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State Department Says Anti-Zionism is the New Anti-Semitism

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

State Department Says Anti-Zionism is the New Anti-Semitism: “

Today the State Department released its new report on Anti-Semitism. After spending much of the early evening reading the 90+ page document I can say its pretty impressive. The overall theme of the document is that Anti-Semitism is very much on the rise..and in many cases, anti-Zionism is just a way to excuse anti-Semitism. While the traditional Jew hatred is around, over the past decade, hatred of Jews has morphed and adapted to ‘keep up with the times.

What is Anti-Semitism?

The European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) working definition provides a useful framework for identifying and understanding the problem and is adopted for the purposes of this report:

‘Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.’

Because the working definition is broad, the EUMC provides explanatory text that discusses the kinds of acts that could be considered anti-Semitic:

‘Such manifestations [of anti-Semitism] could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. Anti-Semitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for ‘why things go wrong.’ It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.

Contemporary examples of anti-Semitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

  • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
  • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective—such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
  • Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g., gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • Examples of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:
    • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination
    • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
    • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
    • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
    • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel

The EUMC makes clear, however, that criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded in itself as anti-Semitic

Contemporary Forms of Anti-Semitism

Contemporary anti-Semitism manifests itself in overt and subtle ways, both in places where sizeable Jewish communities are located and where few Jews live. Anti-Semitic crimes range from acts of violence, including terrorist attacks against Jews, to the desecration and destruction of Jewish property such as synagogues and cemeteries. Anti-Semitic rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and other propaganda circulate widely and rapidly by satellite television, radio, and the Internet.

Classic anti-Semitic screeds, such as The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and Mein Kampf, remain commonplace. Jews continue to be accused of blood libel, dual loyalty, and undue influence on government policy and the media, and the symbols and images associated with age-old forms of anti-Semitism endure. These blatant forms of anti-Semitism, often linked with Nazism and fascism, are considered unacceptable by the mainstream in the democratic nations of Western Europe, North America, and beyond, but they are embraced and employed by the extreme fringe.

…….The distinguishing feature of the new anti-Semitism is criticism of Zionism or Israeli policy that—whether intentionally or unintentionally—has the effect of promoting prejudice against all Jews by demonizing Israel and Israelis and attributing Israel’s perceived faults to its Jewish character.

This new anti-Semitism is common throughout the Middle East and in Muslim communities in Europe, but it is not confined to these populations. For example, various United Nations bodies are asked each year on multiple occasions to commission investigations of what often are sensationalized reports of alleged atrocities and other violations of human rights by Israel. Various bodies have been set up within the UN system with the sole purpose of reporting on what is assumed to be ongoing, abusive Israeli behavior. The motive for such actions may be to defuse an immediate crisis, to show others in the Middle East that there are credible means of addressing their concerns other than resorting to violence, or to pursue other legitimate ends. But the collective effect of unremitting criticism of Israel, coupled with a failure to pay attention to regimes that are demonstrably guilty of grave violations, has the effect of reinforcing the notion that the Jewish state is one of the sources, if not the greatest source, of abuse of the rights of others, and thus intentionally or not encourages anti-Semitism.

Israel as a ‘Nazi State’

Comparing Israeli policy to that of the Nazis is increasingly commonplace. Anti-Semitism couched as criticism of Zionism or Israel often escapes condemnation since it can be more subtle than traditional forms of anti-Semitism, and promoting anti-Semitic attitudes may not be the conscious intent of the purveyor. Israel’s policies and practices must be subject to responsible criticism and scrutiny to the same degree as those of any other country. At the same time, those criticizing Israel have a responsibility to consider the effect their actions may have in prompting hatred of Jews. At times hostility toward Israel has translated into physical violence directed at Jews in general. There was, for example, a sharp upsurge in anti-Semitic incidents worldwide during the conflict between Hizballah and Israel in the summer of 2006

State Sponsored Hatred

Governments are increasingly recognized as having a responsibility to work against societal anti-Semitism. But instead of taking action to fight the fires of anti-Semitism, some irresponsible leaders and governments fan the flames of anti-Semitic hatred within their own societies and even beyond their borders. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has actively promoted Holocaust denial, Iran’s Jewish population faces official discrimination, and the official media outlets regularly produce anti-Semitic propaganda. The Syrian government routinely demonizes Jews through public statements and official propaganda. In Belarus, state enterprises freely produce and distribute anti-Semitic material. And in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez has publicly demonized Israel and utilized stereotypes about Jewish financial influence and control, while Venezuela’s government-sponsored mass media have become vehicles for anti-Semitic discourse, as have government news media in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Elsewhere, despite official condemnation and efforts to combat the problem, societal anti-Semitism continues to exist. In Poland, the conservative Catholic radio station Radio Maryja is one of Europe’s most blatantly anti-Semitic media venues. The Interregional Academy of Personnel Management, a private institution in Ukraine commonly known by the acronym MAUP, is one of the most persistent anti-Semitic institutions in Eastern Europe. In Russia and other countries where xenophobia is widespread, such as some in Central and Eastern Europe, traditional anti-Semitism remains a problem. In France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere, anti-Semitic violence remains a significant concern. Recent increases in anti-Semitic incidents have been documented in Argentina, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and beyond.

If you wish to read the entire PDF Click here

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Gaza Terrorists Fire 830 Rockets in Two Months

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Gaza Terrorists Fire 830 Rockets in Two Months: “”

(IsraelNN.com) Terrorists in Gaza fired more than 830 rockets at Israeli cities in the first two months of 2008, security officials said Thursday. In comparison, 1,271 rockets were fired from Gaza over the course of 2007.

Terrorists fired 30 rockets at Israeli towns on Thursday, ending a short period of relative calm during which only one or two rockets were fired each day. No injuries were reported, although there were victims of psychological shock who required medical treatment.

Sixteen Israelis have died in attacks carried out by terrorist groups since the beginning of the year, 12 of them in March. Eight of the victims in March were young students murdered in last week’s shooting attack at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem, two were soldiers killed in fighting in Gaza, and two were soldiers killed by a bomb while patrolling near Gaza. Terrorists killed 13 Israelis in 2007

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Facebook moves Judean and Samarian Jews to Palestine

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

This is just sick. People need to complain. It is just not right.

Facebook moves Judean and Samarian Jews to 'Palestine': “Facebook, the popular social networking site, has decided that Jews who live in Judea and Samaria now live in Palestine – a country that does not exist – and not in Israel. Facebook no longer allows members from Maaleh Adumim, Ariel, Betar Illit and other settlements over the Green Line to list their hometowns as situated in Israel, but instead provides only a preset location, with their”

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

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Saddam’s Support of International Terrorists

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

I found this on Konservo’s blog. It was just too good not to cross post.

Saddam’s Support of International Terrorists: “

Hey, guess what…

Saddam Hussein supported jihadists and Islamic terrorists around the world, and he even told them to target Americans. These terrorist include members of jihad groups such as Hamas, Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida and others.

That’s right, Lefties. It’s all here…

in this report (pdf) released by the Institute for Defense Analyses, take a gander.

Powerline can explain why this might not mesh with what your left-wing masters have been telling you. Also, if you are too lazy to read the full report, read the redacted version (pdf) and this summary from the NYSun:

The report, titled ‘Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents,’ finds that:

• The Iraqi Intelligence Service in a 1993 memo to Saddam agreed on a plan to train commandos from Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the group that assassinated Anwar Sadat and was founded by Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

• In the same year, Saddam ordered his intelligence service to ‘form a group to start hunting Americans present on Arab soil; especially Somalia.’ At the time, Al Qaeda was working with warlords against American forces there.

• Saddam’s intelligence services maintained extensive support networks for a wide range of Palestinian Arab terrorist organizations, including but not limited to Hamas. Among the other Palestinian groups Saddam supported at the time was Force 17, the private army loyal to Yasser Arafat.

More here

(Thanks for the PDF and the heads up, ‘Evil Bitch’!)

(Via Dj Konservo.)

