We don't need political pundits who claim to be experts on foreign policy to analyze the meaning of the obvious. It is all so simple: the Americans and the Israelis are the good guys; Putin, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Iran, Syria, ISIS and all other secular and religious tyrannies are the bad ones.
Good guys use their land to promote peace among the nations. Bad guys use their land to subjugate humanity to the dictates of absolute power.
Good guys are willing to sacrifice their lives to preserve our freedoms; bad guys are willing to sacrifice their people's lives to end all people's freedom.
Later this month, an event that will effect a shift in the balance of power in the world will take place unless we take immediate action. There can no longer be any doubt -.in less than twenty days, the P5+1 will seal a deal with Iran that will either put her on a a sure path to the creation of a nuclear armed terrorist state, or Iran will get another extension with which she will run out the clock.
The explicit goal or goals of the Zionist founders of the State of Israel was to restore the *dignity* asd well as the *safety* of the Jewish people.
Well, they succeeded in establishing state, and deserve a lot of credit for doing so, despite its secular foundations.
As we now see, however, Israel is being daily vilified throughout the world, Jews are being murdered even in Jerusalem, and the threat of Israel being wiped off the map becomes more palpable as a result of Iran's nuclear weapons program.
British recognition of Palestinian statehood corresponds to British appeasement of Nazi Germany, which recalls the adage, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose:The more it changes, the more it's the same. British appeasement of despotism led to World War II. It may very well lead to World War III.
George Orwell attributed British appeasement of Nazi Germany in the 1930s to the pervasive doctrine of moral relativism then and still propagated by English universities. The same relativism underlies British recognition of Palestinian statehood. Melanie Phillips excoriates this relativism in her book The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power (2010). So does Theodore Dalrymple in Our Culture, What’s Left of It (2005).
During World War II, American-born William Joyce, known as Lord Haw-Haw, became a Nazipropaganda broadcaster to England. His job was to undermine English morale. He had unwitting if not witting allies among England’s Left. Prominent among England’s anti-war protesters were intellectuals who hated Churchill. Haw-Haw was eventually captured and executed for treason by the British as a result of his wartime activities.
More recently, in September 2010, an American convert to Islam, Adam Gadahn, who became an English-language spokesman for al-Qaeda in the United States, was indicted in absentia by a federal grand jury for treason, “Aiding and Abetting al-Qaeda” (18 U.S.C. § 2339B). We have here a paradoxical phenomenon: Leftists, usually atheists, allied with Muslims.
To understand this phenomenon, we can hardly do better than study the letters and journalism of George Orwell. Although Orwell was, in sentiment, a socialist, he deplored England’s leftwing intelligentsia – especially its academics. He scorned the “emotional shallowness” of intellectuals who live in the world of ideas and have little contact with physical reality. He saw that many intellectuals of the Left were severed from the common culture of their country. “England,” said Orwell, “is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality” – precisely the feeling of many leftwing American professors.
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton once said that the American State Department is dominated by “moral equivalency” which applies especially to State’s morally neutral policy toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This means that State, consistent with the academic doctrine of cultural relativism, makes no significant distinction between good and evil regimes. American foreign policy thus tends to be morally neutral or value-free.
Carry the logic a step further. The State Department’s foreign policy requires its envoys or diplomats to be morally neutral or value-free. But to be morally neutral or value–free is to be shameless! This is the logically inescapable implication of the State Department’s mind-set. Hence, it’s reasonable to assume that this is the mind-set of Martin Indyk, former U.S. envoy who was chosen by the Obama Administration to mediate negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the basis of Moral Equivalency!
Four years ago I wrote a review of Martin Indyk. Indyk was born in England 1951 but grew up and was educated in Australia. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1972 and received a PhD in international relations from the Australian National University in 1977. He immigrated to the United States and later gained American citizenship in 1993.
On April 19, 2010, Indyk wrote an op ed. item in the New York Times blaming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the rift with the Obama administration. He went so far as to say “Israel has to adjust its policy to the interests of the United States.”
Like his Washington handlers, and consistent with the moral equivalency that permeated his university education, Indyk has long advocated a Palestinian state. He should have no problem on that issue with Mr. Netanyahu who in effect manifested the same moral equivalency on June 14, 2009 when he endorsed the “two state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
One does not require military expertise to arrive at a former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff conclusion that a Palestinian a state would endanger Israel’s existence. This is why Netanyahu insists that a Palestinian state must be demilitarized and barred from forming alliances with any Arab regime—a non-sequitur in international law.
