Every now and then Amnesty International notices the things that some of us have been highlighting for a while:

A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.
Amnesty International detailed the abuses in a report entitled “Strangling Necks’: Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict.”
According to the London-based human rights group, some 23 Palestinians were shot and killed and dozens more were arrested and tortured by Hamas, which rules Gaza. The Palestinians targeted were either political rivals of Hamas, including members of the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, or people the militant group had accused of cooperating with Israel, Amnesty said.

the report notes executions and beatings such as this:

While I was there Internal Security came to the house and knocked loudly at the door; a relative told them no one was home and the family was in Gaza City at their brother’s home. I went downstairs to see what was happening and two men took me into a Mitsubishi car. They said they were from Internal Security and I was wanted for questioning.

I sat in the back seat between two of them. They put a blindfold on me and a pistol to my head and told me not to raise my head. I don’t know where they took me; it seemed far away and they kept going around in circles with the car.

They asked if I knew why I had been taken. When I said I did not, they said, “Now you will find out”, and started
beating me. I was taken down steps to what seemed like a ground floor, where I was beaten for about half an hour while my hands were tied with rope. Someone else came and said I was to be brought upstairs, so I was taken to either the second or third floor, as we went up steps. Upstairs, I was hung by the legs and handcuffed and beaten.

Finally, someone said, “He does not want to confess, hang him up.” They hung my legs from the ceiling while I was handcuffed, then beaten with metal bars and pipes. I was accused of using and dealing the drug Tramal [a painkiller], and also of using and dealing in hashish and procuring women. I would not confess to any of the charges.

But while the report strongly and rightly hits Hamas, Amnesty being Amnesty reserves a strong critique of Israel in the 2nd & third paragraphs of the executive summary.

For a strange reason I suspect our friends in the press (you know the once who aren’t noticing the rockets being fired at Israel this week will be much more interested in reporting those paragraphs than the rest of the 40+ pages of the report, particularly since they need not fear for their physical safety for press attacks on Israel.

Elder of Ziyon sees Amnesty’s report as simply another means to make demands of Israel:

What does this have to do with the subject of the report?

Under the excuse of allowing any UN or international investigation into Hamas activity – investigations that simply will never happen – Amnesty is demanding that Israel open itself up to biased prosecutions, for example under the Rome Statute that includes text written specifically to damn Israel and no other country.

Amnesty isn’t interested in justice for Hamas. It wants to use Hamas as a fig-leaf to issue more ultimatums against Israel.

That sounds about right.

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See it?
See it?

By John Ruberry

“See it
For the same reason no one ever
Pointed a telescope at the sun”
The Clash, Red Angel Dragnet.

The last 100 years can safely be placed into the following eras. World War I (1914-1918), Interwar (1918-1939), World War II (1939-1945), the Cold War (1945-1991), and the present epoch, the Age of Islamic Terror (1991-present). Certainly there were Muslim-inspired terror acts before 1991, such as the assassination of Anwar Sadat ten years earlier by an Islamist. But the Cold War was the driving international political force then.

Now Islamic terror and the rest of the world’s response to it is the global impetus of change, for good or for ill.

And what has happened since 1991? Some of the atrocities include the first World Trade Center attack, Osama bin Laden’s two jihad fatwas, al Qaeda’s African embassy bombings and its bombing of the USS Cole, 9/11, the 2002 Bali bombings, the 3/11 bombings in Madrid, Hamas’ takeover of Gaza, Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, the 7/7 bombings in London, Hezbollah’s war with Israel, the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Fort Hood, thousands of sectarian murders in Iraq and Pakistan, the Boston Marathon bombings, the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria, Benghazi, the ascent of the Islamic State in Syria and northern Iraq, and this month’s Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris. This rundown reads like a listing of the theaters of conflict during the Second World War.

Sometimes radical Islamists attacks other Muslims, such as last week’s removal from office of the president of Yemen by Iranian-backed Shi’ites.

For the most part world leaders ignore or obfuscate the reality that they are living in the Age of Islamic Terror. President Obama regularly refers to Islamic terror as “violent extremism,” a term that is broad enough to include gang-bang murders on Chicago’s South Side. Great Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, says his nation is not at war with radical Islam, countering it’s “just a huge challenge our society faces.” But the war is there. Just as the sun is there as well–even if we don’t point a telescope at it.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Basil Fawlty:Can’t we get you on Mastermind, Sybil? Next contestant: Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject – the bleeding obvious.

Fawlty Towers  Basil the Rat 1979

The latest in our series of posts on subjects that should surprise nobody who is paying attention:

Today’s piece highlights the blog Israel Matzav and both Jeffrey Goldberg and Hamas & Fatah

At first glance it would seem that Jeffery Goldberg’s piece in the Atlantic this week concerning the attack on Jews at worship in Jerusalem would be our primary argument but a closer examination of it shows that he doesn’t quite get it.

One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we’ve seen, from time to time, this sort of sectarian barbarism take place in places like Jerusalem, and Hebron. The most shocking aspect is the wholesale endorsement of this slaughter by Hamas, a group that, during this summer’s war in Gaza, half-succeeded in convincing the world that it wasn’t what it actually is: a group with actual genocidal intentions.
There is an inherent contradiction in that paragraph, in the same sentence that he notes that Hamas is a bunch of murderous bastards, he expresses shock that said murderous bastards expressing the opinion expected of murderous bastards:
This is how a Hamas spokesman reacted to the massacre of Jews at prayer: “The new operation is heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality against our people and our holy places. We have the full right to revenge for the blood of our martyrs in all possible means.”
I suspect  he is speaking in a PR sense.  He’s shocked they’re not playing the game that has fools his readers and friends in the media.  Yet he himself  is falling for that very same game when it comes to the Palestinian Authority:
The Palestinian Authority leader, the more moderate Mahmoud Abbas, has condemned the attack, but it is also fair to say that he helped create the atmosphere in which attacks like this one become more likely.
Goldberg implies that the PA & Abbas are moderates.  They would certainly would NEVER celebrate the massacre of Jews at prayer, and they certainly would never say one thing for western consumption & something different to their own people.
And above all they certainly wouldn’t post an explanation on Facebook to explain their condemnation are just for show , would they?

Following the Palestinian Authority’s condemnation of this morning’s terror attack in which 4 Jews were murdered while praying in a Jerusalem synagogue, Abbas’ Fatah showed on its official Facebook page that Abbas’ condemnation is not sincere.

Fatah explained Abbas’ condemnation of the murders by using Palestinian Media Watch documentation showing Arafat’s bodyguard explaining that Arafat would lie and condemn terror attacks due to international pressure to do so, but that “it wasn’t true.”

via Israel Maztav who notes:
Until Goldberg and his friends in the media are willing to be honest about all the ‘Palestinian’ leadership’s genocidal intentions, those who depend on the media for their news will not understand the true nature of the threat facing us. The Temple Mount is just a sideshow. If it weren’t that, it would be something else.
Goldberg willingness to continue to play this game while Fatah’s military continues to train for war costs lives.

Poole: Care to revise your statement, sir?

Guard: What?

Marshal Samuel Gerard: Do you want to change you bullshit story, sir?

The Fugitive 1993

You know when you live long enough you see just about everything.

For example I’m old enough to remember the days when people objected to Israel Blaming Hamas for the kidnapping and murder of those Israeli teens that was the prelude to the latest round of fighting in the Israel & Gaza.

Khaled Meshal, head of the Hamas political bureau, told Sky News in Arabic on Wednesday that his organization is not behind the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens in the West Bank. According to the report, Khaled asked Turkey to intervene in the crisis with Israel and to convey a message that Hamas is interested in calming things down and avoiding further military conflict with Israel.

