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      Killer’s hero welcome shows how hate thrives in Middle East  (Fox 03/27/2017)
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When a Jordanian Army corporal killed seven Israeli schoolgirls 20 years ago, King Hussein traveled to Israel to kneel before the parents of the victims.
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In what may have been his finest moment as a leader, he told them: "Your daughter is like my daughter.  Your loss is my loss."
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Hussein's profoundly moving gesture generated a flicker of hope for Jordanians and Israelis.
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From the public reaction to the recent release of the schoolgirls' killer, Ahmed Daqamseh, however, we learn that the late monarch's humanity is no match for the hatred generated by Muslim clerics.
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During his lifetime, King Hussein saw it all.  As a teenager, he was at the side of his grandfather, King Abdullah I, when he was assassinated at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, for his willingness to seek peace with the Jews.
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The assassin was a former terrorist connected with Haj Amin Al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, collaborator with Hitler, and architect of a militant Palestinian anti-Semitism.
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Fifty years ago, Hussein joined in Abdel Nasser's war with Israel in 1967, only to lose half his kingdom.
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In the end, he rose above the hate and fear to make peace with Israel.
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And on that day in northern Israel, King Hussein displayed a nobility of compassion the world will never forget.
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That nobility did not find its way to the people.
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Before Daqamseh's trial, 200 lawyers and the Jordanian Bar Association competed for the privilege of defending him.
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Four years later, his mother reflected, "I am proud of my son, and I hold my head high.  My son did a heroic deed and has pleased God and his own conscience.  My son lifts my head and the head of the entire Arab and Islamic nation.  I am proud of any Muslim who does what Ahmad did."
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Ahmed Daqamseh had 20 years in prison to reflect on his murder of the seventh- and eighth-grade students as they alighted from a bus at the "Island of Peace," a joint Jordanian-Israeli tourist location under Jordanian control.
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He took pains to shoot some of his victims at close range, and later lamented only that his M16 had worked imperfectly, so he was unable to murder the entire busload of students.
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Daqamseh learned nothing during his incarceration.  After walking out of prison, he said: "They (Jews) are human garbage ...This garbage should be burned or buried."
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Upon his release, hundreds of enthusiastic supporters traveled to his hometown to welcome their "hero."
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With one exception, his "heroics" went unchallenged in the Jordanian media. 
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... consider a 2009 Pew poll that reported that negative attitudes toward Jews in Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Lebanon reached 95-98 percent.
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Contempt for the "other" didn't end with Jews: 40 percent of the Arab respondents held negative views about Christians.
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Where does this hate come from?  Egypt's President Al-Sisi challenged the clerics of Al-Azhar, the world's oldest Sunni university, during a 2015 visit:
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"Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants — that is 7 billion — so that they themselves may live?  Impossible!  I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution.  You, imams, are responsible before Allah."
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Attitudes in the Middle East are shaped to an outsize degree by mosque and madrassah, where Muslim clerics hold the keys.
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Many Muslim religious leaders point fingers at ISIS and Al Qaeda, hoping to distract attention from the fundamentalist message they serve up regularly, teaching contempt – and worse – for Jews, Christians, Westerners and gays.
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Recently, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, Palestinian President Abbas' appointee as chief religious authority, publicly stated that killing Jews — accepted in Islam as the "people of the Book" — is a Muslim obligation.
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When the great Chassidic Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchiv was asked how a charity campaign was going, he replied that he was halfway there.
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"I've gotten the poor to agree to receive.  Now all I have to do is convince the rich to give."
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In the Middle East, there are people who lost their children to terrorists, yet still yearn for peace.
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Others embrace the preachers who teach the "holiness" of hate.
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In 2017, it seems, we are barely halfway there.
      Ralph Peters: Turkish tyrant Erdogan's very low new low  (Fox 03/23/2017)
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When a political charlatan lacks character as well as imagination, a tantrum in the face of reverses nowadays is apt to climax with him spitting the epithet "Nazi" at opponents.
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"Nazi" is the go-to insult wielded by immoral losers everywhere.
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The latest instance of diplomatic speech-decay comes courtesy of Turkey's would-be sultan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who recently lashed out at the Dutch and Germans, calling them, yes, "Nazis."
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His successive outbursts erupted because the Dutch and German authorities would not allow Turkish politicians to hold rabble-rousing, neo-Islamist rallies on their soil.
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A majority "Yes" vote would fundamentally alter Turkey's government, converting it from a rough-and-ready parliamentary system to a "presidential" structure half a step shy of dictatorship.
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Erdogan thought it would be just fine to have his henchmen stir up division and hatred on foreign soil.
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Erdogan's Muslim-Brotherhood-influenced program also aims to deter Turks from integrating into European societies.
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For his bigoted part, Erdogan wants diaspora Turks to keep their distance from degenerate notions such as freedom of speech and association, free elections, women's rights, tolerance, secular education...all the evils of the modern world.
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At home, Erdogan has more journalists behind bars than China...
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He has jailed tens of thousands of public officials, educators and military officers (he used last summer's failed coup as an excuse for a massive purge of potential opponents).
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He's been rolling back Mustapha Kemal Ataturk's secular constitution at a breakneck pace.
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And, purely for political advantage, he re-ignited the conflict with Turkey's Kurds that had seemed a thing of the past.  He has killed his own people, barbarously, after cynically labeling them as "terrorists."
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Erdgoan blackmailed Europe with refugees, cozied up to Vladimir Putin to blackmail NATO, and he's threatening a blackmail of base closures against the United State, if we don't break our laws and simply hand over Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living quietly in the Poconos whom Erdogan views as a threat to his one-man rule.
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And then, last week, he labelled German Chancellor Angela Merkel a "Nazi." ... Erdogan does know how to insult a German.
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As for the Dutch, they suffered terribly under the real Nazis three-quarters of a century ago.  Calling the Dutch "Nazis" is as absurd, repulsive and insulting as claiming that Anne Frank served in the SS.
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Surely, all civilized people can agree that the term "Nazi" should be reserved for the real thing.
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What does one make of a head of state so irresponsible that he cannot control his mouth, insults would-be allies and violates the basic norms of decency?
      Farage: Anti-Travel Ban Protesters Need to Reflect on London Terror Attack  (Fox 03/22/2017)
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Brexit leader Nigel Farage reacted to Wednesday's terror attack in London, saying it should highlight the importance of properly vetting immigrants and refugees.
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"We've made some terrible mistakes in this country."
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He said the multiculturalism first championed by former Prime Minister Tony Blair led to divided communities.
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Farage said Americans watching the events on Westminster Bridge should start realizing that when President Trump enacts stricter vetting measures, he is doing it to protect the homeland and not to be divisive.
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"Protesters...  need to have a long, hard think about what they are doing," he said, calling lax immigration policies an "open door inviting terrorism."
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He said such measures as 'extreme vetting' are common-sense, and added that Britons are hoping to look for stronger guidance from their leaders.
      Hirsi Ali: Islamic Terrorists 'Don't Go to Liberals and Say Thank You' for Being PC  (Fox 03/22/2017)
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... criticized what she considered the "apologetic attitude" some liberals around the world have toward identifying the religious component to Islamic terrorism.
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Ali, a women rights activist who was raised Muslim in Somalia but later became an apostate, called such a mindset "masochistic and stupid."
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... radical Islamic terrorists "don't go to liberals and say thank you so much, we'll stop terrorizing you" because of some on the left refuse to identify terrorism's religious component.
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Islamists only seek a Sharia-compliant world, Ali said, in the wake of Wednesday's attack in London, a city with progressive leadership, "and whoever is in their way is their enemy."
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She said anyone who does not understand that should not be legislating policy.
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Ali said that President Trump's Youngstown, Ohio campaign speech first showed her that he took the terror threat seriously, and selectively praised his travel ban.
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She said the ban was a good idea but was "clumsily" enacted.
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"It's incredibly difficult to vet people coming from [those countries]," she said, maintaining that he should have consulted more lawyers and experts to root out any inefficiencies in the document.
      Steyn: Dems Turned Putin Into 'Bond Villain' With 'Drumbeat' Against Russia  (Fox 03/20/2017)
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"They want to believe that they didn't lose the election...  that someone stole it from them," Steyn said, calling their drumbeat against Russia "nuts."
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He said that the federal investigation into Russia's actions is akin to doing Putin's bidding, by appearing to undermine an American president "more than having some cabinet secretary in [Putin's] pocket would."
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He said the idea that America should turn Russia into a sworn enemy is "idiotic," calling Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan more dangerous than Putin.
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If President Trump's "Make America Great Again" plan does not conflict with Putin's plan to make Russia strong again, America should act more strategically toward the Kremlin.
      Is Le Pen mightier than the sword?  (Fox 02/20/2017)
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Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front, is campaigning on an anti-illegal immigrant, anti-European Union, unabashedly populist platform.
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And yes, except for being a woman and not a billionaire, she could easily be called France's Donald Trump.
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Her chances of actually winning are considered slim, just as Trump's were.  Her rhetoric is heated and offensive to many, like Trump's.  She has no regard for traditional rules of political conduct.
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Her fans are rabid, her enemies legion and vicious in their appraisal of her.  She is loathed by the press that covers her just like ... go ahead, fill in the blank.
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... her self-declared supporters — most of them blue-collar working class or unemployed — say they will vote for only Le Pen or not at all.
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Much of her support comes for her non-stop call to halt immigrants from flooding into France as they have since the European Union opened its doors to displaced refugees from the Middle East and Africa.
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That open-arms policy is deeply unpopular in France.  Le Pen vows to end it.
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She also questions the value of French membership in the EU, but has stopped short of saying she would lead a "Frexit" movement.
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Right now, the carnivorous French press are honing their swords over unproven allegations that Le Pen, who is also an elected member of the European Parliament, paid her personal bodyguard with funds earmarked for parliamentary purposes.
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Her late father, from whom she inherited leadership of the National Front, was a racist and a Holocaust denier.
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Le Pen rejects her father's extremism, but has carried on his mantra that France should be for the French.
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Le Pen visited Trump Tower in New York last month, but only to visit a friend who lives there.  Both she and the American president say they never met.
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... most political polls last November gave Trump no chance of winning the White House.
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Crow tastes better when it's marinated in a good French wine, don't you think? 
      The surprising truth about Iran and the West  (Fox 02/16/2017)
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For the eight years of Barack Obama's presidency, the United States treated Iran as if it were a major rising power in the world dominating the Middle East.
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But Iran is not a First World or even Second World power.
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Iran, as a Third World country, is far weaker than either the superpower United States or the rising First World power Israel.
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The Iranian military is weak, with very limited naval and air force capability.
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In the eight year war with Iraq in the 1980s the Iranian military was unable to beat Saddam Hussein's military.
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By contrast, in 2003 the American military destroyed it and took Baghdad in only 22 days.
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The United States can also likely count on help from three regional powers — Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. 
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Iran takes 58th in the world in research and development.  In business Iran rates 137th in the world for ease of doing business and 67th for entrepreneurship.  Fully 20% of the adult population is illiterate.
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Given all this the fear of Iran getting nuclear weapons still remains real.
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But, even more real is the notion that the biggest power in the world, plus three significant regional powers, could handle Iran if they would put their minds to it.
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Only time will tell if that will happen in the days of the new American administration.
      How to really deal with the North Korean nuclear threat  (Fox 02/08/2017)
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North Korea is a "small country, far-away, about which we know little," to paraphrase a fateful comment in defense of appeasement from the 1938 crisis over Czechoslovakia.
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But there is one thing every American needs to know about far-away North Korea: its rulers are on a methodical and relentless quest for the capability to hit New York and Washington with nuclear weapons.
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The nuclear campaign that North Korea ... is planning against the United States is one it intends to win. 
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Washington is badly unprepared to meet this threat, because too many of our leaders do not understand the Pyongyang game-plan.
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As bizarre and satire-prone as the North Korean regime's buffoonish-looking Kim Jong-Un and his servile courtiers may be, Pyongyang's leadership is neither irrational nor suicidal.
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The rationale behind this confrontation would actually be to achieve a maximum of strategic gain with a minimum of actual destruction and violence.
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The basic idea is to force Washington to blink in an escalating crisis on the Korean peninsula — a crisis of Pyongyang's own making, at a time and under circumstances of Pyongyang's own choosing.
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America's policy toward the DPRK has been an immense success in preserving a ceasefire in the Korean peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953 — this is "deterrence."
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But for more than a generation, bipartisan U.S.  efforts to keep North Korea from developing nuclear weapons have come to naught.
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This should not surprise: only the North Korean government can denuclearize — and the existing government has absolutely no interest in making that dream come true.
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We need more effective defenses against the DPRK's means of destruction while simultaneously weakening the regime's capabilities for both conventional and strategic offense.
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Restoring badly eroded U.S.  military capabilities — naval, air, ground forces and an aged strategic arsenal — is essential.
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As for weakening the DPRK's military economy, the foundation for all its offensive capabilities: we should put Pyongyang back on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list — it never should have been removed in 2008.
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Sanctions with genuine bite should be implemented — the dysfunctional DPRK economy is uniquely susceptible to them.
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The United Nations has already gotten a comprehensive report on North Korea's grisly human rights record from its Commission of Inquiry on the situation in the DPRK: let governments of conscience now seek international criminal accountability for North Korea's leadership.
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Then there is the China question.  ... it is time for Beijing to pay a penalty for its support for the most odious regime on the planet today.
      Will President Trump stand behind his red line with Iran?  (JWR 02/08/2017)
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The statement, followed by others and new financial sanctions on Iran, drew a diplomatic red line for that troublesome country.
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... listed a long series of Iranian transgressions, including funding global terrorism, flouting U.N.  resolutions on ballistic missile tests and attacking ships in international waters.  He could have also mentioned seizing American sailors.
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"As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice."
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Asked later whether military action was a possibility, Trump said what all presidents claim: Everything is on the table.
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The situation is particularly precarious because after President Barack Obama's numerous empty threats, the United States has scant credibility to enforce them.
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Predictably, Iran dismissed the U.S.  bluster and launched another rocket as Trump's domestic opponents protested his temporary immigration ban and its rollout.
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"The United States needs to be less predictable," Trump said.
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You may have noticed in the new president's first two weeks there was a good deal of unpredictability.  Not by accident.
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"Iran," Vice President Mike Pence warned Sunday, "would do well not to test the resolve of this new president."
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And with his national security and State department secretaries in place, Trump now has his team assembled.
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A problem with ambiguity, of course, is that a paranoid opponent might overreact.
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More importantly, Trump must be prepared to impose consequences on his "notice."
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And then be prepared for the enemy's reaction to those consequences.
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Let Iran imagine how bad the consequences might be, starting with renewed sanctions.
      Donald, duck!  Now the Europeans are coming after you  (Fox 02/01/2017)
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It's one thing to watch Chuck Schumer manufacture tears for immigrants, or Nancy Pelosi critique a nominee for the Supreme Court, for whom she is not entitled to vote.
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They are at least Americans, and entitled to voice their discontent with Donald Trump's nascent administration.
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It's another matter for the European Union – the most dysfunctional political and economic Rubik's Cube ever devised – to launch a frontal assault on its traditional across-the-waters ally, and, by the way, its main guarantor of military protection.
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In a piece of political showmanship on a par with Baghdad Bob (remember him?), the president of the E.U.  has equated the Trump administration with China, Russia and radical Islamic terror as a threat to the security of Europe.
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Then came the sucker punch: "Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy."
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He's right.  Trump has – in typically blunt fashion – said that European countries, long protected by NATO, have to pay their fair share for their own defense, or risk NATO becoming obsolete.  In other words, the free ride is over.
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... Tusk, who has to keep his member states in line lest another one threaten to pull out, is taking a chance of alienating the United States as a way of asserting E.U.  influence.
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Tellingly, Tusk had his January 31 letter delivered to 27 E.U.  member states – but not to the United Kingdom.
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In it, he implored his neighbors: "Let us show our European pride.  If we pretend we cannot hear the words and we do not notice the decisions aimed against the E.U.  and our future, people will stop treating Europe as their wider homeland."
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Exactly, Mr.  Tusk.  Exactly.  Check the bellwether of public opinion.
      A Comedy of Terrors: Western progressive thinking against nature & man  (INN 01/17/2017)
      Enemy of my enemy: Trump's comments on Russia may be intended for Chinese ears  (Fox 01/10/2017)
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Of the many unconventional moves and remarks President-Elect Donald Trump already has made before taking office, one that rattles both Republicans and Democrats is his admiration for Vladimir Putin and his seeming determination to improve U.S.-Russian ties.
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But what if this most unusual leader is following his businessman's instincts, and taking a page from the diplomatic playbook of two brilliant world power players: Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger
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While no one – even Trump – thinks Putin is our BFF, the new president has been, even before he announced his candidacy, critical of China's double standard when it comes to trade with the U.S.  and manipulation of its own currency.
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While the echo chamber of most cable news channels and newspaper editorial pages has reacted with shock and horror, Trump's denunciation of China versus his pragmatic stance on Russia recalls the historic and visionary Triangular Diplomacy employed by Nixon and Kissinger to rebalance relations among China, the Soviet Union and the U.S
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Whether Trump is planning a similar reshuffle in relations with China and Russia is unclear.  But his harsh rhetoric about China's trade policies and expansion of its influence in Southern Asia, versus his kinder, gentler approach to Russia has China on its guard.
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The state-run China Daily newspaper last week warned the incoming administration not to push Beijing too far, or face consequences. 
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That is something the Chinese never had to tell Barack Obama.  They didn't and don't fear him.
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They might not fear Trump either, but they are wary.  And that's a good thing.
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      This is the moment for an Israeli victory  (INN 01/07/2017)
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The U.S.-sponsored Israeli–Palestinian "peace process" began in December 1988, when Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat met American conditions and "accepted United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, recognized Israel's right to exist and renounced terrorism".
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That peace process screeched to an end in December 2016, when the U.N.  Security Council passed Resolution 2334.
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"Forget about negotiating with Israel.  Just pressure the international community to force Israel to comply with the resolution and surrender up all that you demand."
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As 28 years of frustration and futility clang to a sullen close, the time is nigh to ask, "What comes next?"
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I propose an Israeli victory and a Palestinian defeat.
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... Washington should encourage Israelis to take steps that cause Mahmoud Abbas, ... and the rest of that crew to realize that the gig is up, that no matter how many U.N.  resolutions are passed, their foul dream of eliminating the Jewish state is defunct, that Israel is permanent, strong, and tough.  After the leadership recognizes this reality, the Palestinian population at large will follow, as will eventually other Arab and Muslim states, leading to a resolution of the conflict.
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Palestinians will gain by finally being released from a cult of death to focus instead on building their own policy, society, economy, and culture.
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With his life-long pursuit of winning ("We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning"), Trump would probably be drawn to an approach that has our side win and the other side lose.
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Victory also suits the current mood of Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.  He's not just furious at being abandoned in the United Nations, he has an ambitious vision of Israel's global importance.
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... Netanyahu being photographed recently carrying a copy of historian John David Lewis's "Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History" ... signals that he is explicitly thinking in terms of victory in war.
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Lewis in his book looks at six case studies, concluding that in each of them "the tide of war turned when one side tasted defeat and its will to continue, rather than stiffening, collapsed."
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That the Obama administration effectively became an ally of the Islamic Republic of Iran scared Sunni Arab states, Saudi Arabia at the fore, into being far more realistic than ever before; needing Israel for the first time.
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For these four reasons — Security Council Resolution 2334, Trump, Netanyahu, and Iran — the moment is right to meet the new year and the new administration with a revamped Middle East policy, one aiming for the Palestinians to "taste defeat."
      Thanks to our mistakes with Iran, the North Korean threat to the US is at record levels  (Fox 01/06/2017)
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Well you know it's the New Year when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is threatening a new ballistic missile or nuclear test.
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This time, though, Kim Jong-un is saying the "Hermit Kingdom" is in the final stages of preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
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This would be Pyongyang's first test of an ICBM.
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North Korea conducted over 20 ballistic missile tests in 2016 and has conducted 7 nuclear tests in the last decade, with 2 of those also coming in 2016.
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So much for those Western reporters who wondered if Kim Jong-un would be different from his father.
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They pointed to his "western education," love of the National Basketball Association, indifference towards politics and fondness for James Bond movies.
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Most concerning to me in recent years has been North Korea's ability to launch the long range Unha-3 rocket to successfully get 2 satellites in space. 
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Several observers believe Kim Jong-un's threatened ICBM test could come on January 8th, the North Korean ruler's birthday or on January 20th, the date of the U.S.  Presidential Inaugural.
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President-elect Donald Trump will have to deal with many national security challenges when he becomes our 45th President on January 20th.
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These range from cyber attacks, radical Islam, securing our borders and rebuilding our military.
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The North Korean threat, with its combined nuclear and ballistic missile technology capability, must rank near the top.
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On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump called the Iranian nuclear deal "the stupidest deal of all time" and said his top priority would be to "dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran."
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With regards to North Korea, candidate Trump said he wanted China to get more involved to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program.
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He's been right about both Iran and China.
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Iran has been the "great enabler" of the national security threat America faces today from North Korea.
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As documented years ago ... Iran has been in bed with North Korea since the early 1980s and has helped fund North Korea's missile development through oil and cash payments.
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... Iran and North Korea entered into a scientific and technology agreement on September 1, 2012.
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... following the 2012 scientific and technology deal between Tehran and Pyongyang, Iran deployed technical staff to North Korea to help with joint nuclear and missile development efforts.
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Following Iran signing the Geneva interim agreement, senior North Korean officials met in Tehran in 2014 to discuss expansion of ties between the 2 countries.
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A number of meetings involving Iranian and North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile technology experts reportedly took place in 2015.
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... Iran has conducted at least 8 ballistic missile tests since the Iran nuclear agreement was signed.
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... it was documented that North Korea and Iran were both using the same miniaturized warhead design that can be traced back to the infamous Pakistani scientist...
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Yes, our new President is inheriting the most complex national security and foreign policy situation a U.S President has ever faced.
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We are now seeing the consequences of getting a nuclear deal with Iran just to get a deal.
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Allowing Iran to be at least $150 BN richer as a result of unfreezing its assets, makes the current North Korean threat our new President now faces much more difficult.
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Make no mistake, thanks to "enablers" like Iran, the North Korean threat is the greatest nuclear weapons challenge to the United States since the Cold War.
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Come January 20th, 2017 it will be time for America to act and lead once again.
      If Trump really wants to restore America’s global power, here are 5 lessons he must embrace  (Fox 12/30/2016)
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The reality is that there isn't, and has never been, an accepted post-Cold War Liberal Order.
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And worse, the false assumption that one existed has contributed to two decades of decline in American global influence.
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With the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the U.S.  had tremendous power to shape international security developments.
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But this opportunity was squandered, under both Republican and Democratic presidencies, as they embraced unrealistic, even utopian, foreign policy agendas. 
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Both George W.  Bush and Barak Obama aspired to transplant the American model around the world, toppling governments if necessary.
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The problem is, rather than birthing democratic regimes, this approach created failed states and vast areas of lawlessness which have become primary sources of international and regional insecurity.
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... having won on a promise of fundamental change, President-elect Trump has an opportunity to dramatically shift the underlying assumptions that have guided two decades of foreign policy.
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If Trump is serious in his desire to restore American international power, there are some clear lessons that his administration must embrace.
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First, the impact of geopolitics is not nearly as diminished as American foreign policy has assumed. 
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... Putin has recognized that geography remains both a powerful asset and constraint, while Presidents Bush and Obama each demonstrated a lack of geographic concern by pursuing pet projects that established new landlocked countries.
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Next, avoid the idealistic assumptions that have led to failed states and ungoverned territories – the chief sources of current insecurity.
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Presidents Bush and Obama helped create five failed states by encouraging the downfall of hardline leaders, despite having no plan for what happens after.
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These interventions, which relied on a misbelief that power voids would be filled by democratic movements, have led to far worse conditions for the citizens and neighbors of each state than before the U.S.  sought each dictator's removal.
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Third, maintain cooperative relations with Russia and China – or at least one of them
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The U.S.  has long benefitted from the fact that its two main strategic rivals border each other, and thus, face more threats from each other than from the U.S.
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However, as has become clear over the last several years, when the U.S.  has security conflicts with both China and Russia, the two nations are driven to cooperate more closely.
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Fourth, examine the motivations of a state, not just its leaders.
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In recent years, the U.S.  has even intervened in domestic politics abroad, believing leadership change could fundamentally re-shape a foreign states' policies.
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...  an examination of America's decades-long assumption of an idealistic world order has made clear that it is the cutting of deals that can expand policy options and bolster security.
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Sanctifying some non-ideal situations may at times be distasteful, but it will lead to a far better reality than well-intended policies that create real nightmares.
      Alan Dershowitz: John Kerry's meaningless speech and tragic missed opportunity  (Fox 12/28/2016)
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Because Secretary Kerry's speech Wednesday came after the U.S.'s abstention on the Security Council vote, nobody in Israel will pay any attention to anything he said.
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Had the speech come before the abstention, there would have been some possibility of it influencing the debate within Israel.
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But following the U.S.  abstention, Kerry has lost all credibility with Israelis across the political spectrum. 
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The speech itself was as one-sided as the abstention.
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It failed to mention the repeated offers from Israel to end the occupation and settlements, and to create a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza: Arafat's rejection of the Clinton-Barak proposals in 2000-2001: and Abbas' failure to respond to the Olmert offer in 2008.
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To fail to mention these important points is to demonstrate the bias of the speaker.
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Kerry also discussed the Palestinian refugees, without even mentioning the equal number of Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim countries.
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Finally Kerry, seemed to confirm that in his view any changes from the pre-1967 lines would not be recognized without mutual agreement.
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This means that the prayer plaza at the Western Wall, the access roads to Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus and the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem on now all illegally occupied.
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This is, of course, a non-starter for Israelis.  It is also wrong as a matter of history and law.
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Jordan captured these historically Jewish areas in 1948 when all the surrounding Arab countries attacked the new Jewish nation in an attempt to destroy it.
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When Jordan attacked Israel again in 1967, Israel recaptured these Jewish areas and allowed Jews to return to them.
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That is not an illegal occupation.  It is a liberation.
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His one-sidedness was also evident in his failure to press the Palestinian leadership to accept Netanyahu's open offer to begin negotiations immediately with no pre-conditions.
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The existing settlements — even if expanded — do not pose any danger to the two-state solution, if the Palestinians really want their own state more than they want there not to be a Jewish state.
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... settlement expansion is the consequence of Palestinian refusal to accept repeated offers from Israeli governments to end the occupation and settlements in exchange for peace.
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The primary barrier to the two-state solution remains the Palestinian unwillingness to accept the U.N.  resolution of 1947 calling for two states for two peoples — the Jewish people and the Arab people.
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This means explicit recognition by Palestinians to accept Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
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The most important point Kerry made on Wednesday is that the Obama administration will not unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state, without an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
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He also implied that U.S.  will not push for any additional Security Council resolutions.
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Kerry's speech is therefore just that: a speech with little substance and no importance.
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It will be quickly forgotten along with the many other one-sided condemnations of Israel that litter the historical record.
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Kerry could have done a real service to peace if he had pressed the Palestinian leadership to come to the negotiation table as hard as he pressed the Israeli leadership to end settlement expansions.
      Why UN resolution condemning Israel is Wiesenthal Center's top anti-Semitic incident of 2016  (Fox 12/27/2016)
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The latest diplomatic ambush of Israel was only made possible by the US' historic reversal of its decades-long Mideast policy of vetoing one-sided anti-Israel initiatives at the United Nations Security Council. 
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President Obama's ambassador's "abstention" last week at the United Nations was actually an endorsement of an onerous one-sided resolution that among other items, defines Judaism's holiest site as "occupied Palestinian territory" and encourages nations to undertake the boycott of goods made by Jews in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
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That's why we've named it our top anti-Semitic incident of 2016.
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Make no mistake.  This new resolution — developed with the Obama administration's knowledge and some say with its collusion — is much worse and more dangerous than the U.N.'s notorious 1975 Zionism equals Racism resolution.
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It radically undermines, if not destroys, Israel's relationship with the U.N.
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It makes any role for the U.N.  in future Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations impossible.
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It has effectively removed any incentive for the Palestinian Authority to have face-to-face negotiations with the Jewish State.
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In their own countries, the French, British, Germans, Italians, and Ukrainian security forces spend days and nights searching every street corner for suspected terrorists threatening their citizenry.
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Yet the mantra of what is blocking the solution of the Israeli-Palestine conflict, remains one word, not terrorism, but "settlements".
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You want to guarantee a peaceful two-state solution?  Convene a Security Council meeting on how to dislodge Hamas from Gaza, and you'll have one.
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That these bare knuckle anti-Israel maneuvers are launched against America's only reliable Middle East ally by its long-time ally, is despicable enough, but that it has been launched at 11:59 of the Obama Administration is almost beyond belief.
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If the U.N.  ... continues its non-stop demonization of the Jewish state, we hope that the new Trump administration will seriously consider endorsing Senator Lindsay Graham's threatened bill to downsize the U.S.'s oversized annual financial contribution to the organization.
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As for President Obama and Secretary Kerry, their last-minute U.N.  gambit seeks to add a fourth "achievement" to their Middle East legacy.  Here are the other three:
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1.  Failure to destroy ISIS, early and outright.
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2.  The Iran nuclear deal that has only succeeded in furthering empowering the mullahocracy.
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3.  Syrian "red line" debacle.
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No matter what the pressure, no Israeli government, left, right or center, will ever accept that our people's sacred sites are built on stolen land; nor will it ever validate the lies denying the Jewish people's 3,500 link to the Holy Land — those very lies that now pass for historic "fact" at the United Nations.
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And rest assured, too, that Israel will never walk the gangplank for the convenience of a hypocritical world.
      Cal Thomas: Will the West ever wake up to the ticking time bombs of radicalized Muslim immigrants?  (Fox 12/27/2016)
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During the great wave of immigration in the early 20th century, the United States barred those afflicted with tuberculosis, venereal disease, trachoma and other serious diseases from entering the country.
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Now a different kind of infection is invading Europe and increasingly the United States.
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It's called radical Islamic terrorism.
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The West continues to admit people from terrorist countries, people who have been infected with this killer disease, seemingly fearing the affliction less than being labeled intolerant.
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So afraid of being charged with Islamophobia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted more than 1 million refugees in 2015 from nations that breed terrorists.
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It was inevitable that some would come to destroy rather than assimilate.
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Mounting evidence that many of these people are time bombs waiting to explode still fails to open eyes that have been deliberately shut.
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Responding to the latest terrorist attacks, President-elect Donald Trump said he has been proved "100 percent correct" when it comes to his plans to curtail Muslim immigrants from nations that spawn terrorists.
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Given the number already in Europe or those who have been self-radicalized and allowed into the U.S., it may be too late.
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The West can either acquiesce or fight back.
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Trump wants to fight back.  It's better than waiting for the next attack, hoping we're not the target.
      Ralph Peters: The Feast of Stephen 2016: We are living in a new age of Christian martyrs  (Fox 12/26/2016)
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The second line of the Christmas carol slips past us.
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We hear "Good King Wenceslas looked out..." But what about the next bit, "...on the Feast of Stephen?" What's that about?
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December 26th is St.  Stephen's Day — the Feast of Stephen — long an important celebration in the Christian calendar and now largely ignored.  It's time to bring it back.
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Stephen was the first Christian martyr, the protomartyr, stoned to death in the years of persecution that followed the death of Jesus.
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... Stephen was "a man full of faith," appointed to oversee the care of neglected widows.
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Stephen took on the established authorities, corrupt in deed and belief, and they could not refute his arguments.
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So, in timeless human fashion, the powers-that-were bribed witnesses against him.
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What has this to do with us, as the Year of Our Lord 2017 approaches?  To believing Christians, the answer might be "Everything."
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The 2,000-year-old Middle-Eastern Christian civilization that began in the days of St.  Stephen lies in ruins, persecuted as never before.
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As the Obama administration averted its self-righteous gaze, a religious genocide already underway accelerated across the region.
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Stubborn and dogmatic, the administration refused to acknowledge the problem of Christian refugees — those who'd survived the kidnappings, tortures, rapes, massacres and broad religious cleansing — even to the extent of labeling those who wished to help Christians as bigots.
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In Obama's global village, there's no room at the inn for Christian refugees.  There's not even a stable.
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We've watched as a great religious civilization nears extermination.
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For millennia, through good and horrid times, the three great monotheist religions of the Middle East rubbed along together (with varying levels of friction).
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Then, in the lifetime of many of this column's readers, the Jews were driven out.  Next came the turn of the Christians, as well as a number of minority faiths.
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Thanks to extremist Islam.
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This is a new age of martyrs.  It's a time when those who believe in the transcendent generosity of Christ are driven from their homes to suffer exile.  It's an age of blood spilled at a ravaged cross.
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Where are the campus demonstrations against the torture, rape and murder, the dispossession and massacre of Christians?
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Where is the outrage in the media?
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Where are the modern Pharisees we call "public intellectuals."
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Where are the consciences in our can't-be-bothered government?
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Those Christians who survive the new barbarians become refugees with nowhere to go.
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Assigned to "all-faith" asylum homes in Europe, they're tormented, beaten and threatened by violent migrants.
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Yet, we in the United States bar the door against them — in the name of religious tolerance, of all things.
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One day, we will be as ashamed of our denial of Christian refugees as deeply as we are shamed by our rejection of Jewish refugees from the Nazis.
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In this new age of martyrdom, a time when forces such as the Islamic State inflict torments on Christian captives to rival the tortures endured by the early saints, it's time to revive St.  Stephen's Day to honor the countless martyrs our leaders ignore.
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See related Good News (Michael Ramirez, 04/26/2015) cartoon from World picture album
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See related Iraqi Christians (Glenn McCoy, 08/08/2014) cartoon from World picture album
      Diplomatic terrorism at the UN, courtesy President Obama  (Fox 12/24/2016)
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The vicious condemnation of Israel at the UN Security Council on December 23, 2016 is a watershed moment in U.S.-UN relations – albeit not as President Obama hoped.
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Following the vote of fourteen in favor and one American abstention, Palestinian representative Riyadh Mansour and American Ambassador Samantha Power exchanged a telling handshake.
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Evidently, President Obama believes that he has put one over on Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu and the incoming Trump administration.
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But here's another possibility: treachery at the UN will not be cost free.
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Let's be absolutely clear about what has just happened.  The Palestinians have completed the hijacking of every major UN institution.
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The 2016 General Assembly has adopted nineteen resolutions condemning Israel and nine critical of all other UN states combined.
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... Israeli settlements are "the single biggest threat to peace" and the "primary threat to the viability of the two-state solution."
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Not seven decades of unremitting Arab terror and violent rejection of Jewish self-determination in the historic homeland of the Jewish people.
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This is not just any lie.  This is the big lie of modern antisemitism. 
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This is the lie that drove a Palestinian teenager in June of this year to creep into the home of 13-year old Hallel Ariel and butcher her with a knife in the back as she slept in her bed.
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Obama's failure to veto the resolution is at odds with long-standing American foreign policy that has insisted on peace through negotiations, and not UN-fiat, as the only way to ensure genuine and long-lasting recognition and cooperation
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At its core, this UN move is a head-on assault on American democracy.  President Obama knew full well he did not have Congressional support for the Iran deal, so he went straight to the Security Council first
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Likewise, he knew that there would have been overwhelming Congressional opposition to this resolution, so he carefully planned his stealth attack.
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Profound betrayal of a true democratic friend of the United States is the only possible description.
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"...  We overcame those decrees during the time of the Maccabees and we will overcome this evil decree today."
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The Security Council and President Obama leave a trail of devastation across the planet, with evil empowered and good forsaken.
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But their record does not have to be our future.  Today's vote reminds us of what it takes for evil to triumph.
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Doing nothing is not an option for our new President and our incoming Congress.
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The time has come to undertake an urgent and full review of America's relationship to the United Nations, and to suspend financial support until that review can identify how best to use American dollars in the interests of peace, security and human dignity
      Man who interrogated 9/11 mastermind says terrorists use political correctness to 'spread their jihadi  (Fox e'/0/2016)
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One of the men who interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad told Fox News' "The Kelly File" Wednesday that political correctness "started that chain" that led to Monday night's truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market. 
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"[It] was political correctness and their unwillingness to get this person out of their country who had no business being there because he didn't have the right paperwork to prove who he was."
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German authorities Wednesday named Amri as the suspect in the attack, which killed 12 people and injured 48 others, touching off a continent-wide manhunt.
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Mitchell said that he and Mohammed, commonly known as KSM, had discussed the damaging potential of smaller, "lone-wolf"-style attacks more than a decade ago.
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Mitchell noted that Mohammed had been particularly struck by the terror caused by the 2002 D.C.  sniper attacks.
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"For him, what surprised him was how much paralysis it caused given how few deaths were involved, few from his perspective."
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"And what he said to me was our civil liberties and our openness and our willingness to be responsive to other peoples' cultures ... were weaknesses and flaws that his God, Allah, had put into the American culture so that we could be defeated."
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... Mohammed believed that the easiest way to win what he called "the long battle to take over the world with Sharia law" was "through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims."
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"He said that like-minded jihadi brothers would immigrate to Western democracies and to the United States, they would wrap themselves in our civil liberties for protection."
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... "they would support themselves in our welfare systems while they spread their jihadi message, and then, when the time was right, they would rise up and attack."
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In response to the terror threat, Mitchell called for the U.S.  to restrict immigration from countries that promote terrorism.
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"I hope there's gonna be change, because here's the way political correctness works for a guy like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: It allows them to operate in our midst without being challenged."
      Will Obama betray America's staunch ally Israel, at the UN?  (Fox 12/22/2016)
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The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a scandalous and irreversible Palestinian-led resolution purporting to decide that Israeli settlements violate international law.
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The Palestinians are in a hurry to capitalize on the deep-seated antipathy that President Obama has always had for Israel and its leaders, but occasionally repressed during election-cycles.
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Now an Obama foreign policy, with strong affinities for the UN mob, is unhinged.
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Add to this toxic mix, Obama's legacy problem.
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It turns out that a habit of systematically alienating America's allies and coddling its enemies didn't make the world a safer place.
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In the Middle East, Obama has left us with the horrors of the Islamic State, 400,000 dead in Syria and millions of refugees, carnage in Yemen, deadly chaos in Libya, and ruthless crackdowns in Turkey.
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And then there is Obama's Iran – the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism now unabashedly enriching uranium, upgrading centrifuges, and testing ballistic missiles.
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Not to mention North Korean nuclear weapons testing, occupied Crimea, an aggressive China, and an active stone-age cult called Boko Haram.
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With a mere four weeks to go until leaving office, the president has come up with a get-tough strategy.  Slam Israel.
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For eight long years, the Palestinians have taken their cues from a President who continually took no for an answer.
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They said no to a Jewish state, no to direct negotiations, no to ending incitement to terror, no to building homes rather than terror tunnels, no to stopping payments to the families of dead terrorists, no to teaching their youth tolerance instead of violent antisemitism, no to giving up the demand to return millions of Arabs to eradicate a Jewish state demographically, and no to co-habitating with Jews on Arab-claimed land.
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And through it all, the message coming from the White House was that "settlements" – Jews living peaceful, productive lives on disputed territory whose ownership (by existing agreement) is to be determined through negotiations – are a fatal "obstacle to peace."
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... Israelis have repeatedly been moved in advance of a negotiated end to hostilities by their own government for the sake of peace, only to have those hopes dashed time and again.
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Arab rejectionists consider all of Israel to be occupied territory and an illegal settlement from 1948 on.
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If President Obama fails to veto the Palestinian resolution – while chuckling from the golf course in Hawaii – the consequences will be profound.
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It will be a permanent outcome – the Russian and Chinese veto powers would prevent any effort to rescind it in the future by President Trump or any other president.
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It will doom any prospect of negotiations for the foreseeable future.
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Palestinians will have no incentive to negotiate since the UN gang will do their work for them.
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And Israelis will have been double-crossed; negotiated agreements can simply be "appealed" to the UN.
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... President Obama made the preposterous claim that "almost every country on Earth sees America stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago."
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Wounding the people of Israel, who courageously struggle against an implacable foe and yet long for peace with their neighbors, will earn him the respect of the thugs at the U.N., and a legacy of shame.
      To Islamists, the Germans are a bunch of cowards  (INN 12/21/2016)
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"You love life, we love death", they continue to repeat.
