Beyond the Cusp

December 6, 2018

Israel was Thrown into the Bramble Bushes

 

We could go deeper into the rabbit hole and profile the first Bush, Prescott Bush, that worked against the Jews and made the family fortune financing and profiteering through providing the raw materials and aiding the production for the Nazi war machine which built their weapons, ships, trucks and Concentration Camps provided labor to Consolidated Silesian Steel Company in which Prescott Bush was one of the owners. Much of the family fortune was made on the backs of Jewish slave laborers making the tools leading to the murder of millions of Jews by Nazi occupied Europe. But, as we will see, the apple of the next two generations did not fall far from the tree.

 

Why not start with the easiest quote and the one so many of us know which came from the mouth of President George H W Bush’s closest friend, advisor with inestimable influence made during his time as Secretary of State. Of course, we refer to James Baker who stated, “F*** the Jews, they didn’t vote for us anyways.” Where this was the most outright condemnation of the Jews, it was not the worst thing which would emerge from efforts in the White House during the time it was occupied by George H W Bush. George H W Bush concealed his activities working mostly as the grand manipulator providing that which was required from a distance. He would also occasionally use more direct routes but often only when pressure to force Israeli cooperation was required or to directly thwart Israeli actions. When President George H W Bush entered into Iraq War I, Saddam Hussein made good on his threat that since he could not strike the United States with his ballistic missiles, he would strike Israel with his Scud missiles. Israel asked forcefully for the codes they would need to enter into their FF detectors (Friend or Foe which identify you as friendly aircraft preventing their being shot down by friendly fire) which President George H W Bush refused to allow the military to provide which prevented the Israelis from bombing the Scud launchers. He insisted that the United States was aware of the problem and it would be attended to in its order of importance. That is similar to the bombing of the train tracks and bridges leading to Auschwitz which never made it into even a single bombing raid even when all that was required was to bomb the tracks five miles from where they were bombed which would have closed the tracks to the targeted city and Auschwitz as well. During Iraq War I, the military never targeted the Scud launchers which were firing at Israel while destroying every launcher aimed at Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. That was a perfect example of selected targeting coordinating with not providing codes required by Israel to safely enter the airspace and do the job themselves. Apparently, President George H W Bush thought that the Jewish lives put at risk were required to provide live fire missile tests of the Patriot Systems provided Israel while giving assurances that the Scud launchers were a high concern for the United States. That was true of Scud launchers aimed southward but not of those targeting Tel Aviv to the west.

 

Prescott Bush, George H W Bush, George W Bush

Prescott Bush, George H W Bush, George W Bush

 

Then there was the ultimate tragedy which was a result of the efforts of George H W Bush, the Oslo Accords. When Israel was inundated with hundreds of thousands of Jews from Russia and other communist nations with the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Israelis requested the United States provide loan guarantees so as to procure a lower interest rate. This is a routine act performed numerous times with little if any mention, it is that routine. President George H W Bush demanded that the Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir initiate a building freeze beyond the Green Line and in eastern Jerusalem as well as promise that Israel would participate in the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference. This was step one on the way to the Oslo Accords. George H W Bush worked to set up the entire Oslo through back channels to whom he provided precious information from the personal dossiers on several Israeli political figures and select individuals of influence that the Norwegians could contact and use to create the Oslo Accords. Bush was able to peruse these dossiers through friends he had within the CIA from his days as the director of that agency. Between providing the necessary information for forcing through the flawed Oslo Accords and pressuring by the United States through his office, George H W Bush could be claimed to have been the father of the Oslo Accords. Shamir balked at these demands refusing to attend the Madrid Conference, the precursor to the Oslo Accords. Until a new Prime Minister was elected, Bush held up the loan guarantees refusing to budge from the demands made. That Prime Minister was Yitzhak Rabin elected in 1992, who entered office and was immediately hit with the same demands for the loan guarantees to be provided, which happened almost automatically.

