Beyond the Cusp

January 5, 2017

What the Guilty Verdict of Sgt. Elor Azariya Will Mean

 

Military court handed down guilty verdict finding Sergeant Elor Azariya guilty of manslaughter. The verdict was in at his arrest, with only the formalities left to complete, in this most obvious result in the universe. The media tried this case before the first military hearing or first witness was called. There was never the slightest doubt in the media, neither the Israeli nor the world, as the left slant of the media will always side against the military because they use violence instead of talking things out in a reasoned manner like they would as the real adults who keep us safe. The media has some less than reasoned beliefs; especially when it comes to the military, law enforcement or any other use of violence performed protecting the public. It’s that reasoned thing where adults would resolve such serious and difficult problems such as the five day weather forecast, political elections, budget issues and arresting violent, armed and dangerous felons or preventing terrorist attacks; oh, wait; the media run and hide when such problems arise and only come forth to complain about how law enforcement or the media used any amount of violence in resolving such situations. We are not going to debate the verdict or whether Sgt. Elor Azariya was justified or not and will leave that to the media, they will be salivating over this, and the demonstrators who will present the opposite views. Our apologies to the few media such as Arutz Sheva which will give all sides all the print they need to tangle and dice the verdict and evidence into second-by-second slices and view them from top, bottom, right, left, front, back, outside and inside and any other manner conceivably possible.

 

Our concern will take us on a different tack. This verdict will place the fear of imprisonment above and beyond the already burdensome Rules of Engagement (ROE), a military hierarchy which either fears or aligns themselves with the left, political establishment which also fears the media or is elected by them, and a public which is almost as equally divided. The losers from this verdict, other than Sgt. Elor Azariya, will be the soldier in the field who when facing any questionable situation where there might be any doubt or opening for leftist outrage will have an extra question in his decision protocols, will I face charges and is it worth my life to act or simply take cover and be safe from prosecution. Remember that at the other end of the infantryman’s rifle are very often terrorists who will have absolutely no decision protocols, they simply shoot first, second and continue to shoot until stopped, stopped by that soldier working through the ROE and now the political and legal challenges which are distractions far outside the norm for soldiers in what is in all honesty a combat zone. These soldiers are actually volunteers in a manner of speaking as if any Israeli teen upon graduating High School can find a means of avoiding military service by one of three alternatives, civilian service or seek some deferment or a long overseas vacation. The most honorable is civilian service but most Israelis choose the IDF and many religious Jews apply for the elite infantry units knowing they will face the harshest of training rigors and an uphill battle to meet and exceed all qualifications as well as have to compete against one another for the limited slots available. The highly motivated, altruistic, selfless, servants of Israel carry the weight of protecting their nation and its people on their shoulders. Now they also need to gauge the emotional state of the world, the probabilities of some prosecutor deciding to make a name for themselves before leaving the service and entering the work force hoping to polish up the resume and hoping if they do decide to use their weapon, whether the media might find reason to explode an expose doubting the need for discharging their weapon.

 

What seems to get lost in this mix is that these young people are facing terrorists who do not have ROE, do not wear uniforms, hide behind civilians, ambush civilians, hate life and worship death. The situation often is not cut and dry; and doubt, if permitted to permeate any situation, can be fatal as when fighting terrorism, delay results in the soldier’s life. These are the truths and we can rely that as time passes this decision will cause some unfortunate soldier to delay, consider one too many consequences, figure one too many angles, second guess before shooting and never get off that saving shot. It may well cost that soldier their life or worse, watching a civilian they were sworn to protect lose their life which would haunt them for the rest of their life. These are the stakes which these youth face regularly and adding more tension to their young lives is criminal, and we do not need any trial to figure this out. Was there no other means for the IDF handling this difficult situation? Unfortunate truth is, probably not after the media made such a monstrous crime of the century uproar about the shooting of a terrorist, injured and presumably subdued though not yet restrained, who had just stabbed another soldier and attacked others at the scene. Is such a mitigating factor? Apparently not in this or any case as they are enforcing the toughest and most moral code of any military in the world. For potentially making the IDF a target for recrimination by the world, its media and propaganda for the terror masters to radicalize more and more terrorists, Sgt. Elor Azariya may end up spending the next twenty years of his life in a military prison and his life will never be the same nor likely ever recover from this ordeal.

