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 "In Iraq, Stay the Course - but Change It" by Daniel Pipes0 comments
category picture25 Oct 2006 @ 19:40
Daniel Pipes makes sense, once again.
--BIK

From www.danielpipes.org | Original article available at: In Iraq, Stay the Course - but Change It

by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
October 24, 2006

As coalition policy reaches a crisis, may I resurrect an idea I have been flogging since April 2003? It offers a way out of the current debate over staying the course (as President George W. Bush has long advocated) or withdrawing troops on a short timetable (as his critics demand).

My solution splits the difference, "Stay the course – but change the course." I suggest pulling coalition forces out of the inhabited areas of Iraq and redeploying them to the desert.

This way, the troops remain indefinitely in Iraq, but remote from the urban carnage. It permits the American-led troops to carry out essential tasks (protecting borders, keeping the oil and gas flowing, ensuring that no Saddam-like monster takes power) while ending their non-essential work (maintaining street-level order, guarding their own barracks).  More >


 The Arab & Iranian Reaction to 9/11 - 5 Years Later 0 comments
picture11 Sep 2006 @ 17:07
“When the twin towers collapsed… My lungs filled with air and I breathed in relief, as I had never breathed before."
'Ali 'Uqleh 'Ursan,
Syrian Arab Writers Association chairman
Al-Usbu' Al-Adabi (Damascus)
September 15, 2001  More >


 "Terrorist Theater Tricks"1 comment
category picture31 Aug 2006 @ 18:48
Here is an interesting article by Carolyn Glick of The Jerusalem Post.

The source article can be found here: "Terrorist Theater Tricks"

Column One: Terrorist theater tricks
Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 28, 2006

What are we seeing when we watch events from the Middle East on our
television screens? Is it news or is it terrorist theater?  More >


 Amnesty For Hezbollah War Crimes0 comments
picture24 Aug 2006 @ 18:14
At Mere Rhetoric, Omri Ceren writes about Amnesty International's condemnation of Israel ("war crimes") for its bombing of Hezbollah installations in Lebanon:

"In a world where demonizing Israel was anything less than a badge of Leftist authenticity, groups like Amnesty International might be a little more circumspect in becoming pathetic and predictable caricatures of themselves."  More >


 Existence of G-d2 comments
picture18 Aug 2006 @ 19:25
Someone once asked mathematician Cassius Keyser "Do you believe in the existence of God?"

Keyser replied:  More >


 "Pan-Islamism Challenges Idea of Nation State "2 comments
category picture14 Aug 2006 @ 18:20
Mark Steyn states some uncomfortable truths.

"When they hold hands and sing "We Are The World," they mean it. And we're being very complacent if we think they only take over the husks of "failed states" like Afghanistan, Somalia and Lebanon. They are very good at using the principal features of the modern multicultural democracy — legalisms, victimology — to their own advantage."

Reality Check  More >


 Medieval Book of Psalms Unearthed8 comments
picture4 Aug 2006 @ 22:56
First millennium manuscript, stuck open to Psalm 83, found in Irish mud. All the other pages were stuck shut.

Odd.

Check the story at CNN.com Medieval Book of Psalms Unearthed

Update: Apparently, the book was actually stuck open on Psalm 84, numbered 83 in the Latin version. Some people feel relieved  More >


 Hezbolla-Coming Soon To Your Hometown0 comments
picture4 Aug 2006 @ 16:59
Part of the Islamo-Fascist death cult, the ultimate in idol worship, which glorifies their god with child sacrifice.

I wish it was only a metaphor!  More >


 More on Hezbolla War Crimes0 comments
category picture4 Aug 2006 @ 16:08
As policy, Hezbolla deliberately targets civilian's and furthermore hides among the civilian population of Lebanon and uses Lebanese civilians as human shields.

This directly contravenes the laws of war as spelled out in the Geneva Conventions.  More >


 Hezbolla's War Crimes0 comments
picture4 Aug 2006 @ 15:58
Hezbollah is attacking Israeli civilians while hiding within Lebanese civilian communities.

