LATMA features a new English song sung by Rashid Hamumani, the Iranian Minister of Propaganda and Proliferation. Mr. Hamumani has used the opportunity to share with his viewers the Iranian view of the Western world’s moves to check Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
by George Will – Thursday, August 19, 2010 – Washington Post
In the intifada that began in 2000, Palestinian terrorism killed more than 1,000 Israelis. As a portion of U.S. population, that would be 42,000, approaching the toll of America’s eight years in Vietnam. During the onslaught, which began 10 Septembers ago, Israeli parents sending two children to a school would put them on separate buses to decrease the chance that neither would return for dinner. Surely most Americans can imagine, even if their tone-deaf leaders cannot, how grating it is when those leaders lecture Israel on the need to take “risks for peace.”
During Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s July visit to Washington, Barack Obama praised him as “willing to take risks for peace.” There was a time when that meant swapping “land for peace” — Israel sacrificing something tangible and irrecoverable, strategic depth, in exchange for something intangible and perishable, promises of diplomatic normality.
Strategic depth matters in a nation where almost everyone is or has been a soldier, so society cannot function for long with the nation fully mobilized. Also, before the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel within the borders established by the 1949 armistice was in one place just nine miles wide, a fact that moved George W. Bush to say: In Texas we have driveways that long. Israel exchanged a lot of land to achieve a chilly peace with Egypt, yielding the Sinai, which is almost three times larger than Israel and was 89 percent of the land captured in the process of repelling the 1967 aggression.
The intifada was launched by the late Yasser Arafat — terrorist and Nobel Peace Prize winner — after the July 2000 Camp David meeting, during which then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered to cede control of all of Gaza and more than 90 percent of the West Bank, with small swaps of land to accommodate the growth of Jerusalem suburbs just across the 1949 armistice line.
Israelis are famously fractious, but the intifada produced among them a consensus that the most any government of theirs could offer without forfeiting domestic support is less than any Palestinian interlocutor would demand. Furthermore, the intifada was part of a pattern. As in 1936 and 1947, talk about partition prompted Arab violence.
In 1936, when the British administered Palestine, the Peel Commission concluded that there was “an irrepressible conflict” — a phrase coined by an American historian to describe the U.S. Civil War — “between two national communities within the narrow bounds of one small country.” And: “Neither of the two national ideals permits” a combination “in the service of a single state.” The commission recommended “a surgical operation” — partition. What followed was the Arab Revolt of 1936 to 1939.
On Nov. 29, 1947, the United Nations recommended a partition plan. Israel accepted the recommendation. On Nov. 30, Israel was attacked.
Palestine has a seemingly limitless capacity for eliciting nonsense from afar, as it did recently when British Prime Minister David Cameron referred to Gaza as a “prison camp.” In a sense it is, but not in the sense Cameron intended. His implication was that Israel is the cruel imprisoner. Gaza’s actual misfortune is to be under the iron fist of Hamas, a terrorist organization.
In May, a flotilla launched from Turkey approached Gaza in order to provoke a confrontation with Israel, which, like Egypt, administers a blockade to prevent arms from reaching Hamas. The flotilla’s pretense was humanitarian relief for Gaza — where the infant mortality rate is lower and life expectancy is higher than in Turkey.
Israelis younger than 50 have no memory of their nation within the 1967 borders set by the 1949 armistice that ended the War of Independence. The rest of the world seems to have no memory at all concerning the intersecting histories of Palestine and the Jewish people.
The creation of Israel did not involve the destruction of a Palestinian state, there having been no such state since the Romans arrived. And if the Jewish percentage of the world’s population were today what it was when the Romans ruled Palestine, there would be 200 million Jews. After a uniquely hazardous passage through two millennia without a homeland, there are 13 million Jews.
