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December 22, 2017

Predictability of the Security Council

 

The resolution designed to nullify President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and announcing the United States intended plans for moving their embassy to Jerusalem invigorated almost every member of the United Nations Security Council bringing them to immediate action. As you probably already know, their reaction was absolutely no different from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation conclusion reached in Turkey. The fourteen nations who attempted to nullify and void President Trump and actually believed that they have the power to force the United States to cancel their plans for moving the American embassy to Jerusalem were China, Russia, England, France, Japan, Italy, Egypt, Bolivia, Uruguay, Sweden, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Senegal. The audacity of the United Nations believing they actually have the power and right to instruct the President of the United States and the Congress and the people what they could decide and do through their elected government is astonishing. Reality is that the United States is currently planning and hopefully will be moving their embassy in the near future with or without the United Nations, OIC, European Union and almost countless nations’ blessings. Of course, United States Ambassador to the United Nation Nikki Haley vetoed using the power available to the United States just as it is to France, Britain, China and Russia currently. But what if the United States decided they wanted to do more to blunt the power of the United Nations.

 

Let us go down that road for a moment. First, were New York City inspectors to go and really give the United Nations buildings a good going over, we bet they could find sufficient serious deficiencies necessary to condemn the building and setting a date for its destruction giving the inhabitants thirty days to vacate. The real estate upon which the complex at Turtle Bay sits is prime New York property worth tens of hundreds of million or more per square foot along 1st Avenue between 42nd and 48th Streets. Somebody could build a new productive structure, a nice, private, super skyscraper, nice and new with the latest technology and interconnections for the new occupants which would be far more productive than the United Nations. The headquarters could be moved somewhere in Europe such as Paris, Geneva, Vienna or better still, Mosul, Iraq. Well, if the United Nations was located in Mosul, then we would see them make a fast and furious recognition of Kurdistan and placing Mosul within its borders probably as the capital city and they would include all the Kurds and permit the Kurdish first leaders to determine who would be permitted to reside within their borders and who would need to relocate being sent into Turkey, Iraq or even Syria depending on which area they currently reside and Kurds would be granted protective relocation inside the new national borders. The United Nations would probably warn Turkey against any belligerence or resistance to this arrangement as the United Nations would probably desire to be located in a place which was stable with democratically elected governance. They could even be sent to China or Russia, just anywhere outside the United States and hopefully to some place willing to provide them with most, or at least much, of its required financing for all functions. The reason for this is the United States could decide to just pay their minimum dues or resign from the United Nations entirely and ignore anything passed as inconsequential and inapplicable to the newly freed United States. So, what would be left of the United Nations without any American funds? Very little is the honest answer.

 

United Democracies for Freedom and Liberty

United Democracies for Freedom and Liberty

 

Of course, should the United States pull out of the United Nations and take its cash flow with them, which includes twenty-two percent of the budget, twenty-five percent of peacekeeping costs, and a relatively unknown amount for UNRWA, it would be Free of the influences of the United Nations, and the United States would free themselves of many of the pressures made through that international agency. That could include the amounts that are paid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) which is not disclosed, as there are numerous ways in which funding is sent to the PA. The only honest estimation we could make is total funding of the PA is measured in tens of billions of dollars per year if not higher. Once a goodly share of that funding stopped, the leadership would actually be required to spend a higher percentage to care for the population and less would end up in their pockets. Such might allow for a greater chance for peace. Imagine the savings if peace were to break out in the Middle East, or at least a severe calm. Free from the United Nations and the dictatorships of the world, the United States could choose a dozen or couple dozen nations, or whatever number they could find willing to operate to make the world be filled with more freedom for the people, governance which provided a plethora of liberties and assist in actually solving problems, advancing conditions throughout the world and assisting the nations which are willing to work towards a better world for all peoples, of course starting with their own but also ready, willing and capable of assisting other nations still developing and requiring the basic technologies which were available to the United States by the central era of the last century such that they might join the advanced world in the future. The United States could also work on their own infrastructure, modernizing of their aging structures.

