Friday, October 11, 2002

Exactly what state was the department in when they wrote this crap? A state of denial perhaps?

The US State Department released their annual International Religious Freedom report and to the surprise of many, it applauded the religious tolerance of the Palestinian Authority and criticized Israel, calling it a country that has "discriminatory legislation or policies disadvantaging certain religions". Surprise surprise! Giving themselves a nice big pat on the back, the report claimed that the only country with improved religious freedoms was....Afghanistan!

Israel and the PA lumped together in a section titled "Israel and the occupied territories" were both lauded for generally respecting freedom of worship. But criticism of Israel took up most of the 15-page section. It included details on tensions between Jews and non-Jews, including reports of Christians and Muslims being mistreated and prevented from worshipping as a result of security measures... Anti-Jewish sentiment in the PA was limited to one paragraph that criticized "the rhetoric of some Jewish and Muslim religious leaders,"... Palestinian violence against settlers attempting to worship at Rachel's Tomb and at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron was noted, and one suicide attack a March 27 attack on a Passover seder in Netanya that killed 29 people is mentioned. The number of dead, however, is erroneously reported as 20.

The report also notes that while the PA doesn't provide financial support to Jewish holy sites in the areas under its control, it "paid for the refurbishment of Joseph's Tomb" after the tomb was ransacked by Palestinian rioters in October 2000. According to media reports, the funds were used to turn the tomb into a mosque, after which it was declared a Muslim holy site.

..."You would never know from this State Department report that the vilest kind of anti-Semitism, that we haven't seen since the fall of the Third Reich, is being poured out by official government agencies in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, and the PA,"

Thursday, October 10, 2002

We always knew that Israel was better than we have actual proof!
Haaretz Published this article:

More equality than in Europe
By Amnon Rubinstein

The gap between the rich and relatively advanced State of Israel and the lagging Arab world has much increased (the Arab states are at the bottom of the United Nations' Human Development Index, behind South American, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian countries) and is liable to be another obstacle in the future of relationships between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East. In Israel itself, however, despite the events of the last two years, equality between Jews and Muslims has grown in many aspects. Data from the health authorities, at least, attest to a better situation than in Western countries.

The data from the health authorities are most important because they measure not only the welfare of society but also its relations to the minorities living within it and because the right to health, which is one of the human rights, is actually the right to life and is of utmost importance. The UN, therefore, also views the data on infant mortality - perhaps the most important indicator for measuring public health - as the most important component of the Human Development Index. Infant mortality indexes are also considered the most reliable and can be compared internationally.

In Israel, there are gaps between the infant mortality rates among Jews and among Muslim Arabs. In 2001, the infant mortality rate among Arabs was 7.6 per thousand live births (Muslim Arabs, 8.2; Christian Arabs 2.6; Druze, 4.7), while among Jews it was 4.1. This is a substantial gap, which the Health Ministry explains is caused mainly by marriages between close relatives. It is worth noting, however, that the gaps in this area are shrinking at a truly impressive rate. During the years 1955-59, the infant mortality rate among Muslims was 60.6 per thousand - while among Jews it was 38.8 per thousand (take note, you who miss "the good old Israel"). The relationship between the two sets of figures may not have changed much, but the massive drop in infant mortality in the Muslim sector also brought this sector closer to Western rates.

An even more important fact is that the infant mortality gaps in Israel are lower than between Muslim minorities living in some Western countries and those of the local population. Researchers from the International Organization for Migration, based in Geneva, published data on these rates for the first time in 2000. In France, for example, the rate of stillbirths per thousand live births was 8 among the French and 13 among Arabs from North Africa. The mortality rates for babies up to one week old were 6 and 15 respectively. This means that the fetal and early infancy deaths among Arabs are more than twice that among the French majority.

In rich and developed France, the infant mortality rates among Arabs (most of whom speak the language of the country, and some of whom are already second, third and fourth generation natives of France) are not only much higher than in Israel - the gap between the minority and the majority there is considerably larger than in "racist Israel." These numbers speak for Israel more than dozens of anti-Semitic articles and anti-Israel resolutions.

