Struggle for Freedom
by Walid Phares
After the 9/11 Commission concluded in 2004 that the U.S. was engaged in a war with terrorists and never realized it, they reasoned that “a failure of imagination” had prevented us from seeing terrorism coming. In effect, Americans were simply unable, or in fact disabled, to fathom that there were people who hated and opposed our democracy with such ferocity. But after billions of dollars and almost a decade fighting a war in the Middle East, will we miss the threat again?
...Yet not a failure of imagination, but rather, of education has left Americans without essential information on the real roots of the rising Jihadi threat. Western democracies display a dangerous misunderstanding of precisely who opposes democracy and why. In fact, the West ignores the wide and disparate forces within the Muslim world - including a brotherhood against democracy that is fighting to bring the region under totalitarian control - and crucially underestimates the determined generation of youth feverishly waging a grassroots revolution towards democracy and human rights.
As terror strikes widen from Manhattan to Mumbai and battlefields rage from Afghanistan to Iraq, many tough questions are left unanswered, or even explored: Where are the anti-Jihadists and the democrats in the Muslim world? Does the (Islamic) Middle East really reject democracy (and peace)?
Why doesn’t this outrage liberals, so-called moderate Muslims and the Obama administration? Moderate Muslims say that radical minority misinterpreted the Koran to justify their political aspirations. There are 1.3 billion Muslims worldwide. Why are they quiet about the ‘correct’ interpretation of the Koran? Where is global Muslim outrage against radical Islamic terror?
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
It is alarming to see how after decades of anti-Israel brain-washing that many Jews do not know that in 1922 all land known as Palestine - including Gaza, Judea, Samaria and trans-Jordan - was designated by the League of Nations, predecessor of the UN, in order to create the Jewish state - Eretz-Israel! Similar mandates were issued at the time for the establishment of Muslim states: Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and others. Jews were robbed by international hypocrisy of their land! Must we accept this ugly injustice or correct it and reclaim what is rightfully ours?
Mahmoud Abbas has carried out a massive crackdown on a strongman within his own Fatah party. The move could have a significant impact on future US security coordination with the PA, which until now has been largely run through Mohammad Dahlan. Also, the move is expected to strengthen Hamas in Gaza, since Dahlan controlled the main Fatah militias in that territory which opposed the Islamist organization.
Helping Hand of Eager anti-Semitic Bigots
The French government confirmed that Paris plans to transfer to Lebanon 100 anti-tank missiles for use in gunships. The missiles will be handed over free of charge by the end of February. It is likely that French arms will go to Hizbullah. The United States has given Lebanon approximately $400 million over the past year to purchase arms, despite Israel’s objections.
Arabs Deny the act of Horror they Also have Intention to Commit
Studying the Nazi genocide is mandatory in Israeli schools. Six decades after the Nazis murdered 6 million Jews many of Israel's 1.2 million Arabs, like their 'Palestinian' brethren in the West Bank and Gaza, resentfully deny the horror of the Holocaust or undermine its scope.
Will America Condemn?
Kaye Susan Wilson, reported that she and the American woman Christine Logan were attacked by two Arabs deep inside the Green line near Mattan. Sixteen hours later the body of Logan was discovered bearing marks of extreme violence. (SBS news in Australia made a deliberately ambiguous report that “Arabic speaking”, not Arabs or so-called Palestinians, perpetrated the attack. No condemnation so far!)
Quote of the Week:
“Any territory, which in some historical period was under Muslims, is considered a Muslim land forever. Therefore, creation of the State of Israel on the territory that once belonged to Muslims was a historic revolution for them. Muslims cannot accept this fact in principle. Nevertheless, they are still realistic politicians... They do not hurry. They are waiting. Their actions depend on the situation, on the difference of their military might and that of the enemy.” - Moshe Sharon, Arabic studies researcher, a professor of the Oriental studies department of the Jewish University in Jerusalem.
Abbas Speaks of Non-Violence - in English Only
Abbas met on Sunday with dozens of ex-generals, Kadima and other MKs, and other pro-PA-state activists, urging them to tell the Israeli public that he opposes violence. This, just hours before PA leaders charged Israel with “attacking our people” when it targeted Islamic Jihad and other terrorists preparing to fire missiles at Israel. Binyamin Lipkin, editor of the religious newspaper BaKehilah, asked Abbas “When will we hear you say these nice things against violence and the like - in Arabic, to your own people, and not just in English to foreigners?” (Never!)
A confidential cable written in July 2004, after New Zealand imposed high-level diplomatic sanctions against Israel in retaliation to a Israeli spy ring "flap", said: "Its overly strong reaction to Israel over this issue suggests the GNZ (government of New Zealand) sees this flap as an opportunity to bolster its credibility with the Arab community, and by doing so, perhaps, help NZ lamb and other products gain greater access to a larger and more lucrative market."
The Essential Issue Many Jews Ignore!
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took a rare public jab at his successor, Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that Israel should agree to the US demand to halt settlement construction in the West Bank in order to restart Mideast peace talks. (He is still refusing to face reality and admit that the destruction of Israel is the main goal of the so-called Palestinians. This is truly “the essential issue”!)
There are increasing reports that African refugees in Sinai are tortured, assaulted, raped and held for ransom by smugglers hired to bring them from Egypt to Israel. According to Physicians for Human Rights there are now 220 refugees who fled conflict, genocide, famine or torture and are being held hostage in Sinai. (This news was widely ignored by world media. Why? It was not done by Jews, but by Muslims with the blessing of the Egyptian government!)
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Netanyahu reaffirms support to India in fight against terror... - India is getting enormous, economic and military benefits from good relationships with Israel. But quite often this biggest world democracy is playing political games at Israel’s expense, making ‘supporting’ statements for the fake Palestinian cause!
True Intention of ‘Flotilla’ Unvailed
The director of the IHH in Gaza said that "the day will come when the Arabs will build their homes in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and Haifa." He added that his organization represents Turkey and its goal is not to provide food for PA Arabs, but to provide political support against its enemies.
No Sensitivity or Fear of Harming Diplomatic Ties with Israel
The British government has refused to release documents containing information on the fate of three Israeli soldiers missing in Lebanon since 1982, because it claims the sensitive material could harm diplomatic ties with Syria. The three Israeli soldiers, Zachary Baumel, Yehuda Katz and Zvi Feldman are still officially missing in action.
Christmas and Occupation of the West Bank
Question of the Week:
As a believing Christian, I made a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I was profoundly disturbed by the Jewish state and its criminal occupation of the West Bank. How can you justify usurping land that belongs to others?
You are entitled to your opinion on the matter. But I hope you are consistent in your beliefs. Being that you oppose a Jewish presence on the West Bank, I assume you will not be participating in any celebrations during the coming days. According to your view, there is no reason to be merry on December 25.
The Christian holidays celebrate an event that you have named a criminal act - the birth of a Jewish baby to a Jewish family living in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Your views should not allow you to have any part in this cheer, for if you did you would be giving retroactive approval to a Jewish settlement on the West Bank that dates back more than two thousand years.
Perhaps you will be joined by the UN and other humanitarian organizations around the world condemning any celebrations this week that are connected with this controversial birth, as such events would be recognizing the rights of a Jewish family to live on what you see as occupied territory.
…But keep in mind, while you accuse Israel of occupying land, there will be two billion Christians around the world celebrating the fact that the West Bank has always been the home of the Jewish people.