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On the night of June 30, 2009, then Army Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl went missing. On July 2, 2009, the Pentagon said that Bergdahl had walked off his base in eastern Afghanistan with three Afghan counterparts and was believed to have been taken prisoner. Bergdahl’s commanding officers said that a vigorous, but unsuccessful 45-day search for Bergdahl put soldiers in danger. During his nearly five years as a captive of the Taliban, the Army twice promoted Bergdahl, first to the rank of specialist in June 2010, then to the rank of sergeant in June 2011. On May 31, 2014, Bergdahl was released from captivity in exchange for five senior Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay in a controversial deal negotiated by the Obama Administration.

In June 2014, Major General Kenneth Dahl was assigned to lead the Army’s investigation into the 2009 disappearance and capture of Bergdahl. In August 2014, Dahl interviewed Bergdahl. In December 2014, after a comprehensive legal review, the Dahl investigation was forwarded to a General Courts Martial Convening Authority, Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of Forces Command.

On March 25, 2015, the Army announced, based on Gen. Milley’s recommendation, that it was charging Bergdahl with misbehavior before the enemy and desertion, carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

On May 13, 2015, Gen. Mark Milley was nominated to be the next Army chief of staff.

In April 2015, an Article 32 hearing of the Bergdahl evidence was scheduled for July 8. 2015. An Article 32 hearing is similar to the civilian evidentiary or probable cause hearing to determine, after a criminal complaint has been filed, whether there is enough evidence to require a trial. In June 2015, at the request of the defense, the Article 32 hearing was postponed until September 17, 2015.

According to one report of the September 17th Article 32 hearing, Army prosecutors presented a very weak case in support of the charges against Bergdahl. They chose not to call any of Bergdahl’s enlisted comrades who had a very different impression of his behavior than the one Bergdahl gave to investigators. Prosecutors also did not call any witnesses to support the argument that the Army lost men trying to recover Bergdahl.

Remarkably, or perhaps not so, the Army has allegedly buried recordings of signals surveillance in Afghanistan from July 1-2, 2009, days after his disappearance, where Taliban are talking on Bergdahl’s own phone saying he wanted to join them and other recordings where the Taliban, on their phones, are talking about Bergdahl trying to join them.

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In an even more bizarre twist of events, the investigating officer, Major General Kenneth Dahl, appeared as a defense witness, where he provided exculpatory “psychological” evidence, describing Bergdahl as a confused, poorly adjusted idealist who doesn’t deserve further punishment.

Not surprisingly, the presiding officer of the Article 32 hearing, Lt. Col. Mark Visger has reportedly recommended a special court-martial for Bergdahl, rather than a general court-martial, the former being essentially a military version of a misdemeanor court. The special court martial carries with it a maximum penalty of 12 months of confinement, forfeiture of two-thirds of a service member’s pay for a year, reduction in rank to private and a bad-conduct discharge.

According to Bergdahl’s lawyer, Eugene Fidell, Lt. Col. Visger called for even lighter penalties than that, recommending against both a bad-conduct discharge and confinement, potentially allowing Bergdahl to receive some military benefits after he leaves the Army.

All of this raises some interesting questions.

If Maj. Gen. Dahl did not feel that Bergdahl deserved further punishment, why did Gen. Milley approve such serious charges as desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, instead of recommending leniency? Or, like Obama’s Rose Garden ceremony with Bergdahl’s parents, was that “bad optics” for Gen. Milley, who would soon appear before the Senate for Chief of Staff confirmation hearings? Did he go with the more serious charges deliberately, with the administration’s subtle blessing, confident that, in the end, the Article 32 would go nowhere?

Some final questions.

Will Bergdahl get less than a slap on the wrist? Will Maj. Gen. Dahl soon get his third star and will Lt. Col. Visger, as quickly, get promoted to full colonel?

Given the disturbing “optics” of the Bergdahl case and the allegations against CENTCOM concerning the manipulation of intelligence, should we now consider the military as nothing more than political operatives of the Obama Administration?

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution “. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.


Mounting Terror

Arlene from Israel

It’s not dissipating, folks, but rather getting worse. Not an enormous surprise.

Here, I hope simply to touch on a few points, starting with a correction: In yesterday’s post, where I intended my very first reference to Arafat, I wrote “Abbas” instead. Thanks to all who caught this.  I think everyone understood what I meant to say.


We’re looking at knife attacks. The most recent reported, in Gan Shmuel in the north near Hadera.  The attacker hit one person with his car, and then jumped out and knifed three others, including a 14 year old girl; a 19 year old woman who was stabbed is in critical condition.

And riots – pictured is a clash outside of Beit El two days ago.

A Palestinian protester hurls stones during clashes with Israeli forces outside Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 9, 2015. (Flash90)
Credit: Flash 90


And now a failed car bombing as well: This morning, on the road between Ma’aleh Adumim and Jerusalem, a bomb went off in a car driven by a Palestinian Arab woman with Jerusalem residency.  It was originally reported that the bomb went off by mistake.  Now I’m reading an update that says she was approached by police officers and cried “Allahu Akbar” and then detonated the bomb.  In any event, a search of the car revealed other bombs in addition to the one she deliberately detonated.  It is assumed that she was heading for a suicide bombing in central Jerusalem.  She did not die in the explosion but is in critical condition.


I’m seeing some official government attempts to be tougher, all of which are good, but none of which are enough. E.g.:

[] A four year minimum sentence will be imposed on those who throw rocks, fireworks or firebombs; fine may be imposed on minors and their parents.

[] A massive call-up of Border Police is taking place, with 1,300 – 2,000 extra police being deployed in sensitive areas.


The incitement continues, and I am very weary of reports on how Abbas is trying to calm matters down.

Yesterday, Fatah, Abbas’s party, issued flyers celebrating the “martyrs” who had died after attacking Jews.  Note the pictures of Abbas and Arafat.

The flier for terrorist Ishaq Badran.
Credit: YNet


And now Hamas has actively joined.  Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Friday called for “strengthening and increasing the intifada…it is the only path that will lead to liberation.”


