Back in the USSR…
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and we have the results for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.
“A hungry wolf is stronger than a satisfied dog” – Old Ukrainian Proverb
““There’s not a lot of options on the table, candidly … Putin is playing chess and we are playing marbles.” – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) on “Fox News Sunday”
“Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.” – Sir Winston Churchill, 1916
This week’s winner by a nose was Joshuapundit’s The Ukraine Folk Dance And What It Really Means, is my analysis of what’s happening in Ukraine, something several other Council members weighed in on in a number of excellent pieces that will reward your attention. Here’s a slice:
The Ukraine exploded this weekend, as Vladimir Putin got backing from the Russian Duma (parliament) to send the troops into Crimea. Russian forces seized the strategic peninsula over the weekend, surrounded a few small Ukrainian military outposts and demanded the Ukrainian troops inside surrender and disarm.
Meanwhile, the Crimea now has its own, pro-Russian government and the new Ukrainian prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, mobilized the Ukrainian military and said that that Kiev would request international intervention if the Russian military didn’t withdraw.
“This is actually a declaration of war to my country. We urge Putin to pull back his troops from this country and honor bilateral agreements,” he said. “If he wants to be the president who started the war between two neighboring and friendly countries, he has reached his target within a few inches.”
Except Ukraine will have to do without its 10 ship navy in any hostilities. Just a day after he had been appointed head of the Ukraine’s navy by interim president Oleksandr Turchynov, Admiral Denis Berezovsky let it be known he was switching sides to the pro-Russian authorities.
“I swear to execute the orders of the [pro-Russia] commander-in-chief of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” he said, speaking from the Crimean headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet at the Crimean port of Sebastopol.
In any event, it’s obvious that what passes for the Ukraine’s army is no match for the Russians in any stand up fight if it comes to that. So Turchynov is pretty much limited to hoping for international intervention, especially since Putin is also likely to go after the Eastern Ukraine as well, which is also predominantly native Russian.
President Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the EU were apparently caught completely off guard by the events in Ukraine. Even the obvious Russian military buildup and the implications of the Russians saying openly that there was ‘no basis for dialog’ with the Ukraine rebels seems to have escaped them. President Obama skipped out on a scheduled National Security meeting with his team to attend a film festival, but attempted to play catchup with a phone call to Russian leader Vladimir Putin after the military incursion, while Secretary Kerry was reduced to threats of ‘maybe throwing Russia out of the G-8′. As for the EU, Lady Ashton, its foreign policy chief commented, “This is an unwarranted escalation of tensions. I therefore call upon the Russian Federation not to dispatch such troops, but to promote its views through peaceful means.”
I swear, I could almost hear the Russians laughing at these people from here.No wonder the Kremlin spokesperson replied ‘no comment at this time’ to bold statements like that!
Oddly enough, there was a certain former vice-presidential candidate who saw things clearly as far back as 2008:
Yes she was certainly mocked for that one,wasn’t she? ‘Ooh,I can see Russia from my howwwse’ said SNL’s Tina Fey, creating campaign fodder out of something Governor Palin never said but that was linked to her endlessly. Except the joke was on the country, because not only was Governor Palin the only person on either ticket with any executive experience, she was also the only one of the four with any experience actually negotiating anything with a foreign country. As usual, she was right about Russia as well as pretty much everything else, including President Obama and his behavior.
So where do we go from here?
Much more at the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Allen West with Obama and Hagel have surrendered our military strength submitted by The Noisy Room, in which Col. West takes apart the Obama/Hagel proposed military budget that sharply downsizes our military.
Okay, here are this week’s full results…
- *First place with 2 2/3 votes! – Joshuapundit – The Ukraine Folk Dance And What It Really Means
- Second place *t* with 2 1/3 votes – Bookworm Room – A story showing everything that’s wrong with bureaucracies: rules have replaced morals and human decency
- Third place with 2 votes – The Right Planet – So You Want a Con-Con, Huh?
- Fourth place with 1 2/3 vote – The Independent Sentinel – The Government Is Using Covert Operatives to Manipulate and Destroy People on the Internet
- Fourth place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – The Noisy Room – The Clear And Present Danger of Russian Expansionism
- Fourth place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – The Razor – Class is In Session for Obama
- Fifth place with 1 vote – Simply Jews – Western world and Ukraine: peacemakers for bandits?
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – VA Right! – What the Obamacare Numbers are NOT Telling Us – How Many Policies Have Been Bound?
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Nice Deb – Spoiler Alert: New Liam Neesan Movie “Non-Stop” Is anti-American Garbage – NYC Audience Groaned When Villain Revealed
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Ask Marion – Did Sarah Palin Predict Russia Invading Ukraine If Obama Got Elected?…
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Glittering Eye – The Stupidest Advice
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Liberty’s Spirit – Bibi Needs to Keep the Ukraine in Mind this Week
- *First place with 3 votes! – Allen West – Obama and Hagel have surrendered our military strength submitted by The Noisy Room
- Second place *t* with 2 2/3 votes – K.T. McFarland – How Obama could stop Putin’s Ukraine power grab without firing a shot submitted by Joshuapundit
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – Jack Matlock – Obama’s Confrontation over Ukraine Has Increased Putin’s Support at Home submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – George Szirtes – Israel and ‘Apartheid’ submitted by Simply Jews
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – Raymond Ibrahim – Why Are Christians the World’s Most Persecuted Group? submitted by The Watcher
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Walter Russell Mead – Putin Invades Crimea: Obama Hardest Hit? submitted by The Razor
- Fourth place *t* with 1 votes – Doug Ross@Journal – TERROR, TORTURE, MURDER: The Horrifying Truth Behind America’s Open Borders Policy submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Rush Limbaugh – Arizona Fallout: Mr. Sulu Doesn’t Like Me; Gay Hairdresser Refuses Service to NM Gov submitted by Ask Marion
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes – John Hayward, The Conversation – As the White House Turns submitted by Nice Deb
- Sixfth place *t* with 1/3 vote – On Second Thought/New Republic – Mitt Was Right About Russia submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Washington Free Beacon – Obama Budget Will Add $8.3 Trillion To Debt submitted by VA Right!