 

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Knowing some will demand our opinion, I will speak for myself and not the remainder of our small staff, though the staff likely would agree. Was Sgt. Elor Azariya guilty of the manslaughter charge? That I cannot tell as I am not and never was a lawyer, intellectual, judge, politician or part of a paid media. Some of the above mentioned have the legal knowledge and possibly the background to judge fairly while others are simply presumptuous enough to claim that right. I can only speak as one who has carried a rifle and was in a combat unit though I fortunately never had to shoot any enemy targets, and in war that is what all enemy are, targets. The first thing in a case where an enemy has been taken prisoner but is not yet secured as they are seriously injured requiring medical attention, one must know the mind of the enemy. Would they still pose a threat and are they sufficiently guarded to prevent such threat. From what I have read, the terrorist in question was not being actively guarded, though there were sufficient soldiers that should he become a menace by one of their judgements of the terrorist’s acts and movements, then the terrorist would be neutralized, killed. This is what occurred and what was on trial here was the danger level the terrorist posed. Here we need consider the motivation to kill us the terrorists keep within them. We know they viscerally despise and hate us wishing us all dead. They would do anything to hurt and kill us. I guess the best way I could describe the level of animosity held by the terrorists is to point out that they would be willing to die to kill a little girl’s puppy because it would make her cry and place them in paradise as is his sick, perverse and beastly interpretation of his religion, and that level of hatred is only prevented from performing more acts of hostility and illogical violence when they are completely neutralized either through restraints or death. The terrorist was not restrained, you figure it out.

 

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January 17, 2014

Iran Aims to Attain Virtual Border with Israel Using Proxies

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We will never be able to determine whether or not the near surrender by the P5 +1 following the lead taken by President Obama with able support by the equally absent forcefulness of European Union Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton to the Iranians over their nuclear weapons program in enabling Iran will allow them to impose their control over the heart of the Middle East from Lebanon and Syria on the Mediterranean Sea through Iraq to Iran on the Persian Gulf and adjacent to the Indian Ocean. The war over Syria is making much noise in the American and world media and has taken the lead for concern in the West. Getting considerably less attention is the battle in Iraq and in Lebanon, both of which are offshoots now of the war in Syria. The battle in all of these countries has Sunni Islamists fighting against Shiite fundamentalists with al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood taking the Sunni side of the battle against Hezballah, the Iraqi Military and Shiite militias along with IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) and other Iranian military assets backing the Shiite side which basically is the representation of Iran. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and the other members of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) are providing the necessary financial support as well as funneling weapons to the Sunni forces in Syria which likely also provides some funds for the Sunni forces in Iraq. The sad truth is that most of the Anbar Province and Fallujah particularly have fallen under complete control of al-Qaeda forces completely undoing the hard fought gains won with United States and her allies’ blood and treasure. This fact is a result of the lack of concern or attention to foreign policy by the Obama Administration and the Congress and is just another tragedy along the same exact lines and root causes as the disastrous Benghazi Consulate 9/11/12 ambush which took four American’s lives including the United States Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. There will be many ramifications to the Sunni and Shiite sectarian war raging across the central Middle East, some of which may be predictable.

 

