I hope I didn't alienate too many of you with yesterday's April Fool's Joke.
I was touched by the outpouring of sentiment. Now, I must revise the standard joke that I've been telling. It appears I don't have five regular readers. The actual number is closer to thirteen. It'd be a lot higher if some of you lazy bastards learned how to use the Share button, but I'll save that rant for another day.
Despite your unwillingness to spread the word, March 2014 was the most trafficked month in the history of Round Seventeen. With more than 8500 page hits. 10,000 monthly hits cannot be far behind.
In other words, I must be doing something right.
In order to compensate for that and to quell my unquenchable thirst for self-destruction, today I am willfully doing something wrong. And writing about politics, anti-semitism and Israel -- the birthplace of resurrection.
All, according to Big Data, your least favorite topics.
At a recent conference of the Arab League, male leaders gathered, wearing their distinctive dashing dishdashas. Women are not permitted to lead, or in many cases vote, or in other cases drive, or in other cases do anything more than birth and bake.
That's why you have the sausage-fest pictured above.
When they weren't eating their cookies, the mustachioed macho men put on an unusual display of unity. Unusual because the Shias and Sunnis, who comprise the Arab world, are normally at odds with each other. And hold widely divergent views on the coming Ummah, the time when the entire world will come under Sharia law.
Can you say dhimmitude?
But, if there's one thing they can agree on, it's Jews. They hate 'em.
They won't accept a Jewish state in their neighborhood, even though the Koran acknowledges a Jewish nation from the time of Mohammed, Peace be unto Him.
Even though a Jewish State was established in 1948. By the United Nations. The same recognized institution where 57 Muslims countries regularly pass resolutions vilifying Israel.
For those of you short on history, Palestine was also established in 1948, but instead of accepting two separate states (the solution we hear so much about) the Arabs chose to go to war.
Eight years later, they lost again.
Nine years after that, Egypt's General Nasser threatened to throw the Jews into the sea. That didn't happen. And they lost again.
In the 60 plus years, the Arabs have never won a war, nor have they developed a winning strategy. As Abba Eban, once put it, "They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."
Instead of shooting at the Jews they keep shooting themselves in the feet. This is not good as many of them are fond of wearing sandals.
Last week was no exception. The Arab League accepts none of the blame for the middle-east crisis and have doubled down on their own losing ways. Refusing to even recognize Israel or their right to exist.
In 1982, Israel gave back the entire Sinai Peninsula, more than 23,000 square miles of land. Today, Israel proper is only 20,000 square miles. That's more than 100% of their own land. Name me one country in the modern era that has made that kind of sacrifice.
Just look at the region from a big picture view.
In Israel, 7 million literate people thrive in a democracy that is at the forefront of technology.
In the Arab world, 300 million, mostly illiterate people, live on the edge of poverty, struggle against political oppression and bloody sectarian violence. I'll bet there are 100,000 dead Syrian civilians that would gladly live in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
And yet everyday 300 million people suckle themselves on their hatred for Jews and bow 5-times-a-day, reverently calling for Israel's destruction. Allah willing.
Maybe it hasn't occurred to them, but maybe Allah is not so willing.