Calvera: Once I rob a bank in Texas; your government get after me with a whole army… whole army! One little bank. Is clear the meaning: in Texas, only Texans can rob banks.

The Magnificent Seven 1960

Sunday an Arab paper , Asharq al Awsat wrote about escalating fighting that caused the death of over 700 Muslims.

Abdul Rahman said the death toll of Thursday’s clashes was 396 people, while Friday’s total reached 314, adding that 90 more people were still unaccounted for, although they were also expected to have been killed.

Given that this total is more than double the number of people killed in that Malaysian Air shootdown one might expect the media to express their outrage, for Muslims on twitter to be appalled, for protests to break out all over the world and for the US and western governments to urge restraint.

Ain’t gonna happen, and Breitbart London explains why:

From reading the international and national news you would probably never have known that last Thursday and Friday alone, over 700 people were killed in Syria at the hands of jihadists and pro-Assad forces. Muslim on Muslim, Arab on Arab, human on human, whatever you like to think of it as – Western media is doing an awful job of reporting these abhorrent incidences – and I think I know why.

You see those people were killed in Syria and the people who killed the are fellow Muslims so naturally they don’t count.

Lawrence Askowitz points out that this is not a new phenomenon inFirst One Through. People who apply different standards to Jews than to others are by definition anti-Semites. And the world’s media and leftists consistently blame Israel for the deaths of Muslims, yet by his calculations, 90% of Muslim casualties in wars are at the hands of other Muslims.

You will not see the people doing social media for Hamas talking about these people, you will not hear their stories, our their parents or children crying over their deaths.  In fact if your only source of info is the western MSM media, you likely won’t hear about them at all.

Via Doc’s Talk.

Closing question I wonder if any of the feminists RS McCain or anyone screaming #waronwomen will object to this:

ISIS reportedly carried out the stoning of a woman charged with adultery in the main stadium of the city of Tabqa on Thursday. SOHR said ISIS fighters brought a car filled with rocks and stoned the woman they accused of adultery to death

or this:

“I was walking down the street when a car suddenly stopped and a group of armed women got out,” she says. “They insulted me and yelled at me. They took me to one of their centers and kept me locked in a room. Nobody talked to me or told me the reason for my detention. One of the women in the brigade came over, pointing her firearm at me. She then tested my knowledge of prayer, fasting and hijab.”

The fighter told Zainab she had been arrested because she had been walking alone, without an escort, and because her hijab was not worn properly. “You should be punished for taking your religion lightly,” she told Zainab, before threatening harsher punishment should she be arrested again.

Two hours later, she was released. But for Zainab – and other women here – the message was clear.

The last one via Jihad watch.

Actually I don’t wonder at all, if you can’t blame Jews or the western republican Christian patriarchy it just isn’t evil.

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The world continues to express its outrage at the shooting down of a commercial airliner, likely by Ukrainian separatists.  While it is highly likely that the those firing mistook said aircraft for an enemy plane the idea that civilian aircraft carrying civilian passengers might be targeted, even accidentally, is an unacceptable outrage.

Strangely enough I don’t seem to recall that same outrage a week ago when this story came out.

Sirens sounded in the Tel Aviv area on Friday morning at approximately 10:45 a.m., in what Hamas claims to be its first attack targeting the Ben Gurion International Airport.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system shot down three rockets over the Tel Aviv area, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

Well I understand why there is no outrage, it’s just a random rocket.  It’s not like Hamas was targeting the airport itself or issuing demands and warning to international flyers.  That would be a different story.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, boasting that this is the first time they have specifically targeted Ben Gurion Airport, according to Yedioth Aharonoth. The terror group claimed to have shot four domestically produced M-75 rockets at the airport.

“We are sending a message to all foreign airlines operating flights into the Zionist entity, asking them to stop flying into the entity because of the dangers surrounding all the airports due to the ongoing war,” it said in a statement, according to AFP. 

or not.

The reality is Hamas understands that even if they managed to hit a commercial airplane the international media would have backed Hamas’ claim that the responsibility belongs to Israel and European governments terrified of their increasingly Islamic populations and the increasingly Jew hating left in America would aided by the media unite as a result of such an attack to call on Israel to make concessions to prevent this from happening in the future.

Keep that in mind when you see pols, particular on the left beating their breasts over the next week concerning the downing of the Malaysian flight.

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You might recall that Christ told Peter that one had to forgive not seven times but seventy times seven.

As Christ is not recognized as the Messiah by the Jewish people one would not expect the Jewish state to follow such a rule but they sure gave it the old college try.

And they gave them 46 chances despite things like this and this and this.

Let’s give them a state.

A couple of days ago I wrote about Firedoglake’s piece complaining that Hamas Rockets have failed to kill any Jews while Israel’s Gaza counter strikes have killed 50-100.

On CNN yesterday a spokesman for the Israeli was totally unapologetic about successfully defending their citizens but noted that there is pretty much a 15 second gap between the time the sirens go off and the time you have to get to a shelter.