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Because wherever they look, the combatants of Allah see only people and governments only too ready to capitulate.
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We could have hailed a meaningful change in the German policy toward Islamic terrorism if the day after the carnage at the Christmas market in Berlin, a couple of German war planes had bombed the Islamists' bases in the Middle East and pulverized a few dozen of them.
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Nothing happened.  Nothing will happen. 
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Through these random attacks, Muslims are now trying to understand if and how they can defeat the West.
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... German "civil society" preferred to criticize itself rather than questioning the tangle of feelings that animates the warriors of Allah.
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They reacted like someone who is threatened by a hurricane does: accumulating supplies, nailing doors and windows and praying that the storm will end as soon as possible.
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But Islamic fundamentalists are different: if they don't encounter any resistance, they will act and strike in a more resolute way.
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If you are targeted by beheadings and kidnappings, bombings and shootings, and you react through hysterical outbursts about a "dialogue between cultures," you will get more violence.
      Dr.  Manny: History will not absolve Fidel Castro  (Fox 11/26/2016)
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When I heard this morning that Fidel Castro had died, I honestly felt numb.  He has been dead to me since the day I left Cuba for America, and over 40 years later, my feelings have not changed.
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As I worked to start my new life here and raise my beautiful family, I would sometimes hear snippets from grossly misinformed people around the world about the good that came from Fidel's so-called Cuban revolution, and I'd be reminded to count my blessings that I had escaped his horrors.
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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez was one of those jaded individuals who lauded Fidel's work.
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Under his tenure, he tried to implement some of Fidel's Cuban socialist ideals in Venezuelan society, which has left the country in economic ruin.  Venezuelans are starving, simple needs like toilet paper are considered a luxury, medicine is impossible to find and the country is experiencing a mass exodus.
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All of this can be considered a legacy of Fidel Castro.
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As I'm reading about the millions around the world celebrating Fidel's death, my thoughts are with the thousands who died before him, often at the hands of his own doing.
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... the Cuban people currently have a government-enforced curfew, and that they are being discouraged from congregating or making any comments about Fidel's death that may escape the island.
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How ironic, that despite the death of the man who has oppressed them for nearly five decades, the Cuban people are still being told what to do and how to do it.
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Obama believes that the relationship between America and Cuba can be forged with an all-access pathway, but fails to recognize the 50 years of blood, imprisonment and lack of individual rights that stand in the way.  I do believe that Fidel's death will give President-elect Donald Trump an advantage in working to see to it that the only surviving Castro brother is stripped of his power on that island.
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The book was controversial because it was Fidel's speech about the importance of human rights, due process and fairness of the law in a civilized society.
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He spoke eloquently during the speech, which he gave while facing charges for a terrorist attack during the Cuban Revolution.
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How ironic, that the man who once recognized that individual liberties are an enormous part of a productive society, took away each one of them from his people, and died thinking that he did the right thing.
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History will not absolve Fidel, and neither will we.
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See related Cuba Human Rights (Glenn McCoy, 07/02/2015) cartoon from World picture album
      Ex-Cameron adviser: Anti-Brexit ruling reveals staggering arrogance of liberal elites  (Fox 11/04/2016)
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In the UK on June 23 this year, 17.4 million people voted in a referendum to leave the EU.  It was the biggest democratic mandate for anything, ever, in British history.
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The decision, now famously known as ‘Brexit', was fought by the political, media and business establishment with all the ferocity that the elites here in America are now displaying in their desperate attempts to stop Donald Trump getting to the White House.
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In Britain, the people won and the establishment lost.
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So of course the arrogant ruling class didn't just leave it there: the people may have spoken, but they came up with the wrong answer. 
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That was duly delivered Thursday, as a British court ruled in favor of a legal challenge to the process that UK prime minister Theresa May has set out for implementing the referendum result.
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In advance of the EU referendum, parliament did have its say.  It did hold a vote — and it decided by a six to one margin to put the final decision on leaving the EU in the hands of the people, and to abide by the referendum result.
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During the campaign itself, the official government voting information distributed to millions of homes said clearly that "This is your decision.  The Government will implement what you decide".
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I do not believe that elected representatives will be so stupid as to overturn the democratically expressed verdict of the British people.
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But even in the unlikely event that they do, it will simply mean that they themselves are voted out in the next election.
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The establishment's pointless and counterproductive refusal to accept the verdict of the people shows that Britain has a detached and decadent ruling class that can't focus on real things affecting real people, and instead indulges its own vanity while ignoring the economic and social hardship faced by millions of people on a daily basis.
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American voters, take note.
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See related Don\\\'t Leave (Sean Delonas, 06/29/2016) cartoon from World picture album
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See related Brexit and Churchill (Sean Delonas, 06/28/2016) cartoon from World picture album
      Laura Ingraham: How the elites blew up the world  (Fox 10/25/2016)
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"We should be more than worried.  Neither America nor the world can afford a lurch into Trumpian isolationism."
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Everyone from The New York Times to Hillary Clinton herself touted the letter signed by 50 former GOP officials in August, stating their opposition to Donald Trump's candidacy.
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Like the generals in World War I who kept sending larger and larger numbers of men to die in hopeless battles, our elites believe that we need more of the same.
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There is no end to their handwringing and alarmism over the supposed damage a President Trump would do to the United States.
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The so-called "mainstream" press ... is full of stories about how Trump presents a threat to the "world order" that has purportedly governed foreign affairs since the end of World War II.
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But the truth is that the "world order" in question exists only in the minds of those pundits who aren't paying attention to life on this planet.
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The entire concept of a continuous, stable, and peaceful "world order" that goes back to 1945 would come as a shock to the many Americans who lost friends and loved ones on battlefields in Korea, Vietnam, and countless other places during that period.
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The whole notion that the world simply ran on auto-pilot, and that U.S.  policymakers had few critical decisions to make, is simply wrong.
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After America's triumph in the Cold War, however, the difficulties of that struggle were quickly forgotten in Washington and the capitals of Europe.
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Western leaders congratulated themselves on the notion that they had reached "the end of history," and that liberal capitalism would reign supreme in perpetuity — a conclusion directly contradicted by centuries of real-world experience.
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Armed with this false premise, U.S.  foreign policymakers on both sides of the aisle made a serious of disastrous blunders:
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They believed that NAFTA would promote better relations in North America, and reduce concerns over illegal immigration.
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They believed that the WTO would serve as a bastion of support for market economies, and would encourage countries like Japan to give up their mercantilist practices.
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They believed that facilitating the rise of China — by giving the Chinese practically unlimited access to Western markets and technology — would lead to a freer and safer world.
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They believed that a weakened Russia could do little to challenge the West.
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They believed that spreading democracy in the Middle East would lead to more stable and peaceful governments in that part of the world.
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They believed that cramming most of the historic nations of Europe into a single Union with a shared currency would lead to peace and prosperity.
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They believed that giving away our manufacturing base and welcoming illegal immigrants from around the world would lead to a happier and more prosperous America.
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They believed that as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton — a donor-controlled hack who may be the least persuasive person ever to hold high public office in this country — could help resolve the significant foreign policy problems that were already becoming obvious by 2009.
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I could go on, but surely these examples are more than sufficient to prove that our leaders have committed blunder after blunder since the end of the Cold War.
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History is not kind to fools, and the United States is paying an enormous price for throwing away the strategic advantages it enjoyed after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Consider the following facts:
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Last year, for the 16th year in a row, real median household incomes in the United States were lower than they were in 1999.
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Middle-aged Americans have now lost most of their careers to an era in which the standard of living for the typical household has fallen.
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In 1999, China's annual GDP was $1.094 trillion.  Last year, it was more than $11 trillion.
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In 1999, the U.S.  national debt was $5.7 trillion.  Last year, it was $18.1 trillion.
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In short, by almost any measure, the United States is weaker than it was during the afterglow of the Cold War — while China, our chief geopolitical adversary, has gotten much stronger.
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This decline was not inevitable — certainly no major U.S.  policymakers predicted it.  Instead, it is the result of a series of foolish mistakes that have consistently undermined our position while making life easier for our enemies.
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For most Americans, the global economy has become a nightmare from which they are trying to escape.
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On the big foreign policy issues facing America, Trump is right, and the elites are wrong.
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It is insane — and dangerous — to keep propping up a global trading regime that treats Chinese companies better than American companies.
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It is insane — and dangerous — to keep wasting the U.S.  military on missions that cannot succeed.
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It is insane — and dangerous — to continue trying to maintain a position in the world that we can no longer afford.
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It is insane — and dangerous — to tear down all borders and effectively dissolve the nations of the West.
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Most of all, it is insane to install, as president of the United States, a vapid and untrustworthy politician who has consistently been wrong on every major foreign policy issue of the last 20 years.
      The dangerous world of the inner circle  (Fox 10/22/2016)
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"I believe that in all men's lives at certain periods, and in many men's lives at all periods between infancy and extreme old age, one of the most dominant elements is the desire to be inside the [Inner] Ring and the terror of being left outside."
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"Unless you take measures to prevent it, this desire is going to be one of the chief motives of your life.  ... If you do nothing about it, if you drift with the stream, you will in fact be an "inner ringer." I don't say you'll be a successful one; that's as may be.  But whether by pining and moping outside Rings that you can never enter, or by passing triumphantly further and further in — one way or the other you will be that kind of man."
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We need to identify the Texacos in our lives, those inner rings that give us a temporary sense of belonging and inspire us to withhold invitations from those who would bring down the value of our group.
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We've also got to be honest with ourselves when we resent other people who are on the inside of circles we'll never break into.
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Because either way, when we fixate on the inner ring from the inside or the outside, we make ourselves beholden to a small world that constricts our ability to love others.
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We've got to invite God into these gaping holes in our hearts, those places that give a false sense of security or a bitter sense of resentment.  If we do, we'll eventually find our desires change.
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We will find the inner ring that provides endlessly expanding circles of love where everyone is welcome, even us.
      If the FARC deal passes, kiss Colombia goodbye  (Fox 10/02/2016)
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Talk of non-interventionism from the Venezuelan regime belies an eagerness to expand influence beyond their borders.
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For many years, they have had their eyes on Colombia; now the so-called Peace Agreement will open the door for 21st-century socialism, perhaps irreversibly.
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On both counts, passage looks probable.  Half of constituents plan to vote, and the "yes" side has the edge in support.
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Many on the "no" side will abstain and discourage participation, since they deem the referendum unconstitutional.
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Almost no one will read the agreement before voting, and the devil is in the details.
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This bloc, the brainchild of Hugo Chavez, opposes US influence in the Americas and advocates 21st-century socialism.
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These regimes have some of the most suffocated economies in world and a flagrant disregard for human rights such as free speech.
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"[Colombia] has the perfect conditions forChavista rhetoric: economic crisis and corruption."
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Like other Latin American countries, Colombia already has socialist leanings.
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Negotiation was in the tens of millions of dollars, but that is pennies compared to what is in store, up to $187 billion in the first 10 years.
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One reason is the bribe for FARC members: $700 up front and $217 per month for two years for 10,000-17,500 people.
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Gushing international praise from the likes of President Barack Obama is naivete and wishful thinking.
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Colombia yearns for peace, but she need not capitulate before Latin America's most bloodthirsty guerrillas.
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Voters can still reject this agreement and pursue a just and lasting solution.
      "The all-time biggest Trojan Horse"  (INN 09/29/2016)
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Ever wonder why there are so many Muslims and Muslim countries in the world?
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Over the millennia many countries were conquered, but didn't remain Persian or Greek or Roman as the case may be.
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The countries conquered in the name of Islam, became and remained Islamic.
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This transformation was not by chance but by design.
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All these countries were conquered by force then shorn of their wealth and many of their women.
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The inhabitants were either forced to convert or accorded Dhimmi (lower) status.
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As time went on all cultures submitted and eventually became Islamic.
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The advance of Islam was finally reversed in Spain and stopped at the Gates of Vienna in 1683.
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Thereafter the power of Islam went into decline but other than Spain, it never lost its hold on the people it conquered.
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This decline was reversed in the Twentieth Century when Arabs became wealthy as a result of their vast oil reserves.
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This wealth was then deployed to conquer the West, not by violent Jihad, but by stealth Jihad.
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"About sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of the unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted to show goodwill toward humanity.  About seventy-five percent of Muhammad's biography (Sira) consists of jihad waged on unbelievers."
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Mohammed started as a religious preacher in Mecca.
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It was during this period that the Koran 2:256 stipulated "There is no compulsion in religion" and 109:1 stipulated "You have your religion I have mine."
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Ultimately he was chased out of Mecca and migrated with his followers to Medina.
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Then began the Jihad period.  From then on people were forced to convert under pain of death or were forced to live as Dhimmis (second class citizens) and pay (Jizya) for the privilege of living there. 
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Koran 2:193.  "Fight them (Kafirs) until there is no more discord and the religion of Allah reigns absolute but if they submit, then only fight those who do wrong."
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Thus it continues until everyone in the territory has submitted to Islam, accepts Dhimmi status and pays Jizya.
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Sura 9:5,29,41.  "Slay the idolators [non-Muslims] wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.  Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the last Day....  Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah!"
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51% of the Koran concerns itself with the Kafir.  It is a political doctrine not a religious one.  There is no golden rule.  Kafirs are to be subjugated.  Muslims are to dominate.
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"In the past Muslims tended to stay in Islamic countries.  Today, the new politics is to migrate to Kafir lands and immerse themselves in local politics.  This is the jihad of money, writing and speech.  Their politics is to bring the Sharia to Kafir culture.  An example is using Islamic money is to build departments in universities that will support Sharia and never criticize Islam."
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Unfortunately this migration is encouraged by globalist leaders such as Chancellor Merkel and President Obama.  And of course, Hillary Clinton aspires to be one of them.
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"Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims' causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims' efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is."
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"The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers..."
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"We must possess a mastery of the art of "coalitions," the art of "absorption" and the principles of "cooperation."
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"Members of the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, and MPAC have sinister goals that are not in support of the US Constitution or The Bill of Rights.  They have become a very dangerous "Fifth Column" in the United States, appointed by Obama to very high and sensitive positions in the US Government agencies."
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"A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.
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"In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test.  The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today.
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"In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.
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"Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country."
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So you can see, rather that limiting his policy to weeding out terrorists, he advocates weeding out Jihadists who want to subjugate America to Islam.  This is not racism.  It is common sense and self-defense..
      Obama's New Middle East  (JWR 09/30/2016)
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The new Syria is being born in the rubble of Aleppo.
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Fighting a guerrilla war with the help of the Sunni population, the anti-regime militias were able to fight from and hide from within the civilian population.
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Consequently, they were all but impossible to defeat.
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When Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to join the fight, he and his generals soon recognized that this manner of fighting ensured perpetual war.
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So they changed tactics.  The new strategy involves speeding up the depopulation and ethnic cleansing of rebel-held areas.
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The massive refugee flows from Syria over the past year are a testament to the success of the barbaric war plan.
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The idea is to defeat the rebel forces by to destroying the sheltering civilian populations.
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By adopting a strategy of total war, Putin has ensured that far from becoming the quagmire that President Barack Obama warned him Syria would become, the war in Syria has instead become a means to transform Russia into the dominant superpower in the Mediterranean, at the US's expense.
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America's loss of control over the eastern Mediterranean is a self-induced disaster.
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For four years, as Putin stood on the sidelines and hedged his bets, Obama did nothing.
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As Iran and Hezbollah devoted massive financial and military assets to maintaining their puppet Assad in power, the Obama administration squandered chance after chance to bring down the regime and stem Iran's regional imperial advance.
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For his refusal to take action when such action could have easily been taken, Obama shares the responsibility for what Syria has become.
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Russia only went into Syria when Putin was absolutely convinced that Obama would do nothing to stop him from dislodging America as the premier global power in the region.
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... Obama chose to stand on the sidelines in Syria because he wanted to make friends with Iran.  Obama began his secret courtship of the mullahs even before he officially took office eight years ago.
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So Obama let Syria burn.  He let Iran and Hezbollah transform the country into their colony.
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And he let Putin transform the Mediterranean into a Russian lake.  Obama enabled the ethnic cleansing of Syria's Sunni majority, and in turn facilitated the refugee crisis that is changing the face not only of the Middle East but of Europe as well.
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Far from causing the Iranian to become more moderate, the nuclear deal has radicalized the regime still further.
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It is ironic that the new Middle East is coming into focus as Shimon Peres, the failed visionary of a fantasy-based new Middle East, is being laid to rest.
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But to survive in the real new Middle East, Israel must bury Peres's belief that peace is built by appeasing enemies along with him.
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The world in which we live has a place for dreamers.  But dreams, unhinged from reality, lead to Aleppo, not to peace.
      After Islamic State, fears of a 'Shiite Crescent' in Mideast  (Fox 09/29/2016)
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From the point of view of Sunni Arab regimes anxious about Iran's regional ambitions, Islamic State — as repellent as it is — provides a silver lining.
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The extremist group's firewall blocks territorial contiguity between Iran and its Arab proxies in Syria and Lebanon.
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Pro-Iranian Shiite militias such as Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iraq's Badr and Asaib Ahl al-Haq are filling the void left by Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and they are much better equipped and trained than the Sunni extremist group.
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Abuses committed by Iranian proxies in Sunni areas are just as bad as those of Islamic State.
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"They are equally threatening, and one feeds off the other.  Both of them are equally vicious, equally treacherous, and equally destructive."
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The West, he added, fundamentally misunderstood Iranian intentions in the region.
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"It's wishful thinking that, if we try to embrace them, they may tango with us.  That's an illusion."
      Holidays, Motivation and Shaheeds  (INN 09/26/2016)
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The new wave of knife stabbing terror in Israel this past week, almost in sync with the terror attacks in the USA, raises the question: "Why now?"
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The most facile answer is pointing to the Muslim "Id al Adha" — "holiday of offering" — that also took place last week. 
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These holidays are the culmination of a period in which religion, faith in Allah, stringent observance of the commandments and the avoidance of sin, in addition to the vilification of infidels, are paramount.
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Terror attacks against Jews are justified numerous times in Islamic sources. 
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It is important to note that some of the negative messages in Islamic sources are meant for Christians and idol worshippers as well.
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To these must be added the promises that whoever sacrifices himself for Allah will be richly rewarded:
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"Do not think that those who die for Allah are dead, they are alive, and receive their sustenance from Allah."
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"They sit in Paradise with rivers flowing beneath them and Allah weds them to houris of Paradise."
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The Hadith – Oral Law – describes the beauties of Paradise lavishly, the presents given to the Shaheed and the pleasures to which he is entitled.
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The stories of past Islamic glory are told at every performance and in television series, and pride wells in the hearts of listeners at the tales of the conquest of infidels.
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The Muslims' constant reiteration of past glories leads them to yearn to go back to the days of pure faith that motivated their forebears and enabled their ancestors to empower Islam until it ruled an empire.
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The pitiful condition of the Islamic world today adds anger to their emotions accompanied by a strong desire to take revenge on whoever brought the Muslims from their powerful position in the past to the wretched misery that defines their status today.
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Stabbing Jews in Israel as well as terror attacks against infidels in the US or anywhere else during the Muslim holiday season are usually the result of a mixture of the old and new messages described above, and the motivation to perpetrate them comes from the religious material floating in the public space during that period.
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Another reason has been added to the list – the humiliating consecutive military failures of IS – the organization that once called itself ISIL – in Syria and Iraq.
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Now, as IS is being defeated on the battlefield, its supporters are out to take revenge on anyone responsible for this defeat, first and foremost the United States.
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When the Muslim holidays coincide with Jewish or Christian festivals, the maelstrom in the heart of potential terrorists is at an even higher level than usual, because the two religions which monopolize the public space were supposed to have disappeared, according to Islam.
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It follows that the common denominator of all Jihadists today and the topic that feeds their frenzy, is the commandment to take part in Jihad.
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Each terrorist feels – whether he is part of a cell or one of those called lone wolves – that his individual duty is Jihad for Allah in order to eliminate the heretics, whether or not he can complete the job and even if he pays with his life.
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As far as he is concerned, this is the right and logical thing to do.  Who would not sacrifice temporal life in a miserable and cruel world for eternal life in a world of pleasure?
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The world must own up to the truth about the terror attacks perpetrated by Muslims, admit the motivation behind them and the goals which bring them to go out to war against those whom they perceive as enemies.
      Europe's death rattle: Child euthanasia  (INN 09/26/2016)
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The child euthanasia program in Nazi Germany, led by Dr.  Karl Brandt, was not conducted in the camps of Auschwitz and Treblinka, but in the hospitals.
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Euthanasia for children reappears 70 years later, for the same reasons and in a country sharing a border with Germany: Belgium.
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Seventy years ago, it was only thanks the complaints of a bishop, August von Galen, that the Germans knew about the annihilation of children, sick and handicapped.
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Today in Europe infant euthanasia is performed with the applause of all.
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Dr.  Brandt justified himself by evoking the suffering of his little victims at the Nuremberg Trials at the end of WWII: "I wanted to shorten the tormented existence of those unhappy creatures", Brandt said.
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Today, in Belgium, Karl Brandt, instead of hanging on the top of the gallows, would be in charge of a medical committee for child care.
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Child euthanasia, along with the family planning which only plans infertility, the laboratory of neo-Malthusianism and the "experts" of demography who conceal the truth to the public, is a symbol of Europe's biggest malaise: the culture of death and nothing under which the continent is rattling.
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Today, all of Western civilization is threatened by thanatocracy, a cult of death of which acceptance of Islamism is only one aspect.
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Our society also contains morbid lethal tendencies, a form of soft death.
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By secularizing society, the Western world has slipped into the deification of man that leads towards dehumanization.
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We must resist the thanatocracy by supporting two pillars: the defense of political values derived from the Enlightenment and the Judeo-Christian affirmation of the sacredness of life.
      When the enemy [Iran] comes to town, we should give them what they deserve  (Fox 09/22/2016)
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Last summer, the United States, Iran, and other world powers, minted the so-called Iranian Nuclear Deal.
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Iran talks peace — but promulgates terrorism and radical Islam, while an uncritical American press and feckless international class turns a blind eye to ongoing UN violations.
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All the while the Iranian regime uses recent cash infusions and new business to expand their radical ambitions.
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... but, to quote candidate Barack Obama, "you can put lipstick on a pig...but it's still a pig."
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Make no mistake about it: despite the foolish efforts of the current American administration to put lipstick on the Iranian nuclear deal, the regime there remains our avowed enemy.  Iran wants to kill Americans.
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Military veterans like me opposed the Iranian deal in the first place because, as we saw first-hand on the battlefield, Iran is an active enemy to American, our allies, and the West.
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The post-revolutionary Iranian regime was literally founded on opposition to American and the West, with their lodestar being "Death to America."
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From death squads to powerful IEDs, regime-backed Iranian agents have targeted and killed Americans and our allies wherever possible.  "Death to America" literally means dead Americans.
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In fact, the so-called "moderate" who will stand at the UN podium today personifies this Iranian mantra.  In 1995 he stood before a group of pro-regime students and proclaimed, "The beautiful cry of ‘Death to America' unites our nation."
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Just three years ago, the so-called moderate Rouhani said during his campaign, that "Saying ‘Death to America' is easy.  We need to express ‘Death to America' with action.  Saying it is easy."
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Not surprisingly to those who understand the nature of Iran's regime, the signing of a piece of paper has not changed this entrenched view — only accelerated it.
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Before the ink was dry on the deal, Iran was using their newfound military, financial, and international legitimacy to flex their radical muscles.
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Not surprisingly to those who understand the nature of Iran's regime, the signing of a piece of paper has not changed this entrenched view — only accelerated it.  Before the ink was dry on the deal, Iran was using their newfound military, financial, and international legitimacy to flex their radical muscles.
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In the past year, Iran has boldly captured American sailors for use in propaganda videos, and continues to actively swarming our ships in international waters — arrogantly violating international norms.
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Not to mention fanning the flames of extremism and chaos in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel to name a few.
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All the while, the Obama administration equivocates, backs down, and apologies; a cycle of appeasement interpreted as sheer weakness by the Iranians.
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Bottom line, New York City ... should not open its arms to the leader of a regime that remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism.
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When the enemy comes to town, we should give them what they deserve: the cold shoulder and condemnation.
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The Iranian deal has not changed the nature of the Iranian regime; instead, it has only made that regime more powerful, more legitimate, and more dangerous.
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The next president will confront this scary reality.
      Hey, UN Corruptocrats: Spare Us Refugee Sanctimony  (JWR 09/21/2016)
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As America reels from the latest terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees and immigrants in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, the world's global do-gooders filled the Big Apple with their humanitarian hot air.  U.N.  officials convened in NYC this week to push for "collective action" to "protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale."
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Islamic jihadists are lopping off infidels' heads; kidnapping young African girls, Christian missionaries and Western tourists; incinerating Afghan schoolgirls; imposing mass genital mutilation on Muslim girls and marrying them off to lecherous brutes while they're still in grade school; pushing gays off of rooftops; mob-raping European women; casting fatwas on cartoonists, filmmakers and authors; and stabbing, shooting and bombing Jews, Christians and ex-Muslim apostates all over the world.
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But the real problem, the U.N.  elites tell us, is "rising xenophobia" in countries whose citizens are sick and tired of open borders.
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... President Obama used center stage at the U.N.  General Assembly to rail against self-preservationism in favor of "global integration."
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"A nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself," he lectured.
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(Pay no attention to the brand-new fence at the White House now nearly 14-feet high to protect Obama from unwanted outside "integration.")
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This week's U.N.  production of Caring Theater is just the latest attempt by the world's most feckless social engineers to compensate for their own abject, chronic failures.
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The U.N.  Commissioner for Human Rights ... bloviated against "race-baiting bigots, who seek to gain, or retain, power by wielding prejudice and deceit, at the expense of those most vulnerable."
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What he didn't talk about: the decades-old corruption, fraud, and abuse perpetrated by the U.N.  itself and its vast refugee bureaucracy.
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U.N.  brass downplayed the barbaric treatment of refugees in its care as the result of a few rogues.
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But rape rooms and internet pedophile video productions were run by senior U.N.  officials and other civilian personnel, untold numbers of whom fathered babies with young girls and teens held as prostitutes and sex slaves.
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Before the world's policemen barge in on us again to denigrate our efforts to protect our home, they should spare us the refugee sanctimony and clean up their own.
      Beware the unholy alliance: Russia is working with radical Islam to undermine the West  (Fox 09/20/2016)
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The world scene is changing, and not for the better.
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In recent weeks, Iran and Russia – two countries that exploit perceived weakness – have repeatedly flexed their muscles against the U.S.  military – both in the air and on the sea.
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President Obama has consistently failed to name our enemy.
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He desires to create a modern international community based on mutual respect, international security, and global prosperity.
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This is a false narrative, plain and simple.
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How can these things be achieved when the United States faces a serious security threat?
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Only after we understand the true nature of the enemy we are facing will we be in a position to effectively combat it.
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Enemies of the West – including Russia, Syria, Iran, the Islamic State, and others – are working together – even if they are traditional enemies themselves such as Shiite and Sunni Muslims, or Russia and Iran – in order to destabilize the world and seize power for themselves.
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Our enemies no longer fear us and our allies don't trust us.
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If the United States is unwilling to sacrifice and stand up against dictators and terrorists, then the dictators and terrorists will work together to ensure more people around the world are oppressed, and they will oppose the United States at every turn.
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When we show weakness, they show strength.  When we withdraw, they advance.  When we lack strategy, they execute their strategy.
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And let there be no doubt, this will result in more terrorist attacks, more aggression, more lives lost, and a reshaping of the world order.
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Iran and Russia share one goal in Syria – to keep the Assad regime in power.
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One thing is clear: when the United States fails to lead, enemies of freedom will fill the vacuum and do everything they can to spread terror and oppression.
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This is not just a matter of geopolitical gamesmanship between global superpowers.
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Real lives are on the line – the lives of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, women and children, and innocent people of all ethnicities and nationalities.
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But as history has also made clear, in a globalized world, terror and chaos are not contained in one region.
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First, we must clearly identify the enemy.  Call the enemy what they are: radical jihadist terrorists who are at war with us.
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They will stop at nothing to destroy us and our way of life.
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Further, the U.S.  needs strong leadership and deep resolve if we are to succeed in this new war.
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Though the Nazis have been vanquished and communism has been diminished, we now fight a more ancient and ideological foe –- a foe that wants each and every single one of us dead.
      Blowing up Brexit: How Euro elites are trying to kill off UK independence  (Fox 09/16/2016)
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When Britain voted to leave the E.U.  in June — by a comfortable margin and with a record turnout — it may have seemed the fight was won.
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Yet political elites who believe they, not the people, are sovereign are gearing up for one more siege to deny the British independence.
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New Prime Minister Theresa May, although a "Remainer," has shown promising commitment by making her motto: "Brexit means Brexit."
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... top E.U.  officials meeting at a summit in Bratislava are planning to make life hell for Britain during negotiations, in the hope that a wobbly British political elite will simply give up and remain in the E.U.
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... the familiar call is now being rattled out by left-wing politicians, the BBC, The Guardian and on social media — the British must vote again, or the referendum should be ignored altogether.
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Pro-E.U.  demagogues at home and abroad have gone through an embarrassing litany of excuses of why the vote "doesn't count": the voters were conned, they didn't know what they were voting for, the voters were too old, the sample size was too small, and don't forget: "RACIST, RACIST, RACIST!"
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The argument settled on — perhaps the most brazen in its disregard for the voter — is that the referendum was merely "advisory" and therefore either the voters or parliament should vote again.
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The idea that the referendum, which dominated the national and international news for months and costs millions of pounds, was merely a practice run for the real thing, or was simply a glorified poll for parliament's general amusement, is of course total tripe.
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It is also contemptuous of democracy.  Labour MP David Lammy recently grumped that parliament is sovereign.
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No, Mr.  Lammy — the people are sovereign, and parliament is sovereign only in that it represents the people.
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And the people have spoken directly, they should not have to repeat themselves in order to be heard.
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Lammy is not the only one who wants to repeat elections over and over again until he gets what he wants, as if Britain were some third-world tin-pot dictatorship.
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... the bureaucratic jihadists of the E.U.  will use every piece of legislative trickery to try and force Britain out of its unacceptable and uncouth desire for independence.
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Regrettably, even major politicians from America — a land known for valuing independence — are against Brexit.
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Obama's famous comment ahead of the vote that Britain would be "at the back of the queue" infuriated Brits to the point many believed it helped the Brexit cause.
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As Britain's economy glows despite the predictions of doom, those committed to the European behemoth are becoming more desperate, and the attacks are likely to only get more sinister and more hysterical.
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It remains to be seen if Britain can hold fast.
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... the battle for Brexit will be tough, bloody and long.  Brexit hangs in the balance, but the signs are encouraging.
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Here is to hoping the Churchillian spirit of "we shall never surrender" continues to guide Britain's leaders as they face the challenge of a generation.
      All Jews out of Palestine is not a peace plan  (Fox 09/14/2016)
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The Obama administration is furious about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent objection to Palestinian plans for a state with "no Jews."
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Netanyahu made the obvious comments that the Palestinian effort to purge all Jews from the West Bank amounts to "ethnic-cleansing" and "ethnic cleansing for peace is absurd."
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The State Department responded by shooting the messenger, calling Netanyahu's remarks "inappropriate and unhelpful."
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas makes no secret about Palestinian intentions.
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"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands."
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Simultaneously with promoting a Jew-free state, Palestinians routinely accuse Israel of "ethnic cleansing."
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The ethnic-cleansing mantra is frequently accompanied by Palestinian charges of ‘apartheid,' ‘racism,' and ‘Judaization.'
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The common thread of such hate speech is that the facts are irrelevant.
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Nearly two million Arabs live in Israel with more freedoms than in any Arab state.
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The State Department's response to years of Palestinian charges of ethnic cleansing against Israel has been silence.
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So when the Prime Minister of Israel took issue with Palestinian calls for an ethnically-cleansed Jew-free Palestine, why the sudden histrionics?
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The answer is that the charge of ethnic cleansing directed against Palestinians is the quintessential inconvenient truth.
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Netanyahu's candor challenges President Obama's line of thought, spelled out by U.S.  Ambassador David Pressman at the General Assembly on November 24, 2015 as follows: "terrorism, violence, settlements and demolitions are increasingly creating a one-state reality and imperiling the viability of a two-state solution."
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Connecting "terrorism" and "settlements" in this way is as offensive as drawing a straight line between alleged American misdeeds and 9/11, or between Gitmo and San Bernardino.
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The UN's egregious discrimination and demonization of the Jewish state – directed at Israelis regardless of where they live – is the anti-Jewish kind of hate and incitement. 
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The State Department went on offense because they have no defense.
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Playing the settlements card and advocating for a Jew-free Palestine is not a move to promote peaceful co-existence.
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It's an intrinsic part of a 67-year old xenophobic attempt to wipe the only Jewish state off the map.
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Truth ought to be more "helpful" than lies.
      UN panel blames capitalism, property rights for lack of access to medicines in poor nations  (Fox 09/14/2016)
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... it's true, of course, that those countries have somewhat less access to the most expensive, cutting-edge medicines than do wealthy countries.
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It's also true that the latest medicines are often prohibitively expensive, and not only in the developing world.
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But poor countries also do not have the same access to hospitals, health care workers and infrastructure.
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Even clean water and basic sanitation are often issues...
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... such an investigation also would have drawn attention to many inconvenient truths, including the failure of developing countries to resist corruption and develop their own basic institutions, high tariffs imposed on medicines by developing countries, diversion and resale of donated medicines, the myriad unsuccessful past campaigns to solve poverty through foreign aid.
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They aren't.  In fact, the intellectual property system, while not perfect, is the best system ever devised for incentivizing innovation, transferring knowledge to encourage further innovation, and distributing the fruits of that innovation.
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In the last decade or so, pharmaceutical and biotech companies have developed more than 500 new medicines to fight killers like heart disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and cancer, and hundreds more promising drugs are in development.
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Apart from the incentive created by patents, where would new innovative treatments come from?
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You can't give access to medicines that were never developed.
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Of course, delinking access to goods from the unseemly process of investment, creation, marketing and distribution sounds ominously familiar...
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Of course, the real solution to enhanced access to medicines is greater innovation and technology transfer through more, not less, economic growth, which is driven by free market capitalism and property rights.
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Similarly, the means toward improved access to medicines is more rapid economic growth, which will allow for the development of critical health infrastructure, more health purchasing power for consumers and governments, more investment in the diseases plaguing those countries, and greater access to medicines in the developing world.
      How Is the Godless West Working Out?  (JWR 09/13/2016)
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These are all inevitable consequences of the death of belief in G0D and Judeo-Christian values, and of the Bible as society's primary moral reference work.
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Radical and aggressive secularism and atheism have replaced religion in virtually every school and throughout American public life.
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The prices that we Americans and Europeans are paying for creating the first godless societies in recorded history amount to civilizational suicide.
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Boys and girls are not to be referred to as boys and girls; Western elites dismiss national identity as protofascism; the belief that moral truth exists has been destroyed and replaced by feelings and opinions; fewer people are marrying; and more people live alone than at any time in American history.
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Western European countries have become empty, soulless places.
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They are pretty and appear materially secure (for now), but they stand for almost nothing (except "multiculturalism" and "tolerance").
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There is no way to prove that G0D exists.
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But what is provable is what happens when societies stop believing in G0D: They commit suicide.
      Trump adviser sides with Netanyahu on PA ethnic cleansing  (INN 09/12/2016)
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"Prime Minister Netanyahu makes exactly the right point.  The Palestinians want Israel to absorb countless 'refugees' — people who never lived in Israel and whose ancestors were never forced to leave Israel — while their so-called 'state' is required to be, as the Nazis said, judenrein (devoid of Jews).  It is an entirely racist and anti-Semitic position."
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"Arabs live and work side by side with Israelis in the State of Israel.  They attend universities, enjoy the strongest human and civil rights (including women's rights) in the region, and have access to world class health care.  There is no better place for Arabs to live in the Middle East than in the State of Israel.  With this background in mind, the Prime Minister of Israel correctly observes that the Palestinian demand to remove all Jews from their ancestral homeland in Judea and Samaria is nothing short of an attempt at ethnic cleansing.  The State Department should be ashamed of their misguided reaction to Mr.  Netanyahu's remarks."
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"The United States frequently refers to the ‘two state solution' as two states for two peoples.  The Palestinian response — which the U.S.  State Department refuses to challenge — is ‘one state for two peoples (Israel) and a second state just for Palestinian Arabs.' It is no wonder that the State Department under Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have lost credibility in the region."
      9/11: The collapse of civilization  (INN 09/11/2016)
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Not only the Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11.
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The entire idea of the modern nation-state, which beheads the king, confines God to the church interior and enthrones man and society instead — all collapsed like a house of cards to the call of Allah-hu-akbar emanating from the cockpit just a second before the impact that shook the world.
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The president of the one and only world power, the standard-bearer of the ideology of liberty and prosperity that had triumphed over totalitarianism, communism and fascism, successfully navigated the stormy twentieth century and remained alone in the face of the collapse of all its competitors – did not know how to respond.
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The blow that he had received did not bear the return address of a nation state. 
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With no other alternative, George Bush convinced his citizens that the state of Iraq was the enemy.  He conquered it, hanged Saadam Hussein and of course — lost.
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"If you can't beat them, join them," said the Americans – and elected a president named Hussein who energetically dispensed of the remaining values that had built the liberty state.
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The American public is disgusted with him and is turning to the opposite poll; to a vulgar politician who, without Obama's legacy, would not have gotten past the very first primaries.
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Since the Twin Towers collapsed, the modern nation state has been collapsing, as well.
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The values built by the nation-states are not capable of dealing with the challenge of Islam.
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The nation states of Western Europe cannot stand up against the Moslem offensive. 
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"In Judaism, G-d is not the focal point and neither is man.  The dialogue between them is the focal point."
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This unique integration gives the Jewish State (exclusively) the basis to deal, as a modern state, with the challenge that has propelled an entire shaken civilization into collapse before our very eyes.
      Netanyahu: There will be no ethnic cleansing in Judea, Samaria  (INN 09/09/2016)
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"I'm sure many of you have heard the claim that Jewish communities in Judea Samaria, the West Bank, are an obstacle to peace.
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"I've always been perplexed by this notion."
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"Because no one would seriously claim that the nearly two million Arabs living inside Israel – that they're an obstacle to peace.  That's because they aren't.  On the contrary."
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"Israel's diversity shows its openness and readiness for peace."
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"Yet the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one pre-condition: No Jews."
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"There's a phrase for that: It's called ethnic cleansing."
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"And this demand is outrageous.  It's even more outrageous that the world doesn't find this outrageous."
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"Some otherwise enlightened countries even promote this outrage."
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"Ask yourself this: Would you accept ethnic cleansing in your state? A territory without Jews, without Hispanics, without blacks?"
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"Since when is bigotry a foundation for peace?"
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"At this moment, Jewish schoolchildren in Judea Samaria are playing in sandboxes with their friends."
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"Does their presence make peace impossible?  I don't think so."
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"I think what makes peace impossible is intolerance of others."
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"Societies that respect all people are the ones that pursue peace."
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"Societies that demand ethnic cleansing don't pursue peace."
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"I envision a Middle East where young Arabs and young Jews learn together, work together, live together side by side in peace."
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"Our region needs more tolerance, not less."
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"So the next time you hear someone say Jews can't live somewhere, let alone in their ancestral homeland, take a moment to think of the implications."
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"Ethnic cleansing for peace is absurd."
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"It's about time somebody said it."
      The revelation of Abbas's KGB service requires us to recognize that the Soviets' long game...  (JWR 09/09/2016)
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The PLO's close and servile relationship with the KGB was first exposed in a systematic way in 1987, with the publication of Red Horizons: Chronicles of a Communist Spy Chief.
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... "the PLO was dreamt up by the KGB."
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... Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, at the direction of Moscow, convinced Yasser Arafat to employ political warfare, centered on phony protestations that he had abandoned terrorism, to weaken the West's resolve to defend itself and to cause Israel to doubt its own legitimacy.
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... for the KGB, Israel was a target of subversion second only in importance to the US.
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In 1982 Abbas received a doctorate from the Patrice Lumumba University – or KGB U – in Moscow.
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According to KGB defectors, 90 percent of the university's faculty and staff received their paychecks from the KGB.
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Its purpose was to train KGB agents from the developing world, including terrorists.
