by Andrew Bostom, author of the Legacy of Jihad and the Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism
While we await the release of Dutch MP Geert Wilders 15 minute documentary on the Koran and Violence, it is worth recalling (hat tip Daniel Pipes) that Winston Churchill on p. 50 of From War to War, the first part of the first volume of his 6-part Second World War, proclaimed Hitler’s Mein Kampf to be,
“…the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message.”
Here is a Parliamentary speech Wilders gave on the subject on the Koran, Islam, and violence this past September (on his birthday), which appears to anticipate the contents of his documentary:
By Ted Belman
Ahmedinejad just completed an historic state visit to his old enemy Iraq and was warmly embraced. US seemed acceptant.
What’s going on?
DEBKA REPORTS it was
“a step forward in its seven-month old secret Saudi-mediated dialogue with Washington.” Apparently, “the quid pro quo runs like this: Tehran is bidding for an understanding with Washington on its nuclear program, while the US is after Iran’s help to preserve the status quo in Iraq.”
“This in rough terms means accepting a Tehran guarantee to freeze its uranium enrichment process, its nuclear bomb program and nuclear-capable ballistic missile project, without demanding their dismantlement.
Bret Stephens, WSJ
In 1977, Jimmy Carter told Americans to get over their “inordinate fear of communism.” This year, expect to be told to get over your “inordinate fear” of terrorism.
Among politicians, the case is still being made sotto voce. When Barack Obama lists the “common threats of the 21st century” as “nuclear weapons and terrorism, climate change and poverty, genocide and disease,” the suggestion is that Islamist terrorism is one of many problems, and not, as John McCain insists, the “transcendent issue of our time.”
Among policy experts, however, the argument is being stated more baldly. “The fear of terrorism has reached the bogeyman threshold,” writes Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist formerly with the CIA. His new book, “Leaderless Jihad,” is worth reading if only because it makes the best of a bad case.
By Ted Belman (first posted Feb 29/08)
I was shocked to receive a note from Dr Paul Eidelberg advising that The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) had endorsed for the first time a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The umbrella organization representing 14 national Jewish groups and 125 local Jewish community relations councils, resolved that
- “the organized American Jewish community should affirm its support for two independent, democratic and economically viable states — the Jewish state of Israel and a state of Palestine– living side-by-side in peace and security.”
The JCPA includes, inter alia, the Orthodox Union (OU) and the American Jewish Congress. I wrote to all members of the Coordinating Council for Jerusalem, an umbrella organization dedicated to preserving Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.,
By Ted Belman (first posted Feb 28/08)
Fox News are on to him and all the arguments our “smear” campaign is making and for the most part it is running with them. Sean Hannity is the best.
Slowly, but surely Obama, is doing himself in. It is not just the company he keeps but also what he is now saying.
Ed Lasky, the News Editor of The American Thinker, reports on Senator Obama’s Coming Out Party in Cleveland. Ed does a brilliant job of ferreting out the true meaning of Obama’s remarks. But in my opinion he mis-states two things which I want to address first.
“Most supporters of Israel now understand there will need to be a viable Palestinian state and that Israel will need to make territorial concessions.”
Recent polls disclose that 2/3 of Israelis are against dividing Jerusalem and retreating from Judea and Samaria and that is despite the fact the the entire world including the Government of Israel and its media have been embracing the two state solution.
Worshippers of Death
By ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ
[..] Zahra Maladan is an educated woman who edits a women’s magazine in Lebanon. She is also a mother, who undoubtedly loves her son. She has ambitions for him, but they are different from those of most mothers in the West. She wants her son to become a suicide bomber.
At the recent funeral for the assassinated Hezbollah terrorist Imad Moughnaya — the mass murderer responsible for killing 241 marines in 1983 and more than 100 women, children and men in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994 — Ms. Maladan was quoted in the New York Times giving the following warning to her son: “if you’re not going to follow the steps of the Islamic resistance martyrs, then I don’t want you.”
As Czechoslovakia was to Nazis, Israel has become to terrorism – the world’s canary in the terrorist coal mine. It’s something that the terrorists understand far better than the diplomats and appeasers do. That’s why when dictator Hugo Chavez along with his cronies in Ecuador and Brazil set out to intimidate Columbia for killing one of Chavez’s pet FARC terrorists, he chose the worst euphemism for Columbia he could think of; Israel.
