Beyond the Cusp

February 25, 2015

What’s Hidden by Administration in Iran Deal?

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One has to wonder what is behind President Obama and his closest advisors and all of the other Administration personnel within the Iran negotiations teams that is causing them to take every possible step in avoiding allowing for a straight up or down majority opinion in a nonbinding resolution by Congress. The fact that the agreement being fashioned has been classified as a military arms control agreement which is not required to be ratified as would a treaty; one might be confused as to the difference between a treaty and an arms controls agreement. Apparently the major differences are down to not requiring Congressional approval and are not as binding as would be a treaty thus the enforcement and inspections criteria must be included within the framework of the agreement as well as any punishment or avenues of redress should either party stray from the criteria listed in such a military arms control treaties. Personally, I see these differences as using the invention of a new category which grants certain agreements which would have been included in the general definition of a treaty and thus requiring Congressional ratification, instead are referred to by any word in a thesaurus for treaty which are not separately mentioned in the Constitution are therefore not actually treaties and thus are not required to pass the same tests and standards as the same item if actually referred to as a treaty. So, Secretary of State Kerry and his team are working with the Iranians to set up an agreement, an arms control mutual military arms control scenario defined as anything but a treaty, an itinerary of permissible acts along with forbidden territories placing structurally defined restrictions and limitations upon the Iranian nuclear program with an intent to prevent them from circumventing any provisions of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and becoming a nuclear armed nation, all of this twisting and mangling of words and terminologies simply to not require Congressional approval as would the identical document if the word Agreement were changed to the word treaty. That is parsing things a little fine, wouldn’t you think?

 

All of this rigmarole and dancing around terminology seems to be a futile attempt to put something in place so that when Iran does declare themselves, either through testing of a nuclear device, simply declaring they have built such a device, or worst case scenario of actually using such a device in an attack upon another nation allowing for President Obama to hold up the United States’ very own copy with actual signatures of a piece of paper and declare that Iran had blindsided the Administration as they have an agreement, accord, understanding, convention, deal, settlement, pact, mutual correspondence, anything but an actual use of the word ‘treaty’ which promised that Iran would not develop any nuclear weaponized devices for ten years and now they went and broke their word, their promise. Then, with tears running down his face, President Obama could sobbingly continue sniffing and puffin between each and every word stuttering while claiming, they promised and were so sincere and President Rouhani shook my hand and his smile was so warm and reassuring and showed his sincerity and he seemed so honest. How could such a betrayal have happened? I am sure there must be an explanation and I will go to any length to get to the bottom of this even if it takes the rest of my time as President, and you can be assured of that. The media will play up how absolutely hurt and taking this as an insult to his person and that President Obama never suspected that the Iranians would be so duplicitous and dishonest and the first he heard of any possibility of this deception was when he, like everybody else, read it in this morning’s Washington Post front page headlines, but be assured that the President is on the case and will find out what went wrong.

 

Meanwhile, as the President only ever finds out about these items concerning national security and any other contentious issue, allow me to direct his attention to the numerous articles from recent reports that according to the Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the complex, called Lavizan-3 located right outside Tehran and is an enrichments center designed to produce weaponized uranium in secret. The entire enrichment plant is buried deep underground and can only be accessed through an elevator which takes on three stories underground where one then proceeds along a downward sloping corridor and then enters through massive lead-lined vault-like doors into the actual facility which has been designed such that it will not permit any trace elements of radioactive material to be detected from outside the facility. These revelations were unveiled during a Washington D.C. news conference by the NCRI who were also the first to expose the elements of Iran’s covert nuclear program back in 2002. Speaking to Fox News the deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington bureau, Alireza Jafarzadeh stated, “This site must be inspected. There is no way in the world you can assure Tehran is not developing nuclear weapons if you can’t inspect those sites, especially if you are talking about a regime that has over two decades of a track record of lying and cheating and deceiving the whole world.”

