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J’lem Arabs fear Israeli retaliation. They should. I hope Israel retaliates soon

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Israel should retaliate. I have been holding my tongue for too long. Israel should revoke the Israeli ID for all muslims no longer living in Israel. Innocent unarmed children who where studying torah where massacred by muslim thugs using back door access into Israel. Innocent people will die as long as the Israeli government gives free healthcare and education to people that want to destroy Israel. Israel should take away theses benefits revoke the IDs and move the jihad’s out of Jerusalem. Any one that hires a a muslim has blood on there hands. They are supporting these jihadis. If Israel doesn’t have enough back bone to follow the torah an kill the people that want to kill them first, it should at least close its borders and give murders no ability to kill innocent Jews. I am insulted that the Jerusalem post so liberal and complaining of “collective punishment.” Israel needs to punish the society that created the murders not just the murders themselves. 

Many Arabs in Jerusalem expressed fear over the weekend that Israel would retaliate for last Thursday’s shooting attack at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva by denying them privileges they are entitled to as holders of Israeli ID cards.Meanwhile, the family of Ala Abu Dhaim, the 25-year-old resident of Jebl Mukaber who carried out the shooting spree, reacted with mixed feelings to the involvement of their son in the attack. Some of them hailed him as a “hero” and “martyr,” while others expressed fear that the attack would give Israel an excuse to impose strict measures against Arab residents of the city.”This attack has caused huge damage to the Arabs in Jerusalem,” said Hisham Shkirat, a resident of the neighborhood. “I’m very worried when I hear some people in Israel talk about expelling Arabs from the city in response to the attack.”As residents of Jerusalem, the 220,000 Arabs living in and outside the city are entitled to the same privileges as Israeli citizens, with the exception of voting for the Knesset.Since they hold blue Israeli ID cards, the Arabs in the city enjoy freedom of movement and are entitled to social, economic, health and education services provided by the state.Unlike Palestinians living in the West Bank, the Jerusalem Arabs are also entitled to drive cars with yellow Israeli license plates.”I hope Israel does not resort to collective punishment following this attack,” said school teacher Majdi Shweiki, who lives in Silwan. “I believe that the majority of the Arabs in Jerusalem would prefer to continue living under Israeli rule.”Shweiki said he was nevertheless concerned that some Israelis would exploit the attack to demand a tough policy against the city’s Arab residents.”In every society you have a minority of people who act against the interests of their people,” he said. “But we must bear in mind that most of the Arabs here are peaceful.”Shweiki said young people such as Abu Dhaim were obviously affected by the scenes of dead children and women in the Gaza Strip during the IDF operation in the Gaza Strip last week.”The Arab TV stations, specifically Al-Jazeera, broadcast many pictures from the Gaza Strip that had a negative impact on many people,” he said. “I’m sure Abu Dhaim was also affected by the things he watched on TV.”An Arab lawyer living in the Bet Hanina neighborhood did not rule out the possibility that Israel would revoke the Israeli ID card from many Arab residents in response to the attack.He warned that such a move would have “serious repercussions” and could drive more people into the open arms of the radicals.”Revoking the ID card is tantamount to deportation from the city,” he said. “Once you lose your status as a resident of Jerusalem, you would not be permitted to enter the city or any part of Israel.”The lawyer said that an Arab who lost his status as a resident of Jerusalem would also be denied payments from the National Insurance Institute, free health care and education.”These are severe measures that could backfire,” he cautioned. “When you deny people their rights, they will resort to violence.”In Jebl Mukaber, relatives of Abu Dhaim said they were surprised to hear that he had carried out the attack.”Ala was a quiet man,” said his cousin, Omar Abu Dhaim. “He was engaged and was supposed to get married this summer. We had no idea that he was planning something like this.”He also denied reports that Abu Dhaim belonged to Hamas or any other group. However, some residents said Abu Dhaim was known for his support for both Hamas and Islamic Jihad. “He was a very religious person,” said one neighbor. “But we didn’t expect him to carry out such a big attack.”On Friday, the police released Abu Dhaim’s father, Hisham, and one of his uncles. The two were arrested shortly after the attack. The father used to work as an engineer for the Jerusalem Municipality.Abu Dhaim’s fiancée remained in custody over the weekend, as did a number of his relatives and friends.One of Abu Dhaim’s cousins, who asked not to be identified, said he was proud of Abu Dhaim, whom he described as a shahid (martyr). “We have nothing to apologize for,” he said. “Ala did what he did because of the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. This was a heroic operation that was carried out against radical Jews, some of them members of the Israeli security forces.”The Fatah-controlled media has also praised Abu Dhaim as a martyr, describing the attack as a heroic operation. Fatah’s armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, issued a statement in support of the attack.One of the mukhtars (elders) of Jebl Mukaber, who also asked not to be identified, said he was worried by the fact that many residents of his village viewed the attack as an heroic act.He said he and other village leaders phoned Israeli friends over the weekend to condemn the attack and ask that Israel refrain from taking retaliatory measures against the whole village.”Most of the young men here work in Israel,” the mukhtar said. “Some of them have already been told not to return to work and this is very worrying. We hope that Israelis will refrain from collective punishment.”

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Appeasing Islam (Pat Condell )

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

UPDATE: Here is the transcript I found 

 According to a recent opinion poll, many muslims say that the way for the West to have better relations with Islam, is to show it more respect. And who said, ‘Muslim’s don’t have a sense of humour’?

Given that Islam is above criticism in the west, it’s hard to imagine how we could give it any more respect . . .short of closing down all of the pubs, growing beards and beating up women who don’t want to dress like nuns.Ah, yes, of course. Silly me.I think many people in the West, are now realizing that Islam has already been given far too much ‘respect’. Especially here in Europe where according to another poll, people now see it as a threat to their culture. They carry on accomodating it’s every demand of course, but this is not because Islam is welcome in Europe. Far from it. It’s because people have been conditioned by the lie of multiculturalism to believe that what they SHOULD think is more important than what they DO think.So, although people will criticise Islam in private, they know that to do so publicly, in other words to be honest about their feelings would instantly make them racists and Islamophobes and nazis and disgusting imperialists, ethno-centric-fascist bastards grinding their jack boots into the faces of the innocent and the weak – so, best not make a fuss. You want to beat your wife and mutilate your daughter? Be our guest. We’ll even subsidize it – because we want to be your friend. What’s that? You want to destroy our corrupt society? Well that’s our fault. Not yours. Here, have some more money.This film that’s coming out in Holland shortly, which has got the whole country in a state of heightened terrorist alert, is yet more proof that everything in Europe now needs to be measured against the possiblity of Muslim violence. Every play, every film, every art exhibition, every magazine article . . .in fact, our whole culture is now subject to Muslim approval. But then, this is Europe and we have a history of appeasment and caving into threats. Radical Islam knows this and is playing us like a violin. They KNOW that Islam will never get blamed for anything in Europe, no matter what happens. So that, for example, when the Danish press reprinted the cartoons recently, which was followed by a week of rioting by Muslim ‘youths’, Copenhagen’s Chief of Police refused to admit that it had anything to do with the cartoons. He said it was because they were ‘bored’.Yes, that’s right. They all rushed out and set fire to the city every night for a week ‘for something to do’. If only they had a table tennis club!The whole thing happened because three Islamic fanatics were caught planning to murder the cartoonists. Imagine how ‘bored’ THEY must have been!Oh, yes. Also. A news flash for European journalists. An anti-semitic attack by Muslims on Jews IS NOT a ‘conflict between communities’. In case you haven’t noticed, Islam HATES Jews. Even if Israel didn’t exist, Islam would still HATE Jews. Their holy book tells Muslims that they should HATE Jews. So, I think you’ll find that what is happening is NOT a ‘conflict between communities’ at all, but a violent unprovoked racist attack by Muslims on Jews – because they’re Jews. Just thought I’d clear that one up for you so that you can report it accurately next time if you bother to report it – at all.If we were serious about respecting Islam we would give it an HONEST REALITY CHECK. Islam needs to adapt to Europe. Not the other way around. Now, I know a lot of Muslims actually agree with this and they make an effort to adapt and to rub along with everybody else, which is great and it’s very welcomed.But we all know that a lot of others don’t. Which is why many European cities have large Muslim ghettos controlled by religious bigots, where indigenous law and values are increasingly unwelcome.Places full of people who have no intention of integrating and who want nothing less than the end of our civilization while we pander and defer to them thanks to a biased press and a complacent judiciary and the kind of politicians you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Actually, you probably would. And this situation is as much a threat to the freedom of ordinary Muslims as it is to everybody else. And it’s a clear indication of what we need in Europe now is NOT more respect for Islam. It’s less respect for Islam, and MORE RESPECT FOR OURSELVES. We need to stop pretending because thats what we are doing. We’re pretending that all cultures are equal. Well we can clearly see that they’re not. Islamic culture is NOT equal to Western culture. It encourages violence against women, against Jews and homosexuals. It sanctions polygamy and marrying old men to young children in a disgusting travesty of human relations. Anyone in the West advocating these kind of values would very quickly find themselves in jail. It’s NOT equal. It’s inferior. And given radical Islam’s openness about it’s totalitarian agenda, this is NOT something that should be encouraged in ANY WAY.It should be discouraged by firm legislation and by rigorous enforcement of the law.Remember, “the law”?Now, I know that I’m going to be accused of racism and Islamophobia by the usual self-righteous pinheads but I don’t mind because those words have no value in this context. One has been neutralized by repeated dishonest disuse and the other is just a bare faced lie concocted by the political left in tandem with the religious right in a marriage of convenience which is, well, quite simply beneath contempt.A phobia is an irrational fear. Resisting Islam is not irrational. Pandering to it is irrational. Indulging the lie that Islamic culture is somehow equal to Western culture – while ignoring the victims of that culture – is more than irrational. It’s downright criminal. And if you really want to talk about racism, then look no further than the poisonous fiction of multiculturalism, a devisive and patronizing racist ideology. And the governments of Europe who promote it are racist governments. The civil servants who pander to it are racists. The university lecturers who encourage it are racists. The journalists who lie about it are racists. And the ordinary people who say one thing in private and another in public are cowardly racist hypocrits.If we can’t bring ourselves to say what’s in our hearts when it truely matters, then we have already given up our freedom and with it the freedom of future generations – which is something that we have no right to do. We didn’t earn this freedom. It was handed to us on a plate by people who DID earn it with their lives. We don’t own it. We’re custodians of it. It’s not ours to give away. So, it’s time to speak up Europe. It’s time to stop whining and belly aching about the Americans for five minutes and show a little back bone for once. Just once! Or, do we want to spend the rest of our lives cowering like frightened mice from a handful of violent bigots who think they have a right to poke a finger into our chest and tell us how we are allowed to live. . . what we can and can’t do, say and think. Well, I don’t know about you but anyone who asks me that question is going to get a very short answer. I’ll give you a clue, it won’t contain the words ‘allah’ or ‘akbar’. Peace, wouldn’t that be nice?


