More Love from Gaza
This is a few days old, but according to Carolyn Glick
, and ignored by the Hamas terrorist-loving MSM, Hamas has legalized crucifixion for certain crimes.
On Tuesday, Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Shari'a criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, it legalizes crucifixion.
Hamas's endorsement of nailing enemies of Islam to crosses came at the same time it renewed its jihad. Here, too, Hamas wanted to make sure that Christians didn't feel neglected as its fighters launched missiles at Jewish day care centers and schools. So on Wednesday, Hamas lobbed a mortar shell at the Erez crossing point into Israel just as a group of Gazan Christians were standing on line waiting to travel to Bethlehem for Christmas.
I'm sure that it's Israel's fault though. How could it be otherwise?
Labels: Carolyn Glick, Gaza, Hamas, Israel
Damned if They Do - by Ralph Peters
This piece by Ralph Peters in the New York Post has probably been around the blogosphere a few times by now. It was emailed to me yesterday and I passed it on today.
DEAD Jews aren't news, but killing terrorists outrages global activists. On Saturday, Israel struck back powerfully against its tormentors. Now Israel's the villain. Again.
How long will it be until the UN General Assembly passes a resolution creating an international Holocaust Appreciation Day?
Israel's airstrikes against confirmed Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip were overdue, discriminating and skillful. So far, this retaliatory campaign has been a superb example of how to employ postmodern airpower.
Instead of bombing empty buildings in the dead of night in the hope of convincing bloodthirsty monsters to become peace-loving floral arrangers - the US Air Force version of "Shock and Awe" - the Israeli Defense Force aimed to kill terrorists.
Israel's attack aircraft appear to have accomplished that part of the mission. As I write, some 300 terrorist dead have been reported in Gaza, while the propaganda-savvy information office of Hamas has strug- gled to prove that 20 civilians died.
Given the fact that Hamas adheres to the terrorist practice of locating command sites, arsenals and training facilities in heavily populated areas, the results suggest that the IDF - supported by first-rate intelligence work - may have executed the most accurate wave of airstrikes in history, with a 15-to-1 terrorist-to-civilian kill ratio.
Yes, definitely read the whole thing . . . if you haven't done so already.
Labels: Israel, Ralph Peters
Sympathy for the Devil
As expected because it happens every time Israel takes the gloves off and defends itself, the MSM has decided that the big bad Israelis are hurting the poor defenseless Gazans. As Michael Oren
International's coverage of Saturday's fighting in Gaza concluded at midnight with a rush of images: mangled civilians writhing in the rubble, primitive hospitals overflowing with the wounded, fireballs mushrooming between apartment complexes, the funeral of a Palestinian child. Missing from the montage, however, was even a fleeting glimpse of the tens of thousands of Israelis who spent last night and much of last week in bomb shelters; of the house in Netivot, where a man was killed by a Grad missile; or indeed any of the hundreds of rockets, mortar shells, and other projectiles fired by Hamas since the breakdown of the so-called ceasefire. This was CNN at its unprincipled worst, grossly skewering its coverage of a complex event and deceiving its viewers. Yet Israel should not have been surprised.
What's even more sickening, hypocritical, and downright evil is that, as we all know, there is real
oppression going on in the world. As Nat Hentoff
If Eleanor Roosevelt were still here, she would be enraged and sickened by the utter failure of the United Nations, which she nurtured into being, to stop the continually mounting horrors inflicted on the people of Zimbabwe by its insatiably evil president, Robert Mugabe. While the United Nations just mutters away, in a Dec. 7 lead editorial, the Washington Times got to the rotting core of his rule: "People are starving and compete in the countryside with baboons, jackals and goats for roots and wild fruits; health care has imploded and cholera is on the march as water and sewer systems collapse; and refugees by the millions have left the country." Some of those refugees bring cholera with them to neighboring states.
South Africa keeps shaming itself by continuing only to "mediate" this virulent crisis as if it's possible to mediate relations with a plague. And the 15-nation Southern African Development Community also continues its minuet with deadly Mugabe. Only Botswana and Kenya face the naked truth and call for his removal." Said Mugabe (Associated Press, Dec. 19): "Zimbabwe is mine."