 

What many people do not realize or even have the vision to see, our world is on a precipice walking a narrow path where the technology for near infinite possibilities is on the verge of exploding and becoming very real while at the same time some of the most threatening and destructive technologies are also becoming widely available. We were watching a story which was a slight dramatization of Albert Einstein’s life and times which included parallel events such as the Manhattan Project. When World War II came to an end, they showed the scientists who worked to develop a nuclear weapon for Germany and one of their leading physicists, Werner Heisenberg, is talking with another of the physicists who wondered what prevented them from reaching the point of making a weapon and Werner Heisenberg simply replied, let me get a piece of paper and I will draw you how to make a bomb or some similar comment. He knew and likely, any number of other Nazi scientists knew how to manufacture a simple device and simply chose not to speak up knowing the people who would be using any device they produced and very privately hoping for their defeat. We can only hope that there are such principled people but we unfortunately know otherwise, North Korea has exploded devices which, judging the data provided, are most likely designed as “Super EMP” devices. Iran is said to be close and probably able to manufacture simple nuclear weapons within the next decade. We fearfully believe that Iran not only could manufacture a thermonuclear weapon of sophisticated design already and that they probably have already produced any number of “Super EMP” devices as well as any number of thermonuclear warheads capable of placement atop their ballistic missiles and their ICBM’s and these warheads are fully capable of surviving reentry. Iran and North Korea have both launched satellites which employed the most preferred approach angles upon the United States approaching from the south which is considered the area where the United States interceptions and detection systems are partially blind.

 

That leaves the world two directions, the science fiction future we saw in things like Star Trek, Babylon V, Lost in Space and other depictions of flying around the universe, or at least the solar system, and the other side of science fiction such as On the Beach, Damnation Alley, Cyborg and other post-apocalyptic stories even including Blade Runner. The possibilities of World War III actually coming to fruition are limited but a distinct possibility while a positive future may be closer than any of us believe. The difference might be how long the United Nations spends all of its efforts joining the Europeans and parts of the Islamic world in destroying the one Jewish State of Israel while ignoring the real problems in the world. The world needs to decide what direction it desires to take whether forward towards a world of cooperation and near unbelievable discoveries and advancements which science is on the verge of discovery or back to sniping with nations against nation leading to war and ruin very possibly sending the world back thousands of years losing all that has been built within a few generations needing to start from scratch once more, if some discoveries are true.

 

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July 4, 2016

How Else Can This End?

 

Everyone wants to know what can be done to restart the so-called peace process between Israel and the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians, from here on referred to as AWCTP. The usual way it goes is some European country, the United States, the United Nations, the European Union or who knows who else initially calls for a conference or already are at the United Nations where they are always at some convention or another and eventually they come to the point that in order to restart the so-called peace process they will need some exchange of some sacrifice in order to change the situation thus making there a glimmer of hope. Then they reach the next step, an unfortunate and obvious step, they realize that Israel must be forced to sacrifice something of worth because the AWCTP refuse to sacrifice anything but are very good at demanding everything in order to even shake hands with any Israeli. So, this is how it starts and has started every time for almost fifty years. They realize they must demand the Israelis make some show of good faith because the other side had absolutely no good faith, they only have faith that they can wait for the rest of the world to defeat the Jews for them. People ask now why the Israelis believe that their settlements are legal under the Oslo Accords. They believe their settlements are legal under the Oslo Accords because they are legal under the Oslo Accords and always have been for almost fifty years. Israel has released thousands upon thousands of murdering terrorist prisoners who return to murder more Israelis and also some Americans and Europeans who happened to be in Israel at the wrong time. The Israelis have surrendered control over areas of Area B but have never surrendered Area C territories because that was always supposed to be part of Israel. Israel had talked of sacrificing some of Area C but only in exchange for a final and permanent peace and nothing less. The world believes Israel should surrender all of Area C along with Areas A & B which they have all but surrendered them as they have pre-surrendered them in order to finalize a lasting peace. Area A was always meant to be the AWCTP’s land and Area B was to be negotiated with shared possession until a final agreement dividing Area B was finalized. The world has decided differently and now is demanding all of Area C but this still will not satisfy the AWCTP as they demand all the lands. Not the “occupied” lands but all of the lands from the River to the Sea. The AWCTP have gotten so much assistance from the world that they now are completely sure that they can wait for the world to rid the entire area of its Jews and make a present of all the land and that is exactly what their textbooks show in their schools, all the land belonging to the AWCTP and no more Israel (see below).

