09/16/14

The Watcher’s Council Weasel Of The Week Nominations!! – 09/16/14

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Hello and welcome to the Watcher’s Council’s new feature, ‘Weasel Of The Week’, where we award the golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be publicly slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

Here are this weeks’ nominees…

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi!!

The Noisy Room : for her comments on Bill Maher’s show:

“It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate,” Pelosi told Maher. “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.”

The only thing that would be ‘endangered’ is Leftist Marxism and their unconstitutional mandates. If anything, civilization would take a much needed step forward with Republicans in full control. At least we would not be charging backwards towards a feudal state quite as fast, or embracing Progressivism quite as hard. Pelosi has not only ethical issues, she has sanity issues.

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NFL Commissioner (at least at the time of writing) Roger Goodell!!

Virginia Right! : for his legendary inconsistency in punishment.

Ray Rice knocks his girlfriend out and initially received a 2 game suspension. Meanwhile, over in Indianapolis, Robert Mathis is prescribed a fertility drug by his doctor in an effort to have a child. Mathis gets a 4 game suspension. If only he had beat his wife instead of loving her enough to have a child.

And now we find out that the elevator video of Rice actually hitting his girlfriend was probably seen – and ignored by Goodell. Until it went viral.

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Pop Singer Robin Thicke!

The Colossus of Rhodey : It’s bad enough he’ll never admit he (clearly) ripped off Marvin Gaye and his classic “Got To Give It Up” for his mega-hit “Blurred Lines,” but now he admits he never wrote the song in the first place!

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Maxine ‘No Justice No peace’ Waters, Democrat Congresswoman!

The Independent Sentinel : For telling the Council of Pakistan Affairs and Islamic Society of Orange County that Sharia Law is compatible with the U.S. Constitution and for telling them that anyone who disagrees is a bigot.

So much for free speech and the right to dissent.

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Former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!!

Nice Deb : for having the nerve to run for president after her ignominious term as Obama’s Secretary of State.

Never mind the scandals, lies and duplicity that marked her tenure as First Lady during the Clinton years.

Under Obama, she presided over a State Department at a time in which the Middle East descended into chaos, our relationship with our allies weakened, and her “reset” with Russia failed miserably. During her watch, the State Department was awash in scandals from the Benghazi cover-up (with new revelations this week) to rampant sex crimes overseas and the subsequent whistle-blower retaliations that followed.

Her only “accomplishment” – if you can call it that is the fact that she was the most traveled Sec. of State in US history.

Being a Democrat, and thus a weasel, she understands that the MSM will crawl across broken glass to help drag her across the finish in line in 2016. So she’s got that going for her and it’s no small thing.

Well, there it is! Are these worthy weasels or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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09/15/14

Hitting Bottom?

Arlene from Israel

Things have been really awful for some time now.  Horrendous. Here in this region we’ve had the murder of an American ambassador by a group Obama previously claimed had been undone; the wholesale murder by Assad of Syria of tens of thousands of his own people; the heartless and manipulative use of human shields by Hamas in a manner that they parlayed into something of a PR victory – because dead babies “sell.”  And on, and on, and on.  Those of us who don’t have blinders on have been watching, and asking, in anguished tones, “Don’t they get it?”  There has been so much apathy, such refusal to confront painful realities.

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Well, folks, I believe something has now shifted.  Now in Syria and Iraq there is ISIS (aka IS, ISIL), which has beheaded Westerners and marched hundreds of people to their deaths by wholesale shootings, all on video. They have declared a state that is a “caliphate,” to be run according to Sharia law – with declarations of intention of expanding that caliphate.

And there’s something else happening that makes ISIS more frightening for Western nations: Muslims from their own citizenries have gone to fight with ISIS and will be returning radicalized and ready to do damage from within.  Damage?  Wreak terrorism.

Have we hit bottom?  Not sure, but I’d like to think so – would like to think it isn’t going to get even worse. Whether this is the case or not, what I am seeing is that it has gotten sufficiently horrendous so that people are now getting up from their chairs and rousing themselves.

And so, it’s very horrible, but there are just glimmers, sparks, of hope.

