Archive for February, 2012

Look at the big picture on Iraqi deaths

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi*

Since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, one of the most frequently recurring talking points has been speculation as to whether there will be a sectarian civil war in the country. Throughout this winter, the media at large and numerous analysts have been quick to note incidents of mass casualty attacks, pointing to an upsurge in fatalities, particularly in the month of January.

In addition, there has been a tendency to tie the increase in violence to the U.S. withdrawal and the subsequent political crisis that entailed the issuing of an arrest warrant against Tariq al-Hashimi, the Sunni vice-president of Iraq, on allegations of involvement in terrorism, as well as a boycott of the Iraqi parliament by the main opposition bloc al-Iraqiya, which has now decided to end its boycott.

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Middle East Myths Metastasize, Iran War Hysteria Rages Onward

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

By Barry Rubin

Much written and said about the Middle East has always been fantasy. But nowadays the proportion of fantasy to reality is higher than ever. And number one on that list is the war hysteria with Iran.

Israel may have to attack Iran some day. But not this week, month, or even year. That’s true for very good reasons.

Iran doesn’t have deliverable nuclear weapons. It is not about to have deliverable nuclear weapons. Israel is not about to attack Iran. The United States is certainly not about to attack Iran. The whole idea that the leaders of Iran are crazed suicide-oriented people who expect the twelfth imam to arrive next Thursday is simply not true.

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Richard Falk’s Imagination Gone Wild

Monday, February 27th, 2012

by April Kaza*

Richard Falk, Princeton University professor emeritus of international law and United Nations Human Rights Council special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories, is well-known for his hostility towards Israel. Indeed, this antagonism, and his high-profile involvement in any number of anti-Israel organizations, led to his expulsion from the country in 2008.

A recent lecture at Stanford Law School entitled, “Imagining Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Why International Law Matters,” provided a platform for more of the same vitriol. Approximately 100 people attended, about evenly split between students and local residents. One of the latter, when asking a question, described himself as an “activist” and an elderly couple sporting keffiyehs and political buttons sat in the front row, nodding enthusiastically in agreement throughout the lecture.

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Libyan Islamists desecrate graves of WWII Allied soldiers

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Hitler’s Nazi Germany signed a “non-aggression” agreement with Stalin’s USSR in 1939 (the “Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact”). It meant nothing. It was a worthless peace of paper designed to ease the Nazi’s eventual conquest and extermination of all peoples in the Soviet sphere of influence: “Of the Soviet Union’s 190 million people, Hitler intended to kill 150 million and the rest would be made slaves for the invaders.” The Nazis did kill millions of Russians and Eastern Europeans. In the same way, Nazi Germany’s “alliance” with segments of the Arab/Muslim world was a short-term lie: The Germans considered North African Arab Semites to be sub-human inferiors whom I’m sure they would’ve eventually exterminated. As is so common in the current Arab/Muslim world, ignorance reigns, and Libyans don’t even know that Allied soldiers actually saved them from eventual extermination by defeating the Nazis in WWII’s north African theater. Libyan Islamists have ignorantly desecrated Allied soldiers’ tombs because of the silly, accidental Koran-burning incident in Afghanistan:

A furious mob has desecrated dozens of Commonwealth War Graves in a Libyan cemetery amid continuing fury in the Middle East over the burning of the Koran by U.S. soldiers.

Headstones commemorating British and Allied servicemen, killed during World War II campaigns in the Western Desert, lay smashed and strewn across Benghazi Military Cemetery. …

There is no “Arab Spring.” It is indeed an Arab winter in which hateful, violent Islamo-fascists are trying to take over the Middle East.

