by Jerry Gordon
One Iraq? C’mon, even the Iraqi constitution, with banal elements of Sharia in it that the US fashioned with the aid of Kanan Makiya – an Iraqi Shia expatriate academic consultant from Brandeis and controversial Noah Feldman – a Jewish professor from NYU Law School, recognized sectarian turfs in this artificial country.
After Saddam Husseinâ€™s foot was lifted from the necks of his haplessly oppressed subjects – Kurds, Sunni and Shia – we got a snake pit of sectarianism. The Iraq constitution recognized the ethnic religious divisions of this made up country as a good Plan B. So, federation is obviously in the cards.
Even more so since the Iraqi oil revenue sharing plan went south. The al Maliki government in Baghdad canâ€™t or won’t contain Shiite insurgents or the Qods Force suppliers of explosive devices used to kill U.S. troops. What option is there, but to implement federation in fractured Iraq?
(IsraelNN.com) Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told Conservative Party delegates in Britain Sunday that efforts by the UN to negotiate with Iran had failed and that he saw no alternative to a pre-emptive strike on suspected nuclear facilities in the country. Influential conservative thinker Norman Podhoretz told a British paper that he has advised President George W. Bush to do just that.
“This is not an attractive option, but after four-plus frustrating years watching European diplomacy fail time and time again and watching our options more and more constrained, I do not know what the alternative is,” Bolton told delegates at the Conservative Party’s annual conference in the northern British holiday town of Blackpool. “Because life is about choices,” he said, “I think we have to consider the use of military force. I think we have to look at a limited strike against their nuclear facilities.”
By Fred Abbas
Nowadays, we see Arabs, Persians, and Turks fighting so hard to cancel any gains Kurds made in Kurdistan of Iraq or within the new Federal Iraq by the use of sanction, embargo, isolation, and threats.
A few days ago Iran closed its border with Kurdistan to prevent any goods coming to it; on the other hand, Syria and Turkey are working in tandem do the same or in gradual manner. A few days ago, the Iraqi Oil Minister, Hussein al Shahristani declared any agreements with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to be an illegal agreement and during a recent interview with CBS he said ” Iraq’s neighbors – Syria, Iran and even Turkey – have said they will only allow oil over the border to market that is being exported by the federal government”.
“I’m proud of my university today,” Stina Reksten, a 28-year-old Columbia graduate student from Norway, told the New York Times. “I don’t want to confuse the very dire human rights situation in Iran with the issue here, which is freedom of speech. This is about academic freedom.”
Isn’t it always? But enough about Iran, let’s talk about me! The same university that shouted down an American anti-illegal-immigration activist and the same university culture that just deemed former Harvard honcho Larry Summers too misogynist to be permitted on campus is now congratulating itself over its commitment to “academic freedom.” True, renowned Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo is not happy. “They can have any fascist they want there,” said professor Zimbardo, “but this seems egregious.” But, hey, don’t worry: He was protesting not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presence at Columbia but Donald Rumsfeld’s presence at the Hoover Institution.
At some point during this past week, it was decided that the relevant Ahmadinejad comparison was to Nikita Krushchev. The Soviet leader toured America in 1960, was taken to a turkey farm, paid a visit to Frank Sinatra and Co. on the set of “Can-Can” and pronounced the movie “decadent.” And yet the republic survived. As one of my most distinguished fellow columnists, Peggy Noonan, put it in the Wall Street Journal, Krushchev’s visit reminded the world that “we are the confident nation.” And, as several e-mailers observed, warming to Noonan’s theme, back then hysterical right-wing ninnies didn’t get their panties in a twist just because a man dedicated to the destruction of our way of life was in town for a couple of days. CONTINUE
Kingdom Urges New Approach to Middle East
P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News
JEDDAH, 30 September 2007 â€” Saudi Arabia yesterday called upon major international powers to change the current approach toward the Arab-Israeli conflict and find a just and lasting solution to the 60-year-old dispute in order to promote world peace and save the region from an impending catastrophe.
[For Arabs a “just solution” means undoing ’67 and ’48.]
Addressing the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said the Israeli occupation of Arab territories was the main reason for the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region.
The Columbia event was a clear demonstration of the clash of U.S. civil marketplace of ideas with the canon of Mahdist Sharia. Witness the absurdity of prayers offered by Ahmadinejad for the re-emergence of the 12th hidden Imam and conversion of the audience.
What lies behind Bollingers dilemma is academic freedom manipulated by a minority of faculty at Columbia who are anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian and pro-Islamist Iranian regime advocates. They succeeded in providing a platform for a radical Islamist terrorist leader, Irans Ahmadinejad. This is a cautionary tale of how a minority of the Columbia faculty from the School of International Public Affairs (SIPA) Middle East Studies program boxed Bollinger into this event.
This elite university President was sandbagged in the Ahmadinejad PR coup by a cabal of Islamist Iranian regime apologists at Columbias, School of International Public Affairs (SIPA): Middle East History Professor Richard Bulliet, Dr. Gary Sick of the Gulf 2000 Project and acting Dean John H. Coatsworth of SIPA.
As someone commented, the score for the Columbia Ahmadinejad event was, Bollinger: 0 and Ahmadinejad: 1. Credit that to the stealth team of Dean Coatsworth, Professor Bulliet and Dr. Sick at SIPA who pushed Bollinger into this box in the name of free speech only to provide a platform for a radical Iranian Islamist, President Ahmadinejad.
by Jerry Gordon, New English Review, October, 2007
University of Columbia President Bollinger certainly blundered by giving an internationally televised soapbox to Irans President Ahmadinejad during the latters fractious visit to New York for the recent U.N. General Assembly meetings, but the fact of the matter is, the Iranian President had been invited to speak by Columbias School of International Public Affairs, not by Bollinger himself. CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE
Comment by Jerry Gordon
First Kassem rockets hit Sderot in the Western Negev amd now the kibbutzim are being hit with mortar shells from terror groups in Gaza. What next? For a nation like Israel that can pull off Operation Orchard not to protect its own vulnerable citizens is unreal.
By: David Bedein, The Philadelphia Bulletin, September 28, 2007
Sderot is not alone: Within a week, about 100 mortar shells have been fired at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom in the western Negev. Unlike the city that is plagued with Kassam rockets, no Red Color alert was activated in the kibbutz, since it only warns against Kassam rockets. Therefore, the members only found out that they were being shelled after they witnessed explosions in the center of the kibbutz.
by Jerry Gordon
Sy Hersh, alleged investigative journalist and New Yorker stalwart writer was interviewed by Der Spiegel on-line. In his bizarre exchange headlined ‘The President Has Accepted Ethnic Cleansing’ with journalists Charles Hawley and David Gordon Smith he pooh, poohed Iran’s nuclear development program and rush to develop weapons.
He said this during the interview:
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was just in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Once again, he said that he is only interested in civilian nuclear power instead of atomic weapons. How much does the West really know about the nuclear program in Iran?
Seymour Hersh: A lot. And it’s been underestimated how much the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) knows. If you follow what (IAEA head Mohamed) ElBaradei and the various reports have been saying, the Iranians have claimed to be enriching uranium to higher than a 4 percent purity, which is the amount you need to run a peaceful nuclear reactor. But the IAEA’s best guess is that they are at 3.67 percent or something. The Iranians are not even doing what they claim to be doing. The IAEA has been saying all along that they’ve been making progress but basically, Iran is nowhere. Of course the US and Israel are going to say you have to look at the worst case scenario, but there isn’t enough evidence to justify a bombing raid.
My Iranian friend sent me a Video Clip on Former U.S. Senator James Abourezk to Hizbullah TV: The Arabs who were involved in 9/11 cooperated with the Zionists. Alan Dershowitz is a real snake.
He asks “How could such a man become Senator of the US?”
DITTO FOR ME.
The top mullahs have been complicit in terror attacks.
Mr. Senor, a former foreign-policy adviser to the Bush administration, is hosting “Iran: The Ticking Bomb,” a documentary airing tonight at 9 p.m. (EDT) on Fox News Channel.
BY DAN SENOR , The Wall Street Journal,
Saturday, September 29, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT
- “I think it would be almost inconceivable that Iran would commit suicide by launching one or two missiles of any kind against the nation of Israel.”
–Jimmy Carter, speaking at Emory University, Sept. 19, 2007
On March 17, 1992, a suicide bomber crashed an explosive-filled truck into a building filled with Israelis in Buenos Aires. The bombing was so powerful that the destruction covered several city blocks–29 innocents were killed and hundreds more were injured. This occurred more than 8,000 miles from Tehran. Two years later, on July 18, 1994, Buenos Aires was again hit with a terror attack. This time the target was the Jewish community center in the center of the city–85 were killed.
Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jerida reported Friday that the intelligence for Israel’s alleged attack on a Syrian target in early September was provided by Gen. Ali Reza Asgari, who defected from Iran a few months ago. Asgari was allegedly involved in the development of Syria’s missile program.
