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  • 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;...
  • What Was the Climate and Weather Of Israel Like at the Time of Jesus?

    07/10/2014 1:12:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 10, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The climate in Palestine, both today, and at the time of Jesus has two distinct seasons. The wet or rainy season is from the middle of October to the middle of April. The dry or summer season lasts from the middle of June until the middle of September. It is quite dry in these months and rainfall is very unusual. Although the temperature is summer can get very hot, it often does not feel this way. Cool breezes and low humidity are typical, making the summers very pleasant, especially in areas directly on the coast or on the higher slopes...
  • The Alien Patriot

    07/08/2014 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Americans have many blessings to count, not least among them the foreigners who come here to learn from us and wind up teaching us. The most insightful of them understand us better than we do ourselves, can see us more clearly than we see ourselves, and in their own way become more American than the Americans. How do they do that -- see what we couldn't before they drew our attention to it? Maybe their vision is so clear because America is still new to them. Familiarity not only breeds contempt, but blurs the vision -- and the rest...
  • Unveiled: A Support Group For Ex-Hijabis

    07/07/2014 6:00:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    Marwa was eight-years-old when her parents began covering her head. She was 23 years-old when she stopped, soon after arriving in the United States. She recently began the Ex-Hijabi Photo Fashion Journal to tell the stories of women who have also uncovered. The self-described “ex-Muslim Atheist” runs the site, along with her blog Between a Veil and a Dark Place. I spoke to Marwa about what gave her the idea, what she hopes to accomplish, and the themes the submissions share. Marwa got the idea for the Photo Fashion Journal while talking about her first summer without the hijab. She...
  • Why We Stuck With Maliki -- And Lost Iraq [Important read!!]

    07/05/2014 1:37:03 PM PDT · by Enchante · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/05/2014 | Ali Khedery
    <p>"The crisis now gripping Iraq and the Middle East was not only predictable but predicted — and preventable. By looking the other way and unconditionally supporting and arming Maliki, President Obama has only lengthened and expanded the conflict that President Bush unwisely initiated. Iraq is now a failed state, and as countries across the Middle East fracture along ethno-sectarian lines, America is likely to emerge as one of the biggest losers of the new Sunni-Shiite holy war, with allies collapsing and radicals plotting another 9/11."</p>
  • John Kerry’s nightmare dream job (Bad column in several ways)[World resists Kerry's will & ideas]

    07/03/2014 8:19:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 3, 2014 | Alex Beam
    I’ve never had many charitable things to say about John Kerry, but now it’s worse; I feel sorry for him. Kerry certainly isn’t an evil fellow, merely a run-of-the-mill narcissistic opportunist who has risen to the top of the political heap. I admire his service in Vietnam; many children of privilege — did someone mention George W. Bush? — found ways to avoid the war. If he had any stellar accomplishments during his 28 years in the Senate, they are not etched in my memory. He proved to be an inept presidential candidate in 2004. But now, the spin goes,...
  • Mr. President: Keep Your Promises to Camp Liberty!

    07/03/2014 1:36:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    One hundred years ago this summer, the German Chancellor reacted with shock and dismay when the British ambassador brought him news of his country’s declaration of war. Germany had invaded Belgium, a country whose independence Germany had pledged by treaty to respect. The Chancellor was distraught. He said he could not believe Britain would go to war over “a scrap of paper.” Americans this summer are not so much war weary as war wary. We certainly do not want any further entanglements in the Mideast. But we do know that great countries keep their word. If they don’t keep their...
  • Obama Seeks an Escape From the Middle East

    07/03/2014 4:39:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In his first term, Barack Obama all but declared victory in America's Middle East struggles. As he precipitously pulled out all U.S. peacekeepers from Iraq, the president had his own "Mission Accomplished" moment when declaring the country "stable," "self-reliant" and an "extraordinary achievement." Those claims echoed Vice President Joe Biden's earlier boast that Iraq somehow would prove Obama's "greatest achievement." After the death of Osama bin Laden, and during Obama's re-election campaign, the president also proclaimed that al-Qaeda was a spent force and "on the run." But what exactly was the new Obama strategy that supposedly had all but...
  • Tell the Imperial President: No More Wars!

