Beyond the Cusp

May 7, 2016

Preferred Anti-Semitism Public or Private

 

Thanks to the ever astonishing, voluminous, profane and public anti-Semitic spewing from the British Labour Party both verbal, Twitted, Facebooked and in print outburst, we may as well discuss which is worse and more damaging, visceral outburst of anti-Semitism or privately held and never expressed anti-Semitism. From the arm-waving, wild-gyrating, screaming and yelling which some might even say hysterical overreacting to what must be described as a serial collection of anti-Semitic outbursts and tirades by several officials and former officials over the recent past has been covered to death in print, video, online and elsewhere that there is nothing possible to add to the tsunami of objections already issued. So, as usual we here prefer to discuss this from a different perspective, which anti-Semitism is less dangerous, that which is expressed preventing ease of action or that which remains within stewing which inevitably leads to some form of implementation. The answer for us would be obvious but the magnitude of the anti-Semitism from the Labour Party in Britain though expressed can only lead one to expect it is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg hiding as much as ten times as much anti-Semitic feelings unrevealed but still pressing actions in the real world. Normally, we would prefer for anti-Semites to be cleansed by the light of day and have expressed their intents such that action becomes impossible and the knowledge of the threat allows for it to be expunged. That would be the normal episode, but this explosion which appeared to have fed upon itself almost exploding and consuming an entire political party may have challenged that theory.

 

The past sometimes is insufficient unless one allows for the extremist case. Before crossing that version of the Rubicon, let us first look at past outbursts of anti-Semitism. More often than not, the worst case scenario is such anti-Semitism comes from expected or known places. There is no real surprise when one reads of anti-Semitic views from (please consider carefully before visiting these links) Stormfront, Lew Rockwell or Lyndon LaRouche among others. We are not surprised, though we should still feel the same revulsion as we would any other hateful screeds from known racists. Then there are the anti-Semitic outbursts which come from those who defend their anti-Semitism by playing their race card claiming their racial subjugation sometimes led to hateful outbursts but the world must understand their source from their pained experience as being a minority. Such claimants include Louis Farrakhan and others from his Nation of Islam who claims religious as well as racial exclusion from normal expectations. Another was Jesse Jackson who referred to New York City as “Hymietown” and Jews as “Hymies” in January 1984 during a conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman; Al Sharpton and also Mel Gibson’s tirade when pulled over for suspicion of driving erratically due to intoxication. For each of these people there are more than sufficient people ready to defend them with excuses or mitigating circumstance or whatever it takes such as claiming they cannot be held responsible as they are also a member of a minority group. The reality is there are few groups who are a smaller minority which receives anywhere near the amount of abuse and hatred as have the Jewish People over the last three thousand years and more.

 

 

Reverend Al Sharpton

Reverend Al Sharpton
Pointing Out Blame

 

 

These outbursts and accusations and even continuous output of anti-Semitic remarks, canards, denigrations, hatreds and other prejudices are often simply reacted to by granting as a response some level of ostracization, even potentially completely exiling the person permanently from polite society. The problem comes when people end up not paying a price for expressing anti-Semitic remarks or even proven beliefs of the inferiority of the Jewish People. This has been the accepted response for many people as long as they make the appropriate mea culpa. Often it is pointed out for those who are sufficiently famous, influential, entertaining or otherwise gifted or holding of some special trait that their mistake was a singular event and they have promised to make up for their misspeaking by contributing time, efforts, fundraising or other effort mitigating their offence. Such an out has proven to be accepted more often for an anti-Semitic slip than any other racial or class miscue. It oft appears that amongst all the racial transgressions one could commit, anti-Semitism appears to be the most readily dismissed as a minor misstep and the offender allowed to continue on free of any real price being paid. That leads us to the realization that some racial offenses are more understandable, borderline acceptance while others are career ending, unforgivable offences while others fall somewhere between the two extremes. Sometimes it appears that the severity of the insult’s effect upon the transgressor is directly proportional to the size of the offended minority, as if they are even a minority.

 

Examples are simple as offences against women are unacceptable in the extreme despite women being over half the world’s population, while anti-Yazidi actions even to the threat of a complete eradication of their numbers slipped by as there are so few Yazidi, and even less now thanks to the Islamic State and their horrific acts against this Christian minority which has experienced more than their share of genocidal oppressions. Others suffering from such treatment are the Kurds, Coptic Christians, Armenians and other small European nations which Russia has shown some interest in bringing back under Russian control. The fact that hatreds of minorities can be excused away due to the lack of size and or power of the minority in question is a sad statement on our modern and presumably progressive and so humane society. The Yazidi and the others have no numbers, are not going to riot, burn down parts of any city, protest marching on any national capital city or cause any of a stir which might receive serious and continuing coverage by the media. The Yazidi story got out but had almost no staying power and these reports of anti-Semitic outbursts by Labour Party officials and previous officials will be off the front pages probably before the first thousand people read this article and it will be all but forgotten beyond those who follow news stories or who are Jews who felt the offense slightly more than many others and even that is conditional as many Jews will dismiss these outbursts as simply much ado about nothing.

