Monday, August 28, 2006

America's axis of Idiots

Compare these thoughts to the drivel you find on the editorial page, Let's see the N Y Times run this piece as an op-ed. LOL.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Pluto row could lead to Neptune losing planet status

According to this story, scientists who have recently downgraded Pluto's status are considering downgrading Neptune's as well, I think this is a prudent move, because in my humble opinion, no planet deserves the position of last planet in our solar system other than Uranus.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The A D L slamming friends of Israel and the Jewish people again

This is the second time Mr. Foxman has slammed a Christian organization who supports Israel, and Jewish rights in recent history.

apparently, the A D L, or Mr. Foxman suffers from a bit of religious intolerance on their own, that's kind of odd, considering the thrust of that organization.

I guess anything other than liberal secularist views are "the enemy" in his mind, seems like Israel could use all the friends it could get right now, Mr Foxman, it seems, disagrees.

What's the biggest danger to the Jewish people? is it Hezbollah? Hamas? Ahmadinejad?

According to Mr. Foxman, It's this presbyterian Minister who, believe it or not, espouses Christian theology and philosophy.

stuff like thou shall not Kill, thou shall not steal, thou shall not bear false witness, and so on is, in his mind, more worthy of criticism than the theology and philosophy of, say, Nasrallah.

?WTF??

ADL's opinion of unseen, yet to be released program

Dr. Kennedy's reply

World net daily's story on the fracas



Monday, August 21, 2006

Believing the French?

Maybe there is something to the argument about Bush's administration being a little inept, who in their right mind would have believed the French would muster several thousand peacekeepers? or stay aligned against terrorists? all that talk about holding out for a "real" peace, yet they folded like cheap outdoor furniture before a week was out, nearly. agreeing to a cease fire that had no teeth whatsoever against terrorist activity, not even a call to disarm the terrorists. WTF!!

Real peace? I don't think we held out for it, to our shame

Phony peace is what it is, and there's no way it can last, here's an article by Hal Linsey on the subject.



Oracle Commentaries 8/19/2006
Israel Can Only Lose Once

During one of Israel's many wars, Golda Meir offered this famous – and tragic – observation: "The Arabs can fight, and lose, and return to fight another day. Israel can only lose once." Golda's assessment became a truism of the Middle East up until now. And the jury is still out as to whether her assessment remains true to this day.

In the strange and surreal world that is the Middle East, Israel lost its war with Hezbollah. And while it remains intact at the moment, her enemies no longer view the Jewish state as invincible.

History tells us that means the current cease-fire is a temporary condition at best, and that next time, Israel will be facing a lot more than an outlaw terrorist organization like Hezbollah.

On second thought, strike that. Hezbollah is only an outlaw terrorist organization in the eyes of the United States. Europe sees Hezbollah as a radical but legitimate political party that constitutes part of Lebanon's legally elected government. The United Nations has yet, in its long history, to come up with a definition of "terrorist," let alone outlaw one.

So let's rephrase it to say that Israel will likely face a lot more formidable enemy than just Hezbollah next time. And make no mistake – there will be a "next time."

Israel, for the first time in its history, failed to meet a single one of its war objectives. It meekly accepted a substandard, U.N.-imposed cease-fire, leaving Hezbollah largely intact, Hassan Nasrallah unscathed; it failed to eliminate Hezbollah's arsenal of rockets; and, worst of all, it came home without the two hostages kidnapped by Hezbollah that prompted the war in the first place.

Until now, it had been an unshakeable article of faith that Israel was capable of imposing whatever outcome it deemed necessary against any Arab force. And, until now, Israel continued to press its military advantage until it had attained its stated goals.

That is no longer the case. After a month-long war, Israeli forces limped home as Hezbollah, Syria and Iran all claimed victory against the Jewish state.

It was defeated by a newly invented international “law of proportional response.” This is the new idiotic idea of the U.S. ‘liberal establishment’ and the vast majority of ‘America-haters’ in the U.N.

It dictates that no nation, especially America and Israel, can achieve a greater victory against its enemies than its enemies are capable of inflicting upon them.

Of course, such a ridiculous law could only be imposed against Israel. The United States did not use “proportional” force against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan in 2002.

Osama bin Laden used three commercial airplanes against the United States. The United States used every weapon in its formidable arsenal, with the exception of nuclear weapons, to bomb Afghanistan further into the Stone Age than it had already been.

