Beyond the Cusp

August 21, 2014

Media Surrenders in Information War

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There are articles, editorials and debates mostly under the title of “Israel Losing the Information War.” Their erudite discussions use numerous examples of Israeli politicians, ambassadors and spokespersons making statements and usually picking a particularly bland statements and claim that they are losing because their presentations do not resonate well. They claim that Israel has not made proper use of social media. They continue with a litany of nitpicking hypercritical arguments. What they refuse to cover is the real center of the problem, the media itself.


One needs to sit in a less comfortable chair and really listen to the coverage of the continuing conflict between the Arab world and Israel to detect the slant being utilized to present the Arab side as superior and preferential to that of the Israelis. The most pernicious effrontery is the choice of wording which effects the listeners’ opinion and acceptance of information being conveyed. When listing commentary concerning the Arab side, recently the Hamas side, the choice of wording is active while when talking about the Israeli side the wording is usually passive. The easiest example is when giving casualty reports. When listing Palestinian casualties they will invoke words such as murdered or killed yet while reporting Israeli casualties they will tend to simply report them as deaths or have died. Which is more emotionally charged, someone who was killed or someone who died? Another problem which has to do with casualty reporting has been the virtual exclusive utilization of the Hamas provided numbers despite historic proof that such numbers are unreliable and often exaggerated. In the current conflict the verified reports of fatalities in Gaza places the percentages of combatant casualties to civilian casualties has been closest to 1:1 yet the reports consistently claim that 90% of the casualties have been civilians. The former ratio was released by a Red Cross official who had been granted access to IDF reports and lists of names of those terrorists killed during Operation Protective Edge while the vast majority of news reports use the Hamas released numbers despite, as one commenter stated in a moment of brutal clarity when reporting, I wish I had recorded that news report as I have not been able to find any record of it, that the numbers being reported are probably exaggerated as news reporters have understood since the start of the conflict. Perhaps I should join Facebook.


The best and most well-known example of inflated and simply false beyond belief numbers and the perfidy of media coverage was the so-called Jenin Massacre. When during the Israeli retaking of control over a large swath of the Judea and Samaria (West Bank) there was a particularly fierce firefight between Fatah aligned terrorist fighters and the IDF. When the media covered the fighting then in the aftermath they insisted on using the reported numbers given by the Fatah spokespersons who claimed to have direct numbers from the actual area. The numbers kept increasing even after the fighting had concluded. Numbers which originally were just a few hundred soon cleared a thousand and soon climbed into multiple thousands with the final claims pushing over ten-thousand murdered Palestinians of which over 90% were presumably civilians. The IDF attempted to refute the numbers listing their and Fatah terrorists fatalities combined to be around one-hundred dead at the most with the IDF having lost twenty-three and fifty-two wounded and the various numbers of Palestinian deaths was between fifty-two and fifty-five with Human Rights Watch claiming a near even numbers of combatants and civilians while the IDF numbers showed only five confirmed civilian deaths and the remainder as active combatants. Fortunately for the Palestinians of Judea and Samaria Fatah had not used human shields in an intentional attempt to maximize civilian casualties while minimizing the loss of Fatah combatants and other military equipment and arms, something Hamas has made maximum use of in the current conflict which is the main reason for the higher than usual numbers of civilian casualties as compared to the majority of previous IDF wars.


Another reason behind slanted news has been the ease of completely accepting any press releases from Hamas and their spokespeople and the reliance on commentary from solely those sympathetic with the Palestinian side or hostile to the Israeli side. The newscasters when holding interviews with Israeli politicians or IDF spokespeople take on an adversarial and belligerent role challenging and belittling their every comment calling their veracity into question at every opportunity and then impugning their entire presentation in summary after closing the interview usually by sniping that that was a representative from the IDF or the Israeli parliament the Knesset as if such makes their information of dubious origins. There have been a fair number of such interviews where the interviewing reporter ended the exchange without thanking the Israeli representative for their time as if they resented having to hold the interview. On the other side these reporters universally thank the representatives who support Hamas such as CAIR, MSA and other Islamic supportive groups for their time and make comments after such interviews stating that we have just heard a refreshing take on the conflict going on between Hamas and Israel. Then there are the ways that information provided by both sides are reported and commented upon. The Hamas press releases and social media statements are read as straight facts without any conditional comments that might raise doubts to their validity while when quoting Israeli press releases they often make commentary calling into question the veracity of those statements often presenting them as such was the report according to IDF spokespersons. Such an accounting leaves any report as being probably a biased and lacking factual weight leaving the watcher in doubt as to if the facts presented are believable.


Add the media’s relentless presentation of the casualty numbers as if having more casualties makes one side the more honorable side more deserving of sympathy and somehow makes their grievances and positions more valid than the other side. Had such been the style of reporting during World War II then the Russian efforts would have carried the most weight followed by the Japanese and then the Germans with the French efforts being the most dubious followed by the United States and then Britain. Since when did suffering the higher numbers of casualties come to infer a more valid viewpoint and argument. Further, since when must one side take precautions not to cause more casualties on their enemies during a conflict than their enemy has caused amongst their side. Is not the entire effort of war to impart more casualties on the other side than your side suffers? Israelis are not being killed in similar numbers because Israel expends large amounts of resources and financial commitments to protect their people than Hamas has in Gaza. Take a little challenge here and remember as you make these calculations that Hamas has a multi-billion dollar construction of underground tunnels and command and control headquarters and storage areas which could also double as a bomb shelter with the capacity of holding close to the entire population of Gaza but only permits their Hamas combatants and leadership to take refuge underground while forcing their civilians to remain in areas where Israel has warned they intend to attack by dropping leaflets over the area. The challenge is to count by twenty-thousands where each announced interception of a Hamas rocket sent into Israel equals twenty-thousand dollars. This challenge discounts the hundreds of millions of dollars the development of the Iron Dome system cost and will only take into consideration the cost to produce the individual intercepting missile and also discounts the percentage, small as it may be, of missiles which did not intercept a rocket. That will give one a running total of the Israeli investment to protect their civilians as these Hamas rockets are not being aimed at the IDF, they are aimed at Israeli communities including her major cities. They are aimed at Jews, Christians, Muslims and those of other religions who all live with freedom to worship as they please in Israel. It is aimed at European, Arab, Asian and African Jews (there are Jews in Israel from every continent including the Ethiopian Jews rescued over the past decade, the Bnei Menashe Tribe from India, the 850,000 Jewish refugees from the Arab and Muslim worlds and their descendants which now make up half of the Israeli population, a large number of Russian Jews who were received at great effort and expense from the former Soviet Union, and currently there are increasing numbers coming from the Ukraine and France as well as numerous other places where Jews are feeling more and more threatened every day. Israel is a collection of Jews from over the entirety of the planet Earth and of every nationality imaginable. They live together with a large population of Christian and Muslim Arabs as well as other minorities including sizeable Kurdish and Baha’i communities all of whom share the bounties of Israel and have equal rights to vote, live, work, own land and businesses and are equal in every way. These are the peoples who make up the communities of Israel and are all facing the rockets from Hamas. Unbelievably, but true, at the very beginning of the current conflict both the wife of Mahmoud Abbas and the mother-in-law of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh were receiving treatment in Israeli hospitals. Both are well and recovering nicely. I am willing to bet those two little facts were pretty much ignored by the mainstream media, I wonder why? Perhaps they painted too sympathetic a picture of Israeli society and the realities that are actually true? Could not be, the media is always completely honest, right?


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August 10, 2014

Are Hamas Demands Really Reasonable?

Much of the mainstream media is echoing the Hamas and Islamic Jihad story line that the reason they had to resort to launching rockets and ending the ceasefire is all because Israel refused to meet their minimal demands. What the new reports are not bothering to report is that the Hamas and Islamic minimal demands bear a striking resemblance to their maximalist demands, so much so that one would be hard pressed to find one smidgen of a difference. So, what are these demands that the Israelis are being so short-sighted as to refuse to grants? The first is that Israel lifts their naval blockade, assist in rebuilding the Gaza port facilities and in the reconstruction of Gaza International Airways. Further, Israel must open all border crossings allowing for free passage between Gaza and Judea and Samaria (West Bank). That all Gaza borders be permitted open import and export free of any undue inspections. The border with Egypt must also be opened in a manner matching the Israeli crossings. Hamas also demands that all the Palestinians held in Israeli prisons be released.