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It Takes Two – Peace In The Middle East

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Aish.com has produced another great video which is, “a musical satire about the real obstacle to peace in the Middle East.” The real obstacle: The twisted Arab/Muslim World and mindset — teaching children to hate Jews, using Jews as a scapegoat for all problems, and an ultimate quest to annihilate Israel. Watch, enjoy, or just cry:

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Syria: Arguing for U.S. Inaction

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

Some thoughts on U.S. policy toward Syria on the occasion of the just-ended “Friends of Syria” meeting in Tunisia:

Since the end of the cold war, many Americans have a sense of being so strong, they don’t need to think about their own security but can afford to focus on the immediate humanitarian concerns of others. This leads to a sentimental U.S. foreign policy of “war as social work” in which the welfare of peoples with an admittedly wretched record as American allies (Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians) can trump national interests. In fact, American interests often diverge from those of Middle Easterners. For example, as I put it six years ago, “when Sunni terrorists target Shiites and vice-versa, non-Muslims are less likely to be hurt.”

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Norman Finkelstein admits BDS wants to ‘eliminate Israel’

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Norman Finkelstein, a frequent critic of Israel and supporter of Palestinian terrorists, has gone on camera to actually admit what civilized people have known all along: The collection of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) groups agitating against Israel are “disingenuous” — a “cult” determined to “eliminate Israel.” I’d use stronger terms: They are neo-Nazi, anti-Israel, genocidal bigots, but let’s let ol’ Norm speak for himself, from HonestReporting:

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Civilization 101: How to expose a Muslim Brotherhood fascist in 2:45 min

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Want to know how to talk to an Islamo-fascist and expose his soft-spoken but dangerous agenda to spread Sharia’s barbarity (Islamic “law”)? Just watch this excellent exchange. The Islamo-fascist publicly admits he wants Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist — non-Muslim “infidel” — Americans to live as third-class citizens (dhimmis) under Sharia. He admits he wants to destroy democracy. He gets told to shove off, as it should be:

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Obama apologizes for Muslim savagery and intolerance while American soldiers are killed

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

… Evidence so far indicates that no malice was intended in the Koran-burning at the [Afghan] air base, Doug Wilson, the Pentagon’s assistant secretary for public affairs, said today.

“We do not believe that this was something where those involved intended to burn the Koran as a religious document,["] Wilson said. …

“After 10 years, incidents such as this have been extremely rare,” he said. “No matter how serious this was, no one should necessarily extrapolate a broader trend about how our armed forces in Afghanistan are poised to treat religious and cultural materials.” …

- Bloomberg, Feb 23, 2012

President Obama has completely lost it. His “perspective” is reversed — upside down. Intolerant Muslim savages are again on a murderous rampage simply because some American kid accidentally burned a book. Remember Muslim madness over the silly Mohammed cartoons? A crazed Afghan killed two American soldiers today because of this non-”incident,” and all’s Barack Obama can do is apologize to whom; the Taliban? 1,883 American soldiers have been killed trying to bring civilization to Afghanistan. It is the Afghan president and civic groups who should be apologizing to the U.S. for their own barbarism and bigotry. The book which was burned was the Koran, but nonetheless, just a collection of paper pages. President Obama should be ashamed of his “apology.”

Oh, ye of little (nonexistent) faith. Are your “Islamic” beliefs so shallow that you would once again commit murder because some icon or object is accidentally destroyed? People of true faith have the strength and courage to remain civilized in the face of any tribulation — because their beliefs are rooted in their hearts, minds, and souls, and not dependent on mere objects. True believers are also unshaken by the acts of hooligans. Do these barbaric Afghans even know what they are rampaging about? Do they have any feelings of conscientiousness, forgiveness, and/or compassion? Do they only understand violence and hatred? You can’t shake my faith by burning my flag or my Bible or my Constitution — I’ll only dig my heals in because my faith tells me that civilization and the pen are mightier than any sword.

In 2001, the Taliban terrorist group so popular among Afghans, destroyed, “all ancient sculptures [in their country]. Explosives, tanks, and anti-aircraft weapons blew apart two colossal images of the Buddha in Bamiyan Province, 230 kilometers (150 miles) from the capital of Kabul.” Buddha was the Prince of Peace. Just read his words. He never condoned violence or intolerance.

