Beyond the Cusp

May 25, 2015

Can One be Pro-Arab-Palestinian and Pro-Israel

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* Special at the end of the article is an extra piece I found which may be of interest. It is a video of Colonel Richard Kemp Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire when he addressed the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies on May 19, 2015. We found his address to be inspiring, informative, as well as right on target describing much of today’s societal ills along with their solution and hope all enjoy it as well.

 

 

Can one be supportive of the Arab-Palestinians and also be supportive of Israel as the Home of the Jewish People? At face value this question appears to be simplistic and completely ridiculous bringing the obvious answer of no, not in any manner. The assumption is if one is to support the Arab Palestinians one must also support the destruction of Israel as the Jewish State and if one supports Israel they must oppose the rights of the Arab-Palestinians. But there is no reason that these two sides need be opposites except that such is the entirety of the media portrayal of the conflict. One might claim that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the last place where there is a division such that only one side can claim victory in the end. It is the one conflict where one side must eradicate the other, or so the media line portrays the story and structures their coverage. It is a completely false narrative which recent events makes complete folly of the premise and the coverage, or should we say the lack of coverage. Let us look at one tale of Arab-Palestinian woes where Israel plays no active part and thus the media has given short riffed in their coverage.

 

The story of which we speak has been the fighting and open destruction being waged by both sides in this conflict in the Yarmouk refugee camp for Arab-Palestinian Refugees. This camp is on the outskirts of Damascus and originally housed tens of thousands of Arab residents with the last official census producing just over one-hundred-thousand Arabs held in the confines of the Yarmouk refugee camp. Even before the Yarmouk refugee camp became a contested area and was safely within the areas held by the Syrian military supporting Syrian Dictator Bashir al-Assad there began the initial problems for the Arab residents within. It was on the Yarmouk refugee camp that many of the initial infamous barrel-bombs were utilized in a blatant attack whose sole purpose was to murder the civilian population and punish the entirety of the population because of a small number who had joined the opposition fight against Assad. It did not matter that there were also those from the Yarmouk refugee camp who were members of the Syrian military and some others fighting by choice with the Syrian Army, all that mattered was the excuse that some small remnant had joined the al-Qaeda al-Nusra Brigades or the Syrian Liberation Army. For that crime Bashir al-Assad passed judgement on the tens of thousands including children, women, elderly and otherwise innocent refugees who had not joined either side and mostly just wished to be left to live their lives. The Yarmouk refugee camp was also one of those sights where chemical weapons were deployed as the barrel-bombs were not murdering the Arab-Palestinian residents quickly enough and some had taken upon themselves the only obvious means to reach safety and had started organizing to flee to Jordan. Reacting to this now framed disloyal act of betrayal for refusing to remain and be murdered, the Arab-Palestinians found loyal Syrian military troops along their route doing everything in their power to kill as many as possible and with the safety of Jordan within sight came the horrific sight of what must have appeared to be an impenetrable line of Syrian troops and heavy weapons waiting to intercept these refugees and prevent their making it to safety.

 

Of course some did make it across the border and joined the other Syrians living in the refugee camps being tended with as much kindness and sympathy as their Jordanian hosts are able to provide but this is still creating a humanitarian crisis just as it has in Turkey and in the Kurdish areas in northern Syria and Iraq. The world and especially the United Nations have largely given minimal efforts in caring for the refugees from the war in Syria and even less, if such is possible, to saving the Arab-Palestinians whose identity now has become Syrian refugees. There is an opportunity for the Arab-Palestinians to gain some advantage should they choose and provide a potentially better life for their children and their children by casting off their denotation as Palestinian and simply become a part of the greater Syrian refugee population. This should be a relatively easy transition as many traced their heritage back to the greater Syrian areas of the Ottoman Empire and are just as much of Syrian heritage as are the other Syrian refugees now struggling as a whole to simply survive. But such is only the end result where those fortunate enough to have made it into the camps outside of war torn Syria.

 

For those who insisted on remaining in the Yarmouk refugee camp their tribulations did not end with the barrel-bombs or the chemical weapons use, it continued with ISIS slowly and destructively sweeping across the camp as their war against Bashir al-Assad and against Hezballah and even other rebel groups all but obviated what remained of the Yarmouk refugee camp. And the devastating battle over the camp and its land was not the final end as ISIS has also taken vengeance on the remaining Arab-Palestinians finding many of them lacking in proper support and practice of ISIS and their defined form of Islam, a form which also requires great sacrifice for the cause of ISIS and for those of fighting ability joining their ranks or watching their entire family be slaughtered before being killed themselves. Where are the outcries against this horrific treatment of Arab-Palestinians? Where is Mahmoud Abbas, Saeb Erekat, Ismail Haniyeh, Mohammed Dahlan, Jibril Rajoub, Salam Fayyad, Nabil Shaath, Ahmad Qurei, Khaled Mashal, Mohammed Deif and the rest of the leadership from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, PLO and the rest of the alphabet Palestinian groups and their leaders? Why has there been no demonstrations, launching of rockets and suicide attacks into Damascus by Palestinian militant groups? Where is UNRWA to protect these Arab-Palestinians facing mortal dangers and a genocidal war waged by all sides against the survivors still living within the confines of the Yarmouk refugee camp? The answer is simple, they are all attempting to find some manner of blaming the tragedy on Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu or other Israeli leader as Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, the Syrian military, the Syrian Free Army, al-Qaeda, the al-Nusra Group, and ISIS obviously cannot be the reason as they are all groups who also are a part of the opposition to the existence of Israel, or at least would be if they were not so intent on murdering each other.