Were the United States to subject itself to the law of proportional response, we would have sent 19 guys with armed with box knives to exact revenge for Sept. 11. Of course this is beyond stupidity. But it evidently didn't sound as stupid when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed on to the idea and surrendered to the U.N. in demanding a cease-fire.

This insane Cease-Fire agreement leaves Hezbollah fully armed, remaining in place, their formidably fortified bunkers with world class electronics in tact and in possession of thousands of rockets and missiles that are still hidden.

Worse, it places the useless Lebanese and U.N. troops between Israel and Hezbollah. This enables Hezbollah to use them as a shield while they re-arm, regroup and prepare for the next attack. Oh, Secretary Rice spoke great, swelling words about not maintaining the status quo, but when it got down to it, she folded up like a cheap lawn chair.

The “status quo” before Israel attacked Hezbollah had the armed terror group ensconced along Israel’s borders, raiding Israeli territory at will, and killing and kidnapping any Israeli soldier within reach of its infiltrating forces, without fear of interference from the incompetent and unsympathetic UNIFIL forces ostensibly stationed there to ensure Israel’s border security.

Following Israel’s month-long war, Hezbollah remains intact, armed with long-range rockets, capable of attacking Israel at will without fear of interference from the UNIFIL forces still stationed there. The only difference is that Lebanon is dispatching a military force that it openly admits has no intention of either disarming Hezbollah or engaging it militarily if it decides to resume its previous infiltration or kidnapping tactics.

The U.N. has yet to put together a credible military deterrent, and so far, the only nations willing to contribute troops are overwhelmingly sympathetic to Hezbollah and Lebanon. The biggest contributor so far is France. Lebanon is a former French colony.

And it is hard to imagine Paris engaging its ally to defend the Jews. France is among the most openly anti-Semitic nations in Europe.

Hezbollah acquired new Russian made anti-tank weapons from Iran via Syria that decimated Israeli armor. Israel’s vaunted Merkava battle tank had no electronic defenses or armor that protected it against this new anti-tank missile. Israel lost between 55 to 60 tanks in the month-long war.

Syria and Iran have both since claimed joint victory against Israel, along with Hezbollah, and have pledged to continue the conflict until Israel has been wiped from the map.

Hezbollah has demonstrated that total Arab defeat is not inevitable – and with this demonstration, Israel has lost its tremendous psychological advantage.

If Hezbollah could hold the mighty Israeli juggernaut at bay, then the possibility that Israel could finally and decisively be wiped from the map of the Middle East by another pan-Arab army is once again feasible.

Hezbollah has emerged as a massive political force. Syria, marginalized in recent years, has re-emerged as a regional player as Hezbollah's patron. Hezbollah's victory represents a victory for Iran and the Shia. Hezbollah, a Shiite force, has done what others could not do.

This will certainly result in both Jordan and Egypt rethinking their own assumptions about the viability of another war of annihilation against Israel. In a sense, the Arabs have little to lose by taking the risk.

If they win, they will have succeeded in reclaiming their lost honor in previous conflicts, with the added bonus of having rid the world of the Jewish cancer in its midst. And if they lose, they can once again count on the U.N. imposing a cease-fire in time for them to remain intact and viable.

One doesn't need a crystal ball to know that Syria and Iran will move quickly to exploit the advantage Israel's defeat at the hands of Hezbollah has given them.

The worst danger revealed in this war is the new majority attitude of the Israelis that is reflected in the government leaders under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

For the first time, Israeli leadership so restricted the military leadership, that they were not able to mobilize the size of ground force needed to defeat a well-trained and heavily fortified army. Because of concern about world opinion, they so restricted the general’s freedom of attack strategy that there was confusion in the ranks on the field. This is the deadliest revelation of this war.

In all of Israel’s past wars, they have fought with tactical audacity and the immediate all-out commitment of manpower and weaponry against the enemy. They used the “blitzkrieg” or “lightening war” strategy.

In this war, they gradually committed troops, piecemeal, with a day-by-day revision of strategy. This ultimately resulted in strategic hesitation and confusion.

The worst possible consequence is that Hezbollah has claimed to the all-too- willing-to-believe Muslim world that Israel is no longer invincible on the battlefield. Recruits of hot-headed young jihad-seeking Muslims are pouring into Fundamental Muslim training camps to prepare for the final war to annihilate Israel and destroy the United States.

Iran has become the de-facto leader of the Global Fundamental Muslim Movement bent upon jihad.

