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December 24, 2016

Listen to the Left and Ignore Reality

 

The recent horrific terror attack driving a massive truck into the crowds shopping for the holiday at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market murdered at least twelve people and at least fifty people were injured. There have been accusations that the German authorities were too lax and did not respond to terror warnings that just such an attack was potentially imminent. The critics claim that all that was necessary to protect the shoppers at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market was a dozen or so Jersey barriers, heavy concrete barriers with curved sloping sides designed to stop even the largest of trucks including the kind used in the attack. In defense of German authorities, one also need consider exactly how many outdoor Christmas malls such as the Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market exist in all of Germany and then figure the number of Jersey barriers would have been required. That would bring the total of Jersey barriers from around a mere dozen to a number somewhere in the tens of thousands. Were there lapses in Germany? What would be a better question would be are there lapses throughout Western nations from Germany to Britain to Italy and Poland, from Greece to Spain to Finland and Sweden, even across the pond to the United States and Canada? The answer is, of course, yes. Even in Israel where such attacks have occurred for a longer period the placement of large posts anchored into the pavement at bus stops, light train stations and other places where people might congregate is still an ongoing, though urgent, series of installations. This is understandable as first these places must be identified, as bus and light rail stops are simply the initial places requiring these instillations while taxi spots and even busy crosswalks in places in downtown Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as other cities take further research to identify and will hopefully eventually be discovered and protected. Of course the rule in terror attacks is whatever preventions are taken will simply change the threat making complete terror-proofing quite impossible; all one can do is alter the targeting.

 

Truck Driven into Christmas Shoppers at Berlins Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market

Truck Driven into Christmas Shoppers at
Berlins Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market

 

But just to prove that even the most rudimentary of efforts of prevention will be met with scoffing and ridicule, came care of Britain where there was a credible deterrent which some left wingers were rather critical. One of them wrote: “Safety is the last message this presence is sending out. It’s sad, and an extreme over reaction to a very slim chance of a terrorist attack. More likely to be hit by a drunk driver.” Such noble words of appreciation over even a modicum of effort to protect the public make one shake their heads in amused ridicule and disbelief. Can these people ever be pleased? Imagine the screams and protestations should there have been an attack even with the efforts which drew complaints over the effort. The leftists would be demanding heads of government officials responsible for the lack of sufficient efforts to prevent such an attack. It is understandable that not all terror can be prevented though it can be mitigated to minimal effect which while minimizing the deadly results of mass attacks such as in Germany, as has occurred in Israel, stabbing attacks still have the potential to inflict fatalities and injuries no matter anything short of a complete security provided by an actual police state. Every state need to decide what level of damage would be tolerated by the general public and then assure that their security levels are sufficient to surpass the level of expectation and assure that the people will feel secure. Failing to plan sufficiently will result in your facing the same level of disaster that is being faced by Chancellor Merkel and her government. But leftist trouble with reality is on even greater display when it comes to Israel.

 

France’s leftist government is once again planning to hold a conference to address a new solution to the Arab Israeli conflict. Their plan is to have representatives from approximately seventy countries gathering on January 15, 2017 for a conference to throw the weight of the international community behind the two-state solution. Thursday’s announcement included the news that neither Israel nor the Palestinians will be present at the meeting. But France intends to invite Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Paris some time afterward to brief them on the outcome of the talks, according to the foreign ministry. Meanwhile, the new French Envoy to Israel said two weeks ago that the conference would not contain any novel ideas on how to solve the Middle East conflict, but is mainly intended to prevent the issue from disappearing amid other global crises. “What we propose is nothing new but [we are] trying to keep the subject on the agenda and not letting it down because there are other crises in the world,” Ambassador Hélène Le Gal said. “We continue to propose things and it’s always in a very good spirit toward Israel.” Keep the Arab Israeli or Israel Palestinian conflict in the new? Have they ever read any newspaper, the New York Times, Washington Post, Haaretz, Paris Guardian, Berlin Morgenpost or Pravda recently? I guarantee that not more than two or three days go by without at least two-thirds, that would be four of the six, would have at least one front page reference to the West Bank, Jerusalem, Temple Mount, Kotel, Settlement, Gaza, Palestinian or Israeli acts against Arabs almost all of which will be negative against Israel. You will likely see more front page news on the Arab Israeli conflict than on the violence in Iraq and even with if not more than Aleppo on an average week in the news, especially if you include television and radio news where time is more limited than is space on the front page of a newspaper. But the brilliant minds in Paris are afraid that the Arab Israeli conflict, particularly the plight of the poor and oppressed Palestinians, might be slipping from the public consciousness. Perhaps the reality is something different, but that can wait for now.

