Beyond the Cusp

December 26, 2016

President Obama’s Surprise No Surprise at All

 

Be honest, was President Obama pressing for a Security Council vote condemning Israel activity beyond the Green Line really all that much of a surprise? Did you still doubt the vindictiveness and hatred of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu? Did you really believe he would leave office without setting in stone his idea of a fair border for the Palestinian State? None of this was a surprise as the only thing which was left unknown was how close would he allow it to be before he left office? The pressing matter was the upcoming French conference as President Obama needed this to be his idea and not some reaction to the French initiative. That is what placed any deal of haste behind his actions. As for what good this did, that is what we can discuss here in this article rather than react and try to belittle the pettiness of the departing American President. That discussion we will leave for those stuck in condemnation of the past and probably holding great amounts of trepidation of the future as Trump was not their Presidential choice.

 

Israel must use this as their last and final opportunity to learn the reality of the world. Israel is hated by the world powers. The peoples of the Earth may not all hate Israel but it is far too probable that much if not the vast majority of the peoples of the world hate Israel. The people of Israel need to grasp the full implications of the findings that close to two-thirds of those who admitted to hating Jews had never met a single Jew. This reveals that hating Israel is a visceral reality resultant of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism both of which have no necessary requirement for having met a Jew or a Zionist respectively. It is also necessary for Israelis, especially Israeli Jewish Zionists to realize that some Zionists are not Jewish but do believe that Hashem did indeed promise the people known today as the Jews the lands of Israel. But the numbers of our friends are also mostly the ‘silent majority’ whose lives are filled with family, work and day-to-day living and not of the sort to be available for demonstrations at a moment’s notice. Thus the support for Israel is more relaxed and less visible than the opposition. But the governments are very visible in their deferential positions for supporting Israel’s enemies. The unanimous vote, the abstention by the United States is equivalent to a yes vote, is telling especially when one considers the list of nations currently in the Security Council; China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, Angola, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The notables are Japan, New Zealand and Spain as all are neither Islamic nations nor subjects of recent Islamic terrorist attacks nor do they have histories of anti-Israel actions. What they do share is leftist governments which are willing to blow with the wind and are incapable of resisting the Arab funded anti-Israel tsunami which has been greatly aided by Western government’s craven refusal to stand for freedom and human rights when it comes to the contemptable records of the Arab world. Instead they prefer to pretend that Israel is the center of all that is wrong with the world and if only Israel can be subsumed and destroyed then all will be right with the world. Such acts will all lead to but one conclusion, the directing of the full forces of Islamic terrorism and subversion against the entirety of the West and then their turning to Asia, South America and the remainder of Africa in their Grand Jihad to fulfill their perceived promise from Allah that they will be the sole force on all of the Earth. If this is the desired result the world desires, could they please simply enact Sharia and leave Israel to be Israel alone if necessary.

 

Israel need recognize that even should we remove every last community now under attack and redivided, Hashem forbid, Jerusalem, surrendering all rights to visit virtually all of our holiest sites, it will not satiate the Islamic beast but further its hunger for the remainder of Israel. They have set the terms even if the West and United Nations act blindly disregarding their demands for Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Eilat, Beersheba, Dimona, and the west of Jerusalem and every inch between the River and the Sea. The anti-Israel NGOs on the college campuses across Europe, Canada, the United States and the world all know the chant and proudly declare, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.” Where is the differentiation between the “settlements” and the remainder of Israel, the Western invention of the good Israel which will be permitted to live in peace? Nowhere, because there is no such entity and the Arab world knows this. The Palestinian Authority, PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezballah and the Arab League with the world it represents all claim the same thing, not just the end to Israel but a war against every Jew everywhere they can be found. They follow their holy writings from al-Bukhari 3593 Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 4, Book 56, Hadith 791, where it plainly states,

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The Jews will fight with you, and you will be given victory over them so that a stone will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me; kill him!’ ”
حَدَّثَنَا الْحَكَمُ بْنُ نَافِعٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا شُعَيْبٌ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي سَالِمُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، أَنَّ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ تُقَاتِلُكُمُ الْيَهُودُ فَتُسَلَّطُونَ عَلَيْهِمْ ثُمَّ يَقُولُ الْحَجَرُ يَا مُسْلِمُ، هَذَا يَهُودِيٌّ وَرَائِي فَاقْتُلْهُ ‏”‏‏.‏

Another instance using a variant of this quote appeared in publications of this Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad in Egyptian publications in the 1930s and 1940s:

The resurrection of the dead will not come until the Muslims will war with the Jews and the Muslims will kill them; … the trees and rocks will say, “O Muslim, O Abdullah, here is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

For more on the writings of the Quran we wrote a short piece as an introduction titled Which Quran, Mecca or Medina? and friends of BTC have added numerous informative and accurate links to a varied assortment of commentaries and actual copies of the Quran from both its normal appearance to chronological listings of the writings of Muhammad’s scribe, Muhammad could neither read not write.

