Beyond the Cusp

July 16, 2014

Ceasefire Begins as Unmitigated Failure

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Israel accepted the proposed ceasefire despite all indications signaling that Hamas would refuse to accept any such deal. True to their words, Israel discontinued striking targets in Hamas ruled Gaza while Hamas simply continued to rain rockets on Israeli cities, towns and kibbutzim in the dozens upon dozens. United States Secretary of State Kerry spoke from Cairo, Egypt urging both sides to accept the ceasefire and work through negotiations in order to find a permanent peace. It is likely that Secretary Kerry had extended a personal message to Prime Minister Netanyahu which contained dire threats and promises of drastic ramifications should Israel not accept the ceasefire and stand down for as long as it takes for Hamas to be bribed or otherwise persuaded into accepting such a deal. It would not be surprising if Secretary Kerry attempts to force Israel into releasing some numbers of Hamas terrorists held in Israeli prisons in order to entice Hamas to accept a limited ceasefire and possibly enter negotiations, though any likelihood that Hamas would accept anything short of a complete capitulation from Israel surrendering to every last demand including opening all the border crossings even including the ones with Egypt and ending the naval blockade allowing for the free importation of anything Hamas and the other affiliations of terrorists desired free of any inspections or limitations. Israel allowing for such an eventuality would be committing virtual suicide as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda in Gaza and especially ISIS with an almost limitless amount of funds after cleaning out all of the banks in Mosul and Kirkuk as part of their offensive which captured the entire middle of Iraq and has been almost laying siege to Baghdad. Should Hamas ever realize their dream of an open sea port through which they can be supplied with the latest missiles and other arms including main battle tanks and fighter aircraft providing they have the funds and a source, the latter being the easier of the tasks, they could very quickly find that an open sea port is also capable of importing such items and people which would very quickly spell the end of Hamas as ISIS could simply dispatch sufficient manpower and armaments to take over Gaza with little actual opposition. In such a scenario Hamas would very probably face the rush of desertions and their membership largely joining up with ISIS as they would quickly prove to be the strongest horse in Gaza with Hamas’s power quickly waning and continuing in decline. Fortunately, there is no possibility that Israel would allow an open port for Gaza and Hamas by ending their blockade which has the blessings, sanctions and approval of the United Nations and most of the national maritime fleets.

 

The almost immediate collapse of the ceasefire initiative which forced Israel to resume her operations against Hamas and the other terrorist entities in Gaza, begs the question of what exactly is the struggle between Israel and her Arab neighbors all about. What is it that would satisfy Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, Islamic Jihad and the other jihadist terror groups and allow for peace to be established in the region? Is this simply a struggle over borders and the founding of a state for the Arab Palestinians? If that were the case there would have been such a state already as there have been numerous opportunities for the Palestinian Arabs to gain statehood. The first opportunity came between November 29, 1947 and May 15, 1948. It was on November 29, 1947 when the United Nations General Assembly passed a nonbinding resolution suggesting the formation of two states between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The document even included a suggested set of borders between the Arab and the Jewish states which could be formed if only the Zionists and the Arab League would accept the proposed nonbinding United Nations resolution. Well, as it turns out, the Zionist Congress after debate accepted the proposed borders in the United Nations resolution but the Arab League refused. Instead, the Arab League called for an all-out war in an effort to wipe the Zionist entity from the map and drive the accursed Jews into the sea and be done with them. This call to arms brought over a half dozen armies against Israel the very morning after the Zionist Congress was dissolved and the state of Israel declared independence. The war had a number of ceasefires and finally ended in 1949 where at the given hour the front between the collection of Arab forces and the Israeli forces became an Armistice Line which has also been referred to as the Green Line. The Arab League demanded that the line separating the armies not be referred to as an actual border and instead be considered simply an armistice boundary since if it were a recognized border, then the state of Israel would have actual borders on all sides and thus actually be a state which could not be contested. By demanding the separation line be simply an armistice boundary the Arab League claimed that this negated the existence of a Jewish State as Israel had no eastern borders thus did not meet the definitions for a state set by the Montevideo Convention which was ratified and came into effect on December 26, 1934 and has subsequently been adopted and accepted by much of the rest of the world as being universally applicable. This was the first refusal by the Arab world to accept an Arab Palestinian state living beside a Jewish Palestinian state. Before the founding of Israel and from after World War I and the signing of the San Remo Conference agreements, the word used to refer to Jews residing within the British Mandate of Palestine was Palestinians while the word or phrase used to describe the Arab residents of the British Mandate lands were Arabs or Arab Palestinians.

