The headlines say it all it seems and here are a few I found on Obama’s 9/10 address to the nation about ISIS (incidentally not a word on Iran, the real threat to the Western world). Below in alphabetical order are headlines from news media, Left and Right, and a figure on the left who article was published in the right wing media (ever noticed how it almost doesn’t exist the other way), and a few comments.
Is Obama ISIS’s worst nightmare? (subtitled Can Obama destroy ISIS?) by Fred Kaplan for The Chicago Tribune.
We wish. This is what was really meant: Is ISIS Obama’s worst nightmare? The golfer-in-chief seems to act like it is 2009 and so does the author. The article concludes with a quote from Slate that “Obama is doing as close to the right thing as the mess of the Middle East allows” – but then did we expect the questions posed to be answered, or to for this paper to ever disagree with Obama?
So let me get this straight – this Administration is arming (via the CIA) and intends to further arm the rebels (who side with ISIS although technically they are not the same thing), i.e. the Administration intends to fight ISIS by arming ISIS?!?. Furthermore, Obama pulled American troops out of Iraq, but now it is going to “expand the overall campaign” and that will require putting American troops back in Iraq.
Obama’s speech on Islamic State gets mixed reviews in Divided Congress by Michael A. Memli, Lisa Mascao, in the Los Angeles Times. (Note: this article focuses on Congress and does not seem to take a position on the issue, but then they probably just wanted something to publish and being on the West Coast, yada, yada, yada . . ..)
Naturally one expects the Left to avoid criticizing Obama, hence it is surprising to see the article in The Washington Post by Jennifer Rubin seems to do just that. The Chicago Tribune tries to avoid the whole topic, in the title it is more focused on Obama’s reputation than the issue at hand, but concludes with a quote (see I didn’t say that – they did), followed by an exoneration of Obama. The Los Angeles Times also avoids any direct comment on the speech Wednesday night by focusing on the reaction of Congress.
Bill Maher, who has pretty solid leftist credentials, goes right for the truth about Islam and indirectly says that Obama is naïve. This article serves to mirror the right wing article about CAIR asking Obama to say ISIS isn’t Islam – although in fact ISIS practices a more Koranically correct form of Islam than most.
It is Mark Lander, who writes for The New York Times, who deserves a medal however because he has, in one short article, made it seem as if Obama actually does believe that he is responsible for defeating ISIS (or ISIL as Obama incorrectly likes to call it), while at the same time talking out of both sides of his mouth.
The weaving and dodging done by left wing media outlets also shows that they are mostly opposed to Obama’s ideas, but are just not ready to admit it yet.
On the Right
Only an article posted on Michelle’s Mirror (aka MOTUS – Mirror of the United States) refers to the fact that in June of this year ISIS gained control of nuclear material from the University of Mosul. They also have obtained ‘remnants of the former Iraqi, chemical weapons program.’ (You know the chemical weapons that didn’t exist when Bush was President.)
This article list Obama’s ‘strategy,’ which is:
1) air strikes, like in Somalia and Yemen
2) find some Arab allies
3) try to get the Sunnis “on message”
4) rebuild the Iraq army (we did that once already)
Good luck on doing any of the above, and it will take a miracle to do all four. In other words it is not surprising that his plans have no chance of winning, and are doomed to fail.
The right wing reports and make it quite clear that Obama’s ‘strategy’ (a strategy he didn’t even have two weeks ago), is ‘doomed to fail.’ They also show that Kerry is still anti-war after all these years, and that Britain and Germany are not willing to support America under Obama – wise move that.
Not only are there attempts at character assassination of the officer but the character assassination of the complete police department of Ferguson has ensued
Michael Brown steals a fistful of cigars from a convenience store. The surveillance video shows him shoving a man who attempts to block the door. As the man backs away, Mr Brown turns and walks in a threatening manner towards the shopkeeper. Michael Brown is 6’4” and 300 pounds. Any physical altercation between the robber and merchant is a mismatch of force. The actions of Michael Brown are deemed a “strong-arm robbery with the use of force”. Let me put this in perspective. The shopkeeper is about my size. Visualise a 300-pound man shoving a woman who is 5’2”. You get the picture.