 

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

 

These demands have gotten to the point where Israel had nothing else to give, at least not willingly. The world will slowly realize that Israel has nothing left to give and that is when the world will reach a decision, they have to rid the Middle East of its Jews. The Arabs have found themselves patsies to do what they have tried to accomplish countless times. There was their initial attempt in 1948 where they succeeded in taking Gaza and Judea and Samaria, what Jordan renamed the West Bank. They tried to include them in their 1956 closing the Suez Canal as well as the Straights of Tiran closing off the Israeli trade route to Asia. Then they attempted again in 1967 where they managed to lose Gaza, Judea and Samaria along with the Sinai Peninsula. Israel made her willingness to make peace by returning all of the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt for a peace treaty, even a cold peace, a risky and cold peace but Israel desires peace enough to take risks. They even offered Jordan to retain the areas they occupied in 1948, Judea and Samaria. Jordan decided that they did not want to retain the AWCTP as they found them to be more of a disturbance and really held a grudge after the 1970 attempted overthrow of the Jordanian Monarchy, Parliament and the remainder of the government in what the Jordanians refer to as Black September. The Jordanians saw all of them as just more of the same Yasser Arafat revolutionaries and troublemakers and preferred to leave the problem in the Israelis neighborhood. The AWCTP after attempting to overthrow the Jordanian government, then proceeded to attempt an overthrow of the government in Lebanon in 1982 where the Israelis came at the behest of the Maronite Christian Militias who were threatened by Arafat and the Syrian army starting the First Lebanon War. Israelis were closing on Beirut to capture Arafat and the leaders of the PLO when they were instructed not to enter Beirut by the United States who then proceeded to rescue Yasser Arafat and his leadership cadre by helicopter and flew them to Tunis, Tunisia. This started the immediate demands from the world and secretive meeting with the Israeli left politicians which finally led to the Oslo Accords and everything that lead to the current situation and still the demands are all on Israel.

 

That is why there was recently the confab in Paris where a group of Foreign Ministers from numerous nations met French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault attended also by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The only accomplishment, beyond great press coverage and grand promises ahead of the convention, was a promise to attempt to meet again before the end of the year as they desired making some progress before President Obama departs the White House. Their announcement gave the real reason for the push to force a restart of the peace process and it has nothing to do with peace and everything to do with providing President Obama with the cherry atop his legacy, an humbled Israel beleaguered surrendering the remainder of the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria in exchange for a handshake on the White House lawn with President Obama and an assembly of Foreign Ministers behind him as witness to this historic picture session. Fortunately the majority of Foreign Ministers saw no reason to attach their names to an effort so useless and transparent and most will likely not return before year’s end. Some of them have honor and refuse to add their names to such a hollow venture, and they should be praised and perhaps be emulated. But this has all been seen before and the end has always been the same, in the end the AWCTP side demands the unacceptable or simply leaving all in a huff as Yasser Arafat did to decline his own offer that President William Jefferson Clinton spent the entire evening and into the night before convincing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak that the deal was a good as it were likely to get and darned if Prime Minister Ehud Barak didn’t give in and accept the deal as defined by Yasser Arafat to President Willian Jefferson Clinton content in the belief he had defined something no amount of sweet talking could ever make the Israeli leader bend. Arafat then refused his own offer and left without making any further demands. The next step was the Taba meetings which Arafat never attended and refused every proposal that followed. Why is it always Paris?