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News from Israel: Sat-Sun, March 8th-9th

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

More from a great live blog Israellycool. Check the link below for updates.

News from Israel: Sat-Sun, March 8th-9th: “

Having spent the last 25 hours observing the Jewish Sabbath, I can say there was a palpable somberness in the air in the aftermath of Thursday evening’s devastating attack. One of the men at the synagogue in which I prayed lost his nephew in the attack, and some others I spoke to knew someone who had been in the yeshiva at the time of the attack.

After the Sabbath, I was hoping (but not expecting) to hear of some meaningful Israeli response. But, alas, nothing. I mean, sure, police have arrested 8 people in connection to the attack, Israeli security forces have interrogated a brother of the murderer (who was subsequently released and traveled to Jordan), and the terrorist’s father was detained for questioning immediately following the attack (and was instructed to take down the Hamas and Hizbullah flags displayed in the mourning tent). But I don’t think this is enough. Why do we allow people who openly support our destruction be citizens of Israel, and obtain the benefits citizens enjoy? The minute his family flew the Hamas and Hizbullah flags, they should have been charged with treason and sent to Gaza.

To make matters worse, palestinians fired another Qassam rocket and 3 mortar shells today, while Prime Minister Olmert uttered more empty platitudes, and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas said peace talks with Israel must move forward.

But things are not all doom and gloom, with news that the condition of 2 of the students wounded in the shooting attack has improved.

In other news, the ADL condemned the UN’s lack of condemnation, President Shimon Peres stated that Israel is not considering any unilateral military operation to stop Iran, and Egypt destroyed 6 smuggling tunnels.

Updates (Israel time)

10:20PM: Today’s blatant media bias and manipulation comes courtesy of AFP:

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A relative holds up a picture of Alaa Hisham Abu Dheim, a Palestinian suspected of gunning down eight students at a Jewish religious school in Jerusalem. Israel went on alert as crowds mourned eight teens killed by a Palestinian at a Jewish religious school in an attack claimed by Hamas that shook faltering peace talks. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Leaving aside the obvious attempt to evoke sympathy for the little girl who just ‘lost’ her relative, how is the murderer only suspected of gunning down the 8 young students?

10:25PM: As usual, despite earlier attempts to link terror attacks to specific Israeli operations, it turns out that the murdering scum from Thursday night had planned the attack for a long time.

Franco said the attack had been planned even prior to the IDF’s operation in Gaza, adding that the shooter had apparently scoped out the seminary for some time before the attack.

Just like with the Rafah wall blast, and the ‘al-Aqsa Intifada.’

10:45PM: Pictures of 2 more of the victims: Yonatan Yitzhak Eldar, 16 (L), and Segev Peniel Avihail, 15 (R).

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11:00PM: A female soldier and another Israeli woman have been injured by stone-throwing palestinians in separate incidents.

11:32PM: 2 more of the victims: Yochai Lipschitz, 18 (L) and Roey Roth, 18 (R).

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11:45PM: More on 5 of the victims:

Avraham David Moses, 16,Efrat

Avraham David Moses, 16, left behind parents and five brothers aged between two and 11. His parents divorced, remarried and live nearby each other in Efrat. At his funeral, Avraham David’s father recounted that his son had visited him at home last Saturday. ‘I blessed you, put my hand on your head and suddenly grasped how much you had grown in spirit. You did not break. The murderers broke you. You were not a fighter but a loving person – you loved the Torah and studying the Torah. You ended your life studying the Torah.’

Avraham David’s stepfather, David Moria, said the boy was ‘like an angel. He had amazing integrity.’ His mother, Rivka, said thanks for ‘the 16 years we had the privilege of raising him, 16 years of purity of heart and honesty.’

On Thursday night, when they heard of the attack, Avraham David’s parents tried to find him but he had no mobile phone. They called all the hospitals in Jerusalem and when they couldn’t find his name in any of the lists of the injured, they realized they’d lost their son.

Neria Cohen, 15, Jerusalem

Neria Cohen, who was laid to rest at the Mount of Olives cemetery Friday, grew up in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, one of 12 children born to Ayala and Rabbi Yitzhak Cohen. His father is a rabbi at the Esh HaTorah hesder yeshiva in the Jewish Quarter, and was for many years among the heads of the Ateret Cohanim yeshiva in the Muslim Quarter.

Many in Neria’s extended family are active in programs that combine religious studies with community outreach and education in poor towns. ‘Neria’s most striking quality was boundless joy. Everyone always wanted to be with him,’ said Eliezer Avni, a ninth-grade counselor at the Mercaz Harav affiliate where Neria studied. ‘He was a boy who lived all the ideals in the world, who enlisted for every mission, whether it was activity on behalf of Jonathan Pollard, or on behalf of communities, or the needy.’

Segev Pniel Avichail, 15, Neveh Daniel

Segev Pniel Avichail, who was buried Friday in Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuhot Cemetery, was the grandson of two well-known rabbis: Rabbi Eliahu Avichail, who studied the Ten Lost Tribes and their disappearance; and Rabbi Yehoshua Zuckerman, the founder of the El Ami movement and teacher at Har Hamor Yeshiva. Segev Pniel’s father, Rabbi Elishav Avichail, is the rabbi of Adora, in the south Hebron hills. His mother, Moriah, was head of a girls art school in the community. A few years ago, Segev Pniel and his father escaped injury in a shooting attack on the Telem road. Segev Pniel was the oldest of four children. An uncle, Yair, described him Friday as a ‘serious student, a pure soul with a good heart.’

Yehonadav Haim Hirshfeld, 19, Kochav Hashachar

Yehonadav Haim Hirshfeld was the fifth of 13 children born to one of the oldest families in Kochav Hashachar, a community in the Matte Binyamin regional council. His father, Zemah, serves as a mohel in the community and its surroundings. His mother, Elisheva, is a housewife.

Yehonadav went to a highschool yeshiva near Mercaz Harav and later continued to study at the yeshiva itself, where he was killed on Thursday evening. He was a ‘talented young man with broad horizons, intelligent, and an admired guide in the Ariel youth movement,’ Haya Meir, a neighbor, said.

When his parents heard of the terror attack on the yeshiva they couldn’t get a hold of their son, because he had no mobile phone.

The yeshiva’s emergency hotline also couldn’t help them and they sent relatives to look for Yehonadav. Finally, after midnight, the community’s rabbi arrived to inform them officially of his death.

Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar, 16, Shiloh

Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar was buried with his copy of the Nedarim Tractate of the Babylonian Talmud, soaked in his blood. Despite the celebration scheduled at the yeshiva later that evening for the start of the new month, Yonatan didn’t want to miss learning his daily page of Talmud and had taken the book with him to the library. One friend says he saw Yonatan studying alone at 1 A.M. Wednesday.

‘Usually you think of someone so young who is so deeply involved in Torah study as being square, but Yonatan wasn’t at all like that,’ said Rabbi Uri Bayar, an educator in Shiloh and a friend of the Eldar family. ‘He was full of joie de vivre and had many interests,’ Bayar said.Yonatan Yitzchak was buried in Shiloh. After the funeral his friends gathered at the home of one of them and told stories about their friend. They recalled his love of hiking but also noted that he learned the rules of orienteering out of a book. Yonatan Yitzchak is survived by six brothers and one sister.

