I’M IN MOURNING TODAY:
Shimon Peres, Past Prime Minister, Holder of Several Ministries, and President of Israel . . . just DIED at age 93, with much of the World Bemoaning the Loss. BUT I’M NOT ONE OF THEM.
Peres was the QUINTESSENTIAL POLITICIAN, who knew how to play the system BETTER than most, and as well as the BEST. He was one of those Politicians I can’t stomach, no matter where his or her type “serve”.
If there was a place for him to insert himself . . . FOR HIS NARCISSISTIC BENEFIT, he was always there, and was always convincing the LEFT that he was SACRIFICING for the COMMON GOOD . . . especially amongst SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL, where he served as Vice President.
So what should that in itself tell you about Peres?
Once the people had had enough of his Failed Policies, he was NAMED, not elected, but NAMED by the Prime Minister, to be Israel’s President, which is essentially a TITULAR Position to cut Ribbons, Host Government Parties and do PR.
And the reason Peres was Named President, was to finally shut him up, and stop him from inserting himself wherever he didn’t belong. But even at that, Peres wouldn’t stop. And even without Authority from the People or from the Government, Peres spent all of his Presidency undercutting the Conservative Government of Israel, wherever he could.
IN ABSOLUTE HISTORICAL HONESTY . . . Much of the HORRORS, if not ALL THE HORRORS that befell Israel since 1993, which became the beginning of a Decades Old Israeli Bloodbath, and still continuing, was almost exclusively because of Shimon Peres, who literally DRAGGED Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was Assassinated because of the FOLLY of Peres, to sign the TRAITOROUS OSLO ACCORD, which was responsible for TWO INTIFADAS and several Gaza Wars, leading to the MURDERS and subsequent miseries of THOUSANDS OF JEWISH ISRAELIS.
While it is TRUE that Peres won his COVETED PEACE PRICE . . . it is EQUALLY TRUE, that Peres won it in PARTNERSHIP with the DESPICABLE MURDERER & FATHER OF MODERN TERRORISM – YASSER ARAFAT.
ISRAEL IS DOING GREAT . . . in comparison to most countries around the world, in virtually every METRIC we can consider, BUT NOT BECAUSE OF PERES – In all reality, Israel is the Global Powerhouse it is today, contrary to its Diminutive Size, IN SPITE OF SHIMON PERES.
WHY ARE WORLD LEADERS . . . so saddened by the loss of Peres? Because they’re all cut from the same Miserable Cloth.
SO WHY AM I IN MOURNING TODAY . . . IF IT ISN’T FOR PERES?
On this Date, one of the FINEST WOMEN I ever knew, and could have ever hoped to have known intimately, passed away . . . she was my MOM.
Unlike Peres, and all the other “Famous” peopled who live, or have lived for the Limelight, Accolades and Rewards, my MOM lived for her Family and Community, with ZERO EXPECTATIONS FOR REWARD.
My MOM, who had High School Education, worked and struggled for whatever she had, was born in Montreal to Religious Russian Immigrant Parents. And when WWII Broke Out in 1939, my MOM signed-up and served on the Home Front.
When my MOM & DAD married after the War, she stayed at home to raise her Family of Two Daughters and One Son (me), who became the reason for her being. And even though my Parents struggled for the better part of their lives together, to make-it Financially, to keep a Roof over our Heads, and put Food on the Table . . . my sisters and I never Felt In Want.
And when we were frightened, or felt diminished, or threatened, or failed at something in school, we never felt that we should hide in fear from either of our Parents, but ESPECIALLY FROM MY MOM . . . who extolled the VIRTUES of Understanding, Patience and Forgiveness.
And even to this day . . . 29-YEARS after her Death, whatever I say, and whatever I do, I reflect upon how would my MOM HAVE JUDGED MY ACTIONS. And if what I did or said would have Pleased her at the Least, and would have made her Proud at the Most.
My MOM taught us the VALUES that are so miserably lacking in today’s society. She taught us CIVICS, Personal Responsibly, that No One Owes us Anything. That Hard Work is a VIRTUE. She taught us HUMILITY, RESPECT, and how No one Is Better than anyone else regardless of Religion, Color, Ethnicity and Gender.
SHE ALSO TAUGHT US BY PERSONAL EXAMPLE . . . how to be sympathetic to people who have less, or who are in one way or another infirmed.
My MOM was in every way an extremely HUMBLE person, yet, when she died, and when we planned her Funeral, I wondered if anyone would even take the time and make the effort to show-up to pay their Last Respects, other than for Family and Close Friends, so my Slightly Older Sister and I wondered whether we should reserve the Smaller Funeral Chapel, or the Large Funeral Hall that sat many Hundreds of people.
And because of our DEEP RESPECT FOR OUR MOM and her Memory, we opted to reserve the Large Funeral Hall, even if it sat mostly empty.
SO HERE WAS THE SCENE SOME 29 YEARS AGO . . . My DAD, Sisters, Brother-In-Law, Anne, and I sat in the Mourner’s Box, watching the Large Funeral Hall FILL BEYOND CAPACITY, to STANDING ROOM ONLY, so much so, that people were standing outside the Large Hall, who came to pay their last RESPECTS.
I sat there with Tears Streaming Down My Cheeks (just as I’m tearing-up writing this recollection now), as I recognized all the “LITTLE PEOPLE”, who by the HUNDREDS came to say their Last Goodbye to a PLAIN LADY, who had an unbelievable influence on their lives.
By NOON Today, Anne and I will make the Trek to Montreal, to pay our 29th Visit to remember the day my MOM Died, in addition to all the other visits we’ve made to the Grave Site of my Parents, always Giving Thanks for the incredible GIFT they gave to my Sisters, my Brother-In-Law, to Anne, Myself and everyone Else who knew them, BUT ESPECIALLY MY MOM.
And in comparison to the Life of my MOM – to the Life of a Political Hack like Peres . . . THERE IS NO COMPARISON.
In Celebration Of An Incredible Mother & Great Memories . . .
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov