Beyond the Cusp

August 19, 2015

American Jewish Reggae Star Matisyahu Star Disinvited

 

American Jewish Reggae Star Matisyahu was disinvited from appearing at the Rototom Sunsplash festival in Benicassim, north of Valencia, Spain. The refusal was based on his refusal to sign a sworn affidavit professing support for the Palestinian State’s rights to exist, which actually means support the end of Israel as the Arabs have made it evidently clear their replacing the Jewish state is the only acceptable solution to their quest for statehood. None of the other performers were demanded to sign such an affidavit and we are willing to bet that everyone attending the concert will not be pressed to sign such an affidavit, well, unless they are found to be Jewish, or worse, Israeli. This demand was made because Rototom Director Filippo Giunta and the others who are arranging the concert buckled from the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction on Israel and Jews) pressures demanding that Matisyahu be banned or made to publically state his belief in the Palestinian cause, which is also an affirmation against Israel, or be banned from performing. The result was Rototom Director Filippo Giunta reportedly turning to Matisyahu and demanding he produce a “signed statement or video” which stated “in a very clear way” that he supported the establishment of an Arab “Palestinian” state. This episode clarified some other developments by having a torrent of thoughts coalesce leading one to a singular theme as a disturbing progression by one of the major political parties in the United States. The rise in anti-Semitism is not only healthy and growing in Europe, but has been showing signs of blossoming with the left in the United States.

 

 

American Jewish Reggae Star Matisyahu disinvited from appearing at the Rototom Sunsplash festival in Benicassim, north of Valencia, Spain. The refusal was based on his refusal to sign a sworn affidavit professing support for the Palestinian State’s rights to exist in the borders they choose. Rototom Director Filippo Giunta and the others who are arranging the concert buckled from the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction on Israel and Jews) pressures demanding that Matisyahu be banned or made to publically state his belief in the Palestinian cause which he refused. Matisyahu was the only performer placed under such a requirement because of his Jewish faith. Because he was so singled out for this treatment it was blatant anti-Semitism.

American Jewish Reggae Star Matisyahu disinvited from appearing at the Rototom Sunsplash festival in Benicassim, north of Valencia, Spain. The refusal was based on his refusal to sign a sworn affidavit professing support for the Palestinian State’s rights to exist in the borders they choose. Rototom Director Filippo Giunta and the others who are arranging the concert buckled from the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction on Israel and Jews) pressures demanding that Matisyahu be banned or made to publically state his belief in the Palestinian cause which he refused. Matisyahu was the only performer placed under such a requirement because of his Jewish faith. Because he was so singled out for this treatment it was blatant anti-Semitism.

 

 

Let’s go back a number of years and we might remember when Senator Joe Lieberman appeared to have fallen on the wrong side of the Democrat Party leadership. Some claim it was his placing Israel ahead of party loyalty and others claim it was his apparent abandonment of liberal principles, especially his support of the Iraq war. Senator Joe Lieberman had run afoul of the Democrat Party so they put up a challenge opposed to him for voting wrong way on Middle East Iraq votes, particularly the surge. Were there other Democrat Party Senators who voted the wrong way, yes but perhaps not as consistently. The reason being that the Democrat Party had started to pull away from supporting Israel with blanketed support as the Palestinians had started to become a cause celeb. Part of the turn was initiated in parallel to the opposition to the war in Iraq and especially the surge. Senator Lieberman fell on the wrong side of everything Middle East and foremost by supporting the surge and the last hope for the military to prove successful rather than accept defeat and find a politically acceptable manner of pullout with whatever loss of face and repute as might be occurred. This led to the Democrat Party running Ned Lamont against Joe Lieberman with full Democrat Party guns behind Lamont in an intra-party shootout. The result, unsurprisingly, was Ned Lamont; so, Senator Lieberman made a run as an independent against his Democrat nemesis and the Republican and took them both to school winning his last hurrah and a final stint as Senator from Connecticut. There were some who posed the question that perhaps some of the reasoning for the turning against Senator Joe Lieberman was at least partially due to anti-Israel sentiment or even anti-Semitism.

