Beyond the Cusp

March 20, 2019

The World has Become Filled with a Vicious, Malignant Hatred

 

The recent statements criticizing and condemning Israel using millennial anti-Semitic tropes on Twitter and in her worlds to the United States House of Representatives by Ilhan Omar have received some attention and even glorification in certain circles. These spiteful and hate-filled condemnations of Israel were not enough. Ilhan Omar went on to use another slur, this time against American Jews and Jews who are not Israeli in general accusing them of holding dual loyalties and inferring that their affiliation to Israel was stronger than their love for the United States. She continued claiming that the Jewish Israel lobby, targeting AIPAC, was buying support for Israel, through what could only be taken to mean bribes, commenting that support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins Baby!” She made a half-faced apology which was more her being upset that her words were not taken as formal critic of American foreign policy and honest assessment that American Jews are unworthy as Americans due to lack of support. Her perturbations were swept aside and deemed a closed affair with the passing of what we were initially told would be a commitment by the House of Representatives against anti-Semitism but the reality was a generalized condemnation of anti-Semitism along with Islamophobia, immigrants, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, LGBT people, and members of other religious minorities and hate generally. The clincher that Ms. Omar’s derogatory and degrading comments denying equality to the Jewish State and the Jewish supporters of Israel were deemed not to be denounced or protested was that fact that she is still sitting on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House and as such will have a strong format from which to continue her spite and hate for Israel as well as be permitted to know every detail of intelligence which may be presented to this vital committee where sensitive and often classified information is openly discussed. The greater part of shame, though, is not with Ms. Omar but with the Jewish supporters for Israel and the entirety of the House of Representatives, if not the entire Congress, sitting on their hands refusing to call out the anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic accusations presented before the Congress.

 

But the problem does not stop with just Ilhan Omar; there was also the follow-on accusation from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez immediately following the presumed pushback against Ms. Omar when Ms. Cortez complained about how AIPAC, that pro-Israel Jewish lobbying group, was targeting her and Ms. Omar as well as Rashida Tlaib, the new Representative who has claimed that she also represents the State of Palestine and is in the Congress to be their spokesperson. Do not fear, there will be no complaint of Ms. Tlaib having dual loyalties; she does not support Israel or any other traditional American ally. There was so much left out of this debate, if such a one sided series of events can be called a debate. The small, little, insignificant information which was remarkably not mentioned is that Saudi Arabia and Qatar, amongst others, spend tens of millions of dollars more on lobbying the Congress than AIPAC. There was no mention that numerous Arab and Muslim nations have bought the Chair of Middle Eastern Studies and stacked the professors with anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and often anti-Semitic individuals. Further, these nations are buying sufficient influence over many of the most prestigious Universities to such an extent that it has become commonplace for anti-Israel slant being found in other departments and often the faculty overseeing the school newspaper, deciding which committees are permitted funding and backing by the University and sponsoring anti-Israel events throughout the school year as well as often turning a blind eye when conservative or pro-Israel speakers are denied venue or have their events violently protested including shouting down the speaker so they are not permitted to speak and even physical threats such that speakers have required police escort in order to escape the campus mob. There is far more to the spreading around the world of anti-Semitism often packaged as anti-Zionism, anti-Israelism and Zionism equals racism.

 

The problem is more advanced in Europe where many Jews have ceased wearing a Kippah (Yarmulke) or jewelry and other items which would identify them as Jews. France was forced to use military troops to protect Synagogues and Jewish schools including Jewish pre-school daycares. In Britain, the Labour Party has had a running problem with anti-Semitism. Some of the Labour Party elected officeholders and party leadership have resigned or have been censored for making anti-Semitic remarks. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has faced accusation of his holding anti-Semitic positions and beliefs. He has simply brushed such criticism aside as if they were nothing and has been granted apparent immunity from such claims. Further, when the Labour Party performed an investigation into the possibility that there was a problem with anti-Semitism in their party, so an inquiry whose remit would be to recommend how Labour could best tackle instances of racism, including cases of antisemitism and Islamophobia, with Baroness Shami Chakrabarti as the person placed in charge, they unsurprisingly were given a fairly clean bill of health. What made this result both unsurprising and uninspiring confidence was the problem that Baroness Shami Chakrabarti has faced criticisms as being anti-Israel and anti-Zionist to such an extent as to have probably made her a less than wonderful choice. There were no smiles from British Jews at her appointment and little if any surprise that she found that there was a higher likelihood of Islamophobic beliefs than of anti-Semitic and that much, if not most, of the presumed anti-Semitism was actually proper condemnation of Israeli policies and political leaders and their treatment of Palestinians and the apparent lack of commitment for peace by the Israeli government. This may pass muster with the British Labour Party, but it did not receive any glowing commendations and there were many calls for an outside investigation into the potential problem and not to accept the cover-up.