Another Kuwaiti paper, Al Watan, quoted diplomatic sources in Europe as saying that US jets circled above the Israeli fighters and gave them aerial cover during the operation.
It also said that Russian experts are trying to understand how the IAF jets managed to entered deep into Syrian territory without setting off two Russian-built radar systems that were in place in Syria.
Iran’s hero, Late General Mehdi Rahimi‘s body mortuary after his execution. General’s wrist and arms were cut off before he was executed.
Ibrahim Yazdi who ordered the torture and the execution of General Rahimi and many other of the late Shah’s officials after Khomeini was imposed on Iran.
Ibrahim Yazdi, a traitor, a known CIA agent who also had close links with the British intelligence. Yazdi is also known to have worked closely in the 60’s & 70’s with both Ramsey Clark the former US attorney General and George Ball the former Under-secretary of State masterminding the overthrew of the late Shah’s progressive regime.
Mona Mahmoodzaadeh. 16 year old Mona together with 9 other Bahai women executed in June 1983. The primary charge against her was teaching BahÃ¡â€™Ã childrenâ€™s classes.
Because of her youth and conspicuous innocence became a symbol of the group in prison, the 16 year old girl was lashed on the soles of her feet with a cable and forced to walk on bleeding feet. On the day of the execution she asked to be the last in line to be executed so she could pray for the others. All she had to do to avoid execution was to denounce her faith but she refused, and instead when it was her turn, she kissed the rope and put it around her own neck.
1- Professor Hassan Paakravaan. a man of dignity, compatriot, author, philosopher, ambassador to Pakistan and France & General of the Imperial Iranian Army. Executed on April 11th, 1979 at age of 72. General Paakravaan is believed to be the man who sought royal pardon for Khomeini which prevented him from being prosecuted for instigating riots and murder in May 1963.
Caroline Glick highlights Ahmedinejad’s hidden message.
During his visit to New York this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked every basic assumption upon which Western civilization is predicated. Ahmadinejad offered up his attacks while extolling his vision of Islamic global domination.[..]
THOSE OF US WHO UNDERSTAND THE TREAT OF ISLAM, WILL IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE THE TRUTH OF HER OBSERVATIONS
Ahmadinejad gave two major addresses this week – at Columbia University and at the UN General Assembly. He devoted both to putting forward his vision for global Islamic domination. And while the Western media sought hidden meanings and signals for peaceful intentions in his words, the fact is that on both occasions,
Ahmadinejad made absolutely clear that his vision of Islamic domination cannot coexist in any manner with Western civilization.
By Alan M. Dershowitz, FrontPageMagazine.com | 9/28/2007
In his speeches, most especially the one at Columbia University, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeats two myths about the Holocaust. The first every reasonable person knows is a total lie: namely that the Holocaust did not occur. The second myth, however, is one that escapes critical attention for the most part, because many people are not aware of its falsity. The myth is that the Palestinian people and their leadership had absolutely nothing to do with the Holocaust. The conclusion that is supposed to follow from this fact is that the establishment of Israel in the wake of the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people was unfair to the Palestinians.
This is the way Ahmadinejad put it in his Columbia talk. ..
- [G]iven this historical event [the Holocaust], if it is a reality, we need to question whether the Palestinian people should be paying for it. .The Palestinian people didn.t commit any crime. They had no role to play in World War II..
These statements about the role of the Palestinians are demonstrably false. The truth is that the Palestinian leadership, supported by the Palestinian masses, played a significant role in Hitler.s Holocaust. The Palestinian leader at the time was Hajj Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufit of Jerusalem. As Professor Edward Said has acknowledged: .Hajj Amin al-Husseini represented the Palestinian Arab national consensus, had the backing of the Palestinian political parties that functioned in Palestine, and was recognized in some form by Arab governments as the voice of the Palestinian people.. Husseini was .Palestine.s national leader. and it was in that capacity that he made his notorious alliance with Hitler and played an active role in promoting the Holocaust. Here is the true story that Ahmadinejad tried to mythologize. [..]
DEBKAfile reports: Accusations from Paris that Iran is building new clandestine military nuclear plant south of Natanz
The latest round of the international campaign against Iranâ€™s covert nuclear activities is coming out of Paris, DEBKAfileâ€™s intelligence sources report. A statement by President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday, Sept. 27 that he does not believe Iranâ€™s program is peaceful was followed by a press conference at which the National Council of Resistance of Iranâ€™s chairman, Mehdi Abrishamchi, reported Iran was constructing a new site for a secret military project 5 km south of the Natanz nuclear complex.