 

These Foreign Ministers likely realize the reality that Israel has nothing which they are willing to throw away as Mahmoud Abbas is simply Yasser Arafat in a suit and tie, nothing more and nothing less. His position is the same as Arafat, the Jews must all leave the land and return it to the Arab Muslims as they believe that any lands conquered by the Arab Muslims must always remain theirs and that includes every inch of the Jews historic and ancient homelands. There are no people who exist in modern times who predate the Israelis as the Israelites who have ruled these lands dating from before 1000 B.C.E. It was before 1000 B.C.E. that King David led the Israelites and conquered Jerusalem making it the eternal capital city of the Jews. The Israelites broke into two nations during troublesome times, one called Israel and the other Judea. The norther kingdom, Israel, was conquered by the Assyrians and was never heard from again until recent times. They made up the ten lost tribes of Israel. The remaining country was Judea, the one that the Romans renamed and that the AWCTP borrowed their moniker from. The name originates from the Philistines who resided in the area today called Gaza and Israel has ceded that land to the AWCTP who lost it to Hamas who have carried out a terror war ever since while the AWCTP claim it is occupied. Actually, they are correct as long as they mean that Hamas stole it from them and is occupying the land as Israel most assuredly left it making painful sacrifices uprooting a community of over ten-thousand Israelis leaving their greenhouses for the AWCTP to use to start an economy; the same greenhouses which were dismantled and turned into rockets and launchers and fired back at the Israelis once Hamas took control. Judeans, as the Israelites were then known, were scattered to the far corners of the Roman Empire after their second revolution against Rome. From there came the legend of the wandering Jew. This was due to the simple fact that the Jews never amounted to a population larger than they had at the onset of the Greek and Roman occupations. The Jews were often evicted from cities, fiefdoms and entire nations whenever things went bad such as famine, disease, economic problems or simply to amuse the people or their rulers and lastly when religious leaders demanded the lands be purified of the disbelievers or the unclean or whatever terminology pleased the faithful. Thus the world became accustomed to the Jews as a wandering people living at the behest and milk of kindness of the rulers and the people restricted often to the jobs and occupations the people found most displeasing and often as the money lenders who served to make commerce easier than the barter system. This was why when there were economic problems it was always the Jews who were blamed. It was not until after World War I that the Jewish people finally were promised their ancient Biblical homelands by the Allied powers of Britain, France, Italy, Russia and Japan; yes, Japan. The United States was an observing power and agreed though did not sign a treaty until they signed the Anglo-American Treaty which also in one section included the granting of the lands for the Jewish State. The origins of this was the Balfour Declaration which was formalized by the San Remo Conference which was then included in subsequent treaties which the Ottomans and the Arab League agreed upon. Finally, a number of years after the end of World War II and likely influenced by but not as payment for the Holocaust, Israel was reborn in a single day. The Jews were without their ancestral homes for less than two thousand years though they lived under a series of occupations for another five hundred years. Before this they resided in their lands for a thousand years and extended their lands as far north as the Euphrates River (seen the map below). The Philistines are the area in yellow near Gaza of today and the Phoenicians in pale blue near where Lebanon and western Syria.

 

Eretz Yisroel as formed after the conquests by the Kingdoms of King David and King Solomon; both of whom allowed the Principalities of Edom, Moab and Ammon to be semi-autonomous as long as they and their armies supported Eretz Yisroel

Eretz Yisroel as formed after the conquests by the Kingdoms of King David and King Solomon; both of whom allowed the Principalities of Edom, Moab and Ammon to be semi-autonomous as long as they and their armies supported Eretz Yisroel

 

The Arab Muslims were simply the last who conquered the Holy Lands which are named such as Judaism and Christianity were both born in these lands. The lands were contested for years during the Crusades as Christians came from Europe attempting to reconquer Jerusalem with intermittent success but in the end the Arabs retained the lands until the Ottoman Turks conquered the lands of the Caliphate. These were the lands which they lost during World War I. After World War I and through World War II and for a while into the 1950s the Europeans held much of the Middle East and North Africa as colonies. This was after over a thousand years of Muslim colonization. Yet somehow it is the Europeans who are called the great colonizers. These same people claim that the Jewish People never resided in the Holy Land and that Jerusalem was not the site of the First Temple and the Second Temple. The end of this history is that the Jews, as Prime Minister Golda Meir so aptly put it, we have nowhere to go. Even if we had somewhere to go we do not desire anywhere else. The Jews have prayed facing Jerusalem and have prayed every year with the world, “Next year in Jerusalem” at the end on every Seder and often at the end of many holy days’ prayers. The truth of the desire of the Jewish People was aptly stated in the Song of Babylon, in which there are these words:

 

Psalm 137

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
May my right hand forget her skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth,
If I do not remember you,
If I do not exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.