 

The report released by NCRI tells of an expansive enrichment facility consisting of three distinct corridors which house the centrifuge cascades each one separate from the others to minimize any effects of a mishap or sabotage endangering the other two cascades. The entire construction is over one-hundred-fifty and as deep as two-hundred feet below the surface. There was a photograph of the foot thick lead-lined door and noted the factory was soundproofed and steps had been taken to prevent any leakage being detected of the uranium radiation. This report, if verified, would be evidence that Iran has absolutely no intentions to allow their quest for nuclear weapons to be thwarted by a piece of paper full of signatures, even should such paper be signed on the grounds of the White House, in the Oval Office or in Tehran.

 

We had claimed that Iran likely had other hidden and highly restricted facilities for uranium enrichment and other nuclear weapons facilities mostly placed deep underground and shielded from satellite and other detection methods and accessible only through hidden entrances possibly disguised by placing the entrances within existing structures thus concealing the entrance from any suspicions. It would be as pleasant as it would be dishonest or surprising to claim that this news of a parallel nuclear weapons system was an unexpected revelation. We had been more favoring that Iran would simply refuse to reach a deal and walk away with no limitations on their nuclear weapons program and completely intact. This one enrichment site is probably just the tip of the iceberg and we can expect as time passes for news to surface that Iran has expanded their mining for raw uranium ore from their mines in the northern mountains and that there was suspicious building in that area as well. It might even be possible for the Iranians to conceal an enrichment plant within their mining locations as long as it was sufficiently removed that vibrations from the mining operations would not affect the centrifuges as they are quite delicate and only capable of surviving minor vibrations which might offset their balance. Still, there is very little that we suspect the Iranians to be incapable of accomplishing. Their advances in centrifuge design are a testament to their engineering prowess and their manufacturing abilities. Super-high-speed centrifuges are delicate enough to produce, but their latest centrifuges could be considered to be hyper-high-speed centrifuges as they spin at speeds six times the capable output per centrifuge meaning what with their previous centrifuge cascades they might have required as many as twenty in a single cascade to accomplish what a cascade of three or possibly four of the newest centrifuges, that is a humongous accomplishment in engineering and manufacturing and should be taken by the West as proof the Iranians have the ability, expertise and knowledge necessary to manufacture any form of nuclear device they desire even to include anything from a high-yield thermonuclear device to a low yield EMP producing device and everything in between including weaponized miniature systems every bit as sophisticated of the Western nations’ nuclear devices. Combine these capabilities with the refusal to allow full inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the release by the NCRI of the Lavizan-3 clandestine uranium enrichment construction and its location just outside Tehran and you have the perfect recipe for the secretive, clandestine nuclear weapons device production and a far higher propensity to actually use such a device while continuing to profess their innocence and compliance to the nuclear deal being hammered out in Geneva all while using all means of blocking and postponing inspections indefinitely just as they are currently operating.

 

I mean they can be such deconstructionist while in the midst of negotiations for future inspection, that displays the total contempt that Iran has for the negotiations and the Western nations because they are allowing Iran all the time it required and then some, sitting at a table in a room of a five star hotel in the mountains overlooking Geneva and enjoying the amenities and scenery while writing everything off on their expense account or paying with a government issued credit card. It’s a rough life to be forced to negotiate in such hardship, where do I sign up for such a position as, after all, I doubt my efforts would be any less effective than those currently taking up the issues pretending that Iran has halted all their ambitions placing their centrifugal cascades in lockdown. The new European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini just announced, “We cannot miss this opportunity. A good deal is at hand if the parties will keep cooperating as they did so far and if we have enough political will from all sides to agree on a good deal and sell it domestically. We have a series of internal domestic political dynamics we have to handle with care.” After referring to “tensions” which exist in the United States Congress, as well as the upcoming Israeli elections and Sunni-Shiite rivalry in the Gulf region she concluded, “A comprehensive agreement would be mutually beneficial for all sides.” Secretary of State John Kerry was cautiously optimistic claiming, “We expect to know soon whether or not Iran is willing to put together an acceptable, verifiable plan.” Secretary of State Kerry also took the opportunity to insult Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu casting doubts over the veracity and his ability to address the Iranian situation, claiming those voicing their opposition to the deal being negotiated with Iran over its nuclear program are “uninformed.” This was probably an oblique reference to the rumored cutting of Israel from the loop including those given current and up to the minute briefings on the discussions at hand. If I may be presumptuous, allow me to comment on Secretary of State Kerry’s comments with a simple question, is your policy of presenting single elements of the preferred text of an agreement before Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and should he balk you simply discard that term and move on to the next? If so, I predict that at the signing ceremony you will end up with everybody signing a blank piece of paper which will include all the accepted restrictions on Iran which Mr. Zarif accepted, nothing, absolutely nothing. Such a deal Iran has for you, Secretary Kerry. But these negotiations have never been about preventing a nuclear armed Iran but instead assisting Iran to obtain nuclear weapons arsenal under the disguise of nuclear negotiations. This has probably been your assignment from the Oval Office and the Presidential Teleprompter in Chief, also known as President Barack Obama, Ditherer in Chief.