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Paul Roderick Gregory/Forbes – Want Putin’s Attention On Ukraine? Follow His Money submitted by The Right Planet
- Sixth place with *t* 1/3 vote – Peter Wehner/Commentary – Obama’s Journey from Arrogance to Incompetence submitted by Bookworm Room
- Sixth place with *t* 1/3 vote – Elder of Ziyon – The epic meltdown of an Israel hater at UCLA (NOW WITH MUSIC VIDEO!) submitted by The Watcher
- Sixth place with *t* 1/3 vote – John C.Goodman – Why We Lost The War On Poverty submitted by The Watcher
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Typical Communist ploy…
Truth be told, I had expected Prime Minister Netanyahu to focus on Iran in his AIPAC talk yesterday. I had been planning to use his speech as a kick-off point for a discussion about Iran. Instead, yesterday, I went in various other directions. And today, there is a different, decidedly more ominous kick-off point for focus on Iran.
I am going to make this brief because, not knowing how broadly this information will be broadcast outside of Israel, I want this out:
The information has surfaced that early this morning Israeli naval commandos from the elite unit Shayetet 13 seized a ship in the Red Sea that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian rockets intended for delivery to terrorists in Gaza.
The cargo ship, the Klos C, was sailing under a Panamanian flag. Its 17-man crew did not resist when their ship – which is now being brought to Eilat – was boarded in international waters. The crew was comprised of several nationalities (none Iranian) who were apparently oblivious to the nature of the cargo the ship was carrying.
According to Israeli military spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner, dozens of M302 rockets – hidden behind bags of cement that were labeled in English “Made in Iran” – were found on-board. They would have had the capacity to strike deep into Israel.
The blood runs cold when one considers what might have happened, had the ship not have been intercepted. All credit is due the IDF, which carried out what Lerner referred to as a “complex, covert operation.” It met with success because of a “combination of in-depth intelligence and enhanced operational capabilities.”
IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, who supervised the operation, gave the order to Major General Ram Rothberg, head of the Israeli navy, to seize the ship.
If the IDF tracking of the weapon cache was “complex,” it is because the route of the rockets covered a great deal of ground: The rockets were flown from Syria – where they had been assembled according to Iranian technology – to Iran, where they were loaded on the ship. From there they were went first to Iraq (why, is not clear) and when intercepted were headed towards Sudan, which was still 1,500 miles away. It is anticipated that, had they reached Sudan, the rockets would have been smuggled overland through Egypt to Gaza. This route from Sudan to Gaza is hardly a new one.
Brigadier General Moti Almoz, spokesman for the Israeli Navy,made it clear at a special press conference today: “Iran was behind the shipment.”
Netanyahu, who is currently in LA, made a brief, clear statement following the release of this information (emphasis added):
“As it conducts talks with [world] powers, as Iran smiles and utters pleasantries, the same Iran is sending lethal weapons to terror organizations…via an intricate network of clandestine global operations…in order to hurt innocent civilians.”
“This is the real Iran and this country must not be allowed to have nuclear weapons. We will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect Israeli citizens.”
Take the time to see this brief video of Netanyahu in a similar expression of concern: it is in his tone of voice that the seriousness and import of the issue are conveyed;
I will return in another posting with more on Iran, including information on how Obama and other heads of state who are “negotiating” with Iran respond to this. I want to see how they reconcile this with their image of a new, more “moderate” Iran.
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.
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Liberty’s Spirit has a new post out at the Times of Israel, The Importance of “People First” Language.
Nice Deb has a brand new post up at Breitbart, If Congress Wants to Stay Relevant as an Institution, They Should Not Stand Idly By And Let the President Take Their Power Away.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
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It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety that goes with it. And how good is that, eh?
So, let’s see what we have this week…
- Liberty’s Spirit – Bibi Needs to Keep the Ukraine in Mind this Week
- The Noisy Room – The Clear And Present Danger of Russian Expansionism
- Joshuapundit – The Ukraine Folk Dance And What It Really Means
- Ask Marion – Did Sarah Palin Predict Russia Invading Ukraine If Obama Got Elected?…
- Simply Jews – Western world and Ukraine: peacemakers for bandits?
- The Razor – Class is In Session for Obama
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – How Realism Failed with Russia
- VA Right! – What the Obamacare Numbers are NOT Telling Us – How Many Policies Have Been Bound?
- The Right Planet – So You Want a Con-Con, Huh?
- Bookworm Room – A story showing everything that’s wrong with bureaucracies: rules have replaced morals and human decency
- The Independent Sentinel – The Government Is Using Covert Operatives to Manipulate and Destroy People on the Internet
- Nice Deb – Spoiler Alert: New Liam Neesan Movie “Non-Stop” Is anti-American Garbage – NYC Audience Groaned When Villain Revealed
- Rhymes With Right – Proposed Resolutions For Republican Precinct Conventions
- The Glittering Eye – The Stupidest Advice
- The Colossus of Rhodey – If She Wins, The Country Is Already Down The Tubes
- The Mellow Jihadi – Irving Milchberg Sep 15 1927 ~ January 26 2014
- The Pirate’s Cove – A Pause In Warming Doesn’t Disprove Human Caused Hotcoldwetdry Or Something
- Victory Girls – A Message to the Patriots in Connecticut
- The Lonely Conservative – Ezekial Emanuel Is Really Looking Forward To The Demise Of Insurance Companies
- Jeffrey H. Anderson/Weekly Standard – Obamacare vs. Medicare submitted by Liberty’s Spirit
- Allen West – Obama and Hagel have surrendered our military strength submitted by The Noisy Room
- K.T. McFarland – How Obama could stop Putin’s Ukraine power grab without firing a shot submitted by Joshuapundit
- Rush Limbaugh – Arizona Fallout: Mr. Sulu Doesn’t Like Me; Gay Hairdresser Refuses Service to NM Gov submitted by Ask Marion
- George Szirtes – Israel and ‘Apartheid’ submitted by Simply Jews
- Walter Russell Mead – Putin Invades Crimea: Obama Hardest Hit? submitted by The Razor
- On Second Thought/New Republic – Mitt Was Right About Russia submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Washington Free Beacon – Obama Budget Will Add $8.3 Trillion To Debt submitted by VA Right!