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Very briefly, what we are seeing happen:

Obama is very reluctant warrior. But he’s assuming the stance of warrior in a manner that most of us never believed we’d live to see.

As Daniel Greenfield, writing as Sultan Knish, said recently:

“Winston Churchill, quipped, ‘The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.’

“It’s not true of the United States, but it is true of Barack Obama who, having exhausted every alternative that involved appeasement or pretending that ISIS wasn’t a threat, has decided to do the right thing.” (Emphasis added)

Will he do the “right thing” with sufficient strength?  There is reason to doubt this, precisely because he remains reluctant.  He’s committed at the moment to airstrikes only and not to boots on the ground.

As Mark Steyn wrote:

“When it comes to war, he [Obama] suffers from an additional burden: before he can persuade anybody else, he first has to persuade himself. And he can’t do it.”

But his turn-about, I suspect, has genuine significance, none-the-less.

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Now 30 countries have come together in Iraq to discuss what to do about ISIS. There is a determination here – a sense of urgency – that hasn’t been reflected in international attitudes towards Syria’s civil war and other crises:

“Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight ISIS militants ‘by any means necessary.’

“An American official said Sunday several Arab countries had offered to conduct airstrikes, speaking on condition of anonymity…

“…’The threat is global and the response must be global,’ French President François Hollande said, opening the diplomatic conference intended to come up with an international strategy against the group. ‘There is no time to lose.’

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What we are seeing then, with all of the political machinations and problems (about which more below), is a suggestion that the world may be waking up.

Israel has come out fully supportive of Obama’s efforts. While we will remain in the background on this, the current scenario puts us on the same side as the US and multiple other nations – there is less of a tone of “Israel vs. the world.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, in Prague last week, told Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (emphasis added):

When Islamic State reaches Europe, everyone will understand what Hamas meant for Israel.  We must eradicate Islamic terrorism for the good of humankind.”

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We’re not talking about Israel’s problem, we’re talking about a world problem – one that Israel shares with others.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) gave a speech in the Senate last week in which he condemned Hamas and declared it to be no better than the Islamic State (ISIS).

Reid called the failure to condemn Hamas as one would condemn the Islamic State group “stunning hypocrisy.” (Emphasis added)

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Before turning to the situation closer to home, I did want to mention one other factor here:  It would be a danger of considerable dimensions if the global concern about ISIS were to eclipse concern about Iran – which has not been nearly strong enough in any event.  Or if action against ISIS were to put Iran – which is on the verge of getting the bomb – in a better place.

Claire Lopez expresses concern that Obama will end up supporting Iranian puppets in Iraq and Syria in the process of weakening ISIS.

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Here in Israel, I confess to being amused by the problems generated for the Palestinian Authority by the global focus on ISIS:  The Palestinian-Arab problem is no longer the focus of world concern. Shock.  Horrors.

But they keep trying:

“Speaking to the Fatah television channel, Saeb Erekat said on Sunday that the reason behind the extremism in the Middle East was the continued Israeli occupation, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the ‘terror acts’ committed by Israel and the settlers, the report further added.

“Meanwhile Adnan Damiri, the official spokesman for the Palestinian Authority’s security forces, has urged the United States and Europe to form a coalition against what he called ‘the terror of the Israeli occupation.’”

Does anyone take these clowns seriously?

I’ll be following with a great deal more on what Abbas is doing, hopes to do, says he’ll do, might do.
09/15/14

Name Names: Brian Fallon, Eric Holder, Elijah Cummings, DOJ, IRS, Treasury, Barack Obama

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

One more example of why true American patriots need to be the news media, since the Marxstream Media does fifth column work for the cartel collectivists.

Injustice Department? Telephone call reveals Holder’s lawless agency

A term to know:

fifth column (military tactic)

09/14/14

Green is the New Black, but if You’re White You Can Live in a Dumpster in the Hood

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

We should all be reminded from time to time just how insane collectivism is and how loony it is to be a “leftist.” But we should never allow that to lure us into thinking it is all just ineffectually quaint. Like the self-commendingly altruistic ladies in Arsenic and Old Lace, it always features deadly poison.
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The university dean’s falsely lit imaginings reveal themselves in their first five words:

“What if everybody had to go to some sort of laundromat?” Wilson posited. “How would that shift how we have to, or get to, interact with others? I know I have met a much wider circle of people just from going to laundromats and wandering around outside of the dumpster when I would’ve been in there if I had a large flat screen and a La-Z Boy.”