Furthermore

According to these sources, Hamas requested that Turkey convey messages to Israel to the effect that the organization has no connection to the kidnapping. Qatar also conveyed similar messages to Israel and the Palestinian Authority leadership.

And you could find attacks on Israel for blaming Hamas all over the net

If this ends with the missing teens being rescued, how will Netanyahu try to convince the world that Hamas was truly behind the kidnapping? If Netanyahu cannot prove his case against Hamas with solid and indisputable proof that the Palestinian organization was really behind the kidnapping this could very well be the last such hoax that Netanyahu pulls.

In tweets

In US Magazines:

It Turns Out Hamas May Not Have Kidnapped and Killed the 3 Israeli Teens After All

And with smug words

As in the case of Weapons of Mass Destruction, many observers and journalists never bought the Israeli story.

And “Smoking gun proof:”

Today, the whole world is recognizing and applauding Palestine’s new coalition government featuring the newly-reconciled PLA and Hamas. Israel is going crazy, screaming about the “evil Hamas terrorists.” Suddenly three Israeli teens are allegedly kidnapped. Israel blames Hamas, and initiates a brutal crackdown in the West Bank.

But Hamas had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, from pulling off this kind of kidnapping. The only beneficiary is Israel, which wants to delegitimize the Palestinian coalition government. The situation fairly screams “false flag!

Prompting smug remarks in comments

I am deeply ashamed over the falsehood of fanatic Jews in Israel.

Ah those halcyon days of my youth, I remember them well.

Alas how things change with the passage of time

A top Hamas official said members of his militant group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers whose deaths in June provoked a spiral of violence that led to the war in Gaza, the first acknowledgement of the movement’s involvement.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, has up to now refused to confirm or deny Israeli accusations that it masterminded the abduction and killing of the three young men, one of them a joint U.S.-Israeli citizen, in Hebron

but but False flag!

“There was much speculation about this operation, some said it was a conspiracy,” al-Arouri told delegates at the meeting of the International Union of Islamic Scholars on Wednesday, a recording of which was posted online by organisers.

“The popular will was exercised throughout our occupied land, and culminated in the heroic operation by the Qassam Brigades in imprisoning the three settlers in Hebron,” he said, referring to Hamas’s armed wing.

Amazing what you find out as time marches on. Why I remember those early denials of Hamas’s responsibility like they were only last month…

…come to think of it they were last month weren’t they?

 

Well maybe the various Jew haters out there will have better luck with this story from the US:

Temple University is investigating after a student reportedly attacked and made anti-Semitic remarks to another student at an event welcoming students to campus.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is going long on denials

There was an incident today @ Templefest involving someone who is NOT a member of our organization, but accusations by right wing media are patently false. No Anti Semitic sentiments or slurs. We’re writing a statement w/ eyewitness testimony at the moment.

Temple has put out their own statement on their website:

Temple University is investigating a report of an attack against a student late Wednesday afternoon on main campus. The attack is alleged to have included physical violence and anti-Semitic statements and religious slurs. As part of its investigation, Temple asks that anyone with information about the incident contact Campus Safety Services immediately at 215-204-1234.

Temple University unequivocally condemns the disparagement or assault of any person based on religion or nationality. The university will not tolerate violence of any kind directed against members of the Temple community.

In addition, university officials Wednesday night reached out to leaders of the Temple Jewish and pro-Palestinian communities to discuss the incident and a best path for moving forward.

I wonder if those denials will hold up as long over the course of time as Hamas’ did?

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method…you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.

C.S. Lewis Screwtape 13

Captain Hughes: In fairness to all of you I am honor bound to ask this question. Is there anyone here who doesn’t want to be a member of his majesty’s navy?

Seaman: ( Steps forward) Me Sir!

Captain Hugues: (Produces pistol and shoots the man. He drops dead with a groan & thud) Is there anyone else reluctant to serve

Yellowbeard 1983

One of the problems when you live by a lie or by propaganda sooner or later reality reasserts itself and the entire game is up.

That is the situation in Gaza and Iraq today.

Let’s start with Gaza, for the last several weeks we’ve been told all about Israel’s targeting of civilians as member after member of the press showed pictures of the dead spun Israel’s culpability.   (with the exception of some fellow by the name of Tapper) .

Well unfortunately for Hamas in Gaza when the cease fire started the reporters started leaving Gaza and once there were no longer within shooting distance of these guys…behold:

Israel has argued that that these rockets are fired from civilian areas, and this is why its retaliatory strikes can result in civilian casualties. 

But this morning, NDTV witnessed one such rocket silo being created under a tent right next to the hotel where our team was staying.  

the key bit:

This report is being aired on NDTV and published on ndtv.com after our team left the Gaza strip 

And now we have news organizations complaining about their treatment by Hamas

The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month. 


The international media are not advocacy organisations and cannot be prevented from reporting by means of threats or pressure, thereby denying their readers and viewers an objective picture from the ground.
In several cases, foreign reporters working in Gaza have been harassed, threatened or questioned over stories or information they have reported through their news media or by means of social media. 


We are also aware that Hamas is trying to put in place a “vetting” procedure that would, in effect, allow for the blacklisting of specific journalists. Such a procedure is vehemently opposed by the FPA.

Michael Totten who has some experience reporting from the area states the obvious:

Of course this happened. Gaza is ruled by a dictatorship and a terrorist army, and this is what dictators and terrorists do. I’d flatly refuse to believe any report that said otherwise. Hezbollah pulled the same crap with me in Lebanon, and that was during peace time, not war time. I also told my readers about it and refused to be censored. And Hezbollah, at least in some ways, is less oppressive and controlling than Hamas.

Alan Johnson published a round-up of first-person reports in The Telegraph if you want to know the nuts-and-bolts of how this actually works.

 
All of this is bad news for Hamas but what’s happening in Iraq is worse, much worse for their PR war vs Israel.

Hamas has been maintaining that Israel is strangling their people, that they have been targeting civilians, they have described Israel as an apartheid state etc etc etc.

And then comes Isis in Iraq actually demonstrating what mass murder, targeting civilians and repression look like, forced conversions, mass murder, beheadings, targeting civilians and exclusions based on religion in an environment where the press dares not go.

All in the name of Allah.

It’s one thing to use an example from 95 years to demonstrate the absurdity of the charges against Israel. It’s another to be able to say: “You want to see actual repression & murder? Just head to Gaza city and bang a right.”

It’s not a good week for Hamas at all.

Exit Question: Did I miss the mass marches of Muslims in Paris, London and the rest of Europe condemning Isis for perverting Islam?

Update: This report on Gazans critique of Hamas is the icing on the cake

“We do not want to be bombarded every two or three years. We want to lead a good life: Sleep well, drink well and eat well,”

That doesn’t seem like much a critique to me yet to the author is it an act of courage:


It is impossible to say how widespread such discontent is among Gaza’s 1.8 million residents. Under Hamas rule, it’s rare and dangerous to share even as much as a hint of criticism of the government with outsiders.

Still, the men’s boldness in voicing their opinions could be a telling sign that some Gazans see Hamas as weakened.

If that’s considered boldness on the part of Hamas what follows from Hamza Hendawi is downright courageous:


Hamas has ruled with an iron fist since it took over Gaza, expelling the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. It does not tolerate dissent, detains critics and carries out extrajudicial executions of alleged spies for Israel. It has filled government departments with loyalists and is particularly intolerant of any criticism of its handling of the conflict with Israel. It seeks to block unauthorized media coverage of its military wing.

Even one story like this from a reporter based in that area is a watershed moment.

Mr. Potter:You’re worth more dead than alive

It’s a Wonderful Life 1946

Batman: No Joker you’re playing the Wrong game, the Old game. Tonight you’re taking no Hostages. Tonight I’m taking no prisoners .

Batman the Dark Knight #3 1986

Any person who deals in commodities and the current owners of the Market Basket Chain can tell you that value is a fragile thing all dependent on time and circumstances.

