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The Iconoclast

Friday, 25 July 2014
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We are getting to the end of visioning
The impossible within this universe,
Such as that better whiles may follow worse,
And that our race may mend by reasoning.

We know that even as larks in cages sing
Unthoughtful of deliverance from the curse
That holds them lifelong in a latticed hearse,
We ply spasmodically our pleasuring.

And that when nations set them to lay waste
Their neighbours' heritage by foot and horse,
And hack their pleasant plains in festering seams,
They may again, - not warily, or from taste,
But tickled mad by some demonic force. -
Yes. We are getting to the end of dreams!

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Posted on 07/25/2014 8:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Richard Littlejohn on the "We Are All Hamas" people.

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In a few places, he makes the standard remarks about deploring the deaths and crimes "on both sides." I allow myself to believe he does this only formulaically, without really meaning it. As for what "anyone having a shred of human decency" must think and feel at the sight of those"innocent civilian" victims  -- I read that, and thought to myself: Tiens! All these years I've thought I had a shred of human decency, and it turns out I don't. Oh well.

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Posted on 07/25/2014 8:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Here.
 

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Posted on 07/25/2014 7:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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From the Telegraph

The 2009 "underpants bomb" plot failed because the terrorist had been wearing his explosive-laden undergarments for more than two weeks and soiled the explosives, a senior US official said.

Umar Abdulmutallab sent shockwaves through US intelligence when he successfully smuggled a bomb onto a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day three years ago. The British-educated Nigerian was able to light the bomb but it failed to explode, causing minor burns to the would-be bomber but sparing his fellow passengers. 

John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on Thursday that the bomb did not detonate because Abdulmutallab had been wearing the same underwear for more than two weeks."He had it with him for over two weeks," Mr Pistole said at the Aspen Security Forum. Asked by his interviewer whether the bomb's fuse had become "damp" from two weeks of wear, Mr Pistole said: "Let's say it was degraded. We're getting kind of personal now." 

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Posted on 07/25/2014 4:03 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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From the Guardian

Islamic State (Isis) militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah in Mosul, residents of the city said.

The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to the eighth century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Qur'an is swallowed by a whale.

It was renovated in the 1990s under Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein and until the recent blitz by Isis that engulfed Mosul, remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.

Several nearby houses were also damaged by the blast, said the residents, speaking on condition of anonymity because they feared for their own safety.

The residents told AP that the militants claimed the mosque had become a place for apostasy, not prayer. The extremists also blew up another place of worship nearby on Thursday, the Imam Aoun Bin al-Hassan mosque, they said.

Elsewhere in the Guardian ISIS denys ordering FGM on 4 million women in the Mosul area.

Jihadi extremists who have taken over the Iraqi city of Mosul have denied ordering families to have their daughters undergo female genital mutilation in order to prevent "immorality" or face severe punishment, as claimed by a senior UN humanitarian official on Thursday.

Supporters of the Islamic State (Isis), previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, dismissed the story as propaganda based on a fake document – though residents of Mosul, as well as Kurdish officials, insisted it was true.

Reports about the issue have been circulating in Iraqi media for the past few days. On Wednesday a Kurdish website, BasNews, reported that the fatwa had been issued by the self-proclaimed "Caliph" of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as a "gift" to the people of Mosul. BasNews said on Thursday that it stood by its story. "Of course Isis would deny this," the editor, Hawar Abdulrazaq, told the Guardian.

Ahmed Obaydi, a spokesman for Mosul police, told BasNews: "Baghdadi's decision to have all women circumcised is, as he claims, to prevent immorality and promote Islamic attitudes among Muslims. The decision was made by Baghdadi as a 'gift' for people in Mosul." But Mohammed, a local journalist, told the Guardian he knew no one who had been told by Isis that their female relatives should undergo FGM. "This is mainly media hype with no substance," he said.

Isis supporters quickly dismissed the story as a hoax. They were not that quick - yesterday ISIS was not available for comment.

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Posted on 07/25/2014 2:01 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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Israeli Givati Brigade Soldier at entrance of Hamas tunnel, July 23, 2014
Source: IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90

The ground incursion by the IDF into Gaza that began on July 16th was triggered by the emergence of 13 Hamas commandos from a tunnel underneath the Gaza Israel frontier. They were detected by an armed IAF drone and quickly dispatched by a missile strike scattering both survivors and equipment near the opening of the tunnel. 17 days into the tough slog of the ground phase with 33 IDF soldiers fallen, including two Americans, more than 35 tunnels have been uncovered. A number of these were found to have entrances in homes, schools, apartment buildings and mosques. The Givati brigade has been assigned the dangerous tasks of inspecting these tunnels. After sending in small tactical robots detecting booby traps, the tunnels are destroyed. 