His father, Dror, works in high tech. His mother, Avital, is a teacher

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Another mass grave courtesy of al-Qaeda discovered north of Baghdad

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Another mass grave courtesy of al-Qaeda discovered north of Baghdad: “

BAGHDAD (AP) — A mass grave containing about 100 bodies was discovered just north of Baghdad Saturday in an a part of Diyala province that for years has seen intense fighting between Sunni al-Qaida in Iraq extremists and Shiites.

The grisly discovery came as Iraq’s Sunni parliament speaker called on Iraqi Shiites and Kurds to work together with the minority he represents to deal with the challenges faced by the country — including an election law that would help reconcile Iraq’s often warring sects and splinter groups.

The grave, near Khalis — about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad — is still being investigated, but the military said the skeletal remains appear to have been in the grave for a long time.

The military said it was not immediately clear who killed the people buried in the grave. Khalis is a Shiite town, but it is surrounded by Sunni communities and has been the scene of repeated sectarian attacks. Al-Qaida in Iraq remains active in the area, which has seen hundreds of kidnapping and mass abductions in past years.

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Moral blindness

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Moral blindness: “David Horovitz
THE JERUSALEM POST

Late last Sunday night, at the height of Israel’s military effort to prevent the rocketing of its civilians within Kassam and Grad range of Gaza, I watched a journalist by the name of Al Scardino review the early editions of the next day’s British newspapers live in the studio at Sky News, a 24-hour, Rupert Murdoch-owned news network that is widely viewed across Europe, in Africa, the Middle East and beyond. Two of the heavyweight British dailies had made the conflict their dominant front-page stories: ‘Israel defiant as Gaza toll rises,’ blared the Guardian; ‘Day of grief and defiance,’ announced the Independent. Scardino, a regular press reviewer for Sky, was elaborating for this worldwide audience on the stories they told.

I know nothing to suggest that Al Scardino feels any particular personal malice for Israel. I know nothing to suggest that he would deliberately mangle the contours of the conflict to deny his vast audience the basic tools to comprehend it. But mangle he did.

Al Scardino firmly and confidently informed viewers that the Israeli targets coming under rocket attack were situated beyond Israel’s sovereign borders. These were areas that the international community did not consider part of Israel, he said, but that Israel claimed nonetheless. In so staggeringly misdescribing the rocketed areas, he essentially denied Israel part of its legitimacy in hitting back against the attacks. For while he did not dispute that Israeli citizens were being targeted, he depicted them as being located in, at best, contested territory.

Al Scardino also confidently asserted that at least 100 Palestinians civilians had been killed in the Israeli fire, and did not give figures for how many, if any, Palestinian gunmen and rocket-firing crew members had been killed. In so doing, he denied Israel still more legitimacy for its response to the rocket attacks, since he created the misconception among his viewers that the primary victims of Israel’s response, indeed quite possibly the only victims, were civilians.

Israeli or Arab, Jew or Muslim, leftist or rightist, whatever our positions on the central facts and the nuances of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its many guises, we’ve all watched television coverage, heard radio reports and read newspaper articles that we feel subtly misrepresent it or even blatantly skew it. But Al Scardino was not offering a debatable perspective. He was spouting basic factual untruth.

The territory being attacked by the Gaza rocket crews is not, of course, disputed by the international community. It is not beyond Israel’s borders. Sderot, Ashkelon et al are, rather, sovereign Israeli territory – as you’d have thought even the most casually interested observer would be aware, and certainly a worldly journalistic commentator routinely invited into a TV studio to critique the coverage of his colleagues.

Furthermore, even a rudimentary familiarity with the developing story upon which Scardino was supposed to be commentating would have ensured that he knew that the overall death toll was about 100 in total. The Israeli army’s official insistence was that the overwhelming majority of those 100 fatalities were Hamas and other gunmen. Palestinian and other sources disputed this, and claimed substantial numbers of civilian fatalities. But nobody credible was claiming that 100 Palestinian civilians had been killed. The very Guardian article Scardino had on the desk in front of him, anything but an Israel puff piece, gave the overall 100 figure in its first paragraph, but in its second already made plain that some of them were ‘Hamas militants.’ The Independent article, which used an overall figure of 101 in its lead paragraph, specified lower down that ’49 of the dead’ were Palestinian civilians according to a Palestinian account.

Concerned at the erroneous information being fed by their commentator to the watching world, I phoned Sky News in London, and spoke to people on both their foreign desk and their home desk. I suggested that they ought to correct the errors, perhaps in the second part of their nightly press review, again featuring Al Scardino, a little later on. This did not happen.

I’VE WATCHED Sky for years, and intermittently been interviewed on its programs. I don’t think Sky does a generally bad job of communicating our reality. I think Al Scardino’s performance was an aberration.

But it was an aberration that highlights how poorly our complex conflict is understood. And this grievous miscomprehension persists precisely when thorough understanding is so vital a precondition for grappling effectively with the bloody reality, distinguishing victimizers from victims, and enabling world opinion-leaders to formulate and support policies that thwart those victimizers and protect those victims.

Israel unilaterally left Gaza in the summer of 2005. It relinquished all claims to the Strip even as it continued to ensure that vital supplies reached the populace. Gaza was free of Jews. The Palestinians had an unprecedented opportunity to start building their nation there – to establish the necessary institutions of government, to rehouse the hundreds of thousands of people in its refugee camps, to attract international investment and start to thrive economically.

One happy consequence – for the Palestinians – would have been the bolstered Israeli confidence in their ability to foster a viable, peaceable state. Thus Israel would have been emboldened in considering drastic territorial compromise in Judea and Samaria, too, offsetting profound security concerns, and contemplating the sacrifice of a biblical and historical connection to land that forms the centerpiece of the Jewish narrative, in the cause of Palestinian independence and Israeli-Arab reconciliation.

Instead – precisely as the critics of disengagement had warned would happen, and even the advocates had feared – the Palestinians filled the post-Israeli vacuum with a terror state. They exploited Israel’s departure to smuggle weaponry into the Strip, even as they wailed to the international community about the ‘prison’ in which they said they still lived – a malevolent reference to Israel’s failing efforts to prevent that weapons flow. They continually fired rockets across what should have been a tranquil border into sovereign Israel – yes, sovereign Israel, Mr. Scardino. They diverted some of Israel’s continuing power supply to build more of those rockets. They fired their rockets from their own civilian areas – deliberately using their own civilians as human shields against an Israeli response.

They sought to legitimize these attacks by declaring that they were seeking the liberation of all their territory before the fighting would stop, when plainly the constructive path to ‘liberation’ would have seen Gaza turned into a model nascent state and, plainly too, the liberation they have in mind is from any Israeli sovereign presence. They celebrated openly when their attacks drew Israeli civilian blood – a maimed child here, a dead father there. And they protested to the international community when Israel’s despairing military responses caused the very Palestinian civilian fatalities they had so cynically orchestrated.

Two years ago, in parliamentary elections, the Palestinian public’s disgust at Fatah corruption helped generate enough support for Hamas as to give the terror group, openly committed to Israel’s destruction, a parliamentary majority. Relishing its rise, Hamas confirmed its hold over Gaza last June by militarily overthrowing Fatah there, ruthlessly killing many of its own Palestinian people in the process.

None of this happened in secret, far from the cameras, tape-recorders and notebooks of the international media. Yet little of it has been appreciated, and much has been ignored and misrepresented.

THE VERY nature of the asymmetrical warfare Israel has been made to fight against the Gaza terrorists – as against Hizbullah at the northern border less than two years ago – is that it requires informed and sophisticated reporting in order for the watching world to understand. It requires historical context. It requires knowledge of the processes that gradually unfolded to produce the rocket fire, the Israeli response, the bloodshed.

It is, indeed, terrible, that escalated Kassam and Grad rocket fire on Israel in the last few days has produced large numbers of Palestinian civilian fatalities. But that is the accurate equation: Cross-border Palestinian attacks launched from civilian areas, aimed at Israeli civilians living inside their own sovereign territory, produced an Israeli military effort to thwart those rockets in which Palestinian human shields were killed.

Last week was not a case of Israel mercilessly and deliberately killing large numbers of Palestinian civilians. Yet that is how it was widely depicted. That is how it has been widely perceived.

And as a direct consequence, more and more people in this region and around the world are more hostile to Israel today than they were a week ago, more disgusted by us, more convinced of our guilt and more, in some cases one fears, determined to act violently against us.

More and more people are urging Israel to negotiate with the extremists organizing the rocket-fire – to legitimize Hamas, and thus strengthen its hold on Gaza and embolden it in the West Bank. Meanwhile, the people of Sderot are sinking into hopelessness and Ashkelon has become the new front line.

What an extraordinary success for Hamas. What an extraordinary incentive to keep on firing.

IT IS not easy to effectively articulate the wider narrative over film and pictures of bloodied Palestinian children, wailing Palestinian parents, ground-churning Israeli tanks and ear-splitting Israeli firepower.

