Archive for July, 2010

Illusion and Reality Clash in Lebanon

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

By Jonathan Spyer

Initially, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon probing the murder of Rafik Hariri focused on Syria. Lately, indications suggest that the main focus is now on Hizbullah.

Tension is currently rising in Lebanon, amid reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is to issue indictments in the coming months. The tribunal is tasked with investigating the 2005 murder of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Earlier this year, its president, Antonio Cassese, said he expected that indictments would be issued at some stage between September and December.

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Blah-ha! LOL: ‘Hamas Crackdown on Mannequins’

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Hamas: What a bunch of pathetic terrorist, dogmatic, intolerant morons. Talk about being insecure… Talk about repressed, Freudian, misogynistic nonsense… From Arutz Sheva:

Hamas continues to enforce its stringent interpretation of Islamic law in Gaza. …

Any mannequins shaped like women must be dressed in modest clothing.

The new set of rules is aimed at maintaining “public morality,” Hamas spokesmen said.

Hamas has taken other restrictive steps toward enforcing Islamic law (Sharia) in Gaza. It has banned women from riding motorcycles, required men to wear shirts while swimming in the sea, and has ordered female attorneys to wear a headscarf while in court. …

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Leftwing Nazi Bigots Explained

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Michael Lumish explains the current, leftwing double-think/double-speak of people who claim to be “progressives,” “tolerant,” and “raging against the machine” while being rank bigots — anti-Semites:

… They are, for the most part, leftists who claim to hate war, favor environmental regulation, women’s rights, gay rights, and the entire hodge-podge of issues, including an anti-racist agenda, that makes up what we call the “progressive movement.”

And, yet, on the foremost website devoted to electing Democrats, with over 250,000 registered users, they allow a malicious and vocal minority to drive the Israel-Palestine discussion in such a way as to create hatred, and thus violence, toward Jews. As if that’s not bad enough in itself, they also do so in a manner that echoes anti-Jewish Nazi propaganda from the 1930s. Again, my criticism of Daily Kos is not that they’re a bunch of anti-Semites, but that they provide a venue for a bunch of anti-Semites.

These people represent the grassroots / netroots of the Democratic party, yet they comfortably share a “home” with people who are little more than modern day Nazis. …

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FreeMiddleEast: Palestinian Corruption and Humanitarian Aid

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Your tax dollars for the Palestinians — hard at work? Might as well throw all the money in a pile, pour gasoline on it, and have a bonfire. From Free Middle East:


Obama Losing Democrats (Afghanistan, BP, Guantanamo, Immigration…)

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

By Andrew L. Jaffee

President Obama is losing political support on all fronts — and, “Now comes evidence that the war in Afghanistan cannot be won — certainly not with the effort and constraints now in place,” according to Dick Morris:

Having already lost all Republicans and almost all independents, Obama is shedding Democrats these days. According to a Fox News poll, his job approval among them has dropped from 84 percent at the end of June to 76 percent in mid-July. A combination of the Afghan War, the oil spill, Guantanamo and his failure to act on immigration reform have all eroded his credibility with his liberal constituents.

Now comes evidence that the war in Afghanistan cannot be won — certainly not with the effort and constraints now in place. It is obvious that Obama and Hillary Clinton are being duped by the Pakistani government and the Afghan leadership is awash in corruption. With Pakistan offering the Taliban sanctuary next door and the government in Kabul staying in office in order to steal American aid, the Afghan war is looking more and more like Vietnam.

And now we have the equivalent of the leak of the Pentagon Papers discrediting the war effort from the inside. …

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New Jersey Judge: Rape OK For Muslim Men

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

By Andrew L. Jaffee

So, because of “multiculturalism,” we throw out our most cherished beliefs about human rights — all for the sake of being “sensitive” to immigrants with extremist belief systems? Is it so hard for all Americans to agree that rape is wrong? This is worrisome (below), from Jihad Watch (and what, did this judge skip all his/her ethics classes?):

… And now a New Jersey judge sees no evidence that a Muslim committed sexual assault of his wife — not because he didn’t do it, but because he was acting on his Islamic beliefs: “This court does not feel that, under the circumstances, that this defendant had a criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault or to sexually contact the plaintiff when he did. The court believes that he was operating under his belief that it is, as the husband, his desire to have sex when and whether he wanted to, was something that was consistent with his practices and it was something that was not prohibited.”

Luckily, the appellate court overturned this decision, and a Sharia ruling by an American court has not been allowed to stand. This time. …

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Rachel Ehrenfeld: America’s Patron Saint of Free Speech

Monday, July 26th, 2010

by Phyllis Chesler

This is, indeed, “the worst of times, the best of times.” Dangerously brazen evil-doers and outrages both surreal and diabolical abound — but so do tireless heroes who have risen up to combat them.

When the history of our time is written, Israel’s Nahum Shahaf, France’s Philippe Karsenty and Nidra Poller, Germany’s Esther Shapira, and America’s Richard Landes, (who collectively exposed the first Big Lie of the Intifada of 2000, that of Mohammed Al-Dura) will be remembered.