Also on Friday, Sheikh Mohammad Abu Rajab, during a sermon in the Al Abrar Mosque in Rafah, Gaza, demonstrated the way to stab a Jew.

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I am also weary of hearing about how we have to give the Arabs “hope,” which is what the push for negotiations is ostensibly all about.  The catch: every time there have been negotiations, terror has increased, with some of the worst attacks occurring during the Oslo years when (as I wrote yesterday) Israel was making major concessions, including on the division of Jerusalem.  Violence increases when Israel seems weak, and it is aimed at Israel’s destruction.


One of the more troubling and complex elements of this situation is the fact that Israeli Arabs are involved, both in the attacks and in the incitement.  I believe the attacker in Gan Shmuel is an Israeli citizen, for example.

Israeli Arabs – who live with more rights and freedom than any other Arabs in the Middle East – are not participating because they lack “hope.”  There is radicalism within this population, recruitment by Hamas, and more.  Prevalent among the radicals are those of the Islamic Movement of Israel.  This movement should have been declared illegal a long time ago, and Netanyahu is now looking towards taking this action.


Yesterday, there were major riots in the Israeli cities of Ramle and Nazareth.  In Nazareth, 1,500 Arabs took to the street to protest the “occupation.”  What occupation are they referring to?

There are two answers to this.  Either these Arabs identify with the Arabs of the PA. Or…they believe that ALL of Israel, even within the Green Line, is “occupied” because the Arabs should control everything and the Jews should be gone.

See this by Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch (with echoes of my report yesterday, emphasis here added):

”…Along with teaching that Jaffa is Palestine, the PA informs its people of the step-by-step strategy for liberating Jaffa and the rest of Israel from ‘occupation.’ For example, Fatah leader Abbas Zaki, a close associate of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, stated that ‘establishing a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines is being negotiated by the PA because everyone knows that Israel cannot survive in the 1967 lines and will “come to an end.”

’Israel will come to an end. If I say that I want to remove it from existence, this will be great, great – it is hard. This is not a [stated] policy.

’You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.’ (Al Jazeera TV, September 23, 2011)

The Palestinian population has accepted the message that the leadership’s ultimate goal is to conquer Jaffa, Acre and all of Israel ‘in stages.’ A poll conducted by the Washington Institute last year found that 60 percent of Palestinians believe that the ‘five-year goal should be to work toward reclaiming all of historic Palestine, from the river to the sea.’



And, I ask, without a trace of irony: What do we do when part of the population of Israeli Arabs accepts the PA message and looks forward to the day when Israel will be destroyed?

Dry Bones cartoon: Kirschen, Abbas, terror, PLO,Palestinians,


Interior Minister Silvan Shalom says he will work to revoke the citizenship of Israeli Arabs who are involved in terror.

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom
Credit: Flash 90

It’s a very welcome start. The problem is that this is after the fact.


Nothing is more outrageous, more deeply offensive than those Israeli Arabs who are members of the Knesset, and continue to adhere to an anti-Israel line.  There are several of whom this is true, but the one that stands out is Hanin Zoabi, who has consistently embraced pro-Hamas and anti-Israel rhetoric.

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The other day, Zoabi was cited by Hamas’s official journal as saying:

“Hundreds of thousands of worshipers should go up to Al-Aksa in order to face down an Israeli plot for the blood of the East Jerusalem residents. Today there are actions only by individuals and what is needed is popular support.  If only individual attacks continue without popular support, they will sputter out within a few days. Therefore the outpouring of thousands of our people will make these events a real intifada.”


An enraged Netanyahu ordered a criminal investigation of Zoabi.

The investigation had better lead to criminal charges. She should have been tossed out of the Knesset on her ear a long time ago.


Additionally, MK David Bitan (Likud) is introducing legislation that would levy fines of hundreds of thousands of shekels on MKs who incited to violence.


Two (unconnected) thoughts here, before closing:

The PA is notoriously corrupt. With all the radicalization of the Arab population of PA areas, I have no doubt that a good deal of the anger that is being vented has been generated by that PA corruption, with its failure to provide for the people.  Easier, is it not, to be furious at Israel.


Note that Zoabi was speaking of Al Aksa. At the core of the incitement there continue to be the fallacious charges of Israeli intentions of taking over the Temple Mount.  The goal here is to spark violence that drives the Jews off the Mount.

Note what Zaki, cited above, said about Israel not being able to survive within the ‘67 lines and thus coming to an end if pushed back to those lines. This is the reality behind the incitement regarding the Temple Mount.  They know that Israel would not survive without that ancient historical and religious site of the Jewish people.  Attempts to drive Israel from the Mount are intended as a step towards her destruction.


And tonight’s good news:

“European satellite operator Eutelsat Communications and social media giant Facebook said Monday they are working jointly to deliver satellite broadband Internet to connectivity-hungry sub-Saharan Africa using an Israeli satellite…

“The multi-million dollar AMOS-6 satellite, built by the Israel Aerospace Industries, will be ready for launch in 2016, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.”


Credit: Mark Zuckerberg


Will America Welcome Refugee Invaders as Europeans Say NO WAY?

By: Merrill McCarthy


Europe is starting to wise up about the threat of Islam. Unfiltered reports show huge crowds taking to the streets to protest the refugees’ barbaric behavior. Thousands of young, fit, fighting-age men, wearing new athletic shoes, taking “selfies” with the latest mobile phones, still swarm through Europe looking for the best social services network.


Many unwilling hosts are fed-up and want the rape and plunder to stop. The invaders have worn out their welcome.

So, what about the U.S.? Why is it even an open question whether to take in additional Syrian refugees? We have been told our government has no way to vet them; we know that many of the refugees are not even Syrian; and that ISIS is deploying them as fighters who gain entry by blending in with the horde. They are predominantly Muslim men, not the persecuted Christians who are being crucified and beheaded in this cradle of Christianity. And the world stands by, just as they did 100 years ago during the Armenian Genocide, a slaughter that exterminated most of the Armenians living on the earth at that time, dispersing the remainder to anywhere in the world they could find shelter.