Afghanistan was the staging ground for the 9/11 atrocity where the Taliban gave safe haven to the evil al-Qaeda plotters. These Afghan terrorists have murdered thousands of innocents and are the ultimate misogynists: “No place has been more synonymous with oppression of women in recent history than Afghanistan under the Taliban…” They stoned a woman to death for “being seen out with a man.”

To heck with Afghanistan and President Obama. If the Taliban hurt us or our friends, we can carpet bomb them from the air. President Obama should be voted out of office for his misjudgement and cowardice. Oh, by the way Mr. Obama, your “apology” — your weakness — will only encourage more violence: “Taliban leaders called on Afghans to ignore the apologies and step up attacks against Americans.”

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Bashar’s ‘Iron Fist’

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi and Oskar Svadkovsky*

The iron fist against “terrorist gangs” as promised by Bashar Assad got off to a fairly impressive start two weeks ago. Homs — the Benghazi of the Syrian rebels — has been subjected to massive and sustained shelling for days, causing hundreds of fatalities among the defenders. With the fist heading for its third week, however, the spectacular artillery barrages seem to have delivered little.

This is not the first time during the uprising that the Syrian army has stormed urban areas. In July and August, the army recaptured Hama, Deir ez Zor, and Latakia after these had been taken over by crowds of protesters reinforced by army defectors.

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“Eventually, All Humans Will Be Palestine Refugees”

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

Of all the issues that drive the Arab-Israeli conflict, none is more central, malign, primal, enduring, emotional, and complex than the status of those persons known as Palestine refugees.

The origins of this unique case, notes Nitza Nachmias of Tel Aviv University, goes back to Count Folke Bernadotte, the United Nations Security Council’s mediator. Referring to those Arabs who fled the British mandate of Palestine, he argued in 1948 that the UN had a “responsibility for their relief” because it was a UN decision, the establishment of Israel, that had made them refugees. However inaccurate his view, it still remains alive and potent and helps explain why the UN devotes unique attention to Palestine refugees pending their own state.

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Islamists have a willing partner in the Obama administration

Monday, February 20th, 2012

By Gary Gerofsky

With the Obama administration strengthening its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, home and abroad, and with a new focus on aligning America to anything and everything Islamic, including permitting operatives in America who influence the administration on Iranian policy, citizens now have almost as much to worry about with regard to the Obama Administration as the mullacracy in Teheran. If Obama is not a Muslim by birth, then his passion and his sympathies lie, nonetheless, with the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate.

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French Trade Minister Lellouche Wants More Business With Israel

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The times, they are a’ changin’… This time, it’s France warming up to Israel. Not only is the Big Lie about Israel losing ground, but Americans, Canadians, and Europeans are taking notice of Israel’s incredible societal and economic successes — even as the tiny nation is surrounded by enemies. From the Jerusalem Post entitled, ‘We need to beef up imports and exports with Israel:’

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Chaos: The new ‘status quo’

Friday, February 17th, 2012

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi*

One year after the ousting of Hosni Mubarak as president of Egypt, what conclusions can we draw regarding the ongoing wave of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa?

Around this time last year at the Herzliya Conference, the Israeli historian Prof. Martin Kramer lambasted the Obama administration for taking the view that the “status quo” in the region was no longer sustainable, and even went so far as to accuse the U.S. government of “throwing Mubarak under the bus.”

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Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps: Terrorist Organization

Friday, February 17th, 2012

By John Thompson and Sara Akrami*

Canada has a fairly tough and effective set of anti-terrorism laws, provided that a terrorist belongs to an entity listed by the Canadian government to which these laws are deliberately applied. Canada has listed al Qaeda and Hezbollah, among other Islamic groups. Putting the Tamil Tigers on the list in 2006 helped bring an end to that group by making it impossible for them to continue to raise funds in Canada. When the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979, its leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, formed an organization called the “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps” (IRGC). Its major goal is the protection of the Islamic system of Iran from uprisings and internal dissident, not the protection of the Iranian people. The IRGC also causes instability outside Iran. Given what is known about the IRGC, why aren’t they on the Canadian list of terrorist entities? The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps consist of:

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