This is exactly the outcome that both Damascus and Tehran had been hoping for, although they certainly didn't expect it. But now that it is a reality, Golda's words echo with haunting clarity. "The Arabs can fight, and lose, and return to fight another day. Israel can only lose once."

Let us pray that Israel has learned a vital lesson before it is too late. May they boot out the present appeasement minded government and get into power someone like Binyamin Netanyahu.

By: Hal Lindsey

© http://www.hallindseyoracle.com

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Unpleasant choices and hard facts

This is an example of the choices that have to be made when fighting chickenshit weasels. our media needs to realize the heard choices that have to be made by boots on the ground, this is a tough thing to consider, but I have to agree with this post, it sucks, but war 'aint pretty, and there's no way to dress it up as such.

There's a few sane folk in the U.K. yet

Lord Stevens tells the Muslim community they are part of the problem, good for him!

Mainstream Media still defendng their fake photo's

The mainstream media thinks you, the public, are a bunch of idiots. and their contempt for you shows up more and more, with each passing day.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

To defend ourselves, or not to defend ourselves, that is the question

Western culture is cirtainly under attack, Do we have the will to defend our selves? It doesn't look like it.


Is freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equal rights for women
, not worth it? Do you want your daughters and granddaughters to be subject to Sharia? what the hell is the west thinking? here's just a few reports of how the west is assisting and supporting the terrorism that could well destroy us.

from:
Jawa report

American thinker


American thinker again

Bookworm room

Update:

even MORE articles on the West's goofy response to terrorists, do I need to remind some of you of this fact, the only way to appease somebody wanting to kill you is....DIE.

Prager

Gorin

Glazov

So-called "moderate muslims" still refuse to denounce terrorism

My dog ate my homework.....


excuses,excuses,excuses....

That's all you hear from all the muslim groups in the west, and all of them are on the same intellectual level as my first line here, It comes as no suprise then, that, by looking at several blogs, liberals believe these lame-ass excuses more than conservatives by about 8-1, this is not by any means an accurate poll, just the results of my morning wanderings about the blogosphere today.

I can't help but wonder though, what do liberals and jihadi's who want to impose sharia on the whole world have in common?

I couldn't have said it better myself

That's why I'm linking it

A proportionate response? that's not what the international community really wants

A sharp minded editorial, read it!

Israel aquieces to international pressure and exposes it's throat to it's sworn enemies

And Shame on the International community for it's complete lack of regard to the safety of millions, who simply want to live and raise their children in peace.


Shame on anybody who thinks the UN is anything but a device to maintain despots in power.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Iraq is no longer a hub of international terrorism.

Seems like some need a reminder of this fact, yes, local terrorism seems to still be rampant in many parts of Baghdad, but Saddam's not in the terrorism exporting buisiness anymore, is he? Thank you, Troops, I appreciate that a lot.

Israel is no more Jewish than the US is Christian.

Well, maybe half a percent more, Jack Kinsella breaks it down for ya better than I could: read it here


Saturday, August 12, 2006

Many Westerners STILL can't figure out what ideology is driving these terrorists


I can't imagine why this still has so many confused, Mike Wallace is not the only one having trouble figuring this problem out, I guess worldwide supplies of the Quran are in short supply, I guess I'm fortunate in that I got a copy to examine for six bucks at hastings five years ago, shortly after 9/11.


some even can't get a grasp on the fact all these terrorists have been Muslims, for those, I offer these links, and an invite for anyone else to add to these in their comments.

Absurd indeed!

Hot air




Friday, August 11, 2006

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Free Speech Outlawed


Yes, this is old news, but still a thing that hacks me, the fact that this one got thru the cracks should encourage all citizens to seek the appointment of law-upholding, or to use Justice Scalia's term "constructionist" Judges, let's keep the Constitution! It's still the best thing going.

hat tip Wild thing

Lefter than left, why are democrats such a happy bunch?

Lieberman voted the party line 90% of the time, his only deviation from it being not supporting the cut and run when the war in Iraq did not wrap-up in a week. what were connecticut voters thinking? voting for a wealthy inexperienced idjit from a family that's the tie between JP Morgan and Joseph Stalin? I don't get it.


