:: Monday, July 28, 2014 ::
Save the Children?
Posted by Edward Cline at 2:05 AM
The subject is the use of children by
terrorists in Gaza as "human shields," and the use by President
Barack Obama of children as "invasion shields" at the U.S. and
Terrorists and Obama lie; children die.
Children have been used as a Trojan Horse
for all sorts of statist and collectivist initiatives: to ban smoking, to ban
guns, to ban obesity, to ban Barbie Dolls and other "dangerous" toys,
and so on. But West discusses the nearly unprecedented use of children as
weapons of war in the Middle East and
in the U.S. As she describes the
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.
Most stories appearing in the MSM in the
U.S. and overseas are nearly maniacal in their focus on the "civilian
casualties" of "Palestinians" in Gaza as a result of Israel's
campaign against Hamas, with "personal" stories accompanied by
photographs of devastated streets and homes, sorrowful pictures of Gazan
children sitting in the rubble, and even faked photographs of supposedly dead
children, or second-hand, recycled faked photographs used in Syria.
Is Hamas's use of children as "human
shields" unprecedented? No. Hitler, when he began to run out of adults to
fight the Allies, filled his shrinking armies with adolescents and boys. Japan
counted on women and children to fight the expected invasion by Americans, with
guns, if available, with bamboo sticks, if necessary. Mao employed uncounted
children to enforce, by violence and force, his "cultural
revolution." Islamic jihadists have employed children to don suicide vests
and blow themselves up among Jews and American soldiers. So, the "human
shield" tactic isn't new.
But all that is conveniently forgotten by
the MSM. It's easy to decide whether that forgetfulness is a symptom of a
short-term memory or deliberate repression. It's deliberate repression.
Discussing an article in the London
Telegraph about Israel's alleged war crimes, West writes that the Telegraph
headline is not untypical: “Israel’s offensive in Gaza has ‘killed more
children than fighters,’ say human rights groups. Israel has been accused of
waging ‘war on the children’ of Gaza …”
No mention in the article, however, of Gaza’s
purposeful, strategic use of “human shields,” which leads to such civilian
casualties. No mention of the directive from the Hamas-controlled Ministry of
the Interior instructing civilians to remain in their homes on receipt of
advance warnings from Israel to vacate before a military attack, as the
Washington Free Beacon first reported. No mention that despite building
networks of military tunnels, Gaza authorities neglected to build any bomb
shelters for civilians! No mention of Gaza’s use of schools and other civilian
sites to store rockets and other military material, and of its use of hospitals
as Hamas command centers, and other civilian sites to store rockets and other
military material, and of its use of hospitals as Hamas command centers.
It's the children who must be spared injury
or death. That's the unspoken moral imperative. Never mind that
"Palestinian" children are taught to hate Jews and Israel and are
indoctrinated in Hamas run schools (which succeeded the PLO's and Fatah's
schools) from the moment they can read and even tote an AK47. West continues
excoriating the London Telegraph article:
No, the story is
tightly focused on Israel’s supposed “war on children.” This libel is tweeted,
screamed and news-anchor-intoned into poisonous propaganda designed to sap the
life from Israel’s survival instinct, or at least alienate her supporters. In
the stage-managed furor, the pressure on the Jews of Israel builds: Stop defending
your borders, your people and your nation. Stop everything and “save the
children of Gaza.”
Only emotion to the
point of frenzy bursts into such agitprop, but it is vital to note that the
emotion showing through is hatred for Jews, not love for children. If it were
the latter, we would see rage directed at the society that steeps its young in
the Jew-hatred of jihad and then turns them into “martyrs” – not at the Jewish
society seeking to protect its people, young and old, and, at far too much risk,
Gaza’s as well.
The MSM is largely successful in stirring
up demonstrations of hate and even a pogrom in France, comprised of mobs of
Muslims and Leftards. Truth to these people is not "optional" – it is
unwelcome because without Jews to hate, they are purposeless, empty manqués.
The Leftards among the Muslims and who are vehemently anti-Israel protesters,
are basically malign Mortimer
Snerds. And that's a "kind" appraisal of their character and
Hamas, it seems, is such a great valuer of
children that it employs them to build the underground matrix of tunnels Hamas
had planned to use to launch mass
murder against the men, women, and children in settlements and towns
bordering Gaza come the Jewish holiday in September. On July 25th, Tia
Goldenberg of Business Insider ran a story about the complex, "Hamas'
Massive Network of Underground Tunnels Is a Military Game-Changer."
A network of
tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower
Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war
between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game
changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose
a serious threat and that destroying the sophisticated underground network is a
key objective of its invasion of Gaza….
Gaza has two sets
of tunnels — those reaching Egypt and those reaching Israel.
passages to Egypt are meant to bypass a border blockade on Gaza that was
tightened by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized the territory in 2007. The
tunnels provide an economic lifeline and are used to deliver building supplies,
fuel, consumer goods, and even cattle and cars.
In some of those
tunnels, Gaza militants received weapons and cash from their patrons abroad,
particularly Iran. Egypt has destroyed virtually all of the tunnels over the
past year, driving Hamas — which was taxing the smuggled imports — into a
severe financial crisis.