Of the list of demands the least threatening would have to be releasing all of the terrorists in Israeli custody, and that would prove damaging enough to negate any possible agreement. The problem is the Western nations and United Nations look at these demands with an eye to their vision of a final solution where there will be a Palestinians state including Gaza and most of the West Bank with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital living beside the state of Israel in peace and mutual security. Unfortunately, Israel has to take a different view of these demands, namely the Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Islamic view which allows for one of two scenarios; the first being an Arab Muslim state with the Jews gone or a Palestinian state living next to Israel which was overrun by Palestinian refugees, all five-million, and is also an Arab Muslim state with the Jews gone. When these demands are seen through this more realistic viewing port it becomes obvious why Israel has refused these demands. But what about the demands when taken singularly, certainly there must be some middle ground where a consensus can be attained.

For argument’s sake, let us look at each demand. What do the Western powers believe would occur should Israel no longer impose a naval blockade over Gaza? They claim in their innocence that it would simply allow for Gazans to import and export food and other produce and goods. Opening up their access to the sea would permit them to fish further into the Mediterranean and provide the Gazans a port which could bring in building supplies to rebuild their homes, schools, hospitals and Mosques. They completely ignore the facts that showed when Israel was forced by world and Western pressures to permit Gazans to import so many numbers of tons of concrete in order to build a new hospital, a number of schools and apartments that none of these items were ever constructed but Hamas and Islamic Jihad did have an extensive underground complex of tunnels and storage areas. The outside world would be shocked to learn that the plumbing pipes which were provided to repair the water and sewage treatment and storm drainage systems that these systems all remained in disrepair but Hamas and Islamic Jihad had thousands new rockets to launch into Israel. So, if these supplies were enabled to come in unrestricted, then all of a sudden Hamas and Islamic Jihad would have a change of mind and start to build hospitals, schools, apartments, clinics and other civilian infrastructure in place of rebuilding their tunnel complex including their infiltration tunnels into Israel and would utilize all of the pipes for water, sewage and water treatment systems and not make tens or hundreds of thousands of rockets.

What would Hamas, Islamic Jihad and their backers in Qatar and Iran do once there was an international airport just outside Gaza City? Would there be even the slightest chance they might send trainers and IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) fighters to enhance Hamas and Islamic Jihad abilities when they next chose to rain rockets down on Israel. With both an operating international airport and open fully operative sea port, there would be little delay before the exporting all of the eleven billion dollars of military aid recently purchased by Qatar, a nation who a mere thirty percent of their military consists of their own citizens and the rest are hired mercenaries from foreign nations. Iran would never consider arming Hamas and Islamic Jihad should Gaza possess completely open sea ports and airports and providing them with trainers and advanced weapons including guided missiles, aircraft, tanks, anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons and the other tools of war. Well, actually these are minimalist estimations of what would result from allowing Gaza unrestricted trade with the outside world. There would be little change in the day to day suffering of the Gazan people as their leadership is all about the destruction of Israel.

But what about their request for freedom of movement between Gaza and the West Bank so they can pray at their treasured al-Aqsa Mosque be used for other ulterior motivations? There is no way that Hamas would take advantage of such an open passage to infiltrate the West Bank with sufficient forces to execute a coup to take power in the West Bank just as they had done in Gaza. This is providing they do not simply take control through elections if and when they should ever be held. The immediate problem of permitting Hamas and Islamic Jihad access to the West Bank is should they launch rockets into central Israel from the West Bank the likelihood for hitting populated areas or infrastructure would be inversely proportional to their current targets in southern Israel. As open and widely spread out buildings are in the south, leaving only sparse areas where structures exist, in central Israel there are sparse areas which are open and without infrastructure making striking structures or vital infrastructure almost guaranteed even with un-aimed rockets. Additionally, having Hamas and Islamic Jihad in control of the West Bank the Israeli communities there would suffer from attacks similar in nature to those suffered by the Gaza communities before their expulsion from Gaza by Israeli Prime Minister Sharon in ill-conceived August 2005 disengagement. Permitting Hamas free access to the West Bank would assure Israel facing an Iranian subordinate on three fronts, Hezballah on the northern border with Lebanon and Hamas in both the West Bank and Gaza. Further, such a situation with an open border with Egypt would allow for the Muslim Brotherhood to arm and train their proxies in order to open their desired war for control of Egypt.

