web analytics
June 30, 2015 / 13 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Children and a Dog

Children and a Dog

Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

I watched that terrifying video showing a 12-year-old Syrian child beheading two Army officers. And maybe the most terrifying part about it was that I clicked to the clip while unwrapping a piece of sugar free gum (an ex-smoker, I chew a lot at work). Then I was watching the boy bringing a sword down on those two men while on my side of the screen my fingers were still automatically releasing a bit of gum. And suddenly I became aware of the fact that I was watching a real execution while treating myself to a snack. In other words, I’ve gone Roman.

My culture has gone Roman. Terror and domestic comforts are so intertwined, I fear that our very psyches have been altered. I fear that the mad boy who waded in so much blood in a Connecticut school the other day was not a deviation but the fruit of a culture without boundaries between what’s inside and outside our brains.

I was thinking about all of the above when I saw this image release from the Pentagon. It depicts Paris, a coalition force military working dog, showing his gentler side as he interacts with children in a village in Farah province, Afghanistan, earlier this month.

Can any of these children who are playing with the big doggie later take a machete and chop off someone’s head? I have no doubt that they can. I have no doubt that the preadolescent executioner from Syria would have loved to play with the same dog.

I realize this is what the 21st century is all about, cultures colliding and mixing, children killing and playing, certainty and predictability are out the window.

Admit it, looking at this picture, we are far less afraid of the big dog than we are of these children.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Children and a Dog”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
The new security fence is under construction along the Israel-Egypt border.
Israel to Extend Security Fence Along Eastern Border
Latest News Stories
The new security fence is under construction along the Israel-Egypt border.

Israel’s government approves new security fencing along its eastern border.

A wounded Israeli victim of a drive-by shooting terror attack near Shvut Rachel is brought to the Shaarei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem.

The father of a critically injured victim of Monday’s road terror attack in Binyamin asks people to pray for his son.

In memoriam.

Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yekutiel Rapp, 66, is struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Crown Heights.

Jewish mother and child walk through a field in the town of Haditch, Ukraine.

Jews in Ukraine are without one of their life-saving Hatzolah ambulances after an arsonist targeted the vehicle Sunday.

Four Israelis hurt Monday night in a driveby terror attack by terrorists near Shvut Rachel.

Egypt’s Attorney General Hisham Barakat was assassinated Monday in a car bombing in Cairo.

The boat was boarded by Israel’s Shayetet 13 special forces after it refused to turn away from breaching the blockade on Gaza.

Rabbi Riskin is pleased and honored to continue to serve the residents of Efrat…

Some 1,000 rally Monday at the UNHRC offices in Geneva to show support for Israel.

If the wind blows in the wrong direction, Israelis will need gas masks to stay alive.

Israeli PM Netanyahu warns nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers is going from bad to “worse.”

The OU respects the process which led to the Obergefell decision, but prays religious liberty won’t be sacrificed.

Led by the Chief Rabbi of Turkey, Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, the Jewish community in Edirne host a public iftar meal.

With all the talk about Ashdod Port this morning, here are some photos of the port.

Israeli physician Dr. Yuval Rabinovich reviews possible reasons ‘why we have never met aliens.’

The “occupation” was the most popular word in today’s session.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/children-and-a-dog/2012/12/18/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: