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Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Hold On To The Constitution

“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution; for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”  – Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster wrote these words in the 1840s and yet they are truer today than when they were first written. The most violent ideology that has ever been unleashed on mankind is that of Islamic Sharia law. It is estimated conservatively that Islam has caused the deaths of over 270 million of our fellow human beings. This makes Hitler and his cronies appear to be mere pikers. Even with modern weapons Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo were responsible for the slaughter  of 40 million people.

Mohammed and his gangsters devised the greatest killing machine in the long sad history of this world. It is called Jihad. The deliberate,calculated extinction of all infidels with no mercy shown to men, women, children and even babies.

Sharia is totally antithetical to the rule of law as formulated in our Constitution. The first ten amendments collectively known as the Bill of Rights stand in stark opposition to Islamic Law. Sharia forbids freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Sharia forbids infidels against carrying weapons. Sharia allows the quartering of Islamic fighters in our homes. Those fighters are also free to search our homes without cause or warrant. There is no trial by jury under Sharia.

If we fall in the United States the hope of the entire world for freedom disappears. Ronald Reagan had it right. We are never more than one generation away from losing our liberty. And freedom once lost may never be regained.

President Obama, the founding Fathers have built a process into the Constitution whereby that document can be legally amended. And it is not by executive order. Rest assured we will not let you destroy this great Republic. We shall oppose you by every legal, peaceful tactic. The line has been drawn in the sand. Do not cross it.

You and your left-wing minions who are allied with the Islamic militants so eager to replace the Constitution with Sharia Law will be resisted every step of the way. We will regain our freedom and security. We will take back our nation and pass it on pure and unadulterated to future generations.

Posted on 10/07/2015 6:06 PM by John Constantine
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Los Abandandos- a new film on the Murder Mystery of Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman


Alberto Nisman assassination graphic

Greg Groesch/Washington Times


When Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered under mysterious circumstances on January 18, 2015, we wrote of the curious circumstances surrounding his death. He was found dead in his Buenos Aires flat with a bullet to his head with a pistol allegedly in his possession. He was on the brink of presenting a 300 page brief to a committee of the Argentine Congress based on a decade of investigations. Investigations begun under the auspices of the late President of Argentina Nestor Kirchner and after his passing in 2007, for a time under his successor, his wife Cristina. Nisman’s death came amidst revelations about negotiations of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013 between Iran and outgoing Argentine President Cristina de Fernandez Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman regarding a truth commission. The object of the commission was to facilitate an expose of Iran’s and its proxy Hezbollah’s roles in both the 1992 Buenos Aires Israel Embassy and 1994 AMIA Buenos Aires, Jewish Center bombings. Bombings that killed 114, injuring 542.In exchange for no prosecution following the truth commission proceedings, Iran and Argentina would renew their commercial trade.


On the occasion of Nisman’s January 30, 2015 funeral and interment in the martyrs section of the La Tablada Jewish cemetery in Buenos Aires we wrote in an Iconoclast Post, “There is No Justice in Argentina” :

Many in the Argentine Jewish Community considered that appropriate as they deemed him the “86th victim” of the AMIA blast. In effect his burial in the Martyrs section repudiated initial official assessments from President Cristina de Fernandez Kirchner and the investigating prosecutor that he may have been a suicide. Kirchner quickly changed her story to a likely murder by rogue intelligence elements who had “manipulated” Nisman.

By the time outgoing President Cristina Kirchner gave her valedictory speech at the UN General Assembly on September 28, 2015, she referred to the dismissal and trial of officials in the country’s intelligence echelon who she alleged impeded the investigation saying, “prosecutor Nisman, in charge of the case, passed away.”

Cliff May, President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies attended a recent premier of a new documentary , Los Abandandos, (The Abandoned) about Nisman’s murder and the AMIA bombing investigations at Washington, DC’s, Newseum. . He published an opinion column in today’s Washington Times about the unsolved mystery of Nisman’s death and the comments of the film’s director, “Argentine Murder Mystery”.May noted:

The evidence, of which there is no shortage, leads to one conclusion: Iran’s rulers ordered the mass murder; Iran’s proxy terrorist organization, Hezbollah, carried out the mass murder; and in recent years Argentine officials at the highest levels have been involved in a cover-up of the mass murder.

May notes what possessed the director of Los Abandandos, Matthew Taylor, to pursue the story and create a riveting documentary:

To prevent the truth from passing away, Mr. Taylor went to Argentina where he quietly — he didn’t inform authorities — interviewed journalists, opposition politicians and anyone else brave enough to tell him what they knew. As the film shows, Argentines have gathered by the hundreds of thousands to protest what they see as their government’s capitulation to terrorists. Some have carried signs reading: “Islamic Fundamentalists Killed Nisman.”

In a conversation immediately following last week’s screening, Mr. Taylor was asked if he had made the movie to influence opinion about President Obama’s nuclear weapons agreement with Iran. When he began the project, he replied, he was not even aware of that controversy. But the film does serve, he added, as “a guide to what happens when you do deals with Iran.”

He pointed out that the AMIA bombing and the murder of Nisman started “with a nuclear deal” — an agreement Argentina made in the late 1980s to provide Iran with nuclear technology and assistance. Eventually, under pressure from the United States, the Argentine government did not give Iran’s revolutionary theocrats what they wanted.

One plausible theory — in essence, Nisman’s theory — is that the attack was Iran’s way of sending a message and a warning: “This time we kill Argentine Jews. Disappoint us again and who knows what our targets will be?”

May concluded:

Whatever the reasons, Mrs. Kirchner’s Faustian bargain necessitated abandoning both the AMIA victims and Nisman. Did it necessitate something even worse? That remains an unsolved murder mystery.

The Islamic fundamentalists who rule Iran are as determined and ruthless as any in the world. Their agents, including Hezbollah, are increasingly influential throughout much of Latin America.

Watch this You Tube video of the trailer for Los Abandandos:



Will the mystery of Nisman’s murder be resolved following the looming Argentine Presidential election on October 25th?  That contest pits ruling Peronist Justicialist party candidate Daniel Scioli, the anointed successor to Kirchner, against  Buenos Aires Mayor, Mauricio Macri of the Center Right , PRO party. The latest polls taken show Scioli ahead of Macri, despite the former  not showing up for a televised Presidential debate Sunday; 41.3 % to Marci’s 30.5%.  There are five Presidential candidates in the race. The Buenos Aires Herald quoted Macri in late January 2015 saying, “The priority is to clarify the circumstances of  his death. We need to be respectful and allow the Judiciary to work. Nisman’s death cannot go unpunished.”  Should Scioli maintain his lead, we doubt that the mystery of Nisman’s death will be resolved anytime soon.




Posted on 10/07/2015 3:52 PM by Jerry Gordon
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Boy has fingertips SLICED OFF and women raped in public - for being CHRISTIAN

From the Express

DEPRAVED Islamic State jihadis have savagely sliced of the fingertips of a 12-year-old Christian boy whose family refused to convert to Islam. The youngster was badly beaten before his digits were chopped off in an act of rage by ISIS barbarians after he and 11 other Syrians refused to renounce their Christian faith. The extremist fighters told his father the torture would only stop if he returned to Islam.

But when the family refused, the entire group was butchered in a mass beheading.

Even as they lay dying they defied the evil militants crying 'Jesus' at the jihadists.

According to Christian Aid Mission, the public torture and execution took place on August 28 in a village close to the ISIS stronghold of Aleppo, Syria. The ministry director told Christian Aid: "Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus.One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, 'Jesus!'"

A separate group of eight Christian aid workers, including two women, were also killed for refusing to shun their faith. After they refused to renounce Christ, the women, aged 29 and 33, were raped in front of a crowd summoned to watch, and then all eight were beheaded.

The early church was built on the blood of the martyrs. These are martyrs of our time who are suffering just as much as the saints of the first and second centuries. I pray the Christian faith will be strengthened by their sacrifice - at the moment all I see is at best naivity; otherwise weakness. 

Posted on 10/07/2015 3:38 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Merkel: Germans Must Prepare for a Changed Nation

Washington Post:

BERLIN — In a country struggling to come to terms with a massive influx of Muslim refugees, the image struck a national nerve: German Chancellor Angela Merkel peering out from a black veil, her pious face juxtaposed against a national parliament building Photoshopped to include soaring minarets.

German public broadcaster ARD this week flashed the image on national television while airing a segment that quickly went viral and triggered an uproar on social media. The network called it satire, a way to capture the mounting sense of national angst over a refugee surge to Germany that could top 1 million by the year’s end. But the image was nevertheless blasted by critics across Germany as blatant Islamophobia.

The image did, however, get one thing right: As Germans wrangle over the region’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II, Angela Merkel is in the eye of the storm.

The woman known as the Iron Chancellor — and the same leader who brought the bankrupt Greeks to their knees last summer — has now put her political future on the line by showing a far kinder face to the Syrians, Iraqis and others fleeing war. In a region where other leaders have been far less compassionate, Merkel’s voice of sympathy is so notable that her name is now even being bandied about as a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Germany has gotten tougher in recent weeks — vowing to rapidly deport financial migrants and reinstating border checks to control the flows. But Merkel has also told Germans to prepare themselves for a new nation, one that may not be as white and Christian as it is today.

Posted on 10/07/2015 12:49 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Teenage terrorist was given gun he used to shoot dead accountant at the mosque where he skipped school to pray

From the Daily Mail Australia and the Daily Telegraph

THE weapon used by teen terrorist Farhad Jabar was believed to be sourced from a Middle Eastern crime gang and police suspect it was handed to the schoolboy at the Parramatta mosque. Details about where he got the gun and its original source were established early in the investigation but the Telegraph was asked by police not to release details until after today’s raids.

Police believe a known Middle Eastern crime figure passed the .38 Smith and Wesson on to a radical without knowing exactly what it was to be used for. It’s believed the weapon then ended up in the hands of the 15-year-old at the mosque just hours before he killed Curtis Cheng last Friday afternoon outside Police Headquarters.

The terror teen had been a regular member of an Islamic schoolyard prayer meeting being audited by the state government.

