Beyond the Cusp

February 18, 2015

ISIS Must be Confronted Before They Spread Further

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

February 7, 2015

What ISIS Jordanian Pilot Barbarity Means for Humankind

 

While the United States was debating which retread political sloganeering to rally around for the next two years and the White House was deciding how next to interfere in Israeli politics and Egypt faced another terror menace in the Sinai and much of the world continued attempting to ignore the greatest threat to advancing humanity called ISIS, one leader depicted exactly how all of us should have reacted to the most barbaric sign of human regression since Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were plaguing mankind with their versions of barbarity, namely Jordanian King Abdullah II. His speech was not the most eloquent and did not draw upon high sounding words or propose great sweeping plans; his reaction was visceral, his anger tangible, and his resolve absolute. The man spoke of action and he then mobilized a nation unifying them behind his resolve to strike back at the evil that is ISIS. He ordered an immediate reprisal by the execution of two terrorists who sat on death row in Jordan, one of whom ISIS had bargained to exchange for the Jordanian pilot despite having already murdered him. Then on Thursday King Abdullah II visited the mourning tent of the fallen pilot, Lt. Muath Kassasbeh, which quickly escalated into a pro-war rally, with young men pledging their “blood and soul” to wage war against ISIS. There have been rumors that the King plans on leading airstrikes personally, though this is unlikely as though he is a skilled and able pilot, his experience is in rotary winged craft such as the Cobra in which he was trained when enrolled in the United Kingdom’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in the 1980’s. Where the brutality by ISIS was intended to intimidate pilots from the coalition currently striking ISIS largely from the air, the effect on the nation of Jordan has been the opposite as the King has taken the lead and the nation has rallied behind him. King Abdullah II has a long and storied experience of hands-on training and working with the Jordanian military and is well respected amongst the officers and men. He previously commanded Jordanian Special Forces and has often flown himself on inspections of the military and situations around the nation.

 

The releasing Wednesday of satellite images of the pilots’ homes and an offer of a 100 golden-dinar-bounty by ISIS was intended to threaten other Jordanian pilots causing them to defect or at least refuse to fly further missions. After the video was released showing the gruesome fiery death of Jordanian Pilot Lt. Muath Kassasbeh, the Jordanian response has been exactly the opposite as one group of pilots overflew Lt. Kassasbeh’s village after returning to Jordanian air space after flying sorties against ISIS positions in Syria. This was just more evidence that the mood in Jordan has turned from slowly growing resistance against Jordanian missions in the coalition to one of total war footing to avenge this wrong done against every Jordanian, especially her pilots. The King showed his support for the pilot and his origins in the Bedouin community as he donned the traditional red Bedouin kefiyah passing on his message of tangible empathy with their pain when addressing the nation thus pledging the nation to stand in unity to avenge this national challenge. During King Abdullah II visit to the family’s grieving tent, Mohammed Kassasbeh, the pilot’s cousin, declared his desire to join Jordan’s military stating, “Muath was not the first martyr and will not be the last martyr for this country. We are at war and we are all prepared to fight.” His reactions were simply another piece of evidence of the changed mood in Jordan which has rallied behind the King and against ISIS.

 

Signaling what may be the next step in the Jordanian newly declared war with ISIS, says Jawad Anani, a Jordanian senator and former foreign minister, stated, “The Islamic State declared war on Jordan, its pilots, and security. We are going to see a military escalation, and the dispatch of ground forces is the next logical step.” Jordanian State media has run some stories indicating such a move possibly to gauge public sentiment and degree of backing for such a move. The potentially troubling reality is that over one-thousand-five-hundred Jordanians are estimated to have joined ISIS with dozens having risen to leadership positions. This provides ISIS with detailed intelligence of Jordanian society, its military and potential security weaknesses. These Jordanian volunteers within ISIS are suspected of assisting in the recent revelation of the names and even home addresses of Jordanian military pilots. Reactions on both sides of this now critical divide will prove telling over the coming weeks. Still, these events are making for an unusual pairing of anti-ISIS forces as Jordan and King Abdullah II have not had the best relations with Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad yet both find themselves opposing ISIS though it would be foolish to expect any cooperation between the two countries or their militaries. It may have been partially due to the perception that ISIS was opposed to Syria and al-Assad which caused some Jordanians to join ISIS though that may be giving these volunteers too much credit for their knowledge of the political realm as they may simply have been drawn to join ISIS for the same vainglorious reasons that other youthful recruits have done so.