 

The problem for the residents of the Yarmouk neighborhoods are that they are being murdered by Syrian both against and supportive of Bashir al-Assad and in a final measure systematically slaughtered in a genocidal manner by ISIS and all of this being committed step-by-step starting with the Syrian Army shelling with tank fired artillery rounds destroying most of the structures of the Yarmouk neighborhoods, both residences and municipal buildings, then barrel-bombs were dropped targeting any pockets where the residents from the Yarmouk neighborhoods in an attempt to eradicate the remaining residents, then the Syrian Air Force and ground forces unleashed chemical weapons such as Sarin Gas followed by chlorine gas in attempts to slow ISIS advances and again murder the remaining residents of Yarmouk, and then ISIS completed the ethnic cleansing of Muslims as well as any Christians or others by the self-appointed religious inquisitors imposing a Muslim purity judgment on the surviving residents of Yarmouk much the way the Spanish Inquisitors passed sentence on their fellow Christians who were found impure and all others of the defined lesser faiths. Still, the fact that these horrific transgressions are being perpetrated on people formerly made separate as Arab-Palestinian refugees and not simply additional Syrian refugees.

 

Still, when perhaps there might have been some manner to have saved the majority of the Yarmouk residents there was no hue and cry as their tormentors, their murderers were not the correct kind and there was no manner for linkage to Israel as even the Arab-Palestinian leadership in Ramallah and in Gaza made no effort to offer sanctuary for their fellow Arab-Palestinian brothers and sisters. There was rarely a peep of protest raised about this mass-murdering of fellow Arab-Palestinians. As one would have been hard pressed to find a manner through which to link this as blame on the Israelis without their first being required to offer sanctuary and taken responsibility by the Arab-Palestinian leadership whose specialty is not caring for their brothers and sisters but rather raising funds from the Western elite by preying on their guilt over slights past and pocketing their percentage off the top and spending the remainder on weapons to murder Israelis, not care for their fellow Arab-Palestinians. Why would the Arab-Palestinian leadership show any more compassion, any more concern with the welfare, any feelings of responsibility, anything at all towards assisting their fellow Arab-Palestinians facing dangers and sure death when they feel little if any of this for the Arab-Palestinians they presumably represent and are tasked to actually care for and about. The reality is as the Arab-Palestinians from the Yarmouk refugee camp and the other Arab-Palestinians in camps located in either Syria or Lebanon are of little concern except if they can be utilized in some manner to assist in the destruction of Israel.

 

There is a really simply and obvious reason we heard nary a sound nor witnessed any action or compassion towards their fellow Arab-Palestinians whose lives were threatened and whose existence was in peril; there was no manner for taking these refugees and automatically forcing them onto Israel using the right of return argument as that must first be formalized through negotiations as without legal authority or even moral authority for forcing what would amount to illegal immigrants upon Israel these Arab-Palestinian refugees would require being brought within the semiautonomous Arab-Palestinian regions already in existence. By bringing any of the Syrian or Lebanese Arab-Palestinians into the existing areas controlled by the Arab-Palestinians having all legal rights and powers under their own presumed elected governance (even if it was one election one time in 2005 and not again since), that would have placed the lenses of world opinion on the fact that the Arab-Palestinians presumably living on lands under occupation by Israel and ruled over by Israel as being the falsehood that it is. The world would have been witness to the autonomous nature of Arab-Palestinian society and having the reality and truth played out in full portrayal for the world to see. This would be the end of the claims of oppression under the cruelty of the Israeli colonialists and the truth of the Arab-Palestinian oppressions being self-inflicted.

