02/5/13

Great Strength Required

Arlene from Israel

Many things I write about are worrisome, some more so than others. What I am about to share here certainly belongs on the list of matters to be deeply concerned about. The subject is germ — or biological — warfare. If an enemy has a toxic gas that can be used against innocents, this is a terrible thing, but the damage can be contained.

With germ warfare, this is not the case. If germs — bacteria, viruses — of a highly contagious and lethal nature were to be released into a population there would be a spread that probably could not be contained and millions would be at risk.

See here an article — Scent of ‘germ’ warfare” — on this subject:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=301645

It is co-authored by three knowledgeable individuals; I have been in contact with one and have been assured of the reliability of the information they are sharing.

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It is not enough for you to be informed about this, however. It falls, I believe, to everyone to broadly publicize this issue and then to ask the most serious questions about what is being done to eliminate or minimize the risks.

To that end I want to advise you to contact your Senators and Congresspersons:

For your Congresspersons:

http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml

For your Senators:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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Here in Israel, I have the sense that my government is on top of what is going on (see more below) and determined to do everything possible to protect Israeli citizens.

I wish for the US, quite simply, a government like this. And I wish for US citizens the level of confrontation with reality that will move them to demand responsibility from their government.

This will require a mammoth effort on the part of the citizenry. Witness this incredible video segment from Hagel’s confirmation hearings, provided by Israel Matzav:

http://israelmatzav.blogspot.co.il/2013/02/video-hagels-confusion.html#links

(A longer video from the Hagel confirmation hearings is below.)

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So, Hagel, who comes off like a clown, is confused about whether containment on Iran is Obama’s policy. The answer is that on the books it is not. But we must wonder what’s beneath that stated policy:

Just a couple of days ago, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expressed pleasure over the fact that Vice President Biden had made an offer of bi-lateral talks between the two countries.

“I am optimistic,” Salehi told the German Council on Foreign Relations. “I feel this new administration is really this time seeking to at least divert from its previous traditional approach vis-à-vis my country.”

Did I say great strength is required? Obama is exhibiting no strength. After Iran has announced that it would be installing more efficient centrifuges at Natanz, this is the US government’s approach? Methinks Obama is modeling himself after Neville Chamberlain these days.

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, on the other hand, two days ago told his Cabinet that:

“The most important mission facing a [new] government is stopping the nuclear arming of Iran.

“It is a mission which has become more complicated because Iran has equipped itself with new centrifuges which reduce the enrichment time. We cannot live with this process.” (Emphasis added)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/164871

His eyes are open and his vision is clear.

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That clarity of vision — and intention to be strong — has been demonstrated with the sorties Israel ran in Syria last week. Additional information has continued to be leaked on what happened there. It appears that there may have been three strikes and not just two. And that among the targets was a biological weapons (germ warfare) factory.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/extra-targets-hit-during-israels-strike-on-syria-western-sources-tell-time/

I heard this, and thought, Ah!!

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At a conference in Germany, on the same day that Netanyahu made his statement, Defense Minister Barak declared, “What happened in Syria several days ago [is] proof that when we [say] something we mean it… we say that we don’t think it should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon.”

In saying this he was acknowledging, however tacitly, Israel’s role in the attack — this was an acknowledgement that had not come earlier and is actually unusual.

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=301942

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At the same time, we see that the US, for all of its bravado and declarations, is doing nothing with regard to Syrian weapons — notably WMD — at risk of falling into the hands of terrorists. The most that can be said is that the Americans are forming a cheering gallery for Israeli actions. The words coming from the likes of Secretary of State Clinton are, at least, the right words. There is no hint whatsoever of implicit criticism of Israel. I.e., in this instance, Clinton is not Ban Ki-Moon.

See how little I’ve learned to be grateful for?

When (if?) we hit Iran, will the US government cheer us on then, as well?

