Beyond the Cusp

May 29, 2017

A Look at the World’s Potential Hotspots

 

There are a number of places in the world which are potential eruption points outside of what the American media would have you believe. President Trump does not even rate a mention in the top few hotspots with a potential for great harm. Some of the places are more of a danger to their own people than they are to the world and others should be center of the rest of the world’s concerns before they explode onto the world scene forcing a response twice has hard, as that is what will be required almost as punishment for allowing these threats to materialize. So, let us look around the world and we can even make some happy and begin with the White House.

 

President Donald Trump in a Moment of Grimace

President Donald Trump in a Moment of Grimace

 

President Trump’s largest threat is to self-injury often through Tweets. He could be the first President to be Tweeted from office though if that will be his fate it will be done via the 2020 elections. The main challenge that President Trump would face if things continue on their current path would be from the primary challengers which are all but certain to come fast and furious from the elite mainstays of the Republican studless elites. One leader of these milquetoast candidates is Arizona Senator John McCain who has been double-guessing President Trump at every turn and fighting against his every suggested legislative order. There will be others whose names will become well known between now and then and another likely candidate might be former Governor of Ohio John Kasich, also one of the last men standing against Trump in the last primaries. There will also be the perennial also-rans who will toss in their hats as one never knows, if Trump could win, why not everybody else? You know the names, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush (unless his shellacking he took has cowed him permanently) and Marco Rubio all claiming they wish to give the Republican Party a real candidate and save the party from ruin from another Trump candidacy. Yes, many in the Republican Party are just as unimpressed with Donald Trump and desire to have a more conventional candidate whom they can control. If the primaries and the few actual real and accurate polls are any indicator, the people are quite impressed with The Donald and despite his eccentricities, they love the fits he is giving the entirety of the political elites and their machinery which they use to drive their chosen agendas. The people are done with these agendas which are the same with the big difference being the speed with which the government is driving towards utter destruction. Donald Trump may be just the President the nation needs despite all the fuss and bother. Yes, a more controlled and sane person who was less out of their mind might be preferable but then it may be just what we are looking for, one eccentric loonie-toon who Tweets too much too often who knows none of the limits any normal person might understand and be withheld by, and who sees a new world where governments take a back seat to a people-business partnership.

 

From Washington D.C. we move south about one continent worth and slightly east to Caracas, Venezuela, where we find the end result of the experiment in what was called the socialist utopia where actors, athletes and other elitists and multi-millionaires or even billionaires habituating the leftmost fringes of the political spectrum went to celebrate the wonderful socialist world being presided over by President Hugo Rafael Chávez. President Chávez would make regular pilgrimages to Castro’s Cuba in deference to the father of socialist utopias. Democratic leaders who believed that Hugo Chávez was the miracle worker who had finally perfected socialism and established that dream they had all claimed had been waiting for just the person who would unwrap the socialist utopian society puzzle they had worked towards all their lives. Hugo Chávez had, according to the great minds from academia to sports to finance on to every field in imagination, established that dream and now if only the world would acknowledge and follow his example. Today Venezuela is one of the most dangerous places to live in the world. The government is gunning down peaceful protesters in the streets. Cuba, the ones who employed Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara at his favorite pastime, murdering innocents, has sent their current best troops of what could be called their Che Division to Venezuela to assist Hugo Chávez’s successor, current Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro, with keeping the public order. This includes the aforementioned shooting peaceful demonstrators who are clamoring for food, necessary medicine and numerous others of life’s necessities which they are unable to find in the store’s empty shelves. Large percentages of the population in Venezuela are left to seeking food in dumpsters and the black market for necessary medicines including such as insulin for diabetics, heart medication and other such basic medicines. Venezuela is the perfect example of where socialist governance will eventually result as proven by the Soviet Union, North Korea and now Venezuela. But this will not lead to any of the proponents of seeking the perfect utopian socialist governance and installing it in whatever nation they get the opportunity. Socialism seems as if it is an infection which once contracted can never be cured and leads its victim to seek the ruin of their society in the lusting for that socialist utopia which has failed every single time it has ever been tried, but they refuse to see previous failures as anything other than one more attempt that was not perfected this time and if only they are allowed to try, it will work, they promise.

 

Our next stop is almost halfway across the globe in Asia. We arrive in North Korea where dear leader Kim Jong Un rules absolutely. He lives a lavish lifestyle borderline in comparison to that of Marie Antoinette. The difference is in North Korea Kim Jong Un decides whose head was lopped off instead of Marie Antoinette whose head was sacrificed in the French Revolution. Kim Jong Un decided his uncle was a threat, so he was removed from the population. One of his generals also irked him, so he too was removed from the population. His half brother did nothing except be perceived as a threat to his position, so he also was removed, but from the world’s population. Who knows how many others within the dark nation from which little news escapes and even less is permitted entrance has disappeared. All we know is of late Kim Jong Un has been rattling sabers and acting far less sane than his father or grandfather. Each of his predecessors would act unstable when they desired aid, often food for their starving citizens. But Kim Jong Un acts as insane as either at their height of provocation as his normal daily routine. Kin Jong Un is as unstable as any leader throughout history, even further deranged than Nero or Caligula were during Roman times. Even those closest to him tread very lightly as close proximity to Kim Jong Un does not make one safe, it is more likely to be a threat to one’s life and would require extra caution and, to a degree, one to seek anonymity to avoid notice or to be chosen by Kim Jong Un for special attention and note. Making Kim Jong Un even more dangerous of a threat to the world are his nuclear weapons program and his advancing rocket capabilities. Kim Jong Un has ballistic missiles, come very close to launching an ICBM, and is even closer to a reliable continental ballistic missile. Add to this his nuclear weapons which many believe are designed not for explosive yield but for maximizing its EMP pulse strength which can be used to knock out the electricity to an entire continent as well as destroying virtually all electronic equipment within a sizeable range. North Korea under Kim Jong Un is considered a danger of starting a nuclear war by destroying the power grid in most of North America and bringing the United States to its knees with much of its infrastructure useless and the military paralyzed. But there is more as North Korea has an equally troubling ally in Iran.