 

Perhaps the Arab-Palestinian leadership was completely unable to step up and take responsibility for the salvation, or at least the protection, of their fellow Arab-Palestinians simply because they have also never found the moral honesty to step up and take responsibility for those unfortunate Arab-Palestinians already betrayed by their own and very same leadership. The reality has been shown that only those Arab-Palestinians who can claim their misery and failures are because of Israel are to be the concern of the world because the truth is that there exists only an extremely small core who can claim to be Pro-Arab-Palestinian as the vast majority of the Pro-Arab-Palestinian are actually more interested in being Anti-Israel thus the truth is one can be Pro-Arab-Palestinian and Pro-Israel but the difficulty comes with being more Pro-Arab-Palestinian than one chooses to be Anti-Israel. The few who honestly care about Arab-Palestinians would have been sounding the outcry for the plight of the Arab-Palestinians at the hands of their brothers on both sides of the massacres as war taking place in Syria and Iraq, and both sides maliciously assaulted in a genocidal manner on the Arab-Palestinians as both sides saw them as an opposing force. That situation is something which should give the world pause to reason out how all sides could view the same subgroup amongst their midst as their enemy. Can it be true that there actually are none who would consider the Arab-Palestinians as potential friends in the tribal world that is the conflict in Syria and other places in the Arab and Muslim world or are they truly found to be abhorrence throughout the Arab world? If such proves true then the entirety of the Arab-Palestinian and Israeli conflict is a war against Israel without any real and honest concern for the Arab-Palestinian, just a burning hatred of Israel, of the Jew and their state, nothing more, nothing less.

 

I am unsure which is the more tragic, the complete lack of concern by the world, especially by the Arabs themselves from every corner, for the safety and protection of the Arab-Palestinians who play such a central role in the war against Israel or the fact that much of the world, its governments, people, organizations and institutions, are all allied set on the path to eradicate the Jewish state. How is this all happening again and so closely upon the witness of the Pogroms by the Czars, the Holocaust by the Nazis and their overly willing populations with those rare and humane exceptions, the Communist oppressive actions cleansing their society of much of its Jews, and now it is gripping all of Europe and beginning in the United States and Canada, especially in the colleges and universities which usually precedes acceptance into the society as a whole within a decade, two decades at the most. Who will be the first to stand against the oldest and seemingly purist hatred this time. Will any follow this leader or should the world simply slide once again towards an attempted genocidal conflict, this time against something the world had thought vanquished, the Jewish state at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea where it was last eradicated as a nation almost two millennia ago by the Romans, before them the Greeks, preceded by the Persians who stand ready to try once more this time as Iran but we remember them as Persia, and even earlier the Babylonians, Assyrians, Philistines and the initial wars in founding the Jewish state against the Canaanites after escaping ancient Egypt. It has been quite a long history reaching back further than any other groups which never grew to numbers which could be considered significant in the world yet always at the fore of everybody’s thoughts. How can such be and what causes this obsession with the Jews, just under two-tenths of one percent of the world population; that is 0.183% or 0.00183 of the world’s 7.6 billion people, and their percentage is in decline already without a world at war with its only Jewish population showing measurable positive growth, at least for now.

 

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* Below is a presentation on society, warfare, morality and a critique of the changes witnessed during his life by Colonel Richard Kemp Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire when he addressed the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies on May 19, 2015.

 

 

 

 

May 24, 2015

President Obama Nuclear Free World Duplicity Starts with Israel

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To be completely honest, President Obama would have started his quest for a nuclear free world by destroying the nuclear weapons of the United States followed by those of the rest of NATO and immediately thereafter the Israeli nuclear weapons once it was actually established they exist and then and only then he might have requested that Russia and China please follow his bold initiative. Fortunately for the free world, and even the less free world, President Obama was not allowed to follow through with his bold plan of destroying all of the United States nuclear weapons followed soon by the rest of the nuclear weapons from the free world and then hoped the less than free world would kindly follow suit, after all, what could possibly go wrong with such a brilliant and inspired plan. Certainly Russian President Vlad (the Invader) Putin would have leapt at such an opportunity to be rid of his nuclear weapons as would have the Chinese leadership, destroying them over as many American targets as their generals could identify as required for the easy invasion and takeover of the United States and her allies. We would like to advise the Generals and others responsible for the United States nuclear arsenal to check the storage bunkers and nuclear weapons deployed on your boomer subs and elsewhere to assure that they are still containing their warheads and not some equivalent item purchased at Toys R Us which look realistic, well, as realistic as plastic made in China toys would look like. The same advice goes for any NATO or other nation who allowed anybody from the Obama administration anywhere near their nuclear weapons as his dream was to denuclearize any nations where such proved possible starting with the United States. The idea was probably taken from the minds of some of the greatest planners whose desire was to put an end to nuclear weapons, or at least that was the title of their end of term thesis for their sophomore year term papers in university where President Obama must have gotten the plan that if the United States and the rest of NATO rid themselves of nuclear weapons the rest of the world would follow their example.

 

Recently Israel was privileged to feel the weight of such an attempt themselves. Before getting to the realities of President Obama and his plan to denuclearize the Middle East, in all fairness we must thank him for preventing yet another attempt by Israel’s helpful and friendly neighbors to take the first steps to a peaceful and nuclear free Middle East by passing a plan which would remove any nuclear weapons from Israel to allow their destruction thus permitting a nuclear free Middle East and an Israel without their sole deterrence against the use of chemical, biological or potentially nuclear weapons by Israel’s neighboring countries in a first strike assault which might very well destroy any residual ability of Israel to resist a combined assault. Thanks are due President Obama whose Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power for Vetoing the plan presented to denuclearize the Middle East by destroying the Israeli nuclear weapons providing such could be proven to exist while doing nothing to assure that Israel’s neighbors never produced such weapons, only forbidding Israel of possessing such weapons. The motion was struck down due to its inherently one-sided aims and wording. Such plans have been placed on hold by Israel’s neighbors as their former attempts to use military force alone proved insufficient to overrun Israel with conventional arms. Any plans Israel’s neighboring nations might have entertained for a chemical, biological or other WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) first round attack has been deterred by the stated policy the Israelis have let be known that their response to any such WMD first strike would immediately result in the complete destruction of the offending nation’s major cities and military instillations in a single devastating strike. This warning went hand-in-hand with the Israeli ambiguity about whether or not she had developed and produced nuclear weaponry. This has often been labelled the Israeli nukes in the basement policy which does not admit nor deny by Israeli officials as to whether Israel has a nuclear arsenal. It has been assumed for years that should Israel ever require such weapons that they could likely produce the required numbers in quick order, another way of claiming that Israel has the capability but it is unknown whether or not Israel had ever actually produced such weapons or simply made the necessary components but leaving them without their nuclear cores which would only be placed within these otherwise unusable weapons as necessary for their deployment. Quite a preposterous plan but whatever makes the rest of the world happy.

 

Still, this past week saw United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman, and a parade of supporting officials visit Israel with briefcases full of plans by which Israel could take the bold initial step and destroy her nuclear weapons as a demonstration of her good will and deep desire for a nuclear free Middle East. This plan was being forwarded by the same State Department overseeing the negotiations by the P5+1 and Iran which are designing a plan that might prevent Iran from developing and arming themselves with nuclear weapons at the latest in ten years. Are Israelis really supposed to believe that should they destroy their nuclear weapons, assuming such exist, in the hopes that Iran and the rest of the Muslim Middle East and North Africa (MENA) would simply forgo developing and building their own nuclear stockpiles? I think we all know where Israel formally declaring her possession of nuclear warheads and then destroying them immediately thereafter would lead and it is not a pretty sight. Let’s take a look at the MENA nations and visualize a realistic view of the MENA states. The currently most stable states would have to be Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia with the Gulf States and Egypt and both Saudi Arabia with the Gulf States and Egypt are teetering on the brink of full scale war. Jordan is stable for now with her northern neighbor, Syria, in complete meltdown, her easterly neighbor, Iraq, heading full speed to oblivion and ISIS sitting just off both those borders and in a full scale conquest of the Middle East in their future plans. Egypt is facing all-out war with the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda not to mention the failed state and ISIS breeding grounds to her west in the form of Libya. The Sudan and South Sudan are still in a state of turmoil and the rest of the nations in the region of the Horn of Africa in varying states of dysfunction. Heading west from there and you leave the warlords of Somalia behind and take up Boko Haram, not exactly a pretty picture. Yemen is falling before the Iranian proxy army of the Houthis while Saudi Arabia is battling to prevent Iran from basically taking up occupation of their southern border, a wise idea. Iran is perched to slowly stretch her tentacles across the Middle East as well as into South America, particularly Argentina, and in Venezuela as well as into Central America and into Mexico and from there infiltrate the rest of North America. Israel is about the sole island of peace and tranquility in the nations making up MENA and may be the only nation without any delusions or desires about controlling the world or just their region of the world but simply desires being permitted to live quietly within the borders promised her at the end of World War I, the war to end all wars. The problem Israel faces is the world desires her destruction by any means possible selling her down the river at a moment’s notice.

 

So, what did bring United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman, and supporting cast to Israeli shores? It appears that with their recently garnered agreement with Russia, the United States has chosen to attempt to design a nuclear-free Middle East starting where else, with Israel. Why does everything always begin with Israel, want regional peace, have Israel make the required sacrifices, want a nuclear free Middle East, start by forcing Israel to rid herself of her sole deterrence against the blood-stained hands of her neighboring nations. Want an Arab-Israeli peace treaty, have Israel surrender to every Arab demand and then there will be peace. In all things simply sacrifice Israel and all will be well. How about commit to the demands of International Law and enforce the treaties and then leave Israel out of your further plans and dreams, we are quite happy living between the Mediterranean and Jordan. We will face our terrorist forces in a manner even more careful and respecting the innocents behind and amongst who these bloodthirsty terrorists hide than other nations when they strike at terrorist forces. The State Department assault team brought with them the tried and proven false concept that an Israeli agreement to the idea of destroying her nuclear weapons would be a catalyst for the rest of the Middle East. Actually that would be a correct statement providing the catalyst Israel would be providing would be for a WMD assault on Israel preceding another all-out attempt by all those who could be marshalled to destroy Israel once again. For such an adventure even the Iranians would coordinate with the Saudis and Hezballah and ISIS would work in harmony until the end when they would once again turn their weapons on each other. The Israeli Foreign Minister’s office refused to make any comments to approaches by regular news agencies pointing out that Countryman’s visit and the items being debated are such that “the subject is a sensitive one, we will not talk about it.” No argument with that statement and such a position is a proper level of security with which to approach any such negotiations, especially such negotiations with the United States and the Obama Administration. Not only is the Israeli ownership of nuclear tipped ballistic missiles one which Israel treats with the most dogged ambiguity that probably the best idea would be silence.

 

But there are other problems arising with the Obama administration, some of which reared their ugly heads again this week as President Obama was touting his support amongst the American Jewish community as proof of his, kindnesses and strongly positive relations with Israel, a formidable idea lacking reality which puzzles many Israelis, especially those with relatives who continue to support President Obama. Speaking with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, President Obama stated that there is “not really a bifurcation with respect to the attitudes of the Jewish American community about me. I consistently received overwhelming majority support from the Jewish community, and even after all the publicity around the recent differences that I’ve had with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the majority of the Jewish American community still supports me, and supports me strongly.” Be that as it may, there is also no real bifurcation with respect to the attitudes of the Jewish Israeli community about President Obama and it is exactly the opposite as that he credits the American Jewish community. The President was not done weaving a woebegone tale attempting to fog reality by that old but true friend of American equivalence, comparing apples to oranges. The President went further stating, “But you can’t equate people of good will who are concerned about those issues with somebody who is hostile towards Israel. And you know, I actually believe that most American Jews, most Jews around the world, and most Jews in Israel recognize as much. And that’s part of the reason why I do still have broad-based support among American Jews. It’s not because they dislike Israel, it’s not because they aren’t worried about Iran having a nuclear weapon or what Hezbollah is doing in Lebanon. It’s because I think they recognize, having looked at my history and having seen the actions of my administration, that I’ve got Israel’s back, but there are values that I share with them that may be at stake if we’re not able to find a better path forward than what feels like a potential dead-end right now.”

 

The old-school of equating the views towards Israel between Israeli Jews and American Jews no longer flies. The vast majority of Zionist Jews have made Aliyah and are living in Israel and what remains of Jewish community in the United States and Europe as well are those Jews who will only move to Israel if they find themselves facing threats to their lives, and many would even ignore such as that claiming loudly that such cannot happen here as we are assimilated and are an integral part of the community. That was the exact claim made in Russia before the Czarist pogroms, in Germany and across Europe before the Nazis and their holocaust attempted genocide of European Jews and was said initially by many Russian Jews and other Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain though coming on the heels of the Nazis the Communist destructive treatment of their Jews was more readily believed this time through as they had actually seen this before and recognized the steel fist inside a velvet glove. Truth is the blinders are back on the Jews in Europe and the Western World and even on a sizeable minority of Jews here in Israel who largely live in the more plush areas of Tel Aviv and its surrounding areas while the Jews in the exterior, the term for fly-over country in Israel where Tel Aviv is defined as the core and the ignorant masses who are not as sophisticated, educated, celebrated, refined and worldly as their betters, realize that the world is again turning to destroy the Jew, both the nations of the Jew, Israel, and the Jew wherever they reside. It appears as it may only be a period of time before the records of every person suspected of being a Jew has the records of their grandparents or even great-grandparents researched by some special committee in order to determine who are the Jews amongst their populations. In Europe it will be done right out in the open behind shaded windows through which nobody dares to peek while in the United States it will be done by checking the religion every suspect’s for-bearers gave upon arriving at Ellie Island or wherever their port of entry was or even when their first relatives arrived and this will be carried out by the Department of State and Homeland Security in the utmost of secure manners with only those who can be trusted performing such tasks. Meanwhile, every conceivable effort will be tried to bring Israel down to ruination weakening her before permitting her Arab neighbors to devour her eviscerated corpse denuded of the ability to fight as the IDF is denied the replacement parts to maintain their sophisticated weapons systems and denied the raw materials to forge her own replacements and new systems all the while arming her enemies with the latest and greatest weaponry conceivable. In the United States, where Israel has been brought into reliance for arms, there will be an extra layer of approval required for any military shipment or dual use provisions where as in the Gaza operations Protective Edge the State Department was required to approve any arms resupply before they could be dispatched, a whole new layer put in place by President Obama such that resupply would be delayed until after the fighting was completed. Had the fight continued long enough Israel could have been weakened sufficiently that Hamas might have overrun Israel almost without outside assistance. It may become desired policy in the United States in the near future should the anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism continue its meteoric rise and then Israel may have nowhere to turn for assistance and be put in the predicament of resupplying herself from that point forward.

 

Lastly, President Obama spoke at a Washington D.C. Synagogue of Adas Israel. The President relied on the old bromides claiming to be, “an honorary member of the tribe.” and that “my commitment to Israel’s security is and always will be unshakeable. The people of Israel must always know America has its back, and America will always have its back.” And so on. President Obama gave his stock untruths about how his efforts will make the world, especially Israel, safe from any Iranian nuclear threats. His statement which received the strongest applause was, “I feel a responsibility to speak out honestly about what I think will lead to long-term security and to the preservation of a true democracy in the Jewish homeland.” One can only wonder if by preserving the Israeli democracy that included his dispatching of many of his own campaign’s organizers and staff to attempt and prevent the reelection of Prime Minister Netanyahu. He also gave strong supportive comments for the two state solution, an effort which has been murdered beyond any potential to be revived by Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Fatah, Hamas, Palestinian Authority and other Arab leadership. All the while as he spoke President Obama knew that he had State Department staff and Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman in Israel pressuring the government and military to allow for the United States to cover Israel with their nuclear blanket while Israel dismantled and destroyed her own nuclear weapons whose opaque existence has likely saved Israel from chemical or biological attacks. This was the concurrent effort of having Israel’s back meant though the congregants in the predominantly Democrat liberal progressive neighborhood surrounding Washington D.C. who largely value their stock portfolios over the safety of Israel, a population which voted by large majorities for Obama in both elections gave President Obama the same cover that the dwindling Jewish presence in Iran gives the Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei cover as not being an anti-Semite, simply being troubled by the government in Israel, a statement which numerous Iranians leaders have made while the old and venerable Head Rabbi stands silently at their side presumably by his own choice. The difference is that there is a large Jewish community supporting President Obama but many, as we can attest to from our years living amongst such Jews before relocating to the friendlier and vibrant Jewish communities which make up Israel, have more concern for their status-symbol lives than the continued existence of Israel. The Jewish communities in the United States with very few exceptions are moribund and weighted towards an elderly congregation as the youth have largely intermarried or assimilated to where their Jewishness is at best going to high holiday services and having some semblance of a Seder in their homes most Passovers while also sporting the Chanukah Bush which resembles its close cousin, the Christmas tree in every way, shape and form. Jewish life in this world depends on Israel and without Israel it will die within two generations which is why Israel is important, and not just to the Jews but to the world in ways and means measured in intangible and esoteric means impossible to describe with any justice here. Perhaps some day we will attempt such an explanation though this is far from a promise, just something we wish we were anywhere near capable of doing such justice. Even the Rabbis we have met tell of this promise of having Jews in the world enhancing so many areas in so many detectable and hidden ways that the inventions and discoveries become a minor side of these effects. Until then simply remain aware that Israel is vital if there are to be such as Jews and their influences to make a better world for all to remain that force for goodness.

 

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May 23, 2015

The Sad Truths About American Election 2016

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The one constant around the world is that everywhere one hears discussions about the upcoming 2016 American elections and the talk immediately turns to the potential Presidential results and how they will either improve or ruin the plans of our leaders, nations, areas, threats, trade or economies. The truth is that trying to divine the thoughts of the American public and how they will vote for in the Presidential elections is complete folly, especially if one is using the relations between in foreign affairs as their criteria. While across the globe the United States foreign policy or lack thereof is of vital importance and in many instances potentially critical and even deadly, the American public usually cannot see any further than their wallet. Yes, there are numerous Americans who understand and even use a fair degree of foreign policy knowledge and positions of Presidential candidates, I must sadly report that when we left the United States that number decreased and even with our presence in the voting booths the people voting their wallets probably outnumbered foreign policy wonks by a thousand to one if not a hundred-thousand to one. This is why the Presidential debates only have one which presumably is advertised as pertaining to foreign policy. The truth is that most of the questions end up actually being turned inside-out, upside-down and twisted all around until it actually sets the candidates attentions to foreign situations as it pertains to the effects it might have on the budget or social programs at home. Still, the choice of who will be the next President of the United States will have a determining effect on every part of the globe; it will just be whether it will be for better or worse. So, what should we seek as far as the most preferentially positive effect generally around the globe?

 

The usual rule of thumb is that a Republican President will be more involved in foreign policy than a Democrat President. This does not necessarily mean this is preferential as it also depends on whether the Republican President has advisors and other assets which drive a thoughtful and thoroughly researched foreign policy or if they have a more seat of the pants reactionary policy. An example of the former would be President Dwight David Eisenhower who though often derogatorily called a do nothing President actually was responsible for the reconstruction of Europe and the Far East policy after the fall of Japan and much of the American ascendance after World War II all while the United States enjoyed some of its best economic growth years in its history. Another President who also did well largely due to advisors was John Fitzgerald Kennedy whose advisors were very knowledgeable and who when tested by Russian President Khrushchev over the Cuban Missile Crisis set a strong and potentially dangerous posture of no nonsense strong response that eventually led to the Soviet Union to retreat from Cuba removing their missiles. Kennedy also answered the Soviet initial success and leads in the start of the space race to set the goal as the Moon and challenged the American space industries and NASA with, “We choose to go to the Moon! … We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” On the other hand, the United States has had Presidents from both parties who were unmitigated disasters when it came to foreign policy though I will not shame any by naming them and instead allow each to choose their own examples. From the juncture where many currently observe the two Administrations under President Obama, these could easily be defined by numerous presumably traditional friends of the United States, who would, if choosing to be totally candid, would describe these as total disasters with potentially the worst yet to come. Then there are some of the worst mischief makers and oppressors or would be conquerors who likely would heap praise on President Obama’s choice to not challenge anything which might prove challenging or potentially difficult and demanding taking a principled stand.

 

So, first off, let me assure those who might be misled into believing that the Americans generally have begun to awaken and see what a disaster President Obama has been for the world as a whole, if it were somehow made possible for President Obama to run for a third term, the American public would likely reelect him and even the Jewish voters who might claim that Israel is one of their top concerns would still vote for President Obama by an easy majority likely near to sixty-five percent against thirty-five percent voting Republican. Actually, there would be a sizeable percentage of the Jewish voting public who would refuse to vote Republican and simply stay at home which is the same as voting for whichever candidate proves victorious. With this established, this fact does not bode well for the Republican Party if the American public, which is made predominantly of ‘low-information voters’ who vote pretty much as they are advised by such criteria as, my family have always voted Democrat/Republican/Whig (OK, most families who had voted for the Whig Party have moved on since then), what’s his name on Comedy Central/Saturday Night Live/the Late Show/Family Guy/South Park character, Media such as ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX/CNN/PBS/MSNBC, print media, favorite personality/close friend/boss at work/union boss or whatever ridiculous source even to include Tarot Card reader’s advice, are the mainstay of the voting public which as time has passed has become more the norm. This is partly why the politicians fight over voting rules such as removing people from voter rolls through validation techniques to remove those who have moved, died or not voted in decades or the need for picture identifications, motor voter laws, and even register to vote outside the polling place and then enter and vote or permitting prisoners to vote even from death row as there is no area not pursued as a voting base that the party who thinks something is to their advantage will not use to the utmost of their ability. So, we have established that the American voting public is not necessarily the pure cerebral and reasoned public which Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams, or James Madison envisioned, though probably Benjamin Franklin may have had the right attitude and worldly experience to realize how far the electorate would eventually slip. So, now what?

 

The next is choosing who will most likely be the candidate for each of the two major parties. Let us start with the Republican Party and the myriad of candidates there seeking to be the candidate chosen to represent the party in the elections in November 2016. The one thing we are assured is that the Republican candidates will mostly be breaking what President Ronald Reagan called the Eleventh Commandment, do not speak ill of thy fellow Republicans. The Republican candidates will refuse to bow out until it becomes mathematically impossible for them to win the nominations and some even then will continue just in case they can make a surge from out of the blue once the delegates are freed to vote however they choose, usually around the fifth ballot or later. With all the candidates, and a fair number of top ties candidates, it is quite likely that the Republican Party may reach its convention without any one candidate with sufficient numbers of delegates to win on the first or second ballot and there may be five candidates who are all actually closely matched in candidate count with none even remotely close to a majority or even a resounding plurality. This might lead to a lengthy and harshly fought convention which will go into the fourth day or beyond without reaching some resolution or producing a candidate. There appears now that Jeb Bush will have a loyal set of establishment delegates and the ‘movers and shakers and moneyed establishment supporting him while the Tea Party and Christian Right will be divided amongst a core of select candidates including but not limited to Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson and Scott Walker; with the likes of Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal will all have a base of support which may be sufficient to retain their hopes and finally there is Carly Fiorina who as the sole woman, might receive additional support as she is the only candidate against whom Hilary Clinton would not have the advantage of gender running to be the first American female President. The end result is whoever eventually survives the scathing attacks and fevered battle with the nomination may find themselves limping into the actual Presidential election race as damaged goods sorely injured by their own party. Oddly enough the one person who might mostly escape such infighting and scorn from their fellow Republicans might be Carly Fiorina simply because should she avoid falling prey to the gotcha media assaults most Republicans face, she could be the one without any damaged armor and slide between the barbs and arrows and prove the strongest candidate of them all and take the nomination with minimal damage and able to rally the Republican base and establishment as she belongs to neither but can make overtures to both.

 

