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The ‘looking glass’ is a bit fogged up, somehow.

By Mike Cunningham On August 4th, 2014 at 9:39 am

The Guardian, as ever, rattles off and echoes the knee-jerk condemnations of Israel’s attack on Gaza from the UN, Cameron, the USA, the EU Commission; as well as Ahmed bin Farouk, the owner of a grubby greasy-spoon cafe in Birmingham. Strange, is it not, that not many politicians or highly-placed and influential commentators and journalists even mention the true cause of all the death and destruction in Gaza, which is the fact that, one day after Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza, the terrorists of Hamas began planning the excavations which ran for MILES underneath the Israeli border with Gaza, excavated over years, and reinforced with the concrete which was allowed through the Israeli checkpoints because it was all agreed with the UN that such building material was necessary for reconstruction. No mention of the positioning within schools, hospitals and civilian infrastructure, and reinforcing the delivery and storage sites for the thousands of missiles and rockets which themselves terrorised a large part of Israel.

I listened the other morning to Paddy Ashdown, the former Lib-Dim leader as he parroted on about how Israel was laying waste to ‘humanitarian law’ as they sent their bombs and shells raining down on the ‘innocents’ of Gaza. Now I have never had a great deal of time for Ashdown, considering him a ‘useful idiot’ of the worst kind, always ready and available for a quick denunciation of who- or what-ever was at the top of that weeks BBC villains register; but even my jaw dropped when this ‘influential politician’ stated that Israel should never have struck back against the rockets of terrorist Hamas because, and I quote “The Israelis have the Iron Dome anti-missile system, so why attack Gaza?” The thought-process, if there was one, being that of, ‘Well its alright for Hamas to send dozens of rockets over Israel’s borders, because Israel can defend itself; so why should Israel even attempt to level Gaza, never mind any illusory playing-field?

If that is the type of mindset which informs our so-called leaders, methinks we should get either new advisers, or new leaders.

 

We can only Hope

By Patrick Van Roy On June 11th, 2014 at 11:37 am

my only thoughts are why wait?

Ted-Cruz-620x348Cruz: Israel Strike Against Iran ‘Could Happen In A Matter Of Months’

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a small gathering of pro-Israel American leaders Tuesday that an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities “could happen in a matter of months.”

“In my view, [Iranian Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei believes there is no credible deterrence from the United States, there’s not realistic risk of significant consequence for moving forward with their nuclear development,” the Republican told the Spring National Leadership Meeting of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) at the Willard Hotel. “That means, that if they keep going forward, I think if it comes down to it, I have real confidence that the nation of Israel will act to preserve her national security, even if this administration will not act first. And that could happen sooner rather than later — that could happen in a matter of months.”

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and break the glass, so the flames may spread!

By Mike Cunningham On May 18th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

If there had been a fire-bomb attack on a school bus full of sixth-graders from a Catholic or Church of England school  in Barnsley, or Bruges, or Boston, or Bain-de-Bretagne, the headlines would have jumped off the pages of both the British and Amnerican broadsheets  and red-top tabloids alike. If four muslim fanatics had attempted to kill, in the most savage manner possible, that same busload of young women near any of those four towns or cities; the newsrooms of the BBC, of Sky and ITV, the very news websites of our nations would have crashed under the weight of interest in the abortive attack; on whether the perpetrators had been caught, or executed if caught in France (the old idea of ‘an eye for an eye’ being quite prevalent in La Republique these days). As when four murderous Muslim ‘shaheed’ fanatics threw London into paralysis just a few years ago, the tumult would have been truly deafening.

So I am indeed forced to wonder, to speculate why such an attack, which really did take place when a bus full of Jewish schoolgirls, on a trip to the site of Rachael’s tomb was the target of four terrorists when they attacked the bus with firebombs; why this deadly attack was not even mentioned on page 47 of the Guardian, or even further back in the Times, or the Telegraph, or the New York Times or the Washington Post? I mean to say, news from Israel is often promoted to the front page for lesser stories, such as Jewish teenagers spray-painting or tagging the sides of a building, or Palestinian homes being demolished.