 

Iran is a theocracy with a leader who has more titles than one can throw a stick at. He can be referred to as Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Absolute Guardianship and the Leadership of the Ummah, Supreme Leader of Iran and Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei. No matter who fills other positions such as President or the Parliament are actually relatively powerless in comparison of the religious ruling structure which includes the true power of the Assembly of Experts, a body of Imams. These are the people who choose the Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah, the only power with significance above even the Assembly of Experts once they have been chosen. Iran has consistently experimented and developed numerous varieties of ballistic missiles from middle range to continental ballistic missiles and they are working on the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Their development has mirrored that of North Korea which is understandable as the two often are found observing one another’s testing of missiles. The frightening reality has been the consistency with which Iranian technicians, nuclear scientists and explosive experts attending nuclear testing in North Korea. This has forced some to claim that some of the testing performed by North Korea of nuclear weapons has been performed for Iran and testing of Missiles in Iran were performed for North Korea. The two imperialist nations are cooperating and both have launched satellites which used polar orbits such that they passed over the United States from the south over Texas and the central United States, a route the USSR had investigated and found to be the soft point in the defenses of the United States. An unsettling truth is that the North Koreans have a satellite using that exact orbit which passes over the central United States on a regular basis and this satellite has no discernable utility and there are some who suspect it has a nuclear EMP device which could be detonated at any point in its orbit after ordering it to lower its orbit to three to five hundred miles where it would be within the optimum altitude for maximum destruction of the American electrical grid and military operational capability. Both North Korea and Iran place the United States as their greatest enemy and one of, if not their number one, target in all of the world. Iran also lists Israel as a nation they will destroy in a single hour or less some day in the not too distant future. Iran holds regular demonstrations every Friday where the people chant “Death to America,” and “Death to Israel.” These are their two propaganda ploys to fulfill the imaginations of the people and the targets Iran claims will prove their supreme power and their approval from Allah and as the sign that they are to lead the Islamic world to their final conquest of the world.

 

Iran and Russia are cooperating, if not cooperating directly, with another hotspot where warfare has been raging for more than five years. This is Syria where the majorities of the nation’s population is homeless and have been targeted by at least one of the numerous forces in the war including their own government. One of the main threats to many of the civilians is their own government where Bashir al-Assad, Syria’s President for life, has targeted those of his population he regards as not sufficiently supportive of his government which has included the Kurds, Palestinian Arabs in refugee camps, and many of the non-Alawite population of what was previously Syria. Assad had bombed virtually every area of Syria which is not part of his power structure with possibly one exception, the Druze whose mountain regions have been spared much of the tragic results in the rest of Syria. The Islamic State was started in Syria as a response to Assad, his Alawite supporters because of their Shiite aligned version of Islam, and their being allies with Iran, the leader of the Shiite Muslims. Syria is the final piece which the Iranians need in order to use their acquiring of southern Iraq which is also Shiite and the home of the government of Iraq. The Islamic State has taken some of their fighters from amongst both Syrian and Iraqi Sunni Muslims desiring to fight against the Shiite Iranians, Iraqis and Syrians who are attempting to complete a Shiite crescent from Iran on the Indian Ocean to Lebanon and Syria along the Mediterranean Sea. Another group fighting alongside the Iranian and Syrian Shiites has been Hezballah, the terrorist group which rules Lebanon through a proxy government and have become the Lebanese Army though they attempt to portray the two as separate. Hezballah is also the Iranian proxy force which they would use to be their initial strike upon Israel such that they could claim to be responding to a Lebanese request for assistance against Israeli aggression. This is one of the interesting themes which often permeate Islamic tacticians where they will attack an enemy and when the enemy responds to the attack, they immediately claim that they were attacked without any provocation and thus they then demand that their victim be punished for what was actually self-defense to the attack from the instigator. This has been the tactics of Hezballah with their previous two wars and numerous skirmishes with Israel as well as the next hotspot, Gaza and Hamas.

 

This is the desired and long sought Iranian Shiite Crescent across the Middle East reaching from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea after Islamic State Defeat and Iran Surge Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad with Hezballah retaining their iron-fist control over Lebanon and the Iraqi Shiites retaining their hold on the southern half of Iraq. This could very well be the starting positions for a final World War resulting in exchanges of nuclear weapons before the end is reached. This map also depicts the areas bordering the Iranian influence which could become the future red lines and the trip wire for a horrific conflagration, exactly what the Twelvers desire to bring back the Twelfth Imam and the Islamic Messiah who will lead them to finally realize their destiny of world conquest. Despite what many in the West view as an outdated and dead idea, the Iranian leadership dreams of world conquest and desire to that end.

This is the desired and long sought Iranian Shiite Crescent across the Middle East reaching from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea after Islamic State Defeat and Iran Surge Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad with Hezballah retaining their iron-fist control over Lebanon and the Iraqi Shiites retaining their hold on the southern half of Iraq. This could very well be the starting positions for a final World War resulting in exchanges of nuclear weapons before the end is reached. This map also depicts the areas bordering the Iranian influence which could become the future red lines and the trip wire for a horrific conflagration, exactly what the Twelvers desire to bring back the Twelfth Imam and the Islamic Messiah who will lead them to finally realize their destiny of world conquest. Despite what many in the West view as an outdated and dead idea, the Iranian leadership dreams of world conquest and desire to that end.