But Israel maintains its criminal strategic insistence on barely trying – refusing year after year to invest the necessary resources and effort in competent public diplomacy. There is, of course, no commercial Israeli satellite TV station, broadcasting in English and Arabic. The state’s foreign language overseas radio broadcasts are dying for lack of funds. The prime minister sails blithely on with his single English spokesperson.

Some Israeli politicians who should know better – that is, speak English better – still insist on giving interviews in which they sound aggressive and incoherent, the more so when compared to their polished Palestinian counterparts. (Ehud Barak was a case in point this week.) Other politicians insist on operating their mouths before their brains have kicked in, their ill-considered utterances easing our delegitimization. (Stand up Matan Vilna’i, with his talk of the Palestinians bringing a ‘shoah’ upon themselves.)

Meanwhile, too much of the international media insistently allows its footage to tell its story, rather than placing that footage in context. Too many correspondents employ reportage that amplifies but does not explain. Too little effort is dedicated to getting the pictures that would help tell the fuller story, the root story – the footage from the Hamas training camps where the rocket-crews are ‘inspired’ to hatred, and from the schools where tomorrow’s Kassam cells are indoctrinated with the perverse ‘imperative’ for personal jihad, to kill and be killed in the name of God.

AND WHAT happens over time is that those fair-minded international policy-makers and opinion-shapers who do understand exactly who here is the victim and who here the victimizer get pummeled into submission by the sheer weight of awful, bloody, unexplained footage. And they become defensive and apologetic and ultimately fall silent.

And with time, the more moderate leaders in this region can no longer safely attempt to foster warm or even chilly relations with the Jewish state, because their hostility-filled populace won’t allow them to, and they risk destabilizing their own rule. So they too fall silent, or worse.

It was dismal to hear Mahmoud Abbas this week accuse Israel of perpetrating ‘more than a holocaust’ in Gaza. Dismal, but unsurprising. Israeli officials reduced their cooperation with Al-Jazeera’s Arabic network, hugely watched in the territories, because they said it was failing to tell both sides of the story – failing, that is, to give its viewers any means to understand why Israel would be hitting Gaza at all. It would take a strong Palestinian leader indeed to stand up to all that gruesome one-side-of-the-story footage channeled to his people, to witness all that bloodshed, all those funerals, and speak with moral clarity.

What Abbas could have said to the people of Gaza was that ‘Hamas, which overthrew me in Gaza last summer, which killed some of you in the process, brought this upon you. Hamas deprived you of the opportunity to build a model state. It deprives you of the opportunity for freedom. It peddles intolerance. It peddles violence. It lusts for your death.’

What Abbas could have said is ‘Don’t be fooled by the Islamists and their distortion of divine will. Whatever the world-to-come may hold, this life, here on Earth, is a gift, a divine gift. No God would have created the wonder that is the human body and the human spirit in the service of murder and bloodshed.’

But fear and weakness trumped moral clarity and true leadership. So Abbas, too, became complicit, alienated a few more Israelis, and became derided by a few more Palestinians who wonder why, if Israel is so evil, he would meet with its leaders and try to reach accommodations with them.

THE GAZA crisis is not over, just as the crisis with Hizbullah, Hamas’s Iranian-backed, residential-based, rocket-firing counterpart to the North, now better equipped than ever, is not over. There will be more rounds of conflict, more lulls and cease-fires exploited to rearm, more rounds of asymmetrical warfare. These will feature more adept manipulation by the Islamists, more superficial reporting, more abiding Israeli failure to explain, more international disinclination to strive for moral clarity.

And with time, the Islamists will require less and less effort to win over new recruits, for theirs will gradually have become an unchallenged narrative.“

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Likud politician banned from England but Hezbullahs okay

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

It looks like England has already fallen.

Likud politician banned from England but Hezbullah's okay: “Moshe Feiglin, who finished second to Binyamin Netanyahu in the Likud primary with 23.5% of the vote, has been banned from entering the United Kingdom by the multi-culti politically correct Home Office. But Hezbullah leaders are welcome whenever they want to come.
A letter sent to Feiglin from the office of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, and published in this weeks Jewish Chronicle, says the”

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Hamas Finally Confesses: Iran Trains Us

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Can we bomb Iran now?

Hamas Finally Confesses: ' Iran Trains Us ': “

While it’s no surprise that Hamas is financially and ideologically backed by Iran and Hamas is supplied with weapons and strategy through Tehran, the asshats at Hamas are finally opening their big traps about how they actually travel to Iran for military and terrorist training.
Here’s a bit from the Times Online article:

A senior commander interviewed by The Sunday Times said 300 of the group’s ‘best brains’ had been secretly sent to Tehran.
Half are still being trained by Revolutionary Guards. They are learning how to make explosives from everyday items and produce deadlier rockets.
‘Iran is our mother,’ the commander said. ‘She gives us information, military supplies and financial support.’

So there you have it. The admission. So where I’d like to take this is how the world supports the palestinians. I have said over and over again here at Holger Awakens that the world is idiotic in its financial support of the palis. Let’s just look at the lunacy here.

1. The World is sanctioning Iran for Iran’s efforts to develop a nuclear weapons arsenal.
2. The World is giving the palis BILLIONS of financial aid – which in turn ends up in the hands of Hamas who in turn is doing the bidding of Iran.

Got that? We are punishing AND rewarding Iran at the same time. This is like spanking a child while you spoon chocolate pudding into his mouth.

Many have asked why we haven’t attacked Iran. I would like to list the reasons WHY we should:

1. Iran is jeopardizing world security by developing nuclear weapons.
2. Iran has threatened the destruction of another country and its people – Israel
3. Iran is the state sponsor of terrorism in Lebanon through its Hezbollah arm.
4. Iran is the state sponsor of terrorism in Gaza through its Hamas arm.
5. Iran has provided weapons that have killed American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
6. Iran is training Iraqi insurgents to kill American troops.
7. Iran leads the world in violations of human rights.

Anyone with me?

Palestinian group Hamas admits that its fighters are trained in Iran

The Palestinian group Hamas, blamed for last week’s massacre of eight students at a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem, has revealed that hundreds of its fighters have been trained in Iran.

Seven separate groups of Hamas militants have spent up to six months in Tehran since the training began in 2005.
The scale of Iran’s operation exceeds Israeli intelligence suspicions that Hamas had dispatched ‘tens’ of fighters to Tehran. Yuval Diskin, the head of Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security service, said last week: ‘I see this as the strategic danger, more than any weapons smuggled into Gaza.’
Israeli officials believe that Iran is waging a ‘proxy war’ against their country on two fronts � through Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Hamas commander said Iranian-trained instructors had also taught more than 700 fighters at a base in Syria.

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Pres Obama: Islam Dancing in Streets

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Pres Obama: Islam Dancing in Streets:UPDATE: OBAMA WINS WYOMING.It is an enormous relief that someone is finally stating the obvious. Iowa Representative Steve King said earlier today that  ‘al-Qaida, and the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11’.Yes, of course. It is so and the Arab Muslim world has said it. But we are not allowed to say it.We are not allowed to speak of it while engaged in a war for our very lives. It’s time the American people get an education on Islam not given by unindicted co-conspirator CAIR.

‘I don’t want to disparage anyone becauseof their, their race, their ethnicity, their name – whatever theirreligion their father, father might have been,’ King said just beforedoing just that.‘I’ll just say this that when you thinkabout the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting electedPresident of the United States — and I mean, what does this look liketo the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?‘And I will tell you that, if he iselected president, then the, the radical Islamists, the, the al-Qaida,and the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in thestreets in greater numbers than they did on September 11….‘It does matter, his middle name doesmatter. It matters because they read a meaning into that in the rest ofthe world, it has a special meaning to them. They will be dancing inthe streets because of his middle name. They will be dancing in thestreets because of who his father was and because of his posture thatsays: Pull out of the Middle East and pull out of this conflict.So there are implications that have to dowith who he is and the position that he’s taken. If he were strong onnational defense and said ‘I’m going to go over there and we’re goingto fight and we’re going to win, we’ll come home with a victory,’that’s different. But that’s not what he said. They will be dancing inthe streets if he’s elected president. That has a chilling aspect onhow difficult it will be to ever win this Global War on Terror.’

It would be a huge mistake for McCain to rebuke this courageous man. Huge.

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Tamara Coffman Wittes reportedfrom a conference in Qatar that Barack Obama’s candidacy is all the rage in theArab Gulf states.

A friend from the Gulf tells me her young relative was so excitedabout the Democratic candidate that he tried to donate money over the Internet,as he’d heard so many young Americans were doing. Then he found out he had to bea U.S. citizen to do so. Another young woman, visitingfrom next-door Saudi Arabia, said that all her friends in Riyadh are ‘forObama.’ The symbolism of a major American presidential candidate with the middlename of Hussein, who went to elementary school in Indonesia, certainly speaks toMuslims abroad.

That’s an interesting way to make a point lost onmost American commentators: Barack Obama’s father was Muslim and therefore,according to Islamic law, so is the candidate. In spite of the Quranic versesexplaining that there is no compulsion in religion, a Muslim child takes thereligion of his or her father.