 

There are numerous other Hadiths which denounce both Jews and Christians and many were adapted for use against Buddhists and Hindus during the Islamic Jihad in India. The Quran is a wonderful book written in such a manner as to confound any who study seeking useable arguments leading to a conclusion. As the Quran is assembled shortest verse to the longest verse one must first rearrange the writings putting them in chronological order as they were revealed. The arrangement was made in order to allow students to start from their youth learning, memorizing the shortest verses and as they matured to commit to memory the longest verses. They were also taught not to be concerned that the verses they memorized made little sense in the order they are taught as these things are of no consequence. The true meaning of the Quran will be granted only to the learned ones, the Imams, and the followers are to take the words of their Imam as the true and pertinent meaning of the Quran. This allows for a community religious leader to mold the word which their followers are able to teach to others. In this was the writings of the words spoken by Muhammad in Mecca, the earliest verses, to their followers thus present an Islam of love, peace, coexistence and multi-culturalism much like Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and other major religions. Then, as their numbers in a society reach a tipping point the Imam will start to alter their teaching and inject the teachings from the Medina period where Islam was turned into a conquering force which spread across the Middle East and Northern Africa spreading as if it were wildfire (see map below). The expansion was halted in two main battles, the battle of Tours on October 10, 732, where the French forces were led by Charles ‘the Hammer’ Martel and the Sieges of Vienna in 1529 and 1683 where on September 12, 1683, the King of Poland John III Sobieski led the forces relieving the city.

 

Islamic Expansion

Islamic Expansion

 

Back to what Israel need learn, and with her the world need learn, from the recent vote of the Security Council. It is necessary to remember the unending attacks against Israeli citizens from terrorists before June of 1967 and the Six Day War. These terror attacks had nothing to do with the ‘settlements’ as there was no occupied territory. The PLO was founded on May 28, 1964, more than three years before there were any occupied territories. The PLO Charter demanded the liberation of Palestine which was defined then as all of Israel within the Green Line and all other borders. They made no claim to the ‘West Bank’, which are more accurately called Judea and Samaria, as the area was then actual occupied territory with Jordan as the occupying power. Jordan was granted the areas of Judea and Samaria after Jordanian, Saudi Arabian, Iraqi and Arab League forces wrested the lands from Israel as part of what was envisioned to be a genocidal conquest of the nascent Israel launched on May 15, 1948, the first day of Israel’s existence as a nation. These forces were joined by Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Pakistan, Arab Liberation Army, Muslim Brotherhood, Holy War Army and various other irregular forces. During this conflict the Egyptians were granted the Gaza Strip which was the other piece of land lost by Israel in what many refer to as the Israel War of Independence, which is strange as Israeli independence was established on May 15, 1948 and not during a period in 1949 as several different armistices were signed establishing Armistice Lines with the most recognized being the Blue Line, border between Israel and Lebanon, and the Green Line which is the border established then with Jordan. The Arab League insisted that these Armistice Lines never be construed or utilized to establish a border with Israel for as long as Israel has no defined borders the Arab nations can continue to claim it does not exist and a state of war continues. Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan establishing borders of the Negev-Sinai border with Egypt and the Jordan River as the Israeli-Jordanian border. There was never an entity called Palestine, only a region defined originally by the Romans which included what today makes up Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, a region the Arab League insisted was Greater Syria even through the Mandate period. All of this the United Nations had nothing to say as the Arab armies stole Israeli lands after refusing a plan for two states because the Arab world refused to permit absolutely any Jewish nation and had their own planned invasion in the ready. Nothing was going to prevent the genocidal slaughter of the interloping Jews who insulted all Islam by returning to their ancestral homelands. The reality is the Arab world refuses to permit any land which once has been trodden by an Arab to be ruled by anything other than an Arab. This is behind their claims to all of Europe and the United States, Canada and anywhere in the world where any Arab has resided within any national borders, as that fact makes the entirety of those lands reserved to be part of an Arab Caliphate. Israel has to understand that peace is not possible, only victory or defeat and defeat will be complete and total with not a Jew left alive. Israeli victory would look like (the map below) the borders negotiated with Egypt and Jordan and the Armistice line with Lebanon and the Golan Heights demarcation line with what once was Syria and is now something completely different.

 

Definitive Map of Israel

 

Israel exists today for one reason and only one reason, force of arms. Despite facing overwhelming numbers in each of the wars with her Arab neighbors beginning in 1948 and on through the 1967 Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel through determination and having little choice but to win or face complete annihilation, has persisted through miracle after miracle, Baruch Hashem. The numbers would determine only one conceivable result in each of these conflicts, the annihilation of the Jews of Israel yet Israel survived. Today we face an even greater threat, a world seemingly united against Israel. Understand what the United Nations Security Council voted to enforce. They determined that all former promises of defensible borders and compromises et al are now cancelled and Israel must return to what Abba Eban referred to as the Auschwitz Borders as they all but guaranteed an Israel which cannot be prevented from constant and overwhelming attack leaving Israel facing assaults from the high ground of the Judean Hills overlooking the heart of Israel where three quarters of Israelis reside and eighty percent of her industrial infrastructure exists. By the Security Council all but demanding and delineating that the Green Line must be the resulting border for any Arab state cut out of lands promised by the world repeatedly through the San Remo conference, Treaty of Sèvres, 1924 Anglo-American Convention, League of Nations Mandate unanimous vote, United Nations Charter Article 80 and various other documents, treaties and agreements, any possibility of reaching a peace agreement has been made impossible. The reality was no peace was ever possible before due to Arab intransigence as stated precisely and in easy to understand terminology in the Khartoum Conference with the stated purpose of The Three No’s; No Peace with Israel, No Negotiations with Israel, No Recognition of Israel. The Palestinian Authority has set their demands just as stridently with their demand for the “Right of Return” for over five million Arabs into Israel with none to be absorbed by their presumed Arab state with the result of voting Israel out of existence with the next election or their other demand to be given their rightful 22% of the lands. The lands to which they refer are the lands of the British Mandate of which 78% of the lands were used for the Arab Palestinian state of Jordan (the real Arab Palestinian state with any other being another such state, the second Palestinian Arab state and with return of refugees to Israel soon a third Palestinian Arab state) leaving by promise of the Churchill White Papers the remaining 22% for the Jewish State, that is the 22% Abbas demands, not Judea and Gaza as pretended by Western politicians who know their lies are but a screen for their consciences as they agree to dissolve Israel if they can have an empty promise that the terrorism will end and there will be no further assault by Islam. Even if they were to receive said promise, it would be a hudna, a ten year agreement which can be broken at any point if the powers of Islam believe they have the tactical advantage. The hudna is based on the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah between Muhammad and the Quraysh tribe, a Jewish tribe in the Arabian Peninsula during Muhammad’s times, which was to last ten years but Muhammad broke it well before the ten years when he was strong enough to eradicate these Jews enslaving the young women and male children young enough to be retrained as Islamic fighters while all the men were slaughtered with those surviving the battle beheaded in a mass fury. Israel desires no hudna as history is a good teacher if one bothers to remember events from the past, especially defining events as the precedent defining hudna.