As will Pierre Rehov, formerly of Algeria, Israel, and France, who, in films, exposed the second Big Lie: that of the Israeli non-massacre in Jenin — and who also exposed, in films, the really big-but-all-but-forgotten refugee story of the Middle East: that of Jews expelled or forced to flee from Arab and Muslim countries; this film is called The Silent Exodus. … Continue reading…

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The Terrorist Whose Daughter Was Cured

Monday, July 26th, 2010

By Barry Rubin

This is a remarkable story in human terms but there is an extremely important point for understanding the Middle East embedded in it as well.

On June 14, Palestinian terrorists opened fire on a police car traveling on a road, en route from Beersheba to Jerusalem. One policeman, Yeheshua Sofer was killed. Two others were wounded. Sofer was due to be married in three months. It took a month but members of the cell were finally captured. They spoke quite freely about this attack and others they had planned for killing Israelis.

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Top Muslim Cleric Qaradawi Urges Western Muslims to ‘Liberalize’ – Outwardly, Anyway

Monday, July 26th, 2010

by Raymond Ibrahim*

A recent episode of the popular Arabic show al-Sharia wa al-Haya (Law and Life), which airs weekly on Al Jazeera and features renowned Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, addressed the important yet little known Muslim concept of taysir (pronounced “tey-seer”).

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Holocaust Hero Jan Karski Remembered in New York

Monday, July 26th, 2010

By Fern Sidman

“For us Poles, it was war and occupation. For the Jews, it was the end of the world,” declared the legendary Polish hero of the Holocaust, Jan Karski, as he spoke of the ravages of World War II and the Nazi invasion of Poland. Marking the 10th anniversary of his death, the Kosciuszko Foundation on Manhattan’s upper east side was the venue for a most fitting tribute to Jan Karski; the man who is considered “a universal hero” for his role in attempting to wake up the free world to the heinous atrocities being perpetrated against the Jews during WWII.

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Russian and Chinese Support for Tehran: Iranian Reform and Stagnation

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

by George L. Simpson, Jr.*

Recent years have witnessed the rise of irregular but frequently intensive opposition to U.S. global preeminence by Russia and China. In their own ways, and in pursuit of their own interests, each of these authoritarian governments has established an informal alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran. For its part, the Khamenei regime in Tehran continues to view the United States as the “Great Satan” and works against American interests by engaging in international terrorism,[1] aiding in attacks on U.S. and coalition personnel in Iraq[2] and Afghanistan,[3] working to derail any resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute,[4] and most of all by seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.

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France’s Burqa Ban in Context

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

by Raymond Ibrahim*

That France is moving toward banning the burqa is a positive development on several fronts: For starters, while many are the arguments against the burqa — it is anachronistic, misogynistic, etc. — the fact is there have been many instances worldwide where criminals and Islamic terrorists have facilitated their activities by concealing their identities via the burqa (which, we are reminded, was originally designed for female “modesty”).

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Seeking to Put America First: An interview with Jay Townsend – GOP candidate for New York US Senate

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

By Fern Sidman

The November mid-term elections are gearing up to be an exciting and most critical race that will undoubtedly alter the political face of this country. Those who stand in staunch opposition to the “tax and spend” policies of the Obama administration and other polemical legislation have galvanized their forces and are ready to make their voices heard to the American electorate. One of those people is Jay Townsend, a GOP candidate for United States Senator for the State of New York. Seeking to unseat the incumbent; Sen. Charles Schumer, the senior senator from New York, Jay Townsend articulates his position on the issues that effect the future of New Yorkers throughout the length and breadth of the state. I sat down with Mr. Townsend to find out more about “the man who would be Senator.”

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Syria Bans Face Veil, British Minister and American Feminists Defend the Burqa

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

by Phyllis Chesler

Syria — yes, Syria — Bashar Asad’s Syria — has just banned full face veils in their universities.

According to Syria’s minister of higher education, “All female students wearing the full face veil will be barred from Syrian university campuses … the niqab contradicts university ethics and compromises the government’s secular identity.”

Amazingly, the Minister confirmed that “hundreds of primary school teachers who were wearing the niqab at government-run schools were transferred last month to administrative jobs.” … Continue reading…

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What Really Happened on the Mavi Marmara and Some Revealing Events in the Middle East Today

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

By Barry Rubin

1. Saudi and Arab Leaders Want Obama to Rescue Them, Not Flatter Them

A UPI dispatch reports:

“A former Arab leader, in close touch with current leaders, speaking privately not for attribution, told this reporter July 6, ‘All the Middle Eastern and Gulf leaders now want Iran taken out of the nuclear arms business and they all know sanctions won’t work.’”

Now there are few former Arab leaders–they usually stay leader until health or a bullet makes them no longer available for interviews–but this sounds precisely like Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia, former Saudi ambassador to the United States.

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