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This really is a fine metaphor of what “progress” is in store for America and the world, in the global fascist’s Agenda 21 vision (while the megawealthy live in their pleasure palaces). It really is a neo-feudalistic vision from Metropolis, 1984, or Hunger Games. Or why does one think the FKA-Illuminati/Rothschild central bankster complex is paying out of their titanic, parasitic wealth, to fund it?

09/12/14

Texas: Torrid Battleground in America’s War for Our History

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

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It has been said that history is written by the winners of wars. In Fabianist Marxofascist schemes, wars are won by the re-writing of history.

EXCLUSIVE: Texas is ‘Nation’s Last Best Chance’ to Block APUSH, Say Experts

Dodd-Norman-GEG-inNorman Dodd knew first-hand and he warned us of the soft treason (video and commentary in Gulag // full transcript via supremelaw.org):

So they approach the Rockefeller Foundation with a suggestion: that portion of education which could be considered domestic should be handled by the Rockefeller Foundation, and that portion which is international should be handled by the Endowment.

They then decide that the key to the success of these two operations lay in the alteration of the teaching of American History. So, they approach four of the then most prominent teachers of American History in the country — people like Charles and Mary Byrd. Their suggestion to them is this, “Will they alter the manner in which they present their subject”” And, they get turned down, flatly.

So, they then decide that it is necessary for them to do as they say, i.e. “build our own stable of historians.” Then, they approach the Guggenheim Foundation, which specializes in fellowships, and say” “When we find young men in the process of studying for doctorates in the field of American History, and we feel that they are the right caliber, will you grant them fellowships on our say so? And the answer is, “Yes.”

So, under that condition, eventually they assemble twenty (20), and they take these twenty potential teachers of American History to London. There, they are briefed in what is expected of them — when, as, and if they secure appointments in keeping with the doctorates they will have earned.

That group of twenty historians ultimately becomes the nucleus of the American Historical Association. And then, toward the end of the 1920’s, the Endowment grants to the American Historical Association four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) for a study of our history in a manner which points to what this country look forward to, in the future.

That culminates in a seven-volume study, the last volume of which is, of course, in essence, a summary of the contents of the other six. The essence of the last volume is this: the future of this country belongs to collectivism, administered with characteristic American efficiency.

See tags and categories for more, including “Frankfurt School.”

09/12/14

Just Who is Gulag Bound?

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

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09/12/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 09/12/14

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Did you know? — Because none of them are making headlines and all are deadly serious:

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“There is no substitute for victory… It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.” – General Douglas MacArthur

“Sons of Islam everywhere, the jihad is a duty – to establish the rule of Allah on earth and to liberate your countries and yourselves from America’s domination and its Zionist allies, it is your battle – either victory or martyrdom.” – Ahmed Yassin, AKA The Blind Sheik

“We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world.” – Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini

“My aim then was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” – General William Tecumseh Sherman

A lot has been said about The Islamic State, not least by our president who laid out last night what he considers a strategy… although of course, as our Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN, we’re not, you know, actually at war. The day before, I finished a piece I’d been working on for a while at Joshuapundit, Defeating The Islamic State that puts forth the proposition that we are very much at war and have been for some time as our leaders continue to deny it – and how to go about winning it.

Here’s a slice:

President Obama has revealed – surprise! – that he has no strategy for even combating, let alone defeating Islamic State. His excuse is that he’s ordered his military advisers to give him “a range of options,” which is another confession of how inept this president is.

He’s known about Islamic State (formerly ISIS) for a long time now now, and even had a significant part in Islamic State’s growth, arming and training them with the assistance of Turkey and Qatar.The mess with Islamic State is very much of Barack Obama’s making. And let’s not forget that his illegal intervention in Libya to save the jihadis and al-Qaeda militias in Benghazi, that allowed all of Khaddaffi’s arsenal fall into jihadi hands and created a failed state now known as ‘jihadi central’ where groups like Islamic State’s allies al Nusrah, al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) and others now have a base to arm and train.

