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On the Origin of ISIS

Why has a terrorist state blossomed in Syria and Iraq?


The Weekly Standard, Sep 8, 2014

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist army many thousand strong now rampaging through the Levant, embraces such an extreme, violent ideology that it makes even al Qaeda squeamish, argue many Western experts. On this reading, al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri was forced to distance himself from ISIS’s bloody practices. In reality, the notion that ISIS’s gory campaign turns the stomach even of an arch-terrorist, America’s public enemy number one, is colorful but inaccurate.

To be sure, ISIS—or the Islamic State, as it now calls itself—is an extremist movement, attracting militants from all over the world eager to help build the new caliphate. Given the thousands of foreigners—including Chechen snipers, Saudi car bombers, and Western misfits like American Douglas McAuthur McCain—who have signed on to fight alongside ISIS, security officials are right to fear that the United States will become an ISIS target. The group kidnaps and murders American journalists. It threatened the existence of the Yazidi community in Iraq, and it slaughtered at least 700 members of the Sheitat, a tribe in Syria, last month. It regularly employs the vicious hudud punishments to enforce sharia law in the areas it controls in Syria and Iraq.

None of this, however, is outside the norms of a region where governments regularly incite hatred of America and Israel, wage wars against their own populations, and kidnap, imprison, and kill foreign nationals. Cutting off the hands of criminals, as prescribed by sharia, is hardly out of the ordinary; the Islamic Republic of Iran hangs gay teenagers from construction cranes, and the legal authorities of Saudi Arabia—an American ally—regularly separate accused criminals from their heads in public executions in what is popularly known as Chop-Chop Square.

Nor are ISIS’s money-raising schemes especially novel in the Middle East. As the Wall Street Journal reported last week, the organization’s key source of income is (stolen) oil, especially in the Syrian provinces of Deir al-Zour and Raqqa and the Iraqi province of Nineveh. “They sell it to opposition groups, to the tribes, back to the Syrian regime, or on the Iraqi black market,” says Faysal Itani, an ISIS expert at the Atlantic Council. The other main source of revenue is taxation, or rather, extortion. As one source in the city of Raqqa, ISIS’s so-called capital, explained to us, merchants pay 3,000 Syrian pounds (close to $20) every two months. The kidnapping of foreigners or wealthy Syrians for ransom also brings in millions.

And yet it’s true that ISIS is not exactly what we’ve become accustomed to seeing in the Middle East of late. “This is not a classic insurgency,” says Itani, “or a non-state actor.  Rather, it’s a state-building organization.” ISIS’s effort right now is to secure borders and lines of communication.

ISIS’s leader, Ibrahim Awwad al-Badri, is the self-proclaimed caliph, also known as Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, a 43-year-old jihadist from the Iraqi city of Samarra.  His strategy has been greatly facilitated by the Obama administration’s December 2011 withdrawal from Iraq and the anti-Sunni policies pursued by the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad. ISIS’s project was further aided by the Syrian uprising, which began in March 2011. Over the last three and half years, it has evolved into a civil war in which Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has slaughtered Sunnis. The White House and the rest of the international community have done nothing to stop him.

In other words, any policy addressing ISIS also has to address the root problem: What gave ISIS room to take hold and blossom is the Iranian-backed order of the Levant, consisting of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and Nuri al-Maliki and his successor, Haidar al Abadi, in Iraq. All these are sustained by the Shiite Islamic revolutionary regime in Tehran. And the White House has virtually signed onto this regional security apparatus. It is the tacit agreement the Obama administration has made with Tehran that has not only galvanized ISIS but also made foes out of former allies. Sunni Arab tribes that sided with the United States during the surge to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq less than a decade ago are now joining the Sunni extremists of ISIS.

The other key players in the ISIS-led Sunni rebellion are the Arab tribes on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border. Indeed, the map of ISIS’s new caliphate, with its so-called capital in Raqqa and encompassing Deir al-Zour in Syria and Nineveh, Anbar, Salaheddine, and Diyala in Iraq, overlays a much older map of tribal lands forming a contiguous territory with a total area of around 168,000 square miles, bigger than Great Britain (143,000 square miles). To see how ISIS has succeeded, it is of paramount importance to understand the tribal politics behind its achievement.

Last week President Obama announced that the White House has no policy to deal with ISIS. The revelation came as no surprise since it was the administration’s handling of Iraq and Syria that gave ISIS room to grow.

… But the reality is that Obama doesn’t want to change the equation. As the president has explained in a series of interviews over the last year, he wants to build a new geopolitical equilibrium that would bring Iran back into the community of nations. And to do that, the White House has to respect Iranian regional interests—which amounts to signing off on Iranian hegemony across the Levant, at the expense of America’s traditional regional partners, the Sunnis. (And, by the way — the sacrifice of Israel allowing Iran to build nuclear bombs, which is virtually a fait accompli) jsk

Lee Smith is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard. Hussain Abdul-Hussain is the Washington bureau chief of the Kuwaiti newspaper Alrai.

(PS  Just today, Tuesday Sep 23, 2014, the US cobbled together some sort of bizarre coalition including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Anti-Assad Syrian forces, possibly some Turkish involvement as they are pushed into the conflict by thousands of Kurdish refugees fleeing Iraq. This conglomerate is supposed to be attacking ISIS in both Syria and Iraq to degrade it only, with no discussion as to the only real solution —  wiping it off the map.  There are supposedly to be no  American boots on the ground except for advisors? (A necessary gross lie)

The only thing good about it seems to be that Russia does not like it.  Its staunch ally and client state Syria  is being invaded  and its relationship with Iran becomes conflicted.  Syrian President Assad has mixed emotions. It is OK with him so long as his internal enemies are killed and his dictatorship is preserved.  Ultimately  the centuries-old primal forces of tribal and religious enmity will not go away.

The strength of ISIS may be diminished for the moment but what else comes of this action and this bizarre bunch of supposed allies is very much in question. The thought of sacrificing more American lives here makes me sick. I would love the Arabs and the Turks to duke it out themselves.  There are only two US allies in the area in which I have any faith – Israel, of course and our long neglected legitimate friends, the Kurds.)  jsk 



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NEW YORK — September 19 — The Zionist Organization of America (“ZOA”) urges its members and everyone who can do so to attend the important rally on Monday September 22, 2014, at Lincoln Center, at Broadway and 65th Street in Manhattan, starting at 4:30 p.m., to protest against the Met Opera’s scheduled eight performances of the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, pro-terrorist opera, “Death of Klinghoffer.”

Prominent speakers will include former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); Israeli Knesset member Nissim Ze’ev; ZOA President Morton Klein; Catholic League President Dr. Bill Donahue; Rabbi Avi Weiss; Assemblyman Dov Hikind; New York Board of Rabbis Executive Vice President Rabbi Joseph Potasnik; Dean of Rambam Mesivta and Shalhevet High Schools Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman; IDF Sgt. Benjamin Anthony; victims of terrorism, and others. Judge Mukasey presided over the prosecutions of the blind sheik (who was involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing), El Sayyid Nosair (who assassinated Meir Kahane and was involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing) and Jose Padilla (who plotted to build and explode a dirty nuclear bomb in the U.S.).

Thousands of protestors, including students from area high schools, are expected to attend the protest rally. After the main speeches from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the rally will continue on for many hours, with songs, marching around Lincoln Centers, and more.

ZOA has learned that the Met Opera’s production of “Klinghoffer” will be particularly venomous against Israel and Jews. Among other things, we understand that parts of the opera will be set at a wall in Israel that the opera falsely depicts as a symbol of oppression of Palestinian Arabs. The opera utterly fails to explain that Israel erected a security fence in order to stop Palestinian Arab terrorists from continuing to carry out deadly suicide bombings of pizza stores and buses, which had become a regular occurrence. (The security fence is only an actual wall in a few areas next to major roads where Palestinian Arabs were shooting at innocent Israeli drivers in cars.) From September 2000 to mid-2005, Palestinian Arab terrorists carried out hundreds of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli civilians, killing almost 2,000 innocent Israelis, and maiming thousands of other innocent Israelis.