However, the obvious question is why was the IDF caught flat footed by the enormity of the Hamas tunnel network when there were means available to map them? Despite their being excavated more than 25 meters below the surface.  

Sheera Frenkel, Buzzfeed’s correspondent in Israel reported this comment:

Israeli military officers described an “underground city” in Shujayeh, made up of a labyrinth of tunnels in which Israeli soldiers clashed with Hamas fighters.

“Even with the intelligence the Israeli military keeps on Gaza, they were caught by surprise at the extent of what they found below ground,” said Amir Bohbot, a military affairs correspondent with Walla, a news site. “There were traps, explosives everywhere. There is no way for them to continue their operation without taking the risks of even heavier casualties.”

A source in Jerusalem told us this week that Tzahal was jarred  by the extent of the tunnels under the Gaza Israel frontier, and the purpose. Dan Diker, Executive Producer for the Voice of Israel sent my colleague Lisa Benson this chilling email message:

The news here is that Hamas was planning a doomsday mega attack for Rosh Hashanah, Sending hundreds , HUNDREDS OF Hamas Suicide commandoes via the underground terror tunnel networks to conquer Israeli towns and cities. This was planned to be  the equivalent of five 911’s .

That is the meaning of the tunnel threat. It is the most serious strategic threat Israel has faced since the 1973 war. The failed conception is also notable as there is a real question as to whether the intelligence echelons recognized the seriousness of the threat.

The Three Kidnapped and murdered teens saved Israel literally by mobilizing the IDF and public opinion to fight Hamas. We were saved by the skin of our teeth from strategic disaster. 

But should Tzahal  have been surprised by this news?  A noted Israel geologist was cited in a Telegraph U.K. article complaining that the tunnel threat had been overlooked by the Israeli Ministry of Defense:

"For 10 years I've been crying and screaming to the highest possible levels - to the Defense Ministry, the chief of staff, the commanding officers of southern and northern command," Dr Joseph Langotsky, an Israeli geologist who has long advocated greater attention to the issue of the tunnels, said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post.

"Although the tunnels are a low-tech option, they might be a strategic threat to our security," said Dr Langotsky.

The heavily fortified areas of southern Lebanon that the IDF encountered in the 2006 Lebanon War should have raised alarm bells. Hezbollah with the alleged technical assistance of Iranian Quds Force engineers had prepared tunnels connecting command and control centers in villages, rocket launching areas, armories and firing positions.  Moreover, there were rumors that  Hezbollah with the aid of Iran and possibly North Korea had also dug tunnels underneath the northern frontier of Lebanon and Israel.

Ilana Freedman, veteran intelligence analys, raised the issue of the threat of tunnels crossing the Lebanon Israel frontier. The IDF was warned about the Hezbollah tunnels as early as April 2010, including a large tunnel which was being constructed from southern Lebanon to central Haifa. They were also informed of a number of small bore tunnels that were being built, to emerge in northern Israeli towns and kibbutzim. These were designed for Hezbollah's child warriors who would be sent heavily armed and would be instructed to fire on anyone they see once they emerge in these towns. This information came from eye-witness sources in southern Lebanon.

When the Givati brigade went into Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, they also encountered tunnels. The tunnels uncovered by Golani and Givati brigades in the current Operation Protective Edge were well prepared with concrete, steel reinforced with lighting and ventilation. A few were even large enough to accommodate trucks. The longest one discovered was over 2.5 kilometers in length. The average cost of the tunnels was estimated at $1 million each. It appears that the Hamas tunnel networks in Gaza may have expertly planned and executed using the Hezbollah playbook, possibly with both Hezbollah and Quds Force assistance.

When the eight day Operation Pillar of Defense ended on November 21, 2012, a cease fire was brokered by the former Egyptian President Morsi, a supporter of Hamas. The Obama Administration pressured the Netanyahu government to permit the delivery of cement and steel for the reconstruction of Gaza. Jerusalem had objected to the demands of Washington suspecting that the delivery of the materials to Gaza would be used for military purposes. Given what has been uncovered, those suspicions have been confirmed. Qatar put up more than $405 million for the alleged reconstruction of destroyed areas of Gaza. Those funds may have been substantially diverted for purchase of equipment and materials to construct the tunnel network.

The Telegraph U.K, article disclosed that the Israeli Ministry of Defense was working on the tunnel problem.  However, the means of detecting them would not be available until after the current conflict, “Israel tests hi-tech tunnel detection system to fight threat from underground.”  The report noted:

In a bid to find a solution, the IDF's elite Talpiot unit has been working on developing a tunnel detection system which was tested in Tel Aviv. Its costs are estimated to be $59 million.

"The high-tech system, which uses special sensors and transmitters, is still in its R&D phase, and if all goes well, should be operational within a year", notes a report on Israel's I-24 news.

The most common type of technology for tracking down tunnels is focused on listening for sounds of digging, notes Inbal Orpaz in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz.

Another Israeli company, Magna, already provides defense systems for the Israel-Egypt border. It proposed digging a 70-km tunnel along the Israel-Gaza border, equipped with a sensitive alert system.

This "will provide real-time alerts of any tunnel digging that crosses our tunnel, whether above or below it. The IDF will know exactly where the attack tunnel is and how many people are in it, and can monitor the progress of digging it in real time, and decide how to respond to the threat," the company's founder and CEO Haim Siboni told Israel's Globes publication.

An interview with a Canadian expert in Start –Up Israel reveals that Israel may have already had the means of mapping the tunnels, IDF ‘didn’t follow up’ on MRI-style, below-surface technology to find tunnels”

Paul Bauman, a Canadian who is one of the world’s foremost experts on discovering underground tunnels and voids, insists that the technology exists and has been used in the US, Canada, Korea, and other places. “We actually did some work with the IDF some years ago, showing them how the technology we’ve developed works,” Bauman told The Times of Israel in an interview. “They were interested, but there was no follow-up. Why, I couldn’t say.”

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Had the army worked with Bauman, using the sophisticated methods he has developed and successfully employed over the past decade, things might have been different. While there is no foolproof, single tech solution to discovering tunnels, a combination of several techniques — radar, tomography, and seismic measuring — could give Israel a technological advantage over Hamas, creating a map of what is happening under the surface, and making it much easier to find tunnels and the terrorists who dig them.

Bauman noted  the off the shelf technology that might have been used for detection and mapping of the tunnels:

It was on one of his exploration trips to Israel that Bauman showed the IDF some of the techniques it could use to discover underground tunnels. At the time, after another Gaza flare-up, Operation Cast Lead in 2009, a Teknion team led by researchers Dr. Raphael Linker and Dr. Assaf Klar were developing a system that uses a fiber optic cable buried one or two meters beneath the surface to detect underground movement. The system builds what is essentially an underground fence using BOTDR (Brillouin optical time-domain reflectometry) technology, which measures the stress on the cable underground.

The amount of stress may be very small, the team said, and its research shows that even small levels of deformation can be detected, making the system perfect for keeping tabs on tunnel builders. The cable is cheap, and as much as 30 kilometers of the border can be monitored simultaneously using one device. It’s not clear if the IDF considered that system as well, and in an email this week, Linker said that the system is still under development.

Also considered was ground penetrating radar:

Much better, than an Israeli concept of building a moat around Gaza, polluting the ground aquifer,  Bauman said, would be a technique like underground radar to find tunnels. “Israel has been very interested in this, and Israeli companies are working on underground radar systems,” said Bauman. “In an underground radar system, you aim the wave down below the ground, and when you get back a signal that is an anomaly — indicating that there is something different about the area you just checked than other areas — you know you’ve found something worth investigating.”

There are limitations to the system, though. “Depending on the frequency of the radar wave, you can have a system that can ‘see’ as far down as 100 meters, but at low resolution, or just 10 meters at a better resolution,” Bauman said. Radar could be very useful in discovering larger concrete tunnels, which have metal rebar in them — concrete and metal being much denser than the gypsum and salt-rich soil around the Gaza border — but not for the simpler, smaller wood-reinforced tunnels.

If the warnings and advices of Israeli geologist Dr. Langotsky and Canadian researcher Bauman had been heeded then could the surge in IDF casualties been avoided?  That is unfortunately past history. The issue before the IDF ground commanders is how most efficiently to destroy those tunnels that are encountered. Some experts have suggested use of Fuel Air Explosives (FAE). Russia’s Putin authorized used of FAE weapons against Chechen Islamists extremists when the provincial capital of Grozny (terrible in Russian) was virtually flattened in 2002.  Others recall napalm used to clear out tunnels on the Island of Iwo Jima from which suicide Imperial Japanese forces would sally forth to inflict heavy casualties on US Marines and soldiers. Perhaps this comment in the Buzzfeed article from an Israel Intelligence officer best sums up the military campaign that the IDF is waging against another group of fortified fanatics this time in Gaza:

‘“We are no longer looking at just dismantling the tunnel network [from Gaza to Israel]. The goals of Operation Defensive Edge are now to cripple Hamas so they will not be able to strike us again in a few years,” said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He also told Buzzfeed that Israel’s military was now preparing a timeline for its offensive in Gaza that could go on for “several weeks” and see the Israeli military create a “buffer zone” up to a mile into Gaza.