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Abbas's fellow alumni included master terrorist Carlos the Jackal and future Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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Abbas received a doctorate for a thesis denying the Holocaust.
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That is, he used the cover of academia to vilify the Jewish state and deny Jewish history and suffering – a practice that has been his stock in trade in trade ever since.
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Rather than devote his energies to murdering Israelis, along the lines of the subversive program Ceausescu presented to Arafat, Abbas's main focus was the subversion of the European and the Israeli Left.
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Abbas focused his efforts on developing ties to the Israeli far Left.
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His efforts culminated in the 1993 Oslo peace deal which Abbas negotiated with Israeli leftist activists affiliated with then-foreign minister Shimon Peres through his deputy Yossi Beilin.
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The PLO's success in convincing the Rabin- Peres government that it had abandoned its goal of annihilating Israel came two years after the demise of the Soviet Union.
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In other words, the KGB's campaign of anti-Western subversion outlived the Soviet Union.
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Today, the subversive campaigns that first bore fruits in the Vietnam War have brought about a situation where increasingly, Western elites cannot accept the basic morality of their societies.
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The sense among Western elites that Western culture and history as a whole are morally impaired has dampened their concern about their future.
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According to the World Health Organization, a third of all deaths in Russia in 2012 were caused by alcohol.
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Russian male life expectancy is 64 – lower than it was a hundred years ago.
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Putin's short-term game empowers him to adopt policies with potentially high short-term payoffs regardless of the long-term dangers they create.
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Russia's policies in Syria and toward Iran are case in point.
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On the other side of the divide in Europe, the elites devote their remaining days in power to absolving themselves of imperialist and capitalist guilt.
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To this end, they have adopted the causes of those they falsely believe were most victimized by their predecessors.
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The same is true, albeit to a lesser degree, in the US.
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This then brings us back to KGB agent Abbas and his target, Israel.
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Against great odds, and at a steep price, over the past 10 years Israeli society stopped listening to the voices on the Left parroting Abbas's lies that Israel was born in sin, as a Western colonialist implant.
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Given the stakes, most Israelis today also have come to realize that our national self-confidence is a vital component of our long-term survival.
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When faced with foreign governments whose societies lack long-term prospects, Israel needs to put aside its yearning for long-term peace and stability and focus on short-term cooperative ties.
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The revelation of Abbas's KGB service requires us to recognize that the Soviets' long game of subversion continues on today.
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Whether or not Western societies persevere and reject the Soviets' central contention that they are unworthy of survival is not for Israel to decide.
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So, too, Israel will not convince the Russians to embrace a future based on freedom and the sanctity of life.
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All we can do is wish them the best and play the short-term game with them – while keeping our long-term interests front and center in our minds.
      The Chinese, expert diplomats for thousands of years, snubbed Obama in public...  (National Review, 09/09/2016)
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The president of the United States lands with all the majesty of Air Force One, waiting to exit the front door and stride down the rolling staircase to the red-carpeted tarmac.
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Except that there is no rolling staircase.  He is forced to exit — as one China expert put it rather undiplomatically — through "the ass" of the plane.
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If the Chinese didn't invent diplomatic protocol, they surely are its most venerable and experienced practitioners.
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They've been at it for 4,000 years.  They are the masters of every tributary gesture, every nuance of hierarchical ritual. 
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... the message, whether intentional or not, wasn't very subtle.  The authorities expressed no regret, no remorse, and certainly no apology.
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No surprise.  China's ostentatious rudeness was perfectly reflective of the world's general disdain for President Obama.
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His high-minded lectures about global norms and demands that others live up to their "international obligations" are no longer amusing.  They're irritating.
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Foreign leaders have reciprocated by taking this administration down a notch knowing they pay no price.
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In May 2013, Vladimir Putin reportedly kept the U.S.  secretary of state cooling his heels for three hours outside his office before deigning to receive him.
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And when Iran took prisoner ten American sailors in the Persian Gulf, made them kneel, and broadcast the video, what was the U.S.  response?
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Upon their release, John Kerry publicly thanked Iran for its good conduct.
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Why should Xi treat Obama with any greater deference?  Beijing illegally expands into the South China Sea, meeting only the most perfunctory pushback from the United States. 
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Putin annexes Crimea and Obama crows about the isolation he has imposed on Russia.  Look around. 
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Add to that American acquiescence not only to ransoming hostages held by Iran but also to delivering the loot by unmarked plane filled with stacks of cold (untraceable) cash, like a desert drug deal. 
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Some humiliations are so grotesque that even the Obama team can't miss it.
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... Obama said he spoke to Putin about cyberwarfare, amid revelations that Russian hackers have been interfering in our political campaigns.
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We are more technologically advanced, both offensively and defensively, in this arena than any of our adversaries, said Obama, but we really don't want another Cold War–style arms race.  Instead, we must all adhere to norms of international behavior.
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It makes you want to weep.  This KGB thug adhering to norms?
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He invades Ukraine, annexes Crimea, bombs hospitals in Aleppo — and we expect him to observe cyber-code etiquette? 
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We're back to 1929 when Secretary of State Henry Stimson shut down a U.S.  code-breaking operation after it gave him decoded Japanese telegrams.
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He famously explained that "gentlemen do not read each other's mail."
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Well, comrade, Putin is no gentleman.  And he's reading our mail.
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See related Want to Hear a Joke? (Michael Ramirez, 09/30/2015) cartoon from World picture album
      How to face some of the realities of today?  (INN 09/04/2016)
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Due to the extensive international subversion and the increase in the threats and the occurrence of terrorism in the world, people are getting more aware and more interested in identifying the problems and finding corrective measures to secure a better tomorrow for all, at least in the free countries.
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Unfortunately, most people remain silent due to the lack of reliable knowledge and due to the fact that they do not know what can be done to change the course of these events.
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Examining the international trends, it is obvious that every peace loving individual from ALL walks of life, will become a target, should the villains prevail.
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There is a surge in Radical Islam which is directed against all Infidel, should they be Christians,Jews and even Moderate Muslims.
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The following are some of the important topics that should be addressed in order to educate the dangerously ignorant population at large.
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1.  Whatever bad happens to the Jews, never ends with the Jews.  Should the villains prevail, ALL free people from ALL religions will suffer the consequences.
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2.  Jews are indigenous in the Land of Israel.
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3.  Jewish presence in the land of Israel is legal and it is in accordance with international law.
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4.  Israel is not a foreign occupier of Arab Land.
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5.  The conflict in the Middle East has very little to do with Jews living in so called "Arab Land", "Disputed Land" or "the Jewish Ancestral Homeland", but it has everything to do with a world wide anti-infidel agenda.  ... Some irresponsible Muslim Leaders Declare Aim at World Domination.  Rome, London, Spain, Paris, America, etc.  are some of the spelled out targets.
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6.  Some Muslims countries practice apartheid - For example: Saudi Arabia is currently implementing, special path for infidels, no advancement of Christians to top leadership positions, no permits to build churches or synagogues, no permits to carry or share religious literature.
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7.  The Dhimmi status of the Infidel under Muslim control is a long standing tradition.
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8.  Female Genital Mutilation under Sharia law, is being practiced world wide.
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9.  The status of the females under Muslim rule is oppressive.
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10.  Freedom of speech is under continuous assault in some Muslim countries.
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11.  Killing of LGBT individuals and Honor killing of females, are practiced under Muslim rule in many countries.
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12.  Arab Palestinian leaders refuse to recognize the state of Israel or negotiate a real peace, as they try to protect their own thievery and corrupt position of power.
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13.  Ordinary Arab Palestinians and oblivious international advocates are cruelly exploited by corrupt Arab leader, as willing foolish political instruments.
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14.  The UN financial support to the Arab Palestinians, greatly exceeded the support to any other group of refugees in the world, with terrible consequences to the Arab Palestinian refugees.
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15.  Only Arab Palestinian Refugees can give over a refugee status to their children and grandchildren, even if they live well in any country in the world.
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16.  Arab Palestinian leaders maliciously refused to rebuild Arab Palestinian refugee camps, as they preferred to control them, incite them and keep them angry, only to exploit them.
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17.  Arab Palestinians are distorting current and historical facts, in order to facilitate vicious incitement and terror, and to generate international sympathy. 
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18.  HAMAS and Hizbollah are puppets of malicious Radical Muslims, who have an agenda to control the entire free world.
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19.  The only true democracy in the Middle East is the state of Israel but it is unfairly and frequently being blamed by the UN and other international entities. 
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20.  Calling Israel an apartheid state is doing injustice to the South African victims of the real apartheid.
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Remember, for evil to prevail good people need to do nothing!!
      Planning for Sovereignty  (INN 09/04/2016)
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The main weakness of the movement for Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria is the lack of an agreed upon plan for the integration of the Arabs living there into Israeli society.
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This is an integration that hardly anyone wants, neither Jews nor Arabs, yet without it no enduring Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria is possible.
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Unpopular as it may be, integration remains the only path to peace.
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The Arab so-called "peace plan" calls for the eviction of hundreds of thousands of Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria and their replacement by the descendants of the Arab refugees fron the fighting in 1948.
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Israel could not possibly agree to this plan, whose obvious purpose is to motivate sanctions against Israel for failing to accept it.
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In case anyone missed the point, Abbas has repeatedly stated that not one single Jew would be permitted to live in the future Palestinian state.
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Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria is the only long term alternative to the Arab plan for the destruction of Israel.
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Sovereignty implies responsibility.  A plan for the integration of the Arabs in Judea and Samaria into Israeli society requires three components:
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(1) Political, There needs to be a path to Israeli citizenship that most Arabs could follow without too much difficulty.
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(2) Economic.  There needs to be a plan for the economic development of Judea and Samarisa holding out the promie of a substantial improvement in the standard of living of the Arabs living there.
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(3) Cultural.  There needs to be a program of education in Jewish culture and tradition centered around education in the Hebrew language.
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Needless to say, any plan of this kind will face widespread opposition.
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Jews will see it as a threat to the Zionist character of Israel.
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Arabs will see it as a repudiation of their right to national self determination.
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And the entire "international community" will see it as a deviation from its cherished illusion of "two states for two peoples". 
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Only under Israeli sovereignty is there any chance of mutual acceptance of Arabs and Jews within the borders of the land of Israel.
      The consequences of a failed Palestinian Authority  (INN 09/02/2016)
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Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, propped up by the international community and, by default, the Israeli government, has failed this community by his stubborn refusal to negotiate with Israel, a refusal based on his adamant rejection of living alongside a Jewish state.
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He has clearly also failed his own people who elected him back in 2005 and have been barred from expressing their democratic voice ever since.
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Surveys show a sharp fall in Palestinian Arabs supporting a two-state solution.  There has been a radical fall in support for an Abbas-led Palestinian rulership and a rise in support for Hamas. 
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... the majority of Palestinian Arabs yearn for violence.  60% of West Bank Arabs and three quarters of Gaza Strip Arabs favor violence against Jews.
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The only way that Abbas can prevent Hamas from using the democratic process to take over the 'West Bank' is to block Hamas affiliated candidates in municipal elections.  This is democracy, Arab Palestinian-style.
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This brings me to question the shallow mantra of a two-state solution being the only show in town.
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Has Kerry, Obama, or Hillary Clinton ever thought their way beyond this empty slogan?
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Have they ever considered the consequences of forcing Israel to withdraw from essential territory that is rightfully theirs to produce a Palestine that will, inevitably, be controlled by the Islamic terror organization, Hamas?
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For this surely is the direction they are taking us.
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My criticism is also aimed at the gullible Israeli politicians and Israeli strategic think tanks of the left.
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They think everything will be hunky-dory by waving a magic wand and declaring any future State of Palestine will be "demilitarized."_
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What?  You mean demilitarized like in Gaza?
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What will demilitarized look like when 'West Bank' Palestine is in the grips of a population-supporting Islamic regime, and their demilitarized terrorists are looking down on Ben Gurion Airport and Tel Aviv from the heights of Rantis with their demilitarized rocket launchers? What then?
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As Palestinian Arabs head to the municipal polling stations on October 8 (unless they are cancelled), it is sobering to consider the reality of the inevitable collapse of the Abbas Palestinian Authority.
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As for Israel, it is time to openly debate alternatives to a failed two-state solution before the consequences of a failed Palestinian Authority collapses on us.
      Sen.  Rand Paul: President Obama, what on God's green earth is our policy in Syria?  (Fox 09/02/2016)
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This is a serious matter.  It should require serious people making real plans with metrics for victory and an end strategy in sight. 
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That is clearly not the case right now.
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We are seeing reports that U.S.  arms are fighting U.S.  arms.
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Turkey has rolled U.S.-made M60 tanks into Syria to attack U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds.
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These Kurds have our weapons and support — and have had special forces embedded with them. 
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We helped these Kurds take towns from ISIS, yet now we watch our ally in Turkey attack them and our Secretary of State tells them to retreat from the gains they made with our help.
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A few miles away in Mare', Syria, CIA-backed "moderate" Syrian rebels fight Pentagon-backed Turkish Kurds. 
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All the while ISIS slithers away into the shadows to watch two U.S.  allies devour each other.
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Ironically, ISIS fighters now number under 25,000, while Turkish, Iraqi and Peshmerga Kurd forces are nearly 1 million strong.
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If only our allies were united, they could make short order of ISIS.
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... the opposition to Bashar al-Assad has never been unified, and their hatred for each other typically trumps their desire to attack ISIS.
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Some rebel groups even acknowledge publicly that if and when Assad is defeated, their next target will be Israel — not ISIS.
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So far in this war we have funneled weapons to terrorists, armed multiple sides and generally acted as if we don't have a clue what to do in the region — and we've done it all unconstitutionally, with the president far exceeding his authority.
      The threat of very accurate missiles  (INN 08/11/2016)
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Throughout history, until 1945, a country was basically safe as long as no enemy army could invade and defeat its army.
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This basic strategic fact became obsolete with the invention of nuclear weapons, which could be thrown or delivered by plane over a defender's undefeated army and kill hundreds of thousands of a defender's population with a single warhead.
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The first generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) was not accurate enough to present much of a threat to military or strategic targets.
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More recently, however, technology driven by the computer revolution began to create a new strategic situation for the great powers.
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This technology controlled a warhead's accuracy not by improving the precision of the missile's launch, but by guiding the missile's warhead as it approached its target.
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"Terminal guidance," as this technology is known, can enable warheads to be delivered over very long distances and to hit within meters of their aim-points.
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The launch does not have to be perfectly accurate if the final trajectory of the warhead is controlled by guidance that depends not on the initial trajectory of the missile but on equipment on the warhead.
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To survive, a country has to make sure that it is not attacked by weapons that kill a large number of its citizens or that destroy so many critical pieces of infrastructure, like power plants, that its economy will be ruined.
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Precision-guided missiles make it possible to threaten decisive damage with a small number of non-nuclear weapons.  They can have a strategic effect, in other words, that is comparable in important ways to that of nuclear weapons.
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That is, a precision-guided missile armed with a non-nuclear warhead can produce enough damage to justify its cost. 
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The countries threatened by superpowers could have decisive damage inflicted on them by distant enemies leaping over their armies.
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But if terminal guidance technology spreads to more countries (and possibly to terrorist groups), we will be living in a new world.
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This prospect of a world containing many missile-armed countries, and perhaps missile-armed terror organizations, is distinctly unattractive.
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This is not only because of the bad effect such a scenario would have on political relationships and the prospects for peace.
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Limited missile forces, like those many small powers would be likely to possess, may not be effective unless they are fired first.
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There could be some trigger-happy regions in such a world.
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Much attention has been given to the need to avoid becoming a world containing many small nuclear powers. 
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But there is another possibility: that the world will contain many countries in possession of precision-guided missiles.
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These missiles can't kill as many people as nuclear weapons can, but they can still produce many casualties and cause significant strategic damage.
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A world of widespread precision-guided missiles is not as dangerous as a world containing many nuclear powers, but it would still be much more dangerous than the current world or the worlds of the past.
      Pope Francis and the Decline of the West  (JWR 08/09/2016)
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Pope Francis made comments last week that reveal the most important single thing you need to know about the modern world: The most dynamic religion of the last hundred years has been leftism.
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Not Christianity, and not Islam, but leftism.
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Leftism has taken over the world's leading educational institutions, the world's news media and the world's popular entertainment, and it has influenced Christianity (and Judaism) far more than Christianity (or Judaism) has influenced anything.
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"...  So I have two brief questions, Holy Father.  When you speak of these violent acts, why do you always speak of terrorists but not of Islam?  ... And then, ... what concrete initiative can you launch or perhaps suggest in order to combat Islamic violence?"
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"I don't like to speak of Islamic violence because every day when I open the newspapers I see acts of violence, here in Italy: someone kills his girlfriend, someone else his mother-in-law...and these violent people are baptized Catholics!  They are violent Catholics...If I spoke about Islamic violence, I would also have to speak about Catholic violence."
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The pope of the Roman Catholic Church, when asked about Islamic terror and the slitting of the throat of a Roman Catholic priest by Islamic terrorists, responds that there is also Catholic terror — that a man who was baptized Catholic who "kills his girlfriend" is the moral and religious equivalent of Muslims who engage in mass murder in the name of Islam.
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How can anyone compare:
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A person who happens to have been baptized Catholic as a child — and may have no Catholic identity as an adult — with an adult who affirms a religious identity?
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The murder of a girlfriend (most likely a crime of passion) with the ritual murder of a Catholic priest because he was a priest?
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Individual murders that have nothing to do with any ideology with mass murders committed in the name of an ideology?
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"Terrorism is everywhere!  ... Terrorism ... increases whenever there is no other option, when the global economy is centred on the god of money and not the human person, men and women."
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"This is already a first form of terrorism.  You've driven out the marvel of creation, man and woman, and put money in their place.  This is a basic act of terrorism against all humanity.  We should think about it."
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Terrorism grows "when there is no other option"?
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The pursuit of money and terror have nothing to do with each other.  Terrorism grows only when some ideology preaches it.
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All this statement does is provide an excuse for Islamist terror by blaming the "global economy" and the "god of money" instead of the terrorists and their god of death.
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It is a bad thing when money becomes a god, but there is no comparison between the "god of money" and the horrors of Islamic terror.
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Yazidi women weren't gang raped and burned alive because of the "global economy" and its "god of money."
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The Western combination of Judeo-Christian morality and political liberalism — with its doctrine of moral accountability, moral absolutes, confronting evil, and political and social freedom — has produced the most moral societies in world history.
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The pope of the Roman Catholic Church should be its greatest advocate.  But because of leftism, he isn't.
      When is a ransom not a ransom?  (Fox 08/09/2016)
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When the Obama administration says it isn't.
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President Obama and his State Department want us to believe that $400 million in foreign cash that was flown into Iran under cover of darkness on an unmarked cargo plane was merely money "owed" to the world's No.  1 sponsor of terrorism from a failed arms deal negotiated with the Shah of Iran more than 35 years ago.
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The president says settling the claim now is actually saving money, the full amount of which might have had to be paid if the case were fully litigated before the court.
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What was the "other plane" carrying that was so important to the Iranian government that only its arrival would trigger the release of Mr.  Abedini and the three other hostages, and its failure to land would keep them in captivity?
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Food?  Toilet paper?  Western movies?  Or money?
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It is a sad day when one must choose between believing the American president or the Iranian government that has vowed to wipe out Israel and then come after America and subject the world to fundamentalist Islam.
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The administration refuses to say how many Americans have died directly or indirectly from Iran's support of terrorism.
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"There is principally one entity within the Iranian government that has need of untraceable funds.  That entity is the Quds Force — the branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps focusing particularly on furthering the regime's goals worldwide by supporting and conducting terrorism."
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The Iranian regime clearly sees the $400 million as ransom for the illegally held Americans.
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Consider the definition of "ransom" and whether this fits what occurred in January: "The redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person for a price."
      Why borders matter — - and a borderless world is a fantasy  (JWR 08/02/2016)
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... the Left continues to cherish the vision of a borderless world as morally superior, a triumph over artificially imposed difference.
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Yet the truth is that formal borders do not create difference — they reflect it.
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Elites' continued attempts to erase borders are both futile and destructive.
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Borders — and the fights to keep or change them — are as old as agricultural civilization.
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These disputes did not always arise, at least at first, as efforts to invade and conquer a neighbor.
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They were instead mutual expressions of distinct societies that valued clear-cut borders — not just as matters of economic necessity or military security but also as a means of ensuring that one society could go about its unique business without the interference and hectoring of its neighbors.
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While elites can build walls to insulate themselves, the consequences of their policies fall heavily on the nonelites who lack the money and influence to navigate around them.
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More broadly, those who deride borders are unwilling to address why tens of millions of people choose to cross them in the first place, leaving their language fluency and native soil — at great personal risk.
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People walk, climb, swim, and fly across borders, secure in the knowledge that boundaries mark different approaches to human experience, with one side perceived as more successful or inviting than the other.
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... Western civilization, uniquely so, has usually defined itself by culture, not race, and thus alone is willing to accept and integrate those of different races who wish to share its protocols.
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Many unassimilated Muslims in the West assume that they can ignore Western jurisprudence and yet rely on it in extremis.
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Today's Pakistani new arrival in London might wish to follow sharia law as he knew it in Punjab.
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But implicit are two unmentionable constants: The migrant most certainly does not wish to return to face sharia law in Pakistan.
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Second, if he had his way, institutionalizing his native culture into that of his newly adopted land, he would eventually flee the results — and once again likely go somewhere else, for the same reasons that he left home in the first place.
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Similarly, when undocumented Latino youths disrupt a Donald Trump rally, they often wave Mexican flags or flash placards bearing slogans such as "Make America Mexico Again."
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But note the emotional paradox: In anger at possible deportation, non-citizens nonsensically wave the flag of the country that they most certainly do not wish to rejoin, while ignoring the flag of the nation in which they adamantly wish to remain.
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Borders are to distinct countries what fences are to neighbors: means of demarcating that something on one side is different from what lies on the other side.
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Borders amplify the innate human desire to own and protect property and physical space, which is impossible to do unless it is seen — and can be so understood — as distinct and separate.
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Clearly delineated borders and their enforcement, either by walls and fences or by security patrols, won't go away because they go to the heart of the human condition — what jurists from Rome to the Scottish Enlightenment called meum et tuum, mine and yours.
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Between friends, unfenced borders enhance friendship; among the unfriendly, when fortified, they help keep the peace.
      EU-SSR: Bleeding Utopia  (INN 07/27/2016)
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In summer of 1989, the Lithuanian Sejm decided to withdraw from the Soviet Union and establish Lithuanian laws in the country.
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It was the beginning of the end for the USSR - a giant corrupt monster, which for 70 years had bullied the world and its people under the pretense of communist ideology.
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Fabricated artificial entity, thoroughly impregnated with falsehood and lies, fell apart like a house of cards.
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Without a doubt the EU's bright and vivid facade does not resemble the meager greyness of the Soviet entourage.
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Of course, EU has none of the power, assertiveness and strict centralization that USSR had.
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However, supporting structures and the foundation were made from the same materials with the same guidelines.
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Without a doubt the EU's bright and vivid facade does not resemble the meager greyness of the Soviet entourage.  Of course, EU has none of the power, assertiveness and strict centralization that USSR had.  However, supporting structures and the foundation were made from the same materials with the same guidelines. 
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The Soviet Union created a planned, controlled, and unsustainable economy managed by bureaucratic apparatus.  The EU did the same, has tried to regulate economy artificially.  USSR redistributed wealth on an equal basis - the EU has been wasting money on benefits to those who refuse to work.
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The USSR and the EU had imposed artificial universalist ideology on their people that promised a paradise on earth for coming generations.  In the USSR it was called Communism.  EU calls it "postmodernism".  Using this slogan: "Let's denounce the old world!" - soviet apparatchiks, similarly to the European bureaucrats, drove their people to hell.
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The USSR created a huge bureaucratic machine, dictated ideology in all spheres of life — from politics to theater, architecture and fashion.  This bureaucracy was completely cut off from the reality and the citizens.  The same thing happened in the EU.
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The USSR instituted most severe censorship with persecution of dissidents.  By subjugating governments, national media, the Academy and the judicial system the EU has established a cultural totalitarianism.  The EU pursuit of dissidents has been more sophisticated, thus more efficient, veiled by concepts of "tolerance", "human rights" and "cultural diversity" - a devil invention.
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The Soviet Union cultivated a new "formation of people" - "Soviet people".  Like the unskillful Gnostic Demiurge, the EU cultivated "post-modern people" – consumers without roots, values and moral compass, unable to see the difference between good and evil, fact and fiction.
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In order to create a "Soviet man", the USSR deliberately carried out the migration of nations, while destroying homogeneous historical communities and arbitrarily creating alien enclaves in the social body of other republics: Ukraine, Baltic States, Moldova, the Caucasus and in Central Asia.  The EU has intentionally flooded its countries with masses of migrants from Third World countries and Muslim countries to destroy national cultures - labeling the process "multiculturalism".
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Communists created fussy, worthless and senseless art of "Socialist realism", symbolized by "Worker and Kolkhoz Woman".  Postmodernists invented infantile "postmodern art" with cult of primitivism, rafting archaic forms, a meaningless set of sounds and wall paintings.
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The USSR intimidated its people with threat of nuclear apocalypse to distract them from poverty.  EU frightens Europeans with environmental apocalypse; promulgating doubtful ideas about global warming by suppressing the real threat of global terrorism, the clash of civilizations and the collapse of the national states.
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The USSR drained the resources of wealthy republics - the Baltic States and Ukraine - to feed the weak, unproductive South.  The EU doesn't fall behind.
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The USSR treated the Jews as a "fifth column", regardless of their contribution to science and medicine.  EU has betrayed the European Jews while obstinately undermining Israel, despite its contribution to science and medicine- only to appease Muslims.  The USSR created the "Palestinian people" and the PLO, turning "anti-Zionism" to use in its "anti-imperialist" policies.  The EU has turned the creation of "a Palestinian state" into "the sacral dogma" of foreign policy, ignoring the geopolitical reality, Islamic fanaticism and the Middle East chaos.
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USSR continued limitlessly and greedily wasting resources to feed the various regimes until it ultimately collapsed from exhaustion.  In its greediness and unscrupulousness, the EU is infinitely expanding by association with Turkey, North Africa and the Caucasus.
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USSR had dispersed the miasma of its pseudo-ideology throughout the world under the pretense of "fighting for the freedom of peoples" and "social justice." The EU is operating in a similar manner. 
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"Bellum omnium contra omnes" ("The war of all against all") will bring Western Europe back to "Social Contract" of Hobbes, i.e.  to voluntary tyranny.  Ironically, hundreds of thousands of migrants will become victims of "multiculturalism".
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The elite will either flee or will "adapt", like Soviet apparatchiks after "Perestroika" who became oligarchs and Orthodox nationalists.
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One more experiment comes to an end, leaving behind anarchy and ruin.  EU-SSR elite has destroyed prosperous countries just in a few decades – ironically, they've achieved even more than than did the geriatric Soviet elite.
      Europe has lost the Islamic war  (INN 07/25/2016)
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"The confrontation is inevitable." There are an estimated 15,000 Salafists among France's seven million Muslims, "whose radical-fundamentalist creed dominates many of the predominantly Muslim housing projects at the edges of cities such as Paris, Nice or Lyon.  Their preachers call for a civil war, with all Muslims tasked to wipe out the miscreants down the street".
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On the ashes of the World Trade Center, George W.  Bush rose to the fight.  In those years, the United States and its European allies proved themselves "the stronger horse" and the forces of the "weaker horse" of Al Qaeda began to lose heart.  When Islamists were thrown on the defensive, recruits dropped off.  Attacks on Western cities diminished.
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After eight years of Barack Hussein Obama and Europe's retreat from the war on terror, the West appears to be the weaker horse and the Islamists the stronger one.
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"There is no political will for waging total war against ISIS.  It would require 100,000 troops and massive bombing to eliminate as many jihadists as possible.  We would have to abandon rules of engagement that privilege the enemy's people over our own.  At home, we would have to increase deportations and publicly demani that Muslim communities in the West disavow Jihadism and Sharia law".
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Of course, Europe and the West are not adopting any of these important and clearly articulated measures.
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Radical Islamists have already infiltrated Europe's universities, mosques and cities' outskirts.
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Institutional Islam has been able to convince Europeans that terror "has nothing to do with Islam".
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Mainstream media is refusing even to spell the name of the enemy and it is just preparing new articles about the next victims of Jihad.
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Pope Francis is busy in preaching clemency to everybody.
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The remnant of European Jewry is fleeing the old continent.
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Europe's armies are getting smaller by the day.
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Abandon any hope: Without a major cultural revolution and shock, Europe is lost, Islamists will win!
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And as it goes along, we will cede more and more of our freedom and civilization to the Grand Jihad. 
      Turkey and Erdogan: Here comes the  (real) caliphate (Fox 07/21/2016)
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If today's Western leaders possess one general trait, it's a genius for self-deception.
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Insisting that Islamist terror has nothing to do with Islam, or that religion has no strategic impact, or that all human beings want freedom and democracy, amounts to declaring that up is down, right is left and night is day.
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And midnight is coming for millions in Turkey, even as we insist that a dying flashlight is the sun.
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Over the past few years, many Americans heard the term "caliphate" for the first time as ISIS declared that the territory it seized from Iraq and Syria was the caliphate reborn.
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To us, "caliphate" appeared to be just another name for a vast torture chamber.
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But for hundreds of millions of Muslims, many of whom have nothing to do with ISIS, the caliphate is associated with a lost and much-romanticized golden age when the caliph, who was also the Turkish sultan, claimed spiritual dominion over all Muslims.
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In the 14th century, the Ottomans revived the still-older concept of a caliphate, declaring that the sultan and caliph were one.
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It remained so until 1924, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the great modernizer, abolished the office as a relic, insisting that Turks had to build a new Turkey and not lay claim to an enervating empire, temporal or spiritual.
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... for Muslims under colonial rule, "the Caliphate carries a message of salvation through an international Muslim solidarity."
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That message of salvation, if not yet of solidarity, is back.
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The ragtag ISIS caliphate is merely the forerunner of the more ambitious caliphate to come.
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Convinced that history has no relevance, those same self-deluded Western leaders and diplomats refuse to recognize President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's vision for "his" Turkey.
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He dreams not only of neo-Ottoman glory, but of a caliphate reborn and led by a Turk.  (Might anyone venture a guess as to his candidate?) Essentially, the sultan and caliph both would be back on a Turkish throne.
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Today, Istanbul.  Tomorrow, the world.
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If you decline to acknowledge what a man wants, you'll find it hard to understand what he does. 
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The immense and destructive crackdown underway in Turkey now, with at least 10,000 Turks taken into custody and as many as 100,000 others dismissed from their positions — not only soldiers, but judges, civil servants, police and academics — isn't an end-game.  It's a beginning.
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Erdogan didn't need a reason for this pre-planned purge.  He had his reasons and his lists of names.  He needed an excuse.  The failed coup was a gift.
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This is the triumph of mosque over modernity, not of the rule of law, but of its supersession.
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It took almost a century in Turkey, but faith proved stronger than civilization again — a trend across the bleeding Islamic world.
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Shamelessly insisting that Gulen orchestrated the coup attempt from the Poconos, Erdogan is determined to crush even the faintest spark of dissent or resistance.
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The Turkish intelligentsia is about to find itself in the precarious condition of Germany's intellectuals and Jews in the 1930s.
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Erdogan wants power for himself, but he also, sincerely, wants it for his faith.  He's a true believer and a megalomaniac.
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... for now he has real support among half of the population, those for whom the fever of faith is the ultimate intoxicant.
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He polls better than Hitler did.  "Mein Kampf" is no match for the Holy Koran.
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... "Islamist fascism" genuinely fits Erdogan's program: populist intolerance justified by faith and harnessed by a leader who explains any failure in terms of victimhood.
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Erdogan offers exaltation and revenge, the tastiest dish in politics.
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The double-speak language, the naked propaganda, is present, too — as in Erdogan's claim that his purge of the opposition will strengthen Turkish democracy.
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Among the would-be sultan-and-caliph's cynical initiatives this week has been floating the revival of the death penalty for treason — in order to finish off key opponents permanently and intimidate those permitted to survive.
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But the real execution warrant has been issued: Erdogan killed the secular Turkey of Ataturk, the dream that a Muslim nation could take its place in the front rank of civilization.
      Few in the West Are Serious About Islamic Terror  (JWR 07/19/2016)
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It appears that no matter how many men, women and children Islamists slaughter or maim, few in the West take Islamic terror seriously. 
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The elites of the Western world are far more preoccupied with — and fearful of — global warming than Islamic terror.  They regard those who believe that Islamic terror is the greatest threat to civilization as not merely wrong but bigots.
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The universities of the Western world not only do not identify Muslim terrorists or Muslim terror organizations as Muslim but also teach students the falsehood that there is no moral difference between Islam and Christianity or Judaism.  This has helped leave the West incapable of dealing with the root cause of Islamic terror — some of the teachings and practices of Islam.
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The business giants of the Silicon Valley are united in weakening Western civilization's ability to fight Islamic terror.  ... The tech company refused to unlock the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, the husband of the married team of San Bernardino terrorists, to see whether he had accomplices — even though Farook was not the phone's owner and his employer, San Bernardino County, owned the phone and wanted it unlocked.
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"In the future, phones will be designed to prevent even Apple from opening them, just as the makers of some messaging services have already done.  Such a move would be an unprecedented rejection of public authority and a potentially catastrophic blow to public safety.  The prospect of criminals and terrorists communicating with phones beyond the reach of government search warrants should send a shiver down the spine of every citizen."
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The American government under its president, Barack Obama, does not call Islamic violence "Islamic violence." Rather, it's "violent extremism."
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Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States, has called for the U.S.  to accept 65,000 Muslims from the Middle East.
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Even more extreme than Hillary Clinton's call for 65,000 Middle Eastern Muslims, Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, announced last year that Germany will accept more than 800,000 more Muslims into its borders — and, by extension, to virtually all European Union countries.
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There are already about 20 million Muslims in the EU, a significant percentage of whom do not assimilate and reject Western liberal values, and among the latter, a small but significant number are what we call radicalized.
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Despite this, the leader of the most powerful country in Europe calls for nearly a million more Muslims from the most radicalized Muslim region in the world — the Middle East.
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It is inconceivable that this situation will long endure.  Most people in the West do not share its elites' broken moral compass.
      Amb.  John Bolton: Expect even more Middle East chaos after Turkey's sad death  (Fox 07/18/2016)
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Most importantly, Erdogan's relentless pursuit of an increasingly radical Islamicization of Turkey will proceed largely unfettered.
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And no significant institutional or political opposition inside Turkey now stands athwart his penchant for authoritarianism.
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The triumph of Erdogan's government means he has swept the board clear of any real impediments to implementing his radical policies.
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Turkey's military, following the pattern laid down by Kemal (known widely as "Ataturk," meaning "father of the Turks"), was intended to be the guardian of the new, Europe-oriented nation-state he strove to create.
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For years, Erdogan has replaced high-ranking, secular military officers with loyal Islamicists in a blatant effort to bend the military away from its secular vocation, toward endorsing or at least accepting a re-established state Islam, harking back to the deceased Ottoman caliphate.
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Erdogan's success at stuffing the military's top officer corps with Islamicists and political loyalists likely explains why Turkey's military wasn't fully behind the coup attempt.
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Erdogan's increasingly dictatorial approach to governance has in recent years become ever clearer internationally, epitomized by his arrests and harassment of both foreign and domestic journalists he deemed critical of his regime.
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In earlier days, serving as mayor of Istanbul, he said publicly: "Democracy is like a street car.  You ride it to the stop you want, and then you get off."
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Friday's coup attempt may well be precisely the stop Erdogan was waiting for.
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When he says the coup plotters "will pay a heavy price," he isn't kidding.  And he will not stop with the coup's central figures.
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Obviously, any military coup in a theoretically democratic state is illegal (at least until it succeeds), but we can expect Erdogan's crackdown to be relentless and thorough.
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Conveniently, Erdogan has been hard at work for years packing the Turkish judiciary with Islamicists and political supporters.
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It comes as no surprise that Iran was among the first governments to congratulate Erdogan on retaining power.
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His victory is a significant blow to the West and to the NATO alliance, with every indication that Turkey will turn increasingly rapidly away from Western values and America in particular, Obama's personal friendship with Erdogan notwithstanding.
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The lamps have been going out all over the Middle East for years.  Many more went out this weekend in Turkey.
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Whether we will see them relit in our lifetime remains unknown.
      Have the Crusades finally started again?  (INN 07/17/2016)
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Japan has always refused to allow Muslims to live permanently in their country and they cannot own any real estate or any type of business, and they have banned any worship of Islam.
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The African nation of Angola and several other African nations have officially banned Islam.
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Record number of Muslims, (thousands) deported from Norway as a way of fighting crime.  Since these Muslim criminals have been deported, crime has dropped by a staggering 72%.
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In Germany alone in the last year there were 81 violent attacks targeting mosques.  The German people are tired of the Muslim immigrants and want all of them deported.
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Austrian police arrested 13 men targeting suspected jihad recruiters.
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A Chinese court sent 22 Muslim Imams to jail for 16 to 20 years for spreading Islam hatred. 
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Hundreds of Muslim families prepared to leave China for their own safety and return back to their own Middle Eastern countries.
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... the hideous ISIS who are murdering young children and using mothers and daughters as sex slaves.
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These wars against Christians are supported by so-called moderate Muslims all over the world.
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British Home Secretary prepares to introduce 'Anti-social Behavior order' for extremists and strip dual nationals of their citizenship. 
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The Czech Republic blatantly refuses Islam in their country, regarding it as evil.
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Groups of Irish locals went berserk and bashed teenage Muslim gangs who were referring to young Irish girls as sluts and saying they all should be all gang raped, according to Islam and "Sharia Law".
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North Carolina bans Islamic "Sharia Law" in the State, regarding it now as a criminal offense.
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It's time for a national referendum to ban Islam in America and close all the Mosques.
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"All mosques in the Netherlands should be shut down.  Without Islam, the Netherlands would be a wonderful safe country to live in, as it was before the arrival of Muslim refugees''.
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Islam is not a religion, it is a political movement that has been expanding for hundreds of years.
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It is a missionary movement that wants to conquer the world.
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See related Iraqi Christians (Glenn McCoy, 08/08/2014) cartoon from World picture album
      Turkey's last hope dies  (Fox 07/16/2016)
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Friday night's failed coup was Turkey's last hope to stop the Islamization of its government and the degradation of its society.
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Reflexively, Western leaders rushed to condemn a coup attempt they refused to understand.
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Their reward will be a toxic Islamist regime at the gates of Europe.
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Except for PC platitudes, our schools ignore the world beyond our shores.
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Deluged with unreliable information, citizens succumb to the new superstitions of the digital age.
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So a great country is destroyed by Islamist hardliners before our eyes — and our president praises its "democracy."
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That tragically failed coup was a forlorn hope, not an attempt to take over a country.
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For almost a century, the Turkish armed forces have been the guardians of the country's secular constitution.
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Each time, the military returned the government to civilian rule as soon as that proved practical.
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Friday night, mid-grade officers led a desperate effort to rescue their country again.  They failed.
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The West cheered.  Soon enough, we'll mourn.
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So who is the man our own president rushed to support because he was "democratically elected?"
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan is openly Islamist and affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which President Obama appears to believe represents the best hope for the Middle East.
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But the difference between ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood isn't one of purpose, but merely of manners: Muslim Brothers wash the blood off their hands before they sit down to dinner with their dupes.
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... Erdogan has dismantled Turkey's secular constitution (which the military is duty-bound to protect).  His "democracy" resembles Putin's, not ours.
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Erdogan has packed Turkey's courts with Islamists.  He appointed pliant, pro-Islamist generals and admirals, while staging show trials of those of whom he wished to rid the country.
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Not least, he had long allowed foreign fighters to transit Turkey to join ISIS and has aggressively backed other extremists whom he believed he could manage.
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That's the man President Obama supports.
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Erdogan will use the coup as an excuse to accelerate the Islamization of his country and to lead Turkey deeper into the darkness engulfing the Muslim world.
      Why France is Ground Zero in the war on terror  (Fox 07/15/2016)
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The 9/11 era is over: today, France is ground zero.
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It is caught in a perfect storm of radical Islam's loathing, envy, and opportunity.