Obama’s Islamic bonafides here.Obamas Nation of Islam Staffers, Edward Said & ‘Inflexible Jews’ Causing Mid-East Conflict: An Obama Insider Reveals the Real BarackUPDATE: ClydeI just checked the delegate count, and as of today (Saturday, March 8th), Obamaleads Hillary by 110.

He just checked the delegate counts from Ohio andTexas, two states Hillary won this past week. Thanks to the ‘proportional’bullshit designed by people with too much time on their hands and the ability tovote twice in Texas, this is how the delegate count came out.

TexasHillary 84(remember, she won this state-just not the mostdelegates)Obama 89Ohio Hillary 74Obama65

Which means, after all is said and done, Hillary pickedup a grand total of FOURdelegates more than Obama in the two states she’won’. That mountain gets higher by the day.

Election Central, South Georgia Division, Member,FDIC. We appreciate your business. Licensed drivers only, do not try this athome.

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One-degree of separation 2: Obamas 2002 speech and Rezkos power plant in Iraq

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

More dirt on Obama surfaces with his Jihadi connection

One-degree of separation: Obama’s 2002 speech and Rezko’s power plant in Iraq: ” 

This week a RezkoWatcher asked whether there was any connection between Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)’s October 2002 speech in Chicago against ‘dumb wars’ and his six-month involvement in 2006 with indicted political fixer Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko’s plans to train Iraqi security guards in Illinois for his proposed power plant in Iraq. This is an interesting question because RezkoWatch posted an article along these lines on February 6, 2008, here and cross-posted at MyDD.Following the threatening letter from an attorney for Iraqi-British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi attacking some of the information in that article, it was deleted from this blog but not from MyDD. In light of all the recent articles discussing Auchi’s business relationships with Rezko, there was nothing said in RezkoWatch‘s article that has not been repeated elsewhere. Therefore, RezkoWatch‘s original article is being reposted with some additional supporting links.


Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) consistently gets credit for his reservations about the United States pre-emptively going to war with Iraq in 2003. In a single speech delivered October 26, 2002, at a Chicago anti-war rally, Obama said

I don’t oppose all wars. … And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. … That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.  

This is the part of his anti-war speech that anyone with access to media has heard. It is the part of his speech upon which Obama has based his run for the presidency, the highest office in the United States, the most powerful nation in the world. But there is within this October 2002 speech, the very next paragraph, in fact, a commentary which begs explanation.

Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. 

Let’s focus on the key words ‘I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors’.To say that you know something requires an explanation. It has to be based on information certain—not a belief and certainly not hope. How did Obama know? How could he speak with such certainty?Could it perhaps be because of Obama’s 15-to-20-year friendship with indicted Syrian and Chicago resident Tony Rezko, his political fundraiser patron? Could it possibly be because of Rezko’s long-term relationship with exiles and former residents of Iraq, Syria and Jordan, many of whom have either resided in or visited Chicago?Could it possibly be because of Rezko’s affiliation with Iraqi-British billionaire Nadhmi Auchi, alleged to have been a long-time bagman for Saddam Hussein’s secret money-laundering trail, to whom Rezko was ‘introduced several years’ prior to 2005 ‘by a mutual acquaintance in London’ and with whom he entered into a multi-million dollar 62-acre Chicago development deal, and the source of the $3.5 million ‘loan’ wired from a Middle East bank that landed Rezko back in jail January 29, 2008, to await jury selection March 3, 2008?Could it possibly be because of Rezko’s affiliation with corrupt Iraqi exile and Chicago resident—and Interpol fugitiveAiham Alsammarae who returned to Iraq in 2003 to serve as the Coalition Provisional Authority’s minister of electricity and who was jailed in Iraq in relation to missing millions in reconstruction funds?Could it possibly be because of the joint plan in 2003 by Rezko, Auchi and Alsammarae to build a power plant in Kurdish Iraq—a plan yet unfilled as recently as December 2006?

Note that Auchi claims that no such relationship exists.  

Brush aside Obama’s claims of being guilty of making ‘bone-headed’ mistakes in regards to his Rezko-related issues. This very significant one-degree of separation between himself and Rezko’s Iraqi business partners and Saddam Hussein is much more troubling.The apparently now dead-in-the-water plan for the Iraqi power plant—a plan, by the way, openly discussed by Chicago media—raises greater concerns about his judgement where his ties to Rezko are concerned, extending far beyond the unseemly Rezko-facilitated Obama house deal in Chicago or any other assumptions or assertions about political pay-to-play in Illinois.Recently, Chicago political blogger Bill Baar raised questions about the connections between Baghdad and Chicago, saying that

Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Ill.), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, ‘[may] not [be] looking hard enough. There is a fascinating trail of philanthropy between Chicago and Baghdad worth sorting out, and considerable sorting it’s going to take.’  

On February 5, 2008, Baar added in regards to the upcoming Rezko trial:

We’re going to hear blunt recordings from [the] man who was Obama’s mentor for over 17 years with guys who called themselves ‘The Pope’ (Bob Cellini) and ‘The Rabbi’ (Stuart Levin). They’re going to sound like players out of the Sopranos raising money for Obama: the unamed Political Candidate in the proffer. (A connection leaked to the [Chicago] Sun Times by maybe Levine or Rezko themselves? I doubt Fitz’s office did that.) All it takes is for Obama’s name to pop up a few more times in these documents and recordings and I think Obama will be finished politically. Won’t matter if Obama knew about the wrongdoing or not.Add in the Iraq reconstruction connection when Rezko goes on trial for that, and I think it will be a very damaging picture of Obama’s character and judgement. He won’t survive Illinois politics and Patrick Fitzgerald. 

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ANOTHER TRUTH pt 1 , pt 2 and pt 3

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

A sad but true look at the look of the jihadis that call themselves Palestinian

ANOTHER TRUTH pt 1 , pt 2 and pt 3: “

PART ONE

 

Palestinian children wear white and fake blood as they march during a rally against Israeli strikes in Gaza, in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Israel’s deputy defense minister warned on Friday of a disaster in the Gaza Strip after Israel activated an air raid system to protect a major city from increasingly threatening Palestinian rocket barrages. The Arabic on large banner at top reads’Stop assassinating childhood in PalestineThe blood here is real Israeli bloodBlood is seen on a religious text inside a Jewish religious school after a shooting attack in Jerusalem March 6, 2008YES REAL BLOOD

NOW GET A LOAD OF THIS18 Mar, 1968 2 killed, 28 children injured in landmine attack on school bus in Negev desert6 Mar, 1969 29 injured (mostly students) by bomb in cafeteria at Hebrew University, Jerusalem8 May, 1970 there was a brutal attack on an Israeli school bus by Palestinian terrorists who crossed the Lebanese border.Avivim, an agricultural community established in 1963, is just metres from the border with Lebanon. Settled and built from the ground up by Moroccan immigrants, the majority of the residents belonged to one of two families; Peretz or Biton. The local council bus picked up children each morning to take them to two schools.The terrorists knew the schedule of the bus and were able to ambush it. They fired on the bus, killing the adults instantly. The bus driver continued until he himself was shot. Then the bus crashed, injuring many of the remaining children. The attack caused the death of 9 children (aged between six and nine) and 3 adults, and left 19 others crippled for life.20 May, 1970 12 killed, 19 injured (mostly children) in attack on school bus with three bazooka rockets11 April , 1974 a team of three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command penetrated the Israeli border town of Kiryat Shmona from Lebanon. Although they had apparently been instructed to take hostages, they instead entered an apartment building and killed all eighteen residents they found there, including nine children. The terrorists then barricaded themselves in one of the apartments and were eventually killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli forces.May 15, 1974 (Israel’s Independence Day) a group of 11th grade students from Safed (Tsfat) were on a field trip to the Golan, a full day of hikes. That night, the children were housed at a school in Ma’alot where they slept on the floor. During the night, three Arab terrorists dressed as IDF soldiers attacked the school, killing the guard and some of the children. Some of the children escaped by jumping out of a window on the second floor and the rest were held as hostages.In the morning the terrorists were identified as members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) who had infiltrated from Lebanon. The DFLP is a Marxist-Leninist and formerly pro-Soviet group that split from the Popular Font for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in 1969. They presented their demands: release Arab terrorists from Israeli prisons, or they will start to kill the children. The deadline was set at 6:00PM the same day.The Knesset met in emergency session. Although Israel’s policy forbid negotiation with terrorists, the plight of the children forced an exception. By 3:00PM a decision was reached to negotiate, but the terrorists refused a request for more time.At 5:45PM a unit of the elite Golani brigade stormed the building. All of the terrorists were killed in the assault, but not before they took the lives of 21 children. There were a total of 26 victims, including several people murdered by the terrorists on their way to the school the night before.

In Beirut, eloquent demonstrations honoring the fallen fedayeen as noble martyrs of the cause were ordered by Nayef Hawatmeh, the DFLP leader.