More on this from:

Ann Coulter

The Absurd report

If the shoe fits, wear it


It seems the Counsel of American Islamic relations is in a tizzy because the President stated that we are at war with Islamic fascists, what's this? is CAIR angry because the President's remarks might offend Islamic fascists?
Is this the group CAIR seeks to defend? You bet! thank you CAIR, for being honest.

hat tip lgf

UPDATE: related story

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Is the Soviet Politburo really dead?

Publius Pundit has compiled a bunch of evidence that makes you wonder.

A look at Darwinism, in court

Just for fun, read this turnaround, a flipside version of the goings-on in courts over the Intelligent design controversy.

This ought to be fun, Newsweek interviews Hal Lindsey

Here's Hal's account of the interview, let's see how Newsweek spins this.



Oracle Commentaries 8/6/2006
NEWSWEEK questions for Hal Lindsey

I am posting this interview that I had with a feature reporter for NEWSWEEK. The reporter is doing research for a future cover story. These are my answers to his questions. It will be interesting to see what NEWSWEEK does with my answers.

NEWSWEEK Q: From where did you get the idea for your groundbreaking book?

Answer #1: The basic ideas for ‘The Late Great Planet Earth’ came from an intensive study of Theologians who took prophecy literally or normally, grammatically and historically. From the 3rd Century until the late 18th Century, the vast majority of Church leaders interpreted prophecy with a very allegorical method. That is, they interpreted passages that clearly had a literal intent as allegory. The majority of leaders in the major denominations still interpret prophecy allegorically. Most of the men who began to interpret prophecy literally wrote from the late 18th Century until the present time. My main contribution was to make prophecy simple and understandable to the average person, especially those without a religious background. On a personal note, I taught about these things on the U.S. College campuses during the tumultuous decades of the 1960s and 1970s. It was the one Bible subject to which students really responded.

NEWSWEEK Q: Do you think its prophecies are being fulfilled today -- and that the current conflict in Israel is just one more sign of that?

Answer #2: The events taking place in the current Iranian/Syrian sponsored Hezbollah and Hamas war with Israel continue to fit precisely into the predicted scenario about which I wrote in the Late Great Planet Earth and in my twenty subsequent books.

NEWSWEEK Q: Will those who oppose Israel eventually be proved wrong?

Answer #3: Yes, but I believe it will take the coming of the Messiah to do it. Dr. John Cumming wrote in his book, The Destiny of the Nations, in 1864, “How comes it to pass that as a nation they (Israel) have been dispersed over every land, yet insulated, separated, and alone amid the nations? The predictions of their restoration are in words as definite only not yet fulfilled, and it is as a nation that they shall be gathered and restored.” This was fulfilled literally, against all odds, in May of 1948. Twenty six hundred years ago, the prophet Ezekiel predicted clues to identify when this would happen, “After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them.” (Ezek.38:8 NAS)
Note this would happen in “the latter years” after the Israelites were scattered throughout the world and the land of Israel became a desolation for a long time. History is witness to all of this. The important factors that Ezekiel brings out in chapters 36-39 are these: First, God warns that He will judge the surrounding nations (which are all Muslim today) that have “appropriated My land for themselves as a possession with whole hearted joy and with scorn of soul …” (It is important to note here that God says it is “His land.”) (Ezek.36:5) Second, God predicts that he will restore Israel to the land He promised them even though they do not deserve it, “… It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act … For I will take you from all the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you to your own land.” (36:22, 24) Third, God predicts that Israel’s return will finally provoke a conflict that will end with the ‘war of Armageddon.’ The attackers will be led by a nation from Israel’s extreme north (Russia) that will lead a confederacy of surrounding nations and that chief among them will be Persia (modern Iran). Fourth, God promises that even though Israel will go through this holocaust, a believing remnant will be delivered and given all the covenants God unconditionally swore to them through their fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Fifth, God promises that this restored nation of Israel will never again be destroyed, “They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons' sons, forever; and David My servant (The Messiah) will be their prince forever.” (Ezek.37:25)

NEWSWEEK Q: Is the success and survival of the United States based on its support of Israel

Answer #4 I believe one of the reasons God has protected the U.S., despite the fact we have driven God from the public forum in our country, is because we have sought to protect Israel’s right to exist in secure borders. We have also been a safe haven for Israelites. When God gave the solemn covenant to Abraham that He would make him and his descendents into a special nation, He gave this special promise of protection, “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse.” (Gen. 12:3) I believe God blesses those who help Israel. The rise and fall of nations can be traced to how they treated the Jews.

NEWSWEEK Q: Will the West need to defeat Islamists for Israel or must radical Islam continue in order for the prophecy to be fulfilled?