This begs the question as to how the Western nations and others could be so much in error when it comes to viable solutions of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The answer is that they have a basic misperception of the root of the conflict. The Western nations and their allies see the Arab- Israel conflict as merely the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and do not take into consideration that the reality is that the Palestinians are simply the tip of the spear being wielded by the entirety of the Arab and Muslim worlds. They also believe the struggle by the Palestinians is one of liberation only desiring their own homelands and not their desire to destroy all of Israel and remove the Jews from the entire area restoring Islamic rule over what they believe is Islamic lands for all of posterity. The Palestinians and the Arabs backing them do not see Israel as the nation of the Jews returning to their ancient homelands, they see it as the Jews, a hated and reviled peoples from the very beginnings of Islam, stealing hard won and noble Islamic lands to which they have no rightful claim. They view the Jews as lesser peoples only worthy of perhaps pity if they are to be permitted to remain under Islamic rule in Dhimmitude and otherwise forced to convert or be put to the sword. Of course as we have witnessed in Iraq with ISIS, converts to Islam receive the same quick death by the sword as their fellow Christians who refused to convert with the difference being that those who converted before their execution, their souls were permitted to enter heaven with Allah.

That is the challenge facing all of the Western world, a total misunderstanding of the Islamic threat. The Western world view the Islamic unrest from within their own nations as a string of completely unrelated individual events executed by troubled individuals completely devoid of an underlying cultural and religious motivation. Never mind that almost to an individual those who perpetrate these terrorist motivated acts claim to be committing their crimes as their portion of the Jihad for Allah against the infidel nations and their desire to bring down the house of the infidel. Never mind that often in their trials they demand to represent themselves and then go on tirades about how they definitely committed these acts and would do so again given the opportunity and then demand the death penalty so as to become martyrs for the cause of Jihad and cement their place in heaven. The war between Western civilization the extremists Muslims, which does not mean that these extremists are not supported in their acts and goals by the greater majority of Muslims around the world and even within the Western nations, is not over land, treasure, property, or any perceived slights; this is a war for the future of the human race and it can have but one victor.

This is the reality which is only now beginning to sink in beyond the chosen few who have followed Islam since some early warning that just happened to pique their attention and sensitize them to the threat. In this writer’s case it was an early assassination by a self-proclaimed Palestinian named Sirhan Sirhan who during his questioning repeatedly told his interrogators that he had committed no crime and that he was entitled to murder Senator Robert Kennedy as Senator Robert Kennedy supported Israel thus he was acting in the defense of his homelands from the Jews and Israel. This was almost entirely concealed from the American public at the time and was not mentioned much in the foreign Western media. But there was this one nonconformist sixteen year old who had a fascination at that time with Rabbi Meir Kahane and the Jewish Defense League and received their newsletter which told a completely different story on the assassination of Senator and Presidential aspirant Robert Kennedy that fateful day, June 5, 1968. This event placed into the head of that youth the reality that the war was not against Israel alone, it was against the entirety of the human race and that it could only have one of two outcomes, either no Islam retaining their concept of eventual world conquest or no religion or political system but a world under a single Islamic tyrant. The question that youngster has asked since is when will, or even simply, will the rest of the world ever get a clue.

Beyond the Cusp

July 30, 2014

The Desired Lasting Peace According to Hamas

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If the first thought that comes to mind when somebody mentions the Middle East or Israel is that if the Jews, or Israelis, would just make whatever sacrifices it might require to allow the Palestinians their own state then all would be peaches and cream, or at least an end to the constant violence then you also do not understand the most basic of the concepts at the center of the problem. The Palestinians, actually the Arab Palestinians, were given a state back in the 1920s and were offered a second state in half of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea in 1948 but the Arab League refused to accept that state if it also permitted the formation of a Jewish State. The basis for the current Arab-Israeli conflict goes back to the end of World War I when the Mandate System was instigated in order to decide what to do with the lands from the defeated and defunct Ottoman Empire. There were numerous difficulties that came out of those decisions of which the Arab-Israeli conflicts are the longest lasting, or maybe not. Eventually all of the modern nations were born between World War I and 1950. These nations pretty much remained relatively stable though there were a series of coups where monarchal leaders were replaced with dictators. Among the nations formed was what was originally called Transjordan and is today called Jordan. This is of interest as Jordan occupies seventy-eight percent of the original British Mandate. Starting in 1922 the British established the Arab area of Transjordan which would become the modern state of Jordan. The idea was that the British promised the Zionists who were working to establish their own state that should they agree to allow the formation of an Arab Palestinian state east of the Jordan River then the lands west of the river would be reserved solely for the formation of a Jewish state and would be guaranteed inviolate.