In addition, Israel’s security fence was erected 20 years after Palestinian Arab terrorists murdered Leon Klinghoffer, and 15 years after John Adams composed “Death of Klinghoffer.” Apparently the opera’s producers will stoop to any stratagem, no matter how historically inaccurate, to attempt to malign Jews and Israel and justify terrorism.

ZOA President Morton Klein stated:

“Terrorism is not “an act of desperation.” There are no justifiable “reasons” why Palestinian Arabs murdered an innocent disabled American Jew and murdered and wounded thousands of innocent Israeli civilians, or why Islamists murdered thousands of innocent New Yorkers on 9-11, or why an Islamist murdered 13 American soldiers at Ford Hood. An opera that attempts to justify terror should not be staged by one of New York’s premier cultural institutions.

Please also note that there will be additional protests at Lincoln Center if “Klinghoffer” is not cancelled, on Monday October 20, 2014; Wednesday October 29; Wednesday November 5; Saturday night November 8; and Tuesday November 11. For further information, contact and/or check our website

The rally on Monday September 22 at 4:30 p.m. is sponsored by a large coalition of Jewish, Catholic, Christian and anti-terror groups, including: the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA); the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Mothers Against Terrorism; The Catholic League; COJO (the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations); The Bridge Project; Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign (CIPAC): AMCHA; Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI); COPMA (Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as Art); Congregation Or Zarua; Congregation Ohab Zedek; Hasbara Fellowships; Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI); International Committee for the Land of Israel; Lincoln Square Synagogue; Russian American Jewish Experience (RAJE); Israel Forever Foundation; Israel’s Voice; Jewish Action Alliance; Advocates for Israel (AFI); Jewish Political Education Foundation;; One Israel Fund; Middle East Research Center Ltd. (MERCL); Rambam Mesivta HS; Shalhevet HS for Girls; Stand With Us; Strength to Strength; and Westchester Hebrew High School (WHHS).



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By David Kupelian, Editor, Whistleblower Magazine,

Published by World Net Daily September 2014

(This is the lead article in a priceless issue of Whistleblower Magazine. This is the most politically incorrect reputable magazine on the market. Below are excerpts from the lead article plus a partial list of other articles in Whistleblower by experts with whom you are well acquainted.)

Jerome  S. Kaufman

From David Kupelian’s article, September, 2014:

In Germany, the crowds were feverishly chanting “Jew, coward pig, come out and fight alone” and “Jews to the gas” and other vile, murderous incitements.

But this was not Kristallnacht (“the night of broken glass”), the notorious 1938 mass attacks on Jews that foreshadowed the Holocaust. It is today’s Germany – which, like much of Europe and the rest of the world, is currently experiencing a huge and fiery resurgence of raw Jew-hatred.

“When calls for Jews to be gassed, burned and murdered are bawled on the streets of Germany, that no longer has anything to do with Israel’s politics and Gaza,” said Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. “It is the most abhorrent form of anti-Semitism.”

Indeed, as revealed in the September issue of Whistleblower magazine, the current explosion of hatred of Jews is the outcrop of something much deeper and more consequential than just public reaction to Israel’s war with Hamas.

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In France, eight synagogues and a kosher supermarket were attacked, and a mob of about 400, chanting “Death to Jews” and “Slit Jews’ throats,” firebombed a synagogue in a Paris suburb.

The Jewish owners of dozens of shops in Rome have found swastikas and anti-Jewish slogans scrawled on shutters and windows, including “Jews, your end is near.”

In Manchester, England, occupants in a group of cars shouted “Heil Hitler” and swore at Jewish pedestrians.

In Belgium, a café refused to serve a Jewish woman, posting a sign with the message, “Dogs welcome, Jews not.” Similar scenes are playing out all across Europe.

In Australia, police arrested five people after a group of Jewish schoolchildren were abused and threatened by eight drunken men. “They were screaming ‘Heil Hitler,’ ‘Kill the Jews,’ ‘Palestine must kill you Jews,’ ‘We are going to cut your throats and slice your throats open,’” said one eyewitness.

In NATO-member Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan outright compared Israel to Hitler.

And the UN “Human Rights Council” recently named a three-member international commission to investigate Israel’s supposed “war crimes” during Operation Protective Edge – chaired by a notoriously anti-Israel academic who has repeatedly demanded the International Criminal Court prosecute Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a war criminal.

Even in the United States, anti-Semitism is emergent: A rabbi in North Miami Beach, wearing the traditional Orthodox black hat and long coat, was gunned down on his way to temple. In Brooklyn, a 24-year-old Jewish man was punched in the face and knocked to the sidewalk by three teenagers, while the next day, a 9-year-old Jewish boy was riding his bike when three male teenagers hit him in the back of the head. In Boston, pro-Israel supporters had to be rescued from an angry crowd shouting “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores.” Similar examples throughout the US abound.

So what is really behind this worldwide outbreak of anti-Semitism?

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“Kristallnacht 2014″ — a guided tour of anti-Semitic demonstrations and crimes now exploding worldwide, by Art Moore

“Western anti-Semitism and Israel’s options” by Walter E. Williams, who reminds Israel’s critics: “There’s no nice war, and that’s why war should be a last alternative”

“The Ebola-like plague of anti-Semitism sweeping the West” by Avi Davis, who says the unthinkable is happening: “Jews are once again openly threatened in Germany and sometimes attacked”

“The world’s ultimate disinformation campaign: Unearthing the astonishing biblical and historical roots of anti-Semitism and Israel hatred” by Joseph Farah

“The genocide libel” by Dennis Prager, who explains why some world leaders consider Israel “worse than the Nazis”

“Jon Voight fires back at celebs condemning Israel,” in which the famous actor sharply rebukes his Hollywood peers who have publicly condemned Israel over the Gaza war, telling them, “You should hang your heads in shame”

“Was Israel justified in going after Hamas terrorist tunnels?” by Alan M. Dershowitz, in which the top lawyer rebuts UN accusations of Israeli “war crimes” and “indiscriminate killing”

“Revealing the Nazi connection to Islamic terror” by Chuck Morse. Why exactly was that famous Jerusalem mufti seen cozying up to Hitler?

“Top 10 differences between Israel and ‘the Palestinians’” by Don Feder, a quick summary of how 3,300 years of turbulent history has ended up

“Anatomy of an anti-Semite,” a glimpse into the strange and delusional mental processes of a Jew-hater, by David Kupelian

“Uprooted Jews ‘ready to return to Gaza,’” in which a Gush Katif pioneer says former Jewish residents would line up to move back to Gaza if given a chance

“Never again: Why Israel must not ever cede Judea and Samaria” by Joseph Farah.

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Rotherham UK  Residents Search For Answers in U.K. Sex Abuse Scandal.

Redacted from article By ALEXIS FLYNN and NICHOLAS WINNING

Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2014

Residents of this once-prosperous English town are united in their outrage at revelations this week that predatory gangs abused vulnerable girls here with near-impunity for 16 years. But, sorting out why the pattern of abuse remained hidden so long is a different matter.

An independent report issued this week by a local council alleged that nearly 1,400 children and teens in the Rotherham area were victims of sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013, a revelation that has sent shock waves through this town of about 250,000.  (The interesting fact to me is that Pakistanis constitute just 3% of the population and they  were able to intimidate the whole town into fear, silence and obscene “political correctness”!)

The report, citing evidence collected by caseworkers, alleges that children and teens in the area, most of them girls, were raped, beaten, abducted or trafficked to other towns in the north of England. The perpetrators, it said, were mostly men of “Asian” or Pakistani origin.

Until the 2010 convictions of five local men for a range of sexual offenses, there had been few prosecutions in Rotherham. The men’s prosecution and revelations of a more widespread pattern of exploitation have made Rotherham a flashpoint in a string of high-profile abuse allegations across Britain in recent years, some involving celebrities.

Others have uncovered similar sexual-exploitation rings in other English towns and cities. The wave of claims prompted British Prime Minister David Cameron to announce a national inquiry last month into how public and private institutions across the country have dealt with abuse claims.

Assigning blame for the litany of institutional failures that allowed the abuse to continue unchecked has pulled Rotherham’s citizens in opposing directions, exposing deep fault lines of class and race. Some residents point the finger at local officials they say were either incompetent or too cozy with politically influential members of the local Pakistani community, which makes up about 3% of the Rotherham population.