 

That should be sufficient on the elder Bushes, so now to George W Bush and the damages to come on his watch. There were the perfunctory demands for building freezes and for Israel to take the necessary steps for the peace efforts. Seeing that his father designed Oslo Accords had failed to provide the additional Arab State, a terror state, in the heart of Israel, George W Bush pressed his Roadmap to Peace plans on Israel which included a prolonged time of building freeze upon areas beyond the Green Line and East Jerusalem. As time passed and the Roadmap was leading to simply nowhere, with the advice of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the new and greater plan was devised. This was the idea that should Israel provide the Palestinian Authority an opportunity to display that they could govern an area and make it productive, that such could be the beginning of a real peace. In order to accomplish this, it was required that Israel makes a huge concession which came with promises by the United States. Israel would need to withdraw everything from Gaza, the IDF, the communities, the factories and everything else including those Jews buried in Gaza and bring it all into Israel. Israel was assured that should things go awry, Israel could always simply retake Gaza and the United States would have their back. Gaza was taken by Hamas with Islamic Jihad and they threw numerous Palestinian Authority personnel off of ten story and higher rooftops. After Hamas and friends took control of Gaza, Israel has been attacked repeatedly in any of a varied litany of problems and attacks. Needless to point out, this ended the guarantees for the United States backing of Israeli actions should Israel retake Gaza as backing Israel in doing so would be tantamount to an open declaration of hostility against Iran. There have been four wars and counting resulting from the surrender of Gaza to the Palestinian cause.

 

Going back for three generations and in each we find the Jews or the Jewish State being placed in precarious positions which we have survived despite the careful planning to the contrary. Israel is still dealing with the results of the Oslo Accords and the failed Roadmap but still the worst blight Israel is still fighting has been the terror organizations in Gaza. Israeli leadership have leaked the news that the Palestinian Authority will gleefully return to the negotiation table providing that Israel surrender for perpetuity all claims to Gaza which will be taken to mean that should Israel strike targets within Gaza it would be an act of war, it is just vague as to war on whom? There we have another promise broken and Israel left holding the bill in the form of traumatized communities, numerous dead or injured, communities shredded and numerous other crippling difficulties. We do expect some to challenge that the Oslo Accords were the product of President Bill Clinton. That assumes that Bill Clinton was capable of procuring the agreeable intern and complete the plans which took more than five years of negotiating and one sided promises to bring such a meeting together yet Clinton managed all of this in under one year of taking office. Though Bill Clinton was at the signing of the Oslo Accords, the process leading up to that moment was a long trail, started and altered repeatedly, which makes George H W Bush the architect. The latest demand for the privilege of having Mahmoud Abbas insult you and then walk out because you did not send a thank-you note for the great and valuable insult you had received, was given. Treated as if this would be the one meeting would start normalization, everything around it became precious, well, at least to the Palestinian Arabs. What gave the entire situation its ethereal glow was their demand that Israel change the rules and allow unrestricted building in Area C and for Israel to make retroactively legal all structures which were previously built. Such a provision would result in an Arab building frenzy with Europe providing much of the supplies required. As one who observes such developments, we can attest to the assistance for Arab illegal building from the past (see images below). This demand is simply a demand for Arabs to lay claim to all of Area C. Were Israel to agree to such constructions, tens of thousands of these shanties with no running water, no natural gas, no electrical power, no sewage treatment absolutely no utilities and even no occupants which would be provided as required for any photo shoot. Sometimes, one simply wants to scream out, “Enough! Just leave us alone and then we can sort things out. As long as the rest of the world desires to make this their sole issue, then it will never be solved as the Arabs trust the world will destroy the Jews and the rest of the world are counting on the Arabs to destroy the Jews. We have an update for both parties; nobody is going to destroy the Jews. Nobody!

 

Illegal European Union structures bearing obvious EU Identification signs

Illegal European Union structures bearing obvious EU Identification signs

 

The Bush family legacy vis a vis the Jews must be measured as to how they treated the future of the Jewish People. The only true future of the Jewish People is Israel and no thanks to their efforts, the Jewish People have a future. The Europeans know and much of the rest of the world understand that the Jewish People came very close to eradication. The Shoah destroyed the continuity of Jewish life in Europe and the ensuing driving of the Jews from the Islamic World devastated the Jewish continuity and feeling of security which living in one city for hundreds of generations had provided. These acts devastated Jewish life around the Mediterranean basin and further afield. There are but two places with over two-million Jewish souls, they are Israel and the United States. Despite the best efforts of the Bush family and others from the United States and all their allies around the world who wish Israel could be erased, the United Nations has utterly failed to erase the Jewish State despite all but burying it under letters of condemnation. On the other hand, the remnants of Jews inside European are finding their Jewishness cannot simply be wished away and one born Jew will remain a Jew no matter to what extent they might go to alter that label. The soaring hate crimes against Jews throughout Europe have many worried and leaving to seek safety either in the United States or in Israel. The United States is in better shape than Europe, but better does not equal good. Jews are being attacked on the streets of New York City in broad daylight. Hate crimes against Jews have increased over fifty-percent each of the last two years and crimes against religious people show that Jews account for over half of the total; they are the victim more than every other religion combined. The figures in the United States paint a situation where a pandemic has broken out. This pandemic target only Jews and its targets include all Jews and not just those other Jews as so many wish to reject these unsettling facts. It is only a matter of time before the United States turns on its Jewish population completely either forcing them from the nation or placing them in camps for their safety, though such is something which seldom if ever ends safely for the targeted group.