- Paul Roderick Gregory/Forbes – Want Putin’s Attention On Ukraine? Follow His Money submitted by The Right Planet
- Peter Wehner/Commentary – Obama’s Journey from Arrogance to Incompetence submitted by Bookworm Room
- Doug Ross@Journal – TERROR, TORTURE, MURDER: The Horrifying Truth Behind America’s Open Borders Policy submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- John Hayward, The Conversation – As the White House Turns submitted by Nice Deb
- Jack Matlock – Obama’s Confrontation over Ukraine Has Increased Putin’s Support at Home submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Elder of Ziyon – The epic meltdown of an Israel hater at UCLA (NOW WITH MUSIC VIDEO!) submitted by The Watcher
- John C.Goodman – Why We Lost The War On Poverty submitted by The Watcher
- Raymond Ibrahim – Why Are Christians the World’s Most Persecuted Group? submitted by The Watcher
- Heather MacDonald/City Journal – Is the Criminal-Justice System Racist? submitted by The Watcher
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enters the courtyard at the Union Bank Building where she spoke at the annual Boys and Girls Club fundraiser luncheon in Long Beach, Calif., on March 4, 2014; comparing Vladimir Putin to Hitler. (Photo by Brittany Murray/Long Beach Press Telegram)
What happens when everything the Progressives have pushed for is about to fail? When economic collapse is all but imminent? What do the elitists do when their bag of tricks is emptied? Their last trick, the last card up their sleeve is the war card. Historically predictable… it always comes to this. Enter Hillary Clinton.
This has nothing to do with putting Putin in his place, as if we are in any position to do so. It’s theater, especially since I believe that not only did Obama know this was coming four months ago, he’s got an agreement with Putin and is carrying out an agenda. Obama, Kerry, Clinton and the rest don’t give a flying crap about the Ukraine. They don’t give a fig for Europe either. They care about saving their sorry asses – their wealth, power and status. Now you see Hillary comparing Putin to Hitler – legitimizing whatever the Progressives do financially or militarily. It’s just words and hype – a wink among comrades. We’ve already promised 1 billion to the Ukraine and Europe promised 15 billion this morning. With what money? Fire up the printing presses boys and load up on ink and paper!
Clinton made her comments at a private event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach.
“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s,” she said. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
Putin is a man “who believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness,” Clinton said.
That includes reasserting control of what used to be countries under the former Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, she said.
“When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia.”
If Ukraine and Russia are to reach any kind of compromise, negotiations may start in Crimea, Clinton said.
“I think that’s where the negotiations will start,” she said.
Clinton, a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, also noted that Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kiev while Russia has agreed to meet with NATO in Brussels.
“So everybody is hoping that there will be a negotiation but a negotiation that respects Ukraine and doesn’t ratify a reoccupation by Russia of Crimea,” she said. “So it’s a real nail-biter, right now, but nobody wants to up the rhetoric. Everybody wants to cool it in order to find a diplomatic solution and that’s what we should be trying to do.”
She raged on about this and then went into detail on what her favorite Girl Scout cookie was. Followed by extolling the virtues of Obamacare for dessert.
Why, Hillary… I thought you said the Cold War was ancient history? Hmmm. Evidently, only when it suits your current agenda. One wonders if all of this is to appear to save the day diplomatically in the end via the US cavalry, or to lay the groundwork for war. Probably, whichever benefits the Marxists the most. Hillary is quite aware that Russia intends to extend their reach throughout Europe, with a little help from the Germans.
Meanwhile, in Russia… they test fired an IBCM yesterday, with the US claiming it was scheduled before all of this and it was routine. The Russian Defence Ministry could not be reached for comment. You know, that’s what tyrants tell us every time. Do you think anyone seriously believes you?
Putin is still building his nuclear arsenal while we have drastically cut ours. He is showing us that if we get into a pissing contest with him, he will flatten us. He considers Obama very weak and the US as no threat at all anymore. Obama is simply a useful tool to Putin and expendable in the end. He’s not alone. China thinks we are joke and Iran is outright deriding and laughing at us.
From Yahoo! News:
The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the southerly Astrakhan region and the dummy warhead hit its target at a proving ground in Kazakhstan, Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov told state-run news agency RIA.
The launch site, Kapustin Yar, is near the Volga River about 450 km (280 miles) east of the Ukrainian border. Kazakhstan, a Russian ally in a post-Soviet security grouping, is further to the east.
Russia conducts test launches of its ICBMs fairly frequently and often announces the results, a practice seen as intended to remind the West of Moscow’s nuclear might and reassure Russians that President Vladimir Putin will protect them.
Russia and the United States signed the latest of a series of treaties restricting the numbers of ICBMs in 2010, but Moscow has indicated it will agree [to] further cuts in the near future and is taking steps to upgrade its nuclear arsenal.
Putin has emphasised that Russia must maintain a strong nuclear deterrent, in part because of an anti-missile shield the United States is building in Europe which Moscow says could undermine its security.
That covers the Progessives and Communist tyrants… let’s move on to the radical theocrats of Iran. The Iranians are becoming increasingly bold and arrogant after wiping the floor of the world with Obama over their nuclear development agenda. They are laughing at Obama and Kerry and making fun of the US:
“The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.
Jazayeri was responding to the US president’s interview in Bloomberg on Sunday, in which Obama maintained that the Iranian leadership should take his “all options on the table” stance — including the warning of a potential military strike — seriously.
“We have a high degree of confidence that when they look at 35,000 US military personnel in the region that are engaged in constant training exercises under the direction of a president who already has shown himself willing to take military action in the past, that they should take my statements seriously,” the president told Bloomberg.
Jazayeri called Obama’s statements regarding the deployment of US troops “completely inexpert remarks far from the reality, and these statements can be used as the joke of the year.”
The Iranian news agency Tuesday published a political cartoon mocking the US president, calling it: “All Options on Table. This Time for Russia.” In a jab at US non-intervention in Ukraine, the cartoon portrays Obama peering forlornly into an empty paint can with the label “Red Line” while Russian President Vladimir Putin walks away saying, “I think you used it all on Syria.”
The Iranian general also issued a warning to Obama that should US forces make a move, “the region will be turned into a hell for them.”
The joke is on us it would seem. Americans are not laughing.
Today, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says they now have multiple warhead missiles. I’m sure they had a little help from their Russian and Chinese friends. It’s all in the New Axis of Evil family – sharing is caring after all. At a ceremony on Wednesday, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan presented four types of ballistic missiles — named Qiam, Qadr H1, Fateh-110 and Persian Gulf. The Qadr H1 and Qiam, he said, are equipped with multiple warheads, greatly boosting their destructive power. They are specifically built to target U.S. bases in the region.