And don't forget other places where innocent people are being slaughtered for one reason or another. But the world can't be bothered to care as Israel must be condemned because those uppity Jews just don't know their place in the world. And it's not just Muslims who expect dhimmi behavior from Israel, most of the rest of the world does too.
But as Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs
correctly points out,
At some point, though, don’t we need to ask, “How innocent are those ordinary Gazan civilians, anyway?” Just two weeks ago, tens of thousands of these civilians attended an enormous Hamas rally glorifying the Qassam rockets they launch into Israel. The entertainment was an ugly “play” in which a Palestinian dressed as kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was “humiliated” onstage.
[ . . . ]
At some point, though, don’t we need to ask, “How innocent are those ordinary Gazan civilians, anyway?” Just two weeks ago, tens of thousands of these civilians attended an enormous Hamas rally glorifying the Qassam rockets they launch into Israel. The entertainment was an ugly “play” in which a Palestinian dressed as kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was “humiliated” onstage. Debbie Schlussel
makes an important point as to the ineptitude of current Israeli leadership. We can only hope that they sharpen up immediately. They've taken the initiative. They'd better keep it.
Labels: Debbie Schlussel, Gaza, Israel, Little Green Footballs, MSM
Addicted to Stupidity
As I did during the summer of '06, I've been following news reports from Israel for the past two days. Some of it has been from online news services, some has been from bloggers
. Of course, the news reports are sympathetic to the Gazans. They are having a rough time of it, watching their Hamas terrorist heroes being swatted like flies, except for the fearless Hamas leaders who are in hiding somewhere, sending out defiant statements by carrier pigeon.
I'd like to feel some sympathy for these people, but I can't. The world community, that is, the U.N., the E.U., the MSM, the Islamic world, NGOs, and "human rights" organizations have turned the so-called Palestinians of Gaza into the most debased society on the planet. Looking at some of the war-torn African societies and the remote tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, that's saying something. Gazans have spent generations living off the largess of the civilized world, offering nothing in return except demands for more aid and the creation of a terrorist state solely dedicated to the destruction of the neighboring state of Israel. They have a good reason for wanting Israel gone. After all, it is the Jewish state. On the other hand, if they were allowed to erase Israel from the map, the world would need a new scapegoat for the disorders of Islamic society.
In Gaza they raise their children to hate Jews, to admire terrorists who murder Jews, and to aspire to nothing higher than being able to murder Jews themselves. Perhaps I lack proper human emotion, but I can't bring myself to feel sorry for them. When a terrorist "mission" is successful, and Jews are killed, even if the victims are innocent women and children, there is dancing and the passing out of candy in the streets of Gaza. I'm not rejoicing, and I'm betting that nobody in Israel is celebrating the Gazan's pain. It is a horrible situation, and the people of Gaza are nothing more than pawns of the terrorist thugs of Hamas and their masters in Syria and Iran - who deserve all the pain and suffering that Israel is willing to send their way.
Gazans are getting plenty of undeserved sympathy from the usual moral retards who for years have ignored the constant barrage of rockets being shot into Israel, and now are upset with the Israelis for fighting back like they mean it. I linked to this f***ing idiot
from Protein Wisdom
. He is breathtaking in his stupidity and obvious unwillingness to face the truth that not only is Israel right in striking back, but they should have done this two years ago. If he were the only one, it would be no big deal. But there are more of him than there are of us so we have to fight harder.
In other news of Islamic depravity, some still keep slaves
. . . in the United States. The article doesn't say they're Muslims who are the slave owners, but they just happen to come from Egypt, Morocco, and other N. African nations. And their names just happen to be . . . you know. Here's the video
Labels: child slavery, Gaza, idiotarians, islam, Israel
Israel Fights Back
was the first news report I saw when I logged on this morning.
GAZA — Israeli warplanes and combat helicopters pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing at least 155 people in the bloodiest day for Palestinians in more than 20 years.
Palestinian militants responded with rocket salvoes that killed an Israeli man and wounded several others, medics said.
Black smoke billowed over Gaza City, where the dead and wounded lay scattered on the ground after more than 30 air strikes destroyed several security compounds, including two where Hamas was hosting graduation ceremonies for new recruits.
Among the dead were the Hamas-appointed police chief, Tawfiq Jabber, the head of Hamas's security and protection unit, and the governor of central Gaza, according to medical workers.