Be that as it may, since no Palestinian leader would survive a day if he accepted such limitations, and since Bibi has the flexible spine required by the American State Department’s policy of moral equivalency, we should expect Bibi to flex his spine more than his muscles vis-à-vis Martin Indyk.
We certainly can’t expect Indyk to be holier than the Pope. After all, Bibi, like the American State Department, behaves as if ignorant of, or indifferent to, the murderous and mendacious character of Arab-Islamic culture. It matters neither to him nor to State that Egyptian-born scholar, the intrepid Bat Ye’or, has called Islam a “culture of hate.” Likewise, it matters neither to him nor State that another intrepid woman, Syrian-born psychiatrist Wafa Sultan, is so contemptuous of Islam that, unlike Bibi, she doesn’t deem Islam worthy of being called a “civilization.”
So what is to be expected of a diplomat like Martin Indyk whose university education has imbued him—as it has the American State Department as a whole—with the shameless doctrine of moral equivalency?
By the way, the intellectual and moral level of Indyk’s academic credentials and diplomatic posts reminds me of George Orwell’s assessment of British academics of the 1930s who held diplomatic posts in the Chamberlain government. Orwell saw that Britain’s intelligentsia was steeped in moral relativism, and that this pernicious doctrine had enfeebled Chamberlain’s foreign policy.
The same decadence is evident in the moral equivalency that Ambassador Bolton (with dismay) saw in the America State Department. No wonder: State has more PhDs than any other department of American government. Let me spell this out in the clearest terms, which requires a candid but unpublicized view of higher education in the democratic world, the education of the university graduates that shape the foreign policies of the secular democratic state.
Inasmuch these graduates, who have been virtually indoctrinated in moral equivalency and cultural relativism, are now pursuing a career in the cynical domain of international politics where power and economic interests predominate, do not expect them to take evil seriously. This means that the State Department diplomats referred to by John Bolton tend to behave like children who take civilization for granted!
Thanks to their morally neutral education, they are abysmally ignorant of what is required to preserve civilization. Smug and steeped in the moral equivalency, which they do not even recognize as shameless, they are oblivious of how much hard work and stamina, how much self-sacrifice and heroism, are required in each generation to defend civilization against its enemies. Think of how much it cost in blood and treasure for America to save Europe from barbarism in the last century—the barbarism threatening Israel today by Arabs animated by the genocidal charter of the Palestinian Authority.
But what does this matter to Martin Indyk and Benjamin Netanyahu, neither of whom has the spine of intrepid women like Bat Ye’or and Wafa Sultan?
Prof. Paul Eidelberg (Ph.D. University of Chicago), former officer U.S. Air Force, is the founder and president of the Israel-America Renaissance Institute (I-ARI), www.i-ari.org, with offices in Jerusalem and Philadelphia. He has written several books on American and on Jewish Statesmanship. His magnum opus The Judeo-Scientific Foundations of American Exceptionalism: Today’s Choice for the “Almost Chosen People" is in process of publication. Prof. Eidelberg lives in Jerusalem.
Prof. Paul Eidelberg is a political scientist, author and lecturer; Founder and President, Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, a Jerusalem-based think tank for improving Israel's system of governance. He is a valued contributor to Right Truth.
His books are available at Lightcatcher Books. His most recent book is: Toward a Renaissance of Israel and America. His recent books are: A Jewish Philosophy of History and The Myth of Israeli Democracy: Toward a Truly Jewish Israel. His previous book, Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall, provides the philosophical and institutional foundations for reconstructing the State of Israel. It has been translated into Hebrew and Russian. He is the author of Toward a Renaissance of Israel and America (Lightcatcher Books, 2009).
Shortly after Arafat signed the Oslo agreement (Sept.1993) he visited the Arab community in Capetown, South Africa. There, he was assailed by the ultras who accused him of selling out by recognizing the "Zionist entity" and abandoning the holy war against the Jews. But he calmly explained that he had acted like the prophet himself who signed the peace agreement of Hudaybieh with his enemies when he was weak militarily and then attacked them two years later and destroyed them and their Arabian tribes. "Am I, God forbid, better than the Prophet?" he concluded rhetorically, to the applaud of his audience.
Arafat's political heirs do not act differently. What the West fails to understand is that in Islam, such concepts as peace, treaty, agreement, accord carry different meanings. They are always temporary, as good as they are good for them, and can be revoked or broken at any time of opportunity.There are many terms to define these temporary arrangements; the most common is called hudna.
There were many hudnas in the recent Israel-Hamas war ,round three, limited in duration (one day, three days, seven days); the last one signed on August 26, 2014, was misnamed "permanent." There is no doubt that Hamas didn't believe in this characterization, and that Israel knew it. So why did they do it?