 

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January 13, 2015

The Islamic Reformer in Egypt

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The video below is what will hopefully be the opening salvo placing Islam on a path to having its own reformation. The timing is pretty much right on schedule as Judaism had its expansionism where it took lands by force and eventually ended that stage of its history after which it only fought to retain the small area of lands which it occupied, a struggle the Jewish state is facing today as the forces of the world continuously attempt to slice and carve Israel up leaving an ever smaller piece of land for the Jewish state to continue existing. The first story telling of Avram’s belief that idolatry was an empty concept and likely led Avram on his quest for the knowledge which eventually led him to finding G0d tells of Avram going into the showroom where his family sold idols to make a living. Avram smashed all of the idols in the shop except the largest idol which he placed the large hammer he had used to smite the rest of the idols. When his father entered the shop he was beside himself and furious demanding that Avram explain what had happened. Avram calmly explained that when he arrived that morning he caught the largest idol, the one holding the hammer, smashing and destroying the other idols. His father rejected the ridiculous story yelling that stone idols were incapable of such acts which Avram simply and calmly inquired why his father and family were selling idols under a false claim. This episode was the beginning of the travels and tribulations for Avram as most certainly he was invited to vacate his family home by his irate and distressed father. The amount of anger Avram probably received from his father and the rest of the family likely drove him to the farthest lands he could find where he felt safe from their reach and where Avram’s life was drastically changed and he started the seeds of what would become Judaism. During this struggle to find truth Avram found G0d and upon G0d instructing him, he changed his name to Avraham.

 

Some five or six hundred years later, after the Jews had been enslaved in Egypt, their numbers had increased to a point that the Pharaoh saw the Jews within Egypt as a potential threat and so placed them in bondage such that they would not revolt and join with one of Egypt’s enemies thus toppling his rule. After four hundred years we are told that the Jews were led to freedom by Moses who gave the Jewish people the Torah gaining Moses the title of the law-giver. Moses also led the Jewish people back to their ancestral homelands, the lands which presumably were granted to Avraham by G0d. The path to freedom and liberty and the forming of a people who did not have their minds enslaved and fearful, as were the minds of the vast majority of the Jewish people whom Moses led out of Egypt; Moses had to turn the nation of Israel around and journey back into the dessert. Moses had initially led the Jews directly to what was to be their homeland but the test of the spies who told of a formidable peoples who had cities with insurmountable walls and themselves were giants with great strength which was given by all but two of the twelve men sent to reconnoiter the land and the people’s panic caused Moses to lead them back into the desert until a new generation had been raised not under the oppression of slavery and with the mindset of a freed people. This, we are told, took forty years of wandering through the desert. To make this telling short we will simply list that Moses did not enter the Promised Land but turned the leadership over to Joshua who led the Jewish people on their initial efforts to conquer what would become their homelands. Initially the Jewish people broke into their individual tribes with each being autonomous. It was not until King David melded the twelve tribes into one nation and King Solomon built the L0rd’s Temple, the First Temple, in Yerushalayim. This was the pinnacle of Jewish expansion and conquest of lands and the rest of time until the Romans dispersed the Jews to the far corners of the Roman Empire in order to make them cease to exist and to perish from the pages of history that the Jewish People lived in the lands straddling the Jordan River and across the plains of the Galilee, much of these lands are where Israel exists today. The Israelites took approximately fifteen hundred to seventeen hundred years from their founding as a people and a religion by Avraham to their conquest and settling their lands centered on Yerushalayim and the Temple. This was the end of military expansionism and the adopting a kinder and gentler Jewish People, the same area approximately that the Jews are attempting to rebuild their homelands which had sat desolate for almost two millennia. Without going through the periods of conquest, rebirth and reconquering their area across Europe but instead look to when Christianity also became nonviolent and no longer expansionary, one sees that this happened for the Christian faith approximately fifteen hundred to sixteen hundred years. Checking the Islamic calendar one would notice that Islam is approaching the time-period where both Judaism and Christendom went through their transformations and became less violent and mostly no longer expansionist. So, perhaps this video has arrived and this will be the first salvo for the transformation of Islam. Here is the video and more continues below, but first the video requires watching if you have not yet come to see it already as it did appear on the social media circuit.