The story goes on to describe how the
tunnels are used to stock rockets, anti-tank rockets, and other arms, how they
have their own maintenance shops, and how they are interconnected with
Hamas also moved
many of its rocket launching sites and storage sites underground, making it
more difficult for Israel to target them. Since the current round of
Israel-Hamas fighting began on July 8, Gaza militants have fired more than
2,000 rockets at Israel and repeatedly tried to sneak into Israel through
And just where, geographically, is this
tunnel complex located? In a treeless no-man's land between Israel and Gaza?
Israel says Hamas
has dug dozens of tunnels, linking them to one another as well as to rocket
manufacturing sites, maintenance facilities, launch sites and command and
control centers. It says the tunnels are meant to facilitate mass attacks on
Israelis as well as kidnappings, a tactic that Hamas has used in the past….
uncovered 31 tunnels in the current round of fighting, the military said
militants trying to sneak into Israel through the tunnels have been found with
tranquilizers and handcuffs, an indication that they "intended to abduct
Israelis," according to the military.
"Hamas has dug
terrorist tunnels under hospitals, mosques, schools, homes, to penetrate our
territory, to kidnap and kill Israelis. Now, in the face of such wanton
terrorism, no country could sit idly by," Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu told visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week.
So, you would probably conjure up a picture of "resistance fighters
against the occupiers" sweating away carving out tunnels and risking their
lives in possible cave-ins and the like, in the spirit of 1963's "The Great
Escape." Wrong picture.
The tunnels are largely built by…children.
…Israel cites the need to stop Hamas from firing thousands of rockets at
its own children, who are being forced to live in bomb shelters, as well as the
need to eliminate the tunnels that Hamas dug into Israel in order to carry out
terror attacks against Israelis. One tunnel opening was found underneath an
But who built those tunnels? The answer is Hamas, of course—using some of
the same children who are now trapped under fire in Gaza. The Institute for Palestine Studies published a detailed report on Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon in
the summer of 2012. It reported that tunnel construction in Gaza has resulted
in a large number of child deaths.
“At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to
Only 160? Doubtless that figure is vastly
underestimated. Considering that Hamas places absolutely no value on human life
– most particularly not on the lives of the "Palestinians" compelled
to act as "human shields" – and taking into account Hamas's record of
lying and falsifying data, the number probably runs into more hundreds.
The author, Nicolas
Pelham, explains that Hamas uses child laborers to build their terror tunnels
because, “much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble
President Barack Obama (and please know
that I hate having to extend the courtesy of an official designation to the
nihilist scumbag) has now demanded an "unconditional ceasefire"
between Israel and Hamas – most especially for Israel to stop its
tunnel-eradicating operations – and talk, talk, talk while Hamas resupplies
itself through smuggling and more financial aid sent to it by the U.S. and
Europe. Read the whole sorry, hackles-raising story in Daniel Greenfield's
FrontPage article of July 27th, "Obama:
“Immediate, Unconditional” Surrender of Israel to Hamas." If
you are looking for a model of thuggish, unapologetic truculence, look no
further than Barack Obama.
Diana West next turns to the
"unconditional cessation" of stopping Obama's "invasion by
invitation" of thousands of Mexican and Central American
"immigrants" across the U.S.-Mexican border.
are great differences between Israel’s plight and our own. For one thing, the
Israelis are more fortunate in having a government that actually wants to
protect its people from invaders. Israel enforces its own border, having
fortified it with a fence. Now, it fights for its inviolability. Our
government, meanwhile, has left our border effectively open, even after 9/11,
and has demonstrated no interest in re-establishing national sovereignty.
That said, there
are similarities to note in the political attacks on Americans who hope to
repulse what they see as deathblows to our remnant republic coming out of the
“border crisis.” Anyone worried about the nullification of the southern border;
the accelerating usurpation of dictatorial powers by the president; the perils
to national security and public safety of open borders; the perils, also, to
the survival of our English-speaking culture rooted mainly in Europe, is
excoriated in the public square for having no “humanity.” Just like Israelis,
such “mean-spirited” Americans must hate children, too, because this is all
about “immigrant kids” in need, right? No – but that’s the dominant narrative.
Such a narrative
tells us that the only “humane” solution to the “crisis” is asylum for “the
kids” (and throw in their gang-banger brothers, felon-uncles and whoever else
is leaving those prayer rugs on the border). Talk of “rule of law,” and
“deportation” is “racist.” Talk of already overstretched American towns where
the social fabric has ripped under the stress of refugee resettlement, talk of
local public school systems broken by the extraordinary demands of supporting
impoverished, illiterate alien populations, is the talk of the “xenophobe.”
Again, it's the children. An altruist code of sacrificing one's
values for the needy, for the impoverished – for illiterate alien adults and
their children, or even for "unaccompanied" alien children – is what
is fueling the government's campaign to swamp our culture and population. To oppose
this unconstitutional program is to earn the foul smears of racism and
I stress altruism here because no one else seems to want to challenge it. It's
a Christian ethic, and a Jewish one, as well. It has been compartmentalized as
the default morality by countless people who live otherwise rational,
productive lives. And it is killing this country as a tool in the hands of this
country's enemies – in and out of political office – here and overseas, who
expect Americans to do the "decent" thing and allow themselves and
their values to be sacrificed to the greater good of the Zero. They are
counting on American "decency" to make their plans work. And as their
plans are implemented, our enemies snicker on- and off-mike, because they are
vile, drooling nihilists. "Ozero," a popular nickname for Obama, fits
his nihilist policies perfectly.