 

Then there have been the reactions from the Jewish communities throughout Europe. Recent polling and surveys have revealed that as many as forty-percent of British Jews are seriously considering departing as their lives have been threatened or other forms of intimidation and threats including their fear of anti-Jewish terrorism. Many are eying the United States but a majority has stated that Israel is amongst the nations they are considering or have already chosen. French Jews have become common in Israel with people hearing French spoken in areas of the Tel Aviv metropolitan region. The Jews who remain in France also are considering their potions due to the rampant anti-Semitism they have experienced. Britain and France have the two largest Jewish communities in Europe, so what they decide is important, is becoming influential and can sway the decision by Jews in other countries. A survey conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights at the end of last year found forty-percent of European Jews have considered leaving their home countries over the past five years because of rising anti-Semitism. This figure very much is reflective of the trend in both France and Britain.

 

Members of the Jewish community protest against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

Members of the Jewish community protest against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

 

What is even more frightening is the trending decrease in the Jewish population in Europe since the end of the Second World War and with it, the decline in the percentage of Jews residing in the continent (see graphs below). Since the end of the war in 1945, the number of Jews in Europe has dropped by over sixty-three-percent, a drastic reduction by any calculation and it might be ready to shrink even faster. The Arab world divorced themselves largely of their Jews in the decade of the fifties after the end of the 1948-9 war with Israel conducted by six Arab armies and a number of militias and support from other Arab nations. Partly, this exodus of Jews from Europe has aided Israeli population growth. And it is not just Europe where Jews have been departing in great numbers. The Jews in South Africa are departing reportedly due to high crime rates, anti-white animus and the accompanying anti-Semitism which has also been on the rise. On November 21, 1984, Israel began Operation Moses, a seven-week clandestine mission to bring more than 8,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel. But this was not to be the final chapter in the return of the Ethiopian Jews. May 24-25, 1991, almost the entire Jewish Ethiopian community was repatriated to Israel in an incredibly complex operation, and the largest air-train in the history of Israel called Operation Solomon. There has also been the return of the Jews from India who have been welcomed home. The rise in anti-Semitism in the world will serve to increase the rate at which Jews return to their homeland from the Diaspora. But that begs the question of where Israel will place everyone should the population due to immigration triple.

 

Loss of European Jews Since End of World War II

Loss of European Jews Since End of World War II

 

The answer to the question is that we have a large expanse which is not very populated, we call it the Negev. Yes, it is supposedly a desert. We are Israel and will make even the Negev bloom. Install three or four more desalinization plants and a nuclear reactor or two generating electricity and we will be good to go. One fact which bears remembering, the main number of Jews outside of Israel are in the United States. While the United States was once the nation with the largest number of Jews, about a decade ago that was no longer a valid claim as the Jewish population in Israel surpassed that of the United States. The reality in the United States is that many Jewish communities will be all but a memory within twenty years or soon thereafter. This is due to the Jews leaving the faith and becoming Secular Humanists. These are Jews who are finding their identity within politics and their fellow travelers. Most of these Jews are far left and basically a product of the best indoctrination money can buy, and that indoctrination never comes cheaply. They have entered and graduated college, possibly with a higher degree or even a doctorate, but as long as their degree is in the social sciences, their education was more than likely a thorough brainwashing from which many will never recover. That is the state of higher education in many fields and too many schools where part of the curriculum is learning to hate Israel and for many also how to be suspect that the Jew next to you may be an Israeli spy. Well, it may not be all completely gone beyond the cusp and fallen into the abyss, but in far too many high profile schools, there exists an undertow of anti-Israelism and a breeding for anti-Semitism on campus. This may result in some Jews rediscovering that they are Jewish while others will distance themselves as far from Israel and will become some of the most rabid pro-Palestinians on campus as they go to any extreme to prove they are part of the in-crowd. How this will end is still to be determined, but in all honesty, it does not look like there will be a happy ending to this story. The United States was behind Europe in this race to extinction, but it appears that they are catching up and doing so with a vengeance. So, once again the world is racing to figure out what to do with the Jew. Thank Hashem for Israel and this permits the Jews to have an escape plan, something we have lacked for close if not over two-thousand years. If for no other reason, Israel is needed for that day when the world decides that the Jew must be driven from before them, this time they have a place of refuge. Perhaps this is the purpose of the rise in anti-Semitism, to drive every Jew to either leave their religion and family (Jews are both family and coreligionists) or to return to their ancestral home and learn how good it can be to be a Jew residing in Israel.