In the 62 years since this homeland was founded on one-sixth of 1 percent of the land of what is carelessly and inaccurately called “the Arab world,” Israelis have never known an hour of real peace. Patronizing American lectures on the reality of risks and the desirableness of peace, which once were merely fatuous, are now obscene.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer sound a wake up call for Americans to stop the Obama administration from limiting our hard won freedoms, silencing our democratic voices, and irreparably harming America for generations to come. The administration’s destructive agenda has largely been ignored by the mainstream media.
A vital guide to helping prepare for the tough battles ahead, The Post-American Presidency critically examines the Obama administration’s ominous and revealing moves against basic freedoms, particularly as he seizes control of the three engines of the American economy: health care, energy, and education.
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The Obama Administration’s War on America
Monday, August 16, 2010 • 7:00 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
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Pamela Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of the award-winning website,Atlas Shrugs.com. She is also the executive director of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and of the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI), and is a regular columnist for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government and Big Journalism, the American Thinker, and other publications.
Ms. Geller has made appearances on NBC Nightly News, ABC, CNN, Hannity, Red Eye, Geraldo, and the Mike Huckabee Show. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the U.K.’s Telegraph and Daily Mail. She speaks regularly to organizations, synagogues and groups across the nation.
Robert Spencer is the editor of JihadWatch.org, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Mr. Spencer is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books including, The Truth about Mohammed, Islam: The Religion of Peace, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades and his most recent book co-authored with Pamela Geller, The Post American Presidency.
He is the co-founder of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA).
Mr. Spencer is one of the world’s leading experts on Islam and the Jihad. He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, has-briefed countless Federal agencies on the War on Terror and is published regularly in Human Events and other publications.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer sound a wake-up call for Americans to stop the Obama administration from limiting our hard-won freedoms, silencing our democratic voices, and irreparably harming America for generations to come. They team up to expose the Obama administration’s destructive agenda — largely ignored by the mainstream media-and rally Americans to protect the sovereignty of a country that is under siege by the highest levels of its own government.
A vital guide to helping prepare for the tough battles ahead, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America critically examines the Obama administration’s ominous and revealing moves against our basic freedoms, particularly as he seizes control of the three engines of the American economy: health care, energy, and education. The Shining City on a Hill is in danger, but America is not dead. The time is now to stand up and fight.
An important event not to be missed.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer will be signing copies of their book,
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The Obama Administration’s War on America
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by Norma Zager – August 8, 2010
“You will take me to Jabba.”
“I will take you to Jabba.” —Return of the Jedi
In Psychology there is a phrase for people who drive you mad. They are called crazy makers because they have the ability to make an intelligent and rational person doubt their own sanity.
It is a clever and highly effective ploy used by the narcissistic or sociopathic personality to take a perfectly rational piece of behavior and create total doubt in the mind of their victim. George Lucas knew its power and most people may know it as a Jedi mind trick. “You will take me to Jabba.” “I will take you to Jabba.”
I learned it when I was a child and watched a program on Saturday morning called Andy’s Gang with Andy Devine. I’m guessing George Lucas watched the show also.
The character of Froggy Gremlin, a childhood hero of mine, hid in a grandfather clock or stood on top of it, while Andy or a guest unsuspectingly created a recipe or read a story. Through the subliminal messages he shouted, Froggy controlled others and caused them to do or say things against their will.
Intermittently, Froggy would jump out and interrupt Andy replacing the expression or words with another totally unsuitable one, changing the meaning of what he was doing to make Andy look the fool. Andy would automatically repeat Froggy’s words and it always created havoc. Oh how I laughed and boy, did it work.
Andy would always wind up the segment tearing his hair out and looking like a raving idiot while Froggy was laughing and quite satisfied with his accomplishment. I found it all totally hysterical and entertaining. I might add that watching Froggy create total chaos didn’t prevent me from falling prey to crazy makers in my life time and again. I suppose chaos is the operative word here.
Yet now when I see what is happening in the world, why am I not laughing? Why do I just feel sad and stupid? Why do I not find the Froggy Gremlins of today quite so endearing as in my youth?
The mind trick method is effective in numerous scenarios. Marriages: “She’s/he’s the crazy one, not me.” Schools: “My teacher is a witch.” P.S. When I was a kid the teacher was always right.