And it gets even worse. While Obama is busy threatening Israel if they don’t accept his 2-state suicidal farce, Iran is really arming up Hamas with the gift of death for the Jews. This morning, the IDF intercepted a massive Gaza-bound Iranian arms shipment to Hamas via the Red Sea:
Elite troops from the Israel Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit boarded the ship in open waters on the maritime border of Sudan and Eritrea, some 1,500 km south of Israel. The Klos C Iranian vessel was sailing under a Panamanian flag, making its way to Sudan from Iran carrying a cargo of advanced rockets capable of reaching distances of up to 200 km.
The ship was supposed to reach port in Sudan on Thursday, some 10 days after it left Iran. An initial inventory by Israel revealed a large supply of rockets, including the Iranian-made 302m, which hit Haifa during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
The rockets originated in Syria, the IDF said, where Iran is known to store large arsenals. The rockets were flown from Syria to Iran, where they were loaded on the ship that then departed for Iraq where the arms concealed in boxes of cement.
From the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr it sailed into the Red Sea around the Port of Oman, bound for Sudan. The ship’s progress was closely tracked by the IDF as it sailed.
“There is clear evidence from the ship that these are rockets for which Iran is responsible,” a senior IDF source said Wednesday. “The rockets were . . . intended for terror groups in Gaza.”
So, you see… As the evil in the world grows and Progressives, Communist tyrants and radical, insane theocrats are emboldened, war and genocide loom over us. The US sees war now as a way to save themselves, which it won’t. It will just speed up her demise. At the very least, they will try diplomacy and sanctions as if they really expected any of that to bite. The New Axis of Evil sees all of this as a way to garner power and global dominance, while cleaning house of the riffraff that have plagued their grandiose objectives for so long.
What the US should be doing, in my opinion, is pulling her troops home, beefing up her military and getting ready for what comes our way. A good start would be getting rid of the Marxists within our own borders starting this year.
There are few things more insane than Arabs throwing large rocks at cars, and thereby causing lethal injury to children. But this is what I begin with today.
It is a year ago that Adva Biton was driving in her car with other members of her family, including three children, when an Arab terrorist threw a concrete block at them. It caused Adva to loose control of the car, which rammed into a truck and ended up trapped beneath it. Other members of the family were moderately injured. But little Adele Biton, then two, was critically injured. A full year later, she is still unconscious, and sits that way in a wheel chair. Her family stays with her constantly, and hopes to bring her home, where she will secure all sorts of therapeutic treatment.
The request here is that you pray for Adele Biton. Adele Bat Adva. Pray for her recovery daily and continue to pray until we learn that, with the help of Heaven, she has regained her life.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has not yet addressed the AIPAC Policy Conference as I begin this posting. But I am eager, nonetheless, to look at what has transpired in the last day, and to share some analysis.
Before going into his lengthy closed-door meeting with President Obama in the White House last night, our prime minister conducted himself with firmness at an opening press conference. He stood his ground.
I admit, I cringe when he speaks about two states for two peoples – but this is how he is playing it. Yet, this aside, he said, quite explicitly, that he knows the position he represents is not the conventional wisdom, but it is the truth.
Netanyahu tracked all that Israel has done “for peace” in the last 20 years, i.e., since the beginning of Oslo. And then he took a look at what Israel has gotten in return from the Palestinian Arabs: rockets launched on our civilians, incessant incitement, etc.
Chiding Obama before the cameras, he said:
“Israel has been doing its part, and I regret to say that the Palestinians haven’t. The people of Israel know that it’s the case.
Declared Netanyahu (emphasis added):
“What we want is peace – not a piece of paper…real peace… based on mutual recognition.
“Israel, the Jewish state, is the realization of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination. I think it’s about time they recognized a nation state for the Jewish people. We’ve only been here for about 4,000 years.”
You can see a video of Netanyahu saying this via the above link. What he says here is, I believe, as close as we’ll get right now to his speaking for our rights. And it’s solid in several respects. He speaks about the self-determination of the Jewish People, and about our presence in the land for 4,000 years. This effectively counters all those Arab claims that they were here first.
The great irony, of course, is that the very areas the Palestinian Arabs claim as theirs are the ones that were central to our heritage over those 4,000 years. Hevron, Beit El, Shilo are all in Judea and Samaria. Eastern Jerusalem, which the Palestinian Arabs want as their capital, WAS Jerusalem: the Temple Mount, the City of David, etc. Our prime minister, by implication is laying our claim and – let us hope – moving in the direction of giving the PA an answer regarding their outrageous demands. What is clear as clear can be is that these areas of ancient Jewish heritage belong to the Jewish people and should never be surrendered to anyone else.
You will note in the above video that the tone Obama used in welcoming Netanyahu was far more moderate and pleasant than the tone of his vile article had been.
Raphael Ahren gives us a most plausible explanation in The Times of Israel: “With Putin making trouble, Obama goes easy on Netanyahu” (emphasis added):
“The Ukraine crisis changed everything. After the unusually harsh comments US President Barack Obama made in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg last week – it was published on Sunday — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to receive another verbal lashing Monday in the Oval Office. But Obama’s tone was surprisingly gentle.
“Obviously, the president knows not to offend his guests by attacking and accusing them in person. But there’s more to the sudden change of tone. Obama’s interview with Goldberg took place last Thursday, before the Russian-Ukrainian crisis escalated. By Monday, Obama understood that Russian President Vladimir Putin was serious about his ambitions regarding Crimea, and that a possible military showdown near the Black Sea could become the defining moment of his presidency.
“The US public isn’t really that worried about Iran becoming a nuclear threshold state, and the fact that Bashar Assad is still killing in Syria doesn’t keep many Americans awake at night. While in the eyes of Israelis, and the Sunni Arab states in the region, Obama is a weak leader who cannot be trusted to enforce the red lines he occasionally draws, when he has no other choice, the average Joe in the US has other worries.
“But the Crimea crisis, a throwback to the Cold War, is a different ballgame. Putin’s challenge to the West, and particularly the US — which has vowed that “there is a huge price to pay” for violating Ukrainian sovereignty – is a bigger headache for Obama than the entire Middle East. And the last thing the president needs right now is a public spat with Netanyahu, who enjoys near-universal admiration in Congress. And Obama might need Congress if he is to act decisively against Moscow’s territorial appetite in Eastern Europe.
“Does that mean that the US administration is going to decrease pressure on Israel in the coming weeks and months? Certainly not.”
With all of the distressing import of what is going on now, there are moments that are amusing – inadvertently so, but amusing nonetheless.
Secretary of State Kerry spoke at AIPAC last night and assured his listeners that, “we will never let the West Bank turn into another Gaza.”
Yes, sure, absolutely.
What I would like to know is how he would expect to achieve this, once his goal of turning Judea and Samaria over to the Palestinian Arabs should be realized (Heaven forbid!). The scary part is that Kerry may believe this can be managed, which would indicate precisely how little the US administration understands the Arabs here.
We know that Hamas is just waiting to take down the PA, once it should achieve statehood.
But here’s another look – offered by Khaled Abu Toameh – at just how weak Abbas is. (Emphasis added)
“As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues to talk with Israel and the U.S. about ways of achieving peace in the Middle East, senior members of his ruling Fatah faction have stepped up their efforts to remove him from power.
“These efforts seem to be worrying Abbas these days more than anything else, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed ‘framework agreement’ for peace between the Palestinians and Israel – which has thus far been rejected by Abbas and the Palestinian Authority [PA] leadership.
“The internal squabbling in Fatah casts doubts on Abbas’ ability or willingness to sign any peace agreement with Israel.
“These are not mere tensions or disagreements among politicians. Rather, they mark the beginning of an inevitable split that could result in the creation of a rival, anti-Abbas Fatah group, headed by some of his arch-enemies.”
“Abbas’s challenger is former Fatah Central Committee member and former PA security chief Mohammed Dahlan. Sources close to Abbas accuse Dahlan of ‘secretly planning a coup against the PA leader. According to the sources, Dahlan, who has been living in exile in the United Arab Emirates for the past four years, has his eyes set on the Palestinian Authority presidency and regards himself as a successor to Abbas.’”
“…Recently, Abbas dispatched a high-level Fatah delegation to the Gaza Strip, prompting many Palestinians to speculate that the purpose of the trip was to achieve reconciliation with Hamas. But it quickly transpired that the Fatah delegation, headed by Abbas loyalist Nabil Sha’ath, was sent to the Gaza Strip as part of Abbas’s attempt to crush a Dahlan-engineered rebellion against his leadership.
“…Some reports have suggested that Sha’ath and members of his delegation had to flee the Gaza Strip three days after their arrival following threats to their lives from Dahlan and his supporters. According to the reports, Sha’ath even appealed to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to beef up security at the hotel where he was staying in Gaza City, out of fear that disgruntled Fatah activists might assassinate him or members of his delegation.
“…Palestinians in Ramallah said that the increased tensions in Fatah mean that Abbas is beginning to lose his grip over the faction — a fact that Kerry and his team would not be able to ignore if and when they force Abbas to sign any agreement with Israel.
“…Once, the claim was that Abbas does not represent the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who are under the control of Hamas. Today, however, it is not incorrect to argue that Israel’s peace partner, Abbas, does not even represent his own party.”
Just this week, as I was tracking Obama statements on the “peace process,” I noted that, when he spoke about the closing window of opportunity,” he mentioned that no one knew how long Abbas would be in power. His implied message was one of “striking while the iron was hot,” so to speak.
But my thought then was that this was outrageous – proposing an agreement with Abbas when it seemed he might be out of power soon, and there would be no telling what would come next. If a stable continuity of power were expected, then rushing to sign with Abbas would not be necessary. This smelled like Obama attempting to grab his moment of diplomatic victory and to hell with what might happen to Israel thereafter.
And so, Kerry promises the US would not let the “West Bank” turn into another Gaza. Does he also promise to make sure Fatah radicals opposed to a peace agreement do not seize control after that agreement were signed?
Apparently as of two days ago, Abbas was saying that he would continue negotiations beyond the nine months only if “Netanyahu declares a freeze in settlement construction and releases additional prisoners beyond the next installment.”
Well, we cannot take Abbas at his word, as he makes innumerable threats. But what he is saying – this was in a Ramallah meeting with MK Zahava Gal-on, head of the very left Meretz party – is that if these conditions are not met, he will quit negotiations and go to the international courts.
His chances of having Israel meet these demands is nil.
As to“the next installment of prisoners” – all presumably having committed their terrorist crimes before Oslo – there is a heightened mood in the country in opposition to their being released. Netanyahu had committed to this as a way to bring Abbas to the table, but although there have been three groups released to date, there has been nothing forthcoming from the PA. What is more, this time the PA is insisting that Arabs with Israeli citizenship be included. Totally and completely unacceptable in the eyes of much of the nation.
And to demand even MORE than this, just so we might have the privilege of sitting at the table with his negotiators?
As to a full settlement building freeze, Minister of Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz (Likud), who is in Washington DC with Netanyahu, told Israel Radio today that this is not even on the table.
Why does Abbas make these threats? Because he finds they work. His experience has been that the US is so eager to keep him at the table that he merely has to propose these actions and the Americans turn to pressure Israel.
But this time it isn’t going to work. Had the Americans not catered to him all this time, we’d be in a different place.
The good news is that Steinitz also reported that Israel is receiving wall-to-wall Congressional support.
The Washington Post reported that after his conference with Obama, Netanyahu met with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Capitol Hill. Cantor said the Palestinians must “accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state” and “uniformly and aggressively” combat terrorism while confronting, not condoning, “incitement against the Jews.”
Now, my friends, as I complete this posting, Netanyahu has spoken at AIPAC. I will return to this in my next post as necessary – I would like to locate a transcript, to be certain I haven’t missed anything of import. But I am fairly sure it will not be necessary.
What I can say here is that I was underwhelmed. No drama, no fire and brimstone. He spoke cautiously and, as one commentator put it, showed “a kinder, gentler Netanyahu.” He even seemed to be marking time as he spoke. Whatever I may share next time is simply likely to circle back on content we’ve all heard from him in different contexts: Iran must not be permitted capacity for nuclear development – “I will do what I must to defend the Jewish State of Israel;” additional sanctions on Iran are necessary; the PA must recognize Israel as the Jewish state but true peace would do great things for the region; Israel is nice and treats wounded Syrians and Syria is inhumane; the BDS movement is immoral; etc. The low point perhaps: “Who believes the BS of the BDS movement?” Not his finest moment.
Netanyahu is treading with care. The best that can be said, perhaps, is that he did not declare any concessions for the sake of “peace.” And, once again, at least, he spoke about the long-standing Jewish connection to Judea and Samaria.
I am reminded that we do not know what went on in his talk yesterday with Obama. Netanyahu spoke about “good meetings,” but said nothing more.