 

Yet this is the lands and the city that Mahmoud Abbas and the AWCTP demand we give them not because they won it in any wars as each war the Arabs failed to dislodge the Jews from our Homelands. They will only accept all the land over our dead bodies if at all possible. On the other hand we have offered numerous times all of the heartlands of Judea and Samaria and even to share our ancient Capital City. But they demand from the River to the Sea and they have crowds of youths on campuses across Europe and America finishing this with the line Palestine must be free. This is what they demand, no compromise, no peace. They promise that even if they are forced to accept a partial peace with some of what they claim that they will continue to resist occupation, a euphemism for continued terrorist strikes like earlier this week killing a young thirteen year old girl in her bed as she slept stabbing her repeatedly in the back. Hallel-Yaffa Ariel was the young girl’s name and she was stabbed over a dozen times in the back and was transported to a hospital where she died despite desperate efforts to save her life.

 

Hallel-Yaffa Ariel

Hallel-Yaffa Ariel

 

This is the war the AWCTP terrorists fight while Hamas launches rockets and Hezballah threatens from Lebanon to launch many thousands of rockets and missiles throughout Israel while their supplier, Iran, has sworn to destroy Israel with nuclear weapons as soon as they are able. We will not be moved and the other choice appears to have numerous of threats to destroy the land of Israel in a, ‘If we cannot have it then nobody will have it,’ which is exactly the threats that Hamas, Hezballah and Iran all promise and the PLO threatens. There is only one of two ways that this will end, with a second Holocaust or with such a horrific war that the Arabs and Muslims finally give up their threats and leave the Jews to live in peace in our ancient Biblical lands. How Else Can This End?

 

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July 1, 2016

Brexit Opposition Proves There is but One Side

 

Both progressives and conservatives are ridiculing the British for voting to leave the European Union (EU) and reestablish their borders, control of their economy and implementing their own independent immigration law as well as seeking their own trade deals. All of these and more were denied Britain while mired in the EU. There should have been less surprise as the British have for all their history been an independent sort and always a bit apart from the rest of Europe. But there was another item which has become very evident since the Brexit vote, almost everybody was piling on the scorn all claiming that the British had gone absolutely and madly insane voting to leave the bureaucracy that is the EU because the cold and moderating decision making by the overlords in Brussels simply was and always would be superior than anything any elected government can produce because elected governments often change between conservative and progressive thus often working against themselves alternating directions as the governing coalitions change back and forth. This had, for reasons that escape us, brought out condemnations from progressive leftists and right wing conservatives which are an unusual occurrence as these two sides never seem to agree on anything. So, what is at work here to get these presumably opposing sides of the political arena to agree?

 

There has been a theory which is often relegated to the perpetually discontented that there is little difference between the two opposing parties in the United States, the Republicans and the Democrats. The only difference is the speed in which they are driving off the cliff. They claim the left is Thelma and Louise at the end of the movie driving off the cliff with the foot to the floor going as fast as the vehicle will go while the right are driving in a Model A Ford which is only capable of going 35 MPH thus creeps over the cliff, but over the cliff both sides are taking us. We are somewhat less familiar with the particulars of European politics but are willing to bet that Europe too had its perpetual malcontents who feel the same way, just with more parties to blame. Then there is the Israeli politics where if you are happy with the government, just wait a few minutes and it will pass. But the editorial cartoons, editorial articles and even what today passes for news reports all questioned the sanity of the British body politic, or at least those voting on Brexit favorably. No matter what newspaper or news broadcast and the vast majority of talking heads all were scratching their heads and completely gob-smacked over the yay vote on the Brexit referendum. Some even went so far as to question the sanity of David Cameron in keeping his promise to hold a public referendum over remaining in the EU as promised during the campaign. One must respect David Cameron for holding himself to keep what he promised after his party won an outright majority thus not requiring their forming a coalition with another party on who they could claim demanded no referendum as a condition for joining the coalition. Sometimes winning is losing and the Brexit vote was exactly that because the Conservative Party won an outright majority making Cameron Prime Minister and leading to Brexit, forcing Cameron’s resignation.