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Iran, it should be noted, backed off on statements about an Israeli hit on Syria being the same as a hit on Iran. Iranian leaders have declined Assad’s request that they respond to the strikes inside Syria, their major client. “Take care of your business,” Assad was reportedly told.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-reportedly-refuses-assad-request-to-hit-back-at-israel/

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I want to backtrack here and return to the issue of accusations that Israel, in Judea and Samaria, is acting in defiance of the Fourth Geneva Convention and must withdraw immediately. There is yet one more significant piece to the puzzle, and that is, incredibly, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC).

As commentator Moshe Dann explains (emphasis added):

“The International Committee of the Red Cross does good humanitarian work around the world, but it is not just a well-meaning NGO. With a political agenda against Israel and with its unique role, it has determined the way that the international community thinks about Judea, Samaria, Gaza, eastern Jerusalem (the West Bank) and the Golan Heights.

“For several decades the ICRC has promoted through the UN and other international bodies a conceptual straitjacket: “’he Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).’

“Because the ICRC is the ‘official guardian’ of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) (GC IV), its interpretation is considered authoritative.

“Using its exclusive position, it turned GC IV – which was intended to ensure the protection of civilians threatened by war and other conflicts – into a political sledgehammer against Israel.

“The ICRC contrived the term OPT, promoted it in every forum and unilaterally designated what is at best a disputed area as (1) illegally occupied by Israel, (2) belonging to Palestinian Arabs and (3) an unnamed and undefined territory without a history.

“GC IV, however, is concerned with humanitarian issues, the rights of ‘protected persons.’ It is not mandated to designate new countries.”

See the full article here:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=295871

The ICRC is the “official guardian” of the Fourth Geneva Convention precisely because it is supposed to be a humanitarian, not a political, agency, and that Convention addressed humanitarian issues. How often matters are not what they seem.

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For further perspective on this issue, also see Eli Hertz’s “Inappropriate Use of the Fourth Geneva Convention”:

http://www.mythsandfacts.org/article_view.asp?articleID=255

You’ll see here that the Convention was drafted in response to Nazi occupation and aggression.

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We are so fortunate here in Israel! America’s new Secretary of State, John Kerry, who is ever so eager to re-start the “peace process negotiations,” will be visiting here some time this month.

I read that he’ll be assessing the situation in order to advise the president of whether it is prudent to invest much energy in this. If he’s half-way smart, he’ll tell his boss to focus on Iran instead.

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat has said they will not come back to the table unless we first release all PA prisoners and stop all settlement construction (including in eastern Jerusalem).

Declared Erekat, “These are not Palestinian conditions, but obligations that Israel is required to fulfill.”

Nonsense. Oslo says nothing about either releasing prisoners during negotiations or refraining from building in communities in Judea and Samaria. What continues to amaze me is how they make it up as they go along. The problem is that people read their words and believe them.

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And then this, further, on the Hagel confirmation hearing:

http://uneditedpolitics.com/senator-ted-cruz-questioning-chuck-hagel-in-confirmation-hearing-13113/

See through the full nine minutes. No comment here is necessary.

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In closing, let me note that President Peres, after polling all of the parties who won seats in the Knesset in our recent election, has asked Netanyahu to form the next government. Parties representing some 80 seats in the Knesset said they wanted Netanyahu.

The procedure is very much in process but I’ll say little about it now — for so much is rumor, unsubstantiated and significantly politically motivated. Coalition negotiations are on-going: a negotiating team from Likud-Beitenu is meeting in turn with each party and working out terms under which its leaders would agree to be part of the government.

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There are some built-in conflicts of interest — e.g., Shas, which is seeking the continuation of exemptions from the army for those who study Torah in yeshivas as against Lapid’s Yesh Atid, which campaigned on a platform of obligatory army service for all; Yesh Atid, which is pumping for that “two state solution” as against Habayit Hayehudi, whose head, Bennett, seeks annexation of Area C. Frequently there are ways of working out compromises. Sometimes it will happen that a party says it cannot sit in a government that espouses certain policies.

