Archive for July, 2009

Time is of the essence, Re: Standing Up To Iran, National Post, July 21-24, 2009

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Nowhere in your recent series on Iran was time mentioned. Time is precisely why military action should be taken very soon to eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons program and rid the Iranian people of their vicious, atavistic government.

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Every day that goes by brings Iran closer to being able to use nuclear weapons against Israel, among others. No one knows how close it actually is but the general consensus is that it is really not that far away and may in fact be much closer than we think. Do we want to wake up one morning and be told that Iran has nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, despite our thinking otherwise? No, we most emphatically do not.

Every day that goes by Iranians are imprisoned, tortured, murdered and raped thanks to the regime they live under. This will not stop no matter how much we threaten, cajole or denounce the government. Turning off Tehran’s gas, additional sanctions and other measures won’t be implemented for some time yet, if in fact they are implemented at all. Even if they are implemented the chances of the government changing it’s behaviour are virtually nil. How can we call ourselves moral human beings if we continue to allow Iranians to be brutalized in the most horrific ways? We cannot.

Military action is our only recourse and the only means that will bring this madness to an end. We are going to have to take it eventually whether we want to or not because Iran will force us to. The consequences of putting it off become graver every day, for the Middle East, individual Iranians and indeed the entire world.

America’s flaccid response, Re: Enabling Tehran’s Nukes, Washington Times, July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

It seems that the Obama administration has ruled out the use of military action as a final step in preventing Iran from possessing nuclear weapons. This means that the United States has reconciled itself to Iran becoming a nuclear power and that in the end it will do nothing substantial to stop it from happening.

Further sanctions and the threat of a “defence umbrella” over the Middle East are meaningless. Sanctions have failed many times in the past and even if America could protect countries in the region from an Iranian attack there is no guarantee that it actually would, especially considering it’s flaccid response to Iran developing nuclear weapons in the first place.

It also means that Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike when the time comes because it harbors no illusions and understands that Iran cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons under any circumstances. Israel knows that Iran would attack as soon as it could and would view the destruction of it’s nuclear capabilities as necessary for national survival.

The U.S. decision not to take military action as a last resort guarantees that it’s current approach will fail and that Iran will in fact become a member of the nuclear club. It also guarantees a major conflagration in the Middle East which could conceivably envelop people everywhere, sends an unmistakable message to North Korea that it too can continue on it’s present path and is a clear abdication of America’s role as leader of the free world. This must change. Unless the United States reasserts itself, soon, the destructive forces among us will become ever more emboldened, with grave consequences for all.

Palestinians on their own, as always, Re: Amman revoking Palestinians’ citizenship, Jerusalem Post, July 20, 2009

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The Government of Jordan recently announced that it has begun to revoke the citizenship of Palestinians living there, including people who were born in the country. A few days earlier President Obama’s administration announced that it would resettle 1,350 Palestinian refugees from Iraq in the United States, presumably because no Arab nation would accept them.

These events are not surprising given the antipathy of the Arab world towards Palestinians over the years and the concomitant failure to assist them in any meaningful way. The truth is the Arab world has done nothing but use Palestinians as pawns as part of a much larger effort to remove Israel from it’s midst. Other than that, it has no real use for the Palestinian people and will neither welcome them into individual countries as citizens and fellow Arabs nor provide large scale humanitarian aid with any kind of consistency or regularity.

The Arab world has always seen Palestinians as pariahs and poor relations and these decisions are simply the latest in a long line that prove the point. Rhetoric is commonplace but events have proven that the rhetoric has no substance. To use but two examples among many why else does it allow refugee camps to exist and why does it allow so many Palestinians to live in poverty?

What can Palestinians take from all of this? They must realize that in the end they are on their own and their fate is in their hands and no one else’s. The only way they will ever get their own state is by taking the initiative and acting for themselves by themselves and not waiting for others to solve their problems or for solutions to be imposed from outside. This is a lesson  Israelis learned long ago and Palestinians would be well advised to learn it too. No one but them has their best interests at heart and if their best interests include living in peace and prosperity with their neighbors in Israel only they will make it happen. If Israelis are convinced of their sincerity they will prove to be very eager partners because peaceful coexistence is something they deeply desire and deem to be in their best interests.

Dreaming in technicolor, Re: Ain’t no cure for love, Toronto Globe & Mail, July 18, 2009

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Abby Lippman is dreaming in technicolor if she thinks that Palestinians want justice and human rights.

