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  • Speaking Truth to Crap [A history lesson]

    08/19/2014 12:20:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 19, 2014 | Dan Gordon
    [Huge SNIP of excellent "rant." Must read in full] ".........And don't you buy the crap so-called academics are peddling, that Hamas was the duly democratically elected government of Gaza. Hamas took power, not in an election, but in a bloody coup, machine gunning their fellow Palestinians, blindfolding, binding and throwing them off of multi story buildings. They have terrorized their own people, not only Israel. Their people, indeed, live under the yoke of occupation, but not by Israel, by Hamas. And as for the apologists and enablers of Hamas, who contribute to the misery of Palestinians and Israelis alike, while...
  • Barack Obama’s Zero Sum World

    08/18/2014 3:33:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Star Parker
    Investopedia defines a “zero sum game” as “a situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss, so the net change in wealth or benefit is zero.” If a political leader wielding power sees the world as a zero sum game – gains to one must mean a loss to another – it is likely that this leader will promote policies that will limit growth, wealth creation and innovative problem solving. What a zero sum worldview will produce more of is political, class, and ethnic resentment and strife. It so happens we have a leader today that has...
  • The GOP Needs to Return to a "Feared By Our Enemies" Foreign Policy

    08/18/2014 3:21:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    The GOP is in the midst of a public foreign policy debate. Debate is fine, but as Republican we must agree on some basic premises. The most important premise is that instead of laughing at us, our enemies should be terrified of us. Yes, terrified. The world isn’t some sort of fantasy milieu of earnest, huggy people who want to work together to forge a brighter tomorrow for all the world’s citizens. It’s full of bad people, many of whom want us enslaved if not dead. They aren’t bad because we’re rich, or insufficiently carbon neutral, or any of that...
  • Clarice Feldman: Ferguson, Missouri, to Gaza, Damascus and Sinjar

    08/17/2014 10:44:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    An online friend “Miss Marple” notes the similarities between the thuggery in Ferguson, Missouri and the depredations of the Middle East’s jihadi wild packs: I read a book by the historian Barbara Tuchman [A Distant Mirror. The Calmitous 14th Century] which theorized that the Hundred Years War was caused by a culture that was adolescent, because so many older people had died during the Black Plague. All of the nobles and rulers at that time were in their late teens and had not much guidance from older, calmer heads. That idea has remained with me ever since I read the...
  • The fantasy of Middle Eastern moderates

    08/17/2014 7:24:16 AM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Fareed Zakaria
    For decades, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been to support “moderates.” The problem is that there are actually very few of them. The Arab world is going through a bitter, sectarian struggle that is “carrying the Islamic world back to the Dark Ages,” said Turkish President Abdullah Gul. In these circumstances, moderates either become extremists or they lose out in the brutal power struggles of the day. Look at Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian territories.
  • The battle of our century (the war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all)

    08/16/2014 1:40:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    CERC ^ | August 15, 2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    The battle of our centuryFATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZAIt is not a war between religions. It is a war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all those it touches. It began dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001. Our century is characterized by a lethal theological war in the house of Islam, with brutal consequences for the whole world, whether it be lower Manhattan or northern Iraq. Centuries are not exactly 100 years long. The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm proposed a more persuasive division of history with his "long 19th century," which began with the French Revolution in 1789 and...
  • As World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way

    08/16/2014 6:26:29 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies
    NYT ^ | 8-16-2014 | PETER BAKERAUG
    By PETER BAKERAUGAugust 15, 2014 WASHINGTON — In this summer of global tumult, the debate in Washington essentially boils down to two opposite positions: It is all President Obama’s fault, according to his critics; no, it is not, according to his supporters, because these are events beyond his control. Americans often think of their president as an all-powerful figure who can command the tides of history — and presidents have encouraged this image over the years because the perception itself can be a form of power. But as his critics have made the case that Mr. Obama’s mistakes have fueled...
  • Gun Culture : We're pikers compared to most of the Middle East.(video)

    08/15/2014 5:36:43 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 8 replies
    senseofevents ^ | Friday, August 15, 2014 | Donald Sensing
    " only the large scale here is exceptional. This is the traditional celebratory gunfire at a wedding celebration. Note that the arms being fired are fully-automatic sub-machine guns. And you thought the United States had a "gun culture!" We're pikers compared to most of the Middle East...."
  • "Mr. President, About That Fellow On The Balcony In Mosul..."

    08/15/2014 4:22:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    First Appearance of ISIS Caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi (English Subtitles) So overnight the crisis on Mount Sinjar is, well, over. The president's vacation may now continue uninterrupted by videos on CNN of kids being tossed into helicopters that land briefly, are overwhelmed by a mob, and fly away with a cohort of sobbing women and children. The world's media has been dismissed by U.S. officials speaking on background to the New York Times. No more fall of Saigon analogies please! The Times' references to "the secret team of Marines and Special Operations forces [that] were already on Mount Sinjar,...
  • Obama: The Iraq 'Bug Out' Was Not My Idea (The Facts Say Otherwise)

    08/14/2014 7:47:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Larry Elder
    After our ill-advised complete withdraw from Iraq in 2011, President Barack Obama now sends hundreds of "advisors" and orders airstrikes. Let's re-visit. When, in 2002, then-Illinois State Sen. Obama gave his famous anti-Iraq War speech, he argued that America had no business in this "dumb" war. Period. Obama considered Iraq a blunder of epic proportions, a misadventure totally devoid of any national security interest. Obama never doubted the assumption given to then-President George W. Bush by all 16 of our intelligence agencies: that Saddam Hussein possessed stockpiles of WMD, specifically chemical and biological weapons. CIA director George Tenet, who served...
  • CIA expert: Obama, Osama share Mideast goal

    08/13/2014 10:24:52 PM PDT · by KittyKares · 27 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | August 13, 2014 | Garth Kant
    According to the former CIA operative, President Obama’s plan for the Middle East is just what Osama bin Laden wanted: removing U.S. troops and putting the jihadis in power.
  • Attrition: Women Warriors Confront ISIL

    08/13/2014 4:16:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | August 13, 2014
    In northern Iraq the threat posed by ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) has led to over 2,000 Kurdish women volunteering for combat duty. Another 5,000 had volunteered for support work in the combat zone. This is nothing new for the Kurds, or many other peoples around the globe. Throughout history women have often served in irregular combat organizations. In modern times, with the arrival of lightweight firearms, more women became capable of handling direct combat. This is because before modern firearms were developed in the 19th century lots of combat was dependent on muscle, which men have...
  • Obama Repeating Past Mistakes in Iraq

    08/13/2014 2:14:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    Despite its military supremacy, the U.S. under the command of President Barack Obama is at risk of having an upstart group of Islamic terrorists take over Iraq -- all because politically straitjacketed American military might has struggled against unrestrained guerrilla warfare, and the president has failed to absorb the lessons from America's past mistakes. Obama's first mistake was to repeat the error that led to the creation of al-Qaeda in the first place: training and funding locals, then abandoning them. This was exactly what happened 30 years ago with America's support of the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan -- from which Osama...
  • The Cowardice of the Left Gave Us the Islamic State

    08/12/2014 5:44:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    It must be exhausting for Barrack Obama. I sometimes feel worn down just reading about all the events going on in the world – I can’t even imagine how tiresome it must be, trying to avoid leadership on all those issues. Lucky for our Vacationer in Chief, he’s found a way… Apparently a healthy mix of golf and swimming is exactly what is needed to distract yourself from the chaos in the Middle East. And, to be fair, this genocidal chaos in Iraq is not completely the fault of a Nobel Laureate who plays the American President on TV. The...
  • An Open Letter To Moderate Muslims

    08/12/2014 5:24:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Michael Brown
    Al-Qaeda. The Taliban. Boko Haram. The Islamic State. Islamic Jihad. Hamas. Christians being beheaded. Muslims slaughtering Muslims. Schoolgirls being kidnapped. Schoolboys being burned alive. These are the images of Islam that we see on the news day and night, but we are told repeatedly that this does not represent true Islam. Instead, we are told, these atrocities are examples of radical Islam, committed by savages who know nothing of the real faith, people who misuse the Koran for their own malicious purposes and who represent perhaps 15 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims. That would mean that the...
  • So Now We're in Iraq Again ... What?