"Humanity," in the parlance of
the committed altruists, is the will to sacrifice one's values.
What becomes clear
is that such “humanity” is only for the foreign-born. Such “humanity,” such
concern, is never expressed for our own people – the Americans who, far from TV
news studios and government offices, live with and support the aliens and
refugees, young and old, in many of America’s less affluent cities and
And perhaps that’s
another difference between the Israeli and the American predicament. Israel
still prizes the lives of its citizens very highly – not above all, as we see
in their all-too-costly efforts to avoid civilian casualties (an effort the
U.S. military also makes at similar high cost). But I can’t say the same for
Obama's actions are definably treasonous,
and a violation of his oath of office.
Who are the allies of Obama's invasion by
invitation? Corrupt Central American and South American governments – and the
drug cartels. The drug cartels have burrowed probably hundreds of miles of tunnels
from Mexico into the U.S., chiefly to smuggle drugs into the country.
used for the transportation of drugs, linking warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico,
and the Otay Mesa area of San Diego and including rail systems, the sixth and
seventh found in the area in the last four years….
drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across
the US-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a
73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal
authorities said Friday.
contraband was found in connection with the tunnels, which linked warehouses in
Tijuana, Mexico, and the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, according to a statement
from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
The authorities know only about the tunnels
they've discovered, which are also used to smuggle people into the country. To judge
by the pictures in the preceding links, it would be easy to funnel numberless
terrorists into the country in the cartel's tunnels. There is a rumor that some cartels have sealed
deals with Hamas and other Islamic terrorist organizations to help them
smuggled jihadists into the U.S. Doubtless many Islamic terrorists have openly
crossed the border posing as Mexicans or other Latino "refugees."
West ends her column with:
doesn’t enforce our border – its basic charge – and it is frantically engaged
in a vigorous program of what I can only describe as population replacement. We
seem to be poised before an unprecedented, anarchic demographic shift bringing
large swaths of Central and South Americans into the USA – and the federal
government seems to be doing everything it can to enable the shift and make it
permanent. My late father ruefully predicted the U.S. would one day become the
northern tip of South America. I don’t know if he thought it would happen so
Who would have
imagined, though, that the existence of Israel, surrounded by Islamic enemies
sworn to its annihilation, could in some ways seem more assured than our own?
Undoubtedly, most Americans want America's
sovereignty preserved as a distinct nation, and the border closed to the Obama-instigated
invasion of Third World foreign nationals – most of whom will choose to remain
"foreign nationals" yet expect to be bequeathed the rights and privileges
of certified Americans, as the Muslims have demanded. Most Americans, including
Latinos who underwent an arduous citizenship process (such as the patriotic
Cubans) want America to survive as America.
West's point is that before we can save any children, America must save itself
from the depredations of our own government.
the children? Whose?
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:: Saturday, July 26, 2014 ::
The Outer Limits of Censorship
Posted by Edward Cline at 5:21 PM
We want to control what you read,
see, and hear, so very much.
I couldn't have asked for a better lead-in
for this column than Hillary "I Wannabe Prez and Order You All About and
Make You Eat Your Veggies" Clinton's complaints about three anti-Clinton
books that are making her Hard Choices eat their dust in sales. Clearly, the
pseudo-autobiography of all her non-accomplishments is destined overload the
remainder tables of bookstores and the shelves of book warehouses, because its sales
are so dismal.
I do not know the quality of the three
books critical of the Clanton
Gang – excuse me, the Clinton Clan – but even a book of Clinton caricatures
or of political cartoons without text would be preferable to reading the
ghost-written mush of Hard Choices. (I
have read excerpts of it – yawners.)
Or perhaps she deserves a book in which
Hillary moderates a panel of would-be mentors in the acquisition of political
Vader, Josef Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Pol Pot, FDR, Otto von Bismarck, Adolf
Hitler, and Hubby, with her fielding leading questions from an audience of one.
As for her potential for censorship, see my article, "The
OIC Organizes for Censorship" from December 2013.
Clinton spared us her spittle and let a
spokesman express his anger over the anti-Clinton books. Alexander Marlow,
writing for Breitbart,
reported on July 25th :
“With Klein, Halper
and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy
nonsense,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in an interview with
the Washington Examiner. “Their behavior should neither be
allowed nor enabled, and legitimate media outlets who know with every fiber of
their beings that it is completely made up should not get down in the gutter
What does he mean
“not allowed”? The interview doesn’t detail any specific behavior that drew
Team Hillary's ire beyond the simple act of writing a book. Without the benefit
of full context, it appears as though Hillary's flack is suggesting the books
be banned. At a minimum he is imploring the overwhelmingly pro-Clinton
mainstream press to freeze out these authors and prevent their ideas and
findings from being discussed on the media stage.
