Beyond the Cusp

May 21, 2016

Worst Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Ever?

 

There have been those questionable Nobel Peace Prizes awarded, let alone nominations. President Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for being elected and presumably because of the promises that he would be capable of forging an Palestinian-Israeli peace, bring the world to a period of global Shangri-La, or who knows, but many might doubt he lived up to such a bold beginning and definitely blew everybody’s faith in his future actions. Yasser Arafat was awarded one along with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin for rehabilitating the PLO renaming it the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the world followed up by rewarding Arafat, his side kick and number two, Mahmoud Abbas, with billions of Dollars and Euros combined proving how much terrorism actually does pay. Sometimes one simply has to stop and give out the Homer Simpson comment of the week, “Doh!” This week an Argentinian Nobel Peace Prize winner has joined with leading Belgian Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum announcing the nomination of Marwan Barghouti, arch terrorist serving five life terms for only five of the dozens of Israelis murdered by his bombs and terror plans as well as likely hundreds injured, many horrifically suffering from crippling effects of these attacks. Never was a person so completely and utterly undeserving of a Nobel Peace Prize as the only peace he ever dealt with was the peace of the grave. This nomination has absolutely nothing to do with peace and everything to do with the European idea that any terrorist jailed by Israel is a political prisoner and none deserve their being incarcerated and should rather be celebrated by all mankind. There is a similar piece of insanity in the United States with the free Mumia Abu-Jamal who was convicted of murdering a police officer shooting him from across the street injuring the officer and then, according to a number of witnesses, walked calmly up to the injured and unarmed police officer and shot him execution style twice into the head. But he was misunderstood and knew not what he was doing and was only given a life sentence because of his race, not because he murdered a police officer in cold blood. Mumia Abu-Jamal and Marwan Barghouti are about equally qualified and delightful people but for some reason the supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal have yet to believe he should be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize. At the risk of giving some people an idea, perhaps this year would be the perfect year to nominate and support Mumia Abu-Jamal for the Nobel Peace Prize as he would have a fair contest and good company running against him in Marwan Barghouti. This would also be the perfect year for somebody who might actually be qualified but that might be cruel to the qualified candidate as he would not have the star quality or the public support of the farthest of the far leftists in Europe and likely much of the rest of the so-called free world. Of course all bets are off if President Obama were to force a Palestinian State on Israel through the Security Council and then enforce it with NATO troops augmented by Russian, Chinese and anybody else who desired to join in and establish the presumed perfect terror state. Anyway, what would be the real difficulty should the state they form become the next Hamastan or another district of the Islamic State or the PA formed government prove just as dangerous and capable of launching thousands of rockets into the headlands of Israel, what loss would that be?

 

Nobel Peace Prize 1994 was awarded jointly to Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin for their Heroic Efforts in Resurrection of the PLO Terror Menace and Threatening Israel Which are Known as the Oslo Accords

Nobel Peace Prize 1994 was awarded jointly to
Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin
for their Heroic Efforts in Resurrection of the
PLO Terror Menace and Threatening Israel
Which are Known as the Oslo Accords

 