 

Hamas’s new leader, Yahya Sinwar, was a previous prisoner in Israel for his terrorist acts and was released in Shalit exchange. He was the founder of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas established so that the rest of Hamas, which is simply the support structure for the military wing, can claim to the world that they are simply a governing force in Gaza and have no connection with terrorism. Hamas has at times found Iran as an ally who have provided rocket and missile technologies as well as weapons and explosives often passing these shipments through the Sudan before passing into the Sinai Peninsula and then through the tunnels into Gaza. This has at times included IRGC commanders and experts to teach Hamas workers in the production of ever-larger rockets with greater ranges and payload capability. Then there is the normal Hamas alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood which is their natural ally as they are both Sunni while Iran is Shiite. The fact that Iran assists Hamas simply gives evidence to the hatred and absolute desire to threaten and destroy Israel drives the leadership in Iran. Hamas took control of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in a coup during June 10-15, 2007, and since then have attacked Israel repeatedly with Israel having to enter Gaza in a major action three times, 2008, 2012 and 2014. Israel had pulled all Civilians and IDF forces from Gaza in August and September of 2005 which should have permitted the Arabs to build a functioning state in Gaza free of Israeli interference. Instead, once Hamas took control the Gaza has been used as a launching pad for rockets and infiltrations intending to murder Israelis and capture hostages to use to force Israel into releasing terrorists. This is a weakness which the terrorists will continue to exploit for as long as Israel continues to release ever more terrorist prisoners now even releasing terrorists with blood on their hands, the final red line they had promised never to cross. Hamas has been speaking up another war with Israel, as has Nasrallah of Hezballah in Lebanon. One might believe that Hezballah was too involved in Syria but they also figure that a short and limited war using mostly rockets with Israel would renew their standing amongst the Muslim population of Lebanon and if it can be coordinated with attacks by Hamas, perhaps they can have their brief conflict and take only minor damage as Israel could be more entangled with Hamas. Hamas’s new leader immediately talked of his plans to annihilate Israel, as the new Hamas forces would be vastly superior to their Israeli opponents. This type of boasting has been heard before and fortunately, these boasts have not always produced conflict. The Israelis welcome no conflict, as they desire peace with their neighbors, as they prefer not to have to fight and destroy lives and inflict casualties, especially civilians which Hamas and Hezballah both use as human shields to protect their rocket stores and launchers.

 

Russia and Turkey are both involved in Syria and the United States has taken to supporting the Kurdish forces in the northeastern Syrian regions where they mostly defend their areas from attack and are not moving to take new land but merely to push terror forces from their lands and reestablish their areas where their population resided. Turkey has been claiming to fight the Islamic State but mostly have been striking at the Kurds. President Trump mentioned the establishing Kurdistan though, like moving the embassy in Israel, that may be more talk than actual American position. Russia has one major interest in reality, their two naval ports in Syria and on the Mediterranean Sea. These are the Russian warm water ports with access to the Atlantic Ocean through the Gibraltar Straights. Turkey wants to eliminate the Kurds. Islamic State wants to conquer the world starting with Bashir al-Assad. The Syrian Free Army wants to disguise their real alliance with terrorist forces, receive American weaponry, also win against Assad, Islamic State, and then decide where to turn next as they desire as well to be the new Caliphate. Islamic State already declared themselves the new Caliphate. President Erdoğan has laid claim to being the new caliph, nobody saluted. Syria will not be producing any new Caliphate or the next Caliph, it will simply be where too many people have died and will continue to die and there will be young men who have little in their life rushing to join and make a great name so they can return home a hero. All too many will simply never return home. The real fear would be for Russia and the United States to run into a face-to-face conflict by accident or by design of one against the other trying to force a standoff to see who blinks first. There is also a small possibility that Israel could also run into a problem with Russia which there are rumors that the two do communicate normally in order to prevent just such a problem from developing but which could break down if the Russians are proved to be warning Bashir al-Assad or especially if they are warning Hezballah and their suppliers in Iran. At some point Russia is going to have to come to the realization that once Bashir al-Assad either wins back all of Syria or sufficient parts of Syria in the southeast connecting with Iraq and establishing the crescent across the Middle East and giving Iran the ability to mass troops on Israeli borders, then Iran will no longer need Russia and will desire those exact same ports the Russians desire. This could lead to Iran attempting to take the ports from Russia and forcing a confrontation between Russia and Iran.

 

The final front is all of Europe and the United States. The attackers are the terrorists and their so-called “lone wolf” attacks who have been “self-radicalized” which western leaders often just explain, “we have to learn to live with it.” Everything in quotes above is false and the reason we are losing. If these terrorists are all “lone wolves,” then why after each attack does the Islamic State claim responsibility for the attack? The reason is easy to think through, whether they had anything to do with the attack, it was still an attack for Islam and the Islamic State claims to be the leadership of all Islamic fighters, thus these “lone wolves” are all their fighters. The even bigger lie is the claim that they are “self-radicalized.” That is ridiculous as these so-called “self-radicalized” individuals received the information which turned them into a weapon of Islam, and that is what we need to call them, weapons for Islam, as that is what they claim they are, was placed in a video, a booklet, an Imam’s sermons, training in some Muslim country at a terror base protected by the government, or simply from reading the Quran, all come from other than the individual terrorist. In some means or source, they received the information and programming which turned them into a weapon of Islam and set them on their path to human carnage. Whether they are a suicide bomber, a remote detonating bomber who sits off and waits for the perfect time, of the timer placed bomber who simply hopes they chose the perfect time, they all were sent by some form of education and propaganda which they received from somewhere. There is a source and that is an Islamic source either from somewhere in the Middle East, North Africa or other Islamic nation or it is from a Mosque in the neighborhood where the Imam gave a sermon which started the future terrorist on the path and then there were the booklets from the Muslim owned book store with the free pamphlets, or the booklets and videos found on tables at the Islamic Center, or the future terrorist going to a terror base and there received the teachings of radical Islam. These terrorists will strike more and more often in shorter intervals and greater carnage as their techniques are improved. This will hit a point where the people will scream for protection and an end to this threat and their leadership will have to respond or face a very angry populace at the next elections. The people will get the leadership required to fight terrorism and take the steps required even if it takes more than one election. This will eventually lead to an alliance of leaders to end terrorism by whatever means required. This alliance will demand that the Islamic rulers either join the fight or face consequences. George W. Bush said the necessary words after 9/11/2001 and the Trade Center demolition when he said, “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.” He said it and then went all wobbly after his Saudi friends apparently took the wind out of his sails. The question which some have to be asking is, “Where is our generation’s Churchill, and when will he appear?” Then in Israel, we are asking whether we need a Joshua, Ruth, Deborah, King David or Samson or will we need to wait for the Messiah. These are the questions which need answering so we will know now whether we are on our own and had better start taking care of ourselves and those dear to us and possibly our countries and civilization.