What happened to the Armenians and what is happening to Christians today is a product of the teachings of Islam. This is Hijra, a major tenet of Islamic Sharia Law, to go forth and conquer new territories. It is not missionary work. It is total conquest and it happens everywhere there are Muslims.

In places like the U.S. which is separated by oceans, the invaders arrive in the Trojan Horse of the Refugee Resettlement Program. Once here, they latch on to all the benefits of a free society and quickly begin angling and agitating for more. At first, it is just an accommodation for something like a place to pray, and then it becomes a takeover of the host’s place of worship. Look at all the mosques through history that were Christian churches before losing their Christian identity and becoming a place for only Muslim worshipers. It is conquest and takeover, choking out what was there before like an invasive weed smothers other plants in the garden.


Islam, the so called “religion of peace” does not respect the minority rights of others it demands for itself. No, once Muslims are in control they make life unpleasant for those who refuse to convert. They demand extra taxes (Jizyah) from the infidel. They can do this because the religion and state are one. If people don’t like it, they leave or are pushed out, often violently as evidenced by the current persecution of Christians, often leaving property behind to the benefit of those who were the persecutors.

A history refresher course would reveal that Muslims have been on their quest for world domination from their beginnings. They move until they meet push back as they did several times in Europe until the Crusades were finally successful, or even at the time of U.S. founding, when we needed to protect our interests as a sovereign nation. Our Marines were established to defeat the Muslim Barbary Pirates terrorizing the seas and interfering with our citizen’s commerce. If we do not learn from our history we are doomed to repeat it. And maybe that has been the problem in this era of political correctness that has made us willfully blind to the need for self-protection.

We must meet the challenges of Islam head on. We must see it for what it is, a geopolitical movement cloaked in the trappings of religion. We must understand history and refuse to be assuaged by gentle exhortations of peace. Islam uses deceit as a strategic tactic. There are almost as many words to describe categories of lying to gain advantage with infidels as Eskimos have to describe different types of snow. Do not be taken in by words of peace and goodwill. Do not be fooled by ecumenical outreach from the mosques. Muslims make an approach under the guise of religion, but the end-game is always total conquest. Recognize Islam for what it is – a long-range movement that will never rest until it achieves the final goal – complete world domination.


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Barack Obama and Israel

The Council Has Spoken! – Our Watcher’s Council Results

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

One must remember that the Jews have one, tiny country, the only place they have the right and capability to defend themselves by themselves. And it is our duty and my responsibility to see that we will never compromise about that. – Ariel Sharon (Z”L)

Peace is purchased from strength. It’s not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats. – Benyamin Netanyahu

One fulfills his national duty voluntarily, as best as one can. – PLO Spokesman and Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail on official PA TV, using the term ‘a national duty’ to describe the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin (HY”D) in front of four of their children.

When we are in a position where – through no fault of our own – physical force dominates, only one question can be asked: what is worse? To continue watching Jews being killed and the conviction grows that our lives our cheap, and among the whole world that we are spineless?…the blackest of all characteristics is the tradition of the cheapness of Jewish blood, on the shedding of which there is no prohibition and for which you do not pay. – Ze’ev Jabotinsky


This week’s winning essay is Joshuapundit’s Two Speeches And Some Funerals. It is my reaction to recent events in Israel and in Jerusalem and yes, their ultimate effect on America. Here’s a slice:

Anyone remotely following the news from Israel knows that some serious violence has broken out there. As usual, the media bends over backwards to paint this as a ‘cycle of violence’ for which both sides are responsible. This is an outrageous, Newspeak lie, and as I’ll show you, it has some serious implications for America,believe it or not.

Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have long practiced a double game perfected by Abbas’s old chief, Yasser Arafat. The idea is to mouth platitudes in English while funding and encouraging genocide against Jews in Arabic in the PLO’s schools, mosques and media. And the current explosion of violence against Israel’s Jews is directly linked to this tactic.

Abbas’s recent speeches have literally involved marching orders to the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians to violently attack Jews, primarily but not limited to Jerusalem.

Abbas was preparing the ground as long ago as September 17, just prior to the Jewish High Holy Days, saying: “Every drop of blood that has been spilled in Jerusalem is holy blood as long as it was for Allah. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded, Allah willing.’ … We will not allow them to carry out their actions and divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and stated: ‘The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”

At the same time, the signals to attack Jews were amplified in th3e mosques, schools and media of ‘Palestine’ as they always are.

The Muslim Waqf which controls the al-Aksa mosque allowed the stockpiling of rocks, firebombs and iron bars on the mosque specifically to attack Jews worshiping at the Kotel(the Western Wall) below.

They deliberately sought to provoke a reaction from Israeli security forces.

In case you think mere rocks are no problem, I invite you to read this woman’s account of being assaulted by the brave ‘Palestinian’ warriors.

Other attacks were planned and carried out against Israelis without warning, with cars being particularly vulnerable because of their orange Israeli license plates.

One of the first to die was Alexander Levlovitz, who was murdered when his car was attacked in the neighborhood of Har Homa. His wife and baby were injured by shards of broken glass.

Alexander Levlovitz

One Israeli woman was actually pulled from her car after it was stoned and was only saved from assault and worse by Israeli passerbys who fired on the crowd.

Mahmoud Abbas’s recent speech in the UN has to be seen in the context of the terrorist attacks he and Fatah were and are encouraging.

In it, he talked of ‘a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people’ and ‘the historic injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people in Al-Nakba of 1948, the occupying Power has chosen to defy the entire world by launching its war on Gaza, by which its jets and tanks brutally assassinated lives and devastated the homes, schools and dreams of thousands of Palestinian children, women and men and in reality destroying the remaining hopes for peace.’

Actually, it’s the other way around. The real attempted genocide is being launched by the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians against Israel’s Jews.

Abbas also said that the Palestinian Authority was no longer bound by Oslo or any other agreements it has signed with Israel. That was really no big news since they have never abided by the terms of Oslo anyway, and Selim Fayyad, the former PLO PM made it clear some time ago.