 

The Security Council vote leaves Israel little if any real choice. The lands of Judea and Samaria must now remain in their totality as part of Israel as this decision makes anything less no longer possible. With the world voting and filling the chamber with diplomats from who knows how many other nations erupting in applause and approval of this calamity delineating the Green Line as if it were set in stone as the gold standard of solutions for granting the Arabs their twenty-second state, leaving Israel staring at an unacceptable vulnerability which cannot be permitted. This also set a precedent for the Arab Palestinian that instead of negotiations with Israel they can simply wait for the right opportunity and petition the United Nations and continue to petition the United Nations until they finally get exactly their latest demands granted by the Security Council setting the world behind their demands. The route has been established. Petition the General Assembly constantly year in and year out as often as feasible knowing that a favorable vote is guaranteed. Just continue this with once a year threatening to take their latest set of demands to the Security Council and should any permanent member nation threaten a veto then take it to the General Assembly for the umpteenth time. When finally the stars and galaxies are in the wrong alignment and there is a guarantee of no veto, even better if the usual vetoing nation is pushing the motion, then present to the Security Council and allow the world to press your evil as then it becomes acceptable and proper. Is there such a thing as the world being wrong and Israel right? In a word, yes, and we are now living in such times.

 

President elect Donald Trump has stated things are about to change. Sorry President elect Trump, nothing can alter or change this because even should you present the Security Council with a motion overturning this decision you can bet one of the following, Russia, China, France or Britain will utilize their veto even should you manage to force a majority of the Security Council members to approve your motion. Israel will never be received as proper or deserving of respect or even the granting of promises given because Israel is the one nation where promises given are lies and threats are the reality of things to come. Yes, while you are President of the United States, during that time Israel will have the protection of the American veto. The problem is you can be President no longer than eight years if, and hopefully when as far as Israel is concerned, you are reelected but then what? Pence would potentially, at best, grant another eight years of protection for Israel but then what? The winds of change are and have been blowing for a very long time in the United States. I have personally observed them and predicted the very events of this past week from back in the late 1980s that the days were coming when the United States would turn against Israel. I meant the politics and the people and the people are turning against Israel just as they are rejecting religion and Judeo-Christian ethics. Your election may give such voice to a dying force which has had its extinction in the cards for many years now and there is little that can alter the degradations which are on the wind. Society in the West is coming apart and much of this collapse is written in the ethics of me and me first and last and only. This philosophy is evident in the depopulation of Europe to the point that Europe is committing suicide in the hopes of rejuvenating its workforce to be able to support its aging populations.

 

America is fortunate, though you do not realize the reality. The United States has infiltrators who at least share your Judeo-Christian ethos and backgrounds. They will continue the work ethic largely and many desire to come to America for opportunity. When I lived in the United States one of two hardest working people, families I knew were immigrants, one legal under Reagan’s amnesty and the other legal outright, the first walked to Pennsylvania from Guatemala to work with a relative and the later from the Philippines. They both were proud and dedicated, hardworking Americans with love for the nation which gave them a life they could only have dreamed about, and had in both cases, in their native countries. Both took chances, the Guatemalan walking and hitchhiking with wife and baby, entire family in tow; the other came and worked six years before being able to bring his wife and three children to America. One I knew in Pittsburgh, the other in Philadelphia, must be something about Pennsylvania, or America. These are the kind of people who will help make America great again, you can only provide them an easier road, but they will do it with you or despite the regulators.