 

One would think that as it has barely been two generations, three at the most generations since the Shoah in Europe which wiped-out six-million Jews. The signs are there in plain sight. As long as the majority of Jews remain uninformed about events outside of their own little circle, they will remain oblivious to the coming dangers. Then there are the Jews, the important, well, self-important Jews who are completely assimilated to the point of celebrating Christian as well as Jewish holidays. They have ornate Chanukah bushes which have an eerie similarity to Christmas trees. They join in the community Easter egg hunt and all other holidays. They are the good Jews who hold prestigious positions and many teach at the Universities, others hold respected positions in industry while some own high-tech companies, amongst other accomplishments. These are Jews who make an appearance at the Synagogue once or twice a year where they will make a pledge to donate ten-thousand dollars above the same amount every month in dues and building fees. Being a member of many synagogues can be an expensive endeavor as most families are only members for a period where they have children between ten and thirteen years of age and are getting Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. For most that is almost a decade as most Jewish families now have one or two children if they bother themselves with any children. When that charismatic megalomaniac does finalize the United States turning from the Constitution because, as all too many from the fringes have stated, the Constitution is like old Bibles, printed on animal hides and no longer applicable to the modern world. Both were written by overly self-indulged white males, two more strikes against them, who believed others had to live in the manner and ways that they lived and as such being no longer relevant, the Bible and the Constitution are being cast aside for the new way. There is something about a society when the freedoms are disregarded and the government has assumed ultimate power subsuming the rights of the people, they always decide to destroy first the Jews. Hatred and violence against the Jews in the public domain is an early sign that your society is beginning to suffer a form of dementia, a societal disease where a people are taught so little about the founding basics of their governance and what is expected of the government and the people respectively. Once they have no base understanding of these set in stone rules, then the government can flagrantly overstep their bounds and do as they please, as there is no outcry for them to stop violating those pretexts which you were never exposed. That also leads to anti-Semitism running slowly but inexorably out of control. From anti-Semitism it is an easy jump to hating other groups, perhaps this time it will be Evangelical Christians, specifically Christian Zionists. When the governance follows the religion of Secular Humanity, life itself loses all explicit value and the soul is rejected as just another religious aberration. Life is stripped of all higher meanings and is simply a biological progression from infancy to a decrepit old age. Because old age is a time of life where most people take more resources from the society than they contribute, every year or so everyone must make a cost assessment and from that decide if they are still a contributing member of their society or a simple drain on its resources. From that point, it is not far to the eradication of people when they reach a set age and the elimination of those with physical or mental disabilities, especially those which require intensive care. That is what we see coming in the future; life weighed by whether it contributes or is simple a waste of good oxygen. That will be a world devoid of meaning where even love will have lost its permanence and there will be no superlative works of literature as upon what would they expound if all is weighed in gold and nothing else has meaning. There will be those small areas where people matter and lives have meaning above dollars and Euros. They will also practice what will be viewed as the old religions and their areas will be considered to be the wild and untamed wastelands. They will also become popular places for the elites from the sparkling towers in the cities to come and marvel at the brutish and ignorant people residing in this wasteland and make jokes. But the real reason they will come is because as the most elite and amongst the intelligent, they will be perceptive and see that there is something in these wastelands which is worth more than all the wealth of their grand cities, here in the wastelands a human life has dignity.

 

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November 1, 2018

Anti-Semitism is Apolitical

 