You can see a topic-by-topic summary of his talk here: http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-addresses-aipac-conference/
As a matter of fact, when we are threatened, our spines are stiffened.
In this instance, I am referring to threats implied by Obama in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg for Bloomberg View. It had made news a couple of days ago that he wanted to be “more directly involved” in those so-called “peace negotiations.” And so here we are, with the president demonstrating his “diplomatic skills”:
“What I do believe is that if you see no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction and … if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited.
“In today’s world, where power is much more diffuse, where the threats that any state or peoples face can come from non-state actors and asymmetrical threats, and where international cooperation is needed in order to deal with those threats, the absence of international goodwill makes you less safe. The condemnation of the international community can translate into a lack of cooperation when it comes to key security interests. It means reduced influence for us, the United States, in issues that are of interest to Israel…
“The window is closing,” he declared, and it’s time for Netanyahu to “seize the moment” with regard to Kerry’s framework agreement.
Seize the moment? That means caving on all demands that are unacceptable to Abbas, so the PA will be accommodating.
And “aggressive” settlement construction? THAT, my friends, is a truly aggressive statement by Obama.
“When I have a conversation with Bibi, that’s the essence of my conversation,” Obama told Goldberg, “If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who? How does this get resolved?”
The unmitigated gall of the man, twice over. It is, first, outrage that he should borrow from the words of our sage, Hillel, as he attempts to pressure the prime minister of Israel. And then, that he should put the onus on Israel, as if it is in our hands, alone, to bring “peace.”
All of this is a build-up for the scheduled meeting between Netanyahu and Obama today.
On getting off the plane in Washington DC, Netanyahu said (emphasis added):
“The tango in the Middle East needs at least three. For years there have been two – Israel and the US. Now it needs to be seen if the Palestinians are also present. In any case, in order for us to have an agreement, we must uphold our vital interests. I have proven that I do so, in the face of all pressures and all the turmoil, and I will continue to do so here as well.”
The message: Mr. President, you don’t scare me.
For this we can tell our prime minister, “Right on, hold strong!”
But I say forthrightly that, while I am obviously pleased about Netanyahu’s declarations of refusal to be pressured, I am not content that it is yet enough. Before flying to the US, as well, he spoke about Israel’s vital interests:
“I will stand steadfast on the State of Israel’s vital interests, especially the security of Israel’s citizens.
“In recent years the State of Israel has been under various pressures. We have rejected them in the face of the unprecedented storm and unrest in the region and are maintaining stability and security. This is what has been and what will be.”
But are Israel’s interests limited only to issues of stability and security (as important as these are)?? Are there not issues also of Israeli rights – rights that are almost never enunciated?
If there were stability in the region and no security threats to Israel, then it would be OK to pull back behind the “1967 border” (sic) and to share Jerusalem as a capital with a Palestinian Arab state?
Most unequivocally no and no!
The campaign that I co-chair, Legal Grounds: The Campaign for Promoting Israel’s Rights – http://wehavelegalgrounds.org/ – is determined to change the status quo and reach the day when the government of Israel speaks for Israeli rights. Altogether too much time has been lost already, and it is certainly time to begin.
Let me take a moment, then, to provide legal background on our rights in the land. This is a brief version, condensed in a manner that will hopefully provide ready accessibility. It is for your information, and for you to use in speaking to others, writing letters to the editor, posting on blogs and websites, and more. The point is that it depends on all of us to set the legal/historical record straight.
It is broadly drawn from material provided for us by international lawyer Dr. Harel Arnon (with emphasis added):
►Judea and Samaria were part of the area designated in 1922 by the League of Nations for the British Mandate of Palestine – for the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people only. The Mandate drew its wording from the decisions of the San Remo Conference of 1920.
►The United Nations General Assembly voted in 1947 for partition of Palestine. However, contrary to accepted opinion, this vote was not a binding decision, but rather a recommendation. The United Nations Security Council took no action in response to this recommendation, in part because of objections from the Arabs. In other words, the status of Judea and Samaria was not changed following the partition recommendation: It remained part of the territory which, according to the Mandate, was intended for the establishment of a home for the Jewish People.
►Jordan’s entry into Judea and Samaria in 1948 as part of a military action it had initiated (not for defense purposes), was illegal. By the same argument, it can also be said that the Jordanian annexation was also illegal. Even the Arab League condemned Jordan for annexing Judea and Samaria.
►In 1967 Israel took control of Judea and Samaria from Jordan, which had annexed the area in contravention of international law. Israel did this during a defensive war, which makes its actions legal.
Therefore, during the Six Day War, Israel took control of areas that were not part of any other legal sovereignty – stateless areas – and which had, in any case, been designated for the Jewish People. From a legal point of view, Israel could not be classified as a conqueror.
►Judea and Samaria are not “Palestinian” as the “Palestinians” were never a nation. There has never been a “Palestinian State”. Today there is an argument, and just an argument, made by the Arabs living in Judea and Samaria, regarding their right to an independent state. This is a political argument and Israel is not required to accept it, even if much of the world identifies with this argument.
►Furthermore, the right to self-determination, in the legal sense, only took form in international law long after 1967, from the 1980s onwards. And this even before we begin examining the question as to whether the Arabs in Judea and Samaria have such a right.
►Laws of occupation apply to a situation in which territory is taken by one state from another state. For this reason, they are not relevant and do not apply to Judea and Samaria.
As a result, the settlements are not illegal.
All the injunctions and restrictions placed on an occupying nation are not relevant to Judea and Samaria.
Legal claims regarding Israeli occupation are no more than the adoption of an Arab national narrative. Nothing more than that.
One other point to be mentioned here: It is frequently said that the settlements are a violation of article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians (1949). But, as a Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs briefing indicates, “both the text of that convention, and the post-World War II circumstances under which it was drafted, clearly indicate that is was never intended to refer to situations like Israel’s settlements. “ This was intended to apply to situations in which populations were coerced into being transferred. It was drafted in order to prevent a repeat of the behavior of the Nazis and the Russians during WWII.
You might also want to see, and share, this article that cites Dr. Arnon, whom I refer to above.
See, as well, Times of Israel editor David Horovitz with regard to the Obama statements in his Bloomberg interview. “For Netanyahu, a bombshell battering by Obama” (emphasis added):
“Until he read the breaking news of President Obama’s earth-shattering interview with Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have anticipated that Monday’s meeting was going to be one of his less confrontational and unpleasant sessions of frank, allied diplomacy with his good friend Barack.