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The war between the radical Islam and the West is at its root a war of symbols, and France represents everything the extremists hate about the West.
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There is a laissez-faire enjoyment of life in France that is unique even by Western standards of contentment.
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The French life is by definition a successful objection to the retrograde medievalism offered by ISIS.
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That makes it a target.  Unfortunately, it is an easy target.
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It is a curious thing that France's cultural hedonism is matched by a highly aggressive foreign policy.
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French troops have a presence in ten African countries, and Paris makes no bones about pursuing its national interest by force. 
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There is great opportunity for radical Islamic leaders to point the finger and say, see there?
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France is bombing the Islamic community, and you – you Muslims, you Tunisians, you men from Nice and Belgium – you need to take revenge. 
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Terrorism is a numbers game.  Only a tiny fraction of people commit terrorism, but with the right messaging and examples, that fraction will grow larger.
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If a powerful symbol tells Muslims to kill Frenchmen in the name of jihad, and is seen successfully defying the West, then more Muslims will kill Frenchmen.
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The ideology legitimizes the behavior.
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That is what has happened with ISIS.  The fraction has grown, and now it is out of control.
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Even though no tie between the Nice attacker and the Islamic State has yet been reported, ISIS still matters.
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It is a powerful symbol of Islamic defiance, like al-Qaeda before it, and needs to be destroyed.
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The French are now likely to do so.
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It may be best for President Obama's political legacy not to send combat troops back to Iraq, but he is buying that legacy with French lives.  And Belgian ones, for that matter.  Turks too.  And Syrians above all. 
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Almost certainly, France will now abandon its subordination to the United States in the ISIS war. 
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Now it needs to destroy the beast.
      Terror in Nice, France: This is war.  It's aimed at the West.  And we must fight back  (Fox 07/15/2016)
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If ever there were a phrase that ought to be forgotten, it's the old trope: "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."
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Many nations have suffered from "weapons of mass disruption" — attacks meant not just to produce mass casualties but to maximize confusion, fear and disruption.
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What is indisputable is what this campaign of global violence is: terrorism.
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That there is no universal legal definition of terrorism is no real obstacle to giving evil a name.
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What makes these attacks uniquely heinous and despicable is clear.
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Terrorism is the use or threat of violence, for a political purpose, against innocents.
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No ideology, no matter how twisted, no cause, no matter how desperate, can justify such acts.
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These monsters are not just attacking humans, they are attacking humanity — our humanity.
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And when people war against humanity, it is our fight to stop them, punish them, finish them.
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We all found ways to distract ourselves, delude ourselves, convince ourselves that there were more pressing challenges — challenges that just happened to be more familiar, less complicated and more comfortable.
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After Orlando, for example, it was far easier for the U.S.  president to pivot to a pet issue like gun control and hate crimes than battling terrorism.
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The free world is long past wake-up calls, red flags, game changers, and new threats.
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The West is in the middle of a war it doesn't want.
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And the longer the West watches while the global Islamist insurgency surges on, the more terrorism shifts from an inconceivable, unacceptable horror to the banality of evil.
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To not fight a just war against Islamist transnational terrorism is to allow evil to chip away at the sanctity of humanity.
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Now the Obama administration will hold a summit of foreign ministers in Washington to discuss battling ISIS.  It's awfully late in the game for that, but this is an administration that has tried to win a war by ignoring it.
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That's not how war works.  Whether the blood is running on the streets of Nice or in a club in Orlando, this is war.  It's aimed at us.  And we must fight back.
      Divorcing Angela Merkel  (INN 07/04/2016)
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In an act of petulance that often happens after a split, European leaders, stung by the rebuff, warned the British people that they are on their own and to expect "no special favors."
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... to put it bluntly, the British made it clear that they were divorcing Angela Merkel, Europe's most powerful leader who used her power to boss around an entire continent, beginning with her insistence that nothing must stop the tsunami flow of migrants.
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Millions kept coming, bringing with them a strange culture; people who can't play well with others.
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... mostly men, and if many of them were decent and upstanding, the rest brought with them different habits and the inability or the refusal to assimilate.  They imported the intolerance of Sharia.
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They came bearing anti-Semitism.  Wherever they gathered, from one country to the next, the rape index zoomed.
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Even if it's only the few, that's all it takes to ignite terror, as we saw just the other day in Turkey, or any day anywhere, certainly Israel – and it has become much too simple and convenient to frame all acts of Islamic barbarism into the catch-all term ISIS.
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Go, make peace with such savages who walk among us.
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Eastern European countries began building walls to keep them out.
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Western European countries, taking instruction from the European Union headquartered in Brussels, were far too politically correct to even approach any such measure.
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Only Britain declared we've had enough, this has to stop.
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... while certainly not unanimous, the majority announced themselves tired of being pushed around, namely by Angela Merkel.
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The influx began with her.  She extended the invitation.  She remains stubborn and defiant and blind to the migrant chaos she has provoked.
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The British returned the defiance by proclaiming themselves free from Merkel-style globalism.
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"We want our country back." That was their battle cry.
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That mirrors Donald Trump's message here in America.  We also want our country back.
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Why is that a problem?
      Deport them  (INN 06/30/2016)
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Clearly, no rational voice would ask for an entire population to be removed.  But this is no time to be rational.
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Look to the Wisdom of Solomon to find: "A time to love and a time to hate."
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Along with our sorrow at the murder of a 13-year Israeli girl at the hands of yet another fanatical Palestinian Arab named after their prophet, can we at least be allowed the comfort of anger – I mean howling through the roof anger at the barbarity and the injustice of it all?
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Will the world give us this much?
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Be certain that Israel will take no such action, for reasons too obvious to mention except to note that Israel is a nation of laws, that's one reason.
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More than a million and a half Arabs reside in Israel as full-fledged citizens.  (Surely plenty of good among them, we must be quick to say.)
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So forget deportation except for the fact that at this hour of outrage, we turn to our impulses, and this is the first reflex – get them the hell out of here!
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But to where?  Who wants them?  Everywhere they go they cause bloodshed.  Yesterday, Turkey.  Before that, Orlando.
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Yes, the killer has been identified as Mohammed Nasser Tarayra.  But it is also time to identify Mahmoud Abbas.
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Shouldn't this man...at least this man be deported...along with his crew of Fatah gangsters?
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Surely there will be talk about "the occupation." Who is occupying Turkey?  Who occupied San Bernardino?  Who occupied Fort Hood?
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Who occupied the Twin Towers in New York except for 3,000 innocents busy at work?
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This is no time to love your neighbor, when your neighbor is a killer from a confederacy of savages.
      Istanbul terror: Turkey’s president pays the price for trying to befriend fanatics  (Fox 06/29/2016)
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What does Turkey's destructive president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have in common with the Saudis, Pakistanis, Iraq's Sunnis and the conservatives of Germany's Weimar Republic?
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They all thought that they could exploit and control fanatics.  One might as well try to befriend poisonous snakes.
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To his credit, Erdogan initially facilitated the growth of Turkey's economy.
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To his discredit, he has all but destroyed Turkey's democracy, reignited the Kurdish conflict for his own political advantage, suppressed the media, imprisoned opponents on ludicrous charges or concocted evidence, and dismantled the modernizing constitution that was the primary legacy of one of the great men of the 20th Century, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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And he thrust Islamization upon a country that had been a model of tolerance in the Muslim world.
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Erdogan's version of Islam follows the pattern of the Muslim Brotherhood: subversive, but rarely engaging in deadly violence.  It has, in the past, exploited the ballot, rather than relying on the bullet.
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But Erdogan (like Mohammed Morsi in Egypt) grew impatient.  He began pushing hard for ever more Islamization and a potent mix of faith and xenophobia.
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And he indulged in a personal vendetta that led to Tuesday's attack on Istanbul's airport.  Erdogan detests Bashir al Assad, Syria's dictator and a minority Alawite — whose father had crushed the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Misjudging the staying power of the Assad regime, Erdogan backed various radical Islamist groups that flocked to Syria to wage jihad.  He imagined, as so many have before him, that he could master and manipulate fanatics — and then dispense with them, once their utility had expired.
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And he armed them.  He protected them.  He let foreign fighters pass through Turkey to join the jihad.
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He lied to Western allies and sought to revive his battered vision of a new Ottoman Empire.
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Instead, the region became embroiled in war.  The terrorists and insurgents did not act in Turkey's interests.  They didn't take orders.
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And when Erdogan moved against them — meagerly — to protect Turkey's interests, they turned on him.
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Turkey became the target of jihad.  That's ironic, to put it mildly, since Istanbul, long known as Constantinople, fell to the Muslim Ottomans in the course of jihadi warfare in 1453.
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Erdogan's Islam, although stern, was not extreme enough to appease the jihadi Aztecs of our age, men intoxicated by massive blood sacrifices to their corrupted vision of a god.
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For Erdogan, this terror wave's a political blow.  For Turkey, it's a profound tragedy.
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Turkey matters to a degree that few Westerners appreciate.  It's always been the land-bridge and invasion route for armies and ideas, the place where cultures collided and empires rose and fell.
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Anatolia, Turkey's heartland, also was a refuge for Muslims renewing their faith in humane forms, notably the Sufi mystics, poets and theologians (some of whose visions of the divine resemble those of Protestant mystics from northern Europe).
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The Ottoman Empire saw its share of intolerance, jihad and massacre over the centuries, but it also was a land of civilization compared to the barbarism that ultimately encompassed the Arab world.
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Turkey was never a land fully robbed of hope.  Arabs wallowed, Turks strived.
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ISIS and other Salafist terror groups have recognized that the softest of soft targets and the one that has the most immediate effect on economies is the tourist industry.
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And efforts to protect tourists rob tourism of its pleasure.  No one wants to lie on the beach under armed guard or stand in endless (vulnerable) security lines.  It's easier to go elsewhere.
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Oh, and for the fanatics, attacking tourism also "cleanses" the realms of Islam of infidels.  It's a twofer.
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... Erdogan will only dig in.  Dictators always do.  In the meantime, he has rendered his country vulnerable to savages who delight in killing the innocents.
      Multiculturalism: A Failed Concept  (JWR 06/29/2016)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has "utterly failed," adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could "live happily side by side."
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Immigrants coming from Africa and the Middle East refuse to assimilate and instead seek to import the failed cultures they fled.
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Leftist diversity advocates and multiculturalists are right to argue that people of all races, religions and cultures should be equal in the eyes of the law.
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But their argument borders on idiocy when they argue that one set of cultural values cannot be judged superior to another and that to do so is Eurocentrism.
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That's unbridled nonsense.  Ask a diversity/multiculturalism advocate: Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value?
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Slavery is practiced in northern Sudan.
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In most of the Middle East, there are numerous limits placed on women, such as prohibitions on driving, employment and education.
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Under Islamic law, in some countries, female adulterers face death by stoning, and thieves are punished by having their hand severed.
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In some African and Middle Eastern countries, homosexuality is a crime, in some cases punishable by death.
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Are all these cultural values morally equivalent to those of the West?
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The vital achievement of the West was the concept of individual rights, which saw its birth with the Magna Carta in 1215.
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The idea emerged that individuals have certain inalienable rights.
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Individuals do not exist to serve government; governments exist to protect their rights.
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But it was not until the 19th century that ideas of liberty received broad recognition.
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In the West, it was mostly through the works of British philosophers, such as John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill.
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Personal liberty implies toleration of differences among people, whether those differences are racial, sexual, ideological or political.
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Liberty also implies a willingness to permit others who disagree with you to go their separate ways.
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This is not the vision of the new immigrants.  ... "London, Paris, Stockholm and Berlin are among the major European cities that feature on a bombshell list of 900 lawless zones with large immigrant populations"
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The intellectual elite, courts and government agencies push an agenda that is anything but a defense of individual rights, freedom from conformity and a live-and-let-live philosophy.
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Part of that lesson is nonjudgmentalism, where one is taught that one lifestyle is just as worthy as another and all cultures and their values are morally equivalent.
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Western values are superior to all others.  But one need not be a Westerner to hold Western values.
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By the way, it is no accident that Western values of reason and individual rights have produced unprecedented health, life expectancy, wealth and comfort for the ordinary person.
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There's an indisputable positive relationship between liberty and standards of living.
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There is also indisputable evidence that we in the West are unwilling to defend ourselves from barbarians.
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Just look at our response to the recent Orlando massacre, in which we've focused our energies on guns rather than on terrorists.
      Greg Gutfeld: Brexit's babies: Why the Leavers won and the losers can't stop crying  (Fox 06/28/2016)
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Yes, the Chicken Littles' pleading for a re-vote are the same ones who CAUSED the vote, through selective outrage, shallow taunts and cowardly ambivalence.
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Brexit could have been avoided if its critics could have been honest about the present day world.
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The Remainders remained home; the silent ones didn't .
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If you want to know who didn't go out and vote – it's the people hilariously demanding a second chance.
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The people who were sure Brexit wasn't going to happen, were so sure it wasn't going to happen, that they didn't bother to get off their arses and vote.
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Now they want a do-over, a redo, calling this election a mulligan.
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I don't think it works that way.  If you didn't take it seriously the first time, and everyone else who voted did – that's on you.
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You were caught out in your arrogance and ignorance, assuming everyone who was for the exit was a frail, white angry pensioner.
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Turns out they were people you know – they just never told you so!
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The Remainders offended anyone who felt discomfort over mass migration. 
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If you express any fears over the rise of Islamism and its assorted toxic doctrines (whose consequences are recently visible in horrific splendor), you are the bad guy – the racist.
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You are actually worse than the perpetrator of such misdeeds.
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The sense that control over your own country was now in the hands of impotent bureaucrats in Brussels, and that a vote to leave could wrest your country away from such toadies who are putting your country at risk – is not a symptom of racism or xenophobia.
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It's actually a sensible outlook given the state of affairs all over the globe.
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The modern human lacks sense of priority.
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Bold-faced names are expressing elitist outrage over a vote, while people down south are assaulting each other over toilet paper.
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Venezuela represents real-time suffering, not the hypothetical hysterias put forth over Brexit.
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The actual policies of a government – one lauded by Sean Penn and Oliver Stone – are creating a living hell, against the wishes of the suffering people.
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Venezuela's demise is caused by an ideology romanticized by the same people fretting over Brexit: socialism.
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It's just easier to call a British man who fought in World War II a racist, than it is to condemn an inhuman ideology that he fought and beat.
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... despite leading moral lives we tend to care more about a small problem in our vicinity (my roof is leaking), than a larger problem far away (a mudslide kills hundreds).
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Even more, research shows that the larger the suffering, the less we react.  Meaning our heartstrings will be pulled harder by the photo of one starving child – than many children equally in pain.  It's weird but true.  We care less when there is more.
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This moral cowardice as expressed by the most well-known of earthlings is what led to Brexit
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Brexit wasn't just evidence of a natural concern over one's well being in the face of rising Islamism amidst the European Union's lax immigration policy, it's also a big middle finger (or two "middle" fingers, if you're British) to those who cannot prioritize injustice, or evil. 
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So call those who voted for Brexit bigots or idiots — you'll only encourage them.
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And by selectively ignoring greater evils around you — you'll be making the case for leaving better than the leavers ever could.
      Similar frustrations for Trump and Brexit voters  (Fox 06/27/2016)
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At the heart of the campaign that led Britain to vote to leave the European Union was a desire to regain independence lost amid a globalized world.
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It's the same kind of feeling that Donald Trump rode to become the presumptive Republican nominee in the U.S., where he campaigns to put "America first" and "make America great again."
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"I love to see people take their country back.  And that's really what's happening in the United States."
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The anxiety that drove the stunning "Brexit" decision has been brewing for at least a decade in the United Kingdom, as waves of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe arrived and the global economy was plunging into recession.
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"There's a real feeling things have changed and they've changed too fast."
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"This isn't the country I remember from growing up.  I don't know exactly what happens next.  I don't think anybody does.  But I really feel like we needed something different, because this isn't working."
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... the move to divorce the U.K.  from the 28-nation bloc and its government in Brussels was celebrated by those who felt the changing country has lost its way since linking up with the rest of Europe.
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"Absolutely wonderful, best news ever.  We want England — or Great Britain — to come back how it was years ago, and it's going the way that we want it to go."
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The billionaire businessman has tapped into the same concerns about a too-quickly-changing country that has left too many behind, and he's pledged to halt illegal immigration and bring back manufacturing jobs lost to factories overseas.
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Many see his "Make America Great Again" slogan as a vow to return the country to a time when they believe America was the undisputed world leader.
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"We have all been just wiping up the dirt.  And it's like — we need to take our country back for us."
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"We've got to take care of ourselves before we take care of immigrants or somebody else.  We've got to take care of our own."
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He said he's fed up with people who are in the country illegally, and argues that they take advantage of the system as he works hard to play by the rules.
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"There's too many deadbeats living off the system."
      Giuliani: Trump is right, Obama is showing weakness  (INN 06/26/2016)
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The "weakness" shown by the administration, said the former New York Mayor, is illustrated by the "withdrawal from Iraq, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the withdrawal of police officers from mosques, the failure of the president to use the term 'Islamic extremist terrorism,' these are all very bad signals to give to terrorists.  The more they see weakness, the more they attack."
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The United States "does need profiling based on the characteristics of suspected murderers, suspected terrorists.  You can't investigate everyone, and law enforcement is constantly profiling.  You have to make a distinction between profiling based purely on race, religion, ethnic background or gender, and profiling based on facts."
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"If I'm looking for a serial killer who is 5 foot 4 with dark hair and I'm told that he is Italian-American, I don't go looking for Irish Americans or black people, I go looking for Italians who are 5 foot 4.  When I went after the mafia, you could say that I ethnically profiled Italians.  Well, why did I do that?  Because to be a member of the mafia, you had to be Italian."
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"So to say that we are going to have more scrutiny of people belonging to the Islamic religion coming in from certain countries who are planning to kill us is only common sense.  We just have to be aware of the fact that obviously not all members of the Islamic religion are terrorists — it would be terrible to suggest that — but it is true that most terrorists are in fact members of the Islamic religion.  If you didn't pay special attention to that, you wouldn't be protecting the American people.  So all this depends on how you define racial profiling."
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"Everybody knows that it was Islamic extremist terrorism.  He wouldn't be telling us anything we don't know.  In this particular case, the killer himself told us."
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"When the Justice Department released transcripts of the police call made by Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, they were going to omit all the references to Islamic terrorism and Mateen's pledge of loyalty to the Islamic State.  That was the first decision made by the White House and the Justice Department, until many many people complained and they finally had to put it out."
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"I don't know what they think they're accomplishing.  I actually think they're making it worse.  They should just put out the facts.  Instead, they hold the facts back and it only gets more attention."
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... also said that Trump is "absolutely right that President Obama has been extremely weak in dealing with Islamic extremist terrorism."
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"The Islamic State would not exist in the form that it is currently in had President Obama not withdrawn from Iraq, and had President Obama intervened in Syria.  Yes, it existed before he came into office, but it was a very small group."
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"Finally, he created this whole refugee crisis because he refused to set up a no-fly zone in Syria.  He had been asked to do that by a number of senators, as well as the president of France, but he didn't do it.  He threatened [Syrian President Bashar Al-] Assad with attack 12 different times if he used chemical weapons and backed down all 12 times.  And he brought [Russian President Vladimir] Putin back into the Middle East.  So I think that when Trump says that ISIS, in its present form, was created by President Obama and Hillary Clinton, I think he is right."
      Why Britain's decision to exit the EU makes America safer  (Fox 06/25/2016)
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The economic implications of leaving the European trading block are unknown, forecasts on both sides of the debate being mere speculation.
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But what is clear is that the security of the West is strengthened, not weakened by the break-up of the artificial and failing construct of the European Union.
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Sovereign states are driven by self-interest.  These interests include defense, the economy, welfare, services, and border controls.
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Throughout history, states, communities, and tribes have recognized that they cannot operate in isolation.
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They've formed allegiances with other groups.  In fact, most states have been formed by such allegiances.
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And it's happened organically and over considerable time until the moment is reached where borders are defined by landscape, language, culture and the inability to expand further due to confronting another state's border.
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The European Union was an out of control experiment.  It started as purely a single market economic dynamic, not a security blanket.
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Defense of the West was and is covered by NATO – a military alliance that rests on the principal that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all.
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... the EU's rhetoric and ambitions suggested ... It wanted to become an unelected super-state, trying to draw together the strands of manifold histories and cultures and govern them from Brussels.
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There was talk of a European army, a European intelligence service, increasing antagonism toward America, and ultimately a mood of utter European arrogance.
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Such overarching constructs never work.  History shows that in many cases they can result in catastrophic instability.  The Soviet Union and Yugoslavia are examples.
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People never forget their roots, their religions, and their customs.  Ultimately, attempts to suppress those norms end in rebellion or natural fragmentation.  Sometimes it ends in terrible bloodshed.
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Our greatest ally is democratic America, not unelected bureaucrats in Belgium.  We know the value of true allegiances – those who come to help us, those we help, states we stand shoulder to shoulder with to fight tyranny.
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Like-minded and self-interested units collaborate.  A terrorist who is planning to attack the UK might attack the United States if his plan is thwarted.  Therefore the UK works hand in glove with the US and other nations.
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Though intelligence and security services have a wary relationship with each other, they come together when confronting pure evil.  We don't need an ideological European super-state to tie us into that principal.
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The European Union will ultimately break up.  France and the Netherlands are now clamouring for a referendum in light of Thursday's result.  They want self-governance, democracy, and control over their borders.  They are scared that their defense is vulnerable within the EU.
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ISIS and other anarchists are attempting to wreak havoc.  They have a bucket list of targets, but are clever.  They will attack weaker and less obvious targets if necessary. 
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Russia is a major threat.  Putin feels he must be aggressive to appear the strong man in a vast and disparate country that for the most part has low standards of living and is hanging together by a cat's whisker.
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The Middle East is as ever the heartland of most of the world's terrorist problems.  Many there blame the West and Israel for their problems, unwilling to naval gaze and wonder why they are fighting each other.
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To combat these and other threats, we need strong and independent states in the West and elsewhere which know right from wrong and crucially are able to act.
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With Great Britain out of the European Union, America once again has its closest ally back in the game.
      A win for Britain: Brexit's victory is democracy's victory  (Fox 06/24/2016)
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The results in Britain's referendum on its membership of the European Union are in.  And what a result.  Britain has voted to leave, by a margin of 52 percent in favor, or over 1.2 million votes.
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Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation Friday morning.
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In the end, it was northern England, a traditional working class heartland of Labour, that won it for Brexit.
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This wasn't simply a victory for the majority of the Conservative Party who wanted to leave.  On their own, they would have lost.  They won because the workers agreed with them.
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That decision was taken in an impeccably democratic way.  In the future, Britain will govern itself as it has governed itself today: by decisions taken in Britain, not Brussels.
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There is no guarantee those decisions will be the right ones.  But they will be British ones.
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Brexit is no silver bullet, and anyone who thinks it is will be gravely disappointed.
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In many ways, it increases the burden on Britain to pick the right policies: soon, it will no longer have Brussels to blame.
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A US-UK free trade area is now not just a possibility: it is the right thing to do, and to do soon.
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And we can hope that the EU learns a lesson from this.  At the close of voting on Thursday night, they thought they'd won.
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If they'd gone down a different road, the vote wouldn't have happened.  If they'd conducted a real renegotiation with Britain, Cameron might have won.
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But they didn't, and they didn't.  It's now too late for them in Britain.  If they don't change course, they will find other nations following Britain out the door.
      When throwing boulders is "non-violent"  (INN 06/22/2016)
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(Stephen M.  Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.)
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When is the throwing of boulders "non-violent"?
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When a Palestinian throws them, of course.  Just ask Thomas Friedman of the New York Times.
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... Friedman included rock-throwing in his list of types of "non-violent resistance" that he hopes Palestinians will carry out.
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... two passengers in an Israeli automobile were injured when "boulders smashed into the windows of their vehicle."
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Before throwing the boulders, the Palestinian attackers first spilled oil across the highway, hoping to cause cars to slide and crash.
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Despite attempts by advocates of the Palestinian cause to depict rock-throwers as children engaged in schoolyard hijinks, the truth is that these rock-terrorists are more sophisticated than one might imagine — sophisticated, that is, in the art of murdering and maiming Jews.
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Last year, when they targeted an Israeli school bus in Jerusalem, they attacked from two sides with different weapons: one hurled rocks at the windows, while the other threw bags of black paint at the front windshield, hoping to blind the driver and cause the bus to crash.
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They also long ago figured out that a rock can cause a lot more damage if thrown at an automobile moving at high speed.
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Surely many Americans Jews still remember how Palestinian rock-throwers murdered U.S.  citizen Asher Palmer and his young son, Yonatan.
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By throwing the rocks from a fast-moving car at Palmer's car, which was traveling in the other direction, they doubled the impact of the rocks.  That crushed the front windshield, causing the car to crash and killing both Asher and Yonatan.
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Last January, the Israeli police arrested a ring of 16 Palestinians who had carried out a number of rock or firebomb attacks against Israeli motorists along Route 443.
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... several of the culprits had previously served prison sentences for terrorism — thus validating, once again, the charge by some Israelis that too many terrorists are receiving unduly brief sentences.  The recidivism rate among released Palestinian terrorists is alarmingly high.
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Dozens, hundreds, even thousands of Palestinian rock-throwing attacks against Jews do not interest the New York Times or the Washington Post.
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But since a Palestinian teenager was killed in the latest incident, we can count on the American news media to suddenly sit up and pay attention.
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And since the teenager allegedly was a bystander rather than a perpetrator (although it remains to be explained why he was in the vicinity of Route 443 at 2:00 in the morning, when the attacks took place), the U.S.  media no doubt will be very interested.
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Our own American legal system has already shown the way in dealing with rock-throwing.  Not by ignoring it.  Not by re-defining it as "non-violent resistance." But by treating it for what it is: attempted murder.
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Three teenagers threw rocks at cars on the Capital Beltway in Washington, D.C., in 1990,.  wounding thirty drivers or passengers, including a girl who suffered irreversible brain damage.
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The attackers were convicted of "assault with intent to murder" and each sentenced to 40 years in prison.
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An editorial in the Washington Post at the time correctly asked, "What's the difference between assault with a deadly weapon — a shooting — and assault with rocks that hit cars at potentially lethal speeds?"
      Stop the injustice against Islam!  (INN 06/20/2016)
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Why should the presupposition of all our thoughts be that Islam is perfect, and that any imperfection must surely have nothing to do with Islam?
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As a person born and bred in a hard-core Muslim terror-state, as a person who grew up not in one, but two Muslim countries whose laws are more or less those of the Sharia, and as a person who lives in a European country where Islam determines what is allowed or not to be said and to be done, I can tell you that you should stop the injustice applied to Islam.
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If you live in Israel, if you live in North America or somewhere in Europe where you can still think as a free individual, then you should consider yourself privileged enough to be the heir to a civilization so great, that it achieved things none others have.
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The superiority of Western civilization is a fact. 
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Nothing is perfect, and Western civilization is not, either.  However being not perfect does not imply not being the best we have got so far.
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For many years, Western philosophy and science have treated, studied, examined and ultimately criticized Judaism and Christianity.
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Without wanting to idealize the European history, these scientific studies on the history and nature of Judaism and Christianity have taken place without any significant incidents or violence committed against the aforementioned scientists, scholars and professors.
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An ideology is a religion only if it calls for faith, and for those who have that faith.
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What stops any person - good or bad - from claiming to be a prophet, establishing a religion, writing a "holy book", and asking others to respect and abide by its laws?
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Consequently, in a scientific context, a religion ceases - and should cease - to be one.  It should turn to be what it is, an ideology with all different aspects that it can encompass such as spirituality, afterlife, rituals, etc, for we know that different philosophical movements also discuss such matters often as seriously as religions do.
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Judaism and Christianity have gone through all the tests and criticism as a set of ideologies, just like any other ideology, be it artistic, be it political, or you name it.
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For the scientists and scholars in the "lab" (that includes the laboratory of human sciences), Judaism and Christianity were as much of an ideology as communism, Maoism, Hinduism, romanticism, impressionism, etc.
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Yet, when it comes to Islam, Western culture, our scientists, our "thinkers", our politicians, our "scholars", university professors and "anyone who is anyone", throw centuries of critical thinking and scientific examination into the garbage.
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Please stop calling Islam a religion of peace, whereas Islam does not see itself as peaceful.  Islam has never been peaceful.
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Muhammed was not a peaceful man, and he was not shy about it.
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Muslims take pride in the warriorship of the founder of their religion and in the violence he and the early Muslims committed in order to conquer foreign lands namely mass rapes and forced conversions against Persians and the neighboring peoples.
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A peaceful Muslim has no one to look for as a role model, no tradition to see other than some fantasy about the "Golden Age" of Islam...
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The "Golden Age" was one in which Jews and Christians were considered as second-class citizens, paying an exuberant extra tax not to be killed for not being Muslims.
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I beg our policy makers, media elite, university professors, leftist loonies and multiculturalists to stop dreaming and halt the wishful thinking circus.  Grow up.  You are not in kindergarten anymore.
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If an ideology commands to kill, if terrorists who know the Koran better than you do, who know the life of Muhammed better than you do, and who go to mosque more often than you do, are motivated to kill based on Islamic ideological reasons, who are you then to lecture them and ultimately us, the victims, on what Islam is and is not?
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Who on earth are you to say this has nothing to do with Islam? Will you tell us soon that Muhammed's life had nothing to do with Islam either?  The murders, the wars, the pedophilia, and the slavery?
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If Islam is a religion of peace, why is it so easily "hijacked" by "radical" Muslims?
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Why should the presupposition of all our thoughts be that Islam is perfect, and any imperfection must surely have nothing to do with Islam?
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We have based all our conclusions on empirical and measurable evidence, observation and experiment for as long as science has existed.  Judaism and Christianity have undergone those methods, yet when it comes to Islam we make an exception.
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It does not matter anymore whether a large percentage of Muslims, no matter how large, do not want to kill you.  We can not send them gifts and thank you cards for not wanting to kill infidels, gays, Jews and Christians.  Not wanting to kill, is the minimum.  That's the bar for any civilized society.
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Do not call something which does not look like a religion, a religion.  Those who dream and wishfully think of "moderate" Islam and "moderate" Muslims have as much blood on their hands as anyone else.
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Are 14 centuries of forced conversions, mass rape, land appropriation, slavery, pedophilia not radical enough for those who believe in "moderate" Islam to be called "radicals"?
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Where is the "moderate" version of Muhammed's life in which he did not wage genocidal wars against non-Muslims, did not take people for slavery and in which he did not marry child brides and his own adoptive daughter in law?
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Where is the "moderate" version of the Koran in which there are no calls to strike terror in the heart of the unbelievers?
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Where is the "moderate" Koran in which Muhammed — far from being exemplary — is not considered the example for each and every Muslim to follow?
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Following Muhammed's example, means that a good Muslim is one that kills infidels, forces people into slavery, rapes children and stones the adulterers.
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Everything you see in Syria and in Iraq, has been going on for 14 centuries.
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The moral relativist narrative will continue to tell you that: "Oh well you know, the Bible is violent, too..."
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The Hebrew Bible has descriptive violence, mostly used against the Hebrews themselves by their very own G-d for they had gone astray.
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Any random idiot can tell the difference between the descriptive violence of the Bible and the prescriptive and imperative violence in the Koran, commanded by Allah against non-Muslims and other Muslims else the "religion of peace" determines not good enough at jihad. 
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Islamophobia is the only rational reaction of a yet well-functioning brain.
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According to the multiculturalist social justice warriors, all cultures are equally good and bad (well except the Western ones which are a little bit "more bad").  And all religions are equally good and bad (except for Christianity and especially Judaism who are a little bit "more bad") and so it goes.
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They will tell you that you have to respect any culture or religion that claims to be one (no matter if does not look like or act like one), even if they do not respect you.  Or worse, even if they want to kill you.
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Why should a Jew or a Christian respect Islam, if the latter thinks of him as a second-class citizen?
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Well, of course sadly many do, which is not surprisingly after decades of cultural Marxism, moral relativism and civilizational emasculation and disarming feminism.
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The cult of unconditional respect and tolerance towards the most intolerant of ideologies reigns in the West.
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Even if Islam openly expressed its will at the destruction of our way of life, that does not stop the cult of respect and tolerance from committing suicide, for that is what "unconditional" means.  Enslaved.
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Westerners, now more servile, docile and disarmed than ever turn so quickly to self-criticism - an admirable quality which led us to our great achievements in the past but which is solely a path to suicide.
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After every attack, our politicians, our journalists and our intelligentsia rush to the media circus.  After having made sure of having stated that it has nothing to do with Islam, even if the perpetrators cite the Koran chapter and verse, they proceed to condemn the "cowardly" attacks.
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Muslims have clearly defined their enemies (infidels and the world of war) for 14 centuries.
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In the recent decades, they have well-programed their invasion into the West, sucked up the social and economic benefits while doing as much harm as imaginable, training themselves more and more professionally, deceived the more and more sophisticated Western intelligence services and yet we call the attacks cowardly.
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And we are not even ready to recognize the name of our enemy, put aside taking any rational meaningful actions.
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As the late Christopher Hitchens once famously said: "The barbarians never take a city until someone holds the gates open to them.  And it's your own multicultural authorities who will do it for you."
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We will lose because we are cowards, reluctant to see that Islam is not solely a "religion", but an ideology who is here to hate and to kill.
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We will lose because not only don't we think we have an enemy, but we welcome our enemy into our homes, as friends, make concessions to it and think that "all religions are equally violent", or some other nonsense such as "moderate Muslims are our allies".
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Today more than ever, we need a total separation of Muslims and non-Muslims across the globe.
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This is not racist as Islam is not a race, not more than communism or Nazism were.  And it is not bigoted because bigotry is putting the life of billions of innocent people who are not responsible for the existence of Islam in danger.
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Yes their "religion" does also kill them and I am sorry that it does.  I happen to hold any life sacred, and I mourn the loss of any innocent life.  But I feel sorrier for us - infidels - who are the victims of Islam no matter how submissively and generously we behave.  So maybe after all we should not.
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... our beloved moral relativists, politicians, media elite, university professors, journalists, leftist loonies and social justice warriors have never set any lines after which their mythological "moderate" Muslims become "radical". 
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Where is the line after all?  Does that translate into the fact that we are all already condemned to live with living time bombs before they go off?
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... there exists only one form of Islam.  And that is - well you guessed - just your plain adjective-less Islam.
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Our belief in "moderate" Islam, and our foreign and domestic policy in the West also hurts our true allies in the Middle East, the former Muslims who today are atheists or converts to other religions.
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Nobody feels the moral obligation of welcoming the persecuted ex-Muslim atheists and Christians into Europe in lieu of the flow of the so-called "refugees" which as predominantly young men look exactly like an invasive, bringing rape and terror with itself before anything else.
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Well, it is not the first time that Muslims orchestrate an invasion of Europe, except in the past we were not disarmed with the multiculturalism mental illness and the cult of unconditional tolerance towards anything, especially not rape and murder cultures.
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... there is only one Islam.  The same one that commands to kill.
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Political correctness extremism and social justice warriorship has metastasized so deep within us that now we think we know someone else's "religion" better than themselves.
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While the Muslim world is laughing at us, distributing cookies and candies celebrating each terror attack in the West, especially if its victims are Jewish, we are busy making up words to exonerate Islam of all responsibility, we are busy fighting against "Islamophobia" as if it were a bad thing, we are busy making bathrooms gender neutral, we are busy importing fake invasive refugees with all their problems and rape culture and we are busy saying that after all nothing Islamic has anything to do with Islam..  We really make their job easy, don't we?
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"Moderate" Islam and "moderate" Muslims do not exist, and even if they did, not only they do not help, but they are part of the problem.
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When faced with mortal danger, it is perfectly normal, moral, rational and justified to paint with a broad brush.
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What is immoral and irrational is condemning innocent non-Muslims to live with living time bombs, without defining a line after which a "moderate" Muslim becomes "radical".  A line that does not exist.
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If a "religion" at all, stop calling Islam a "religion" of peace, despite its own efforts, history and tradition to be anything but peaceful.
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See related Religion of Peace (John Darkow, 01/12/2015) cartoon from Terror picture album
      Understanding the Middle East chaos at its core  (INN 06/19/2016)
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To make any meaningful difference to this still-expanding problem, American decision-makers would first need to look behind the news.
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Only after such a penetrating look, could our country's next president ever hope to progress beyond uttering useless second-order narratives of regional names, places, and ideologies.
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After all, for literally millennia, nothing here has really changed.  Rather, from the beginning, war and genocide have stemmed from seemingly fixed and universal human needs to belong and never to die.
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In essence, in area geopolitics, the personal and the political have always been more-or-less interdependent.
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Indeed, no one can persuasively purport to understand Middle East chaos without first being willing to consider regional geopolitical relationships in their most fully reciprocal and complex expressions.
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There is more.  Inevitably, such willingness will bring the strategist or analyst back to the individual human being.
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Inevitably, all area geopolitics will be contingent upon the specific wants and behaviors of this single human person, which are casually observable and readily predictable.
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To try and "fix" Islamic Middle Eastern chaos by imposing yet another contrived amalgam of military and political responses would once again miss the point. 
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The core problem, our leaders ... should finally understand, is not narrowly political or military.  It is, rather, very deeply "psychological," and also, very broadly "civilizational."
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The "real world" of Middle Eastern chaos is ambiguous.  There is no point to overlooking this staggering complexity, or simply pretending that it need not impact our pertinent regional policies.
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At the same time, beneath this ambiguity and searing chaos lies a decipherable and plainly longstanding corpus of individual human needs.
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Among these needs, moreover, none is more harshly compelling, or authentically causal, than the unwavering human desire to belong, and, to live perpetually.
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... each individual person can feel empty and insignificant apart from membership in some sort of crowd. 
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Sometimes, this presumptively sustaining crowd is the ‘State.' Sometimes, it is the ‘Tribe.' Sometimes, as with ISIS, or Hezbollah, or Muslim Brotherhood, it is, at least residually, the Faith.
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Unless we humans can finally learn how to temper our overwhelming and nearly-ubiquitous desire to belong at all costs, our recurrent military and political schemes to remedy genocide, war, and terrorism will inevitably fail.
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Without augmentation by far more basic sorts of human transformations – namely, changes that produce more expressly individualistic human beings – these time-dishonored strategies for national security, collective security (United Nations), or collective defense (alliances) will continue to be ineffectual.
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It is largely this craving for membership and, as corollary, craving for belonging, that threatens to subvert individual moral responsibility, and, thereby, to ignite monumental crime.
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Not every human crowd or herd need be insidious or destructive; not even in the Middle East.  Still, grievously ongoing crimes against humanity could never take place in the absence of such collectivities.
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Whenever individuals join together and form a crowd or herd, certain latently destructive dynamics of mob psychology are made available for explosive release.
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Significantly, this fateful combining of membership with destructiveness lowers each affected person's ethical and intellectual level to a point where even crimes against humanity may become acceptable.
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On the surface, ongoing brutalities in the Islamic Middle East represent fragmenting struggles between assorted warring herds.  These herds, in turn, are the product of certain critically underlying individual needs to belong.
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These needs are themselves derived from the most primary human want of all.  This, our leaders must finally understand, is the generally unquenchable yearning for immortality. 
      Enough is enough, Pope Francis should resign  (Fox 06/17/2016)
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Pope Francis's three-year-old papacy, marred by controversy from the beginning, has hit a new low.
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From his "Who am I to judge?" statement on gay people that seemed to offer a hint at a change in church teaching, to his fumbles on contraception, to his recent claim that Donald Trump is not Christian, his off-the-cuff remarks cause headlines across the globe, often followed by some sort of "clarification" from the Holy See Press Office.
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His papacy has been a litany of confusing statements for the faithful on the most sensitive and delicate topics.
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While clear on political topics dear to his heart, but where Catholics can legitimately hold differing opinions, such as immigration, economics and climate change, on matters of doctrine, Francis muddied the waters to an extent that many well-meaning Catholics feel they no longer know where the Church stands on issues of faith.
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... he was asked about marriage.  He said:
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"It's provisional, and because of this the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null.  Because they say ‘yes, for the rest of my life!' but they don't know what they are saying.  Because they have a different culture.  They say it, they have good will, but they don't know."
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To say that the "great majority" of Catholic marriages are null, or invalid, is a statement that is neither true, wise, nor fair.