HAMAS: is still alive, in charge of the territory, and "negotiating." They stood up to the most powerful military in the Middle-East; that's their best currency of power and success , and that's a victory for them, duly celebrated with dancing and shooting in the air.They have been elevated to equal interlocutor, courted by their archenemy Egypt and by the US and the Europeans, thus putting their rivals Abbas and his Fatah in the cellar and increasing their popularity among their people. This will serve them well in the next showdown with Fatah, whether in elections or in military confrontation when , at stake, will be the West Bank and the control of all Palestinians.
They have manipulated the hudna system to their advantage, dictating the yes and no at will--and Israel followed--and changing the media narrative from "the savage terrorist organization that launches thousands of rockets against innocent civilians in Israel and uses its children as human shields, sacrificing them for political gains" to a wronged victim of Israeli oppression that had deprived them of their most elementary rights such as airport and seaport and open borders with Egypt and Israel and an expanded sea zone for fishing...While the first two demands had not yet been granted -- they will be negotiated later--it seems that the other two had been agreed to. The release of prisoners "with blood on their hands" may follow. Again, as with the previous two rounds, terrorism has been rewarded.
On the other column of the ledger, what should "normally' be counted as a negative result for Hamas, i.e. the killing of more than 2,000 Gazans--half of them military,says Israel--and the devastation of their cities, does not faze them a bit.To the contrary, that was their best weapon, and they glorify in it. They have cleverly studied the Jewish psyche, their compassion and humanitarianism, and exploited it to the hilt. While the Hamas rockets rained on its civilian population fleeing to underground shelters,Israel continued to supply food, fuel, and electricity to Gaza , and a field hospital to take care of their wounded; and before bombing in retaliation, the Israelis dropped thousands of leaflets, even "texted" warnings to the civilian population to leave , and take with them, of course, the terrorists who launched the missiles. The 4000 years of mankind bloody conflicts have never seen such "humanitarian compassion."
So what's for Hamas 2000 lives if they can inflame the world against Israel's "atrocities" and cause a recrudescence of the scourge of antisemitism with an intensity never seen before since Hitler!
As for the devastation, the other "compassionate and humanitarian" suckers , the Europeans and the Americans, will do the "reconstruction," as they did in 2009 and 2012, just a few more billions of dollars, disbursed by the US and EU taxpayers. The US has been paying to the PA and indirectly to Hamas an average of 500 million dollars a year; it pays 77% of the UNRWA budget, an organization that should have disappeared 40 years ago. I submit that these payments that have enriched many politicians and terrorists have contributed to the expansion and the strengthening of terror.
ISRAEL: Why did Israel accept this ceasefire? True, this was a traumatic experience for the population and, this time, not only the Southern localities around Gaza but practically all of Israel has been affected. But the majority of the Jewish population felt that the job was not finished as their leaders promised repeatedly. And it showed in the polls: Netanyahu's popularity , which reached 82% in July, dropped to 55% after the temporary ceasefires, and sank to 38% on August 27, 2014 ,one day after he signed on the "permanent" ceasefire. Many of his ministers were furious because he didn't bring it to a vote for fear it wouldn't pass.
Let us try to analyze the situation as objectively as possible. There are three main reasons that weighed heavily on the decision: Most of the Israelis I talked to, including some pundits and politicians, found the main reason to be the excessive number of casualties that "finishing the job" would have required: casualties in the "front" (hazit) and in the "back" ('oref) among civilians, on both sides.
The second reason is the fear of the "world"'s reaction and more antisemitism in Europe, at the UN, and even in the US government which they never trusted.
While these two are real, I believe in a third explanation which seems preponderant: strangely enough, it is the fear of success. Militarily, Israel could reconquer the Gaza strip (as many on the right, including cabinet members, have been demanding from the beginning of the hostilities), decimate the Hamas leadership who will be dead, or prisoners, or in exile. But then Israel will become the occupant sovereign, responsible for the welfare of a hostile vanquished population of 1.8 million that would certainly spawn guerrilla warfare, more repression and more casualties (as occurred in Southern Lebanon in 2000, which prompted then PM Ehud Barak to order a hasty withdrawal of all the military forces.) And then, what to do?
Some say "give it back to Abbas!" Israel does not trust him and his capacity to govern the Strip. First, it could make him more intransigent in his demands to not be accused of selling out, and also, with no Israeli boots on the ground, new terrorist groups could emerge , maybe fiercer than Hamas, and topple him in Gaza and maybe even in the West Bank.