In general the gaps in infant mortality rates between majorities and minorities - even when there is no national conflict between them - are higher even in the richest of countries. In Switzerland, the infant mortality rates per thousand for Swiss and Turks are 8.2 and 12.3, respectively. In Britain, 7.8 and 5.6 (English and Pakistanis). The situation is worst in the United States, where the rate for whites is 8.5 and for blacks, an astounding 21.3.

Against this background, it seems Israel's accomplishments are great, considering this is a country less wealthy than those mentioned above and one under conditions of severe national conflict between the majority and the minority. We must not suffice with this achievement. On the contrary, it proves that even under such conditions, Israel can reach full equality in every aspect of life between members of the Jewish majority and the national Arab minority.

What can we do about this?

Sabotaging Israel's Red Star of David
Edward L. Greenspan and David C. Nathanson
National Post

The Magen David Adom (MDA), the Red Star of David, was born 52 years ago. It is the Red Cross, except with a Jewish symbol. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to alleviate human suffering. It serves, without discrimination, the entire Israeli population, including 1.1-million Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian Arabs in need.

MDA is not a government agency. It sought membership in the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) with the Red Star of David as its emblem. The Star of David is the symbol of the Jewish people as well as of Israel. Surrender of its emblem should not be a condition of membership. But its application for membership of the IFRC was rejected at the 1949 Geneva Conventions, which required all new national aid societies to adopt the Red Cross symbol. And yet since that time some 25 Red Crescent Societies representing the Muslim world have been admitted to the IFRC which is now called the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Services.

Every effort Israel has made to obtain recognition of MDA's emblem has failed due to tremendous world anti-Israel sentiment. MDA's exclusion and the non-recognition of its symbol are blatant examples of the ongoing campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State. The IFRC's treatment of MDA as a pariah is shameful....

Now, this decision was made by the Federal Court of Appeal. This court, according to Canadian Law, is supposed to be a "chamber of sober second thought". If "sober" is the operative word here, I think it is fair to question what these guys have been drinking. I would venture that they have basically drank the Kool Aid on Palestinian, Arab and anti-Israel propaganda. And my #$%^ing tax money is paying for this!

Want to see optimism? Here it is.
This was written by an Israeli lady:

I am not the least afraid to go any place, by bus or to a mall. I didn't change or stop doing anything I used to do before this mess began! People tend to forget that twice the casualties from terror get killed on the roads! More people still die from heart attack, cancer, and other things, they just don't show them on TV.

Don't misunderstand me, there is a war going on, it's not pleasant, but, let’s face it:


It's only TV and the media that make people think that the end of the world is coming. Only 60 years ago, they were leading Jews to their death like sheep to the slaughter! No Country, No Army. 55 years ago!!

Seven Arab countries declared war on the small Jewish State, only a few hours old!! We were then 650,000 Jews! Against the rest of the Arab world! No IDF [Israel Defense Force]. No mighty Air Force, just tough people with nowhere to go. Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, attacked all at once. The country the U.N. "gave us" was 65 % desert. The country started from scratch! 35 years ago!! We fought the three strongest armies in the Middle East, and wiped them out in six days. We fought against different coalitions of Arab countries, with modern armies, and masses of Soviet Russian weapons, and we still won!!!

We have today a country, an army, a strong Air Force, a Hi-Tech Economy, exporting millions. Intel, Microsoft, IBM develop their stuff here. Our doctors win world prizes for medical developments. We made the desert flourish, selling oranges and vegetables to the world.

Israel has sent its own satellite into Space!! Three satellites altogether!! We sit proudly, with the U.S., with 250 million people, with Russia, with 200 million people, with China, with 1.1 billion people, with the Europeans -- France, England, Germany, with 350 million people, the only countries in the world to shoot something into space!!

Israel is today in the world nuclear power family with the U.S., Russia, China, India, France, and England. [We don't admit it, but every one knows...] To think that only 60 years ago, we were led, shameful, with no hope, to our death!! We crawled out of the burning ashes of Europe; we won our wars here with less than nothing in our hands; we built an "empire" out of nothing.