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For a "pope of the people" he certainly doesn't give Catholics much credit.
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For a Catholic marriage to be valid all that is needed is the freedom to marry, consent from both parties, and the intention to marry for life and be open to children.  That's it.
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For Pope Francis to say the great majority of marriages are null implies that the great majority of Catholic are ignorant fools who cannot understand the responsibilities of a bedrock of society that has existed for thousands of years.
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It also suggests severe doubt in the mercy and grace of God.  The rule of thumb when the validity of sacraments, ... is concerned, is to assume validity unless something clearly contradicts that.
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Francis' statement demonstrates a lack of faith in the Church and its ability to vet couples seeking marriage, to teach them about what marriage is, and to administer the sacraments effectively.
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If most marriages are invalid because couples don't understand a life-long commitment, does that mean most priestly ordinations are invalid too?  If so, are most masses invalid?  Most confessions?
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The Church's authority rests, in part, on its claim to be able to communicate the sacraments and the teachings of Christ.
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Francis has cast doubt on the former, has done a poor job of the latter, and by doing so has brought the Church's legitimacy into question.
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Once upon a time Catholics would have been stuck with a bad pope, but since Pope Emeritus Benedict opened the door for a pope resigning when he can no longer do his job, it is time for the faithful to look at Francis and ask — "is this man able to lead the Holy Catholic Church?"
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At this point it is clear, Bergoglio has repeatedly proven himself unable to lead, and is doing incalculable damage to the Church that will take decades to heal.
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Pope Francis should resign, and Catholics should demand it, so the Church can begin recovering from the havoc his ill-advised and arrogant papacy has wrought.
      Do we deserve this barbarity?  (INN 06/12/2016)
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Can the killing of a gorilla in a zoo in Cincinnati, committed to save the life of a child, unleash more emotion and more media coverage than the decapitation of 21 Christians in a beach in Libya?
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Yes.
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... mainstream television stations dedicated six times as much air time to the death of the gibbon Harambe than they did to the barbaric execution by the Islamic State of 21 Coptic Christians. 
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Saturday, May 28, security officers fired at the gorilla to protect a three year old child who fell into the cage.
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In the five days after the death of the animal, the three major US networks devoted to this story 1 hour, 28 minutes and 17 seconds.
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In February 2015, a group of Islamist thugs dressed in black slaughtered 21 Coptic Christians on a beach near Tripoli.
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... ABC, CBS and NBC spent a total of only 14 minutes and 30 seconds to report the massacre of those Christians: less than one-sixth of the time spent on the transmissions about the gorilla.
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The sadness over the death of a beautiful animal has been transformed into a platform for feelings directed against the child's parents from the working class.
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An online petition asking the State of Ohio to remove the custody of children from his parents raised 400,000 signatures, an impressive number.
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How many signatures were collected in favor of the Eastern Christians?
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A group of protesters distressed by the death of the gorilla organized vigils at the zoo to mourn the animal.
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For Christians, only silence.  For Yazidis, greater silence.
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We don't recall the same hysteria against the parents of European volunteers who joined the Islamic State; indeed, there was even understanding towards them when their children left to become members of the Middle East butchers.
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Jack Hanna, a zookeeper, said in a statement to the media: "I bet my life on this, that child would not be here today", if zoo's officials would have not killed the gorilla.
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What the media lacks is at least the same compassion for the Christian victims of the butchers of ISIS.
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But perhaps the media just gives us what people want: "bread and circuses" as was said by the Romans.
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Is it possible that the killing of that caged primate moves public opinion more than 19 Yazidi girls burned in a cage by Islamist rapists?
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Do not be surprised that the next step was Orlando. 
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We deserve barbarity in this world turned upside down! 
      'Son of Hamas': Islam is the problem  (INN 05/23/2016)
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Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one Hamas founder Hassan Yousef who in the past served as an undercover agent for the Israel Security Agency ... told the Jerusalem Post conference in New York that "Islam is the problem" and that the free world must fight it.
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Yousef ... risked his life working undercover for the Shin Bet, and during that time he supplied information that prevented dozens of suicide attacks and assassinations of Israelis and exposed numerous Hamas terrorist cells.
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He ultimately converted to Christianity and fled to the United States where he was granted political asylum.
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"At one point I thought that the Jewish nation is the enemy of humanity.  I thought they were the enemy of our people, the Palestinian people, until I experienced what the Jewish nation truly is," said Yousef, who described Israel as "the only light in the Middle East".
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"We can fool ourselves, but there is an Islamic problem.  "Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic Jihad, the Islamic State (ISIS) and Boko Haram - all of them kill in the name of Allah."
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"There is an Islamic problem and humanity needs to stand against this danger, because it is not directed only against Israel.  This danger is against human evolution."
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"Humanity and the free world must unite.  Today the free world should unite against Islam, not against Muslims but against Islam as a belief system.  When the president of the free world says that Islam is a religion of peace, he creates the climate for the formation of more terror."
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... Israel is a "nation that managed to survive the Holocaust and instead of assuming the role of victim and blaming everyone they were able to establish a democratic state - a young country which developed in less than 25 years.  This is a good example for everyone."
      The media as a weapon in the Israeli/Arab war  (INN 05/16/2016)
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"Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but [in 1936] in Spain for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie....  This kind of thing is frightening to me, because it often gives me the feeling that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world."
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Israel is engaged in a war in which the media plays a fundamental role in influencing world public opinion and government attitudes and decisions.
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"A revolution happened without us knowing or paying attention.  Perception truly now is reality, and our enemies know it."
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The Soviets played a critical role in facilitating the use of language as a weapon of demonization and delegitimization against Israel by creating a political language connecting the former Soviet-styled anti-Semitism to the present one.
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In defining the political vocabulary about Israel and the Jewish people, the Soviets established the cultural foundations for a new type of political anti-Semitism that has become part of mainstream culture.
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Vladimir Lenin, the Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist and an expert on the art of writing hate propaganda, explained how to implement this disinformation.
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"The wording (of our press campaign against our foes)," he said, "is calculated to provoke in the reader, hatred, disgust, contempt.  The phrasing must be calculated not to convince but to destroy, not to correct the adversary's mistake, but to annihilate his organization and wipe it off the face of the earth.  This wording must really be of such a kind as to provoke the worst notions, the worst suspicions about the adversary; it must sow discord and confusion in the ranks and be the opposite of phrasing which would convince and correct."
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Lenin also understood the critical need to broaden the base of supporters.  "There was no sector of society," he believed, "that cannot be enlisted in the revolutionary movement by abrasive sloganeering and hate targeting." Locating the "pressure points" and "visible and accessible hate targets," became the responsibility of the revolutionary psychological warfare experts.
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The need for a scapegoat is crucial in this process.  "Anger wants a personal victim, and wants it now," observed Gordon Allport, an American psychologist.
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"Violence is always an outgrowth of milder states of mind ... And so long as the target of wrath remains vague and ill-defined specific prejudice cannot crystallize around it.  To have enemies we need labels."
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A Permanent Commission under the Social Sciences Section of the USSR Academy of Sciences was created "to coordinate research dedicated to the exposure and criticism of the history, ideology, and practical activity of Zionism."
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"The vocabulary of Middle Eastern politics has been enriched with a new formula — ‘the removal of the consequences of aggression.'"
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The Arab states identified Israel as the aggressor, and demanded restoration of Arab lands and the return of their Arab populations.12
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On October 4, 1967, Komsomolskaya Pravda ... published an article declaring "Zionism is dedicated to 'genocide, racism, treachery, aggression, and annexation...all characteristic attributes of fascists.'"
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On November 10, 1975, the Russians and their Arab allies successfully passed U.N.  General Assembly Resolution 3379 equating Zionism with racism.
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On December 16, 1991, 85 countries, a little more than half of the 166 U.N.  members co-sponsored the repeal resolution, including the Soviet Union and its former communist allies in Eastern Europe that had previously voted in favor.
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Yet the damage had been done.  "Vilification of Zionism turned into a permanent feature of international life"...
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"That Zionism was a metaphor for universal evil became part of ‘common knowledge,' accepted or at least not contradicted by almost the entire international body politic."
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The Soviets added another element in manipulating language — the "reversal of culpability," which imposes a false historical analogy on the present.  Thus, Goliath becomes David, and David becomes Goliath.
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The most prevalent use of this technique is the charge of "genocide," which conveys the fallacious claim that "Israel is doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to the Jews."
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Aside from being erroneous, this libel demeans the magnitude of the Holocaust and its uniqueness.
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These criticisms ultimately obscure the distinctions between what is right and wrong and undermines the foundations of Judeo-Christian morality.
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"How have the doings in a country that constitutes 0.01 per cent of the world's surface become the focus of angst, loathing, and condemnation more than any other?"
      Trump versus the Muslim mayor of London  (INN 05/13/2016)
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First the good news about Sadiq Khan.  In his first act as London's newly elected Muslim mayor he attended a Holocaust memorial service.
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Next we hear that he plans a trip to Israel.  This is still good.
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But after that, and even before that, the news is not so good.
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He says that if Trump is elected he won't come to the United States.  (Ain't that a shame.)
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Then he says that if Muslims will be prevented, or limited, from entering the United States there will be consequences.  Expect Islamic violence.
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If other words, we're asking for it if we don't elect someone entirely favorable to the Muslim world.  This, of course, excludes Trump and favors Hillary.
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We get Muslim violence regardless who is president, don't we?  We got 9/11 while George W.  Bush was in office.  Trump was nowhere in sight.
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We got Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino and other acts of Muslim violence while Obama was in office and no one's been more favorable to the Muslim cause than Obama – except maybe LBJ.
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Back in 1965, LBJ signed into law the (Hart-Celler) Immigration and Naturalization Act that opened America's doors wide open for Muslims.
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Trump was nowhere to be seen when a Muslim Palestinian Arab, Sirhan Sirhan murdered Robert Kennedy in 1968.
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So why Trump, when it's Mayor Khan who should be in the hot seat.  The day after he was declared the winner, buses in London were driving along with signs declaring "Glory to Allah" and we imagine that Hamas were handing out candy in Gaza and likewise the PA in Ramallah.
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Where – Trump might ask Mayor Khan – yes where is the Jewish mayor of Islamabad?
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Or where is the Christian mayor anywhere in Pakistan, Mayor Khan's ancestral home?
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So while the West celebrates itself for being so elaborately diverse, don't even dream about diversity anywhere along the world's 57 Islamic states.
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Only Western Democracies, like Britain, like the United States, like Israel, are expected to extend hospitality and equality – and we do.
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What about the rape epidemic that's been sweeping parts of London throughout the years?
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Khan needs to answer for his Pakistani countrymen who are alleged to be the dominant assailants against thousands of British women and girls.
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No wonder, then, that Trump keeps calling for a pause on migrating Syrian refugees.
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Altogether, Trump says, we need to think twice about a Muslim influx.  He's appointing Mayor Rudy Giuliani to study the situation.
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Mayor Khan may turn out to be an okay guy.
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But he's no Mayor Rudy, who can still smell the burning flesh from what they came and did to us on 9/11.
      Donald Trump will understand Middle East real estate in 5 minutes  (INN 05/08/2016)
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As for the Middle East, real estate mogul Trump will quickly understand the topography, demography, and resource aspects of the Middle East real estate map.
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Here's a quick guide to the 5 keys to the Middle Eastern Real Estate's topographic, demographic, and asset-rich terrain.
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1) Iran is shooting to steal, for itself, the Black Gold Triangle, taking it from the Sunni Kingdoms.
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So, on the face of it, the Middle East is a Sunni-Shiite fight over the fertile-crescent's oil riches.
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2) Trump will notice that topographically the 4,000 meter-high Zagros Mountains that form Iran's western border are the dividing line between Persia to the east, and the Arabs to the West, and that all the oil is on the Arab's Western side.
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Iran's goal is to instigate Arab auto-genocide so that Iran can walk into the Black Gold Triangle without anyone stopping them.
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Trump will see the current Middle East turmoil not as a Sunni-Shiite battle to the death, but as a Persian plan to steal Arab oil resources.
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3) Once Iran is seen as the ultimate fomenter of the horrific violence, mass-murder, and world terrorism, Mr.  Trump will quickly see Israel as the key to forming a sustainable local regional Sunni defense alliance that will stop the Iranian hegemonic land-grab in its tracks.
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The key is the fact that the Middle East doesn't need American troops.  The Middle East needs an American President who does not act like an Iranian stooge.
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Obama has done everything in his power to kill an Israeli-Sunni alliance.
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4) Next, Trump will see that only thing that stands between Greece, a NATO member with 11 million Christians (that America is sworn to defend), and 370 million Muslims of the Middle East - is the safe and strong fortress of Eretz Israel including the entire 'West Bank'.
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Without Israel, the United States would have to spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year and lose many thousands of our precious soldiers defending Europe from an Islamo-Fascist invasion from the South-East.
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He will understand that control of the physical territory of Israel forms the key strategic European defense hub of the entire Middle East.
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For, as Alexander the Great schooled his generals in 333 B.C.E.  after he rejected their urgent advice to immediately chase east after the Persian/Iranian Darius III after Alexander defeated Darius III at Battle of Issus...
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"Friends and fellow soldiers, I do not see how we safely advance ... to pursue [the Iranian] Darius with the neutral city of Tyre in our rear and Egypt and Cyprus still in enemy hands would be a serious risk...  But with all Phoenicia [Israel] ... ours ... we shall be able to march on Babylon [Iraq] with security at home, with enhanced prestige and with Persia [Iran] excluded not only from the [Mediterranean] Sea but from the whole [Middle East] continent up to the Euphrates.
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With a safe and secure Israel, there will be peace.  With a defeated Israel, the Iranian Pandora's evil box will become unstoppable.
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5) Finally, in seconds President Trump will understand that the West Bank is the topographic mountains that tower over the low lands of the Sharon Plain that hold 70% of Israel's Jewish population.
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Trump will see the "2-State Solution" is the "Establishment's" prescription for an American catastrophic loss of its key geo-strategic asset in the region.
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In short, a President Trump will usher in a golden age of peace and harmony in the Middle East by recognizing that the "international establishment's" 2-State Solution is as much of an international fraud on America as is all of the "Establishment's" other domestic policies that have destroyed America's power of good in the world.
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And, critically, the real evil of the Middle East is Iran and its evil proxies who are now funded by Obama's treasonous Iranian Nuclear deal.
      Palestinians: Peace starts with facing the harsh reality of hate  (INN 04/28/2016)
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While Palestinian refugees are scattered over several countries and given few rights by their Arab hosts, and while they live in various states of dependence in Gaza and the West Bank, resolution of their status is delayed decade after decade, with occasional lip service paid to a negotiated two-state solution — the magic solution that would supposedly cure everything!
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Who should be blamed for this?  Most of the world is quick to blame Israel. 
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The Jews accepted the UN partition plan of 1947 which would have given the Palestinians a state more viable than what was given to the Jews, but the Arab states convinced the Palestinians that it was a bad deal, and the Palestinians have been rejecting all opportunities for a state ever since.
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The Arab states, many Europeans and the so-called "pro-Palestinian" movement have been using the same tactic since 1948 – keep the Palestinians in poverty, victimhood, and dependence so that Israel can be blamed, with the hope that Israel would lose legitimacy and its Jewish residents would be thrown into the sea or they would pack up and leave.
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Obviously it has not worked and it never will, but it has created what seems a carefully-planned hate culture for the Palestinians.
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Less than a week ago, in the official Friday sermon on official Palestinian Authority (PA) television — not Hamas — the PA preacher was praying for genocide:
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"Allah, punish Your enemies, the enemies of religion, count their numbers and kill them to the last one, and bring them a black day.  Allah, punish the wicked Jews, and those among the atheists who help them.  Allah, we ask that You bestow upon us respect and honor by enabling us to repel them, and we ask You to save us from their evil."
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All attempts by the U.S.  to facilitate a final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians have failed.  Has any reasonable person really expected those attempts to succeed?
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A society whose leaders campaign for a convicted terrorist to be given the Nobel Peace Prize, a society that teaches its children hatred and violence as part of its standard curriculum, a society that unabashedly teaches anti-Semitism through all means available, a society that putssuicide belts on children during political celebrations, a society that honors, glorifies and fundsterrorists, a society that uses a hateful version of religion to poison the minds of its children, a society that engages in widespread jubilation when Jews are victims of terrorist attacks, is not a healthy society that can develop peace of any kind.
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Peace cannot be achieved as if by magic.  Teach the Palestinians the values that bring peace (acceptance of differences, religious tolerance, and non-violent conflict resolution) rather than the lies that bring hate. 
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Stop the anti-Israel incitement and maybe in a generation or two, the Palestinians will be ready for peace.
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These are the values taught all over the liberal democratic world, including Israel, but somehow, when it comes to Arabs, all expectations of socialized behavior are thrown out the window.
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That peace requires — first — the end of the Palestinian culture of hate is obvious; yet this point is rarely made except by Israel and its supporters.
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Somehow, people expect to resolve a conflict without neutralizing the root cause of that conflict: teaching hate.
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While it is technically true that both sides have faults, the imbalance is so great that the analogy is not only meaningless, but, more importantly, dangerous.
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Resolving the hatred would finally allow Palestinians to look after their own interests rather than be obsessed and distracted with damaging the interests of Israel.
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They would find that their interests are quite consistent with those of Israel, and that peace would bring them huge dividends.
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They would be able to see these facts because they would no longer be blinded by hate.
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Teach Peace: This is the solution that Western politicians urgently need to talk about when they meet Palestinian officials.
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It should be at the start, at the middle, and at the end of every meeting and every speech, and all funding should be made contingent on it and strictly linked to it.
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Until this approach is adopted, there is really no point in talking about a negotiated two-state solution.
      Obama meddles in Brexit but shuns Netanyahu when he speaks up about Iran  (Fox 04/22/2016)
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President Obama defended his intrusion into British politics in taking sides on the controversial and divisive Brexit debate.
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"If one of our best friends is in an organization that enhances their influence and enhances their power and enhances their economy, then I want them to stay in.  Or at least I want to be able to tell them ‘I think this makes you guys bigger players.'"
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Nor did he stop at merely giving the British voters unsolicited advice, he also issued a not so veiled threat.  He said that "The UK is going to be in the back of the queue" on trade agreements if they exit the EU.
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President Obama must either have a short memory or must adhere to Emerson's dictum that "foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
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Recall how outraged the same President Obama was when the prime minister of a friendly country, Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke his mind about the Iran Deal. 
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Israel has a far greater stake in the Iran deal than the United States has in whatever decision the British voters make about Brexit...
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Benjamin Netanyahu was representing the nearly unanimous view of his countrymen, whereas there is no evidence that Americans favor or oppose Brexit in large numbers.
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So what is it Mr.  President?  Should friends speak their minds about controversial issues when visiting another country, or should they keep their views to themselves?
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Or is your answer that friends should speak their minds only when they agree with other friends, but not when they disagree?
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Such a view would skew the market place of ideas beyond recognition.
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A wit once observed that "hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue."
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It is also the currency of diplomacy and politics.  That doesn't make it right.
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Let there be one rule that covers all friends – not one for those with whom you agree and another for those with whom you disagree.
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For me the better rule is open dialogue among friends on all issues of mutual importance. 
      Sorry to tell you, but...  (INN 04/22/2016)
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I am sorry to tell you that the terror attacks we from which we suffer today and yesterday, a week ago, a month, a year and a decade and century ago, are all part of the same war, the same struggle, the same Jihad waged against us by our neighbors for over a century. 
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Each of these is Jihad in Arabic, each is aimed at Jews just for being Jewish.
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I regret to remind you of the fact that this war began way before the establishment of the Jewish state declared in 1948...
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I hate to point out to you that the shouts we heard, mainly in the 1948 War of Independence, were "Itbach al Yahud" – "Butcher the Jews" – and not the "Israelis" or the "Zionists," because their problem is with the Jews who refuse to be dependent on the mercy of Islam, refuse to live as dhimmi, protected ones, the way Islam mandates for Jews and Christians.
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It is not pleasant to tell you this, but Israel's enemies' most popular chant is (in Arabic) – "Kyber, Khyber O Jews, Mohammed's army will yet return." Khyber is an oasis in the Arabian Peninsula that was populated by Jews until Mohammed slaughtered them in 626 C.E.
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The Jews, according to the Koran (Sura 5, verse 82) are the most hostile enemies of the Moslems.  Verse 60 states that Allah's curse and fury upon them turned them into monkeys and pigs.
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Despite what you think, peace with Egypt was achieved only after Sadat realized that despite Arab efforts to destroy Israel ... the Jewish state managed to push back all the Arab armies and bring the war to their territory.
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The only objective of the Oslo Accords was to create a Palestinian entity with an army and weapons that would be used to destroy Israel when the time was ripe.
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... our decision makers explained that he is only saying it for domestic consumption, and when suicide bombers set themselves off in our streets, the victims were called "victims of peace."
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It saddens me to tell you that all of Israel's efforts to please the Hamas Gazans failed, and Hamas went on from being a terrorist organization to becoming a terrorist state.
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The Gazans are pawns in the hands of Hamas, the Jihad and the Salafists, all of whom appointed themselves the liaison between the residents of Gaza and Paradise, having already given them a taste of hell on earth.
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It pains me to tell all the soul-weary peace seekers in Israel and the world, that the concrete and iron that you forced us to give the Jihadists in Gaza in order to rebuild their destroyed homes, were used to build tunnels of death both to Gazans and Israelis.
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You were wrong again – basing your policy on pipe dreams, delusions and hopes instead of on facts and figures.
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I hate to ruin the "two states for two peoples" party, but I must, because what is happening in Gaza today is exactly what will happen to the second Palestinian state you are trying to establish in Judea and Samaria.
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And when the snipers go back to shooting at passersby on Jerusalem streets from the walls of the Old City as their Jordanian brothers did until 1967, where will you hide?
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I am sorry to disappoint you but the worst thing that ever happened to Israel's hopes for peace was the rise of the peace movements, those calling for Israel to establish a terror state in Judea and Samaria and give up East Jerusalem for it.
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In the violent and radical region where Israel is trying to survive, anyone considered weak gets kicked, you know exactly where, and is sent to hell in the best case, or butchered and beheaded as a matter of course.
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In the Middle East, peace means that your enemies leave you alone because you are too strong, threatening and dangerous to start up with.
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Here, we have room only for the brave, the strong, the steadfast and those who believe in the justice of their cause.
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Anyone who lacks those traits can find a suitable home somewhere else, where life is peaceful, quiet, prosperous and blooming.
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May we suggest Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Boston or San Bernardino...
      Unworthy of statehood  (INN 04/20/2016)
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Incitement and anti-Semitic hate spewing out of the mouths of Palestinian leaders, empty words designed to perpetuate Palestinian self-promotion as the perennial victim when, in truth, they are only the victims of their own emptiness, the constant eruption of violence against Israelis from Palestinian Arabs raised to hate Jews and destroy Israel.
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If anyone is so utterly unworthy of statehood it is the Palestinian Arabs.
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Fraudulent history, internal divisiveness, wastage of massive global assistance, the diversion of international funding to propaganda purposes, incitement, lessons of hate, the financing and support of terrorism, their predilection to violence and the total inability to display to the world any respect for their neighbors...
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So the establishment of a Palestinian state would comprise two major terror organizations, one Islamic, the other Communist, currently at logger-heads with each other but united in their desire to see an end of Israel, regardless of signed agreements. 
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And yet, the world has nothing to say about this apart from their ridiculous belief that the creation of Palestine is the only way to achieve peace!
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Marwan Barghouti sits in an Israeli jail.  He is serving five consecutive life sentences for orchestrating the murder of Israeli civilians in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Givat Zeev, and injured others.
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The Palestinian Fatah party of Mahmoud Abbas calls his imprisonment a "war crime." Now the Palestinians are running a global campaign to have this unrepentant murderer nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize no less.
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Why not, the Norwegians gave one to arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat who launched his fatal intifada after flying to Oslo to pick up his award.
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Several thousand Palestinians have been killed by other Palestinians due to their internal political and religious enmity?  Palestinian society is, within itself, divisive and violent.
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All in all, the consequences of the establishment of a Palestinian state, based on the reality of Palestinian politics and Palestinian society, are too intensely frightening to be seriously considered.
      The Saudis practice mafia tactics  (JWR 04/19/2016)
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The Mafia, in its heyday, ran lucrative protection rackets.  Pay them and your business would be kept safe from "unforeseen" threats.  Don't pay them and your business might go up in smoke with you inside.
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... Saudi Arabia, playing the role of Mafia extortionist, has threatened to "...sell off hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept.  11, 2001, attacks."
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The Obama administration opposes the bill, saying it could potentially open the kingdom to lawsuits from relatives of the dead and injured.  So?
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Fifteen of the 19 men involved in the terrorist plot were Saudi citizens and that country promotes the most extreme form of Islam known as Wahhabism.
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Adding to the suspicion that there is more to be learned about Saudi Arabia's role are 28 pages contained in the 9-11 Commission's report censored by the Bush administration for "national security reasons."
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"160 subjects of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including but not limited to members of the House of Saud and/or members of the bin Laden family fled the U.S.  (on chartered planes when all other aircraft were grounded) between September 11, 2001 and September 15, 2001."
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"I think it is implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn't speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many of whom didn't have a high school education, could've carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States."
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The relatives of the dead have a right to know who funded the terrorist attack that killed their loved ones.
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The Obama administration claims that weakening the immunity law could put U.S.  corporations, the American government and its citizens at legal risk because other nations might retaliate with similar legislation.
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The difference is that U.S.  citizens are not hijacking planes and committing mass murder in other countries.
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For too long Republican and Democratic administrations have ignored the actions and teachings of Saudi Arabia, including textbooks used in Islamic schools that denigrate Jews and other "infidels" and the building of mosques that some imams are using to spread hate and recruit suicide bombers.
      Maybe the hareidim have it right about IDF service  (INN 04/18/2016)
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The stories I've heard from soldiers ... of the abuse and dangers that our soldiers are expected to subject themselves to daily, all in the interest of of "purity of arms" and "keeping the IDF moral" is heart wrenching, mind boggling, and infuriating all at the same time.
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We now have the Hevron soldier sitting in a jail while his parents are breaking under the emotional strain of their 19-year-old son being charged with manslaughter for shooting a terrorist who very well could have had explosives on him.
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It's not like this has never happened before.  It has — and soliders have died and lost limbs as a result.
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He did, in those split seconds, what he thought was the safest thing to do.
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Better a dead terrorist than dead Jews defending us.
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Just what is so wrong with that logic?
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No — I do not want my children serving in the army of a country that will not protect and defend them not just as much but much more than it cares for the enemies who only want our death and destruction.
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If I give you, the holy IDF, my precious child at the age of 18 or 19, I expect - no, I demand - that you take every precaution to protect every single hair on the head of my kid.
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I expect and demand that you give them moral and emotional support.
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I demand that the 3 years of freedom and youth they sacrifice to stand at checkpoints in the blazing heat with heavy gear that weighs 1/3 of their body weight giving them stress fractures, or in freezing temperatures on hilltops, will be respected, appreciated, and honored.
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And if my soldier child must use her gun in the split seconds allowed to make life and death decisions, and even if she makes the wrong decision, I expect and demand my government to support her no matter what.
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It pains me to say this.  Maybe those that chose not to send their children to the army have it right.
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Maybe they saw the immorality of a Defense Minister Ya'alon and Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chief of Staff Eizenkott who, even before an investigation was performed, publicly — PUBLICLY!!!!  — spoke out against our soldier and threw him to the leftist dogs...
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Maybe they sensed that their children would be subjected to impossible choices, subjected to public humiliation, that no matter what they do it will be deemed wrong and they will pay for it either with their own life forfeited to the enemy or with a long jail sentence for defending themselves.
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We are in a war.  But we are not in a war with soldiers from a sovereign country.
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We are in a war with terrorists who have no boundaries, whose only mission is to kill us, destroy us, and replace our state with theirs.
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It makes no difference to them if their target is pregnant women, babies, little kids on bikes or riding in car seats.
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They are the enemy.  Not my soldier child.
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It's ridiculous that I even need to point that out to you.
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My soldier child is holy as is every soldier in the IDF.  ... The least we can do is stand by them — right, wrong, or indifferent — in every situation. 
      Donald Trump is right about NATO, alliance burden sharing  (Fox 04/15/2016)
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As a former Pentagon spokesman who's been stationed in both Europe and Asia over a 20-year military career, I believe Donald Trump is 100 percent correct to insist that our allies share the burden of collective defense.
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While Americans should be proud of our historical role to advance global freedom — defeating Nazism and imperialism during World War II, communism during the Cold War, and battling jihadist terror networks today, we can't be the world's policeman forever.
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We can't afford it. 
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Nope, we're $19 trillion in debt and our own national infrastructure is crumbling.  Literally. 
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Isn't it time to do some nation-building at home?
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Meanwhile, aside from natural disasters, our top allies don't worry about physically crumbling cities.
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And that's thanks to the American taxpayer underwriting their massive security bills since the 1940s.
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NATO is an alliance of 28 nations with a population of more than 910 million.  America makes up over 1/3 the population, yet pays nearly three quarters of the defense expenditures.
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Each country is supposed to pay 2 percent of their GDP on defense.  Yet only America, the U.K., Greece, Estonia and Poland are currently meeting their obligations.
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... the newspaper noted that Japan and South Korea pay about half of the non-personnel costs of U.S.  military basing.
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And his response: "Why isn't it 100 percent?"
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Great question.
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Even getting past the massive trade deficits with allies like Japan, we're funding a system that makes our allies nicer places to live than here.
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They're modernizing while we're struggling to keep ours on-line.
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But beyond the lopsided financial burden, our allies aren't pulling their weight on the battlefield either.
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... only a handful of allies were willing to fight and die in Afghanistan.  Some insisted their troops couldn't fight in the snow or mountains.
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A running joke during my Pentagon days was that "International Security Assistance Force" (ISAF) in Afghanistan, actually stood for "I Saw Americans Fighting."
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While we spend billions to defend Saudi Arabia and other Gulf State allies, we get practically nothing.  Though they've signed up to fight ISIS, the vast majority of airstrikes are American.
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The Saudis ought to pay the bills, especially considering the role their hardline clerics play in creating jihadist networks in the first place.
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Let's recall that 15 of 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis.
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While America shoulders the free world's defense burden, we must recognize the threats have changed.
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Today's greatest long-term threats to Europe and America are radical Islam-inspired terrorism and unchecked immigration, which by the way, go hand in hand.
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Next is nuclear proliferation and rogue nations like Iran and North Korea.
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Then the rise of China, busily hacking and cheating its way to superpower status.
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They don't have to conquer us if we internally collapse. 
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Bottom line, our allies must get serious about defense.
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If they can't pull their own weight, why should we go broke carrying them on our backs?
      Islam is Colonialism, 'Palestine' is Colonialism  (INN 04/11/2016)
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At Israeli Apartheid Week, campus haters claim to be fighting "colonialism" by fighting Jews.
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You can't colonize 'Palestine' because you can't colonize colonizers.  The Muslim population in Israel is a foreign colonist population.  The indigenous Jewish population can resettle its own country, but it can't colonize it.
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Muslims invaded, conquered and settled Israel.  They forced their language and laws on the population.  That's the definition of colonialism.
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You can't colonize and then complain that you're being colonized when the natives take back the power that you stole from them.
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There are Muslims in Israel for the same reason that there are Muslims in India.  They are the remnants of a Muslim colonial regime that displaced and oppressed the indigenous non-Muslim population.
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The Muslim conquests and invasions are well-documented.  The Muslim settlements fit every historical template of colonialism complete with importing a foreign population and social system that was imposed on the native population.
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The only reason there's a debate about the Temple Mount is because Caliph Omar conquered Jerusalem and ordered a mosque built on a holy Jewish site.
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The only reason there's a debate about East Jerusalem is because invading Muslim armies seized half the city in 1948, bombed synagogues and ethnically cleansed the Jewish population to achieve an artificial Muslim settler majority.
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There is no Muslim claim to Israel based on anything other than colonialism, invasion and settlement.
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The faith of Islam is the sworn religion of the sword.
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Islam is a religion of colonialism that spread through invasion, settlement and conquest. 
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Islamic theology is nothing but the manifest destiny of the Muslim conquest of the world, colonial settler enterprises dressed up in the filmy trappings of religion appropriated from the culture of conquered Jewish and Christian minorities.
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Muslim terrorism is a reactionary colonial response to the liberation movements of the indigenous Jewish population. 
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Even "Allahu Akbar" did not originate as a religious sentiment.  It does not mean "God is Great", as it is often mistranslated.  It was Mohammed's taunt to the Jews he was ethnically cleansing.  His purge of a minority group proved that "Allah was Greater".
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Islam would not have existed without colonialism.  It still can't exist without it.  That is why the violence continues.
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From its Roman origins, 'Palestine' has always been a colonial fantasy of remaking Israel by erasing its original Jewish identity.  The Arab mercenaries who were deployed by the Romans in that original colonial enterprise continued it by becoming self-employed conquerors for their own colonial empire.
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Advocates for 'Palestine' are not fighting colonialism, but promoting it.  They are advocating for a discredited Muslim settler fantasy and against the indigenous Jewish population of Israel.
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"Palestine" has no history.  It has no people.  It has no borders.  It has never been anything except a colonial invention.  It is a name used by a variety of foreign settlers operating on behalf of colonial empires.
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Resistance to Islamic terrorism is resistance to colonialism.  And Jews have the longest history of resisting the Islamic State under its various Caliphs throughout history.  Israel is still resisting the colonialist Jihadist plans for the restorations of the Caliphate.
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Islamic colonialism has always been defeated, whether at the Gates of Vienna or in the Sinai Desert.  Its colonial fantasies are false and will be defeated as many times as it takes, whether in the form of 'Palestine' or ISIS.
      Where did all the “Islamic terrorists” go?  (INN 04/10/2016)
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Obama's deconstruction of the facts on the ground is completely ahistorical.  Not only does he deny that all these killers draw their inspiration from the teachings of Islam, but he denies that Islam has been marked by its warlike and anti-Western, anti-Christianity, and anti-Jewish fervor throughout most of its history. 
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Any student of history knows that this fantasy of world domination has been the dominant mindset of Islam for the better part of 1400 years.
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A full-scale Islamic attack on the West was repulsed as recently as 1683 when Austria was attacked.
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In the 19th century, U.S.  Marines had to attack and defeat the Barbary pirates in No.  Africa who were disrupting Western shipping and enslaving Americans.
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We dare not forget that as recently as 1914-1918, the Ottoman Empire (Islamic religiously but ethnically Seljuk, not Arab) allied itself with the Central Powers in WWI, which alliance was intended to dramatically enhance Islamic power over the West.
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Instead of perceiving the historical truth, the Obama administration has determined to deconstruct the definitions related to every violent group within Islam.  They are each being portrayed as non-Islamic for different reasons. 
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But our enemies abound as never before in the Middle East.  They all attend mosques.  They all pray five times a day to Allah; they all read the same books.
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We see their concerted hatred for the West, and for Judaism and Christianity.  But, according to our government, the perception of this reality is actually a massive misperception. 
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Duplicity has replaced forthright policy and governance.
      Inconvenient genocide  (JWR 04/08/2016)
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The Christian communities of Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon are well on the way to joining their Jewish cousins.
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The Jewish communities of these states predated Islam by a millennium, and were vibrant until the 20th century.
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But the Arab world's war on the Jewish state, and more generally on Jews, wiped out the Jewish populations several decades ago.
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And now the Christian communities, which like the Jews, predate Islam, are being targeted for eradication.
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The ongoing genocide of Middle Eastern Christians at the hands of Sunni jihadists is a moral outrage.
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Persecution of Christians in Iraq began immediately after the US-led coalition brought down Saddam Hussein in 2003.  With the rise of Islamic State in 2012, the process of destroying the Christian community went into high gear.  And now these ancient communities are on the brink of extinction.
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One of the appalling aspects of ISIS's deliberate, open targeting of Christians for destruction is how little resistance it has received from local Sunni populations.
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... in areas that have been conquered by ISIS, the local Sunnis have collaborated with their genocidal masters in raping and murdering Christian neighbors, plundering their property, destroying their churches, and driving them from their ancestral homes.
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Although precise data is hard to come by, it is clear that thousands of Christians have been slaughtered.  Thousands of Christian women and girls have been sold as sex slaves in ISIS slave markets, subjected to continuous, violent rape and beatings.  Nuns and priests have been enslaved, crucified, mutilated, kidnapped and held for ransom, as have lay members of Christian communities.  Christians have been burned alive.
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And of course, a region needn't be under direct ISIS control for Christians to be targeted for destruction.  The Easter massacre in Pakistan was further evidence that wherever radical Islamists gain power, they use it to murder Christians.
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Given the prevalence of Christian persecution, why is the West – which is overwhelmingly Christian – so reticent about mentioning it?  And why are Western leaders loathe to do anything to stop it?
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There are two ways to end genocide.  First, you can defeat those conducting it on the battlefield.
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The second way you can stop genocide is by evacuating the targeted population and providing its members with refuge.
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Substantively, Kerry's plan is to deny Christians refuge, and to abandon them to the mercy of their murderers.
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... Kerry's statement was in line with the Obama administration's timid, feckless military campaign against ISIS.
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Everyone knows that the US military could take down ISIS in a matter of weeks if Obama ordered it to do so.
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As for providing refuge to the populations targeted with genocide, the raw data make clear that Obama does just the opposite.
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He is providing refuge for Sunni Muslims, who are not being targeted for genocide, which is being conducted by Sunni Muslims.
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And when presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz called for the US to provide refuge to Christians, who pose no security threat and are targeted with genocide and persecution while banning Muslim immigration, Obama accused him of bigotry.
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Beyond refusing to take the necessary steps to ensure that persecuted Christians are rescued from annihilation, the State Department has been rejecting visa requests from Christian activists and leaders from persecuted communities to visit the US to share information about their suffering with the American public.
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This, at the same time that the administration has welcomed Muslim jihad sympathizers, including Muslim Brotherhood members, to Washington.
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What accounts for this behavior?  The answer is not ignorance, but ideologically- motivated bigotry.
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"Christians have been targeted [because]...  Christianity [is seen] as a foreign ‘colonial' import.  Christians are seen as linked to the West, which is perceived as corrupt and exploitative."
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In other words, Middle Eastern Christians, whose communities predate Islam, are targeted because they are perceived as Western implants.
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And the West ignores their suffering, because the Left in the West perceives them as Western implants.
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In both cases, prejudices, rooted on the one hand in jihadist Islam, and on the other hand in Western self-hatred and post-colonialism, reach the same bigoted conclusion: the only "authentic" people in the Middle East are Muslims.
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Everybody else is a colonial implant.  And as such, they deserve what they get.
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The same ideological prejudice that refuses to recognize that the Islamic State is Islamic, refuses to recognize that jihad is unique to Islam, refuses to recognize that Christians as religious minorities are being targeted for annihilation, and refuses to recognize that the Christians of the Middle East are ancient peoples who have lived in their communities since the dawn of Christianity, also refuse to recognize the rights of the Jewish people as the indigenous people of the land of Israel.
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This is the reason that Western governments, led by the Obama administration, are unwilling to defeat ISIS.  This is why they are giving preference to Muslim asylum-seekers, who they are incapable of screening, over Christians, who it is unnecessary to screen.
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This is why the same governments eagerly embrace every allegation of Israeli racism, real or imagined, while they ignore, or even fund racist Palestinian efforts to deny Jewish history, a history which leads to the inevitable conclusion that the Jews are the indigenous people of the land of Israel.
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The reason Obama refuses to protect Middle East Christians from extinction is because he cannot rescue them – either on the ground or by ensuring they can flee to safety – without abandoning his ideological faith that the only "natives" of the Middle East are the Muslims.
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See related Iraqi Christians (Glenn McCoy, 08/08/2014) cartoon from World picture album
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See related Got a Friend (Glenn McCoy, 01/17/2015) cartoon from World picture album
      A country ruled by its judiciary cannot win the fight against terror  (INN 04/08/2016)
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The justices of the Supreme Court and the attorney general are the real leaders in Israel.  They can subvert government authority, and often do.
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The Supreme Court is not only a super-legislature, but it arrogates to itself the power to prescribe the morality, security and the military defense of the Jewish people!
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The Supreme Court's post-Zionist and socialist position dominates every aspect of governance and legislation, accomplished through the attorney general and his army of legal advisers in every government ministry, national authority and the military.