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A Report on the Canary

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

A Report on the Canary: “

Anti_semitism_report The State Department yesterday released a report on Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism that, in the words of the press release, not only ‘documents traditional forms of anti-Semitism . . . but also discusses new manifestations of anti-Semitism, including instances when criticism of Israel and Zionism crosses the line into anti-Semitism.’

An entire chapter is devoted to the United Nations.  Both Anne Bayefsky and Claudia Rosett have periodically chronicled the incessant anti-Semitism of the UN, but it is still instructive to read it all summarized in one place, in the language of an official U.S. governmental publication.  Here is an excerpt from the UN chapter:

[T]he UN General Assembly . . . has established [three] bureaucracies with the sole mandate of singling out Israel as a violator of the human rights of others: The Division for Palestin­ian Rights (established in 1981); the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (1975); and the Special Com­mittee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (1968). These bodies and their staffs receive funding from within the regular UN budget assessed against all Mem­ber States. No other Member State is singled out in this fashion.

Between 2001 and September 2006, UNGA’s plenary and main committees . . . together adopted over 120 human rights-related resolutions focused on Israel, with more anticipated by the end of the 2007-2008 UNGA. During that same period, only ten resolutions were adopted by these same bodies regarding the situations in North Korea, Burma, and Sudan.

In fall 2006, UNGA adopted two resolutions on the Palestinian people that solely blamed Israel for the then current conflict (with no mention of Hamas shelling Israeli civilians or Hamas and Hizballah having kidnapped Israeli soldiers). . . .  Meanwhile, the dire situation in Sudan in which hundreds of thou­sands of civilians have been deliberately targeted did not merit a single focused resolution (although one resolution on assistance to refugees in Africa did pass).

The United Nations General Assembly has held a total of 10 Emergency Special Sessions since 1956. Six of these sessions have been about Israel. . . .

For many years before its abolition, the Commis­sion on Human Rights had a separate agenda item focusing solely on alleged violations of Israel . . . . This allowed multiple resolutions against Israel, while no other country could have more than one resolution run against it each year. No other country beside Israel had an agenda item exclusively scrutinizing it. . . .

Several impor­tant countries, including established democracies, follow a policy of voting ‘on principle’ against all resolutions that criticize a specific country regard­less of the merits — unless that country is Israel, in which case they consistently vote in favor of criti­cal resolutions.

In 2006, the Commission on Human Rights, which had lost legitimacy due to the inclusion in its leadership and membership of Member States that are serious, serial human rights violators, was replaced with a new body, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). . . .

The new body has proven to be even more prone to protect serious violators of human rights and more prolific in its criticism of Israel than its predecessor. The UNHRC adopted 15 anti-Israel resolutions or decisions in its first 16 months . . .

The UNHRC has taken little significant action against other coun­tries, including the world’s most notorious human rights violators, with the exceptions of Sudan (one resolution, one decision, and one special session resulting in one decision) and Burma (one special session resulting in one resolution). Instead, the Council decided to end the scrutiny of notori­ous violators of human rights such as Belarus and Cuba given by the predecessor Commission, while expanding its scrutiny of Israel. . . .

In 2006, in the wake of the conflict between Hizballah and Israel, po­lemical resolutions or statements critical of Israel were introduced in a number of UN forums . . . Each of these resolutions was one-sid­ed (not even mentioning the other party involved in the conflict) and outside the mandate of the respec­tive organization. . . .

Likewise, the UN’s lead agency responsible for the global promotion and protection of women’s rights, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), ended its 51st session on March 9, 2007 by criticiz­ing only one state — Israel. . . . The same session of the CSW saw fit to pass no resolutions at all on the international problem of honor crimes, female genital mutilation, rape as a weapon of war, and other serious abuses against women.

At the September 2001 World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) held in Durban, South Africa under UN auspices, anti-Israel rhetoric was pervasive . . . . The only panel on the 4-day NGO forum pro­gram that dealt with anti-Semitism was disrupted by anti-Semites. Arab activists joined each subgroup of the drafting session arguing that the Holocaust be equated with Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and that anti-Semitism be re-labeled as ‘anti-Arab sentiment’ since Arabs are Semites. . . . The conference culminated in the Durban Declaration in which Israel was the only country singled out for criticism.