Answer #5: I believe the hostility of Fundamental Islam over Israel’s return and re-possession their ancient homeland and Jerusalem is predicted to be the driving force that ignites Armageddon. Twenty-five hundred years ago, the prophet Zechariah predicted, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples (Muslim nations), when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” (Zech.12:2-3 NKJ) The whole world will be drawn into this final war that is ignited over possession of Jerusalem.

NEWSWEEK Q: Are you of the belief that the Jewish people are also God's chosen people or will they need to accept Jesus before His coming?

Answer #6: I believe that the Israelites are God’s chosen people for these reasons:
>They were chosen to receive, write down and preserve God’s Word.
>They were to take the knowledge of how to know the true God to the nations.
>They were chosen as the race through whom the Son of God, the Redeemer of mankind, would be born.
>Physically, they are chosen as God’s nation. I love them whether they accept Jesus as Messiah or not. But God repeatedly warns them throughout the Old Testament that their eternal destiny depends upon believing in His atonement for sin. This is why the system of blood sacrifice was instituted at the same time the Law was given. Moses taught that without blood atonement, there is no forgiveness. Isaiah chapter 53 reveals the ultimate atonement of which the animal sacrifices were only a picture. Isaiah wrote, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa.53:4-6) The person described here dies for the sins of Israel. So he cannot be, as most rabbis teach, a personification of Israel. Israel cannot die for its own sins.
Zechariah predicts how the nation will be given forgiveness, “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on ME WHOM THEY PIERCED. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (Zech. 12:10) Isaiah answers when Israel pierced their God above.

NEWSWEEK Q: Can any of the land in Israel -- like the West Bank -- be given up for peace? Can Jerusalem? What are the consequences parts of Israel are given away for political purposes? (Does Israel need to expand?)

Answer #7: I believe God fulfilled His promise to Israel in June 1967. But Israel failed to see the miracle that He gave them. They began to pay more attention to world opinion than to the promises of their God. So they began to give away land for empty promises of peace. It is not a coincidence that everyone responsible for giving away the land God gave Israel met with tragic circumstances. Menachem Begin left office in disgrace after giving away the Sinai. Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated after instituting the disastrous process of the Oslo Accords. The great general, Ariel Sharon suffered a tragic stroke after giving away Gaza. I believe all of this was done because of a lack of faith in God’s promises. I do not believe that Israel should give away another meter of ground to people who demonstrate they do not want a state beside Israel, but a state instead of Israel. After all, Israel is the only nation on earth that has a title deed to its land from the Creator-God.

By: Hal Lindsey

© http://www.hallindseyoracle.com

A word from Israeli's, watch this short vid

Israeli's attempt to set the record staight here

Bloggers to the rescue, once again

Just when will these main stream media editors learn they cannot fool us so easy anymore?


Malkin compiles a laundry list of fake photo's, see the lengths reuters
will go to embellish the story here

More on this here

Monday, August 07, 2006

Natan Sharansky looks at the big picture

There are a few people who can see the forest thru the trees, here's one of them:



Reprinted from NewsMax.com

Natan Sharansky: Israel's Very Survival at Stake

Kenneth R. Timmerman, NewsMax.com
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006

JERUSALEM – Former Soviet refusenik and Israeli Cabinet Minister Natan Sharansky believes that Israel's war against Hezbollah is a "test case" for the free world in the war against terror.

If Israel fails in its war to crush Hezbollah, then Iran will be emboldened, Europe will be threatened, and Israel's very survival in the Middle East will be at stake, he told NewsMax in an exclusive interview in Jerusalem.

"Israel is the center of the larger war which is developing between the free world and terror," Sharansky said, "Today, the most dangerous regimes are getting the most dangerous weapons, and they are challenging the free world through proxies.

"Because the proxies are small, highly-motivated terrorist organizations, it is very difficult to fight against them. They can blackmail all the world because they have access to those states."

Iran was Hezbollah's primary sponsor, Sharansky said, although Syria was also deeply involved as an arms supplier and as a conduit to allow Iranian weapons and military advisors to reach the terrorist group inside Lebanon.

"It is extremely important for the fate of the free world, for the fate of democracy, that we win," Sharansky said.

A Hezbollah victory would demonstrate to the world "that you don't need an army, you don't need territory, and you don't need military bases" in order to defeat the strongest army in the Middle East.