    07/01/2014 1:44:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army who seek to overthrow the government. Before Congress takes up his proposal, both houses should demand that Obama explain exactly where he gets the constitutional authority to plunge us into what the president himself calls "somebody else's civil war." Syria has not attacked us. Syria does not threaten us. Why are we joining a jihad to overthrow the Syrian government? President Bashar Assad is fighting against the al Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front and the even more extreme and vicious Islamic State of Iraq...
  • ISIS Risks Everything to Declare a Caliphate

    06/29/2014 9:20:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 29, 2014 | J.M. Berger
    After months of gaining territory, weapons, and cash, ISIS is putting its global credibility on the line in a play that could backfire spectacularly. On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or ISIL, if you must) pronounced the reformation of the caliphate—the historical Islamic state that once stretched over much of the modern-day Muslim world—with ISIS emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as the man in charge. It’s arguably the boldest move yet by the group, which renamed itself simply The Islamic State. But if ISIS isn’t careful, this could be the moment when all of its...
  • Time To Do Less Not More

    06/28/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | John Browne
    The current situation in Iraq is a modern tragedy. But in more practical terms it is a very stark illustration of the folly of central planning and the limits of state power in the face of entrenched traditions and proven history. Although the parallels aren't perfect, the rapid dissolution of the puppet Iraqi state can offer some stark lessons to those who are optimistic about our current experiment in central bank dominated economic planning. The modern state of Iraq was formed primarily by Franco-British decree after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War. While the...
  • Sword and Sorcery

    06/23/2014 6:38:22 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-23-14 | Richard Fernandez
    Historians commonly date the birth of Western civilization from the Greek development of mathematics. Greek mathematics was the first point of view able to regard the world as potentially comprehensible. While computational methods to solve practical problems existed as far back as the Sumerian and Egyptian civilizations they were always ad hoc; a way of solving problems rather than of understanding the universe. The Western revolution was based on the semi (and often frankly) religious goal of understanding the universe. From that world view flowed the ‘how’ as a byproduct — the technology we often mistake for the spirit of...
  • Middle East Chaos Requires Action on Energy Independence

    06/23/2014 5:45:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/14 | Scott Powell
    What has suddenly become obvious is the extent to which President Obama’s imprudent policy-making decisions have compounded problems with unintended and unacceptable consequences.
  • The Man Who Broke the Middle East

    06/23/2014 12:02:27 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | June 22, 2014 | Elliott Abrams
    There’s always Tunisia. Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story. But unfortunately for the Obama narratives, the president had about as much as to do with Tunisia’s turn toward democracy as he did with the World Cup rankings. Where administration policy has had an impact, the story is one of failure and danger. The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good....
  • Clarice Feldman: The Good News Democrats

    06/22/2014 3:05:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 22, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    "........By week’s end, perhaps recognizing that the story was not finding willing buyers, IRS Commissioner Koskinen, tried another tack, claiming that the emails were not “records’” and therefore could be destroyed without consequence. John Hinderaker, the ace litigation lawyer who is one of the authors of Powerline found this argument unpersuasive, citing federal law and the agency’s own operating manual and concluding: As the IRS investigation continues, Koskinen and others at the Agency should not be allowed to get away with the facile suggestion that Lerner’s emails -- all of them! -- were not “records” and therefore could be destroyed...
  • America’s Middle East Dilemma

    06/19/2014 5:18:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/19/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Toppling tyrants is ineffective in the long term without years of unpopular occupation. Two and a half years ago, the U.S. pulled every soldier out of a mostly quiet Iraq. In the void thus created, formerly al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists calling themselves “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” are now tearing apart the country, leaving medieval savagery in their wake. Obama partisans are blaming the Bush administration for going into Iraq in the first place. But critics counter that Obama wanted out of Iraq before the 2012 election at all costs. The result of that reckless skedaddle is that we have...
  • Explaining Sharia Part Seven: The terrible results of Muslim arranged cousin marriages

    06/16/2014 10:07:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 24 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/16/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Among the more subtle and less recognized dangers of allowing hoards of Muslims to surge into America are the problems caused by Muslim arranged “cousin” marriages. Experts estimate that nearly half of the world’s Muslims are products of inbreeding brought about by the persistent Islamic practice of 1st cousins marrying 1st cousins. In Pakistan the estimate is that 70% of the population are born of marriages between first cousins and as many as 30% of Turks are as well. Statistical research reveals that in every single North African Muslim country at least one third of its population are products of...
  • An Appointment in Samarra

    06/15/2014 2:43:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Another day, another country left to the tender mercies of terrorists. Going by his own arbitrary, purely political deadline, this president and now only nominal Leader of the Free World has been intent on pulling American troops out of one country after another in the (always) troubled Middle East, with the result that one country after another is swallowed up by the all too familiar forces of chaos, terror, death and destruction. This week's bad news is that oil-rich Mosul in Iraq has fallen to a terrorist outfit that makes al-Qaida look moderate. So add Mosul to the cities...
  • Foot Soldiers in the War on Women

    06/06/2014 4:32:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Five more foot soldiers are headed back to the front lines of the real war on women thanks to President Obama. Abdul Haq Wasiq was a deputy minister of intelligence for the Taliban and helped al-Qaida. He has been accused of murder and torture. Mullah Norullah Noori was a military commander for the Taliban. He fought American forces in Afghanistan and, according to Fox News, "Noori has been implicated in the murder of thousands of Shiites in Northern Afghanistan." Noori said the killings were necessary as the Taliban worked to create their "ideal state." Mullah Mohammad Fazi is the...
  • The Israeli Solution