Under US law and the terms of the agreements, this should have resulted in a suspension of funding for ‘Palestine.’ Don’t hold your breath. Instead, the ‘Palestinian’ flag was raised at the UN for the first time, in spite of the fact that only member nations are supposed to be allowed to do so.Deceitful, which is how both Benyamin Netanyahu and virtually every Israeli figure of note referred to the speech hardly covers this tissue of lies.

The speech, by the way was attended by America’s UN ambassador and President Obama, neither of whom attended Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu’s subsequent speech on which more later. But it was obviously the signal for more terrorist attacks.

Eitam and Naama Henkin of Neria, who were murdered in a drive-by terror attack near Nablus on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (screen capture, Channel 2)

Eitam and Naama Henkin (HY”D) , were murdered in a drive by shooting by Arabs belonging to the al-Aksa Martyrs brigade, part of Fatah. They were killed in front of four of their children. According to investigators, Eitem used his last strength to open the car door and tell his four children aged aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9 to flee and hide. That and the fact that the alarm had been raised is all that saved them. Eitam Henkin, by the way, was an America citizen, and our Secretary of State’s response was a pro forma condemnation and an urge for both sides to ‘reduce tension.’

One of the weapons involved was a U.S. M-16 provided for PLO ‘security forces.’

Thousands of Israelis attended their funeral…and a particularly poignant moment was when their nine-year old son recited kaddish for his parents, the Jewish prayer for the dead. The Henkins left six children to be raised by their grandparents.

Aside from throwing rocks and firebombs, another tactic being used is random stabbings. There have been multiple attacks of this sort.

One of the more serious ones involved the murder of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banita, 21 (HY’D)and the stabbing and wounding of Mrs. Banita and her baby as Arab onlookers applauded, spat on them and kicked them.

Here’s how the BBC reported this attack:

The attacks have continued, without even a faux condemnation by the PLO or Abbas. And why not? This is exactly what they’ve encouraged and planned.

For more on the Obama Administration’s reaction, Netanyahu’s UN speech and the implications here at home for America, please go to the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Sultan Knish with Three Cheers for Terroristine submitted by The Independent Sentinel. When Sultan Knish gets going, he has a way of getting to the heart of the matter few can match. A must read.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Don Surber was unable to vote, but was not affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners:

Non-Council Winners:

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Columbus Day

Sanders Adviser Calls for Repeal of Columbus Day

Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Near the end of Mel Gibson’s film “Apocalypto,” we see Christian missionaries arriving in the New World to save the natives from a culture of death that celebrates beheadings and human sacrifices to pagan Gods. Gibson has said he based the dramatic landing scene on the fourth expedition of the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. But celebrating the spread of Christianity has become so politically incorrect that a New Age adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called for repealing Columbus Day.

Marianne Williamson, a prominent supporter of Sanders and his “political revolution,” writes in her book, The Healing of America, that Columbus was “a murderer of indigenous peoples,” and says his life “was a model for the standard of enslavement and killings that came to characterize much of European settlement in the New World…”

She insists that Columbus Day, which was declared a federal holiday in 1937 by President Franklin Roosevelt, must be repealed.

“When it comes to celebrating Columbus or Columbus Day we should just say no,” she writes. She proposes that Columbus Day be replaced by “Immigrants’ Day.”

Williamson, founder of The Peace Alliance and the campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace, has been doing much in the political realm other than promoting Sanders and writing about his “revolutionary” vision on the Sanders campaign website. She is sponsoring a conference in Washington, D.C. this month featuring such luminaries as Phil Donahue and promoting “personal peace” and the teaching of “peace in schools.”

In this context, a former teacher who is the curriculum editor of a group called Rethinking Schools and the co-director of the Zinn Education Project hasproposed the abolition of Columbus Day and creation of what amounts to an “Indigenous Peoples Lives Matter” movement. The name “Zinn” refers to Howard Zinn, the Communist Party member who rewrote American history in favor of a “people’s struggle” against evil elites.

While Sanders has embraced Williamson, even speaking at one of her “Sister Giant” feminist conferences, it’s not clear if Sanders favors the tearing down of theColumbus Memorial Fountain, which is located at Union Station in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from Sanders’ Senate office.

What’s more, there are images of Columbus throughout the U.S. Capitol complex. One shows Columbus examining a globe and chart, using an octant, mercury barometer, and magnetic compass to plan his voyages.

The attack on America’s history as a nation of European immigrants is not new, although the involvement of New Agers and Bernie Sanders supporters like Williamson in this assault doesn’t get any attention in the press. Sanders is usually portrayed as a nice man who believes in a “democratic” version of socialism, unlike the Soviet approach.

However, many Americans are tired of the trashing of their nation’s European roots and are now pushing back against the attempt to smear the reputations of those like Columbus who brought Christian civilization to natives who practiced savagery and barbarism.

An interesting historical fact is that the Columbus voyages were designed to counter the influence of global Islam. “By sailing west, Columbus was aiming to outflank Islam, gaining access to the riches of the East so as to finance the retaking of Jerusalem,” writes Ben Broussard. “Since the fall of Constantinople in 1453 [to Muslim armies], while Columbus was still a child, calls had come from all corners of Europe to renew the Crusade. Columbus saw himself as the instrument to fulfill the longed-for end.”

While the politically correct major media avoid the truth about the reasons for the voyages and what motivated the discovery of the New World, bloggers are stepping forward to answer the question, “Why was Columbus looking for a trade route to the East?” The Citizen Warrior blog notes that “during its second great jihad, Islam had invaded Central Asia and defeated Constantinople in 1453, cutting off the overland route for Europeans. Islamic armies continued their jihad northward, and conquered much of what is now Eastern Europe, until they were finally stopped at the gates of Vienna in 1683 (on September 11th).”

In his book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades), Robert Spencer confirms this, noting that the march of Islam had closed the existing trade routes to the East and that Columbus was trying to “bypass the Muslims” and make it possible for Europeans to reach India by sea.