Notice if you will, that Israel targeted Hamas members, men who refer to themselves as soldiers, warriors, and fighters. This is in contrast to Hamas and other jihadists who target unarmed men, women, and children.
At the main Gaza City graduation ceremony, uniformed bodies lay in a pile and the wounded writhed in pain, television pictures showed. Rescuers carried those showing signs of life to cars and ambulances, while others tried to revive the unconscious.
This of course was a Hamas graduation ceremony where proud new recruits were getting ready to take their part in murdering Jews.
Were any civilians killed? We don't know yet, but it sounds like Israel did a pretty good job of hitting the terrorist infrastructure. So at least Israel is working to keep civilian casualties as low as possible. However
, previous to the Israeli attack,
Israel eased a blockade of the Gaza Strip on Friday but militants there aimed rockets and mortars across the border, one of which misfired and killed two Palestinian girls.
Oops! Somebody's face is red!
About a dozen rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza on Friday. One accidentally struck a northern Gaza house killing two Palestinian sisters, aged five and 13, and wounding a third, Palestinian medics said.
No militant group claimed responsibility. Hamas police said they would investigate.
Now that Israel has dared to fight back for real against the terrorist thugs of Hamas, we can look for the usual calls for restraint (already issued by Egypt), condemnations from the MSM, the U.N., the E.U., "human rights" groups, and other terror supporters. Also, look for these same idiots to give moral equivalency to Israel, who has targeted self-described soldiers, and Hamas, who sows terror by targeting innocents.
The fun never ends.UPDATE Unfortunately
, some women and children were killed. All of these deaths are the fault of Hamas, as they are the ones who absolutely refuse to live in peace and who continue to hold the citizens of Gaza hostage.
I forgot one recycled warning:
Aid groups said they feared the Israeli operation could fuel a humanitarian crisis in the impoverished coastal enclave, home to 1.5 million Palestinians, half of them dependent on food aid.
Again? It hasn't happened yet.
Labels: Gaza, Hamas, Israel
We just got done lighting the Chanukah candles at my house. Tonight is the fifth night of Chanukah. Today is also Christmas, so I'd like to wish Christians everywhere a Merry Christmas. Earlier today, we indulged in our yearly Christmas tradition. We went to a movie and then got some Chinese food from our local carry out. The food was good, the movie was awful. We went to see the Spirit. In spite of the cleavage provided by Eva Mendez and Scarlett Johansson, my whole family agreed that this was a painfully bad movie. A guy sitting at the end of our row fell asleep during this piece of junk. While he was still out the price of his ticket, at least he made better use of his time than we did. My daughter woke him before we left. She felt bad leaving him like that.
My wife's family is Catholic, so we also have a Christmas Eve tradition of going to her sister's house for dinner. So last night we had a nice dinner and a good time. Afterward, we came home and lit the Chanukah candles for the fourth night.
Does any of this really matter?
It does and here's why, from a couple
I linked to today at Little Green Footballs:
Iraq's Christians, a scant minority in this overwhelmingly Muslim country, quietly celebrated Christmas on Thursday with a present from the government, which declared it an official holiday for the first time.
But security worries overshadowed the day for many, particularly in the north where thousands of Christians have fled to escape religious attacks.
Overall security in Iraq has improved markedly in the past year, but a fatal car bombing in Baghdad on Christmas morning was a gruesome reminder that serious problems remain.
Rushing to Christmas mass, Iraqis in their Sunday best hurried into Baghdad's Sacred Heart church, pausing just long enough so a uniformed security guard could pat them down for suicide vests or dangerous weapons.
The juxtaposition of faith and fear is one that resonates across Iraq, where as violence drops people are cautiously venturing out from homes bunkered by blast walls and sand bags and taking up activities abandoned during years of bloodshed.
Christians, who with Yazidis, Shabaks and others make up Iraq's fragile minorities, marked perhaps their safest Christmas since 2003 on Thursday, but many still talk of a precarious future in a nation at risk of backsliding into civil war.
Iraqi Christians, believed to number around 750,000, have been targeted like others in Iraq's 28-million, mainly Muslim population by the horrific violence since the 2003 invasion. Their plight often gains heightened attention in the West.