“The Colombian government has become the Israel of Latin America,” an agitated Chavez said. “We aren’t going to permit Colombia to become the Israel of these lands. … Uribe, we aren’t going to permit you.”
By Ted Belman
I highly recommend reading Martin Kramer’s blog entry Speaking Truth to Power. It contains Samantha Power’s infamous statement on the ME conflict that is currently so embarrassing her that she has claimed “Even I don’t understand it.” Stephanie Powers is a key advisor to Obama and will undoubtedly be in his cabinet.
Kramer digs deeper by going to her long time associate Michael Ignatieff who was with her in the Carr Center, to discern its meaning.
The Carr Center under this management team generally steered clear of the Middle East. But in that spring of 2002, the pressure to come up with something was very great. Ignatieff, who had been to the Middle East a few times, took the lead. On April 19, 2002, only ten days before Power emitted her “weird” quote, Ignatieff wrote an op-ed for the London Guardian, under this headline: ““Why Bush Must Send in His Troops.” I wrote a thorough critique of this piece over five years ago, so I won’t repeat my dissection of its flaws. As I showed then, the op-ed includes every trendy calumny against Israel.
Read more …
By Elyakim Haetzni, YNET
We told you that if you eliminate the Jewish settlements in Gaza, rockets will land in Ashkelon. We told you that the Philadelphi Route and Gush Katif are an essential obstacle between Sinai and the Strip, because only from there we can protect the Negev, yet you counted on the Egyptians and on European observers.
We told you that the Egyptians will not be serving an Israeli interest and that the Europeans will only take care of themselves, but you called us radical and fanatic.
DEBKA, March 3, 2008, 5:30 AM (GMT+02:00)
This week, the prime minister came under heavy US pressure to break off the operation. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice threatened to call off her visit which was scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 and lay the blame on Israel for the breakdown of peace talks with the Palestinians, although Mahmoud Abbas formally suspended all contacts with Israel until its army ended its Gaza incursion. She accused Israel of undermining the Bush administration’s entire Middle East strategy by its stepped-up Gaza offensive.
DEBKAfile reports: No official word of explanation was offered for the sudden pullback of Israeli ground and armored units from northern Gaza before dawn Mon. March. 3, beyond the terse announcement that stage one of Operation Hot Winter had ended.
Our military sources report that this step sharply contradicted the vocal assurances given by Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense minister Ehud a few hours earlier that the operation would press on until the Hamas missile-rocket offensive against Israeli civilians was brought to an end.
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by Bill Levinson
“I had the honor of firing the first shot in 1965 and of being the one who taught resistance to many in the region and around the world; what it’s like; when it is effective and when it isn’t effective; its uses, and what serious, authentic and influential resistance is,” Abbas said.
Right, Abbas. Tell us again how you are fighting for the liberation of the so-called “occupied territories,” which were not occupied until 1967. For a Palestinian who is supposedly so adept at taqqiya (lying), this one has tripped himself over his own lies.
For those who thought that Israel had turned the corner on the issue of defending its citizens from the Hamas rockets–think again.
Israel Radio reported today that the political-security cabinet is scheduled to convene Wednesday to discuss plans for a major operation in the Gaza Strip – the same day that Prime Minister Olmert will be meeting with Secretary of State Rice.
It remains unclear if the move is in order to postpone a major move until after the visit or give Rice the opportunity to veto and/or provide an excuse for PM Olmert for not invading Gaza.
There is some speculation that a decision won’t actually be made on Wednesday and that instead Olmert will send the security heads back to do more homework answering questions raised at the meeting – thus delaying approval of a major operation yet another week in the hopes that by that time the level of shooting will reduce to the point that the operation can
be indefinitely postponed.
So Israel is looking for an excuse not to deal a decisive blow? So what were they thinking when they first went in?
Considering what happened the last time the US gave Israel free reign to attack a terrorist group that was bombing it–is it really likely that Rice will give Olmert the OK to defend itself, especially seeing how such an attack will cause irreparable harm the imaginary peace process inaugurated in Annapolis?
