Archive for December, 2009

The Real Impediments Are…., Re: The Myth Of Israel’s Illegal Settlements, National Post, December 29, 2009

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Anyone who believes that Israeli settlements are an impediment to peace in the Middle East or a Palestinian state must also believe that the moon is made of green cheese. Settlements are not an impediment at all, they are nothing more than a red herring. If every single settlement was magically removed tomorrow we would be no closer to peace or a Palestinian state than we are today because Palestinians would think up other reasons to block the way.

The real impediments are Palestinians refusal to recognize the existence and legitimacy of the state of Israel, their refusal to allow Israelis to live in safety and security free from constant attack and the real possibility of being killed or maimed at any time and the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred that permeates and consumes their society.

Truth be told, Palestinians aren’t interested in coexisting with Israelis, nor by extension are they interested in peace with Israel or their own state next to it. They could have had all of this many times over the years if they really wanted to. What Palestinians really want is Israels destruction pure and simple and they will stop at nothing to bring this about, including the invention of phony impediments like “illegal” settlements.

Calm isn’t needed, Re: What will bring calm to the violence in Iran?, BBC News Website, December 28, 2009

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Calm is not needed in Iran. Revolution is. Sad to say, violence is part of that.

The desired end is victory for those who want a democratic, secular, egalitarian society free from the hatred, mysogyny and religious fanaticism which plague it now. The current regime needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history, where it belongs. Progressive forces won’t bring this about by being calm however. They will have to pay the price in blood and suffering if they are to succeed. We must all be vociferous in our support of them if we really want change.

Especially President Obama and the Americans. Fat chance of that happening though. They don’t have the wit or foresight to see that regime change in Iran is in the best interests of the United States and the West nor do they have the courage to do anything concrete to bring it about.

Iran’s nuclear weapons program complicates matters. Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. Since Israel cannot allow this to happen, it will have to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities in the near future because regime change is not going to occur before Iran possesses the ability to annihilate the country. That the current regime will attempt to do so as soon as it can is beyond dispute, which means that a preemptive Israeli strike is more or less imminent. The Israelis understand that nothing the international community, including America, has done or will do will deter Iran and that a successful attack is essential for their own survival.

Who knows, perhaps that will encourage the populace to rise up, break the regimes back and bring about its downfall. Being the narcissist and revisionist he is Obama will probably take credit but the Israelis could live with that. Despite what they might say for public consumption the Saudis, Iraqis, Egyptians and much of the rest of the Arab world would be enormously grateful to Israel for removing the Iranian nuclear threat and ridding the Middle East of the lunatics in Tehran, which is far more important.

Now wouldn’t that be ironic?

Palestinians have no one to blame but themselves, Re: Palestinians vow raid retaliation, Al Jazeera English, December 27, 2009

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Therein lies the problem. Three Palestinian members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades enter Israel and murder a father of seven in cold blood. Instead of condemning this barbaric act and taking measures to prevent others of it’s kind what do Palestinians do? They celebrate the killing and take umbrage when Israelis defend themselves by returning the favour and eliminating the murderers. Talk about hypocrites and savages. The deaths of those killers are on Palestinian shoulders, not Israeli. There will never be peace in the Midle East or prosperity for Palestinians until they expunge the hatred and murderers from their society and allow Israelis to live in security free from terrorist attacks. Until then all they’ll do is reap what they sow, constantly blaming Israel for their difficulties when the solutions lie in their hands and theirs alone.

Besides, what do Palestinians have to be so upset about anyway….after all, if they can kill Israelis why can’t Israelis kill them?

One motive, one solution, Re: Iran’s Motives, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, December 15, 2009

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Iran’s motive is clear and beyond dispute. It is not simply the development of medium or long range missiles and nuclear weapons. It is to use those missiles and weapons to attack Israel and wipe it from the face of the earth. After that, who knows? Attacking or blackmailing the United States or other western nations, doing the same to Saudi Arabia, Iraq or Egypt, exporting terror further and further afield….there are any number of possibilities. There is no doubt which will come first however, nor is there any doubt about why Iran is developing nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them in the first place. The annihilation of Israel is Iran’s motive and it will launch a nuclear attack as soon as it is able to do so.

There isn’t any doubt about the solution to the problem either. Nothing the international community has done or will do will deter the Iranians. More diplomacy, threats, condemnations or sanctions are meaningless. American military intervention might give Iran second thoughts but since that is not going to happen the Iranians are free to carry on developing missiles and nuclear weapons as they wish. Israel of course is well aware of this and will solve the problem on it’s own in due course. The Israeli Defence Force will destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities because Israel’s survival depends on it. That is the only option Israel has and the only solution which exists.

That’s also one more failure for President Obama as leader of the free world. The biggest one of all actually.

The British are a bunch of…., Re: UK supermarkets to heed advisory on West Bank labelling, Jerusalem Post, December 12, 2009

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

What a bunch of hypocrites the British are. There isn’t one single British person who would boycott food which comes from Israeli settlements that doesn’t use countless items on a daily basis which are produced in places with horrific, unconscionable, abominable records of abuse, violence, denigration and subjugation. Palestinians habitually inflict atrocities on themselves and others in Gaza, the West Bank and elsewhere. If a person wants to make a political statement against ill treatment towards others on an individual or collective scale by boycotting food from a particular locale, boycotting food produced by Palestinians is far more grounded in morality and reality than boycotting food produced by Israelis.

Absolutely nothing that Israel does is comparable to the brutality that occurs every day in innumerable places around the world, places which produce goods and services that are used as a matter of course by those who would boycott Israeli food. It doesn’t get any more hypocritical than that. Or cowardly or ignorant either.

Cowardly because boycotting Israeli food is easy. Boycotting items that come from places in which barbaric acts are routinely committed is not. Try boycotting oil from Saudi Arabia or anything which comes from China for example. Since the boycott movement is full of people who are anti-Israeli and anti-American and cut from the same cloth try boycotting anything that has a connection to Israeli or American technology, like mobile phones or computers or a wide variety of other electronic devices. That would actually cause real inconvenience. Boycotting food produced in Israel does not.

Ignorant because people who blame Israel for the plight Palestinians find themselves in know nothing about the history of the Middle East or Palestinian culture or religion. Palestinians are entirely responsible for whatever suffering they endure. There could be peace and prosperity in very short order if their attitudes and behavior changed and anyone who looked at the situation knowledgeably and objectively would recognize and understand this.

That would take time and effort and an open mind though.

British boycotters. What a bunch of….

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CANCELLED, OBAMA CITES UNFINISHED BUSINESS, Re: The Obama 4-year plan to remake America, American Thinker, December 12, 2009

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Americans won’t be waking up to big black banner headlines like this in 2012, but not because of the way President Obama thinks. For him, democracy is just an impediment to the implementation of his ideas and his all out quest to completely reshape the United States and bring it in line with his ideology and world view. If voters get in his way he’ll brush them aside if he can or manipulate them into doing whatever he wants. Our system of democracy…. that’s just a means to an end and if he can’t achieve what he wants to within it’s confines it will be subverted in some way. After all, who knows better than him what’s best for us and if our democratic process has to be sacrificed on the altar of Obamaism so be it.

Obama’s decision to bypass Congress and give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to issue and enforce regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions may just be a portent of things to come. If we allow him to get away with this it could lead to even more sinister attacks on our method of government.

The President came to the conclusion that Congress would not pass enabling legislation so what did he do? He simply sidestepped it. The facts that the EPA will have to create a huge new bureaucracy, that American business (and the American economy) will be crippled, that the climate change science the authority is based on is dubious at best and that the American people would not support this initiative are irrelevant. Obama has decreed that the regulation of green house gas emissions is a good thing and must come to pass, Congress and democracy as we know it be damned.

Nothing can give us a clearer picture into the mind of our President and the length he is willing to go to to get his own way than this. The willingness to abrogate the Separation of Powers doctrine the United States is built on and the total disregard of the Constitution is astounding and dangerous. If it isn’t treason it is very close and most certainly behooves all of us to do everything we can within the law to stop the man in his tracks.

Impeachment anyone? Why not….he’s certainly earned it and the consequences of giving him another three years to wreak havoc on our way of life would be enormous. The first year of his Presidency has been an unqualified disaster for virtually all concerned in any number of ways. Three more years might very well be the end of us.

Goodbye Kabul, Hello Karachi, Re: Clinton: Allies can help turn the Afghan tide, Washington Times, December 4, 2009

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

There can be only one definition of victory in Afghanistan…eliminating the ability of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to organize and launch terrorist attacks against the United States and other western countries from there. After listening to President Obama’s speech from West Point we must conclude that this goal cannot be achieved. If the U.S. was willing to make a strong long term military commitment it quite possibly could be. Since America isn’t it can’t be.

What is there to do then now that defeat has been conceded by Obama?

Since any possibility of victory in Afghanistan has been removed President Obama’s 30,000 troop surge and NATO’s pledge of another 7,000 troops become non-starters. Instead, we should minimize our presence there as soon as it is feasible to do so, seal off the border regions as much as possible and pour our resources into supporting and strengthening Pakistan, wiping out as many Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives as we can along the way. We should do two other things as well.

We should remember Obama’s naive, weak, flaccid, shortsighted, politically motivated and dangerous decisions about Afghanistan and toss him out of office in the 2012 Presidential election and we should get serious about finding and capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden.

What a couple of victories that would be.

Swiss people should be congratulated, not castigated, Re: Switzerland faces backlash over minaret ban, Daily Telegraph, December 2, 2009

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

The people of Switzerland should be congratulated for voting to ban the construction of new minarets in their country. In doing so they have firmly rejected the Islamization of their society and let the world know in no uncertain terms that it is unwelcome there in whatever form it takes.

The message they sent is two pronged and very clear. Islamization is incompatible with a free, secular, democratic, Judeo-Christian, western nation and attempts to Islamisize Switzerland are not acceptable. The vote was an affirmation by the Swiss people of the importance they place on their way of life and their customs, traditions and values and a benign rejection of a belief system that is totally opposite to theirs. It had nothing to do with religious intolerance because it does nothing to prevent Muslims from practicing their religion. It simply prevents a symbol of Islamization from polluting the landscape, nothing more. Minarets on mosques are not a religious requirement. They are a cultural and political statement which we can well do without.

One can only wonder how Muslims will react to this latest “affront” against Islam. Will they react hysterically and violently the way they did after the newspaper in Denmark published the Prophet Muhammad cartoons? Will Swiss institutions be threatened and the safety of Swiss citizens be jeopardized? Will there be a backlash in the Islamic world? Very likely yes, to all three questions. In fact, the Government of Switzerland was afraid a positive result could provoke such behaviour and appealed to voters to reject the resolution accordingly. The Swiss people deserve a great deal of credit for voting to accept the resolution. They deserve even more credit in light of the possible consequences.

Islamization in Europe has been an unmitigated, well documented disaster. Creeping Islamization in the United States and Canada has been detrimental to those countries as well. Perhaps this courageous vote is the beginning of a long overdue turnaround. If it is we can thank the Swiss for giving us a much needed wake-up call and getting the ball rolling.