    08/12/2014 3:30:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Bill Murchison
    Is anybody overjoyed, rapturous, bowled over with delight at seeing the United States again involved in Iraq? No? We can move on then. The United States is involved in Iraq. Concerning which involvement we have two choices: 1) Mess it up, getting lots more people killed than have been killed already; or 2) help the locals to engineer something like a standoff between Iraqis able to pass for reasonable people and those who, on present evidence, might have earned censure from Genghis Khan for excessive devotion to human slaughter. It may be a while before President Obama figures out...
  • Israel and the US: Whose Survival Instinct Is Stronger?

    08/12/2014 11:48:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Diana West
    There’s something darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against the survival instinct of both Israel and the United States is an alleged “heartlessness” when it comes to children. The people of Israel are castigated in news media, social media and the “international community” (read: the scoundrel United Nations, of whose budget U.S. taxpayers pay 22 percent) as lacking in “humanity” itself. Why? Because as the IDF fights to end Gaza’s endless rocket barrages against Israel, many children under the age of 18 number among the civilian dead. This London Telegraph headline is not...
  • Report: [Visibly angry] Obama told lawmakers that Syria criticism was 'horse****'

    08/12/2014 6:40:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 12, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    President Obama recently told lawmakers that their criticism of his policy in Syria is “horse****,” according to a report published late Monday. A member of Congress told The Daily Beast Obama used the expletive during a July 31 meeting at the White House just before the August recess. Another lawmaker also said that the president got visibly angry after both Democrats and Republicans questioned the administration’s policy. Many lawmakers and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have urged Obama to arm Syrian rebels to push back at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and militants of the Islamic State in Iraq...
  • Coup underway in Iraq Confirmed. Video added

    08/10/2014 11:22:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 10, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This was popped up in the headlines, and details are still sketchy, but something potentially big is afoot in Iraq. (And for once, we’re not talking about their being under attack by ISIS.) We were first tipped off on Twitter as well as a quick draw compilation of tweets from inside Iraq provided at Pundit Press. Here are a few, along with Pundit Press’s summary, keeping in mind that this isn’t confirmed yet: Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his...
  • Obama seeks to appease pagan gods

    08/10/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 10, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Project to protect Egyptian temples gets more fundingAmid surging violence in the Mideast, from Gaza to Syria to Iraq, the Obama administration is stepping up efforts in Egypt to preserve a multi-deity temple to the “creator god” Horus and the “crocodile god” Sobek. After footing a multi-million-dollar bill to help the government of Egypt lower the water level at the Temple of Kom Ombo and other archeological sites, U.S. taxpayers are now shelling out more cash to extend the project beyond its contractual end date, according to procurement documents WND discovered via routine database research. The Groundwater Lowering Activity for...
  • Worse Than Nazis

    08/10/2014 2:57:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 10, 2014 | Gene Schwimmer
    By now, the third week of Israel’s Operation Projective Edge, surely there can be no one unaware of the tunnels Hamas spent five years – and millions of dollars of aid money – building to serve as underground bunkers for Hamas’s leadership and as infiltration routes into Israel. Here are photographs of two such tunnels: [SNIP] Actually, I just lied. For while the top photo is indeed a Hamas “terror tunnel,” the bottom photo, however much it might resemble a tunnel, is in fact a bomb shelter, circa World War II. Comparing the two photos, it would seem obvious that...
  • Israel’s lesson for establishment Republicans: don’t listen to your enemies they’re not your friends

