Beyond the Cusp

April 17, 2018

Grey Lady Befriends Hamas Discarding Israel

 

We need to thank Jack Engelhard for alerting us to the subject and giving the links we will be utilizing all in his well-written article “NY Times finds “journalists,” no terrorists among Hamas rioters.” The New York Times article we will be referring to is “Israel’s Violent Response to Nonviolent Protests” written by “The Editorial Board,” a nice way of removing the actual writer(s) and contributor(s) from credit or blame. We read the New York Times article in stages as our internal temperature and other biological feedback measurements rose in agitation requiring some time to simmer and calm. We recently read another article we must mention and recommend as a balm for the Times article. This was written by another author we trust and prefer, Giulio Meotti who wrote this excellent article “Imagine that you are that Israeli soldier” which poses the reality which faces every IDF soldier at every moment during any confrontation which includes even the life-threatening confrontations. What becomes difficult is attempting to find what kind of universe is required to corroborate the New York Times article with the one by Giulio Meotti. Obviously, these two articles were written by authors who do not reside in the same reality. Later, we will add a link to one last article which can be read as a bromide anchoring one back in reality.

 

The Times makes an initial attempt to prove the innocence of Yasser Murtaja, a person the Times had used to provide them with unbiased news and pictures, by linking him as knowing and having worked for Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident and artist. Well, I delivered while in the service of my father who was a tailor, a suit and tuxedo to General McAuliffe, but that does not make me a renowned tactician of military strategy. It also says nothing about me personally other than I once met the General who commanded the troops which held Bastogne until General Patton relieved them with his forces after two days of heavy fighting. Then they throw in his being a father of a fifteen-month-old son to pluck the heartstrings which works with the Times average reader who is emotionally rooted in their leftist philosophies. We are told how many of the “protesters” are hanging back from the front of the peaceful demonstration and just hanging out having picnics and, who knows, maybe playing soccer in the afternoon and playing guitars and singing protest songs. Question, why are they hanging back away from the front if everything is a peaceful protest, is there perhaps some parts of the protest a little less peaceful and not quite non-violent when you move towards the front? This is never quite covered, only that there was one journalist killed along with eight other protesters and five more journalists injured covering the peaceful protests among a thousand others who were wounded. It is then very pointedly pointed out that, “There have been no known Israeli casualties.” This is so they can then use the almost thirty who have died amongst the Hamas protesters and the presumed thousands injured and demand that Israel is using disproportional force. Israel is using disproportional force is a popular meme where they are all but demanding that Israel must have an equal number of casualties as whomever Israel is fighting. Apparently, the New York Times has missed that the United States is probably the most flagrant violator of their proportional casualty measure as the United States has had an unbelievable and consistent disproportional application of force in every war before and since the Civil War where more Americans died than people from foreign nations. The United States just struck in Syria and there were more Syrian, Iranians and Russians reported dead than the United States lost as there were, and we wish to very pointedly point out that, no casualties at all. Imagine that, Israel and the United States are both guilty of disproportional force in recent engagements.

 

Another item which Times reserved to add as an afterthought in the very last paragraph was that there were tires burned. Allow us to quote, “At times, some of the younger protesters have moved close to the border’s no-go zone, burning tires and throwing rocks at the fence. Israel has said some Gazans have tried to toss crude explosives, shoot weapons and breach the barrier.” So, there is an announced and understood “no-go zone” and there were “burning tires” plus those “throwing rocks” as well as those who “tried to toss crude explosives, shoot weapons and breach the barrier” which is the border fence which means breaching the barrier would constitute invading actual Israeli land and crossing the border with violent intent. Further, does tossing explosives, crude or sophisticated, they explode, or firing weapons sound like a peaceful protest? We did not think so either. Their some youths were burning tires amounted to ten-thousand tires being burned in order to mask attempts to cut through the border fence such that there could be a rush on the border. Hamas has claimed that the protests will not stop until the border has been erased and they reach Jerusalem. Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar has stated that they will, “Eat the livers of those besieging” Gaza and “We will tear Israelis’ hearts out.” Do not expect to ever hear this in the Times as for them, Hamas is simply the legitimate rulers of Gaza. They did not take over Gaza in a violent coup from the presumed legitimate governance of the Palestinian Authority. The requirement for employment at the Times, with few if any exceptions, is that you view Arab, especially Palestinian Arabs, good, and Israel the greatest evil to ever plague the Earth.