Sarkozyâ€™s spokesman David Martinon said: â€œAhmadinejad claims his countryâ€™s nuclear activities are peaceful. Ultimately, we do not believe him. Everyone knows that the program has military goals. We have a string of clues leading us to that conclusion. The question is not settled.â€
Evidently Gaza has become the “motherland”.
- “the duty to guard the motherland is more important than any other priority.”
These suicide bombers must be shot when approaching our tanks and troups.
Comment from Jerry Gordon
Va. Gov. Tim Kane may have done a quick rebound from the debacle and forced resignation of Dr. Omeish, radical Islamist surgeon from the Commonwealth’s Immigration Commission with his request to President Bush to honor valiant late Israeli Holocaust survivor and hero, Professor Liviu Librescu with a Presidential Medal of Honor. Librescu was killed protecting his students from a mad gunman during the mass killings at Virginia Tech. Score one for Kane and for us. Please sign this petition to President Bush in furtherance of Prof. Librescu’s nomination for a Presidential Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest civilian award for valor.
Associated Press, September 27, 2007
The governor has asked President Bush to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to a Holocaust survivor who died trying to save his students during the mass killings at Virginia Tech.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine made the request this week on behalf of Liviu Librescu, one of five faculty members slain as a student gunman killed 32 people and committed suicide April 16 on the Blacksburg campus.
Giving Peace a chance?
By Ami Isseroff, Mid-East Web
[..] The real deal killers are internal politics. Neither Olmert nor Abbas are strong enough leaders to make the concessions needed for peace. Olmert has not even been able to fulfill Israel’s obligations to remove outposts. It is doubtful that Olmert could make even a symbolic concession such as a moratorium on settlements suggested by Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi Foreign Minister. It appears that in the coming days, the settler movement will attempt to erect more illegal outposts in “honor” of the Sukkoth holiday. These will be duly removed by the government, with the accompanying and inevitable decline in Olmert’s already precarious popularity. That is the real point of the exercise.
[Remember, this is a view from the Left, one that I agree with.]
Olmert’s support base does not come from the Israeli left, which is more or less nonexistent. He can gain popularity only by hawkish moves, such as the “alleged” Israeli air strike in Syria. Very probably it was one of those operations that would have been approved by a Prime Minister of any persuasion, but, as in the case of the attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor, the party in power gains support. If the operation succeeds, which apparently it did, the soldiers and pilots did the work and the government gets the credit. Menachem Begin could make peace with Egypt and cede the entire Sinai peninsula, because the Israeli right had no realistic political alternative to the Likud at the time. The only alternative was the Labor party, which would certainly have made peace as well. Olmert, on the other hand, has Benjamin Netanyahu on his right, ready to oppose any concessions.
The Washington Post gives us the full story including links to incriminating videos in Muslim on Va. Commission Quits After Videos Surface
The words of demeanor of this Muslim as seen on the videos are outrageous.
When reading the article, note the affiliations of the Muslim in question, Omeish, in order to understand how mainstream he is at least in his community. How could such a person’s attitude escape Governor Kaine’s radar system? Perhaps because the Governor was a Democrat who was looking for Muslim support rather than looking to protect America from Jihadists.
The worst the Governor could say about him was “Dr. Omeish is a respected physician and community leader, yet I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which concern me,”
How pathetic. Here was a wonderful opportunity to denounce such views. Rather he chose to downplay them as only of concern and to confirm that he was “a respected physician and community leader”.
It is safe to assume that Omeish is respected in the Muslim community because of his views and not in spite of them. Also note worthy is the fact that he is a Muslim doctor. No surprise there.
Jerry Gordon Comment
Read this revelation from the Kingdom of Jordan archives. So, Jordan as a Palestinian state wasn’t such a far fetched idea, eh?
By Peter Day The Daily Telegraph, 27/09/2007
King Hussein of Jordan was prepared to make Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, his deputy prime minister, according to newly released secret documents.
The proposal was made through an intermediary in 1974 as the king faced the prospect of a Palestinian government in exile attempting to divide his country.
The Jordanian West Bank territories – where most Palestinian refugees lived – were occupied by Israel as a result of the Yom Kippur war in October 1973.
Mr Arafat, as leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, was
agitating for their return to form an independent state. He was backed by Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
King Hussein feared the break-up of his kingdom, with territory on both sides of the Jordan river being ceded to the Palestinians, and sought to woo Arafat in 1974, according to files released yesterday at the National Archives.
However, the proposal appears to have led nowhere and later that year the king conceded the prospect of a separate Palestinian state.