Yet, after all that, this president never bothered to have our military put together a contingency plan to deal with any possible blowback, and is just now consulting with the military and ‘waiting for options!’

In the president’s actual statement, he of course substituted ‘we’ rather then ‘he’, because as you know, nothing is ever his fault.I actually know children who are more responsible when they’re confronted by an error.

But the problem of defeating Islamic State is not as simple as it seems. The president’s dysfunctional buffoonery aside, there are a lot of considerations here that need to be looked at.

The first part of making any decision is actually having definable foreign policy goals, something this president seems to lack except for his fetish for empowering and protecting Islamists.

So job one, the way I see it, is to formulate such goals. I think eliminating imminent security risks to America is a good one. And if that’s the goal, simply bombing the hummus out of Islamic State, something I’ve heard a lot of people push for, won’t do it. The reverse in fact.

It has apparently never occurred to them that odious as Islamic State is, they are a counterbalance to an almost equally odious Iranian regime. Taking out Islamic State only helps Iran and the likes of Hezbollah consolidate their goal of a nuclear armed Shi’ite bloc.

That, by the way, is one of the main reasons why taking out Saddam Hussein was such a dumb idea, and why old hands like Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld tried to talk George W. Bush out of it.

Iran has been gulling the West on their rogue nuclear weapons program for almost a decade now, and here has been no progress in terms of diplomacy in getting them to stop, while the centrifuges keep spinning. Nor will there be. Iran is the key to this situation, and a much more serious threat than Islamic State.

So, how to accomplish the goal of eliminating these security threats to America?

The first thing, of course, is to be honest at long last and finally let the peoples of the West know what we’re fighting. Call it Islamism, Islamic fascism, Radical Islam, jihad, whatever you will. But identifying it without tiptoeing around it and letting the peoples of the West know what’s at stake is key. We are fighting an ideology. And it’s an ideology that has to be shamed, demonized and ridiculed, especially in the West, with no false notions about political correctness. Propaganda works both ways:

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The West needs to understand what characterizes jihad, and that while Islamic State is a Sunni organization, the same applies to Iran, the other, Shi’ite side of the same coin. We are not dealing with rational actors as we understand the term, and we need to understand the dedication and fanaticism of our enemies, just as we did in WWII. And we need to also understand that this needs to be a war, not an ‘operation’  or a few desultory airstrikes. This video, from Islamic State about the taking of Mosul and surrounding areas is valuable in achieving that perspective:>

The simplest and best first step is the old one of arming and strengthening our friends while destroying our enemies. To me, that means a strong and independent Kurdistan that’s a US ally, while leaving the Shi’ites to hold their line in the south near Baghdad. There’s no sense whatsoever in giving the Shi’ite regime in Iraq much more in money and support. They’ve already had over $25 billion in arms, training and logistics lavished on them and have performed with all the martial fervor and expertise of the majority of the ARVN troops in South Vietnam. All those shiny American arms and supplies ended up in Islamic State’s hands. But the Iraqi army can can probably manage to hold a line at Baghdad and points south, especially if The Islamic State has other fronts to worry about.

The Kurds, on the other hand have already proven that in anything like an equal fight they can hold their own and win. And they would also have the incentive of fighting for an independent Kurdistan, a dream they’ve had for years. Kurdistan is where we should have made out base and our stand in the beginning, a naturally democratic,pro-American enclave that begged us to do so. At least they were pro-American until they were betrayed by President Bush and President Obama, but I think the relationship with the Kurds is salvageable, although perhaps not with President Obama in power.

The next step would be a much improved relationship with Israel. This would include a joint project for a pre-emptive strike to take out Iran’s nukes and Iran’s capacity to cause mischief to anyone for some time. Tactical nukes might unfortunately be necessary. At this point, it would almost certainly be necessary to take out Iran’s oil and gas infrastructure and refineries as well to make sure their nuclear ambitions stay dormant, something that could have been avoided had the job been done a lot earlier.