That's the lead-in, and an appropriate one,
because if we're going to discuss censorship, this news is of vastly more importance. It's news that Hillary the
Harridan would welcome because it would help her books sales.
chairman of the Federal Election Commission warned Wednesday that his agency
colleagues could try to regulate book publishers, during a heated session over
a forthcoming book by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan.
During the meeting,
the FEC declined to definitively spare book publishers from the reach of
campaign finance rules.
This triggered a
clash between Republican and Democratic members, with Chairman Lee Goodman
warning that the deadlock could represent a "chill" for
constitutional free-press rights.
Paul Ryan's book, The
Way Forward, by the way, is not about the virtues of capitalism,
freedom, and freedom of speech. It is about a Republican plan to perpetuate the
welfare state. See The Patriot Post's revealing review of it here. This makes the proposed
squashing of the book all the more ironic.
Ryan was doing booksignings
in Wisconsin and other states during an election cycle. That's an FEC
prohibition, because Ryan's book questions the policies of his opponents.
during the meeting was a book by Rep. Ryan, R-Wis., being published by
Grand Central Publishing. Goodman and other GOP members of the commission
wanted the FEC to affirm that the book and its publisher are exempt from FEC
regulation under what's known as the "media exemption" -- the same
exemption that typically lets newspaper editorials, television channels and
other outlets say what they want about political figures without worrying about
campaign finance laws. Goodman argues that book publishers are entitled
to the same rights.
commission did clear the Ryan book under a separate, more limited exemption. But they could not
muster the four votes necessary to do what Goodman and other Republican members
wanted. [Italics mine]
that's unfortunate," Goodman said during the meeting, even raising the
specter of book-banning. "We have effectively asserted regulatory
jurisdiction over a book publisher."
What were the Democrats' objections to the
of the committee, though, were quick to downplay Goodman's complaints as a
technical quibble. Commissioner Ellen Weintraub noted that the Ryan book
was still going forward unencumbered by FEC regulations. She said the public
probably doesn't care "which exemption we use," and accused Goodman
of using "overheated language."
mean that we're banning books, that doesn't mean that we're regulating
books," she said.
Yes,, darling, it does. If a burglar is
using a lock-pick to break into your home, it means that he intends to rob you
but hasn't quite jimmied the pins and tumblers. That he hasn't yet broken in is
irrelevant. The intent is obvious. He's not there practicing how to break into
his own home should he ever lose his keys. The FEC is in partnership with the
MSM in an unholy alliance.
And no one, neither Republican nor
Democrat, questioned the existence of the FEC, a harpy of the Bipartisan Campaign
Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA). Goodman and Weintraub sit on the FEC. Clearly,
they believe that it's a legitimate vehicle for policing speech.
Remember that the BCRA
is indeed bipartisan, sponsored and lobbied for by Senators
John McCain (R-AZ) and Russell Feingold (D-WI). Chairman Goodman of the FEC ought to have
said, "It's a shame this organization exists at all. It doesn't and hasn't
boded well for the First Amendment. We can only go downhill from here" –
to selective censorship of books and ads that may appear during political
campaigns, regardless of the state or other venue, political activism on the
part of individuals donating to candidates' campaigns, and of spoken speech
Which, of course, is the slide to
full-scale censorship, whenever the government wishes to impose it and thinks
it can get away with it without anyone noticing.
Over the last 15
days, the world has been rocked by two troubling and growing international
crises: the shootdown of a civilian airliner over the Ukraine; and the intense
fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. While the three evening
newscasts have offered considerable coverage of the unfolding events, CBS, NBC
and ABC have made almost no attempt to evaluate the performance of Barack
Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry or the administration generally, and
critics of the administration have been ignored….
It's not as though
Americans were unified in appreciation and approval of Obama's reaction to the
attack on the Malaysian jet or the violence in Gaza. The President received a
considerable amount of criticism from Republicans and conservatives for attending
Democratic fundraisers just hours after almost 300 airline passengers were
killed in a missile strike.
wouldn't know it from the July 17 NBC Nightly News, ABC's World News
or the CBS Evening News. NBC reporter Chris Jansing blandly parroted,
"I asked if there was any consideration of not attending fund-raisers
tonight. A senior White House official said, simply, 'we are sticking with the
No, if Obama broke his schedule of
appearances at fundraisers and golf courses and during a Martha's Vineyard and
visits to pool halls and burger joints to attend to international crises, never
mind his invasion by invitation by Mexico's and Central America's Third World
castoffs, criminals, and illiterates, people might think he's inconsistent and
unreliable. What would that do to his spotless image of integrity? The MSM must
not contribute to any sullying of his reputation, however disgraceful that
reputation may be. So, we won’t discuss his policy failures at home and abroad.
And when Hillary makes up her mind to run
for the Democratic nomination after her disastrous showing in the book
marketplace, they'll do her the same favor. After all, documenting her growth
from a skinny, geeky-looking
coed to a grasping, distaff version of Jabba
the Hutt will only dispel the image of her as a benevolent despot who only
wants to "do good." Just like her soul-mate, Bill.
