Archive for July, 2006

The Resurgence of Orwellian Ideals

Monday, July 31st, 2006

By Fern Sidman

When George Orwell originally penned his classic novel “1984,” I would venture a guess that neither he nor his readers ever actually envisaged a world that would embrace these warped and twisted values. Fast forward to the year 2006 and we are witness to a world that is being taunted with such strikingly similar values. We live in a world where otherwise educated and civilized people perceive an aggressor as a victim and the victim as the aggressor. Ideals and organizations that are predicated on a theology of terror and espouse a mantra of hate have been elevated to a heroic like status. They have garnered sympathy and support, while the world expresses its unabashed opprobrium towards concepts and countries that espouse justice and respect for life.

We need only look to the current crisis in the Middle East for qualification of the latest version of Orwellian values. The organization known as Hezbollah, an internationally renowned terrorist organization that is being sponsored by Iran and Syria, countries that espouse terrorism and the ultimate demise of Israel and the Western world, staged an unprovoked attack against Israel on July 12th. Since that time, Israel and Hezbollah have been embroiled in a war that raised the ire of the world. The Lebanese people have been used as human shields by Hezbollah whose main objective is to transform the fledgling democracy in Lebanon into another fundamentalist Islamic state.

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Mel Gibson: Confirmed Anti-Semite/Bigot

Monday, July 31st, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

After rumors circulated that Mel Gibson and his father were anti-Semites, we now have confirmation. TMZ.com reports that Gibson was “arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving,” when the police recorded him “hurling religious epithets” against Jews. TMZ has obtained a copy of the police report and audio recordings:

TMZ has learned that Deputy Mee audiotaped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time Gibson was put in the patrol car, and that the tape fully corroborates the written report.

Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you.” The report also says “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he ‘owns Malibu’ and will spend all of his money to ‘get even’ with me.”

The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: “F*****g Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Gibson then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?”

The deputy became alarmed as Gibson’s tirade escalated, and called ahead for a sergeant to meet them when they arrived at the station. When they arrived, a sergeant began videotaping Gibson, who noticed the camera and then said, “What the f*** do you think you’re doing?”

A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar tits?”

We’re told Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how “f****d” he was and how he was going to “f***” Deputy Mee.

Here’s the link to the police report. Enjoy?

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CCD to testify before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

Monday, July 31st, 2006

By Canadian Coalition for Democracies

Ottawa, Canada, Monday, 31 July, 2006 – Alastair Gordon, President of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD), will testify before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on Canada’s response to the conflict in the Middle East. He will be joined by Francois Hachem, CCD’s Director of Lebanese Affairs, who will also be available to answer questions relating to the reaction of the Canadian Lebanese community to events in the Middle East.

When?
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

Where?
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development
Room 308, West Block, Parliament Buildings,
Ottawa, Canada
613-992-1147

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Anti-Semitism – The Willfully Unseen Elephant in the Room

Monday, July 31st, 2006

By Bill Narvey

One thing in common amongst all the Palestinian/Israeli peace accords, the last being the Road Map, were the obligations put on the Palestinians to amend their charter to abandon the goal of Israel’s destruction, to recognize Israel’s right to exist and to cease all Jew-hating incitement. These agreements foolishly did not provide a mechanism to hold Palestinians accountable and extract a steep price from them for failure to abide by their promises.

The fundamental common cause for the failure of all these agreements was all-consuming, implacable Palestinian Jew hatred. Other than implicitly recognizing same in the context of the agreement-stated Palestinian obligations, the failures of these agreements due to Palestinian Jew hatred drew little or no mention by America, other Western nations and indeed Israel.

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What’s Israel Doing?, Part II

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Israel has made another major military gaff, dropping a bomb killing 54 Lebanese civilians, including 30 children. This is unacceptable for a nation whose military is renowned for its pinpoint accuracy and excellent intelligence, and for a democracy. I have been criticized for criticizing Israel. True, Israel is fighting a savage enemy, Hezbollah, who has no qualms in purposely killing civilians, and using civilians as human shields. But all democratic nations must always hold themselves to a higher standard, a standard which must require minimal civilian casualties when waging necessary wars.

I am not sure what has gone wrong in Israel’s current campaign in Lebanon regarding civilian casualties, but I must conclude that there is a problem with intelligence gathering when targeting air strikes and/or artillery fire.

That being said, we must remember that Israel is trying to minimize civilians losses in Lebanon, despite the mistakes made to date. After today’s air strike gone awry, Israel has suspended air strikes for 48 hours. It also warns civilians before attacking, and allows still hostile Lebanon humanitarian aid corridors.