We would really like to claim surprise at this development and the Europeans nominating a terror murderer who slaughtered as many Israelis, read Jews, as he was capable of enacting plans. The Cannes Film Festival which is held annually in Cannes, France, has now hosted “Munich: A Palestinian Story” by the Lebanese filmmaker of Palestinian origin Narsi Hajjaj. This apparently wonderful, accurate, and insightful film depicts the Munich Olympic Games slaughter of the Israeli Olympic Team including athletes and coaches. The film depicts the Black September, an offshoot of the PLO and thus related sort of directly to the PA, referred to the terrorists as “freedom fighters” and the Israeli Olympic Team as “representatives of an occupying country” and likely left out a small little fact, namely that Mahmoud Abbas arranged all the training, equipping and financing, especially the financing, of the terror strike which the world got to view live as it played out but apparently times have changed. Now the terrorists are being cheered at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world and their victims as the despicable people deserving of their fate. Talk about Bizarro World? Sometimes I start to believe that the world is run by disguised family members of Mr. Mxyzptlk, the imp from the fifth dimension who one had to get to say his name backwards to return him from whence he came. The problem is that his relatives have taken new names and are serving in European Union and European government positions under assumed names so that it is impossible to return these malevolent and destructive entities to their proper dimension where they can harm the real world no further. Additionally, Iran is hosting its second annual Holocaust Cartoon Competition and France holds the honor of sending the largest contingent of competitors, of cartoonists who are likely their most talented, to compete and likely bring home many awards and potentially the gold or silver. Oh, did we mention that the French also recently voted to remove all Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and other historic locations and did so referring to Jerusalem as al-Quds, the Arabic name for Israel’s eternal and ancient Capital City. Making this theater of the absurd complete, the French claim they are qualified to hold a conference on what need be done in order to reestablish the Arab/Palestinian peace talks with Israel. They are attempting to have a minimum of twenty national representatives including numerous other European nations, potentially Arab and Muslim nations, many other anti-Israeli nations which harbor great amounts of anti-Semitism as well and have exclusively excluded Israel from taking part in the discussions as what could Israel add other than confusion and occluding and muddying the waters making reaching some just peace deal which could then be applied to the situation. And what if the French confab gets it all wrong and terrorism rains rockets onto Tel Aviv, it’s only Israel, only Jews, why bother with any concern, they will just be getting what they deserve and better them than the Europeans. Maybe if Israel is served up juicy enough on a silver platter then maybe the terrorists will love Europe and leave them alone leaving Europe in peace. The problem is not Europe, it is Israel and beyond taking out Israel there would be no reason to continue any terrorism in Europe as the Jihad would end with Israel, right?

 

Marwan Barghouti, arch terrorist serving five life terms for only five of the dozens of Israelis murdered by his bombs and terror plans as well as likely hundreds injured, many horrifically suffering from crippling effects of these attacks

Marwan Barghouti, arch terrorist serving five life terms
for only five of the dozens of Israelis murdered by his
bombs and terror plans as well as likely hundreds injured,
many horrifically suffering from crippling effects of these attacks

 

For some reason we believe that the French, the European Union, the European governments and the others outside of the Arab and Muslim worlds might not honestly understand what is driving the terrorism. It has little to do actually with Israel as it has to do with Islam and making Islam the sole religion on Earth and conquering everything for Allah. There exists the further prospect of insuring that the correct kind of Islam is practiced everywhere. The initial fight will be against those Muslims who are not practicing the religion with sufficient fervor and obedience, especially those people who chose to convert when threatened with some form of horrific death. Then there will be the struggle between Sunni and Shiite forms of Islam which will be a deadly, long and hard fought struggle killing hundreds of millions before the struggle can be claimed to have reached a termination point with either all of Sunni or Shia Muslims destroyed or converted as this has been a fight which has risen and fallen but never reached its logical end. The carnage does not stop there as there is much more to be done to complete the forging of a pure and special form of Islam. We will assume that the Sunni form of Islam will eventually prove prominent as there is a four to one ratio of Sunni Muslims to Shia Muslims.

 