The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), an organization of  men and women of Italian heritage in the United States, has vigorously defended Columbus in a report entitled “Columbus: Fact Vs. Fiction.” However, the report notes that since 1992 “special interest groups” have “used this 15th century Renaissance navigator to further their 21st century political and social agendas.”

Of course, we know these “special interest groups” are the anti-American and Marxist-oriented organizations whose agendas include denigrating America’s Founding Fathers as white racists who oppressed the natives.

There was a time when Democrats and Republicans honored Columbus and didn’t bow to political correctness. In a statement on Columbus Day issued in 1940, President Roosevelt declared, “The courage and the faith and the vision of the Genoese navigator glorify and enrich the drama of the early movement of European people to America. Columbus and his fellow voyagers were the harbingers of later mighty movements of people from Spain, from Columbus’s native Italy and from every country in Europe. And out of the fusion of all these national strains was created the America to which the Old World contributed so magnificently.”

The OSIA report notes that while left-wing activists portray the New World at the time of the arrival of Columbus as an earthly paradise, the natives “practiced cannibalism, ritual human sacrifice and slavery and suffered from syphilis, hepatitis, addictive cocaine use and cancer, caused by smoking.”

The Gibson film “Apocalypto” depicts the human sacrifices in dramatic and graphic scenes, as human hearts are literally cut out of victims and offered up to their sun god. A Mayan priest then chops off a victim’s head, holding it high and then rolling it down a stairway.

In a review, Dr. Peter Hammond, Director of Frontline Fellowship, writes, “By the time the Christians arrive, we have a far greater understanding of what life was like in Central America before the blessings of European civilization brought an end to the incessant genocidal tribal warfare, rampant slavery and human sacrifices of idolatrous paganism.”

The bloody pre-Christian paganism that preceded the arrival of the Christian missionaries is what is now being sold as a Garden of Eden that America should be celebrating instead of Columbus.

With abortions being performed in the U.S. at the rate of over 3,000 per day, and baby parts being harvested for profit, as documented by the Center for Medical Progress, one can only conclude America is already well on its way back to barbarism.

But Marianne Williamson, who ran for Congress on a “pro-choice” platform, thinks honoring Columbus gives America a bad name. That Bernie Sanders embraces her and gladly accepts her advice says a lot about the nature of the Sanders socialist “revolution.” Williamson calls it a “Revolution of Love” against a “sociopathic economy” that requires meditation. “Ignite the change,” she concludes.

Who will defend Christian civilization and Columbus against this New Age socialist gibberish?

Alek Skarlatos

Was the Oregon mass shooting an Islamist attempt to assassinate Alek Skarlatos?

By: Matthew Vadum
American Thinker

Alek Skarlatos

Was last week’s massacre at Umpqua Community College in Oregon a failed attempt to assassinate a Christian American hero for thwarting a Muslim terrorist train attack this summer in France?

There may simply be a series of unlikely coincidences at play, or there may be circumstantial evidence suggesting that anti-jihadist hero Alek Skarlatos was an intended target of Chris Harper-Mercer, who put several Christians to death in an Umpqua classroom on Thursday, Oct. 1 for being Christian.

Read on and decide for yourself if Harper-Mercer may have wanted to make an example of Skarlatos for the world to see.

And although no evidence revealed thus far directly indicates Harper-Mercer was influenced by Islamic State, plenty of evidence suggests the shooter was acting in furtherance of the Islamic goal of global jihad.  Maybe the massacre was intended as a kind of jihadist payback hit.

Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) apparently claimed responsibility on Twitter for the killings Harper-Mercer carried out at Umpqua.  The tweet states, “Again #Oregon #USA #WashingtonDC #IslamicState #ISIS #USA[,]” and displays a graphic with the words “Slay Americans” in front of an image of a man in the process of being beheaded.

In August the very high-profile Skarlatos, a devout Christian, helped to disarm Ayoub El-Khazzani, a Moroccan with ties to radical Islam, on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.  The Islamist was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, a Luger pistol, and a box cutter.  Skarlatos and his two American friends traveling with him received France’s highest honor, the Legion d’Honneur, from French President François Hollande.  Last month they were feted at the White House and the Pentagon.  Skarlatos received the U.S. Army’s Soldier’s Medal.

Skarlatos has publicly acknowledged that he is currently a student at Umpqua, near Roseburg, Ore., and that he was supposed to be attending classes there on Thursday when Harper-Mercer went on a bloody rampage.

More specifically, Skarlatos said he was supposed to be present that day in Snyder Hall, the same building where Harper-Mercer carried out his massacre.

As USA Today reports

In a taped interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, Skarlatos said he was supposed to be in the building where Thursday’s shooting took place.

“I had classes in Snyder Hall,” said Skarlatos.  “It’s a fairly small community college, the town in general, everybody knows each other.  So with that many deceased, I mean everybody’s going to know at least one person.” […]

“I would have been there today if I didn’t agree to do this show,” he said.  “I had classes picked out and everything.”

As a famous American and Christian who prevented what could have been a high-casualty terrorist attack in France — one of the few Western nations that over the objections of President Obama is actually trying to do something about the Islamist peril — Skarlatos would have been an attractive target for Islamists.

Because America and much of the world holds Skarlatos up as a symbol of heroic Western resolve to defeat Islamism, those who support Muslim expansionism view him as an enemy.  There are very few people on the planet who would be a more valuable target than Skarlatos.

Islamists aren’t exactly known for forgiving and forgetting.  A British supporter of Islamic State reportedly published the name and address of the U.S. Navy SEAL soldier who is credited with killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  The Islamist identified the serviceman as “a number one target to eventually hunt down and kill.”

Islamists view not only Skarlatos, but also his two childhood friends who helped to foil the train attack, as enemies.  The three young men have been widely identified in news reports as fervent Christians.  Skarlatos attended “an independent Christian middle school,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

Over the years the three friends have stayed in touch, united by longtime bonds and their shared religious faith, Alek’s brother Peter Skarlatos said.  “They’re all Christians.  They’re all very religious.”