 

More Slanted Coverage from the Grey Lady

More Slanted Coverage from the Grey Lady

 

The Times quotes Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, an interview by a friend of Yasser Murtaja with the New Yorker and that the United States protecting Israel by blocking a proposed United Nations Security Council statement condemning the Israeli response. The Times concludes that, “Journalists have a right to work, and people have a right to demonstrate peacefully. We would agree, except this is not what has been happening on the Gaza border and anyone who desires to believe that Hamas is not a terrorist group which desires to murder every Jew living on the planet, they can join Jeremy Corbin in claiming innocence of Hamas and perhaps include Hezballah as another rights group which Israel unfairly fights against without any actual reason. The Hamas rioting on the Gaza border is designed to climax with a mass crossing through any breach they are able of establishing in order to roam throughout as much of Israel as they are able murdering every Israeli they meet until they are killed or incapacitated after which we are sure the Times would demand that Israel account for every death and injured Arab who were peacefully and innocently celebrating over the corps of a dead Israeli.

 

We promised another article to lower the blood pressure of all except Times readers, so here it is. The Hill had an article by Lawrence J. Haas, Opinion Contributor titled, “Hamas attacks Israel – and the world condemns Israel.” They include a series of great little quotes with many from Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader we quoted earlier. The Hill article covers the entirety of the forces sitting on Israeli borders and their desires to destroy Israel and how Israel has little choice but to fight for their lives. We wish to add another point which is also a truth about Israel. Israel is small, about the same size as New Jersey, and though we have relied on aid from the United States and favorable discounts on weapon systems from other friends including but not limited to Germany whose Dolphin submarines are an essential part of the Israeli Navy, Israel has from her first dawn when she was attacked by Six Arab armies and a semblance of different militias to the Gaza rioting today always relied on her own soldiers and only her own soldiers to fight her wars. There have been a few volunteers from other nations who have assisted her but these were volunteers and not duty service personnel. Only Israeli soldiers are our fighters and we have never requested any soldiers from other nations, not one American, British, French, Russian, Indian, Chinese, German, Polish, Czechoslovakian or other nationality has fought in any of the too numerous Israeli wars and never will there be a foreign soldier enlisted to fight an Israeli war. Israel spends hundreds of millions of Shekels on defensive weaponry to keep Israelis of every variety from Jew to Arab to Baha’I to Muslim and Christian and everyone else within the Israeli border, all benefit from the Iron Dome, Arrow Systems and David’s Sling. Israel has built shelters in every neighborhood and business region so all have a shelter when required.

 

We have all heard and understand that should the Arabs put down their weapons and request peace there will be peace but if Israel put down her weapons and made a request for peace there would be a slaughter of the Israeli peoples. The world in many parts can be said to salivate at the idea of destroying Israel. The United Nations proves the depth of that desire with every vote taken concerning Israel. Despite these votes, Israel responds by providing, if permitted, aid after every natural disaster anywhere on the globe often arriving before the United States with an operative field hospital as was the astonishing case to CNN in Haiti (see video below). The reaction of the CNN reporter is absolutely telling of the shock when a reporter who has lived with the horror stories about Israel once they find out the truth. This was Haiti but it was true in Nepal, Tokyo, the Philippines and even after Katrina in New Orleans. This is Israel as well and is also true of agricultural aid and teaching in Africa plus their Help a Child’s Heart which assists all children with heart problems and not only teach doctors but set up complete departments to provide such life saving care in hospitals throughout the world. These are the stories you seldom hear about Israel but that is Israel. One last thing, next time you eat a cherry tomato, remember that it is a product of Israeli agricultural technology. Enjoy the video below.

 

 

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April 20, 2016

Jerusalem Bus Bombing Should Rule All Options Valid

 

The political winds are blowing on the campaign trails as well as the White House. On the campaign trail Bernie Sanders still points to the use of force against Hamas as “disproportional” because there was more damage, casualties and deaths in Gaza than there was in Israel. By Senator Saunders’ system of a fair and balanced war, the allies in World War II were probably the most disproportionate war criminals of all time. Where the bombing of London and other British cities was likely balanced by the bombing of Berlin, Frankfort and other German cities; they then used excessive force in the European theater leveling the entirety of Marseilles, Dresden and the entirety of land in what was determined to be a general series of bombing which would disenchant the German and Italian forces, peoples and citizens even in occupied France and central Europe on into Poland with Germany to receive the bulk of the saturation bombings carried out by the British by night and the Americans by day. Below is a map of the sorties and bombings on Axis targets in defeating the Italian and German fronts by the United States and British air power. It can be noted with even the most casual glance that very little escaped being struck at some point by Allied bombings which was unsurprising when bombing was carried out day and night, day after day, in darkness, overcast skies and clear days where targets could actually be recognized and still the probability of striking any specific target would have one bomb per score dropped actually striking the target on the best days and operational conditions. It becomes obvious that even the targeted bombings in Germany and much of Austria, Belgium and eastern France were buried by the amount of bombs dropped across the entire areas. This was not proportional according to Senator Sanders’ definitions but I doubt anybody would have referred to the bombing campaign against the Nazis a using disproportional force as any force was permissible as this was war.