For example: If a company might develop a drug for carpel tunnel syndrome and you make a compound used for that drug you would have a small niche market. If it turned out a side effect was to grow hair in men and remove body fat suddenly your compound would not only be more valuable but you likely couldn’t produce enough of it. If it turned out another side effect was impotence and an increased chance of stroke suddenly your product would not only be without value, but would be a liability.

This is basically what has happened to Lt. Hadar Goldin and is the reason why if he wasn’t dead on Friday he certainly is now.

It was a long established fact that a captured Israeli soldier was of great value to the various Palestinian terror groups. it not only demonstrated combat skill against the vaunted Israeli army but such a soldier as a hostage not only restrained Israel but was tradable for hundreds of their fellow terrorists. The last such solder was redeemed for 1000 enemies which is why Israel put such a premium of not getting captured.

Such was seemingly the case when Hadar Goldin was taken 90 minutes into the cease fire, Hamas was delighted at first to announce the capture

But suddenly the narrative changed.

Hamas which is pretty much fighting a a PR war with their own dead as props discovered that the media found violating a cease fire that was meant to allow the very relief that they demanded for their people, didn’t play well.

Suddenly the very people who were insisting Israel needed to honor the cease fire were all over Hamas, additionally Israel was incensed after giving into pressure for a cease fire the country already overwhelmingly in favor of the war promised an incredible prices for these actions. Israel’s attitude could be summed up in this teet via Legal Insurrection:

Hamas and their Palestinian mouthpieces were taken totally off guard and found themselves in full spin mode. Suddenly they had no idea what happened, they didn’t have any soldier and never captured him, and even if he WAS captured it was before the ceasefire and hey maybe these guys didn’t know about the cease fire.

Lt. Hadar Golden suddenly went from a captive that could be displayed as a triumph of Arab arms to a liability that had to be eliminated, at once.

Meanwhile the capture of Lt. Golden put Israel in an untenable position as well.

For all of the critique that Israel had taken they had pretty much succeeded in their primary objectives of taking out Hamas Tunnels and making it clear that neither the use of civilian homes, nor UN compounds were going to restrain Israel from taking out arms, munitions and those who use them.

But if you have the parents of a solder on TV holding up his picture, if you give the far left the argument that peace is necessary, not to save the Arabs but to rescue a brave young Jewish man serving his country suddenly you have an argument that not only might turn public opinion in the long run, but might stifle the offensive when they are on the verge of finishing the job.

That is the reality if Lt. Golden is a prisoner, how do you get around this problem? Like this:

At the news conference, Netanyahu answered questions about the missing soldier, 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, saying he intended to speak to his family later.

A few hours later, about 2 a.m. Sunday, the Israeli military announced that the missing soldier had been killed in action. Goldin was posthumously promoted to lieutenant, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in a series of Twitter posts.

As a military decision declaring Lt. Golden dead publicly makes perfect sense. Suddenly the Israeli left and even his family do not have a lever to use to try to move the Israeli government. Meanwhile Hamas potential hold on Israel is gone, moreover even if Hamas actually has Lt. Golden this declaration sends a message to them that Israel isn’t playing the old game anymore, they’ve gone from the campy 60’s Batman, to the Dark Knight.

That’s the irony here,  Golden alive is a liability for Hamas and a problem for Israel, but if he is dead the problems for both are solved.

That’s why I think even if Lt. Golden was alive on Friday he isn’t anymore.

If you want a perfect illustration of the insanity that war produces, this is it.

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As I’ve already said Joe Scarborough has been a friend to this blog and to DaTechGuy on DaRadio and if anyone expects me to throw him under the bus it’s simply not going to happen, Sicilians don’t do that.

That being said when it comes to his statements on Israel the last few days I think Joe is very wrong on several levels.  Allow me to explain in some detail the fallacies:

1.  The blame game:

Kay:There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet

Men in Black 1997

Joe’s initial comments concerning Israel came before the latest Hamas violation of the cease-fire but the problem he runs into is beyond that:

The United States of America — we cannot be associated with this if this continues. This is so bad, not only for the Israeli people, but for us.

The argument here is that it hurts the United States to be associated with Israel because of these actions but  However it doesn’t matter what Israel does o how far they go they are to blame.

If they invade to take out the tunnels they are to blame for invading.

If they shell or use airstrikes to stop the rockets they are to blamed for the shelling

If they do not shell but merely cut off the cement used to make the tunnels 

And if they do nothing and simply take Rocket fire then they are to blame because they don’t’ allow Hamas to pass the checkpoints into Israel.

Simply ask yourself if anyone internationally cares that Russia has been supporting Assad what kind of condemnation did they receive for this?

The bottom line is this:  It doesn’t matter what Israel does or doesn’t do the left & the arab world will consider it a criminal state and will attack the US for supporting it. 

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2.  The poor innocents:

Balton: If you love your brother, you must shelter him, hide him, protect him from the Mentiads. Remember what happened to your father.
Mula: My father didn’t fall into the hands of the Mentiads.
Balton: No
Mula: He was shot by the Captain’s guards.
Balaton: To save him from the Mentiads. At least he died a clean death. It was an act of mercy by the Captain.
Kimus: Oh well, thank you, O merciful Captain, for so kindly having Mula’s father shot down in the street like a dog.
Balaton: Listen, Kimus, let me tell you this. I would cheerfully strangle Pralix with my own hands to save him from those, those

Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet 1978

The second bit of nonsense in his argument involves  civilian casualties

“This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine. . . .

Note the point being made, the reality that if Israel was targeting civilians there wouldn’t be 1500 dead but 150,000 dead by now, but we are not supposed to react based on the reality but what “appears” to be reality.

If you want to see reality take this quote from Hillel Neuer via Yid with Lid:

If in the past year you didn’t cry out when thousands of protesters were killed and injured by Turkey, Egypt and Libya, when more victims than ever were hanged by Iran, women and children in Afghanistan were bombed, whole communities were massacred in South Sudan, 1800 Palestinians were starved and murdered by Assad in Syria, hundreds in Pakistan were killed by jihadist terror attacks, 10,000 Iraqis were killed by terrorists, villagers were slaughtered in Nigeria, but you only cry out for Gaza, then you are not pro human rights, you are only anti-Israel.

Now in fairness Joe has in fact talked about the deaths in Egypt, and in Syria and in Afghanistan but a large chunk of the people currently all over Israel have not, as far as they are concerning the hundreds killed in Syria, the Christians expelled by ISIS and the woman stoned to death and even the shooting of “collaborators” is a non-story.

In fact the #1 target of the various Islamic groups have always been their fellow Muslims and/or arabs who simply aren’t the right type of arab or muslim.

This leads to another logical conclusion:

The left and the Arab worlds concern for the dead innocents in directly proportional to their ability to blame Israel and/or the west for said deaths.

3.  Oh what comes next:

Jacob Woodling:  Quiet! Brigham Young has twenty seven wives and he hasn’t had half the trouble with them that I’ve had with the two of you!
Elizabeth: Then simplify your life, Jacob. Sell me.
Jacob Woodling: But Elizabeth: you don’t know what you’ll get.
Elizabeth:  
I know what I’ve had.

Paint Your Wagon  1969

Joe’s other point is the fear of what comes next:

As much as we all hate Hamas, what is going to replace Hamas is going to be much worse. It is going to be a radical Islamist group instead of just power-hungry, corrupt people that despise Israel. 

AllahPundit (via Stacy) made dismisses Joe’s argument thus:

If you take the “whatever comes next will be worse” logic to its ultimate conclusion, though, you’re forever left defending whichever bunch of degenerates is in charge at the time. Israel can’t oust Hamas because then Al Qaeda might take over; if Al Qaeda takes over, Israel can’t oust them or else ISIS might move in. If ISIS moves in, Israel can’t oust them or else a portal to hell will open in the ground and Hitler and Bin Laden will emerge from the earth to rule Gaza together.