 

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March 17, 2019

The Divide and the Wall

 

There is no more perfect measuring tape depicting the divide between those who desire government as usual and those tired of the monster in Washington D.C. which has been named the “Deep State” which envisions minions of the state huddled in their offices and cubicles making rules for the rest of the nation without any recourse by the people to select or remove these bureaucrats. This has been an existing threat to the freedoms and liberties of every American for decades. Some ask where did this “Deep State” originate and how did they gain so much power and influence over even everyday life? That is an interesting question which brings to light the bad attitude many lawmakers really have for their constituents. This story starts as a result of gross mismanagement of the economic front combined with the demands of World War II imposed atop the former problem. The first person to go on the record and warn the people of this growing threat was, from an unsuspected person, President Dwight David Eisenhower. President Eisenhower had probably one of the deepest understandings of how the government functioned and how the unchecked growth in the Federal Governmental Powers would eventually lead to an oppressive state where the rules had become so complex and often contradictory that anybody could be arrested for even the most casual and daily activity. Between his serving as the Commander of all Allied Forces in the European Theater, he learned the tact needed to work with the political; and as President, he came to envision the potential that the Federal Government could grow to threaten the people and the nation. He referred to this threat as the “Military Industrial Complex” but he saw deeper as mentioned in his parting speech given as he prepared to leave office and retire from public life, which we have included below. This additional threat he foresaw was for a technological elite who through computing power, money and control over information would hold the power to control much of life and even potentially take dictatorial control enslaving even the governance of the country reducing the people to pawns they moved as they desired. This short speech is well worth watching as President Eisenhower hits the nail on the head explaining the potential problem which has slowly come into focus and we are witnessing today.

 

 

Today, we have as President a non-politician Donald J. Trump, a figure who has proven to be divisive unlike any before him. He managed, as has every Republican from Eisenhower forward, to alienate the Democrat base and their far left set. Trump has also managed to distress the elite Republican guard, also known as the Country Club Republicans who mostly reside in New England but run for office in states such as Texas, Utah or anywhere else they may have a second or third vacation home. Then the far right has become disenchanted with Trump, as he has not turned out to be the hateful White Supremacist they had desired. This is one group which President Trump gladly refuses to give cover as their actions for hating others is repugnant to him. We realize that there are a fair number of people who like to believe that President Trump is aligned with those hate filled people of the far right, but President Trump has nothing for those hate-filled people on the far right any more or less than he feels about hate-filled people on the far left. There have been a few actions by President Trump which have been for the betterment of the American public, though some will deny this with every ounce of their energy. These liberating actions, though, will only prove helpful if the people actually observe, learn and then act upon what they have learned and observed. The biggest item on this list is the revelation of the “Deep State” which is the fulfillment of America ignoring the warnings from President Eisenhower. His warning of a military industrial complex taking control of the governance and using the government to their benefit without concern for the betterment of the people was likely ignored and soon forgotten and the monster grew to the point where it has enveloped much of industry and all of government. Their claim is that when they gain, the people gain, but from what we have witnessed, the people do not gain as much nor as fast thus allowing the elite from the industrial techno-military and dark programs complex to have also engulfed the media and academic worlds into a shadow government. This has been further enhanced by the machinations by the full array of management of numerous bureaucracies, virtual independent or mutually dependent fiefdoms, with their eternal demands for more financing to solve the problem they caused with their previous solutions leading to their never-ending cycles of demands. This has permitted the government to grow to the point where control became difficult and very soon thereafter moved far beyond any point where control was even remotely conceivable. This was greatly aided by the Congress being remiss in performing their Constitutionally defined duties and consecutive White Houses which permitted such delinquency in regard of the Constitution and singing incomplete legislation leading to an ever-growing government bureaucracy.