 

After the end of the War of Israeli Independence the Arabs held some of the lands which had been a part of the western British Mandate which had been promised to be the Jewish State undivided from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea as a guarantee in exchange for the Zionist Congress forfeiting any claims to the lands east of the Jordan River with an eastern border with Iraq such that the British could make good on their guarantee to form an Arab state and at the same time granting dominion over that state to the Hashemite family who had lost their lands surrounding Mecca and Medina and had also been promised some new lands in exchange for their assistance in World War I. Many historians refer to Jordan, which was the resultant nation that we know today that originally was named Transjordan by the British, as being the promised Arab Palestinian state and it is even referred to as such in the White Papers which Winston Churchill assisted in writing and having the plans approved by the necessary partners. After the Israeli War of Independence was ended, Jordan held possession of Eastern Jerusalem including the Temple Mount and Old City, Judea and Samaria, all of which lie east of the Jordan River; while Egypt held all of the Gaza Strip. Jordan attempted to annex the lands they held and renamed them the West Bank as the original names were just too Jewish for Jordanian sensitivities. This annexation attempted by Jordan received recognition from only two nations, Pakistan and Britain, and the rest of the world, including the entirety of the Arab League and its member states, all refused to recognize the Jordanian annexations. The given reason is that it was of paramount importance to force the Palestinian Arabs who lost their lands to remain homeless refugees sequestered away in camps kept separate as a weapon to threaten Israel with their Right of Return into Israel destroying its Jewish majority demographic. These Arabs became homeless by a number of differing scenarios. The majority left their homes and farms willingly at the behest of the Mufti of Jerusalem who promised that after a fast and easy conquest which would destroy the Jewish state they could return and share in the plundered treasure and return home wealthy. Another smaller group consisted of Arabs who were known to be antagonistic against the Jewish presence who could not be allowed to remain behind the front lines as leaving them in the rear of the lines opened the supply lines to sabotage and the front line troops to facing attacks from the rear making up a fifth column while facing the main Arab forces in front of them. The last group which had any measurable numbers were Arabs who it was uncertain as to their allegiance and as they posed a serious potential risk to be left behind the lines, they were given the choice of joining the Jews fighting for Israel or they were sent before the Israelis to join the other side. There were a fair number of Arabs who actually joined with the Jews fighting for Israel and others who were trusted friends who were simply permitted to remain and guard their own towns as they were also targeted by the Arab forces for destruction as they were considered to be traitors. This situation remained steady through the first week of June in 1967 and in all of the seventeen plus years that the Arab nations of Egypt and Jordan held these territories, not once was there mentions or proposals for them to be made into an independent Palestinian state as it was considered that all of the Palestinians, both Jewish and Arab, lived in or under the influence of a state. This was a long period when a Palestinian Arab state could have been established in the entirety of the areas they have since claimed and Israel would not have had any say or influence in such an instance. Still, the Arabs refused to grant their own people a state of their own and instead herded them into refugee camps kept separate from the rest of Arab society.

 