“We may suffer heavy losses doing this, but their losses will be heavier, I can assure you,” said the officer.


 

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Posted on 07/24/2014 10:58 PM by Jerry Gordon and Ilana Freedman
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The endless boatloads of people from North Africa, and the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa, have to be stopped, turned around, sent back. Europe is not waving to them, but drowning.

Andrew Bolt, on the proposal by one Pamela Kerr, for Australia to take in more refugees, to "be like Italy." And even Italy doesn't want "to be like Italy," that is Italy as it is besieged today by invaders (for not all invaders carry arms). Italy wants the EU, and NATO, to blockade all boats arriving with these people at Lampedusa, or on the coast of Sicily, or somewhere on the Boot, so that Italy can then still be....Italy.

Here.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 10:33 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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"Do you have money? Yes! Yes!"[literally: "Is there money? There is! There is!"] is a famous Soviet-era song,  from the best-known scene, in themost famous Azerbaijani movie produced in the Soviet Union.

Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 9:53 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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"These are evil people; these are sick people."--first sentence in Notes From The Gazan Underground (Zapiski iz podpol'ya v Gaze).

Those tunnels with no conceivable light at the end of them, here.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 9:45 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Non, Genefou, ce que je vous confirme, c'est ce que tout le monde sait, y compris Marine Le Pen qui le dit régulièrement sans que vous et d'autres ne veuillent s'en apercevoir : que la question sociale est un comburant à la question identitaire qui, elle, est le véritable carburant de la fournaise qui nous fonce tous dessus...

Ce n'est pas parce que certains privilégiés, par tempérament plus que par condition, s'exonèrent de certains questionnements ou abandonnent individuellement l'engagement vis à vis de problématiques qui relèvent de lignes de forces historiques, géostratégiques et civilisationnelles fondamentales, que le fond des problèmes et les tensions qu'ils génèrent n'existerait que dans le cerveau sensément mal meublé et apeuré des classes inférieures socialement fragiles et sensément intellectuellement manipulables... qui se prennent pourtant leur effets en pleine poire...!

Intéressez vous à l'identité et au niveau d’éducation des terroristes les plus meurtriers des deux dernières décennies, y compris les kamikazes, et vous verrez qu'ils n'étaient , pour beaucoup d'entre eux, ni indigents, ni incultes...à commencer par Ben Laden et Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Intéressez vous au niveau socio culturel de beaucoup des colons israéliens radicaux qui tirent la politique de leur pays vers une ligne intransigeante...la plupart sont au moins aussi diplômés que vous...

vous, vous pensez sage de botter en touche quand ça chauffe et de penser que tous les problèmes du monde peuvent se résoudre avec du bon sens et de la bonne volonté , dans une atmosphère cosy et policée autour d'un thé à la menthe œcuménique, ...pas eux !

De toute manière, ceux qui croient qu'en rajoutant 500 euros aux minimas sociaux et en menant des générations entières à un niveau théorique d'études universitaire , en se débrouillant par je ne sais quel miracle pour refiler un job, un frigo américain et le dernier i phone à chaque être humain on aura accompli l'essentiel pour faire raccourcir les barbes, dégager la tête des femmes ou faire disparaître le racisme ou les fanatismes de toute farine n'ont qu'à aller faire un tour en Arabie Saoudite, au Qatar, ou même en Malaisie..., au Brésil ou en Afrique du Sud encore aujourd'hui, pour avoir une idée un peu plus juste de la réalité humaine.

Si vous pensez détenir la martingale en décrétant, comme la gauche radicale, que tout conflit est de nature sociale, j'ai une mauvaise nouvelle pour vous : C'est faux !

c'est faux parce qu'aucune société n'est si parfaite qu'elle soit jamais capable de produire l’homogénéité de situation et l'égalité parfaite entre les hommes.
Il y aura donc toujours des insatisfactions et des tensions liées aux questions sociales c'est une chose entendue ; mais les humains ne se définissent pas uniquement par rapport à ça et je m'étonne qu'autant de gens sensément cultivés fassent semblant de l'ignorer...