“Sure, the stakes were always going to be high: The president was going to be urging Netanyahu to assent to Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework proposal for continued peace talks. And the prime minister was going to be urging Obama to toughen his demands on Iran, to ensure that the ayatollahs are deprived of the wherewithal to build the nuclear weapons they swear they don’t want to build, just on the off chance that they might be lying.
“But Netanyahu, his aides had long been indicating, was ready to accept the framework proposals — as a non-binding basis for further negotiations. So no need for confrontation there. And he must have had little hope that he was going to shift Obama’s stance on Iran, however powerful he believes his arguments to be. So not much point in confrontation there, either.
“But then came that bombshell Bloomberg battering.
“The timing could not have been any more deliberate — an assault on the prime minister’s policies delivered precisely as Netanyahu was flying in to meet with him, and on the first day, too, of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual tour de force conference across town.
“At the very least, that might be considered bad manners, poor diplomatic protocol, a resounding preemptive slap in the face: I’ve just told the world you’re leading your country to wrack and ruin, Mr. Prime Minister. Now, what was it you wanted to talk to me about?
“More substantively, the president’s comments reinforce years of grievance that have accumulated in Netanyahu’s circles and some distance beyond, to the effect that the president ignores the inconsistencies, duplicities and worse of the Palestinian Authority and its leader Mahmoud Abbas, while placing exaggerated blame for the failure of peace efforts at the door of the Israeli government.
“As they read through the transcript of the interview, Netanyahu and his aides were doubtless bemoaning what they see as Obama’s obsession with settlements, to the exclusion of almost any other issue on which the Israelis and the Palestinians are deadlocked. They would certainly have been lamenting that the president’s public display of disaffection will hardly encourage the Palestinians to adopt more flexible positions on such other core issues as their demand for a ‘right of return’ for millions of Palestinians to Israel. And they might have been wondering if some of the Obama ammunition had been fired precisely now as a mark of his displeasure with AIPAC, the irritating lobby that just won’t keep quiet on pressuring Iran.
“…That Obama chose to highlight his concern [about the counterproductive nature of settlements] in such ominous and pointed terms, going so far as to warn that it would become harder in the future for the US to protect Israel from the consequences of its misguided West Bank building, would suggest that he has all but despaired of Netanyahu’s willingness to rein in construction. Otherwise, surely, he would have held his fire, and first consulted face-to-face with the prime minister.
“For one thing is certain, the president’s resort to a newspaper interview on the eve of their talks to issue near-apocalyptic warnings about the disaster Netanyahu risks bringing upon Israel is just about the last thing likely to bolster the prime minister’s confidence in their alliance, and just about the last thing likely to encourage Netanyahu to further alienate his hawkish home base by taking steps such as halting building outside the settlement blocs.”
A couple of points of clarification here, related to what was said by Horovitz:
There has been talk, not officially verified, that Netanyahu had declared himself ready to freeze building in areas outside of the main settlement blocs. This had lead to a furor raised by the Knesset Land of Israel Caucus. In light of this (which already indicates more bending than our prime minister should be doing), the pressure being put on him by Obama is all the more vile and outrageous.
As to that “framework” agreement, it’s still floating in the air, incomplete because Kerry hasn’t been able to get it together – for he finds himself unable to draft a document that both sides would sign on to. It is said that it would be a non-binding document to which the parties would have the right to voice “reservations,” a pointless exercise.
There are rumors that it might not be completed by the end of the allocated nine-month negotiation period, which leads to questions about an extension of the time frame. There is some very serious talk about how this situation links to the presumed obligation of Israel to release a fourth group of Palestinian Arab prisoners (about which there will yet be much to say).
Just four days ago, according to the Times of Israel, “Abbas ‘exploded with rage’ at Kerry over insane’ framework proposals.”
This happened in the course of a meeting between Abbas and Kerry in Paris. Abbas was outraged, first, because the framework proposed that the Palestinian capital would be in one neighborhood of Jerusalem and not in all of “east” Jerusalem as the PA demands.
Please understand: what is referred to as “east Jerusalem” is everything over the Green Line (the armistice line of 1949, which Abbas calls the “1967 border”). And not all of this area is even east of western Jerusalem – some neighborhoods are to the north or south. What Abbas is demanding would mean that the Temple Mount and the Kotel, as well as well established and solidly Jewish neighborhoods such as Gilo and French Hill would all be part of a Palestinian Arab capital.
And then, Abbas was furious because the framework suggested there would be settlement blocks in Judea and Samaria retained by Israel.
”…a Palestinian official who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity said that the US secretary’s proposals could not serve as the basis for a framework deal, as ‘they do not take into account the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.’” (Emphasis added)
But never fear, the American administration has a default position regarding what to do when Abbas becomes intransigent: lean harder on Israel.
According Haaretz, the Americans are contemplating different maneuvers in the face of the obstinate positions of Abbas, with a great deal of dissension in the State Department and the White House regarding how to proceed.
On the one hand, “senior Palestinians say that, in light of the poor talks between Abbas and Kerry, the Americans are considering foregoing a written document and making do with general verbal agreements.”
On the other, “A senior Israeli official intimately involved in the talks said some of Obama’s top advisers are considering a dramatic all-or-nothing move – setting out an American document with principles for solutions to the core issues. Netanyahu and Abbas will have to say yes or no to it. If the answer is no, the Americans will leave the peace process until the parties agree.”
The Americans should only get smart enough to walk away from their attempts to “make peace.” But the bottom line is that no one yet really knows how they’re going to play it.
The primary reason Prime Minister Netanyahu is in Washington DC is to deliver a speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference tomorrow. Please see here an article about an initiative of Legal Grounds, which took the form of a letter, endorsed by persons and organizations of prominence, urging Netanyahu to speak for Israel’s rights in the course of his AIPAC talk:
Because of the time difference between the US and Israel, I will put this out now and reserve for my next posting all comments about the press conference likely to follow the Netanyahu-Obama meeting today. In truth, I expect very little will be said.
My focus next will almost certainly be on Netanyahu’s AIPAC address, and on Iran. While I am, clearly, very eager for our prime minister to make a statement about our rights, it is broadly understood that his primary focus will be Iran.