It’s not a bad as far as it goes but given what we’ve seen in Egypt, Syria & Libya over the last couple of years I find it an insufficient counter Joe Scarborough’s point.  One could credibly make the case the world would be better if there had been no revolts in any of those three states.

The actual error in Joe’s reasoning is actually illustrated by this seemingly unrelated post from Elder of Zion noting that the world (and Israel) is pretty much ignoring the rockets currently being shot from the West Bank:

The Abu Nidal Brigades of Fatah’s Al Asqa Martyrs Brigades helpfully gives us a tally: 

34 N103 missiles .
173 107 missiles .
32 Grad rockets.
53 120 mm mortar rounds
23 80 mm mortar rounds
14 60 mm mortar rounds
One RPG-7 .
Moltka anti-missile shields.


At least three other Fatah terror groups have also fired rockets at Israel.

Why is Fatah doing this,  because of a simple fact:

A senior Fatah official told me earlier this week in Ramallah that Fatah has felt obliged to fire some rockets against Israel, lest it be seen as collaborating with the Jewish state.

This is Fatah’s defense for war crimes – because they don’t want to look too peaceful to their own people!

Think about that for a second, the supposedly moderate Fatah, the people who are simply interested in living large off of their own corruption and the foreign aid that pours in feels obliged to attempt to attack Israel to prove to their people that they are interested in killing Jews.

That’s the dirty little secret, if there was an election in the west bank, in Gaza on peace or war with Israel, the vote would be overwhelmingly for war.

The same would be true if such a vote took place in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran Libya  and even Iraq.  The people are overwhelmingly in favor of destroying the Jewish state.

And let not forget what protesters across Europe are saying:

 Residents of Frankfurt and Dortmund were horrified in mid-July to see neo-Nazi groups join hands with left-wing Islamists in a grim chant: “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.” The center of London was blocked on July 19 by thousands who gathered in front of the Israeli embassy in Kensington to shout their hatred for Jews.


Not to mention Amsterdam, the city of Spinoza, Europe’s capital of tolerance, where in certain neighborhoods it has become practically impossible to wear a yarmulke in public without running the risk of being insulted or assaulted.

At the Tablet they really nail it:

Rahman Azzam Pasha, the head of the newly formed Arab League, spoke for his “honor group” when he threatened that “if the Zionists dare establish a state, the massacres we would unleash would dwarf anything which Genghis Khan and Hitler perpetrated.” As the Armenians had discovered a generation earlier, the mere suspicion of rebellion could engender massacres.
Instead a group of Jews who survived Hitler’s ovens not only were not massacred but defeated the arabs again and again from 1948 all the way to 1973 (notwithstanding Egypt’s self-delusion celebration of their “victory” in that last war.  For a culture based on honor or saving face that is intolerable which is why 70 years later these people are still considered “refugees” )
 If the refugees from this Zionist aggression disappeared, absorbed by their brethren in the lands to which they fled, this would acknowledge the intolerable: that Israel had won. And so, driven by rage and denial, the Arab honor group redoubled the catastrophe of its own refugees: They made them suffer in camps, frozen in time at the moment of the humiliation, waiting and fighting to reverse that Zionist victory that could be acknowledged. The continued suffering of these sacrificial victims on the altar of Arab pride called out to the Arab world for vengeance against the Jews. In the meantime, wherever Muslims held power, they drove their Jews out as a preliminary act of revenge.
 It’s no accident that arab nations are pretty much Judenrein and remains the explanation for every problem in every arab state to wit:
Ahmed Sheikh, editor in chief of Al Jazeera,blames Israel for the lack of democracy in the Arab world:

The day when Israel was founded created the basis for our problems. … It’s because we always lose to Israel. It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the Arab nation with its 350 million. That hurts our collective ego. The Palestinian problem is in the genes of every Arab. The West’s problem is that it does not understand this.

Sheikh’s conclusion is not that ending the fight with Israel might lead to democracy, but rather that once the West lets the Arabs win against Israel, then they’ll build democracies.
Note that phrase, “letting them win”, as if they would have destroyed Israel if it wasn’t for the west, let’s not forget that during the 1967 war Egypt & Jordan openly debated if they would claim their air forces were decimated by US & British troops because it could not be conceded that they were crushed by mere jews.
And let’s top of this point with from this quote from Commentary via  Carl from Jerusalem:
The M-75 is a technological marvel–a homemade medium-range rocket capable of striking Tel Aviv, developed despite stringent Israeli import restrictions aimed at preventing Hamas from doing just that. It’s a purely offensive weapon with no defensive purpose, and Palestinians love it. An enterprising Gaza merchant even named a perfume after it two years ago, when it was first deployed, and Reuters reported that sales promptly soared.
It all adds up to this bottom line:  No matter who is in charge in Gaza their ultimate goal will be the destruction of Israel and the death of the Jews and anyone who doesn’t understand this is deluding themselves.
Joe’s primary worry is a Hamas victory in the PR department but that really can’t be helped due to the simple fact that Israel given the choice of destroying their enemies or containing them has chosen the more difficult containment option which does occasionally involves  destroying the arabs  ability to shoot at them and that Hamas given the choice between live Palestinians and dead ones that harm Israel’s reputation will choose dead ones every single time.
Until Palestinian and islamic culture changes that’s simply how it is.

Royal Forester Well our duty doesn’t included getting ourselves killed.

The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Coming of Robin Hood 1955

Mr. Spock: It was far easier for you as civilised men to behave like barbarians, than it was for them to behave like civilised men.

Star Trek:  Mirror Mirror 1067

You know how the foes of “religion” have no problem hitting Christianity via parody, in film or TV,  but pee their pants at the hint of offending Islam because they are afraid of getting their throats cut?

Same thing in Gaza with Hamas

What is disturbing is that foreign journalists did not bother (or dare) to ask any of the Hamas leaders and self-proclaimed spokesmen whether they were hiding inside the hospital, regardless of what the answer would doubtless be. They apparently did not even ask themselves this question. .

One foreign journalist explained that asking such a question would have “endangered my life.” Another admitted over coffee that he and his colleagues were too scared to report news that would anger Hamas and other radical groups.

“We know that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields,” the reporter, who asked not to be identified, said. “But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?”

Of course Hamas would claim that this is almost as unlikely as them summarily executing people without trial

Palestinian sources have confirmed that Hamas has executed at least 13 Palestinians on suspicion of “collaboration” with Israel. None of the suspects was brought to trial, and the executions were reportedly carried out in the most brutal manner, with torture that included severe beating and breaking arms and legs. 

According to the sources, Hamas has also been shooting suspected “collaborators” in the legs to prevent them from moving around. Many others, including Fatah activists, have been placed under house arrest by Hamas

For those of you who doubt this let me quote Cosmic X who reminds us of a fellow at CNN named Eason Jordan

Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN’s Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard — awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.

Via Yid with Lid who also notes when John Reed of the Financial Times tweeted this:

was answered with this:

In response, @Saritah_91 tweeted: “We’ll hold you responsible if Israel uses your tweet to bomb the hospital & then justify it.”

Yeah these guys are going to be all nice about that.

If anyone thinks a CNN or NBC name is going to risk getting himself shot over  report that annoys Hamas you’re out of your mind.

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We can’t change the hearts of these people of the south but we can make war so terrible … [and] make them so sick of war that generations would pass away before they would again appeal to it.

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Over the last several days all kinds of pressure has been put on Israel to agree to a cease fire with Hamas. In the Washington Post Michael Oren has made the case against.