Dans sa vie un homme, qu'elle que soit son éducation de base, peut avoir plusieurs professions et sa fortune et sa condition sociale peuvent varier...; mais en général il n'a initialement qu'une origine, qu'une nationalité, qu'une culture et s'il est croyant...qu'une religion !
personnellement, je connais peu ou pas de gens qui seraient capables de se définir, de définir leur être, leur identité et leur vision du monde en disant simplement :
"bonjour, je suis un plombier...ou comptable...ou physicien"..., universitaire...!
c'est trop réducteur, et cela ne correspond paradoxalement qu'à la vision utilitaire ultralibérale qui traite les hommes comme des coquilles ne comptant que pour la valeur économique de leur compétence professionnelle et leur pouvoir de consommation ...; ce n'est pas si simple.
l'humain se définit aussi par rapport à une explication spécifique du monde et à un ensemble de codes sociaux et éthiques collectifs qui forment son identité , bien plus que sa carte professionnelle ou son n° de sécurité sociale.

alors, introduisez une forte tension et une forte insécurité sur le plan économique et social et vous aurez des troubles , voir des révolutions qui finiront par toucher tout le monde...; ça c'est le lot commun de toutes les sociétés organisées du monde ...;
...mais ajoutez , en plus, une forte dose d'insécurité identitaire , culturelle et, pire...religieuse...et là...vous avez à coup sur des guerres civiles et des massacres qui n’épargneront personne non plus, et ça , c'est le lot merveilleux des états pluri-nationaux, multi-confessionnels et du "multikulti" au forceps...!!!

Et ce n'est parce que certains ont décidé que ça ne pouvait pas les atteindre parce qu'indigne d'eux et de leur identité d'essence "supérieure" que ça n'existe pas.

je vous souhaite donc de pouvoir toujours garder vos pieds au sec...

 

Bonjour,

Ce jeudi matin ,France-Culture désigne "l'agression "d'Israêl à Gaza.
Il suffit d'un défilé dans les rues de Paris des islamo-gauchistes pour inverser la réalité des faits : Israël, en proie à une guerre arabe d'extermination , est sommée de surseoir à sa sécurité et d'arrêter sa défense.

Pression de la rue, pression médiatique, pression gouvernementale, pression internationale, guerre des opinions manipulées. Israël bouc émissaire , comme d'habitude.

Si vous avez observé la manifestation réussie à Paris , vous avez pu constaté un certain nombre de choses:
- le nombre : évaluation basse (police) 14 000, et haute (organisateurs) 25 000.
c'est à dire moins de 20 000 en réalité, nombre en baisse sur les évaluations de IR évaluations rappelées sur ce blog par un internaute , relayant un édito d'antan.
succès "limité" selon le nombre qui n'évolue pas.
- les forces de l'ordre : police et CRS déployés, et c'est dommage de déplacer autant d'effectifs pour la gôche bisounours. Pendant ce temps là, la délinquance , elle profite au maximum des troubles.
- les manifestants ; des perroquets classiques ; syndicats, partis de gauche, des révolutionnaires de pancartes RESISTANCE, des arabo-musulmans enturbannés Hamas , des jeunes planétarisés, des solidaires bisounours, des multiculturels quoi;
rien de nouveau.
- le service d'ordre d'encadrement de la CGT : une grande pratique dont je m'interroge sur une performance, qui risque de rester son seul succès utile de l'année.
- une violence sous-jacente perceptible : des ordres ont été donnés et cela se voit : donc pourquoi pas avant , pourquoi avoir "laché" des hordes haineuses anti-juives dans Paris , sans les paroles de modération respectant les personnes et les biens ?
- des incidents limités aux insultes : dans un restaurant cascher; quelques casseurs frustrés mais une "minorité inacceptable"

Et qui défend les Chrétiens de Mossoul? les plus proches du berceau araméen des origines du christianime, victime du Califat nouveau qui vient de s'auto-proclamer?
Un témoignage d'Irak tend à nous rassurer : tous les musulmans ne seraient pas sanguinaires et purificateurs ethniques : les morts du califat, d'Irak, de Syrie ou en Iran, les restrictions de liberté ne plaident pas en faveur d'un acte valable mais isolé dans une mare sanglante.
Mossoul, Israël, France, des combats , ouverts ou encore feutrés mais de même tendance : la volonté de conquête des uns contre les terres et biens des autres.

Faire face comment?
JAC parlait d'un "soutien dérisoire à Israël": aucun soutien n'est dérisoire comme aucun acte délinquant n'est à prendre à la légère.
Si de plus, comme je le constate, beaucoup d'internautes font état de leur Foi, je ne comprends pas ce manque de fiance envers leur propre divinité. Votre grande divinité serait-elle sourde?
Donc, munissez -vous de courage et avançons.

Comment s'y prennent les Palestiniens ?
Beaucoup de simulation victimaire, des tunnels souterrains, des utilisations criminelles de boucliers humains, des soutiens financiers multiples, des procédures internationales, des médias sous contrôle etc....

Pourquoi ne pas utiliser ces techniques tactiques?