In a report released in February 2007, John Dugard, the UN’s ‘Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestin­ian territories occupied since 1967,’ announced that ‘Israel’s policies resemble those of Apartheid.’ . . . . Dugard’s reports consistently and deliberately omit­ted any word about Palestinian terrorism or incite­ment that would provide an explanation for Israeli actions other than that of racial prejudice.

The anti-Semitism of the UN suffices to deprive the UN of any moral authority, but equally damning is what the above record shows the UN has done about the genocide in Sudan, the brutal governments in North Korea and Burma, the notorious human rights violations in Belarus and Cuba, the blatant war crimes of Hezbollah and Hamas, and the international problem of honor crimes, female genital mutilation, rape as a weapon of war, and other abuses of women by UN members:  nothing. 

The UN is unable even to adopt effective measures against a country openly planning another Holocaust.

It is a record that fully justifies Paul Johnson’s description of anti-Semitism as a massively self-destructive mental disease.  It deprives people of the ability to make basic moral distinctions, or intelligently assess the world, or respond to anything other than their own debilitating prejudice.   When an entire organization is infected with it, the organization is a danger to peace.  It is a tragedy that the institution formed after World War II to prevent a reoccurrence of the conditions that led to that war has indisputably succumbed to two of those very conditions:  anti-Semitism and the appeasement of anti-Semites. 

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

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Largest Online Rally for Israel

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

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Video: Some reasons to love the ‘Palestinians’

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

I know that you’re all looking for reasons to love the ‘Palestinians.’ Well, here they are!

HT Israel Matzav 

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Mahmoud Abbas’ Official PA Newspaper Glorifies Mass Murder (Again)

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Charles at Little Green Footballs found more evidence of Fatah glorifying the islamic terrorist that killed kids studying the torah. It makes me sick the US is supporting these terrorist.

Mahmoud Abbas’ Official PA Newspaper Glorifies Mass Murder (Again): “

Palestinian Media Watch continues blowing the whistle on the shell game being played by so-called ‘moderate’ Palestinian Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, as the official Fatah daily newspaper publishes article after article glorifying mass murdering arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.

Senior Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh has been placed on a pedestal of glory in various articles in the official Palestinian Authority Fatah daily. Western countries have expressed virtually unanimous relief that the terrorist, wanted by 42 countries and on the FBI’s most wanted list, was killed by a car bomb in Damascus on February 12, 2008. The Palestinian Authority, on the other hand, has been using the media under its control to mourn his death.

 

One article by a senior Fatah leader describes Mughniyeh as an ‘extraordinary hero… unequaled Hezbollah commander … a beacon of light.’ His killing is called a ‘murder in broad daylight… a tragedy that has hurt every Lebanese, every Palestinian, every Arab, and every free man on the face of this earth.’ The revenge for his death will be more terror and eventually Israel’s destruction.

 

So wrote Fatah leader Ahmad Dahbur, until recently the undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, in Al Hayat Al Jadida, the official PA daily controlled by Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction. His article, along with others paying lavish tribute to the dead terrorist, makes no mention of the fact that Mughniyeh was responsible for the murders of hundreds of civilians and soldiers in worldwide terror attacks. Among his many international terror attacks, Mughniyeh was responsible for the killing of 241 American soldiers of the peacekeeping force in Lebanon in 1983.

 

The Palestinian Authority has glorified his years of murder as heroic. It describes him repeatedly as a ‘Shahid’ (Islamic Martyr), the highest Islamic status, and has run his photo with that caption. He is crowned the ‘Knight of Lebanese Resistance.’

 

The PA newspaper, assuming it was Israel who killed him (Israel has denied involvement in the killing), refers to Israel as ‘the treacherous Zionist enemy,’ reiterates the PA’s ‘rage and hatred’ for Israel and promises more ‘resistance (the PA euphemism for terror) … the blow which will hand over death.’

And Condoleezza Rice continues to insist that Abbas doesn’t really mean it.