"There is nothing wrong with your newspaper, book,
television set, or news report. Do not question what you see and hear. Do not
attempt to find the truth. We are
controlling the information flow. We
determine the truth. If we wish to make it louder, we will raise the volume and numb your
brain. If we wish to make it softer,
we will tune it to a whisper, or not
transmit anything at all and you will not know that anything important happened.
regulate the content and when it appears. We
can bias the information, make it flutter, and cause your eyes to cross. We can change the focus to a soft blur,
or sharpen it to crystal clarity, or simply blank out the information if it is
not fit to print or broadcast or otherwise does not comply with our vetted
now on, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: There is nothing wrong with
the evidence of your senses. You have been inducted into a great social
experiment. Participation is mandatory. Resistance is futile. And punishable.
are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from our inner minds to the Outer Limits of
veracity and credibility, to your conditioned docility and gullibility.
of our policy will incur severe
financial and criminal penalties. Financial ruin and ostracism are guaranteed. Furthermore,
criticisms and infractions of our penalty policies, as well, will earn additional
targeting for legal action against any and all perpetrators. We cannot over-emphasize
these dire and punitive consequences."
us be thankful that we have the Internet as an antidote to the government and
the news media – while we still have a relatively free Internet.
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:: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 ::
Western Death Wishes
Posted by Edward Cline at 10:03 AM
It is quite obvious that Islam inculcates a
death wish among Muslims, even in the "pacific" numbers of the
"silent majority" of them. Wishing death on non-Muslims of every
variety and stripe, even at the price of a Muslim's own life, is the
fundamental fabric of the creed, which lends itself to a life-stifling,
totalitarian politics, an imperative that brooks no question. This is patently
demonstrated, for example, by Hamas's determined and suicidal attack on Israel.
It's almost as though Hamas pinned a "Kick Me" sign on its own filthy
Hamas wants to be "martyred," in
the name of killing Jews.
No other religion, to my knowledge, is the
foundation of an existing polity. Christians claim that the U.S. is founded on
Christian principals, and that is clearly
not true. Nor has it ever been true. The Puritans came to our shores to
establish a communistic religious state. It failed when its crops failed.
Israel is claimed to be founded on
principals founded in the Torah. That is clearly not true. There are no
governments founded on Buddhist tenets, either. The U.S., Israel, and other
Western nations are governed by secular rules and laws, however faulty they
might be, and are called "democracies." There is nothing
"democratic" in any religion. Christian congregations do not vote on
whether God sports a long beard, wears a nightgown, and traipses around the
universe in sandals, or uses a Gillette razor and Aqua Velva, dons an Armani
suit, and hikes around in L.L. Bean mountain boots. They simply accept the
To my knowledge, only one of the three main
religions of the world specifically prescribes a nihilistic, totalitarian way
of living – or of dying: Islam. Shintoism,
or emperor worship, was a driving force behind Japanese belligerency in the
last century. Nazism
was a kind of religion, as well.
However, Western philosophy has sired its
own death wishes. Kant, Hegel, Comte, and other thinkers concocted ways for
Western culture to implode and leave bloody messes on floors, ceilings and
windows of history.
Western death wishes, metastasized by such
irrational elements as moral relativism, multiculturalism, diversity,
subjectivism, and so on, all contribute to the overall Western death wish, and
manifest themselves in a number of realms. Such as in the news media.
Why does the Post
and other American newspapers stress, emphasis, and beat us over our heads
about the number of alleged "Palestinians" killed? Why should we
care? The "Palestinians" and Hamas use "civilians" as human
shields. Hide them in ambulances with Hamas "soldiers," plant rocket
launch sites and arsenals in the midst of civilian neighborhoods, near
hospitals and schools. Aside from these alleged Palestinian casualties, why
don't the Post and other Leftard newspapers report on the hundreds of Israelis
killed by Hamas, Al Queda, the Al-Asshole Brigades and the like? Is this paper
anti-Semitic, or what? Israel is the only civilized, developed, free country in
the Middle East. Why do you people hate it? Why do you wish to see it
destroyed? Are you people hoping for a massacre of Israelis? Hamas initiated
force against Israel; Israel has retaliated, and it's hoped Israel levels Gaza
to the ground. I'm getting really tired of the MSM stressing the
"suffering" of the Palestinians. They are not to be pitied, but held
in contempt. They are the true butchers, who kill for the sake of killing. They
have no other reason to live.
The next day the Palestinian toll had risen
to 200, the next day to 300, and so on. It
will always rise, and the Western MSM will trumpet it, because Hamas wants it
to and the MSM obliges. Rarely headlined are the Israeli casualties, and there
is only an oblique reference to the fact that, first, Hamas initiated force
against Israel with its rockets aimed at Israeli population centers, and then
that Hamas and the Brotherhood employ "human shields" of civilians,
hoping that an Israeli drone or bomb kills dozens or more Palestinians. Hamas
is waging a propaganda war as well as a war of aggression.
Then Hamas and its "journalist"
propagandists can send the MSM gory pictures of Palestinian civilian
casualties, a policy opposite that of Israel's, which, while it will report
Israeli civilian casualties, doesn’t send gory photographs of them. Not that if
it did, those photographs would ever elicit sympathy in the West.