 

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

May 22, 2017

Trump Arrives but Nothing will Change

 

President Trump will arrive today in Israel with much anticipation and a very warm welcome. President Trump is viewed by many Israelis as a great relief after the eight years out in the unforgiven lands of wastelands and destitution being treated as a leper amongst the nations. In Israel, we were ready for such a challenge, as we have been receiving that treatment from much of the world. That is how life is when you are the Jewish amongst nations. Just because Presidents have changed and there is hope for a brighter future, very few here are expecting much from this trip. This is going to have been a “Hello, how are you?” shake your hands kind of trip filled with photo opportunities and lots of glad-handing. The real work will begin in earnest a few weeks after this trip has completed and everybody back in Washington D.C. have had their comments and predictions as to what to do next, even unfortunately including the State Department. Where the Secretary of State may be more inclined to have an open mind about the Palestinian-Israel situation, the State Department has had an anti-Israel bias which has only intensified with time and any change does not appear to be in the cards for the near term future. The trouble comes when the advisory notices from the State Department start to pile up and the negative feed of anti-Israel bias seeps into policy once again. We have watched this play out before and we hold onto the slim possibility that President Trump truly is something completely new and capable of holding his own thoughts as valid and resisting pressures from outside influences no matter who they are. President Trump has to have a decent feel for people or he would have been a disaster in business and never have had near the success he has including winning the Presidency when everyone stood against him in both established parties. That alone gives us hope that he will see more clearly than any have previously. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both gave efforts to do as little harm as possible. President Clinton got Yasser Arafat to set the terms for peace and got Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to agree which panicked Arafat into fleeing the conference and setting in motion the Second Intifada killing over a thousand Israelis just to prove he really would never accept any peace no matter how much Israel was willing to give up. That position has not changed despite the change to Mahmoud Abbas as the leader of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

 

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

 

The problem is not just with the PA as the Arab League met after the Six Day War and drafted what has become known as the Khartoum Resolution with its infamous Three No’s; “No peace with Israel, No recognition of Israel, No negotiations with Israel.” Many politicians from every corner of the globe, NGO members and administrators from United Nations agencies have pointed to the so-called negotiations which have been held between the PA and Israel as proof that the PA are different and are really working towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict. These same sources all make the same claim time after time that if only Israel would give the Arabs a little more, then peace would be at hand. Israel has given that little more at almost every turn for almost twenty-five years such that we have passed that little more ages ago and still the demands have not changed. All one need do is peruse the PA and UNRWA textbooks and look at the maps within and the truth will simply jump off the page and bite you. There is no Israel between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, just Palestine (see below). Even Hamastan in Gaza is represented as part of Palestine and this is so acceptable that even in Gaza Hamas has approved and uses these books. The difference between the schools in Gaza and in the PA schools is whether Hamas or the PA will rule Palestine. While Hamas and the PA may disagree on who will rule over Palestine, they share the vision of a world without Israel and with the Jews living in Israel cleansed from the land.

 

Palestinian Textbook Maps depicting Palestine as replacing Israel, not sharing the land in peace and security as the Europeans and the rest of the West insist to misrepresent

 

There is an understanding the Arabs living in the PA administered areas have that when their leaders speak to the West or even in general using English, then what they say very well could be lies stated to placate the West and gain advantage over Israel; but when they speak in Arabic, then their words are true and they mean what they say. There is a sort of ungentlemen’s agreement between the Arabs, especially from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PA, that words they speak in Arabic are of such a language barrier that they cannot be translated and reported in the mainstream media. There is an exception for those willing to spend the time wrangling through the flood of information available where their newspapers, broadcasts and media is translated into English. There are three services which do this as a service for those truly interested in the truth. These NGO’s are listed below with their identifying graphics. Taking a stroll or simply searching a subject which you are particularly interested in the actual views and policies of the various Middle East nations and terror organizations such as Hezballah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PLO, Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State and others or the various leaders of the various nations such as Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the others throughout the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) nations one can get an eye-full in a single afternoon. If we may quote the Christian Bible for a change, let us quote John 8:32 which states, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set free you.”