‘I am confident that President Abbas is somebody who is committed to the negotiated solution of this issue, and recognizes that only a negotiated solution is going to result in a Palestinian state,’ Rice said in response to a question on comments Abbas made in a recent interview, quoting him in part as saying, ‘I am opposed to armed struggle because we cannot succeed in it, but maybe in the future things will be different.’

Many interpreted those comments as supporting armed struggle.

‘We have all had the experience of perhaps saying things that we wish we hadn’t said, and I can just tell you that this is somebody who for many, many years now has rejected violence as a means to statehood,’ Rice said, noting that Abbas had later said the comments were taken out of context. ‘I can’t account for his comments. I think they were extremely unfortunate. We made that very clear to him.’

She may not be able to account for his comments, but she appears to have no real problem with them either.

(Via Little Green Footballs.)

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Proof That Iran Is Arming Terrorists

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Proof That Iran Is Arming Terrorists:

“These weapons were captured by the IDF, and taken from Hezbollah during the 2006 Lebanon War.The weapons were manufactured in Iran, and supplied to a designated terrorist organization, in violation of United Nations sanctions and international law.While Iran arms and trains their proxy armies, Hezbollah and Hamas, the world sits and looks on, or devotes their energies to attacking Israel for defending herself from those who openly advocate and work toward her destruction.Iran cannot be allowed to attain nuclear weapons.Whatever the cost.“(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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Shocker! Global Anti-Semitism On The Rise!

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Shocker! Global Anti-Semitism On The Rise!: “

From Reuters, the news service that routinely publishes doctored photos, bogus death tolls and falsified accounts of Israeli ‘atrocities’, all aimed at undermining Israel’s right to exist, comes word that Antisemitism is on the rise:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anti-Semitism, including government-promoted hatred toward Jews and prejudice couched as criticism of Israel, has risen globally over the last decade, the State Department said on Thursday.

‘Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history, it is a current event,’ it said in a report to Congress.

U.S. embassies have noted an increase in attacks on Jewish people, property, institutions, and religious facilities in the last decade, the report said.

The report, titled ‘Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism,’ did not give comprehensive statistics, and said that in any case such statistics were skewed against Western democratic countries more likely to report the incidents. But it said other governments and institutions had documented similar trends.

For example, Tel Aviv University’s Stephen Roth Institute listed 593 cases of major anti-Semitic incidents in 2006, the highest number since 2000, the report said. Of these, 277 were physical attacks on Jews; 105 synagogues were damaged. Over half the incidents took place in Western Europe.

You can read the rest of the article here.
There is also a video posted below the fold that addresses the recent resurgence of antisemitism around the world.
Whatever the cause, I’m sure it has nothing to do with the global jihad.

Ht: HotAir

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

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Obama’s spiritual leader

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Update: The first video was taken off youtube but it can be found here  (Don’t forget to come back for the other two three videos 😉

UPDATE another video of his spiritual leader   

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For video with Obama talking about his relation to his pastor go here   

UPDATE: Second video      


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Update: video of Obama talking about his relation to his pastor    

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Other posts on Obama   

NYT lies for Obama

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Democrats Still Holding YOUR Security Hostage

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Democrats Still Holding YOUR Security Hostage: “For almost a month America’s security has been at risk because Nancy Pelosi will not let the FISA bill that passed the Senate even come to a vote. She has had time though to work with her lap dog, Senator Reid to ram through a bill banning water boarding which the President thankfully vetoed. She is now working on a bill that renews FISA, but doesn’t protect the phone companies that helped the United States when they were asked.

It seems as if the Democratic Party position on terrorism is protect al-Qaeda, but screw the US people and any company that cooperates with the US Government. OK Senator Obama…you say you are presumptive nominee..what say you?

Two Americas
by
Clifford D. May
Al-Qaeda and other militant Islamist groups live in a shadow world where they plot to kill you and me. If we expect our intelligence professionals to prevent them from succeeding, we must give them the tools required to get the job done.

But in recent days, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have not been providing those tools. They’ve been taking them away. There are rank-and-file Democrats who think this is wrong – but in an election year few have been bold enough to dissent loudly or clearly.