 

Deep State and the Swamp

 

The problem arose when the issues became more complicated, complex, technical and beyond the ability for the average member of Congress to get their arms around. This led to the forming and passing of legislation which did not set laws but rather set vague and generalized goals with the notation for the actual laws, in the form of regulations which Congress has assigned to have equal weight as a law, to be filled in by certain chosen departments within the government and often ending stating any other departments, as determined to be necessary. This permitted virtually every department within the government to make regulations and then set up the enforcement requirements within the agencies leading to the perpetual growth of the departments which for the bureaucracy which is the swamp President Trump alluded to draining. The unavoidable result of this system are the web of regulations which have already become almost innumerable in scope leading to regulations both requiring on one hand and forbidding on the other hand of acts, reportings, and other requirements such that nobody can comply with the entirety without potentially transgressing another regulation when complying with an original regulation. This is the perfect storm required for the government to be weaponized against the very people it was designed to protect. Anyone who owned a small business or even a Mom & Pop store realizes day in and day out trying to meet the regulations they know or have been advised to follow. When they are fortunate, the government leaves things at that, but should somebody decide to target such operations, they simply seek out some regulations, or some group of regulations, which can be applied to their business forcing them to attempt to keep abreast of these demands which can and likely will become overwhelming and often results in their business falling victim to over-regulation forcing them out of business. Moneyed interests can even twist laws to the point of breaking in order to gain their desired results. Such appeared to be the case in the “Kelo v. City of New London” which involved use of eminent domain to transfer land from one private owner to another private owner to further economic development. The Supreme Court decided five to four that the city had the right to force owners of private residences in an area where the city desired to place high-rise condos and a shopping mall had the right under eminent domain to force out the owners of homes, some had been family residences for generations, simply because the new development would provide greater revenue through taxes remitted and thus the development was in the best interest of the people which outweighed the property rights of individuals. Many were very upset with this decision as it put monetary concerns ahead of the individual and their rights. Now, any governing body can decide to take over any neighborhood if the planned replacement will be more profitable for the governing body, individual rights be damned. We hold out hope that in some future this decision will be overturned.

 

This brings us to the Trump Wall along the Mexico-American border. The present fight, some might even say war, between President Trump and Congress over funding the wall reached a new plateau this week with the House of Representatives and the Senate both passing legislation voiding the State of Emergency declared by the President by which he could get the funding despite Congress. As should have been expected, President Trump used his veto and sent the legislation back to the House of Representatives so the Congress could work on procuring an override to the Presidential veto. It is almost a given that the proponents of this legislation will never be able to get the two-thirds vote necessary in both houses. Yes, there were twelve Senate Republicans who voted for this legislation yet it still only passed the Senate by a vote of 59-41, well short of the sixty-seven required for an override. The mere fact that twelve Senators from presumably Trump’s own party would cross over to rebuke him so flagrantly is simply further proof that the President is not supported by the mainstream of either party. President Trump is honestly the President without a party, he just borrowed one for the time being and many of those Republicans who see their control threatened are quite put out, one might even say they are furious. This veto will soon become another Trump derangement where it will advance their precious “Impeachment Clock” one more tic closer to toc. Thusfar, the “Impeachment Clock” has had an operational problem in that it continues to tic but cannot advance, as it is unable to find the required toc to complete the cycle and move ahead. Thus, the “Impeachment Clock” will forever be stuck at just under three minutes to eleven and never count on to high noon and an actual impeachment trial in the Senate.

