Beyond the Cusp

September 21, 2017

A Tale of Two Speeches

 

There were two very marked changes in the speeches given before the United Nations General Assembly at the annual opening ceremonies. The speech given by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was quieter and less bellicose. He gave recognition and thanks to the numerous leaders of the nations who visited Israel, many marking the first visit by their country’s leaders to the Jewish State. He also gave thanks to those nations he had visited on six continents, also many for the first time for an Israeli Prime Minister including to South America. Prime Minister Netanyahu also commended the United Nations for taking a more balanced view and positions on Israel and to the President of the General Assembly for their parts in this new enlightened set of views. The Prime Minister still had some harsher comments for the Iranian leadership and a not so veiled threat for the Grand Ayatollah concerning their nuclear, missile technologies, and their interferences on the Israeli border along with their sponsorship of terrorism. There were the specific acts of United Nations agencies such as UNESCO who received special note for ludicrous ignorance of history with their naming of Jewish Biblical sites as not belonging to the Jews but instead to the Palestinian entity and added that perhaps people might look to and read a best selling book on Amazon, the Bible. Still, all-in-all, Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a more upbeat speech where probably the most meaningful comment was his praise for the speech given by President Trump quoted below.


“Thanks to President Trump’s unequivocal support for Israel in this body, that positive change is gathering force. So, thank you, President Trump. Thank you for supporting Israel at the UN. And thank you for your support, Ambassador Nikki Haley. Thank you for speaking the truth about Israel.
But, ladies and gentlemen, here at the UN, we must also speak the truth about Iran, as President Trump did so powerfully this morning. Now, you know I’ve been ambassador to the UN and I’m a long-serving Israeli prime minister, so I’ve listened to countless speeches in this hall, but I can say this: none were bolder, none more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today.
President Trump rightly called the nuclear deal with Iran, he called it an embarrassment. Well, I couldn’t agree with him more. And here’s why: Iran vows to destroy my country every day, including by its chief of staff the other day. Iran is conducting a campaign of conquest across the Middle East and Iran is developing ballistic missiles to threaten the entire world.”

 

 

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu

 

The other speech, which was a marked change from those of the past decade, was the speech given by United States President Trump. The President spoke long and large about the pro-active approach the United States could entertain should the problem spots in the world continue to grow in the threats they posed. These were not so much threats to the United States, though that was also mentioned, but threats to the wellbeing of the people these governments were tasked with providing and protecting. President Trump summarily denounced socialism and communism as failed policies stating, “wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.” President Trump will be called out and has already been denounced for ignoring the sovereignty of other nations. Some from the leadership of these nations will surely have pointed and vicious responses to the comments made by the President. In particular, President Trump called out the Cuban government, the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, and Kim Jong-un in North Korea of whom the President cautioned was facing, “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.” The President went on to warn and congratulate in his conclusion on North Korea stating, “It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.”
The President denounced Iran with a strong warning as well with the below statement.


“The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people.
Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors. This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran’s people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East.
We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. (Applause.) The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it — believe me.
It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.
The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict Internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protestors, and imprison political reformers.”

 

The main thing left, other than waiting for all the caterwauling by their opposing media critics for both President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, is their, as their critics will claim, unmitigated, awful and dangerously threatening speeches, which were cowardly and overflowing with unrestrained flattery and threats to depose sovereign national governments. We are aware that the above statement has mutually irreconcilable contradictions but so will the media depending on which critique one reads and about which speech. All of these and more will be levelled as criticisms of both leaders who will have, of course, embarrassed themselves and their respective nations. There will be call to impeach the President and dissolve the coalition in the Knesset respectively. Personally, we loved both speeches and if we were to be critical, we might suggest that Prime Minister Netanyahu was too forgiving and spoke too softly but then he was attempting not to steal any thunder from President Trump’s earlier words. President Trump, on the other hand, was strong enough and direct enough and definitively announcing the era of a new sheriff in the free world willing and able to take out the trash. We might have asked that he have come up with other nicknames for the other leaders to add to the calling of Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man” so the media would have had a larger target upon which to concentrate and sound all the more unhinged. We will also join those waiting for Elton John to demand that President Trump cease using his song title in such a mean-spirited manner and insist on an apology. About Elton John should he desire an apology, we advise he not hold his breath on that one.