Which brings us to Harper-Mercer, 26 (his age was initially reported as 20) who killed 10 people and wounded seven at Umpqua Community College last Thursday before being killed by police.  Witnesses said that Harper-Mercer wore body armor and entered a classroom where an English and writing class was being conducted.  He demanded that those present say if they were Christian.

Those who said yes were fatally shot in the head.  He reportedly said “because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.”  Those who said no or refused to answer were shot in the legs.  No news reports indicate anyone in Snyder Hall identified himself or herself as Muslim.

Singling out Christian hostages for death is the same modus operandi used by Islamic terrorist groups like al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab.

As Raymond Ibrahim reports at Jihad Watch, Al Shabaab did the same thing as Harper-Mercer did when it attacked a school in Kenya:

For the record, there is a precedent here:  Whenever Islamic terrorists raid large centers where Muslims and Christians are intermingled, they routinely separate Muslims from Christians, before massacring the latter.

For example, last April in Kenya, gunmen from the Somali Islamic group, Al Shabaab—“the youth”—stormed Garissa University, singled out Christian students, and murdered them, some beheaded.

Al Shabaab “has a long history of singling Christians out from among Muslims for slaughter,” according to Ibrahim.  He provides four other recent examples from Kenya:

June 15, 2014: Approximately 50 militants from Al Shabaab went on a killing spree in Mpeketoni, a predominantly Christian town on Kenya’s coast.  They chanted “Allahu Akbar,” killed whoever could not recite verses from the Koran, and went door-to-door asking residents their religion, killing those who answered “Christian.”  More than 57 people were killed, including six children of church pastors.

August 24, 2014: Al Shabaab abducted a group of traders near the island of Lamu.  The militants eventually released three of them, because they were Muslims, but beheaded the fourth, a Christian.

November 22, 2014: Al Shabaab attacked a bus and massacred 28 of its Christian passengers.  Again, Muslim passengers were separated and left unharmed.

December 2, 2014: Al Shabaab gunmen launched an early morning raid on quarry workers sleeping in their worksite tents near the city of Mandera, along the Somali border.  Christians and Muslims were separated before the Christians, thirty-six of them, were beheaded or shot dead.

Harper-Mercer has been identified in news reports as emotionally disturbed and as anti-organized religion or an atheist.

But unlike double-murderer Vester Lee Flanagan II (a.k.a. Bryce Williams), the gay, black, Black Lives Matter-supporting, and Obama-supporting registered Democrat who shot two white former TV colleagues to death on live television, Harper-Mercer didn’t leave an elaborate social media trail behind.  (Harper-Mercer did reportedly write online about Flanagan, building him up as a role model.  “A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone …  Seems the more people you kill, the more your’re [sic] in the limelight.)

As Breitbart News reports

Mercer’s MySpace [page] features only two connections, one of which is a man named Mahmoud Ali Ehsani.  Ehsani published a photo album titled, “Classic – The Mujahideen Collection LOL,” featuring Islamic terrorists from several countries, including Palestine, Iran, and Pakistan, among others.

One caption reads: “my brave soldiers keep on fighting for the liberation of Palestine against Israel.  fuck israel.  Kill the jews.  jews are the only infidels.”

Mercer wrote on a dating profile he disliked “organized religion,” and considered himself “spiritual” instead of religious.  He also described himself as a “teetotaler” and said he “never” did drugs.

Harper-Mercer’s MySpace page also contains Irish Republican Army (IRA) propaganda.  His online collection of articles, images, and videos was labeled “Ireland’s Freedom Fighters.”

At first glance the IRA connection may seem irrelevant but it’s not.  The IRA  has a long history of cooperating with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and other Islamist groups.

Harper-Mercer had an interest in Nazism, like the Islamic world where Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical book, Mein Kampf, remains popular to this day.  (Instead of the English-language title, My Struggle, the Arabic translation of the book’s name has been changed to My Jihad.)

No writings by Harper-Mercer revealing an explicit, stated animus towards Jews have yet surfaced but given what we know so far about his beliefs, it is difficult to imagine him having warm feelings for Jewish people.  This young man, who had no job and presumably little money, plunked down close to $150 online for SS headwear.

The fanatical SS, or Schultzstaffel, was an elite Praetorian Guard-like organization within the Third Reich that led Hitler’s “Final Solution” against the Jews and other hated groups.  The leader of the SS, Reichsfuehrer-SS Heinrich Himmler, told SS officers in a 1943 speech that killing Jews, whom he characterized as a pathogen, was necessary for the health of the Nazi state.

“We have the moral right, we had the duty to our people to do it, to kill this people who would kill us,” Himmler said.  The Jews’ confiscated wealth was forfeit to the Reich and no SS officers should take for themselves even “one Mark” or “one cigarette” because “we don’t want, at the end of all of this, to get sick and die from the same bacillus that we have exterminated.”

Identifying himself with the user name, ironcross45, Harper-Mercer ordered a pricey leather Nazi SS officer’s cap from the website iOffer, and praised the site for its excellent “customer service.”  The stated price was 98.34 British pounds, which was equivalent to US$149.01 at time of writing.

On a dating site Harper-Mercer used the same username, ironcross45, apparently a reference to a German military honor, the Independent (UK) reports.  Long before he seized power in Germany, Hitler served as a lance corporal in the German Imperial Army during World War One.  He received the Iron Cross, Second Class, in 1915, and the Iron Cross, First Class in 1918 for his military service in the Great War.

It is worth noting that the very first person to die at Harper-Mercer’s hands Thursday was Jewish.

The gunman reportedly walked up to Assistant Professor Lawrence “Larry” Levine and said “I’ve been waiting to do this for years.”   He then shot Levine at close range.

Before the shooting began Harper-Mercer reportedly

…  gave a bunch of papers and a thumb drive to someone on campus, multiple sources told ABC News.

They contain hate-filled writings and material, with the information on the thumb drive found to be more extensive, they said.

The messages in the papers and thumb drive that the suspect left behind can be described as espousing racial and social hatred, one source added.

Even though Harper-Mercer was half-black himself, black men are reportedly singled out in the rants on the thumb drive.  Are rants against Jews also on the drive?  We’ll have to wait to find out what if anything this collector of expensive Nazi paraphernalia had to say about Jewish people.