 

Impeachment Clock

 

The wall along the border will possibly begin in fits and starts but will not be completed even should President Trump be reelected. The only way the wall gets built is if the United States can elect a new President who shares the vision of controlling the border but is at least measurably less contentious. As any Republican elected for the foreseeable future will be treated exactly as President Trump has been treated, the wall would require a Democrat to build it. Any Democrat attempting to build the wall will not see a second term as he will have alienated his entire base as “intersectionality” has a required position in favor of open borders, and as long as the left demands rigid obedience to their chosen mantras which include but are not limited to, open borders, Israel is racist, renewable energy over fossil fuels, free college, free healthcare, Israel committing genocide, Zionism is racism, global warming-climate change will destroy the world and a host of other items approved by the Social Democrat Party. The people behind these far left positions have taken control of the Democrat Party with the old-school Democrats hanging on for dear life hoping not to fall within the sights of these leftists and face a primary challenge. The new left has proven their ability to unseat even long-sitting representatives such as when Representative Joseph Crowley of New York, once seen as a possible successor to Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader of the House, lost to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a primary race. The Democrat Party will be facing an inevitable and inexorable slide to the far left and demands for making the United States into their idea of a socialist utopia. Unfortunately, there has never been a socialist utopia which incorporated a group larger than a community as socialism depends on the ability to shame those who demands more free things without toting their own share of the work required. Pure socialism worked in the Israeli Kibbutzim but Israel herself necessitated moving from a largely socialist governance to a more capitalistic governance where even the healthcare system, which covers everybody with a set minimal level of care, has four companies which offer the basic required plans as demanded by government and each adds their own flavor to that package plus offer higher degrees of care for additional process. Then there is the other story about the ills caused by collectivism in the Plymouth Colony and the “Third Thanksgiving” and how injecting a little ability for self-gain increased their work levels and productivity. We have often held that man is not a perfect being and some amount of greed is to be found in all people. This makes a system based on needs over production will always lead to an ever increasing list of demands over an ever shrinking productivity, which deems socialism to failure whenever people, and not ants or bees, are concerned. Meanwhile, in a more capitalist system those who have needs simply have to work smarter, harder or both in order to gain those needs. Not as obvious, if one can find the means for having others work and produce for them, they will gain even greater rewards. But socialism aside, since only a Republican President will favor building the Mexico Wall, and any Republican will face the level of hatred which President Trump faces, this may doom the wall to failure. Those who desire claiming that President Trump is being treated differently than other Republicans must have missed out on Bush Derangement Syndrome during George W. Bush’s Presidency or have not been born or was not old enough to remember the taunts and insults hurled vindictively at President Ronald Reagan whose movie poster of him with the chimpanzee “Bonzo” claiming that he was second fiddle to a monkey, and they were not referring to the film. The wall is not going to be completed no matter the steps taken by the President and the swamp cannot be drained as it has reached a size beyond the human capacity to take down any faster than it was built, which is now approaching three-quarters of a century if we take President Eisenhower’s warning as the beginning of the problem. We can only hope that the swamp can be contained, then we can work at draining it. Until them, Americans can assist draining the swamp or enlarging the swamp, there is no neutral on this issue.

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December 28, 2018

And the West Sleeps in Ignorance

 

We have had two Defense Ministers/Secretaries resign within a week or so of one another. The first being the Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, who protested the lack of response by the Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, to the firing of almost five-hundred rockets into Israel on and above the incendiary Balloons and Kites which destroyed wilderness preserves, forests and acre upon acre of farm lands which were almost ready for harvest bring months of toil and hard work by the farmers to naught. The second was the United States Secretary of Defense General James ‘mad dog’ Mattis who stated that his disagreement over pulling of American troops from the Middle East left him little choice and stated to the President was, “Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down.” In both cases, the holder of the Defense Portfolio felt that their service was no longer required simply because they had a diametrically opposing view to how the nation should address Islamic aggressions and towards terrorism in particular. This is actually representative of the reaction of the entirety of the Western World when it comes to their addressing Islam and its attempts to infiltrate and subsume Western civilization through a stealthy abduction through the ballot box.