 

The next item is the latest concern of the Security Council which was scheduled to vote on a resolution condemning Israeli building in Judea, Samaria (West Bank) and (East) Jerusalem and considering including in the resolution banning any further Israeli construction beyond the Green Line. The presentation of the resolution was postponed after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to have spoken with President-elect Donald Trump who probably was the person who influenced Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who responded positively to discussions and pressures which desired that the proposal, at the very least, wait until after the Paris conference. Netanyahu likely is also hoping that any proposal will not be considered until after January 20, 2017 at 12:00 noon such that President elect Donald Trump will officially be sworn in as President and Nikki Haley will be representing the United States in the Security Council and a new sheriff will be in charge, this apparently was not the case. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon has stated, “The delay of the vote is an important step; however we realize that this issue is not yet resolved. We are continuing our diplomatic efforts on all fronts to ensure that this disgraceful resolution will not pass the Security Council.” All efforts came to naught except likely those from the White House from President Barack Hussein Obama who, sticking to his anti-Zionist and anti-Israel positions and vindictiveness toward Prime Minister Netanyahu and all Jews who are not 100% supporting the destruction of Eretz Yisroel and standing by President Barack Hussein Obama’s side, pressed to have this resolution voted upon immediately such that he and he alone would be recorded by history to have finally ended any Israeli compromises and granting the Arab Palestinian terror masters a blank check towards their desired goal of the destruction of Israel and the genocidal elimination of over six-million Jews residing in Israel, who had a strong arm in pushing New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela (a nation which has no toilet paper, food, prescription drugs or any other vital items) brought the motion back to the floor after Shabbat had started in Israel. The motion passed unanimously with fourteen nations supporting and the United States, in their idea under Obama of a grand gesture, abstaining as if that makes them almost righteous. More on this in a subsequent article early next week as certain particulars become clear.

 

The French are not the only people on the left who believe that the Israeli Palestinian conflict has not been addressed or given the necessary effort in order to solve it. President Obama was almost constantly complaining that this situation was not getting the amount of attention it deserves. Hillary Clinton had mentioned her intent to give this conflict the attention required to solve the problem. The French are also all-in on the situation and the new Canadian Prime Minister has supported the French efforts claiming that such an international conference is necessary because the world has not put forth the effort and solved the problem. This is despite the near constant addressing and passing of General Assembly Resolutions every year like clockwork at the opening ceremonies, the November 29th annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Durban Conferences and any other opportunity the Arab League or individual Arab leaders decide they need to renew their investment in their own standing at the cost of the Zionist entity, Israel, and present their own resolution condemning Israeli something or another as the what is irrelevant as the target of Israel is all that matters. Yet we have the French with atta-boys coming from every leftist leader on the planet backslapping them for their bravery in calling this conference and their claims that this effort will finally be the effort which brings forth a solution if only Israel can be pressed to make the needed sacrifice for peace.