 

Where the Jordanian heated response will likely provide some additional force to the fight against ISIS, Jordan alone will not be sufficient to turn the tide against them all that much faster. Much will depend on whether Jordanian troops are injected into the fight on the ground, the component which is sorely needed if ISIS is to be degraded and defeated with any alacrity. The best of situations would have included other nations, especially the members of the GCC (Gulf Cooperative Council) led by Saudi Arabia, which had made gestures not long ago of their desire to include Jordan amongst its members, signaling their intentions to join Jordan in their efforts and also joining Jordan in the denunciations of the barbarity shown by ISIS in their burning alive of the Jordanian pilot. Such has not been the case and by all initial indications, the remainder of the Sunni world remains mostly asleep and blissful in their ignoring of the threat posed by ISIS.

 

The remainder of any efforts to crush ISIS will unfortunately fall upon a leaderless Western coalition which appears to be paralyzed waiting for someone to take the lead. The obvious leader would normally have been the United States but alas the President is too full of waging his war on the Republicans to bother with saving the world from the barbarian at their gates. Much of President Obama’s actions, such as his hypocritical denunciations of the Judeo-Christian world for their barbarity of six to fifteen hundred years ago as a reason to disqualify them from passing judgment on any barbarity being waged against the world currently during his speech delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. this past week, tend to equate historical shortcomings of Christianity with similar barbarisms committed today in the name of Islam. With Washington asleep at the switch, can the world honestly expect anybody else to step up and take the lead and join Jordan in what may prove to be the beginning of the singular greatest challenge of the coming century? If such a national leader exists, please have them hurry as the world awaits its savior despite the probability that whoever steps forward will more likely be pilloried as a wild, warmongering hooligan than hailed as the potential new leader of the civilized world. By all appearances, the old powers of civility, that would be the members of the European Union, the great moralizers when it comes to Israel, the United States, and especially the exceptional positions taken in the last few years by the Canadians, apparently are content to quake in fear that Russia might turn its ravenous gaze in their direction to worry about the growing menace in the heart of the Middle East. The other potential leadership might come from Israel except that such a move would be more likely to band together the forces of the Arab and Muslim worlds to stand with ISIS than to stand against ISIS.

 

The problem is that many in the Middle East view ISIS as a problem between Syria and Iraq and their allies Iran and Hezballah than as a threat to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt or the rest of the GCC membership, thus they are content to sit on the sidelines as much as possible hoping that ISIS and the Iranian axis will beat each other to death and thus remove them as viable challenges in the future. The problem with such a view is there is just as much a possibility that Iran will come out the winner of the struggle against ISIS and in the process cement their influence and domination of the areas surrounding Saudi Arabia and her GCC allies and in a position to strangle their oil trade. Iran with its Houthis allies now taking the preeminent position in Yemen are now also threatening to seize control of the mouth to the red sea and thus be in a position to block all sea traffic passing through the Suez Canal which would deliver the deathblow to the Egyptian’s fragile economic situation. Should Iran control both the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab-el-Mandeb, which connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden, they would have a complete stranglehold on the Gulf oil kingdoms and all trade between Europe and Asia by controlling the southern exit from the Red Sea and thus the Suez Canal. With Iran threatening such complete control over the maritime trade routes, especially those of oil and Euro-Asian trade routes, they could quickly bring the world to its knees within weeks. Further, combining this with their land hegemony including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, they would also block the major land routes between Europe and Asia. The main stumbling block may currently be ISIS but they will not be able to withstand a full on assault by Iran, especially once Iran completes their negotiations with the west in March and retain their supposed right to enrich Uranium. That is the sole item they need to ensure they acquire from the negotiations with the P5+1 (United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia, China and Germany) over their nuclear program; and if they succeed, then G0d help us all.

 

The current sticking point appears to be over the numbers of centrifuges that Iran will be permitted to keep operationally and interconnected as the United States was initially pressing for hundreds while Iran has demanded the full nineteen-thousand as well as the right to continue research into even more advanced centrifuges and the right to produce and substitute them as they become available. The initial approval for Iran to retain their ability for the continuation of their research into even higher speeds and greater yield potentials from their centrifuges and the implementing the newer and higher capacity centrifuges replacing older models as they become available has all the appearances of being a done deal. Recently Secretary of State Kerry allowed to slip out the negotiating prerogatives of the United States when he stated that the United States would continue to present their positions and those that the Iranians balked on or rejected would simply be ignored and the next point brought forward for discussion. The implication was that the United states desired a deal, any deal, to such an extent that they are willing to forego any and every demand and restriction they had sought just so a deal would be attained by the fast approaching March 24 deadline. This mention of the latest surrender by the United States and their intention to surrender all the way to a deal, if that was what was required, leaves those hoping that the United States had actually intended to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear breakout point without any real restrictions to their achieving nuclear weapons production, presumably before anybody being able to detect their doing so, let alone actually taking measures to prevent such an occurrence, now must prepare for the world with a nuclear armed Iran.