Minutes later, Michael Brown and his accomplice are seen walking in the street and obstructing traffic. Officer Darren Wilson asks the men to move off the street. He is unaware of the events that had occurred earlier. As the officer seeks to exit his vehicle, the 300-pound walking tower beats the officer nearly to unconsciousness leaving him with periorbital fractures (unconfirmed) and facial injuries (unconfirmed). There are unconfirmed reports of a shot fired during the struggle.
What we do know for sure is that Michael Brown is dead. We do know that the officer is injured. His home is vacant. He cannot stay there. We know that Ferguson, Missouri, had a regional crime scene that involved an assault on a uniformed public safety officer. We know the officer discharged his weapon and killed his assailant. We also know that Ferguson, Missouri, is a case study for national race baiting. Ferguson is a keg. The government postured toward the political checkerboard and chose the colour black.
August 12, 2014. Close on the heels of any event that might showcase white-on-black violence is the usual appearance of Reverend Al Sharpton, otherwise known as Reverend sower-of-seeds-of-discord. This man cut his teeth on falsehood and propaganda in the prior century. In 1987, Tawana Brawley set our nation on its heels with her false accusation of being raped by six white men. The 15-year-old’s list of villains included police officers and a prosecuting attorney. Mainstream media gave relentless coverage to Tawana Brawley. Sharpton was omnipresent to console and cajole. The media circus began in 1987 and continued into October of the following year. At that time, a grand jury determined that lil’ Miss Brawley had made the whole thing up. We swallowed the big lie. To this day, more than a few refuse to spit it out. Mainstream media has given equally vigorous coverage to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Reverand Al Sharpton? He operates with the same dynamic as the average Sunni versus Shia cleric, or vice versa. Words of peace do not generate zakat, baby!
Despite England’s experiences during World War II and her current informal “occupation” by her own brand of deadly Islamists, The Guardian’s views are neither civilized nor rational. In his column, Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises, Seurnas Milne has a willful misinterpretation of the events in the Middle East. His column is laden with stark hatred and lies, and he clearly champions a policy that supports the Hamas Covenant, a Charter that calls for the eventual creation of the 58th Islamic state in “Palestine,” and the obliteration or dissolution of the only homeland for the Jewish people – as well as the annihilation of the Jewish people worldwide.
The Guardian is often factually inaccurate, as its writers insist on their own type of equity for what amounts to a verbal pogrom against the Jewish state - but not against tyrannical regimes. However, even ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), Syrian American Medical Society, Syrian Relief and Development, Muslim Public Affairs Council and Islamic Relief USA recently condemned Syria’s chemical weapons attack of her people (including women and children). When it was revealed that at least 108 people, including 49 children under age 10, were slaughtered in the 15-month Houla massacre, it was explained as acceptable that tyrants kill children to intimidate the opposition!
There was no demand for equal justice when Mahmoud Abbas’s terrorists slaughtered the 11 Israeli athletes in 1972 Munich, and no demand for vengeance for the beheading of Jewish-American journalist, Daniel Pearl. They expressed no shock at the injustice of Israel’s exchange of 1027 terrorist prisoners for the life of one kidnapped Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, or when terrorists slaughtered the Fogel family or the three Israel teenagers. They maintained their silence throughout the firing of thousands of rockets into Israel from Gaza, never demanding balance with an equal number of rockets from Israel to Gaza.
To define this further, Israel follows the rules of war and targets military combatants (after warning Palestinian citizens to escape Israel’s retaliation), whereas Hamas intentionally targets civilians, deliberately focusing on children, thereby breaking two rules of war – killing their own and Israel’s children. The media cry that there weren’t enough Jewish children killed to match the number of Muslim children, and they want to blame only Israel for the death of Muslim children even when Hamas is entirely responsible. All the wars were begun with Islamic attacks and, by international law, Israel has every right to defend herself – her boundaries and her citizens.