Hatred, particularly anti-Semitism, knows no specific side of the political debate, as it lies predominantly at all extremes. Anti-Semitism comes in a plethora of variations and root causes from every direction of the political fields. There are extreme leftists, extreme nationalists, white Supremacists, Black power movements, Islamic inspired, Christianity driven, Monarchists, Anarchists, Isolationists, Tribalists, Totalitarianists and probably even more than we care to list. The other thing is that anti-Semitism is something with which every age has had to struggle. The main difference was if the governance was struggling to eradicate it or using it to eradicate the Jews. There is a trope about the Jews always residing away from the rest of the community and often within a walled in community. This has been used to claim that the Jews were anti-social and exclusionary. The story often goes that wherever one finds a Jewish community, they live alone, separate and within walls to keep the world out. This claim makes an erroneous assumption, namely that the Jews chose this way of living and were the ones who built the wall. The reality is that when Jews came to a town or city, they were herded into a particular restrictive area where they were made to live separate from the others and the rest of the town or the city built the walls to keep the Jews within and not mixing with the general population. The walls were not to keep the others out but to force the Jews to remain separated and alone. When a new Jew would come with their family or alone, they were made to enter the shtetl (ghetto) and with time, these areas became excessively crowded. This was often easily accomplished as in most of the world, Jews were forbidden from owning land. This continues today in the Islamic world and is most evident in the Palestinian area neighboring Israel where should an Arab sell land or even an apartment to a Jew, they face a death penalty or, if “fortunate,” they face torture and if survived the rest of their life at hard labor. What must be stated at this point is that for many of the political definitions, just belonging to one group does not automatically make one an anti-Semite. Further, just because a person was born Jewish, it does not mean they cannot become an anti-Semite, as there are what are referred to as self-loathing Jews (George Soros for example).

 

Let us now broach a subject which is not going to win us tons of new friends, President Donald Trump. There have been consistent streams of screeds claiming that President Donald Trump is an anti-Semite. We are not going to go the usual route of claiming because his daughter converted and his grandchildren are Jewish that this makes him immune to the disease of anti-Semitism. We will agree with his detractors here in that this does not buy him an automatic bye. Instead, allow us to reach back to an ancient time during the past century into the 1990s. The place is Palm Beach, Florida where the existing country clubs and golf courses were all “whites only” with no blacks or Jews permitted and some even looked askance of Catholics. Donald Trump, in his own fashion of not really caring what everybody else was doing and going along to get along, opened a new spacious country club called, “Mar-a-Lago.” The rules for admittance to join this new country club, Mar-a-Lago, was very plain and simple, could you afford the fees to join. There were no other requirements or restrictions whatsoever. This ruffled quite a few feathers in the exclusively white community and he was blasted for his failure to be selective. He was given cold shoulders, every conceivable restriction to prevent his establishing the club, red tape blitz and other indignities and all because he desired to be different, to be inclusive and to accept everyone for who they were without prejudice. Donald Trump’s persistence paid off in spades as it lead to the eventual desegregating of every one of those formerly exclusive clubs into inclusive clubs. What Donald Trump did in Palm Beach was to buck the “good-ole-boys” club and instead came to town and established a new sheriff and new rules which with time everyone came around to implementing. Donald Trump could have far more easily opened Mar-a-Lago and kept it just as exclusionary as the existing system all but demanded, but he is not a racist, is not an anti-Semite and does not hate on such false grounds. If Donald Trump hates anybody, they likely crossed him in such a way that they deserve what they get.

 

The anti-Semitism which is growing in the United States is actually an old source which the Jews have suffered from before. Yes, there are still people like those we mentioned from Palm Beach who simply prefer not to associate with Jews, as their elitist circles are all old, established and exclusionary circles. These are fading from society but some persist. Then there are the Nazis, skinheads and fascists forms of anti-Semitism that are easily seen and who make themselves known often attempting to mount marches through predominantly Jewish neighborhoods such as they did in Skokie, Illinois in 1977, which led to a court suit where the Nazis won the right to march under their First Amendment rights of free expression (see image below). The one appreciated thing about these old and persistent Jew haters is that they make themselves known and easily identified and do not hide behind niceties and fancy words to camouflage their hate, they just come right out and put it in plain sight. Then there are still the less obvious extremists of the paleo-conservatives who hold to many of the segregation based concepts and ideas and for the majority, their most ardent hate is reserved for the Jews. Many will point to Pat Buchanan as their prime example of such people who once were amongst the mainstay of the Republican Party but have long since been relegated to the deep background where they are next to powerless. The new anti-Semitism is far more devious and even when it cones right out and shows itself, their fellow political travelers immediately give them cover and silence those attempting to shine a light on their hatred. These are the anti-Semitism who requires being outed and castigated for their unbridled anti-Semitism and any other hatred they hold.