 

Perhaps if the debacle with Senator Lieberman had been a one off situation then there would have been no reason to hold suspicions but going forward a short time and we come to the Democrat Convention of 2012. There was one embarrassing situation for the Democrat Party Convention Chairperson who was presenting the floor with a motion to amend the Party Platform to restore to the platform faith in G0d and support for Jerusalem to be the recognized capital of Israel. The vote was taken three times with the Ayes and Nays each growing proportionally larger as the two sides each attempted to be heard and thus each call for a vote gave the same result which was insufficient to accept the motion. The desperation was evident on the Chairperson’s face who in the end simply declared the motion passed despite the vote from the floor. We have shown the video before in our article Some Misperceptions of the Arab Israeli Conflict. The display would be amusing if not for being so particularly sad. This time the culprit is not only Anti-Israel and Anti-Zionism and plain but also blatant anti-religion. If only this were the last instance.

 

The latest two incidents occurred really recently. The more intense and obvious was the treatment served to Senator Schumer, the Senior Senator from New York, a faithful Democrat Party stalwart who also has lobbied very strenuously for President Obama’s agenda and many other Democrat positions over the years placing him in line to replace Senator Reid as head of the Democrat Party in the Senate once Senator Reid steps down. Then Senator Schumer informed President Obama that he was going to vote against the Iranian Nuclear Agreement in the Senate and requested to be permitted to announce this the next morning quietly. That was not to be permitted. The White House came out shooting breaking the news almost as immediately as they were notified and a coordinated all on assault against Senator Schumer came charging with all guns blazing from the far left of the Democrat Party. Senator Schumer was denied his quiet announcement after which he had promised he would not lobby others to vote with him thus making as small an effect and as few ripples as possible. But that was not to be; instead Senator Schumer was to be pilloried from pillar to post and made a great spectacle as a warning to the rest of the Democrat Senate and House members. Senator Schumer was also used as to further President Obama’s spectacle of claiming the only opposition to his Iran Deal came from Israel and only Israel as there, according to the White House and friends, were no other nations against the Iran agreement. There were even accusations which claimed that Senator Schumer was a traitor as were any supporters of Israel who were against the deal, especially those who, like Schumer, were Jewish. This was resorting to an old libel against the Jews as being more devoted to some amorphous Jew conspiracy which was always against the ruling party or group thus all Jews were traitors. There have been leftist sources who have utilized the fact that Schumer is a Jew and pro-Israel in his voting record to piece together the obvious problem that if Schumer was the poster boy for the Jews influence, money, media, lobbyists and world behind-the-scenes influence by the Jews working, now against the President, the deal with Iran and the good of the United States; then every Jewish group would be against the treaty but there is J-Street, three-hundred-forty Rabbis and another groups of Jews from Hollywood among others supporting the President. The seeming open anti-Israel and anti-Zionist slant and outright defamation, especially pertaining to Senator Schumer and anyone or any group supportive of Israel or Jewish group in opposition of the Iran Agreement must be traitors and only their allegiance to Israel over the United States can be behind such opposition. Senator Schumer, and I am willing to bet any Jewish Democrats opposing the President’s pet foreign policy project, the Iran Nuclear deal, can only be driven by their traitorous allegiances. There have also been calls and threats and even covered promises that Schumer not only can forget being placed at the top spot which his untiring work for the Democrats over his career most definitely qualify him for, but this one “sin” of supporting Israel and, as he has stated, the United States from a bad deal which is being made with a regime that is notorious for cheating on every treaty and agreement they have ever entered and allowing them to continue without dismantling their entire nuclear program and with an inspection routine with holes large enough to fly a B-52 through and not even clip either wingtip, for this Schumer and any others of the Democrat Party are being denied any future top positions or chairmanships and will likely face a challenge placed to defeat them in their next election cycle. Is this the new Democrat Party, pull the extreme leftist anti-Israel line and toe it religiously or the Democrat Party will call out the shock troops and destroy you no matter your prior service to the Party?