 

Israel is a similar story to the United States, only far older. Israel is the promise to a people who never forgot their dream of returning home when the time was determined. What made it more difficult was that they were not to be the determining factor; the world had to make it so. This was not due to the lack of desire on the part of Jews but because we were instructed to await a sign from Hashem. That sign took a very long time but the time was foretold in prophesy. We knew of the exiles from our lands, the Promised Lands given in a promise from Hashem to Abraham and again reiterated to Isaac and again to Jacob. A promise retold to Moses and to the multitude at Mount Sinai. You will probably never read this writing, but if you do and we meet, remind me to tell you of our story behind the giving of the law and the first two unsuccessful attempts before Moses went up the mountain. We knew the exile in Egypt would be followed by another shorter in length in Babylon and one interminably long exile lasting seemingly eons, which just happens to translate to around a thousand years give or take a few centuries. This final exile lasted almost two of those eons and we will not endure another. Imagine a world without there having been the Chosen People, without the Ten Commandments, without the Bible (Old Testament and thus New Testament as well) and imagine a world where the name of Hashem was never revealed and we still worshipped stone edifices and lived as peoples without an immortal soul. That is the world without Israel if she should fall and that is why it must not be. Israel is the past and the future and it always was and will be ever since Abraham settled amongst the Canaanites and Moses gave us Torah and we gave the world civilization. That civilization lies panting on the floor in need of emergency treatment and perhaps you are to administer that aid. Israel is right there beside her friends to help, but your son-in-law has probably already told you that. You cannot undo the damage done by President Obama but that is how it is supposed to be. What President Obama did, he did to send Israel a message, though not the message he believed he was sending. We received that message, many of us. He told us that Judea and Samaria are a vital part of Israel which she will not survive without and that we need cut the cancer from amongst us and return to Torah. We must keep the promises which we were determined to keep and this includes Judea and Samaria which are a central heartland of ancient Israel and must be a vital part of modern Israel. Hashem desires this and we need to realize the truth and President Obama just presented the only message we might understand. Too bad the world will need to learn the truth in a more difficult lesson which is already on its way.

 

Beyond the Cusp 

 

September 26, 2015

Islamic State, the Balance of Power, and the Imbalance of Refugees

 

Journalist, Jurgen Todenhofer, age 75, claims to have managed to be embedded within Islamic State in his newly released book “Inside IS – Ten Days in the Islamic State” and warns that the terror group, self-proclaimed as the new Caliphate and ruler of lands larger than the United Kingdom with borders across central Iraq and southern Syria is planning the most horrific religious cleansing in world history. The one thing which must be made clear is planning or even believing is a far cry from actually doing. As a child I dreamt about many unattainable goals including being the next King of Siam after watching Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr in the King and I (imagine my upset when I realized that Siam was no longer a country and had become Thailand). The attack Mr. Todenhofer writes about, as disclosed in an excerpt released from his book, entails “the terrorists plan on killing several hundred million people. The west is drastically underestimating the power of ISIS.” This would be accomplished by Islamic State acquiring numerous nuclear weapons in order to unleash a “nuclear tsunami preparing the largest religious cleansing in history.”

 

Speaking to his trepidations before spending time within the Islamic State Mr. Todenhofer relates that, “Of course I’d seen the terrible, brutal beheading videos and it was of course after seeing this in the last few months that caused me the greatest concern in my negotiations to ensure how I can avoid this. Anyway, I made my will before I left.” Further comments told of how he had held intense negotiations with “the leadership of the Caliphate, via Skype, over several months, hammering out the security details.” Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John of beheading fame) oversaw Mr. Todenhofer on his visit and likely acted as translator and facilitator as well. The most unnerving part of the article told that this self-proclaimed war correspondent’s claims that the Islamic State “are supported by an almost ecstatic enthusiasm the like of which I’ve never encountered before in a war zone. Every day hundreds of willing fighters from all over the world come.” He went further stating, “They are the most brutal and most dangerous enemy I have ever seen in my life. I don’t see anyone who has a real chance to stop them. Only Arabs can stop IS. I came back very pessimistic.”

 

If Mr. Todenhofer’s assessment that “Only Arabs can stop IS” is accurate then the world is in much worse shape than I had realized or even in my worst nightmares ever imagined. My bet is that Mr. Todenhofer is quite probably not a veteran of any armed services and has drastically underestimated the power and force a well-trained Marine or Army infantry company can apply on a battlefield and the horrific amounts of force they can project when backed by modern artillery, air support using helicopter gunships, A-10 Warthogs (I am likely dating myself but these are some ferocious and intimidating close air support and an infantryman’s most welcome sight against armor, even the stolen armor that IS currently uses) and other support features too numerous to name. Another contributing force multiplier is intelligence and battlefield awareness. Being able to see the entire battlefield using drones, satellites or even overflight with high altitude spy planes and knowing where the enemy is and in what numbers and with what resources is invaluable. Taking nothing away from Mr. Todenhofer assessments, a modern military attacking in force would dismantle the bulk of the Islamic State forces within six weeks if it even took that long and once that had been accomplished, the rest would disintegrate right along with their presentation of invulnerability.

 

What is more worrisome is the idea which appears to have infected much of the Islamic world that they have been chosen by Allah to rule over the world and to make all follow Islam or be subjugated as a second class human being or face the wrath of the Islamic sword, the beheading thing which Islamic State has shown such a great propensity to utilize as a weapon of fear. Equally depressing is the predisposition in the Western world that such an idea as world conquest had passed permanently into history and is no longer viewed as a viable goal. Where that is quite a valid assessment of the Western mindset, that is nowhere near universal truth and there are still many sources of thoughts for world conquest. We have seen numerous such thoughts ever since World War II starting with the Soviet Communists and followed by the Chinese Communists and also from Saddam Hussein, the Saudi Wahabbists, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Iranian Mullahs, Hezballah and now Islamic State and I am certain there are others. The one weakness the West suffers is their inability to view the world through the eyes of other peoples, places, religions, political ideologies, nationalities or any filter other than their own. Much of the Western world would have difficulty even seeing things through other Western national viewpoints. It is just such a weakness which makes the West vulnerable as they rule out any ability to see the potential ramifications of many of the threats they currently or may in the future face. We saw just such weakness with understanding what Hitler was planning and that he also believed he was destined to have his Reich rule the world and would have succeeded if not for some very fortuitous developments.