 

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September 16, 2017

The Great American Nakba

 

The Great American Nakba just commemorated its sweet sixteen remembrances. The majority of Americans this past week commemorated the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and probably a few dozen other Muslim rights groups and who knows how many Mosques, waited for the next day, September 12th, the day they claim the entirety of Americans turned on them for something they did not do, had no control over and rejected completely leading to innumerable hate crimes over the last sixteen years making their lives miserable and degrading them to second class citizens. We have to admit there has been an increase in crimes committed against Muslims which have been denoted as “hate crimes” starting the day after the World Trade Center attacks (see graph below). According to FBI reports, the hate crime attacks against Muslims showed peaks in 2001 as likely expected and again in 2015 for reasons unknown but at no point have these crimes exceeded one-hundred incidents nationwide. Still, any hate crime is one too many against anybody, Muslims or otherwise.

 

Total of Hate Crimes Against Muslims 2000 Through 2015

Total of Hate Crimes Against Muslims 2000 Through 2015

 

In response to what is usually the next question, there have been hate crime attacks on people of other religions as well and the FBI tracks these as well. The FBI has even been kind enough to provide a graph of the relationship between hate crimes against Muslim and other religious groups (see below). To take it one-step further, the next graph shows the hate crimes by religion from 1996 through 2014 and it is quite revealing. Where there was a spike in anti-Islamic hate crimes after 2001 but in all years in record the hate crimes targeting the Jews has been well above fifty percent of the total of hate crimes against any religion. If one were to believe the media reporting and one would believe that Islamic hate crimes outnumber every other form of hate crime and that they are being targeted well above any other group, and that is simply false. Looking at the graph one can see that the crimes against people of the Islamic faith are less than the crimes against even all other religions after excluding those against the Jews with the exception of 2001. Even in 2001, the numbers of crimes against Muslims were significantly less than those against those of the Jewish faith. But numbers mean nothing if the media reports only those who make the most noise and are organized to broadcast their message the loudest. Reports of anti-Semitism are considered old news and such attacks are not reported any further than locally for the most part as most of the groups which formerly reported such crimes against Jews to the media have moved on to other more important crimes. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), from their web site, “Our Jewish values inform our work and the change we seek in the world.” From this description, we can inform you this means they have adopted the liberal Jewish value definition of Tikkun Olam which means that they are to fight all forms of injustice. This has led to their replacing their early concepts of fighting anti-Semitism to fighting all forms of bigotry which has had them join as an echo chamber thus amplifying every claim of Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims. The ADL has joined with CAIR and others in reporting every case as soon as reported and, needless to say, the media has usually jumped all over the story as Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims are the most important crimes needing reporting. When any of these reported crimes turns out to be a hoax, there is seldom as much reporting of that result. In addition to anti-Semitism, the ADL also is proud of their efforts at the following; Bullying & Cyberbullying Prevention, Criminal Justice Reform, Cyberhate, Education Equity, Hate Crimes, Immigrant & Refugee Rights, Interfaith & Intergroup Relations, LGBTQ Rights, Race & Racial Justice, Women’s Equity and numerous other areas. As you might guess, the staff at the ADL are very busy fighting virtually every inequality on the planet.

 

Hate Crimes Against Muslims Compared to Other Religious Groups

Hate Crimes Against Muslims Compared to Other Religious Groups

 

 

Hate Crimes by Religious Group 1996 Through 2014

Hate Crimes by Religious Group 1996 Through 2014

 