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The attorney general has significant power over the government and has repeatedly terminated the prime minister's preferred appointments to top security positions.
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Netanyahu wanted the IDF to attack Iran's nuclear sites but the General Staff refused, claiming that ties to the United States are more important than preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
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The current attacks are not merely criminal acts and are not about individual rights, or lack thereof.  They are about collective rights.  The collective right of Jews to national sovereignty is under assault by the rival collective right of Arabs.  If the Jews do not prevail in that struggle, they will lose their right to self-determination as a collective, as well as the individual rights of all the inhabitants of Israel, Jews and non-Jews alike.
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Israel was not established to be a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural liberal democracy.  It was established to be the state of the Jewish people.  As stated in the Declaration of Independence: to give expression to the "natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate...  in their own sovereign state."
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Israel will not remain Jewish if it does not retain its status as the nation-state of Jews, with the exclusive source of sovereignty being the Jewish people — a Jewish state where minorities live with equal rights.
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The attackers are using violence and intimidation in the pursuit of a political aim: Israel's destruction.  The full extent of the law should be applied to them.  Terrorists do not have "democratic" rights to homes, free university education, priority medical care, etc.
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Concessions awarded to terrorists tend to increase the frequency of terrorist attacks.  Arab Members of Knesset also do not have a "democratic" right to fraternize with the enemy, much less to call for Israeli Arabs to rise against their state or its citizens.
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The Knesset should publicly commit the courts and the new attorney general to help fight terrorism and to uphold the principles of the founding of the State of Israel. 
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Furthermore, the rules of engagement of the security forces should not be prescribed by the Supreme Court.  The rules should be devised by the government, per the instructions of the Knesset.
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The knife-stabbers and shooters are terrorists: They want to wipe Israel off the map.  Those that engage in terrorism, encourage it or support it should have no place in Israel.
      A Look Inside Britain's Muslim Sex Grooming Gang Scandal  (American Thinker, 04/06/2016)
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For the past few decades, British authorities have been caught up in the pervasive meme of multiculturalism — the falsehood that all cultures are equal and that to believe otherwise is to commit the worst modern day offense — to be "racist."
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Under this fallacy, the British government in 2001 introduced a series of restrictive speech codes that criminalized criticism of Islam, followed by a Racial and Religious Hatred Bill imposing fines and even imprisonment for speech that "incited hatred against a person for their religious or racial background."
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Liberty Great Britain party chairman Paul Weston was arrested on suspicion of racial harassment after publicly reading a passage critical of Muslims from Winston Churchill's The River War.
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In this context and political climate, with racism conflated with religion – one specific religion – it is easy to see how government and public service employees would fear professional and legal repercussions (up to seven years in prison) merely for speaking up about criminal behavior by Muslims who justify their actions citing the Koran.
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In this way, teachers, police, child care workers, government officials and others have been silent about the growing menace of Muslim gangs who sexually groom and exploit children in the UK.
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... multiculturalism-inspired political correctness along with its companion, willful blindness concerning Islamic doctrine, has jeopardized the safety and well-being of children.
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... since 1988, this nationwide sexploitation has resulted in the shattering of lives of between 100,000 to 1 million girls. 
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... the fear of being deemed racist and facing criminal charges, dismissal or even threats of violence, has led to suppression of information and a stunning lack of intervention on behalf of young victims.
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In essence, an extensive, insidious operation that targets children for sexual grooming and enslavement has been covered up because of political correctness and fear of Muslim retribution.
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Non-Muslim pedophiles are typically lone adults who groom children for sex in reclusive secrecy, worry about being prosecuted by law enforcement, meet accusations with defensive denial and worry about being discovered, shamed, and criticized by friends or relatives.
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Muslim perpetrators, however, work in gangs, see nothing wrong with their shariah-sanctioned activities, receive collusive support from their communities and feel they are above the law.
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News coverage of the crimes has been mostly obfuscated by a complicit media that characterizes the overwhelmingly Muslim perpetrators as generic "Asians."
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Muslim flesh-peddlers operate as part of a well-organized extensive network of taxi drivers, shop and restaurant owners, and security guards.
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Girls, mainly between the ages of 11 and 14, the majority from state-run children's homes, are ensnared while traveling from school to home, at shopping malls, restaurants, bus stations and similar public venues.
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... UK authorities have failed to warn parents that young girls are at risk or to recommend extra supervision and vigilance.
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The author reports that police routinely dismiss parents' concerns and have failed to set up surveillance operations at strategically significant locations.
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Police have even arrested parents for trying to save their children.  In one such case, fathers, who were able to track down their daughters and tried to rescue them were arrested by police. 
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... local authorities – social workers, teachers' unions, educational organizations and childcare agencies – have made no effort to intervene or draw public attention to the pervasive threat.
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...  feared charges of racism preclude their mandated responsibility for the protection of children. 
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... major teachers' unions are behind an organization – Unite Against Fascism – that blocks the publicizing of the sex grooming gang phenomenon and its Muslim community participation.
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... no mention was made of Muslim involvement or the victims' young ages.
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Gang members have been known to assert Muslim supremacy, make accusations of Muslim victimhood and racism, and threaten retaliation against the girls and their families.  Some have clearly cited religious motivations for their crimes in court.
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Protection of defendants' rights supersedes that of victims, even with child victims. 
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More distressing is the fact that the greater the Muslim population density in an area, the lower the conviction rate.
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The backdrop for sexual grooming and enslavement of children lies in Islamic doctrines ... the pervasive slave-taking history of Islam from the 7th century, as well as Islamic doctrine from the Koran citing Islam's view of non-Muslims, its treatment of women and sexual slaves, and the permissibility of sex with children by Mohammed's example with his nine-year-old third wife, Aisha. 
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... rape has historically been used as a weapon of war to assert Islamic supremacy.  Islamic doctrine encourages the rape and enslavement of non-Muslims, even with married infidel women as a legal and moral enterprise.
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... the required first and foremost allegiance to the Umma, or Muslim community, and the inbred obligation of enmity toward non-Muslims facilitates the pimping of non-Muslim girls and hinders any attempts at exposing its criminality and eventual prosecution.
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Sexual slavery has historically been used as a religious weapon to advance the domination of Islam. 
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... the sexploitation and enslavement of girls, once viewed as a great evil in Western society, has become a pervasive, routine, and almost pedestrian part of everyday life in the UK.
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...  Western civilization is fighting for its very existence in a clash between civilization and barbarism.
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... book serves as a grave warning for other countries as they consider increased levels of Muslim immigration.
      Surrendering to ISIS is the only way to defeat it  (INN 04/05/2016)
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If you're keeping score, freeing Islamic terrorists from Gitmo does not play into the hands of ISIS.  Neither does bringing Syrians, many of whom sympathize with Islamic terrorists, into our country.
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And aiding the Muslim Brotherhood parent organization of ISIS does not play into the Islamic group's hands.
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However if you use the words "Islamic terrorism" or even milder derivatives such as "radical Islamic terrorism", you are playing into the hands of ISIS.
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If you call for closer law enforcement scrutiny of Muslim areas before they turn into Molenbeek style no-go zones or suggest ending the stream of new immigrant recruits to ISIS in San Bernardino, Paris or Brussels, you are also playing into the hands of ISIS.
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And if you carpet bomb ISIS, destroy its headquarters and training camps, you're just playing into its hands.
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According to Obama and his experts, who have wrecked the Middle East, what ISIS fears most is that we'll ignore it and let it go about its business.  And what it wants most is for us to utterly destroy it.
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Or as Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said, "If you kill your enemies, they win."
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But maybe if you surrender to them, then you win.
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Tens of thousands of Muslim refugees make us safer.  But using the words "Muslim terrorism" endangers us.
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The more Muslims we bring to America, the faster we'll beat ISIS.  As long as we don't call it the Islamic State or ISIS or ISIL, but follow Secretary of State John Kerry's lead in calling it Daesh. 
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Because terrorism has no religion.  Even when it's shouting, "Allahu Akbar".
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Obama initially tried to defeat ISIS by ignoring it.  ... Unimpressed, ISIS seized Mosul.  It was still attached to the old-fashioned way of proving it was strong by actually winning land and wars. 
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Europe and the United States decided to prove that we were not at war with Islam by taking in as many Muslims as we could.
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Every single counterintuitive strategy for defeating Islamic terrorism has been tried.  And it has failed.
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Islamic terrorism has followed an intuitive pattern of cause and effect.  There's a reason that the counterintuitive strategies for fighting Islamic terrorism by not fighting Islamic terrorism don't work.  They make no sense. 
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The West's counterterrorism strategy makes less sense than the ravings of most mental patients.
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The only thing more insane than the counterintuitive strategy for defeating Islamic terrorism is the insistence that the intuitive strategy of keeping terrorists out and killing them is what terrorists want.
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If we police Muslim no-go zones, then ISIS also wins.  If we deport potential terrorists, ISIS still wins.
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But if we let ISIS carry out another successful attack, then ISIS loses.  And we win.  What do we win? 
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Politicians and experts claim that ISIS is insane.  It's not insane.  It's evil.  Its goals are clear and comprehensible.  The objectives of the Islamic State are easy to intuitively grasp.
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Our leaders and experts are the ones who are out of their minds.  They may or may not be evil, but they are utterly insane.  And they have projected their madness on Islamic terrorists who are downright rational compared to them.
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Unlike our leaders, Islamic terrorists don't confuse victory and defeat.  They aren't afraid that they'll win.  They don't want us to kill them or deport them.  They don't care whether we call them ISIS or Daesh.  They don't derive their Islamic legitimacy from John Kerry or a State Department Twitter account.
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They get it from the Koran and the entire rotting corpus of Islamic law that they seek to impose on the world.
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Our leaders are the ones who are afraid of winning.  They distrust the morality of armed force and borders.
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They disguise that distrust behind convoluted arguments and counterintuitive rationales.
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Entire intellectual systems are constructed to explain why defeating ISIS is exactly what ISIS wants.
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... ISIS does not care whether Obama talks tough, even if it's only his version of tough talk in which he puffs out his chest and says things like, "You are not strong, you are weak." It is not interested in Obama's "right side of history" distortion of American values either.
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ISIS is not trying to be counterintuitive.  It's fighting to win.  And our leaders are fighting as hard as they can to lose.
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The counterintuitive strategy is not meant to fight terror, but to convince the populace that winning is actually losing and losing is actually winning.
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This isn't a plan to win.  It's a plan to confuse the issue while losing.
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But intuitive beats counterintuitive.  Winning intuitively beats losing counterintuitively.
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Counterintuitively, collaborating with the enemy is patriotism.
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Intuitively, it's treason.
      The subtle war against Israel  (INN 04/03/2016)
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The soldier in Hebron shouldn't have had to pull the trigger and kill the terrorist who had just attempted to murder his comrade.  The officers in the area should have done so.
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The seminal event that brought about the establishment of the State of Israel was the Holocaust, in which Jewish lives were considered worthless, or less.
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This view was held not only by the Nazis and their accomplices, but by the entire world.
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The Americans and British did not bother to waste even one or two bombs to halt the death industry and save Jewish lives.
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In other words, Hitler's speeches and the culture that he created, which negated the right of Jewish existence, filtered down and strongly influenced the world – both actively and passively.
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The entire existence of the State of Israel was designed – first and foremost – to reverse this reality.
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It is important to note that the State of Israel has always based its right to exist on this very point; on the restoration of the right of the Jews to exist and the natural legitimacy of Jewish lives.
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Ensuring national existence, however, is nothing more than the foundation for the actualization of our national destiny.
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After two generations of avoidance of our destiny, our existence also becomes meaningless and loses its legitimacy.
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That is how, slowly but surely, the life of the enemy becomes more important than the lives of our citizens and soldiers.
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... the more that we flee our destiny for the imagined safety of jet fighters, submarines and flak jackets – the more we find ourselves bereft of existential legitimacy, returning to the place from which we fled – the place where Jewish lives become cheaper by the day.
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Just like Germany in the 1930s, Iran, which calls for the destruction of the Jews, has remained a legitimate and courted member of the UN.
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Israel's status and the legitimacy of Jewish existence are dissipating.
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It is once again legitimate to slaughter a Jew, simply because he is a Jew.  It is still permissible to harm the terrorist, but only on the basis of the value of self-defense because the terrorist is "just ".
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Our ‘ethical' rigor over the terrorist's ‘rights' confirms the world's conviction that we also understand that this Land belongs to the terrorist and that he is the good guy in this story.
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The result is that very quickly, the self-defense principle also stops working for us.  It is also forbidden to harm a terrorist.  All we can do is try to shoot down the missile that he shot – and only while it is still in the air. 
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Our friendly neighbors will always be forgiven and even liked after they slaughter us.
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Please do not be confused.  This is not a national territorial dispute.  We have no common border with Iran and the last thing that the Arabs of Hebron want is a state.
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(Did you ever hear of a Jordanian soldier stabbed in Hebron before 1967?  But you did hear that 67 Jews were slaughtered in Hebron in 1929 – before the State of Israel was established.)
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We are dealing with the negation of the legitimacy of Jewish sovereignty of any type on the face of the earth, and particularly, in the Middle East.
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In this respect, the scissors in the hands of the Arab teenager are more dangerous than the Iranian bomb.
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In Western culture, which associates morality with weakness, the scissors are much more convincing and thus negate our legitimacy more than the atomic bomb.
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This is not a national territorial war, a war of interests between two nations with similar cultures; a war in which rules of engagement, such as the Geneva Convention, can exist.
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This is not a war that ends with the victory of one of the sides or with a compromise.  This is a war of total destruction, bereft of any ethical rules.
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It is a war in which the pre-meditated slaughter of women and children is acceptable and desirable – and viewed as legitimate, while we, who tie our own hands and endanger our soldiers in our quest for ‘morality' are always marked as the bad guys.  Why?
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Because this is the most dangerous evil.  It is confusing evil, without tanks and jets.  It is evil that does not strike with armed force.
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It is evil that searched for and found our greatest weakness: our lost sense of the justice of our cause.
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When you breach just the tiniest of openings and give it legitimacy – you have fallen down a slippery slope and lost everything.
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We tried to evade our destiny and exchange justice for ethicality.  Time and again we make the open-fire rules more stringent.
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We sacrifice hundreds of soldiers in our failed attempt to win some legitimacy in the merit of our ‘ethicality'.
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We do not attack civilians.  We do not shoot at mosques.  We send our sons into the alleyways and tunnels – we will not bomb from the air and we will not turn off electricity and water.
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We try to maintain all the rules of the Western world – and we have remained the ‘bad guys' in this story.
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Why?
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Because it is impossible to exchange justice for ethicality.
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Even worse, when you surrender your destiny (and your justice in the process) and base your entire existence on ‘the ethical code', then you are tested there and only there – on the ethical playing field.
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But the ethical playing field is really a killing field.  To remain there, we pay with the blood of our soldiers and civilians.
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The only way to get off the killing field is to fight back with the same weapons.
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If a knife wielding terrorist comes to murder Jews, he must be eliminated immediately.  His life has become illegitimate.  ... The elimination must be immediate, on the spot, with no courtroom proceedings.
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A terrorist must never live to the day of his trial – even if he were to receive the death penalty at its end. 
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There are situations and planes upon which the court has no place.  War is clearly such a situation.  The war in which we currently find ourselves is the most difficult and subtle of all of Israel's wars.
      The real meaning of Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei's missile warning  (Fox 04/01/2016)
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"People say that tomorrow's world is a world of negotiations and not a world of missiles."
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"If they say this thoughtlessly, it shows that they are thoughtless.  However, if this is intentional, then this is treachery."
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Iran tested two ballistic missiles last fall and several over the last month.  Written on the sides of two missiles recently tested by Iran reportedly were the words "Israel should be wiped from the pages of history."
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Iran is expected to soon launch a space-launch rocket that most experts believe will be a test to develop an ICBM capable of firing nuclear warheads against Europe and the United States.
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Iran has the largest ballistic missile arsenal in the Middle East and is the only nation in history to develop missiles with ranges of 2,000 km or more without having a nuclear weapons capability.
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Khamenei's recent comments echo earlier statements by Iranian officials who have said Iran never agreed to any restrictions on its missile program in the nuclear deal.
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Khamenei and the Iranian leadership do not want to join the community of nations – they want Iran to become a regional hegemon that will dominate the Middle East.
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They agreed to a nuclear agreement that they know is a fraud since it allows Iran to conduct nuclear activities while it is in effect.
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Khamenei's claim that tomorrow's world is a world of missiles really means he believes tomorrow's world is a nuclear-armed Iran because transporting nuclear warheads is the only purpose of Iran's growing ballistic missile arsenal.
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Khamenei knows he will get away with pressing forward with Iran's missile because the Obama administration is so desperate to protect the president's legacy nuclear agreement that it will not support any meaningful action against Iran in response to the missile tests.
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This means Iran's ability to make nuclear fuel and develop a nuclear weapons delivery system will make great strides as a result of President Obama's nuclear diplomacy.
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This will be Barack Obama's real foreign policy legacy.
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It is urgent that next American president reverse this disastrous legacy by tearing up the nuclear deal with Iran on his first day in office and initiate a new strategy to halt all Iranian nuclear weapons-related activities, require Iran to fully account for its past nuclear weapons work, and stop Iran's ballistic missile program.
      US indignation on Iranian missile tests: biggest farce on planet Earth  (INN 03/31/2016)
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This is the phoniest gamesmanship by our duplicitous administration this writer has yet to see.
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Nothing the administration could do would be more laughable and ridiculous than the present unbelievable and farcical expressions of American indignation.
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Farce #1 — U.S.  expresses indignation about Iran "breaking the agreement." Yet, this same group was outraged when Israeli President Netanyahu came to speak against "the deal" at a meeting of Congress and asserted in the face of the Administration that Iran was untrustworthy.
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They are leaders in the Axis of Evil, a term that horrified the American left when it was uttered, and is still considered offensive by the duplicitous Left. 
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Farce #2 – The U.S.  Administration repeatedly said last Spring and summer that if Iran violates the agreement that sanctions could be re-imposed in a heartbeat.
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Yet, instead of immediately implementing procedures for sanctions re-instatement, we see a litany of bureaucratic complaints to the Security Council.
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Farce #3 - We're complaining, but no other signatories are listening.  ... What can we do?  Our hands are tied.  This is a strategy known on the street as "passing the buck."
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Farce #4 - Feigned surprise at the mealy-mouthed mullahs.  Imagine, the man on the street (myself and many, many others) knew from day one that you cannot negotiate with terrorist scum, but the brilliant Harvard and Yale types said "give peace a chance Mr.  Nobody."
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So when they drop their first nuclear (hydrogen) bomb or missile somewhere, and there is utter devastation, we will say to the mealy-mouthed mullahs, "You know, that's not in accord with the agreement," but the other signatories will say the wording of the agreement is unclear.
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That's what happens when you have complacent communist consiglieres combining to concoct a common conspiracy.
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Every predictable move by our implacable enemies is treated by the appeasers in Washington DC as though it were a surprise, a surprising deviation from the expected good.
      Why Westerners make inviting targets for terrorists  (JWR 03/31/2016)
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Given such severe backlash elsewhere, why do radical Islamists prefer to strike Europeans and Americans — from Paris and Brussels to Boston and San Bernardino?
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No place has been more open to Muslim refugees than the United States and the European Union.  Together they have accepted several million emigrants from the Middle East since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
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The EU and the U.S.  lavish foreign aid money on the Palestinians.  America has offered a half-century of support to Jordan and Egypt.  It is much easier to be a Muslim in Europe than a Christian in the Middle East.
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Obama has publicly deferred to Muslim interests while abroad.  He apologized to the Turkish parliament for a host of supposed past American sins — "some of our own darker periods in our history."
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In symbolic fashion, Obama bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.  The president's Cairo speech mythologized Islamic contributions throughout history and downplayed Western achievement.
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The Obama administration has in effect banned the use of the terms "jihadism" and "Islamic terrorism." It prefers a host of euphemisms for Islamic terrorist acts, from "workplace violence" to "man-caused disasters."
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CIA Director John Brennan redefined jihad as a "holy struggle" of Islamic self-purification rather than a Koran-sanctioned campaign against infidels.
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Despite all of that extraordinary presidential outreach, the West remains under constant terrorist threats and episodic attacks, often from Muslim youths who were offered sanctuary in places such as Belgium, France, Massachusetts and California.
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There are a number of reasons why jihadists prefer to target Westerners.
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The West is wealthy, sensual and liberal, and it offers the chance of global publicity to killers.
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Muslim immigrants from the Middle East prefer the higher standard of living in Paris than the abject poverty at home.
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But they also hate how such affluence insidiously tempts their own religious fundamentalism.  They do not praise Europe for its generosity, but rather blame it for its decadence.
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The West is obsessed with mandated equality.  The Muslim immigrant — who often arrives without education, language facility or money — easily learns how to blame his relative poverty on his hosts.
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He is rarely reminded that not being relatively well off in Frankfurt or Boston is still far better than being unsafe and poor in Yemen or Chechnya.
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America asks little of its immigrants.  U.S.  policies allow illegal entry en masse.  America does not insist that newcomers learn English, and it largely prefers the trendy multicultural salad bowl to the time-tested assimilationist melting pot.
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As a result, there are entire communities where recent immigrants and their families prefer to guilt-trip, rather than show affinity toward, their adopted countries.
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Many Westerners are more scared of being labeled as illiberal or nativist than they are of being unsafe.
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... jihadists trust that they can cull a handful of Westerners every few weeks from an otherwise indifferent herd.  Their only challenge is to keep the harvest of Westerners down to a few dozen and not to get greedy in their bloodlust.
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Terrorists seem to believe that as long as they avoid another 9/11-like massacre, they can continue to take lives and insidiously weaken the West without awakening it from its morally indifferent slumber.
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And they may be right.
      The self-delete of the President-in-Waiting  (INN 03/31/2016)
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For the past seven years, Israel has consistently suffered under the unswerving anti-Israel policies of the Obama administration.
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If the next US president is a Democrat, then Israel can expect its relations with America to remain in crisis mode for the foreseeable future.
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Obama, from the beginning of his administration, stated his willingness to talk to Iran "without preconditions," willing to ignore U.S.  property claims against Iran, and Iran's funding, providing equipment, weapons, training and giving sanctuary to terrorists.  He offered Iran economic inducements and a promise not to seek "regime change".
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The administration demanded that Israel should deny Jews civil and property rights and should not assert its sovereignty over non-Jews.
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There is nothing in Hillary Clinton's history that would qualify her for the presidency, and much that should disqualify her. 
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During Hillary's four years as Obama's Secretary of State, she was a full partner in Obama's hostile policies toward Israel.  Moreover, as her internal emails have shown, all her close advisers are hostile to Israel.
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The historic catastrophe permitting Iranians to develop nuclear weapons, and making it difficult for Israel to stop them happened on Hillary's watch as secretary of state.
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The Obama administration's protracted and repeatedly extended negotiations with Iran allowed Iran time to multiply, bury, and reinforce its nuclear facilities, to the point where it was uncertain whether Israel still had the military capacity to destroy those facilities.
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America's allies knew Hillary's system was insecure and tried to work around it.  One can assume America's enemies also knew, and tried to burrow within it.  Emails about Ambassador Stevens' travel and security plans got on a private server in a Colorado toilet, and Ambassador Stevens ended up dead.
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Obama and Hillary justified their decision to overthrow Qaddafi by falsely insisting that Qaddafi was about to carry out a slaughter of his opponents that rose to the level of genocide.
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At the same time, they refused to notice evidence that al-Qaeda was a major force in the anti-Qaddafi rebellion and was well positioned to take control over large swathes of the country if he were overthrown.
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Libya is the reason Italy is now being destabilized by tens of thousands of "refugees" landing on its shores, because ports on the Libyan coast are now in the hands of ISIS and other jihadists that are running people into Italy.
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Obama's sympathies lie with Islam, so he is relaxed about jihadist attacks.
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He kept on jollying with Raoul Castro as jihadists attacked Brussels, sending a picture of himself laughing, while people had just been blown up at a level that is the equivalent of September 11 to one of America's allies.
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The implications regarding the administration's demand that Israel should withdraw from territory gained in the Six Day War and effectively end its sovereign rule over Jerusalem are dire.  Every time Israel withdraws from territory, jihadists proclaim victory and are perceived as victors.
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It is preposterous that Donald Trump is considered a non-serious candidate for president, and that the serious, substantial candidate is Hillary Clinton, who as the chief foreign affairs official of the United States kept America's confidential business on a server in the bathroom of somebody's apartment.
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In his campaign, Trump asserted that he would close the U.S.  border to Muslims "until we figure out what's going on." He also mentioned that Brussels used to be such a safe place before becoming jihadi central.
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He is alone among the presidential candidates in addressing Americans' anxiety that if their leaders are not careful, America could end up like Western Europe, facing repeated attacks from a deadly internal enemy.
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This is important to voters these days since the Democrats intimate that they will import enough foreigners to make America a permanent one-party state.
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... Hillary ... asserted categorically: "Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism."
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When conventional politicians respond to terrorism with platitudes and even outright lies, it is no wonder that someone like Donald Trump can thrive as he senses and responds to legitimate public fears.
      You can’t make it up.  UN names democratic Israel as world’s top human rights violator  (Fox 03/29/2016)
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According to the United Nations, the most evil country in the world today is Israel.
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... condemning only one country for violating women's rights anywhere on the planet – Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women. 
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On the same day, the U.N.  Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states. 
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There were five Council resolutions on Israel.  One each on the likes of hellish countries like Syria, North Korea and Iran.  Libya got an offer of "technical assistance." And countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China were among the 95 percent of states that were never mentioned. 
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No slander is deemed too vile for the U.N.  human rights bodies that routinely listen to highly orchestrated Palestinian versions of the ancient blood libel against the Jews.
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"Israeli soldiers and settlers kill Palestinian children.  They shoot them dead.  They will leave them to bleed to death."
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"Israel... is directing its military machinery against women and girls.  They are killing them, injuring them, and leaving them bleeding to death."
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... accused Israel of sexual violence against children and "trying to exterminate an entire Palestinian generation." Speeches focused on the 1948 "catastrophe" in which a "settler colonial state" was established on Palestinian land.
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Picture these real-life scenes:
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In Geneva's grand U.N.  "Human Rights" Council chamber, 750 people assembled, pounced on the Jewish state, broadcast the spectacle online, and produced hundreds of articles and interviews in dozens of languages championing the results.
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On the ground, Israelis are being hacked to death on the streets, stabbed in buses, slaughtered in synagogues, mowed down with automobiles, and shot in front of their children.
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At the New York's UN headquarters, 8,100 NGO representatives gathered from all corners of the globe, in addition to government delegates, and watched the weight of the entire world of women's rights descended on only one country.
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On the ground, Palestinian women are murdered and subjugated for the sake of male honor, Saudi women can't drive, Iranian women are stoned to death for so-called "adultery," Egyptian women have their genitals mutilated and Sudanese women give birth in prison with their legs shackled for being Christian.
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Isn't it about time that people stopped calling the U.N.  a harmless international salon or a bad joke?
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All of this played out in the same week that Europe was reeling from the Belgian terror attacks.  Petrified or already vanquished, no European state voted against this onslaught of U.N.  resolutions against Israel.
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Here we are just 70 years after World War II and Europeans believe that they can license this vitriol against the Jewish state – the only democracy on the front lines of an Islamist war against human decency – and the consequences can be contained to the Jews.
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Two days after the Brussels attacks, Islamic states rammed through a Council resolution slyly labeled "Effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of all human rights" that was actually so anti-human rights even Belgium was forced to vote against it.
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Memo to Americans who are mad as hell: It's time to elicit a promise from our would-be leaders to refuse to sit on the U.N.  Human Rights Council or to legitimize the United Nations.
      Did you hug a terrorist today?  (INN 03/29/2016)
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Demanding peerless morality on the part of its soldiers is one thing.
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But requiring IDF guys to be more merciful than G-d, this is something else.
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That is pretty much where we are in the case of an Israeli soldier who last week finished off a terrorist who'd been wounded after a knifing spree.
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The terrorist was wearing a heavy overcoat, which suggests hidden explosives.  Either way, the soldier felt he had no time to "stop and frisk."
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When in doubt, take no prisoners.
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The soldier was handcuffed and led off to jail.  Today, a military court has formally charged him with "needlessly killing" the terrorist. 
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Outsiders wonder what the fuss is all about.  Soldier shoots terrorist dead – especially post-Brussels, a headline like that would be welcome in most parts of the world, mitigating circumstances be damned.
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But Israelis with children in the military are asking, since when is the life of a terrorist so precious and when did their own kids become so expendable?
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Are these the same Israelis who hunted down Eichmann and rescued the Entebbe hostages?
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Were rules of engagement strictly adhered to or to hell with it, we win, you lose?
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So today's handwringing in the name of morality appears to be excessive and somewhat absurd.
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In the heat of the moment a soldier has a split second to decide right from wrong, life or death.  Hesitation can be deadly.
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The American military also prides itself in maintaining high moral standards.  But, even under Obama, that does not stop us from droning terrorists to smithereens wherever we find them – and we don't ask questions, either.  We incinerate them in 12 different countries, mainly, at the moment, Pakistan, Somalia and Afghanistan.
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There've been no investigations and no apologies.  War means never saying you're sorry.
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Except, apparently, in Israel, where a military court has already taken its first step against the soldier.
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But more than this one soldier's future is at risk.
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At stake is the fighting spirit of a nation.
      EXPOSE: Belgium accepted Islamization for electoral reasons  (INN 03/29/2016)
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"For twenty years, he reigned in a sort of conspiracy of silence."
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"At the heart of this system was the powerful Philippe Moureaux, mayor of Molenbeek, media darling, who has had a real moral and political domination over Brussels' policy.  He has created a climate of intellectual terror against the few who dared to stand up.  Philippe Moureaux had realized that the future of socialism would depend on the immigrants who would become, symbolically, the new proletariat".
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"Without the immigrant populations, the Socialist Party would have been reduced to eight percent of the electorate in Brussels.  We have become prisoners."
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"Multiculturalism has failed because we have allowed them to exclude themselves without integrating communities, causing a fragmentation of society."
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"We're talking about Belgian citizens who reject the values ??of our country.  Salah Abdeslam is a typical example of a guy who could lead a comfortable life.  He had a decent salary and a guaranteed job for life ".
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"It was a political electoral pact.  Legal immigration (and illegal) was encouraged.  Family reunification was facilitated.  There was the granting of voting rights to foreigners, the fight against racism became the new paradigm of political discourse.  And more: frequent visits to mosques, subsidies to Muslim associations, the provision of services to the Koranic schools, participation in the festival Eid El Kebir, anti-Israeli marches".
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When he was mayor, Moureaux also urged people to avoid driving during Ramadan, so as not to offend Muslims.
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"Most politicians chose not to listen to sermons that became increasingly radical and in this climate radical organizations such as the Belgian Islamic Centre and others have prospered freely.  Molenbeek has thus become the fastest growing area of ??the Brussels region of Belgium.  The population of the district increased by 12 percent in 5 years and 30 percent in 15 years.  The Islamization is taking place before our eyes.  Already 30 percent of Brussels is Islamic".
      Self-destruct: Us or them  (INN 03/29/2016)
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The War of Civilizations is well and truly here, right on our doorstep, for the entire world to see.
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These are not terror attacks.  This is World War III in its incarnation of the enemy within: an asymmetric war that if not halted has the potential to go nuclear as Iran tests its long-range missiles with their leaders proclaiming "Death to the Jews" and "Death to Israel."
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Hitler was not a madman when he marshalled his people to carry out his plans.  #He had a carefully thought-out agenda which we later labelled the personification of evil. 
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But before the Second World War politicians, intellectuals and decision-makers world-wide did not believe that he could possibly carry out his plans.  No, appeasement was the solution until millions upon millions lay dead on the ground, burnt in ovens and even burnt and buried alive. 
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Many madrassas are financed to promulgate a particular form of Wahhabism that teaches whole populations not to accommodate values that are not their own.
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UNRWA finances millions who call themselves Palestinian refugees but are residents of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Gaza who were mostly born there.  Most of this money is used for buying military materiel, training troops for warmongering and sending rockets into Israeli civilian areas, not for resettlement. 
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Then there is the Iranian nuclear industry now helped by a United States agreement with financing that is increasing the risk of nuclear war.
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Now that the West is paying the price, the story is quite different.  The West has the tools to stop this war in its tracks and allow the enemy to self-destruct.
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These tools are simply the control of money, the control of gold and the control of resources.
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Can large-scale murderous activities continue without money?  Of course not.  Even trading oil for black money can be stopped when the buyers are nations. 
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The average human being in most societies, we would like to hope, just wants to live out their life peacefully, not to be forced into a war situation.
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But either way, remove the money and most of the warmongering will self-destruct. 
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The world's powers have obviously forgotten the mantra after World War Two and the Holocaust – "Never Again." Or was it after the First World War – the Great War – The War to End All Wars?
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This is the choice: Call it the War that it is, take action to cut the head off the snake by throttling its money and the resource supplies that it lives on.
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The alternative is that the West will be responsible for its own self-destruction.
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Changing the mindset of its young resident enemy through re-education and tracking killers and their associates after events, as the West honestly believes is should do, is not the solution.
      The shocking truth about how swiftly and effectively ISIS has spread jihad across the globe  (Fox 03/28/2016)
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Deaths from jihadist assaults rose from an annual average of roughly 2,500 innocents per year from 2001 to 2006, to an average of 3,300 per year in 2007-2011, to 9,000 per year in 2012-2013 and to an average of more than 28,000 in 2014-2015.
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... the West has proven itself unable to develop and implement effective strategies to confront, contain and defeat ISIS or any of the 34 terrorist organizations that have pledged their allegiance to it.
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The result is that deaths attributable to jihadists have increased by roughly 700 percent since 2011, and ISIS now has two caliphates (Iraq/Syria and Libya) from which it can threaten three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe.
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The causes are even more frightening.  The neighborhoods where the West has most actively been engaged – Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and Syria – are failed states. 
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Egypt, another country in which the West involved itself, nearly became a terrorist haven with a government dominated by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood before the military overthrew it.  Even so, it is still attempting to reclaim authority over parts of the Sinai Peninsula from terrorists.
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The West has demonstrated an ability to remove regimes relatively easily, but it has been unable to transition these countries toward stable governments that can maintain order and stability within their own borders.
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The course of affairs will unfortunately continue to move in the wrong direction because Western leaders appear incapable of doing anything meaningful about it.
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Today Iran directs Iraq's military.  Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting a proxy war in Yemen.  The U.S.  has returned to Libya to conduct air strikes with fighter jets and drones against ISIS.  Peace talks in Syria fall apart nearly daily.
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Western military and security services discuss their progress against either of the caliphates, but they do not appear willing to commit the short-term resources necessary to completely eradicate them.
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They need to recognize the magnitude of the defeat that it is facing and develop bipartisan solutions that will diminish and eliminate the swelling threat.
      Obama, Western nations ignore reality  (JWR 03/24/2016)
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... ordinary Belgians were predicting grimly that security would be very tight that day — and that the next day, it would return to the same casual mediocrity that had failed to stop the attack in the first place.
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Again and again, we are attacked by people who have warned us of exactly what they intend to do, who have explained exactly what motivates them, and who have proved beyond doubt that they are sincere.
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Again and again, we respond to the violence with shock, psychoanalysis and a brief surge of force before going back to life — and business and security — as usual.
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That's what happened after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and other targets in France last winter.  It's what happened after the shootings on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris last summer.  And what happened after the stabbings at the University of California at Merced last fall.  And after the Paris attacks the same month.  And after the San Bernardino attack a few weeks later.
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When will the Western world decide to be serious about confronting this threat?  After there is a biological or chemical attack in one of these cities — or worse?
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Tuesday's events in Belgium came days after the police arrested Salah Abdeslam, the final surviving terrorist behind the most recent Paris attacks.  He was residing in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels.  He had been there, and eluded capture, for more than four months.
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When Abdeslam was arrested, the neighborhood rioted.  The people threw garbage and bottles at the police.  Belgian media reported that the community had known the fugitive was hiding there the whole time.
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How can we have neighborhoods in European cities that shelter terrorists and then riot when we catch someone responsible for the murder of 130 innocent people (and the injury of hundreds more)?
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The challenge, of course, is much greater than a single neighborhood. 
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"You could find the same in London.  You could find the same in the north of France."
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These are countries whose residents travel freely throughout western Europe and even to the United States and Canada, with little or no scrutiny. 
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In other words, the Brussels attacks should be a reminder that meeting the threat is going to require real changes and force us to reassess decades of assumptions.
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Swapping out our Facebook profile pictures and lightening up landmarks in solidarity will not be enough to address the danger we have allowed to grow up within Western countries.
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Which brings us to the president's trip to Cuba this week.  President Obama has long aimed to sew closer ties with the Cuban regime, inspired by an idealistic internationalism that has clashed with the reality of events throughout his presidency — up through and including the attacks today.
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For the president, the juxtaposition of the Brussels attack with his tour of our hemisphere's last communist dictatorship must have been at least a little chilling.
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Let's hope it produces an epiphany in this final year of his presidency: to preserve the delicate balance between freedom and security that the Western democracies have uniquely maintained, we will certainly need Guantanamo, or places like it.
      Will Europe fall?  (INN 03/24/2016)
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Islamist ideology is the most dramatic challenge to Europe since Soviet Communism.
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But all our vigilance and the exhausting rules we must follow at the airports, make sense only if we understand that we are fighting a war against it
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And Europe's troubles come from the very denial of this battle and challenge.
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Abdeslam could have seen the mayor of the city from the window.
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Thousands of Eurocrats near him were toiling for the post-historical future, while thousands of Islamists, a few meters away, dribbled to convert Belgium into a Caliphate.
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We saw the results in the airport and metro.
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Abdeslam's neighbourhood, Mollenbeek, has become the most brutal laboratorium for multiculturalism.
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Europe created its own Jihadi executioners by adopting a suicidal form of multiculturalism in which the state gives you "panem et circenses", bread and circuses, and will close its eyes while you adopt the most genocidal form of Islam and you turn its cities into rogue states.
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"The border with the West is abolished because now political Islam has open spaces in London, Paris and Brussels".
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After the attacks in Paris last November, French journalist Eric Zemmour said: "France should bomb Mollenbeek, not Raqqa." Rude but right.
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These terrorists used Raqqa just as a shooting range, just for practice.  This is a European war.  These are Europe's children, the children of failed integration.
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In the Bataclan theatre, where they perpetrated the horrendous massacre of 100 people, these terrorists enjoyed looking sadistically at their victims.
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Europeans killing other Europeans.  Like "Jihadi John", a British boy, beheading British captives in the Syrian desert.
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Europe has, in fact, its own Raqqas, cities turned de facto into Jihadist bases from which terrorists can plan attacks against other European nations.
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"There is a fatal conjunction between a counter-society, which rejects Western democracy, and our own blindness."
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"The risk of a civil war in the future is real.  The humanist and anti-racist Left has deliberately been silent on the new Salafist totalitarianism and anti-Semitism.  Civil war is lurking in the folds of multiculturalism".
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These days, the European media have been very busy publishing stories about the failure of Intelligence Services, the protection of the parents of these terrorists, the social roots of Jihad.
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Distractions to avoid mentioning Islamization and multiculturalism.
      Post-Jihad Gesture Theater: Je Suis Sick of It  (JWR 03/23/2016)
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While homicidal, suicidal and genocidal jihadists are busy plotting the next soft-target terror attacks on the West, docile Westerners are busy shedding cartoon tears and doodling broken hearts on social media.
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European artists rushed to fill Twitter and Instagram with images of Belgian comic book character Tintin weeping after vengeful Muslim terrorists left the Brussels airport and subway system buried in rubble and dead bodies.
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Residents of the besieged city — which recklessly opened its doors to mass Muslim immigration and criminalized the vocal dissent of those who've objected over past decade — meekly protested the Quran-inspired violence by leaving pastel-colored chalk messages pleading for "peace no war."
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And, of course, there will be flags lowered and monuments lit up all over the world this week in the national colors of Belgium to show "solidarity" with Tuesday's victims of The Perpetrators Whose Religion Shall Not Be Named.
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Hashtags, avatars and animated GIFs ad nauseam.  These are the easy advertisements and maudlin displays of one's resolute opposition to an unidentified something that must be stopped somehow by unspoken means.