Finally the time came to form the Jewish state in the ancestral homelands of the Jewish people. The United Nations, with the full support of the world, decided to throw out every guarantee which remained and offered the Zionists an even further divided land west of the Jordan River, half of which would form the new Arab state with the remaining half for the Jewish state. The way in which the lands were divided gave the Jews almost all of the Negev Desert which would make up over half of the Jewish state. They also planned to make Jerusalem into an international city under the control and management of the United Nations. This decision advised that the other half of the lands go to make up a second Arab state within the British Mandate lands. The list of treaties and agreements the British and the United Nations compromised or outright broke gets involved and too boring to go through again but the short list includes the San Remo Conference, the Churchill White Papers, Sykes–Picot Agreement and Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. The truth which came from the history which evolved from these treaties, pacts, agreements, conventions etc. is that no agreement made by men, no matter the honor or intents of those party who signed the papers, is worthless once it is dependent on those whose signatures which do not appear on the documents in question. But let us move on to the question pertinent to today in general and the current Hamas-Israel conflict of today.

The main stipulation which everyone has revolved around as the starting point for any peace treaty offered has been a return to the borders and situation which existed after the resolution of the previous Hamas-Israel conflict of 2012. Hamas has rejected this stipulation from its initial proffering in an Egyptian ceasefire proposal and in every offering since which had this as its central condition. Hamas has continuously insisted that Israel accept their terms which include a lifting of the naval blockade, an opening and free access through all land crossings including the Rafah crossing with Egypt, and the opening of the Gaza port and international airport. Hamas has made no secret over the reasons for these demands and they have little to do with commerce and opening up of Gaza for international commerce. Their desire is to have open access for the importation of more and sophisticated weapons systems to utilize in their next war against Israel. Hamas intends to get these concessions and then turn to Iran, Qatar and whomever else they might acquire advanced and more powerful weaponry. Hamas does not seek these weapons in order to gain lands in which to make a Palestinian state as much as they desire to destroy Israel and kill every Jew residing in Israel. Checking the Hamas Charter one finds that even after Hamas has destroyed Israel and taken their wrath out on the Jews of the destroyed Jewish state, they are not about to be satisfied and rest on their accomplishments. Nope, they then intend to continue their cleansing lands of Jews throughout the world until they have murdered every Jew living on planet Earth.

Hamas is not the only Islamic groups or nation which desires the end of all Jews and not just the destruction of Israel and the murder of all Israeli Jews. In a recent speech commemorating the festival of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan, Ayatollah Khamenei recently accused the Israelis as acting like a “rabid dog” and “a wild wolf” and committing “genocide” with their actions in Gaza. In his further comments, Khamenei stated, “We say the opposite. The world and especially the Islamic world should arm … the Palestinian people.” Iran’s Supreme Leader also had words condemning United States President Obama accusing him of supporting Israeli aggressions against Hamas and wanting to disarm Hamas in order to facilitate Israeli efforts to slaughter the Gazan population. Iran shares the Hamas desire to destroy Israel and many leaders in Iran, both political and religious, share the Hamas desire to take the murder of Israelis worldwide and kill every Jew on the planet. This is not too surprising if one remembers many of the statements by Yasser Arafat as leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) when he declared his desire to destroy all of Israel during the first years of the PLO from 1964 when it was founded through the Six Day War. This desire to fight and murder the Jews of Israel by Yasser Arafat predates the existence of any contested territories whose origin came three years after the PLO founding. At the founding of the PLO its second in command was Mahmoud Abbas and his ideas mirrored those of his boss, Yasser Arafat, when it came to the destruction of Israel and its Jewish population. And if one were to examine Islamic Jihad and ISIS they would find that their positions concerning the Jews and Israel were similar or even more strident than Hamas or the PLO.