 

The United States default position now appears to rely completely on deterrence and to have surrendered on prevention of a nuclear armed Iran. Does anybody honestly believe that Iran would not announce their breakout to nuclear weapons nation by dropping two or three tactical nuclear devices of limited yields onto ISIS positions in order to bring their threat to a halt while letting the rest of the nations in the area be stunned into submission. That would simply be the starting gun on nuclear proliferation across the entire Middle East with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and who knows who else is racing to gain nuclear parity with the Iranians as quickly as they are able. After the entire Middle East and North Africa attain nuclear weapons capability, how long before somebody uses their nuclear weapons to preemptively strike another nation or clandestinely provides a nuclear device to terror entities for delivery anywhere in the world. That is the future which is rapidly approaching and this will only be further facilitated as claims will initially be made that nuclear weaponizing the military was a necessity in order to prevent the spread of ISIS which then becomes prevent the spread of who next and then after that what happens. This could be made less of a possibility if only somebody from the Western world would stand up and take the lead as the United States is in permanent surrender mode for the time being. That much should have become evident by now, so who wants to take the lead until the world comes to their senses, if it ever does?

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

December 21, 2014

Iran and Hamas Make-Up and Reunite in Terror War

 

Hamas had insulted Iran and basically enjoined with the Iranian Enemies fighting against Syrian strongman Bashir al-Assad while Iran and Russia were supporting and arming Syria and their terror allies from Lebanon, Hezballah. This little parting of their ways Hamas was cut-off from their suppliers of rocket engines, largest and most capable rockets and tunneling expertise which had been provided by Iran or Hezballah agents. The IRGC (Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps) are the Iranian forces who are deployed to train groups and facilitate terror across the globe through providing expertise in rockets, ambush tactics, explosive construction, tunneling expertise, bunker construction and advice across a wide variety of subjects which assist in maximizing effectiveness and destruction of properties and killing of often civilian innocents in addition to military and security personnel. Their initiated conflict with the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) cost Hamas much if not all of their infiltration tunnels which the IDF destroyed through selective placement of explosives collapsing the numerous and varied main and sub-tunnels which had reached across the Israeli border and to exits near or within numerous Israeli kibbutzim and military staging sites to utilize in a planned Rosh Hashanah massive terror assault, an assault which was prevented by the tunnel demolitions saving untold numbers of Israelis across the entirety of the Gaza border and beyond had all their plans succeeded. The leadership of Hamas has been attempting to make their apologies and reestablish their friendly relations and restore their lifeline for arms and expertise which had been lost when they sided against al-Assad, a close Iranian ally and critical state if Iran is to maintain their Shiite Crescent from Tehran to Beirut and other Mediterranean port cities. Syria is also important as the Damascus International Airport is the main point for Iranian and Russian supplies, especially advisors and armaments, to be transferred to Syrian military forces and to Hezballah, the terrorist entity which has gained control over Lebanon giving Iran an ally capable of threatening the northern borders of Israel. Now with the reunion of Hamas with Iran, the Iranians have reestablished their alliance with terrorists who can threaten Israel on her southern border even from the Sinai Peninsula when Hamas is able to establish communications with or place assets in those tactically sensitive areas. This is just as major an arrangement for Iran as it is for Hamas.

 

This reemergence of the Iran-Hamas relationship may have been the reason behind the recent Hamas demonstration in their largest ever military training exercise which was concluded with the launching of a rocket into southern Israel, the third such rocket launch into Israel since this past summer’s open conflict between Hamas and Israeli security and military forces. Israel finally responded with a bombing sortie which Hamas reported caused little damage and no casualties. This has been the history of the military responses by Israel to Hamas launches of rockets intended to strike civilian targets. Hamas launches a series of rockets over time into Israel aiming for civilian areas often striking near homes, schools, medical clinics, shopping centers and other places where civilians gather in numbers with only the hand of G0d preventing serious injuries in all too many instances finally forcing a response from Israel who launch a reprisal strike often on an empty building or in an empty field causing virtually no real damage and certainly not effecting Hamas terror functions and abilities. Every so often Israel will strike an actual Hamas sensitive target such as a rocket machining facility or a weapons storage shed, many of which are placed adjacent to Civilian structures often sharing a common wall such that any such location targeted also causes civilian damage which Hamas utilizes to express outrage which is immediately picked-up upon by European sympathizers including many political entities from the European Union such as their past and present foreign ministers, Catherine Ashton and Federica Mogherini respectively, and numerous Ministers of Parliaments from all too many European nations which is soon followed by massive leftist demonstrations within Israel and across Europe all coordinated by anti-Israeli, anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) which receive their operating budgets from several European national governments and precious little funding from other sources. Often these NGOs receive funding from a central NGO which is totally financed through some single European national government. Such organized conspirational financing where questionably financed NGOs echoing the identical complaints made by European government or European Union Ministers or officials simply amplifies the denouncements of Israel which are originated, established, coordinated and conspired by these European politically related and tied groups and governmental institutions and individuals. When one then follows through with the media which will quote Hamas and other anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic terrorist or political entities word for word without any provisos or commentary giving them the weight and appearance of factual reporting rather than slanderous defamation yet in the very same news reporting an Israeli statement or press release is accompanied by modifiers such as reportedly, according to Israeli spokespersons, reputed by Israelis and other challenges to their veracity, then people watching such reporting are pressed to disbelieve the Israeli side while accepting without question the Hamas or terrorist statements simply due to the language and prefacing by the editorializing reporting by the news bureaus. The most disturbing examples of this problem is when similar reporting is committed by Israeli media such as Haaretz and any number of television news casts, some of which were broadcast on the nightly news as he was a well-known newscaster and editorialist who, as his father before him, translated his news fame into a political campaign and currently heads a party and who is vying to become the next Israeli Prime Minister, Yair Lapid.