 

 

 

 

Time will tell if Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the latest general turned leader of Egypt will turn out to be the man who began the reformation of Islam or at least the reformation of Islamic beliefs and thought in Egypt, the most populous Islamic nation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the location of the oldest and most prestigious Islamic university in the world, Cairo’s Al-Azhar University. This was the University where el-Sisi gave his landmark speech. When I first viewed this speech made by el-Sisi I immediately feared for his life. There exists probably nobody in a more advantageous position to foment this transformation. The previous time such a reformation in Islam might have been possible was just after World War I with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the secularly based Turkey which he had placed what he considered an unimpeachable guardian of the works of his lifetime when he placed the enforcement of the secular state he had set for Turkey. Much of his work is being undermined and undone by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who has been slowly and inexorably sliding Turkey away from the standards put in place by Mustafa Ataturk a century ago and has already replaced the top generals thus coopting the military from interfering with his designs on returning Turkey to the glory of its time as the head of the Caliphate. Now we have General el-Sisi aiming to turn Egypt into a modern and functional Islamic state. One has to give Abdel Fattah el-Sisi credit for giving this address before the faculty and administrators of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the recognized premier and most prestigious Islamic institution for higher learning in the world. If Abdel el-Sisi can persuade the Imams who teach at Al-Azhar University to teach a reformed and flexible version of Islam more centered on the original teachings of Muhammad during the time in Mecca where he initially wrote the Quran and find some evidence or writing which defines Islam in the manners of Turkey then Abdel el-Sisi may turn out to be the man who started the reformation of Islam. What might the signs be that Abdel el-Sisi is making progress and what form and nature would a reformed Islam take?

 

We can all probably agree that the first accomplishment that Egyptian President and Islamic reformer must achieve will be remaining alive. The fate that awaited former Egyptian President Muhammad Anwar El Sadat after signing a peace treaty with Israel was that he was assassinated while watching a military revue when a soldier broke ranks and charged the reviewing stands and shot President Sadat at almost blank range. Anwar Sadat, like Abdel el-Sisi, was a general in the military before becoming President for Life and that relationship with the military was short-lived as it was from amongst the ranks of the military that the Muslim Brotherhood was able to reach out and assassinate him. So remaining alive and the symbol of a reformed Islam which is being practiced within Egypt, the largest Islamic state in the world, as well as taught at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the premier institute of higher learning and scholarly discourse in all of Islam, will produce a base for Islamic reformation in which Islam is transformed into a religion which is finally capable of living in a world in which other religions are deemed to be permitted and Islam will finally be able to be practiced side-by-side with the other faiths and will no longer pose a threat challenging all other faiths demanding to be the sole religion of the world. Making such a transition will take time, hopefully not too much time, but time just the same as such a transformation cannot be expected to take place overnight, or even in a single year.