"All you need are groups of highly-trained, highly-motivated terrorists equipped with modern weapons, who can destroy whole countries and civilizations through blackmail and threats and provocations and terror."

He added: "If Israel will not defeat them, the free world will be doomed."

While Hezbollah today was waging war against Israel from fortified positions in south Lebanon and by hiding behind civilians in Tyr and other Lebanese cities, Sharansky warned that tomorrow it could wage a similar war against Europe and America from the suburbs of Paris and Detroit.

"Hezbollah is Iran's first line of attack against the world, not just Israel," he said. "Maybe the world is very lucky that it happened now, not two or three years later. This is the last warning. Imagine Hezbollah with a small nuclear weapon!"

While Hezbollah operatives may not have built underground bunkers and tunnels in the suburbs of Paris or Detroit, "their soldiers are there already, in Europe and in America. The ideology is there. The financial structures are more or less in place. And petrodollars keep coming."

Winning the war against Hezbollah will not be about how many terrorists are killed. Nor will it be about occupying territory, or even about stopping rocket attacks on Israel, he said.

The Israeli government of Ehud Olmert has come under increasing criticism in Israel because of its inability to prevent rocket attacks such as those that hit Haifa and a northern Israeli kibbutz Sunday, killing three civilians and 13 army reservists.

Victory must be political, not just military, Sharansky insisted. "The question is, how can you create a political situation where the free world will have absolute intolerance for these groups? This is very difficult."

Even today, after three weeks of Hezbollah rocket attacks against Israel, the European Union still refuses to put Hezbollah on its list of international terrorist organizations or take action such as freezing its assets, Israeli government officials tell NewsMax.

Israeli diplomats have been trying for years to convince the Europeans to enact the same kind of restrictions on Hezbollah and Hamas as the United States enforces through legislation and the State Department's list of international terrorist organizations.

"So maybe the free world is very lucky such a test case happened at a time they can still do something to de-legitimize Hezbollah," Sharansky said.

Sharansky believes the biggest success of the Bush doctrine, that of spreading freedom across the mostly undemocratic Middle East, has not been Iraq, or even the Palestinian Authority, despite recent elections in both places.

"If there was a success early on of the Bush doctrine, it was the weakening of Syria," he said. "When they had to leave Lebanon, it was not because they were strong. I believe that the Syrian regime would have collapsed if America had continued pressing them and isolating them."

Instead, the United States let up pressure and Syria "continues trouble-making against the U.S. in Iraq, and against Israel," he said.

Sharansky criticized the Bush administration for pushing forward with elections in the Palestinian Authority, without first creating the conditions for democracy.

"You can't first have elections, and then convince those who come to power to have democratic reforms," he said. "It was a big mistake [for the U.S.] to permit terrorist groups to be part of this process."

Sharansky says one of his fears is that the world will use the election of a Hamas government as "the best proof that the Bush doctrine does not work." But he remains committed to the spread of democratic institutions to the Muslim world as the best defense against Muslim fundamentalism and terror.

"I have a special chapter in my book ['The Case for Democracy'] arguing that elections are not the beginning of the process, but the end," Sharansky told NewsMax.

In the Palestinian Authority, for example, Sharansky had urged the Bush administration to press for a three-year transitional period, "so people can start understanding their options, and only then you can have elections," he said.

The biggest achievement of President Bush was that "he brought the democratic agenda," Sharansky said. "But when you're alone, it's very difficult to succeed."

He recalled being asked during a trip to Washington once why Bush had so few allies in Europe.

"I responded, I have a much more difficult question for you: How come he has so few allies in Washington?"

Part of the problem in bringing freedom to Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Authority, he said was that "major players don't believe in it."

He singled out the CIA and the State Department as opposing the president's pro-freedom agenda. "It's great to have the president and the vice-president and some of their advisors believing in this great ideology. But the people who implement it also have to believe in it," Sharansky said.

Natan Sharansky is a founding member and honorary chairman of OneJerusalem.org.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Hal comments on anti Israeli prejudice in the Media

Oracle Commentaries 7/30/2006
Outrage Misplaced?