Of course some places, like certain malls & markets, don’t have sufficient shelters as evidenced from this exchange via Shiloh Musings

Just a tiny fraction of the shoppers and staff in the supermarket can fit in it. There’s no way that there would be room for the Yafiz customers and workers could get in if people were to take the alarm seriously. We took our cue from our customers who barely missed a beat.”

“What was that?”
“An alert/alarm?”
“Oh, so what’s the price of …?”
“It couldn’t be near here.’
“Did you hear anything?”
“No”
“Let them bomb all the Arabs on Har Habayit!”
“I hope they hit the gold dome.”
“Do you have — in size –?”

Those were typical reactions I heard. Actually a large portions of the reactions were wishes that the Gazan missiles would destroy the mosques on the Temple Mount. I didn’t notice anyone walking out of the store, certainly nobody ran out looking for shelter.

The representative from Hamas that Wolf Blitzer interviewed went on and on about Israel targeting civilians and (while claiming they did not) but somehow the it never occurred to Wolf to ask that obvious question which suddenly hit me…

…where are the Bomb shelters in Gaza?

Where is the siren system? Where are the shelters purchased with either western aid or Arab oil money?

For 10 years Hamas has owned the Gaza strip, they have had complete control of the area and while they’ve managed to acquire rockets to shoot at Israel and tunnels to get into Israel for kidnapping and bomb setting they haven’t taken the time to build bomb shelters.

Why not? If they are actually concerned about their people under Israeli attack surely they would invest in shelters for their women and children to take cover in during an Israeli attack? Surely the great humanitarians of Hamas would take the time and the foreign money to make sure their sons and daughters are protected?

Yet not only have they not done this in ten years but they have urged people living in buildings that are targeted to remain inside as Jake Tapper has reported. In fact I wonder how strong that urging has been? Does it involve a “militant” with a gun?

Isn’t there anyone in the international media who can figure this out?

If you want to pretend that Israel is the great villain here be my guest, one of the most basic rights a person has in a free society is the right to be wrong, but until the rulers of Gaza show the same concern that Israel does for it’s citizens, Jew, Arab & Christian, don’t expect me to buy that load of crap.

Update: Al Arabia talks of this as pride:

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This rant at Firedoglake has to be read to be believed

Oh of course, the Gazans are vicious for killing no one, but ‘no comment’ on the Israeli air strikes that have killed 29 civilians according to Reuters.

I bet most Americans oppose Israel’s deadly civilian-killing response to being attacked by so far harmless unguided missiles.

“Harmless unguided missiles?

Think about this for a second.

The author considers Hamas harmless despite terrorizing cities and operating from civilian areas by the virtue of their constant rocket attacks failing to killing jews.

Meanwhile Israel is a villain not only for successfully striking back at those attacking their population without sufficient precision for the author’s taste but more of all for having successfully (to this point) defended their civilian population from attack.

Via Israel Matzav who quotes an Israeli official as to what Hamas wants for a ceasefire

According to Gilad, Hamas is more than ready to end this round of fighting. “They are hoping for a ‘high-quality’ attack that they can point to and pronounce as a victory, and when that happens they will immediately call a cease-fire. They are sustaining grave losses and cannot continue at this rate,” he said.

and it’s not like Hamas isn’t trying either:

They(Hamas)  issue proclamations of ‘victory’ and time their major rocket attacks to coincide with ‘high pressure’ periods,” such as Thursday morning’s attack on Tel Aviv at the height of rush hour. As tens of thousands of commuters were driving into the Tel Aviv area Thursday morning, Hamas terrorists fired at least four rockets at the Dan area.

If Israel would only turn off Iron Dome and let the Hamas kill a few jews without going through the trouble of kidnapping them, then we’d have peace.

Oddly for some reason, I have the feeling that even if Hamas managed to kill a bunch of Jews, that would not be enough for the readers of Firedoglake.

Well maybe Fatah’s Rockets will have better aim.

 

on an Arabic Facebook page.

Syria Bazinga

They wouldn’t be able to handle it.

Here is the poster’s statement translated into English via Google Chrome

Dr. Faisal al-Qasim

Imagine: Israel is jealous of the preferential treatment received by the Assad regime from the international community: How do you boycott our goods, and Tgeshun universities against us, and you send fleets to lift the siege on Gaza, while suffering 15 percent of children are obese from eating too much. In Syria, Assad has killed more than 120 000 Syrian, and made millions homeless, with no one calling for a boycott, or the surge in international universities against his regime, and no one sends ships to lift the blockade on the besieged areas of Syria. Imagine: Even Israel is jealous of this international complicity with Assad. (We lived and Vena…

The real interesting action is in the comments.

There is a reason why these guys pushing these things always seem to be anti-western. It’s not a coincidence that you have a defender of Stalin pushing this boycott of Israel.

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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.

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