A spokeswoman for NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli last night confirmed the Muslim prayer group, held at lunchtime each Friday under teacher supervision at Arthur Phillip High School where Farhad Jabar was a student, had been reviewed following allegations pupils were preaching extremism at similar sessions at another school.

It can also be revealed a fellow student at Jabar’s school, who cannot be named, was a supporter of Islamic State and had been ordered to participate in a youth offenders conference after yelling abuse outside a Christian school and flying the terror group’s flag from a car window.

...a separate 17-year-old student (who cannot be named for legal reasons)was yesterday arrested on his way to the school for allegedly abusing and threatening police who had uncovered a series of extremist Islamic posts linked to his ­social media accounts.

He has released on bail and will attend a children’s court on November 9 having been charged with "assaulting police, resisting ­arrest and using a carriage service to menace and harass".

Posted on 10/07/2015 2:31 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Are we witnessing the end of the Assad Ba’athist Regime?

Syrian President Bashar Assad and Ayatollah Khamenei

Reuters has a report on how Quds Force Commander Gen. Soliemani mapped out Russian involvement to save beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad, “How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow.”  The strategy unraveling now is a joint air and ground assault to carve out an Alawite bastion in Western and Northwestern Syria ejecting CIA and Coalition-trained opposition, Al Qaeda Al Nusrah Front and Free Syrian Army forces. The air assault to date has focused on attacking these units in a strategic line north out of Damascus. The ground component is composed of fresh Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah units. The Russian air assault contingent based in Latakia province is being bolstered by Russian "volunteers" a page out of Putin's playbook for seizure of the Crimea and invasion of Eastern Ukraine. In the absence of significant US trained Sunni opposition contingents in this scenario; it would appear that Syria may devolve into a series of sectarian cantons akin to the  French Mandate for Syria granted by the League of Nations in the early 1920's.

The objective of Iran is to build a virtual Shia crescent from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean coast including bringing in Shia extremist Imams and resettling  Shia refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan in Syrian areas depopulated of Sunnis and Christians. The Alawites, who are secular, are troubled by this development and many have fled abroad. The Kurds have their de facto canton in Northeastern Syria abutting the Kurdish Regional Government in neighboring Iraq.

Turkey is clearly upset with the Russian presence in Syria, as is NATO, while the US is clearly dithering on what to do. Once again Obama has been outfoxed by Soliemani and Putin. That leaves allies like Israel, the Saudis and the Emirates seeking alternatives for their own sovereign protection. The Saudis and Emirates are talking about a jihad akin to that they funded in Afghanistan with CIA and Pakistan's ISI in a secret war in the 1980's that led to the rout of the Soviet 40th Army and gave rise to Bin Laden's Al Qaeda.

A Der Spiegel article, “The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Helpportrays  President Bashar al-Assad as caught in a dilemma; “fear of friends”, meaning Iran versus “fear of opposition.”That former fear stems from reliance on Iran Revolutionary Guards, Shia auxiliaries from Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Sadr Brigade in Iraq and Shia fighters from Afghanistan and  Pakistan. They are under the command of Quds Force Commander Soliemani and make up for the decimation and desertions of draftees from the Syrian National Defense Forces. Iran’s intention is to build an Islamic Revolutionary State within  the areas along the Mediterranean coast and Mountains of Northwest Syria. To that end Iran has sent in radical Imams to create Shia religious centers directed at conversion of secular Alawites and Sunnis causing them to flee the country.  Thus, Assad has welcomed the Russia military assistance as Putin has allegedly no such interests in the current campaign, excepting protecting Russian interests in naval and military bases, as well as offshore gas developments.

Note these excerpts:

"Assad and those around him are afraid of the Iranians," the Russian says. Anger over the arrogance of the Iranians, who treat Syria like a colony, is also part of it, the Russian continues. Most of all, though, the Syrians "mistrust Tehran's goals, for which Assad's position of power may no longer be decisive. That is why the Syrians absolutely want us in the country."

Tehran’s goals go far beyond merely reestablishing the status quo in Syria. In early 2013, Hojatoleslam Mehdi Taeb, one of the planners behind Iran's engagement in Syria, said: "Syria is the 35th province of Iran and it is a strategic province for us." For several decades, the alliance between the Assads and Iran was a profitable one, particularly in opposition to the Iraq of Saddam Hussein, which long had the upper hand in the region. But today, Assad depends on Iran to remain in power, and Tehran is taking advantage of the situation.

It is, however, primarily in the civilian sector where significant changes are afoot. Just as in Damascus, Latakia and Jabla, increasing numbers of hosseiniehs -- Shiite religious teaching centers -- are opening. The centers are aimed at converting Sunnis, and even the Alawites, the denomination to which the Assads belong, to "correct" Shiite Islam by way of sermons and stipends. In addition, the government decreed one year ago that state-run religion schools were to teach Shiite material.

All of this is taking place to the consternation of the Alawites, who have begun to voice their displeasure. "They are throwing us back a thousand years. We don't even wear headscarves and we aren't Shiites," Alawites complained on the Jableh News Facebook page. There were also grumblings when a Shiite mosque opened in Latakia and an imam there announced: "We don't need you. We need your children and grandchildren."

Talib Ibrahim, an Alawite communist from Masyaf who fled to the Netherlands many years ago, summarizes the mood as follows: "Assad wants the Iranians as fighters, but increasingly they are interfering ideologically with domestic affairs. The Russians don't do that."

Putin may have been prompted by Quds Force Commander Soliemani to aid mutual client Assad because he saw an opportunity to make a power play against the US in the region.  However, the secular Ba’athist Syrian tradition has been virtually suborned by the influx of Iranian Revolutionary Guards 'and Shia proxies’ with the objective of creating a Khomeinist Revolutionary state. The confluence of those opposing interests, secular and religious, may ultimate end the decades’ long rule of the Assad family. That might lead to an ultimate apocalyptic conflict in Syria between nuclear equipped Shia Iran and the Sunni Salafist Islamic State.

Posted on 10/06/2015 6:06 PM by Jerry Gordon
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Homeland Bucks Political Correctness on Islam

I watched the new Homeland premier episode last night. In it CIA operative Peter Quinn is called into a meeting with the higher ups. He has been heading up a special forces team in Syria for the last two years. He explains that they prepare targets for US airstrikes - first against Assad, then al Nusra, and most recently,the Islamic State.

His Questioner asks: Assad is still in power, ISIL is still growing. Are we really getting anywhere in Syria?

Quinn: I said yes.

Questioner: You said a program should be renewed. I'm asking, is our strategy working?.

Quinn: What strategy? Tell me what the strategy is and I'll tell you if it's working.

Silence around the room.

Quinn: That right there is the problem because, they, they have a strategy. They're gathering right now in Raqqa by the tens of thousands. Hiding in the civilian population, cleaning their weapons and they know exactly why they're there.

Questioner: Why?

Quinn: They call it the end times. What do you think the beheadings are about, the crucifixions, the day of hatred, the revival of slavery - do you think they make this shit up? It's all in the book. Their fuckin' book. The only book they ever read. They read it all the time. They never stop. They are there for one reason and one reason only. To die for the Caliphate and usher in a world without infidels. That's they're strategy and it's been that way since the 7th century. So do you really think a few special forces teams are going to put a dent in that?

Questioner: What would you do?

Quinn: Are you offering me a promotion?

Questioner: I'm offering you a hypothetical.

Quinn: Two hundred thousand American troops on the ground to provide security and support for an equal number of doctors and elementary school teachers.

Questioner: That's no going to happen.

Quinn: Then I better get back there.

Questioner: What else would make a difference?

Quinn: Hit reset.

Questioner: Meaning what?

Quinn: Meaning pound Raqqa into a parking lot.

Posted on 10/06/2015 7:54 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
All or Nothing at All: US Foreign Policy

The world of international politics took a dramatic turn on September 30, 2015 with the military action of Russia in Syria, the first operation beyond the boundaries of the former Soviet Union since the end of the Cold War. It coincided with the admission of the U.S. Pentagon that its efforts to establish a group of “moderate” rebel militants able to fight against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in spite of their being checked and screened, had failed.

The fatuous explanation is that US military officials underestimated the complexities on the ground. How is this possible?  After countless reporting on the morass in Syria, and the activity of the CIA and other US intelligence services no one could be mistaken about the issue.  Anyone with minimum knowledge of the morass in Syria and the power struggles involved could understand them, even if some of the complex details are obscure.

The anti-government protests in Syria starting in March 2011 escalated into civil war between the majority Sunni population of the country with a variety of rival and conflicting different groups and the Alawite sect led by Assad, and to a proxy war of regional and international powers. The US and its supposed coalition, Russia, Turkey, and Iran all play some role in support of or opposition to Assad.

The four years of fighting have caused more than 200,000 killed and over ten million displaced from their homes. The fighting has led to war crimes, murder, torture, rape, enforced disappearances, shortages of water, food, and health services. The country has also suffered from the brutality of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which in its occupation in northern and eastern Syria has been responsible for mass killings of opponents, beheadings of hostages, public executions and amputations.

The U.S. response to the Syrian has been hesitant, often cautious, while the Russian position has been consistent and increasingly assertive. U.S. Pentagon officials assert that they waited months for White House replies to their plans and questions about the nature of their missions. They knew that the priority of Obama was to avoid sending an American force, the so-called boots on the ground, to the battlefield. The dilemma prevailed. Very limited engagement was the mantra to the question of all or nothing at all. Action against the Islamic State is, as General Martin E. Dempsey stated, tactically stalemated.

The cautious policy of President Barack Obama, sending limited amounts of arms and ammunition, approving a limited training program for acceptable rebels, and authorizing limited air strikes, has been insufficient. The President acknowledged this was the case, and that his “program” has not worked the way it was supposed to do, and that the US had difficulty in finding allies in Syria. The US “mission” was unclear, certainly not transparent, if it existed at all in any systematic way.