It doesn’t take Jack Bauer to understand: One way to gather useful intelligence on terrorism is by interrogating captured terrorists. Torture is illegal – in all cases without exception. But short of torture are a variety of interrogation techniques that seek to elicit information by inflicting stress and duress; by rewarding cooperation and punishing defiance. Such techniques are aggressive and coercive, to be sure, but they do not necessarily ‘shock the conscience’ — the commonly agreed definition of torture.

Last week, President Bush was presented with a bill that would have prohibited the CIA from utilizing such methods even in cases involving unlawful combatants believed to have knowledge of imminent terrorist attacks. Instead, the bill would have restricted the CIA to the mild interrogation methods authorized for soldiers in the U.S. Army Field Manual – a document terrorists can access, read and utilize for training purposes.

Bush promptly vetoed the bill, saying it would outlaw techniques that have been used in the past to ‘prevent a number of attacks.’ Among them: assaults against a Marine camp in Djibouti and a U.S. consulate in Pakistan, and plots to fly passenger airplanes into buildings in Los Angeles and London.

The President emphasized that his objection to the bill was ‘not over any particular interrogation technique; for instance, it is not over waterboarding, which is not part of the current CIA program,’ and which the CIA itself banned in 2006 — having acknowledged that it had used the technique rarely, but successfully; for example on Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks.

An attempt this week by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to overturn the President’s veto failed. But Pelosi has continued to block House members from voting on an additional measure – a compromise bill, passed by a bipartisan 68 to 29 majority in the Senate — to restore to American intelligence agencies the authority they formerly had to monitor foreign terrorist suspects abroad without first demonstrating ‘probable cause’ to a judge — a difficult standard to meet since many of those planning terrorism have not yet committed any crime.

The bill also would protect telecommunications companies from being sued for billions of dollars by plaintiffs’ lawyers for the ‘crime’ of having cooperated with American intelligence agencies in the aftermath of 9/11/01. The telecoms provided data that could be ‘mined’ for clues of coming attacks.

Although quite a few Democrats in the House apparently would support this commonsense legislation, only a few have been willing to let Speaker Pelosi know, in no uncertain terms, that they want to be allowed to cast their votes.

It’s hard to avoid this conclusion: We are living in what John Edward might call two Americas. In one, are those who think we are fighting a war and better fight hard and well because our enemy is dangerous. In the other, are those who think the ‘war’ against militant Islamism is a figment of the neo-conservative imagination — hardly worth mentioning.

That’s no exaggeration. Check out the presidential candidates’ websites. On John McCain’s, under ‘Issues,’ you’ll see ‘National Security,’ with a subheading on ‘Fighting Against Violent Islamic Extremists and Terrorist Tactics,’ and prominent mention of ‘the global war on terrorism’ and ‘threats from rogue states like Iran and North Korea.’

Hillary Clinton’s web site, by contrast, lists 14 issues. Terrorism, national security, the war against Islamist terrorists and even foreign policy are conspicuously absent. Instead there is ‘Restoring America’s Standing in the World.’

Barack Obama’s web site shows 25 issues – but, again, national security and militant Islamism do not make the cut. Instead, in a section on ‘Foreign Policy,’ he promises to close the terrorist detention facility in Guantanamo (he does not say where the terrorists now housed there would go), and ‘lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.’

Obama does assert that he will ‘finish the fight against al-Qaeda.’ He does not specify what weapons he will use to get that job done. Apparently, however, he doesn’t believe a robust intelligence gathering capability need be among them.

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First-Ever: First-Temple Building Remains Found Near Temple Mt.

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

First-Ever: First-Temple Building Remains Found Near Temple Mt.: “

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(IsraelNN.com) The Israel Antiquities Authority announces the first time in the history of the archaeological research of Jerusalem that building remains from the First Temple period have been exposed so close to the Temple Mount – on the eastern slopes of the Upper City. More

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Iran Would Stone Her, We Make Her A Millionaire Overnight

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Iran Would Stone Her, We Make Her A Millionaire Overnight: “

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Think about it…in Iran, Spitzer’s hoe would be stoned to death in public, suffering a horrific death. But not here in America…no, here, we turn her into an instant celebrity, and make her a millionaire overnight. She’s about to make a million dollars just off downloads of her music. I hear she’s also ‘shopping’ her story, and no doubt the obligatory million dollar Playboy offer is in the mail.

