fajr-3 missile can fly 27 miles. A more menacing missile in the Hizbullah arsenal is the Fajr-5; according to a recent report, Hezbollah has over 100 of the Fajr-5 missiles, capable of penetrating 44 miles into Israel, with an extended range, it can fly all of 56 miles. In terms of payload, the Fajr-3 can carry up to 100 - 200 lbs., while the Fajr-5 can carry up to 240 lbs.

Hezbollah's "Monster Missile":

In the end of May, 2006, Israeli officials said that Hezbollah has a solid-fuel propelled missile that has a range of 125 miles and can carry a conventional warhead weighing 1,323 pounds (600 kg.) To give the reader perspective: Haifa, struck by missiles earlier today is approximately 25 miles south of the Lebanon border, Jerusalem is approximately 100 miles south of the border. This new missile of Hezbollah has a range that could take it as far as the northern Negev. If the missile that hit Haifa had a maximum payload of 100 - 200 pounds, a missile with over 1,300 pound payload is no laughing matter.

The Obvious Military Solution:

The obvious military solution - find the thousands of missiles sights on the border, send fighter planes in and blow them up! That's one way to impede Hizbullah from firing (at least as many) missiles into Israel. According to recent news, Israel has plans to send in ground-troops to block missile launching sights once civilian areas are hit. Well, they have been. Why weren't the missiles neutralized earlier? Why the need to send in troops to block the sights? Why not just bomb them with fighter pilots and drones patrolling the area 24/7? I don't have a military background, but I just think the solution is obvious - blow-up all of those missiles on the border!

Just to note, there are already missiles that are fired from Gaza and threats of a rocket war from the West Bank, hitting such vital areas as Tel-Aviv, the main airport and Jerusalem, Heaven Forbid!

Similar to the obvious physical actions needed to be taken, the spiritual war, I believe, has obvious objectives. I have noted how we must improve in our observance of the Torah and encourage others to do so, in order to increase our Divine Protection and assistance at this trying hour. Now, in the beginning of the three-weeks, we fast on the 17th of Tammuz, mourning the terrible things that happened on this day, including enemy forces entering Jerusalem on their way to destroy the Second Beis HaMikdash. These three-weeks have, for thousands of years, been a time of mourning and hardship for the Jewish People. Now appears to be no exception. The solution is for the Jewish People to strengthen ourselves in the observance of the mitzvos (commandments).

With over 100 missiles fired, it is a miracle that (as of earlier today) "only" 90 people were injured and 2 killed. The north of Israel looks much like a ghost town, with people in bomb-shelters. We must do our part by fighting the spiritual and physical wars as a lion. With the Help of Heaven, HaShem will turn this time of sadness and mourning to a time of happiness as it says in the Book of Zechariah (8; 19)!

"For Rav Chana the son of Bizna, what is the meaning of that which is written: 'So said HaShem, Master of Legions, the fast of the fourth [month] and the fast of the fifth [month] and the fast of the seventh [month] and the fast of the tenth [month] will be for the House of Yehudah for joy and happiness.'? They call it a fast and they call it 'joy and happiness'? At the time when there is peace, it is for 'joy and happiness'. When there is no peace, it is a fast." (Rosh HaShanah 18b)

May this be the last period of hardship for the Jewish People and may HaShem turn the next 17th of Tammuz into a day of rejoicing.


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