7 Apr 1980 3 killed (1 child, 1 soldier, 1 civilian), 16 injured (4 children, 10 soldiers, 1 civilian, 1 other) in attack in Misgav Am Kibbutz; 5 terrorists seize a children’s dormitory and take 9 infants hostage, with casualties incurred during attempted rescue; all terrorists killed26 Oct 1986 1 injured when terrorist attempts to gain control of bus filled with students, intending to crash bus26 Oct 1986 1 injured when terrorist attempts to gain control of bus filled with students, intending to crash bus29 Oct 1998 1 soldier killed by car bomb driven into jeep escorting a school bus in Gaza20 Nov 2000 2 killed, 9 injured (including 5 children) by roadside bomb exploding next to a school bus near Gush Katif2 Mar 2002 10 killed (including 6 children), over 50 injured by suicide bomber in Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem; the terrorist detonated the bomb next to a group of women with baby carriages outside a synagogue31 Jul 2002 7 killed (including 4 U.S. citizens and 1 U.S.-French citizen) and 86 injured in explosion of bomb planted in cafeteria at Hebrew University’s Mt. Scopus campus28 Jun 2004 2 killed (including 1 child), 11 injured by Kassam rocket striking near a nursery school in Sderot, Gaza Strip

Jun 30, 2006

Hamas threatens to hit infrastructure

Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin al-Kassam, on Sunday threatened to attack infrastructure facilities inside Israel, including schools, hospitals and universities. The threat, the first of its kind since Hamas won the parliamentary election last January, was issued in response to continued Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip.

‘If they continue with these attacks, we will strike at targets in Zionist territory that we have not struck until now,’ said the organization’s spokesman.

AND THE WEST STILL THROWS CASH AT THE PALISVINE

March 6, 2008

 

JERUSALEM — A mass shooting in a Jewish religious school in Jerusalem last night killed at least eight people and wounded 10 others, dealing a near-lethal blow to fragile Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.It was the largest such attack in the city since the height of the intifada in 2003, and the worst single-incident death toll from a Palestinian attack since a 2006 suicide bombing at a falafel stand in Tel Aviv that killed nine.Despite initial witness reports of two attackers, Israeli police said later there was just one gunman, shot dead inside the school’s library.The gunman entered the school, or yeshiva, just after 8:30 p.m., and was said to have hidden his gun inside a bag or cardboard box. He began shooting in the entrance before moving to the library.Yitzhak Danon, a student, told Israel’s Channel 2 television that an Arab man wearing torn jeans fired for several minutes at students in the library, using an AK-47 assault rifle. ‘I saw the gunman, and he fired a long burst in the air. But then he disappeared,’ Mr. Danon said. ‘I saw him again when he approached the door of the library. I shot him twice in the head. He started to sway and then someone else with a rifle fired at him, and he died.’That shot was fired by an Israeli army officer who lived nearby and came running when he heard gunfire.The shooting was still going on even as the first ambulances arrived. ‘They was still shooting when we got here,’ paramedic Yaron Tzuker told Israel’s Channel 10 television. ‘We took cover and the ambulance was hit. It’s horrible inside – dead bodies and wounded – it’s horrific.’

An Israeli rescue worker from Zaka holds a body bag as he stands next to six covered bodies at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Israel went on alert as crowds mourned eight teens killed by a Palestinian at a Jewish religious school in an attack claimed by Hamas
A member of the Israeli emergency service Zaka stands next to a weapon and spent ammunition inside a Jewish religious school after a shooting in Jerusalem March 6, 2008

 

Hamas supporters in Jebaliya camp, northern Gaza Strip, celebrate the attack on a Jewish seminary March 6, 2008. Hamas vows more attacks

GAZA CITY–Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip praised yesterday’s deadly attack on a rabbinical seminary and thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza to celebrate.

Hamas stopped just short of claiming responsibility for the Jerusalem shootings, which left nine people dead including the gunman.

‘We bless the operation. It will not be the last,’ Hamas said in a statement sent to reporters by text message.

At mosques in Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip, many residents performed prayers of thanksgiving, only performed in cases of great victory.

The United Nations, United States, Russia, France, Britain and Germany all condemned the school shooting.

Bush assured Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, of full US support.

How many times do we hear this from how many leaders over the last forty years, since the 18 Mar, 1968 where the pali scum where behind 2 killed, 28 children injured in landmine attack on school bus in Negev desert

AFTER 40 YEARS OF THESE ATTACKS ON PLACES OF LEARNING THE WEST IS STILL POURING AID ON THESE MURDEROUS MOSLEMS

PART TWO

Palestinian Muslims celebrate the cold-blooded murder of eight Jewish seminary students in the name of their god.

Israel gunman’s identity revealed

Alaa Abu Idheim, 26, was a bus driver who lived with his family on School Street on Jbel (Mountain in Arabic) Mukhaber, a high piece of ground overlooking Jerusalem to the south of the city.

He drove for a bus company that specialised in driving schoolchildren and students. Israeli police were investigating reports Abu Idheim had driven students from the yeshiva he attacked on Thursday night.

His home lies within East Jerusalem, the traditionally Arab part of the city, and from the point of view of the Israeli security services, Abu Idheim’s emergence as a terrorist was a nightmare scenario.

For the past four years Israel has built at huge expense, both financially and in terms of international standing, a barrier to keep the 2.4 million Palestinians in the West Bank separate from Israel.

The barrier – a wall in some areas and a fence in others – was supposed to provide safety for Israelis by making it difficult for hostile Arabs to get at them.

But East Jerusalem was kept on the Israeli side of the wall and its 200,000-strong Arab population have no wall or fence separating them from Israelis.

The fact Abu Idheim came from this population means the Israeli security services must rethink completely in terms of controlling East Jerusalem’s Arab population.Within minutes of his being shot dead, his East Jerusalem identity document – coloured distinctive Israeli blue rather than the orange of a West Bank – had alerted Israeli police to this awkward fact.

They rushed round to School Street and, according to neighbours, arrested several members of Abu Idheim’s family and took them in for questioning.

By early morning yesterday FRI the family’s compound had been turned into a funeral tent for Abu Idheim with plastic chairs lined up to receive mourners and flags of resistance movements hostile to Israeli flapping in the early spring breeze.

There were the green flags of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, a yellow one symbolising Hizbollah, the Lebanese shia group, and a single, stark black flag to represent mourning.

PART THREE

 

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For the second time in two months, Libya on Thursday blocked the U.N. Security Council from condemning violence and unrest in the Middle East.

In closed-door discussion among the 15-nation council’s diplomats, Libya insisted the statement should be ‘balanced’ by including condemnation of Israeli actions in Gaza, a Libyan U.N. representative said after the meeting. 

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Expel Palestinian terrorists from Jerusalem, says security minister Dichter

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

I could not agree more.

Expel Palestinian terrorists from Jerusalem, says security minister Dichter: “

Israel’s internal security minister Avi Dichter commented after a resident of Jerusalem’s Jebal Makaber shot dead eight yeshiva students Thursday that Palestinian terrorists ought to be expelled to Palestinian territory. He intends seeking to amend the law to make this possible because, said the minister, jail is no deterrent to these terrorists.

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Another Jerusalem yeshiva was saved from Palestinian attack four days before Mercaz Harav murders

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Exclusive: Another Jerusalem yeshiva was saved from Palestinian attack four days before Mercaz Harav murders: “

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources reveal that just four days before a single Palestinian killer murdered 8 Mercaz Harav students in Jerusalem on March 6, two Palestinians were frightened away from another Jerusalem yeshiva, Porath Yosef. The pair were challenged on March 2 by armed security guards on the door and they are still at large.

The Jerusalem police failed to sound the alarm after the guards reported the incident.

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What We Didn’t Know – The Thwarted Terror Attacks In The U.S.

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Holger Awakens has another amazing blog post.

What We Didn’t Know – The Thwarted Terror Attacks In The U.S.: “

Really an excellent piece by Fox News here regarding all of the thwarted terrorist attacks that very few of the public ever knew about. Obviously, the MSM is abuzz each and every day now with the presidential nomination campaigns and during the debates there have been questions about the position of the candidates regarding the Global War on Terror – oh wait, those questions were asked of Republican candidates, all I’ve seen the Dem candidates asked is 427 questions about healthcare, 284 questions about ‘Change’, 4 questions about the Iraq War and 1 question about Afghanistan. But, I digress. The point i’m maneuvering to is that it has been an incredible string of days, months and years that President Bush has protected our Land from a terroristic attack. But that didn’t just happen by accident. It was unbelievable expertise by all American law enforcement, intelligence and first responders who have kept us safe.
From the article, here’s just a sample of thwarted attacks that the MSM saw fit to ignore or that were kept confidential:

• May 2003, Iyman Faris: American citizen charged with trying to topple the Brooklyn Bridge.
• June 2003, Virginia Jihad Network: Eleven men from Alexandria, Va., trained for jihad against American soldiers, convicted of violating the Neutrality Act, conspiracy.
• August 2004, Dhiren Barot: Indian-born leader of terror cell plotted bombings on financial centers
• December 2005, Michael Reynolds: Plotted to blow up refinery in Wyoming, convicted of providing material support to terrorists.
• February 2006, Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi and Zand Wassim Mazloum: Accused of providing material support to terrorists, making bombs for use in Iraq.
• April 2006, Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee: Cased and videotaped the Capitol and World Bank for a terrorist organization.
• June 2006, Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Naudimar Herrera, Burson Augustin, Lyglenson Lemorin, and Rotschild Augstine: Accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower.
• July 2006, Assem Hammoud: Accused of plotting to hit New York City train tunnels.