One thing making false hate crimes of every variety difficult to track is that the FBI does not track fake hate or false flag crimes, making them nearly impossible to quantify. Still, there have been some reporting of fraudulent hate crimes against Muslims of which we will provide a few sterling examples which were widely reported. A Muslim woman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was attacked and had her hijab ripped off, this was later found to be a false report and never happened. At the University of Michigan on Nov. 11, 2016, a Muslim female student reported being approached by an unknown man who threatened to set her on fire if she didn’t remove her hijab. This proved to be a hoax event. The NYPD said last week that Yasmin Seweid (pictured below) falsely claimed that three men taunted her aboard a subway train on Dec. 1, 2016, yelling “Donald Trump” and calling her a “terrorist” then tried to take off her hijab. Azhar Hussain, an assistant professor at Indiana State University, has been arrested on charges alleging he made false reports of anti-Islamic threats against him and even reported an attack authorities say did not happen. These are some of the recent false reports of hate crimes reportedly against people of the Islamic faith. These should not lessen the serious nature of any actual anti-Islamic hate crimes as these are as serious as any other hate crime and should be denounced and those responsible prosecuted to the fullest extent.

 

Yasmin Seweid

Yasmin Seweid

 

All things taken into consideration, the American Nakba should be treated in a similar vein as the Israeli Nakba which is the Arab response to the founding of Israel. There is an apparent nature that anything the Muslims considers an untoward act which they believe targets them and makes them lose face must be defined as a great tragedy. Their feeling of insult is more important and more worthy of forcing the world to regret with them and side with them against whomever or whatever they view as a challenge or insult. Israel is a reminder that they have proven incapable of wiping the Jewish State off the map. That is the true meaning of their Nakba the Arabs claim took place on May 15, 1948, which so happens to be the day Israel declared her independence and the same morning when half a dozen Arab armies crossed her every border in an attempt to eradicate not only the Jewish state but every Jew they could find. The Mufti of Jerusalem even went so far, in his prideful belief that the Arabs could not be defeated in their war, to demand that every Arab who valued their lives to evacuate and place themselves behind the Arab armies positions such that the invading armies could simply slaughter everybody they came across on their road to victory. After a year and a half of fighting, the Arabs finally reached agreements to end their invasion and settled for taking the areas of Gaza, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) away from Israel. They have tried twice more during the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War to eradicate Israel and have not succeeded. They teach in their schools that all of these wars were great Arab victories and nobody questions why Israel still exists, they just accept that because they were Muslims they could not have lost, Allah surely gave them great victories. The American Nakba will eventually be flaunted in order to make claims of how the American people are wary that the Muslims are going to soon rule their nation, and this will also be taught in their Madrassahs and be accepted as fact. This will also be used as a rallying cry to energize their communities when the time comes for them to start their Jihad against the United States, and that day is not all that far away. Take that as a warning and the decree that September 12th becomes a day of Muslim demonstrations, parades and other celebrations of their superiority and their eventual conquest of the United States. That will be a barometer of their level of preparedness to begin their great American Jihad.

 

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September 13, 2017

Is Hamas Being Merged with Hezballah?

 

According to the Head of the Shin Bet Security Service Nadav Argaman, the Gaza based terrorist group Hamas has been deepening its ties with Hezballah in Lebanon and thus becoming closer to Iran and the Shiite efforts to destroy Israel, the United States and the Western World. This is in line with recent developments in Iraq where Iran has been taking the officers and ranking core Islamic State fighters and converting most into Shia Islam while also building Sunni units to use as enforcers against what they view as renegade Shiite groups such as those who follow Muqtada al-Sadr as we reported in our recent post, “Sacrificing Kurds Along with Iraq to Iran.” We will ignore any possibility that Iran might use Hamas to free up more Hezballah forces to be used in Syria, as Syria will be placed once again under the oppressive fist of Bashir al-Assad no matter how long that takes. This is another reason to permit the Kurds to establish their own homelands of Kurdistan across both Iraq and formerly Syria lands in the northern regions. This would provide the world with a place more dependable than Turkey from which to slow the Iranian dreams of spreading into Turkey and on to Greece as the Persians had done over two thousand years ago. The Iranian Ayatollahs have repeatedly spoken of their destiny of reestablishing the Persian Empire and how, as their descendants, their destiny is world conquest. There is that pesky little concept that the Western World gave up on when they renounced colonialism and that will continue to come back to bite them.

