Saturday, January 23, 2010

The 800-pound gorilla

When will the U.S. quit ignoring the 800-pound gorilla in the room? When will we – to use a currently over-used phrase – connect the dots and publicly acknowledge that our unconditional support of Israel is a major component to the war being waged against us by Al-Qaeda and other extremists who have hijacked Islam as their excuse for crimes against humanity?

And Israel keeps working to undermine that which would help the U.S. in the battle for the hearts and minds of those in the countries in which our young men and women sacrifice so much to secure a victory in this war.

Cases in point are two related actions by the Israeli government. First, Israel is deporting American church volunteers who are working to assist the Palestinians in establishing a peaceful, prosperous and stable society. One, whom I’ve met, Faith Rowald, 27, from Polson, Montana, worked with the Lutheran International Center of Bethlehem (ICB). The ICB, through empowering the local community, developing human resources, cultivating artistic talents, and facilitating intercultural encounters, actively promotes the building of Palestinian civil society. The seeds of discontent will not germinate and grow where people enjoy such a society.

But Israel needs to keep the conditions that foment violence and hatred. By continuing the Kristallnacht treatment of the Palestinians – building more settlements, settlers attacking the Palestinians, harassing at checkpoints, and illegally confiscating Palestinians lands and home -- and feeding the foment, Israel continues to short-circuit whatever hopes there are for a lasting peace in the area. And the lack of peace fits into the goal of exterminating the Palestinians from Palestine. This treatment and these actions feed the propaganda of Al-Qaeda and others who have hijacked Islam in an attempt to justify their crimes against humanity.

The second is Israel’s arresting of a growing number of prominent opponents to its policies toward the Palestinians as reported int eh Washington Post on 19 January.

As reported, since the summer, dozens of Palestinian and Israeli activists have been picked up, including those organizing weekly protests against Israel's West Bank separation barrier as well as others advocating international boycotts of Israeli goods. These activists are working to make the Israeli public, and the world community, aware of Israel’s denying the Palestinians basic human rights and to try to change Israel’s destructive policies.

How do Israel’s policies affect us? As we are all aware, the U.S. is under attack by Al-Qaeda and other radicals who have hijacked Islam as their excuse. Impressionable young people are recruited to be suicide bombers against ours and other Western targets. The selling point is that attacks against the U.S. is revenge against the U.S. attacks against Islam (i.e. – the Palestinians, who, by the way, include Christians). This is the misconceived notion of jihad.

Look at the attack of September 11. The terrorists attacked the World Trade Center because it was the financial epicenter of the U.S. economy, an economy that the terrorists stereotyped as being under the influence of the American Jewish community.

It is time to tell the truth. It is time to acknowledge reality. For 61 years, the U.S. has supported Israel. It is time Israel supports the United States.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

What happened??!!

The Democrats are managing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Not so much as their policies (they mean well) but their approach. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nailed it when he said that the health care reform bill was not reform at all but just deals and pork.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tear the U.S. down

They sing the National Anthem but just like everything else the right wing does, it's dishonest. Faux News and the Dittoheads are protesting the huge amounts of money being spent to right the wrong of the Bush administration. Don't try to help; just try to tear the country apart. If not your way; no way. Perhaps the Mayan calendar is correct!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Israel remains a hostage

On this Passover, the Israeli people remain hostage as they were in Egypt so many millenia ago. They are hostage to the inculcation and rhetoric of their leadership over the years that all Palestinians are terrorists and desire to destroy Israel. O Israel, only the truth will set you free!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Help, Help, Help!!!

U.S. auto executives warned Congress on Tuesday , 18 November 2008, that their industry was teetering on the brink of disaster as they pleaded for a $25 billion aid package despite political opposition to another multibillion-dollar government bailout. This editorial cartoon, by Steve Benson of the Arizona Republic, warned the auto industry on 22 March 1981!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Truer words not spoken

Speaking about his recent participation in defying the Israeli blockade of Gaza, peace activitist and Jewish Israeli Jeff Halper said of Gaza: "It's the opposite of what the Israeli public thinks. They think that Gaza is all Hamas and they hate Israelis. But if they knew the truth, they'd have to say there is a basis for peacemaking here." Why doen't the Israeli public know the truth? because the Israeli government ensures no contact between Palestinians and Israeli citizens. It is against the law. And the Israeli government's propaganda is aimed at demonizing all Palestinians.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Couldn't say it any better....