I would also leave the carnage and destruction intact,certainly as long as any semblance of the present regime is in power.Some monuments are built of stone, others of rubble. But both fulfill a similar function, that of remembrance. Just ask the Germans and the Japanese.

I repeat, Iran is the key to the region, not Islamic State. And Iran can be dealt with, more or less swiftly and decisively because of its systemic vulnerabilities, its fixed address and its lack of sufficient air and sea power. This is not to say that a strike on Iran would be without cost, but the cost will be infinitely less if it is done now before Iran achieves nuclear weapons capability than later.President Obama’s thoughts about strategy to the contrary, a nuclear amred Shi’ite block is not going to be something that can be worked with or ‘contained.’ Iran’s demographics and plunging birthrate doesn’t give Iran much time to put the Shi’ite hegemony they want together, and the Ayatollahs know it.

It is our failure to deal effectively with Iran, it’s fomenting of terrorism and its rogue nuclear program that has caused the present crisis.If not for that, the Russians would not be a factor and Basher Assad would have had to come to terms with Syria’s Sunni majority. Instead, he had the means to expel millions of them.

Without the war in Syria,  ISIS would never have received arms and training covertly from the Obama Administration, with the help of Turkey and Qatar. Without Iran, Iraq’s Shi’ites would have had to compromise with the Sunnis and Kurds and disaffected Sunnis would not have allied themselves with ISIS,Islamic State’s former identity.

There is no victory possible in this war without taking Iran off the board.

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The destruction of Islamic State and its affiliated jihadis is going to be more difficult, but again not beyond our capabilities. Again, let’s remember that we are fighting an ideology. To start, were I president, I would insist on a formal declaration of war by Congress. To get that, I would have to make the case of Islamic State and it’s allied militias constituting… an imminent security risk to America, and then put forth the clear goal of its defeat and exactly what that would look like.

A Declaration of War clarifies exactly what a war is about, who the enemy is and gives a commander-in-chief certain powers that can come in handy where sedition, espionage and sabotage are concerned. And it puts congress on board in a much more decisive and straight forward way then foggy ‘resolutions.’ It says volumes about President Obama’s arrogance and unsuitability as commander-in-chief that his plans reportedly include not consulting congress at all. But moving on…

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Victor Davis Hanson with Obama’s Untruth, Inc. submitted by Joshuapundit, a classic recounting and cataloging of the many lies this president has told the American people… and quite possibly, himself as well.

Here are this week’s full results. The Colossus of Rhodey, Ask Marion, Simply Jews and Rhymes with Right were unable to vote this week. None were affected by the mandatory 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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09/11/14

Never Happened

Arlene from Israel

You may well have read various news items in the last few days about how Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, president of Egypt (pictured below), offered a deal to Abbas:

What was said was that al-Sisi was prepared to turn over to Abbas a considerable swath of land in the Sinai adjacent to Gaza, in which Palestinian “refugees” could settle, and which would – unified with Gaza – become the Palestinian state.  In return, Abbas would withdraw demands for Israel to return to the 1949 armistice line (which is commonly and erroneously referred to as the “1967 border”).  The areas of Judea and Samaria that were already under PA control – primarily the major Arab cities such as Ramallah – would become an autonomy.

Word was that Abbas turned it down.

Much was written about how this proved Abbas didn’t really want a Palestinian state (that indeed is the case – but not because of this) and how this offer by al-Sisi signaled a new diplomatic era.

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But I am here to tell you that this never happened.  My source is a very highly credible Arabic-speaking Israeli with connections in the Palestinian Arab world.

The one who made this offer, he says, was former president Morsi, who is Muslim Brotherhood.  The offer back then, my contact explained with consider logic, was made with the idea that Hamas would be in control of the area that would become the Palestinian state, while Abbas would be sidelined.  There would then have been two Muslim Brotherhood states – Egypt and Palestine.

At present, there is no way that Abbas and his PA could take control of Gaza and an area adjacent to it in the Sinai –  Hamas remains firmly in control in Gaza.  And al-Sisi has absolutely no desire to strengthen Hamas.

 

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As for Abbas himself, I must return to the Yiddish expression I have used previously: You cannot ride on two horses with one tuchis.  (Yes, I like this expression because it so colorfully describes the situation.)  Seems he is still attempting to do just that.  With very limited success.