 

More precisely it will be necessary for Western powers, potentially partnering with such rivals as Russia and China, to develop the means and implementation of a monitoring of nuclear materials and especially those which can be utilized or have already been used to produce nuclear weapons, both atomic and thermonuclear weapons. There must be a network of detectors, be they space based or ground based, that will alert all parties involved whenever any such materials or weapons are moved from any point to another locations for any number of reasons. First and foremost it would reveal any potential intention to use such weapons either as a threat, or even worse, a first strike weapon. Such a system if deployed universally as a part of an international treaty similar or as an attachment to the NPT (Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty) where all nuclear armed states would be subjected to such monitoring equipment and those nations wishing to avail themselves of the protection of advanced warning of the movement of nuclear weapons or nuclear materials. Such would minimize the ability for rogue entities such as the Islamic State to achieve nuclear terrorism as they would be incapable of acquiring such weapons without their movement being detected. Further, any nations not a signatory to such a treaty would become suspect and with sufficient peer pressure be coerced into signing this treaty. It should be noted that this treaty would not be used as a method for spying and revealing the numbers or types of nuclear weapons any particular nation may possess and would only relate when such materials were moved without first informing the other signatories of such intents. Such would also be useful in tracking nuclear waste from power plants and the safety of any nuclear power fuel shipments thus making sure that such shipments were making their way as per their intended path for delivery.

 

In the meantime it would be worth noting the potential for the Islamic State to make good on their threats to use nuclear weapons or at the very least dirty bombs to lay waste to as many lives as they would have the capability must not be underestimated. The potential for the Islamic State to acquire the necessary weapons and managing to smuggle them into place must not be dismissed as impossible without detection as has been proven with every terror attack since the world received the massive and tragic wake-up call on 9/11 and the felling of the World Trade Center towers and striking the Pentagon and only by the brave actions of the passengers was a fourth far more serious calamity avoided as they sacrificed themselves rather than be used as a terror weapon. How many attacks, not just the main assaults such as London, Madrid, Mumbai or others but even the small “lone wolf” terror acts such as the much overlooked Trolley Square attacks in Utah reported in our article >a href=http://wp.me/pIou8-Z target=blank>Terror Attack at Trolley Square Mall, Utah. We could needlessly list other such attacks as well as the better known but it is already obvious that when it comes to preventing terror attacks the authorities have not been a full hundred percent successful. I would not dare to venture that they have not very probably done an herculean job of catching and preventing far more terror attacks than we will ever know about as such success is best guarded by keeping the unknowing, unknowing. Such efforts become all the more difficult when it becomes known how they attain their information thus we are not told when a terror attack was thwarted, or at least hopefully not every time as I am hopeful that there have been far more prevented than the paltry numbers we have been privileged to.

 

The real problem facing the Western world as its primary challenge and the rest of the world is simply due to the suffering and loss of life the current resurgence of Jihadi terror and militant actions of which the Islamic State and is the latest broad-frontal-threat the world is facing. The most tragic deaths and largest numbers slain by the Islamic State have been those of other Muslims and the minority who live in the immediate areas which have come under the Islamic States’ terror war victories. Mosul lost the entirety of their Christian population as they either fled or died within days of that city of over one and a half million people where the Christian population fled if fortunate and were otherwise converted or murdered or both while from surrounding areas of Mosul the Yazidis and Shabaks are kidnapped, converted, murdered or forced to flee with little more than the clothes on their backs while their cultural and holy sites faced destruction. Even were Islamic State to be utterly defeated and their will broke and forces killed or scattered, the ideas of Islamic supremacy and reforming the Caliphate to regain the glories of the seventh through fifteenth centuries would continue and be utilized by the next al-Baghdadi or Osama bin Laden in gathering a following and by winning a few high profile battles claiming to be the real deliverer to bring Islam back to the dominance it once knew would be in the making and potentially the next great threat. We need remember that al-Qaeda was presumably destroyed, the Taliban routed yet both have made comebacks though they are currently outshone by Islamic State and before al-Qaeda there was Hezballah, Hamas, the PLO, the Muslim Brotherhood, which was the progenitor of Hamas, al-Qaeda, PLO and others, and before any of these were the Ottoman Empire and the original Caliphate which burst out from the Arabian Peninsula and spread as far as western France at one end of Europe and eventually to the outskirts of Venice in the east leaving Europe all but overrun.

 

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule

 

 

The same driving force behind that expansion of Islam is being reawakened today and the only thing that lies between a similar expansion today is the military power of the West, in particular the United States, though one would be hard pressed to prove that at this juncture. As far as what will it take for the United States to use its forces to put an end to the Islamic designs on world conflict, which is not something which can be brought to an end by sheer force of arms; force of arms can only push it back into remission. The world has been experiencing one extremely long hudna, what is by strict definition a ceasefire of ten years length during which the Islamic forces regroup, train and achieve military superiority and as soon as the forces of Islam believe they have sufficient means to defeat their enemy they may break the ceasefire and attack without warning of any kind. Needless to point out that the other side is not afforded such advantageous terms and must abide by the ceasefire even after the ten years has passed as they have been told that this was a treaty in that when the power opposing Islam claimed they were signing a treaty the Islamic leaders are obliged to inform them that they call it a hudna. The opposition replies, treaty, hudna, what’s the difference and the Islamic leaders reply, think as you will or some such non-comment. Such deceit is called Taqiyya as defined in the graphic below. This prolonged hudna was entered into by the Ottoman Empire after their defeat during World War I. There have been treaties, or so treated by the signatories, with Islamic forces since then with the treaties between Israel and Egypt and Jordan respectively being the most obvious. The fragility of these treaties became all the more evident during the one year in which the Muslim Brotherhood through President Morsi ruled Egypt and there were almost daily calls for them to end the peace with Israel and to reopen warfare and finally and once more trounce Israel in a race back across the Suez Canal, assuming the results mirrored their previous encounters. President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood advisors did not perceive any advantage and the peace held solely due to the uncertainty of doubt of their ability to defeat Israel, nothing more.