Others-mainly Anglo working-class residents-have complained that the main problem was an unwillingness to criticize local Pakistanis for fear of appearing racist . Members of the local Muslim community also condemned the alleged crimes—but at the same time shifted blame to the allegedly lax social mores of the northeast England region. (… Using the centuries-old dodge of blaming the victims and many English are stupid enough and intimidated enough to buy into the argument in a sham of political correctness. Psychologically, one might explore one mm deeper and find that fear of violence from the Muslim community – not a unique event – was a subliminal, undiscussed cowardly  factor) jsk

“It’s a chuffing cover-up,” said Roy Haderell, a retired builder, scanning headlines that called for prominent local politicians to resign for their alleged role in the scandal. Pressure mounted from all directions on local leaders.

Prime Minister  Cameron was among the chorus of voices clamoring for the resignation of South Yorkshire’s elected police commissioner, Shaun Wright, who headed children’s services in Rotherham Council from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Wright—whose role involves ensuring that the South Yorkshire police force meets the needs of the local community—said late Wednesday that he was resigning from the Labour Party but intends to remain in his role as commissioner. The South Yorkshire police, meanwhile, is conducting its own investigations, having this week admitted that “many mistakes were made” without detailing what they were.

Rotherham is a small town in south Yorkshire whose fortunes have slumped with the death of its steel mills and coal industry. (Let Americans take note as Obama and the EPA chase wind mills and sun beams) Today its main street is dotted with betting parlors, pawn shops and discount stores. The report’s findings have only served to reinforce local residents’ fears that local politicians haven’t put the community’s interests first. Central to those concerns are worries about race.

The Rotherham report itself accused local authorities of “ignoring a politically inconvenient truth” by not pursuing evidence that many of the exploitation claims involved men of Pakistani origin. “If worries about the race card held the authorities back, then that’s outrageous,” said Maxine Baker, a Rotherham resident for nearly 20 years.

Among Rotherham’s Muslim residents similar searching questions were being asked. Clothing store owner Abdul Wahid debated with Masarat Din, a charity worker, about the report’s findings. “They are not Muslims,” said Ms. Din, referring to the men accused of plying young Rotherham girls with alcohol and drugs and then forcing them into exploitative sexual encounters. “These individuals are a minority. They don’t represent our British Muslim community,” she said.

Mr. Wahid said that while their behavior was inexcusable, some of the blame should be lodged with the families of the victims and what he described as a permissive English culture that encouraged such behavior. “They shouldn’t be asking for cigarettes and things like that,” Mr. Wahid said.

(Ah, there it is again. It’s the victim’s fault for bumming cigarettes. Gang rape and sexual slavery naturally follow!) jsk



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US Aid: When does Israel Get it?

By MK (Member of Knesset) Moshe Feiglin

August 18, 2014

From The Marker, A publication  supplement to Ha’aretz, Israel’s most Left wing newspaper

The Marker published an important report on Sunday, August 17, 2014 on US  ‘aid’  to Israel. If you read the small print, you will find exactly the same things that I have been writing for the last two decades: “Today it is clear,” says the report, “despite the fact that no prime minister or Finance Minister will say so — that Israel can live without the grant.”

Until the Six Day War, in the days of shortages and tent camps — an era when Israel really did need all the help possible. American aid was approximately 2% of Israel’s GNP. Instead of sending aid, the US reneged on its support of the Partition Plan, opposed the establishment of the State of Israel and declared an arms embargo on fledgling Israel, which was being threatened with destruction by all the Arab armies surrounding it.  Only in 1962 did the Americans throw Israel a few bones: left-over Patton tanks from World War II.

When did the trend do a complete turnabout? When did the US begin to sell Israel weapons in strategic quantity and quality? When did Israel begin to receive US military and civilian aid, which increased until it grew to 15% of our GNP?

When we left the ‘occupied territories’?

When we ended the ‘occupation’?

When we destroyed the settlements?

No! …Actually, just the opposite is true. In 1967, Israel captured the Golan Heights (and expelled 60,000 Syrians, established Israeli towns and villages and regained the Heights) Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem – and the Sinai desert. Suddenly it became America’s favored ally.

(The facts are that the 3 billion in aid from the US began when Richard Nixon was in office. Nixon, despite Kissinger, was sharp enough to understand that Israel was the US key ally in the Middle East and its only bulwark against Russian aggression, aided and abetted by Arab duplicity. Nixon considered it a 3 Billion dollar bargain — an absolute steal compared to the billions of dollars the US spent annually maintaining thousands of American troops in both Europe and Japan protecting these areas and sustaining their economies. Nixon was no lover of the Jewish people nor were the rest of  American presidents and certainly not the American State Dept.  He was a proud American and smart enough to know what was in America’s best interests — unlike the present occupier of the office)  jsk

But that is not the end of the story. When did US aid to Israel begin to decrease?

The greatest amount of US aid, in grants and loans, was afforded to Israel in one year, 1979, in which the peace accords between Egypt and Israel were signed. According to The Marker, US aid to Israel in that one year was 15.7 billion dollars.

And since then?

If we take the US rhetoric literally, then when Israel made peace and surrendered the entire Sinai to Egypt, we should have received more aid. But for some reason, the ‘occupation’ increased the aid, while ‘peace’ brought about its decline.

Today, US  ‘aid’  to Israel, entirely military, is at its lowest level ever. Even the leftist Ha’aretz admits that Israel does not really need it. We take this ‘aid’ for psychological reasons (if we get an allowance, that means we have a father) and pay for it dearly; much more than its economic, security and diplomatic benefit.

One thing must be clear. Israel and America do share many common values. (Israel is, far and away, the only democracy in the Middle East) It is important to strengthen them on a mutual basis. But we do not receive any aid for being ‘nice guys’. Israel receives US  ‘aid’ regardless of how many Gazans were killed. We receive the  ‘aid’  because it is in the economic, security and diplomatic interest of the US. When Israel is strong (1967) it is worth America’s while to invest in us. When we retreat (since 1979), the US invests in us less and less.



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Redacted from an article By MATT RIDLEY

Wall Street Journal, September 5, 2014

On Sept. 23 the United Nations will host a party for world leaders in New York to pledge urgent action against climate change. Yet leaders from China, India and Germany have already announced that they won’t attend the summit and others are likely to follow, leaving President Obama looking a bit lonely. Could it be that they no longer regard it as an urgent threat that some time later in this century the air may get a bit warmer?

In effect, this is all that’s left of the global-warming emergency the UN declared in its first report on the subject in 1990. The UN no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. Last September, between the second and final draft of its fifth assessment report, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quietly downgraded the warming it expected in the 30 years following 1995, to about 0.5 degrees Celsius from 0.7 (or, in Fahrenheit, to about 0.9 degrees, from 1.3).

Even that is likely to be too high. The climate-research establishment has finally admitted openly what skeptic scientists have been saying for nearly a decade: Global warming has stopped since shortly before this century began.

First the climate-research establishment denied that a pause existed, noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or “hiatus”), but that it doesn’t after all invalidate their theories.

Alas, their explanations have made their predicament worse by implying that man-made climate change is so slow and tentative that it can be easily overwhelmed by natural variation in temperature—a possibility that they had previously all but ruled out.

When the climate scientist and geologist Bob Carter of James Cook University in Australia wrote an article in 2006 saying that there had been no global warming since 1998 according to the most widely used measure of average global air temperatures, there was an outcry. A year later, when David White house of the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London made the same point, the environmentalist and journalist Mark Lynas said in the New Statesman that Mr. White house was “wrong, completely wrong,” and was “deliberately, or otherwise, misleading the public.”

We know now that it was Mr. Lynas who was wrong. Two years before Mr. Whitehouse’s article,  climate scientists were already admitting in emails among themselves that there had been no warming since the late 1990s. “The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998,” wrote Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia in Britain in 2005. He went on: “Okay it has but it is only seven years of data and it isn’t statistically significant.”

If the pause lasted 15 years, they conceded, then it would be so significant that it would invalidate the climate-change models upon which policy was being built. A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) written in 2008 made this clear: “The simulations rule out at the 95% levelzero trends for intervals of 15 yr. or more.”