It appears that Hizbollah has scored a major propaganda triumph through a callously staged carnage of women and children in Qana, Lebanon. You may think this is just another prejudiced attempt at propaganda in favor of Israel. But before you draw that conclusion, consider these established facts:

• Israel has both satellite and drone aircraft videos unmistakably showing Hizbollah trucks pulling into civilian buildings in Qana loaded with katyusha rockets
• Israel also has videos of many katyusha rockets being launched from the particular building containing civilians that was bombed
• Israel had pleaded with all non-combatants to leave the Qana area for several days through leaflets and radio announcements
• Israel had no idea that there were any civilians in the targeted building
• However, Hizbollah knew they were there and continued to launch missiles at Israeli cities from there
• Hizbollah also knew that Israel was tracking those missiles from their launch site

So here are some important questions:

1. Why were those approximately sixty women and children in that building when the rest of the city was virtually empty of civilians?
2. Why did Hizbollah launch multiple missiles from next to the building?
3. Why was there no civilian men found dead there?
4. Why did it take Hizbollah seven hours after the guided bomb hit the building to report it?
5. Did the single Israeli bomb cause the building to totally collapse, or did secondary explosions from rockets stored there contribute to the disaster

An estimated 54 people were tragically killed when the building collapsed, mostly children. This is a real lamentable tragedy that certainly should have been avoided. But the only ones who knew they were there was the Hizbollah combatants who were launching rockets next to the building.

There is good reason to believe that Hizbollah did not allow the women and children to evacuate and staged this carnage.

There are many established incidences of Hizbollah using civilians as human shields while fighting with the Israelis. This is what has made the going so tough for the Israeli soldiers. Hizbollah counts on the fact that Israelis do not intentionally target civilians.

In this case, Hizbollah counted on many other things to achieve their propaganda goals.
They knew they could count on the ingrained hatred of Israel (and the United States) by Muslims everywhere so that they would believe the worst about them despite any factual evidence.

They also knew that showing the bodies of mangled children on television would turn the Lebanese over to their side.
They also knew that these same horrible images would turn the entire world against Israel, and the Muslim world into a mindless rage against Israel and the United States.

They also knew that this incident would incite the Useful Idiot Squad among Western liberals to demand a cease-fire that would live them “victors” in the mind of the Muslim world and still armed with missiles of every kind.

As I have said in other articles, war is hell. It should only be entered when absolutely necessary. Israel had no choice but to go to war when Hamas and Hizbollah took hostage several soldiers, coupled with a rain of rockets on their cities.

In view of Israel’s offensive military capability, they have used remarkable restraint and care to avoid killing non-combatants.

It would be very instructive to remember incidences of past wars to put this incident, though tragic, into perspective – especially for the liberals in the West.

Winston Churchill ordered the RAF to bomb Dresden, Germany on the night of February 13th, 1945. Here is the historical account:

On the evening of February 13, 1945, an orgy of genocide and barbarism began against a defenseless German city, one of the greatest cultural centers of northern Europe. Within less than 14 hours not only was it reduced to flaming ruins, but an estimated one-third of its inhabitants, possibly as many as a half a million, had perished in what was the worst single event massacre of all time … Dresden, known as the Florence of the North. Dresden was a hospital city for wounded soldiers. Not one military unit, not one anti-aircraft battery was deployed in the city. Together with the 600.000 refugees from Breslau, Dresden was filled with nearly 1.2 million people … More than 700.000 phosphorus bombs were dropped on 1.2 million people. One bomb for every 2 people. The temperature in the center of the city reached 1600 degrees centigrade. More than 260.000 bodies and residues of bodies were counted. But those who perished in the center of the city can't be traced. Approximately 500.000 children, women, the elderly, wounded soldiers and the animals of the zoo were slaughtered in one night.” (Rense.com The WWII Dresden Holocaust)

Harry S. Truman ordered Nagasaki and Hiroshima to be hit with atomic bombs. Though not as many civilians were killed in those two raids as in Dresden, they will be forever remembered with horror.

In both cases, victory was already assured. But Britain and the United States wanted to end the war with fewer allied casualties than would have been suffered without these raids to demoralize the enemies’ will to fight.

In Israel’s case, enemies who want to annihilate them as a nation and people surround it. They know they can’t afford to loose even once or they will not survive. When this is factored into the present conflict, it is almost unbelievable that they have used such restraint in view of their danger and military capability.

Even though Israel did not know there were women and children in the building they targeted for good tactical reasons, they still have expressed profound regret for the loss of life. But in the historical attacks I listed above, there was never any profound apology expressed, especially over the holocaust at Dresden.

Think about that before you start condemning Israel and demanding a cease-fire that leaves them still in mortal danger.

By: Hal Lindsey

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