Important Footage from the IDF, given to StandWithUs  More >


 Lebanon: Myths and Facts (The Video)0 comments
category picture3 Aug 2006 @ 20:46
Those who believe that Israel is one of the most ruthless, evil and aggressive nations on earth, not only blame the victims of Arab-Islamo-Fascism...they also give moral support to Arab-Islamo-Fascists whose stated aim is to wipe out Israel and kill as many Jews there (and everywhere else) as possible. (The dead Muslims there and elsewhere will be considered shahids, martyrs.) Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, New Agers, Atheists, Agnostics, Muslims with different points of view, and other "non-believers" are next after the Jews on the short list of the Islamo-Fascists to either Subjugate (Jews and Christians), Convert or Kill (the rest).

This video Lebanon
presents the facts of the present chapter in the long battle of survival of the Jews of Israel and the small number of Israeli Arabs, Bedouins, Druse, Christians, etc., who help them.


 Lebanon: Myths and Facts (Part II)0 comments
category picture31 Jul 2006 @ 17:59
Lebanon: Myths and Facts
by Shraga Simmons and Pesach Benson

Myth: Israel deliberately attacked a United Nations post, killing four UN personnel.

Fact: That UN post, in the words of the Canadian peacekeeper who was killed there, was being used by Hezbollah as cover. As retired Canadian Major General Lewis Mackenzie, interviewed on CBC radio, explained:

"We received emails from [the Canadian peacekeeper who was killed at the UN post] a few days ago, and he was describing the fact that he was taking fire within, in one case, three meters of his position for tactical necessity, not being targeted. Now that's veiled speech in the military. What he was telling us was Hezbollah soldiers were all over his position and the IDF were targeting them. And that's a favorite trick by people who don't have representation in the UN. They use the UN as shields knowing that they can't be punished for it."
Furthermore, Hezbollah has attacked UNIFIL observers repeatedly this week. From the UN's own press releases:
In the last 24 hours... Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of four UN positions at Marwahin, Alma Ash Shab, Brashit, and At Tiri. (27 July 2006)

One unarmed UN military observer, a member of the Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), was seriously wounded by small arms fire in the patrol base in the Marun Al Ras area yesterday afternoon. According to preliminary reports, the fire originated from the Hezbollah side during an exchange with the IDF. He was evacuated by the UN to the Israeli side, from where he was taken by an IDF ambulance helicopter to a hospital in Haifa. He was operated on, and his condition is now reported as stable. (24 July 2006)

Note that the UN observer was injured badly enough to be evacuated to an Israeli hospital -- where they saved his life. Kofi Annan's reaction? Not a word of condemnation against Hezbollah, and not a word of gratitude for Israel's rescue of the UN observer.

This is part of an article Lebanon Myths and Facts


 Lebanon: Myths and Facts (Part I)0 comments
category picture31 Jul 2006 @ 03:11
Lebanon: Myths and Facts
by Shraga Simmons and Pesach Benson

Myth: Israel is attacking and killing hundreds of Lebanese civilians.

Fact: The death of any innocent civilian is tragic and Israel regrets the loss of life.

Why are civilians dying? Because Hezbollah is hiding among civilians, using villages, mosques and even private homes to store and manufacture weapons caches that include 12,000 missiles.

This creates a conundrum for the Israeli military, where Hezbollah wins either way: If the IDF shies away from attacking because of the proximity of civilians, Hezbollah's terror infrastructure remains in place. And if the IDF attacks, no matter how carefully, there will be collateral damage -- triggering condemnation in the media, and emboldening Hezbollah to operate from civilian areas.

Even the UN's humanitarian chief, Jan Egeland, said: "Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending... among women and children. I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this."

Ynet News reports that Hezbollah is trying to maximize Lebanese civilian deaths, presumably for its own propaganda purposes: Roadblocks have been set up outside some villages to prevent residents from leaving.

Meanwhile, in order to minimize civilian casualties, Israel has dropped warning leaflets in Lebanon, advising residents to protect their own safety by "avoiding all places frequented by Hizbullah."

When was the last time that Arab terrorists alerted Israeli civilians of an impending strike?