Reliable figures are hard to find on how many Christians are among the millions who have fled the country, but some Christian leaders warn of a threat to the existence for their community.
A series of high-profile attacks against Christians in the northern city of Mosul this fall prompted the flight of thousands of families and fuelled a fear of being singled out.
"Christians have no political ambitions and they don't have militias to defend themselves. They are peaceful people," Thaier al-Sheikh, the pastor of the Sacred Heart church, said as he sipped tea in his rectory.
"Christians have been here longer than Muslims, 600 years longer. We are the roots of Iraq," he said.
"We want to live in this country; we don't want anything else. But we want to live peacefully ... Unfortunately, today we have the impression that Christians have no future in Iraq," he said, standing before he donned his gold-trimmed clerical robes.
No mention is made as to whether there are any
in Iraq to celebrate Chanukah.
And then there is the rest of the Islamic world. There are a very few Jews left in some Islamic nations, but are they allowed to openly celebrate the Jewish holidays? I'm guessing that they aren't. At one time perhaps, the authorities were more forgiving in allowing Jews and Christians to practice their religions, but with the current jihadist climate that has taken hold of the Muslim world, I bet things are tough.
There has also been articles about attacks on Jews in Europe
- by whom? Oh yeah, Muslims - uh - I mean - youths. We don't know who these youths are, or why they attack Jews, or burn cars, or riot, or . . . you get the idea. If I were a European Jew, would I shut the drapes before lighting my Chanukah candles? Would we have the decorations in the window that we have, that we've always had, year after year? We live across the street from a church, but we've never feared anyone at the church. We were even friends with the previous pastor. Would I be able to say the same thing if I live across from a mosque? In London or Berlin?
I value the freedom I and my children have to practice Judaism in the open, without fear. I have that freedom because my grandparents were willing and able to move to this strange foreign country from Russia and Poland way back in beginning of the 20th century. A lot of people, Jews and non-Jews take this freedom for granted. It's something that we've always had, and so they think, something we will always have. Religious persecution is for other countries. I think they are asleep at the wheel. There are people in this country who do want to take that freedom
from us. A lot of people don't want to face that fact and put on great demonstrations about reaching out to others in order to "know the other." They won't admit that "the other" wants to murder them and their children.
Some people don't want to consider the situation where we could, right here in the United States, be persecuted for our religious beliefs. But there are people in California
being persecuted and blacklisted
for their political beliefs. They foolishly thought they had the right contribute to the campaign to pass Proposition 8
in California. Not only have churches been vandalized
, but some people have been harassed and forced from their jobs for this allegedly protected political speech
. What's worse is that nobody, outside of a few conservative bloggers, have risen to their defense. Where are the newspapers who pretend to be guardians of our freedom? Where is the ACLU on this? Don't they claim to protect civil liberties? And where will the ACLU and all of the other "human rights" groups be when these brownshirt tactics begin to be used against religious minorities? They won't be on our side, that's for sure.
Labels: Chanukah, Christmas, Iraq, islam, Proposition 8, religion
We've all engaged in gallows humor recently, asking each other, "Hey, where's my bailout?" as we bemoan the fact that our elected dopes in Congress, who made a major contribution to the current economic mess, are claiming that only their tireless efforts can save us from financial ruin and another even greater depression.
Well, some people are serious. There are always those that, no matter how educated they are, or how smart they think they are, just don't get it
and never will.
This is truly an historic victory for workers in the United States. The People's Cube
But this struggle is just the beginning! As the economic crisis deepens we need to launch a working class fight back. Rallies for a "People's Bailout" will continue today and throughout the rest of the week.
couldn't parody these idiots if they didn't really exist.
Labels: bailout, Congress, economy, The People's Cube
Peace on Earth?
showed up in my email. It's a video from aish.com
. It's only a minute long, so go ahead and watch.
OK, I agree, we should fight the hate with love, and we should all work for a more peaceful world. But they left one very important piece out of the Jewish response to evil: Fight back! And I mean really fight back. Even if the rest of the world doesn't approve of Jews fighting back (and as we've seen from the reactions of the U.N., the MSM, NGO's, "human rights" groups, and European governments, the rest of the world goes apoplectic when Jews, that is, Israel dares fight back) Jews still have to fight back. And we have to fight harder than ever due to the forces arrayed against us.