    08/09/2014 10:07:07 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/9/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    After decades of attacks, insults and military aggression both openly and secretly, the Israelis have decided they don’t care what the world thinks about them; they just want to live in peace. It is increasingly clear that Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, is determined to destroy the Palestinian’s means and appetite for war against Israel. The Israelis have been pushed far enough and they will not allow the Palestinians to murder them in order to satisfy those that hate them. Unlike when Barack Obama draws a line in the sand, when Netanyahu draws one, those who cross pay a price....
  • US-Israel ties at new low after Netanyahu-Kerry phone 'disconnect'

    08/06/2014 4:06:09 AM PDT · by Makana · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 6,2014 | JPost.com staff
    ow badly have US-Israel relations deteriorated in recent weeks? If Israeli media reports are any indication, tensions boiled over to the point where a phone call between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ended due to "communications problems" earlier this week. Both men have not spoken since, according to the State Department. Kerry's spokesperson, Jen Psaki, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that the two men have not spoken since a brief phone call over the situation in Gaza ended because of "communications problems."
  • Of Hiroshima, Hamas And Israel’s Right To Exist

    08/05/2014 5:47:43 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Threats: As a somber anniversary nears, "proportional response" has replaced "victory" in the lexicon of war. But no nation facing an existential threat should apologize for winning or for saving the lives of its own people. The other day Navi Pillay, the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights, after a meeting of the U.N.'s Geneva-based Human Rights Council, said that Israel, despite dropping leaflets, dummy bombs and even sending text messages and using social media to warn citizens in Gaza, was not doing enough to protect civilians — and "international law has been violated, in a manner that could...
  • Gaza: Spare Me Your Sick, Manipulative Dead Baby Propaganda Photos

    08/04/2014 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Did you see the photograph of the Middle Eastern boy blown apart in an explosion? I did, unfortunately. Someone insisted on posting it in my Twitter timeline. For my education, presumably.
  • The Key To A Lasting Middle East Peace Is Total Victory

    08/04/2014 5:45:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    Here’s a wacky idea. Let’s win the war against our jihadi enemies. Yeah, it’s certainly an outside the box idea. All we hear right now – in fact, all we’ve heard for decades – is about peace processes and negotiations and ceasefires. On and on they go, one after another, always crashing on the rocks of intransigence by people who hate our allies and who hate us. Maybe we need some fresh new ideas, some outside-the-box thinking. How about we and our allies destroy our enemies? After all, the best peace plan is victory.
  • The Days Of Hamas Are Numbered

    08/04/2014 2:58:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    On Saturday, Israel began to withdraw some of the soldiers it had previously deployed to areas of Gaza in which terror tunnels had been uncovered. Though widely interpreted as the beginning of a "unilateral ceasefire," the move is more likely the beginning of a switch from defense to offense. Before the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) could penetrate any further into the Gaza Strip, the threat of surprise attacks in the rear had to be removed.
  • The Two State Solution, Israel’s Swan Song

    08/03/2014 8:50:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/3/14 | Kevin O'Neil
    Following is a letter from Coach is Right contributor Kevin O’Neil to his Member of Parliament in London 25th July 2014. Dear Mr. Gyimah, Thank you for your letter of the 17th July 2014. I am pleased to read that ‘Britain will stand with Israel as it seeks to bring to justice those responsible’ for the murdering of the three Israeli boys, and that you found the act ‘appalling and inexcusable’. However, within the body of your letter you state that you support ‘a two-state solution’ with a divided Jerusalem. Are you aware that you are supporting the establishing of...
  • NETANYAHU WARNS US: Don't You 'Ever Second-Guess Me Again'

    08/02/2014 5:30:52 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    BI ^ | 8-2-2014 | Matthew Lee, AP
    Matthew Lee, Associated PressAugust. 2, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be "trusted" on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks. The...
  • Court Orders Pre-Trial Detention for Saakashvili in Absentia