 

Many on the left end of the political scale claim that any suspicions over the attempts by Islamic forces and interests to take over the Western nations through subtle use of the ballot box and hijacking of political parties is simple paranoia. Sometimes paranoia is based in real fears which demand attention even if most of the public are completely oblivious to the threat. We have a simple and now obvious example from the mid to late 1930’s. During this period a Jewish leader of bringing Jews to their ancient homelands in the Middle East, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, made numerous trips to Eastern Europe to speak with the Jews warning them that they were going to be killed and needed to move to Israel. He was met with derision and was even banned by numerous Rabbis from speaking to their congregants. Many a town would threaten him with violence and he was chased out of the area. Well, the few who did listen to him survived the Nazi takeover of most of Europe exterminating as many Jews as possible in every one of those very same communities which Ze’ev had visited. In too many cases there are no survivors to tell what their Rabbis had to say once they were in the Concentration Camps and realized what was about to occur. Europe has been inviting the waves of Islamic men largely of military age without women or families into their bosom. Germany’s Chancellor Merkel led this wave of inviting unrestrained Islamic immigrants with her announcing that Germany was open before them and welcoming their immigration, or should we call it what it really is, infiltration.

 

France has been an example of the results of this influx of Islamic population with increases of 50% and 60% in acts of overt anti-Semitism in the last few years. The increase in Islamic population cannot account for the entirety of these increases such that it has become obvious that the increases in anti-Semitism while triggered by the influx of Muslims with anti-Semitic beliefs brought over from their former homes has made the expression of anti-Semitic feeling more acceptable and thus brought out the formerly subverted anti-Semitism into the open. These results can be seen throughout Western and Northern Europe (Old Europe) but has been less represented in the former Warsaw Pact nations who have mostly closed their borders to the Islamic immigration waves. Europe is witnessing in the affected countries the rise of political parties catering to the Islamic ideas or even completely new Islamic parties both of which have given the newcomers an increased voice in governance. This will eventually subsume the normative parties simply by using the leftist ideas of multiculturalism and that all cultures are just as valid as any other along with their secular humanistic hatred for Judeo-Christianity and the ethics which come with these beliefs. Add to this their claim that any selective rejection of Islam, even should it be entirely valid, is still a sign of blatant discrimination and Islamophobia. The term Islamophobia is wielded with the same efficiency as a barbarian axe was wielded bringing the fall of the Roman Empire. This charge of Islamophobia and the alliance of the left with the Islamic influx will eventually succeed in their quest to remove any and all of the Judeo-Christian influences throughout much of Europe. The surprise will come when once they have eradicated all Judeo-Christian influence and instead of their secular humanistic ethos, they are facing Sharia and a strict Islamic influence. The Gay community will quickly return to the closet or be murdered for their lifestyle. Women will find themselves encased in the burkas with only their eyes showing and just enough so they can see where they walk. Of course, they will not need to see where they are going, as they will be required to have a male relative escorting them wherever it is they need to travel. Women not dressed in burkas or traveling by themselves will be subject to anything from taunts to being raped, as they are obviously loose women. Further, any women reporting being raped will be stoned to death as a harlot, only making such a reaction to women walking around unescorted or dressed improperly all the more common.

 

We know, we are being ridiculous, this would never happen in such cosmopolitan places as Paris, Vienna, Rome and the rest of the major European cities. Sorry to report, but this is already the case in parts of many European cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, London, Manchester and all too many more. Women traveling through on buses or trains require protective escorts just to travel through some of these zones. Anybody caught drinking alcoholic beverages face harassment or attack with an extreme beating resulting if they do so within an Islamic area of these cities and towns. The face of Europe is changing and from appearances, the Muslims are not even waiting to have a majority in any of these cities before demanding that the laws and institutions be altered to comply with their Sharia and the Quran. There are already Sharia Courts in numerous European countries which operate on a completely separate set of laws than the nation is accustomed. How much longer until the Islamic influence erases the Judeo-Christian ethics and how will the people respond when facing Sharia as the new law in town.

 