 

Palestinian Media Watch

Palestinian Media Watch

The Middle East Media Research Institute

The Middle East Media Research Institute

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America

Back to President Trump, his trip and the ramifications. The trip will be a success for all sides. There will be those who support the President who will remark at the difference between President Obama on his first visit to Saudi Arabia and the deep bow almost as if kissing the King’s ring and Trump acting as an equal while the anti-Trump side will be showing Trump leaning over to allow a medallion being bestowed upon him to be placed over his head and screaming, “See, Trump bowed down to the Saudis too!” The media will probably claim that the trip was simply a series of missed opportunities as President Trump was not stopping at these places in order to make any grand gestures or earth-shaking policy statements, he was making what many Presidents have done, taking three or four overseas jaunts hitting three or four spots in one week simply to shake hands and smile as a meet and greet. Then, upon their return with a better feel for the people and the attitudes, the real work can begin. As far as solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or the greater Arab-Israeli conflict, we have our doubts that President Trump will waste much more effort than to set up a meet between Abbas and Netanyahu and announce that if the two leaders are serious and care to meet and get the major work done between themselves, then President Trump will be helpful in closing the deal and getting past the last points of contention but that he does not plan on holding their hands and pressing them forward, they need to manage their relations on their own without any outside pressures. He is likely to claim that the only path to true and lasting peace is through honest negotiations between the two leaders and that anything he could do to facilitate, but not to mediate, their reaching an agreement he will be glad to assist. But President Trump will likely make clear that he will not be making trips back and forth and his Secretary of State will not be on a plane every other week running to put out the latest flare-up or dousing fires of contention, the leaders themselves need to act like men and either settle their differences or make clear that they are not interested in meeting to forge an agreement. President Trump might have told Abbas and Netanyahu in private while meeting them that it will not be any skin off of his back if the Arabs and Israelis refuse to find some middle ground but do not ask the United States to come and rescue either of them from the actions of the other as whatever comes will likely be exactly what both sides deserve. If when there is a flare-up and President Trump then repeats this mantra reminding the two sides of his warnings and telling the world of this position, then maybe some truth will finally emerge about which side desires peace and which side loves death, even the death of their own as theirs is a rush to go to Heaven and leave the earthly tragedies behind. Such a position may prove to be the wisest of all regarding the Middle East as the worst problems facing the world are numerous and only one serious problem derives from the Middle East, and it does not concern the Palestinians and Israelis and their little difficulties.

 

The problem is what can be done to tame Iran, bring some collective end to the devastation ongoing in Syria, reconstitute Lebanon into a productive nation once again and prevent the Iranians from becoming a nuclear armed nation with ICBM’s and nuclear warheads set atop them threatening the entire world with a devastating war resembling Armageddon. Another pressing issue is how to prevent allowing Iran to forge their desired Shiite crescent from the Indian Ocean on the Iranian east coast across Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea on their western coasts. This will be dependent upon forging a Sunni controlled southeastern Syria along their border with Iraq and their Shiites in the southern half of the nation from Baghdad south which could be accomplished by forging the Kurdish homelands which the British had promised them but instead struck an oil deal cheating the Kurds from the reestablishment of their homeland similar to what the Peel Commission attempted to do to the Jews and Israel. Fortunately, the Peel Commission and the follow-up Woodhead Commission had all of their solution completely rejected outright by the Arab representatives who demanded that all the land be given to the creation of Palestine and they would take care of any needs the Jewish residents would have and they would be cared for and permitted rights under Arab rule. This solution met with Jewish opposition. Supporting a Kurdistan and recommending that Turkey allow its Kurds to relocate to Kurdistan leaving Turkey and thus no longer posing any problem for President Erdoğan and removing what Turkey has claimed to be a disruptive minority from within their borders. Such a solution would also allow for the Yazidis to have a place, which would accept them as they are related to the Kurds rather closely. The Sunnis in central Iraq could be offered to also reside within Kurdistan if they so choose which would likely be seen as preferable to living under the Shiite governance of Iraq and this would solidify the Kurdish territories giving them some regional depth and defendable borders. Bashir al-Assad and his Russian backers could then be allowed the western regions where the Alawite tribe resides and the Druze could choose under whom they would prefer to live or might even be permitted their own lands if this would be preferred and a solution worked out with Assad and Putin. One would have to wonder if Trump would be permitted to speak with Putin concerning Syria or would that be considered further collusion?

 

The real problematic front facing the Trump team is the Pacific Rim and in particular North Korea and China. North Korea is making threats and causing unrest probably for two reasons. The first is as a test of the mettle of the new American President and the second is probably an attempt to garner a large cash infusion to get him to settle down. What President Trump should do regarding Kim Jong Un is a difficult proposition. The North Korean dictator is the least rational member of his family yet to have taken over the nation and his actions resemble those of an unstable mind filled with paranoia and delusions of grandeur as well as suspicions of a world fearful enough for him to have his way with the rest of the world. He appears to be just sufficiently outside rational that it may even be a difficult task for the Chinese to control him without possibly taking drastic actions such as completely terminating all relations and trade leaving Kim Jong Un without a friend in the world. Such a move would require it come in the near future before Kim Jong Un and Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Iranian Supreme Leader and an equally unstable mind which is filled with ideas of Iran returning to the glory of Persia and being the leaders of the Islamic world causing massive defections from the Sunnis to Shiites as Iran proves to be the strong horse after crippling Saudi Arabia and taking the black triangle of oil fields which spans Kuwait, southern Iraq and northeastern Saudi Arabia. Such an expansion by Iran would require the Shiite crescent discussed above to be complete otherwise Iran would not have the bases required in the Mediterranean Sea. The Iranians are already controlling the Straight of Hormuz, which ties up the Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti oil lanes, and the Bab-el-Mandeb, which is a straight that controls the exit at the south end of the Red Sea thus controlling the Suez Canal and world shipping channels. What we have reported on previously, Iran and North Korea have been cooperating working to advance their mutual scientific workings on missile technology and nuclear weapons designs. This has been an alignment that the world has been ignoring to its own peril. This is where President Trump will find his greatest challenges and where he should be placing his attentions as soon as he returns to Washington D.C. Should President Trump find a path with assistance from the Chinese on North Korea and Russians on Iran and defuse their combined powder keg, then he will have accomplished much and saved the world from a crisis which could easily mushroom into the next world war and make it a very short but devastating war with the use of nuclear weapons as EMP devices and also using them to destroy major metropolitan centers such as London, New York, Los Angeles and numerous other metropolises. The Iran-North Korean Axis could be even more devastating than the German-Italian-Japanese Axis during World War II. Let us hope that a World War III can be avoided and that President Trump can show the necessary leadership to prevent such a devastating conflagration from striking our world. Any nuclear strike from North Korea and/or Iran would necessitate a nuclear response before they could use further such weapons and devastate even more targets throughout Europe, the United States and the developed world. This is President Trump’s challenge number one.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

May 21, 2017

So We Impeach Trump So Now What?