That brings us to the Democrat Convention and the presumed coronation of Hillary Clinton as the ‘deserved one,’ the ‘chosen one.’ From the very beginning I have not believed that Hilary Clinton would survive to become the Democrat Party Presidential candidate in 2016 or ever as if she is cast aside this time it will be for good. Hillary Clinton’s most formidable and undefeatable opponent is Hillary Clinton of campaigns and offices past which will eventually make her untenable as a candidate. Her time as Secretary of State will tie her inexorably to President Obama’s disastrous foreign policy and much of the blame for President Obama’s failures will be heaped upon Hillary and she will be unable to escape this baggage. Additionally there will be the baggage from the entire Benghazi debacle, and even worse, her hearings before the Congress where the immortal words were uttered never to stop echoing in many ears where Hillary, referring to four dead Americans including two men whose heroic efforts became known making the inaction simply unacceptable and un-American and now forever tied to her stating, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” The absolute cynicism of her caustic remarks and the bald faced attempt to brush off any responsibility and to make any questions in this area as improper as that the reason for the hearings was not about those who gave their lives presumably in service of their country and for a mission which originated within the State Department, but to allow Hillary Clinton to be cleansed of any wrong-doing and to be vindicated and be lauded for striving to assure that such a situation never again presented such a deadly situation. The line of questions seeking to pinpoint blame was, in Hillary’s mind, completely out of bounds. Between Benghazi, the e-mail scandals, the missing records, scrubbed and sanitized memos and communications, Clinton Foundation contributions and influence peddling from her position as Secretary of State, foreign monies which likely were derived as payments for favors, the rise of Blumenthal communications concerning Libya where he had business interests while advising Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State as well as numerous other scandals yet to surface, and Hillary Clinton is damaged even beyond the capability for the Democrat Party to attempt to repair her to make her presentable to the public. All the baggage which has been in the mainstream news about Hillary Clinton was originally being exposed now early in the process and before she announced her intentions to run for President such that it could be labelled old news already beaten to death if brought up during the campaign by the Republican side. The problem is that there seemingly is no end to the scandals as they just keep jumping out from everywhere. As the media and Democrat operatives keep attempting to put these scandals to rest and tie up all the loose ends they run into another problem and then a scandal which follows as night follows day and there is no putting this to bed as more and more loose ends keep appearing and the Hillary apologists are beginning to become somewhat short tempered as their patience dies. In the end Hillary Clinton and former President William Jefferson Clinton will be required to hang up their hopes of returning to the White House until Chelsey is old enough which will be fairly soon, so they should get her elected to some office, governor of the state of their choosing, Maryland sounds easy as does Massachusetts.

 

So, with no Hillary as their candidate, who can the Democrats turn to as their best bet? There are a number of people which have been mentioned as potential replacements should Hillary self-destruct. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley though his having also been Mayor of Baltimore might be a slight drawback, Vice President Biden who has a history of foot-in-mouth disease but actually would be solid in foreign policy as even if a threat he made in a speech by his going off-script the adversary would never know for sure whether or not Old Joe might actually follow through. Bernie Sanders has also declared his interest and though we agree on very little I admire his forthrightness and honesty which are very admirable qualities and he can be counted on to do what he says and say what he means. Then we have Andrew Cuomo and Howard Dean who both are known for mouths beyond their control, Al Franken also has given a definite maybe which is quite comical as well as noncommittal though he and Biden debating would make for great comedy, and finally Ms. Elizabeth Warren whose credentials, or lack thereof, are equal to those of President Obama when he took up the mantle of Democrat candidate for President with a few critical differences making her worthy of a deeper look.

 

Though Senator Elizabeth Warren has claimed she is not running, this may not be left as her choice as she has a sizable supportive following without ever overtly seeking such. She is a far superior believer in the true Progressive way of which President Obama campaigned upon in his initial 2008 campaign. She is well spoken and needs little prompting from any crutches such as a teleprompter. Senator Elizabeth Warren is quick on her feet, knows what she believes and is very comfortable in stating her views unequivocally and with great passion. She is a strong supporter for individual rights though she does appear to place too much emphasis and burden upon government for protecting individuals from failure by providing a broad and sweeping system of safety nets and she does not appear to be adverse to a guaranteed minimal wage for everybody whether they be employed or not. She favors Obamacare with some modifications making it more workable, not less dependent on government as her adjustments would bring Obamacare closer to a single payer health plan than as it currently sits. Senator Elizabeth Warren is a believer in Keynesian economics where the government is the principle engine behind the economy. She also is opposed to free trade much of the time claiming instead to stand for fair trade which she has not fully explained. She is a through and through socialist progressive and like Bernie Sanders says what she means and means what she says and always sticking to that exact path. At least she would not produce any big surprises as the Democrat candidate or a President if successfully elected. Her largest area which is unfortunately untested and unknown is foreign policy. Here she would be untested and undefined and until such could be filled in she should not be taken as a serious candidate. But as I explained, foreign policy is the last and least of things on the average American’s mind so it is quite likely that with her populist political talking points and her appeal to those dependent upon government Senator Elizabeth Warren would likely gain a large popular appeal and could breeze to the Democrat nomination once Hillary Clinton realizes she had already failed and failed miserably, but it remains to be seen if she will even be willing to be dragged thus appearing to have the nomination and run in the primaries thrust upon her rather than actively sought. Though I have little in common with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s viewpoints and fear her lack of foreign policy experience or even exposure, I find that she would have little problem being elected as the next United States President, her biggest obstacle would be attaining the Democrat nomination and that is something remaining to be seen. The final note is that the next President of the United States will be the one who emerges as the victor in the Democrat nomination and only give the Republican candidate a one in three chance at winning the general election. But there is still a race to be run and we have to have the race just to prove every prognosticator to be so wrong it is embarrassing.

 

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