 

In closing, let us discuss the concept of “bring forth a solution if only Israel can be pressed to make the needed sacrifice for peace.” Israel was required by the world through United Nations resolutions, and the wording was made specific after much debate and every word was carefully checked and rechecked, and Israel was required to “return lands” and not return all lands or any set percentage or even a majority of the lands, just return lands and this return was to be governed by providing Israel with safe and secure defendable borders. These were the requirements and not in any way shape or form demanding a return to the pre Six Day War borders of the Green Line. Repetition of the lie that Israel must retreat completely has been given validity solely through sheer repetition but has no backing in truth. Once the Israelis returned the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula when making peace with Egypt they had more than met all the demands of the United Nations resolutions. They had more than exceeded most expectations as there were many who felt that Israel would demand to retain the western half of the Sinai Peninsula making the central spine of mountains the new Israel-Egyptian border. Whether returning all of the Sinai Peninsula was a wise move will remain undetermined but will appear as a good deal as long as there is no attack from Egypt in the future. Add the granting of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, who almost immediately lost it to Hamas causing the constant terror threat of rockets, mortars and other attacks from Gaza onto and into Israel, simply added more to the lands returned by Israel. Israel would be completely within their rights to retain all of the remaining lands gained in their defensive wars of 1967 and 1973 which were the six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. Despite this truth the French and much of the world believe that Israel has not given enough and would probably accept that Israel had not given enough even if they did return within the Green Line. The Arabs believe that as long as Israel exists, then Israel has not given enough. If the French would like to have a hint as to what would be acceptable to the Arab League and the Arab world, here it is in a simple concept, the end of Israel and the disposing of the Jews residing there by whatever means necessary with their annihilation being the preferred method by much of the Arab world. That will never happen and Israel will be retaining much of Judea and Samaria and if the Palestinians cannot handle that then Israel will gladly just retain all the land, period. That will make the leftists squirm as they really have a problem with assertive Jews; even the leftist Jews have a problem with assertive Jews. We know as we have witnessed such discomfort simply by walking into a Synagogue in much of the United States, and that is a shame, the real shame.

 

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January 14, 2015

It’s Time to Play Let’s Make an Excuse Game

 

The horrors have gained their appropriate abhorrent reactions and their tributes and commemorations replete with that rarest of all commemorations, international condemnations and a memorial parade with more leaders, diplomats, representatives and sheer numbers than any such commemoration in recent memory. The political cartoons were consistently sympathetic and memorializing except yesterday in the United States where they were largely derisive largely mocking President Obama’s absence and the lack of any ranking administration representative marching with the rest of the leading officials from around the world and especially as the French are the oldest and original ally without whom the United States may have never broken free from English rule. Even at this early point there have already been the beginning rumblings laying blame for the attacks anywhere but with Islam noting that the perpetrators were not acting in accordance with the tenets of Islam. There will be exchanges of accusations and excuses alternately followed by secondary arguments from both sides with discussions becoming more terse, tense and heated. There will be Western leaders who will also claim that those terrorists who perpetrated the horrific events in and around Paris, France towards the end of last week do not represent Islam because Islam is the religion of peace. Then there will be the claims by the many who make their livelihood writing books and making speeches linking these acts of terror with radical Islam and who point to the Imams who fire sermons which help to radicalize their followers. Then there will be those such as Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who will make Israel the central figure to blame for the actions of the Islamist extremists at Charlie Hebdo and at the kosher market with some making the fact that one of the targets was a kosher market as proof that this was largely about Israel. It has never ceased to amaze and befuddle me that if in any way when there are extremist terrorist acts as these and any target can be tied in any way to Jews then the apologists turn everything on its head and it becomes all about a protest against Israel and the lack of peace with the Palestinians. Just wait for it as it will most assuredly surface somewhere before everything has been said and done. There are so many items which need to be discussed which are actually important to address to make sure that such events as the world suffered last week can be avoided in the future.