After the Six Day War there have been numerous offers to establish an Arab Palestinian state but all offers with no care to the generosity has ever been considered viable let alone accepted. These offers can be debated ad nauseum without gaining additional insight or gaining much information. The truth of the struggle between the Arab world and Israel, and that is the honest reference to this struggle, is that it has absolutely nothing to do with land and borders. What it does have to do with is that Israel exists as a Jewish state and the Jews are not subjects under the total rule of the Arabs. The only solution the Arabs will accept, and they state this regularly in Arabic when making speeches in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) or in Gaza as well as in Tehran, Cairo, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, and numerous other Arab and Muslim capital cities as well as in every other town and city throughout the Arab Muslim world, is the complete and total eradication or subjugation of the Jews. There earnest desires are to completely erase Israel from the map or if Israel continues to be on maps, it must be ruled by Arab Muslims and the Jews must accept their place as Dhimmis or suffer the sword. That is the root of the problem and the reason that the Israelis can never lose a single war as to lose means death for the vast majority of Jews in Israel as well as for many Israeli Christians, Israeli Baha’I, even for some of the Israeli Arab Muslims who have been seen to be too accepting of the Jewish rule. That is the real desire of Hamas, the real desire of Fatah, the real desire of Mahmoud Abbas, and this was the desire expressed by Arab and Muslim rulers across the world. It is for the repopulating of Israel with a number of so-called refugees such that at the next election the Jews can be voted from power and the Arabs take back their rightful, according to their idea of reality, place as sovereign over the Jews in Israel. Just to satisfy some people’s curiosity, this desire to rule over all of Israel does not end with Israel, the Arab Muslims believe that Islam should rule the entire world and that they should be the ones who lead all of Islam. Even if Europe sacrifices Israel to satiate the Arab hunger, such an act would only serve to whet their appetites for further conquest. Look to history and did the Muslim conquest end with the Holy lands or did they hold siege to Vienna. Look at the map of the world and visualize how much of the Muslim world is beyond Jerusalem and the sliver of land at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean that is Israel. Did not the soldiers of Islam reach Tours in southern France before being turned back by Charles the Hammer Martel. No, my friends, Israel is not the final step of this conquest which started in the Seventh Century and has continued ever since and will only end when one of three situations has taken place. The first is the obvious, that Islam stand supreme and has become the sole religion which every single person on planet Earth practices and there are still struggles which claim to be attempts to purify Islam and to eradicate the apostates who practice the wrong (or other) form of Islam. Secondly, Islam has experienced the impossible, a reformation. Why, you may ask, is this impossible. The reason is that according to Islamic law the Quran is the word of Allah directly given to Mohammed and not a single word, not a single letter, not a single punctuation may ever be changed in any way as the Quran is a perfect document and the only document or book that one would ever need as it proscribes every knowledge man could ever know. The third has two possible scenarios; firstly, Islam finds another planet and they all head there leaving the imperfect Earth behind, or secondly, the rest of us find another planet and leave all the Muslims behind. I’m not holding my breath waiting for any of these eventualities. I simply hope to live my life out with some semblance of peace and comfort and hopefully not ever needing to confront another as it is unlikely I could change them nor them change me, so why waste both our energies. The Arab Israeli conflict is not going to end until the rest of the world finally tires of their seemingly insatiable appetite to condemn Israel and every Israeli for their desire to breathe freely and worship their religion peacefully. I hope that is not too much for us to ask.

 

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June 8, 2014

The Middle East Bereft the United States

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When President Barack Obama entered the White House in January of 2009 the United States had already begun its reduction in forces in Iraq with aims of having a residual force remaining to assist in training the Iraqi forces and assisting with security if required and were starting to shift the nation’s and military’s attentions to Afghanistan. This presumably fit well with the new President’s announced intentions as President Obama stated that Iraq, being a war of opportunity, was being the wrong war and Afghanistan was the real war which required the full attention of the United States. The real intentions of President Obama became evident early on as while announcing his intentions to apply a tactic which had worked well in Iraq, a surge of troops to turn the tide of battle, he announced an actual date when the additional troops used for the surge would be redeployed outside Afghanistan. At some point President Obama began to hold secretive negotiations with the Taliban in the hope of arranging an agreement where the Taliban would share power in a future Afghanistan after the United States had pulled up stakes and gone home. Two things resulted from these negotiations; first the Taliban realized that if they simply bide their time the United States would depart and leave Afghanistan ripe for the plucking and second Afghanistan President Karzai eventually discovered President Obama’s perfidy and entered into negotiations of his own with the Taliban and great distrust grew between the United States and the Afghan leadership. This eventually led to the refusal of the Afghans to sign another continuing resolution allowing the United States forces to remain in country and instead made plans to continue forward in concert with the Taliban. Whether any agreements and arrangements between President Karzai and the Taliban will hold up or if the future will simply result in another civil war in the Middle East, this time between the Afghan military and their current leadership and the Taliban and their allies. Should the result of the United States forces departing result in an Afghan civil war, it will be yet another civil war directly resulting from the actions of the United States and their adventurism which has set the entire Middle East on fire from Syria to Yemen, Tunisia to the Sinai, Libya to Iraq and even the possibility of generating a nuclear arms race should the Iranians develop nuclear weapons spurring similar developments in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and who knows where else.