Others say, "Give Gaza to the UN " like UNIFIL in the North. I don't believe the UN will accept the headache and even if it does, they will only give free rein to terror and tie the hands of Israel which could not retaliate for fear of hurting the UN "observers." And the UN is not a friend, not even neutral.
Another "possibility" is to return it to Egypt which controlled it for 19 years (1948-67) (Begin made the huge mistake of NOT returning to the status quo ante and giving Gaza back to Egypt with the Sinai at the signing of the peace treaty.) But Egypt does not need this "poisonous gift."
So it seems that Israel has deliberately chosen "the lesser of two, or four, evils," very conscious of the fact that it will have to face another provocation, followed by another retaliation, another "world" outcry and condemnation etc. It has not lifted the blockade on Gaza but it has not "demilitarized" it as was its original declared intent. A propos "demilitarization," it is worth reminding here that the Oslo II agreement, signed in 1995 by Israel and the Palestinians,and witnessed by the US, calls for "complete demilitarization of Gaza and the West Bank, " allowing only a police force. Netanyahu was not asking for the moon, but only for the implementation of agreements. But we saw what "agreement" means.
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.
Re: .(Penelope Cruz, husband Javier Bardem write open letter calling Israel’s actions ‘genocide’; NY Daily News
When people step out of their sphere of familiarity and take on a cause with a background of sheer ignorance, they just can’t connect los puntos (the dots)! Ay, que lastima (what a pity)! Such is the case of Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, director Pedro Almodovar and others.
These “voices of justice,” 100 Spanish activists who have just awakened from a stupor, speak out for the poor Palestinian children, these flores (flowers) who are being killed because they are intentionally placed with the rocket launchers by their fellow jihadists, so that the body count may be increased to sway public opinion.
The Muslim women and children are commanded to stay in their homes, mosques, schools and hospitals that contain the missiles and launchers. They are told not to heed the warning leaflets that Israel sends to give them ample time to leave the war zone. No shelters for them; Hamas uses those millions of dollars in humanitarian funds for tunnel construction and weapon purchase and storage. Even CNN covered the news about the tunnels, the tunnels that were built with the help of many children, resulting in the death of at least 130. Sr and Sra Bardem missed this unconscionable inhumanity.
What of the Israeli flowers, the three Jewish students who were kidnapped and murdered? Not a whisper from these distraught entertainers. What of the first rocket discharged – from Gaza? Not a murmur. What of the thousands of rockets fired from Gaza? No outcry from the Spanish for the Hebraicos. They will not acknowledge the post-traumatic stress syndrome of the Israeli children (Jews, Christians and Muslim), or the depression of the citizens’ living in constant terror or the increased number of miscarriages. The blinders they wear are all-encompassing.
These poor misinformed believe that the blockade prevents entry of foodstuffs and other goods from entering Gaza, when nothing could be further from the truth. The Turkish flotilla was blocked because they contained weapons and explosives; they were shown on television. Gazans live quite well and have ample food and clothing and supplies sent by the UN, Europe and America. Israel supplies their water, electricity and much more. They don’t have to work for any of this, and the deliveries come by truck through Israel. These handouts have been in place for Palestinians for decades, more than for any other people. Muslims deny Jews' entry into their lands, but want entry into Israel (for carrying out jihad) when they are not Israeli citizens and when their Islamic doctrinal texts demand death to the Jews (and Christians). Why is there a blind spot? Israel recently opened a hospital for Palestinians in need of better healthcare. Was this ever done anywhere else by victims for their attackers? Israel is one of the most humane and caring civilizations on Earth, and may be judged by their deeds as first responders in worldwide crises and their treatment of patients regardless of identity.
The French prime minister recently announced his recognition of the scourge of Islam, and vowed to fight anti-Semitism, warning of the connection between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism (what’s happening in Israel today). The Spanish can’t make the connection. They have forgotten what happened to their ancestors, when the Mohammedans conquered Spain in 711 AD and taxed, subjugated, and mistreated Christians and Jews until the Reconquista in 1492. Do these entertainers realize that the Muslims have returned to Spain and that this new invasion is well underway to becoming conquest?
The Spanish have forgotten the stories of the Visigoth king, whose head was severed with the Sword of Allah, impaled on a pole, and paraded through town. Rather, these “stars” would encourage the Islamists to succeed in Israel and, emboldened, continue their destruction through the rest of the Middle East and Africa, progressing through Europe and the Americas, until the global caliphate is established.