 

Well, it appears that the only thing which will quiet the beating beasties will be to have Donald Trump’s head on a pole in front of the Capitol Building after a public, Game of Thrones style trial on the Mall with the fountain at the base of the Capitol Steps as the backdrop. After his fair public trial there will be an equally righteous beheading, of course, with the reward on display with PBS carrying the progress of Trump’s head on a stick. We probably are not being too graphic to note that it starts with the blackbirds pecking out the eyes but decency will not allow us to describe it any further. So, now what happens? Will we wait until a week passes and then on the next Tuesday with all the pomp and ceremony, and after removing the pole and the remains thereof, we will have the rightful swearing in by the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Roberts of Hillary Clinton to be the forty-sixth President and the Democrats return to the White House, right? Well, this is the hope and idea we have often seen posted to discussions about the criminality of the Trump administration surpassing President Ulysses S. Grant and President Richard Nixon reaching never before achieved levels of perfidy. So many have stated as fact that once we get rid of the tyrant wannabe Donald Trump then the United States will get their rightful first woman President because since Donald Trump will have been found guilty of crimes pertaining to the election then the Republicans are disqualified and the Democrat candidate, that would be Hillary Clinton, who came in second, out of two, is then declared the winner. That seems to be the most popular reasoning from the main, strange and unusual discussion boards we have visited. There have even been links to news sources, or presumed news sources such as the JuniorReport and AntieMae’s Inforoom and numerous other similar sounding names, most of which our virus blocker refused to allow our servers entry. We then went to our favorite source, Encyclopedia Britannica, where we sought advice as to what really happens should President Trump be impeached, but more about that after a small amount of additional commentary.

 

The levels of #Trumpamania were of a highly agitated and fevered pitch starting almost immediately after the election results were official, some even earlier just in anticipation and just in case the worst possible of results were true and simply continued to ramp higher and higher seeming as if they would peak immediately after Inauguration Day. That proved to be an incorrect assumption on our behalf as the level still climbed for at least another six weeks and then simmered down slightly only to steady out somewhere between out of their cotton-picking minds (we know, disallowed and demeaning reference) and insanely jealous as if Donald Trump just stole your girl, boy, or alt-gendered friend (choose your appropriate gender). The stamina the anti-Trump team has shown and their ability to stay on topic all repeating the same, up to the minute, ever-changing charge of the moment has been nothing less than remarkable. They change to the most recent bombshell discovery with such uniformity that one can almost delineate the history of the reports and the near exact time they hit the presses. Even the Tea Party would be envious of such organization, sheer genius. Precision Marine Drill Teams have only slightly more disciplined displays. As of this writing, the latest is that there is a person of interest who is amongst the White House Trump team close to the President himself and a high level advisor who the FBI has decided they may be interested in questioning as he should be knowledgeable of a direct Russian plot to influence the election where monies have changed hands and other inappropriate interchanges also were perpetrated and this top advisor will definitely turn on President Trump if only to save their own neck. This time it is a solid, slam dunk evidence and the Trump team and all his minions (those little yellow guy are everywhere when there are crimes and unimaginable evil at play) can pack and get ready for their suites at that luxury Federal Prison at the Eglin Federal Prison Camp in Florida with the golf course and all the amenities. Actually, after a 60 Minutes special about what was termed “Club Fed” the golf courses and lobster dinners are gone and the best an inmate can hope for is a minimum security prison and a round of Frisbee golf at a makeshift course, and then only during free time. Back to Donald Trump and his shrinking time left in the White House. We do agree that his time left in the White House is shrinking to just less than four years or maybe just under eight years, with his reelection pending.

 

The actual hope of the people suffering from #Trumpamania is that simply to quiet them the Congress will take the best advised criminal charge that the FBI can provide the greatest number of individuals, often witnessing by deposition given in writing or by video with face blurred and voice electronically altered so they can remain anonymous and not face any further questions about what they are claiming to know. This Impeachment will occupy the House of Representatives for a few weeks, maybe months, and they will find there is no reason to charge or send recommendations to the Senate for an actual trial. The House of Representatives acts like a sort of Grand Jury in deciding if there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing at a level sufficient to warrant Impeachment. Once they have decided and if they feel the evidence are sufficient, then they pass everything along to the Senate where the actual trial is held and presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In the Senate these people who made anonymous depositions could find themselves subpoenaed to appear in person so the Senators can cross-examine them and get clarification on any innuendo which carried sufficient weight in the House of Representatives but not in the trial held by the Senate where the demand of proof is far higher and a full two-thirds vote is required (sixty-seven Senators). No President has ever been Impeached and found guilty and been removed from office, just a little historical side note. Two have been Impeached, William Jefferson Clinton in recent memory and Andrew Johnson (from a past life memory). Richard Nixon very likely would have been impeached and found guilty which is why he resigned before the House of Representatives could take their full floor vote. It has been stated that the leading Republicans from the House of Representatives and the Senate came to the White House and informed President Nixon they were not going to cover his backside on these charges and he was likely to be convicted so falling on his sword was their advice. He followed their advice figuratively even if not quite literally.