What they really want is Israel gone, pure and simple. Everything else is secondary. Peace, prosperity, their own state, the welfare of their children, justice and human rights for all, nothing else matters to them and they will stoop to any means to bring about Israel’s demise.

This of course includes lying, historical revisionism and the use of dupes to do everything from demonstrating and protesting to writing letters to acting as human shields and suicide bombers.

Much harder line required, Re: Clinton to Iran: Time running out for engagement, Washington Times, July 15, 2009

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The U.S. approach to dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat is nonsensical and doomed to failure.

Threatening to subject Iran to further sanctions in an attempt to bring it to the negotiating table does nothing but give the regime more time to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. The United Nations Security Council has already imposed three sets of sanctions on Iran in order to convince the government to abandon it’s nuclear weapons program. All have failed dismally and it is patently obvious that new ones will too.

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton need to understand that their goal shouldn’t be diplomatic engagement in any case. After all, even if Iran does deign to come to the table no one can seriously believe it will negotiate it’s nuclear program away. What then would be the point?  The  goal  should clearly be keeping Iran from possessing nuclear weapons and just as clearly giving it more and more time, empty rhetoric, useless negotiations and threatening or implementing additional sanctions won’t work. America must change tactics and take a much harder line, now, because if it doesn’t  it will soon be too late.

Israel would be entirely justified in taking matters into it’s own hands if the United States fails to eliminate the threat. If that happens, every single death would be on the shoulders of the lunatics in Teheran and the appeasers and weaklings in Washington, not on the Israelis.

Overseas trip abject failure, not triumphant at all, Re: Back from triumph overseas, Obama faces the music at home: Toronto Globe & Mail, July 13, 2009

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

President Obama’s recent trip to Russia, the G-8 conference and Africa was an abject failure and cannot be described as triumphant by any objective observer. His lack of leadership was shameful and he was manipulated into making decisions that are inimical to the interests of the United States and the west. In no way can it be said that U.S. interests were advanced whereas many commentators from all over the world, including this one, think that his actions, or lack of same, severely compromised America and it’s allies.

In Russia, Obama agreed to reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal by 33%, eliminated a missile defense plan for Poland, revised history by stating that America didn’t really win the cold war and failed to recognize and understand that Vladimir Putin remains the real power in Russia and is in fact a crafty, violent, dangerous person who will stop at nothing to advance his country’s interests. Obama also did not stand up for American values when he had the opportunity to do so and generally came across as weak and groveling.

In an article in American Thinker entitled Obama’s Failed Mission to Moscow Kim Zigfeld writes ” Obama took the first steps towards a new nuclear arms reduction agreement, yet he left many loose ends that let analysts like Charles Krauthammer worry whether the agreement might not be a serious sellout of American national security. He did not even try to get a commitment from the Kremlin regarding the integrity of Georgia’s borders following the August 2008 invasion, nor did he try to get the Kremlin to stop supporting Hezbollah, Hamas and most especially Iran, and he said nothing while in Moscow about the Kremlin’s outrageous behavior in this regard, or about it’s efforts to support the lunatic ruler of Venezuela. He said nothing about Russia’s repeated buzzing of U.S. military bases with nuclear bombers.”

You get the picture.

During the G-8 conference the government of Iran continued it’s brutal treatment of people who demonstrated against the patently false election results, treatment which includes torture and murder. Obama’s failure to galvanize the G-8 into action opposing this guaranteed that the Iranian government will carry on with their evil deeds. In fact, he has done nothing to date to cause the theocrats to mitigate or stop their reprehensible behaviour and his obvious unwillingness to take concrete steps has simply encouraged them. The same applies to Iran’s nuclear program. Obama’s failure to convince the G-8 to take concrete steps against it’s development of nuclear weapons, which everyone agrees is unacceptable, sends the message that there won’t be any real consequencs if it continues on it’s current path. President Obama’s lack of leadership and moral vision legitimized the government’s behaviour and did nothing that might lead to change in either area.

There were other failures as well. For example, the G-8 failed to effect any progress in our abominable response to the global warming crisis, thanks largely to American obstructionism which in turn is partially a result of Obama’s political gameplaying. I could go on, but the point is made.

In Africa, the President was treated like a rock star and did wonders for the local trinket industry. As for anything really substantial though, no.