 

The signs that such changes are being effectively spread throughout Islam and there will be more than sufficient pushback making the task of spreading the reformed version of Islam that much more difficult. There will be the resistance from the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia who with Saudi oil monies who have been at the forefront of Jihad as a violent manner of spreading Islam if coercion and conversion failed to convince a people to adopt their version of Islam. Then there is the not so small matter of Shiite Muslims as Abdel el-Sisi is Sunni and thus will not hold any acceptable powers of persuasion or authority, moral or otherwise unless Abdel el-Sisi is planning to conquer all of existing Islam in order to teach then a version which is non-violent. Then there are places where Islam is practiced solely because of their willingness to use brute force to enforce the laws of Islam as they perceive such. There are entities whose very existence is dependent on violent Jihad such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezballah, the Twelvers which had their influence solely through nonviolent means. Then there are the recent events in Paris which may have revealed something extremely threatening about Islam today. The two brothers claim that they received training and that the plans were worked through and rehearsed before they were sent to France to perform their deadly acts. This would not seem to pose any problem except that one brother claimed to have worked with al-Qaeda while the other claimed he worked through ISIS. If what this implies is true then the world and Abdel el-Sisi have a serious problem on their hands. The merging of the two of the largest, best trained, and militarily capable of ruling over entire nation is seriously frightening. The world can only hope that al-Qaeda and ISIS are not working together, even if only on Jihadist acts which both terror entities have an interest, then reforming Islam will have become that much more difficult. Abdel el-Sisi made clear that he was speaking about changing the thinking and not the religion, the interpretation and not actual Islam. What he likely meant by these declarations was that he aimed to preserve the writings of Islam and simply shift the emphasis to coexistence as the Quran was first written and that the changes he was purporting were things which the Quran already states but which are not currently stressed and utilized thus getting Islam to change from being a threat to the other religions of the world into a more gentile and pleasant form where it coexists with the other religions in the world. Abdel el-Sisi reflected on his realization that should Islamic practices continue insisting on violent Jihad and the transformation of the entirety of the world to Islam by spreading Islam by the sword that Islam was facing a problem. Abdel el-Sisi described that problem perfectly when he stated, “It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire Ummah to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!! That thinking, I am not saying ‘religion’ but ‘thinking’, that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world! Is it possible that 1.6 billion Muslims should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that is 7 billion – so that they themselves may live? Impossible!!” Abdel el-Sisi has looked at the world through open eyes and seen that should Islam continue in its current path its hand will be against every religion, and every religion’s hand against Islam, and will in the end lead to the destruction of Islam, thus its path must change. Abdel el-Sisi has awakened from a nightmare revelation where he realizes that Islam will only continue if it refuses to continue raising its hands against the world thus he has taken upon himself the task of teaching the Imams and the presumed greatest of those preaching Jihad to now preach kindness. Can he win against the likes of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Feisal Abdul Rauf and Abu Hamza al-Masri? All the rest of us can do is pray that Abdel el-Sisi is making an honest attempt and not trying to aggrandize himself, and that should his intents be pure, from the depths of his heart, and guided by his reason, that he be blessed in his quest as, should he succeed, then both Islam, the Muslim world and the world as a whole will benefit from his efforts.

 

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December 9, 2014

Where Might Iran Strike First Becoming Increasingly Important

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I was reading an article titled “Watch: Huckabee Declares ‘Iran’s Ultimate Goal is the US’” which triggered a slight case of déja vu as we had declared that at the top of the Iranian list for nations to strike once they have the nuclear capability and could attain sufficient staging abilities would not be Israel but the United States in our article “Iran Negotiations Continue Going Downhill” on April 15, 2014. For the sake of ease, below is the YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