 

Bombings on Axis Targets in Defeat of Italy and Germany by the United States and British Air Power with Red Denotes Saturation Bombing While Colors Denote Specific Sites Targeted
Bombings on Axis Targets in Defeat of Italy and Germany
by the United States and British Air Power with
Red Denotes Saturation Bombing While
Colors Denote Specific Sites Targeted

 

Another bombing which would not have met with the approval by Senator Sanders would have been the firestorms in Tokyo and the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States ending the war by convincing Emperor Shōwa (昭和天皇) Hirohito (裕仁) that his Japan would be completely destroyed and could not win against such power. One need remember the night of March 9-10 (“Operation Meetinghouse”), where 334 B-29s took off to raid with 279 of them dropping 1,665 tons of bombs on Tokyo that the civilian casualties 97,000 killed and 125,000 wounded in the ensuing firestorm which razed entire neighborhoods especially in the eastern half of Tokyo. Further were the dates of August 6 and August 9, 1945 and the dropping of two nuclear bombs, Hiroshima where over 20,000 soldiers were killed along with 70,000–146,000 civilians and Nagasaki where 35,000-80,000 people were instantly killed and some 50,000 others suffered burns or died by the end of 1945. These were the only wartime use of such weapons but with the new threats forming on the horizon in an ominous fashion, one cannot be assured that they will have been the final use of such weapons. One need remember that the super weapons which end wars become the weapons of choice in the next such war.

 

Hiroshima Before and After Atomic Bomb

Hiroshima Before and After Atomic Bomb

 

Nagasaki Before and After Atomic Bomb

Nagasaki Before and After Atomic Bomb

 

The pictures above beg the question as to exactly, Senator Sanders, would be proportional after the bombing and burning beyond recognition of two buses, one with a load of passengers amongst whom more than twenty civilians were injured with many still recovering in hospital with the most severely injured on respirators and in critical care wards. Exactly what is the formula one should use in determining the correct number of casualties? Would it be a direct one for one or does one make the determination of percent of total populations where there are 2,100,000,000 Muslims and not even 14,500,000 Jews worldwide; so do we need to make each Jew injured represent up to 150 Muslims or does your math demand only a one for one ratio? How does the modern Arab/Israeli conflict deserve a different scrutiny than the allied powers of the two World Wars and countless other conflicts throughout history? Could you please clarify for the rest of the world and for Israel, Putin and others who are combating terror?

 

Jerusalem Buses Burning from Terrorist Bombing Young Man with Leg Injuries, Young Lady with Burned Arms and Legs Plus Mother of 16 Year Old with Extensive Burns on Respirator, Man Who Had Cell Phone Explode Adding Hand Injury to Wounds
Jerusalem Buses Burning from Terrorist Bombing
Young Man with Leg Injuries, Young Lady with Burned Arms and Legs
Plus Mother of 16 Year Old with Extensive Burns on Respirator,
Man Who Had Cell Phone Explode Adding Hand Injury to Wounds

 

The injured from the two buses and a number of vehicles which all burned beyond recognition with one of the buses and most of the other vehicles involved were made the victims of this horrific terrorist bombing with a fair number still clinging to life, some on near to full life support while others simply working their way through being burned and some having serious other wounds caused by the metallic shrapnel from the explosive device which was packed with nuts, bolts and screws with potentially other objects which ended being lodged in the victims’ bodies. This attack itself, by primarily targeting civilians, as was the obvious when the initial blast was within one of these city buses which seldom carry solely military personnel and are almost always filled with young civilians who depend on mass transit to take them wherever their lives require of them, was a war crime. But Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, John Kasich and Ted Cruz aside, Israel got a warning of things to come and how completely unconcerned the terror leadership including Mahmoud “the instigating maestro” Abbas as well as Hamas, Islamic State and Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda, al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the rest populating Gaza as well as Judea and Samaria (West Bank) are at bringing death and destruction attacking civilians in the most public fashion and in broad daylight. All the above groups celebrated the attempt to slaughter Israelis heaping praise upon whoever planned this cowardly attack.