The result is that American military and diplomatic influence is at a low ebb, and the tide of Russian influence has rushed in to rescue the ailing Assad regime from drowning.  While the US temporized Russia acted. Russia participated in an intelligence sharing arrangement with Iran, Iraq, and the Assad regime. Russia blocked UN Security Council resolutions critical of Assad, and continued to supply him with weapons.

To the surprise of US policy makers, Russia on September 30, 2015 began air strikes in support of the regime and with the objective of assaulting the forces of the Islamic Republic. It deployed air to air fighters, a mixture of types, and an air defense system to relieve the pressure on Assad who Russia regards as the bulwark against ISIS. It did bomb the ISIS facilities in Raqqa, the capital of the Caliphate. But Russia has not ruled out attacking other than ISIS rebel positions. Indeed, Russian Foreign Minister has confessed that Russia is targeting “all terrorists” in Syria.

At the same time, Russia is protecting the naval facilities it leases at the port of Tartous, the Mediterranean base for its Black Sea fleet, and has increased its forces at the air base in Latakia, in the Alawite heartland. NATO has issued a statement warning of the extreme danger of “such (Russian) irresponsible behavior,” and urged Russia to cease and desist. Russia in present circumstances is unlikely to pay heed.

The light has begun to dawn. The Obama administration has always called for a negotiated settlement to end the war and for the formation of a transitional administration without Assad.  It is beginning to recognize, as Russia does, that the main enemy is not the cruel, brutal dictator Bashar Assad but the fanatical Islamic State, the declared Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, and the threat to world civilization. Its war crimes besides its massacres now extend to the destruction of monuments and temples in the area it controls, including at Roman-era sites, UNESCO World Heritage sites and most recently the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra in Syria.

Belatedly, President Obama is preparing the Pentagon to provide ammunition and some weapons to Syrian rebels, and planning to increase air strikes, using the base in Turkey. The effort is supposedly concerned to fighting against the forces of the Islamic State. It is encouraging to learn, from Secretary of State John Kerry, that the ISIS will soon face increasing pressure from multiple directions across the battlefield in Syria and Iraq.  However, some skepticism is in order. Since the proposed operation, involving support for Kurdish and Arab fighters, is cloaked in secrecy for reasons of “operational security,” it is perhaps too soon for ISIS to hang its tears out to dry.

It remains however for the US to join Russia in the fight against and the destruction of ISIS. In spite of the Russian actions and remaining differences of opinion between the two countries on strategic and tactical priorities concerning Syria, cooperation not confrontation is crucial.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 10/06/2015 7:49 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Hate, Terror, and the Holy Places in Jerusalem

We all know that from the time they emerged as a political group claiming a separate identity from other Arabs, the Palestinians have never lost an opportunity to lose an opportunity. Now, they’re ignoring the valuable political wisdom that when you’re in a hole, stop digging.

Their hole grows greater as a result of the falsehoods and perverted remarks by Palestinian leaders who ignore or defend the increasing terrorist attacks by Palestinians against Israeli civilians. A number have recently occurred. On October 1, 2015 two Israelis, husband and wife, were killed by rifle and handgun in their car in a terrorist attack, a drive-by shooting on the road near Elon Moreh in the West Bank. Their four children also in the car were only slightly injured.

The leadership of the terrorist group Hamas, as expected, did not offer an apology for this horrendous murder. Instead it praised the murderers as individuals responsible for “heroic resistance,” and called on Hamas members to carry out more attacks on Israel. Later, the leadership of Fatah did accept responsibility for the murders. They were carried out by members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fatah.

On October 3, 2015 Palestinians carried out two terror attacks in Jerusalem. One assailant killed two Israelis by stabbing, one of whom was 41 and the other who was 21. The latter’s wife and two-year-old child were wounded. The assailant was a 19-year-old law student at Al-Quds University and was a member of Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group that is financed by Iran.

In his Facebook message of October 2, 2015 the assailant, named Muhannad Halabi, had written that the “third Intifada had begun,” because of what was happening to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He was implementing the hateful inflammatory presentation of the Palestinian leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas who lauded “every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem.”

In the second incident on October 3, an assailant stabbed an Israeli teenager near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Both of the Palestinian assailants of October 3 were killed after their attacks.

The Palestinian Authority and Hamas on October 4, 2015 kept digging its black hole of infamy. It blamed the innocent victims, condemning Israel for its policy of “escalation” for killing the two murderers, and criticized its raids in searching for the killers of the October 1 murders.

In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 30, 2015 Mahmoud Abbas sounded the “alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem.” The trouble is that the bells were ringing a different tone from what he said.

He did not hear the sound of the killings by the Palestinian terrorists. Instead, he spoke of the Israeli groups committing “repeated systematic incursions” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. He told the UN delegates that the “brutal Israeli force” was imposing its plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctuaries and that these actions would convert the conflict from a political to a religious one, thus creating what he called an explosive situation in Jerusalem and in the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory.

Even the UN delegates, many not friendly to Israel, must have been aware that it was the Palestinians who had made the conflict a religious one and created the explosion. They knew that on September 16, 2015, Abbas had blessed Ribat, the Palestinian religious conflict/war to protect land that claimed to be Islamic. The delegates also knew that Abbas omitted to say that it was the Palestinians themselves who were desecrating the mosque and their own Muslim religion by barring themselves inside it while throwing stones and fireworks at the Israel police who were trying to keep order on the Temple Mount.

The international community must challenge the preposterous lie that Israel is planning to harm or destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is disturbing that this lie, absurd as it is, has been accepted by Islamic leaders in a number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia (Sheikh Saleh Bin Hamid), and Lebanon (Abd Al-Latif Daryan), and by Palestinian supporters elsewhere.

It is not surprising that the familiar digger of holes, Christian PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi, who for some unaccountable reason is called on by CNN and other TV networks for comments on the Middle East, should state on September 15, 2015, that “Israel was playing with fire for its desecration of the holy places.” Why does CNN take seriously a PLO spokesperson who engages in the fantasy of the Israeli “Judaization scheme to annex the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings?” At least CNN might know that Jews cannot even pray on the Temple Mount where the Mosque is located.

Any hopes that Palestinians are preparing for peace with the State of Israel are dispelled by their educational programs, that in general do not promote reconciliation or normalization with Israel.  Schools continue to be named after terrorists who are celebrated as role models. Unfortunately, the educational process is also instilling attitudes of anti-Semitism, with Palestinian children being instructed to honor Hitler and being intellectually poisoned by reciting that Jews are descended from monkeys and pigs, and are the “most evil of creations.”

The Palestinian Authority opposes or prevents opportunities for Israelis and Palestinians to cooperate, whether it is in sporting events for children, football games, or women’s groups. It was saddening that the Palestinian Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in August 2015 condemned the music festival at Aix-en-Provence in France for inviting an Israeli band to play there. Perhaps even Said, the bitter opponent of Israel, would not have agreed with the Conservatory that the performance of the Israeli band was “intended to promote Zionist ideology.”

The international community must try to stop the Palestinians from digging ever more holes, and inform them that Israel, the “Zionists,” are not declaring war on the Al-Aqsa Mosque nor on Islamic identity. It is not the fault of Israel that the Islamic world is presently engaged in a state of enmity, separation, and terrorist sectarian war.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 10/06/2015 7:34 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
The Curtain Falls on a Palestinian State
The Palestinian flag may be flying at the United Nations in New York, but there are clear signs that a Palestinian state will not get off the ground. Read Moshe Arens' article in Haaretz.
Posted on 10/06/2015 6:58 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
In Memoriam. Nigeria, Israel, Australia, Christian, Jewish and Buddhist, Innocents Murdered by Muslims Enacting Islam

Let the four people whose stories I will now tell represent the millions of other Infidels ritually murdered by allah-akbaring Muslims throughout the past 1400 years; let them also represent the many, many Infidels who have been ritually murdered by allahu-akbaring Muslims even within the past year, or the past month.

First, the Christian, from Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria, in Africa. Monica Enoch, a pastor's daughter.  She was one of the "girls of Chibok", the 200+ teenaged schoolgirls, the vast majority being from Christian families, who were seized by Boko Haram jihadis from their boarding school dormitory in northern Nigeria, and "disappeared". A few escaped; many have probably been killed; all have been raped and abused in various ways.  Broken in spirit and body many - or so we have been given to understand by what little news has seeped out from various sources - have given in and converted to Islam.  But Monica was one of those who refused. Let us hear her story, which one must assume is known from testimony given by one of the few escapees and/ or from the boastful communiques of those who kidnapped, raped, tormented and finally murdered her. 

As outlined in the Barnabas Fund prayer diary for September-October 2015.  The entry for Tuesday 6th September.  

"School girl and pastor's daughter, Monica, was amongst the group of 276 girls kidnapped in Chibok by Boko Haram last year. 

"While others submitted to being forcibly converted to Islam, Monica refused.

"To punish her, the Boko Haram militants (sic: jihadis - CM) buried her up to her neck, and stoned her to death.

'Her father said recently, "To die for the sake of Christ - that's the happiest thing for me. I'm grateful she didn't change her religion."

'Monica's mother added, "Monica is now in heaven, because she refused to convert."

'Pray that all relatives of martyred Christians may draw comfort in their grief from the knowledge that their loved ones died for Christ."

 Had she renounced Christ, even as they were lowering her into the hole and preparing to throw the rocks, she would have lived...but at what price? The price of becoming a slave of Islam, a slave of Evil.  And so she refused, stubbornly continued to cling to her Lord, and was murdered by allahu-akbaring Muslims.  

Note: In the prayer diary she is called simply "Monica".  However, some time previously Barnabas Fund published a list  they had compiled of the names of most - though not all - of the kidnapped girls of Chibok.  There is only one "Monica" on the list, a "Monica Enoch". So I think it safe to assume that this is the same Monica.

Monica Enoch, may your name stand in honour alongside those of other African saints, martyrs and confessors of the Church Universal.

And now we come to Israel, and two recent Jewish victims of Muslim ritual murder.  A rabbi and his wife, Eitam and Naama Henkin, who on October 1 2015 were ambushed on a road in Samaria,  by Muslims, who shot them dead, firing on them repeatedly.  Somehow, miraculously, the murderers seem to have overlooked their four young children who were in the back of the car at the time.