Who is Mr. Arafat to make me Scared? To make me be terrified?

You make me laugh! Passover was celebrated; let's not forget what the story is all about.
We overcame Pharaoh,
We overcame the Greeks,
We overcame the Romans,
We overcame the Inquisition in Spain,
We overcame the Pogroms in Russia,
We overcame Hitler,
We overcame the Germans,
We overcame the Holocaust,
We overcame the armies of the seven Arab countries,
We overcame Saddam.

Take it easy, folks, we will overcome the present enemies too. No matter which part of human history you try! Think of it, for us,
The Jewish people, our situation has never been better!!! So, let's Lift our Heads High, let's Remember: any nation or culture that tried to mess around with us was destroyed - while we kept going!!!

Egypt? Anyone know where its empire disappeared?
The Greeks? Alexander of Macedonia?
The Romans? Does anyone today speak Latin?
The Third Reich? Anyone heard any news about it lately?

And look at us, the Nation from the Bible, from Slavery in Egypt, we are still here, speaking the same language!! Right here, right now.

The Arabs don't know it yet, but they will learn that there is but one God. As long as we keep our identity, we are eternal. So, sorry for not worrying, not crying, not being scared. Things are OK here. They surely can be better, but still, don't fall for the media junk, they won't tell you that there are Festivals going on, that people keep on living, that people are going out, that people are seeing friends.

Yes, our morale is low, so what? It's only because we weep for our dead while they enjoy the blood. This is the same reason why, we will win, after all.

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Looks like the UN is an in impasse and Bush is getting tired of the Franco-Russian stalling tactics. Saddam's clock is ticking.
U.S. efforts to pass a U.N. Security Council resolution on Iraq "have stalled," says a senior U.S. diplomat in New York.
"We have gotten nowhere. The French and the Russians have refused to budge. So why bother?" said the diplomat.
Therefore, it was confirmed that further negotiations at the United Nations "have been suspended." It was also revealed that the patience of President Bush "is coming to an end."

One of the best posts I've come across is from John Hawkins ( I am reproducing it here verbatim. Enjoy and weep.
The Sooner Arafat Is Dead, The Better: Yossef Bodansky is an expert on Terrorism. Furthermore, he has now written 9 books, was a senior consultant for the US Department of Defense and the US Department of State, & was the Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare at the US House of Representatives. So we're not talking about some whacko prone to making bizarre allegations here. The reason I'm noting all of this is because he tells a story in his new book "The High Cost of Peace" that is almost beyond belief....[Apparently, Arafat tried to have Powell assassinated. Read on.]

"During a meeting with [special negotiator Gen. Anthony] Zinni, Arafat made a special request - a personal favor. A police officer from a very important family in Gaza had just been killed at Arafat's compound. It was imperative to get the body to Gaza for proper burial, Arafat pleaded. Zinni requested Jerusalem to make an exception to the siege. Jerusalem consented on April 7-8. However, the PA was not ready to dispatch the body until the evening of April 11 - at about the same time Powell was due to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport.

Unbeknownst to the Palestinians, Israeli security forces were following the ambulance bearing the officer's body as it left the Ramallah area.

Their suspicions deepened when the ambulance made a "wrong turn" and headed toward Highway 1 - connecting Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem - instead of taking the road to Gaza. As the ambulance was about to enter Highway 1, it was ambushed and stopped by an Israeli anti-terrorist unit. A quick search netted a huge bomb installed under the policeman's body and a martyr's bomb-web under the seat next to the driver.

The two supposed Red Crescent medics told their interrogators that their plan was to park the ambulance near a bend in the road where Powell's convoy was bound to slow down. They would open the vehicle's hood as if they had an engine problem. Once the limousine got close to the ambulance, the driver was to blow it up, in the expectation that the convoy would stop and the security personnel would rush to investigate the explosion.