En ce moment le nouveau jeu est de présenter Israël comme un "criminel de guerre" et d'ailleurs il vous est montré -juré, craché, promis- de petites flèches qui PROUVENT bien qu'ils utilisent des armes non-conventionnelles, voire chimiques.
Et toc plainte à l'ONU présentée par des états arabes....qui depuis 66 ans refusent la liberté de vivre en paix à Israël, alors que : les territoires et états sont là, les finances sont là , la cohérence de l'origine, religion, langue etc...tout est là.
Et c'est l'UE qui paie tout l'administratif de ces palestiniens guerriers , victimes de leurs propres politiciens.
L'opinion commence à peine à comprendre l'astuce arabo-musulmane et le vrai danger pour la France et l'Europe, qui dure depuis toujours : voir Molière et le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, avec ses ballets des turcs Mamammouchis irrésistibles.
Les palestiniens aujourd'hui et les Turcs, et tutti quanti; une histoire sans fin, dont l'issue dépend du laxisme ou du courage des politiciens comme des populations : se laisser faire, baisser les bras ou réagir, comme IR.
Mais pitié : les "marches blanches avec rose à ka main", les pancartes à 2 sous, les pétitions mort-nées , les sit-in risquent d'être dépassées : du lobbyng, et des états qui imposent leurs positions de droit.
Avec la gauche ?

Bonne journée

 

L’ "hôpital" al Wafa

Tsahal a procédé aujourd’hui à la destruction de l’hôpital al Wafa (le fidèle) dans le quartier de Shuja’iyya.

Comme on peut s’en convaincre en consultant le lien de Tsahal (voir en fin de commentaire), l’Armée israélienne s’est d’abord assurée qu’il n’y avait pas de patients ni de personnel médical dans le bâtiment. Les soldats ont échangé plusieurs conversations téléphoniques avec des responsables médicaux de Gaza dans ce sens.

L’hôpital était en fait le poste de commandement général du quartier de Shuja’iyya, dans lequel 100 000 personnes vivaient avant la guerre. Les miliciens effectuaient des observations depuis ses étages supérieures.

Le bâtiment était relié au réseau de tunnels permettant le déplacement et la communication des milices.

L’hôpital servait également de site de lancement de roquettes en direction du territoire israélien. Les miliciens islamistes, armés, ne se déplaçaient qu’en ambulances lorsqu’ils étaient contraints d’utiliser les voies de surface.

Tout cela était connu de l’Armée de Défense d’Israël, mais les soldats furent toutefois surpris en constatant l’intensité des "explosions secondaires" après la destruction de l’édifice ; celles-ci ont témoigné de l’existence d’un énorme stock de munitions que le Hamas avait dissimulé dans les soubassements de l’hôpital.

http://www.menapress.org/

http://videoidf.co.il/8059-EN.mp4

Notes : On peut observer ces explosions secondaires sur le document de Tsahal. La quantité d’explosifs entreposés était si importante que l’incendie continue de faire rage, et la fumée de recouvrir le paysage, plusieurs heures après l’attaque.

Comme j'aimerais moi aussi chausser des lunettes bisounours qui au vert et noir substituraient un rose 'barbie'...
Je n'enlève ni n'ajoute une seule phrase à votre excellent commentaire.

Juste un éclairage à destination de monsieur Genefou aussi.
Je suis en relation professionelle avec des partenaires au Maroc et en Tunisie, des musulmans faut-il le préciser ? Des musulmanes... sans voile aussi... Tous et toutes éduqués à un niveau supérieur...

Ceux-ci :

1. répètent à l'envie qu'ils ne comprennent pas le laxisme dont nous faisons preuve vis-à-vis de l'activisme musulman (et pas qu'islamiste) qu'ils combattent eux-mêmes courageusement. Dans le laxisme, il incluent notre générosité 'sociale', abusive selon eux.

2. seraient heureux que nous soutenions mieux les forces démocratiques et modernistes dans le monde arabe. Ils se méfient très fort de ceux qui prêchent le relativisme des traditions à l'instar de qui vous savez.

Vous dire que ces gens issus de la culture musulmane sont majoritaires, bien sûr que non. Cependant, en bon jardinier, j'aime à penser qu'il faut arroser les jeunes pousses et en prendre soin contre les assauts des limaces et autres prédateurs.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 9:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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The culture of death and destruction, here.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 9:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Richard Kemp Analysis: The war crimes have been committed by Hamas

By Richard Kemp, July 24, 2014
 
Tears in Gaza: a Palestinian girl weeps during the funeral of her brother who was killed during a raid by the Israeli Air force this week (Photo: Getty Images)

Tears in Gaza: a Palestinian girl weeps during the funeral of her brother who was killed during a raid by the Israeli Air force this week (Photo: Getty Images)

No decent person could remain unmoved by the images of children bleeding in the street and dead babies on the mortuary slab. I have seen such sights in the flesh and feel the horror as much as anybody.