Here is one account of Naama and Eitam.  Click on the link to see a picture of these lovely, gentle, decent, creative human beings who were annihilated because of the hatred of the Infidel, and as a subset of that, the hatred of Jews qua Jews, that is part and parcel of normative Islam.

'Israeli Parents Gunned Down in Terror Attack were Dream Couple'.

'Neighbours and friends of the Israeli couple shot dead in a West Bank terror attack (that is: in a jihad terror attack in Samaria - CM) leaving behind four [in fact, six] orphaned children, expressed their shock and disbelief at the loss.

'Naama and Eitam Henkin, both in their early 30s, were gunned down late Thursday, while driving in their car between the settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh (that is: the Jewish towns of Itamar and Elon Moreh - CM) near the Palestinian village (sic: the Arab Muslim colony - CM) of Beit Furik.

'Their [four youngest] children - aged 4 months, 4, 7, and 9 - who were in the backseat of the vehicle, were unharmed.

Not through any mercy extended by the murderers of their parents; it appears, rather, that chance or grace caused confusion among the attackers, triggering their flight before they realized that there were small, terrified Jewish children remaining alive in the vehicle whose driver and front-seat passenger had just been murdered.  As we learn here:

"How One Terrorist's Mistake Spared the Henkin Children.

"...five Hamas terrorists responsible for the murder have been arrested.  During the course of their interrogation, one - Karam Lutfi Fathi Razek - revealed that he was accidentally shot by a fellow terrorist in the hand during the attack.  The two had been shooting at either side of the car's front row, causing their line of fire to overlap.

'After the accidental injury the terrorist dropped his rifle and the five fled back to Shechem.

'This mistake may have saved the Henkin children, a senior IDF official stated to Yediot Aharonot Monday night..".

(Now, back to 'Times of Israel' - CM).

"They were something special, good people, very humble", Shlomit went on, speaking quickly and appearing deeply upset...

'Eitam Henkin is the son of Rabbi Yehuda and Chana Henkin, who moved to Israel from the United States in the 1970s.  His mother, Chana, runs the Nishmat Institute, a Jewish learning institution that was one of the first to teach women Talmud and Jewish law.

'Rabbi Henkin, a noted Torah scholar and author of several volumes of responsa, also serves as the school's Jewish law authority.

'Naama Henkin was a graphic artist who owned a design studio.

'According to Arutz 7, she is the daughter of a former member of the elite Sayeret Matkal unit...".

'The Henkins were being laid to rest Friday morning at 11 am at Har hamenuhot in Jerusalem, also known as the Givat Shaul cemetery."

Another account of Eitam and Naama, from the "Israellycool" blog. Click on the link; he has portraits as well.

"Meet the Henkins".

"...Naama was a small business owner.  She owned a little company called Ha-Maabada, which means "The Lab", where she specialised in graphic and visual design for businesses...

(Israellycool links to her Facebook business page and her Linkedin profile - CM).

'Owning a business while handling 6 children is not an easy task.  She, like anyone, was more interested in leading her family and satisfying her customers than "leading huge attacks on Palestinians [sic] on Al-Aqsa [sic]" (Israellycool is here quoting the nonsense-and-lies of the Palestinian Arab Muslim inciters of Jihad - CM).

'Proving that people will literally make up almost anything just to make us all (that is, all Israeli Jews - CM) look evil.

'Rabbi Eitam took the path of a religious scholar. H e managed a blog (see link in original article - CM) in which he published various historic and Halachic commentaries, book reviews, and published a book on the Kashrut laws of eating various fruits and vegetables due to their worm and bug content.

'He lived in Jerusalem.  He was a gentleman and a scholar, not a "general" or a "colonist"."

And now these two hard-working, peaceful, decent and loving people are dead, and their children are orphans. Eitam and Naama are dead because Islam cannot endure the sight of non-dhimmi Jews residing on historic Jewish territory that Muslims invaded and conquered in the 7th century; because Muslims cannot endure the reversal of any Islamic conquest; and because Muslims in their 'sacred' texts are taught to hate, hate, hate, hate Jews qua Jews.  Muslims are taught to hate and make war upon all Infidels, but perhaps Jews, most of all. 

Finally, we come to Parramatta, Sydney, Australia.  And the Muslim murder of Curtis Cheng, an unarmed middle-aged Australian public servant of Chinese ethnicity and, I understand, Buddhist faith. He worked as an accountant for the NSW police department.  On Friday 2nd October, only one day after the Muslim murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin in the land of Israel, Cheng was leaving his place of work.  A 15 year old Muslim youth in black robes with a revolver approached him and shot him in the back of the head, and then fired upon the policemen who had heard the gunshots and responded to the attack.  Fortunately, the police had better aim than the jihadi, and were able to kill him before he could harm or kill any other people, whether civilians or police.  However, I am not going to focus here on the details of the attack or the attacker. Let us focus instead upon Curtis Cheng.  Click on the links and you will see a lovely photo of him with his wife and his two children, a son and a daughter.

Here is one report, from Ben McClellan of Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

Parramatta Shooting: Colleagues and the Public Pay Respects to Slain Curtis Cheng with Flowers and Cards.

'Still reeling from the loss, colleagues of Curtis Cheng returned to the scene of Friday's fatal shooting (sic: Friday's ritual murder - CM) at NSW Police Headquarters today.

'Laying flowers and consoling each other half a dozen civilian employees met at a makeshift shrine on the entry ramp at Parramatta.

'While they gathered two special constables stood guard before going back inside when they left...

'A civilian employee simply said, "Things will change forever", and she would ever be fearful leaving the building when she resumed work tomorrow. "I think we will be more vigilant. When you walk out the door you will have to look around", she said. "You don't expect to walk out the front door and get killed, harming nobody, that's the thing..."

'Other employees had left the headquarters early on Friday for the long weekend, but Mr Cheng, an accountant, stayed until 4.30 pm.

"He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time", the woman said.  

'Another woman, visibly upset, said Mr Cheng was a "beautiful person". "I don't think I can talk about it, it's just too much.  He was just a beautiful person, he was very intelligent, he knew his work and he was always willing to help", she said...

'John used to say hello to Mr Cheng as they passed each other in the escalators.  "The thing that resonates in my memory is he always took the time to say "G'Day". It's just a little thing, he'd say it as we passed each other on the escalators", he said. "Nothing was ever too hard for Curtis. He was helpful, cheerful.  He was really a down-to-earth nice bloke.  Nothing was ever too much of a problem."....

"I've been in the job 40 years and it's not the same place, which is a shame," John said. "Just a man who was miding his own business after a good day's work on his way home, which just shows the whole futileness of it. It will certainly make it [the Headquarters] a sadder place. It will heighten the vigilance. He is certainly worth remembering"....

And also from Sydney's Telegraph, columnist Tim Blair provides a portrait and draws attention to the appeal that has been set up for Cheng's widow and children. Members of the Australian public are invited to contribute.

"NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng, who was murdered on Friday by teenage Islamic terrorist Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, photographed with his wife and children.

'The Daily Telegraph is now assisting an appeal for Cheng's family.

'Please contribute if you can.  NSW POLICE LEGACY APPEAL, BSB: 815 000 Account: 276953".

Finally, the ABC story on Curtis Cheng.

Parramatta Shooting Victim Curtis Cheng a "gentle man", Police Commissioner Says

'The New South Wales police civilian employee shot dead by a radicalised youth (sic: by a young Muslim jihad terror raider - CM) yesterday was a "gentle man", the police commissioner has said.

"The 15 year old of Iraq-Kurdish background (sic: "the 15 year old Muslim" - CM) killed (that is, murdered - CM) Curtis Cheng as he was leaving police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney's west around 4.30 pm yesterday.

'The offender (that is: the murderer - CM) then fired several more shots at officers as they emerged from the building to respond to the incident.  He was killed when the officers returned fire.

'Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said Mr Cheng, 58, was a 17 year veteran of the police force's finance department, where he worked as an accountant.

"He was a much-loved man, [he had] been with us a long time. I don't think I've ever heard anyone have a bad word about Curtis and he will be missed", he said.  "Curtis was admired and respected by his colleagues.  He was a gentle man in every sense. (I think Scipione here means that Curtis was "a gentle man" and "a gentleman". - CM)

"I don't think I've ever heard anyone have a bad word about Curtis, and he will be missed", he said. "Curtis was admired and respected by his colleagues.  He was a gentle man in every sense.

"What has occurred is shocking and it is a very sad time for those who worked closely with him and all our employees."

'A police source said the victim was a Buddhist and of Hong Kong-Chinese background.

"You won't find anyone in the cops who has a bad word to say about him", the source said. "He just walked out the door, Friday afternoon, on his way going home to his wife and kids. Shot dead. It's just horrible."...".

This is Jihad. This is Islam.  Murder for 'allah'.  The ritual murders, on three continents - Africa, Eurasia, Australia - of a Nigerian Christian schoolgirl, daughter of a pastor; of a Jewish couple in Israel, rabbi and businesswoman, loving parents of six children; and of a Buddhist accountant in Australia, of Hong Kong Chinese ethnicity. Christian, Jewish, Buddhist.  Four beautiful human beings slaughtered as human sacrifices, for the advancement of the temporal power of Islam, for the terrorising of other Infidels into submission to Muslims, to Islam.

May their memories be a blessing.  May their names be remembered: Monica Enoch, Eitam and Naama Henkin, Curtis Cheng.  May their mourning families - and those of all non-Muslims attacked and murdered by Muslim jihadis - be comforted. And may justice be done, and the marauding death-worshipping Ummah or Mohammedan Mob, wherever it seeks to kill and destroy, be resisted and defeated.

Posted on 10/06/2015 5:03 AM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Parramatta mosque leader lashes out and KICKS a news cameraman - as police seize one month's worth of security footage from the building the radicalised Muslim teen visited before shooting a police accountant

A leader of the mosque that 15-year-old gunman Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad visited before shooting a police accountant has lashed out at members of the media, as the place of worship hands over a month's worth of security footage to police.