Although you won’t hear it from the mainstream media, Nazis and Islamists have much in common.  It is fair to say that Islamic terrorists are the last of Hitler’s World War Two coalition partners that have yet to be vanquished.

The Islamic world aligned with the Third Reich, and this alliance “has largely been whitewashed from the pages of history,” Pamela Geller reminds us:

Many Muslims fought on the German side during World War II.  The Wehrmacht had six legions with a Muslim majority and the SS had three Muslim divisions, a brigade and a Waffenbrigade.  Each Muslim unit got a mullah as an adviser.  In November 1944, an SS mullah school was established in Dresden, founded by Himmler.

So many Muslims volunteered to fight for Nazi Germany that in 1943 Hitler gave them their own division, known as the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian).  Handschar means sword in English and in this case refers to the scimitar, a curved sword associated in Arab and other cultures with Islam.  A scimitar appears in the flag of Yemen.  Two crossed scimitars appear in the Pakistani Army’s flag and in the Saudi war flag and in some jihadist flags.  A straight stylized version of a scimitar appears in the Saudi national flag but a curved scimitar appeared in a previously version of the same flag.

Harper-Mercer’s enthusiasm for Nazis and the killing of Christians is something he shares with the Islamofascist terrorists now wreaking havoc in the Middle East and around the world.  As anyone who follows the news knows, Islamic State fighters delight in torturing and killing Christians because they are Christians.

Although it would be an understatement to say that Hitler’s views on world religions were complex and at times seemingly contradictory, the leader of the “Thousand-Year Reich” that lasted 12 years despised Christianity and admired Islam and its militarism.

Hitler said nice things about Christianity in public, but excoriated it in private.  “Christianity is the prototype of Bolshevism: the mobilization by the Jew of the masses of slaves with the object of undermining society,” Hitler reportedly said in 1941.

Although some dispute whether Hitler ever said such a thing, it cannot be denied that in the Third Reich the Nazi Party treated the Christian church as something to be bent and twisted to serve National Socialist goals.  A movement called “Positive Christianity” was promoted to co-opt the church and inject it with Nazi ideology, including the party’s belief in the importance of racial purity.  The name itself implies that Christianity is bad.

Official Nazi ideologist Alfred Rosenberg referred to Roman Catholicism and Protestantism as “negative Christianity.”  He sought to whitewash Christianity’s connection to Judaism and “substitute the spirit of the [German Nordic] hero for that of the Crucifixion.”  And Hitler, as stated above, liked Islam enough to welcome Muslims into the Axis alliance.

Harper-Mercer’s murderous actions show that he shared Hitler’s contempt for Christianity.  This unemployed loser who bought overpriced Nazi paraphernalia may also have resented Skarlatos for all the attention he received.

So the question then arises, why in his televised address Thursday before many facts were publicly released, did President Obama take it upon himself to lecture the nation on the urgent need for more gun control?

Instead of comforting Americans and bringing them together as a decent, patriotic person would, Obama immediately seized on the opportunity to divide Americans politically.

Obama said nothing about the religious aspect of the killings.  This self-professed Christian who studied in a Muslim school and speaks of Islam in reverent tones said nothing about how the killer asked his victims jihadist-style if they were Christian and then blew them away.

Why would the president ignore this shocking fact?  Maybe the answer is that to do so would have linked the killer to Islam.

Maybe President Obama knows more about the martyring of Christians at Umpqua Community College than he’s letting on.

Investigative reporter Matthew Vadum (personal website under construction) played a supporting role in killing President Obama’s favorite community organizing group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.  He is author of the popular ACORN/Obama expose, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.  Follow him on Twitter.  E-mail him at matthewvadum [at] gmail.com.

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Navigating Choppy Waters

Arlene from Israel

It has become apparent to me that some of my readers, living outside of Israel but totally devoted to Israel, have an inflated sense of her potency.  And I want to start by addressing this.

That we should stand strong, for example, against the violence of Arabs, absolutely!  And I will have more to say about this below.

But this does not mean that Israel need not worry about international repercussions and that she is immune to all actions that might be taken against her in various spheres. Efforts to delegitimize Israel can cause considerable damage.  Sometimes prudent judgment is called for along with muscle flexing.  About this whole issue of the need for prudent judgment, as well, I will have more to say below.

These are the choppy waters.


Since yesterday, there have been more terror attacks.  Good that announcements have been made about measures to be taken, but we need them in place like yesterday.  Some plans, such as installing cameras, will take time. But the troops – empowered to act as they need to – must be out in force.

One of the trouble spots with regard to rock throwing and similar terrorist actions has been in the vicinity of the Jewish community of Tekoa, in the Judean Desert.

Credit: Jewish Agency

Terrorists are fond of throwing rocks at the cars driving on the road from Tekoa to Jerusalem (a new road, not represented on this map, that goes to the Har Homa neighborhood of Jerusalem).  Of late there has been considerable difficulty in this region, with cars frequently pelted by rocks.

This morning terrorists went one step further: Tekoa resident Rivi Lev Ohayon was on her way to her job in Jerusalem, when she encountered some twenty young adult Arabs holding rocks and forming a human barrier across the road.  A man with a large rock came towards her, and then some 10 Arabs jumped on the car and broke her windshield.  One attempted to open the door of the car, but she succeeded in pulling away, in reverse, and calling police.  Deeply traumatized, she considers herself lucky that she was not lynched.

Ohayun after the attack (Photo: Tekoa Security)

Credit: Security

Seven other cars were stoned on the same road at that time.

None of this should happen.  Not ever.


Then, a bit later this morning, another attack in the Old City of Jerusalem, near the Lion’s Gate.  A young Arab woman knifed a man, stabbing him in his upper body.  He was carrying a gun, however, and shot her.  She is in serious condition.

Lion’s Gate is the location where the horrendous attack occurred that took two lives on Saturday night.  And in this location, too, there must be sufficient security presence – police, soldiers – to guard against such incidents.