 

One subject which if addressed would make the possibility for more such events less likely would be to make greater efforts in a number of areas all of which will unfortunately take time, but the longer these efforts are postponed, the longer the threats for more Charlie Hebdo massacres and similar terrorist events. One change is there must be a huge outreach effort to incorporate the people living in immigrant communities incorporated into the mainstream societal communities. This can be best accomplished through education outreach and occupational training and other work outreach programs. Another necessity is to have education requirements for all immigrants which teach the history, civics and other important material which will inform and better incorporate immigrants providing them with the necessary knowledge to feel and become more attuned with the society as a whole. The children of immigrants must be educated in schools which include educational materials which will assist them in incorporating into the society as they will learn about the historic events, civics and things which reflect the cultural identity of the nation and of Europe for those nations in the European continent. The programs to address the situations which it is claimed act as the harbingers of feelings of being alienated which lead some into the hands of extremists as they seek acceptance and thus become discontented and become more likely to act in destructive ways often in the belief that they are serving some greater cause.

 

Another track which must be considered is to slow the rates of immigration such that the immigrants already within nations which have any significant numbers or percentages of immigrant populations which are disaffected and sufficiently unincorporated into the workforce and population until such disparities are reduced significantly, or preferably, completely. Another contributing factor is completely independent from the rest of the problems which many European nations are having concerning immigrants and immigration but absolutely a central item which contributes to some of the problems. Many of the immigrants came to Europe seeking exactly what the Arabs came to the areas where the Zionist Jews were beginning to settle starting in the middle of the nineteenth century, economic opportunities which were vastly more enticing and provided far better opportunities. The immigrant populations continued to reproduce at or near the levels which were far above that of the native European populations which many have been suffering from below replacement rates. Over time the immigrants continued to come to reap the benefits of the promise of better economic opportunities. Then Europe’s economies began having a slowdown which took a nosedive when the 2008 recessions struck and had also hit some difficulties in the late 1990s. These downturns hurt the immigrant populations far more severely than it did the native European populations. When the added numbers of immigrants which resulted from the continuing arrival of more immigrants and the younger generation from the existing immigrant populations ran into the slowed economic conditions they had difficulties finding employment which led to their disenfranchisement which allowed for radicalization and the rest is history. The economic difficulties being a major contributing factor and amongst all of those factors we identified, it is the one that must be improved for any immediate ameliorating actions to take place in anything resembling an immediate solution. Educations and integrations into the society takes time and is best if started with early education and will be best if consummated by having ample employment providing a promising future with relative wealth and a promising future with sufficient opportunities.

 

There is one overriding force behind the acts we just witnessed in Paris. There was one very telling act which will not be given the scrutiny as it will be dismissed as inconsequential and obviously due to the Israelis occupation and had nothing to do with France or the main assault on Charlie Hebdo which was the central act. Still, it is important that the kosher market was chosen to be the target and that it was to be struck just before the Sabbath when it would have the most number of Jewish patrons who would be making their final shopping before the Sabbath lighting of candles just before sundown. The fact that the Jews are often targeted by Islamic radical terrorists is undeniable. The murderous assaults against Jews have been part and parcel of Islamic violence since the early parts of the twentieth century with large scale rioting targeting the Jews who had returned to their ancestral homes in pogroms of starting in the mid-1920s and continued through the late-1930s and only stopped temporarily as World War II brought large numbers of British troops to the British Mandate lands and the formation of the Palestinians Brigades saw Jews volunteering forming units which fought with the British. The Palestinian Brigades were made up of virtually only Jews as the Jews were referred to as the Palestinians while the Arabs were called either Arabs, Jordanians or Syrians and only coopted the title and name of Palestinians in 1964 with the formation of the Palestinian Liberation Organizations (PLO) which was formed to destroy all of Israel, as there were no occupied lands as they are referred to improperly today as the Six Day War did not occur until June of 1967, a full three years later. One of the contributing factors to there being no pogroms by the Arabs against the Jews in the British Mandate lands was due to the fact that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini fled the Middle East seeking refuge in Berlin. While there Mohammed Amin el-Husseini aided the Nazi actions in executing the Final Solution for the elimination of the Jews of Europe where he also organized Muslim troops in the Balkans forming the 13th Waffen SS division, known as the Hanjar division which was responsible for the murder of about 90% of Bosnia’s Jews and destroyed numerous Serbian churches and villages. He continued upon his return to the Holy Lands after World War II ended where he led troops of Syrian and Jordanian Arabs against the nascent Jewish state of Israel in the war aimed at eliminating the country of Israel the morning when it was declared a state along with the armies of at least six Arab nations.