Imagine Paris without its theaters, without dance halls or discotheques, without bars or bistros, without alcohol, without movie theaters and without chorus lines. Imagine London without pubs. Imagine Germany without beer halls. Imagine Amsterdam without gay clubs. Imagine Europe looking more like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran or Algeria. Imagine Europe bereft not only of anything Christian, but devoid of Jews and completely under Islamic influence and Sharia as the law of the land. Imagine Europe without even the slightest remnant of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of thought. Imagine Europe as an extension of the Middle East and Northern Africa. That is the logical extension of many of the current political philosophies. The concept that all political visions are the same, all philosophical systems are equal, all religions produce identical societies and that Islam is no different than is Christianity. All of these thought processes are completely bereft of facts. If these concepts were true, then there would be little difference between Iran today and Germany today. This is an obviously absurd idea as they are very different with Germany still remaining a free society while in Iran one can be arrested for thought crime or for being an adversary of the state. In Germany, the government is elected from a ballot which includes anyone who desires to run while in Iran the Mullahs and Supreme Council choose which candidates they know will support their continued ruling of the nation and will rubber stamp their demands and these are the only people permitted to run for office. That is not a free or open election system; it is simply the glossy cover of oppressive governance. That is what is coming to Europe if the people do not awaken to the threats on their doorsteps which currently most of them are welcoming into the bosom of their countries. There is a difference between the separate philosophies and there is a huge difference between those systems based on the Judeo-Christian ethos and those based on Sharia and Islam. From the first the world derived freedom of thought, the integrity of the individual, freedom of religion and the general freedoms which made the Western World the leaders of the modern world while the other produces stagnation, no free thought, only Islam as the accepted religion, everyone must obey Islam which means surrender or submission. Islam can be compared to the pre-Reformation Church where the Pope was the one who laid out the law and none were free to believe otherwise. The best example of such was Galileo who was restricted to house arrest for much of the end of his life for reporting what he saw in his telescope. Had it not been for England having a despotic ruler who believed in freedom of thought and that science was of a benefit to the kingdom, much of modern science would have remained in the darkness. In the Islamic world, after their “Golden Age” that is exactly what occurred.

 

After the loss of the Ottoman Empire during World War I and the subsequent occupation and fairly quick exit of Europe from the divided up Ottoman Empire (see map below) the Islamic world came to the conclusion that in order to regain their preeminence which they held in their former times, they should return to the age of conquest that they enjoyed under Muhammad and immediately thereafter. Under this interpretation of their best way to regain their proper place in the world, they began to turn to military reactions to anything they saw as contrary to their best interests. The initial and still number one item which they take exception to is the very existence of Israel. The fact that the “accursed Jew” has taken control of a piece of the Islamic Waqf, permanent Islamic lands which must never be permitted to fall into other hands, is by far the greatest insult that Islam could ever suffer. Had it been anybody but the Jews who ruled Israel, Islam might have eventually come to grips with it and set out to simply make life difficult and wait for the interlopers to leave. This was what they did with the Crusaders, Napoleon and the Europeans who had colonies or mandates in the Islamic lands of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). They claim that they will also do this with the Jew because, like their propaganda, Israel is just a white European occupation. That is interesting as half of the population of the Jews in Israel came from the MENA nations who dispossessed themselves of their Jewish populations by and large in the 1950’s when they made almost one million Jews exiles after stripping them of any wealth including taking their money and bank accounts, taking their jewelry and taking anything else of value plus their inspectors often took pieces of clothing they found attractive when checking their bags to assure they were not stealing anything of value. According to their governments, anything a Jew had which was of any real value must have been stolen from one of the members of the true faith of Islam; no Jew could have ever earned such things of wealth. Still, the Muslims think that the Jews will simply disappear and return to Europe, Russia and wherever else. The problem is that even should most of the Israeli Jews wish to go elsewhere, no nation would accept them, this we know from the Shoah when Jewish refugees, such as those on the MS St. Louis who were refused entry by Cuba, the United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, England except for a few who had British citizenship papers, and ended up back in Germany. Israelis are home and will not be going anywhere, even if the world had open arms for us, which it does not.

 

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

 

Back to the two Defense Ministers/Secretaries who resigned because of differing opinions with their respective Prime Minister/President and what it has to do with the spreading of Islam. Both resignations were made due to what they interpreted as weakness in the face of terrorist activity. Lieberman resigned over the lack of action against the Hamas rocket barrage and Mattis resigned over President Trump pulling the American forces from Syria and much of the remainder of the Middle East. Without deciding if their actions were wrong, we can still discuss their reasoning. Lieberman deeply lobbied for a strong and even decisive assault on Gaza which may or may not have preempted the ability for the IDF to operate in the north where it has found a number of Hezballah tunnels stretching into Israel which could have been used in the future for infiltration and attacks. There are many in Israel who question the statements made by some of the General Staff that Israel would be stretch to the breaking point or beyond if she ever was required to fight both Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza and Hezballah out of Lebanon. Lieberman believed that the IDF was fully capable of doing an insertion operation to defang Hamas and Islamic Jihad while handling the operation in the North. The Prime Minister thought otherwise and likely had the support of the General Staff who likely claimed that to do both would require calling up most of the reserves and putting the nation on a total war footing which would severely hamper the economic health of Israel. We have noticed the propensity of the Israeli General Staff to make everything sound like a near impossibility, something the IDF has proven that, with the proper time and intelligent planning, they are capable of conquering virtually every challenge put before them and often with minimal numbers of reservists if any being required to be called up. Another item is that reservists need to understand that they can be called up with minimal notice and be prepared to take on any challenge at a moment’s notice.