 

Further, American Vice President Biden also denounced and scorned Israel as part of his speech given to J-Street, a Jewish pro-Palestinian anti-Zionist and extremely discouraged on Netanyahu winning another term as they believe as does President Obama that it is Netanyahu who is at fault and that Abbas is willing to make peace if only Israel was reasonable. By reasonable Abbas means that all the Jews return to New York City, even if they have never even visited there; so he can make his Palestinian State as he desires, on Israel’s grave. Even should he be granted a state presented on a silver platter with the keys to every building on the Temple Mount; if by assuming such a state, elections would still be required. Abbas knows that if elections are held soon thereafter he would be a dead man or seeking asylum in person in New York himself. The numbers do not lie, they tell the story. When 65% support stabbing Israeli civilians, 89% want to live under an Islamic State run by Sharia law, 84% want to stone adulterers to death and 66% support killing any Muslim who leaves Islam and a two-to-one majority want Abbas out of power with a majority would approve of his being tried for crimes against the Palestinians and then have a proper trial followed by as proper public hanging. No, Abbas will never accept a state in any way, shape or kind as without the IDF protection he becomes a dead man walking.

 

Still, there are rumors floating that Putin and Obama desire giving Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad the Golan Heights from which to shoot at Israelis as he had before in the hopes such would gain him support, or at least sympathy, from the Syrian street thus returning to rule as the leader in the war against Israel. There have been additional balloons floated since we reported on the Huffington Post trial balloon over President Obama simply by edict using the powers of the Security Council to recognize a Palestinian State using the Green Line as the borders including giving all of the Old City of Jerusalem to the Arabs. This would be right in line with the recent ruling by UNESCO that the entirety of the Temple Mount has no roots or bearing from Jewish or Hebrew history and is exclusively and completely an Islamic site including the churches and other structures and historic sites there including the Western Wall and Kotel Plaza, the area where the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’s crucifixion all took place as well as the area the location of the Holy of the Holies. Such a ruling by President Obama would be unenforceable as there are close to three-fourths of a million if not more Jews residing in Judea and Samaria as well as the thousands of Jews moved from their properties in the Old City where they fought in the courts to finally have their properties returned to them when the area was liberated from Jordanian occupation and the majority of Arabs residing in Eastern Jerusalem, all of whom have Israeli identification cards, who would rush as far as they were able westward to assure they would end up residing in Israel and not any Palestinian “nightmare” State. Both of these ideas have been floated thus taking by United Nations Security Council binding resolutions to take the Golan Heights and all lands liberated from Jordan and hand them over to what would almost immediately in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and soon thereafter with Hezballah likely to be tasked by Assad and Putin to hold the Golan Heights and attack Israelis whenever targets of opportunity present themselves. Additionally, any State set up in the Palestinian Authority areas would become an entity where the people would vote for Hamas, if not the Islamic State, as soon as they were allowed to vote. This fact explains why Mahmoud Abbas has spent a decade in office on his original term of four years which he claimed when he replaced the dead Yasser Arafat. There would be no such confusion or direct route to lead any state which President Obama would spend the political capital to present the Arabs because there would be a demand that an election decide who would rule the state.

 

The hope by President Obama to establish the State of Palestine will never fly as the leadership will immediately become terrorist and it would be a failed state where the terror masters would live lavish lives while the rest of the people who were not directly supporting the terror leaders would be destitute living in camps which would make the current camps become suddenly appealing. Should the Security Council only make the resolution under Chapter Six, then Israel would have the option of ignoring the vote as it would be a strong suggestion and nothing more. That would force President Obama for his legacy, his current Middle East North Africa (MENA) legacy, to be mired in failure from Egypt to Syria to Iran and Iraq, in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and especially Nigeria and Libya and particularly Benghazi, a failure which will have a high profile this election season, all failures across the board so Obama appears to be looking to blame Israel and Netanyahu for all his sorrows, and it will blow-up in Obama’s face along with his brain trust of Powers and Rice who have taken turns at Senior Security Advisor and United Nations Ambassador and have lied and spun until dizzy enough to collapse in a tizzy and become as useless and weak as their boss. Obama attempting to form his legacy on the graves of tens if not hundreds of thousands, hopefully nowhere near millions of Jewish graves as he carves up Israel’s security locations such as the Golan Heights, the Jordan River overlooking highlands and even any area along the Jordan River forcing an Israeli retreat. Such a retreat would only occur if Israeli retreat was in response to force of arms which would entail American boots on the ground enforcing Palestine and shooting Jews in Hevron, in Jerusalem, across Biblical lands of the Hebrews and Jews of Judea all in the name of enlightened knowing it all and making the solution by force which will fail as soon as he pulls out the United States troops, something the Americans would likely demand. The suffering this would cause is heart wrenching and unthinkable. Where are the American voices in opposition or has the media refused to point out what is being planned to be implemented either in the late summer in the United Nations and in mid if troops are to be deployed. Listen carefully for rumors of wars which will become actual wars without American people and vigilance, the first requirement for freedom and liberty, the second is acting to right wrongs and doing so before they come to fruition.

 

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