A third attack took place in Kiryat Gat today, perpetrated by an Arab from Yatta – an Arab village in Area A, near Susiya – who was in Israel illegally. After alighting from a bus, he stabbed a soldier and grabbed his gun, then ran into an apartment building.  When he tried to force his way into an apartment, the resident fled, screaming.  Police were alerted and when they arrived the terrorist began shooting at them.  Returning fire, they killed him.


I want to look at the most recent game playing of that slippery manipulator, Mahmoud Abbas.

Credit: ibtimes

I doubt there is anyone reading this who does not know how much responsibility he bears for the current violence.  Just days ago, at the UN, he not only spewed incitement, he suggested that he was about to walk away from the Oslo Accords.

But yesterday, he was singing a different song.  And this was obviously because Netanyahu had announced sterner security measures.   A clear indication that the announced intention to enforce such measures had an impact.

Suddenly, Abbas was a man of peace. Sort of. What he said was:

“We want to reach a political solution peacefully, and no other solution.  We want to minimize the risks of destruction and loss that will sprout on all sides in the current situation.”


This was for public consumption.  He then qualified his remarks with more of his UN theme, putting the onus on Israel:

“We say to the Israelis: Stop building in the settlements and come to the negotiating table.  We will be willing to return to negotiations and discuss the agreements that have been violated and neglected by Israel since Oslo and until now.

“We are committed to these agreements, but it is unreasonable for us to be the only ones who are committed to them. If Israel does not want these agreements, we do not want to implement them.”

This is the old Abbas “play both sides against the middle” technique, riddled with misrepresentations and distortions.


As to his statement that, “All our instructions to our agencies, our factions and our youth have been that we do not want escalation,” there is one main question to be asked:  Is this a blatant lie, did he not give such instructions?  Or do the Palestinian Arab factions and youth simply not care what he says?

I do not have answer, but we see the evidence, in today’s three incidents, that the violence has not abated.


It has been revealed by media sources that during the Security Cabinet meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu held Monday night, after the close of Simchat Torah, the issue of threats by Obama was raised.  Some of the right wing/nationalist members of the Cabinet (some within the Likud itself) were urging that part of the response to terrorism be increased building in Judea and Samaria.

This is not going to happen, Netanyahu informed them. For Obama has said that if there is building in Judea and Samaria, he will not veto a French resolution that is to be brought to the UN Security Council, a resolution that reportedly would declare “Palestine” a state and would declare the settlements “illegal.”

“We will not jeopardize international support for a declaration of building,” a senior source in the Netanyahu administration reportedly said,  While the prime minister himself called for “a sober political maneuver.”


“We are in a long struggle,” said Netanyahu, “and it does not need militancy, but rather it needs a lot of strength, a resolute attitude, much composure and thoroughness, and that is what we are doing.”



The question I want to explore, then, is whether Netanyahu simply “caved” to the US, as Arutz Sheva suggests, and as is his pattern, or whether he has valid reason to be cautious here.

My gut impulse is to say, damn them all, go ahead and build.  Now is the time for us to stand up for what is ours by right.  But I know that my gut impulse is not necessarily the wisest course of action.

In exploring precisely what IS the wisest course, I contacted two highly respected and knowledgeable international lawyers, and here share their responses.  Please, walk this through with me:


One lawyer, deeply involved in legal issues in Judea and Samaria, was interested in looking at the repercussions in terms of international law.

What those repercussions would be “all depends on whether any such resolution is adopted under Chapter 6 of the UN charter (non-binding recommendation) or chapter 7 (binding, action oriented).

“None of the existing resolutions were adopted under chapter 7, which can be used only in the event of a threat to international peace and security which requires military intervention. I can’t see that happening with us [he speaks as an Israeli].”

As I understand this, then, calling the settlements “illegal” would have no real legal import in terms of forcing Israeli communities out of Judea and Samaria.

As to establishing a state, it is, as I have indicated before (having discussed the issue with this lawyer before) that: “The UN doesn’t have the power to establish a state, but merely to accept existing states as members, subject to Security Council invitation.”

He does see it as possible (though unlikely) that such an invitation might be issued.

He predicts that Obama would be reluctant even now “to undermine the entire Oslo process in such a blatant manner.”  His opinion (this is not a legal opinion) is that a resolution would be tempered, and would “call for an immediate return to negotiations, with the aim of establishing a Palestinian state and recommending a freeze in settlements.”  All this, he says would not “really dramatically change the present situation.”

But the settlement issue as well as that of Jerusalem have regrettably reached panic proportions thanks to very clever Palestinian manipulation of Obama and the EU and their evidently existing predisposition to harm Netanyahu and hence harm Israel.” (My emphasis added here)


The other lawyer, a man with sterling international credentials, chose to look at other, non-legal aspects of the issue (my emphasis added):

”The SC resolution would be very very damaging. Not because of any particular legal point, but because it would lock in a fundamental delegitimization of Israel, trigger a wave of EU sanctions, and make it harder for future US presidents to support Israel.

If holding off on new building for now is the price of Obama’s veto, it may be worth it. However, there is no reason to believe he promised to veto the resolution. Rather, he may have threatened to NOT veto if we build. But that doesn’t mean that he WILL veto if we don’t – i.e., he is likely to NOT veto anyway.

“Unless Bibi has concrete assurances on this, it makes sense to assume there will be no veto and build anyway…His (Obama’s) promise may be worth something if made publicly or with some other additional indicia of reliability.”


What we see then is that this is not a simple matter and should be taken seriously, but received without panic.  It is not easy, being the head of a state that is isolated internationally and against which much venom is directed.

In the end it may well be that now is the time to stand up and claim our rights.  But I would not make light of Netanyahu’s hesitancy to move forward.


The good news for today? We’ve had rain. Heavy rain. The first of the season. After the terribly hot and dusty summer we’ve had it is particularly welcome. And it is considered a blessing. May many more blessings follow.


Credit: Globes

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Jerusalem Under Assault Edition

The Watcher’s Council

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.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, The Federalist and Simply Jews earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

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. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

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