The latest in our series of the common thread of the left

As of this writing a “Truce” is in effect between Israel & Hamas. The left and media during this crisis has pilloried Israel

NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin seemed to take a strong position, rather than just reporting, on the United States’ role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He effectively blamed the unresolved crisis on the United States’ refusal to recognize Hamas and for not doing enough to reign in Israel’s military actions.

This ignores the fact that this wasn’t a crisis when Israel was being shot at, it only became a crisis when Israel began shooting back.

Item: The left claims Israel is an oppressor and our state department remains unwilling to critique Turkey for calling Israel a terror state, however if you want to know how they really feel consider this story:

Back in mid-June, during the great Paris weapons show, the Rafael pavilion was absolutely the busiest around, and everybody wanted to look at the new, exciting, Iron Dome system, the greatest achievement in rocket defense ever. But by the end of the show, Rafael hadn’t made a single sale. The Arrow sold well, other systems did great – Iron Dome wasn’t moving. So they contacted their big clients, the serious ones, and asked what gives. And those clients told them no one except Israel has any use for these things. Because in any normal, sane country, if some hooligans were to start targeting civilians with rockets – the army would go and kill them. emphasis mine

So in public Israel needs to show restraint, in private Hamas and their rocket firing friends are “some hooligans” than normal people would just go kill?

I object to the use of the term “Hooligans” it’s not like they are a bunch of bikers dragging their murdered people behind them as they rideoh wait:

The six “were caught red-handed” with high-tech filming equipment to take videos of military positions, according to a security source quoted by the Hamas Aqsa radio. The men were shot.

Militants hooked the body of one alleged spy to a motorcycle and dragged him through the streets of Gaza City.

Yeah that sounds like “hooligans” to me.

If you are as old as me you remember when Reagan called the Soviets an “Evil Empire” the left went absolutely nuts. Speaking the truth aloud is just not done…but more on that tomrrow

Gavin Wells: Welcome to Chicago, Now pay up!

The Good wife Waiting for the Knock 2012

Last week I talked about the various Secession petitions as an unrealistic fantasy.

However there is a reality that is going on in the US that is already tearing chucks of the country away, but it is not Secession, it is cede-session as Granite Grok explains

It’s already happening in some areas, and it has been happening for quite some time. Parts of Arizona, for example, have in effect seceded–not voluntarily, of course. It was more secession by math with a dash of history reasserting itself. The illegal drug trafficking and other problems simply overwhelmed the resources intended to control them. Now, when traveling a road in Arizona, you can see signs that read, “DANGER PUBLIC WARNING TRAVEL NOT RECOMMENDED… Visitors may encounter Armed Criminals…”. That’s effectively saying the writ of the United States does not apply in this area, so heads up! Some of these areas are quite large. “3,500 acres of southern Arizona have been closed off to U.S. citizens due to increased violence…”. It truly is the Wild West in those areas. You have no idea what you’ll come across if you enter.

One of my pet peeves has been inner city crime, by not enforcing laws you basically leave the population at the mercy of criminal elements. It’s what got me so hyped about the Trevor Martin case. The national media marched over Trevor’s death and demanded justice, but that same media has no care about the slaughter of black youth by other black youth because it doesn’t fit their narrative and because the police understand what will be done to them by the media if they dare enforce the law, they let things be. Grok again:

Arizona is but one example, there are other more well known areas that U.S. citizens acknowledge with a wink and a nod. Detroit is an example. Gary, Indiana another. Even areas of Chicago. Remember Mayor Rahm “the Don” Emanuel telling gangbangers to, “Take your stuff away to the alley”? Did you ever wonder why he just didn’t tell them to stop it altogether? Because he knows, and they know, they won’t, and there isn’t anything the Mayor can do about it. Essentially, areas of that city are on their own, effectively lawless

That’s why you can stone Christians in Dearborn Michigan and the Christians can be blamed. That’s why a Molly Norris can be still in hiding (apologies not withstanding) for over two years for suggesting “Everybody Draw Mohammad day”

It’s also why in England, France, Germany and many parts of Europe Muslim areas are becoming “No go” places for the police. These are not acts of Secession by those gropes demanding a state, it is an act of cede-ession the country ceding control of the areas to the mob.

This is where we are right now, where do we think we’ll be in four years? If this keeps up nobody will have to talk about Secession against the union, in the end the country will break itself up into little Feudal fiefdoms.

And I suspect this will suit the left just fine, as long as their friends are the liege lords and provide the votes come election day.

Egyptians I’m sure were very happy to have even a phony cease-fire between Hamas & Israel. The idea that Hamas was being hit at the same time that Egypt was doing nothing (as it didn’t want to have its Army and Air-force destroyed) looked bad to the rest of the Arab/Islamic world.

Too bad it came at a price they will be paying for years

Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments granting himself far-reaching powers and ordering the retrial of leaders of Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising.

Well that’s Kind of a broad statement is it really something to worry about?

The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority, a move that places Morsi above oversight of any kind. He already has legislative powers after the powerful lower chamber was dissolved days before he took office June 30.

Hmmmm: sounds like we’ve replaced a Pro-American dictator, with a pro-Islamist dictator.

Morsi’s decrees came as thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Cairo for the fourth day running to protest against Morsi’s policies and criticize the Muslim Brotherhood, the fundamentalist group from which the Egyptian leader hails

There is nothing like a dictator who takes power in an election. They get legitimacy while making sure nobody can challenge the ever again (Remember Hamas who were dragging the bodies of Arab enemies in the streets last week, took power in elections).

But to our friends on the left this reality doesn’t matter any more than the violent post ceasefire pronouncements of the Head of the Muslim Brotherhood calling for Holy War against Israel or the Jewish state’s actual security or lack of it. Who cares about the future of Egypt’s people as long as the media can write stories like this:

Clinton even announced the agreement standing next to Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. She hailed the agreement as an important step to bringing stability and peace to a region that has seen major upheaval and transformation in the past two years.

“The people of this region deserve the chance to be free of fear and violence and today’s agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on,” Clinton said.

The agreement, brokered by Clinton and top Egyptian officials, called for an end to the Hamas rocket attacks and expressed hope for a “broader calm.”

Like Hurricane Sandy one the sound bite and media clip has passed the as far as our friends on the left are concerned the problem is solved (at least till the next Republican administration).

So Egypt, hope you enjoy your revolution and your new forever leader Mohamed Morsi that you elected, because you’ll be living with him for a long long time.

Update: Bryan Preston:

The United Nations is said to be “very concerned” about Morsi’s power grab.

Oh they’re very concerned, well that’s OK then.

Strangely enough Mr. Preston doesn’t see the same concern farther south

The more realistic view is that Egypt and Hamas are making the moves that both are making now because they have read Obama’s re-election as giving them space to act without fear of American intervention on Israel’s side.

I’d say that pretty much right, but I disagree with the next paragraph

It is striking, how unsurprised Obama, Clinton, Rice et al seem to be by the Hamas barrage against Israel over the past fortnight, and by Egypt’s swift turn toward Islamist dictatorship. It’s almost like they expected these events to happen.

I don’t think it’s striking at all. I certainly expected Islamists to be on the move if Barack Obama was re-elected I don’t see why they should be.

Update 2: While some Egyptian groups are protesting Elder of Ziyon makes a good point:

The problem is that the pro-Islamist groups can easily summon far more people at any protest any time they want. The parliamentary elections made that clear – the masses in Egypt are not pro-secular, and an Islamist government that veers towards totalitarianism is not considered a problem as long as Islamic law is the driving force behind it.

and there are some promoting more permanent ways of ensuring those who might want to speak to be silent.