With the technical out of the way, time for our comments on the statements in the video given by Dr. Joseph Frager and Former Governor Mike Huckabee in the video. Where we agree with the commentary that the United States is the ultimate goal that Iran desires to target, we go an additional step and claim that Iran desires to strike the United States before they make any attempt to strike Israel. We base this on a number of items with the simple fact that when Iran makes their claims they always place the United States as the Great Satan while Israel is the Little Satan. Another example were the yearly conventions held by Iran under Ahmadinejad when he was their figure head of a president which were named “A World Without the United States and Zionism” which featured a theme pictured in a photo of two balls crashing at the bottom of an hourglass with one representing Israel and the other the United States where the United States ball was already sitting at the bottom broken while the one representing Israel was falling towards its similar demise (see below). Many followers of the Middle East hold that everything done in the theater of politics and foreign relations, no matter how small or insignificant it may appear to some, is done in a particular manner with an exact meaning which must not be overlooked or dismissed as irrelevant. The fact that the sphere representing the United States is already broken and the sphere representing Israel is still falling towards its designated fate could be taken to depict the order Iran planned to strike. That would place the United States destruction taking place before the destruction of Israel; or it may be completely meaningless. Still, the picture combined fact that the United States is the Great Satan and Israel merely the Little Satan and the conference name placed the United States ahead of Zionism for being deleted from the world’s stage all add up to give solid evidence that Iran has placed the destruction of the United States as its primary goal and destroying Israel is a secondary aim and is considered less vital and important than the United States. Neither destruction, regardless of the order, is desirable nor should have any reference to such destructions be taken as simply political bluster used for consumption within Iran and the Muslim world having little if any meaning or signifying an actual battle plan and order of attack in the future of Iran.

 

Iconic picture depicting Iranian conference theme of "A World Without the United States and Zionism" hosted by Ahmadinejad

Iconic picture depicting Iranian conference theme of “A World Without the United States and Zionism” hosted by Ahmadinejad

 

Mike Huckabee then goes into theoretical mode claiming that the United States should do what it can to support those Iranians who desire to replace the Ayatollahs and their theocratic and oppressive governance with a democratic government and begins to reset the relations of Iran with the rest of the world. He also claims that removing the sanctions was unwise, something almost everybody is on board and in agreement over with the possible exception of a few hardline Obama supporters who still hang on his every utterance. Then Mike Huckabee stated that the Iranian people do not represent the same views, desires and ends that the Ayatollahs, a questionable assumption when it comes to the Iranian nuclear program. Polls over the years have drawn a disconcerting line depicting a slow but inexorable rise in the support the Iranian people show towards continuing their nuclear program even should the Mullahs and their cohorts be removed from power and replaced with some form of democratic or republican form of governance. He is correct in his calls for supporting any future uprising though he fails to completely flush out exactly how far such support should go and whether the idea of support intends to place American boots on the ground, provide air cover as well as arming the revolutionaries, simply provide small arms along with some limited heavier weaponry or simply provide logistical and surveillance technical assistance and leave the rest to the people to fight to overthrow their oppressive government without direct assistance from the United States. He then concludes repeating his call for aiding Israel politically and militarily by taking a “stand with Israel and take whatever action is necessary to make sure there is no such thing as a nuclear Iran.” These statements are pretty much the standard boilerplate stands former governor Huckabee has stated as his core principles and the platform on which he stands. His standing firmly with Israel is greatly appreciated and may he be successful and find a route to elected office which is tenable and realistic such that his views for supporting Israel have a venue where their being expressed and used as a base for voting, especially on those items which most directly affect Israel.

 

