Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Post I've Been Trying to Post

This is a busy time of year. It's even busier due to my son's impending graduation from high school. I thought if I just gathered a few links from other sites, I could have a post done in a few minutes. Those few minutes have been few and far between. I began this two weeks ago. The previous two posts were timely so this one had to wait longer than I had planned.

This photo was swiped from American Digest. (He swiped it from another site.)

Carolyn Glick is always a must-read.

And so is Melanie Phillips

For many more of Michael Ramirez' cartoons go to: IBDeditorials

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Happy Nakba Day

On Wikipedia, I discovered that "Palestinians" celebrate today as Nakba Day. Here they are, giving of themselves again. Besides offering gifts to the world like terrorism, homicide bombing, new permutations of Jew-hatred, and contributing to the general moral rot of civilization, these people who call themselves Palestinian now embrace a new holiday - so happy Nakba Day.

Let us join with the most thoroughly debased society on the planet as they once again demand recognition of their unique condition. That unique condition is multiple generations of dependency on the misguided charity of the West. The charity, of course, has given the Gazan and West Bank Arabs an entitlement mentality that causes them to demand huge infusions of cash and materials in order to avoid that humanitarian crisis that is continuously looming directly overhead and will come crashing down if we in the West don't keep the coffers of the P.A. and Hamas full. By now we know that their definition of a humanitarian crisis is a shortage of weapons with which to attack innocent Israelis.

That is certainly a Nakba . . . for the West.

After all, we are stupidly subsidizing the Middle East terror machine. And we know we are. There's no such thing as a free jihad.

It is a Nakba that our leaders are so blind and delusional that they keep throwing money at murderers thinking that will get them to stop murdering. It's a Nakba that we allow our good intentions to be held hostage. It's a Nakba that our compassion keeps us in denial of reality so that we too contribute to the moral rot.

Besides the Nakba of maintaining generations of Muslims in festering genocidal rage, there are the Nakbas that don't get the attention they deserve. This is due to the insanely detailed and cruelly biased reporting on Israel.

China has occupied Tibet since the 1950s. Why, besides bumper stickers, has there been so little concern? How many thousands or millions of Tibetens have been ethnically cleansed? Why are the brave reporters who speak truth to power not concerned with Tibet?

We've got a better idea of the body count in the current Darfur genocide. The U.N. and various NGOs are keeping better track of this Nakba than they did during the Sudanese anti-Christian genocide of the 1990s. Don't worry if you've forgotten that. The whole sick chapter of Sudanese history only got about as much coverage as the Muslim-inspired propaganda that caused an anti-Israel uproar when Israel tried to do some repair work to the Temple Mount.

And then there's Zimbabwe. How many are starving to death there due to Robert Mugabe's despotic rule? Nobody cares about that Nakba.

And where is the U.N. Human Rights Commission in all of this? Well, with China, Zimbabwe, and Sudan as members, they're right where you'd expect them to be - in session, condemning Israel.

So how are the pampered, overly photographed Arab refugees different from the rest of the current and past Nakba sufferers? Well - they have props. Those keys offer a visual. I used to think they were really a key to a jihadist's heart. But we know that the only key to a jihadists heart is a dead infidel.

The self-titled Palestinians have been spending their free time (which they have lots of since they live in a welfare state and don't have to work) persecuting Israel, the Jewish State. If Robert Mugabe were Jewish, he would have been driven from power years ago, and he would be discredited by every news medium in the civilized world. Claim the Chinese are descendants of the 10 lost tribes and there would be divestment rallies on college campuses throughout North America and Europe. Newspapers would rewrite Chines history to deligitimize 4000 years of Chinese history. Not even Chairman Mao would escape the wrath of the enlightened who hate the fact that Jews have power for the first time in 2000 years.

Let's face it. The real Nakba is the moral inversion that has willingly taken place in Western civilization at the behest of a barbaric enemy.

But that doesn't mean we can't party.

So happy Nakba Day everyone. Strap on that bomb vest and celebrate the most morally twisted holiday ever created.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Israel at (3000 and) 60 - or so

It's late. I'm tired. I haven't had a blog post in weeks (thanks to Jungle Mom for checking up on me) even though I really have been trying to put one together. I saved some links figuring that since I haven't had time to write my own post, I could link to a few others' posts that I thought were important. I hope to finish and post it soon. In the meantime, I'm going to leave this short paragraph by Hoffer, and I'm going to make my lunch and go to bed. I would have done this an hour ago, but my daughter was on the computer finishing a project for school.

In the meantime, as it is the 60th anniversary of the reestablishment of the State of Israel, I'm going to run a short piece by my favorite philosopher, Eric Hoffer. It was emailed to me a couple of months ago and I've been saving it for just such an occasion.

Notice if you will, that Hoffer refers to "Arabs", not "Palestinians". Back then, the world hadn't been trained to accept the ancient race of people known as the Palestinians who had lived in the country of Palestine for thousands, or perhaps tens of thousands of years, who having left nothing to note their existence, are as mysterious as the extinct inhabitants of the continent of Atlantis. Perhaps they are the descendants of the Atlanteans. Nobody knows because the scholars who have convinced the world of the reality of this ancient and fabled race can offer no proof that they existed prior to the 1960s.

For people who are convinced of a government/Mossad conspiracy to bring down the twin towers though, this this lack of factual proof is unimportant. They will accept the myth (because the myth is more powerful than mere boring fact) of the Palestinians because to do otherwise would be Islamophobic . . . or something. One day an Islamic scholar will make up . . . um, I mean write the history of Palestinians and . . .

Sorry, I slipped off of my stated topic. Read Hoffer. I'm going to bed. I have to be up much too early.

By Eric Hoffer, May 26, 1968

(In 1968 the LA times ran this article, written by Eric Hoffer, a former longshoreman and non-Jewish American social philosopher. Born in 1902, Hoffer died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Although written 38 years ago, the following is as timely and applicable today as then )

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese - and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab.

Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.

Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.

There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him. The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish the holocaust will be upon us.

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