The deaths of these children and of innocent men and women is nothing short of a war crime. But contrary to the distorted views pedalled by Hamas supporters, media commentators, human rights groups and political leaders, it is not a war crime perpetrated by Israel but by Hamas.

Hamas started this war by missile attacks against Israeli civilians. They have specifically targeted a nuclear installation and fired at Ben Gurion international airport prompting airlines to suspend flights in and out.

Some have called these rockets fireworks. Last week I visited a house in Ashkelon that had taken a direct hit one hour before. The terrified 17-year-old girl who was at home told me she made it to the internal shelter with seconds to spare. If she had not she would certainly have been killed by blast, shrapnel, debris or lethal shards of flying glass.

Israel had no choice but to react to this as it did. No country in the world would sit back and take this unprovoked, lethal aggression against its civilians and its critical infrastructure.

As he rightly launched drone strikes against Islamist terrorists among the civilian population in the Pakistan tribal areas, President Obama told Israel to take greater steps to protect the lives of civilians. His words have been echoed in the UN and in capitals around the world — including London. But no-one has said what those greater steps should be. That is because Israel has been doing everything possible to minimize loss of civilian life, short of sitting back and allowing Hamas to terrorise its civilians with impunity.

Comments such as Obama’s, as well as Ban Ki Moon’s recent characterization of IDF operations as atrocities, play into the hands of Hamas. Hamas’s main reason for using human shields is not to protect their military installations but to force the IDF to kill innocent civilians.

Described by Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard as the ‘dead baby strategy’, the intention is to compel world leaders to repudiate Israel’s action and bring about unendurable international diplomatic pressure. A key element of the strategy is to stir up anti-Israel hatred among western populations. We have seen this manifested in recent days with mass protests in Europe’s capital cities.

Those who condemn Israel’s necessary and just war give succour to Hamas, a proscribed terrorist group. They encourage Hamas to keep fighting and to continue using human shields. They encourage extremists everywhere to follow this murderous policy. And such encouragement leads to further loss of innocent lives.

Firing rockets at civilians and using human shields are not the only war crimes Hamas have committed and planned. They have used protected locations and vehicles — schools, mosques, hospitals, ambulances — to store munitions and facilitate attacks.

They have constructed attack tunnels to massacre civilians and equipped them to abduct, drug and bind innocent Israelis. They have breached agreed humanitarian cease-fires intended to bring respite and relief to their suffering civilians.

Though not specifically a war crime, Hamas have also been using child “soldiers” to attack IDF troops. These tactics are only too familiar to British soldiers because they are used extensively by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Israel’s responses have been lawful under the Geneva Conventions. Every IDF air attack is designed to destroy military objectives while minimizing civilian casualties. But with Hamas’s way of fighting, such casualties, tragically, are unavoidable.

Hamas have learnt many lessons from their defeat in the two previous Israeli operations in Gaza. They are better at concealing their rocket launchers and have developed a vast complex of concrete lined underground tunnels using resources that could have been spent on alleviating the plight of their hapless civilian population.

These tunnels protect their munitions from air attack and allow rockets and launchers to be moved about the battlefield immune from air attack. Their commanders also skulk underground while their fighters and civilians die in the mayhem above.

Because of this, only so much can be achieved from the air. The current Israeli ground assault is restricted to locating, clearing and destroying attack tunnels that threaten civilians across the border. If Hamas do not agree to cease their rocket fire, the IDF may well have to expand the operation to take on the network of rocket launchers and command bunkers deep inside the Gaza Strip.

I have spent time in the last week speaking to IDF soldiers on the Gaza border. Their job is extremely dangerous and they know it. Yet, like their British counterparts whom they so closely resemble, every one was stoical, good-humoured and ready to close with the enemy to defend their families at home.

I pay tribute to the more than 30 soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They have made the greatest contribution to their country that is possible. We owe them our support. Not just out of respect for their courage and sacrifice but because their war is our war, too. They are fighting the 21st century scourge of Islamist terrorism at democracy’s front line.

Col Richard Kemp was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan

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Posted on 07/24/2014 2:43 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Now, assuming that we truly wish to succeed, what kind of mile must we go?

That extra.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 2:31 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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 UPDATE 2-Rival Libyan militias clash in Tripoli, Benghazi

Reuters-12 minutes ago

. * Libya sees fiercest clashes since fall of Gaddafi. * Shelling continues in Tripoli. * Benghazi .