Mike Huckabee handed the microphone to John Catsimatidis, a former New York mayoral candidate and also the owner of Gristedes Foods (a century old New York area supermarket chain), who added commentary of an economic war being waged using oil prices and being designed with respects to Saudi Arabia who he claimed are fighting Canada, the United States Iran and Russia. I am appreciative that he breached this subject as I have been mulling my thoughts over this lately and have a somewhat different take. Mr. Catsimatidis is correct that Saudi Arabia is fighting a war using the price of oil and that this is aimed at Iran and Russia. Saudi Arabia is not considering Canada in their equation and if Canada is suffering due to the lower price of oil, it is an unfortunate circumstance. Saudi Arabia is also taking a shot over the bough of the United States and President Obama in particular. This spurred my interest when at a recently held OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting to discuss the price of oil the Saudis insisted that only the representatives of the OPEC nations invited to its conference were to be permitted access to those proceedings. This barred the media as well as any uninvited nations who may have had a desire to be included in the meetings and make their feelings known and potentially attempt to pressure some of the participating nations to help push their agenda. The Saudis also insisted on complete secrecy until the conference was completed at which time a press release was to be given, but there was not to be any question and answer with the press which likely left a number of upset media types who believe their being part of the media gives them special privileges. Saudi Arabia first target, as we all likely know, is Iran and the Saudis know that Iran needs to have oil prices somewhere around one-hundred to one-hundred-twenty dollars a barrel to make even a small profit and prefer even higher prices as their heavy oil is more difficult to process and makes a poorer breakdown producing less of the preferable products such as gasoline and diesel. Secondarily, the Saudis also potentially desire to place Russia in a tight spot though they most likely do not wish to be obvious about such a maneuver. Russia’s oil is also somewhat heavy, though not as poor a quality as is Iranian oil, thus they too prefer a higher price. Additionally, the Russians economy is being almost completely supported by their oil sales which derive much less revenue with these lower prices thus they too suffer. Canada is an unfortunate casualty as there are no hard feelings between the Saudis and Canada which is wonderful for Canada as far as that goes. But for the United States, this action by Saudi Arabia is a slap in the face of President Obama as they have partially crippled two of the national economies, or at least wounded them at least moderately, which the United States administration has been acting favorably towards even to the point of slighting traditional allies dumping them for Russia and especially Iran. This was a brilliant move by the Saudis though perhaps the brilliance was not so much on figuring how to put some hurt to three of the nations causing the Saudi Arabian leaders, government and others fitful nights’ sleep and general indigestion caused by feelings of rejection and indifference to their situation and desires when it came to foreign policy and such small items as preventing by whatever means were required a nuclear armed Iran. This pushing the price of oil lower was a direct threat to the United States administration and President Obama directly that if the United States was not going to bring the mullahs down to earth and make them toe the line of nuclear nonproliferation or face serious sanctions and potentially a military response to their continued flouting of the nuclear agreements, denying inspections while refusing to answer direct questions of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) then Saudi Arabia was going to apply their own sanctions by pushing the price of oil down to a point where Iran would find it near impossible to make any money from the oil sector of their economy. This controlling the price of oil and keeping it low was also part and parcel of the way that President Raegan financially strangled the Soviet Union leading to their eventual downfall, and Saudi Arabia is at it again this time without the need for an American request, not that one such request was even in the making. The other interesting item is that a majority of the OPEC nations agreed with Saudi Arabia and will be following the Saudi lead in keeping the price of oil deflated for the time being. It will be interesting to see what Saudi Arabia would do should the Iranians test fire a nuclear device. They might respond by dropping oil prices to a point where they would be making next to nothing for each barrel of their oil sold, and their oil is considered to be light sweet crude oil, the finest grade one could hope to receive at their refinery. Setting the price for oil that low would require Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, amongst others, to open their oil spigots full bore and place as much oil as they humanly could produce onto the market making for a glut and thus forcing the price to bottom out. The bright side of an all-out oil war where lowering the price by Saudi Arabia would determine a winner would also make the average European and American driver also a winner as they could very easily realize gasoline prices below a dollar a gallon, potentially well below. This would be the case of inside every black cloud (Iran being at breakout point on nuclear weapons) there is a silver lining (Iranian and Russian economies near collapse due to low oil revenues) with a golden center (gasoline prices at lowest levels in over fifty years potentially).

 

Dr. Joseph Frager followed up asking Mike Huckabee about anti-Semitism in the world and what might be done about confronting it. Mr. Huckabee pointedly stated that the rise of anti-Semitism was obvious the world over and that the government of the United States has added to the rise through their incitement against Israel. Furthermore, he spoke of it being evident in Europe and other parts of the world but finds it laser focused on Israeli Jews and Israel. Mr. Catsimatidis added that the slow economic growth and dire economics in many places was the impetus to find somebody on whom to place blame and that it always the Jews who are blamed. He mentioned the point that the United States has always been brotherly with Israel though he has his doubts that the Israeli government trusts the current American government in Washington. He also postulated that Israel would be unable to attack Iran as they could not be assured of any support and backup. He closed quoting the Obama slogan of change except the change he implied was for a new governmental outlook towards Israel which would be more favorable.