Neil El-Kadomi, the head of Parramatta Mosque, on Marsden Street, kicked a cameraman from Nine News as he was being questioned and photographed outside the mosque on Monday. Mr El-Kadomi, who denied any association with the teenage killer, appeared to be having a verbal altercation with the cameraman when he lifted his right leg and kicked him.

A NSW police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that there have been no formal complaints lodged in relation to the incident

Mr El-Kadomi was questioned about his affiliation with Jabar- who was gunned down by police during a shoot out on Friday - after it was reported the 'radicalised' youth had visited the mosque to change into a black robe just before he stormed Parramatta's police headquarters.

On Sunday, Mr El-Kadomi denied he knew 'the boy' and claimed the teen was an infrequent visitor at the mosque, The Age reported. 'He died and his secret died with him. I don't know if it's terrorism. What the boy's motive is we don't know,' chairman of the Parramatta Mosque, Neil El-Kadomi said. 'We are Australian and we live in Australia. The mosque has no link to the crime. The community is very shocked by what happened,'

The mosque, located only a few blocks from where the fatal shooting took place, was raided on Sunday morning 'with the full support' of community leaders, a NSW police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia. 

Posted on 10/06/2015 2:12 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 5 October 2015
50 Years of Immigration’s Unintended Consequences

Senator Ted Kennedy’s assurances are so absurdly off-base that they should be carved into the marble of the U.S. Capitol as a caution to anyone making claims about the future effects of grand legislation on any subject:

The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.

Read all of Mark Krikorian's piece at NRO.

Posted on 10/05/2015 9:20 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 5 October 2015
Lisa Benson Show - Michael Rubin and Sylvia Hoehns-Wright on M.E. & U.S. Islamic Supremacy

The Lisa Benson Show had two guests  on the Sunday, October 4, 2015, Dr. Michael Rubin  and Ms. Sylvia Hoehns-Wright who addressed Islamic Supremacy in the Middle East and here in the US.  Rubin is  Resident Scholar at the Washington, DC-based American Enterprise  Institute and author of Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes.    See our March 2014 book review and interview with Rubin, here and here. Ms. Hoehns- Wright , a noted expert horticulturalist and was the  subject of a September 2015  New English  Review article, The Battle for Hoehns Road: Property Rights versus Muslim Supremacy.

Rubin addressed :

  • Russian President Putin’s Great Game in the Middle East and Eastern Europe;
  • Putin’s  alliance with Shia Supremacist Iran in Syria bolstering Assad who facilitated the rise of the Islamic State;
  •  Israel facing a possible  Palestinian Third Intifada  encircled with  Iranian Revolutionary Guards  on the Golan and proxies Hamas and Hezbollah  supported by Tehran seeking to extinguish the Jewish  nation,  a US ally;
  • The failures of President Obama’s policies in both the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

  Ms. Hoehns – Wright eloquently addressed:

  • The adverse verdict in  the recent Henrico County Virginia  now threatening both  her and her neighbors legacy property rights in a Lawfare Campaign  brought by the Islamic Center of Richmond;
  • The US Justice department  Federal Court consent decree that  forced  Henrico County  officials to  be subject to  Muslim diversity training;
  •  The trial testimony by  ICR  revealing  its connections  to the Muslim Brotherhood;
  • The  threat of a future business conspiracy trial against her and her neighbors  in the trial judge’s ruling;’and,
  • The necessity of amending existing Commonwealth of Virginia anti-SLAPP suit statute to combat Lawfare by Muslim Supremacists.

LISTEN HERE to the  SoundCloud  pod cast of October 4, 2014 Lisa Benson Show with  host, Lisa Benson and  co-host Jerry Gordon, a Senior Editor of the New English Review.


Posted on 10/05/2015 9:09 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 5 October 2015
Pakistani-Canadian Imprisoned Over Plot to Decapitate Employees of Jyllands-Posten and Throw their Heads in the Street May Have Canadian Citizenship Revoked

I think that's a good idea. National Post:

A Pakistani-Canadian imprisoned in California over a plot to decapitate employees of a Danish newspaper and throw their heads on to the street is among those targeted for revocation of their citizenship under a controversial new law, the National Post has learned.

Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 54, is the only one of the 10 Canadians whose citizenship the government is seeking to revoke for terrorism who was convicted by a foreign court, the U.S. District Court in Chicago. He is serving a 14-year-sentence at a prison in San Pedro, Calif.

The former owner of First World Immigration, which operated in Toronto, Rana was convicted in 2011 of conspiracy in relation to a plot to attack the Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten newspaper for publishing a cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.

He was also convicted of providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the Pakistani terrorist group that 10 sent gunmen to Mumbai, India in 2008 to attack major hotels, a train statin and a Jewish centre. More than 160 people were killed.

Rana was living in Illinois when he was arrested in 2009. According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, his scheduled release date is Dec. 28, 2021. Upon completion of his sentence, he would have likely been deported to Canada. But if his citizenship is successfully revoked, he could only be returned to Pakistan.

Posted on 10/05/2015 7:48 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 5 October 2015
Jeff Sessions: Time To Hit Brakes On ‘Radical’ Pace Of Immigration

Coolidge did it, now it's time to hit the brakes again. Breitbart:

On Breitbart News Sunday Sirius XM radio with host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Alabama

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) discussed the findings of his Senate Judiciary Immigration and the National Interest Subcommittee, which document how births to current Americans will be vastly outnumbered by mass immigration unless Congress hits the “pause” button on issuing new green cards.

In an impassioned interview, Sessions challenged donor-driven Republicans who are “too close to the corporate class,” for supporting a “radical” pace of immigration that would push the U.S. past all known records.

“America is surging past all historical [immigration] levels. I think it’s time to slow down,” Session declared.

Sessions offered a series of detailed facts to demonstrate the true scope of immigration and the depth of public desire to see those levels curbed.

“By a three-to-one majority of Americans they say we should reduce the flow of immigration rather than increase it. I think it’s time for politicians to look at this. They don’t know these numbers and they’re not listening to the American people,” Sessions said.

The exclusive chart provided to Breitbart News documents how for every one net American born — i.e. births minus deaths — “the federal government will add seven more people to the country through future immigration.”

When asked why politicians are not pushing to enact the immigration reductions desired by their constituents, Sessions explained that Washington politicians are “too close to the corporate class,” who see higher wages for workers as a bad thing because it increases labor costs. “If you read the business publications, and wages go up, they think it’s bad.”

Sessions, however, does not subscribe to this corporate view of American wages. “How can that possibly be policy for government officials… It just infuriates me,” Sessions said.

Sessions, who has been a tireless champion of the American worker in the Republican Party, explained that elected officials ought represent Americans, not special interests groups or big business donors:

“I love America. I believe I’m an elected official. And who puts me in office? […] The people who should benefit from my actions are the American people. That’s who should be first. Some people seem to think they represent groups, they seem to think we represent the whole world, they think we represent business groups, and activist groups and La Raza or the Chamber of Commerce, and we’re losing sight of who we represent. And it’s absolutely clear that too large a flow of [foreign] workers, particularly lower skilled workers, hammer American workers, damage their ability to get a pay raise or even get a job. That’s not disputable. That matter has been settled. And someone needs to be worried about those people… I think that’s been lost sight of in your nation’s capital.”

Sessions explained that the findings released by the Subcommittee he chairs debunk the talking points of “establishment elites” who want to continue record immigration against the interests and wishes of the American public.

“We’re told time and again that we don’t have a generous immigration policy and we need to have more,” Sessions said. Yet the facts do not bear this out. As the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee told Breitbart News, “The United States has taken in four times more worldwide immigrants than any other nation on Earth.”

“In seven years we’ll have the highest percentage of American non-native born since the founding of the Republic,” Sessions explained. “Some people think, ‘Well, we’ve always had this numbers,’ but that it’s not so. This is very unusual. This is a radical change.”

Indeed, in the 1920s, the last time the foreign-born share of the population reached a record high, then-President Calvin Coolidge hit the pause button for roughly fifty years, producing an era of explosive wage growth. That pause continued until Ted Kennedy ushered in his legislation that granted millions of immigration visas to the entire world.

Sessions explained that if immigration curbs are not enacted, our current policy “will take us to numbers we’ve never seen before.”

“In fact, the United States accounts for five percent of the world’s population; we take in already 20 percent of the [world’s] immigrants. This is a stunning number in itself,” Session said.

When asked about Europe’s immigration crisis, Sessions explained that overly generous immigration policies, both in Europe and the United States, will only encourage more migration:

Posted on 10/05/2015 6:10 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 5 October 2015
Walking the Dog
People always like to talk about their dogs: it is one subject about which they can be frank and unaffected, for no one enters a conversation about dogs who does not love them.
My wife and I were walking the other day in Paris - down the Avenue Gambetta, to be precise - when we saw a man coming towards us who was playing with his dog, a Jack Russell, lively of body and mind. It was jumping up at a stick held out by its master, grabbing it between its teeth so firmly that it could be whirled round. It growled playfully, and it was obvious that it wanted to play until either it or its master was exhausted.
We stopped to talk about the dog. Nobody who walks a dog is too busy to chat about it, and the difficulty is not in starting, but in ending such conversations: for there is no more sincere form of flattery, imitation perhaps excepted, than admiring a man's dog. And, of course, everyone can listen to flattery for hours.
We asked all the usual questions about the dog: age, for example, and whether the owner had had it from a puppy. But every dog is individual, and has its own character. It is then that the conversation grows more serious.
'C'est un chien-professeur,' said the proud master - a teacher-dog.
He himself was a teacher and worked with children 'in difficulty:' that is to say disobedient and delinquent. At the suggestion of the school psychologist five years before, he took the dog to school with him where the dog exerted a very beneficial effect on the behaviour of the children, an effect that was lasting.
This was a phenomenon worth reflecting on. Why did the dog have such an effect? It certainly wasn't because it was fierce, like a pit-bull; quite the reverse.
I think it is probably because the dog displayed and evoked affection, an affection that could be expressed on the human side without fear of disappointment or appearing weak and vulnerable in the eyes of peers. Growing up, as most of them probably did, in a loveless environment in which all relations are those of power and conflict, to be resolved by strength and ruthlessness, the untroubled relationship with a dog gave them what many a teenage mother has said she sought in a baby: someone to love and someone to be loved by. A dog supplies what is missing in a loveless world.    
First published in Salisbury Review.
Posted on 10/05/2015 6:02 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 5 October 2015
12 Christians Brutally Executed By ISIS Refused to Renounce Name of Christ, Died Praying, Reciting Lord's Prayer

The Gospel Herald (hat tip: Jihad Watch):

Twelve Christians have been brutally executed by the Islamic State, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus Christ and embrace Islam. The martyrs were faithful to the very end; right before one woman was beheaded by the terror group, she appeared to be smiling slightly as she said, “Jesus!”