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They are sincere-seeming shows of collective unity that disguise the millennial-age indulgence of publicly patting one's own back for supposed moral courage.
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Pre-Twitter, outraged Americans all donned "Never forget" magnets and ribbons on our cars and lapels after 9/11.  I was one of them.
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But after 15 years of hapless homeland security theater and bipartisan pandering to terror-coddling "Islamophobia" shriekers, I'm so, so sick of noble gesture paraphernalia.
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I'm sick of preening celebrities who tell me to "PrayForTheWorld" and celebrate diversity while indiscriminate floods of Muslim refugees across Europe and America corrode the pillars of peace and freedom.
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I'm sick of Silicon Valley moguls who pretend to champion free speech while muzzling the speech of those who use the Internet to criticize the very open door immigration policies that fertilized European and American soil for jihadists.
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I'm sick of all the same old emasculated politicians who declare that "justice will be served," "this must end" and "we stand against terror," while refusing to take even the smallest baby steps to register and track Muslim refugees already here, stop new ones from coming in and tying up our overwhelmed immigration bureaucracy, and drain the jihad swamps inside our own borders.
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We've had enough piles of memorial flowers.  We've heard enough hollow lip service paid to resolve.  Where is the world's active resistance to the sharia-imposing soldiers of Allah?
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When German invaders attempted what they thought would be an easy romp through the tiny neutral country in 1914 on their way to Paris, resistance fighters who were outnumbered 14 to 1 took a brave stand in defense of their sovereignty.  Bracing for an onslaught, King Albert addressed his people:
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"One single vision fills all minds: that of our independence endangered.  One single duty imposes itself upon our wills: the duty of stubborn resistance.  In these solemn circumstances two virtues are indispensable: a calm but unshaken courage, and the close union of all Belgians.  ... It is the moment for action.  ... [A] country which is defending itself conquers the respect of all; such a country does not perish!"
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How far the West has fallen.  Farewell, steeled wills.  You've been replaced by an army of sad-faced emojis.
      When it comes to terror, isn’t it time we started listening seriously to Trump?  (Daily Mail, 03/22/2016)
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How many more innocent men, women and children are going to be blown to pieces by these murderous bastards?
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How many more airports, train stations, sports stadiums, restaurants or concert halls will be obliterated in a hail of suicide bombs and bullets?
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How many more world leaders will wring their hands on national television afterwards and spout pointless platitudes about the ‘poor brave victims' and ‘heroic emergency services'?
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How many taunting, gleeful claims of responsibility will the despicable perpetrators of these evil crimes be able to issue?
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Yet just as the world is crying out for strong decisive leadership, there is none.
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America has a demob happy President Obama eeking out his last few months in office.  A man whose infamous ‘leading from behind' philosophy to foreign policy has been partly responsible for the war in Syria raging uncontrollably for five years – allowing fundamentalism to ferment.
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Obama has zero interest in doing anything tangible to really deal with ISIS.
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Europe, meanwhile, is splintering at the seams, ravaged by an unprecedented migration crisis that nobody seems to have a clue how to handle.
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German chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to let a million migrants into its country is already seen to be an utter disaster.
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France, reeling from two horrendous attacks in Paris, is understandably highly fearful of yet more terror coming its way.
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Belgium officials effectively conceded today that they have no real way to protect themselves against the ISIS threat.
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... nobody seems to be doing anything concrete to stop ISIS, or even suggesting a new way to do so given the spectacular lack of success to date.
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Well almost nobody.
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Trump, current front-runner for the Republican nomination, wants to hit ISIS ‘so hard they never recover'.
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(As he told me: ‘You've got to take them out and you've got to take them out harshly and you've got to take them out fast.')
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He also wants a short-term ban on Muslims entering the U.S.  until, as he puts it, ‘we figure out what the hell is going on?'
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And he wants to torture suspects like Abdeslam with techniques like water-boarding to try and extract information about future attacks.
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Oh, and he wants to build a giant wall to stop illegal immigrants pouring over the Mexican border into America. 
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Trump told me countries must tighten their borders in light of these terror attacks, especially to anyone related to an ISIS fighter in Syria.
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He told me he wants law-abiding Muslims to root out the extremists in their midst, expressing his bafflement and anger that someone like Abdeslam was able to hide for so long in the very part of Brussels he had previously lived.
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He told me America must make it far harder for illegal immigrants to enter the U.S.  and thinks European countries should follow suit.
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He told me he believes there are now areas of many major European cities which have become poisonous breeding grounds for radicalized Islamic terror.
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I saw a guy, a non-politician unfettered by PC language restraints, who is genuinely furious at the devastation which ISIS is wreaking, and seriously concerned for the security of his fellow Americans and indeed, the citizens of Europe.
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... he firmly believes that ISIS will murder countless more Americans and Europeans if somebody somewhere doesn't stand up and punch them hard in the face.
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Someone prepared to stop spewing politically-correct niceties after these attacks, hoping nobody gets offended, and actually DO something.
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Let's be honest with ourselves, right now ISIS is winning this war and will continuing committing utter carnage on our streets on an ever graver and more barbaric scale until they are stopped.
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Hate Donald Trump all you like, but at least he seems to recognise the magnitude of the threat and at least he has firm proposals for how to try to defeat it.
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They may not win him the Politically Correct Pontificator of the Year award.  But how many more scenes like this morning's appalling images from Brussels are we going to tolerate before we try a non-PC option to beat these disgusting excuses for human beings?
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I asked Donald Trump to send a message to the large majority of non-violent, decent Muslims who are as disgusted by these attacks as the rest of us.
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‘I have great respect for Muslims, I have many friends that are Muslims.  I'm just saying that there is something with a radicalized portion that is very, very bad and very dangerous.  I would say this, to the Muslims, when they see trouble, they have to report it, they're not reporting it, they're absolutely not reporting it and that's a big problem."
      Europe's karmic destiny  (INN 03/22/2016)
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In 2004 and 2005 Islamic terrorists blew up the Madrid train and London subway; 243 civilians were murdered and 2,750 were wounded.
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Neither attack stopped the flow of Muslim immigrants nor staunched the politically correct thinking of European leaders about Islam.
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In 2012, a terrorist shot and blew up seven people and wounded 125 civilians on the street of Liege, Belgium.
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That same year, in Burgess, Bulgaria, an Islamic terrorist blew up six civilians on a bus and wounded thirty more.  The bus was transporting 42 Israeli tourists.
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In early 2015, Islamic terrorists shot down and murdered 20 civilians and wounded 22 more in the infamous attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the kosher deli.
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Later that same year, Islamic terrorists murdered 130 civilians and wounded 368 more in Paris. 
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World leaders marched and sent condolences, but the European Union did not change its policies.
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It did not clean up its "no go" zones which police fear to enter, where terrorists hide out as they plan their attacks, and where Sharia law prevails, not European civil law.
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In 2016, women were sexually assaulted by gangs of Muslim men in many cities in Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia.
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Now, three months later, and despite police vigilance and an ongoing manhunt, Islamic terrorists blew up 34 civilians and wounded 83 more in Brussels, Belgium.
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The groups which claimed responsibility for these terrorist attacks include: Al-Qaeda, a lone non-Muslim Jihadist, Hezbollah (our Iranian partners), and ISIS (Obama's JV team).
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Historically, Europeans mobs and European leaders either led or were passively complicit in the systematic and perpetual pogroms of Jews and thereafter in the Nazi murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust.
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Jews were the non-violent and assimilated Semites.
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Today, the politically correct descendants of these Europeans are facing a terrible karmic destiny.
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They have reaped a whirlwind of violent, hostile, and unassimilated Semites — our cousins, the Muslims, or, if you will, the Islamists.
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(Not all Muslims are Islamists or even Islamist Jihadists but neither are they risking their lives to stop these evil-doers).
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In addition, for having aided and abetted the contemporary scapegoating of Israel (which is a new form of anti-Semitism); for having attempted to appease the Jihadists in their midst by throwing Israel as a bone to them, Europeans are now facing a thousand rape attacks and bombing jihads. 
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One hopes that Europeans will finally understand that this is precisely what Israel has been suffering and that appeasement is not an option.
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There are too many European (and Americans) who prefer to see the suffering of the immigrants over and above the murderous violence of the Jihadists; the desire of immigrants to escape the hot wars in the Muslim world for the freedom and opportunities in the West over and above their almost guaranteed further radicalization and the consequent growth of intolerance.
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America is the last country standing which represents the Western enterprise.  The presidential election which is upon us will decide the fate of the world.  We had better choose wisely.
      Brussel's pact with Saudi Arabia gave the world Molenbeekistan  (INN 03/22/2016)
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How did Molenbeek, the "Little Manchester" that the former Socialist mayor Philippe Moureaux proudly called a "socio-multicultural laboratory", become the headquarters of the European jihad from Atocha to the Bataclan.
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"Islam was recognized officially in Belgium in 1974, by the former King Baudouin, who had developed good ties with the royal family of Saudi Arabia (SA).  This recognition was coming in opportunely as it was in the midst of the oil crisis and Belgium was hoping that this recognition would be taken as a sign of good will and openness towards SA, therefore securing oil supply for Belgium."
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"In 1974, Muslims living in Belgium were mostly 1st generation coal and other industry workers from Morocco and Turkey who were slowly starting to get organized in order to open prayer spaces and small mosques."
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"As a follow up of this recognition, Belgium offered the ‘Pavillon du Cinquantenaire', 200 meters away from Schuman Place and the EU headquarters, to Saudi Arabia, which transformed it into ‘the Great Mosque of the Cinquantenaire', and filled the void in terms of religious authority to become the de facto Islamic authority in Belgium."
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"Native Moroccan imams have also been heavily influenced by the Wahhabi or another version of the salafi approach of Islam.  Therefore, when in Belgium, there was no real disconnect - apart from nuances - between their own conservative teachings and the ones promoted by the Great Mosque directly under the supervision of SA."
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"The impact of SA, through the Great Mosque, has also been very widespread because they've been disseminating tons of books for free in all languages to mosques and other Islamic organizations, as well as Qu'rans..."
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The pact with Belgium is part of a larger global project: Bruxellistan?  Belgistan?  a vision of Islam that is based on the absolute monotheism (tawhid), the prohibition innovations (bid'ah), the rejection of everything that is not Muslim, the excommunication of the "unbelievers" (takfir) and the armed struggle (jihad).
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Saudi Arabia donates a million euro annually to 20 mosques in Mollenbeek for their renovation and maintenance.
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We are paying the consequences of that suicidal blackmail between Belgium and Saudi Arabia.  The transformation of the Iris in the Crescent.
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Belgium, once famous for the Madonna by Michelangelo in Bruges, now makes headlines for Molenbeek, the operative base for the Islamic holy war against the European everyman.
      Did the UN just admit that Israel is among the happiest places on Earth?  (Fox 03/21/2016)
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In case you missed it, Sunday was International Happiness Day.
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This year's top ten are pretty much the ones you would expect: Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Holland, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.
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All are peaceful, long established, prosperous democracies with homogenous populations, located in the calmest regions of the First World. 
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And then, at number 11, comes Israel.
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Israel?  A hated democracy in the world's most violent neighborhood?
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A society where boys and girls are drafted into the army at eighteen and men do military reserve duty well into their forties?
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Where taxes are higher and salaries far lower than in dozen countries that rank lower on the happiness scale?
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A nation with a history so somber that it has three separate national days of mourning?
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When the UN happiness report was published it shocked Israel's post-Zionist intelligentsia, for whom it is doctrine that Israel is a miserable place that gets worse by the day.
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... 86% of Israelis over the age of nineteen said they were "very satisfied with their lives," — the same percentage of very happy Australians.
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These statistics are interesting because they paint a picture of life in Israel that is very different from the usual portrayal in the international media.
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But they are crucial for understanding an essential truth about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
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... a list of rules for reporting on the Middle East...  Rule 12: "The Israelis will always win, and the Palestinians will always make sure they never enjoy it."
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... correctly reflects Palestinian fantasy which, unhappily, is the basis for Palestinian policy.
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For most of the past century, the Arabs of Palestine have believed that the Jewish state was an artificial entity, a concoction of Europeans who would, if sufficiently pressured, go back where they belonged.
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That led to a decades long campaign of terrorism, propaganda warfare, efforts at international demonization, anti-Israel UN resolution, rocket attacks, bogus peace offers, threats about the demographic power of "the Palestinian womb" (one of Yassir Arafat's favorites), moral posturing on the evils of occupation and then more terror.
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The current iteration features a campaign of almost daily knife attacks on Israeli citizens by Palestinian teenagers and a worldwide effort to make Israel into a pariah state.
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What the Palestinians do not understand is this is not going to work.  In fact, it is a counterproductive waste of time.
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Israel is a country with a vibrant Hebrew cultural scene, great restaurants and nightlife, abundant tourism (it is a destination for both Evangelical pilgrims and LGBT visitors), world class universities, honest courts, omnipresent internet connection, newly discovered oil reserves, plentiful water resources (thanks to Israeli techniques of desalination), a booming high tech sector, low unemployment, steady immigration, increasing a high Jewish birth rate, bloodless elections and plain old daily life.
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The Palestinians need to internalize this.  So do American policy-makers and anyone else banking on life becoming so intolerable that Israel gives up on itself.
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With apologies to Tom Friedman, here is Rule Number 1: Israel is very good at turning bitter Palestinian lemons into sweet, satisfying lemonade. 
      A challenge to Ban Ki-moon: Condemn the murder of my father and Abbas' embrace of his murderer  (Fox 03/21/2016)
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My father, Richard Lakin, was a kind gentle person.  An elementary school principal who educated thousands of children, teachers and parents. 
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A life-long activist dedicated to promoting human rights, social justice and peaceful coexistence. 
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He moved to Israel in the 1980s and founded a school in which Jewish, Christian and Muslim children studied English together as a second language.
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His book "Teaching as an Act of Love" set forth his educational philosophy with the message "every child is a miracle" that needs to be nurtured with love.
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On October 13, 2016 two Palestinian terrorists attacked a bus full of innocent passengers in Jerusalem.  It was a vicious and brutal attack.
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They shot my 76-year-old father in the head.  They then stabbed him multiple times after he fell to the ground, severing most of his vital organs.
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The knife broke in the process.  The scene was horrific.  Screaming wounded, bodies and blood everywhere.
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My dad was rushed to the hospital with the giant knife blade still lodged in his stomach.
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U.N.  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited my father in the ICU before he died.  We stood next to my unconscious father, a beautiful man who once read books to his granddaughters, but now kept alive by machines.
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He died two weeks later and Ban sent my mother an emotional condolence letter in which he promised to "speak out against terrorism and incitement."
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But the Secretary-General and his UN never publically condemned the Palestinian terrorists who murdered my father, nor the years of Palestinian incitement that fuels this brutality. 
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Palestinian leader Mohamad Abbas met the terrorist's father, calling the man's son not a terrorist who murdered innocent civilians, but a "martyr" who has gone to heaven. 
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Ban reacted with silence.  Just as he been silent for years allowing wanton Palestinian incitement to hatred and violence in his UN schools in Gaza and the West Bank. 
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How would Ban have reacted if a North Korean "resisting" South Korean occupation stuck a knife into Ban's father - someone Ban has described as the humble man who nurtured him and educated him "to lead by example" – and stabbed him to death just for being a South Korean?
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Would Ban's "guiding principle" be to sit silently as he did when my father was murdered?
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Would Ban rationalize the actions of his father's murder because North Korean "frustration and grievances are growing under the weight of nearly" 63 years of South Korean occupation – the phrase he used ... to describe Palestinian murderers?
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... Abbas praised the murderer of my father and called him a martyr.
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That was not a call for Palestinians to make peace.  That was, and is, incitement to terror.
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Ban must point blame squarely where it belongs – not play phony word games blaming "natural" consequences of Palestinian "frustration."
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"To lead by example has been my guiding principle... You have to always be more exemplary than other people, in terms of work ethics; in terms of public service you have to always be in the front, ahead of everybody."
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... I issue a direct challenge to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Condemn unequivocally the murder of my father Richard Lakin.  Condemn President Abbas for glorifying his murderer and inciting the next murder.
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It is actually quite simple and straight forward.  A peaceful old man is riding a public bus home from a doctor's appointment.  A dual citizen of Israel and the United States who has dedicated his life to educating children and teaching coexistence. 
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Terrorists, indoctrinated in hatred, board the bus, shoot him in the head, and then stab him multiple times.  He dies two weeks later.
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The failure of the United Nations to condemn unequivocally Palestinian terror against Israelis, and their continued rationalization of terror, makes more violence inevitable, and distances us from the peace and coexistence, for which my father stood, and for which the people of Israel stand today.
      Iran is not hiding its intentions.  So why are many US politicians willfully ignoring them?  (Fox 03/17/2016)
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When Iran's radical leaders believe they get their marching orders directly from Allah, there is no way they would violate those instructions, which include the eradication of Israel and the defeat of the "Great Satan," which would be America.
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Predictably, Iran denies any of its missiles are designed to carry nuclear weapons.
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Islamic extremists are permitted by the Koran to lie to infidels in pursuit of their earthly goals.
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In another exercise in denial, an Obama administration spokesman claimed to be unaware of any missile launch.
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The spokesman would only say, "It's important that Iran live up to its obligations under the (nuclear) deal." That's not about to strike fear into the Mullahs.
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Two of the ballistic missiles reportedly carried messages in Hebrew that said, "Israel must be wiped out."
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It's nice that Iran is not hiding its intentions, though U.S.  diplomats and too many politicians refuse to take these gestures seriously.
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President Obama assured us that if Iran violated the agreement, sanctions could be re-imposed, but that won't be effective, especially after unfrozen cash has already been transferred to Tehran.
      Today North Korea — Tomorrow Iran  (INN 03/16/2016)
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The Obama administration's willful blindness to the present nuclear missile threats emanating almost daily from North Korea is a "teaching moment" on how President Obama — and any future Democrat administration that supports Obama's nuclear deal — will respond to nuclear missile threats from Iran. 
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Denial.  Obfuscation.  Impotence.  This is how President Obama is reacting to the fact that North Korea is a fully fledged nuclear missile state.
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No doubt it is how President Obama, or a future President Hillary Clinton or President Bernie Sanders — who also support the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) — will react when Iran reveals to the world that it too is a nuclear missile power.
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North Korea has conducted four overt nuclear tests, the last possibly of a hydrogen bomb.
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All of these nuclear tests are illegal violations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which North Korea once subscribed in order to acquire its nuclear infrastructure.
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North Korea has conducted numerous illegal missile tests violating United Nations resolutions.
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North Korea's KSM-3 and KSM-4 satellites fly on a south polar trajectory that evades U.S.  National Missile Defenses and at the optimum altitude, if the satellites contained nuclear warheads, for exo-atmospheric detonations that would generate an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that could blackout most of North America for months or years.
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The Congressional EMP Commission warned that a nationwide blackout lasting one year could kill 90 percent of the U.S.  population from starvation and societal collapse.
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So, how is President Obama reacting to North Korea's illegal missile tests, illegal nuclear tests, and apparently practicing a nuclear EMP attack that could kill 9 of 10 Americans?
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Denial.  President Obama denies that North Korea has nuclear armed missiles.
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Obfuscation.  President Obama and his State Department claim that North Korea has not yet demonstrated that they can make a nuclear weapon "miniaturized" so it is small enough to be delivered by a missile. 
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Impotence.  President Obama pleaded with Russia and China to gain their approval for tougher sanctions against North Korea.
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Admiral William Gortney — whose job is to protect the U.S.  from missile threats — warned the Atlantic Council: "I agree with the intelligence community that we assess that they [the North Koreans] have the ability, they have the weapons, and they have the ability to miniaturize those weapons, and they have the ability to put them on a rocket that can range the [U.S.] homeland."
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So, can Israel trust Vice President Joe Biden's March 9 promise to Prime Minister Netanyahu and the people of Israel that America "will act" if Iran violates the nuclear deal?
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For Israel, there is a vitally important lesson to be learned from President Obama's ongoing nuclear missile crisis with North Korea.
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If Democrats control the White House, in any present or future nuclear missile crisis with Iran — Israel is on its own.
      How US taxpayers funded the murder of an Iraq vet in Israel  (INN 03/15/2016)
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Taylor Force had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, he had served at Fort Hood in the year of the infamous Islamic terrorist attack on the base, but a Jihadist finally caught up to the veteran, whose father and grandfather had also served their country, in civilian life during a visit to Israel.
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Bashar Masalha, the Islamic terrorist who murdered Force, was shot dead by Israeli police around the time that Biden was hanging out a mile away at the Peres Center for Peace.
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But Biden and his boss signed the checks to Iran and the Palestinian Authority that motivated and rewarded Force's killer.
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Masalha came from Qalqilya which is under the civil control of the Palestinian Authority.
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Fatah celebrated the murder of Taylor Force and other victims of the attack, praising Masalha as a "heroic martyr".
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It named him and two other terrorist attackers as "the pride of all of the young Palestinians" and urged future terrorists to go on killing in their name.
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Palestinian Authority television called the terrorist who murdered an American, a Shaheed, a martyr for Islam.
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And the Palestinian Authority's support for the murder of Taylor Force doesn't just end there.
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The Palestinian Authority pays terrorists based on the amount of harm they caused and the resulting jail sentence.
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Had Masalha survived his attack on Taylor Force and the other victims, he would have likely been paid $2,000 a month for his act of terror.
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That's pretty good money in a place where $2,000 is more like an annual income.
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It's so good that that there's no shortage of terrorists eager to kill for cash.
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And the Palestinian Authority has no shortage of money to pay Muslim terrorists to kill Americans and Israelis because the terror organization which claims to be a state is subsidized by the United States with billions of dollars.
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In 2014, the PA spent $144 million on payments to convicted terrorists.  Its terror budget benefited from Obama boosting 2014 foreign aid to the PA to $440 million.  For "peace".
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In just one year, the PA paid out $78 million to the families of terrorists.  Masalha's family will receive money each month for the murder of Taylor Force.
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That money will come from American taxpayers.  It will come from you, if you are a tax-paying US citizen.
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Americans are paying money to Islamic terrorists who kill them.
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They are paying money to their families so that the terrorists know that even if they die, their families will be taken care of by their victims.
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After a vague condemnation, Biden headed to a meeting with the head of the Palestinian Authority, PLO and Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas, whose organization encouraged and financed the murder of Taylor Force.
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While the body of Abbas' latest American victim was flown back to his family, Biden grinned at the Osama of the "West Bank", shook the bloody hand of the head of a terrorist organization that is among the world's top terrorist killers of Americans and promised him more cash that will be used to help kill more Americans.
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Why do Jewish houses in Jerusalem offend Biden more than the murder of an American veteran?
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And sadly, the taxpayer financing of Islamic terrorism in Israel doesn't end with the Palestinian Authority.
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Obama signed off on Iran's nuclear program.  As part of that deal, Iran got $100 billion in sanctions relief.  And he generously threw in a check from the American people to the Shiite terror state for $1.7 billion.
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As part of its celebration, Iran announced that it would pay $7,000 to the families of terrorists in Israel.
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On top of the American taxpayer money that the family of Taylor Force's killer will receive from the Palestinian Authority, they will also receive blood money from Iran.
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Funding terrorism is popular in the Muslim world.  The Saudis were funneling $5,300 to the families of dead terrorists in Israel.
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And too much of the money being used to murder Americans is coming out of the pockets of Americans.
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Taylor Force is not alone.  He is the second American to be murdered by Muslim terrorists in Israel this year. 
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Many other Americans have been stabbed, shot at, wounded, stoned and terrorized.  And the money funding their attackers came out of their own pockets.
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Members of Congress from both parties have tried to cut off aid to the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority.
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But Obama, like the presidents before him, has refused to listen or to follow the law and continues to fund terrorist attacks in Israel in much the same way that Saddam Hussein used to.
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As long as the United States funds the Palestinian Authority, it's funding Islamic terrorism.
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The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade appears on the State Department's own list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.  The Brigade is an arm of Fatah, whose terrorist boss, Mahmoud Abbas, was one of the first foreign leaders Obama phoned on his first day in office.
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Despite skipping Israel's parliament, Obama paid a visit to the terrorist leader's Muqata fortress, ignoring Abbas' own statement, "As far as I am concerned, there is no difference between our policies and those of Hamas.  So why are they labeled as terrorists?"
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It's clear that this administration will not do the right thing.  But if its successor does not stop paying terrorists to kill, then Taylor Force will not be the last American victim of taxpayer subsidized terrorism.  And their blood will be on his or her hands.
      Barack Obama's Cuban mistake  (Fox 03/10/2016)
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When I was four years old, my mother took me, my brother and sister out of Panama.  My parents wanted to escape poverty and open the doors to education and opportunity for their children.
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Those doors shut in Panama thanks to a Castro-like populist dictator named Arnulfo Arias.  He jailed, tortured and oppressed anyone who did not obey his regime.
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He discriminated against dark-skinned people, blacks, Asians and native people – many of whom, like my grandfather, died building the Panama Canal.
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America's left-wing academics and Hollywood celebrities have long romanticized Latin American strongmen as righteous revolutionaries, opposed to mid-20th century American military and business dominance of the region.
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But to people living in those nations, the reality is that the revolutionaries became cruel, oppressive dictators in the case of Arias, the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and most of all, Fidel Castro.
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Given my scars, President Obama's trip to Cuba later this month leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
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To me, it is painful to see the president of a nation based on individual liberty and protection of rights under law have to keep silent about the thousands of people who have suffered oppression at the hands of the Castro regime.
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Obama's premise is that an infusion of Americans, with ideas and money, will lead the Cuban people to demand a more open and free society.
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But the reality of the moment is that the president has normalized relations without obtaining a schedule for resumption of democratic freedoms, human rights and property rights for the Cuban people.
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... since Obama's change in policy, "the number of individuals jailed arbitrarily has gone up."
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"The Cuban government continues to repress dissent and discourage public criticism."
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"It now relies less on long-term prison sentences to punish its critics, but short-term arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders, independent journalists, and others have increased dramatically in recent years.  Other repressive tactics employed by the government include beatings, public acts of shaming, and the termination of employment."
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"Despite increasingly open diplomatic relations, severe restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and movement continued.  Thousands of cases of harassment of government critics and arbitrary arrests and detentions were reported."
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But for all the promises, political rights remain absent.
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The president will take in an exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Cuban national team during his visit to Cuba. 
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It will be fun.  But to my mind, knowing what my father went through in Panama, it is hard to match fun and games with the reality of ongoing repression in Cuba.
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See related Cuba Human Rights (Glenn McCoy, 07/02/2015) cartoon from World picture album
      European nihilism opens the door and Islam steps in  (INN 03/09/2016)
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In Brussels, practising Catholics today amount to 12% of the population and some 19% are active Muslims.
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Forget the Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo.  Now Belgium makes the headlines for Mollenbeek, the Muslim suburb of Bruxelles where jihadists planned the November 13th attacks in Paris.
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Belgium is unique: it is the first nation blending appeasement to Islam and a suicidal form of nihilism.
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In Belgium euthanasia is out of control.  In 2015, a record number of people were killed by lethal injection.  Over 2,000 "mercy" killings.
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The population of Belgium is about 11 million.  If the same rate of euthanasia were registered in the United States (330 million), it would amount to 60,000 killings annually.
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There is something deeply sick in Belgium, a great country that has given us the Adoration of Van Eyck and the beautiful Flemish architecture.
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Belgium is the the country with the highest per capita number of volunteers for the Caliphate.
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Brussels is "the capital of the Jihad", as well as the European Union.
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This is what Belgium means: those who "suffer life" will be conquered by those who abhor life.
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No country in the world is more determined to disappear than Spain, where this year for the first time in one century there have been more deaths than births.  Spain today is a medical destination for gay sterile couples who want to pay for in vitro fertilization. 
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Italy, a country with zero demographic growth and which will soon start to lose population, refused to join the military coalition against ISIS.
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Germany, another big European country with falling birth rates, has a new foreign policy: migrants' accommodation.
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From Belgian suicides to Spainish empty cradles, Europe is indifferent to its future.  This indifference is clearly expressed in the low birth rate.
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Why do you choose to fight in a war?  There are wars of plunder and pillage, but the goal of civilized nations is to go to war so that today's generation can sacrifice itself to protect future generations.
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But if there are no future generations, there is no reason for today's youth to die in war.
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Today Europeans, to quote Franz Rosenzweig, "foresee a time when their land with its rivers and mountains still lies under heaven as it does today, but other people dwell there; when their language is entombed in books, and their laws and customs have lost their living power". 
      The World Is Getting Worse, But This Time America Won't Save It  (JWR 03/08/2016)
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I cannot imagine any thinking person who does not believe the world is getting worse.
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The number of slaughtered and the number of refugees from slaughter is immense and growing.
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Islamic State now controls territories from Afghanistan to West Africa.
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... approximately 10 percent of world Muslims have a favorable opinion of the Islamic State and terror against civilians.  That's more than 100 million people.
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The Iranian regime has just increased the reward it will give to anyone who murders Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, is increasing its repression at home, now has more than a hundred billion additional dollars to spend on terror and regularly calls for the annihilation of Israel.
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Iran just received from Russia the most powerful anti-aircraft weapons that exist outside the United States, making a successful air attack on Iran almost impossible.
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Europe is allowing in another million migrants from the Middle East, few of whom share Europe's primary moral values.
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... European countries are making criticism of Muslims or Islam — no matter how rational the critique — a crime punishable by jail time and/or fines.
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The only thing stopping regular mass murder of Europeans and Americans is increased European and American police work.  And no one believes that this will suffice to prevent future attacks.
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Russia is led by a KGB man who seeks to replace American influence with Russian influence wherever possible.
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The United States is led by a president whose primary foe seems to be the prime minister of Israel, even though the prime minister's country happens to be the freest, most moral and most pro-American country in the Middle East.
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The commander of the U.S.  Pacific Command recently told Congress "that China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea," in order to gain "hegemony in East Asia."
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Cuba now has American recognition, and as a direct result has felt free to increase its subjugation of the Cuban people.
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In the United States, most universities are being taken over by a fascistic expression of leftism.  Student thugs take over administration offices with impunity, shout down speakers with whom they differ, and many faculty members support them.
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In the name of "diversity" and "tolerance," American universities, once a jewel of free thought and intellectual inquiry, have become places Americans who cherish liberty and cherish America increasingly fear to send their children.
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Contempt for America and its founding ideals are indoctrinated into America's youth from high school on.
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As its universities make clear, the West is committing suicide.  At UCLA one doesn't have to read a single play by Shakespeare in order to receive a degree in English.
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But one is fully indoctrinated regarding "White Privilege," "systemic racism," "income inequality," "homophobia," "hate speech," "climate change" and whatever radicals care about.
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A Republican presidential debate opens with a comment by the leading Republican candidate about the size of his penis.  And the audience cheers.
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The American president, a black man elected in the hope that he would unify the races, has overseen the greatest rift between the races since the 1960s.
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One result is a rhetorical (and increasingly lethal) war on police that has led many officers to minimize proactively policing largely black areas.
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Many generations have believed that the world was getting worse.
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But since 1776, there was a great nation that one could still rely on to stem the decay.  Now that great nation, under the influence of its own elites, men and women of the left, is itself in decay.
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So, who can save the world now?
      The Trump message to Lower Slobbovia  (JWR 03/08/2016)
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Some of our most thrilling celebrities are threatening to abandon America, our beloved politicians are boring the rest of us to death in nightly pie-throwing contests, and "foreign leaders" are pulling the bedcovers over their heads in terror.
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"As the Trump rhetoric has continued, and in some cases 'amped' up, so too have concerns by certain leaders around the world."
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The economics minister of Germany, who you might think would be devoting full attention to the swarms of migrants from the Islamic world threatening to make Muslims of Germans, says the Donald threatens peace and prosperity.
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The president of Mexico compares the Donald to Mussolini and Hitler.
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The fear of such a wall is that it might actually work, as such a wall has worked in Israel, and hamper the dumping of an excess of Mexicans.
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Foreign criticism is thus mostly hyper-ventilation; diplomats must have someone to complain to, and to report that he said something in what used to be called "cables" to the home office.
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... diplomats from countries where everyone must mind his tongue lest it be removed with a rusty knife, never quite learn how America works, and think the U.S.  government can control what a candidate, like everyone else, is allowed to say.
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Donald Trump scares these foreign diplomats because they think he might mean what he says about forcing the rest of the world to do their share of the heavy lifting required to keep the free world more or less free.
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"European diplomats are constantly asking about Trump's rise with disbelief and now with growing panic.  With the European Union facing a [serious] crisis, there's more than the usual anxiety about the United States turning inward when Europe needs American support more than ever."
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Donald Trump did not come out of nowhere, like a summer squall that ruins the picnic.
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The wheel that goes around comes around, and it may be about to crush anyone who doesn't get out of the way.
      Violence and terror in the Islamic religious war against the Jews  (INN 03/08/2016)
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The violence emerging from many parts of the Islamic world is barely matched elsewhere.  It has gained an increasingly religious character.
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One recent development is the deal struck between the Obama Administration, its allies and the Iranian government, as if one could trust these genocide promoting Shiite Muslim totalitarians.
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Another is the rise of the Sunni Islamic State Movement, which even surpasses other Muslim religious terror movements in its cruelty.
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Western multiculturalists have promoted many fallacies.  One such is that all cultures are equal in value.  ... to accept this manifestation of moral relativism is to give license to extreme Islamic violence.
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Another is the belief that Islamism is something structurally different from Islam, rather than an extreme version of it.
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Yet another major fallacy is that Muslim law, or "shariah", is compatible with democracy.  To the contrary, it is anti-democratic aiming at a Muslim theocracy.
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In the Arab world, more often than not, the manipulation of elections negates any semblance of democratic intent.
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The poorly controlled massive influx of refugees from Muslim countries into Europe increases the probability of terror attacks like the Paris killings of November 2015.
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One does not even have to be a ‘licensee' of a terror group in order to become a terrorist.  A culture of do-it-yourself murders and violence has sprung up among extreme Muslims.
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In my view, a specific religion at any given time is predominantly what its followers make of it.  There are many Muslim scholars who support violent interpretations of the Koran and sharia.  The jihadists, even if a minority, have tens if not hundreds of millions of sympathizers.
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The threats for humanity emanating from the Islamic world are huge.  Israel and Jews have been significantly targeted abroad.  Muslims themselves have been hurt by extremists in their own countries.
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Indeed the great majority of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims killed or wounded and the millions displaced have been harmed by their own co-religionists.
      Into the global leadership vacuum  (JWR 03/07/2016)
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... the world has never seemed as dangerous and leaderless as it does now.
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Only the extremists and bullies act boldly, and therefore they have seized the initiative.
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It is a moment in history that evokes the haunting words of W.B.  Yeats: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."
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The simple fact is that there is more instability in the world today than at any time since the end of World War II.
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The threats come from emboldened expansionist powers such as Iran, Russia and China, and also terrorist aggressors such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida.
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In short, the enemies of freedom are on the march.
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The absence of American leadership has certainly not caused all the instability, but it has encouraged and exacerbated it.
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For example, while the threat of violent Islamist extremism has existed for several decades, the military and political disengagement of the United States from Iraq after the success of the surge and our failure to intervene to stop the slaughter in Syria have conspired to create a vacuum in the heart of the Middle East.
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This vacuum has been exploited by the region's most dangerous anti-American forces: totalitarian Sunni fanatics and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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The result is the creation of a terrorist sanctuary of unprecedented scale and Iranian domination over multiple Arab capitals.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has also moved to exploit the vacuum, first by seizing Crimea and moving into eastern Ukraine in 2014.
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Rather than deterring Russia from further aggression, our hesitation in Ukraine signaled to the Kremlin that the United States itself could be deterred when Russia acted boldly and decisively.
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Putin soon extended this lesson to Syria, where he dispatched his forces last yearin order to turn the tide of war in favor of a weakening Bashar Assad.
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The U.S.  response?  To ask for Putin's help in extinguishing fires that he himself has been feeding.
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This fits a broader pattern.  In too many places in recent years, the United States has treated its adversaries as essential partners to be courted, while dismissing or denigrating its historic allies and partners as inconveniences or obstacles to peace.
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In a conversation with the leader of a European ally, some of us asked what the United States could do to be most helpful to him and his country.  His answer was direct: "Elect a president who understands the importance of American leadership in the world."
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That would be in our national interest and is also wise counsel to American voters as we decide whom to support in this year's topsy-turvy presidential election.
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See related Atlas Shrugged (Bob Gorrell, 01/05/2016) cartoon from World picture album
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See related Obama (Glenn McCoy, 12/15/2015) cartoon from World picture album
      Italy is capitulating to Islamic autocrats  (INN 03/05/2016)
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Of the four capitals of the ancient Roman Empire (Rome, Carthage, Alexandria, Antioch), only the first still belongs to the West.  Islam has canceled out all the rest.
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That is why in Jihadist published material, Italy is still a target for conversion.
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In Isis propaganda, the black flag of the Caliphate waves over the Vatican, and the Colosseum is in flames.
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In 2004, Osama Bin Laden gave a speech on "The new Rome," and in the footsteps of the brave Pope Benedict's Islamic speech at Regensburg University Al Qaeda proclaimed: "Muslims will conquer Rome as they conquered Constantinople".
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"Constantinople was conquered, but there remains the second part of the prophecy, that is the conquest of Rome".
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These days, Italian leaders are giving reasons for Islamic fanaticism to hope that day is now closer than ever.
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After the government of Italy called for "respect" for the sensibilities of Rouhani, the museum placed large boxes over several nude sculptures.
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The president of Italian Parliament, Laura Boldrini, visited the Grand Mosque of Rome without hiding her joy.  "I hope that the Italians know how to distinguish between Islam and ISIS".
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Italy's government is also running away from its political and military responsibility against the Islamic State.
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Next time that Iranian and Arab leaders visit Rome, maybe my government, again out of "respect their culture and sensitivity", will withdraw all the copies of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie from the bookshops.  It could be an unberarable sight for the Iranian ayatollahs, who condemned the author to death and just raised the bounty over his head.
      Lehi legend: Israel is no longer fighting terror!  (INN 03/04/2016)
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Ezra Yakhin, now 88 years old, was a legendary fighter for the Lehi Underground ("Lohamei Herut Yisrael" - Fighters for the Freedom of Israel) that fought the British Empire during the 1940s to liberate the land of Israel.
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"Since I first opened my eyes as a baby, I see and hear that the Arabs murder Jews and that continues to today.  As a baby we were saved by a miracle from the massacre that took place in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood (of Jerusalem - ed.), and mother would wake up every few days with screams and nightmares."
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Explaining how he decided to join the Lehi Underground, Yakhin said, "this situation developed in me the desire to fight.  As a child my brother explained to me about how the Maccabees fought the Greeks because they ruled Israel and we didn't, I understood that we would need a state and army to fight the Arabs because the British wouldn't do it for us."
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"And that brought me the aspiration that when I would grow up, I would fight for the nation of Israel."
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"They kill us and we aren't fighting.  In war you kill the enemy, but we aren't doing that.  Since the Bar Lev Line (fortifications built in the Suez Canal in 1968 - ed.) the nation of Israel stopped fighting in order to win.  We put up the security barrier and stopped fighting, and since then we are just on defense and curbing the enemies."
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"The problem is in leadership and only in leadership, the nation wants to fight, the nation is disappointed every time they (the government - ed.) jump on a ceasefire."
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According to Yakhin the generally agreed upon theory that Iran is the primary threat to Israel's existence today is wrong, and "we need to defend ourselves a lot more from the Egyptians than we do from the Iranians - they are closer and the people there hate us more than the Iranian people."
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... "we are in our country and we decided to live, all those who harm us should know that they and their surroundings will pay a price."
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"This is our land and all of it is our land, and those who harm any part of it or part of the nation of Israel - their blood is on their head.  If you harm Jews in Europe and the Diaspora, we have no right to get involved there.  They have the right to rule there and to do what they want with those who are there.  Jews want to live and defend themselves - let them come to this land."
      Koran verses made for the Knesset  (INN 03/03/2016)
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Koran verses that Oktar claimed indicated praise for Jews and Christians in general actually praised only Jews and Christians who had converted to Islam.
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Oktar's examples of ideal relations between Muslims and the People of the Book were examples of Jewish and Christian subservience to Muhammad and to Islam.