 

Skokie Nazis March

Skokie Nazis March

 

As you can see, when the Nazis hold a march, they are very easily identified and often when they try to join other demonstrations, they will arrive in their little uniforms and then made to be separate from the demonstration so as to obviously not be seen as included. These we have seen occur at pro-Second Amendment rallies and other gatherings. These anti-Semites are not the group gaining in numbers and power in the United States, these people are losing numbers from the paltry totals they had at their height long ago. Today, the main strength of anti-Semitism which is growing is on the left, specifically, the far-left. One of the early and most visible leaders of this group was Presidential Primary candidate Bernie Sanders. Bernie is what most would call an atypical anti-Semite, as he was born Jewish. Unfortunately, in the modern era, being born Jewish does not exclude one from becoming an anti-Semite. So, perhaps we should provide some ways of determining an anti-Semite in the modern political climate. At the top of the list is anyone who does not believe that Israel has a right to exist or judges Israel with a completely different set of rules and guidelines, especially when these standards are used to make a unique example of Israel through selective application of the rules. All forms of anti-Zionism are forms of anti-Semitism. The reason is simple. Claiming that the Jews are not permitted to have their own nation for any reason and not making the same distinction against other nations, meaning choosing only Israel as being unsupportable because of their claim to be the home of the Jewish People, that is anti-Semitism. China is the home of the Chinese People, Japan is the home of the Japanese People, India is the home of the Indian People, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and others are the home of the Arab People, Saudi Arabia and Iran are Islamic nations for those choosing religion as their crutch as is Japan the home of Shinto and Tibet was and should still be the home of the Buddhists except that China invaded and stole their homeland and committed virtually every act prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention but everyone targets Israel with the laws and ignores what China is doing with Tibet. So, now that we have established that claiming that only the Jews, be it on the grounds as a People which the Jews have been proven to exist as a separate people or as a religion, are not entitled to have their own nation is plain and simple, anti-Semitism. Further, the Jews are a people with a proven common DNA type special and separate from general populations within which they currently reside and it originated in the Middle East, specifically the Levant, or where Israel is located today. So, now that this is established, let us continue.

 

There is a growing anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and thus anti-Semitic wing of left leaning politics. The majority of such is considered to be on the far left or leftist portion. Most of these are people who identify themselves as Democrats or Democratic Socialist Party members. Other than Bernie Sanders, there are numerous others of which the most easily and evident are Linda Sarsour and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Now, these articles in and of themselves are no proof and to this point while we are not prone to give Linda Sarsour any benefit of the doubt as her actions and words have spoken for themselves, we will give Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as making some initial mistakes and also the fact that she has yet to activate sufficient brain cells to establish any positions other than the words she has fed to her through a teleprompter, earpiece or other means of providing her answers to questions. We saw one of her early interviews where she was asked a list of one question to which she gave a perfect recollection of the answer she had memorized, obviously memorized, as her delivery was as if by rote, and then the interviewing newscaster thanked her, and she did what she does best, smiled. The problem with the anti-Semitism on the left is that it is being largely ignored by the media and other liberal and left-leaning people. It is not so much as it is being given a pass, as it is just being ignored completely and treated as if it did not exist. For an example, the Women’s Day March in successive years has rejected pro-Israel and pro-Zionist comments and participants to such an extent that a new group formed proud of their Zionist and pro-Israel affiliations and they are planning to march as a separate group if that becomes necessary. Even more specifically, it was the Chicago Dyke March which in June of 2017 they ejected women wishing to march with signs with a rainbow Star of David supporting Israel and then the next year, 2018, the Chicago Dyke March made no bones about their political allegiances with the predominance of Palestinian flags and signs denouncing Israel demanding they allow the Palestinians to have whatever they desire, which we all know is no Israel and closing on seven million Jews killed. Then there is the offer which was taken up be a number of the Woman’s Day marchers in the San Francisco Bay Area in January of 2018, where an offer made by Kate Jessica Raphael was to carry the below pictured poster making Ahed Tamimi the march’s poster girl. There was also a petition objecting to the participation of Scarlett Johansson, in the Los Angeles Women’s March which featured their heroine, Ahed Tamimi.

 

Picture of Ahed Tamimi as the March Poster Girl

Picture of Ahed Tamimi as the March Poster Girl

 