Had today's MSM been present during the
sacks of Rome in 410 and 453 A.D., doubtless they would have shed tears over
the Visigoth and Vandal casualties, and few over the murdered, raped, tortured,
and enslaved Romans.
And those photographs of Palestinian
casualties are largely bogus, or borrowed from other wars. To wit, this one,
allegedly of children and their mother killed by Israeli bullets or bombs.
There are two problems with the photograph: the original was taken in Syria.
The second problem is that they may be staged. The special effects may be dirt
scattered on the floor, and perhaps dollops of Heinz-Kerry catsup splashed near
the kids to act as blood. Jihadist photographers are notorious for staging
"massacres" and Israeli brutality. But the MSM eats up these pictures
every time. It wants to. Our MSM is fundamentally anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic.
They don't know – or care – that those
"graphic" pictures are the result of jihadist casting calls.
Islam is completely incompatible with
western classic liberal Constitutional government and culture. Therefore
Muslims must be denied access to the west and they must be defeated militarily
where they exist as a government. The greatest example of the need to defeat
Muslims militarily is in reference to the Israelis, and what must be dropped as
a "solution" is the illogical, failed, deceptive, destructive, and
dhimmi and Chamberlainesque “Two State Solution.” It is impossible by mere
human persuasion to defeat or thwart the powerful, compelling, motivating and
extremely evil message of Islam. Any attempt to "reconcile" Western
civilization and Islam is like introducing cancer into a healthy body.
By the same token, Progressivism, or
whatever other name one may call incremental socialism or nihilism, or fascism,
is incompatible with western classic liberal constitutional government and
culture. The ideology of fascism must be refuted and its practitioners in
government defeated on intellectual grounds first, then at the ballot box.
Fascism, and any species of statism, is illogical, deceptive, destructive, and
carries the seeds within it of inevitable failure and misery.
It is nearly impossible by rational means
to persuade Progressives, liberals, and statists of every stripe of the
delusionary character of their "ideals." They hold altruism as their
moral touchstone of "right." Altruism means sacrifice. Not their sacrifice. But that of their
But the purveyors of the Western death wish
reject or discard the evidence of the failure of their goals and agendas. They
reject reality. Ostensively, their only reality is a fantasy land where their
policies work. They wish to sacrifice reality – and lives – to their
"ideal" make-believe worlds.
And like Barack Obama, they refuse to
accept responsibility for the failures and destruction. Obama would reply to
criticisms of his policies:
Don’t blame me. I'm
just a vessel of dialectical forces, a mere sock puppet of historical
necessity. Why do you think I play golf or fund-raise during crises? I'm a
figurehead. I just communicate the imperatives. You may as well blame Hell for
being too hot. It's not my problem. It's yours. I'm the One, the Messiah. You're
not. And I'm invoking my executive powers to ensure historical necessity.
The Western death wish is not shared by all
Westerners, only by those who side with and encourage evil under the guise of
"tolerance," "ethnic and cultural diversity,"
"diversity of opinion for its own sake," and Marxism masquerading as
benign-sounding "Progressivism," and who froth at the mouth in a self-righteous
fury directed at anyone or any institution that resists being suffocated by or
cajoled into mind-melding with the collectivist fold.
Another instance of the Western death wish is
visible in popular culture, in the Planet of the Apes movies, beginning
with the Charlton Heston one decades ago in which he damns man (Heston in his
best "original sin" outburst), all the way up to the current Apes movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Investors Business Daily made an
important observation about the current offering in a July 14th
editorial, "Energy-Starved 'Planet
Of The Apes: What Greens Want":
What mankind needs
most to survive and restore a semblance of normal life is electricity — aka
power. Without it, we have no light, no communications, no way to travel
but on foot, no computer power, no heat, no stoves. The apes want to keep the
humans poor, disoriented and in a hopeless state.
A turning point
arrives with cheers in the theater when the humans return an electric power dam
to operation and the entire city powers up again.
Before you cheer as well (and a cheering theater is at least a sign that
Americans haven’t completely surrendered to the trolls of collectivism), the
editorial makes this prescient reservation:
Which leads us to
wonder if this movie is a metaphor for what we face in our real
future. Not a future of apes, but a future without cheap and abundant
Is this where the
radical green movement is guiding us with rolling brownouts and even complete
blackouts in the years ahead as the Sierra Club, billionaire Tom Steyer and the
Obama administration wage war against coal and other fossil fuel?
confronting America may not be "climate change," but the havoc and
slow return to the Stone Age the left envisions for us to fight an alleged
man-made effect on the weather.
Actually, the environmentalists' secret dream
is the extinction of mankind, not his mere reduction to subsistence level in a
new Stone Age. They would just rather man not be around to despoil the earth
(and probably not Mars, Venus, Titan or even the Moon, either). Discover
the Networks had this to say about "radical" environmentalism:
According to radical
environmentalists, Nature has an "intrinsic value" and goodness
that is to be revered for its own sake. In this simplistic moral calculus, any
human action that changes the environment is unethical.
goal of environmentalism is to prevent man from changing his environment, from
intruding on nature. That is why environmentalism is fundamentally anti-man.