 

Taqiyya defined in plain and simple easy to understand terms

Taqiyya defined in plain and simple easy to understand terms

 

 

There is yet another front where the religious war of Islam against everybody else is being played out and that is the infiltration and undermining of European governance and the slow Islamization of large neighborhoods in many of the European capitals and major cities where the Muslim areas are run under some form of Sharia and the police of the city or nation dare not tread. Even fire and ambulance service is often problematic at best with the fire department being either unable to respond to fires started during rioting or needing armed escort to extinguish the fires. Even under normal conditions there are doubts as to the safety of firefighters should they response to an alarm in one of these areas. Even people riding busses, trolleys or subways which pass through these neighborhoods often find themselves molested or otherwise terrorized. Women are particularly vulnerable to harassment and sexual intimidations and molestations or worse depending on the time of day or night. The current refugee situation and the floods of refugees from the east originating in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and other areas of the Middle East plus the inundation of the beaches along the Mediterranean from origins such as Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, Mali, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Cameroon, Morocco and other North African nations threaten to overrun Europe. These Muslim refugees very easily could produce a long term problem far more dangerous than the financial burden these refugees, many unskilled, not fluent in any European languages and traumatized by the situations which sent them fleeing seeking a better chance at life. If not already radicalized, the next generation or the one after could be easy targets for radicalization being sold the ideas that the Europeans are racist and have stolen their future and taken from their communities all the wealth and left them without hope or any possible way out other than to take back that which has been denied them. Once any riots start they will begin a cycle where the charges become self-fulfilling as security forces attempt to restore order which will simply be met with cries demanding that the police be withdrawn as they are simply reinforcing the message and oppressing the Muslims, especially the out of work youths and young adults. As many will have attended madrassa instead of public schools, they will have an excellent memorization of the Quran and will be capable of siting the Hadiths as well as the Five Pillars of Islam (see below chart).

 

Five Pillars of Islam

 

 

With an idea coming to the fore and gaining adherents partially due to the flow of information proving to many that the world has a very slanted wealth curve and except for a small percentage, that wealth curve has been unfavorable to the Islamic world. Further, it has also been proven that grievance mongering and terrorism pay and pay very well. Further, as a leader of terror and being the mouthpiece extolling the masses about their having been cheated out of their share of the wealth which was gained often at the cost of the natural resources of the Muslim world, one never need actually do anything about the inequality beyond assuring their own place at the receiving end of the cash flow. Further, should one choose their targets selectively, they can rail against the inequality without any real fear of retribution; something which would come violently and swiftly should they attack the Western world instead of pointing the finger at those wealthy oil sheiks or the corrupt leaders who have stolen from the poor far more than the average Westerner despite the Western citizens having vastly more wealth. Additionally, there is money to be made trafficking humans to the “promised lands where the streets are paved with gold.” These refugees are not offered a home in any of the wealthy Arab states who have far greater wealth and space to absorb them but that might cost the leaders a trip to Monte Carlo and that would be a travesty greater than the plight of their brothers and sisters. The Europeans should demand that at the very least two-thirds of these refugees be accepted and cared for by their wealthy cousins in the oil rich regions of the Arabian Peninsula. Instead the leaders of the Islamic and Arab worlds are viewing this situation as their best hope for conquering Europe without firing a shot or having to spend any of their own monies. All they need do is point the refugees northwestward and then wait for the demographic change which will overtake Europe within three or four generations. Then the Islamic world will look more like the map below.

 

Arab and Muslim World After the Islamization of Europe except for Switzerland and Israel in Red Both Standing Against any Islamic Assault or Tide

 

 

The choice facing European leaders at this juncture is whether they will leave a legacy that will bring an end to Christian Europe and all the advances of the Enlightenment or to find an alternative to permanently settling the refugees now streaming into Europe by any and all means at their disposal. What alternative you ask? One might be to set up camps at the entry points and through the European Union use funds to pay for the camps with the understanding that the refugees housed in these camps will be returned to their homelands as soon as conditions there improve. This means for some that end would be immediate as there is no war zone in Pakistan, Afghanistan or much of North Africa outside of Libya and in the Middle East the same applies except for Iraq and Syria. Another step the Europeans might want to look at is assisting in ending the Syrian civil war and end the bloodshed while also combating the Islamic State otherwise the fighting is not going to end. None of these options are pretty nor are any of them desirable. What the Europeans are facing is an unenviable choice of which evil is the least damaging and which side should face the damage. Asking for Europe to absorb the hundreds of thousands if not millions of refugees which could be aimed at them is asking for Europe to commit suicide. It is not financially responsible for the Europeans to attempt to care for, house, feed, educate and provide health care for any of these refugees which neither are not exactly their problem nor is the problem one caused by Europe for the most part. Europe has sufficient problems with their own poor and wretched underclasses which have stretched the majority of European national budgets near the breaking point. Adding even more on top would be more than most European nations could absorb, let alone pay for. Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the eastern European nations are facing slow growth or no growth economic indicators and are at risk of defaulting if they have not already done so. The only nations currently having healthy, relatively healthy, economic outlooks are Britain, France and Germany, not necessarily in that order. Even the best of these three could easily be subsumed economically and dragged into the same quagmire facing Greece as an example. None of the European nations can absorb over a million unemployed and destitute refugees and expecting them to do so is next to lunacy, which is exactly why that is exactly what is going to happen. The real problem is what will become of such a situation where refugees take funds beyond their contribution to repay in the next half millennia the Europeans will themselves seek a solution in traditional European fashion and that will not be a pretty sight. Such may lead to the next great conflagrations as it spills over into the Middle East and perhaps beyond. This will not end well no matter how it initially shakes out and gets past the lockout and closed borders currently facing the refugees.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