Exploiting the confusion, the other "medic" was to run to the limousine, try to get in, and blow himself up either inside the limousine or pressed against its exterior"

Even before I read this story I would have told you that as far as I'm concerned, the sooner Arafat is dead the better. But if this story turns out to be legitimate, I question why we haven't made Arafat have an "accident." No foreigner who orders the assassination of an American politician should be allowed to continue breathing. Allowing Saddam to live after trying to assassinate Bush 41 was a big mistake and if this story is true, allowing Arafat to live was the wrong thing to do.

What do the shootings of US Marines in Kuwait, the bombing of the French supertanker Limburgand the Israeli incursions into Gaza have in common? Lots.
Read on. David Warren is right on the money as always.
In the Iraq theatre itself, events are progressing ahead of the President's speech. Two publicly reported events may be the visible tip of a joint Iraqi-Al Qaeda plan to maximize disruption of the West on the eve of war. One was an attack on U.S. soldiers training in Kuwait yesterday, which resulted in one Marine killed. I don't think this was the only such incident in the past week; I have heard rumours of similar events in Qatar and Oman.
The other and more interesting was what I believe to have been the U.S.S. Cole-style attack on a French oil tanker docking off Mukallah, Yemen, early Sunday. (The Yemenis say it was an accident, but then they always do.) The tanker was new, state-of-the art, and had a security system that warned of an intruding speedboat moments before the explosion; all other circumstantial evidence points the same direction. But no one wants to talk much about an event that could send insurance rates on Middle Eastern oil shipments skyrocketing, even if the oil price stays down owing to the international glut.
Meanwhile the approach of war has been signalled in Israel by a new and controversial IDF campaign to disrupt Hamas terror preparations in Gaza. The incursion on Khan Yunis in Gaza was not an isolated incident, such as an attempt to assassinate another Hamas organizer, but the beginning of something new and aggressive. The first operation went wrong in two places, with bad publicity fallout. The usual Palestinian victory celebration -- when the Israelis withdraw after completing their mission -- began prematurely, before the Israelis were quite gone, and it seems an Israeli pilot interpreted the joyous firing of guns in the air as an attack on his helicopter. A missile was fired back that killed a dozen civilians. And round a corner, Israeli troops returned fire on a Palestinian gang using a local hospital for cover, so that the hospital itself was strafed.
Gaza is going to erupt when the war in Iraq begins. The Israelis are determined that the eruption will at least be disorganized, hence the present operation to throw spanners into the workings of Hamas. They have too much at stake to listen very long to foreign expressions of outrage about this. Pre-emptive strikes against Hezbollah and other terrorist camps in Lebanon and Syria may also be contemplated.

A great article from Campus-watch about the lunacy going on in most US campus offering a Middle East Studies program.
Once again, academia is betting on the wrong horse. After romanticizing Marxism, the "revolution" in Cambodia, the "popular" uprising which led to the Taliban regime, etc..., these beggars at the public teat are now supporting Palestinian terrorism and Islamo-fascism as the latest enlightened fad.
The good news of course is that every cause that the academic left has ever supported has fallen flat on its face after it revealed itself as a human rights nightmare and an economic basket-case. Clearly, the fact that Arab countries have been stuck in terms of economic and human rights development for over 50 years, and the complete failure of Arafat to bring any kind of progress to the Palestinian people show that these causes are about to be trashed for good. It may take 1, 5, ten, twenty years, who knows. But they are both on their way to oblivion based on academia's track record for consistently and predictably picking losers.
By the way, Daniel Pipes who maintains this site regarding campuses in North America has received death threats over this. Obviously, he is doing the right thing and we should be grateful to him for taking risks on behalf of the TRUTH.
I never thought I'd say this but....let's take a cue from the Iranians

Iran Bars CNN's Amanpour

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran barred Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent, from entering the country with journalists accompanying British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, British diplomats said on Wednesday.

Iranian officials gave no reason for excluding Amanpour, who is half Iranian and half British.