Obama returned to plummeting approval ratings and a deficit that surpassed one trillion dollars for the first time in history.

Triumphant overseas trip my foot.

U.S. green light irrelevant, Re: No US green light for attacking Iran, Jerusalem Post, July 7, 2009

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Whether the United States gives Israel a green light or not is completely irrelevant. Israel simply cannot allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. There is absolutely no doubt that Iran would attack Israel with nuclear weapons if it had them in order to eradicate it from the face of the earth. The government of Israel should be drawing up plans and preparing for a pre-emptive strike as we speak because it is exceedingly unlikely that diplomacy or anything else will persuade Iran to veer off this course. In fact, the chances of this happening are virtually nil, despite what President Obama thinks.

Israel must decide what it’s own line in the sand is and attack Iran’s nuclear facilities once it’s been crossed. While every effort should be made in the interim to convince Iran to cease and desist, once that line is crossed Israel should not hesitate for a moment to strike militarily, even if it means going against the wishes of the United States. The survival of the country depends on it. What difference does a green light make if you no longer exist? Put another way, if going through a red light means you survive and waiting for a green light means you don’t what choice do you have?

None.

And no, the Americans don’t know better and cannot be trusted or relied upon to act in Israel’s best interests and yes, President Obama’s foreign policies have been sophomorish and naive at best and have made his own country and the rest of the free world far more vulnerable than they were before he took office.

Yes they do General, Re: U.S. ‘ready’ for N. Korean missile, Washington Times, July 3, 2004

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

The Commander of the United States Northern Command, General Victor Renuart, believes that North Korea’s missiles do not pose a real threat to America because he could shoot down any of them before they “caused huge damage to any U.S. territory,”.

Does he not think that a North Korean nuclear attack on Japan or South Korea would pose a real threat to the United States? Is he not aware that a pre-emptive strike by the Japanese or South Koreans could easily drag the U.S. into a war that most certainly would seriously threaten it, not to mention the rest of the planet? Doesn’t he realize that President Obama’s policies have put either scenario squarely within the realm of possibility?

North Korea’s nuclear program must be eliminated immediately. If it isn’t Pyongyang will soon have the ability to use nuclear weapons against the United States and/or it’s allies, which it would undoubtedly do. Sanctions, multi-lateral talks, United Nations censures, threats of various kinds, huge amounts of aid and rhetoric et. al. have all failed to stop North Korea from continuing on with it’s activities and show no sign of succeeding in the future. Unilateral American action is the only route left. President Obama needs to understand this and act accordingly, now. Not doing so would have enormous consequences for all of us.

Better watch yourself Barack, Re: Sarah Palin to Resign As Alaska’s Governor, Wall Street Journal, July 4, 2009

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

So Sarah Palin is resigning as Governor of Alaska and may run for the presidency in 2012. Barack Obama better watch himself. His time in office has been disastrous on all fronts and if his performance doesn’t improve markedly before the next election he might very well be a one-term President. Could Sarah Palin defeat him in 2012? Probably not, but someone who shares her values, attitudes and world view sure could. Absolutely.

What a terrible disappointment that would be, almost as big a disappointment as President Obama’s first few months on the job.

Canada doesn’t need any more….Re: Al Jazeera English’s Viewpoint, Toronto Globe & Mail, July 1, 2009

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Rajeh Hayyal’s letter is an excellent example of why we most emphatically do not need Al Jazeera English on our airwaves. It is full of obvious bias, which AJE would do nothing but exacerbate.

Because Al Jazeera English’s reporting is one-sided and ideologically driven it’s content simply cannot be credible or trusted. As with the on-line version we can expect it to be critical of Israel in virtually all instances without providing accurate context for it’s statements. Thoughtful, incisive and objective it won’t be. By reducing complex issues like settlement building to their lowest common denominator it will make it that much easier for Mr. Hayyal and others to act on already existing prejudices. We already have enough of that in Canada and don’t need any more of it.

For Mr. Hayyal’s information there are many reasons why Israeli settlements are entirely legitimate and justifiable. Nevertheless, if the governments of Israel and the United States can come to a compromise on settlement building peace and a Palestinian state will be that much closer, which is surely a very good thing.

Oh, and Mr. Hayyal’s assertion that the mainstream media in Canada  is pro-Israeli is laughable. The exact oposite is true. The CBC and Toronto Star are but two examples of mainstream media that constantly and consistently bash Israel. There is no shortage of  others either.