Bottom line, the IDF that originally came out like a lion is once again reduced to being a lamb.
Crossposted on Daled Amos
Elder of Ziyon has a post on the Palestinian terrorist’s gruesome reaction to the misery of their enemy:
The ghoulish terrorists of Islamic Jihad’s “Al-Quds Brigades” claim to have body parts of Israeli soldiers: (autotranslated from Palpress)
The Al-Quds Brigades military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, it retains limbs Israeli soldiers detonated an explosive device in them yesterday evening Saturday thorn in the south east of the town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip.
…For his part, the spokesman Abu Ahmad Al-Quds Brigades in a telephone conversation with a local radio, the news and said that the Israeli forces spent most of dawn hours they are searching for the remains of soldiers on the walls and trees, and that the Al-Quds Brigades will offer these parts and body parts in a timely manner after improvement security conditions in the sector.
And in return, how does Israel react to the misery of their enemy? Disproportionately, of course:
by Bill Levinson
The National Jewish Democratic Council recently accused a Republican Congressman of “smearing” Barack Obama by accusing him of refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. We will say up front that the Congressman was mistaken, because the picture in question (see below) was taken during a rendition of the National Anthem. The U.S. Code should answer any questions as to how respect should be shown for the Star Spangled Banner.
No matter how tepid Israel’s response is, the international condemnations quickly follow while relying on the usual mainstays, rhetoric such as “Perpetuating the Cycle of Violence” and “Disproportionate Use of Force” that have no meaning.
Now the EU has gone further by claiming that any activity that “endangers” civilians is in violation of international law.
The European Union on Sunday condemned what it called “disproportionate use of force” by the Israeli military in Gaza after 54 Palestinians were killed in the highest single day toll since fighting erupted in 2000.Read more …
by Bill Levinson
The following is not exactly what we read in this morning’s paper, but it is close enough.
- Nazi leaders called the firebombing of Dresden a “genocide” and threatened to call off peace talks with the United Kingdom.
“The response to these V1 and V2 rocket attacks on London can’t be that harsh and heinous,” said German Chancellor Adolf Hitler. “It is nowadays described as a holocaust.”
In Italy, exiled Fascist leader Benito Mussolini described British air raids against civilians in Dresden as “the real Holocaust.” Chief German negotiator Joseph Goebbels meanwhile said that German leaders, including Hitler, recommended suspending peace talks.
“I think it will be suspended,” Goebbels said. “What is happening in Dresden is a massacre of civilians, women and children, a collective killing, genocide,” Hermann Goering added. “We can’t bear what the English are doing, and what the English are doing doesn’t lend the peace process any credibility.”
Vague, non-aggressive, and mostly inconsistent Israeli policy – this is the recipe for the ongoing failure on the Gaza front.
The political leadership does not want to reoccupy the Strip, the army is not overly excited about returning to the Gaza quagmire, top political and military officials know exactly what we should not be doing, yet nobody wishes to take any risks – either diplomatic or military – in order to put out the fire. So what do we do? They have no idea.
Meanwhile, they engage in experiments, utilize economic, psychological, and military levers, play with fire, and pretend that it would be possible to control the height of the flames over time.
The unwritten instructions to the army are to kill, but not too much. The IDF needs to act in a way that hurts and deters Hamas, but does not obligate it to resort to heavy fire on Gaza-region communities, but rather, make do with two or three Qassams a day. We can live with that.
“Let me be clear, Israel has no intention of stopping the fight against terror for a second, and we will act according to the blueprint set by the government at a time and intensity of our choosing, in order to strike the terror organizations and those who provide them with cover and the ability to operate,”
The prime minister said the Katyusha rocket fire at the southern city of Ashkelon was in response to the assassination of five Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip last week. The militants were en route to carrying out a major terror attack, and therefore, according to Olmert, Hamas decided to retaliate by firing rockets deeper into Israeli territory.
By Ted Belman
The European Union has joined the United Nations in condemning what it calls the “disproportionate” use of force by the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza after more than 60 Palestinians were killed in the highest single day toll since fighting erupted in 2000.
In a statement, the EU urged Israel to halt activities that endanger civilians saying they were contrary to international law.
It also called for an immediate end to Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli territory and insisted that the peace process should not be interrupted.