 

There have been additional ramifications of decisions made in foreign affairs under the current administration. Because of the perception that President Obama has less than forthright intentions to actually prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia has taken steps to find additional allies other than the United States suspecting that there may have been a dramatic shift in the foreign intentions of the United States some of which may be at the expense of Saudi Arabia. Due to President Obama’s outspoken support for the Muslim Brotherhood even to the extreme of demanding that the Egyptian military stand down and return elected Muslim Brotherhood supported President Morsi to power after the military removed him in a coup they claimed was necessitated by the will and massive displays of opposition demonstrated by the people of Egypt. The continued pressure from President Obama and his administration for returning power to the Muslim Brotherhood and the protestations over the use of force, mass arrests and trials and other tactics considered to be overt and anti-democratic by the Egyptian military has driven the Egyptians to seek other allies as they perceived an unreliable and antagonistic United States President and Administration. Then there has been the egregious and unremitting pressure President Obama has inflicted on Israel demanding they surrender on virtually every demand and go to great extents to placate any and all complaints raised by the Palestinians. This included President Obama personally making uniquely demanding and previously unexpressed demands of the Israelis including but not limited to their withdrawal to the pre Six Day War borders, initiate an open-ended building freeze throughout Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem and more recently continue to negotiate with the Palestinians despite their inclusion of the terrorist groups of Hamas and Islamic Jihad into their new unified governance. Israel has remained just as trustworthy and steadfast ally of the United States with the Israeli government providing assurances and justifications for their continued trust and attempts to continue their friendly relations with the United States. Still, the Israelis have also signed scientific research agreements with the Europeans, expanded trade relations and opened additional areas of trade with both China and India and sent out feelers to initiate more open relations with Russia. All of these changes, shifts, recriminations and manifestations of a changing United States Middle East foreign policy, the big questions are numerous with two of the top queries being who will prove preeminent in the new Middle East in the future and where will the future players be from outside replacing the United States as the mediator and enforcer in the future Middle East?

 

Israel is still one of, if not the most, powerful nations with the best armed and trained military within the Middle East and North Africa but this may be challenged much sooner than many might believe. Currently Egypt is still receiving military hardware from the United States though many of the equipment is either sent after some period of delay or are being placed on hold in an attempt to influence Egyptian politics and the struggle for power which continues between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military as well as the problems with terrorist attacks plaguing Egypt coming from within the Sinai Peninsula but still striking within central Egypt and have even assassinated some Egyptian government officials, members of the leadership and leading figures and others from within the Egyptian judicial and law enforcement system. In addition to any aid received from the United States, with aid monies provided by Saudi Arabia, Egypt has begun to supplement their military hardware with Russian equipment and President Putin has stated that he intends to equip the Egyptian military with weaponry and systems equal or superior to those possessed by Israel. Additionally, the Russians have made similar statements concerning arming Saudi Arabia. This is all part of a Russian plan to replace the retreating United States and become the predominant external power in the Middle East. Then there is the potential for additional Chinese presence should they expand their trade and other relations with Iran which are in addition to the relations and cooperation between Iran and Russia in the areas of trade, nuclear generated power, military equipment and technology, nuclear research in medicine and other areas, and other general areas of trade, finance, petroleum industries and on and on. These are the current potential trends should the retreat of the United States continue into the future even beyond this last term of President Obama. Of course some of these developments will be highly contingent on who takes up residence in the White House come January 2017.