When the phrase, “do you believe me or your own lying eyes?” Does not go far enough to achieve a desired end, the old crazy maker method kicks into gear.
The United States and Europe are under attack from extremists who wish to change the landscape of the planet.
Yet no matter how many times we are warned, how much evidence is delivered, someone shows up and says, “you are crazy and paranoid and there is no such thing.”
The average weak-minded individual stops, scratches the head and says, “Duh, but I could have sworn I saw a terrorist driving a plane into a building in New York. Was I dreaming that?”
“Of course,” the crazy maker says, “you are just overworked, get some sleep. It will all be fine tomorrow. Have you tried Prozac?”
These people are good at what they do, because they have been at it for so long.
It is a tried and true method of controlling behavior. It isn’t enough to disagree with someone, it is incumbent they be portrayed as evil and discredited in every way possible.
Israel, for example.
“Occupied territory, but I could have sworn that was part of Israel. Really, it’s yours? Huh. Go figure. Israel is evil. Are you sure? because I thought they were always under attack from their neighbors, and there was that mandate from the United Nations in 1948. No, never happened, Huh? I never knew but thanks for setting me straight.”
The United States.
“No kidding, really, we don’t have any immigration laws. I could have sworn we did. Huh, go figure. You say open borders are protected in the Constitution. Huh. Interesting. I never knew.”
Or the new and highly effective cover-all-your-bases attack.
“I’m a racist because you are being investigated for corruption. Huh, I though it was because you broke the law. Really, it’s me. I’m a racist. Go figure. I never knew I am a racist. Thanks for letting me know.”
“You hardly know Reverend Wright. Huh. I thought you sat in his church twenty years. Oh, but you never heard him speak and spout racist anti-American hate speak? I see now, huh go figure. My mistake. I could have sworn you said twenty years and he was your mentor, but I must have misheard. No, sorry. Thanks for correcting me. Huh. Wrong again. Crazy me.”
Or a favorite oldie but goodie.
“You can’t free Jonathan Pollard, but it’s okay to free Russian spies and Libyans who kill Americans. Okay, I see. He betrayed a friend. No, I didn’t know, thanks for correcting my mistake. Sure, you are so right, killers deserve to go free. I forgot. I sure am a cuckoo, sometimes, huh?”
These Jedi mind games are so effective their usage has created a paradigm used by wrong thinking people throughout the world.
Now rational people who see things clearly are convinced they are the kooks.
When the Tea Party movement arrived on the American scene sporting grandmas and normal Americans, the crazy makers switched into high gear tactics.
Instantly, name-calling commenced. “They are evil extremists and kooks. Racists, who want to take away all the free stuff we are giving you. Stop them, they are the enemy! They are those crazy militia people.” I imagine this would be a real laugh for that grandma from Fort Lauderdale who was just trying to protect her Medicare payments. Or the average Joe who was sick of electing morons to Congress to do one thing and they always did the opposite as they lined their corrupt coffers.
It is even more difficult to stop these wannabe Froggy Gremlins, when a media that repeats and reinforces the false paradigms enables them.
The tragedy of this way of thinking is it works so well.
Mind games ultimately convince the right they are wrong. They fall into a sense of doubt and remorse about themselves and their own opinions. Confidence in their own judgment and logic is lost, and suddenly the crazy makers have won again.
Truth becomes untruth and wrong becomes right. It’s a world-gone-mad scenario, and normal, rational people are left scratching their heads and wondering what happened.
The sad part is while sane people walk about in a daze, the world looks on. We read editorials saying Russia warns U.S. we are lapsing into Marxism, or your girlfriends plead, “don’t be crazy, it’s not you it’s him and his twelve girlfriends,” or, “Constitutional Americans warn this isn’t what the Founding Fathers intended.”
We scratch our heads, stare blankly and walk like zombies toward our own destruction. Led like sheep to slaughter. “You will open our borders to murderers.” “I will open my borders to murderers.” “You will bankrupt America.” “I will bankrupt America.”