According to Christian Aid Mission, a humanitarian group which assists indigenous Christian workers in their native countries, the horrific murders took place on August 28 in an unnamed village outside Aleppo, Syria.

In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam,” Christian Aid revealed, according to a report from Morning Star News. “When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion.

They were killed for refusing to return to Islam after embracing Christianity, as were the other eight aid workers, including two women, according to Christian Aid. The eight were taken to a separate site in the village and asked if they would return to Islam. However, after they refused to renounce Christ, the women, ages 29 and 33, were raped before the crowd summoned to watch, and then all eight were beheaded,,,

Posted on 10/05/2015 5:48 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Another Temple Mount Intifada?

Naama and Rabbi Eitam Henkin z"l

The Jewish religious calendar of the Days of Awe started with Rosh Hashanah, continued with  Yom Kippur and  the harvest festival of Sukkot  ending with Simchat Torah-the celebration of Ha Shem’s gift of the torah.  In Israel  it has been the scene of daily violence and pitched battles on the Temple Mount between rock and Molotov cocktail throwing Palestinian protesters and Israel security and border police. This period of Jewish religious observance sorrowfully culminated in a murderous Palestinian spectacle in both Samaria and yesterday in Jerusalem.  Thursday, Palestinian terrorists committed a random drive by shooting murdering Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin z”l (of blessed memory)  from the community of Neira in their car while traveling on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria. She was killed instantly by the wanton gunfire. Rabbi Eitam Henkin  heroically opened his door to shield the couple’s four sons, ages  9 to less than three months  in the back seat,  later succumbing to his  mortal wounds. When the vehicle with its flashing emergency  lights  and a door open  was approached  by an Israeli paramedic one of the older Henkin surviving boys screamed, “they murdered my parents. “ Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were American Olim from a respected Orthodox family. The One Family Fund began an emergency appeal for support of the four orphaned and traumatized Henkin boys who are now in the care of their grandmother.  The Palestinians ‘celebrated’ this heinous crime.  Israel National News reported that Friday, October 2, 2015, thousands attended the funeral s of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin who were interred in Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot Cemetery  located near the western entrance to the capital city.

From  New York,  Prime Minister Netanyahu excoriated Palestinian President Abbas, condemning him for his silence. This was in the wake of a speech by Abbas suggesting that Israel hadn’t implemented the Oslo Accords in effect  justifying non –observance of prevailing agreements. Of course, the UN  lent its tacit support by agreeing to raise the flag of the Palestinian Authority at the UN.  The PA  has never been admitted as a full member , although it holds observer non-state status, enabling it to avail itself of membership in a number of UN organizations and treaties including access to International Courts.


Rabbis Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennett z”l

Then Saturday, we had another burst of Palestinian terrorism. The murders of two Rabbis Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennett near the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem stabbed to shouts of “allahu akbar” all while recorded on security cameras.  A news release from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted what occurred:

At around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening (October 3, 2015), a knife-wielding Arab attacked Rabbi Aharon Bennett, his wife, their 2-year-old son and baby daughter who were on their way to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, an Old City resident and IDF reserve officer, went down with his gun to try and save those wounded by the Arab terrorist in the attack, but the terrorist stabbed him and seized his weapon. Border Police forces stationed nearby shot and killed the attacker. ?

Israel Hayom reported, “15-year-old Moshe Malka sustained moderate wounds in another Jerusalem stabbing attack.”   The State Department issued a statement requesting calm by all parties involved.

In the wake of Saturday’s  murderous events in Jerusalem  PM Netanyahu scheduled a meeting with his Security Cabinet for Monday.  From New York he said:

 Israel is waging an all-out war on Palestinian terrorism. This battle must be fought with determination and focus. We are increasing our prevention and punitive measures. We all feel outraged, but we have to let the IDF, Shin Bet and police fight terrorism, and no one should take the law into their own hands.

Could we be witnessing another Temple Mount Intifada?  Saeb Erekat, PA senior negotiator said it looks like the beginning of a Third Intifada, so did the perpetrator of the Jerusalem murders.  The Times of Israel (TOI) reported, 19 year old Muhannad Halabi posting the day before the attack on his Facebook page, “The Third Intifada is here”.

As Israel Hayom noted, Israel security officials made references to an all out campaign against Palestinian terrorism in Judea and Samaria akin to Operation Defense Shield during the Second Intifada:

A source privy to consultations held by top government officials over the past few days said that if the Palestinians "want a third intifada they will end up with a second Operation Defensive Shield. Steps will be taken on the ground to undermine Hamas infrastructure."

Operation Defensive Shield, waged in 2002, was a large-scale military campaign targeting Palestinian terrorist infrastructure across Judea and Samaria in an effort to stave off increasingly deadly attacks.

Following Saturday's attack, which came amid growing tensions in Jerusalem and a series of violent riots on the Temple Mount, the defense establishment decided to limit access to Al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslim worshippers aged 50 and over, who will be allowed to enter the compound through the Lions' Gate only. No restrictions have been placed on Muslim women's access to the compound.

Access for Jews and Muslims alike to the volatile holy site is often restricted for security reasons.

The Second or Temple Mount Intifada was fomented by the late Yasser Arafat emboldened by two events in 2000: the pell mell IDF withdrawal from the Southern Lebanon Security zone creating a vacuum for Shia Hezbollah to move in and his rejection of a peace deal at Camp David proposed by then PM Ehud Barack with the support of former President Clinton. Arafat triggered the uprising to coincide with the visit by the late PM Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount on September 28, 2000. 

Operation Defensive Shield began in earnest after the March 27, 2002 suicide bombing by Hamas of the Park Hotel in Netanya hosting a Passover Seder with largely elderly holocaust survivors. 30 civilians were killed and 140 were injured, the most casualties in the worst single event during Operation Defense Shield. It began on March 29, 2002 with Israeli tanks mounting a siege of Yasser Arafat in the Mukata in Ramallah.    The IDF engaged in urban warfare in Palestinian major towns in the Samaria and the West Bank, withdrawing in May 2002 with cordons of these communities remaining during the Second Intifada. In one operation alone in Jenin 23 IDF soldiers were killed in close quarter attacks with armed Palestinian terrorists. The Second intifada went on for nearly five years. Arafat, the first PA president died in a French hospital before the end of the Second Intifada in  November 2004. He was succeeded by Mahmoud Abbas elected for a four year term in 2005 now serving in his 11th  year.  According to the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism  Israeli casualties during the Second Intifada were 731 civilian and 231 IDF service personnel. The Israeli security fence  was constructed resulted in reducing terrorist attacks from the disputied terroritories.

The rise of murderous Palestinian terrorism during the Days of Awe comes amidst the entry of Iranian Revolutionary Guards units and Russian forces in neighboring Syria and cross border exchanges with Assad regime forces on the Golan. There are also allegations that some of the current Palestinian terrorist actions may involve Fatah, Hamas and Iranian proxy Palestinian Islamic Jihad.  A further complicating element has been the castigation of Israel security and border police  actions on the Temple Mount by Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the patron of the Jordanian religious leaders of the Waqf that control the Al Aksa Mosque complex. The late Moshe Dayan in the immediate aftermath of the liberation of Jerusalem in the June 1967 Six Days of War granted control of the Mosque complex atop the temple Mount to the Jordanian Waqf.  Adding  his voice to the chorus of fundamentalist  Muslim objections to Israel controlling security of the Temple Mount was Ayatollah Khamenei objecting to the ‘Zionist enterprise’ defending the security and access to this spiritual center of the Jewish nation of Israel.  Stay tuned for developments.


Posted on 10/04/2015 2:15 PM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Jews against Themselves

As a new book shows, hatred of Jews can be infectious—and some of the worst carriers are Jews who defame their own people.

Read it in Mosaic.

Posted on 10/04/2015 2:10 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Why Donald Trump May Well Become Our Next President

by Rebecca Bynum (October 2015)

I attended a Donald Trump rally yesterday, October 3, in Franklin Tennessee. I’ve never seen attendance like it. I arrived an hour early and the line snaked around the building then back on itself around the building again – and the people kept coming and coming. They were mostly average working people, I estimate about a third were under 30. All were heartened by the crowd itself. Everyone I spoke to expressed renewed hope for America in this candidatemore>>>

Posted on 10/04/2015 1:50 PM by NER
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Trudeau didn’t just defend the niqab. He defended the niqab by trivializing the Holocaust

David Frum writes in the National Post:

When a politician says, “I am not a crook,” he does so because many people have reasonable doubts to the contrary. Likewise, when a politician prefaces a political speech with a long and emphatic denial that he’s pandering to a “key audience” or “swing voters” — well, brace yourself for pandering delivered in a large, family-sized container.

That’s how to understand Justin Trudeau’s attention-grabbing speech in Toronto last week. The speech was built to deliver a message astutely aimed at exactly the kind of “key audience” that Trudeau insisted he never, ever, ever thinks about: “We should all shudder to hear the same rhetoric that led to a ‘none is too many’ immigration policy toward Jews in the ’30s and ’40s, being used to raise fears against Muslims today.”

In case any TV crew missed the soundbite, Trudeau reprised it later in his speech: “This is not the spirit of Canadian liberty, my friends. It is the spirit of the Komagata Maru. Of the St. Louis. Of ‘none is too many.’”