July 27, 2015

A Zionist Approach to a Palestinian Solution

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There are so many rumors and misconceptions that one normally has no idea where to start. Perhaps taking a broader look and see what are some of the realities which even many of Israel’s detractors know are valid but are want to ever admit as to admit anything which shows Israel in an acceptable light, let alone a good light, is simply untenable as if we start to recognize those things Israel has attempted to do and offers made to try and reach a fair deal which meets almost every last demand made of her, where would such admissions end? Israel must be demonized and all unfair treatments must originate because of Israel existing at all. The reality is the pro-Arab Palestinian supporters refuse to admit, believe or allow any facts which might place Israel as having made any concessions ever to meet Arab demands because Israel must be drawn in the most unfavorable light and in hateful pictures and framed as pure evil on the brink of committing genocide at any moment. The Six Day War and its second attempt six years and a few odd months later known as the Yom Kippur War where Israel was attacked on the most solemn of days in the Jewish calendar, our Day of Atonement where virtually every Jew is in Synagogue and that particular time even two-thirds of the IDF soldiers and officers were on leave and Israel took precious hours before she was capable of repelling the assaults which from Syria were well on their way to Tel Aviv rolling across the Galilee while the Egyptians were dashing across the Sinai Peninsula and had surrounded and captured a whole division at the Suez Canal guarding the border from the Six Day War at half strength at best and completely under manned and easily overpowered. Israel turned the tide and was half way to Damascus from the Golan Heights, the previous armistice line and across the Suez Canal and advancing on Alexandria and Cairo when the world finally decided to protest the fighting. While Israel was being slaughtered and destroyed the world sat silent but once Israel had obviously turned the tides and within a few hours became the side advancing and approaching the aggressors’ capitals and major cities the world could stand the fighting no more. Despite the fact that had the tide not been turned nobody would have sparked the slightest objection but the world including the Soviet Union, Britain, France, the United States, the rest of the Security Council as well as the General Assembly, the Arab League, NATO, and a plethora of other groups, nations and associations as well as every human rights and anti-war group finally had to end this atrocious situation which could not be stomached; Israel must be prevented from spreading more violence and destruction, their advance is an affront.

 

Israel heeded the demands and even retreated back to the armistice lines from 1967 despite now holding both sides of the Suez Canal. She surrendered control of that vital waterway and once back where the Suez Canal was the border Israel did not press that she should share in its management as the forces of the world demanded that Egypt must control the Waterway even if one side was Israeli held. The entirety of nations sided with Egyptian control denying Israeli use of the Suez Canal as that was to be the normal and accepted fact of things. Israel was not to be permitted free access to the Suez Canal even if the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) occupied one side of the waterway. That is the world’s idea of fair and balanced. When time came to make peace with Egypt Israel offered Egypt every inch of land they had controlled but Egypt admitted that she had been occupying Gaza and that Gaza actually belonged to Israel and Egypt returned Gaza to Israeli control. Is Israel credited with returning the Sinai Peninsula to Egyptian control as part of their peace agreement? It does not appear as Israel is still denigrated as being an aggressor whose desires are to steal Arab lands at every corner, well, I guess if it has to be mentioned, except that one when Israel returned the Sinai but that was only done because Israel knew they could not defend those longer borders, yes, that is what we will tell ourselves, Israel had no other choice tactically. Never mind when Egypt had the advantage of the greatest surprise attack possible they still were routed by Israel who knew she could not defend that border? That does not appear to match the historic picture. But Israel must never be credited with doing anything noble or decent, Israel must be denigrated and trodden into the mire and never allowed to clean herself. Israel must be vilified at every opportunity thus Israel returned the Sinai because she was weak and unable to defend it must be the reality we sell the world, Israel was not being magnanimous after all, what could the Sinai provide Israel? The Sinai only has all of Egyptian oil wells and would present Israel with several multiples of size and depth and would allow Israel to defend her waterway to the Red Sea and on to the Indian Ocean and Asia and the Pacific coast of the Americas. What would Israel want with all of that? Those who are Israel detractors cannot admit the obvious as to do so would allow for that first crack in their arguments which are made of the most fragile of structures that are crafter out of lies, deceit and pure hatred, anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism, anti-Zionism and nothing more.