 

Then there is the question of the striations of power within the Middle East and North Africa. Should Iran become a nuclear armed nation, this will have extreme ramifications throughout the entirety of the Middle East and North Africa, and North Africa must be included in these determinations due to the numerous predominantly Muslim nations found there. Already the intentions to also seek nuclear weapons capability should Iran become a nuclear power have been announced by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt. One can only postulate who else might pursue nuclear weapons capabilities once the nuclear jinni is released from the bottle. Once Iran develops nuclear weaponry there is a high probability that Syria would also receive the necessary tools, knowledge and likely access to equipment and even nuclear material for their own nuclear weapons program. The real fear would be nuclear weapons in the hands of Lebanon which would place such weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Hezballah, one of the most capable and widely spread terrorist organizations in the world with bases within Europe, South America, Central America, and suspected assets already within the United States. The possibility that terrorists beyond Hezballah such as some of the numerous al-Qaeda groups which now can be found in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Mali, Nigeria and elsewhere along with other terrorist groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, the PLO and the pirates and others in places such as Somalia, Eritrea, and others throughout the Islamic world and beyond, then the likelihood of a nuclear attack anywhere in the world would become not only possible but probable since a nuclear armed terrorist group would not have the facilities to store and provide the necessary upkeep required by a nuclear weapon. These limitations would make any nuclear device they possessed to possess a limited life span before it would become inoperative thus necessitating its use before it became inert. This means that a nuclear armed terrorist group would almost guarantee a nuclear attack within a short period of their receiving such a weapon and most likely such an attack would take place relatively close to the point of receipt. This would actually make the highest risk areas for the use of a terrorist nuclear weapon to be within the Islamic sphere of influence or some neighboring nation such as India, Israel, Russia, China, Eastern Europe or South East Asia. This does not mean that other targets would be out of the question as it is already known that there is some cooperation between the drug cartels and the terrorist groups especially in areas where the cartels have significant roots and power as well as anywhere that the Cartels have established smuggling routes into nations of interest to the terrorist organizations which definitely includes the drug cartels in Mexico and their smuggling routes into the United States. This means that there is some calculable risk of use for a terrorist nuclear device virtually, if not everywhere on planet Earth. Nowhere is truly beyond their reach and thus can afford to be complacent regarding terrorists coming into possession of a nuclear device. All of these threats and dangers must be taken into consideration in the future should Iran become a nuclear armed nation. Since North Korea and Iran share much information and research into such areas as nuclear technologies and rocket and missile technologies, the worst possible scenario may already be reality as North Korea is presumed to have at the least a primitive nuclear weapon and the probability that it is so rudimentary as to make it undeliverable should not make anybody complacent or comfortable with this fact. The termination of stewardship provided by the United States which has been the stabilizing influence in the ever turbulent Middle East and North Africa coming to an end should send shivers up the spine of any conscious and intelligent member of the human race and this is the future which may arrive before we are prepared or even have considered all of the ramifications. If this prospect makes you feel some degree of trepidation and cause a growing anxiety, then congratulations, you are a reasoning, intelligent and potentially insightful person and a likely contributing member of the human race. Thank you for your contribution to the general consciousness of our little pebble swimming in this corner of the vast cosmos. May we continue long enough to explore the far beyond of that cosmos.

 

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May 9, 2014

Boko Haram Kidnapped School Girls Still Held Hostage

Boko Haram, an Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group, kidnapped three-hundred Christian girls from a school in Nigeria and is threatening to sell them as slaves. Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, made the threat horrifically clear, stating, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the Market by Allah!” After a burst of laughter he continues, “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women!” Boko Haram in a similar attack in 2013 stormed a school in northern Nigeria massacring at least fifty students. There is actually a unifying theme in these attacks with the meaning in English of the terror group’s name, Boko Haram, which means “Inauthentic Forbidden Ideas” in the Hausa language prominent in Nigeria’s Muslim-majority north, by which they claim that any education other than the study of the Quran is inauthentic and thus forbidden and evil form of study and those partaking or providing such education must be eradicated. Boko Haram is also known for their attacks on Churches and other Christian buildings, businesses and communities throughout Nigeria especially in the northern and bordering provinces.