And that isn’t all of them. Sometimes we Americans have been lulled into believing that it’s been safe here these last seven years and that no one has even TRIED to attack us – well, you can see that is false.
And when you walk into that voting booth in November, ask yourself a question…’Do I want to be reading a list of thwarted attacks or do I want to be reading the obituaries?’ When you ask yourself that question and ponder it seriously, and really think about it… do you STILL want to vote for an Obama or a Clinton?

The Terror Nobody Knows: Thwarted Attacks on the U.S.

Thomas P. O’Brien, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, says, ‘An untold number of lives may have been saved when this terrorist cell was dismantled.’
This story is hardly unique: Since Sept. 11, authorities have disrupted more than 20 publicly known plots against domestic U.S. targets, involving dozens of arrests at home and abroad.
Some of these plots are well-known, such as Richard Reid’s failed ‘shoe bombing’ in December 2001 and the liquid explosives plot of 2006, when British investigators uncovered a plan to carry bombs on airliners bound for the U.S. Each of those incidents permanently changed airport security protocols.
Then there was the plot to kill U.S. soldiers using assault rifles and grenades at Fort Dix in New Jersey, and the so-called ‘Lackawanna Six,’ who pleaded guilty to providing support to Al Qaeda.

But others have passed by with little notice from the general public, as well as critics of government efforts to protect the U.S. from homegrown terror attacks.

Take, for example, Iyman Faris, of Columbus, Ohio, who plotted to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge and was convicted of conspiracy and providing material support for Al Qaeda in 2003.
Later that year 11 men with connections to Al Qaeda were discovered training for jihad in Virginia, using paintball games to simulate battlefield situations. In 2004, James Elshafay and Shahawar Matin Siraj were convicted of planning to bomb New York’s Penn Station during the Republican National Convention.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a household name for his role as mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, also is known to have prepared little-known strikes against America’s tallest building, the Sears Tower in Chicago, as well as the Empire State Building in New York and the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles.
In contrast, Dhiren Barot may not be a familiar name, although some security experts say he should be. An Indian convert to Islam, the Pakistan-based Barot planned a series of ruinous attacks on the U.S. and U.K, including the New York Stock Exchange and the IMF building in Washington, D.C. Barot was caught by British authorities in 2004 and sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy to commit murder.
Andrew McCarthy, director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, credits much of the success in preventing terrorist attacks at home to the pursuit of enemies overseas.
‘There have been days in Iraq and Afghanistan,’ he says, ‘where we have killed or captured more terrorists than we did between 1993, when the World Trade Center was attacked, and 2001, when the World Trade Center was destroyed.’
‘But,’ McCarthy cautions, ‘once you get them over here, the rules of the justice system apply.’
Successful prosecutions are key to tackling terrorism, but they are not an easy process. Investigators prefer to wait for overwhelming evidence of a terrorist plot, and the timing is difficult.
‘It’s more dangerous to let things play out because law enforcement is rarely, if ever, in control during these investigations,’ McCarthy says.
Plots often are disrupted early and as a result, he says, ‘you don’t often have well-developed cases.’
But there have been successes, and the courts have been very active since Sept. 11. According to Sean Boyd, a spokesman for the Justice Department, 527 defendants have been charged in terrorism or terrorism-related cases arising from investigations primarily conducted after Sept. 11.
Those cases have resulted in 319 convictions, with an additional 176 cases pending in court.
It’s not a perfect record for the Justice Department, but it still is a good one, says McCarthy, who prosecuted and convicted ‘blind sheikh’ Omar Abdel Rahman, ringleader of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.
‘The batting average is not as high as it was prior to Sept. 11,’ when most investigations focused on crimes already committed, ‘but that again is something that we are going to have to accept,’ McCarthy says.
Allison Barrie, a security and terrorism consultant and a FOXNews.com contributor, agrees on the difficulties. ‘The evidence [in these trials] is always at its best at the 11th hour,’ she says. Waiting until the last moment is dangerous, but ‘you’ve got to weigh that against actually getting that prosecution.’

So far, that strategy has been decisive in preventing another attack on the scale of Sept. 11. ‘We’ve just been plain lucky,’ Barrie says.
And intelligence work hasn’t prevented smaller attacks from being carried out.
On July 4, 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, a 41-year-old Egyptian national, opened fire at the El Al ticket counter at LAX, killing two people before a security guard killed him.
That same ticket counter later would be targeted by those L.A. gas station robbers, a homegrown terrorist group with roots in a California prison.
Homegrown groups often are difficult to detect, and the California cell was not found through careful intelligence work; the LAPD stumbled on them by accident. They might never have been discovered.
‘The cliché is true,’ Barrie says. ‘Terrorists only have to be lucky once, but the good guys have to be lucky every time.’

(Via Holger Awakens.)

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Reuters Hits Rock Bottom

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Charles as LGF shows how low Reuters has gone.

Reuters Hits Rock Bottom: “

Just when you think the mainstream wire services couldn’t possibly debase themselves any further, they release a photograph like this one, taken by Reuters Palestinian propagandist Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, with an unbelievably sick and distorted caption:

Palestinian Hamas activists take part in an anti-Israel rally organized by the Hamas movement in Gaza March 7, 2008. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)

‘Activists!’

Those are children. And in fact, they’re Hamas child soldiers.

Reuters should be utterly ashamed of themselves for this.

(Via Little Green Footballs.)

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Terrorist Didnt Work for Yeshiva, Wasnt Jailed

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Well it looks like the paliwood propaganda machine is running in full stream. I still think jews should not hire muslims for any jobs in Israel. Giving potential jihadis back door access into a society that they want to destroy just leads to problems.

Terrorist Didn't Work for Yeshiva, Wasn't Jailed: “(IsraelNN.com) Police in the Jerusalem District denied Friday that the terrorist who murdered eight youths had been employed by Mercaz HaRav Kook as a driver, and also said he had not been jailed four months ago and released two months later, as Arab sources claimed.A senior source in the yeshiva also said the killer was never employed by the yeshiva: ‘It never happened. He never worked for the yeshiva,’ the source said.

The security establishment also said that the terrorist had never been arrested for security offenses.“

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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NYC Mayor: Muslim Holy Days Shouldnt Be School Holidays

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

It looks like he is learning that giving in to muslims is a slippery slope to losing freedom and becoming a dhimmi state.

NYC Mayor: Muslim Holy Days Shouldn't Be School Holidays: “Anti-dhimmitude? Or just a failure to recognize the way the winds are blowing? We’ll see in the coming days, as the reaction to this unfolds.

‘Mayor: Muslim Holy Days Shouldn’t Be School Holidays,’ by Benjamin Sarlin in the New York Sun (thanks to Writer Mom): Mayor Bloomberg is rejecting calls from lawmakers to make two Muslim holy days official school holidays, saying students cannot afford more days off.

‘The truth of the matter is we need more children in school,’ Mr. Bloomberg said yesterday. ‘More, not less.’

Council Member Robert Jackson of Manhattan, who is Muslim, and 12 co-sponsors introduced a resolution this year calling on the state to require that New York City students be given days off for the Muslim holidays of Eid Ul-Fitr, typically in October, and Eid Ul-Adha, which falls in December this year. […]

State Senator John Sabini, who has sponsored legislation that would require city schools to recognize the two holidays, cited the growing Muslim population as the primary reason for the proposed changes.

‘I think that the Muslim population in schools is now large enough that we need to talk about it,’ Mr. Sabini, who represents parts of Queens, said in an interview.

Mr. Bloomberg said that adding holidays could be a slippery slope that may lead students to miss too much school.

‘When you have a city as diverse as we do, with virtually every religion known to man practiced, if we closed school for every single day there wouldn’t be any school,’ he said.“

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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Guns: The Must-Have Israeli Accessory

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Guns: The Must-Have Israeli Accessory: “

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Times Online:

When Times reporter Sheera Frenkel was browsing through purses in a Jerusalem store recently, she found herself looking curiously at one of the bum bags which adorn the waists of so many Israeli men. Opening it, she was surprised to discover it was lined with thick foam cut out to fit a handgun and clip. ‘Until then I had thought it was a very badly misjudged fashion statement, but in fact it turns out that they are ideal for carrying guns,’ she said.

There is a familiarity with guns in Israel that is rare among democracies, even in the firearm-friendly United States. Compulsory national service for both men and women of school leaving age means the majority of the adult population is trained in handling firearms. And while there are many illegal weapons in the system, it is easy – and in some cases actively encouraged – for civilians to acquire guns legitimately.

Members of the army, including reservists, are allowed to carry their weapons with them when they are off duty, and it is also common upon leaving the military for Israeli men to take armed jobs in security, a huge industry in a conflict-ridden country. Even if they then quit the sector, many simply hold on to their guns in order to protect their families.

In settlement zones, firearms permits are freely available. Any Israeli with a clean record can apply to carry a handgun, while in some settlements it is not uncommon to see young men with assault rifles slung over their shoulders. In the West Bank – as in Gaza until disengagement – almost every Israeli household owns a gun.