Only in America, baby.
(more…)

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Iran’s Spitzer Found with 6 Prostitutes

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Iran’s Spitzer Found with 6 Prostitutes: “

Tehran’s police chief sees Elliot Spitzer’s high class whore and raises him six. Anti-Mullah:

Tehran’s police chief, Reza Zarei, has been arrested after he was found nude in a local brothel with six naked prostitutes, according to report on the Iranian Farda News.

Why 6? Have you ever seen an Iranian whore? Six of them still pale in comparison to one Kristen.

Thanks to GM.

(Via The Jawa Report.)

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Mainstream Media Anti-Israel Day

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

From Charles at LGF

Mainstream Media Anti-Israel Day: “

The mainstream media are back at it again today, promoting a completely phony moral equivalence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After terrorists launched more rockets into Israel, trying to commit random mass murder, Israel struck back—and the news reports are full of garbage headlines like this: Warplanes, rockets end Gaza lull.

The New York Times dispenses with any sort of balance whatsoever and goes with straight-ahead Palestinian propaganda: Israeli Raid in West Bank Imperils Talk of Truce.

And the UN Secretary General is eagerly pandering to the antisemitic, terror-supporting Organization of the Islamic Conference: UN chief condemns Israeli attacks.

DAKAR (AFP) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday condemned Israel’s attacks on Palestinian civilians in a speech to a summit of Muslim leaders here.

Ban said Israel had employed ‘inappropriate and disproportionate use of force’ in its renewed attacks on the Palestinian territories and called for an immediate ceasefire by both sides.

Highlighting the deaths of women and children in the Israeli attacks he said, ‘I condemn these acts and call on Israel to cease them’ in his speech to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference summit.

It never stops. There’s a bad craziness loose in the world.

(Via Little Green Footballs.)

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Hamas MP Fathi Hammad: We Used Women and Children as Human Shields

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Hamas MP Fathi Hammad: We Used Women and Children as Human Shields: “Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza) – Duration: 00:00:49 – February 29, 2008”

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

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Barack Obama’s associates, not race, at issue

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Barack Obama’s associates, not race, at issue: “

Bill Ayers (pictured above), who was once a domestic terrorist, is a friend of Senator Barack Obama and has contributed to his campaigns. Currently under indictment, Chicago politics insider Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko has long associated with Obama. Even Senator Obama’s admirers wonder why he has not denounced the Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., — whose churches Obama has attended for two decades — for the latter’s anti-Semetic and pro-Farrakhan rhetoric.Last night, Mark Levin talked about Senator Obama’s associates and why the media is giving him a pass on them:

You can tell a person’s character by the company they keep.”(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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New Mechanism for Paying the European Jizyah

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

New Mechanism for Paying the European Jizyah: “A new European bureaucratic structure has been formed for the purpose of paying Muslims the jizyah. It happens to be called PEGASE, but its real purpose is to direct payments from the kuffar of Europe to Muslims. The worthy recipients are, of course, Palestinians.

According to ANSAmed:

PNA: EU Provides 36mln Euro to Palestinian Public Service

BRUSSELS, MARCH 12 — Seventy-four thousand Palestinian public service providers and pensioners were to receive over 36 million euro, through the new European mechanism for support to the Palestinians (PEGASE), the EU Technical Assistance Office to the West Bank and Gaza Strip announced.

The PEGASE contribution will be added to this month’s payment of salaries and pensions by the Palestinian Ministry of Finance.

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Funds for this payment are made available by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission in addition to contributions from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway and Spain. PEGASE channels EU and international assistance to help build a Palestinian State.

Launched by the European Commission on 1 February 2008, it is the main financing mechanism of the EU, the largest donor to the Palestinians.(ANSAmed).

€36M divided among 74,000 people comes to roughly €480 per recipient, or about $753 at current exchange rates. This assumes, of course, that none of the booty is being skimmed off by various bureaucrats for ‘administration costs’ à la Oil-for-Food.