The coalition is very unlikely to be a narrow one — Netanyahu has made it clear that he wants a broad-based unity government because of what we must deal with. And so his negotiating team is going to do its best to work out those compromises.

Under ideal conditions, my very strong preference would be for a narrow, right-wing nationalist government. But I understand the prime minister’s desire to have broad backing for what must be taken on internationally. This is real and it is legitimate. It will remain to be seen how stable such a coalition can be.

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A final observation, which is more than rumor at this point: The election has gone to the head of Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid. Now that he’s garnered 19 mandates, he apparently imagines that he can call the shots, and he has made some most inappropriate comments, including the fact that he’s aiming to be prime minister next time. This has surely endeared him greatly to Netanyahu, who is likely to be seeking ways to reduce Lapid’s influence.

02/5/13

Seems like almost everybody did participate in Draw Obama Day and a few even spotted the White House fake.

By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative

Laughter and sarcasm penetrate deeper than armor-piercing bullets. Laughter is one of the most potent weapons. When you laugh at your enemy they seem to shake like they were struck with a shock wave. And so in the days that followed the pompous White House warning to all those mischievous Internet bloggers to NOT photoshop or manipulate the image of Barry Soetoro/aka/Barack Hussein Obama deftly shooting a shotgun, it seems that almost everyone took up the challenge and did. Including yours truly. When I posted just a small handful of examples to the effort to show our collective disgust with the phony White House publicity photo I never realized how much this would take off. Within a few days there were literally hundreds of images posted on various web sites and blogs. So many in fact that I can only post links below to show you. But some more observant bloggers discovered that the White House photo could not have been taken at the Camp David skeet range. That is covered below.

Winds of Jihad (Australia) has reposted photos from several places. Also has the best sarcasm. i.e The harder we laugh, the sooner he will fall.

Moonbattery
Obama Skeet Shooting Photoshop Mania
Tired of laughter initiated by Obama’s improbable claim that he skeet shoots “all the time” (at least all the time that he’s not pedaling around on a girl’s bicycle, wearing a dorky helmet), the White House released the following picture, purportedly showing the metrosexual Moonbat in Chief shooting at clay targets at Camp David. I’m guessing he missed, since the gun is not aimed upward:

Oh, you mean we can’t Photoshop it? That would be rich, considering that Obama’s lackeys at New Republic tried to prop up his skeet shooting claim by Tweeting this lame Photoshop:

Maser Media started out with 49 pictures on Sunday, then started a contest to gather votes (entries continue until Midnight, tonight) and as of this morning has posted a total of 81 images, (including mine #67).

Twitchy has posted some that came across via Twitter.

Sad Hill News Obama ‘Furious’ Over White House ‘Skeet Shooting’ Photoshops® – Issues Executive Order To Prevent Future Mishaps

Free Republic has some very interesting variations.

It’s more real than Obama skeet shooting!

29 posted on Monday, February 04, 2013 3:42:05 PM by smoothsailing

Followed by this one showing what you can do with a green screen backdrop.

31 posted on Monday, February 04, 2013 4:14:10 PM by McBuff

Both of which suggest that the “Official White House photo” was a fake.

Aerial photo of Camp David skeet range

Should start a contest. What station he was shooting skeet from. They all have 8′ high wooden fence behind them. Strange the wooden fence doesn’t show up in Obama Skeet shooting picture.

31 posted on Sunday, February 03, 2013 2:28:02 PM by tangchung

President John F. Kennedy took part in the sport as well at Camp David.

The Blaze has a picture of President John F. Kennedy shooting skeet at Camp David and it doesn’t look anything like the White House photo of Barack Hussein Obama.

(Image: AboutCampDavid)

I can see why the White House would go to the trouble of faking a photo of our Pansy-in-Chief making believe he can handle a shotgun. When he was called upon to toss the opening day pitch for the start of professional baseball season he came across looking like he was throwing the ball like a girl.