The initial crucial battle is in Syria with the slowly escalating civil war in Iraq taking a close second. Lebanon will fall to whichever side is victorious in Syria. The actual war is being fought between Iran and Saudi Arabia as the Western powers are mostly sitting the entire conflict on the sidelines debating the morals of intervening. Without Western backing the civil war in Syria and the broader sectarian war stretching from Iran to Lebanon will simply continue without either side likely to win a quick and decisive victory. The eventual victor will likely be Iran as they appear to have the greater stake with greater investment and will to win at any cost. When one includes the noncommittal attitude from the Western Powers and the Chinese willingness to block any Western efforts in the United Nations and the Russians not only joining the Chinese in the United Nations votes and also taking a moderate active role in supplying Syria and Iran with special weapons assistance and aiding Iran with technical assistance including nuclear research, it is not difficult to predict that Iran will eventually take the upper hand whenever they feel their position is beyond challenge due to their having attained nuclear weapons status. The one threat which has tempered the level of the Iranian intervention has been the possibility of an Israeli attack and their desire to lull the United States and European powers into a sense of security. Once Iran has attained nuclear weapons production, then we can expect their interference to take a measurable and obvious increase as they make a push to bring the conflicts to a conclusion in their favor. Once Iran has solidified their hold on all of Iraq south of the Kurdish held northern provinces and firmly reinforced Bashir al-Assad in Syria and as a byproduct reestablished Hezballah’s preeminence in Lebanon, then comes the final move which is the lynchpin of this struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Jordan. What can be expected is for Iran to take the Palestinian side in Jordan against the Hashemite monarchy mostly through their alliance with Hamas and befriending the Palestinian Authority through Fatah and the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. This was part of the reason behind the effort to include Jordan in the GCC despite the small and inconvenient fact that Jordan does not border the Gulf as do the other member states.

 

The entire aim of this game by Iran is two-fold, first to gain a foothold on Israel’s doorstep and surround her on all three landed sides and to cut a swath clean across the heart of the Middle East in order to give Iran the foothold from which they can attempt to threaten the rest of the oil-producing states and take control of OPEC. If the other OPEC nations choose not to bend to the Iranian pressures, then Iran can be expected to enforce their control over oil prices by actually taking control of the actual oil fields by force starting by having the Shiite Muslims living in these lands rioting and claiming they are being persecuted by the Sunni rulers and begging for Iranian intervention. These Shiite populations will play the part of the Sudeten German ethnic citizens of northern Czechoslovakia at the lead into the Second World War. Once Iran has complete control either through influence and threat or after actual military takeover of the actual oil fields, then they will attempt to press their influence through control of oil prices by which they plan to bring the Western nations to their financial knees. What Iran plans on pursuing once they have financially decimated the Western nations, then proceeding to spread their version of Shiite Islam across the entire world would not be a surprising result. Of course the reason for taking Jordan is to completely surround Israel and to make a show of arms to make a statement to the Gulf oil countries. Iran has been the number one progenitor of terror throughout the world since the 1979 revolution. They have succeeded at this sponsoring and not having to pay a price as they have mastered appearing removed from the actual acts of terror. Once one looks into terrorist activities throughout the globe, a careful inspection will reveal the hidden arm of Iran playing the puppet master in a surprising number of cases. To list a couple, there were the bombings of the Israeli Embassy and the Association Mutual Israel Argentina (AMIA) Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an endless list of terrorist crimes by Hezballah in Lebanon, financial and tactical support for Hamas in Gaza, Hezballah’s presence, training and staging camp in the Tri-border Area of South America at the point where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet and none will dare intrude, and the continuing wars they are currently supporting from the Iran-Iraq border all the way to where Lebanon and Syria meet the Mediterranean Sea. Iran has been building slowly and steadily with their aim of taking hegemonic control initially across the Middle East and then to spread until stopped or until they control everything. Their aim is to complete the conquest by the Aryan master race first the impetus behind the Nazis. There is a reason that Iran is no longer called by their historic and proud heritage won over thousands of years, Persia, and are now called Iran which just happens to be how one says Aryan in Farsi, the original Persian language in Iran. They are simply attempting to resurrect the dream and complete what failed during World War II. Be warned.

 

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July 3, 2013

Who Blinks First in Egyptian Stare-Down?

UPDATE: Morsi removed by Egyptian military, with head of the Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour placed as interim President and tasked with forming ruling council and setting up new elections for new Parliament and President.