So let's be clear who bears responsibility for the deaths of Lebanese civilians. As Alan Dershowitz writes:

A bank robber who takes a teller hostage and fires at police from behind his human shield is guilty of murder if they, in an effort to stop the robber from shooting, accidentally kill the hostage. The same should be true of terrorists who use civilians as shields from behind whom they fire their rockets.

This is part of an article Lebanon Myths and Facts


 "The dangerous fantasy of peaceful Arab intent" 0 comments
picture21 Jul 2006 @ 03:14
In the Seattle Times, Edward Alexander has asked:

"Can anything positive emerge from the current carnage?"  More >


 Loving Advice To My Arab Relatives by Elan Neev17 comments
picture15 Jun 2006 @ 16:55
[My friend Elan Neev writes the following from Israel-BIK]

Commonsense formula for better life & peace (a message from the heart & mind of a peacemaker & lover of humanity):

I think we need to look at the facts before we blame (advice for my Arab brothers & sisters), and also before we take responsibility & assume guilt (for my own Jewish brothers & sisters infected with the psychosis of self-blame & Jewish guilt). Blood shed is painful & knows no border & no discrimination of nation, race or religion. And the family of fallen soldiers grieve as much as families of civilians.
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 Hurray For Pallywood5 comments
picture12 Jun 2006 @ 17:58
Richard Landes provides analysis of the latest success of the Pallywood propaganda machine.

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 Next Steps in Arab-Israeli Peacemaking by Zalman Shoval13 comments
category picture7 Jun 2006 @ 19:09
Zalman Shoval provides a fact-based reality check to wishful thinking about the Israel's battle of defense against Jihad.

Next Steps in Arab-Israeli Peacemaking
Jerusalem Viewpoints
No. 543 5 Sivan 5766 / 1 June 2006

* The U.S. military victory in Iraq did at first create a more congenial atmosphere among Palestinians for peace with Israel. However, the present situation in Iraq, as well as Iran and Muslim fundamentalism in general, have caused matters to move in the opposite direction. The Palestinians are further away from a spirit of reconciliation and compromise than ever before. Terrorists everywhere are feeling emboldened by what they see, at least for now, as an American failure.  More >


 The Path To Our Destruction14 comments
category picture6 Jun 2006 @ 16:55
war on terror
The path to our destruction
By Caroline B. Glick

Caroline Glick writes about the defiant, irrational and immoral refusal of Western
political, cultural and media elites to acknowledge the threat that
internal and external jihadist forces manifest to the very notion of
human freedom. They thereby make it impossible for their societies to take
measures to protect themselves

The Path To Our Destruction  More >


 What Israel Must Do21 comments
category picture15 May 2006 @ 18:46
Reported by Ezra HaLevi of Israel National News

Former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon has broken his relative silence, decrying the entire notion of a Palestinian state, and urging Israel to be strong rather than appease the global Jihad.  More >


 Israel Independence Day-200632 comments
picture3 May 2006 @ 17:43
A thought from my friends at Mid-East OnTarget:

"The establishment of the State of Israel is more than the beginning of the redemption; it is the rectification of the ancient crime against the Jews, and the beginning of the payment of the great debt which the nations owe to the Jews."
-Rabbi Isaac Halevi Herzog
Late Chief Rabbi of Israel  More >


 "They've Got To Be Carefully Taught"2 comments
category picture2 May 2006 @ 20:04
Read Itamar Marcus's and Barbara Crook's description of the contemporary culture of mainstream Palestinian Arab society which glorifies the hatred and murder of Palestinian Jews.  More >


 The Augean Stables3 comments
picture28 Apr 2006 @ 19:25
If web time is short and I only can look at one thing, I almost invariably choose to read Richard Landes' The Augean Stables

The title refers to one of the labors of Hercules, cleaning out the accumulated pile of dung in the so-named stables that was smelling up the entire kingdom.  More >


 Some Things to Remember on Holocaust Memorial Day44 comments
category picture25 Apr 2006 @ 22:03
"Militant, totalitarian Islam is no less threatening to the Jewish People and the West than the Nazis were seventy years ago."