Trudeau’s analogy turned history upside-down. The European Jews who sought refuge in Canada in the 1930s and 1940s were fleeing an ideology that defined them as inferior and demanded they wear special identifying badges of inferiority. Trudeau now urges Canada to enable and assist those who define women as inferior — and who require women to wear special identifying badges of their inferiority.

In his Toronto speech, Trudeau said: “one of the highest aims of Canadian political leadership is to protect and expand freedom for Canadians.” He is so determined to expand freedom, in fact, that he now proposes to expand it to include the freedom to treat women like chattels. This is not the freedom that Trudeau’s hero Wilfrid Laurier had in mind when he called freedom “Canada’s nationality.” The freedom Justin Trudeau defended in Toronto is the freedom Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee fought for: the freedom to dominate and subordinate.

Justin Trudeau takes pride in his support for women’s rights and aspirations. To uphold women’s right to choose abortion, he proudly told his audience, he had set new limits on Liberal MPs’ freedom to vote with their consciences. He even tentatively acknowledged that some might see the niqab as a “symbol of oppression”: the garment’s purpose, after all, is to deprive women of their individuality; to render them invisible in public space. Yet this outspoken feminist argued that the government of Canada should accommodate such oppression in its citizenship ceremonies.

To understand Trudeau’s purpose, you should consider together both what the Liberal leader said and the way he said it. He didn’t just defend the niqab. He defended the niqab by trivializing the Nazi Holocaust. Out of all the whole vast archive of human experience, Justin Trudeau reached for that one particular volume. Why?

The short answer is that the “key audience” Justin Trudeau wished to reach in his Toronto speech is an audience that seeks to appropriate Jewish history for their own political purposes. To champion the niqab as a symbol of liberty may collect some votes. To champion the niqab in a way that edits Jews out of history and substitutes others into their place — that is intended to collect many, many more.

We hear a lot these days about “the new Jews”: people who supposedly have replaced the Jews as the victims of persecution. But when you review the data on which religious groups are targeted for hate crimes, it turns out — to borrow a line from an old rock anthem — that when you meet the new Jews, they’re the same as the old Jews. And when you listen to the debate about Charlie Hebdo, about the massacre at the Parisian kosher market, about the attempted massacre at a free-speech gathering in Copenhagen, and the actual murder at the synagogue there — you realize that some of the people most eager to pose as victims are in reality the most merciless victimizers.

Justin Trudeau himself is no kind of victimizer, of course. He’s a mild Canadian Liberal practicing a very familiar kind of Liberal politics: trying to win immigrant votes with a salute to the most radical elements of an immigrant community, a cheap gesture for a big payoff. The Toronto speech was promptly followed by a tweet opposing Israel Apartheid Week at McGill. As in the old joke about the teacher asked about the theory of evolution, Trudeau can do it either way.

The difference this time, however, is that unlike the Irish Republicans or the Croatian nationalists or the Sikh militants or the Tamil Tigers, the extremists to whom Justin Trudeau panders have their sights set on Canada as well as their countries of origin. They’re not fighting for the right to be left alone. They’re fighting to change the world, and Canada with it.

Canadian troops now are engaged in battle against a group that calls itself the Islamic State. Canadians have been horrified by the savage cruelty of the Islamic State’s methods of warfare. But the contest with the Islamic State isn’t fundamentally a conflict about methods. It’s a conflict about the beliefs that drive the Islamic State’s fighters — some of them recruited from Canada — to their savagery and cruelty. Stephen Harper’s government has decided that those principles have no place in Canada’s most fundamental ritual of self-definition: the citizenship ceremony. That’s not a violation of freedom. That’s how freedom is sustained and protected.

Posted on 10/04/2015 7:51 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Terror-link charity was due to host joint official reception with Tory party

An organisation condemned by the Government as “linked to individuals who fuel hatred, division and violence” was cleared to host an official reception inside the secure zone at this week’s Conservative Party conference. The event, co-hosted by the Muslim Charities Forum, was only cancelled after party officials were contacted by the Telegraph on Saturday.

According to the printed copy of the conference guide, it was to have been addressed by the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, the former Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and the former party chairman, Lady Warsi. It was to have taken place on Tuesday, the same day as the Home Secretary, Theresa May, is expected to announce a new crackdown on Islamist extremism from the conference platform. 

The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) was stripped of £250,000 in state funding last year after the Telegraph exposed its links with the Union of Good, a designated terrorist organisation created to fund the militant group Hamas. At least six of the ten charities in the MCF are or were members of the Union of Good. However, the official conference programme shows that the MCF was co-hosting a reception on the theme of “faith and British values” in the main conference centre on Tuesday evening, only hours after Mrs May’s speech. 

The main speaker at the event was Othman Moqbel, chief executive of one of the Hamas-linked charities, Human Appeal International. Pictures from a Hamas event show the charity’s logo on the platform. Human Appeal was named by the FBI in 2003 as having a “close relationship” with Hamas.

The Muslim Charities Forum, which was until recently based at Westgate House in Hangar Lane, London, one of the two main bases for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. The Union of Good is designated by the US Treasury as a terrorist organisation created by the Hamas leadership “in order to facilitate the transfer of funds to Hamas.”

The union is chaired by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a key intellectual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who has twice turned down offers to become its political leader.

Mr al-Qaradawi, who is banned from the UK, is a strong supporter of suicide bombings, describing Israeli citizens as legitimate targets.

As well as Human Appeal, other members of the Muslim Charities Forum include Muslim Aid, which has admitted funding organisations run by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Islamic Help, which works closely with a Hamas front organisation in Gaza, and Muslim Hands, which also funds Hamas front bodies. 

Posted on 10/04/2015 3:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 3 October 2015
Michael Rubin on Dealing with Putin: “Bomb Assad; Arm Ukraine”

Russian Soldiers

Dr. Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar at the Washington, DC, American Enterprise Institute will be one of our guests on the Lisa Benson Show, Sunday, October 4th.   He is the author of Dancing with the Devil:  the Perils of Engaging with Rogue RegimesWe published both a review of Dancing with the Devils and an interview with Rubin in the March 2014 New English Review. The introduction to our interview noted:

We met Rubin in 2005 when he returned to Yale to discuss his experience as a former Pentagon official on Iran and Iraq who also served as a political advisor to the Provisional Coalition Authority. He spoke about the emergence of the nuclear Iran threat under the “reformist” regime in Tehran led by Ayatollah Khatami. See Rubin’s background and blog at the AEI website, here and here. Our interview with Rubin ranged across an array of prevailing issues. Among these are the Iranian nuclear and ICBM threat and Putin’s great game of one sided politics in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He also addressed Pakistan’s tolerance of terrorism and the lack of US support for the Kurds in both Iraq and Syria. He criticized the folly of the Administration’s support of Turkey under Premier Erdogan and the folly of its lead in the Final Status negotiations with the Palestinians imperiling Israel’s security.

As regards Putin and his current demarche to the Administration in Syria this exchange with Rubin from our interview illustrates how clear-eyed was his response:

Gordon:  How dangerous to American interests is Russian President Putin’s great game strategy in the Middle East?

Rubin:  Very. The problem is that Americans tend to see diplomacy as a means to compromise, a win-win solution. However, Putin sees international relations as a zero-sum game in which for Russia to win, everyone else must lose. When Neville Chamberlain goes up against Machiavelli, Machiavelli wins.

Rubin published in Commentary Magazine on October 2, 2015 some prescriptions on how to deal with Putin, “Bomb Assad; Arm Ukraine”.  Doubtless President Obama would aver, given his White House press conference yesterday.

Note what Obama said in response to a question from CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett regarding his former Secretary of State and Democrat presidential hopeful, Hillary’s Clinton’s change of heart on Syria in this Breitbart News report:

President Obama found himself in a bit of a conundrum after he denounced critics of his Syria policy as being full of “mumbo jumbo” and “half-baked ideas.”

In response, CBS reporter Major Garrett questioned Obama whether Hillary Clinton’s proposal to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria was a half-baked idea.

“Hillary Clinton is not half-baked in terms of her approach to these problems,” Obama said carefully, reminding reporters she served in his administration as Secretary of State.

But Obama pointed out that Clinton’s rhetoric on Syria is merely campaign rhetoric.

“I also think that there’s a difference between running for president and being president,” he said carefully, pointing out that he was having specific discussions with his military advisors about the right way forward in Syria.

“If and when she’s president, then she’ll make those judgments and she’s been there enough that she knows that, you know, these are tough calls,” he said.

Clinton broke with the White House on Syria, calling for a “no-fly zone” in Syria to protect Syrian citizens in an interview with a Boston TV station on Thursday.

Dr. Michael Rubin

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute


Here is what Rubin wrote in his Commentary column, “Bomb”

Russia’s deployment to Syria — and its decision to bomb almost exclusively — more moderate Syrians and those who have received U.S. assistance has thrown down the gauntlet. It’s not just a matter of Syria, anymore. Vladimir Putin is showing the world President Obama’s impotence, and convincing every U.S. ally across the globe from Egypt to Estonia and from Kenya to Korea that they would have to be crazy to cast their lot with the United States.

Putin has pushed the line repeatedly and received little resistance, beyond a cute plastic button offered by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Russian forces invaded Georgia without consequence. They cheated on the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and faced no consequence. Indeed, Ellen Tauscher, the chief U.S. negotiator of the subsequent “New START” Treaty and a top Hillary Clinton aide, ended up going into partnership with a Kremlin-funded think tank while at the Atlantic Council. No wonder that, with such lack of seriousness emanating from Washington, Putin figured he could get away with murder in the Ukraine. To date, the Kremlin has faced little consequence for its actions beyond a smattering of sanctions. In the process of these outrages, Moscow demonstrated that the Budapest Memorandum in which the United States, among others, gave Kiev security guarantees wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.