 

Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and William Jefferson Clinton

Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and William Jefferson Clinton

 

Now for the reality check and some distressing news for many who believe, getting rid of President Donald Trump will result in an overturning of the election results and the Inauguration of President Hillary Clinton, the first woman President. The truth is the election stands as the limit for challenging the validity of the election is the date that the Electoral College votes and the House of Representatives verify that vote. Once these steps are accomplished, the results are set in stone, unalterable, done and done. This means that the Line of Succession is set thus remove President Donald Trump and get President Mike Pence. If somehow both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were to be removed at the same time, this would make Speaker of the House Paul Ryan the President. It simply does not get any better as one continues on. The Line of Succession is as follows; 1 Vice President, 2 Speaker of the House of Representatives, 3 President Pro Tempore of the Senate, 4 Secretary of State, 5 Secretary of the Treasury, 6 Secretary of Defense, 7 Attorney General, 8 Secretary of the Interior, 9 Secretary of Agriculture, 10 Secretary of Commerce, 11 Secretary of Labor, 12 Secretary of Health and Human Services, 13 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, or Secretary of Transportation, 14 Secretary of Energy, 15 Secretary of Education, 16 Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and finally 17 Secretary of Homeland Security. Currently the vast majority, possibly all in the not too distant future, are appointees of President Donald Trump with two of the top ten being retired Generals from the United States Military. Whether or not that is good news or bad news is completely dependent upon your feelings about the military and its commanders in particular. The one item of interest is that nowhere on that list is there a slot for the losing candidate from the previous election, or simply put, no room for Hillary Clinton. So, a peace of advice for those suffering the most extreme cases of #Trumpamania largely because Impeaching or otherwise removing Donald Trump from the White House will result in Hillary Clinton becoming President, save your energies and start to dedicate them to electing Hillary Clinton President in the 2020 or 2024 elections or maybe you would prefer Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Imagine the first woman President also being the first Native American President, unless Ms. Warren retired her Native American heritage now that she is done with her positions at Harvard University. Use all this energy in a more fruitful endeavor or, if yelling in all caps every other posting on Facebook really does make for your self-worth, then by all means carry on in the manner you have become accustomed.

 

For those who find this inexorable and eternal clamoring over the Russian connection and the myriad of other charges leveled thus far with new ones to come every day to be a bit over the top and annoying, we have some really bad news. Let us imagine for a moment and do a thought experiment about what happens should President Donald Trump step down either by choice or by Impeachment and Mike Pence is sworn in as the next President. Does anybody believe that calm will return to the world or do you suspect a new eruption to levels never witnessed as they immediately tie President Mike Pence with charges of collusion along with Donald Trump with the Russians to destroy Hillary Clinton denying her the Presidency. There have already been charges against Pence as well as against number seven on the succession chart, Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as number three, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Now that this list of succession will be attainable easily with the reading of this article, as looking it up would take too much valuable time away from tweets and social media storming against President Donald Trump and company. But, as Rosie O’Donnell stated on Twitter that “WHEN TRUMP GOES SO DOES SESSIONS AND GORSUCH GETS REMOVED GARLAND SWORN IN EVERY EO INVALIDATED” The all caps proves this is indeed fact and needs to be yelled from every tall building top and mountain top in the land. There is a small problem though, and that is none of it is accurate. As stated above, the Trump team remains, Gorsuch was nominated and approved for the Supreme Court, a lifetime position, Sessions would remain until and if then President Mike Pence might replace him. And Garland still does not see his promotion and the Executive Orders remain unless, you guessed it, President Mike Pence nullified them, highly unlikely. But thank you for the civics lesson in left-world where things are as you wish they were, not as they really are. These protests in the social media are simply an attempt to implode the governance of the United States.

 

This method, or at least something similar, has happened numerous times before. There are agitators who rampage through the streets destroying store-fronts and other property. Pressure is kept on the government charging the leadership with being poor stewards of the public interest while destroying the ability of the nation to function in an advantageous manner. Businesses start to fail or simply pack-up and head for greener pastures where they would be safe. Others will seek somebody, anybody who promises to end the violence. Then a savior steps from the shadows and exclaims that they have what it will take to make the streets and other venues safe again. Then, in a very bloody couple of days, if even that long, the rowdies and agitators are simply executed in the street and their bodies carted off thrown into mass graves. Promise delivered at a simple price, freedom and liberty are now gone, sold for momentary safety. This is where the obligatory quote from Benjamin Franklin must be used, as he stated, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” This has been proven not only true but in the worst possible of ways. Those who have attempted to exchange freedom for safety have often ended up slaves to a fascist governance which took on a war that eventually destroyed the society, its cities and everything the people had hoped to protect when they traded away their liberty and freedoms to a dictator whose sole interest was absolute power and world conquest.