Tuesday, October 08, 2002

The Canadian Custom and Revenue Agency (CCRA), after distinguishing itself by seizing the highly controversial material from the Ayn Rand Institute (entitled "Israel's Moral Right to Exist") now has decided that the Magen David Adom (MDA), the Israeli Red Cross, no longer qualifies as a registered charity. Therefore, donations are no longer tax-deductible.
It is interesting that had MDA joined the Red Cross, it would still be granted the registered charity status. But guess what? The Red Cross has repeatedly turned down requests by MDA to join. By contrast, the Red Crescent (the Muslim version of the Red Cross) is a full member of the Red Cross, even though there is ample evidence that the Red Crescent ambulances were used to bring explosives back and forth across security lines. So please. Sign this petition! Thank you!
Wow...there's a big surprise: Senior PLO official indicates Charter still calls to destroy Israel.
It will be interesting to see what Peres has to say about that. According to IMRA, Simon Peres praised the supposed deletion of the call for the destruction of the State of Israel from the PLO Charter as the most important development in over a generation
Yah. Slight problem here Shimon, you goofball. The PLO never actually changed the charter. Actually it gets worse:
In the strongest Palestinian reaction to the practices of Ari'el Sharon's government toward the Palestinians, Palestinian Foreign Minister [as published] Faruq Qaddumi has stated that the PLO no longer recognizes Israel and adheres to its national charter, which includes clauses that call for Israel's destruction.
I'd say it is time to wipe out the PLO, the PA and all their goons (Hamassassins, Hizbolla, etc...). Let the IDF go into Gaza, clean it up once and for all and give the Palestinian people a chance to find new leaders without the fear of being tortured or killed.
A very effective indictment of Europe's renewed antisemitism.
Mort Zuckerman provides a very frightening list of recent attacks against Jews throughout Europe. He also shows how European leader have failed miserably in their duty to condemn this resurgence of blatant racism.
The insight of Amos Oz, a liberal Israeli writer, is pertinent. He is haunted, he says, by the observation that before the Holocaust, European graffiti read "Jews to Palestine," only to be transformed in modern times into "Jews out of Palestine." The message to Jews, notes Oz, is, "Don't be here and don't be there. That is, Don't be."
Suicide Bomber's Father: Let Hamas and Jihad Leaders Send Their Own Sons

In a letter to the editor of the London Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat,(1) Abu Saber M. G., the father of a young Palestinian who carried out a suicide bombing in an Israeli city, wrote:
"I can find no better words with which to begin my letter than the words of Allah, in his precious book [the Koran]: 'Act for the sake of Allah, and do not throw yourselves to destruction with your own hands.'(2) I write this letter with a languishing heart and with eyes that have not ceased weeping. We must, today more than at any other time, obey this Koranic verse, act for the sake of Allah, and refrain from carrying out acts that will throw us to destruction."

'Friends Persuaded My Son to Blow Himself Up; Now They Are After His Brother'

"Four months ago, I lost my eldest son when his friends tempted him, praising the path of death. They persuaded him to blow himself up in one of Israel's cities. When the pure body of my son was scattered all over, my last signs of life also dispersed, along with hope and my will to exist. Since that day, I am like [an] apparition walking the earth, not to mention that I, my wife, and my other sons and daughters have become displaced since the razing of the home in which we lived."

"But the last straw was when I was informed that the friends of my eldest son the martyr were starting to wrap themselves like snakes around my other son, not yet 17, to direct him to the same path towards which they had guided his brother, so that he would blow himself up too to avenge his brother, claiming 'he had nothing to lose.'"

"From the blood of the wounded heart of a father who has lost what is most precious to him in the world, I turn to the leaders of the Palestinian factions, and at their head the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and their sheikhs, who use religious rulings and statements to urge more and more of the sons of Palestine to their deaths – knowing full well that sending young people to blow themselves up in the heart of Israel deters no enemy and liberates no land. On the contrary, [it] intensifies the aggression, and after every such operation, civilians are killed, homes are razed, and Palestinian cities and villages are reoccupied."

'Who Gave Them the Legitimacy to Send Our Children to Their Deaths?'

"Then these leaders and spokesmen appear [in the media] to threaten the enemy with even graver acts of vengeance for their barbaric deeds. They push more young people to their deaths."

"I ask, on my behalf and on behalf of every father and mother informed that their son has blown himself up: 'By what right do these leaders send the young people, even young boys in the flower of their youth, to their deaths?' Who gave them religious or any other legitimacy to tempt our children and urge them to their deaths?"