There’s an irony here, of course, when it comes to the White House conception of credibility: Obama’s team shrugged off commitments to the Ukraine by insisting that the Budapest Memorandum was an agreement and not a treaty and so wasn’t sacrosanct. However, talk about walking away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the so-called Iran deal, which is an agreement and not a treaty, and the White House and State Department insists that its terms must be observed with the entirety of U.S. credibility at stake.

Regardless, what is clear is that the White House has consistently misjudged Putin. There are two possibilities as to why Obama and Kerry fell into Putin’s trap: Either there has been a massive intelligence failure at the Central Intelligence Agency with regard to Putin’s outlook and intentions, or Obama and Kerry simply ignored what they were being told. Either way, in an atmosphere where accountability mattered, there would be resignations, either at the CIA or at the top of the State Department.

So what to do to restore credibility? There really is no option other than the military: Russian planes bomb targets close to those forces aligned with the United States? Then U.S. forces should bomb Syrian targets close to the Assad regime. A U.S. general in Iraq might give the Russian embassy there an hour’s notice to de-conflict. Kerry might be under the delusion that Assad can be worked with, but that simply shows how out-of-touch he is with the situation in Syria: He long ago passed the point of no return. Assad’s presence in Syria has become the chief recruiting tool for the Islamic State.

At the same time, it’s essential to arm the Ukrainians with enough lethal goods to help them roll back Russian proxies and send Russian forces home in body bags. That might not be the style of diplomacy to which Obama and Kerry adhere, but both are naïve if they think diplomacy means simply talking at the table absent any leverage or the threat of worse to come. Putin must realize that there is real cost to his course of action. If he isn’t stopped in Syria, ultimately he will have to be stopped in the Baltics, and that will be a far more tragic outcome for all sides.

The Lisa Benson Show will air Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 4PM EDT, 3PM CDT, 2PM MDT, 1PM PDT and 11PM in IsraelListen live to the Lisa Benson Radio Show for National Security on KKNT 960The Patriot or use SMARTPHONE iHEART App: 960 the Patriot.   Lisa Benson and New English Review Senior Editor Jerry Gordon will co-host this show.


Posted on 10/03/2015 11:08 AM by Jerry Gordon
Saturday, 3 October 2015
The NDP Still Isn’t Ready, But It Turns Out Trudeau May Be

With just over two weeks before the federal election, several points appear to be emerging.

The New Democrats have been given their star turn as a potential government, but have not made it. Their leader, Thomas Mulcair, has avoided the pink scare — deservedly, as he is not an extremist — but New Democrats, who can sometimes run a province more or less competently, have too many hare-brained ideas to be entrusted with the federal government. Its budget plan of insignificant tax rises, bountiful increases in social spending and a balanced budget, won’t fly. The positions of the Conservatives (balancing the budget through spending restraint) and of the Liberals (modest deficits for spending on infrastructure), are at least plausible.

The NDP’s foreign policy has all of the party’s usual hobbling foibles, which are not relevant at the provincial level. Mulcair advocates complete avoidance of any military role in opposing ISIL, as if Canada were neutral in a contest between a savage gang of rabid sectarian torturers and decapitators of civilians, on the one hand, and almost every other civilized country on the other. Dispensing aid to victims is necessary, but as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, especially has forcefully responded, giving humanitarian assistance and training local forces and going on the odd bombing mission in the same week does not overstretch this country’s talents at multi-tasking. (Canada flies about two per cent of the Allied missions, and avoids over-straining the wings of our venerable CF-18’s.)

The same fantasyland problem arises in Mulcair’s insane demand for a boycott of Saudi Arabia. We would lose our $15 billion defence sale contract with them, and if our action had any impact (it would in fact be completely ineffectual), it would be to assist ISIL in its furtive struggle against the House of Saud. In its almost endearing naivete, the NDP fails to apply the proper litmus test to any attempted ostracization and destabilization of uncongenial foreign governments: would regime change produce an improvement? Particularly after the disasters that followed the overthrow of the Shah in Iran, Saddam in Iraq, Qaddafi in Libya and Mubarak in Egypt (though the incompetence of the Muslim Brotherhood saved us from the full horror of that debacle), Canadian voters had the right to hope that NDP views would have matured a little. They seem no longer to demand withdrawal from NATO, though they would contribute even less to it than Harper has…

The NDP is still thrashing around in the deep end of climate change where very little is actually known, bandying about the discredited concept of cap-and-trade, and railing about Harper withdrawing from the Kyoto agreement. In fact, no country signed or remained in Kyoto except those that were going to be rewarded for their disintegration (Russia), or their economic primitiveness in not having a high level of carbon emissions (Zimbabwe’s Mugabe and comparable despots, and all the world’s failed states). The most amusing element of this part of the debate was Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s harassment of Mulcair for once having advocated the sale of water to the United States. It was slightly reminiscent of Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis’ success in the 1956 provincial election campaign, in which he accused the federal Liberals of having imported 300,000 dozen “Communist eggs” from Poland. Of course there was nothing wrong with buying Polish eggs, just as there is nothing wrong with selling water to the U.S., as long as it comes from rivers flowing toward salt-water oceans and doesn’t reduce our water tables. But Mulcair’s discomfort was humorous.

It should be remembered that the current position of the NDP is aberrant. In 2011, Quebec realized it could not go on forever voting for a separatist party in a federal election. Most Quebecois are not separatists and like to have some influence in Ottawa. Yet most find Harper’s unmitigated waspiness and failure to truckle to Quebec irritating (the latter is rather to his credit). Former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was in a time warp, talking earnestly about the constitutional problems of 30 years before, like a man who had been away from the country that long. The late NDP Leader Jack Layton, meanwhile, conducted a whirlwind campaign in the interior of Quebec promising to repeal the Clarity Act and let Quebec secede on a 50-per-cent-plus-one vote on a fuzzy question; in the meantime, he would abolish the English language in the federal workplace in Quebec (i.e., federal government offices and federal sections of the private sector, such as banks). The habitants lapped it up. Ignatieff didn’t figure out what was happening and didn’t try to rouse a federalist response, while Harper was happy enough to have the ancient Liberal foe cut down at the knees, tearing away the base of its support since Laurier’s time.

Mulcair has tried to go Layton one better by po-facedly telling English Canada the nose-lengthening whopper that he is the true federalist, on the grounds that only when the Quebec nationalists are armed with these concessions will they have the self-confidence to remain in Canada. The walking political corpse of Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe is picking up a bit of the nationalist vote, and Trudeau and Harper are both gaining votes among the 40 per cent of Quebecers who are outright federalists and the 40 per cent who are somewhere between enthusiastic Canadians and Quebec separatists. Mulcair is being gradually exposed for selling the country a pantomime horse where the front and back legs aren’t coordinated. More could be made outside Quebec of his desire to allow the separatists to produce another trick question, then to allow them to drag four million Quebec federalists out of Canada and into a sovereign Quebec.

New Democrats can sometimes run a province more or less competently, but have too many hare-brained ideas to be entrusted with the federal government

Mulcair has been strong in Parliament and is perfectly presentable in person, but on the hustings he has seemed flaccid, elderly and unstylishly hirsute. Barring an astonishing turn in the next two weeks, the Conservatives and NDP will both slip significantly from their performance in 2011. Regardless of which party ends up with the most seats, the big winner will be Trudeau, who seems likely at least to triple the Liberal parliamentary contingent. Four years ago, there was rampant speculation about whether the federal Liberal party would survive, rather than fold into the NDP with the centrist and right-of-centre Liberals gravitating to the Conservatives. Now, the NDP seems to be retreating very gradually back to a third party just outside the federal mainstream.

What seems to be shaping up is a contest between comfort with the executive competence of Harper and a rising confidence that Trudeau is not just a pretty face with famous and controversial parents. The pompous Conservative advertising about “Justin’s not ready” has been largely debunked and Trudeau is carrying the fight to Harper on several issues. He has been exposing the scandalous enfeeblement of the Canadian Armed Forces despite all Harper’s King Lear fist-shaking at Russian President Vladimir Putin and others. Both opposition leaders have stuck to their guns against Harper’s repressive endorsement of more and longer and harsher imprisonment, and Trudeau has rather courageously attacked the practice of revocation of citizenship, even for terrorists.

An argument can be made for revoking the citizenship of those who have violated the oath they took in becoming citizens, but expelling people could prove a totalitarian measure and Trudeau and Mulcair are right to oppose it. Here, as with his absurdly draconian crime bill and his Orwellian security bill (C-51), Harper’s disregard for human rights is worrisome. Nor should Harper get away with his mistaken claim that Canada is the leading economic performer of the G-7. No one can complain that the U.S. has a higher economic growth rate after it has doubled the national debt in seven years to buy a pallid recovery. But Germany, and even the United Kingdom, have better unemployment levels and economic growth rates than Canada, a country which is now, unlike other G-7 nations, in a recession.

There is some truth to Mulcair’s allegation that “Harper put all his economic eggs in one basket (oil), and then dropped the basket.” It is surprising that there has not been a greater public outcry that the reduction of the price of gasoline has only been about a third of the reduction of the world oil price. With all that said, Canada weathered the 2008 financial crisis well and Harper deserves some credit for that.

Trudeau seems to be regaining enough of the old Liberal dexterity of being just far enough to the left of the Conservatives as not to seem like tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum to voters of the centre-left, and adequately to the right of the NDP not to frighten the cautious Canadian bourgeoisie. It is almost always a question of natural tactical political skill that determines whether the centre, which Trudeau is trying to rebuild, is a position of strength or weakness.

As of now, a parliamentary majority seems unlikely. The largest party will probably form the government, but if that is the Conservatives, Harper will have great difficulty persuading either of the main opposition parties to keep him in office unless he is well ahead of them and close to a majority. Another Conservative might manage it, but Harper does not have the minority governing skills of Mackenzie King, whose opportunistic cunning he in some ways replicates, nor the ability to dragoon the NDP that Pierre Trudeau exercised from 1972 to 1974. (The Pearson government is not comparable, as it was only four or five votes short in a four-party House of Commons.)

They are an interesting trio of quite different leaders, and it should be an intriguing election night and aftermath.

First published in the National Post

Posted on 10/03/2015 8:52 AM by Conrad Black
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