 

This brings us to one final point, world conquest. Many in the developed world have put away the idea of world conquest. Their reasons are good as they endured World War I and World War II where world conquest and the idea of empire were put to rest. But that does not mean that the thought of world conquest has been eradicated from the minds of tyrants and madmen. Just for a few choice individuals or people who believe they will rule the world and force everybody to bend to their demands, take North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He has delusions that his destiny is to be ruler of the world, and he is building the weapons with which to accomplish this task. Then there are the leading ruling Mullahs, the Ayatollahs of Iran of which the Grand Ayatollah and Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei is currently attempting to oust the Islamic State from the southeastern quarter of Syria such that Iran will have created their Shiite Crescent reaching from the Iranian shores on the Indian Ocean to the Syrian and Lebanese shores on the Mediterranean Sea. Iran holds the coasts of Lebanon and Syria and the southern forty-three percent of Iraq from Baghdad south (see map below). From this position, the Iranian leadership intends on conquering Kuwait, or absorbing it leaving an appointed Shiite Kuwaiti to rule as their puppet, and actually conquer the oil fields in the northeastern parts of Saudi Arabia. This will grant Iran control over the largest total collection of oil granting them control over the price of oil worldwide. This the Iranian leadership sees as vaulting them to take over Islam and then use the nearly two-billion Muslims to conquer the world as stated is the final predetermined destiny written in the Quran. Along these very lines the Saudi Royal Family see their Wahhabi sect of Islam leading the Muslim world to its final predetermined destiny written in the Quran. Also, there is Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who has visions of reconstituting the Ottoman Empire and perhaps, after that has been established, the Islamic world will recognize him as its Sultan to lead them onward to world conquest as the final predetermined destiny written in the Quran. China has always seen themselves as one of the undefeatable powers of the world and as such having an overt and unequalled influence over the world giving them a form of world control. The Russians also view their nation as one of the last empires stretching across approximately ten time zones, more than any other country. China and Russia both have valuable resources, which further their abilities to influence the world. The main point is that there are forces on earth who still cling to the idea of world conquest and placing the entirety of the world under a single ruler, namely their ruler.

 

Iranian Crescent Resulting from an Iranian Surge Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad Connecting Iran to Mediterranean via Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

Iranian Crescent Resulting from an Iranian Surge
Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad Connecting
Iran to Mediterranean via Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

 

Oh, and we must not forget the United Nations which may start to disintegrate in the near future. If the United Nations is going to collapse, one of the initial signs will be Israel departing their company and following that up with ignoring their decisions seeing them as immoral and simply facilitating one of the groups to take control of the rest of the world, and Israel will not tolerate or play that game. Israel desires helping all in need who are willing to accept the assistance from Israel, and those who refuse to acknowledge the Israeli ability to help them simply may not realize the error of those ways. Unfortunately, these same people when they suffer blame Israel and not their leaders because they are raised on a steady diet of being anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic. Israel has garnered the hatred of the Islamic world, or at least the vast majority thereof. Israel has also garnered the most vile treatment from far left dictators and far left politicians, mostly those leftists from the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. The Europeans regularly hurt Israel by abstaining allowing the Islamic block in the governing board of UNESCO to denounce Jews owning land or having a national origin. They have completely ignored the writings of Torah and the Old Testament instead adopting the Quran and the idea that it is the final world of Allah, not Hashem, not the Judeo-Christian deity as Hashem is completely different and in opposition to Allah and much of the Quran.

 

But one need not worry because Europeans will soon find themselves obeying Sharia, the strictest interpretation of Islamic superiority enforced through the law itself. Some will simply slide under the rising tide and the constant beating of the waves, and which nations awaken before it is too late and address the problem directly, by demanding their culture survive, will decide where the lines are drawn when the final battle for the rule of the planet arrives. This future is not a pretty sight but it is coming and we must prepare, and splitting the population in half and setting one upon the other is just the disruption that the powers of Islam desire. Keep fighting against the other side because only your side is capable of proper governing. Keep fighting to tear down the institutions that were designed to rule in a just manner with all sides having a voice. Demand safe places where one can run when confronted with a reality that shakes their world-view and they require therapy and puppies to pet. Demand the levers of power for those whose main desire is the destruction of your way of life. Support those who believe that they can use Islam to conquer the world and then redefine Islam as their eco-friendly socialist utopian quagmire. Islam will not bend and once they have facilitated the Islamic takeover, most of those who installed Islam at the top of the ruling party will likely be amongst the first to feel the sting of Islamic Sharia. Their acts which lead to their being labeled apostates as they will have previously willingly taken on the title of follower of Islam giving it as much importance as one does their book club which has a brunch every other month.

 

This was the path that Hillary Clinton promised, more Islam because Islam opposes the same ideas that Hillary Clinton hates, all those who are Evangelical Christians, believers of Christ, religious Jews, Zionist Jews and all who mold their lives to follow the dictates of the Judeo-Christian Deity. Islam is the latest tool for those who believe that there are no deities that science will define everything, and their lives are to be spent in the moment, as nothing else is certain. Hedonism is their governing principle and pleasure for their own is their goal and their greatest pleasure is power, power which permits their dictating to everyone else how they must live while doing as they please in their lives. They desire the power to apply the rules they believe are necessary to keep space between them and the little people. They actually detest the little people though they will use them for as long as they willingly and blindly follow. This is true of both political parties in the United States as well as the vast majority of those in Europe and the rest of the developed world. This is what is behind the official hate for Donald Trump by the Democrats and the never-Trump Republicans led by John McCain. Continue with your rage as it has blinded you from realizing the damage you may end up causing as a result of your actions. Eventually the people in the United States will elect a person who will so damage the nation finishing the job begun by President Obama and actually the start of the progressives drive to destroy the republican form of governance such that they could usher in the new governance where the biggest twenty cities chose the President and nobody else matters. That is the beauty of the Electoral College, but the leaders of these hate Trump people know the reasons and desire to end allowing Wyoming to have any say. They want Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Seattle and perhaps another dozen and they would rule the country under the desired new means for making the Progressive way the only way. Take away the Electoral College and this will be the future, and there will be no turning back once the rules are changed. There was a reason that the popular vote did not elect a President, and that was a good thing as it gave the smallest amongst you a voice. Now you desire drowning it out just as you drown out any discourse on social media and simply stick to your slogans which lie mostly along the line of Trump, Russia, Cash Paid, Election, Cheating, Impeach all Republicans, Democrat be granted permanent rule, end the Republic. Failure of the system to be protected will result in the end of the United States.

 

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