If Hamas were to cease fire, there would be peace. If Israel were to cease fire, there would be Jewish bloodshed, as there has been since the beginning of Islam, and at the moment Israel was voted a sovereign state. The Palestinians have created a propagandist tale of Israeli occupation, also untrue. Israel left Gaza in 2005. The Palestinians are the squatters and Hamas is the occupier in the land that was designated for the Jews in the Ancient Bible and by the Balfour Declaration (1920), the League of Nations (1922), and formally by the United Nations (1948).
Did these heroes of the silver screen describe the 23,519 attacks by Muslims, since 9/11, as genocide? Or the 2500 Syrians killed during Ramadan alone? Where is the conscience of these artistes who cannot grasp that Islam is against them, their craft, and their children? Islamic law does not permit their films or welcome their talents. However, perhaps these talents are truly not worthy of veneration if they cannot even connect some very simple dots.
On July 25th Meriam Ibraham, her husband Daniel, and their children Martin, 18 months, and Maya, born last May in a Sudanese prison, left Sudan, where Meriam had been held by the Sudanese government who had sentenced her to death for apostasy. Sudan follows Sharia Law, and Sharia says that all children of Muslim fathers are automatically Muslim, despite the fact that he abandoned the family when she was a small child and was brought up as a Christian, a faith she has never renounced. For a fuller back story see here.
They were flown directly to Rome thanks to the Italian government’s efforts (and possibly that of the Pope), and possibly some skillful negotiation by her lawyer, Elshareef Ali Mohammed. Italy now holds the European Union’s Presidency and the governments of Sudan and Italy are said to have a good relationship. Italy’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Lapo Pistelli, flew to Khartoum to bring them to Italy, when a ‘window’ of opportunity opened. So secret was the mission that the family did not know it would happen until they were whisked out of the country. Italy neither paid the Sudanese nor made them any promises. As Mr. Pistelli said, “We know how to engage in politics without opening up the wallet.” Once aloft Mr. Pistelli posted a photograph of them on Facebook to announce that the mission was accomplished. After arriving in Rome the family met the pope and will spend a few days in Italy before coming to the United States. Mr. Wani is an American citizen, and thanks to him, so are their children.
This is Meriam’s first trip out of Sudan, and she and the family will probably visit Washington, D.C. to thank those who supported their rescue. These supporters include Amnesty International which sponsored a petition on her behalf and many other NGOs, however, one seriously doubts they will be invited to the White House (that might damage the standing of Mr. Obama in the Islamic world). They intend to settle in Manchester, New Hampshire where Daniel Wani and his brother Gabriel both live. Daniel is board chairman of the South Sudan Community of New Hampshire, and the Sudanese Evangelical Covenant Church in Manchester is planning a welcome reception, while some church members will be meeting them at the airport.
This is thrilling news, yet there are so, so many others who are held prisoner by Islam, as well as in other foreign hell holes, such as Cuban and Mexican prisons. This includes many innocent Americans and non-Americans who are married to Americans or who have aided America in its true raison d’être, to bring down reigns of tyranny.
Post Script: While America was founded as a refuge from persecution, Americans and non-Americans who have aided us in our mission should be assisted in every way – this in no way should be extended to those who come here illegally, neither should our laws be waved to provide amnesty to those who have come here illegally nor to those who have done nothing to deserve the privilege of being here. Mention of the organization Amnesty International in no way is meant to endorse an organization that is more often than not anti-American.
The official website for the International Day Against Homophibia, Biphobia and Transphobia is here. From U.S. Department of State's official website here:
Today of all days, we are reminded that the cause of justice can and must triumph over hatred and prejudice. This is a day of action for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and their allies all over the world. It is time to reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
It’s not lost on anyone that this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) coincides with the 60th anniversary of the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Our commitment to advancing the human rights of LGBT persons is part of this country’s long history of fighting to ensure that all people can exercise their human rights.
We have seen incredible progress in the fight to advance the human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBT persons.
And the United States is proud to be doing its part. This past week, we convened religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations to think about how we work together to promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons. Next week, we will convene meetings with our private sector allies to discuss the important role of the business community in promoting equality and the ways we can partner through the Global Equality Fund.
But this must be more than a moment to celebrate how far we have come. We know that our work is not complete when countries enact laws targeting LGBT persons and their supporters. We know that our work is not complete when LGBT persons and their allies are harassed, arrested, and even killed simply because of who they are and who they love.
The United States condemns these senseless acts of violence and discrimination. Human rights are universal, and LGBT persons and their allies must be free to exercise them without fear of intimidation or reprisal.
When our LGBT brothers and sisters are threatened anywhere, it is a threat to freedom, justice and dignity of people everywhere. The United States will continue to protect and promote the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide this day and every day. Onward.
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