Well, the pause has now lasted for 16, 19 or 26 years—depending on whether you choose the surface temperature record or one of two satellite records of the lower atmosphere. That’s according to a new statistical calculation by Ross McKitrick,  a professor of economics at the University of Guelph in Canada.

It has been roughly two decades since there was a trend in temperature significantly different from zero. The burst of warming that preceded the millennium lasted about 20 years and was preceded by 30 years of slight cooling after 1940.

Most science journalists, strongly biased in favor of reporting alarming predictions, rather than neutral facts, chose to ignore the pause until very recently, when there were explanations available for it. Nearly 40 different excuses for the pause have been advanced, including Chinese economic growth that supposedly pushed cooling sulfate particles into the air, the removal of ozone-eating chemicals, an excess of volcanic emissions, and a slowdown in magnetic activity in the sun.

The favorite explanation earlier this year was that strong trade winds in the Pacific Ocean had been taking warmth from the air and sequestering it in the ocean. This was based on a few sketchy observations, suggesting a very tiny change in water temperature—a few hundredths of a degree—at depths of up to 200 meters.

Last month two scientists wrote in Science that they had instead found the explanation in natural fluctuations in currents in the Atlantic Ocean. For the last 30 years of the twentieth20th century, Xianyao Chen and Ka-Kit Tung suggested, these currents had been boosting the warming by bringing heat to the surface, then for the past 15 years the currents had been counteracting it by taking heat down deeper.

Putting the icing on the cake of good news, Xianyao Chen and Ka-Kit Tung think the Atlantic Ocean may continue to prevent any warming for the next two decades. So in their quest to explain the pause, scientists have made the future sound even less alarming than before. Let’s hope that the United Nations admits as much on day one of its coming jamboree and asks the delegates to pack up, go home and concentrate on more pressing global problems like war, terror, disease, poverty, habitat loss and the 1.3 billion people with no electricity.

Mr. Ridley is the author of “The Rational Optimist” (HarperCollins, 2010) and a member of the British House of Lords.

(But,  who is most disappointed by this final moment of truth? Of course, Al Gore, who has made literally millions of dollars on his unconscionable scam and Barack Obama who has  made it his cause célèbre  along with John Kerry who has called it the most dangerous problem facing us in the 21st century!

Unfortunately, Obama has a much more sinister, destructive agenda. The foisting of global warming upon the US is just another way of bankrupting our economy demanding the development of inefficient and frequently doubly expensive energy sources like solar and windmills that in no way satisfy American energy  needs. Using this warming and contamination as an excuse, he has been killing our essential coal industry.

In the meantime, Russia, China, Germany and India are taking full advantage of his deliberate destruction creating energy, as cheaply as possible, using coal and rapidly narrowing the economic gap that has always existed with US industrial production. The supposed global warming and atmosphere contamination hysteria has made no impact upon their activity even when it had some dubious legitimacy.

Let us hope the American public, the Congress and the Supreme Court wake up to Obama/Kerry in time for us to regain our crucial positions of strength in the military and in the world’s economy)   jsk



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 Diaspora Jewry – Paying the Price for Gaza?

Review and Commentary by Jerome S. Kaufman

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, commentator and author. Among her multiple academic honors, she was awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996. She is the author of, All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain’s educational and moral crisis. Her book Londonistan, describing the Muslim take over of London, was published in the US and UK in 2006 and immediately became a best seller. Her latest book is The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth and Power.

Ms. Phillips began her discussion by advising the Israeli audience that it was a great privilege, a blessing to be addressing them here in Israel – despite the rockets, the constant tension and the surrounding enemies hell bent upon Israel’s destruction. Here Jews no longer have to be on their knees begging for mercy. Nor do they have to go begging someone else to defend them, which has been an exercise in degradation and futility. Instead, the Israelis are justifiably proud to defend themselves with perhaps the best army, pound per pound, in the whole world and to finally have their destiny in their own very capable hands. That is indeed, G-d’s blessing.

What the western world still fails to understand or appreciate is that Israel is the one defending them against barbarism and inhumanity from a monstrous enemy dedicated to destroying the Western world. The current Islamic Nation (ISIS) is no accident. The Muslims hope and pray this to be the beginning of their Grand Caliphate, their return to world domination. Unfortunately, they have in Barack Obama a better enabler and compatriot than they could have ever imagined.

Phillips spoke of current hate attacks agains Jews throughout the United Kingdom, France, Spain, the Netherlands, the rest of Europe and even Australia. The convenient issue used to trigger these attacks is Israel’s war in Gaza. Israel’s right to defend itself against thousands of rockets indiscriminately rained upon its civilian population is ignored or challenged and minimized. The world’s haters are enraged and chagrined that more Israeli lives are not lost and the fact that Israel is again overwhelmingly winning, with G-d’s great help, yet another war initiated by its mortal enemies.

These acts against Jewish citizens are just the usual sick, cowardly acts of obscene hatred against defenseless Jewish citizens at their places of business, synagogues, their rabbis and religiously garbed Jews. For some inexplicable reason local police and the involved governments have been deliberately lax in defending their Jews. Attacks against Jews in Britain have gone up 500%. Even on New York City’s East Side, a Jewish couple was attacked by hoodlums proudly carrying a Palestinian flag!

The source of all this is clear cut. The world is once again using its easiest fall guy to mask its own problems and failures. Just blame the Jew. Revive anti-Semitism, which is unfortunately, an absurdly simple ploy to use successfully.

What should we Jews and Israel do about all this? Should we use the age old Jewish ploy of hiding in the cellar, using our great powers of rationalization by pretending the haters don’t really mean it, the Cossacks are really not there and will surely soon go away or the government will protect us? Unfortunately, literally millions of dead Jews have proven that strategy dead wrong.

Despite this indisputable fact, Melanie Phillips accuses British Jewry of continuing this delusion. They are denying any relationship with or responsibility for Israel and again present the ridiculous pose that they are the “good Jews” and are really just another group of uninvolved British citizens. Are the American Jews that far behind?

According to Melanie Phillips, the latest attacks against the Jews revolves around three elements — separate but interconnected:

1. The Muslim problem – Muslims are greatly overrepresented in the current mindless hatred and the numerous physical attacks against the Jews —particularly on the streets. The Muslims are deliberately sending a strong threatening message to the non-Muslims of Britain, France, Europe and the rest of the world. They are attempting to intimidate people with fear and their raw exaggerated power — that they own the streets. They deliberately use extreme violence and are perfectly willing to employ suicidal attacks with total disregard of human life even that of their own wives, sons, daughters and certainly the rest of the population.

They also use the clever ploy of projection. They accuse the Jews and the Israelis of the very crimes they themselves are committing. It is an ancient inversion and projection bought into by an uninformed and already well prejudiced, indoctrinated West.

2. The British and Europeans are themselves complicit. Why do they believe and re-enforce with their populations the entire, patently false narrative against the Jews and Israel which presents them as the aggressors rather than the obvious victims of a Muslim culture whose only object is to destroy them? Of course, part of this acceptance of the Muslim narrative is age-old anti-Semitism going across party lines, Left and Right, without ever allowing the facts and truth to get in the way.

It is also possible that some governments need a cop out of their own to relieve themselves of their own responsibility for their bankrupt economies, unemployment, graft, prejudice, lawlessness, political incompetence and moral depravity?

In addition the Muslims and Western civilization haters deliberately portray Israel as an exploiting residual Western colonial power. The fact that of all peoples, the Jews are the most indigenous to their land dating for over 3000 years and predating the birth of Muhammed by some 2000 years, never reaches Western consciousness.

The only reason millions of Jews have not lived in Israel over all these centuries is that they were expelled by the Romans in 70 AD and have been kept from returning by all the forces of history. In the meantime, they have been used as the world’s primary victim with millions slaughtered in the Diaspora in which they have been frequently forced to live as a displaced and despised minority.

3. What about those of the Jewish Diaspora?

What has been the response of US and UK Jews to this outrageous attitude and action of Obama and the UK? Phillips is kind and says it is “deeply problematic.” UK Jews have spent most of their time, instead of vehemently protesting, hiding their heads under the bed proclaiming that they are British Jews that have no loyalty to Israel and should not be responsible for Israel’s reprehensible behavior in responding to thousands of missiles fired at their civilian population from Gaza. These ignoramuses have evidently not learned that Adolph Hitler and all the other anti-Semites of the world are not impressed by this convenient loss of Jewish identity.