How far have we come when this world turned upside down mentality becomes the norm? When right is wrong, good is bad and we are tricked into disbelieving what our own eyes are telling us is true.
We need to stop scratching our heads, stand up to these Jedi mind tricksters and say, “No, you can’t see Jabba, no, we will continue to enforce the laws of this country and no, we are not a racist nation, but a good and decent people who are sick of watching crazy makers take over and destroy what we have built.”
November is not far away, stop scratching and start voting. “You will stop them.” “I will stop them.”
After Lebanon Border Ambush, Reuters First Out Of The Gate With Demonstrably False Anti-Israel Propaganda
By Omri Ceren – Mere Rhetoric – August 3, 2010
Here’s what happened this morning along the so-called Blue Line, the internationally recognized UN-codified border between Israel and Lebanon. Israeli soldiers were trimming trees and clearing brush as they routinely do, because that kind of natural cover has been used by Iranian-backed Hezbollah soldiers to kidnap Israelis and start wars. Behind them there was a group of commanders who were supervising the operation, because Israeli protocol calls for troops working near the border to be supervised from afar – again, in case Iranian-backed Hezbollah soldiers try to kidnap Israelis and start wars. Israel’s physical border fence is very specifically built several meters on the Israeli side of the border inside the Jewish State’s territory, so that the Israelis can safely trim trees and clear brush, because – you know.
At some point soldiers dressed in Lebanese Armed Forces uniforms launched an ambush, with snipers trying to kill the supervising commanders in the distance. The Israelis promptly retaliated, wounding several of the LAF-uniformed soldiers. Then the Israelis – after receiving an explicit request from the other side of the border – suspended their fire so that the wounded could be evacuated. The Lebanese used the momentary humanitarian gesture to again open fire on the Israeli troops – this time it was an RPG at an Israeli tank – and the Israelis again retaliated. Israel is reporting one IDF soldier killed, one wounded.
There’s a post to be written about how this is the predictable outcome of the US pouring weapons and logistical training into the LAF, even though the Lebanese political hierarchy and several LAF units long ago fell under Hezbollah’s control. Of course some of that security assistance will inevitably find its way into a battle with Israel.Of course it will be. But that’s not this post.
This post is about how Reuters is again using their viciously anti-Israel stringersto dishonestly try to blame the violence on Israel. It’s a pitch-perfect repeat of their Jihad Flotilla performance, when they and the rest of the MSM used the early hours after the incident to valorize the ostensibly unarmed activists who turned out to be death-worshiping terrorists.
Knowing the now-confirmed facts that you know, see if you can spot what’s wrong with this Reuters caption:
This was an out-and-out ambush either by Lebanese soldiers or Hezbollah soldiers dressed like Lebanese soldiers. It was pre-planned – you can tell as much by how the commanders were fired upon and not the trimming team – and there was even a photographer on hand. Reuters somehow got that picture, evaluated it, and came to exactly the wrong conclusion. The Israelis were on their side of the border, in a so-called enclave, exercising legitimate authority on their sovereign territory. Even the Lebanese have admitted as much in the past, though they don’t like it and complain about how it increases tensions or whatever.
But Reuters immediately published a seemingly conclusive photo and caption insisting the exact opposite. Strange how their mistakes always coincide with anti-Israel propaganda.
Honest Reporting Posted Date: 08/03/2010
CBC.ca recognizes that photo caption unfairly described the location of a tree where hostilities took place earlier today between Israel and Lebanon as being “on the Lebanese side of the border.”
Here’s the CBC’s correction and their amendment to the online photograph:
UPDATE: (another one)
UNIFIL says IDF activity did not warrant Lebanese fire
Hanan Greenberg – 08.03.10 – Israel National News
Israeli army officials say peacekeeping forces touring site of Tuesday’s deadly skirmish determined that Lebanese soldiers had no reason to open fire on IDF troops performing routine border activity.
Read the article here.