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Posted on 07/24/2014 2:29 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Here.

For Mahmoud Abbas, who likes to keep the Infidel money rolling in, to help his under-warlings and his two sons, now doing so well, with some of that diverted Western aid to the "Palestinians," as businessmen in Qatar (perhaps they run into, now and then, at the same restaurants, Khaled Meshaal (Hamas)), the war against Israel should, at this point, be a diplomatic and economic war, not a military one. He's with Fatah, and formerly with the PLO, Arafat's henchman, and Arafat, he of the squirreled-away billions and the young blonde German boys as catamites, was hardly a zebibah-raising devout Muslim. No, Fatah is "secular" in the way that Saddam Hussein was "secular" or that only-quasi-Musllim Bashar Assad. But Abbas  grew up within, a society suffused with Islam, and Islam's attitudes and atmospherics control him. He sees Israel as an affront, an Infidel nation-state (and what's still more maddening, those Infidels are the Jews, ,historically despised, never feared)on land once possessed by Muslim conquerors, however indifferent they were to that land, and however much waste and desolation they, through their indifference, brought to it.

So here is Mahmoud Abbas, declaring the war against Israel as sanctioned by Muhammad and Allah. And you know what that means. It means there is no "solution" to this war. Jihad, those Jihadis burning with the hard gem-like flame of hate for Infidels, is forever.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 12:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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And Jeffrey Goldberg wonders aloud, Why?

But you know why.

Here.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 12:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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UPDATED from the Norwegian edition of The Local

: Norway’s security police have warned that people with connections to an extremist group in Syria intend to carry out a terror attack in Norway imminently.“The PST [Norway’s security police] recently received information that people with links to Islamic extremists in Syria may intend to carry out attacks against Norway,” PST chief Benedicte Bjørnland told a press conference in Oslo on Thursday. She added that the attack was planned to take place “within a few days from now.”

“The PST has warned several times that extremist Islamist groups in Syria intend to carry out terror attacks in Norway. We often receive such information, but often it turns out to be inaccurate. However, on this occasion our suspicions have been backed up,” she said. “The resulting investigation we have carried out leads us to believe that this is credible, while unspecific. This is related to people who have participated in fighting in Syria,” 

Justice minister Anders Anundsen said people should be vigilant and follow instructions from the police. “But it’s important not to judge people,” he told the press conference. No, of course not; murdering jihadists are part of the vibrant tapestry of diversity that has so enriched our western culture.

The PST said it was releasing the information in the hope of preventing the attack. Police are raising their alert level, said acting police director Vidar Refvik: “People will mostly notice our increased level of alert through increased presence at border crossings, among other things. The police will be armed,”

Following the information about the threat, Oslo City Hall announced that it would not open to tourists until further notice. “We are currently assessing the situation. We will have a meeting at 1pm with experts who will carry out a security assessment,” City Hall manager Bjørn Risvik told NTB.

The Royal Palace in Oslo has cancelled all tours of the building until further notice. The move was decided by the Head of Court on Thursday. Tickets pre-paid for tours will be refunded at the ticket office

Armed police were patrolling Oslo's Gardemoen airport at lunchtime on Thursday. SAS, Norwegian and Avinor said flights were running normally. 

Officials at the British Embassy told The Local that they were aware of the situation, but had not changed their travel advice for British citizens visiting Norway. The Foreign Office website noted the Norwegian warnings and advised travellers to 'remain vigilant'. 

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Posted on 07/24/2014 9:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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From Reuters, the BBC and The Guardian

The UN says militant Islamist group Isis has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).

UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46. She said the unprecedented decree issued by the Islamists in control of the city was of grave concern.  The Isis edict could affect nearly four million women and girls in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN warns.

Ms Badcock, the UN's resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, said the practice "is something very new for Iraq... and does need to be addressed". The UN General Assembly approved a resolution in December 2012 calling for all member states to ban the practice.

No one was immediately available for comment from Isis, which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 8:53 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Daniel Greenfield writes in Frontpage:

After Senator Ted Cruz’s warning that he would hold all State Department nominees until questions were answered about the political motive behind the FAA’s travel ban on Israel… the FAA suddenly reversed itself.

On the same day that the FAA had announced a 24 hour extension of the ban, the FAA turned around and reversed itself.

These were the 5 questions that Senator Cruz wanted answered.

Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? For instance, who was this decision made by – a career official, a political appointee, or someone else (at the FAA, State Department or White House?)

If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights would be permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?

What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?

What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House?  And the State Department?  Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?

Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?

Instead of providing answers, the FAA lifted the ban.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 7:48 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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