 

There is another item which has been considered to be too delicate to be discussed openly, that Islam has a violent streak evidenced by the repeated numbers of events such as the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo last week where the terrorist extremists commit the acts in the name of Islam. Whether Islam is itself the religion of peace or if it is the religion which divides the world into two distinct worlds, Dar al-Islam (دار الإسلام‎), the world of Islam where Muslims rule and Sharia is enforces and non-Muslims must assume the position of Dhimmi (ذمي‎) and defer to Muslims even to the point of walking in the drainage area off the curb refused permission to walk on the sidewalk and must not ever hold their head above a Muslim’s head as such would be an offense. The non-Muslims also must pay a confiscatory and punitive tax called the Jizyah. This is the interpretation taught by some Imams, where Islam will be the dominant religion and eventually will be the sole religion on Earth. They teach that Islam should be spread initially through persuasion and proselyting until people under their rule have been granted the opportunity to convert and adopt Islam three times. If they still refuse then life can be made uncomfortable and eventually unbearable eventually getting to the point where they are demanded to surrender to Islam and Allah or die by the sword. This is the way under Islamic rule within Dar al-Islam. The remainder of the world is called Dar al-Harb (دار الحرب) which translates as House of War and is where non-Muslims rule and the lands have yet to fall to Islam by conversion or conquest. According to these Imams who are presumably knowledgeable about the Quran (القرآن‎), the Hadiths (حديث) and all the writings and teachings of Islam and thus to be believed and taken as the ones who hold the truths of all of Islam. These Imams have been known to issue Fatwas (فتاوى), which is a legal order, holy dictate or mandatory instruction to be obeyed and followed out to the letter. Some Imams have interpreted the teachings of the Quran as instructing Muslims to kill all the Jews in order to facilitate the coming of their Mahdi (مهدي), their messiah who will bring the end-times.

 

Such teachings were likely to have been centrally involved in the choosing of the kosher market and explains why the terrorist who entered the market and informed the patrons and store employees that they were going to have to die because they were Jewish. Then there was the miracle which occurred in the basement of Hyper Cacher, that very same kosher market, where a market employee named Lassana Bathily kept his cool and ushered a number of store patrons into the freezer in the basement and raised the temperature as much as he dare as well as turning off the light assuring them they would be fine as long as they remained quiet. Did Lassana Bathily also enter that freezer to hide? No, he remained outside and also contacted the police and gave them vital information. Those patrons he hid survived the terror assault due to the store employee named Lassana Bathily who also happens to be a Muslim. (more information in the article titled Two Faces of Islam in Charlie Hebdo Attacks ) He gave us a glimpse at the other Muslims, those who are in the majority which we are constantly assured by virtually every Western leader. Perhaps they are correct which would definitely be a relief to the rest of us but there is a person who desires to address those Muslims, especially those who believe that Islam must be made the preeminent religion and reach an agreed adjustment in this view and rather than making Islam preeminent by any means required to permitting other religions to have space for being practiced side by side with Islam without any restrictions. This reformer is the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who addressed Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious Islamic school of higher learning. These are Imams and professors who will mold the future Imams, professors and leaders of Islam. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt’s speech and commentary can be found in the article titled The Islamic Reformer in Egypt. It is the actions of those like Lassana Bathily whose actions though seemingly small are loud and proclaim vividly and beyond the shadows of doubt that there is a side of Islam which is laudable and set a standard for everyone else to match, Muslim and non-Muslim alike and there is the address and hopeful follow-through with the hoped for results started by Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi and carried forward by the ranks of Islamic authorities who make up the teaching and other student oriented staff whose assistance is critical if el-Sisi’s visions will have any hope of coming to fruition.

 

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