Beyond the Cusp

September 2, 2014

Easters Ukraine Simply the Battleground Against Russian Imperialism

Many, initially including myself, thought that Putin was attempting to reestablish Russian influence over the former nations within the Soviet Iron Curtain. I have come to adjust this assessment to believing he is simply attempting to restore the Russian influence and extend its borders to include the areas which came under Czarist control at the peak of the Russian Empire. This is supported by the limited attempts to expand the Russian grab to the northernmost regions of Georgia and now eastern Ukraine as well as Crimean Peninsula. Should this prove to be real then most of the nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia can feel less threatened as Putin may have a more limited scope than many initially feared. Either scenario places Eastern Ukraine as on the immediate short list for Russian adventurism and the rest of the Ukraine for eventual consumption should Putin’s aims be for the furthest extremes of Czarist expansionism. There is the possibility that the Russian appetite will be satiated by taking the Eastern Ukrainian provinces as those would also give Russia the necessary land access to the Crimean Peninsula. The other interest in the Eastern Ukraine is the factories which includes a number of arms factories as well as other industries vital for the Ukrainian economic wealth. Could the Ukraine remain as a viable nation if they were forced to cede the eastern provinces to the Russians? That is something which has been debated with inconclusive results but the majority view is in favor of survival though lacking much of their arms trade, currently one of the Ukrainian’s most profitable industries.

 

The claims that there are no Russian troops taking part in the fighting in the Ukraine are no longer debatable, let alone believable. There are the Russian troops which the Ukrainian paratrooper forces captured last week, forces that Russian spokespeople claimed had simply become disorientated and had inadvertently crossed over the border and were not taking any part in the ongoing fighting. The doubts about Russian intervention and joining the separatists have completely evaporated with the presence of Russian main battle tanks joining the insurrection. This is no longer a civil war but an invasion of an independent nation by Russia. This invasion by Russia of another independent member nation of the United Nations places Putin’s Russia in contravention of numerous United Nation rules and declarations which protect the individual member states from aggressions by other member states. The United Nations presumably offers methods for mediating any differences between member nations thereby providing peaceable means for resolving differences. Somehow, knowing some of the history of what duties and responsibilities Putin was required to perform, and which he appeared to relish, for the KGB; it is not surprising that he would play fast and loose with any rules and ignore any restriction supposedly enforced by the United Nations and simply rely on brute force of arms to accomplish his goals concerning Russian absorption of Ukrainian lands. The announced annexation which was the initial move against Ukrainian national lands was an early indicator of the extent to which Putin was prepared to go to realize his goals. The only problem has been the undetermined extent to which Putin aims to carry the Russian expansion over Ukrainian sovereign lands. Many have initially hoped that Russian appetite would be satiated with the Crimean Peninsula which included the main Ukrainian naval base and port, facilities which were shared by the Ukrainians with the Russians by treaty, the same treaty which also required that Ukrainian sovereignty to be defended from any and all incursions by foreign powers in exchange for the Ukraine releasing the entirety of their nuclear arsenal, a significant number of soviet ICBMs which had been placed within the Ukrainian borders by the Soviet Union while they occupied all of the Ukraine as a Soviet province. These ICBMs and their nuclear warheads at that time had made the Ukraine the nation with the third largest nuclear weaponry even ahead of Mainland China. Presumably, in exchange for surrendering these nuclear weapons systems the Ukrainians received assurances against any incursions on their borders which the United States, United Kingdom and Russia who were obligated to aid the Ukraine in such circumstance. The treaty made the obligation to be less binding than requiring an actual defense or intervention by the guaranteeing nations and apparently this opt out option appears to have become the selection most favored. At least Putin has not elected to try and excuse his troops intervening in the violence ongoing over the past several months as their intervention under the nuclear treaty with the Ukraine.

 