 

The situation has raised a hue and cry from numerous sources beginning in Nigeria where President Goodluck Jonathan has received a hail of criticisms demanding to see more actions from the government. Doyin Okupe, a spokesman for President Jonathan, told CNN, “The president and the government (are) not taking this as easy as people all over the world think. We’ve done a lot but we are not talking about it. We’re not Americans. We’re not showing people, you know, but it does not mean that we are not doing something.” To the government’s and President Goodluck Jonathan’s credit, it has been reported detailing government efforts which include two special battalions which have been tasked solely to the search for the missing girls. Further, helicopters and aircraft have already searched between two-hundred and three-hundred areas and are to continue surveillance over additional locations. The government has indicated that they have plans to dedicate further forces in the operations to locate and rescue the girls.

 

As far as any assistance to be provided by the United States, President Barack Obama, according to NBC News, on Tuesday stated, “So what we’ve done is — we have offered, and it’s been accepted — help from our military and our law enforcement officials. We’re going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them.” Further information was provided by the United States State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, “The help includes the creation of a ‘coordination cell’ to provide intelligence, investigations and hostage negotiation expertise… The cell will include U.S. military personnel.” Additional comments come from Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine who told CNN, “More can be done by this administration. I would like to see Special Forces deployed to help rescue these young girls. Some of these girls are as young as nine years old. They’re being sold into slavery, forced into marriages, required to convert. This is just horrible.” The situation has turned even more serious as since the initial abductions there have been additional abductions of at least eight girls between the ages of twelve and fifteen, who were snatched Sunday night from the village of Warabe, a small rural village near the border of Cameroon, an area considered a stronghold for Boko Haram. Additionally, Boko Haram has struck the town of Gamboru Ngala, which is also on the border with Cameroon, where gunmen razed scores of buildings and fired on civilians as they tried to flee. Ahmed Zanna, Senator for the Gamboru Ngala area, the death toll at three-hundred quoting statements from local residents. The town had been left unguarded as the soldiers normally based there were redeployed as part of efforts to rescue the kidnapped girls.

 

Boko Haram has assaulted numerous churches and other Christian targets often bombing churches during Sunday services in order to maximize fatalities. A report from January 27, 2014, Boko Haram struck a church in Waga Chakawa, a village in Adamawa State, killing at least twenty-two people. Reports from the scene related that members of the Boko Haram sect attacked a Catholic church in the morning setting off explosives and firing into the congregation. Furthermore, many houses were also burnt during the siege which lasted approximately four hours. In an infamous Easter Sunday attack it was reported by 247ureports.com, unknown gunmen, likely from the Boko Haram terror group, assaulted communities of Wukari in the Taraba State starting the attacks at about 1:30am on Sunday Easter morning and continued till 3pm Sunday Easter afternoon. Reports confirmed that a church was burnt down during the attack along with many homes belonging to non-Muslims. Subsequent reports placed the fatalities as high as one-hundred-fifty innocents. This assault came mere days after the reports of a massacre of over two-hundred lives in Nyanya attack by Boko Haram in the Abuja federal capital territory. Additionally, back in 2011, Boko Haram conducted a suicide attack on the United Nations building in Abuja killing at least twenty-five people. A quick perusal of a search of the Internet gives results of numerous terror attacks against Christians and even other Muslims who have opposed the group’s tactics openly. They include targeting government instillations, churches, homes, businesses, bus depots and any place where people might congregate. The totals are simply horrific and because these assaults take place in Nigeria, not exactly a top vacation spot or a place under constant focus of the mainstream media mostly gets little coverage with whatever coverage received seldom hitting the front pages as this current attack has taken. This does not mean that the terrorism committed by Boko Haram is any less significant or horrific than any other. Actually, it is worse than much of the terrorism that receives front page coverage and headlines from the mainstream media.

 

We have covered the horrors of Boko Haram with a summary of some of our articles which can be found  here. May we express our prayers that the abduction victims of Boko Haram are recovered safely and that they are capable of making some form of a recovery from their traumas and find a path to a normal and fulfilling life despite their harrowing experience. Our thanks and best goes with those tasked in locating and rescuing these young women and G0d’s speed in the fulfillment of their tasks.

 

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