 

EU Flag

 

All the immediate ramifications aside, the reality is the reactions to Brexit passing has revealed that there are things that the left and the right can come together on, even if they did so independently with their shock, amazement and disapproval of the British decision to leave the EU. Some who came out a little upset had previously denounced the EU bureaucracy as a dictatorial menace threatening all of Europe with its edicts and such and now they were lamenting that Brexit could signal the end of the EU many guessing who would be the next to leave the sinking ship which was obviously the EU. We have our reservations on this automatically leading to the death of the EU as there will always be a remaining core even if France were to depart. Brussels can always count on Germany remaining along with Belgium along with Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, Greece and likely others as other than Britain the other nations mostly retired their currencies in favor of the Euro so leaving the EU would leave them facing a potentially cost prohibitive task of recreating the national currency. The previous paper currency would probably need updating or face an untenable threat of counterfeiting as their older bills probably lack the newer intricacies newer paper money use to prevent easy counterfeiting of their money. Still, if a nation planned their leaving of the EU, plus the fact that exiting the EU can take at least two years, an exit could be managed providing the government was stable enough that they would not need fear too many challenges. But what would possibly be the promise the EU proffered that would be so tempting to both ends of the political spectrum that there would be such agreement?

 

Many people probably have long forgotten one of the selling points originally given for the establishing of the precursor and then finally the making of the EU. The theory was that this was going to be the making of a “United States of Europe” which could rival the United States in economic force and be able to hold their own against the United States and also China on the world market. This was probably wishful thinking but there was a secondary reason spoken of in whispers and hushed tones as if it were some taboo subject, one which must not be permitted the light of day. The EU was to be another unifying economic and governance organization. The United States already represented one of the “great blocs” and the EU would be the next such bloc and it was thought that Russia and China with a few satellites would be a third and this would leave Africa, the Middle East and South America to form one or two other blocs. The oil cartel OPEC came to be seen as one and the South America trading bloc which to a limited extent included India made another loosely grouped bloc. The aim behind the EU was for them to challenge the United States in the coming unifying of these blocs going forward in the next stages where these trading blocs would also begin to take on governing as the EU had with bureaucrats smoothing out any differences allowing for unifications of currencies, trading and governance. Eventually these separate blocs would start to merge into one world-wide trading bloc leading to a unified governing bloc and soon thereafter a world body of bureaucrats who arranged trading formalities and mechanisms which also controlled a unified currency and would supersede the individual government through holding a veto power over legislations and the first task the bureaucrats would face would be unifying the legal systems and laws beginning with trade laws, tariffs and expand from there. The eventual aim was to be that new world order which would be called anything other than new world order, but it would be a world government which would be made up of experts and specialists who would be given the powers and other needful supervisory roles which would grow until the system was inescapable and all national borders would slowly be erased and the world would be unified into one super-governance.

 

There would be a few nations who would require additional pressures in order to force them into the mold of a singular ruling bureaucracy. The United States, Canada and originally, and once again, Britain would be the potential standouts whose strong self-defining histories would make incorporating them into such a system would present special problems. The idea that the Islamic world was not also viewed as a potential set of difficulties is another overlooked problem. Then there was one other nation that from all the lists and presumed alliances and the institutions which were to be formed and slowly merged all left out one nation. They were most definitely refused an alliance in the Middle East, Europe would not offer them a hand, they were nowhere near Asia and the United States had more often than not been in an adversarial role despite accusations of the United States being all but controlled by this nation and Africa and South America likely have no intention of including them. That troublesome country would be Israel. Europe has admitted Israel into projects if Israel adds far more than anyone could argue that they were not an asset to the aims, and thus Israel is accepted in order to advance European interests. With Brexit the world has thankfully taken a giant step back from bureaucratic Gehenna and potential liberty and freedom have taken a step towards safekeeping into the future.

 

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