by Nidra Poller (March 2009)
*That* was brilliant!
It reminded me of the scene toward the end of the final 'Harry Potter' book, when Mrs Weasley steps forward to dispose of the evil Bellatrix:
"You - will - never- touch - our- children - again!!" screamed Mrs Weasley. Bellatrix laughed...Molly's curse soared beneath Bellatrix' outstretched arm and hit her squarely on the chest, directly over her heart".
Nidra and all the other mothers and grandmothers of the West, or of the wider non-Muslim world facing the soulless killers of the Third Jihad, is Mrs Weasley.
Nidra's words also made me think of a powerful essay by Denis McEoin, which begins with his reflections upon a photograph out of the Shoah: a Jewish mother crouching over her child as both are about to be shot. The essay ends with these words: