Archive for February, 2012

Arab Idiocy Week proposed to counter Israeli Apartheid Week, Re: Israeli Apartheid Week an attack on freedom of speech and freedom of expression, Canada Free Press, February 27, 2012

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

With another Israeli Apartheid Week about to spread lies and distortions, insult our intelligence and run roughshod over our civil liberties it occurred to me that organizing and implementing Arab Idiocy Week as a counterweight is an excellent way for supporters of Israel to mobilize and strike back wherever IAW events take place. Since Israeli Apartheid Week events usually occur on university campuses Arab Idiocy Week events would do the same and would provide students with a much different viewpoint than they would otherwise be given. The scales would be balanced as it were. Palestinian, Arab and Muslim students would be subjected to exactly the same kinds of activities as Israeli and Jewish students but from a very different perspective. It would be very educational for them indeed and for the general public as well.

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Activities during the week would include physically harassing pro-Palestinian students, especially Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, displaying intimidating and inflammatory placards and posters, holding rallies which demonize and vilify Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims and call for an end to them and their institutions, shouting down and shutting up anyone who begs to differ, lying and historical revisionism, whitewashing Islam, spewing hatred and intolerance towards Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims based on their religion and ethnicity and other such actions which have become acceptable when directed towards Israelis and Jews. If they can be subjected to them during Israeli Apartheid Week its only fair that Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims be subjected to them during Arab Idiocy Week…what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, isn’t it?

There could also be various workshops and presentations based on the week’s theme. For example.

Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood; sick sons of sick societies and why the Arab world encourages and supports them despite the damage they do to everyone.

Arab refusal to recognize Israel and its right to exist and how this eliminates any possibility of peace and prosperity for Palestinians.

The use of women and children as human shields and what this says about Palestinian society.

Buying into Islamist propaganda and the terrible effect this has on people everywhere.

Why Palestinians allow thugs and villains to dominate and control their lives.

Arab refusal to accept any blame or responsibility for the predicament Palestinians find themselves in and what this means for the world.

Islam as the root of the problem.

Recruiting, manipulating and taking advantage of useful idiots.

The futility of the boycott movement and how this harms Palestinians far more than it does Israelis.

The proper way to celebrate the coldblooded murder of women and children.

The list could go on ad infinitum…

Arab Idiocy Week. Why not? Its no more ludicrous, shameful, odious, idiotic and self serving than Israeli Apartheid Week so lets get on with it.

Balance and fairness demand nothing else.

Israeli Apartheid Week an attack on freedom of speech and freedom of expression, Re: The return of the Israeli-apartheid cult, National Post, February 25, 2012

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Israeli Apartheid Week is being foisted on us once again.

Israeli Apartheid Week is not only an affront to unbiased and knowledgeable observers of the Middle East, not only an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatefest full of positions and statements that have no basis in reality, not only a terrible disservice to Palestinians because the false sense of victimhood it fosters precludes them from taking constructive measures to improve their lives and not only a violation of academic integrity by the universities that allow it to take place because it is very one-sided and unbalanced and contrary, more rational and honest views are either ridiculed, discouraged or not permitted…no, awful and disgraceful as all of this is, it is much more than that. It is a frontal attack on two of our most fundamental, inalienable rights, freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

IAW organizers and participants are not interested in dialogue or the unfettered exchange of ideas. They know that they would come out a distant second if they were challenged and that no person with a sound and open mind would take them seriously. They would be revealed for exactly what they are; ideologues, fascists, religious fanatics, crazies, brainwashed, poorly informed, easily manipulated, unthinking, irrational, bigoted or any combination thereof. That is why anyone who raises his or her voice in protest at an IAW event is harassed and threatened and shouted down and that is why their pronouncements are trite and filled with cliches and hyperbole, or to put it more succinctly, bull…. They have nothing else. They can’t compete so they have to demonize and vilify and prevent others from speaking or otherwise expressing themselves.

Whatever one’s views are on the Middle East as people living in free, democratic, secular societies we have every right to express them in whatever way we see fit. The minute that someone prevents us from doing so and gets away with it is the minute we can no longer call ourselves free and the minute we come closer to having a totalitarian, theocratic state imposed on us.. Israeli Apartheid Week brownshirts are attacking our freedom by trying, with some success I might add, to intimidate and shut up anyone who opposes them. We must not let them succeed. Rest assured, if freedom of speech and freedom of expression are lost, a free press, an independent judiciary, freedom of and from religion and all the other hallmarks of our way of life will be too.

Israeli Apartheid Week won’t bring down Israel or raise up Palestinians. The mentality behind it and the bilge it secretes diminish us all and pose a serious threat to our civil liberties however and it is incumbent on each and every one of us to counter its odious, dishonest activities with energy and passion.

Obama sings while America sinks, Re: President Obama sings ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Washington Post, February 23, 2012

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Under President Obama America is sinking economically, constitutionally, socially, militarily, morally, politically and spiritually. The problems the country faces are many and varied and extremely serious and America and Americans are in grave danger on a wide variety of different fronts. The United States is in deep trouble everywhere you look and it is entirely possible that it might not be able to effect a turnaround and return to prosperity and glory, to its rightful historic place at the forefront of the free world. Its also entirely possible that it might not survive as a free, democratic nation, indeed might not survive at all.

So what is our President doing while all this is happening, besides making things worse on virtually a daily basis that is?

He’s singing, that’s what.

Obama sang some lines from a blues classic called ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ during a concert at the White House last Tuesday. This follows him singing out a line from an Al Green song called ‘Lets Stay Together’ at a fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in New York last January 19.

Obama is singing while America is sinking.

Remind you of anything?

Nero fiddling while Rome burns comes to mind.

The biggest hurdle is Islam, Re: Hurdles That Block an Israeli-Palestinian Peace, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, February 22, 2012

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The biggest hurdle blocking peace between Israelis and Palestinians is Islam. There will never be peace unless Palestinians and their fellow Arabs reject Islam and refuse to abide by its commandments regarding violence and Jews. Never.

Violence is intrinsic to Islam and is part of its essence, part of its nature and character. It is not possible to look at Islam objectively and dispassionately and not be astounded and sickened by how violent it really is and always has been. Violence is sanctioned and mandated in Islam and Islamic violence is a matter of historical record from the time it first came into existence to the present day. So is brutality, murder, denigration and subjugation, which are also sanctioned and mandated by Islam.

Palestinians and their fellow Arabs are consumed by hatred and disgust for Jews and by extension Israelis and Israel itself. Palestinians and their fellow Arabs demonize and vilify Jews from the day they are born until the day they die and see nothing wrong with mutilating and murdering them, even Jewish women, children and old people. In fact, they celebrate and revel in such inhuman acts. This behaviour and the hatred and disgust which enable it is rooted in the Koran and in the Prophet Muhammad’s teaching and activities and has been a part of Islam since it first came into existence as well. That is the real reason why there is no peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Palestinians and their fellow Arabs can’t bring themselves to make peace with people they have hated and been disgusted by for 1,400 years, ever since Muhammad came on the scene. Palestinians and their fellow Arabs can’t bring themselves to reject their religion and refuse to abide by its commandments regarding violence and Jews. Until they do, you can forget about peace in the Middle East.

A Palestinian politician named Mustafa Barghouthi has called for peaceful protests by Palestinians against Israel and its presence in the West Bank. If there are protests they won’t remain peaceful for long because peaceful protests or peaceful anything else go completely against the grain in Islam and are entirely out of character with it.

The Koran contains at least 109 verses that exhort Muslims to go to war with non-believers and Muslims who do not go to war are called hypocrites and warned that Allah will send them to hell if they do not participate in the slaughter. Mr. Barghouthi and his peaceful protesters better be careful that they aren’t accused of being hypocrites and sent straight to hell.

That’s Islam for you.

More deceit from Iran, Re: Iran says pre-emptive strike on “enemies’ possible, BBC News, February 21, 2012

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Iran has threatened to launch a pre-emptive strike if its enemies endanger its national interests.

This is nonsense and one more example of Iranian deceit because Iran has always attacked its enemies. When has Iran not launched strikes against them? Never, that’s when.

So who are its enemies?

There are three primary ones and many secondary ones.

The three primary ones are the United States, (the Great Satan), Israel, (the Little Satan), and believers in the Sunni branch of Islam, (Sunnis).

The U.S. is Iran’s enemy because it symbolizes and epitomizes freedom and democracy (freedom of thought, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and all the other freedoms Americans enjoy are forbidden by the state religion, Islam, and are abhorred by Iranians), because it is a successful consumer driven society whose citizens live rich and varied lives in stark contrast to the tightly controlled, bleak lives of Iranians, because Iranians are disgusted by the so-called immorality and excessiveness of American life, because American military might and resolve help Israel to defend and protect herself and because the same military might and resolve keeps Iran from establishing its hegemony in the Middle East and beyond.

Israel is Iran’s enemy because its population is overwhelmingly Jewish and hatred and disgust of Jews is endemic in Iranian society and part and parcel of the Iranian mentality, because Israel is located on land the Iranians consider part of the Islamic world, because Islam, the state religion in Iran, mandates the subjugation, denigration and murder of Jews and by extension the removal of Israel from the face of the earth, because Iranians are envious of Israel and the accomplishments the country has achieved in the 60 odd years of its existence which dwarf its own in the same time span and because Iran cannot achieve its dreams of conquest in the Middle East and beyond as long as Israel exists.

Sunnis are Iran’s enemies because Iranians are Shiites and Sunnis and Shiites have been fighting and killing each other for 1,300 years or so, ever since the Prophet Muhammad died. This means all the Sunni nations in the Middle East are by definition Iran’s enemies too. That includes Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Gulf States, Jordan and all the others in the region.

Because of political, ideological, economic, geographic and religious reasons Iran has many other enemies too, but the United States, Israel and Sunnis are the main ones. At the moment anyway.

So what are Iran’s national interests? It is interested in four things, over and above anything else.

It is interested in wiping Israel off the map, in destroying the country and murdering as many Jews as possible in the process and subjugating the ones that are left.

It is interested in bringing the United States to its knees, in conquering the country and turning it into an Islamic state governed by Sharia, Islamic law.

It is interested in establishing its hegemony in the Middle East and beyond, including Europe and North and South America.

It is interested in developing and possessing nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them because that will enable it to meet its goals.

That Iran has launched frequent overt and covert attacks against its enemies, especially the United States and Israel in the past few decades, is beyond dispute. It has committed many acts of war against both and has done everything it can to meet its goals short of a large scale military confrontation with one or the other. That’s coming soon, because the only way to stop Iran from achieving its goals is to destroy its military, to take away its capacity to achieve them. The Iranians won’t stop on their own and nothing else will do the trick.

Since the United States doesn’t recognize and understand this and under Obama doesn’t have the sense or courage to use its military against Iran anyway despite the numerous and ongoing provocations and the crystal clear threat to the U.S. and since the Israelis understand full well that Iran must be stopped if their country is to survive and that using their military is the only way to do it, here’s betting that they will soon launch a pre-emptive strike of their own because they know they have to and they know they are running out of time, know that Iran will become a nuclear power before much more time goes by. In doing so they’ll save themselves and the United States too, to the eternal chagrin and shame of Americans, who after all still possess the most powerful military in the world.

In the meantime the world, especially the United States and Israel, will have to put up with more threats, bluster, deceit and acts of war from Iran, more overt and covert attacks, more murder and death and destruction and terrorism, more ‘pre-emptive strikes’ if you will.

Israel saves itself and the United States from Iran!

What a story for the ages that will be.

Loss of leadership will be catastrophic, not just costly, Re: It’s Too Costly to Abandon American’s World Leadership, Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2012

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The ultimate guarantor of freedom and democracy for the United States and the rest of the free world is the American military and the willingness of Americans to use it to defend and protect the U.S. and other free countries around the globe.

Every free, democratic country on earth faces enormous external threats to its survival, none of them except the United States (for now anyway) are capable of defending and protecting themselves against attack and all of them depend on the U.S. for defence and protection. America has provided this over the years because American administrations have been smart enough and prescient enough to recognize and understand that defending and protecting others meant that they were also defending and protecting the United States itself. The current administration in Washington isn’t smart enough or prescient enough to recognize and understand this however and is busily eviscerating the American military and reducing, in some cases eliminating, its capability, making everyone extremely vulnerable. If things keep on going on the way they are, the military will soon lose the ability to defend and protect the United States, never mind anyone else.

When that happens the results will be catastrophic, not just costly, catastrophic, and entirely predictable. The U.S. will be attacked and conquered, there will be death and destruction on a massive scale, freedom and democracy will disappear, Americans will be forced to live under tyranny and oppression and the country as we know it will no longer exist. The rest of the free world will share the same fate.

If Americans don’t want any of that to happen they must strengthen, not weaken, their military and categorically reject any attempts to strip it of human and material assets and take away its ability to defend and protect the United States from foreign attack and defend and protect the rest of the free world too. They must also rediscover their self confidence, their mojo, and convince their enemies and potential enemies that they will be flattened if they attack the U.S. or any of its allies. No one really believes that anymore because the threat of American deterrence no longer exists. It is essential to restore that as well.

Americans shouldn’t underestimate or gloss over the seriousness of the threats they face. There are already several countries that would love to bring the United States to its knees which will soon have the military means to do exactly that if the U.S. stays on its present path. American weakness makes its fate a foregone conclusion and the fate of the rest of the free world a foregone conclusion too.

It is said, correctly I might add, that there is no free world without the United States. It is equally correct to say that there is no United States unless its military is stronger and more capable than its enemies and potential enemies and unless the U.S. is willing to use it as required.

Waiver madness, Re: U.N.-Believable, Washington Free Beacon, February 16, 2012

Friday, February 17th, 2012

President Obama’s administration has formally announced that it is going to ask Congress to waive a ban on providing funds for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, because of its recognition of Palestinian statehood. U.S. law explicitly forbids American funding of international organizations that recognize Palestinian statehood in the absence of a peace treaty with Israel and UNESCO recognition clearly disqualifies it from receiving funding from the United States since there is no peace treaty in place.

The announcement didn’t come from a White House press release or from Obama himself. It was made surreptitiously in a footnote to the budget Obama recently provided to Congress. Its as if Obama didn’t want the American people to know that he was asking Congress to override and subvert the law, as he has done so many times in the past. Waivers and overriding and subverting the law are hallmarks of the Obama administration (Obamacare waivers, No Child Left Behind waivers, Presidential appointments without Congressional approval etc etc. to offer a few examples) and perhaps he is seeing these hallmarks as a potential liability in the upcoming Presidential election campaign. The announcement couldn’t have been made in a more clandestine, innocuous manner and there is every reason to think that was why it was made the way it was…he was trying to sneak it past Americans because he knew it wouldn’t sit right with them. Stabbing Israel in the back, ignoring UNESCO’s anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic and anti-American political manoeuvres and rewarding Palestinians for their refusal to seriously seek peace with Israel and their efforts to achieve statehood by nefarious means are also things that don’t sit well with Americans and Obama knew that too.

The announcement reveals, yet again, Obama’s antipathy to Israel and his underlying ideological attachment to Palestinians and the Islamic world, even though both severely compromise U.S. national security and the security of the free world. It also reveals a lot more than that. It reveals, yet again, his disrespect for the law, his unwillingness to be bound by it, his duplicitous nature, his willingness to keep things from the American people and his willingness to override and subvert the law when it suits his purpose.

What’s next, one might well ask. And rest assured, there will be a next.

Can the American people, or anyone else for that matter, trust him?

Absolutely not.

Should American’s re-elect him?

No, they shouldn’t.

Therein lies the difference, Re: Palestinian children killed in West Bank bus crash, euronews, February 16, 2012

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

At least 10 Palestinian children and a teacher were killed in a horrific traffic accident between a school bus and a truck north of Jerusalem earlier today. The dead children were between four and six years old. More than 30 other children were injured and officials are afraid that the death toll may increase. The bus was carrying approximately 60 children.

Many of the injured children were taken to hospitals in Israel, where they will receive the best care possible and everything that can be done to save their lives, relieve their suffering and make them whole again will be, without any thought of payment or politics. The Israeli medical system will respond to the injured children and their parents as human beings in need and will do everything it can to help them.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his condolences and said Israel would meet any request for aid made by the Palestinian Authority. Israeli President Peres expressed his regret and personal condolences on the deaths and reiterated that those injured in the accident who had been sent to Israeli hospitals would receive the best possible care for as long as they needed it.

Let us say that it was an Israeli school bus that crashed, that the dead and injured and dying were Israeli children instead of Palestinian ones. How would the Palestinians react? Not with the same generosity of spirit and material assistance as the Israelis, that’s for sure.

They’d react by celebrating, that’s how. People would celebrate and take to the streets in joy and celebration as they have done many times in the past when Israeli children have been killed, even when they have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists. There wouldn’t be any generosity of spirit or material assistance. There would be joy and happiness because dead Israelis make Palestinians happy, regardless of the circumstances and even if the dead Israelis are children.

Why? Because Palestinian hatred of Israelis and Jews is bred in the bone and as deeply ingrained as you can get, because demonization and vilification of Israelis and Jews is endemic in Palestinian society and Palestinians are bombarded with anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic bilge constantly, because Islam teaches and mandates Jew hatred, submission and murder, because Palestinians reject Israel in its entirety and want nothing more than to wipe Israel off the map and drive Israelis into the sea, because Palestinians see Israelis and Jews as vermin, that’s why.

Because Israelis glorify life and love their children and Palestinians glorify death and use their children as political tools and human shields to satisfy their blood lust and the requirements of their religion. Palestinians may say they love their children, but they use them in ways no sane Israeli would, which means that their definition of love is perverted and they don’t really love them at all.

Martyrdom anyone?

Therein lies the difference.

President Obama’s financial malfeasance and illiteracy keep United States on path to insolvency and bankruptcy, Washington Times, February 13, 2012

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

President Obama just delivered his 2013 budget to Congress for approval. He missed the statutory deadline for delivering it by one week. That isn’t the only thing he missed. He also missed an opportunity to begin to right America’s financial ship, to tackle America’s crippling long term financial problems (most of which are of his own making) and restore financial sanity to the life of the country and the lives of ordinary Americans.

Instead, he gave America and Americans more of the same, more of what he has given them since he took office…more debt, more borrowing, more spending, more federal government intervention in the economy at the expense of capitalism and the free market system which has served them so well over the years, more stimulus programs which are bound to fail just like their predecessors, more smoke and mirrors and creative accounting which has no basis in reality, more unemployment, more misery, more taxes, more of everything except jobs, money in people’s pockets, financial and personal independence and hope for the future. He also gave them fewer opportunities and a lower quality of life and severely compromised the ability of the country to defend itself in this increasing hostile and dangerous world by forcing severe budget cuts on the military. Far from making things better for America and Americans the budget will make things infinitely worse and will turn the country into a financial basket case like Greece, if it isn’t already. The results for America and Americans will be catastrophic.

A few selected lowlights.

America’s total debt is 15.3 trillion, yes trillion, dollars. It is already ruining the country and what’s left of the economy and is rising exponentially as we speak. The budget does nothing to reduce it and will add to it significantly, in the short and long term.

That’s the overall debt. Using the aforementioned smoke and mirrors and creative accounting the budget projects deficits that will rise to 704 billion dollars annually or 2.8 percent of the economy by the end of 2022.

All of these numbers are based on the most optimistic scenarios imaginable. The reality will be much different and much worse.

Social Security and Medicare are in grave danger. The Social Security and Medicare systems are both in critical need of reform and could easily be lost if it doesn’t happen. The budget does nothing to solve the crisis and could very well lead to their demise. Obama is the first President in American history to cut Medicare benefits for seniors and we can fully expect a further whittling away of the social safety net under the budget, if not its effective elimination.

The cost of driving their cars and heating and lighting their homes (energy costs in general) will rise significantly for Americans because oil, gas and coal companies will have to pay much higher taxes than they do now and will pass on the costs accordingly. Actually, its not just energy costs that will increase. The cost of everything will go up, food, clothing, transportation, goods and services, everything.

Those are just some of the many lowlights.

There aren’t any highlights, not unless massive, growing and ongoing debt and economic suicide for America and Americans are highlights. Not unless American’s accept a steady decline in their standard of living and a budget that is really socialism on steroids which will do nothing to solve their economic and social problems and will only exacerbate them, indeed might even destroy the country.

Obama’s budget is much more than financial malfeasance and illiteracy. Over and above human considerations, it is an extremely serious threat to the viability of the country itself and cannot be allowed to pass.

Be careful what you wish for, Re: Ousting Assad, FrontPage Magazine, February 10, 2012

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

The international community has been virtually unanimous in its condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal eleven month old crackdown on the uprising by dissidents and reformers in his country. The United States, the United Nations, the Arab League, the Vatican and many others have roundly criticized his violent response to cries for freedom and democracy in Syria and have called it inhuman and unacceptable, among other things. There have been attempts to implement sanctions and to take other non-military measures to force him to stop terrorizing, torturing and murdering Syrians and to negotiate and put in place much needed reforms in Syria. There have even been calls for him to abdicate. All of this has been to no avail and has done nothing to stop the carnage. The latest report for example has Syrian soldiers using human shields on tanks as they shell civilian populations, this to prevent the Free Syrian Army and other rebels from attacking them.

No one really knows at this point whether or not Assad and his regime will survive. It could, but the possibility that it won’t is very high. The possibility is also very high that Syria will be taken over by Islamists who will turn the country into an Islamic state governed by Islamic law, Sharia, if he falls. Islamic terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood are already operating in Syria and trying to hijack and gain control of the uprising. They are getting stronger and more confident every day and could very well do so, just as they have in the uprisings in Egypt and Libya.

The fate of Syria’s religious minorities, particularly its 2.5 million strong Christian community (which is one tenth of the population) would be sealed if Islamists took power. The Islamists would subjugate them, drive them out or kill them…that is what Islamists have done to religious minorities in lands they controlled throughout history and that is what they would do in Syria. For all his brutality, Assad kept the Islamists more or less under wraps in Syria and allowed religious minorities to live in relative peace and security, just as President Mubarak did in Egypt and President Gaddafi did in Libya. There might or might not be civil war in Syria if Assad fell but if Islamists took over there would definitely be religious and ethnic cleansing on a massive scale.

How to prevent Islamists from hijacking the uprising in Syria, how to keep them from taking over should Assad and his regime fall and how to prevent massive religious and ethnic cleansing once they did are all questions that should be asked by non-Islamists who want to get rid of him. This is especially important for the United States, Israel and other Western democracies.

Humanitarian considerations notwithstanding,  Syria in the hands of Islamists would be an even graver security threat than Syria in the hands of Assad and that is something they cannot lose sight of.