    08/01/2014 11:42:34 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    Civil.Ge ^ | August 2, 2014
    Tbilisi City Court accepted prosecution’s motion and ordered pre-trial detention of former President Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia. Preliminary court hearing – the stage when a presiding judge, among other issues, decides on the admissibility of evidence submitted by the parties – has been set for September 22. Prosecutor’s office has charged Saakashvili with exceeding official powers in connection to break up of the anti-government protest rallies on November 7, 2007, and raid on and “seizure” of Imedi TV station. “Ahead of the August war [six-year] anniversary Putin could not have imagined more desirable present than Georgian authorities ordering my arrest,”...
  • Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?

    07/29/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Let’s concede for a moment that most of us don’t believe the United States should be taking sides in conflicts abroad. Even so, most Americans would probably agree that at a minimum our diplomatic efforts should not cause unnecessary harm. Which brings me to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent misadventure in the Middle East. It seems like a rather big deal that Egypt, Israel, Fatah, Jordan, Saudi Arabia—ostensibly, all allies of ours—agree on anything. This development, one imagines, might be something the United States would be interested in fostering rather than destroying. Certainly, the idea that Hamas’ power should...
  • The Evil Mind of John Kerry

    08/01/2014 2:39:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    ".....From the moment he burst on the national scene in 1971 as a young Vietnam vet, his family connections and anti-war views landing him a spot testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, right straight through to today as the U.S. Secretary of State, Kerry has demonstrated repeatedly that he is unable to grasp not only serious threats to the United States and the larger world as well. What has been on display again and again in Kerry’s public career is a tone-deafness when it comes to the manifestation of evil. Unless, of course, in the style of that old...
  • Did Black Slaves Revolt in Iraq? (Slavery in Islam)

    07/31/2014 2:14:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Root ^ | July 21 2014 3:00 AM | HENRY LOUIS GATES JR.
    SNIP “But, wait!” you say. “Black slaves in Iraq? The Middle East?” Today, American children—thanks to the revolution fostered by the institutionalization of black studies starting in the late 1960s—mainly learn about slavery starting with the Middle Passage, the tens of thousands of slave ships that headed west from Africa across the Atlantic to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries. But, it turns out, there’s a good chance the European powers that backed those ships learned to link slavery and race from the eastern powers that once occupied the same lands. That’s what the dean of the history...
  • Hillary: Gaza's Small Size Justification For Hamas Housing Rockets In Schools

    07/30/2014 12:14:20 PM PDT · by Enchante · 50 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 07/28014 | Breitbart
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fusion TV's Jorge Ramos that part of the reason Hamas hides rockets in schools and civilian areas is "Gaza is small." "I'm not a military planner but Hamas puts it's missiles, it's rockets in civilian areas, part of it is Gaza is pretty small and its densely populated," she said as neglecting the question of whether or not Hamas should have rockets in area to begin with.
  • Land for "Peace?"

    07/29/2014 11:18:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    The Middle East is again embroiled in turmoil, and Israel, our only democratic ally in the region, has been under a relentless missile attack even as they take the offensive. The Hamas Charter since 1988 has always called for the total destruction of Israel. Israel wants to ensure peace for their citizens--Jewish, Arab and Christian alike. This story is not new. In August of 2005, Israel gave back Gaza to the Palestinians and got missiles and war in return. After visiting Israel in the Fall of 2005, I saw firsthand the hope and the cost of trusting a land-for-peace trade...
  • An Interview with Cheikh Malek el-Khazen

    07/29/2014 6:26:53 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 3 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 28 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Cheikh Malek el-Khazen is heir to the House of Khazen, of the Lebanese nobility. He is also the founder of the Khazen Foundation and Khazen.org. He was kind enough to grant me an interview. Could you tell us a little bit about your family's history?The Khazen can trace back their lineage to the 9th century, when they were mainly located in the Levant. They started acquiring lands from the Muslim Shi'a Tribes in Mount Lebanon during the 1400s and mainly focused their exodus in the Keserwan district. This caused the Shi'a to leave Keserwan and migrate to the South of...
  • 8 Times Kerry Betrayed Israel