During the recent conflict, he was thoroughly on the side of Hamas, in public.  Participated in the indirect ceasefire talks with Hamas and even led the negotiations.  At that time I was advised that he was doing this in order to stay “relevant.”  He wanted to remain in the public eye as a player of consequence.  Thus, he did not break the unity agreement with Hamas or come out critical of Hamas.

Now that the conflict is on hold, he has switched sides.  Sort of.  Wants to appear as the one to be embraced as a “moderate.”

Four days ago, during a meeting in Cairo, he declared:

“If Hamas won’t accept a Palestinian State with one government, one law, and one weapon – then there won’t be any partnership between us. This is our condition, and we won’t back away from it.

“We will only be talking to Hamas if they meet our requirements. The partnership with Hamas depends on arms being under the control of the Palestinian State.”

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If Abbas truly thinks that Hamas will relinquish control of their weapons to a unity government he heads, he’s dreaming.

The April 23 reconciliation agreement signed by Palestinian leaders did not address the most contentious issue between them: the weapons of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing. Both Fatah and Hamas thought it best to pass on the issue to avoid it posing an obstacle to reconciliation.” (Emphasis added)

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/05/qassam-weapons-hamas-fatah-reconciliation.html#

Since Hamas never agreed to turn over its weapons, he is on thin ice with his demands. And what I observe is that so far he is all talk.  He has not broken with Hamas, he has merely threatened to do so.

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According to an analysis by Malcolm Lowe, Abbas is not nearly as smart as he imagines himself to be, and has maneuvered himself into a corner (emphasis added):

“The recent hostilities between Hamas and Israel have prompted various Israeli figures…to advocate an enhanced role for Mahmoud Abbas, the President (sic) of the Palestinian Authority [PA], in an eventual solution for Gaza. The implausibility of this idea has been pointed out elsewhere. What both the proponents and the critics of this idea have not asked, however, is a more fundamental question: To what extent was Abbas complicit in the aggression of Hamas?”

Lowe then documents the multiple ways in which Abbas was clearly complicit – thereby demonstrating that it is not as easy to switch horses as Abbas apparently imagined it would be.

“Previously, [Abbas] had been using security collaboration with Israel to weaken Hamas, his chief rival [in Judea and Samaria].  Now [March 2014] he chose the reverse tactic: by forming a Palestinian unity government…he hoped to use Hamas to weaken Israel to the point of succumbing to his demands.

This was a catastrophic miscalculation on the part of Abbas Hamas had its own reasons for joining a unity government.  Above all, Hamas had been made bankrupt by the Egyptian decision to eliminate the tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, so it relied on the promise that the unity government would pay the long overdue salaries of its 40,000 civil servants..

“…as the Israeli Security Service (Shin Bet) has discovered, Hamas exploited the formation of the unity government for a scheme to overthrow Abbas in the West Bank, while brutally injuring Fatah operatives in Gaza.

“Worst of all, an opinion poll shows that the Palestinian public — in its characteristic mode of collective insanity — accepts Hamas’s claim of ‘victory’ over Israel. Whereas until recently Abbas enjoyed clear superiority over Hamas’s Ismail Haniyeh in opinion polls, now Haniyeh is projected to defeat him by 61% to 32% in the upcoming election for the Palestinian presidency. Remember that the agreement to form a unity government stipulated that fresh elections for both the Palestinian parliament and the presidency should take place within six months. The same poll ascribes even greater popularity to Haniyeh in the West Bank than in Gaza (66% versus 53%)…

“In another misjudgment, Abbas finally opened his mouth to denounce Hamas’s responsibility for the destruction of Gaza just days before that poll was published. That is, he was silent when the destruction could have been prevented, but chose to criticize it precisely when the broad Palestinian public had euphorically decided that it was a price worth paying.

“…the Palestinian government has now recommitted itself to paying the 40,000 Hamas officials in Gaza in addition to the 70,000 PA officials who have been receiving salaries in Gaza since 2007 without actually working.  In other words, the proposal is to pay 110,000 employees for the work that is currently done by 40,000 – and this is out of a Palestinian budget that is already (as usual) in deep deficit….”