Phillips then addresses Israel’s foreign relationships.

Israel has a genuine problem with its ostensible allies, the UK and US governments. Not surprisingly cooperation between Israel and their respective military and intelligence gathering people is at a high level of cooperation. Israel is respected as a valuable, irreplaceable source of skills and experience in dealing with Islamic terrorism. Israel is also the source of unique analytical hardware of great use to other nations to deal with this terrorism and this equipment is eagerly gobbled up along with Israel’s expertise.

At the same time, The UK and US governments publicly express great support and affection for Israel but simultaneously, militarily and politically, kick Israel in the head. Recently both the UK and Obama threatened Israel with withholding vital military supplies if Israel escalated its attack upon Hamas forces in Gaza and would punish Israel in other ways.

Even worse, it is no secret that both Obama and the UK would love to make a deal with Iran allowing them to continue their enrichment of uranium and the creation of a nuclear bomb that the Iranians have bragged for years they would use as soon as possible, to permanently eliminate the Jewish State.

Ms. Phillips speaks regretfully of the “sustained malice” of Barack Obama against Israel. She says he professes to have Israel’s back but it is his history that he, in fact, has a knife in Israel’s back. The Obama administration has repeatedly leaked out vital information to the Arabs undermining Israel’s security and any plans Israel may have to wage war against its dedicated enemies.

Obama/Kerry have insisted Israel make suicidal concessions to Mahmoud Abbas while they ignore Abbas’ failure to fulfill any of his or Hamas’s obligations under the many cease fire and previous long established agreements. Neither have the UK or American governments ever challenged Abbas and Palestinian Arab statements that they will never accept a Jewish State nor give up on their demand that the Israelis allow three generations of so-called PA refugees to emigrate to Israel. At the same time Obama continues to cozy up to Israel’s mortal enemies – Qatar, Iran and Turkey.

But, never mind Israel and the Jews. Will the US, the UK and the rest of the Europeans finally wake up to their own peril? Will they finally genuinely understand that Israel is their point man in the Middle East and their main bulwark against the Islamic Caliphate already declared and enlarging before our very eyes?

Have they not heard the Muslim cry that Israel is the little Satan to be eliminated and the US is the Great Satan to be eliminated next? Maybe that is finally sinking in. The Islamic State with its beheadings, flagrant deliberate killings of Christians and other minorities and killing of non-conforming Sunnis and all Shiites may wake them up?

Finally, it is the UK, US, and European oxen that are being gored. What happens next is conjectural but with Barack Obama in the mix, I don’t like our chances.

By Jerome S. Kaufman, Publisher/Editor Israel Commentary



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Redacted from Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Newsletter

Netanyahu: There is a realignment of forces in the Middle East based on the common concern with the dangers posed by radical Islamic terrorists. I’d like to translate this understanding into cooperation and peace between Israel and our Palestinian neighbors.

Upon the establishment of the ceasefire, I can say that there is a major military achievement here, as well as a major diplomatic achievement for the State of Israel. Hamas was hit hard and it did not receive even a single one of the conditions that it set for a ceasefire, not even one. As Prime Minister of Israel, I hold the supreme responsibility for the security of Israel’s citizens and this is what guided my colleagues – Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz – and I during each stage of Operation Protective Edge. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the cooperation and the joint work for the security of Israel’s citizens.

From the first moment we set a clear goal: The goal was to strike hard at Hamas and the terrorist organizations and in so doing bring prolonged quiet to all Israeli citizens. I can say that Hamas was indeed hit very hard. First of all, we destroyed the network of attack tunnels that it built over the years. I would like to make it clear that we introduced the ground force for this goal. When the mission was completed, when the IDF reported to us that this mission had been completed, we pulled the force back in order to deny Hamas the possibility of killing our soldiers or abducting them, goals that it very much aspired to.

We continued to attack from the air. Approximately 1,000 terrorists were killed, including senior terrorists, very senior terrorists from among its top command. We destroyed thousands of rockets, rocket launchers, rocket production facilities and other weapons, arsenals, command and control positions, hundreds of command positions, hundreds. We also foiled, of course, attempts by Hamas to attack us by land, sea and air. Above all, thanks to Iron Dome, we foiled hundreds of attempts by Hamas to kill very many Israeli civilians. This was achieved, inter alia, thanks to a decision I made as Prime Minister, in my previous term, to equip the State of Israel with thousands of interceptors which, of course, blocked the murderous aerial assault by Hamas and the other terrorist organizations.

The blow that Hamas has now taken is unprecedented since it was founded, a very hard blow. I must say that it also took a diplomatic hit. See, Hamas set conditions at the outset for a ceasefire. We accepted the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire, already in the first days, unconditionally and without time constraints whereas Hamas set conditions. It demanded a seaport – it did not get one. It demanded an airport, it did not get one. It demanded the release of the Shalit prisoners, those who were released in the Shalit deal whom we returned to prison following the murder of the three youths, it did not get this. It demanded Qatari mediation, it did not get it. It demanded Turkish mediation, it did not get it. It did not receive any condition. It demanded further conditions. It demanded the rehabilitation of the institutions that we dissolved in Judea and Samaria, it did not get this. It demanded salaries and money from us, it didn’t get them. I t did not receive any of the conditions that it set.

We agreed at the outset to one thing – to carry out the humanitarian rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip, with supervisory mechanisms and oversight abilities in our hands. This is in order to prevent the entry of weapons or materials that could be used to produce weapons. We have always agreed to this but we did not agree to accept any of Hamas’s conditions and the fact is that this ceasefire was achieved without the conditions that it set.

II Frustration Grows in Israel Over Outcome of Gaza Conflict

Redacted from article By JOSHUA MITNICK
Wall Street Journal  Aug. 30, 2014

TEL AVIV—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces frustration over how the conflict with Hamas is winding down — both from the Israeli public and from parties that wanted harsher action against Gaza’s Islamist rulers.

Two political parties that take a harder line on Palestinians than Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud faction saw an upswing in support in a new poll published Friday in the Israeli daily Maariv. The survey also found 58% of Israeli Jews believe it was a mistake for the government to accept an open-ended cease-fire with Hamas this week, while 61% don’t think the prime minister achieved his goal of prolonged quiet.

“I think that there is a general atmosphere of disappointment after 50 days of war, 72 victims, billions of shekels lost, we are back at square one,” said Likud parliament member Danny Danon, a leading critic who Mr. Netanyahu fired as deputy defense minister early on in the conflict. “You cannot ignore the fact that it’s problematic.”

Mr. Danon has called for a meeting of Likud’s central committee within two weeks to discuss the results of the Gaza conflict and he predicted that the prime minister will face stiff criticism over his handling of it.

Mr. Netanyahu’s governing coalition, formed after elections in 2013, has always been potentially unstable because of ideological disputes between the main partners.

But the rising criticism from right-wing allies within the government could force the prime minister into calling early elections that may produce a government with an even tougher line against concessions to the Palestinians. It could also lead him to break up the current coalition in favor of another combination of parties.

Sam Lehman-Wilzig, a political-science professor at Bar Ilan University in Israel, said Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to pull troops out of Gaza after a ground offensive has highlighted how much of his party is more hawkish than he is.

Mr. Netanyahu declared in a news conference on Wednesday that Israel had delivered a crushing blow to Hamas in the offensive dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” and that Hamas got no concessions. He said calls by rival politicians to reoccupy Gaza for an all-out defeat of Hamas were “populist” and “unrealistic,” adding that eviscerating the group is “very difficult.”

Hard-line Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman cautioned in a Facebook post on the same day as Mr. Netanyahu’s news conference that upcoming cease-fire talks wouldn’t boost Israeli security because “it’s impossible to reach an arrangement with Hamas.” Mr. Lieberman, another critic of Mr. Netanyahu’s handling of the conflict, was one of those who called for a re-occupation of Gaza.

“I think Netanyahu needs a protective edge internally with the rest of his party,” Mr. Lehman-Wilzig said. “More and more people are realizing he’s out of sync with views on national security.”

The poll commissioned by Maariv showed rising popular support for two parties more hawkish than Likud based on a gauge of how many seats the those parties would get in the 120-member parliament if new elections were held now.