    07/29/2014 4:18:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Secretary of State John Kerry has long been considered an integral part of President Obama’s foreign policy team. And for just as long, he has been an anti-Israel advocate par excellence, an opponent of the Jewish State’s right to defend itself, a man dedicated to pressuring our only ally in the Middle East to concede to terror.
  • State Department: Christian presence in Middle East becoming ‘shadow of its former self’

    07/28/2014 5:06:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2014 | (With AP)
    The State Department issued a dire report Monday on the state of religious freedom around the world, with an alarming warning that the Christian presence in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East is becoming a “shadow of its former self.” The analysis was included as part of a comprehensive report on religious freedom around the world in 2013. The report cited a flood of examples of governments and militant groups cracking down on religious minorities, everywhere from Pakistan to Egypt to China. The victims included Christians, but also Hindus, Muslims and others. The report offered a pointed warning about...
  • Why Benjamin Netanyahu Should Be Very, Very Worried

    07/28/2014 10:28:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 28,2014 | Ron Fournier
    Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday asked Benjamin Netanyahu whether he was worried about "a third intifada." The Israeli prime minister replied that Hamas "wants to pile up" Gazan casualties in hope of instigating an uprising. In other words, he ducked the heart of the question. Netanyahu should be worried. The Israeli public should be worried. All supporters of the Jewish state should be worried—not only about the prospect of current events spiraling out of control, but also about a confluence of demographic and social trends that threaten Israel's ability to manage the war of perceptions.
  • Kerry's Amateurish Efforts Are Making The Israel-Hamas Conflict Worse

    07/28/2014 10:07:44 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    BI - The Times Of Israel ^ | 7-28-2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    Avi Issacharoff, The Times Of IsraelJuly 28, 2014 Despite the tendency to criticize U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts, credit should be given where credit is due. Over the weekend, Kerry did manage to facilitate something in the Middle East: unparalleled unanimity. Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan were all in agreement that Kerry’s efforts were undermining the attempt to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as quickly as possible. Moreover, Kerry’s framework and the ideas he presented led to an extraordinary phone call taking place between a senior Palestinian Authority official and an...
  • Qatar's Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry — Support For Hamas — Awkward Foreign Policy

    07/27/2014 3:20:45 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    BI ^ | Armin Rosen
    Qatar's Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry — And Support For Hamas — Shows How Awkward Foreign Policy Can BeArmin RosenJuly 23, 2014 Qatar recently cemented an enormous weapons deal with the United States. But this week, the tiny, resource-rich Gulf kingdom with outsized geopolitical ambitions — and a seemingly bottomless pocketbook — might be setting itself up for more problematic relations with the U.S. Last week, Qatar closed the largest sale of American weaponry so far this year, purchasing $11 billion worth of Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters. The sale revealed that Qatar hasn't exactly been lacking...
  • Obama Parties With 'Scandal' Cast as Middle East Burns

    07/26/2014 5:01:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    In his two presidential terms combined, President George W. Bush hosted a total of 318 fundraisers. Our current president, however, has already surpassed that number just two years into his second term. Most frustratingly, they often seem to come when we most need leadership from the commander-in-chief. The turmoil between Israel and Hamas rages on and the downing of a Malaysian Airlines flight which took almost 300 lives has left nations in mourning. Yet, in the midst of these tragedies, Obama decided to attend another fundraiser. Five, actually: Obama on Tuesday was starting a three-day West Coast trip, scheduled to...
  • "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" - French elected officials lead the way