Intrusion is necessary for human survival. Only by intrusion can man avoid
pestilence and famine. Only by intrusion can man control his life and project
long-range goals. Intrusion improves the environment, if by 'environment' one
means the surroundings of man -- the external material conditions of human
The misanthropy at
the heart of radical environmentalism is well expressed by biologist
David M. Graber, who, in a glowing review of Bill McKibben's The End of
Nature, writes: "Human happiness [is] not as important as a wild and
healthy planet…. Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin
nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along."
To "rejoin nature," as Graber
well knows, means death, for lighting a campfire to keep warm or cook a meal
would be a capital crime. Thus his hope that man is wiped out by a virus.
And you don’t need to much wonder about all
the Apes movies and their companion
disaster movies in which man is responsible for wiping himself out for the sole
reason he exists and must take "unnatural" actions to sustain and
advance his life.
What's an "extremist"
environmentalist, as opposed to a "moderate" one? Enza
Ferreri on her blogsite quotes Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch about what a
terrorist outfit like the Taliban means when it's against "extremism":
A Reuters article contains the intriguing phrase, intriguing
because reportedly it's from the Taliban: "Muslims also should avoid
extremism in religion".
Jihad Watch remarks:
The Taliban, in
saying this, demonstrate that they don’t consider themselves to be “extremist.”
This word is thrown around everywhere, but like “moderate,” no one bothers to
define it precisely. Everyone assumes that its meaning is obvious, but it
isn’t. It would be useful and illuminating to have a debate between Muslims who
support the Taliban and Muslims who oppose it on what constitutes “extremism.”
But that will never happen, as it would require honest discussion of Islamic
doctrines that Muslim spokesmen in the West are doing a fine job of
Honest discussions of Islamic doctrine are
impossible to anyone but Muslim spokesmen. Ferreri clarifies Spencer's remarks:
It's true: nobody
has defined "moderate" or "extremist" in Islam. That's how
and why these terms are used to foster the Islamophilic agenda: because they're
useless. The fact that the Taliban can use the term "extremism" to
dissociate itself from it (and to condemn it), as they don't consider
themselves extremist, tells you a lot about the vagueness and consequent
inutility of the word.
Similarly, what is the difference between a
"radical" environmentalist and a "moderate" one? A
"radical" one wishes mankind would run off the side of a mile-high
cliff, right now. A
"moderate" will provide picnic tables and box lunches cliffside.
That's all. But it's the same end.
What's the psychology of Muslim
"extremists," "radical" environmentalists, Progressive
politicians and their supporters, and even many creatures in the MSM? Nicolai
Sennels and Nancy Kobrin, in New
English Review's May 2010 article, maintain:
Sennels adeptly outlines the key problems of why Muslims are not able
to integrate into Western culture. What he doesn’t say, I shall name. We are
dealing with nothing more than paranoia. Sennels stresses that the West must
set boundaries because otherwise they will kill you. This kind of rage is
malignant borderline behavior as in serial killing. We must come to understand
such politically incorrect observations as Sennels does in order to connect the
dots concerning criminal Muslims even though it is brutal.
Happy well-adjusted children do not become suicide bombers nor do they
become criminals. Let us choose to know what we are dealing with rather than
bury our heads in sand out of terror. Let us meet the challenge straight on as
Sennels has. …
The paranoia of Muslims, environmentalists,
and Progressives is that they see that most other adults and "happy,
well-adjusted children" may live their lives fully, and because Muslims,
environmentalists and Progressives can't, they wish to extinguish the lives of
those who can. It's that simple. If paranoia it truly is, that's their
motivation. They prefer to live in thrall to an arbitrary, whimsical,
malevolent deity who denies them any personal values or lives. (See my November
2013 column on Sennels's findings, "The
Psychology of Islamic Culture.)
How does the Western death wish extend to
But it also could be said it started with
FDR and his alliance with Soviet Russia during WWII, or with Eisenhower in 1956
when he scuttled the British, French and Israeli military effort to retake the
Suez Canal from Egypt's dictator Gamal Abdul Nasser, who wished to nationalize
it. Eisenhower pressured
Britain to abandon a
successful initial effort to reclaim the Canal.
This year our government has signed an $11
billion deal with the government of Qatar, a major funder of Islamic terrorism
and owner of Al Jazeera, Qatar's propaganda "news" outlet. Defense
News on July 14th reported that:
will buy US Patriot missiles for the first time in a major arms deal worth $11
billion, officials said Monday, as Washington awaits a decision by the Gulf
state on a lucrative fighter jet contract.
sale will provide Qatar with roughly 10 batteries for Patriot systems designed
to knock out incoming missiles, as well as 24 Apache helicopters and 500
Javelin anti-tank missiles, the US officials, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, told AFP…..
weapons deal was the biggest for the United States in 2014 and came as Qatar
weighs proposals in a fighter jet competition, with US aerospace firm Boeing
vying against British BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation of France.
The arms deal was
signed at the Pentagon in Virginia by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and
the Qatari equivalent, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah.
spokesman said of the major arms deal, “Today’s signing ceremony
underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the
area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation
across a range of military operations.” He continued, “This is a critically
important relationship in the region, and the secretary is pleased to be able
to continue to make it stronger.”