But we should not just pick on the women or we will be accused of having an anti-feminist bias, which is untrue as I loved the lead character on the latest Wonder Woman movie and hold Scarlett Johansson in very high regard as she stuck to her Judaism and love for Israel when forced to choose between being the spokesperson for SodaStream and being a global ambassador for Oxfam, presumably an international humanitarian organization as it apparently has some problems when it comes to Israel. For the record, Scarlett Johansson chose to represent the Israeli based company, SodaStream. But on the other gender side, there are numerous difficulties. By far and away, the biggest problem in simply amount and severity, just has to be Louis Farrakhan. The most recent insult was his claiming that when Jews “call me an anti-Semite, stop it, I’m anti-Termite.” Needless to point out, that line was his big joke to get a laugh line and you could see he was proud of his great and intelligent wit. But old Louis is not their only problem, though we wish he were. There is, as we mentioned above, old Bernie Sanders who wants to cut all aid to Israel and detach the United States from taking orders from Israel. That is a reference to one of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes on the planet claiming the Jews control this, that or the other. There was a complaint that the Jews controlled the money lending, but the religion of the peoples with whom the Jews lived were not permitted to lend money, neither the Christians nor the Muslims. They could own land which was denied the Jews but the Jews were allowed to lend money and this was a function that their society required, so the Jews were the money-lenders. There has been the idea that the Jews are too good at selling items. Well, we were the store-owners who sold goods to the moneyed people who owned land and needed to get supplies. We did this for close to a thousand years before selling became lucrative, so we had the practice and thus had an inside track, one could say. If you look at the history, many of the things which people will complain and claim the Jews own, influence, control or succeed better, these were things which they were forced to do to survive for the thousand years plus when land ownership was denied to them. You learn quite a great deal about a trade when you have been at it for over a thousand years.

 

Another problematic person is Keith Ellison who has in his history connections directly or indirectly to Hamas, CAIR, ISNA and MAS as well as having been a long standing member of Nation of Islam. Apparently, anti-Semitism has become a problem for the Democrat Party which they are mostly sweeping under the rug and hoping nobody will see the bump. Some have claimed that the Democrats require anti-Semites in order to reach victory in numerous races. There are some from the Democratic Socialist branch of the Democrat Party, the two have appeared to merge, who have made false claims of coming from Jewish Families to cover their anti-Israel and anti-Semitic positions and allow them to claim that Jews and Jewish money has too much power, an old and hopelessly anti-Semitic trope. There are numerous articles, some even in the NYT, noting the rising anti-Semitism in the Democrat Party including among numerous candidates. Add to this the rampant and overt anti-Semitism on numerous college campuses. This is a problem which spells problematic for the future. When the Nazis started to disseminate their anti-Semitism and other hatreds, they did so on college campuses as well as in the beer halls. Today the same hate is using the same places, the college campuses and the modern beer halls, they are taking it to the Internet. The violence and hate being spewed from the leftists and even some not so far out in the left. The youth in colleges when taking any courses from the Middle East departments, history, geography, politics, anything, they are being propagandized by Islamic interests as these chairs are most often bought by either Iran or Saudi Arabia. Then there is the instilled anti-Semitism coming from so many other departments and even some of the textbooks in addition to the professors. The education, history, political science and most of the “soft-sciences” are inundated with anti-Israel slants which often results in further anti-Semitism. This interview with Manfred Gerstenfeld, chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), who makes a perfect analogy which explains the difficulty in preventing the continuing spread of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, to use his words, pollution as it comes from too many separate sources infused, permeating the environment and serving to compliment one to the other making an atmosphere which is becoming toxic and starting to pose as a threat to Jewish students. The real problem will begin to have its effect on society as a whole within a decade or two at the most. With this widening anti-Israelism, anti-Zionism and related anti-Semitism where in order to survive on campus in all too many instances, such as during Israel Apartheid Week or when the anti-Israel-Zionism-Semitism breaks over into Holocaust Remembrance turning it into a pro-Gaza Rally right next to the Jewish students lighting candles, some for their relatives who died during the Holocaust. To be honest, no limit to the depths these outbursts can be taken. Be very aware of these events and what is happening as the colleges are turning out the next leaders of companies, politics and the future of the schools. These students who have been infested with this poison will at some point remember their hate which was instilled and either rid themselves of such or embrace it. Everything will depend on the reinforcement they would receive for either choice. The problem is as time progresses and the colleges and even high schools and soon to any level of the education of the children will be given these thoughts and then the atmosphere in the workplace, in political discourse and in every part of life will have been poisoned. They started with the beer halls and colleges in the thirties, now they are starting with the Internet in place of the beer halls, and it is not everywhere but it is insidiously permeating more and more places, and the colleges again and they are already assembling the troops on the ground. There are BLM, anti-fa, Occupy Wall Street, Students for Justice in Palestine, BDS, ANSWER, ISM and the plethora of anti-Israel, Pro-Palestinian, far left and radical groups will be the shock troops, the SA in the future when their revolution takes place. What this begs is who will be the replacement of the SA, who will be the SS when the time comes to impose martial order and bring an end to democracy and the end of America. The signs for a real and truly fascist takeover are throughout the structure in the United States and once that occurs, then there will be no turning back for the world will have lost its final hope to evolve past tribalism.