One might then ask what about the United States and United Kingdom and their treaty obligations to assist the Ukraine. Well, we are talking about an incursion by Russia which, even if it has a declining economic picture, a negative population growth and a slowly but inexorably crumbling infrastructure, it is still the nation with one of the largest nuclear weapons inventories in the world and a formidable military force available with a KGB trained officer at its head. Unfortunately for the Ukraine, the world has reached the twenty-first century where bad actors, even Russian leaders, are threatened with being on the wrong side of history which presumably guarantees that their unsocial behaviors will fail, eventually, as history will right all wrongs. This similar to the threat from ISIS being determined to be an irresponsible set of actors who are guaranteed to also fail as the twenty-first century will belong to the builders and not those who are the purveyors of destruction. These have been the forces which apparently the forces of western principles and virtues which will reign in the twenty-first century and there will no longer be any need for such primitive reliance on violence and the clash of arms deciding the outcomes of good versus evil, the twenty-first century itself will defeat those evil forces which are reliant on destruction and thus fall on the wrong side of history. What a relief, I thought for a moment that there might be a problem with Russian expansionism threatening the independence and sovereignty of the Ukraine but apparently this is simply the machinations of an evil leader who once he realizes that history will place him on its wrong side will repent and immediately cease from his errant ways. What a relief knowing that the twenty-first century is out there guarding the world from the depravations of those who practice destructive influences or other evil inclinations which land them on the wrong side of history. Hopefully I can now sleep assured that the twenty-first century is out there guarding the world from any violence or other malicious and malevolent forces which might have designs of crossing history and pulling it to the wrong side, that dark side which resides on the wrong side of history with the destroyers and against those who promise to build despite any destructive entities.

 

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August 5, 2014

Imperative for Israel to Ignore World Counsel

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Thus far, throughout the entirety of the Israeli response to the escalations by Hamas called Defensive Shield, the demands from around the world were almost universally to call for Israel to implement a ceasefire even if said ceasefire had to be observed unilaterally by Israel while Hamas would be permitted to continue launching rockets and attempting infiltrations to inflict terrorist strikes. The result from heeding this worldly advice and counsel resulted in an additional number of IDF casualties, both fatalities and serious, life-threatening injuries. When the world was not calling for an Israeli ceasefire, they were insisting that Israel resume the peace process with Mahmoud Abbas who presumably leads the unity government which presumably includes Hamas possibly also Islamic Jihad as if either of these two hardened terrorist entities would heed any agreement entered into and agreed by Israel and Mahmoud Abbas. The reason behind Hamas and Islamic Jihad enjoining to form a unity government with the Palestinian Authority was tactical as by doing so their leadership became absolved of any responsibility for the ensuing acts which included the abduction and murder of the three Israeli teens before the ramping up of their rocket assaults on Israel which led to this conflict. The United States, most of Europe and the European Union all took the bait and included in their demand and advice that Israel meet with Mahmoud Abbas as only resuming the peace process and establishing an independent and viable Palestinian state can resolve the reasons behind and motivating such terrorist and military attacks as witnessed from out of Gaza by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorists for over a month. Every one of the six ceasefires entered into by Israel, four originating in Egyptian, United Nations, European Union or United States offered terms and two unilaterally offered by Israel, were used by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and allies to attack Israel during the calm without fear of intervention or immediate response. The obvious message from these abortive efforts is that nonviolence, peace and passive talk rather than use of arms will be met by force of arms and further attempts aiming to murder as many Israeli civilians as well as military and destruction of Israeli infrastructure as possible without threat of suffering serious and immediate counterattacks by Israel. These good-hearted and well-meaning leaders of the United Nations, European Union and United States Administration all had one last piece of wisdom they insisted on imparting; that the only possibility for resolving the current conflict is through political methods consisting of talks and finding some common ground and that Israel could never hope to find a military solution to the threats from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorists as violence has never solved anything.

The obvious flaw in their logic and their duplicity of holding Israel to a different standard than they hold themselves or each other is evidenced by the study of history, ancient or recent. Everywhere one looks throughout history every occasion where nations faced off over vital and deep differences the ensuing efforts have always been pure diplomacy and never a call to arms. Well, not so much as we can illustrate with a simple look at historical examples. Before the beginning of World War II there were efforts between Britain and France to reach some agreement and compromise with Germany. Their efforts to find some common ground went to some extremes, especially if you lived in Czechoslovakia which was sliced in half permitting the Germans to swallow the entirety of the nation in two easily digested servings virtually with the accommodations of Britain and France, two friends of Czechoslovakia who were bonded by mutual defense treaties to come to the others’ aid in case of foreign invasion. Yes, those treaties are so helpful when somebody decides to eviscerate the treaty with the hot fire of military invasion. Eventually, when Germany attempted to swallow one nation too many and that nation was Poland, the allies of France and Britain finally realized their errors and that talks had failed and war had come. Had Britain and France honored their treaty with Czechoslovakia and demanded that Germany not transgress beyond their border and threaten their neighboring nations they might have stymied German aspirations of conquest before Germany had constructed a military force which threatened the peace of the entire world. So, the muted response of all talk and the promise of no use of military force really succeeded at establishing, as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said so succinctly, “My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.” What followed was a direct result of the refusal to use military force to prevent the aggressive hopes of conquest by attempting to feed this urge hoping to satiate the hungry alligator hoping it would not require subsequent feeding. They will always require subsequent feeding and the end result is always greater carnage. The only solution is not to feed the alligator your neighbor but to stand firm with your neighbor and restrain the alligator within his swamp and prevent its feeding outside its recognized boundary. Allowing the alligator to taste a new food source can only implant in it a desire to continue to consume that new taste and will eventually have the alligator come for you. Such has been the lesson repeatedly told throughout history.