Allowed to fight for several weeks, at most, Israel was eventually condemned and hamstrung by cease-fires. The terrorists, by contrast, could emerge from their hideouts and begin to replenish and enhance their stockpiles. That is precisely the pattern established in the second Lebanon War and repeated in Operations Cast Lead and Pillar of Defense in Gaza. Hezbollah and Hamas sustained losses but, rescued and immunized by international diplomacy, they remained in power and became more powerful still. Israel, on the other hand, was forced to defend its right to defend itself. Jihadist organizations no different from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda gained regional legitimacy, while Israel lost it in the world.

Oren argues that a cease fire only helps Hamas allowing them to hold on to what they have and then re-arm to fight again. To let them do this would be the equivalent of the allied powers in World War 2 allowing a cease fire in 1945 due to civilian casualties in WW 2 or the North giving the South a cease fire in the civil war. in December of 1864. Given the time to re-arm, re-intrench and rally not only would their military regenerate (Imagine a Germany with 6 months to develop their Jets & Rockets or a Confederacy with the Union blockade lifted for half a year) but their culture would not change.

That is what is at stake here, to give Hamas a cease fire is to have an operation and leave part of the cancerous tissue in place or to take an antibiotic for half the time then stop.

Eventually the disease will come back and kill you, and judging by the violence of the protests by arabs in Europe and the US that infection is just dying to spread.

Israel understands this but the west that has forgotten its history does not.

Last week I asked the question: Where are the Gaza Bomb Shelters

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?

Well Jonathan Tobin manages to figure it all out:

The assumption is that the Hamas-run strip is too poor to afford building shelters and safe rooms for its civilians, a point that adds to the impression that the Palestinians are helpless victims who deserve the sympathy if not the help of the world in fending off Israel’s assault on Hamas’s arsenal.

But the assumption is utterly false. Gaza’s tyrants have plenty of money and material to build shelters. And they have built plenty of them. They’re just not for the people of Gaza.

The tunnel system is must too valuable to waste on the mere citizens of Gaza but those unhappy people do manage to serve a purpose above ground.

But lowering casualties isn’t part of Hamas’s action plan that is predicated on sacrificing as many of their own people as possible in order to generate foreign sympathy. Instead, they cower behind the civilians, shooting missiles next to schools, storing ammunition in mosques (as today’s explosion in Gazaillustrated) and, as I previously noted, are actually urging civilians to act as human shields against Israeli fire on Hamas strongholds. Indeed, they have enlisted the people of Gaza as part of their misinformation campaign in which they attempt to conceal the presence of missile launching or masked, armed Hamas fighters in civilian neighborhoods.

The arabs of Gaza love their women & children because without their dead or maimed bodies how would they draw sympathy or dollars from a gullible west.

 

Government advocate: One thousand five hundred and sixteen casualties with one thousand six hundred and fifty bullets.
Gen. Dyer: My intention was to inflict a lesson that would have an impact throughout all India.

Gandhi 1982

Monday Morning on Special Report with Brett Baier a representative of the Palestinians claimed in US television that Israel was deliberately targeting Palestinian civilians.

If you are ignorant enough you can look at the 500 dead (as of this writing) in Gaza you might fall for this line, but I’d like to introduce you to a witness who can without question prove the falsehood of this claim: The late General Reginald Dwyer.

95 years ago on April 13th 1919 General Dwyer led a contingent of about 90 men to Jallianwala Bagh where there was a large crowd of Indians some for protest and some for a local fair.

After deploying 50 of his men armed with bolt action Lee Enfield Rifles (First introduced in 1895) he opened fire on the crowd.  After expending aprox 1650 rounds his troops managed to inflict over 1500 casualties on the crowd with between 379 & 1000 dead depending on whose figures you believe.

Dyer never for one moment denied that he was deliberately targeting unarmed civilians, in fact Dyer actually had armored cars armed with machine guns but he was unable to bring them to bear. At the official inquiry he bluntly stated publicly that had he been able to deploy them he would have used them.

The scene was vividly portrayed in the 1982 movie Gandhi

This event is known as the Amritsar or the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.  It was a key moment in the Indian Independence movement.

What does this have to do with Gaza? Consider.

General Dwyer had 50 armed men, using 19th century bolt-action rifles and in only 15 minutes of deliberately targeting a civilian population inflicted 1500 casualties.

Israel has called up 40,000 men, they have deployed, jets, heavy artillery, tanks and all the weapons that a modern experienced 21st century army has at its disposal. For five days (as of this writing on Monday night) they have been fighting directly in Gaza and for several days before this, Israel was launching air and artillery strikes on Gaza.

Furthermore they are operating in an area where 1.8 million people live in an area of 139 square miles. A density of over 13,000 people per square mile.

So consider, if we are to believe the Arabs who are claiming on twitter, Facebook , in the Arab media and in front of every western camera that is put in front of them that Israel is deliberately targeting Palestinian civilians since day 1 , we have to conclude that the Israeli Army and Air Force, given a full week, are less efficient killers than 50 British soldiers armed with bolt-action rifles, introduced when Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, were in 15 minutes.

General Dyer, the dead of Amritsar and simple logic call such claims a nonsensical lie.

If however you still maintain the Palestinian/Arab line for anything other than political or social reasons I suggest installing a high quality e-mail filter because hundreds of Nigerian e-mail scammers are simply dying to meet you.

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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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This is not Hamas’ month.

First Israel pounds them from the air over their Rockets at a time when most of the rest of the Arab world is busy with ISIS, Syria and Iraq.

Then Egypt, now under the control of a government while not “pro-Israel” is anti-Hamas due to their alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood offers a cease fire that they choose to reject, giving Israel a moral advantage that they rarely achieve.

Then at the very time that the media is building up the casualties equal morality argument to forestall an Israeli invasion a passenger flight is blown out of the sky making it and not the Israeli Gaza offensive the headline.

And finally offensive rockets are discovered in a UN run school forcing them to apologize to Israel and pretend to be shocked SHOCKED that they are being used as cover for killing jews.

All of these things along with the diplomatic wrestling that will come of the Malaysian flight aftermath means that international and media pressure that would normally be on Israel 24×7 will have their attention someplace else.  That means Israel will have all the time they need to finish the job in Gaza if they so choose and could in fact be the ultimate nail in the coffin for Hamas.

Poor Hamas, it couldn’t happen to a nicer group of murderous bastards

 

Update:  Raise your hand if like me, you think the UN “discovered” those rockets in their school just prior to the Israeli invasion because they would not be able to pretend surprise and shock at their presence is the Israeli army found them there first.

 

 

 

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.

The news tonight is filled with offer from Egypt concerning a cease-fire deal that they are trying to broker between Israel & Hamas.

International opinion being what it is the world is anxious for Israel to take this deal and the PM is reportedly considering it strongly as opposed to a full incursion into Gaza with 40,000 troops. On the other hand a cease-fire that just lets Hamas re-arm doesn’t exactly ring the chimes.

So what do you think? What should Israel do?

We’ll announce the results saturday morning

Update:

Israel has tentatively accepted the deal:

Yesterday, Egypt floated a proposal for a cease-fire in Gaza as a first step to negotiating a longer-term truce and some normalization between Gaza and Israel. Israel accepted the terms and unilaterally adopted the cease-fire. Hamas … not so much:

But with a warning:

“If Hamas rejects the Egyptian proposal and the rocket fire from Gaza does not cease — and that appears to be the case — we are prepared to continue and intensify our operation and protect our people,” Netanyahu said three hours after the cease-fire began.

Yid with Lid thinks the cease-fire is a win for Israel

The Israel acceptance boxes Hamas into the corner. With the Egyptian proposal giving Hamas nothing it demanded, an acceptance means the terrorist group caused almost 200 deaths, many more injured, a depletion of its rocket supply, and large parts of Gaza destroyed, without gaining anything politically nor inflicting horrible casualties on Israelis.