The media offer little coverage when the Islamic culture encourages children to detonate themselves among Israelis, and when parents celebrate the occasions with candy, enjoying Hamas’s gifts, and naming town squares after their expendable offspring. And although sharia law denounces music and dance, it appears to be acceptable to revel in the streets for their martyred sons and daughters.
The hostile Guardian and similar news sources raise their voices only for the number of Palestinian children killed, although the BBC has been awakened to new evidence that numbers received from Gaza are quite skewed. Israel provides shelters for their children; Gazans provide shelter for their rockets, and endanger children for an increased body count for public sympathy. And while Israel’s hypocritical enemies, including Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, call Hamas a humanitarian organization, the West continues its funding for inhumane reasons – such as for the extensive system of tunnels dug for access to Israeli children’s schools and kibbutzim for an impending hands-on carnage.
Land acquisition is a major priority for the Islamic agenda, and the Qur’an allows deception, lies, and human sacrifice for the cause. Islam also relies on the humanity and basic decency of Judeo-Christian people and nations to disbelieve what we find unfathomable. Jihad exists in many ways, from Israel to Africa, Scandinavia, Spain, Germany, China, America and England. Few journalists are fit to report accurately or are willing to accept the truth for themselves. None of these host countries, including Israel, is an “occupier,” yet each is an invaded land, and we should be defending our homeland NOW, or be prepared to relinquish our identity and culture to Islamic oppression.
As in the greater Middle East, where previous peoples have been annihilated or Islamized, they could not adequately defend themselves and were conquered by Islam. Israel can, will, and has every right to do so under international law.
Jihad training begins with treating children as chattel and indoctrinating them at an early age to hate the kaffir (the "rejecter” of Allah). Pedophilia, demoralizing and frightening to the children, is legalized, and “thighing” infants to raping young children” will continue in the Muslim world as long as “Allah” encourages men to be owners instead of husbands and fathers. Sodomizing a baby is halal (permitted under Sharia law).
Pre-adolescent marriage is codified in Qur’an 65:4, and women are held hostage under law, subject to severe punishment, and it is under these circumstances that children are raised to be fearful and subservient to their master. Polygamy also affects children, immersing them in a self-pitying, resentful, victim mentality. If the reader would like to delve further into this depraved culture, please read Nonie Darwish’s Cruel and Usual Punishment.
The primarily unschooled, illiterate majority, who foresee no self-fulfillment or escape, become hair-trigger-angry young men who hate their lot in life, are brainwashed and compelled to do as bidden, and prepared to die for the cause. In so doing, they see a way out – an escape to tranquility and the promise of sexual pleasures in Paradise.
These are but a few of the reasons that create an unfeeling underclass of warriors who have no sympathy for children, but will use them for their purpose. Keeping children near explosives and bombs will ultimately lead to an increased body count, just as using child labor for tunnel excavation resulted in the loss of more than 160. Not only are women and children placed on rooftops of targeted buildings (those from which rockets are fired into Israel) and used as human shields, but a recent video showed jihadists hanging small, terrified, crying boys from a targeted building’s fence. And if these children do survive their childhood, they will become the next generation of damaged, robotic killers who feel no compassion and are inured to pain and bloodshed.
This is a horrific example of child abuse to which the media turn a blind eye, and the U.N. fails to address. Rather, the immoral go out of their way to blame the Israel Defense Forces for harming women and children who are forced into such circumstances. The media fail us, just as the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) predicted. Journalists like Milne, whether cowardly or deceptive, would become an acquiescent, obedient djimmi, a “useful idiot” that represents the Islamic-fascist mentality, willing to accept caliphate domination in the interest of hate or “peace.”
A recently discovered Hamas manual verifies its method of urban warfare. “Introduction to the City War” extols the benefits of civilian deaths and admits that Israel tries to avoid them. This is not a Hamas war against ”occupiers,” but an Islamic war to annihilate the entire state of Israel, against which Israel must continue to defend until there is unconditional surrender. It is also a reminder that this is WAR – a global war - against all who will not accept Islamic Sharia law. And, if the media continue its stance against Israel, and continue to look away from Islam’s slaughter of Christians, they may well be designing a future for themselves under the very cruel and severe Sword of Allah, from which no conquered nation has ever recovered.
“Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your fellow men justly.” Leviticus 19:15 New American Bible
I enjoyed watching KISS rocker Gene Simmons on Fox News’ Outnumbered yesterday speaking about a collegiate coed that sought to carry a firearm on campus to protect herself against a stalker. Mr. Simmons’ implication was to impart “street justice” and for her to grab the support of a few athletes and literally let baseball bats do the talking regarding the criminal aggressor. That is, perhaps, a shattered kneecap would do far more to cease the aggression than relying upon the assistance of overworked and underfunded police agencies. Amen.
I am, by all fair accounts, the product of turn-of-the-last-century street fighters and gang members of the Detroit area with a pedigree involving the Purple Gang (of Jailhouse Rock notoriety) and pre-Eminem Eight Mile Road conflicts. It would be, perhaps, legitimate that this foundation of urban violence would lead me into a life of depravity and violence and you would be correct in arguing this point were it not for two distinct ideals. First, my ancestors engaged in illicit practices for survival within a land decidedly hostile to newcomers, particularly those of a “foreign” faith and language. Secondly, this ancient religion of immigrants served as a foundation to protect the innocent and underdogs of society. For example, when my family beat up a police officer, it had little to do with flagrant violation of the law. Rather, it was a direct retaliation against a corrupt law enforcement official that brutally beat a hungry and cold resident who was simply stealing coal to keep his family warm during the dead of winter. Sometimes life requires survival to the point of abandoning civilized behavior in favor of extending civilization.
All of this leads me to the present conflict between “Palestinian” Arabs and the modern State of Israel. On paper, the Arabs would “appear” to have all the makings necessary for “street justice” of the Simmons and Godlewski family clan variety: poor families, lack of food, miserable living conditions, local violence, etc. However, again, there are distinctions to be observed. Whereas my ancestors arrived into a location that hated immigrants and foreign religions, the Arabs of the Levant have largely represented the xenophobic instigators. The Arabs surrounding Israel did not venture from thousands of miles away, proceed through the legalities of an Ellis Island, and then work in the dingy coalmines of a Pennsylvania or factories of a Detroit in order to fit it. For all practical purposes, they emulated the WASPs that sought to deny universal freedom to others not matching their self-ordained rules. In this regard, I can only sympathize with Israel, many of whose citizens emigrated from my family’s native Poland to escape persecution.
When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000.
In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. ...
...“in the last 48 hours, ISIS, which is now called the Islamic State in Mosul, has painted the letter “N” for Nazarene on the houses of all the surviving Christians in the city. ISIS has basically given an ultimatum to all the Christians left: You can either flee or convert to Islam, or we will kill you.” (continue at Breitbart)
We've seen people in the US taking to the streets in support of the 'Palestinians', (Hamas terrorists actually). Very few speak out for the Israelis who are being targeted with missiles, suicide bombers, tunnels into their neighborhoods, and kidnapping. Two Americans who were soldiers for the Israel Defense Force were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.
I don't see any taking to the streets for Christians around the world.
Hubby and I saw the movie Persecuted yesterday. I'm not going to say the movie was great, because it was not, but the truths that the movie was trying to get across to viewers are valid. Those truths include the facts that Christians are being persecuted and our current political leadership continues to work against Christianity.
What I will say is if you want to go see a movie, be entertained, be made to think and come to your own conclusions in spite of some obvious inconsistencies, go see Persecuted. We need to support actors, directors, writers, etc. who make the effort to stand up for what they believe and their Christian faith.
I say, if you want to go see a movie, be entertained, be made to think and come to your own conclusions in spite of some obvious inconsistencies, go for it. We need to support actors, directors, writers, etc. who make the effort to stand up for what they believe and their Christian faith. - See more at: http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2014/07/persecuted.html#sthash.Rc0E4uSp.dpuf
The Director of Persecuted, Daniel Lusko, when asked by CBN News what inspired him to write this movie, said:
The Holy Spirit inspired me to write "Persecuted" - I woke up one morning, and it was there. The government is trying to take control of everything, including the very source that gave our country its foundation, which is Biblical truth.