Middle East On-Target's Yisrael Ne'eman provides this useful summary article on "Deadly Antisemitism."  More >


 Esther Pollard: Bush is Willing to Free Pollard This Week1 comment
picture10 Apr 2006 @ 19:15
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Esther Pollard: Bush is Willing to Free Pollard This Week
A News Item from Israel National News/Arutz Sheva

By Hillel Fendel
Jonathan Pollard's wife Esther said this morning that U.S. President Bush is ready to free the imprisoned Israeli - but that Prime Minister-designate Ehud Olmert has to make the request.
Speaking on Channel Two's Monday morning television talk program, Esther Pollard said, "Someone who is very close to President Bush came to me last night and said that Bush is ready to free Jonathan even in time for the upcoming Passover holiday [which starts Wednesday night] - as long as Olmert makes an official request."  More >


 Pipes Calls War A Success2 comments
category picture2 Apr 2006 @ 19:31
Succinct review of how U.S. is doing so far in World War III (or WW IV, depending on whether you count the "Cold War").- BIK

Pipes calls war a success
by Bill Steigerwald
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 1, 2006
Pipes calls war a success  More >


 Hamas Must Be Stopped4 comments
picture22 Mar 2006 @ 19:11
Binyamin Netanyahu provides a nice summary of the history of Jihad, the present World War and the possible stakes for Israel and Western Civilization if appeasers win in the next Israeli election.

Netanyahu at Jerusalem Conference: Hamas Must be Stopped
By Hillel Fendel - Arutz Sheva-March 21, 2006

PM candidate Binyamin Netanyahu opened Tuesday's session of the Jerusalem Conference with a review of Islam's attempts to conquer the world - which the Hamas takeover of the PA is a main feature.

Netanyahu said that Islam tried, upon its founding, to conquer Christian Europe, but failed and w! as pushed back to Northern Africa. Another attempt hundreds of years later was similarly repelled. "For the last few centuries," Netanyahu continued, "we thought that religious wars were over - but suddenly, now, we see a third attempt by Islam. In 1979, two seminal events occurred, both of which continue to have a strong effect even now. One is the victory by Islamic mujaheedin in Afghanistan over Soviet forces, leading to the formation of Al-Qaeda, and then, shortly afterwards, the formation of the terrorist Islamic Republic of Iran. Some thought then that the Ayatollahs of Iran would become more moderate, but of course this did not happen, and now Iran's nuclear program and missiles threaten the entire world."

"Since then, more recently, two more important events have happened. One is the formation of another fundamentalist Islamic republic, in Afghanistan, with the Taliban, leading to 9/11 - if they had had nuclear weapons, New York and Washington would not be aroun! d any more - and another event that occurred with Israel's help: the formation of a Hamas regime in the Palestinian Authority. The Hamas entity is a daughter state of Iran, with the same policies, and talks openly of its goal of destroying Israel, using its code words of 'Right of Return' and 'continued resistance' - namely, terrorism. Israel is their first stop on the road to world conquest.  More >


 Singing Kumbaya With Jihadists10 comments
picture21 Mar 2006 @ 18:25
Kudos to JoshuaPundit for this analysis of the latest barf-inducing, anti-zionist, antisemitic production of the failed ex-president:

Jimmy Carter Soils Himself In Print  More >


 "On the death of Milosevic"11 comments
category picture15 Mar 2006 @ 19:29
From my friends at the Emperor's Clothes:

On the death of Milosevic
by Jared Israel
[13 March 2006]

In the aftermath of the death of Milosevic, the media is rehashing all the old charges against him - which in effect means, against the Serbian people. Emperor's Clothes has published many articles refuting media misinformation about the Serbs and Yugoslavia. Some of the most important are listed, with [a] link, following these comments.  More >


 Rabbis From Chelm15 comments
picture13 Mar 2006 @ 21:21
387 Rabbis call for aid to Hamas...  More >


 Nonie Darwish on Arab-Muslim Culture of Hate12 comments
category picture12 Feb 2006 @ 20:41
"Is it any surprise that after decades of indoctrination in a culture of hate, that people actually do hate?"  More >




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