Israel exists only because the Israelis were prepared to fight for their country. Jews celebrate the Maccabees
at Chanukah because they fought back. We celebrate Esther and Mordechai
at Purim because they fought back. And they did it without attempting to gauge public support or trying to win the support of any other countries. The Islamo-Nazis don't care about peace, or coexistence, or love. They've been demonstrating this for 1300 years
, but we're not supposed to acknowledge the history of Islam at the risk of being labeled "Islamophobe".
Many people will claim that peaceful tactics worked for Ghandi. The thing to remember though, is that Ghandi battled the British, who did not demand that the world bow to them. The British were decent and humane. The Islamists are not, never have been and never will be. For them, it's submit or die. I will not submit.
So while, yes, I do believe in peace, and I want a peaceful world for my children, I know that peace cannot be achieved by submitting to a terrorist enemy or showing how loving I am. The world will be more peaceful when the Islamo-Nazi terrorists are hunted down and killed. Then we can prepare to battle the next evil that will surely arise, as the next evil is always waiting in the wings.
Labels: aish.com, islam, terrorism
Everyone (or at least it seems like everyone) has demonstrated their disgust at the Mumbai massacre. Some news sources even used the words "Islamic" and "terrorists" in the same paragraph. It may have been accidental, but some of us noticed. The truly stupid
are still scratching their heads wondering what could have set these young militants on their murder spree. Melanie Phillips
, who should always be listened to, said:
We should pay the closest possible attention to what happened in Mumbai because something on this scale could well happen here.
But because we don't understand what we are actually up against, we are not doing nearly enough to prevent this — or something even worse — occurring; and if it were to happen here, we would be unable to cope.
The Mumbai atrocities show very clearly what too many obdurately deny — that a war is being waged against civilization.
It is both global and local. It is not 'our' fault; it has nothing to do with Muslim poverty, oppression or discrimination.
The Islamic fundamentalist fanatics use specific grievances — Kashmir, Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya — merely as recruiting sergeants for their worldwide holy war against all 'unbelievers'.
The Mumbai attackers targeted British, American and Indian citizens simply because they wanted to kill as many British, American and Indian 'unbelievers' as possible.
Where they found Muslims, they spared them.
They also singled out for slaughter the occupants of an outreach organization geared to Jews with no Israeli or political agenda — underscoring the point that at the core of the Islamists' hatred of Israel festers their hatred of the Jews.
This was not, as is so often described, 'mindless violence'.
The biggest problem we're facing is not the Islamic terrorists though. It's the idiots in the MSM and other opinion makers, who sit with their heads firmly entrenched up their elite buttocks, preferring to wallow in the stench of their own crap rather than admit to the reality of today's world. Small minority . . . hijacking of a great religion . . . How ignorant must someone keep themselves to believe that crap?
It's been reported
Despite the evidence presented, there is an incredible disconnect from reality by otherwise rational and reasonable individuals, people in leadership, and some at higher levels in our own law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Why else would one treat with sickening malaise the existence of a bullet-ridden school bus situated on the grounds of a private Islamic commune located at the base of the Catskill Mountains in New York State? This would be the same Islamic compound “of Qu’ranic study” that is outfitted with a firing range, where area residents often hear the sounds of automatic and semi-automatic weapons fire.
How was this group dealt with by local community leaders? Not with the slightest scintilla of suspicion or even curiosity, but with a parade. An actual parade, through the streets of Binghamton, NY, to celebrate interfaith dialogue. What about law enforcement? Well, they consider this commune “good residents,” mostly because they have not had to respond to any “trouble calls” to that location.
It is truly the fault of cowardly leaders in the West, in Europe and the United States that the Islamo Nazis have made this much progress against us.
Will the massacre in Mumbai cause any of our politically correct elite to remove their heads from the comfort of their own asses? Maybe, but I'm guessing they will be few in number. If we are to actually ever fight back it will be in spite of our leaders, not because of them.
“Fear not your enemies, for they can only kill you.
Fear not your friends, for they can only betray you.
Fear only the indifferent, who permit the killers and betrayers
to walk safely on the earth.”
Labels: Edward Yashinsky, islam, Melanie Phillips, MSM, Mumbai, terrorism
War's legitimate object is more perfect peace. Flavius Vegitius Renatus
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