But a bus-load of Jewish girls attacked with firebombs? Not a word; not a link; not a single paragraph: except in the pages of Arutz Sheva. Was it because the bus was literally armoured against such an attack, and so when the driver accelerated away, the murderous flames claimed not a single victim? Was it because the Israelis know their enemies just too well, and plan for such an attack to be repelled and escape all too easy? Or was it simply because the heroines were just that, young Jewish women who had escaped from a deadly attack because of good planning and expensive but necessary protection and armour against an enemy which knows no limits of debauchery in the depths of their hatred for both Israelis, and the very State of Israel?

 

A definition of ‘Tragedy’

By Mike Cunningham On November 30th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I am always quietly amused at the self-righteous protests afforded the Gaza population by the vociferous bunch of fruit-loops on the Left. Israel must immediately do this, or that, or indeed t’other; because they (the Israelis) are terrible people, capable of genocidal tendencies, or worse. The Left protests against the Wall, the check-points, the border fences; everything which the Israelis have done to stop suicidal Arab murderers killing Israelis. They protest almost in reflex action at whatever Israel does, because, so they earnestly believe, Israel cannot be trusted; because Israel should be smashed into the dust.

So when the Gazans fall on harder times than usual, with hospitals offered only intermittent power, because the generating stations don’t have fuel to generate electricity on a continuous basis, the ever-ready reflex call is for the Israelis to repent, to lower the drawbridges, to ease the blockade, to let the fuel in, along with the building materials which are said to help rebuild homes; but strangely enough end up going to reinforcing Hamas strongpoints.

The story in the Telegraph lays out the tale of this Palestinian woman badly hurt and disfigured allegedly by a faulty home generator, whose medical treatment is imperilled because her skin grafts cannot be done on a routine basis, mainly because of the regular power cuts, caused by the Generating Stations’ lack of fuel. The blockade certainly does not help, but the new clamp on the fuel is caused because Hamas, the terror group which runs Gaza, states that Fatah, the group which runs the West Bank Palestinian Authority, has made the purchase of fuel too expensive by withdrawing tax exemptions for the badly-needed fuel.

But the real source of my smile is sited right at the end of the Telegraph piece, where the allegedly heart-broken and anguished father of the burnt and disfigured young woman states that :-

“We’re ready to take help from anywhere because the treatment and technology isn’t available here to repair the effects of the burns,” said her father, Abed Rahman Mraleel. “Her beauty has been damaged and it could make her less attractive to marry. In our culture, not being able to marry is a big problem for her.”

THE IRANIAN RED LINE…..

By David Vance On September 4th, 2013 at 7:22 am

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I was reading that Israel’s leaders are reportedly unhappy that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are citing concern over Israel being hit by Syrian chemical weapons as a means to galvanize Congressional support for a strike against President Bashar Assad’s regime. I can understand their anxiety about the Obama’s regime sudden concern for Israel

Israel is “discomfited that both Obama and Kerry mentioned Israel as a potential victim of Assad’s chemical weapons,” Israel’s Channel 2 news reported Monday night. Israel, it quoted unnamed senior Israeli officials saying, “is not a victim. We don’t need America to take care of threats to Israel.” Israel’s army, the sources said, was perfectly capable of protecting Israel from any dangers posed by Assad.

I am sure that is the case. But the concerns run deeper than that…

Privately, Israeli leaders are said to be worried that Iran will read the delay in a US-led strike on Assad as an indication of American hesitancy and weakness, with potential implications for the Islamic Republic’s drive to a nuclear weapons capability.

This is the substantive point. Obama’s dithering and failure to lead over something like Syria – hardly a world power –  must cause glee in Tehran. The Mullahs see an amateur in charge in the White House which must embolden them enormously. Israel is right to feel concern,

In the name of, er, whoever…

By Mike Cunningham On July 17th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

When a Government proposes a law that infuriates BOTH Jews and Arabs, it must be doing something good. The practice of slitting the animals’ throats and main veins, and allowing them to bleed to death in agony, without the humane stunning or bolt killing which is common practice in most Westernized countries, is of course known as either ‘halal’ for Muslim Arabs, or ‘kosher’  for Jewish observance, methods of slaughter. The fact that the slaughter of animals in this manner is in reflection of religious beliefs is also accepted as a truth.