 

With Hamas and Iran now returning to their collaboration against Israel there is an additional threat poised on Israel’s every border, the consequences of any Israeli attack on the Iranian nuclear sites or other instillations has become more tenuous and fraught with threats. This makes the negotiations of the P5+1 powers (United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Great Britain) with Iran which just extended their deadline to reach an agreement preventing Iran from attaining breakout nuclear capability all the more vitally important. The threat is that these extensions which now have extended the deadline for reaching a conclusive treaty more than a year and approaching a year and a half which simply provides Iran that much additional time to not only complete their research but to also actually build some nuclear warheads to place atop their constantly improving missiles which are approaching ICBMs which would be capable of reaching anywhere in the world. This is important as even with their current abilities the Iranians can use either a North Korean plan, which I am sure after the SONY debacle they would gladly assist the Iranians, or use their own plan which they have practiced in the Caspian Sea with formidable results, topics explained more fully here. I guess the rule here is to never antagonize any potential enemy whose potentials to destroy your civilization are unknown and potentially capable of rendering your nation back to the times and technology of the American Civil War or worse, the stone age before electricity. Unfortunately for Israel, the United States and eventually for Europe as well, the Iranians may soon have produced, if not already producing, a fairly sizeable nuclear arsenal consisting of various weapons sizes and types to include EMP devices, neutron bombs and any other one might imagine since nobody really knows for sure how many nuclear sites the Iranians are operating or their locations and capabilities. What we do know is that the International Atomic Energy Agency (AIEA) has reported that the Iranians have not been completely cooperative nor have they permitted any inspection of known research sites such as their Parchin Military Base where it is suspected research was performed on nuclear triggers for warhead development. This also raises one problem that most concerns Israel, what if Iran has developed nuclear weaponry which they provide to Hezballah or Hamas to use against Israel. Such a weapon could be driven into the heart of Israel, the center of Tel Aviv, and detonated potentially before the vehicle could be intercepted. Such a weapon if smuggled into Samaria or Judea (West Bank) it could be transported to the Temple Mount and detonated there in order to lay the blame on Israel bringing unimaginable denunciations and hatreds down on Israel without waiting for any research to prove the origins of the device. Even after it may have been proven not to be an Israeli device but was suspected, or proven, to be a device of Iranian origins, there would still be those Europeans, amongst others, who would continue to blame Israel denouncing the Jewish State mercilessly ignoring any proof of Iranian perfidy or Israeli innocence. The Arab and Muslim worlds would go ballistic blaming Israel for the destruction of the Temple Mount and the historic religious shrines of both Islam and Christianity. This might have one blessing in that it would finally have Islamic leaders bemoaning the damage to Christian shrines and not just showing concern for Islamic losses. The reuniting of Hamas with Iran will be hazardous to Israel and likely problematic for Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas as well and potentially worse for Abbas than Israel as eventually Hamas will take control of the areas claimed by Abbas and Fatah. As a matter of fact, the sooner he realizes his oft stated dream of an Arab state, the sooner that Hamas will demand elections in which they are guaranteed to replace Abbas and control the new parliament, or should Abbas continue to refuse to hold elections, especially as he has done for his own position as chairman, then Hamas will simply repeat the act which gave them Gaza, a coup, a coup as bloody as any resistance makes necessary. This is the importance of the renewed Iran Hamas reunification of relations and the future should Iran become a nuclear weaponized power, because the P5+1 nations led by the United States fail to be effective in their duties, something which President Obama does not appear to appreciate the vital importance of nor the deadly consequences for any failure.

 

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