On the other hand if Hamas doesn’t eventually say yes and rejects the Egyptian proposal it will find itself totally isolated in the international community and the Arab world. They will be accused of torpedoing the opportunity for calm, and Jerusalem will have the legitimacy to mount a ground offensive into Gaza.

Do you agree?

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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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Lead us not into Temptation

The Lord’s Prayer

The Cat:  Reality Sucks

Red Dwarf Back in the Red pt 3  1999

The Syrian Civil war is becoming very hard for me lately.

The very first instinct I had when the revolt began against Assad was: Good! The Syrian people like all others deserve representative government and not dictatorship, plus Assad is allied with Iran and a foe of Israel his departure is a good thing.

Syria being a Russian Client state the direct involvement of the US was not practical even if we were willing.

Then as time when on and things got interesting.

Al Qaeda and Islamist groups became involved in the fighting and instead of a civil war to free Syria from an oppressor it became a war to replace one murderous dictator whose primary ambition is his own power with a groups of people whose primary ambition is to spread Radical Islam.

To me this clinched the situation John McCain not withstanding we certainly didn’t want to get involved in aiding another group that might use our weapons against us or reward us the same way Libya did in Benghazi.

Then came Hezbollah’s involvement and I was torn. The fact Hezbollah was joining in meant they had to divert strength from Lebanon and also meant two of the more nasty Islamist groups were now fighting each other, but it also meant that there would not be a victor meaning the war would continue.

Then came this:

Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah has ordered Palestinian Islamist group Hamas out of Lebanon effective immediately, the Middle East Online news agency reported on Thursday.

The move, the report says, is due to Hamas support for the opposition forces fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. Both Hezbollah and Syria are allies of Iran, which provides the two with financial and military support.

This sets up the possibility that the greatest threats to Israel and the US will be clashing in Syria & Lebanon, in a long and bitter struggle and moreover as Iran doesn’t want to lose their clients and the Saudis and others want to bleed Iran this has the potential to become a mass killing ground for the most vile and despicable enemies the western world has faced.

And all of it happening without us, or Israel lifting a finger.

For a foe of radical Islam it’s practically a wet dream, we just have to sit back and let them slaughter each other and if one side starts to lose, we aid third parties to reenforce them enough to keep the fight going until the cream of the jihadist crop finds themselves, shot, gassed or blown up.

And at this point where you contemplate the solution to so many problems that pesky Christian belief comes in. The message that all men are children of God, that all lives are of value, that the suffering of the people who simply want to live their lives no matter who is in charge can’t be allowed to continue and that since none of these people are attacking you at this time the self-defense and just war argument don’t apply

That’s when you look at your glee at the death of your enemies and feel ashamed.

My human instinct, my gut instinct is to let these guys slaughter each other till there isn’t a single one left.

I’m no saint and I have plenty of personal sins that I need help (and your prayers) to overcome but the better angels of my nature, informed by Christian belief says we have to work diplomatically to achieve a cease-fire, to feed and shelter those who are being displaced and if we can’t get a cease-fire to put all possible pressure to deprive both sides of arms, weapons and supplies so the slaughter can cease.

I submit and suggest that anyone who claims the least bit of Christianity is ethnically compelled to support the same.

Whether we like it nor not.

Update: A lively debate in comments, among people that generally disagree with me. One might make the case that because we are at war with Al Qaeda & Islamists my argument fails per the just war theory. It’s a fair point to make and I certainly don’t hold it against anyone for thinking and expressing it, but I can’t subscribe to it in this case. Too many people who have nothing to do with our fight are paying the price combined with no direct danger to us in this war trumps this theologically to me.

Update 2:  This doesn’t make it easier to avoid cheering the carnage

“They [rebels] are powerful not only because they apparently have very good training and very sophisticated weaponry,” Jawad said, citing the brutality of Chechen fighters among the ranks of the Nusra Front.

“Nusra is strong because [the fighters] are fearless. I can sense that from the way they launch raids against us,” Jawad continued. “It’s like they really don’t care if they die. They are ruthless and fearless.”

Both Jawad and Mahdi confirmed that many of their comrades were killed in ambushes that were strikingly similar to tactics Hezbollah originally devised when it fought the Israeli army in south Lebanon during the occupation and later on during the 2006 summer war.

“There’s a kind of irritating familiarity,” Jawad noted. “Hezbollah taught Hamas all those tactics to fight the Israelis. Hamas apparently decided to transfer their experience to takfiri groups.”

This demonstrates, according to Jawad, that Hezbollah did not have a sectarian agenda.

“We transferred our experience to a Sunni group – Hamas – and they used it train groups that are now fighting us,” he said.

When you live an hour from Boston the word “Chechen” kind of jumps out at you when describing Jihadists but that don’t cancel out these words
I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?
Like I said Christianity is hard.
Update 3:  Reader TMLutas comments:
A dead islamofascist is just a podium to have a rally for islamofascism at the funeral. A convert to christianity, now that sends shivers down the radical imams spines. In practical terms, dead is not the best outcome.
and  unnamed reader writes:
I think we’re supposed to pray for their conversion.  Years ago, my publisher said the only answer to the war with Islam is to send them Christian missionaries.  Only Christians are willing to be martyred and only the Christian religion can effectively neutralize Islam.

It will take a lot of martyrs at first, but if Christians could convert the Roman Empire, they can convert Islam, and it is only then that the war will stop.

I thought my publisher being facetious, but the more time goes on the more I agree.

It’s not entirely true that only Christians are willing to be martyred, the difference is they are willing to martyred themselves without taking people with them.

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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

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The Doctor: You know what really gets me about you Oswin? The soufflés. Where do you get milk? The soufflés. Seriously, is nobody else wondering about that?

Rory Williams: No frankly no! Twice.

Doctor Who Asylum of the Daleks 2012

Two days ago a story was reported at Breitbart of a pro-Hamas rally

Today, a hard left-wing pro-Hamas rally took place in Tel Aviv.

That came to an ironic end:

The rally apparently broke up shortly thereafter, thanks to rocket sirens warning of incoming ordinance … from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Yes they had to run away from the rockets they were cheering, Ha Ha Ha, delicious irony we get a chuckle but this story illustrates a point far more important than a bunch of delusional leftists supporting homicidal barbarians who not only want to kill them but while they are in the process of doing so. A point that our friends on the left either can’t or don’t grasp or wish to ignore.

To understand this point you must go back to the “Crazy Uncle” Theory that I’ve mentioned before:

It’s not so odd that 1% of any population might be off its rocker, the problem is in a country of 300,000,000 that is 3 million people. Even if 1/10 of one percent is crackers that’s 300,000 people.

Ok so if Israel’s population is 7.7 Million than finding 77,000 1% who support Hamas shouldn’t be all that hard no big deal right?.

Until you consider the other side of the coin where are the pro-Israel protests?

Where is the single sign on a TV screen, where is that one Israeli flag not used for burning? Where are the counter cultural Arabs or that one crazy uncle in the mix in their population?

Consider the numbers: Jordan (6.1 mil), Egypt (Population 82.5 mil) and the West Bank Palestinian territories. (4.0 mil of which 1.6 million are in Gaza) that makes 92.6 million people. If you take 1/10 of 1% of that number you have 92,600 people.

That doesn’t even count anyone from places non-contiguous with Israel like Libya (6.4 mil), Saudi Arabia (28 mil) , or Iraq (32.9 Mil), Yemen (24 mil), Oman (2.8 mil), UAE (7.8 mil), Qatar (1.8 mil) Bahrain (1.3 mil) that’s another 105 million people a potential addition of 105,000 folks to our potential crazy uncle total bringing it to 197,600.