Par for Mr. Corsi
An expert at misrepresentation takes on Barack Obama.

The Washington Post, Friday, August 15, 2008; Page A20

There's a cottage industry in books about Barack Obama; by one count, more than 20 are just out or are in the works. But few debut in the No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list, as Jerome R. Corsi's "The Obama Nation" will do among nonfiction hardcover titles this week. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, given his earlier hit job on the last Democratic nominee, Mr. Corsi's latest is rife with inaccuracies and innuendo. If the fundamental smear of "Unfit for Command" was that John F. Kerry was no war hero, the insinuation of Mr. Corsi's latest is that "The Obama Nation" -- the ungainly play on words (abomination, get it?) is "fully intended," the author tells us -- reprises the Corsi method. Mr. Corsi boasts that "I fully document all arguments and contentions I make, extensively footnoting all references" and asserts that "my fundamental opposition to Obama's presidential candidacy involves public policy differences." But footnoting to a discredited blog item does not constitute careful scholarship, and the bulk of Mr. Corsi's book has nothing to do with issues.

He gets facts wrong, from the date of Mr. Obama's marriage to whether he dedicated his autobiography to his family (he did) to whether he revealed that he took his future wife on his second trip to Kenya (he did.) He makes offensive statements: "The sexual attraction of his mother to her African husband jumps out from the page."

When facts are lacking, Mr. Corsi makes his point by suggestive questions. Noting that Life magazine could find no record of an article that Mr. Obama remembered reading as a child about a black man who tried to lighten his skin, Mr. Corsi asks, "How much more imagining, hypothetical lying, or just plain lying is Obama capable of doing?" When facts are present, he twists them to make Mr. Obama bad.

Mr. Corsi's discussion of Mr. Obama's drug use -- disclosed by Mr. Obama in his autobiography -- manages to combine a few of these techniques. "Still, Obama has yet to answer questions whether he ever dealt drugs, or if he stopped using marijuana and cocaine completely in college, or whether his drug usage extended into his law school days or beyond. Did Obama ever use drugs in his days as a community organizer in Chicago, or when he was a state senator from Illinois? How about in the U.S. Senate?" In fact, Mr. Obama has said that he stopped using drugs when he was 20. Mr. Corsi is similarly misleading about Mr. Obama's religious background, questioning his claim to be Christian. "Obama had to know that running for political office, even state office, would be much more difficult to do if voters suspected he was a Muslim," Corsi writes. "Yet once Obama became a member of Trinity, he had proof he was a Christian, as he professed to be."

Mr. Corsi has dismissed criticisms of his book as "nit-picking," an odd defense coming from an author happy to inflate any possible omission into a full-blown evasion. Mary Matalin, the Republican political strategist who heads Threshold Editions, the Simon & Schuster division that published "The Obama Nation," described the book to the New York Times as "a piece of scholarship, and a good one at that." That would not be our description.

From The Washington Post

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Whose side are you on?

If one criticizes the Israeli government's actions, one is called an anti-Semite or if one is Jewish and does so, one is labeled a "self-hater." But let us be crystal clear. Let me quote Dr. Alice Rothchild, who in turn is quoting Jeff Halper, coordinator of the Israel Committee Against House Demolitions, "I am on the 'side' of Israelis and Palestinians who seek a just peace that addresses Palestinian rights of self-determination as well as Israeli concerns of security and regional integration. I am on the 'side' that stands for equality, human rights, democracy, peaceful co-existence and regional development." [Halper, Israeli Violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, paper presented to the European paliament, Brussels, June 2001.]

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Faux Christians

Heard on a "Christian" radio station today some commentator speaking about how "Christians" must support Israel and not allow the Israeli government to make any agreements with the Palestinians. Why? Because it was the "Christians" responsibility to ensure that Israel remained a viable nation to facilitate the Second Coming. I call them faux Christians because they believe they must help God achieve the Second Coming. Since when does God need their help? Are they not taking on the role of God? No body knows when the Christ will return. "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." [Mark 13:32]