 

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August 6, 2018

A Revolution Under Media Silence

 

Can a revolution happen if the media refuses to cover it? This may be answered in the not too distant future. The media has been doing its best to ignore the uprisings in Iran. The people of Iran are completely fed up with their leadership and are demanding change. There have been recent protests of varying size in the Iranian cities of Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad and Tehran driven by concerns over the economy as well as wider anger at the political system. In a rare CBS News reported, they disclosed that in Isafan, marchers shouted “death to the dictator,” before appearing to set fire to police cars. These protests have been gaining strength sparking across Iran as a nationwide anti-government movement starting last December continuing sporadically in varying points since. The driving causes include the 12.5% unemployment rate, the plunging worth of their money where the Rial has dropped to 122,000 to the dollar as well as their desire for an end to the theocracy replacing it with open democratic governance. The Rial has lost half its value against the dollar in just four months. Even some hardliners have called for new elections or for Rouhani’s civilian government to be replaced by a military-led one though they have no desire to replace the Supreme Leader the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

 

The leaders of Iran have a completely different view of the effects and who is to blame. The problem, according to a statement from Radio Farda last Sunday claimed, the central bank alleged the Rial’s drop was the result of foreign conspiracies and said the currency’s weakness against the dollar was not a reflection of “economic realities.” “Recent developments in the gold and forex markets are part of the conspiracies hatched by the country’s enemies in order to agitate the economy and rob the people of their psychological security.” The Tasnim News Agency reported spokesman Bahram Qassemi as saying referring to talks, “The US or parts of the US may express wishes, but after the illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA and their hostile policies and push for economic pressure on the Iranian nation, I think there is no such issue.” Meanwhile, the US is set to restore its full range of sanctions in two stages on August 6, 2018, and November 4, 2018, forcing many foreign firms to cut off business with Iran. The real Iranian leadership appears willing to allow the “elected” government to fall taking the blame but the structure of the ruling Ayatollahs will remain unshaken and remain in control facing the unrest within the population.

 

Iranian Protests Against Supreme Leader

Iranian Protests Against Supreme Leader

 

These protests resemble those from 2009 in that they are calling for replacing the entirety of their governance starting with the Supreme Leader and the rest of the Ayatollahs replacing them with a secular democracy and complete separation between religion and government. They desire a return to secular rulership and desire a Western style democracy free of the Islamic totalitarianism. The government has claimed that these protests are the result of external agitators who are spreading discontent and lies and that those who take part in demonstrations are breaking the rule of law. There have been scattered reports on social media that the police have used live fire to break up some of the protests with a number of protesters being murdered with many others being arrested. If these protests result in similar results to the 2009 protests, then there will be a point when violence will become the standard reaction from the government where numbers of demonstrators will be mowed down in the streets and thousands, even tens of thousands, will be arrested with the majority not ever being heard from again and any attempt to attain information about these individuals will be met with silence. This time around, it has been reported that a good percentage of the protesters have been women with some in the leadership and the protesters cross all levels of the population from students to merchants and tradesmen.

 

What is also new to these demonstrations have been the direct threats to the Ayatollahs as there have been chants of, “Death to the Ayatollah!” The Daily Mail online has a rather extensive set of videos covering the Iranian protests, and from these videos the word protest could easily be used to mean riots, and show some of the injured individuals with some graphic content. These protests are spreading and are in their fourth consecutive day despite the attempts to break up their unity using tear gas, water cannons and as reported in some instances live fire. The Iranians are pretty much ready to take whatever risks and losses it may require regaining their freedom, the very freedom, which the Ayatollahs had promised in 1979, a promise which was quickly eclipsed by their totalitarian rule and iron fist enforcement. Iran is facing the same story we have seen time and again, the people revolt against what they saw as an imperialist leader, the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and accepted the perceived savior, the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini whose return to Iran and rise to power was supported by the United States as President Jimmy Carter extolled the greatness of this wonderful man of religion and deep faith. Almost immediately after raking power, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini allowed “students” to storm the United States Embassy taking fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981, and the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.

 

The Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini also took complete dictatorial power under the thin veneer of an elected Parliament where only approved candidates were permitted to be entertained on the ballot and a President who would act as his official receptacle of blame allowing the Supreme Leader to remain perceived as perfect with the elected Parliament and President being the reason for all misfortune. Soon after the new government settled in the Ayatollahs instituted a second military just as powerful and as well armed, if not superior in numbers and arms, called the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which would “keep the peace” in times of unrest as in 2009, as well as be responsible for spreading the revolution across the Middle East and the world. The IRGC assisted and armed Hezballah in Lebanon making it the equal or better than the Lebanese army. Hezballah now commands the Lebanese Army and has complete use of its United States provided arms which were upgraded by President Barack Obama knowing these arms were actually going to Hezballah, have trained Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Gaza, assisted and armed the Houthis in Yemen, carried out the March 17, 1992, bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires which resulted in twenty-nine civilians being killed and two-hundred-forty-two additional civilians were injured as well as the July 18, 1994, Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) bombing which resulted in killing 85 people and injuring more than three-hundred others (see image below). There probably are other terrorist acts and attempts at undermining nations traceable to the IRGC and even if not, just give them enough time.