The truth is that the only solution to the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and terrorist support threats is the military response. Attempting to bruise the terror forces of Gaza and bloodying them sufficiently to force their retreat and agreement to a cessation of hostilities promising quiet for the future has resulted in a resumption of violence usually within a few months. Then the raining of rockets and other acts of violence would inevitably begin to escalate until Israel again saw no alternative than to remind the Gaza terror forces the strength and overwhelming power the IDF can unleash and then we repeat the smashing bruises given to the Gazan terrorists and the suffering and deaths of innocents whose only offense was their electing Hamas to govern them and permit the terrorists to build a terror infrastructure and tunnels in which the terrorists seek safety from Israeli weaponry while leaving the civilians vulnerable on the surface and often even corralled into harm’s way. This cycle has been repeating ever since the initial violence between the hardened terrorists of Hamas pulled off a murderous coup against the Palestinian Authority replacing them as the ruling force in Gaza. This was followed by a senseless murdering of Fatah members in a purging of any opposition. Since then the terror forces within Gaza has been unleashed on Israel every two to three years no matter how severe the Israeli response each time. But still the similarity between these actions and the repeated attacks by Germany during the buildup to World War II are not witnessed or discerned by the leaders of the Western world who are willfully blind again refusing to learn from history and demanding the world repeat that disastrous history one more time. Germany did not enter an agreement, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, before having revealed their intents through definitive actions before invading Poland with the Soviet Union dividing up the overmatched Polish army which relied on cavalry against armored columns of the Soviets and Germans. The Germans absorbed Austria before they swallowed up Czechoslovakia. After incorporating the military equipment and those soldiers who desired to remain and serve in the German army, then an invigorated and strengthened German military juggernaut rolled across Poland from the west as the Soviet Union rolled across from the east and Poland was swallowed up in an unbelievably rapid and total eviscerating assault. The allies had no time to react and assist Poland but that was the step which triggered World War II.

Meanwhile, not learning from even history less than a century old, there are demands that Israel utilize worlds instead of bullets to find a resolution to the Gaza threats. Never mind the fact that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terror forces have ignored every syllable, let alone each word, and have answered every attempt at ceasing the violence by escalating their levels of violence. Never mind that there were Israeli casualties which predated the first Israeli offensive act nor that tens of thousands of rockets and mortars since the last conflict back only a couple of years in 2012 into Israel. The world and its media never notice any actions which preface the initial Israeli defensive response to those assaults and their effects in Israeli blood. The only injuries which exist are those of the Palestinians and until there are Palestinian casualties with which to minimize any Israeli losses, the media remains silent. Since the Israeli response to the greatly escalated rocket fire out of Gaza the news reports have mostly ignored the other terrorist criminal act in which three Israeli teens were abducted and murdered, though there have been some mentions of the Palestinian youth who was murdered horrifically in revenge, the Israeli youths responsible for that act have been arrested and will face long prison terms for their vile actions while the three Palestinians who Israel has identified and requested their arrest from the Palestinian Authority, as they had fled into autonomous Palestinian areas completely controlled both civil and security responsibility placing them beyond Israeli reach, the Palestinian authorities have claimed to be unable to arrest the suspects. The media just desires to be permitted to return to their normal news coverages and end their coverage in Gaza as it can be dangerous, though for reasons you may not suspect as detailed in this report by French 24 news correspondent’s report by Gallagher Fenwick embedded somewhere in central Gaza as he describes. If the video fails, it can be viewed on YouTube and is most definitely worth the time and effort as it makes everything understandable and so vividly clear beyond most anything I have ever witnessed.