There is an easy explanation behind the consistency of these views across the length and breadth of the Islamic world which is easiest to explain by simply finding some of the articles of the <a href=>Hamas Charter</a>. These quotes begin in the Preface where it includes a quote stating, “That is because they used to disbelieve the revelations of Allah, and slew the Prophets wrongfully. That is because they were rebellious and used to transgress.” Surat Al-Imran (III), verses 109-111 Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.” In Article 28 they state, “We cannot fail to remind every Muslim that when the Jews occupied Holy Jerusalem in 1967 and stood at the doorstep of the Blessed Aqsa Mosque, they shouted with joy: ‘Muhammad is dead, he left daughters behind.’ Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims. ‘Let the eyes of the cowards not fall asleep.’” In Article 7 the charter states, “The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree.” Then in Article 15 we find, “When our enemies usurp some Islamic lands, Jihad becomes a duty binding on all Muslims. In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad.”

These threats are real and with the explosion of ISIS onto the world stage and their recent gains in Iraq giving them a treasure trove of advanced American weaponry and untold amounts of gold and money stolen from the Banks across the areas they have spread, there is an even more fanatical and dangerous force that has proven their mettle with their execution of threats against the Christians who ended up within the areas that ISIS now controls. The threats of ISIS against those Christians have been covered in a number of Western and other media news. The choices they placed before their Christian captives initially were to convert immediately to Islam, accept Dhimmi status and pay the Jizya or suffer the sword by being beheaded. Since this was made known there have been photographs released of the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, posing with dismembered heads being held aloft and decorating the floor around him. What makes Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS even more threatening has been their willingness to murder fellow Muslims who were not considered to be Islamic enough to pass muster under whatever ISIS is using as their measure of the devotedness of other Muslims. There have been reports which have stated that ISIS has already murdered tens of thousands of Christians and over fifty thousand Iraqis as of last week, who knows what the current totals may be. ISIS leader and their announced and assumed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has also issued a statement defining their intents for the future. Their claim is they will first purify Islam by removing those who claim they are Muslims but that ISIS defines as apostates followed by removing the false leaders of Islamic nations such as the King of Jordan, Syria’s Bashir al-Assad, the Saudi Royal Family and any other secular or insufficiently Islamic leader all of whom will be judged by the leadership of ISIS. Their actions already have shocked many across the globe and they have only just begun if their other threats are to be believed. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave a statement explaining why ISIS had thus far not come to support Hamas in the fight against Israel, the Zionist enemy where he explained that before making war against Israel that ISIS must first convert or purify the greater murderer of true believers in Islam, the United States. He explained that the sins of the United States far exceeded those of Israel and that the United States was the greater challenge and was currently in a state of vulnerable weakness making now the time to strike the United States. Still, even with ISIS rampaging and murdering their way across Syria and Iraq, the rest of the civil war in Syria, the explosive tribal warfare blanketing Libya, the tribal cleansing occurring in Pakistan, the continuing strife between Russian backed separatists and the Ukraine which included the shooting down of a Malaysian civilian passenger aircraft, the threats from Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighboring countries, Chinese hegemonic threats with political and military components against Japan and the Philippines, and the various other flashpoints around the globe, the main emphasis and focus of the world’s media, politicians, NGOs, organizations, alliances, the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and governmental efforts have all been focused on Israel and trying to force a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as well as some stating the need for resumption immediately of the Israel-Palestinian peace process. There have been near countless denunciations of Israel from numerous Arab, Middle Eastern, European, African, Asian and who knows what other directions with nary a word concerning threats which have massively higher death tolls and a significantly greater rate of civilian and total deaths and other casualties. As has always been the situation, for as long as the Palestinian forces including but not exclusively Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gazan terrorists were attacking Israel unilaterally, things were quiet and the world went about their business but as soon as Israel loosed her first salvo in self-defense, the world dropped virtually everything else and began applying ever increasing pressures and making ever stronger threats against Israel as if the Israeli defensive confrontation with Hamas threatens to destroy the planet. Well, Israel has no choice, no choice at all. Israel can fight to protect her people or sit and watch them eventually be murdered ever more rapidly should the Arab forces ever gain sufficient advantage, a result guaranteed should Israel suffer and listen to those who would sacrifice her and the Jews in a second if they could only find a way to achieve that age old goal. It is as if the nations are in a competition to see who gets the title of the force that rose up in this generation and warred against the Jews. There is an exception, a vocal and proud exception and I would like to thank Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his bold stance and brave words of support, thank you Canada and Prime Minister Harper. As far as the rest who are chomping at the microphones to defile and degrade Israel and her reputation. She has to take the barbs and stings of those who criticize and admonish her as such treatment is still better than kind words expressed in remembrance and eulogy.

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