As if there were not enough explosive conflicts and standoffs around the world with a cluster centered within the ever troubled Middle East with Iraq sliding back into Sunni-Shiite violence with multiple bombings each week, Afghanistan is slowly being subsumed by the resurgent Taliban which is refusing to even talk with representatives of the United States vowing instead to simply wait for the last of the troops to depart so they can retake power; Turkey is facing ongoing Shiite demonstrations and riots; Libya still has residual tribal conflicts preventing any effective unified governance to unite the nation; Yemen has dual civil wars with Sunni-Shiite violence in the north and al-Qaeda terrorism in the south; Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq are being overrun by refugees from Syria; and civil war continues unabated in Syria with much of the country virtually destroyed and the death toll well over a thousand innocent civilians just one part of the toll. Now Egypt has entered into a stare-down between the Muslim Brotherhood standing behind President Morsi against the Military each demanding they take control of the escalating situation addressing how to resolve the massive demonstrations threatening to devolve into a civil war. So, let us continue our coverage and attempts to make sense of the threats developing in Egypt and try to identify the probability of a peaceable resolution versus the outbreak of another Middle East civil war.

 

On Monday, the Supreme Council which leads the Armed Forces gave President Morsi until Wednesday to reach a solution ending the strife from the demonstrations and riots between the pro-Morsi and the anti-Morsi factions. Responding to the military’s ultimatum, President Morsi released a statement decrying the military’s declaration explaining it had no authority as it had not been cleared by the Presidency which could only cause confusion and not settle the serious problems. Taking the confrontation into the virtual world, President Morsi released another statement via the Egyptian Presidential Twitter account where he posted, “President Mohammed Morsi asserts his grasp on constitutional legitimacy and rejects any attempt to deviate from it, and calls on the armed forces to withdraw their warning and refuses to be dictated to internally or externally.” I am not exactly sure what the use by Morsi of electronic social media to get his message out is supposed to imply unless his aim was to make a statement that the social media was not solely the domain of those opposing his Presidency. This defines the situation within Egypt’s borders where at some point on Wednesday either one side will blink and allow the other to prevail or Egypt may fly beyond the cusp and into the fiery chasm of civil war.

 

Meanwhile, the situation had claimed between one and two dozen lives and injured hundreds and possibly over a thousand people sufficiently injured as to require some degree of medical treatment. In the city of Minya, in front Al-Rahman Mosque, Al-Ahram newspaper reported that number of pro-Morsi people gathered and marched to Palace Square in order to confront where hundreds of anti-Morsi protesters were staging a sit-in against the recently appointed Islamist pro-Morsi Governor. Upon their arrival the confrontation took a horrific turn when they fired at the anti-Morsi protesters. There report did not include if there were or the numbers of casualties whether injured or killed. Either way, this was the initial use of firearms which very well could be but a precursor of much worse events escalating at some point on Wednesday.

 

Reports on Tuesday claimed the Egyptian military had drafted a political plan which suspends the Egyptian constitution, dissolves the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist dominated Parliament, and replaces the President and Parliament with an interim council with the Chief Justice taking the lead position staffing the council with civilians from different political backgrounds and experiences making up the body of the council. President Morsi has completely rejected this idea or any other proposal which includes removing him from office or calling for early elections. Morsi is demanding that the current elected government must be allowed to settle the differences finding a resolution to end the demonstrations. He has warned the military to rescind their ultimatum and sworn to resist by whatever means are necessitated should the military continue on their current trajectory. As we stated yesterday, this will be a test which will reveal the truth that the Muslim Brotherhood does indeed possess military arm with which to enforce and support President Morsi and the Parliament remaining in power and resisting the demands for early elections. Thus far the numbers of demonstrators have slightly favored those opposing President Morsi which should be expected as more often than not those demanding changes in governance turn out in greater numbers than those who have no demands or complaints about those in power and their actions. Should violence explode on Wednesday, then we can expect the numbers supporting President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to appear in far greater numbers. Add to this that any organized forces which the Muslim Brotherhood probably can call up to utilize as a form of shock troops and you have the makings for the start of another Syria style civil war in Egypt by the end of the week. I guess the Arab Spring has firmly advanced through the Summer and Fall and now we have definitely entered the Arab Winter, a cold long Arab Winter.

 

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