So when Poland outlaws this method of slaughter, the outcry is both considerable and considered, as the Israelis claim that their actual existence in Poland is threatened, and the Muslims have been howling at the moon quite loudly as well.

But despite the well-catalogued anti-semitic stance of most of Poland’s political class, I reckon that the new anti-halal and –kosher slaughter policy has been implemented for the right reason, which is that meat from a quiet and un-stressed animal  dead through stunning techniques, is infinitely superior to one which has had its throat slit whilst still conscious.

I await the sensible policy of this method of slaughter being banned in the United Kindom; but I will admit I am not holding my breath whilst waiting.

HAWKINGS UPDATE…

By David Vance On May 9th, 2013 at 9:41 am

Further to yesterday’s post, I can confirm that contrary to the press statement issued by Cambridge University, Stephen Hawkings HAS chosen to align himself with Palestinians and boycott Israel.  Here is what he has to say for himself..

I accepted the invitation to the Presidential Conference with the intention that this would not only allow me to express my opinion on the prospects for a peace settlement but also because it would allow me to lecture on the (sic) West Bank. ‘However, I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics. They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this, I must withdraw from the conference. ‘Had I attended, I would have stated my opinion that the policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster.’

Since Dr Hawkings is such a big thinker, here is some further food for thought for his mighty brain…..

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A COSMIC SCALE DISGRACE..

By David Vance On May 8th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Personally I have never been that impressed by Stephen Hawking despite the often mawkish adulation but now I am positively unimpressed!

“Physicist Stephen Hawking has dropped plans to attend a major conference in Israel, sparking a new row over treatment of Palestinians. The world-famous scientist had earlier agreed to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference, hosted by President Shimon Peres, in late June, but has now changed his mind.   Israeli officials believe he has joined a boycott organised to protest Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

I note Hawking’s advisers say his sudden non attendance is for “health reasons”. Fair enough, let HIM spell out his rejection of any boycott of Israel. That will prove the suspicions of Israel are unfounded.

THE RETURN OF KHAZAR MYTH….

By David Vance On April 6th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

In light of the ludicrous promulgation of the “Jews are khazars”, here are a few FACTS!

“The Khazar theory for the origin of the Jews was invented by the womanizing communist intellectual Arthur Koestler in his 1976 book The Thirteenth Tribe. The Khazars, a Turkish polity that came to dominate the Caucuses in the 7th century, disappeared eventually several hundred years later, like many other tribal mini-states established in that area during the period. Some of the Khazar elite supposedly converted to Judaism.

Koestler wrote his book without historical training in the history of the Caucuses and primarily as an intellectual provocation about the history of the Jews.

When he came to the part about the fall of the Khazar empire, he noted that “where the historians’ resources give out, legend and folklore provide useful hints.”

Based on his intellectual exercise, which was grounded in nothing more than whimsical thinking, Koestler concluded: “Here, then, we have the cradle of the numerically strongest and culturally dominant part of modern Jewry.”

Read the rest here!

OBAMA: WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS “NOT CONSTRUCTIVE”

By Pete Moore On March 21st, 2013 at 4:22 pm

No, really?

Since the US taxpayer pays for those settlements the President is in a rather strong position to do something about it. He won’t, of course. As dumb as the settlement building policy is, even for those who don’t wish to see Israel wiped out, Washington’s policy towards them hasn’t changed one bit under him.

The matter of military aid to Israel can be seen in its own light, but Obama might do worse than tell Natanyahu that if one more brick is laid in the West Bank then the military aid gets cut back. Even George W Bush criticised settlements as “outposts which need to go”. It’s time we saw some action in that case. It’s time then for presidents to man up and start backing up the peace rhetoric.

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