Sometimes the launch of a single rocket, or possibly three rockets fired, can bring clarity and focus beyond words. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well, this video is worth the thousands of pictures it compiles and the words that would imply. The truth is had the world’s media bothered to honestly cover the periods of so-called quiet where Israel and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) are standing down while Hamas and cohorts in arms launch rockets and set off improvised explosive devices (IEDs) attempting to kill whoever is the unfortunate individual or car load which pass by the device first. Just today there were two terror attacks in Jerusalem which might get coverage as the reporters are already making their reports so they might include these stories. The first attack consisted of a Palestinian man who resides in Jerusalem driving a frontend loader backhoe into a bus and utilizing the backhoe to force the bus onto its side. As result there was one fatality and six people injured and requiring hospitalization. The bus was fortunately arriving at its first stop and thus nearly empty though the bus driver was among those requiring hospitalization. Within the next hour there was a shooting of an Israeli man in the stomach at the entrance to the Har Hatzofim (Mount Scopus) tunnel. The young man has also been hospitalized and is in moderate to serious conditions. The fear is that these two attacks could signal the beginning of a second front with the Palestinians from east Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (West Bank) are responding to the Hamas and Iranian leadership’s insistence that they start a third Intifada to compliment the efforts in Gaza and try to overwhelm Israeli resources and capabilities. The odds of success is next to nothing but would definitely ramp up the violence and potentials for casualties and more breathless coverage of the plight of the Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli forces attempting to restore order. A second front will simply lead to additional demands that Israel return to the peace negotiations rather than attempt to restore calm. After all, the entire problem is that Israelis, for reasons which appear to escape most of the rest of the world, actually believe that order needs to be restored before even considering the solutions demanded by those who have in the past only managed to prolong the disastrous status-quo. Imagine that.

 

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June 28, 2014

Abbas Adds Insult to Injury

It was reported late in the day on Friday that Palestinian Chairman Abbas speaking at a ceremony at the Russian Diplomatic Academy in Moscow where he received an honorary degree once again opened the possibility setting conditions for restarting peace negotiations with Israel. His offer shows the greatest indignity and insensitivity possible that he could have committed making this offer while the search continues for the three kidnapped teens without yet locating them. Meanwhile the leadership of half of the coalition in the reunified government, Hamas who, despite all evidence indicating their agents were who abducted the teens, continued to call for the Palestinian people to resist and confound to whatever extent they were able the search for Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Sha’ar, the kidnapped teens. Abbas did not even make an acceptable offer as he demands that Israel free the remaining terrorists in their prisons, concede that the Armistice Lines from 1949 become the borders, cease all building in contested areas, and agree to the right of the Palestinian people to be reunited and made whole, another way of expressing the demand of right of return where five-million plus Palestinian refugees, almost none of them original refugees but their decedents some into the fourth or fifth generations, be accepted within Israel thus changing the demographics of Israel so that the next elections will be the point where Israel ceases to be a home for the Jewish People.

 

One can only wonder what this degree was from Abbas’s friends and allies in Moscow. His original doctoral degree was issued also in Moscow and was awarded for his dissertation titled, “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism.” The theme of this dissertation was a refuting the Holocaust and claiming that only a mere few thousand Jews were killed by the Nazis and that the Jews who were executed had been selected by the Zionists because of their refusal to agree with their plans for conquest. His hatreds for the Jews and especially their existence in Israel have not diminished over the years, only his smooth delivery and continued ability to justify lies, use double-speak and hypocrisy. Abbas’s guile and silky elocution of deceits and misrepresentations has won him friends amongst the leadership in the world who wish to deny the Jews the rights to a state but wish to do so concealing their hatreds beneath the veneer which is provided by the Palestinian narrative, a narrative which utilized the actual history of the Jews twisted into a fabricated claim to all of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. These are the people who will give cover to Abbas when in the same speech demands that Israel be accepting and inclusive when Palestinians come to claim their ancestral homes while also demanding that every millimeter of Palestinian lands be free of Jews and that every Jew be removed regardless of their claims to the lands being valid. It will be only a matter of days before the European leaders and those hypocrites at the United Nations and the Israel hating NGOs are in full voice echoing Abbas’s call for renewed talks demanding Israel meet the suicidal demands put forth by Abbas. The story repeats itself ad-nauseum, never changing its tone, only the severity of the demands for the Jews to commit to their own destruction.