'Death, Not Martyrdom'

"Yes, I say 'death,' not 'martyrdom.' Changing and beautifying the term, or paying a few thousand dollars to the family of the young man who has gone and will never return, does not ease the shock or alter the irrevocable end. The sums of money [paid] to the martyrs' families cause pain more than they heal; they make the families feel that they are being rewarded for the lives of their children."

"Do the children's lives have a price? Has death become the only way to restore the rights and liberate the land? And if this be the case, why doesn't a single one of all the sheikhs who compete amongst themselves in issuing fiery religious rulings, send his son? Why doesn't a single one of the leaders who cannot restrain himself in expressing his joy and ecstasy on the satellite channels every time a young Palestinian man or woman sets out to blow himself or herself up send his son?"

"Why, until this very moment, haven't we seen one of the sons, or daughters, of any of these people don an explosive belt and go out to carry out in deed, not in words, what their fathers preach day and night?"

"Are Jihad, martyrdom, and pointless death restricted to a single sector [of the people], without concerning another sector? Doesn't what applies to the sons and daughters of the general public apply [also] to the [leaders'] own sons and daughters? How long will this steadfast people continue to pay the price for the idiotic policy that has proved a colossal failure at obtaining even a tiny part of the usurped Palestinian rights?"

'With the Outbreak of the Intifada, the Leaders Sent Their Sons Abroad'

"But what tears at the soul, pains the heart, and brings tears to the eyes more than anything else is the sight of these sheikhs and leaders evading sending their sons into the fray – such as Mahmoud Al-Zahar, Isma'il Abu Shanab, and Abd Al-'Aziz Al-Rantisi. The moment the Intifada broke out, Al-Zahar sent his son Khaled to America; Abu Shanab sent his son Hassan to Britain; and [as she stated to the press], Rantisi's wife has refrained from sending her son Muhammad to blow himself up. Instead, she sent him to Iraq, to complete his studies there."

(1) Al-Hayat (London), October 1, 2002.
(2) Koran 2:195.
Have you ever wondered why the left, the Democrats, Liberals and Social Democrats are so strongly opposed to the liberation of Iraq? To spare Iraqi civilian lives? Nope...don't care about that as Saddam is most likely killing its own people as we speak. What they are afraid of is seeing the pictures of dancing Iraqis, embracing American soldiers once they are freed, and what this does to their view of "imperialist" America. Read this. A great analysis of the situation.
The Israeli raid into Gaza which killed 14 Palestinians is yet another illustration of Israel's disastrous PR
While the whole world is condemning the raid and the "civilian" casualties, Israel seems to indicate that all but one of the casualties were actually armed terrorists. Maybe. One thing is for sure though. The timing of the raid was meant to coincide with Bush's speech on Iraq (which would most likely push the raid off the front page of important newspapers). The Israelis have some explaining to do as it is becoming more and more credible that the IDF shot a missile into a crowd after waiting for people to start coming out of their homes following a first ground-based strike. After the disastrous raid on Arafat's compound last week which accomplished zilch other than putting Arafat back in the headlines rather than letting him rot in his rathole, this new raid clearly was either poorly planned or poorly executed, or both. It is true that Hamas consistently uses civilians as shields for its terrorists, but knowing that, surely Israel has to start using different techniques to ferret these assassins out without putting civilian lives at risk. Israel has to better use its intelligence and the divisions among Palestinian factions as a weapon in order to turn Palestinians against each other and let them do the dirty work. Israel has to start destroying the homes of known terrorists as a catalyst to getting Palestinians to think twice about the gains they are achieving through their terrorist actions. Israel has to start permanently annexing some of the territories after every violent act committed against Israeli civilians. Israel must tell Palestinians (and the world) ahead of time that the price to pay for every violent act is the permanent loss of 1 square kilometer. And Israel should announce where the next square km will be. I would bet that the people living there would have an incentive to police their fellow Palestinians or even denounce them to the Israelis to prevent the permanent loss of their land and homes. This would break the cycle of terrorism and vengeance which always turns out in favor of the terrorists.