One of them was Jewish Home, the pro-settler party of Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, who was another frequent critic of Mr. Netanyahu during the war. It got 18 seats, up from the 12 it actually received in the last election. Yisrael Beiteinu, headed by Mr. Lieberman, got 17, up from 11. Likud also gained, up to 32 from 20 in the poll conducted on Wednesday night after Mr. Netanyahu spoke.

Another poll published Thursday in the Haaretz daily found a similar rise in support for Mr. Bennet’s party but no gains for Mr. Lieberman’s party. That poll indicated that the public considers the Israel-Hamas conflict a draw and showed declining public approval of Mr. Netanyahu. His approval rating fell to 50% from 77% in a poll on Aug. 5, at the height of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza. The poll surveyed 464 Israelis on Aug. 27 and had a margin of error of 4.64%.

“If they start shooting in six months, I would say Netanyahu is dead meat, said Mr. Lehman-Wilzig.



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Despite this despicable Anti-American cast, Gov. Snyder is  naive enough to believe this gathering is not for the benefit of Hamas! I had honestly thought this news item a plant by Democrats to discredit Snyder in his election campaign. Not so.  I just spoke to his office and told the Governor is well aware of the organization and happy to be a speaker!

Jimmy Carter to Headline Fundraiser for Hamas Front Group

By John Blosser

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 01:51 PM

Former President Jimmy Carter will headline a fundraising convention for Hamas, a group which has been recognized by the U.S. as a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. (And the US)

Breitbart News reports that Carter, 89, long known as a supporter of Hamas in its struggle with Israel, will be welcomed this weekend to the Detroit event by members of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), implicated by the Justice Department in a scheme to funnel $12 million to Hamas.

Expected to speak at the meeting at Cobo Hall are unindicted co-conspirators Jamal Badawi, named in 2007 in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, and Siraj Wahhaj, listed for his involvement in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the US, and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim member of Congress, also will speak.

Carter’s involvement may be in violation of the law, US Code 2339B, Section 18, which makes it a crime for any US citizen to provide material support to any group designated as a foreign terrorist organization. Constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz stressed that Carter’s actions, in raising funds for the ISNA, place him “very close, if not across the line,” of criminal behavior.

In a recent article in Foreign Policy, Carter accused Israel of “war crimes” and wrote that in order to end the Israel/Hamas conflict, Hamas must be recognized as a “legitimate political actor” in the Middle East.

“There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war. Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals. More than 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian noncombatants have been killed. Much of Gaza has lost access to water and electricity completely. This is a humanitarian catastrophe.”

“There is never an excuse for deliberate attacks on civilians in conflict. These are war crimes,” Carter wrote.

“The United States and EU should recognize that Hamas is not just a military but also a political force. Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise. Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor — one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people — can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons.”

Carter’s position on Israel also is bringing political trouble to his grandson, Democrat Jason Carter, in his effort to unseat Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, while Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was “offended” by Carter’s comments.

“I have been on the front page of the paper talking about the ways in which I disagree with my grandfather. I believe that Israel has a right to defend itself, especially against Hamas’ terrorist actions,” Jason Carter said.

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II Hebrew Bible Parsha of past week

I  A word of advice to PM Netanyahu

By Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis

August  21, 2014

Let’s not fool ourselves: The very same Arab leaders who are rooting for us in our conflict now with Hamas and consider the regional concerns they share with the Jewish State to be of magnitudes greater importance than their true interest in the Palestinians will set this all aside when attending an international conference dealing with Palestinian affairs.

Have an international conference and to a man they will support the Palestinians and oppose us. Ditto for the Europeans, the Russians and I don’t care to speculate what Washington will do.

Foreign security forces deployed in the Gaza Strip will be driven by a clear hierarchy of interests:

#1. Completing their tour of duty in one piece.

#2. Serving their own national interests.

#3. Performing the role assigned to them subject to #1 and #2.

The one certain outcome of the deployment of foreign security forces in the Gaza Strip is that the so-called “Security Forces” will  become human shields for terrorist activity while at the same time Israel is subject to severe restrictions on its ability to either monitor or react to developments in the Gaza Strip.

It is mind boggling that the same week that we learned that the PA security forces were unaware of the existence of a huge Hamas operation in the West Bank to overthrow Mahmoud Abbas there are people suggesting that we can somehow rely on the efficacy of the same clueless PA security forces in the Gaza Strip. Huh!

And what of international involvement in demilitarization?

It is clear from the Lebanon experience that the most that foreigners in the Gaza Strip can be realistically expected to do is document the destruction and/or removal of contraband that is willingly relinquished by Gazans. The challenge in this case would be to create circumstances that compel the Gazans to hand over contraband.

Simply put: it is one thing to have some foreigners with clipboards signing off that some numerical quota or goal for contraband destruction was met. It’s a fantasy to expect foreigners to take the initiative and effectively search for contraband rather than just go through the motions and file reports that no contraband has been found.

As tempting as it may sound, we simply cannot afford to subcontract our security.

II  Parsha of the week: Third Haftorah of Consolation for Parsha R’eih
Isaiah 54: 11- 17

11 Unhappy storm-tosses one, uncomforted! I will lay carbuncles as your building stones and make your foundations of sapphires.

12 I will make your battlements of rubies, Your gates of precious stones. The whole encircling wall of gems.

13 And all your children shall be disciples of the LORD. And great shall be the happiness of your children;

14 You shall be established through righteousness. You shall be safe from oppression, And shall have no fear from ruin, and it shall not come near you.

15 Surely no harm can be done without my consent: Whoever would harm you shall fall because of you.

16 It is I who created the smith to fan the charcoal fire. And produce the tools for his work; So it is I who create the instruments of havoc.

17 No weapon formed against you shall succeed, And every tongue that contends with you at law you shall defeat.

Such is the lot of the servants of the LORD, Such their triumph through Me declares the LORD.



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Of Ferguson, Mo.  and Fallujah, Iraq

(Fallujah is a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, 43 mi west of Baghdad on the Euphrates. In January 2014, a variety of sources reported that the city was controlled by Al-Qaeda and/or its affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS; sometimes called ISIL). It had been re-taken after a gargantuan effort by US Forces had the area neutralized and safe. Unfortunately, the area was turned back to Iraqi forces to govern but reverted very quickly to terrorist control) jsk

By the brilliant BRET STEPHENS

The Wall Street Journal
Aug. 19, 2014

Bill Bratton has no doubt as to what went wrong with policing in the US in the bad old days of the 1970s and ’80s. “The biggest mistake,” he insists, was too much “focus on response to crime and not enough focus on trying to prevent it.”

In a lengthy Monday morning interview with The Wall Street Journal, New York’s top cop refuses to be drawn into second-guessing his colleagues in Ferguson, Mo. When I ask about the seeming militarization of police forces in the US, he replies that each community “equips its police based on the needs for its city.” If people can lawfully own Kalashnikov-style weapons, the cops inevitably are going to go one better.

What Mr. Bratton mainly wants to underscore is that crime in the Big Apple continues to plumb historic lows, never mind recent tabloid headlines. He wants to underscore, also, the reason for it: “broken-windows” policing methods. Such is his belief in broken windows that he comes to the meeting flanked by the man who helped come up with the idea: George Kelling, the legendary criminologist.

Broken windows stresses that endemic criminality is not primarily a function of the usual “root causes”—poverty, racism, bad schools, broken families and so on. The real problem is disorder itself.

“Disorder and crime are usually inextricably linked, in a kind of developmental sequence,” Mr. Kelling observed in a seminal 1982 Atlantic article, co-written with the late James Q. Wilson. The mere appearance of disorder—graffiti, broken windows, an abandoned car, drug dealers or prostitutes openly plying their trades—creates a sense that nobody’s looking, nobody cares, nobody is in charge. Bad guys respond to these environmental cues by acting badly. Good people stay off the street, bolt their doors, move out.

Ferguson is hardly the most dangerous neighborhood in St. Louis County; rates of violent crime are just below the national median, and far below those of East St. Louis, probably the most violent neighborhood in America.