It really is beginning, because we allow ourself [sic] to be silenced, in the name of political correctness. In fact, a very close friend, who is highly involved in levels of government, looked at the story and he said, "This scenario of religious reform is happening; at the United Nations there is a bill that is exactly what you're talking about."
If you are a Christian, individual, business, organization in the United States and you accept any funds from the government, they in essence own you and can control what you do and how you go about it. It is hoped that the film will highlight the clash between religious freedom and government power.
Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator and Luther's own supporters abduct and frame him in the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. Out on personal recognizance, Luther escapes police surveillance in search of the truth. And suddenly a once-normal life is targeted by a team of ex-military operatives who wage a relentless campaign to eliminate the incriminating evidence. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with, or profiting from, the girl's murder. It's a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire American Christian community.
An evangelist finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to back a senator's proposition calling for sweeping religious reform.
"... the notion of a religious person preaching the gospel running up against the government and governmental policies -- or those who want to carry out a business and running up against governmental regulations and rules -- is not far-fetched at all. In fact, we're seeing that happen as we speak in the Hobby Lobby case and in some other cases coming down the pike."
What is that sweeping religious reform called the Faith and Fairness bill mentioned in Persecuted?
Think of the word ecumenical. Most think of it as promoting worldwide Christian unity or cooperation. All Christian denominations coming together. But that's not it at all. There can be no unity among denominations where there is not unity in the faith once-for-all delivered by Jesus Christ and Him alone.
Now think beyond ecumenical and think interfaith. The word ecumenical contrasts with interfaith dialogue or interfaith pluralism aimed at unity or cooperation among diverse religions and referring to a worldwide "religious unity". But how can diverse religions act as one body when their faith, their beliefs, their view of salvation and how that is achieved, differs so drastically? They can't, without watering down Christianity.
And that's what it is all about folks -- watering down Christianity.
The Faith and Fairness bill being proposed in the movie Persecuted is a law where all lines between Christians and Muslims and Jews and Buddhists, etc. are removed by government and government is allowed not ony access to, but control over, all those religions.
"This is no longer a Christian nation; in fact, it never has been," Davison's politician tells an ecumenical gathering of supporters. (JSOnline)
That is a quote from the movie Persecuted, but I've heard that statement more than once by people in the media and on the Left in the USA. Perhaps that statement is true, or perhaps it is the goal of certain people inside the US. The group portrayed in the movie as ecumenical is anything but ...
Look at how certain departments in our government give special investigation to Christian organizations, to Conservative businesses. But more important, look at what is going on around the world today.
Christians in Mosul Iraqare being killed, forced to convert to Islam, kept from getting food rations, and the lucky ones are fleeing.
I could go on and on listing places around the world where Christians are being threatened, abused, tortured, starved, killed and houses of worship looted and destroyed. However, thousands of people are coming to Christ in Egypt in spite of the persecution there. We can only pray that this is the case in other countries.
The reviews of Persecuted are not good in left-wing publications, which is to be expected, mainly because Fred Thompson and Cretchen Carlson of Fox News are in the movie. Anything with a Fox News connection, however small, is automatically poo-pooed.
Huffington Post says Persecuted gives faith-based films a bad name.
This terrible attempt at a political thriller for the religious right is aimed not at Christians in general but at a certain breed of them, the kind who feel as if the rest of the world were engaged in a giant conspiracy against their interpretation of good and truth.
Across the Netherlands, sadness is beginning to turn to anger as the nation seeks answers to what lay behind the worst aviation disaster to hit the country since more than 200 Dutch tourists died in a collision in Gran Canaria in 1977. As the country’s red, white and blue flag flew at half-mast around Amsterdam’s canals, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said today he’ll leave no stone unturned to catch the culprits.