 

Results of the July 18, 1994 AMIA Bombing in Buenos Aries

Results of the July 18, 1994 AMIA Bombing in Buenos Aries

 

The Ayatollahs also instituted the Basij militias who were used extensively in the decade long war between Iran and Iraq under Saddam Hussein. These Basij militias were utilized as the Ayatollahs’ shock troops and during the 2009 uprising were sent into the dorms of the universities to hunt down the leadership of the protests and persuade them to cease their activities sometimes resulting in their terminating the instigating students. The 2009 abortive revolution, also called the Persian Awakening, Persian Spring or Green Revolution, was over the perceived, if not actual, overthrow of the people’s choice at the poles where the majority was believed to have elected the opposition candidate, either Mir-Hossein Mousavi or Mehdi Karroubi, and the Ayatollahs candidate of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was announced the winner. Whether or not he actually won is inconsequential, as the protesters believed he lost by a sufficient margin that they perceived this as nothing short of a repudiation of their votes. The protests were violently put down using the Basij Militias and IRGC forces where hundreds, if not thousands, were mowed down in the streets with many thousands arrested with a good proportion ending up in Evin Prison from which most never returned and all record of their eventual end left hanging as a mystery. Evin Prison is infamous for being where political prisoners are sent, tortured and eventually killed or die as a result of their treatment and also as a black hole where people go in and nothing comes out and even information appears to disappear along with the people who entered. During the entirety of the Green Revolution and its violent suppression, President Barack Obama continued in his negotiations with the Iranian government saying nothing about their actions and simply politely pursuing what would eventually become the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which is the nuclear agreement which President Trump recently pulled the United States support. The one important point is this was ended up being called a Presidential Agreement and was never a treaty, thus as President, Trump decided that the Presidency of the United States no longer agreed.

 

This brings us to the least favorite part where we predict what is likely to occur. Despite the fact that the Ayatollahs represent at most thirty percent and likely more like fewer than twenty percent of the population of Iran, they possess the vast majority of the firearms and definitely the most powerful weaponry, such as tanks and aircraft. The end result of these protests, especially if they should grow as we suspect they will, will come down to which side the Iranian Army, which is supposedly secular and somewhat independent of the Ayatollah unlike the IRGC troops who answer directly to the Supreme Leader the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, decide to support and upon their choosing the people, assuming that is their decision, also the decisions of individual policemen who might also side with the people and who would be capable of arming people more directly than even the military as they are on the front lines and know who to trust should they side against the Ayatollah. Should the Army, as in 2009, decide to sit on the sidelines and do nothing, then the people face an impossible mountain to climb. The Ayatollahs have stated that they would attack Israel or the United States even if doing so guaranteed the return strike would decimate Iran, as they believe that after such events that their revolution to make Shia Islam the ruling power in this world would become true to honor their national martyrdom. With such an attitude, do you really believe that the lives of the people they rule actually matter to them. The only lives that matter to the Ayatollahs are those who support the revolution where Shia Islam eventually comes to rule the world, all else is inconsequential and may as well be dead to them. People who are in the streets demanding new governance are exactly the people who are superfluous bodies to the cause of the Ayatollahs and as such are unnecessary. The Ayatollahs very possibly would look at the protesters as people who are unnecessary baggage and a drain on resources which could be better spent on nuclear weapons and more missiles and other things which could be used to fight the war in Syria, arm Hezballah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and the Houthis and any others who are spreading the Iranian revolution to the remainder of the world. The Ayatollahs do not place much worth on their own lives as they do not expect to see this glorious revolution through to its end, but they do believe that they can save Iran from its people even if such requires a purging of the population. This is the threat the protesters are facing and it is a serious threat. Unless the Iranian military comes to the defense of the people, their attempts at change will die in the streets right beside them. The only other hope for these protests would be outside intervention such as the United States did in Iraq. That is going to be next to impossible because the last thing President Trump wants is to use the United States military in another Middle East conflict. Of course, there is always the possibility of a miracle, and that is about what it will take for an uprising by the people of Iran to succeed.

 

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