We know that Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, or Syria would never take such precautions when waging war.

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Seattle Rampage: A Glimmer of Unity

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

In a brief glimmer of unity, Seattle’s Muslim and Jewish communities are taking the moral high ground in reacting to Naveed Afzal Haq’s rampage through a Jewish community center, where he killed one and injured five. A picture is worth a thousand words, from the Seattle Times:


A glimmer of hope...
Muslims reach out: Temple B’nai Torah congregation member Lynda Matthias, left, walks to the temple with Farida Hakim, middle, who came with a friend to leave flowers in honor of the shooting victims. The shooting is “all the more reason that we work together for peace and justice,” Hakim said.

Seattle District Court Judge Linde has charged Haq with “state murder and attempted-murder charges rather than federal hate-crime laws,” and has set his bail at $50 million, meaning he’ll never see the light of day.

One question I have: Why is this heinous act not being prosecuted as a hate crime? Is moral relativism starting to creep into the picture?

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Oslo II: “Diplomats! The best diplomat I know is a fully charged phaser bank.”

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

“Diplomats! The best diplomat I know is a fully charged phaser bank.”

- Scotty, Stak Trek: “A Taste of Armageddon”

Scotty, the chief engineer of the starship USS Enterprise, gave us this timeless quote in 1967. Why do I now quote from a sci-fi classic? Because U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice seems not to even have the common sense that a TV show espoused 30 years ago. Rice is at this moment trying to push Israel to make concessions to the terrorist group Hezbollah. Again, Israel is being coerced into negotiating with terrorists. Has Rice forgotten how many times this technique failed in the past?

Hezbollah kidnaps Isaeli soldiers, annihilates Israeli civilians with hundreds of rockets fired haphazardly at urban centers, uses Lebanese civilians as human shields, and is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state. Israel should make concessions? Where’s the common sense in this? From Haaretz:

The deal being put forth by Rice is for the deployment in Lebanon of an “international stabilization force” comprising 10,000 to 30,000 troops in return for Israel’s withdrawal from the controversial Shaba Farms, on the western slopes of Mount Hermon.

The international force would assist the Lebanese army to deploy in southern Lebanon and inspect the crossings between Syria and Lebanon, so that no arms will be smuggled to Hezbollah.

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Middlebury’s Arabic Morass

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

by Franck Salameh
Middle East Quarterly*
Summer 2006
http://www.meforum.org/article/986
* Cross-posted with permission

At a time when Arabic language training lags at many universities, the Arabic summer school at Middlebury College in Vermont retains its reputation for quality language instruction. Indeed, it could be said to define the gold standard of Arabic language training programs. But even as students leave Middlebury with better Arabic, they also leave indoctrinated with a tendentious Arab nationalist reading of Middle Eastern history. Permeating lectures and carefully-designed grammatical drills, Middlebury instructors push the idea that Arab identity trumps local identities and that respect for minority ethnic and sectarian communities betrays Arabism.

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Sudden Jihad Syndrome, Part II (Seattle)

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

“An American Muslim angered by Israel” has killed one and injured five at a Jewish center in our fair city of Seattle. Could this be another example of what the ever-prescient Daniel Pipes has warned us about, “the Sudden Jihad Syndrome, whereby normal-appearing Muslims abruptly become violent?” At least Seattle’s Mayor has not cloaked this vicious act in the terms of moral relativism, and categorically labeled it, “a crime of hate.” From the Beeb:

A gunman has opened fire at the offices of a Jewish organisation in the US city of Seattle, killing one person and injuring at least five others.

The suspect reportedly burst into the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle saying he was an American Muslim angered by Israel.

He gave himself for arrest without a struggle, police said. …

Staff members have said the suspect opened fire after shouting: “I’m a Muslim American; I’m angry at Israel.”

Three of those hurt in the attack had received emergency surgery for their injuries, Seattle hospital officials said.

Seattle’s Mayor, Greg Nickels, said the attack was “a purposeful, hateful act as far we know, by an individual acting alone”.

“This is a crime of hate,” he said.

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State Sponsors of State Sponsors of Terrorism

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

By Randy A. Sprinkle

“The United States will make no concessions to terrorist demands and strike no deals with them. We make no distinction between terrorists and those who knowingly harbor or provide aid to them.” – George W. Bush

This statement made after the September 11th attacks resonated with America. It was clear and concise and readily understandable. There were not many at that time however who realized the great complexity of this statement in terms of application – it seemed a very simple yet effective strategy. First, there were the terrorists. Second, there were “those who knowingly harbor” them. Thirdly, (and this is where it became complicated) there were those who “provide aid to them.”