    06/05/2014 3:48:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Random House ^ | 4/3/14 | Caroline Glick
    Synopsis A manifesto that exposes the flaws in the two-state policy of the United States toward Israel and the Palestinians and offers a direct and powerful call for Israeli sovereignty in the region. The reigning consensus in elite and academic circles is that the United States must seek to resolve the Palestinians' conflict with Israel by implementing the so-called two-state solution. Establishing a Palestinian state, so the thinking goes, would be a panacea for all the region’s ills. It would end the Arab world’s conflict with Israel, because the reason the Arab world is anti-Israel is that there is no...
  • Jet Bombs Militants' Base in Benghazi

    06/01/2014 10:16:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A Libyan air force jet bombed positions held by Islamist militants Sunday in the eastern city of Benghazi, a senior military official said, apparently as part of a renegade general’s ongoing offensive. The official said the bombing targeted a base belonging to a local militia group called February 17 and the area of Sidi Faraj, where members of the extremist organization Ansar Al-Shariah are located. An official from Ansar Al-Shariah said no one was hurt in the bombing and claimed that one of two rockets fired by the aircraft hit a car dealership. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity...
  • Pictures Show Historic Damascus Synagogue Destroyed

    05/27/2014 11:36:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Times of Isreal ^ | May 28, 2014
    After numerous reports of damage from civil war, Jobar’s Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue ‘flattened’ in attack on capital’s suburbA historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus was reportedly destroyed amid fighting in Syria’s civil war. Earlier reports from 2013 variously indicated that the centuries-old synagogue was destroyed and intact amid fighting between pro-Assad and Syrian rebel forces.. Opposition leaders said Syrian army forces flattened the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack over the weekend — part of a months-long bombardment of the suburb of Jobar — and also may have destroyed thousands of Jewish artifacts, The Daily Beast...
  • Israel Will Be The Last Man Standing in the Middle East: The Oil Weapon vs. the Grain Weapon

    05/22/2014 7:11:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2014 | david A
    The Arab Spring, which started with the self-immolation of a Tunisian vegetable vendor at 11.30 am on 16th December, 2010, has resulted in two failed states in the region so far.  Libya has become “Scumbag Woodstock” because of the number of terrorist organisations headquartered there.  The French and English attempt at regime change created a terrorist haven with consequences as far afield as Mali and the 300 Christian girls kidnapped in Nigeria.  Fortunately, Syria has become a meatgrinder for Islamic terrorists and for the moment has ceased being a net exporter of terrorism.  In that conflict, the Obama Administration has...
  • The Deadly Virus MERS Has Arrived In The US — Here's What You Need To Know

    05/18/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT · by blam · 48 replies
    BI ^ | 5-18-2014 | Lauren F Friedman
    Lauren F FriedmanMay 16, 2014, 1:01 PM Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an often deadly respiratory illness that's related to the infamous SARS, first emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. (Scientists believe it jumped from camels.) But since March 2014, there's been a sharp rise in the number of cases, including two recently diagnosed MERS patients in the United States. "With more deaths in a single month than in the previous two years combined, no one is certain how people become infected," notes Marjorie P. Pollack, of ProMED-mail, and the virus has no vaccine or cure. Here's what...
  • MERS updates: 2 Orlando health care workers who treated MERS pt now have symptoms

    05/14/2014 5:13:24 AM PDT · by wtd · 30 replies
    various ^ | various
    Worker who cared for Orlando MERS patient hospitalized, another sick ORLANDO -- Two Orlando health care workers who treated a 44-year-old man with MERS now have flu-like symptoms. One was admitted to the hospital, while the other was sent home. Test results are expected today to find out if they and approximately two dozen others, who had contact with the patient, have contracted the potentially deadly disease. If any results come back positive, it'll be the first time MERS is contracted in the U.S. Florida MERS Patient Sat In A Busy ER For Nearly 8 Hours Almost eight more...
  • Will Radical Muslims Use Harvard's Black Mass Act as Propaganda against the United States?