Next comes the largely three way struggle between the main forms of Sunni Islam; the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State and Wahabbists. Eventually there would be new outcroppings of new forms of Islam with many being within the surviving form which initially would likely attempt to keep as quiet as possible and avoid the main struggle hoping against hope they will be permitted to retain their new form of Islam with some minor alterations to fit with the winner of the three way struggle. Truth is they would not get that opportunity as they would face hostilities as soon as they refused to fight in the ongoing war. Finally there would be purges based on color of skin, former religion, claims of apostasy, racial origins, and eventually purity of Arab lineage. It is very possible that by the time there could be a real and lasting peace the fighting will have murdered close to two-thirds of the entire population and even possibly over eighty percent. Islam is more of a promise for violent conflict than it teaches peace and acceptance of those of a different version of Islam, let alone practicing anything outside of Islam. How far the violence would go in destroying the Human Race is difficult to predict but something tells us that it would easily pass half and also climb past three quarters before peace could be declared. The problem is there may be inquisitions at any time should any group of Muslims be deemed requiring correction, a lesson which results in death more than correcting. Life and death will be determined largely as if by lottery as Imams will be granted full power over the Muslims residing in any area and fights breaking out between two Imams whose flocks resided in close proximity could have suspicions grow between them and finally reaching some breaking point and elevating into violence. The potential for such a breakout into violence to spread from its initial point of conflict across the face of the Earth would be one of many dangerous occurrences. And now there are Europeans who believe their intelligence and knowledge of the Arab Israeli conflict are going to attempt another peace initiative which, if we may pose a guess, will be long on demands of Israel and devoid of enforcement on any items demanded of the PA and accompanied by an influx of funding which will astonish even the most greedy of their peace makers who will also be expecting Israel to be forced to release Marwan Barghouti in addition to the majority of terror prisoners and surrender all lands beyond the Green Line as well. Nobel Peace Prizes being granted as a political statement and as an assault on a sovereign nation is beyond disgusting though some of the other potential changes fired from a Paris Convention to establish a “just” peace with the PA are beyond any rational expectation, something which Israel should expect and be ready to deal with the consequences which will once again be determined by people with no dog in the fight beyond their fictitious tying of Israel as the sole trigger of terrorism. Many nations have this fallacious concept as the reason they are assaulted by terrorists and presumably threatening Israel and all but delivering the Jews to a killing site is what these leaders honestly tell themselves will bring an end to terror attacks at home. Too bad they will have to learn this the more difficult way. No other explanation covers the actualities of Islamic terror and more aptly.

 

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January 3, 2015

Losing Bets on an Aging Strong Horse

 

The idea was a noble and decent idea but the execution is proving the old adage of not putting all your eggs in one basket are proving true once again. The NATO allies and others who are dependent on the United States to build the gold standard weapons systems are starting to question that wisdom. The center of this controversy is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the latest stealthy fifth generation jet fighter which is being built largely by the United States and is supposed to use a single frame with different variants to cover all functions for fighter jets from carrier landing to straight forward air superiority fighter jet. Covering all of the faults which have become known and may require returning to step one would take more than one article so we will simply look at two specifics; the inability of the carrier model to catch the guide-wire, the problems with the 20mm cannon and the related software and other problems. Some of the other problems that have recently emerged are the latency of the helmet-mounted display, low reliability of the novel Integrated Power Package unit and fire hazards associated with emergency fuel-dumping system. This and the other difficulties have brought the design costs well beyond estimates and there will not be an operative all-encompassing software package until 2019 delaying delivery of a fully working aircraft on schedule impossible. Meanwhile, the cost of development is not the only problem and the concept of designing one fighter jet to master all the varying demands might have theoretically sounded like a great idea; however, the execution of that idea may be proving as daunting as the worst skeptics predicted it would be.

 

The carrier model F-35 problem is simple to state but is likely far more impossible to repair. The main problem is the F-35C (C denotes the carrier variant) has problems with its hook and its ability to grasp the arresting wire and retract properly. Testing showed the hook was placed in designs to be closer to the wheels than in any previous aircraft. This problem and many of the other problems appear to be the result of an overly engineered craft which was given parameters which were too close to theoretical limits resulting in a design which though technically possible in meeting all designed functions but in reality had cut things too close for them to work in the real world. The engineering probably used limits which ignored one crucial fact; the aircraft was to be flown with something which was not designed to tight specifications, an actual human being. A good example is that a car can be capable of doing a quarter mile in exactly ten seconds according to its design specifications. On paper, or should we say according to a computer rendering, the vehicle if every gear change took exactly the same number of milliseconds and the reaction to the starting light tree was perfect and every other action was performed perfectly, the ten second run is possible in theory. The problem comes in when the vehicle is placed in an actual race and for the life of its crew, the car simply never produces that ten second run. Every time going down the track the car times out at around ten and a half seconds. The racer simply never can match the computer model which it used in attaining that ten second result. We very likely have the same situation here. In theory the plane can catch one of the wires and land on an actual carrier but the human pilot cannot get the expected results as his landings do not follow the perfect guidelines of what is possible and instead lands to parameters of what is likely.