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Did the UN set up Canadian soldiers to be killed for propaganda purposes?

Friday, July 28th, 2006

by Bill Levinson

Who at the United Nations knowingly and willfully intermingled Canadian soldiers with a legitimate military target (Hezbollah terrorists) for the purpose of getting them killed to make Israel look bad? Canada should demand an immediate investigation and no soldier on earth should be required to wear a United Nations uniform.

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Breaking: Hezbollah fires new rocket, Khaibar-1, hitting Afula

Friday, July 28th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

CNN.com: “Hezbollah says it has fired a new rocket, Khaibar-1, at the Israeli town of Afula, south of Haifa, the Associated Press reports.”

FoxNews.com: “Hezbollah Claims New Khaibar-1 Rocket Hits Town of Afoula”

11:59 am – More from Haaretz:

Israel Air Force warplanes on Friday took out the launchers used by Hezbollah to fire a new kind of missile at the Afula area, the furthest south that the guerilla group has reached since it began battering the north of Israel more than two weeks ago.

The initial investigation revealed that the missile has a range of 90 kilometers. The northern district police said that this kind of missile had not landed in the area before. The level of damage caused by the missile impact and the size of the warhead is also unprecedented, suggesting that it could have weighed up to 100 kilograms.

Security officials are looking into the possibility that the missile could have originated in Iran, and may even be a Zilzal missile, which has a range of 200 kilometers. Hezbollah has moved some of its rocket and missile launchers further north inside Lebanon following IAF attacks to destroy them.

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Israel vs. Hezbollah: State Says Red, Bush Says Green

Friday, July 28th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

It was just yesterday that Israel received further confirmation of U.S. support to smash Hezbollah — at least from the Bush administration, from President Bush, Secretary of State Rice, and U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. Today, the U.S. State Department seemed to contradict this policy. But the seeming disaffirmation came from a lowly State Department apparatchik, spokesman Adam Ereli:

The US state department has dismissed as “outrageous” a suggestion by Israel that it has been authorised by the world to continue bombing Lebanon.

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Proportionality in the War in Lebanon

Friday, July 28th, 2006

By Abraham H. Foxman
National Director
Anti-Defamation League

Israel’s case before the world in its military conflict against Hezbollah is as strong as the nation has ever had. Not occupying territory from whence the aggression came, facing a foe which is recognized by the international community as terrorist and illegitimately in control of the southern part of Lebanon, being the victim of an unprovoked attack and kidnapping by the terrorist group, Israel is seen even by the usual knee-jerk critics of the Jewish state as having the right of self-defense.

The problem for Israel lies beyond first causes, in the now oft-repeated accusation that Israel is engaged in a “disproportionate” response.

Sometimes this charge takes the form of accusing Israel of destroying Lebanon just to redeem two soldiers. Sometimes it takes the form of comparing the ratio of the civilian death toll, about ten Lebanese for every Israeli. Or other times it appears in the comment that Lebanon had finally begun to emerge from three decades of war, division and destruction, and now Israel was setting the country back irreparably.

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The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End

Friday, July 28th, 2006

by Peter Galbraith
Simon & Schuster, 260 pages, $26

Reviewed by Michael Rubin*
July 17, 2006
New York Sun
http://www.meforum.org/
* Cross-posted with permission

Embracing the Three-State Solution in Iraq

“My purpose is to urge a course of action by which the United States can extricate itself from the mess in Iraq. … This strategy should be based on U.S. interests and reflect the reality that Iraq has broken up in all but name.” So writes Peter Galbraith, a former ambassador to Croatia, in “The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End” (Simon & Schuster, 260 pages, $26).

The goal of Mr. Galbraith’s book is to lay out an argument for Iraqi partition and Kurdish independence. After setting the scene by describing the violence in today’s Iraq, he reminisces about his own past experiences in the country. Mr. Galbraith first visited Baghdad in 1984 as a congressional staffer on a fact-finding mission and returned four years later to chronicle reports of Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against Kurdish civilians. He and other human rights activists were appalled by their findings, but Washington realists saw Saddam’s Iraq as a buffer against Iranian expansion. Diplomats and officials voiced outrage at the atrocities but did little. Had the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations not appeased Saddam, Mr. Galbraith argues, the Iraqi leader might never have concluded he could invade Kuwait with impunity.

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