When Times reporter Sheera Frenkel was browsing through purses in a Jerusalem store recently, she found herself looking curiously at one of the bum bags which adorn the waists of so many Israeli men. Opening it, she was surprised to discover it was lined with thick foam cut out to fit a handgun and clip. ‘Until then I had thought it was a very badly misjudged fashion statement, but in fact it turns out that they are ideal for carrying guns,’ she said.

There is a familiarity with guns in Israel that is rare among democracies, even in the firearm-friendly United States. Compulsory national service for both men and women of school leaving age means the majority of the adult population is trained in handling firearms. And while there are many illegal weapons in the system, it is easy – and in some cases actively encouraged – for civilians to acquire guns legitimately.

Members of the army, including reservists, are allowed to carry their weapons with them when they are off duty, and it is also common upon leaving the military for Israeli men to take armed jobs in security, a huge industry in a conflict-ridden country. Even if they then quit the sector, many simply hold on to their guns in order to protect their families.

In settlement zones, firearms permits are freely available. Any Israeli with a clean record can apply to carry a handgun, while in some settlements it is not uncommon to see young men with assault rifles slung over their shoulders. In the West Bank – as in Gaza until disengagement – almost every Israeli household owns a gun.

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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Shimon Peres: If Sanctions Fail, It’s Time To Bomb Iran

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb BomB Iran 🙂

Shimon Peres: If Sanctions Fail, It’s Time To Bomb Iran: “

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In an interview with France’s Le Figaro newspaper ahead of a trip to Paris next week, Shimon Peres said if economic sanctions fail to persuade Iran to stop its contested nuclear program then ‘non-military options would be used up’.

The United Nations has imposed sanctions on Iran to pressure it to suspend uranium enrichment.

The United States and other major powers suspect Iran is enriching uranium as part of a covert effort to develop a nuclear bomb. Iran says it is only interested in civilian nuclear energy.

‘I would prefer to stop the development of the bomb without recourse to war. Sanctions have proved their efficacy in the past,’ Peres said, citing decisions by Libya, South Africa and North Korea to renounce nuclear plans.

Asked if Israel would act alone to stop Iran getting the bomb, Peres, a former prime minister who currently holds no executive power, replied: ‘Under no circumstance. We are not so imprudent as to concentrate the Iranian danger on Israel.’

‘It’s a problem that the rest of the world must resolve. With the long-range missiles developed by Iran the problem is not only Israeli,’ Peres added.

He accused Iran of seeking outposts in Lebanon, Gaza, Syria and Iraq. ‘We mustn’t close our eyes. If a minority of terrorists are able to equip themselves with nuclear missiles then the world could become ungovernable.’

Peres defended Israel’s attack last week on Gaza to stop missiles being fired at its territory.

‘If we know that someone is preparing to launch a missile against our territory we will target them to stop it happening,’ he said.

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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New York Times Backpedals On Iran Nuke Weapons Program

Posted by avideditor on March 8, 2008

So can we bomb Iran now?

New York Times Backpedals On Iran Nuke Weapons Program: “

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I first brought this to your attention several days ago. Pajama’s media is now catching up...

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Pajama’s Media:

by Craig Karpel

The other day a friend who’s a distinguished journalist emailed me, ‘How about the New York Times’ FURIOUS backpedaling on the National Intelligence Estimate? They could have done the same analysis when it was released!’

I put the March 3 story on my screen. Its headline read, ‘Meeting on Arms Data Reignites Iran Debate.’ At the gathering of ambassadors and arms-control experts at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Vienna headquarters, newly obtained and declassified documents were revealed that are ‘not consistent with any application other than the development of a nuclear weapon.’

‘France’s ambassador, François-Xavier Deniau,’ the Times reported, ‘said questions raised by the Vienna meeting had opened a ‘new chapter’ in the West’s effort to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear arms.’ The Times explained:

This confrontation is different from the long-running American-led campaign. Gone are the veiled threats of military action from the White House. The wind largely went out of that effort in December, when American intelligence officials surprised Western allies — and angered Bush administration hawks — with a report saying Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

Ah, so this confrontation was different, because the French, with their savoir faire, their joi de vivre, their déja vu all over again, were at last convinced that Iran — which has a space program whose covert goal is to put into orbit satellites capable of dropping nuclear weapons on any city on earth, such as Paris — must be subjected to a higher level of inaction, such as the toothless additional sanctions the Security Council authorized this week.

The Times, analyzing the December NIE, wrote:

Yet the estimate’s fine print said that basically nothing had changed. Iran, it held, still could in theory make a bomb sometime between 2009 and 2015, the same general range as in previous Iran estimates.

Behind the radical change of tone — and the headlines — lay an inconspicuous footnote at the bottom of the first of the unclassified version’s three pages. ‘For the purposes of this estimate,’ it said, Iran’s nuclear weapons program is defined as including warhead design but excluding Iran’s ‘declared civil work’ to enrich uranium.
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Publicly, figures like [former national security adviser and secretary of state] Henry A. Kissinger and [former secretary of defense, secretary of energy, and CIA director] James R. Schlesinger railed at the narrow definition.

Okay, I’ve got a question: Why didn’t the New York Times rail at the narrow definition?

The paper did do a bit of railing when the NIE was released, but it wasn’t directed at the idiocy of ‘excluding Iran’s ‘declared civil work’ to enrich uranium’ when all informed observers know that Iran can buy as much enriched uranium reactor fuel as it wants — from Russia, among others — and that the purpose of Iran’s declared civil work is to have control over the entire nuclear fuel cycle so Tehran can manufacture weapons-grade fissile material. Instead, the Times railed at the source of all evil in the universe, George W. Bush.

On December 5 the Times, in an editorial headed ‘Good and Bad News About Iran,’ bloviated: ‘There is a lot of good news in the latest intelligence assessment about Iran. Tehran, we are now told, halted its secret nuclear weapons program in 2003, which means that President Bush has absolutely no excuse for going to war against Iran. We are also relieved that the intelligence community is now willing to question its own assumptions and challenge the White House’s fevered rhetoric.’

In other words, were it to be proven, to the Times’ satisfaction, that Iran currently has a secret nuclear weapons program, the administration would merely have an ‘excuse’ for using military force to cripple that program — not a plausible argument, let alone a compelling justification, for doing so.

But the NIE says Iran put an end to its secret nuclear weapons program, no?

Well, no.

Virtually all commentators have either misunderstood or misrepresented the NIE’s ‘We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.’

The NIE goes on to say, ‘We assess with moderate confidence Tehran had not restarted its nuclear weapons program as of mid-2007, but we do not know whether it currently intends to develop nuclear weapons.’

So ‘Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program’ doesn’t mean ‘Tehran ended its nuclear weapons program.’ It means the program was suspended.

It inconceivable to me that the word ‘halted’ wasn’t deliberately chosen as an alternative — misleading because of its ambiguity — to the unmistakably clear word that should have been used. The intelligence official(s) who signed off on using ‘halted’ instead of ‘suspended’ in that life-and-death sentence should be found and fired.

Moderate confidence — I wish I had that much confidence in our intelligence agencies.

It was also ‘good news’ to the Times that the intelligence community was ‘willing to … challenge the White House’s fevered rhetoric.’ The editorial was referring to a statement by the president at an October 17, 2007, press conference that he’d ‘told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.’ According to retired Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, we’re already in World War IV. Sean Hannity, not to be outdone by Podhoretz, says we’re in World War V. Do I hear VI?

Whoever composed the Times’ editorial’s fevered rhetoric about the hapless, lame duck, unpopular Bush was evidently under the impression that the function of the intelligence community’s permanent bureaucracy is to challenge elected officials, rather than simply to provide decision-makers with the most accurate information obtainable, and leave whatever challenging needs to be done to the press and to darlings of the press, such as Joseph Wilson of Plame game fame.

As to the ‘inconspicuous footnote at the bottom of the first of the unclassified version’s three pages,’ I link, you decide. To me, what the Times calls an ‘inconspicuous footnote’ looks like what’s usually known as — a footnote.

It could be argued, in fact, that inasmuch as it’s the only footnote, it’s actually an extremely conspicuous footnote.

It reads, ‘For the purposes of this estimate, by ‘nuclear weapons program’ we mean Iran’s nuclear weapon design and weaponization work and covert uranium conversion-related and uranium enrichment-related work; we do not mean Iran’s declared civil work related to uranium conversion and enrichment.’

Hey, I’ve got another question. The March 3 Times story said, ‘Yet the estimate’s fine print said that basically nothing had changed. Iran, it held, still could in theory make a bomb sometime between 2009 and 2015, the same general range as in previous Iran estimates.’
Earth to New York Times: Where’s the estimate’s fine print?

I’m sitting here eyeballing the PDF file of the NIE, and all of the text — with the exception of that pesky footnote — is exactly the same size.

The Times has found itself in a position where it needs to account for having neglected to report last December that — as to the intelligence community’s assessment of when our most virulent and implacable enemy will be able to make nuclear weapons — between the 2005 NIE and the 2007 NIE ‘basically nothing had changed.’ Is the paper of record now pleading myopia?
They couldn’t get, like, a magnifying glass?

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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