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4679/evaluating-mahmoud-abbas

I suggest you save this URL and send it to anyone who promotes Abbas as the solution to the current situation in Gaza.

Credit: The Guardian
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At the time of the ceasefire, Izzat al-Rishq, a member of the Hamas politburo who was part of the Hamas negotiating team, said: “the resistance maintains its finger on the trigger.”

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/08/gaza-war-ceasefire-cairo-hamas-israel.html#

Nothing else was expected.  Most clearly, we are in a hiatus, but have not seen the end of hostilities.  Not only is Hamas refusing to surrender its weapons, there are reports that it is already working to replenish its weapons cache.

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“A senior political source warned on Sunday that Hamas has renewed its rocket manufacturing and smuggling operations and has begun rebuilding the terror tunnels destroyed by the IDF.”

“On Friday, Yedioth Ahronoth’s political analyst Shimon Shiffer said that the Military Intelligence Director is expected to present in the coming days a comprehensive report to the political establishment regarding Hamas’ rehabilitation efforts.”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4568482,00.html

Now, there are claims that these reports are in error.

And then we’re told that it takes time for rebuilding to be done. Plus there is talk of methods to be put to use to detect tunnel construction.

It does not matter.

Once commercials goods start coming into Gaza, it is possible to smuggle parts of rockets inside commercial supplies.  I’ve even read about schemes to utilize a submarine to bring materials to Gaza (have no idea if this is viable).  Hamas – which is very determined – is aiming for more sophisticated equipment, not just replenishment of lost supplies.  Remember, it has a deal with North Korea.  It is not thinkable that down the road there should be equipment in the hands of Hamas that Iron Dome is not equipped to deal with.

It is Israel’s job now not only to track what is going on, but to respond to it quickly if re-arming is detected.

In the past, we sat still while arming went on in Gaza, waiting until Israel was attacked first – so that we would not be labeled the aggressor.  This would be deplorable in the current situation.

Israel is currently in negotiations with Hamas for a final truce.  We haven’t even reached that stage yet.  The maximum in vigilance and in responsiveness is required.

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There has been so much talk about a new diplomatic situation that would help us manage the situation in Gaza, with new alliances and new distress about jihadi regimes.  We’re part way there – witness the difference between Morsi and al-Sisi and expressed concerns of the EU regarding jihadists – but so far I have not seen anything of substance I can write about, although I would dearly love to do so.

All I see at present is a morass of confusion.

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You may well have seen one or more hysterical articles about how Israel is involved in a “land grab.”  I would like to close with a link to an article that refutes this (emphasis added):

“Last week, the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria declared that some 1,000 acres in the area of Gush Etzion was public (state) land.

“As expected, the extreme left-wing NGOs in Israel, led by Peace Now, exploded with an intensive campaign against this step, and shortly thereafter, the US, the UN and certain European countries began to condemn the move and demanded that Israel repeal its decision.

In a malicious manner intended to throw sand in the eyes of the international community, and to blacken the name of Israel, Peace Now purposely misrepresented this step – which was simply the formal completion of a well-known process – as expropriation of land, and another example of ‘occupation, expulsion and theft.

However, an accurate analysis of this declaration and its basis in law completely disproves the claim that Israel has taken over privately owned land. The opposite is actually true – this entire process, implemented by the government, of surveying and officially declaring land to be state land, is intended to ensure that no private property rights will be harmed and that new or expanded communities will be established only on land that belongs unequivocally to the sovereign power according to international law, and not to a private individual.”

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Get-a-grip-Theres-no-grab-374894

Another article to save, my friends. Share it and utilize it to defend Israel.  Please!

09/11/14

John McNaughton on Obama’s Fiddling with the Fires this 9-11

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

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See the whole painting with artist John McNaughton’s commentary on Obama’s speech of last night.

The dangers we’re in, stemming from the orchestrated illegal alien inundation, along with the orchestrated Arab Spring debaucheries and debacles, up through the emergence of USA supplied ISIS — while Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi exemplifies authentic America…
Are We Safe Now?? It’s 9/11

God save us this day.