 

One of the reasons that anti-Semitic outbursts manage to get such coverage is due to the influence of Jews, especially conservative Jews who demand these outbursts receive the depth and serious investigation and coverage. Should it not be for the influence of Jews and the existence of the State of Israel, these anti-Semitic offences would be covered one day and forgotten the next. Jews, despite the thoughts and misconceptions of some, make up far less than a mere one percent of the world’s population, an estimated 0.20% of the world population, twenty-hundredths of one percent, an insignificant wisp of a people despite the seeming influence and propensity to be amongst the experts in every field, they are less than an afterthought in the world by numbers. Still, in Israel this outburst, this wave of anti-Semitism is better being placed out in the open as it allows for those so infected to be identified and the cleansing of the spotlight can help moderate these ideas and hold the perpetrators responsible to meet the expectations of polite society. There is little which can be done which would actually alter the hatred these individuals hold towards the Jewish People and the Jewish Nation, Israel, but perhaps their being revealed might have sufficient weight to end their service in government at any level which actually will become more and more of a longshot in Europe even including the British Isles. Just as such anti-Semitism is rampant throughout much of the Islamic world, it may soon prove to hold similar weight throughout Egypt as Islamic influences grow and take positions of power and the entirety of Europe slid beneath the waves of Islam washing over its shores and into the hearts of each nation. Many believe that soon the outbursts of anti-Semitism will become just as acceptable worldwide as they currently are in the Arab world as their influence spreads and their versions of Islam swallow the Christian world whole and slowly but inexorably convert or slaughter their way to complete domination everywhere. They will have injected sufficient numbers to sway elections followed by replacing elected governments with the more familiar to their societies of elections whose results are preordained, providing elections are pretended to be utilized. Straight religious dictatorial governance will simply replace the free and open elections once enjoyed in Europe and afterwards Canada and the United States; after which only India and China will be capable of resisting being conquered simply due to their numbers and Israel as we have gotten this far with the blessings of Hashem. Why doubt Hashem will continue to grant Israel one last miracle after another as required. As Hashem had delivered Israel in her initial war in 1948, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War and all the other skirmishes inbetween, may Hashem continue allowing for her enemies to fail repeatedly. While these enemies of Hashem and Israel fight amongst themselves, may none prove victorious and may it occupy their efforts allowing the world to survive their threat. May they continue to self-destruct and never prevail in further conquest.

 

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April 7, 2016

Hugs is All We Need to Save the World

 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come to our rescue with a solution worthy of a Facebook new like where one can love, laugh, wow, sad, angry and still can just like. My question is why no hug in this great new Facebook features. After all, was it not Mr. Zuckerberg who recently after the Paris bombings, Brussels bombing and Pakistan bombings stated, “This morning we activated Safety Check in Pakistan after a bomb targeted children and their families in a park in Lahore. Over the last two months, we have activated Safety Check several times for acts of terror – including in Turkey and Belgium – so people in the area can let their friends and loved ones know they’re safe. Each of these attacks was different, but all had a common thread: they were carried out with a goal to spread fear and distrust, and turn members of a community against each other. I believe the only sustainable way to fight back against those who seek to divide us is to create a world where understanding and empathy can spread faster than hate, and where every single person in every country feels connected and cared for and loved. That’s the world we can and must build together.”

 

Further, Mr. Zuckerberg has discovered that all three of these attacks as well as many other terrorist bombings are all designed to spread far and wide “fear and distrust.” Then he has the gall to claim that “understanding and empathy” are the sole means for treating such attacks and not bullets, tanks, aircraft and boots on the ground. He has obviously become too entangled in his creation of Facebook where people can find safe refuge from daily horrors exchanging thoughts and emotions, often through emoticons which stand in the place of actual emotions just as Facebook stands as a substitute for reality. It is this replacement of reality by a caricature on a computerized community where one gains friends through cute kitten videos and virtual roller-coaster rides shared with acquaintances from the four corners of the globe who we know only by the title and profile they present. For all we are aware these people could just as easily be United States soldiers as they could be some African Prince from Zambia who needs help getting their ten million dollars out of some bank in Switzerland. That is the problem with these virtual people with virtual persona and virtual backgrounds. Everybody is as real as their Sims character and just as reliable and trustworthy as few million pixels are capable of being. The problem is this is the world Mark Zuckerberg made as real as the actual physical world thus it is no surprise that his world-view seems just as fitting as a Facebook personae or whatever can be created with a set number of keystrokes. And if you are not happy with the real you one can always simply build a new virtual you where you have everything your little heart desires as long as you have a Yahoo mail or G-mail account and a charge card to complete the deal, that is the reality of our virtual world. This is the new reality which Mark Zuckerberg helped to create which comes complete with proxies et al.

 

For all we know, Mark Zuckerberg not only made his millions of dollars with this Facebook world but it is his reality as well. He may have sunk a little deeper into the Facebook realms than is healthy but when one has the credentials and monies which Mr. Zuckerberg possesses then one can retreat into their little pixilated world and never need surface and see that which is real. For a perfect example of one person going round the bend and relying heavily on a wall of lawyers along with that veil concealing their lives keeping them from creditors or even reality, one need only read the life history about Howard Hughes. His grasp on reality fluctuated from lucid detailed hold on reality to paranoid schizophrenia. Whatever disease has captured the mind of Mark Zuckerberg we may never become privileged to know as when one is as wealthy and well connected it becomes very traumatic dealing with their situation as one will never know whether they are knocked down and playing possum and simply biding their time to make their escape. It is entirely possible and even probable that in the world in which Mark Zuckerberg pictures himself, a big and wonderful hug actually does solve all problems; but in the real world where Paris gets shot full of holes and Brussels explodes with Jihadi violence, there is no Facebook hug that can solve such a situation. Not even a hug which has 64K of a description would bring Islamic State from the darkness and into the light of enlightened society. Claiming that love, or a BIG Facebook HUG would satisfy much of what the Islamic State demands of the world makes as much sense as reelecting Obama again would make. A hug can never replace running the world and no amount of promises or affection would deter the Islamic State from that goal, period.

 

There are going to be those out in the world who will demand to know how I could ever claim that a hug would not end the threat of the Islamic State. Allow me to settle such a demand with some well-known and understandable facts. President Obama has already tried the hug approach and that failed and failed miserably. He has also tried flattery with equal results. Even President Obama ended up using bombs assassinating a number of Islamic State’s high commanders. Truth be told, there has been one group which has dealt with the Islamic State and addressed the necessary steps to not only minimize their efforts but to also press that advantage in order to take back mile after mile of formerly ISIS occupied lands of Northern Syria and Iraq and retain them for quite some time. The world owes the Kurdish Militias, the Peshmerga, a huge debt as they accomplished so much with little assistance and even with little assistance from outside their own ranks. The Islamic State has started another push against the Kurds since the beginning of the month and the success of their push has yet to be determined. Should the Kurds need better supplies it would be in the interest of anyone who opposes the Islamic State despite any misgivings they may have with any singular group. The Kurds have been carrying the majority of the fight against the Islamic State sometimes against the odds. It was Kurdish forces which aided and rescued the Yazidis when their plight was critical and many were stranded largely on a single mountain and things looked desperate. It was unfortunate that the Kurds could not have succeeded at rescuing far more Yazidis but even for such a noble effort there was not to be any sizeable assistance from Europe or the United States. It has been just such actions which have pushed the question as to whether or not the Western World, particularly the United States, honestly were leaving the Kurds out to dry and were never going to truly offer the Peshmerga the assistance to allow them to mount a credible front.

 

We hope that the Western World is not going to simply give the Peshmerga a big hug and wish them well. Rather than a really big hug, the Kurds truly require heavy weapons and air support. At this crucial junction it would be prudent to provide air cover and save the hugs for when the fighting is over and the Islamic State has been ground down and shown to be truly weak. This is what is needed and not hugs or likes on their pictures. There are not many groups which have been consistently and almost exclusively fighting and pushing back the forces of the Islamic State. The Kurds have accomplished much of their success receiving hugs and kudos and little else. For the first years they received likes on Facebook and basically had to do with those hugs to bolster their morale. More bullets and grenades would have been preferred to the hugs on Facebook. Perhaps these were the hugs Mark Zuckerberg was referring though it is doubtful.

 

 

Autobots Optimus Prime

Autobots
Optimus Prime

 

 

Back to Mark Zuckerberg, the man with a plan. His concept that ‘love’ will conquer all, or at least hugs can defeat the Islamic State, ISIS, ISL or Daesh is as preposterous as claiming that President Obama has an integrated plan for the Middle East which will persuade Iran not to develop nuclear weapons, ICBMs and deliver a package to the United States approximately three miles over Kansas City, and no it does not matter over which side of the river as the electrical grid will be toast seconds after the strike. What makes such an attack so horrific is it will hug tens of millions and even hundreds of millions of Americans in a slow death. The electrical grid will die by having its main transformers, the ones which take the high tension wires’ from approximately sixty-six-thousand volts down to two-hundred-twenty volts for delivery to your homes. These transformers are more powerful than the Autobots even including Optimus Prime. These transformers are built only in Germany and Japan and Germany may be an Islamic country all that uninterested if the United States, Canada and parts of Mexico are blacked-out without refrigeration and the vast majority of eighteen wheelers with their sensitive electronics fried and unable to move. Sickness, starvations and marauding gangs will be the rule of the day. Many military units will band together and take over a small fiefdom and rule like overlords until the Islamic forces arrive in number to complete the takeover, and they will not desire more than a mere five or six percent of the population to survive, if that. So, Mark, be ready to lose some weight before you get to hug your Jihadist and when you do let me know how well received a guy on guy hug worked out for you. In the meantime, it would behoove the American voters to find some form of reason and a military veteran or supporter to be President and preferably one with more sense than most of the candidates for President have shown in foreign policy as without a solid, hug free, foreign policy much of the free world will not make it to 2025 and even with a near perfect choice for President this time around does not guarantee American survival.

 

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