Nor do we consider Lebanon’s 4.2 million people because they are worried about what is happening in Syria whose 20.8 million people are fighting a government that kills more innocent Arabs every single day on purpose than Israel has killed accidentally in Gaza since the start of this operation.

Not a person in front of a camera, a man behind a microphone nor a fellow in front of a single web cam saying even something like:

“If you want to kill Jews, fine but don’t do it from populated areas where innocents can get killed.”

There is not a peep out of a population of 222.6 million of a opinion, even one as vulgar as the one I just typed suggesting firing rockets at Israel is a bad thing. Not one crazy uncle in a population 2/3’s the size of the US who dares express to the world that opinion from any of those lands.

Does that not strike our friends on the left as strange? More interestingly, why does this question not even occur to our friends on the left?

I submit and suggest that they don’t dare ask that question aloud or even to themselves, because the answer that is staring them in the face leads them somewhere that shatters their entire worldview.

That unasked question speaks volumes about the left and the Arabs.

One of the nice things about elections is they bring clarity, now that it’s clear that US policy is to be run by Barack Obama rather than Mitt Romney for the next four years apparently Israel decided it was time to take off the gloves:

After suffering through hundreds of rocket attacks coming from Gaza (more than 700 have struck Israel since the beginning of the year, and more than 120 since Saturday) earlier today IDF directed a precision attack on Ahmed Jabri, the head of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip.

Let’s go to the tape

I don’t tend to cheer these things as war is a bad business but I’m taken aback at some of the outrage here that was not. After all it’s not as if Hamas has hidden for a single moment of its existence that the destruction of Israel is its goal.

What’s really interesting is I don’t recall a single story about the rockets hitting Israel this week until Israel hit back, as Melanie Phillips put it.

Rocket attacks on Israelis are not news; Israeli military action to defend Israel against such attacks is. Suddenly, media indifference has been transformed into media hyperactivity. And in the eyes of the British media and foreign office Israel is at fault; astoundingly, it is apparently Israel which is responsible for inflaming the situation, not the Palestinians. Never mind the 120 rockets in four days or the 50 further rockets this evening, including 17 Grads fired at the city of Beersheva; or that since the beginning of 2011, 1,100 rocket have been fired on Israeli targets, 797 since the beginning of this year; or that a staggering 5274 rockets have been fired from Gaza at southern Israel since 2006

Of course England also has a large Muslim population that it doesn’t want to police so it has objected, with one notable exception:

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Thursday denounced the barrage of rockets fired by Palestinian terror factions into Israel, saying “I utterly condemn rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by Hamas and other armed groups.”

“Hamas bears principal responsibility for the current crisis,” Hague continued, adding that the rocket fire “creates an intolerable situation for Israeli civilians in southern Israel, who have the right to live without fear of attack from Gaza.”

And Israel may be doing less damage than people think:

Ed Morrissey tells us Egypt is a tad worried:

Egyptian intelligence reportedly tried to negotiate a ceasefire between the two sides a few days ago, after Hamas started firing rockets. Whether that was window dressing to disguise the fact that Hamas is coordinating with the Brotherhood on this or a genuine sign that Morsi et al. don’t want Hamas feeling too frisky just because their friends are in charge in Egypt now, who knows.

That’s interesting but I think it’s also a clue to why Israel decided to play twisted sister today.

I think it was to push the Arab world that might feel emboldened by the President re-election. I think this idea is to demonstrate his weakness.

Barack Obama is a lot of talk but it’s too soon to the election for him to reveal all his promised the Jewish Community aloud is BS. By taking care of business now Israel preempts him in the future and discredits him among his Arab allies who won’t soon forget what side he put himself on.

Two birds with one stone.

Additionally it checkmates Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, they have to either act before they are ready by several years (and have their Military destroyed) or sit back and do nothing and be shown as feckless to the radical Islamists who back them.

Make that three stones.

But all of this comes at a risk, a regional war, coupled with a strike on Iran perhaps, and maybe Turkey taking advantage to go after Syria ostensibly to stop the slaughter but perhaps the first step in their return to the Middle East proper as an actual regional power.

But what am I talking about, yeah things look bad but we’ve got the bestest most pro-Israel president that the US has ever had to take care of us. The Media said so. There’s nothing to worry about. Obama’ll fix it…

…just like he did for the victims of Hurricane Sandy

During an exchange this Morning on MSNBC a point was raised concerning the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange that I simply had not thought of before.

Richard Hass when asked about the lopsided numbers of the exchange 1000-1 pointed out that Israel has less fear of the released terrorist because of the success of the wall put up.

It is an amazing admission on the part of any kind of media, particularly MSNBC. The left has hit it as an “Apartheid_wall” In fact Wikipedia entry “Israel West Bank Barrier” exists under the file name “Apartheid_wall”.

The reality is the barrier has dramatically decreased the ability of “Palestinian” to slaughter Jews behind it. This is the primary objection to it. It is no coincidence that the most horrific Arab attack of the year. The slaughter of the Fogel family took place outside of the barrier.

I’m very happy for the Schalit family and I hope this works out, but Mr. Hass is right, it is the wall not the peaceful intentions of the Arabs that makes this exchange possible.

Meryl Yourism is less optomistic:

Who couldn’t see this coming? Egypt is now expecting Israel to release all Egyptian prisoners in exchange for the poor fool who was in Egypt during the protests and picked up as an “Israeli spy.” Great precedents there, guys. And Hamas vows to kidnap more Israelis and do the same as they did with Gilad Shalit. And oh, yeah, the new slogan: Today the prisoners, tomorrow al-Aqsa. With the help of thousands of Arab Israelis, no doubt.

The next war is going to be really, really, really bad.

As Glenn Reynolds has said: “You get more of what you reward and less of what you punish.”

The AP reports the Palestinian authority is willing to give up US funding in order to get together with Hamas:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is making a heavy push for reconciliation with Hamas and is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid if that’s what it takes to forge a Palestinian unity deal, a top aide said Monday.

Good! I think our giving these guys $470 mil a year while they behead infants and cheer about it is an abomination.

Let’s cut to the chase, with an Egypt ready to support or at the very least no longer willing to restrain Hamas Abbas has decided he might as well take off the mask he has been wearing for years and join the side that he is actually on. I’m for that. Let’s stop pretending that the Palestinians of the west bank are any more peaceful than those in Gaza. the only reason why they haven’t launched regular strikes in Israel is because of the wall.

The sooner we face these facts the more clear our choices will be.

On the right the outrage over the slaughter of the Fogel family continues:

The mainstream media is trying to whitewash the whole thing by dehumanizing the murdered family while neglecting to reveal the motive behind the killings (jihad & killing Jews for jihad). And just as they did after the islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Palestinians celebrated in the streets over the death of innocents who were killed in the name of allah, holding carnivals and handing out sweets.

Why is the MSM keeping it quiet, I suspect they understand the decapitation of infants doesn’t sit will with the general public.

Israellycool notes that Glenn Beck managed to cover it:


And notes the celebrations by Palestinians.

The 12 year old survivor words to the prime minister when he visits should fill us with shame:

Even those of us who do not speak any Hebrew can catch the word “America” in the only sentence uttered by the tearful child, in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s presence: “Ma yikreh im taaseh mashehu, az America taaseh lecha mashehu!?” (What will happen if you do anything, America will get at you!?). In other words, this child has concluded that Obama’s America would not permit her prime-minister to “do anything”

Perhaps its because the first response of the administration was to hit Israel for building:

The U.S. Embassy said Monday it was “deeply concerned” by Israeli plans to build hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements, calling the Israeli enclaves “illegitimate” and an obstacle to resuming direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

In a defiant response to a deadly attack on a settler family over the weekend, Israel swiftly approved the construction of between 300 and 500 new homes in major West Bank settlement blocks. Jewish settlement construction is at the crux of the current impasse in peace efforts.