 

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

 

 

Then there were the offers during the final weeks of the administration under President Bill Clinton where Yasser Arafat walked out of the talks in Paris in disgust, that we can admit, but why disgust. Yasser Arafat felt betrayed and trapped so he fled. He knew that the end of his objections had been breached so he had his car and driver running and waiting in the front of the hotel to make good his escape. The reality hit him and he felt the walls closing in as President Clinton demanded an early morning meeting for the signing of the agreement, the very agreement Arafat had demanded just the night before that had to be why President Clinton was so excited that he called an early morning meeting with both sides to be in attendance. The trap had been set and was about to be sprung, the trap set in motion by Arafat’s own demands and words, that the worst of traps when one’s own words made the trap. The late afternoon President Clinton had met privately with Yasser Arafat and demanded politely as was his way of disarming even the arch terror master who invented aircraft hijacking, suicide murdering bombers and a plethora means of death and destruction was now asked the question no Arab Palestinian ever cares or is willing to answer, namely, what would you accept to make peace. Yasser Arafat was trapped by that wily master, President Clinton had done the unthinkable, the unprecedented, he had demanded to know what would seal the deal of Arafat and he would have to give an answer. What could he demand that the Israeli Prime Minister could never accept, what would guarantee rejection. Yasser Arafat knew he had to sell a lie because President Clinton would never in a million years accept his demand that Israel be destroyed, its Jews turned into slaves to serve the Arabs, which would never be accepted by President Clinton. What would President Clinton accept and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barack would have to refuse. Yasser Arafat took a gamble and demanded all of the West Bank and whatever part of Jerusalem or land swaps, things we can only guess but he gave his word, his worthless word to President Clinton who probably walked him back from the extreme demands but not so far that Arafat feared the worst, Israeli agreement. But the breakfast meeting gave away the worst possible situation, President Clinton had also pressed Barak to meet those demands Arafat had agreed were acceptable, what to do, run, that must have made Arafat feel like a trapped rat and all he could do was flee with Madeline Albright, the United States Secretary of State, waddling and shuffling as fast as he little body permitted calling after Arafat to come back and fulfill his promise, but the car was running, the door open and the driver behind the wheel, the getaway went off as required by the dire situation, peace with Israel the alternative.

 

Madeline Albright and Ehud Barak Press Conference in Israel Discussing Peace Process and Camp David Talks During Meetings Before Start of Talks Between Prime Minister Barak and Yasser Arafat

Madeline Albright and Ehud Barak Press Conference in Israel Discussing Peace Process and Camp David Talks During Meetings Before Start of Talks Between Prime Minister Barak and Yasser Arafat

 

 

Perhaps President Obama who claimed he wanted to have his Presidency reflect the best of the former Presidents, the Presidencies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and perhaps in the back of his mind also James Madison, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Jefferson Clinton and even once I believe even Ronald Reagan might have snuck in there in a moment of weakness, weakness from President Obama, what am I thinking. Actually, should President Obama desire to make the world remember him for making the impossible possible and actually reach an agreement between Israel and the Arab Palestinians led by Mahmoud Abbas then there is a suggestion I would love to place in his ear that might just make such a deal achievable. President Clinton had the right idea, don’t press Israel, just sit down with Mahmoud Abbas, mano-a-mano, one-on-one, in a place where two men can ignore the bothersome world of political gamesmanship and discuss real problems and find real solutions and work with Mahmoud Abbas, President Obama by himself with Mahmoud Abbas by his self and allow that gifted oratory which was supposed to swoon the rest of the world and give it all President Obama can with lilt and tenor voice with whispers and exclamations of dire demands and hammer out an agreement which President Obama honestly believes that Prime Minister Netanyahu might be persuaded to accept and get the one item President Clinton miscalculated on, get Abbas to sign the offer such that if Netanyahu signs the document as well then there is peace. Let the Arab Palestinians finally once again tell the world in writing what it will take for peace to be achieved. If Abbas is honest he will hand President Obama a map without any Israel on it and everything between the Jordan and the Sea as Palestine and President Obama will have his answer, this is a war to the last soul and nothing less. But if Abbas signs an acceptable agreement which has even the most remote possibility that Netanyahu will accept, then President Obama will not only have earned that Nobel Peace Prize but made himself eligible to be the only man in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize twice and he will deserve such. What about it President Obama? Great risks is what makes great men, risk not gain not, risk it all and maybe gain the accolades you know you deserve but have been denied, take this chance, take the offensive and ask Abbas what he will agree to for peace and what he is willing to give up. Unfortunately, I honestly suspect that Mahmoud Abbas heard from Yasser Arafat about the Clinton entrapment and has been warned against being even remotely reasonable and Abbas will demand everything right down to that last piece of sand on any Tel Aviv beach and the furthest tip of a pier in Eilat and the furthest heights of Mount Hermon and all seven hills of Yerushalayim, nothing less. Then President Obama, himself, should be obliged to tell the world of the intransigence of Mahmoud Abbas and how when faced with the opportunity to make reasonable requests and have the State he claims to desire, refused to accept any State of Israel. As that is the truth, then the world needs to hear it and the truth will set all the world free from this folly which simply continues to take lives needlessly. We know Hamas’s answer, every Jew on the planet dead, that is their idea for peace. Let us see if Abbas is any less the lunatic and desires a state or simply desires the slaughter of the Jews as many suspect. Prove one side or the other and then be honest before the world. Is that too much to ask, because if it is, then we need to find some world leader willing to go that extra mile and find that path which President Clinton found and once again risk taking that otherwise untrod path one more time and seek a real answer, a real truth and a real peace.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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