 

 

Democrat Presidential Candidate and apparent front-runner Bernie Sanders greets and thrills an extremely packed house up to the rafters with enthusiastic supporters. Bernie Wow’s the crowd who responded with explosions of applause and yells of approvals. Bernie loves Oregon and Oregon loves Bernie, too bad the chiefs of the Democrat Party don’t particularly like Bernie Sanders. One can wonder why but it does appear to be the going trend among Democrats to dis anybody who even fairly takes Israel’s side even if only half the time.

Democrat Presidential Candidate and apparent front-runner Bernie Sanders greets and thrills an extremely packed house up to the rafters with enthusiastic supporters. Bernie Wow’s the crowd who responded with explosions of applause and yells of approvals. Bernie loves Oregon and Oregon loves Bernie, too bad the chiefs of the Democrat Party don’t particularly like Bernie Sanders. One can wonder why but it does appear to be the going trend among Democrats to dis anybody who even fairly takes Israel’s side even if only half the time.

 

 

To answer that question we can go to a Jew who is seeking the Democrat nomination for President, Bernie Sanders. Bernie is not an ideologue when it comes to supporting Israel but still he was questioned about holding dual citizenship both American and Israeli. He does not and never has as far as we here could ascertain though he has visited Israel a number of times, big crime there, Bernie. The interesting item has been with Hillary falling victim to her own perfidy and dropping in the polls like a lead balloon, Bernie Sanders is rapidly becoming the Democrat Party frontrunner. This has spawned some in the leadership of the Democrat Party from disparate states and organizations to panic and begin desperately seeking anybody but Bernie candidates. They have gotten so desperate as to float the names of John Kerry and Al Gore, two men who have proven their worth as Presidential candidates by losing to who the Democrats believe was the worst President in all of history, George W. Bush. There have been calls to get behind Joe Biden for President. These actions are more proof of the Democrat panic of having a Jew, even a socialist and extreme leftist Jew as their front runner. I will not claim that the leadership of the Democrat Party are all anti-Semitic, or even that there is a sizeable such persuasion in the leadership. But I will suggest that the leadership of the Democrat Party feel quite assured that they cannot win the Presidency placing a Jew at the top of the ticket or likely anywhere on the ticket and that is what has them in such a panic. The saddest thing is they can still count on receiving well over seventy-five or even eighty-five percent of the Jewish vote no matter who they run or do not allow to be their frontrunner. I am unsure which is more distressing, the clamor for anybody but Bernie or the near complete support for a Party which would not have a Jew as their leader by the Jewish voters. Somewhere there is a disconnect and I am afraid it is with the Jewish voters who vote with blinders on so they will see only that which they are meant to see. Bernie Sanders, next target?

 

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July 29, 2015

Will the Initial Vote in the Houses of Congress Be Meaningless?

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We have the deal of a lifetime, presumably the perfect and deeply complex agreement which if the Administration spokespeople are to be believed, and who would know better than those who fashioned the deal, such that the complex minutia weaves a web of inspections and requirements which Iran will be incapable of extricating themselves without being betrayed by the particulars combined with snap unannounced immediate access inspections at which time any failure to be within the web that has been tediously structured would result in total snapback of the most severe sanctions bringing Iran to its knees; thus Iran will not progress as a nuclear power for at least a decade. But if one has also paid any attention to the celebrations and excessive elation raging out of control through the halls of power in Iran, one might suspect that either the Iranians have not figured out the brilliance by President Obama and the State Department mediators who once again have made an airtight box just as they had with North Korea, as the very same members of the North Korean negotiations committee were once again put into service to similarly fashion an ironclad nuclear deal with Iran. Imagine the shock and awe that will eventually end one side or the other’s elation when the truth shows its hand and either Iran never becomes a nuclear armed power for at the least a decade and a half or does so far more rapidly. Still, despite the unanimous approval of the P5+1 and Iranian Agreement with a chapter seven enforceable ratification which some are claiming makes any vote by the United States Congress potentially meaningless, but is this true?

 

The ratification by the United Nations Security Council will only become an issue if there can be a vote taken which manages to recognize and demand enforcement of United Nations sanctions being reimposed. It would still require the five permanent members, France, Britain, United States, Mainland China and the Russian Federation not to use their veto power to block enforcement, those very same nations who have millions or billions or conceivably trillions of Euros or Dollars in trade deals to vote to end such deals, even should Iran test a nuclear device in the middle of the waters to their south. That is far beyond reasonable and should not be expected unless the Iranian test was over Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and even then it would be doubtful. The other P5+1 (France, Britain, China, Russian Federation and Germany) have already announced their willing compliance with the deal and are ready for full ratification which is waiting on the United States which has a far more complicated approval system than any Parliamentary system which is found throughout most of the world, so, every eye is on Washington D.C. and while the world waits the media are thrashing every conceivable turn of the cards of fate possible to come out of Washington in the next sixty days Congress has set as the limit before they must present their final verdict. So, what comes next?

 

 

Photo of the Lead Negotiators Taken After Agreement Reached with the Smiles on the far left two Iranian Lead Negotiators and neutral bored look by the man in the middle representing the European Union with the two on the right no more aware that they are posing for the picture which will mark them in history than they were during the negotiations themselves while they either are looking at the real winners or posing as if this was an after frat party picture with the thumbs up, who are they kidding?

Photo of the Lead Negotiators Taken After Agreement Reached with the Smiles on the far left two Iranian Lead Negotiators and neutral bored look by the man in the middle representing the European Union with the two on the right no more aware that they are posing for the picture which will mark them in history than they were during the negotiations themselves while they either are looking at the real winners or posing as if this was an after frat party picture with the thumbs up, who are they kidding?

 

 

The United States House of Representatives often limits the debate speaking time to each of the State’s Representatives ten minutes each to express their opinions and attempt to persuade their cohorts before the vote is taken. With four-hundred-thirty-five Representatives that results in four-thousand-three-hundred-fifty minutes of debate or seventy-two-hours and thirty-minutes. That means that if we allow for procedural delays and Representatives speaking beyond their allotted time or outbursts which leaving a mere four hours of time per day this results in a minimum of fourteen and a half days or approximately four weeks before every Representative had made their feelings known. Perhaps this mathematics is why the time allotted for Congressional approval or disapproval to be decided and a final vote taken on the proposed Iran nuclear agreement and the results be made known to the White House and an eager media who will waste no time chewing on every piece of gristle fed to them and pretend that they found the finest filet mignon and then pretend their perception is the finest cut of the votes taken in both houses, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

 

There are some very unusual conditions stipulated in the Congressional approval of this Agreement which is not a treaty and not exactly just a Presidential decree as the Congress insisted and received oversight, but not merely the usual Senate only ratification required by a normal treaty but because President Obama’s successful labeling unusual and break from norm claiming that arms agreements are not normally treated as a treaty but instead simply demand the straight up majority in both houses rather than the two-thirds approval (sixty-seven of the one-hundred) Senators. President Obama suspected, it would be impossible to receive such ratification from a Senate controlled by a majority Republicans even were it to garner one-hundred-percent support from the Democrats, both Independents who caucus with the Democrats and possibly a half dozen Republicans who honestly believe that the President is to be granted leeway on items pertaining to foreign affairs matters. It was likely beyond any conceivable probability that the President could find a full dozen minimum Republican Senators to vote for the deal, thus it was this frightening reality facing President Obama who decided his sole chance was to invent a new class of agreement where because there were six other nations involved and this presumably made the United States an co-equal partner to an agreement, an executive agreement by a President who was but one amongst many in reaching this agreement making it an agreement amongst executives and thus it was a Presidential Agreement requiring only passage by both houses of Congress. This will presumably provide to grant the President a veto over any vote taken which refused the Congressional approval of the Agreement thus then requiring the Congress to then override the Presidential veto now requiring a two-thirds vote in both houses in order to prevent the Agreement taking effect, a complete reversal of fates. Now, it would appear, there will be required that both houses of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, would be required to attain a two-thirds vote each to override the veto and end the ratification by the United States.

 

Oddly enough there are a number of presumptions which make much of these arguments completely erroneous. Let us look at the realities. The first item that requires investigation is exactly how the wording of the presentation of the Iranian agreement before Congress is read. Any initial investigation one would expect that a ‘Yea’ vote would be in favor of the Agreement and any ‘Nay’ vote would be against the Agreement. So, if the Senate voted fifty-one in favor and forty-nine against while the House of Representatives voted two-hundred-eighteen in favor and one-hundred-seventeen against, then both houses would have approved the Agreement with minimal votes required and the passage would permit President Obama to sign the Agreement placing the United States to be in compliance of the terns, limitations and obligations within the Agreement just as President Obama desires. So, the House and Senate both approve the Agreement even by the narrowest of margins, then there would be no need for any veto and everybody limps away satisfied they had performed their duty as they saw best to be committed.

 

But we all know that what we have been told is that the problems arise should the Congress oppose the will of President Obama and not approve the Agreement. It would make absolutely no difference should the Senate, the House of Representatives or both deny passage to the agreement sent before them by whatever margin, then what comes next. We have been led to believe that President Obama could veto their vote to turn down their initial vote and now place the two Houses of Congress into having to reach a two-thirds vote to override President Obama’s veto by voting by a two thirds vote in both Houses of Congress in order to have the Congressional advice be heard and President Obama be instructed not to sign the Agreement thus removing the United States from any of the particulars of the Agreement and should this occur, then and only then would the Agreement be kept from becoming binding on the United States. There is one grievous mistake in the reasoning here as long as a ‘Yea’ vote means ratification of the Agreement and a ‘Nay’ vote indicates one is opposed to the Agreement. Once either House of Congress votes against the Agreement and thereby not approving it that is the end of the Iran Nuclear Agreement as far as the United States is officially concerned because the President is not empowered to veto a negative vote. He can only veto those items brought before him as passed legislation by both houses of Congress. In order to have his Iran Deal passed, he must present the deal to both houses for an up or down vote and not propose some finagled legislation asking if they oppose the Iran deal, thus turning approval on its head and making support a ‘Nay’ vote and opposition a ‘Yea’ vote thus making turning down the deal available for him to veto as, despite what he believes, that is not presenting the agreement for a vote by Congress, that is perverting everything that is holy and true about the American confirmation process and turning a negative into a positive and vice-a-versa twisting the affirmation process. By this method it would become near impossible to oppose any appointment or treaty made by a president and makes them a virtual dictator for their time in office and as far as that goes, also impossible to make them relinquish their office claiming their declaration that their removal from the Presidency was itself a threat to national security. The vote over the Iran Nuclear Agreement has to proceed as a ‘Yea’ vote as in favor of the agreement and a ‘Nay’ vote a vote against ratification and thus either house refusing to approve the Agreement would spell the end of the Agreement in so far as the United States would be concerned. The President could ignore that and sign the Agreement but his signature would be meaningless as the courts would override any demand then made under that signature void; thus, all of the Iranian sanctions made by the United States would stand and any monies held by United States banks would remain frozen, period, game-set-match.

 

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February 18, 2015

ISIS Must be Confronted Before They Spread Further

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Back a couple of weeks, Boko Haram terrorists shot and burned to death at least 91 civilians in a new front within Cameroon. Ever since announcing their allegiance with ISIS, Boko Haram has expanded their campaign of horror making their initial incursions into Chad and renewed their targeting of Cameroon as well as their never ending horrors in Nigeria. Their horrors have terrified civilians with even the mention of their strikes coming ever closer to new towns, especially those with western styled schools which Boko Haram, true to their name which translates to Western Education is Haram, unholy and forbidden, as they have burned numerous schools after shooting students and teachers alike, kidnapping young girls and then securing the remaining captives within a small building and setting it aflame burning the final victims in as horrific a manner as they are able. This has emboldened other terrorist entities which have expressed their support of ISIS and their adoption of allying with ISIS and recognizing them as the rightful representatives of the coming Caliphate and their subservience to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the new Caliph and the chosen one to lead all of Sunni Islam in their renewed and final quest to place the entirety of the world under Islamic rule with the application of Sharia throughout the globe. There was the recent beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya by some group claiming allegiance with ISIS. This was just the latest group that announced their allegiance to ISIS by conducting some barbaric slaughter of innocents.

 

The central core group of ISIS in Iraq yesterday murdered 45 Iraqis by burning them alive in the town of Al-Baghdadi, Iraq. Col. Qasim al-Obeidi of the Iraqi military told the media that the identities of the victims have yet to be ascertained. As of the latest reports yesterday, the compound housing the families of security personnel as well as local officials is now under siege by ISIS forces. The town of Al-Baghdadi has been under siege itself for months before finally falling last Thursday and is a mere eight kilometers from Ain al-Asad airbase, where 320 US Marines are training the Iraqi army’s 7th Division and had come under assault by ISIS over the weekend but were fortunately able to repel the assault forcing the ISIS forces to retreat back to the area around the town of Al-Baghdadi. The murder by ISIS of the 45 Iraqis was a serious and horrific event made all the worse in that they were incinerated by the ISIS barbarous terrorists, an event at least as barbarous as the incineration of the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh who they had captured after his F-16 fighter jet was shot down, the first such shoot down since the coalition air campaign began. This has become the signature method being used from all of the terror outfits claiming allegiance to ISIS because, apparently, merely beheading their victims apparently is not horrific enough and does not sufficiently infuriate and strike fear to the rest of the world. The ISIS affiliated monsters are aiming for the most horrific and dehumanizing methods used purely to be the revolting and appalling while producing the greatest amount of fear in their target regions, both the western society and the areas directly at threat from their forces. The burning of the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh and the beheading of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya has succeeded in producing a reaction, a reaction which should be produced the world over, but thus far only generated a reaction from the King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein of Jordan and his subjects as well as President Sisi of Egypt; each leader promising to make the ISIS aligned terrorists pay for their inhumanity in slaughtering their countrymen in horrific and dehumanizing fashion which was revolting and abhorrent to them and the nations populations.

 

The question that the Jordanian President, the Egyptian President, the peoples of Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and countless others are asking themselves is what exactly it will take to arouse the wills of the people around the world and especially with the nations with the military might to defeat the ever growing terrorist forces allying with ISIS, a change in attitude which has yet to even show the slightest indication it is a force of will that is even sparked, let alone spreading a demand like wildfire. The longer that the world waits before addressing this noxious pestilence the more difficult the warfare and the greater the cost in treasure and lives any conflict to destroy the numerous and growing scourge will take. Meanwhile, the United States Congress has been requested to grant President Obama a limited and peculiar use of American military might which the President calls Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF and decided to be pronounced Oomph by people in Washington D.C. or New York or wherever trends are given their accepted pronunciations). The AUMF legislation requests that the authorization to use force against terrorists which was granted to President George W. Bush after the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and another Washington D.C. target by Flight 93 which the passengers fought back causing the terrorists to crash the plane in a field in southwestern Pennsylvania and replace it with a new authorization. This new AUMF has some peculiarities which have many in the Congress spooked and confused which will probably have Congress questioning the parameters seeking clarifications on the particulars in the legislation before them. The AUMF seeks to allow for continued United States participation in efforts to degrade ISIS capabilities through airstrikes, training forces in Iraq and Syria with all actions limited to three years and with no restriction as to locations where such authorization for use of military force might be restricted calling for targeting any “associated persons or forces.” It has been reported that the Republicans are planning to seek stronger and more expansive powers and removal of any time limitations concerning the use of force to defeat and destroy ISIS forces wherever they may be found while the Democrats seek to add additional limitations to assure that there can never be ground forces utilized against ISIS, probably to include special forces, the only boots on the ground the White House had mentioned they might consider deploying. Whatever the end results, the clarifications and alterations to the President’s request promises to take months before everybody will be able to agree and pass appropriate legislation which will provide the limitations the President desires and the allowance for use of additional levels of force even to include the possibility for boots on the ground as well as the removal of the three years limitation after which new legislation would be required even to continue the air campaign or training of Iraqi, Syrian or other troops or forces. This diddling around and parsing of time tables, language and extents for use of force will only serve to strengthen ISIS with the addition of who knows how many additional terrorist entities as well as the swelling of their core forces in Syria and Iraq which have been detected to be receiving thousands if not tens of thousands of new recruits almost every week. The one limitation of ISIS which gives them a weakness which can be exploited has been their lack of air power. This is simply due to not having sufficient pilots as they have captured two airbases and has gained a number of aircraft but simply ISIS had nobody who can fly them with any degree of competence. That begs the question of how long before we see pilots landing at the airbases under ISIS control and offering their special abilities granting ISIS with the airpower they lack. Such an addition would make ISIS a far more deadly force to be reckoned with and far more devastating with capabilities to soften targets before assaulting with ground forces.

 

There has been an additional potential of a growing threat by ISIS to work to replace Hamas and Fatah and replacing the Palestinian Authority with their claiming that the current forces under the Palestinian Authority, according to a pamphlet distributed in Gaza, Judea and Samaria last month, was made up of “the rule of tyranny and heresy.” They also called for a holy war, a jihad to depose those impure forces and their leadership such that ISIS could take their place and provide a superior and more Islamic rule fighting against the real enemy, Israel and the Jews and Christians, the infidel. This threat of ISIS comes as Fatah and Hamas have been slowly but surely escalating their levels of internecine violence. The escalating violence has seen numerous cars set on fire with a select number being exploded along with attempted assassinations by both sides but thus far the fighting has remained limited compared to some former disagreements which have caused violence in the past. Where this comes to a head is that there is a distinct possibility that ISIS may be fanning the flames to cause additional violence and escalating the conflict in the hope to have Hamas and Fatah cause each other sufficient damage making it that much easier for ISIS to replace both entities. Israel has already arrested and broken up one ISIS cell which was operating in Judea and Samaria and was preparing to make a strike on Israel which they planned to arrange for Fatah and the Palestinian Authority to take the blame. Should ISIS become the ruling entity in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, then Israel would have little if any choice but to take full control of the entirety of Gaza, Judea and Samaria in order to cleanse it of every last shred of ISIS influence. Israel could not permit nor allow a single day of ISIS rule being declared as the new Palestinian Authority engaging in jihad against Israel. Still, the safe bet is the world would then condemn Israel for fighting to rid the lands bordering Israel from the threats of ISIS. The claim would be that the ISIS forces which were facing off with Israel were the new and improved representatives of the Palestinian lands and Israel should immediately start to approach them in order to open a dialogue through which the establishment of an ISIS state bordering Israel with eastern Jerusalem as their capital city and the Green Line as their border. There would be protestations across all of Western society claiming that the ISIS residing in Gaza, Judea and Samaria was a totally different form of ISIS and has no connections with the real ISIS that the rest of the world is presumably battling. It is a very peculiar thing to watch the world change gears immediately whenever some terror group deploys forces to fight Israel, no matter what else or who else such a group has attacked or is currently fighting, any forces they utilize to fight against Israel become a separate entity which no matter what other problematic offences the parent group or even the actual terrorists fighting against Israel have committed, now that they are engaging Israel all former crimes against humanity are expunged and they are lionized and become the true face of the beleaguered Palestinian peoples. ISIS could easily force Hamas from Gaza and very probably expel Fatah from Judea and Samaria thus taking hold of both sides and claiming the title of savior of the Palestinian people and become the new chosen with whom Israel must engage in the next round of peace talks.