 

Mattis, on the other hand, resigned as he felt that the United States required some forces to remain in the Middle East to combat terrorism which has shown a definitive propensity to grow from nothing into a major threat in a short period of time. President Trump, on the other hand, was making good on his promise to neuter the Islamic State and then have the United States leave much if not all of the Middle East. While the leaving of the United States presence in Syria leaves both Israel and the Kurds facing imminent threats, the Kurds have definitively the greater threat. President Trump has stated that he was given assurances from Turkish President Erdoğan that his forces would not sweep through killing the Kurds in northern Syria and Iraq. We hope that President Trump did not actually believe that promise as we can assure him that within a month of the American pullout, the Turkish troops will continue their eradication of any Kurdish population of note in northern Syria and may even sweep into Iraq where Iraqi and IRGC forces are already attacking Kurdish forces and endangering Kurdish civilians in Mosul. Between the two Defense Secretaries/Ministers, Mattis was by far the more correct in his reasoning and reason for leaving. Lieberman can claim what he wishes to claim, the real reason he left the government was to make himself and his party appear to be more right wing and more nationalistic and having a stronger anti-terror position than it has proven to have. He was seeking gains in the polls and hoping to increase his party’s number of ministers in the elections coming at the end of next year at the latest. His was just as much a political move as it was one of principle, and of course, political moves often are aligned with moves on principle or the appearance thereof. Mattis, on the other hand, is retiring to his home and private life and likely has no political ambitions, thus his was a true resignation over opinions. Both still had the same message, take the Islamic threat to Western civilization seriously before it overruns the West.

 

As we have already noted, there has been a number of Islamist and even more anti-Israel and anti-Judeo-Christian ethos candidates elected to office with many of them being elected to the United States House of Representatives. These individuals were all members of either the Democrat Party or the Social Democrat Party, a more left-leaning wing of the party. What these also were was an indicator of what is in the future for the Democrat Party, a leftward swing with a strong Islamist flavor. This also means that the new Democrats who are their future will not be supporting Israel, as was traditionally a bipartisan support. The Democrat Party is going to increasingly oppose any and all support of Israel including refusing to veto anti-Israel resolutions in the Security Council. This will lead to numerous condemnations of Israel and possibly even to United Nations imposed sanctions and trade embargoes on the Jewish State. Once the newer Democrats take control of the Democrat Party and even take the White House, and we are talking about a Democrat President who would make President Obama appear to have been a Zionist, Israel will find herself without any aid from the United States, no spare parts for her American fighter jets and weapons systems and bereft of any protectional umbrellas which the United States had previously provided. This reality is something that Israel would be smart to anticipate as it may be coming sooner than anyone realizes, outside of our readers. Supporting Israel may have been another of Mattis’s reasons for resigning as the removal of the United States from Syria means that Israel is now more vulnerable to Iranian build-up of forces in Syria now that they will have a direct land route to Damascus from Tehran through Iraq. Further, it means that the United States will have little leverage against Hezballah in Lebanon and the main force from outside the Middle East in the region will be Putin and Russia. Fortunately, Israel does have decent relations with Putin and Russia but still will be facing renewed and new threats from Iran across the Golan Heights and from Lebanon as well as Iran now being able to easily transport the add-on guidance packages allowing Hezballah to install them on their larger rockets making them into accurate guided missiles capable of accuracy within a few meters or less. This is an existential threat to Israel which has been used to draw a red line, one which is probably of greater consequence than that of President Obama. Things are slowly but surely getting, as Alice might have said at her tea party, Things are getting “curiouser and curiouser.” Here’s hoping they do not get any more curiouser.

 

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