    07/26/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 26, 2014
    FULL TITLE - "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" French elected officials lead the way: will those elsewhere follow suit, or remain silent? As in Turkey in 1915, a Christian Genocide is happening once again. One week after the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" expelled all Christians from Mosul, no statement on the matter has been made by the heads of state or government of any major nation -- no permament member of the Security Council, no major world power... The only relevant exception was Prime-Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, for which he is to be thanked...
  • Deadliest Ever Islamic Attack on Tunisian Army

    07/26/2014 12:09:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Larry Provost
    The past few weeks, from France to Gaza, have seen many Islamic attacks. A record for the deadliest attack in Tunisia was also set last week. Tunisia, an overwhelmingly Islamic country, is in the middle of a crackdown on Islamic terrorists who feel the current, democratic, regime is too moderate. The Tunisian Army is leading the crackdown and 14 Tunisian soldiers were killed last in that country while 20 more soldiers were wounded; the worst terrorist attack ever seen on Tunisia’s army. The attack which took place at two checkpoints near the Algerian border, was not atypical of Islamic attacks...
  • The people in Israel could easily be our families

    07/26/2014 10:11:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In her all-out battle with Hamas terrorists, Israel is fighting for the entire civilized world. The Israelis are our side, our family in this war. Call it the “great grandparents” factor: The vast majority of those of us who enjoy the blessings of living in America can trace our good fortune to a decision by our great grandparents to come to America instead of staying where they were or going elsewhere. At the turn of the 20th century, millions of people came to America to build a country and contribute to its greatness. The list of American achievements since then...
  • Victory for Israel, by Israel - If Obama gets out of the way

    07/26/2014 2:31:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 26. 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Slandered, despised, insulted, degraded, Israel is nonetheless winning its war against Hamas. The number of rocket attacks launched by the terror group each day has been halved. The IDF is uprooting the underground tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle weapons, contraband, and terrorists in and out of the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday evening, Israel’s Channel Two newscast carried footage of Hamas terrorists surrendering to the IDF. The jihadists carried white flags. They stripped to their shorts, proving they were not wearing suicide belts. These are facts Hamas does not want you to know, images Hamas does not want you to see....
  • The history of the Arab-Israeli conflict that the mainstream media will never print

    07/25/2014 9:32:58 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 1 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 7/25/2014 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "The Arabs are the only declared refugees who became refugees not by the action of their enemies or because of well-grounded fear of their enemies, but by the initiative of their own leaders."
  • Why There Can Never Be 'Peace in the Middle East'

    07/24/2014 7:51:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to think the power of his personal diplomacy can bring "peace to the Middle East." But, once again, when one side publicly calls for the destruction of the other, what is there to discuss? Hamas, designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S., has governed the Palestinian territory of Gaza since they defeated rival Fatah, the group that governs the West Bank. Hamas, along with Hezbollah, Palestine Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, Iraqi militant Shiite groups and other terror organizations, is funded in part by Iran,...
  • WHO: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Could Be Airborne

    07/22/2014 8:02:39 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | 7-22-2014 | Meghan DeMaria
    July 22, 2014Meghan DeMaria In a scientific paper published Tuesday, scientists suggested that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) may be airborne. The disease has already claimed at least 288 lives since its appearance in 2012. Researchers at King Fahd Medical Research Center in Saudi Arabia analyzed air samples from an infected camel barn, and the samples tested positive for a strain of the viral genome MERS RNA, CNN reports. The possibility of MERS being airborne has been in question after reports found that some infected people had close contact with other MERS patients. The WHO recommends that "airborne precautions should...
  • Why I Stand With Israel

    07/19/2014 12:39:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/18/2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    A great many of us pride ourselves on the subtlety of our minds, and on recognizing the complexities, both moral and practical, of the world, and this is a very good impulse. But when this impulse is raised to the level of dogma, it risks obscuring more than it clarifies. There are some occasions–yes, few, but some–when the moral calculus is exceedingly simple. I used to have a great personal interest in the policy detail of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I could lecture at length on the subtleties of Camp David, Taba, the Road Map; on the different kinds of settlements;...