Firstly, I wish all subscribers to my blog a happy Jewish New Year. It is both the time of retrospect and of looking forward. And to this end, I include a link to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s interview in the Jerusalem Post. This, and a Sunday Times article about captive British war reporter John Cantlie, of whom nothing had been heard for two years until he appeared in an Isis video last week. One of his colleagues paid tribute to the courage of a man who apparently combined humanity and talent with respect for Islam. While it would be truly tragic if this respect were to be repaid by having his head forcibly parted from his body, Cantlie once wrote: “I spent years in Middle East countries now and there are parts of the Muslim religion I find immensely appealing, the peace, the calm, the hospitality; you know, the gentleness of it.”
That may be so, but there is also another side to Islam that we know only too well. This reminds me of an old Cherokee proverb: ‘there is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.
The wolf that wins is the one you feed.’