Yeah why should the Obama administration be deeply concerning about beheading infants, he doesn’t even give the lip service that is offered in Libya. Meanwhile Hamas being Hamas has two different messages, one for those reading in English:

Palestinian National Movement Hamas official Ezzat Al-Rashak said that the movement is not responsible for the murder of the five family members from the Itamar settlement.

Al-Rashak confirmed that harming children is not part of Hamas’ policy, nor is it the policy of the resistance factions.

He also confirmed that the possibility that the incident was carried out by settlers for criminal motives should not be ruled out. [emphasis added]

And one for those reading in Arabic:

But on the Arabic section of the website, an article was published praising the attacker as a ‘mujahid’ and deriding the slain Jews as “Zionist usurpers.” What’s worse, at the time I checked there were 34 comments on the article posted by readers, all praising the attack and the attacker (I translated the first 17 or so). Curiously, while the Hamas statement in the English article raised the possibility of the act being carried out by settlers, in the Arabic article there’s no doubt that the attacker was a Palestinian ‘mujahid’.

And the comments left by readers in Arabic are even worse.

Yet among all this gloom, a tiny glimmer from a reporter on the scene:

I went to Shchem today, and was very surprised. People on the street were willing to condemn the murder unequivocally, in Arabic and in Hebrew, with no embarrassment, in front of the camera, and even identify themselves. [He shows some examples]. I’ve been covering the Palestinian territories for years, but this I’ve never seen before. In the middle of town, publicly, people had no compunctions openly to condemn the murder of children.

The post gives several possible reasons for the change and ends with this:

This is all speculative, and possibly wishful thinking. Yet I’m not certain. Over the past few months, perhaps a year, I’ve been wandering a lot through East Jerusalem, and occasionally through parts of the West Bank, and the calm and normality have been striking. I’ve also had more simply normal human interactions with Palestinians than in many years. Something may be happening – unreported in the media, in a dynamic which contradicts the endless chatter of the diplomats – but potentially very important.

If so, it needs to be carefully and warily nurtured. Carefully, warily, and nurtured. And patiently.

If this is ever going to change the Arabs have to change. I’d like to think this can happen.

Update: Jeff Jacoby on the topic in the Globe. What is says is not as interesting as the number of comments deleted by the Globe, if you read the comment and responses around then it tell an interesting story. Nothing is more dangerous to the left’s public image than their uncensored opinions.

It’s stuff like this:

An alarming, must-see video at Big Peace shows prominent leaders of the Islamic community in the United States openly raising money for terrorism at a Saudi-funded mosque in central Florida.

Organized by the Islamic Society of Central Florida’s Imam Muhammad Musri, the compelling video features leftist former UK MP George Galloway and three-time felon Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation raising at least $55,000 for Hamas.

The sad thing is, if the MSM was willing to report on this stuff when it was happening it might have been nipped in the bud and wouldn’t have emboldened these guys to continue along these lines.

Well at least groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center investigate stuff like this: Oh Wait:

With regard to monitoring radical jihadists, we have made a pragmatic decision to leave that mainly to the major Jewish NGOs, which do a good job and have some real expertise that would likely take us years to develop.

When there is no disincentive for bad behavior you get more of it.

Memeorandum thread here

He may be on the wrong side of the Mosque issue as far as the American People are concerned, but he is certainly on the side of the angels according to Hamas:

A leader of the Hamas terror group yesterday jumped into the emotional debate on the plan to construct a mosque near Ground Zero — insisting Muslims “have to build” it there.

“We have to build everywhere,” said Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and the organization’s chief on the Gaza Strip.

“In every area we have, [as] Muslim[s], we have to pray, and this mosque is the only site of prayer,” he said on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on WABC.

It brings to mind a poem:

One night in late October,
When I was far from sober,
Returning with my load with manly pride,
My poor feet began to stutter,
So I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came near and lay down by my side;
Then we sang “It’s all fair weather when good fellows get together”,

Till a lady passing by was heard to say:
“You can tell a man who boozes,
By the company he chooses”,
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

Much better to like down with Hamas than those bigoted Americans, right Mr. Halperin?

Memeorandum thread here

Update: Another example of those unenlightened ignorant Americans that the president’s friends of Hamas would not approve of:

I was asked to say a few words, which were these: this was a quintessential American wedding. A handsome Marine marries a beautiful Iraqi woman who is led down the aisle by two old Jewish guys.

Don’t you think?

Bigots.

Via Glenn who says Only in America

As I am not Jewish or an Evangelical Christian some wonder why I’m so Pro-Israel and so hard on the Palestinians. Here is another example of why I think how I do:

Here is an example of the typical behavior of Hamas toward Jews:

Police and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) agents have tracked down and arrested members of a Hamas terrorist cell responsible for a June shooting attack that killed police officer Shuki Sofer, who was engaged to be married. Two other officers were wounded in the attack.

And here is an example in the very next paragraph in the story of the typical behavior of Israel toward Hamas:

One of the terrorists, two weeks before the murder, had received humanitarian aid at Israel’s Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where he had accompanied his six-year-old daughter for surgery that removed a tumor removed from her eye. The operation had been paid for in full by an Israeli charity foundation.

and the sad thing is you can find plenty examples of that behavior by Jews toward those trying to kill them. When I see examples of the 2nd paragraph from the Arabs, Palestinians, Hamas, et/al rather than the first then I’ll take them seriously.

memeorandum thread here

…that they are all Marxists it makes perfect sense.” meme in play. In fact three of them:

Item: Apparently environmental groups have decided that their love for the environment doesn’t trump their loyalty to the dear leader president.

Actress Q’orianka Kilcher chained herself to the White House fence while her mother slathered the “Pocahontas” star in black paint meant to look like oozing crude.

Kilcher’s cause? Not the Gulf spill at all but oil-related abuses of indigenous people in Peru, whose president was visiting Obama that day.

As the greatest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history has played out on Obama’s watch, the environmental movement has essentially given him a pass — all but refusing to unleash any vocal criticism against the president even as the public has grown more frustrated by Obama’s performance.

About a dozen environmental groups took out a full page ad in the Washington Post Tuesday – not to fault Obama over the ecological catastrophe but to thank him for putting on hold an Alaska drilling project.

After all its one thing to protect the environment it’s quite another to protect the higher cause of Obama, and if the environment has to suffer well so be it. After all once oil drilling is allowed in Alaska, you can’t fund raise based on stopping it can you?

Item: Speaking of oil drilling apparently.

The seven experts who advised President Obama on how to deal with offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon explosion are accusing his administration of misrepresenting their views to make it appear that they supported a six-month drilling moratorium — something they actually oppose.

You mean that the administration is actually misrepresenting the facts from their own reports? Why would one do such a thing? Why because the ends justify the means of course.

Item: Mosab Yousef is the son of a founder of Hamas founder who eventually decided what was being done was wrong, converted to Christianity and used his position to give Israel information that saved lives. He is intimately familiar with the mind set of terror and has written a book on the subject called Son of Hamas. You would think that this is exactly the type of person we want to encourage and to protect. You would apparently think wrong:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano believes Mosab Yousef is a national security threat, and wants to send him back to Palestine. According to Yousef writing on his publisher’s blog, he is now Homeland Security File# A 088 271 051. He is scheduled to appear before Immigration Judge Rico J. Bartolomei at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Court in San Diego on June 30th at 8 a.m.

As you can guess people of sense are up in arms over this nonsense. The only people he is a threat to is our enemies.

Forgetting the fact for the moment that letting him stay is the right thing to do, letting him stay is also the SMART thing to do. How are we going to encourage people to be warn us on terror attacks if we throw people who help stop them under the bus? Not a wise recruitment tool.

I would encourage you to contact your representatives on this matter.

Why on earth would this administration act this way? The question answers itself.