 

Despite all of the perfidy of the world, the most injurious purveyors of hate are those Jews filled with self-resentment and Jewish guilt complex which causes them to side with their detractors, the ones whose main desire is to destroy the Jewish People and now also destroy the Jewish State. Theirs is an unprecedented mass form of Stockholm Syndrome (sometimes referred to as Helsinki Syndrome) which has developed over the nearly two-thousand-years in the Diaspora where the Jews were often persecuted, chased from their communities often only taking what they could hurriedly gather and carry, murdered for sport, accused and convicted by public opinion of such dastardly deeds as poisoning wells thus causing disease such as plague (after all the Jews died at an obvious and far lesser extent than their neighbors which could not be explained by their fastidiously cleaning their homes weekly for the Sabbath and doing a yearly cleaning every spring for Passover), denied rights to educations, many professional fields and other depredations, evicted by expulsion orders from entire nations, and always being the outsider, the ones suspected of every wrongdoing, the ones upon whom all failures were hung. The Jewish history includes such condemnations and abuses whether under Christian or Muslim rule and some within the Jewish society have yet to shake off the cloak of victimhood and thus expect to be denied equality and feeling they must always apologize and make every possible concession.

 

This has precedence in Jewish history and is related to us in the Torah. Many people and not just Jews are familiar and have some level of knowledge with the story of the Exodus from Egypt. One of the recurrent themes expressed was how the generation which came forth from Egypt as a result of G0d smiting the Egyptians with the Ten Plagues were constantly complaining and demanding to return to the safety of life as a slave in Egypt where they at least knew where their next meal would come from and other such complaints. Moses was often accused of leading them into the desert to die. These complaints persisted despite witnessing some of the most miraculous acts by G0d and the receipt of the Law at Mount Sinai where the presence of the L0rd was upon the mountain which shook and thundered frightfully. This lack of self-worth and lack of confidence came to a head with the sin of the spies. Twelve of the leadership, one from each tribe, were sent to conduct surveillance of the Canaanites and report on the condition of the land, the goodness of the land for farming and raising stock animals, and the fortifications and other pertinent information. All twelve of the spies returned with tales of the goodness of the land but when it came to the tactical state and the readiness for conquest the story of ten of the spies spoke of a land of giants with cities with high and thick buttresses and fortifications and generally stated how they were but grasshoppers against such men. Caleb and Joshua had differing reports where they told of a terrible fright across the lands and a fear of the coming Hebrews who had their G0d who fought with them and were invincible. Of course the Jews who had just been released from slavery immediately panicked taking the reports of the ten spies as true and refused to enter the Promised Lands lest they be killed in battle. The L0rd was ready to smite the faithless cowards but His vengeful hand was stayed by Moses’s prayers and pleadings. Instead the Hebrews were condemned to wander for forty years in the desert until virtually every last doubter had passed on. Caleb and Joshua were spared this sentence as they had reported truthfully that the L0rd had truly readied the Lands for them. Joshua would go on to be the next leader of the Hebrews after Moses died.

 

It is this syndrome which afflicted ten of the spies which still inflicts far too many Jews in this modern age. One would hope they would have learned from their study of Torah, but that too has become something avoided and disdained by all too many secular Jews. The truth is that very little has changed in close to thirty-five-hundred years and the Jews are of two minds, one ready to take their Promised Lands and those who would have been forsaken and resigned to wander in the desert until a new generation free of the yokes of slavery, or the mantle of the dispossessed of the Diaspora, was born and ready to take on their G0d given heritage and settle the Promised Lands as commanded in Torah. There will be those whose cacophonous wailing and caterwauling will be launched just by reading what is written above. So be it, one cannot expect a life free from detractors and those who disparage those who truthfully label their cowardice before adversities and who are like water always seeking the path of least resistance which always leads downwards and never to the exalted heights where the water was borne free and clean, bubbling with energy and promise to refresh the person, water their thirsty herds and raise their crops. Perhaps in a generation or maybe two we will have distanced ourselves from those who belittle our rights to our homelands as promised by the world just as we were promised by the L0rd our G0d. He told of how our homeland would be returned to us in a single day and that our lost language and rightful heritage would follow on that day. We were told the parable of the Dry Bones and how they would first gain back sinew and then muscle and eventually flesh and at long last be made whole and alive again as the description of how we as a people would rise from the horrors of our long being scattered amongst the nations flung to the far corners of the lands and made to suffer perversions and servitudes, oppressions and humiliations. We would rise as if from amongst the dead and dried bones of near extinction only to slowly grow back whole and return to our beloved Torah and live as an example of kindness with those who graced us and a burden to those who seek to persecute us and return us to our disgrace and dispersion. For those, be they Jew or not, let me quote the original verse in Genesis 12:3, where it states, “And I will bless those that bless thee and curse those that curse thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” For those wishing a more contemporary quote let me quote a somewhat more modern interpretation originating from Zionist leader Rabbi Meir Kahane in his 1972 book “Never Again.” The complete title of the book was, “Never Again!: A Program for Survival.”

 

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