Monday, October 07, 2002

David Warren sticks his neck out and takes an educated guess at what Bush will say Monday night. Let's see if he is right.
By the way, can anyone explain why none of the networks will be carrying the speech live except for CNN and MSNBC? Couldn't be because the networks are pro-democrats, is it? Nah...after all this is only a speech by the President Of The United States on the verge of waging war against another country! No reason to preempt the Simpsons for that, is there?
Another reason I love Condoleezza

Here's why she thinks America should strike Iraq....and I agree!

It doesn't get much more in-depth than that....'cause I've got a class in 3 minutes!
If you were suspicious of Kofi Annan, you were right. The National Review has a powerful indictment of this man who clearly has managed to fool a lot of people for a long time.
This is the ongoing theme of the Bush administration's relationship to Annan: It acts as if Annan were a member of the Cabinet. ("My man Kofi," is Powell's pet phrase.) And in many ways Annan is America's ideal secretary-general. He has championed globalization, mowed the U.N. bureaucracy, and chided African governments for playing the colonialism card to divert attention from their own incompetence. So when Annan reverts to conventional U.N. secretary-general behavior--pushing peaceful resolutions to crises, no matter the costs; worrying about impositions on state sovereignty; adhering to a stickler's strict constructionist interpretation of U.N. resolutions--he catches the Bush administration off guard. "It's mystifying, and perhaps arrogant, that [the administration] never sees it coming," says David Malone of the International Peace Academy, an occasional Annan adviser. Unfortunately, Annan reverts to conventional U.N. secretary-general behavior at the worst possible moments. In the face of genocide and dictators, he loses his nerve. That's why he bailed out Saddam last month and why he may still be the Iraqi tyrant's best hope for survival. The mystery, in short, isn't why Annan acts the way he does; it's why the Bush administration expects anything more from him.
The attack on the French supertanker Limburg looks more and more like a terrorist attack
According to Debka Files, counter-intelligence experts strongly believe that the attack on the Limburg was the work of Al Qaida. Given the fact that the ship has a double-layered steel hull, it is true that any small boat colliding with the tanker would be hard-pressed to make an 8 meter-wide gaping hole through both layers of steel. Clearly, some catastrophic explosion must have taken place.
It should also be noted that this explosion coincides with the release of an audiotape allegedly from Osama bin Laden (announcing more operations against western economic targets), the abundant intelligence that Iraq will go after western economic interests rather than a military resistance to an overwhelmingly superior US force and the tightening links between Iraq and various terrorist organizations such as Al Qaida.
More pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. It will also be interesting to see how the French government explains why Muslim terrorists would target French interests even though France is probably the West's best friend among Arabs, Palestinians and terrorist groups in general.
Well get on with it already!
I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to hear Bush's speech today in which he's expected to prepare the American people for war with Iraq. It's about time something was done! I'm not of the thought that he's simply avenging his father's enemies, or that he's a gun-toting southerner (although once upon a time I was!). Now I've got my feet seriously planted in the camp that says "Bush knows so much more than he's letting on. He must know "something" about Iraqi nukes that makes them worthy of a US stike". I can't help but think that at some point in the near future, we'll be living history as it's being made. Hold onto your hats, it's gonna be a bumpy ride. Oh...and another thing. If my posts get better over the next little while, it's only because I just bought a new French press Coffee maker....goodbye Maxwell House!

Sunday, October 06, 2002

Thought of the Day
"Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both." (Eric Hoffer)
Eric Hoffer, an American (non-Jewish) philosopher (1902-1983), published this article in the LA Times in 1968 about the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
This was sent to us in the "comments" section of the blog...what a great find! Thank you to the person who pointed this article out. I will definitely try to find out more about this philosopher/writer.

By Eric Hoffer, Los Angeles Times
May 26, 1968

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese -- and no one says a word about refugees.
But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.
Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world. Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on. There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him. The Swedes, who are ready to break of diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway. The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to
realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the next Holocaust will be upon us.

Eric Hoffer 1968