But there is disorder in Ferguson. The city has 190 crimes per square mile, compared with a national median of 39.3. If you live in Ferguson, you are nearly twice as likely to have your car stolen, get mugged, or have your house broken into, than if you live in Averageville, USA Before last week, the biggest story out of Ferguson was the case of a woman who had opened a strip club/brothel in the basement of her home. Her 16-year-old son had the job of tending bar.

This was the environment in which police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. Whatever the exact circumstances of Brown’s death, everything else about the case suggests a town where broken-windows policing was not being done, or at least not done well. A sense of insecurity and disorder. A police force badly out of step with the community it ostensibly serves. Reactive law enforcement.

At the Journal, Mr. Bratton made a point of emphasizing the nine principles of policing laid down in the 19th century by Sir Robert Peel, founder of London’s Metropolitan Police. Principle No. 9: “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.” By this standard, policing in Ferguson has been a total failure.

II Which brings me to Fallujah.

Last October I wrote a column with the headline “Iraq Tips Toward the Abyss.” It was prompted by the news that 7,000 Iraqi civilians had been killed over the previous 10 months alone.

“Americans may think they’ve changed the channel on Iraq, but the grisly show goes on,” I wrote. “Pay attention before it gets worse.” The world yawned and the Obama administration did nothing.

In January came the news that a group called the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham had retaken Fallujah, just 40 or so miles west of Baghdad, a city that US Marines had liberated a decade earlier at a major cost in lives. The media ran a few stories about the heartache of the battle’s veterans. President Obama said nothing.

In July, ISIS took Mosul and seized six divisions worth of US supplied Iraqi military equipment. For once, President Obama took public notice but waited another month before doing anything, ostensibly because he disapproved of the leadership in Baghdad. That was around the time Kurdistan nearly fell to ISIS and the Yazidis were nearly wiped out.

This is a case study of allowing neighborhoods to decay and disorder to fester; of doing things reactively, not preventively. Where would we be in Iraq today if Mr. Obama hadn’t simply walked and looked away for the past three years?

The answer to disorder is to provide order. To engage community leaders. To enforce norms. To reassure good citizens that their security is being looked after and it’s not every man for himself. To maintain a visible presence that deters would-be lawbreakers from committing criminal acts. To prevent bad people from acting badly, and to punish them swiftly when they do.

This is how a successful police force like the NYPD works. And it’s how a competent foreign policy should operate. Bill Bratton knows his job—which is more than can be said of the Keystone cops in Ferguson, or at the White House.

Obama’s foreign policy is disastrously reactive—like the police response in Ferguson, Mo

(But no one states the obvious underlying motivation except acute, clairvoyant Dinesh D’Sousa.  At least 5 years ago, D’Sousa warned us that Obama is doing it on purpose with one goal in mind – DESTROY THE US.  And … how successful he has been in such a short time! Not even the astute political analyst Dick Cheney with Sean Hannity or the brilliant Bret Stephens in this column has the plain guts to spit out the truth of Obama’s motivation and culpability and … we continue to suffer the dire consequences)  jsk



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By Brenda Battle Jordan

Aug 17, 2014

Liberals are afraid of black conservatives. Black conservatives mean the end to their rhetoric and threaten to shatter the chains of dependency. Harriet Tubman said, “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more; if only they knew they were slaves.” If only Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman were here now to stand with Allen West, Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, Mia Love, Brenda Jordan and many more…

As a black conservative often times you are thought of as an Uncle Tom or perhaps a traitor to your own race… Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman are heroes…Their strength and conviction to free blacks from slavery are a testament to what happens when individuals think more of their community than themselves and are willing to risk everything for a cause greater than themselves.

In comparison, modern black “leaders” like Jesse Jackson Jr. and Al Sharpton are tiny and self-serving. They don’t serve black Americans or champion freedom and liberty for all. They champion liberal politics and ideology, and that’s odd; liberals want to see blacks tucked neatly into the roles of their design.

There has been much written about the racial rhetoric that has permeated political discourse since President Obama took office, and the media often highlights the racially inflammatory language used by some of his opponents. But racially charged language targeting black Republicans rarely receives much coverage, further fueling conservative suspicion of the mainstream media.

Yet, neither Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, nor the liberal elites who prop them up represent the true values of the black community. Most black folks oppose abortion, support traditional marriage and favor school choice. Black leaders ignore these facts and dance to the tune of their liberal benefactors.

My convictions come from my proud black father who took me out of foster care, raised me as a single Dad and never took a dime of government assistance. They come from my church upbringing which taught me to trust God, not government. Black conservatives want to break the cycle of poverty in the black community, not use it to perpetuate the grievance industry.

Who are the real sell-outs? Who are the real racists?” After seventy percent of black voters supported California’s Proposition 8, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, they were called homophobes, bigots and ingrates. The black community’s support of Proposition 8 was characterized as a “betrayal” of those who claimed a right to their loyalty — the liberal establishment.

One hundred and fifty years after slavery, a new generation now claims ownership of the thoughts and behavior of Americans of African descent. These ersatz masters believe they deserve absolute fealty. Slave owners usually think themselves beneficent, but those who thirst for freedom have a different perspective. We have largely rid ourselves of the old racism. It is time to rid ourselves of the new form.

The burden is on the liberal elites in the Democrat Party and the media to end the paternalism and condescension with which they treat the black community, and renounce the hateful attempts to destroy black conservatives. They need to stop pointing the finger of racism at others and take a hard look at themselves. They are not the racial conscience of the country, but the cause of racial regression.

MT. MORRIS TWP, MI — Brenda Battle-Jordan, a member of the Genesee County Republican Executive Committee, has announced her campaign for a seat on the county Board of Commissioners.



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II Torah portion of the week: Devar’m (Deuteronomy) Parsha Eikev, Chapter 7, Verses 7-26

I US Post Offices Reportedly Refusing Mail to Israel

ADL complains to US Postmaster General after mail to Israel turned away in several states.

From: Arutz Sheva (Israeli TV and International news service)

8/14/2014, 1:52 PM

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written to complain to the US Postmaster General, after receiving widespread reports that US post offices around America have been refusing to accept mail to Israel.

In the last several days ADL reports that it has received complaints from Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey, revealing postal customers were incorrectly told that the US Postal Service is not accepting mail for Israel due to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

“The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says that mail to Israel cannot be accepted because of the current crisis,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

Foxman added Onlythat,  “Only once employees sought clarification from supervisors in Washington did these post offices accept packages and letters to Israel.”

Writing to US Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, ADL stated that the phenomenon presumably stems from a misunderstanding by postal workers, who apparently thought the temporary suspension of service to Israel during a 36-hour period in July was a permanent policy change.

That suspension came after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned flights to Israel, following a Hamas rocket landing near Ben Gurion International Airport. The ban was later lifted, but not before Hamas declared it a “great victory.”

The issue of mail to Israel being denied comes as Wall Street Journal reports on Wednesday night revealed that US President Barack Obama’s administration blocked a weapons transfer to Israel during the operation, and further ordered closer scrutiny of future Israeli weapons requests.

II Torah Portion of the week: Eikev 

D’Varim  (Deuteronomy)

Parsha: Eikev Chapter 7 Verses 12-21

12  And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, the LORD your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers: 

13  He will favor you and bless you and multiply you; He will bless the issue of your womb and the produce of your soil, your new grain and wine and oil, the calving of your herd and the lambing of your flock, in the land that He swore to your fathers to assign to you. 

14 You shall be blessed above all other peoples: there shall be no sterile male or female among you or among your livestock.

15 The LORD will ward off from you all sickness; He will not bring upon you any of the dreadful  diseases of Egypt, about which you know, but will inflict them upon all your enemies. 

16  You shall destroy all the peoples that the LORD your God delivers to you, showing them no pity. And you shall not worship their gods, for that would be a snare to you.

17  Should you say to yourselves, “These nations are more numerous than we; how can we dispossess them?”

18  You need have no fear of them. You have but to bear in mind what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and all the Egyptians:

19  The wondrous acts that you saw with your own eyes, the signs and the portents, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm by which the LORD your God liberated you. Thus will the LORD your God do to all the peoples you now fear.

20 The LORD your God will also send a plague against them, until those who are left in hiding perish before you.

21 Do not stand in dread of them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.

22 If, then, you faithfully keep all this Instruction that I command you, loving the LORD your God, walking in all His ways, and holding fast to Him,

23 The LORD will dislodge before you all these nations: you will dispossess nations   greater and more numerous than you.