Yesterday, at the start of the AIPAC Policy Conference, there was a high profile political panel that discussed the Iranian situation. Avi Dichter, former head of Shin Bet, declared that, “There is no debate amongst the intelligence services word-wide about the seriousness of Iran to build (a) nuclear weapon…If you cannot deal it, kill it.”
You can see the 30-minute panel discussion here:
By: Marcos Dutra
Since February the 12th, the Day of the Youth, a holiday in Venezuela, the country has been in chaos. Hundreds of thousands of students were followed in the next days by millions of peaceful protesters who demand an end to the dictatorial reign of Marxist terror, betrayal of the country to Cuba and total escalation of violence and corruption in Venezuela, in the largest demonstrations in the history of the country.
Unfortunately, these demonstrators were received by random rifle and even machine gun shots. Thugs from the government, with Cuban agents among them, just arrive in motorcycles and start shooting at the crowds. In Youtube, we can see soldiers shooting at random cars, apartment buildings and even the people who are filming with their phones, in situations that remind us of Syria and Libya. Meanwhile, Russian made Sukhoi jet fighters fly low over the crowds, in order to terrify people.
The mains thugs are the hundreds-of-thousands-strong popular militias of the government, much like Soviet squads with Russian rifles in their hands (Chavez bought billions of dollars in guns from Russia) free to instill terror in the adversaries of the regime. The government talks about 6 or 7 dead, but the reality must be much, much worse. The students under arrest are being tortured with electricity and forced to perform oral sex with the guards. Heart breaking pictures and movies are shared everyday in the internet.
Many sources say there are 60,000 Cubas in the country, in every area of the government, working as “consultants”. Most are simply political agents with training in terrorism. Now there are reports and pictures of Cuban soldiers arriving en masse to Venezuela, including the elite troops “Avispas Negras,” specialized in assassination and political sabotage.
Maduro tried to shut down Twitter and even the link shortner bit.ly. in order to prevent dissemination of news. He also shut down a TV channel and expelled CNN reporters from the country. Now he is shutting down internet and electricity selectively in several cities that are harboring protests. People are still in the streets.
Why people don’t like Maduro
Maduro used to be a bus driver with little expression before being sent to Cuba. There he was trained in political sabotage and strategies for unions mobilization. This thug gained the confidence of Chavez and eventually was appointed to be his successor, in a close (2000 votes of difference) election that was marked by more than 1000 cases of documented frauds and complete monopoly of communication by the government. Now it has been revealed that Maduro may not even be Venezuelan, but was born in Colombia, in Ocaña, a city near the border.
Venezuela has the second largest oil reserves in the world and used to be the main exporter of oil to the US. Chavez and his minion have destroyed this fabulously rich country. Official inflation is 56%, but real one is probably much higher. 28% of basic staples are missing from the market shelves, including chicken, sugar and even toilet paper, which had to be imported in a hurry and became a source of jokes. Maduro even ordered the invasion of the factory. Since there are no dollars to import parts and raw materials, factories such as Toyota and GM have closed doors. Recently, we have seen people in line, like in Soviet times, being stamped with a queue number in the arm in order to buy food.
Violence in Venezuela is one of the highest in the world, and more severe than in regions at war. Some sources talk about 30,000 murdered each year, or a whopping 100 dead by 100K inhabitants. In the US, allegedly a violent country, this number is 4.7. People despair, because more than 90% of these murders are never solved. Maduro`s answer is to blame the soap operas for the escalation. This kind of psychotic behavior is common to him, a man who says he talked to the soul of Chavez in a little bird and saw his face on a wall in a subway construction site.
Last November, Maduro became a de-facto dictator by assuming power to rule by decrees. He has complete control over the press, since he keeps a tight rein on paper and only approves the purchase of printing paper for political allies. The only opposition TV network, Globovision, was forced into bankruptcy and sold.
To add a surreal touch to the situation, Chavez two daughters are still living like princesses in the Presidential Palace, throwing parties and lounging at the pool.
Cuba behind it all
Lula, the former president of Brazil, is right now in Cuba, discussing the Venezuelan problem with his boss Castro. His party is very afraid that Brazil might follow the example with demonstrations during the World Cup in June. He and Fidel are the main responsible for the plan that brought almost all South America to Marxism, through the alliance of communist political parties and terrorist organization called Forum de São Paulo, created in 1990 to fill the void left by the fall of the USSR. The plan has been a total success: with the exception of Colombia, Paraguay, Panama and the Guiana, all Latin America is now, in varied levels, on the hands of the Marxists.
Fidel has said in the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, Granma , that without Venezuelan oil the Revolution (in the continent) would fail, and that Maduro was his man in Caracas. One country is helping the other, and Brazil, the richer brother, is spending the most. Dilma from Brazil has just given a new harbor to Cuba (Porto Mariel), to the cost of US$ 1 BI and built a refinery to Chavez which he never paid. Meanwhile, Brazilian infrastructure is falling apart. On the other hand, Chavez has given money to the election of Kirchner in Argentina. And so it goes. Sovereignty is gone.
Venezuela is the trial ground for the takeover. The Workers party in Brazil has started exactly the same strategy used in Caracas, by importing thousands of makeshift Cuban doctors (with the education of nurses) mixed with political agents from Havana`s secret service, breaking all the laws in Brazil. These doctors receive only 10% of the wages paid directly to Castro and many have already defected, even though their families stayed in Cuba as hostages . Also, most of the countries in the region have military agreements with China and Russia. A former aid to a Congressman in Brazil has spoken about the use of Mariel Port to bring military equipment and foreign personal from China and Russia.
Last January, these marxist countries got together for the Celac meeting (Summit Conference of the Latin America States), which exclude the USA and Canada. It is amazing that the US has just forgotten about a continent just south of the border, which is ganging up together with US haters Russia and China to implement a Marxist revolution, while America is spending trillions in the other side of the world in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The explanation is that Latin America is being prepared to be one of the ten regions in the coming New World Order. Cuba, a bloody dictatorship which has murdered more than 100K people, has been protected for 60 years so far. The Bay of Pigs invasion was a hoax. Castro was as safe as if he were in Rothschild`s guestroom.
Unfortunately, in contrast with the moderate integration of the European Union or NAFTA, the integration of Latin America is being done under the red flag of Marxism, so the continent will remain poor and underdeveloped forever. People in the region will not accept this lightly, and much blood will flow. Citizens in Venezuela and the neighbor countries just want a future to their kids, away from the boots of Cuban soldiers. It is not much to ask for.