Depending on the interpretation of the wording in the ANSAmed article, this might actually be a monthly payment. That’s a pretty generous stipend being taxed from the people of Europe without their consent, in order to reward the Palestinians for… well, for killing each other and as many Israelis as possible.

Oh, yes, and for being Muslims.

Can any of our European readers shed light on how generous a €480-per-month pension would be considered by Europeans standards? How much does a retired pensioner in, say, Sweden or Portugal get from the government every month?

Just wondering.


Hat tip: insubria.“

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

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Follow the Money: Obama “dropped in” to do Rezko favors

Posted by avideditor on March 13, 2008

Follow the Money: Obama "dropped in" to do Rezko favors: “James Bone and Dominic Kennedy of the Times Online (UK) wrote February 27, 2008, that when Iraqi-British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi visited the United States in 2004, ‘Pictures show him meeting Obama ally Emil Jones, president of the Illinois state senate.’ And, although now, Auchi and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) ‘say they have no memory of meeting,’ Bone and Kennedy wrote that ‘a source says the two may have had a brief encounter at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago’ where Auchis ‘visit was being honoured with a dinner there’ which was attended by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’—and Sen. Obama ‘dropped in.’

Such an innocent phrase ‘dropped in’. It’s so coincidental, accidental almost. However, it appears that at least one other published account shows that Obama has perhaps made a habit of dropping in at opportune times for his political patron, indicted political fixer Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko.

For example, Christopher Drew and Mike McIntire reported the following account in the June 14, 2007, New York Times:

While it is not clear what Mr. Rezko got from the relationship, he liked to display his alliances with politicians, including Mr. Obama.

In one instance, when he was running for the Senate, Mr. Obama stopped by to shake hands while Mr. Rezko, an immigrant from Syria, was entertaining Middle Eastern bankers considering an investment in one of his projects.’

In the same article, Drew and McIntire wrote:

While Mr. Obama was running for the Senate, Mr. Rezko was also raising money for a huge development in the South Loop of Chicago, often playing host to dinners in a private room at the Four Seasons Hotel here.

Former Rezko associates said that Governor Blagojevich attended one of the dinners, and that at Mr. Rezko’s request, Mr. Obama dropped in at one for Middle Eastern bankers in early 2004, just as he was starting to pull ahead in the Senate primary. The visits, Mr. Rezko’s partners said, helped impress foreign guests.

This ‘dropping in’ appears to be very much a part of a tit-for-tat, the exchanging of political favors between Rezko and Obama—Rezko raised funds and contributed to the political ascendance of Obama. In exchange, Obama obligingly ‘dropped in’ while Rezko just happened to be entertaining Middle Eastern bankers whom he wanted to impress with his connections and that hed like to have as investors in his real estate developments in Chicago.

Not so easy to explain, however, are the ‘dropping in’ observations made by FBI ‘mole’ John Thomas. On February 12, 2008, RezkoWatch reported that it was revealed on February 10, 2008, that for a period of two years—during 2004 and 2005—Thomas, a key prosecution witness against Rezko, ‘logged frequent visits to Rezko from Gov. Blagojevich and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).’

Sources said Thomas helped investigators build a record of repeat visits to the old offices of Rezko and former business partner Daniel Mahru’s Rezmar Corp., at 853 N. Elston, by Blagojevich and Obama during 2004 and 2005. …

Both politicians relied on Rezko for fund-raising connections. Obama was in the thick of his successful run for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Now in the glare of a presidential campaign, Obama has donated to charity $157,835 from contributions to his Senate campaign that he has linked to Rezko.

So, there you have it, more instances of Sen. Obamas ‘dropping in’. How many times? Well, at this point only Thomas, the FBI, and Patrick Fitzgerald, who is prosecuting Rezkos case in Chicago, may know for sure. We will have to rely on their documentation since Sen. Obamas accounts of his relationship with Rezko continue to unroll (and unravel). Its unlikely that Rezko is going to have much to say on when Obama just ‘dropped in’—for now, that is. Besides, why would the FBI conduct surveillance if it didnt plan to use it as evidence?”

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

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