24 Every spot on which your foot treads shall be yours; your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River—the Euphrates—to the Western Sea.

25 No man shall stand up to you: the LORD your God will put the dread and the fear of you over the whole land in which you set foot, as He promised you.

(“Your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River—the Euphrates—to the Western Sea.” (Mediterranean.) Please look at a map of the Middle East and see where the Euphrates River is to the east of Israel. This happens also to have been the territory delineated for the Jewish Homeland with the British Balfour Declaration.

No “West Bank”, No Jordan, No Iraq shown until Britain and France designed a map of their own dividing up the Ottoman Empire after WWI to suit their own colonial ambitions.) jsk



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II Video: The Death of Klinghoffer – An Inappropriate “Opera”

Achille Lauro hijacking

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In 1985, Klinghoffer, then 69, retired and in a wheelchair, was on a cruise on the Achille Lauro along with his wife Marilyn  to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary. On October 7, 1985, four hijackers from the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) took control of the liner off Egypt as it was sailing from Alexandria to Port Said, Egypt. Holding the passengers and crew hostage, they ordered the captain to sail to Tartus, Syria, and demanded the release of 50 Palestinians then in Israeli prisons, including the Lebanese prisoner Samir Kuntar.

The next day, after being refused permission by the Syrian government to dock at Tartus, the hijackers singled out Klinghoffer, a Jew, for murder, shooting him in the forehead and chest as he sat in his wheelchair. They then forced the ship’s barber and a waiter to throw his body and wheelchair overboard. Marilyn Klinghoffer, who did not witness the shooting, was told by the hijackers that he had been moved to the infirmary. She only learned the truth after the hijackers left the ship at Port Said. PLO Foreign Secretary Farouq Qaddumi said that perhaps the terminally ill Marilyn Klinghoffer had killed her husband for insurance money. However, the PLO later accepted responsibility and apologized.

Initially, the hijackers were granted safe passage to Tunisia, but US President Ronald Reagan ordered a US fighter plane to force the get-away plane to land at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy. After an extradition dispute, Italian authorities arrested and later tried the Palestinian terrorists, but let Abu Abbas, fly to Yugoslavia.

Klinghoffer’s body was found by the Syrians on October 14–15, and it was returned to the United States around October 20. His funeral, with 800 in attendance, was held at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. Leon Klinghoffer was buried at Beth David Memorial Park in Kenilworth, New Jersey. Four months after her husband’s murder, Marilyn Klinghoffer (October 5, 1926 – February 9, 1986) died of colon cancer, aged 59. The Klinghoffers are survived by two daughters, Ilsa and Lisa Klinghoffer.

After his death, their daughters established the Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer Memorial Foundation with the Anti-Defamation League. The foundation combats terrorism through educational, political, and legal means. The foundation is funded by an undisclosed settlement paid by the PLO to the Klinghoffers, to settle a lawsuit seeking damages for the PLO’s role in the hijacking.  This lawsuit spurred passage of the Antiterrorism Act of 1990, which made it easier for victims of terrorism to sue terrorists and collect civil damages for losses incurred.

PLF leader Muhammad Zaidan, a.k.a. Abu Abbas, was freed by the Italian government in the aftermath of the Achille Lauro affair, but was continually sought by the United States government.  He was captured in Iraq in 2003 by US forces during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and he died in custody a year later of heart disease, according to the US Government.

The ship involved in the hijacking, the Achille Lauro, returned to cruise duty until she caught fire off the coast of Somalia on November 30, 1994. After evacuating the ship of passengers, the crew could not control the fire, and the abandoned ship sank on December 2.

The hijacking was made into a television movie in 1990, Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair starring Burt Lancaster and Eva Marie Saint. Leon Klinghoffer was portrayed by Karl Malden in the 1989 television film The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro.

American composer John Adams’ second opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, based on the events of 1985, opened to great controversy in 1991. The concept for the opera was suggested by director Peter Sellars and it featured a libretto by Alice Goodman. The Los Angeles Opera shared in the work’s commission but never presented it, after the work was criticized  as overly sympathetic to the terrorists. 

(Please register your dismay and disappointment right now with the General Director, Peter Gelb of the Metropolitan Opera and ask the Met to re-consider production of this anti-American, anti-Israel, pro-Islamist propaganda piece.  It only adds fuel to the Muslim  fantasy  of ultimately destroying us. The Met might also consider the very likely economic push back from a disenchanted, dwindling list of  long time Met supporters.) jsk


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The Yazidi  are a Kurdish religious community who practice an ancient religion linked to Zoroastrianism and ancient Mesopotamian religions. They live primarily in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq, a region once part of ancient Assyria. Additional communities in Armenia, Georgia and Syria have been in decline since the 1990s, their members having migrated to Europe, especially to Germany.

The Yazidi believe in God as creator of the world, which he placed under the care of seven “holy beings” or angels, the “chief” (archangel) of whom is Melek Taus, the “Peacock Angel.” In Zoroastrian-like tradition, the Peacock Angel embodied humanity’s potential for both good (light) and bad (dark) acts, and due to pride temporarily fell from God’s favor, before his remorseful tears extinguished the fires of his hellish prison and he reconciled with God.

Historically, the Yazidi lived primarily in communities in locales that are in present-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, and also had significant numbers in Armenia and Georgia. However, events since the 20th century have resulted in considerable demographic shift in these areas as well as mass emigration. As a result population estimates are unclear in many regions, and estimates of the size of the total population vary.

In August 2007, some 500 Yazidis were killed in a coordinated series of bombings in Qahtaniya that became the deadliest suicide attack since the Iraq War began. In August 2009, at least 20 people were killed and 30 wounded in a double suicide bombing in northern Iraq, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said. Two suicide bombers with explosive vests carried out the attack at a cafe in Sinjar, a town west of Mosul. In Sinjar, many townspeople are members of the Yazidi minority.

The Salafist militant group Islamic State ISIS) which considers the Yazidi devil-worshippers, overtook Sinjar in August 2014 following the withdrawal of Peshmerga troops, forcing up to 50,000 Yazidis to flee into the nearby mountainous region. Threatened with death at the hands of militants and faced with starvation in the mountains, their plight received international media coverage, leading President Obama to authorize humanitarian airdrops of food and water onto Sinjar Mountain and US airstrikes against militants in support of the beleaguered religious minority. The humanitarian assistance began on 7 August 2014.

Israeli TV news expert reporter, Ehud Yaari, 8-8-14, CH1:

Obama sent TWO airplanes which dropped TWO SMALL bombs ONLY , each of 160 Kg (350 pounds) (I have read 500 pounds elsewhere) on the ISIS Muslim terrorists who are killing ten of thousands of innocent people there and sell women to slavery (yes, in 2014), and the UN council said it “should be stopped”  with no condemnation. The war there has been going on for two months and only now Obama dropped two bombs on the butchers. He has also dropped via air, food supplies that are totally inadequate and are not falling into the hands of people who truly need them.

… ISIS has treated Iraqi minority groups absolutely brutally during its advance. This has included Christians and other groups, but in early August ISIS began threatening Iraq’s Yazidi group, who are trapped in a horrifying plight. The Yazidis are an ethno-religious minority with about 600,000 adherents worldwide. Yazidi religion is often described as a blend between Zoroastrianism and Islam, particularly mystical Sufi Islam, but ISIS calls them “devil-worshippers.”

The planned humanitarian airdrops are explicitly designed to help the trapped Yazidis. Still, airdrops alone may not be enough. One analysis suggests that “24 C-130 transport aircraft flying round trips every day would be necessary to keep the Yazidi supplied with water” — and that doesn’t even include food. US airstrikes will attempt to break ISIS’ encirclement of the mountain.

Iraqi Christians are also victims of ISIS’ march. On August 6, ISIS took Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian town. The town of 50,000 has had limited access to food, power, and water since, and some Christians have been given the “choice” to convert to Islam or be killed…”

(Obama’s intervention is as usual, too little too late with his foreign policy in complete disarray. The only question is can the US survive two more years of his administration? Obviously, there are hundreds of thousands of people that cannot) jsk



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