Qatar is a strong
ally and openly supportive of the
Muslim Brotherhood. Although countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia have
recently designated the organization a terrorist group, Qatar maintains that
its goal is simply to preach the good tenets of Islam.
Billions for the defense of a medieval
monarchy, but not much for this country's defense. And while Barack Obama
undoubtedly approved of the agreement, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is
nearly as loony as Vice President Joe Biden. It's also rumored that he
converted to Islam.
giants such as the Boeing Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Conoco Philips, and
Exxon Mobil all have significant interests and partnerships with Qatar. And the
U.S. government appears willing to overlook Qatar's failings. But Palmor has no
qualms in spelling out the dangerous game being played on Israel's doorstep
that Qatar and its Al Jazeera network cannot disguise.
"The Emir of
Qatar has visited the Hamas-controlled Gaza, has embraced Hamas rulers, and has
promised money which in this case he has sent into the hands of Hamas. At the
same time he has never visited the Palestinian Authority (PA) or the government
in Ramallah [even though] he has repeatedly promised to do so. Ignoring Israel
is one thing, but taking sides in Palestinian politics and clearly taking the
side of a terror organization, is another thing. That is clearly taking part in
armed and violent conflict and that is what Qatar is doing. It has always been
on the side of terrorists and on the side of violence."
The history of the association of American and
Western businesses with tyrannical régimes makes the charge of "crony
capitalism" sound like an illicit office romance. The most notorious
instance was oil man Armand
Hammer's deep connections with the Soviet Union, an unprecedented
relationship emulated by many big corporations in later decades with a variety
of dictatorships, authoritarian régimes, and communist governments. To wit:
They left out Turkey.
It is great that more people are coming to this realization and that books are
being written about it, but it doesn’t seem to be significantly changing the
policies of the West (apart from a growing rift between the U.S. and the Sunni
powers in the region over how we’re dealing with Iran). We have yet to
designate the major institutional terror donors in Qatar Saudi Arabia as
terrorist entities. Kuwait was never blacklisted by FATF even though it took it
10 years after 9/11 to outlaw terrorist financing. NATO has retained Turkey as
a member even though it is partnering with Al Qaeda in Syria and helps Iran
evade sanctions. And we mostly ignored attacks by Qatari-backed rebels in Mali
fighting against our oldest ally, France. Instead of doing something
significant, we just nod our heads and say, “yep, the Gulf is where the money
for terrorism comes from,” and then we turn the page of the newspaper to
And on July 21st:
The jihad in Syria
against the Alawites has been wholeheartedly funded by millionaires in Qatar.
The Qatari ministry of culture oversees some of the volunteer operations to
fund terrorism like this, and counter-terrorism expert Juan Zarate says the
financial support for jihad comes “from the top.” This isn’t new information,
but seeing video of the players involved may help some people to grow up and
out of the old-fashioned 1990s view of Qatar as an ally in the Gulf.
The U.S. government's relationship with various
dictatorships, beginning most prominently with FDR's recognition of the Soviet Union
in 1933, has a checkered and disgraceful history, as well. The Soviet Union was
granted the status of a legitimate government in defiance of the knowledge of
Stalin's campaign of starvation against the Ukraine, known in the Ukraine as
the Holodomor, in which some nine million people perished. (For
a detailed account of FDR's role in propping up the Soviet government, see
Diana West's outstanding book, American
Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character.)
The pragmatism evident in the relationships
of our government and private citizens with oppressive foreign governments is
also a form of the West's death wish, as well.
Finally, the Mexican border imbroglio is so
steeped in pragmatism, corruption, and a deliberate Obama policy of swamping
the U.S. with tens of thousands of illegal "immigrants" in order to
"transform" the country to sustain the welfare state and the
Democrats' grip on the country that it beggars imagination. Mac Slavo on
SHFT.com reported on July 20th about the invasion getting a violent
assist from the drug cartels, "Mexican
Drug Cartels Lay Down High Powered Suppressing Fire For Crossing Immigrants":
Shots rang out Friday night in Rincon Peninsula, Texas, forcing U.S.
border patrol agents to take cover. The shots originated from south of the Rio
Grande River and according to Border Patrol sources they came from a
high-powered .50 caliber rifle….
When the shooting
stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves
in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop
anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across,” Gohmert added. “We
have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal
immigrants.” Sources said they believe the gunfire came from members of Mexican
drug cartels, which include former military members trained in shooting that
type of weaponry….
The shooting has
prompted fears that Mexican drug cartels, known to be extremely dangerous and
responsible for over 75,000 deaths in the drug war that has plagued the country
for the last seven years, are now bringing their brand of violence into the United
States via the unsecured 3000-mile southern border.
Obviously with the sanction of the Mexican
government, which has accelerated the "legal" passage of Central American
dross through Mexico to invade the U.S. by proxy. Is this not a declaration of
war against the U.S.?
The American death wish is spectacularly
enabled by President Barack ObamaCare, who wants to force American cities and
towns to accept them. This is an invasion by invitation, similar to Europe's
invitation of millions of unassimilatable Muslims, with the same end, to "transform"
Western countries into satrapies of culturally "diverse" malignancies,
erected on the ashes of freedom and the ruins of Western civilization.
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