 

The other really horrendous engineering problem concerning the 20mm canon is such a mess that it almost seems like they added the weapon after the majority of the design was complete and only then did some engineer notice the F-35 was supposed to have this weapon, so he added it in without concern for it ever actually being used. I know, what makes me make such an absurd claim, of course the engineers placed a cannon or main gun on a fighter jet which was to engage other fighters. Well, not exactly and it would not be the first time either. Way back in the 1960s the air force geniuses designed the F-4 Phantom jet fighters to rely on their missiles only and were never thought to need to have any guns as missiles were to replace guns and dogfighting was never supposed to be required. You probably think this is hyperbole and could not be the case, but let me tell you this; they actually built the first Phantoms without any guns and placed them into combat in Viet Nam. The actual use of the weapons and the training of the pilots actually revolved around firing their missiles from a safe distance and then, once a pilot had used all his missiles, they were trained to run back to their base. The plane was designed without a gun and the pilots were trained such that they would never need a gun. The theory was sound but the enemy did not comply and once they learned that the Phantoms had no guns, guess what the North Vietnamese did; they placed squadrons of fighters closer to the front lines and would send them up to intercept the Phantoms returning after expending their missiles and being unarmed. They very quickly redesigned the plane with forward guns and a sufficient amount of rounds. They then realized the pilots would need training in the theories and actualities of dogfights.

 

Well, the same design apparently was used for the F-35 initially and then somebody remembered the lesson from Viet Nam and the Phantoms not having a forward gun. So, somebody snuck a gun, a 20mm cannon into the aircraft and put as many rounds capability into the gun as room allowed. Why do I think this and what evidence do I have, you ask. Well, the finished F-35 fighter when tested was unable to fire the 20mm cannon. Then, when they went to rewrite the software they likely wanted to know how many rounds the weapon would have and their answer might explain why the weapon was not included in the program for use. The cannon they are using fires at a rate of 3,300 rounds per minute yet the Air Force’s F-35A version can carry just 180 rounds for the gun. This works out to just the slightest bit over three and a quarter seconds firing time before expending all the ammunition. When inquiries were made the response was the gun should be removed anyways as the F-35 was designed for the utilization and requirement on missiles and would never enter into a dogfight situation as they would disengage once their missiles were fired. The reliance on missiles even extended to the argument that guided missiles would be all the pilot needed for any mission including the use of bombs and even more so when deploying weapons for close air support. Their claim was the F-35 was designed to perform all its functions from high altitude and for that reason it would never require bombs or a forward mounted gun. Israel has already cancelled the majority of their purchases of the F-35 and will hopefully use the remainder of the savings and design their own fifth generation fighter and return to producing their own war fighting equipment even to the point of firearms and the ammunition needed.

 

I have mentioned the critical weakness being so dependent on foreign sources for the very items, namely weapons systems, which are vitally necessary for the very existence of the nation. These references can be found towards the end of our article of “Time for Israel to Diversify her Relations in the World.” That became an actual threat which may have figured into the situational awareness during this past summer during the war with Hamas when United States President Obama added an additional requirement for sending military aid and resupply to Israel which prevented any needed resupply of Hellfire missiles. The extra approval requiring State Department signing off on any resupply to Israel was basically a way of cutting off any resupply while claiming to have just added a simple additional step required for such resupply. The White House response to any criticisms and their answer given to the media was that this extra requirement was basically the same requirement for any other sale of military equipment and not anything new, they simply were requiring for any resupply of arms to Israel to receive the same requirement other arms sales required. The difference is that the Israeli resupply had already received all the vetting required and was arranged through a military channel almost equivalent to an actual treaty, but what is a little red tape which equaled an embargo between ‘friends’?

 

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