 

With a world that is unable to look an evil straight on and call it what it is, evil, there is little hope that ISIS will be dealt with in any timely manner, and that makes them potentially far more dangerous. What the world needs to face is that right now ISIS has a potential to become a formidable force which will have all the resources for warfare necessary to actually face a modern army but has yet to realize such power. As noted above, the main particular which ISIS is missing is an air force which it may eventually gain. They do not as of yet require any naval forces as they currently are situated at one of the central points in the world where Asia, Europe and Africa all merge. There is an awful lot of land to be brought under the rule of Islam before ISIS would need a naval force. There are some forces which can currently destroy ISIS at its core if they had the will. Turkey could reduce ISIS to dust if they chose to intervene but if ISIS is permitted further growth, then it is going to require far more force to eradicate. Another potential faction of ISIS which remains unknown is how many people could ISIS call to battle who still live within any potential nation or they have assigned to form militias that sit silently just waiting for the order to strike soft targets in any nation possibly causing many leaders to pause and consider if they really want to push fate tempting these hidden jihadists to run amuck within their borders. Such a threat could easily be a real force to have to face, especially when some of these cells consist of youths who had become disaffected with their lives and were secretly brought under control and left in their homeland to strike from within their own communities. Such cells could easily exceed the limits of power held by the police departments in their location. Some cells might even have infiltrated the police so as to weaken their abilities to counter any terrorist threats, especially if the police in the field are given bad information setting up a location for the terrorists’ next strike. ISIS is metastasizing and spreading like a disease throughout the body. ISIS currently has mostly infected parts of the Middle East and is spreading across northern Africa. As long as ISIS is kept from reaching the Saudi Arabian oil fields the Western nations will still have a period of grace before facing real difficulties and thus still be capable of intervening and ending the ISIS threat and follow that up by ending the threats of the many terror cells within their own borders before they grow to become a real threat and menace to their society.

 

The biggest threat would be terror cells that may have infiltrated the police or those who have infiltrated the military. Such cells pose a danger which would be a force multiplier if utilized to their full potential. One only need look at history to realize how a small band which is well organized can become a force which the world might not succeed in defeating such a force. All the dithering and posturizing now will only serve to strengthen ISIS as they grow stronger given more time. Theirs is a long war attitude where they can simply continue to apply force until they finally break their opposition’s ranks of troops granting them a victory and even more important it can provide them with the necessary tools to continue to threaten all of Western civilization. One needs to remember that the Ottoman Empire started with a small core group from northeastern Turkey and spread across most of the Muslim lands and remained a threat until World War I. Their Caliphate lasted through the nineteenth century and could marshal a large force of manpower and was only finally defeated by the combined forces of the allies in World War I. Does the world really desire to allow ISIS to grow to be that powerful? The threat of ISIS needs to be eradicated now while they are still growing and spreading the seeds of Islam, a true and pure Islam which will subjugate their populations constantly growing in strength as those who have fallen to ISIS realize how much they had relied upon their government for the daily necessities such as trash removal, water and electrical service and a myriad of other services and conveniences. The longer the world waits before removing the ISIS threat, the more damage that will be done and at some point ISIS will cross a threshold as they gather strength and become a much greater threat. Nobody knows what that threshold will be, so ISIS will continue to grow and gain more and more followers as they succeed and the world appears to be frightened and loathed to stand against them. This perception is what feeds ISIS and is the visual they are showing the world, a picture which shows the world trembling before the threats of ISIS, it is no wonder that ISIS is gaining recruits in such numbers and gaining the allegiance of so many youths seeking to leave their mark on the world. Stop waiting and extinguish this threat while it is still in its infancy because if it ever reaches full growth it may not be defeated as easily. There is precious little time left and already ISIS has grown to the point they can confront and defeat many of the armies of nations they are currently threatening such as Niger, Cameroon, Chad and many other North African nations. ISIS does pose a real and tangible threat already and is not that far from becoming a formidable threat with the capabilities beyond the power of many of the smaller nations lying before them. The western world with its advanced weapons had best consider how they would desire to face ISIS, do they prefer to keep them at a distance and defeat them or would they prefer ISIS on their border threatening their wives and children? The time to destroy ISIS is now, before they threaten our loved ones.

 

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