“If this proves to be an attack, then I will personally see the perpetrators will be tracked down and get the punishment they deserve,”Rutte told reporters. “We owe that to the innocent victims and their relatives.” (Bloomberg.com)
You won't hear Barack Obama say anything like that and even if he did, no one would believe him. A stern comment at a fund raiser, perhaps a stern letter, will be the extent of this.
Thursday, President Obama said the crash "looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,"... After being ridiculed for such a stupid remark yesterday, today he changed his tune, calling the downing of the plane by a Russian missile an "outrage of unspeakable proportions" and called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for a "credible" unfettered investigation.
A little late for that, even with FBI and NTSB officials are on their way to Ukraine, since the crash site has been looted, black boxes removed, documents removed, and who knows what else done to hinder any credible investigation.
While it remains unclear who is responsible, with Russia and Ukraine blaming each other for the downing of the jet yesterday, Dutch anger is focusing on President Vladimir Putin. Ukraine’s state security service said it intercepted phone conversations among pro-Russian militants discussing a missile strike.
“Hopefully Putin will fall down from his throne and the world can get a better place!” Irene Hoofs, who says she lives in Singapore and was born in Amsterdam, posted on her Twitter feed. “Angry that these people make our world so dangerous.”
My associates in Ukraine have been sending me photos of Russian missile hardware accompanied WITH Russian soldiers in Eastern Ukraine for months...
According to reports, 298 people died, 189 were from the Netherlands, 2 soccer fans from North-East of England, an Australian nun. According to original reports the flight manifest listed 23 Americans. However, Barack Obama is only acknowledging one dead American so far. I'll give Obama the benefit of the doubt, perhaps families have not yet been notified.
Efforts were continuing to verify the nationalities of the last 41 of the 283 passengers, he said.
Earlier, the airline listed the nationalities of the others: 154 Dutch citizens, 28 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, nine Brits, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos and one Canadian.
Asked for the reason for the delay on information about the remaining 41, the spokesperson said most had transferred at Amsterdam from other airlines and other flights, and some of the passenger details were not immediately available to Malaysia Airlines. (CNS today)
Why was the Malaysian flight 17 even flying over the dangerous area?
... Flight 17 was at about 33,000 feet (10,000 meters), taking a route over eastern Ukraine when it came down. While several other carriers avoided that path, the flight was at an altitude cleared for commercial traffic, according to navigation agency Eurocontrol.
It’s called Operation Protective Edge leaving citizens throughout the country living on a knife-edge. Yesterday, I was walking through the Nitzan caravilla site on my way to work in Ashdod when the siren blared. I made haste to the closest government provided sewer pipe for use on such occasions. Tell me, what would you do seated all alone, sirens blaring, nearby ‘booms’ heard? I took a selfie!
It’s called Operation Protective Edge and the sound of incoming rockets sets people’s teeth on edge. I have received lesson cancellation after cancellation as adult students need to be at home to comfort their young children or as families seek protection further inland until the situation ‘calms down.’ The dispossession and destruction of Gush Katif broke me. Yet sometimes the strongest vessels are the broken ones. I’m on the go when students call to confirm we have a lesson.
It’s called Operation Protective Edge and we will not be edged out from our daily routine. We will go to work and carry on. Lately I've seen the interior of students’ home bomb shelters. While most double as a bedroom, I was most favorably impressed by the one in the parental bedroom. It doubles as a well organized walk-in closet. Who’d have thought? I was in it twice yesterday. For those of you building a home, this is something to go over with your architect. Sorry, no pic.
An Egypt-backed cease-fire between Israel and Hamas fell apart Tuesday as rocket attacks from Gaza continued against Israel. As CNN reports, 'The rocket attacks from Hamas militants in Gaza never ceased, Israeli officials said. For its part, Israel refrained from airstrikes for about six hours before announcing it was resuming the attacks.'
Tensions were ignited in June when three Israeli teenagers, one with American citizenship and all seminary students, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank and killed. They were kidnapped on June 12 and their bodies were discovered June 30. Within days, Israel arrested more than 300 Palestinians, many of them members of Hamas. Hamas warned Israel it had "opened up the gates of hell" with its actions.