    05/11/2014 12:34:32 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    Corporate Stepsister's Brain Files | May 11 2014 | Corporate Stepsister
    Do you guys think that Muslims will use Harvard's decision to perform a Black Mass as propaganda to prove that the United States is indeed the Great Satan we are always accused us of being? I do think so, this will be a ripe chance for Jihadis to justify their attacks on us, as a righteous and genuinely holy war. Americans openly worhsiping the Devil in a Satanic ritual and this might very well be plastered all over the Muslim media in the Middle East.
  • The War Nerd: Saudis, Syria, and “Blowback”

    05/06/2014 10:59:00 PM PDT · by wetphoenix
    PandoDaily ^ | DECEMBER 19, 2013 | GARY BRECHER
    People are saying that the Saudis are asking for big trouble by backing jihad against Syria’s President Assad. According to the Daily Beast: “Saudi Arabia is playing a dangerous double game—turning a blind eye to the jihadists flocking from Riyadh to Syria while assuring the West of its commitment to fighting terror.” This is the famous “blowback” theory: Saudi Arabia itself will become a target when the Saudis fighting in Syria come home. There was serious “blowback,” we’re told, after a generation of Saudis, most famously a tall guy named Osama, went off to do jihad in Afghanistan, and it...
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • First U.S. Case of MERS Virus Is Found in Indiana Man Who Visited Mideast

    05/02/2014 10:36:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 2, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL
    A virus that has killed more than 100 people in the Middle East has been found in the United States for the first time, in an Indiana health care worker who recently returned from Saudi Arabia, federal health officials said on Friday. The man, whose name, age and exact occupation have not been released, is in stable condition in an Indiana hospital, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of respiratory diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is in isolation and receiving oxygen. A single American case of the virus — called MERS, for Middle East respiratory syndrome...
  • Tony Blair on the Islamist Threat

    05/01/2014 5:05:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 1, 2014 | Mark Durie
    Tony Blair delivered a major speech on April 23 entitled, “Why the Middle East Matters”. In summary, he argued that the Middle East, far from being a “vast unfathomable mess” is deep in the throes of a multi-faceted struggle between a specific religious ideology on the one hand, and those who want to embrace the modern world on the other. Furthermore, the West, blinded up until now as to the religious nature of the conflict, must take sides: it should support those who stand on the side of open-minded pluralistic societies, and combat those who wish to create intolerant theocracies....
  • The Manipulation of the American Military by the Muslim Brotherhood

    05/01/2014 3:42:49 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 11 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 1, 2014 | William Michael
    In an article published in the London Review of Books, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Seymour Hersh (of My Lai and, more recently, Abu Ghraib fame), explains recent two foreign policy mysteries to American readers. The piece, The Red Line and the Rat Line is based on interviews with intelligence sources and consultants, and it connects the dots between between these two mysteries, and explains how they are related. What emerges is a clear picture of American cooperation, at the highest levels, with Turkey and Qatar, the foremost sponsors of the Arab Spring (see links). For example, NATO, as of December,...
  • Bolton: Obama ‘delusional’ on Middle East

    04/30/2014 7:29:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton joined Adriana Cohen and Joe Battenfeld on Boston Herald Radio’s “Trending Now” to talk about Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s most recent gaffe and the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Q: First of all, we want to ask you about our former senator John Kerry using the word “apartheid” to describe what Israel is doing. How much damage has this done? Should he apologize? Should he resign? A: Well, he should certainly apologize. The comments are outrageous and false and the apology that he did give yesterday was completely inadequate. The trouble with asking him...
  • John Kerry’s Jewish Best Friends

    04/29/2014 8:57:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Anti-Semitism is not a simple bigotry. It is a complex neurosis. It involves assigning malign intent to Jews where none exists on the one hand, and rejecting reason as a basis for understanding the world and operating within it on the other hand. John Kerry’s recent use of the term “Apartheid” in reference to Israel’s future was an anti-Semitic act. In remarks before the Trilateral Commission a few days after PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas signed a unity deal with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups, Kerry said that if Israel doesn’t cut a deal with the Palestinians soon, it...
  • Foreign Policy: From Bad to None

    04/29/2014 2:45:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | April 29, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ----Our enemies are gloating, and our allies are grimly deciding where to go from here.---- Barack Obama had a foreign policy for about five years, and now he has none. The first-term foreign policy’s assumptions went something like this. Obama was to assure the world that he was not George W. Bush. Whatever the latter was for, Obama was mostly against. Given that Bush had left office with polls similar to Harry Truman’s final numbers, this seemed to Obama a wise political approach. If Bush wanted garrison troops left in Iraq to secure the victory of the surge, Obama would...
  • Holocaust Memorial Day and the Pathetic Palestinians

    04/28/2014 6:40:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 4/28/2014 | Alan Caruba
    As Israel commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day which began at sundown on Sunday, Abbas grabbed international headlines by declaring that the Holocaust was the “most heinous” modern crime, but seemed to equate what happened to Europe’s Jews during World War Two with Palestinians today who, he said, “suffer from injustice, oppression, and are denied freedom and peace…” The fact that they and the Arab League have refused for over six decades to accept Israel’s right to exist went unmentioned. Now that’s chutzpah!