 

There is much to evidence that the critical and adversarial attitudes coming from the administration of President Obama has poisoned the wellspring of acceptance of the Jews especially in Europe. The severity of the assaults and the abundance of slurs and verbal abuse along with the defacing of Synagogues, destruction of Jewish cemeteries and the assaults on Jewish citizens and Rabbis have been committed by more than just immigrant populations in Europe. There has been an effort by many in the European media and in the governments who have attempted to explain the increased anti-Semitism completely on their immigrant population but too many of the reports have identified European indigenous populations with perpetrating attacks and other forms of anti-Semitism. There has also been a steep rise in anti-Zionist and especially anti-Israel hatred coming from all spots on the globe. Even places where there are literally a majority of the population who have never met or seen a Jewish person where the hatred still pours forth. That phenomenon is next to impossible to explain except that the pervasive anti-Semitism in the world’s media and on the Internet which has spread that anti-Semitism is not only acceptable but also warranted and really is the cause of all the evils and suffering in the world. When people are polled all over the globe and blood libels are claimed to be valid there is little more that needs to prove that anti-Semitism has become more of an epidemic than any disease as is apparently more communicable than any infectious disease known to modern medicine. The complete irony is that the anti-Semitic demonstrators and rioters often scream and charge the Jews to remove themselves from the nation and take themselves to Israel and then the same faces are in the crowd the next day demanding that Israel be erased and given to the Arabs for another Arab state. How any rational person can rectify holding such diametrically opposing views is beyond explanations. That is but one of the sets of beliefs which is beyond the cusp of having any sense of logic or consistency.

 

There have been claims that Israel is an Apartheid state despite the known fact that there is an Arab serving on the Israeli Supreme Court, a number of Arabs who are Ministers of the Knesset, Arabs go to the same schools, own land, own apartments, drive cars, work in hospitals, are doctors, nurses, lawyers and every other profession imaginable. If it exists in Israel, then an Arab is almost as likely as a Jews and all have equal opportunities and possibilities for their lives. There are Jewish managers who manage both Jews and Arabs, Arab managers who manage both Jews and Arabs, Arabs serving in the IDF, Arabs in the police force, Arabs in every walk of life. Jews and Arabs live peacefully and intermingle in most towns and cities in Israel. There are Synagogues, Churches, Mosques, Buddhist Temples, Shinto Shrines and Bahá’í gardens and worship house all within Israel and open to freely practice all religions. Yet it will be the Arab state the world is attempting to force onto Israel and to be cut from the Jewish heartland of their ancient homelands which will be free of Jews as demanded by Mahmoud Abbas. Israel has recognized the right of the Arabs to their state as an Arab state but the Arabs refuse to recognize Israel as the homeland for the Jewish People. The Arabs have claimed that they would be willing to allow Israel to continue to exist and end their incitement and terror war against Israel providing that Israel be changed such that it becomes an Arab Muslim run nation and the Jews accept their status as a protected people and as Dhimmi left to live at the pleasure of their Arab Muslim masters while Israel gives total freedom to the Arab citizens of Israel who have the right to vote, hold office, work where they please, live where they please and pretty much do as they please within the same laws as the Jews live under. The Arabs who would make up the Arab state which Mahmoud Abbas as chairman of Fatah and leader of the PLO and unity government where Hamas is an equal member along with Islamic Jihad and Fatah all currently live in their own semi-autonomous region where they have their own leaders who have not stood for an election before their people since 2006 and have cancelled or simply refused to schedule elections for fear that they may not be elected again and this proposition makes holding elections impossible. Meanwhile, the Israelis are about to hold another election as it appears that the Israelis prefer having elections to finishing their terms in office. When the Israeli elections are held on March 17, 2015 all Israelis of voting eligible ages, Jews, Arabs, Christians, Muslims (both Shia and Sunni), Bahá’í, Druze, Bedouin and any other Israeli will get to vote. All of these votes will be equal in their weight; nobody is granted special consideration or relegated to a lesser inferior status. Still, after the elections there will be those claiming that some group was denied their rights to vote or they were unable to vote because they did not get their voter package as they moved two years ago and since then they have not received any government notices or communications and they do not know why, oh wait, fill out a form, at the post office and also tell the city office of your new address; who knew?

 

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