On the night the boys' bodies were found, a barrage of rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel and Israeli warplanes carried out numerous air strikes in Gaza.
Israel can't win in the media. However, they could win against the terrorists who attack them if they had a little support from their 'friends'. They have no friend in Barack Hussein Obama.
Now it begins – the war we have been expecting. Will it be the end? Or the end of the beginning? Or the beginning of the end? Of everything? Or of the confrontations between Israel and its murderous neighbors? Who knows? But once again Israel finds itself reluctantly at war and this time it is determined to win and win big by wiping out Hamas. The war was prompted to a large extent by the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens (one, a dual American/Israeli citizen) by Hamas. After weeks of searching for them (and finding LOTS of illegal weapons in Palestinian territory) the bodies of the three boys were found.
Then there was a fourth murder of a teen age boy – this one was Arab, suggesting revenge. Although the first news accounts revealed that he was gay, the MSM narrative soon began to claim that the perps were Jewish, which is highly improbable. The boy was burned to death – a method unknown among Jews but typically Muslim. In fact it has been well known for years, even in the West, that honor killings are commonly done by burning the victim (male or female) to death, and if the boy was gay as many reports have claimed, then this was almost certainly an honor killing. The timing suggested a revenge killing, however that is most unlikely. Jews do not burn people alive and they do not burn corpses – Jewish law and traditions forbid this and make it totally abhorrent and unthinkable to Jews. But none of this matters to the Arab street who first celebrated the kidnapping and death of the three Jewish boys, and now are whipped into a frenzy due to the death of the Arab teen, a death caused almost certainly by one of their own.
All of this was a prelude to war, but there is more. Although some leaders in the Muslim world have urged ceasefires during the Islamic feast of Ramadan (this year from June 29 to July 27) there are many examples of battles in Ramadan being carried out during and since the times of Mohammad. Ramadan, like any religious holiday of any religion, helps to focus its adherents on the practice of their religion. So does religious fasting. And Islam commands its followers to fight against all non-Muslims as their religious duty. Now we have a war between Israel and the Muslim world at a time when they are most aware of their “religious” duties. A war that is the result of years of Hamas firing rockets into Israel from Gaza, Muslims kidnapping and murdering three Jewish teenagers (and years of other kidnappings and/or murders), and Muslims burning to death a gay Arab teen-ager.
The war is currently located in the south of Israel along the Gaza border. It seems to have begun Monday night (Monday afternoon EST) (some reports say early Tuesday morning), and is called by Israel “Operation Protective Edge.” Israel has called up 40,000 reservists although it is still unknown if a ground offensive will be used. About 100,000 households in Gaza have been contacted (by Israel) and warned to move away from the border, this suggest an imminent ground invasion, yet, for many reasons Gaza, unlike Judah and Samaria, is not a good place for a ground invasion.
It is often said that Israel usually wins the wars and loses the peace. Israel lost the war when the IDF (Israel Defense Force) was led by a liberal and this lead to a victory by Hezbollah. Of course Israel always loses the peace when there is a liberal and sometimes when there is a conservative in power, but this is not the point of this story.
Strangely the White House is saying that Israel has a right to defend itself – but that may be simply because they know that Israel will win (the briefest and best analysis is here) and with so many other things going wrong for them they need to be on the winning side for once. It may also be that Obama will change his mind, or come out tomorrow expressing some fuzzy thought on the issue. Or he might simply be too busy playing golf or pool to say anything at all. Nothing would surprise me at this point, anyway the war may take America’s attention off its’ southern border before things get any worse, as they most certain will.
All this leads me to wonder what will John Kerry (the only American gigolo to become Secretary of State) do? Will he continue to insist that Israel negotiate with the Palestinian Authority and Hamas? Or will he flip-flop and stand (or pretend to stand) with Israel? Doesn’t this war make his previous attempts to “make peace” look rather foolish? (Yes, I know, he always looks foolish). Comedian Dennis Miller may have had the best solution to the problems of the Middle East – he suggested that America drop ‘the big portobello.’ But we had better hurry – before Iran attempts to drop one on us, or Israel.
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