 

Whatever the reason for Hamas spreading into Lebanon, it will also not prove favorable for Israel. Iran took a large percentage of the monies, the over one billion dollars and almost immediately resumed their support of Hamas while increasing their aid and support for Hezballah, Bashir al-Assad, the Houthis and started rebuilding their military including the IRGC. Iran has also began consolidating their position in Iraq and with support from the United States and the Kurdish Peshmerga Militias, the Iraqi military has defeated the Islamic State in Mosul and are now using IRGC along with the Iraqi forces to clear the remaining Islamic State holdouts. In less than two weeks, the Kurds will be taking a vote on whether or not to declare their independence from Iraq. Their vote intends to include the Kurdish population in Mosul and to include Mosul within their establishing of Kurdistan. The Iranians are claiming Mosul for Iraq, or at least Iraq is claiming all of what would become Kurdistan as Iraq and will, of course, be under the direct management by the Iranian Ayatollahs. The Kurdish hopes for their homeland, which was promised by the British during World War I, only to have the rug pulled out from under them when oil was discovered in the Mosul area. Now the Kurdish dream may depend on the United Nations and the world giving them the recognition they deserve. The United States State Department official position opposes the Kurdish liberation policy and have called on President Trump to refuse to back their vote should they, as expected, vote for independence. It may end up that the Kurds will need to fight to gain their independence, which will pit them against Iraq, Iran, the IRGC as well as Turkey. Their only hope will be the active support of the United States, something unfortunately unlikely as things now appear.

 

Meanwhile, the future for Lebanon as an actual nation is all but finished as with Hamas now being trained and stationed within their country and already being all but governed by Hezballah, their next elections, if they even have any, will almost certainly remove any semblance of Christian influence and the terrorists will have gained complete control. It would not be out of the question to see the Constitution of Lebanon rewritten so as to remove any requirement that Christians be represented, protected or anything other than Dhimmi as Lebanon will have been completely Islmisized. Additionally, Iran placing Hamas into Lebanon bodes poorly for the future wars against Israel being single front wars. Israel had been fortunate that they have never been forced to face Hezballah in Lebanon and Hamas from Gaza simultaneously. Iran moving some Hamas forces into Lebanon implies that Iran plans on forcing Israel to face a two front war when they next are attacked by terrorist forces with Hamas attacking from Lebanon as well as Gaza plus Hezballah attacking alongside Hamas in Lebanon and from the Golan Heights plus a potential of IRGC forces assisting the terror armies. There is little need to make this a long article but suffer us one last paragraph speculating on possible futures and one hope.

 

Coordinated Iranian Attack on Israel Including Potential Attacks from Jordan

Coordinated Iranian Attack on Israel Including Potential Attacks from Jordan

 

The hope is that President Trump will respond to the pressures from the State Department with stiff waving off of their advice and recognizes the independence of Kurdistan should that be the result of the vote, and all indications are that independence will win by close to three to one in favor. Should President Trump go one further and invoke the support of NATO, even or especially if that requires pressing President Erdoğan to support a Kurdish State or resign Turkey from NATO, something that would actually be good for NATO. Finally, Israel should be particularly watchful for Iranian efforts to take over the Palestinian Authority (PA) or for Hamas to force elections thereby taking over the PA democratically giving Iran three fronts against Israel. Currently, the only thing keeping Fatah in charge of Judea and Samaria is the IDF and Israeli intelligence thwarting the consistent attempts by Hamas to subvert Fatah rule and take over the area themselves. Now with Hamas flush with Iranian aid of weapons and money, their efforts will no doubt be redoubled for taking over the PA. Iran may even have plans to cause an uprising in Jordan and during such conflict, come in and take over Jordan making Israel truly surrounded. This would be the death knell for peace in the remainder of the Middle East. One can expect that Iran will also do all they can to complete their conquest of Yemen and thus complete their encirclement of Saudi Arabia and potentially have the ability to cut off oil and trade between Asia and Europe at the times of their choosing. Once they have Yemen, the world can expect increased piracy in the seas near the mouth of the Red Sea and into the Indian Ocean. Iran is about to surpass North Korea as the world’s primary problem with much of their actions performed by terror entities and through proxies. The end of the Syrian debacle will signal the beginning of the next stage for the Iranian attempts for hegemony of the entire Middle East and their reestablishment of the Persian Empire.

 

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