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"... the world can never be without Islam.  The peace and love for which the world longs can only come through Islam.  We have the Qur'an, the true and immutable Book of Islam for that; the only thing needing to be done is to educate people with the Qur'an."
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"Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e.  Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." (9:29)
      Moral relativism, moral equivalence, and historical revisionism  (INN 02/28/2016)
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The progressive failure to appreciate Israel's existential concerns was reflected by the international uproar over the Knesset NGO Transparency bill, which would require Israeli NGOs receiving at least half their funds from foreign governments to register as foreign agents and identify their funding sources. 
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If progressives find the law conceptually repugnant, why did they not condemn attempts to target conservative organizations in the United States?
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Progressives have never seemed troubled by disclosure laws that have been on the books in the U.S.  for the better part of a century.
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The "Foreign Agents Registration Act" was passed by Congress in 1938 to require those representing foreign interests in a "political or quasi-political capacity" to disclose their foreign relationships, sources of funding, and organizational activities in order to enable "evaluation by the government and the American people of the statements and activities of such persons."
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Progressives often reprimand Israel for taking actions to defend her sovereignty or preserve her Jewish character, often reflecting an antipathy for Jewish historical rights that is rooted in the progressive holy trinity of moral relativism, moral equivalence, and historical revisionism. 
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Islamist terrorism is not considered wrong by moral relativists who deem it a culturally organic reflection of the society that spawns it.
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Many on the left take it a step further by ennobling terrorism as a reaction to western provocations.
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The use of moral relativism to condemn Israel while exonerating terrorists is incongruous, and its proponents often claim their view is really one of moral equivalence.
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Moral equivalence assumes ethical parity between parties in conflict and holds that their actions cannot be judged out of context from each other.
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Israel's actions are rarely condoned because she is considered a rogue state, while Islamic radicals are given moral license because they are perceived as redressing genuine grievances.
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If such a view were applied to all conflicts, no sovereign nation would ever be able to defend itself from aggressors presumed to be morally justified. 
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The neutral exercise of moral equivalence is dishonest in its balancing of self-defense with the aggression that provokes the response.
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Those who portray Arab-Muslim hatred of Jews as an understandable response to historical wrongs evoke a past that never really existed.
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Judaism has never incited against Islam and Jews have never subjugated Arabs.
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Jews have always been the persecuted minority, whose ancestral land was usurped through jihad.
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The concept of benign tolerance for "people of the book" in general – and Jews in particular – is inconsistent with the historical reality.
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Jews in Islamic society lived a subservient existence as long as they paid the jizya (poll tax) and accepted their lowly status. 
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Obama's Jewish acolytes often claim an ethical obligation to support him because of putative similarities between Syrian refugees today and Jews during the Holocaust, but this comparison is false and misleading.
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Jews were not marked for genocide during the Holocaust because of their political affiliations, economic status, or religious beliefs.  Whether rich or poor, capitalist or communist, traditionally observant or heretical apostates, Jews were murdered solely on the basis of blood and ancestry.
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In contrast, many Syrians today have left their country because they backed the wrong faction, joined the wrong party, or lost their homes and livelihoods.  Some simply seek escape from a war zone.
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However, none are threatened by a government extermination program based on race, ethnicity or nationality.
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Though Yazidis and Christians are killed by ISIS if they refuse to convert, they are not among the refugees seeking entry to the U.S., and have actually received little sympathy from the administration. 
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Their bias against Israel is philosophically predetermined and ideologically fixed – regardless of how they justify their preordained conclusions.
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Israel should give them no credence, and the Diaspora should recognize their blather as inconsistent with normative Jewish history and values.
      The tough choices of overseas intervention  (JWR 02/25/2016)
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The United States has targeted a lot of rogues and their regimes in recent decades: Muammar Gadhafi, Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Manuel Noriega and the Taliban.
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As a general rule over the last 100 years, any time the U.S.  has bombed or intervened and then abruptly left the targeted country, chaos has followed.
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But when America has followed up its use of force with unpopular peacekeeping, sometimes American interventions have led to something better.
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The belated entry of the United States into World War I saved the sinking Allied cause in 1917.  Yet after the November 1918 armistice, the United States abruptly went home, washed its hands of Europe's perennial squabbling and disarmed.
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A far bloodier World War II followed just two decades later.
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It may have been wise or foolish for Presidents John F.  Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to have intervened in Vietnam in 1963-1964 to try to save the beleaguered non-communist south.
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But after 10 years of hard fighting and a costly stalemate, it was nihilistic for America to abandon a viable South Vietnam to invading communist North Vietnam.  Re-education camps, mass executions and boat people followed — along with more than 40 years of communist oppression.
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The current presidential candidates are refighting the Iraq war of 2003.  Yet the critical question 13 years later is not so much whether the United States should or should not have removed the genocidal Saddam Hussein, but whether our costly efforts at reconstruction ever offered any hope of a stable Iraq.
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The complete withdrawal of all U.S.  troops in December 2011 abruptly turned what President Obama had dubbed a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant" Iraq — and what Vice President Joe Biden had called one of the administration's "greatest achievements" — into a nightmarish wasteland.
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Hillary Clinton bragged of the 2011 airstrikes in Libya and the eventual death of Gadhafi: "We came, we saw, he died."
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But destroying Gadhafi's forces from the air and then abandoning Libya to terrorists and criminals only created an Islamic State recruiting ground.
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The Benghazi disaster was the nearly inevitable result of washing our hands of the disorder that we had helped to create.
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In contrast, when the United States did not pack up and go home after its messy wars, our unpopular interventions often helped make life far better for all involved — and the U.S.  and its allies more secure.
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President Harry Truman's intervention to save South Korea from North Korean aggression quickly turned into a quagmire.  Communist China soon launched a massive invasion into the Korean peninsula.
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By 1953 — at a cost of roughly 35,000 American lives, about eight times more U.S.  fatalities than in Iraq — America had at least saved a viable South Korea.
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More than 60 years after the U.S.  saved South Korea, thousands of American peacekeepers still help protect a democratic and successful south from a nightmarish, totalitarian and nuclear north.
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Some 60 million people died in World War II, a global war that the United States did not start and did not enter until 1941.  Yet American power helped defeat the Axis aggressors.
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Unlike the aftermath of World War I, the United States stayed on to help rebuild war-torn Europe and Asia after World War II.  The Marshall Plan, the NATO alliance, the defeat of Soviet Union in the Cold War, the foundations of the later European Union, and Asian economic dynamism all followed — along with some 70 years of relative peace.
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After Milosevic's removal, only the presence of American-led NATO peacekeepers on the ground prevented another round of mass murder.
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Donald Trump has rightly reminded us during his campaign that Americans are sick and tired of costly overseas interventions. 
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But what Trump forgets is that too often the world does not always enjoy a clear choice between good and bad, wise and stupid. 
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Often the dilemma is the terrible choice between ignoring mass murderer, as in Rwanda or Syria; bombing and leaving utter chaos, as in Libya; and removing monsters, then enduring the long ordeal of trying to leave something better, as in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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The choices are all awful.  But the idea that America can bomb a rogue regime, leave and expect something better is pure fantasy.
      Libya disaster: Have Western leaders learned anything?  (Fox 02/19/2016)
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Libya devolved into a failed state when NATO assisted Qaddafi's radical jihadist opponents in killing him and then promptly abandoned the country.
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Left in the wake were two rival governments competing for power, which created space for Islamists to turn Libya into a cesspool of extremism. 
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to call the debacle American "smart power at its best."
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How will the West ever learn anything if it can't identify its most obvious failures?
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Libya has no central functioning government that can provide security for its citizens.  ISIS fights to expand its caliphate along the Mediterranean to points as close as 200 miles from Europe's vulnerable southern border.
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It has imposed Shariah law in the areas under its control.  It exploits Libya as a base to export weapons, jihadists and ideology to Europe, other African countries and the Middle East.
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The difference between then and now is that Qaddafi kept the lid on the garbage can long before 2002-2003, when he became a reliable U.S.  ally against radical Islam.
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He changed his behavior, gave up his nuclear weapons program, paid reparations to the victims of his atrocities and provided invaluable intelligence that disrupted numerous Islamist terror plots.
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It represented a massive foreign policy success, and the U.S.  thanked him by facilitating his murder.
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Similarly, the West embraced former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in his struggles against Islamist forces, and then it threw him under the bus.
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Both Qaddafi and Mubarak did everything asked of them, but they ended up dead or in jail.
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Is there any question why Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad does not negotiate an end to his country's civil war and clings to Iran and Russia to keep him in power?
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Iran cheated on its nuclear program for years.  As a result, the U.S.  gifted it with more than $100 billion – including $1.7 billion in U.S.  taxpayer dollars – and it hasn't changed its behavior in the slightest.
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The only official who seems to make any sense is U.S.  Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who said recently, "The Libyans don't welcome outsiders intruding on their territory."
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He was referring to ISIS, but he might as well have been talking about the West.
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Allies that brought stability to the region are gone.  Former and current antagonists benefited from Western incompetence.
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NATO snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Libya.
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Refugees flood Europe.  Terrorist attacks continue to spread geographically and in lethality.  The Syrian civil war rages on. 
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Iran lavishes its newfound wealth on its nuclear program and campaign of global terror. 
      Salah Farah: A hero whose actions and words could help change the world  (Fox 02/17/2016)
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History will remember Tarek el-Tayeb Mohamed Bouaziz.  He was an unknown Tunisian street vendor who set himself and the Arab World on fire, on December 2010, in an ultimate protest of harassment and humiliation inflicted by his own government.
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Tragically, the Arab Spring has morphed into a deep freeze of hopelessness and despair that has seen millions flee the Middle East for Europe and helped swell the ranks of ISIS.
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Today, the unabating scourge of global Islamist extremism spurs the key question: "Where are the Muslim moderates?"
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President Obama was correct in arguing that Americans' attitudes toward Muslims and Islam are too often linked to jihadist terror and extremism.
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But he could have assuaged some of the fear and mistrust by highlighting the likes of American Muslim reformers like Dr.  Zuhdi Jasser who, after 9/11, founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy with a clarion call for moderation and unflinching rejection of extremism in the name of Allah.
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The president also could have highlighted the religious tolerance on display in at least one Muslim country.  Most Americans never heard of Azerbaijan.  It's a 95 percent Muslim country adjacent to Iran, where Christians pray in their churches, Jews have a school for hundreds of children, and Sunnis and Shiites share mosques.
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... the participants went beyond PC pablum and instead they issued the Marrakesh Declaration, a statement of principles and actions that embraces the right of religious minorities in Muslim countries to follow their consciences unmolested.
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The Marrakesh Declaration is an impressive effort of authoritative insiders to reclaim the soul of Islam from dangerous fanatics.
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When al-Shabaab terrorists recently ambushed a bus in Kenya, they demanded that the Christians and Muslim passengers separate.  Somalia-based Al-Shabaab has a long record of slaughtering civilians who could not recite passages from the Koran.
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This time the terrorists were challenged by Muslim men on the bus who went out to argue with the terrorists and by Muslim women who gave their head scarves to Christian female passengers.  "Kill us together, or leave us alone," they demanded. 
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This time, the terrorists backed off, but not before they murdered one Christian who tried to escape, and Salah Farah, a 34-year-old teacher, whom they shot multiple times and who later succumbed to his wounds.
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Before he died, Salah declared: "People should live peacefully together.  We are brothers... Let us help one another and let us live together peacefully."
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President Obama has strived to connect Americans with their communal instincts of inclusion.
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The Marrakesh religious scholars introduced a better conceptual framework for multi-faith tolerance.
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But the greatest hope comes from a Kenyan teacher.  If only we could reverse engineer the decency of Salah Farah and his fellow Muslim passengers.
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What gave them the inner strength to do the right thing with no regard for personal safety?  How did their understanding of Islam differ from the others?
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If Salah's heroic sacrifice inspires Muslims, along with Christians, Jews and Hindus, the world will surely be a safer and better place.
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... embody Gandhi's paraphrase of the Hebrew Bible, "The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience."
      The Western media and world leaders have Israeli blood on their hands  (INN 02/15/2016)
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When people of sound minds display clear signs of deviation from reality it demands of us to examine the symptom and expose the defect.
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From an Israeli perspective, it is a world where the roles of victim and aggressor have been flipped, where the language of legality and illegality has been switched, falsehood is promoted as news and truth goes missing.
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When he said that "Nothing excuses terrorism," this was simply a throat-clearing exercise before going on to do just that, excuse Palestinian terrorism.
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While Israel is enduring daily assaults by Palestinian terrorists for six months, the Secretary-General said about the murder of Israelis: "It is human nature," he said, "to react to occupation..."
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No, it is not "human nature" to grab a knife or a gun and go hunting for Israeli Jews to kill, including the targeting of young women and children, and for someone of Moon's stature to say such things is appalling.
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He claimed that Palestinians are provoked by "despair" when the truth is they are driven by the religious imperative and the hope of achieving fame and glory exhorted and incited by their corrupt leadership.
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Wouldn't it be more honest to admit that Palestinian terror is not about the absence of their state but the existence of the Jewish state?
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Israel has not occupied another people's land because the disputed territories never belonged to any other people.
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... appalling false storyline hid the truth that the three Palestinians attacked and killed a 19 year old girl, Hadar Cohen, and badly wounded another girl as they came into Jerusalem on a killing spree armed with knives, rifles and explosives.
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Why do they do this?  Why is it that Jewish victims of Palestinian terror do not exist in the mind of many Western news editors?  It is not just the expression "Islamic terrorist" that escapes the Western political and editorial truth test, it is also the words "Palestinian terror" that either cannot speak its name, or can be justified by blaming the victim, Israel. 
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They do it because this does not fit their mindless propaganda and imagery of Palestinian victimhood at the hands of Israelis.
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They fail to adequately report, if they report at all, on the anti-Semitic nature of the incitement campaign that drives crazed minds to pick up a weapon and kill Jews.
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This message would damage the progressive secularism of perceived values of human rights that has, for too long, placed the Palestinians as their poster-child idol of their global campaign of sympathy for the oppressed and downtrodden.
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Western media and the international community not only swerve mentioning the Israeli victims of Palestinian Arab terror.  They also fail to highlight these crimes inflicted by the Palestinian leadership on their own people.  It doesn't fit their agenda.
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As such, they fail in their moral duty to inform and effect change.
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By covering up and supporting Palestinian deadly aims they have the blood of innocent Israelis on their hands as they aid and abet a malevolent and murderous Palestinian agenda.
      A courageous idea to stop the murders  (INN 02/10/2016)
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It takes a village to raise a child.
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Children are being raised in many Arab villages to hate from birth with the ultimate aim and honour of being a shahid — a martyr — if they kill Jews.  Their schoolbooks and their media bring them up to believe this.
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Their teachers, their parents and their whole villages dance and celebrate when Jews are murdered by their own teenagers.  It is no accident that their young people are murdering Jews.
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All efforts to stop this have not worked.
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The worst is the human cost to bereaved families.  The cost to maintain security is huge whilst the daily horror continues. 
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Resilient citizens are losing patience as murder after murder robs the Jewish people of future generations.
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One solution to these murderous acts by young people and the support of their society is to raze the village of the murderers to the ground and to expel all of their residents to their brothers in Jordan, Gaza (or dare I say Syria?).
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A Jewish community should immediately be built in its place.
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If Israel does this a few times it will be in the interests of every single Palestinian who wants to live in Israel to discourage these murders.
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This solution is not wholesale population transfer, nor is it ethnic cleansing.
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We live in a world where millions of people are now being forcibly relocated as an alternative to being killed.
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Razing one or two villages and the expulsion of a few as a deterrent is a peaceful method of stopping the beginnings of a war in which could lead to tens of thousands of casualties with the destruction of hundreds of Arab villages.
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Israel is not and will never be part of the Caliphate.
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As the leaders of these people stuff their bank accounts with donor money and brainwash their people, the Israelis are losing patience and will have to look to the biblical dictate of "Be Strong and of Good Courage" to take the bull by the horns and solve this issue once and for all.
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This may be the last opportunity to create peace for all in Israel by making an example of the murderers and those who support them, whilst enabling those who genuinely want peace to attain it.
      'There is no radical Islam — Islam is itself radical'  (INN 02/08/2016)
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"Conciliation or clashing — how to deal with the threat of radical Islam."
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"There is no radical Islam.  Islam is radical.  It's true that there are Arabs who want to live in peace, but the moment that we give them something, we provide a tail wind for the radicals.  Because Islam is a radical cultural movement that is not prepared to accept the fact that we exist."
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"the Muslims distinguish between the (ancient) sons of Israel and the Jews.  The Jews, i.e.  the Israelis, are cheaters, liars and all the rest."
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... "the state of Israel is an open wound for the Arab world, and a wound must be closed.  We forget that the liberty of man and democracy are expressions that are heresy in the Muslim world."
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"the state of Israel is an open wound for the Arab world, and a wound must be closed.  We forget that the liberty of man and democracy are expressions that are heresy in the Muslim world."
      End the two-state narrative  (INN 02/08/2016)
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There has never been a "two-state solution" – only a "two-state narrative."
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The former never existed because a "solution" to the Israel-Palestinian dispute would have required, as a threshold matter, that Palestinians accept Israel as a Jewish state, renounce terrorism, discontinue anti-Israel incitement in their schools and abandon their desire to flood Israel with so-called "refugees" from other countries who never spent a day of their lives in Israel.
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... the creation of a democratic Palestinian state would have abruptly caused the end of the villainous Arafat/Abbas regime and its corrupt stranglehold on the blood money extracted for years from the US and other western nations.
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The Arafat/Abbas shakedown – a masterful game of extortion played out on the world stage – goes like this: They threaten the United States that if they don't receive a massive sum of unrestricted cash, they will not be able to "restrain" terrorist attacks against Israel and other targets around the world.
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The US then pressures Israel to uphold this non-existent "solution" and, lo and behold, the United States is at the epicenter of a "peace process"...
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Once Arafat, and now Abbas, receive their ill-gotten bribes, they put most of the money off-shore in anonymous bank accounts, and purchase enough muscle and fire-power to control and subordinate their constituents (who have never known any other form of government).
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Importantly, they never permit any substantial funds to be used to improve the quality of Palestinian Arab life, thereby ensuring that the street rage that is so essential to their extortionate threats is never extinguished.
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That's the "two-state solution" – an illusion that serves the worst intentions of both the United States and the Palestinian Arabs.  It has never been a solution, only a narrative.  But even the narrative itself now needs to end.
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The narrative needs to end because it is preventing the opportunity for real progress that has the potential to improve the lives of Palestinian Arabs and Israelis alike.
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Instead of enabling Abbas to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from his people and to perpetuate an environment of poverty and despair, the United States, once and for all, must call his bluff, and demand complete accountability and transparency before any funds are released.
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The approach to peace between Israel and the Arabs living in Judea and Samaria now should be premised upon the fact that the Arabs dislike Abbas and his ruling class even more than do the Jews.
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What we need to focus on is identifying and supporting the Palestinian Arab existing and aspiring middle class – hopefully, and quite possibly, the majority of the population — and advancing their education, infrastructure and opportunity.
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These folks want a better life and have absolutely no confidence in getting there through the Palestinian Authority ruling regime.  At this juncture, a Palestinian state is the last thing the middle class wants – they know better than anyone how corrupt and inept their people are at self-government.
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Radicalized Palestinian terrorists need to be rooted out and eliminated.
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But the remainder – perhaps the majority – of Palestinians should finally benefit from the hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes paid by the US State Department to Abbas.
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Fostering a Palestinian middle class is the solution of the 21st century and it has nothing to do with two states.
      The failure of multiculturalism  (JWR 02/04/2016)
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"We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law."
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... the director general of Britain's Security Service, said that "'the scale and tempo' of the danger to the UK is now at a level he has not seen in his 32-year career.  British police are monitoring over 3,000 homegrown Islamist extremists willing to carry out attacks on the UK."
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... President Obama visited a Baltimore mosque.  According to The Daily Caller, the mosque "has deep ties to extremist elements, including the Muslim Brotherhood." That mosque is not alone, as a map on the paper's website reveals.
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"The president believes that one of our nation's greatest strengths is our rich diversity."
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I doubt terrorists believe that.  I don't believe that diversity, as practiced in America, exists in any country with a Muslim majority.
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... head of the Norwegian Police Security Service, recently warned against further Muslim immigration.
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When U.S.  politicians suggest a similar approach, they are denounced as "bigots" and "Islamophobes."
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What we are witnessing is the complete breakdown and failure of multiculturalism.
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Dictionary.com defines multiculturalism as "the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation."
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That definition contains a glaring contradiction.
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A society cannot be unified if it preserves different cultures and cultural identities within itself.  That's why our national motto is translated "out of many, one."
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To the multiculturalist it appears to be, "Out of one, many."
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History demonstrates that no nation can long survive if it forgets why it exists.
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Our failure to inculcate American traditions, beliefs and history, even in the native born, not to mention immigrants, is rapidly destroying the country bequeathed to us by our forebears.
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Leftists in Europe and the U.S.  have promoted multiculturalism, believing that once Muslims experience our freedoms and dedication to equality they will want to be like us.
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It doesn't appear to be working and anyone familiar with the Koran and its "kingdom of this world" instructions knows it likely won't.
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Our enemies see our weakness and failure to understand their objectives, which include destroying the West and establishing a worldwide caliphate.  This is not top secret information.
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Not all Muslims are terrorists, to be sure, but large numbers of radical Islamists profess allegiance to the faith and they are more than willing to wreak havoc in pursuit of their goals.
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An ancient proverb reminds us: "There are none so blind as those who will not see."
      'Europe, learn from Israel!': Exclusive interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali  (INN 02/02/2016)
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When Theo van Gogh was murdered by an Islamist on a street in Amsterdam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali could not even attend the funeral because she would have put the lives of others at risk.
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So the Dutch intelligence agreed to take her to the morgue.
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The next day, bodyguards accompanied her from her home and gave her three hours to pack and leave.
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From there she went to the air base at Valkenburg, near The Hague, where she would be embark on a plane.
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The portholes were closed, they told her not to approach them nor go near the door.
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The plane was full of soldiers.  Hirsi Ali was leaving a country at war.
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They landed at a military base in Maine, in the United States.
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This is how the love affair between America and the first refugee from Western Europe since the Holocaust began.
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A story that continues to this very day.
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Hirsi Ali recently released her third book on Islam, "Heretic", an optimistic book on the reform of Islam.
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Where does your optimism for a reform of the Islamic world come from? "It is a possibility, not a certainty.  But I am optimistic because of the violence committed today in the name of Islam, which is creating so much tension, and it is not just committed by individuals, but by states and organizations.  People are more and more afraid of radical Islam..."
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On February 1, many feminists around the world will celebrate the World Hijab Day, the International Day of the Islamic veil.  "It is multiculturalism, the ideology that eliminates the rights of individuals in favor of groups, communities.  Europe is committing a cultural suicide."
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You were the first authentic dissident in the Islamic world.  "The dissidents of Islam are fundamental, because we are those who ask the critical questions, who pursue the critical thinking.  Asking the questions means risking your life..."
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"...  Unfortunately, today there is a combination of fear and multiculturalism, moral relativism, the sense of guilt for the Muslim population because of colonialism.  When I started going to university in the Netherlands, many did not want to hear about the Holocaust in the classroom, they were told not to speak of the Jews of Israel.  This served to suppress criticism of Islamic doctrine.  We must stop demonizing Israel and learn from it."
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"...  Freedom of expression is therefore fundamental for the opening of the Islamic world to reason.  But sometimes I think it's too late..."
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"I am happy in America, but even here there are the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations.  In ten years I have seen a significant radicalization in America".
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"We are at a critical point in Europe today: the immigration of millions of people must be stopped even before Europe stops the indoctrination in the mosques and imams.  If we do not stop the brainwashing, there will be another lost generation in Europe.  Muslims must stop Sharia now.  I keep repeating it, but who is listening?".
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"...  sharia is the worst violation of human dignity.  Sharia is against civilization and European culture".
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So speaks a brave woman who carries on her own body the consequences of that poisonous flower.
      Palestinian Arabs are willing executioners  (INN 01/31/2016)
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UN-designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day is just behind us and perhaps it is the time to consider what makes Palestinian Arabs so barbaric and so full of hate for Jews and Israelis that they have no reservations about stabbing and murdering infants, children, women and men as they go about their daily chores
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Both Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Arabs are equally involved in the current terror wave afflicting all of Israel.
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Before there was Israel, Arabs still killed Jews.  ... Maybe it's not the Jewish houses or the so-called "occupation" that are at issue here.  Maybe it's the Jews.  Maybe it's their Palestinian Arab murderers and their primal hatred of Jews, similar to the indiscrimate Nazi hatred of all Jews.
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Arabs who are citizens of Israel enjoy the benefits of living in a free and democratic nation.
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... although some view the community with suspicion and see them as untrustworthy, Israeli Arabs have infinitely more human rights in Israel than Jews ever had when they lived in their former Arab countries, or that Arabs have in any Muslim nation in the Middle East today.
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Not surprisingly the fundamental freedoms bestowed on Israeli Arabs are overlooked by the very Arabs that enjoy and benefit from their democratic rights in Israel.
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The hearts and minds of many Israeli Arabs continue to be overwhelmingly "occupied" with Jew-hatred.  This is the true narrative about the so-called "occupation".
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For the Palestinian Arabs and the Palestinian Authority (an organization funded entirely by the Obama Administration and European nations) premeditated murder has become a tool for "redemption."
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The current terror wave can trace its roots to the link between Nazism and the nascent Palestinian Arab national movement during the years of the Holocaust preceding the establishment of the State of Israel.
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The common thread unifying the desire for the total destruction of Jews is shared by both Palestinian Arab terror and Nazism, hence the validity of the term Islamo-Nazism.
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The Palestinian Arab Authority broadcasts daily programs of incitement to children and adults on TV glorifying terrorists killed as they attempted to murder Jews, hanging their pictures on light posts in major Arab Palestinian cities and promising heaven for those who murder Jews.
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From a historical perspective, Haj Amin al-Husseini, the founder of Palestinian nationalism, was notorious in his efforts to persuade the Nazis to extend their genocide of the Jews to the Palestine Mandate.
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The Mufti met Hitler and Himmler in Berlin in 1941 and asked the Nazis to guarantee that when the Wehrmacht drove the British from Palestine, Germany would establish an Arab regime and assist in the "removal" of its Jews.
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Hitler replied that the Reich would not intervene in the Mufti's kingdom, other than to pursue their shared goal: "the annihilation of Jewry living in Arab space."
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The Mufti settled in Berlin, befriended Adolf Eichmann, and lobbied the governments of Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria to cancel a plan to transfer Jews to Palestine.
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Subsequently, some 400,000 Jews from these countries were sent to death camps.
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The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini in Mandatory Palestine played leading roles in inculcating the spirit of Nazism into Muslim consciousness.
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Overlooked in the history books is the fact that about 100,000 European Muslims fought on the Nazi side in World War II.
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They included two Bosnian Muslim Waffen SS Divisions, an Albanian Waffen SS Division in Kosovo and Western Macedonia, the Waffengruppe der-SS Krim, formations consisting of Chechen Muslims from Chechnya, and other Muslim formations in Bosnia-Hercegovina.
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Nor has much been mentioned about Abu Mazen, the unelected President of the Palestinian Arab Authority; In 1972, Abu Mazen was responsible for raising the funds required for the Munich Massacre of 11 Israeli athletes.
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He acquired much of his subversive skills at the KGB headquarters in Moscow, where he received (at Moscow University) his Ph.D.  on Holocaust Denial.
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No Western society would tolerate a holocaust denier holding a prominent position, but Abu Mazen has been accorded respect and is welcomed in all major capitals of the world.
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Abu Mazen represents the indisputable connection between spirit of Nazism and its central role in Palestinian Arab consciousness.
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Palestinian Arabs, in ways similar to the Nazis in the past, have created a false and deceptive reality that will sooner than later crumble and implode.
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Over the past five years we have all witnessed how quickly Arab leaders throughout the Middle East have to flee from their own people due to the eruption of rage and hatred by the Arab mobs.
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The true narrative of the Middle East is that no Arab state genuinely respects human rights.  No Arab state hosts a responsible media.  No Arab society fully respects the rights of women or minorities, and no Arab government has ever accepted public responsibility for its own shortcomings.
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Blame has become the opium of the Arabs, and the greatest blame for their failures is that directed at Israel.
      With Iran it's strictly business  (JWR 01/28/2016)
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Corporate giants and politicians are salivating at the prospect of doing business with a regime led by a man who has referred to Israel as "an old wound" that "should be removed."
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There is plenty of money to be made in deals with the devil, but at what cost?
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In the 1930s when European and American businesses traded with the Nazis, the rationale seemed to be, "If we don't sell to them, someone else will."
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That amoral view, no doubt, contributed to the slaughter of an estimated 11 million people.  Six million of these were Jews.
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Re-visiting this hall of shame ought to at least give corporate and political bodies pause when dealing with a regime that seems perfectly willing to finish the job Hitler and his brownshirts started.
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Have they learned so little from history that they are willing to repeat it?
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... quite a number of corporations ignored what the Nazis were doing so long as they could continue to do business and make a profit.
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IG Farben was another company that dealt with Nazi Germany.  The company licensed to various companies the pesticide Zyklon B, which was used to suffocate millions in the death camps.
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Deutsche Bank in 1998 accepted "moral responsibility" for its dealings with the Nazis.  These dealings included knowingly buying gold taken from people murdered in the camps.
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What would be the morally responsible approach to Iran?  Because the regime is complicit in the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which have led to the deaths of American servicemen and women, the morally responsible thing to do is not to conduct business with Iran.
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Given the depths to which human nature appears to have sunk, however, that is unlikely to happen.  After all, it's strictly business, right?
      Filtration of terror  (INN 01/28/2016)
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... to fully police terror, there should not just be a policy to avenge it, but to prevent it as well.
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By implementing the proper filtration of terrorists, the violence could come to a standstill.
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One of those buried this week is slain mother of 6, Daphna Meir, who was brutally murdered in front of 3 of her children.
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The stabbing terrorist tried to go after her daughter next, but the blade became stuck, and then with a heroic effort she shoved the door shut against the man and locked him out of her house, before bleeding out before her screaming children, saving them from directly sharing in her fate.
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Forget about saying, "You can't fault 99 percent success." Yes, you can fault it; 30 times in the past few months alone.
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The case of Daphna Meir's murder highlights this glaring reality.  This was not a terrorist tunnel assault.
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It was a guest worker in her home town.  He was there WITH CONSENT of current Israeli security measures
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Just as credit card companies have a method to determine one's credit score and probable trust ratio, the same process can be held for people who are trustworthy enough to reach this level of appraisal.
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... at least law abiding fidelity must be ensured of any guest worker, OR THEY DON'T WORK HERE! 
      Holocaust Remembrance Day and UN Chief Ban Ki Moon’s cowardly act  (Fox 01/27/2016)
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From the time Moses first showed up at Pharaoh's palace, to the moment the few living Jewish skeletons crawled out of the gates of Auschwitz on the day of their liberation by Soviet soldiers on January 27, 1945, we have always taught our kids and reminded ourselves and anyone else who would listen, that memory holds the key to redemption.
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Could there possibly be a worse sin than willfully forgetting?
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This January 27th we learn that there are sins far worse.
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Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, who, as he has done each year on this day, will preside of the international organization remembrance of 6 million dead Jews.
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Yet he chose the eve of this hallowed anniversary to bestow a moral and political blank check to Palestinian terrorists who this week alone buried knives into mother of 8, a pregnant woman and a beautiful young woman buying groceries for her grandparents.
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According to Ban, the current Intifada by knife, gun, and vehicle "is a reaction to the fear, disparity and lack of trust the Palestinians are experiencing."
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He went on to explain that "Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process," he said, blaming "the occupation" for causing "hatred and extremism."
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"As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism."
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Powerful words and imagery: fear, lack of trust, frustration, and humiliation.
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What a tragedy that Mr.  Ban lacked the courage to use this Holocaust Remembrance Day as a teachable moment for Palestinians and other "frustrated" and "humiliated" young Arabs and Muslims.
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He should have told them, "instead of embracing the culture of death of ISIS, Al Qaeda and Al Shabab, why not read Eli Wiesel's 'Night,' or Victor Frankel's 'Man's Search for Meaning'?
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Instead of using the heroic and tenacious trek of Holocaust survivors to find hope amongst the ashes of their loved ones, Mr.  Ban defaulted to political expediency that doesn't help a single Palestinians but does succeed in further embedding a dangerous double standard when the victims of terrorism are Jews — especially Israelis.
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... the effect of his words was to tell Palestinians and by extension anyone with a gripe against Israel, that he understood the pain of today's murderers of Jews.
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Across Europe, the continent's elite will pause for a moment of silence of the victims of the Nazis and then will return to their deafening silence about anti-Semitism in their own countries; where virtually every Jew is a potential target for a hate or Islamist terrorist, where synagogue needs armed guards to protect its Jewish parishioners, where anti-Semitic hate crimes go unpunished...
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Yes, Wednesday, on International Holocaust Memorial Day, we can see that there is something much worse than forgetfulness: Shedding crocodile tears for dead Jews while doing nothing to defend live Jews.
      Postmodern cultural totalitarianism has changed the very nature of man  (INN 01/26/2016)
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"Where were the German men?"
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Ethical codes, embedded in us on a genetic level, would demand that we intervene on behalf of the women.
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Especially, in a situation where normal adult men were more numerous than the rapists, and the rapists themselves were not terrorists, cyborgs or aliens, but mere street punks.
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A great number of strong healthy men, having heard the girls screaming and crying, and having seen the crimes being committed, didn't do anything to save the victims.
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We heard women blaming the victims and defending the rapists.  ... We learned about dozens of female journalists who concealed the truth because the rapists were "refugees".
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Feminists?  We didn't hear their voices.  As we haven't heard their voices in Sweden, Norway and England, where thousands of girls have long ago been turned into "white meat".
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Instead, all we hear is a subtle mumble ... states that "sexual violence is an issue for people of all ethnic origins".
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Why, during the revolutions in Romania, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, were there no cases of gang rape of girls during demonstrations, as occurred in Tahrir Square?
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"Sexual harassment is not automatically binding to migration and immigration," Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in Davos.  Sure!
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... the highest rates of rape convictions were for individuals born in North Africa and Iraq.  They were convicted of rape at rates of 17.5 times the native Swedish rate respectively.
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We are speaking about a commonplace situation, typical for the patriarchal Muslim world - for Iraqis, Afghans or Somalis - where a non-Muslim woman is nothing more than a sexual object, an easy and natural prey, a whore.
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The Civil war in Lebanon took place not least because of the mass rape of Christian women by Palestinians.
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If "refugees" ever dared to do the same at home - in Algeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia - with Muslim girls, they would be buried alive. 
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There are strict and oppressive laws of clan vengeance and no one dares to harass a woman from another clan or tribe without bearing an inevitable cruel punishment.
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European women have no protection from their families or even the state, with the latter taking the side of the perpetrator.
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Why are western politicians paralyzed by fear?
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The issue is not about right or left ideology.  ... The issue is about a healthy, normal perception of the world based on genuine European-Western values.
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These small countries, squeezed between millstones of formerly great empires, having survived Soviet despotism, now know the value of freedom and dignity.
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They were vaccinated against Universalist ideologies.
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Is it not curious that Czech Republic and Slovakia are the only countries that accept genuine refugees facing a terrible fate - Christians and Yazidis from Iraq, but not mature and aggressive young men heading to Europe for an easy life and "white meat".
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What has happened to the world, when men, women, politicians, and the elite betray their daughters and children in order to please newcomers with their baser instincts and a cult of male power?
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The answer is sad - the culture of postmodernism has managed to do what couldn't be achieved even by the Communist propaganda machine.
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It has degraded the instinct of self-preservation, natural reactions embedded in humans on a genetic level, the ability to feel compassion and protect a victim – a woman, a girl, a child.
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An abstract ideology has suppressed the mind and senses.
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I left USSR as a hater of Soviet totalitarianism.  Now I realize that the cultural totalitarianism of political correctness has turned out to be much more poisonous.
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The Soviet regime dictated harsh rules and established censorship.  However people remained normal human beings.
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They laughed at authorities, composed jokes about Brezhnev, made satirical films in spite of the censorship, and learned to read newspapers between the lines. 
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Cultural totalitarianism succeeded much more.  It affirmed a relentless self-censorship, turned people into sterile zombies, and exterminated basic senses of responsibility and dignity.
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It changed the very nature of man, and indeed, it was a unique experiment of its proponents on their own people.
      Why is France commemorating the Holocaust with Iran's president?  (Fox 01/26/2016)
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A year ago on January 27, 2015, French President Francois Hollande came to Auschwitz to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation.
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Hollande was surely sincere in what he said.  But this year he will not be going to Auschwitz for the anniversary.
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Instead, he will be at the Elysee Palace to welcome the Iranian president. 
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The January 27th is not just the date that Auschwitz was liberated.  It is also the day that France, along with the rest of the world, thanks to a U.N.  resolution, marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, dedicated to recalling the victims of the Nazi genocide and preventing similar crimes against humanity.
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... adding an extra layer of tragic absurdity, Iran is currently running its annual Holocaust cartoon contest, a response to the caricatures of Muhammad published by Charlie Hebdo (which cost the artists their lives).
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The theme of the contest is: "Did the Holocaust really happen?" Since the Iranian leadership think it is acceptable to laugh at anything except the Prophet anti-Semitic "jokers" of all stripes — the extreme right, the extreme left, Islamists, and assorted others — will have the opportunity to let loose on the gas chambers.
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Perhaps President Rouhani wants to show the world that Iran has changed.  We therefore propose that President Hollande invite his guest to join him in a visit to the Shoah (Holocaust) Memorial in Paris.
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The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran could read there the endless list of names of the deported, those who were shot, gassed, denied all humanity and dignity, and those who, in Primo Levi's words, are killed a second time by "denying the horrors they suffered."*
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It is doubtful that President Rouhani would be interested in making such a visit.
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But the very offer would mark a deeply meaningful gesture from the French president, making clear that France remembers, and has every intention of fighting those who threaten liberty, human rights, peace, and fellowship. 
      Fantasy Islam  (INN 01/24/2016)
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A game in which an audience of non-Muslims wish with all their hearts that Islam was a "Religion of Peace," and a Muslim strives to fulfill that wish by presenting a personal version of Islam that has little foundation in Islamic Doctrine.
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After the advent of Islam, people needed to believe in Allah, the god of Islam, and Muhammad to receive their reward.
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... context is important.  So to provide some additional context, take into consideration what Muhammad himself had to say about the status of Jews and Christians who remained faithful to their religions after the advent of Islam:
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"By Him in whose hand is the life of Muhammad, he who amongst the community of Jews or Christians hears about me but does not affirm his belief in that with which I have been sent and dies in this state (of disbelief), he shall be but one of the denizens of Hell-Fire."
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Muslims are forbidden from being friends with Jews (5:51); the Jews are among the worst enemies of Muslims (5:82); Muslims are specifically commanded to fight Jews (9:29); Allah curses the Jews (9:30); and Jews are among the worst of creatures and will live in the Fires of Hell (98:6).
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Muhammad drove the Jewish tribes out of Medina, supervised the beheading of 600-900 captured Jewish males (combatants and non-combatants), and had this to say:
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"The Hour will not be established until you fight against the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, 'O Muslim!  There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'"
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"No Muslim would die but Allah would admit instead of him a Jew or a Christian in Hell-Fire."
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And on his deathbed Muhammad gave one last command: "I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslims."
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"Quran-abiding Muslims" are required to follow the commands of Allah found in the verses of the Koran.  And among those verses is one specifically commanding Muslims to follow the teachings and example of Muhammad (59:7).
      Is the Swedish foreign minister an anti-Semite?  (INN 01/24/2016)
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Netanyahu answered emphatically and poignantly that Israel is not above criticism, but it should be held to the same standards that everyone else is being held to.
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The PM went on to say, that the Swedish FM's comments are outrageous, immoral, and unjust.
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People are defending themselves against assailants wielding knives, who are about to stab them to death, and they shoot the terrorist, and that's extra judicial killings?
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... devised a widely accepted 3D litmus test for modern anti-Semitism: Demonization, Double Standards and Delegitimization and is a set of criteria intended to distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from antisemitism.
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It's clear that on the double standard test, the Swedish FM passes with flying colors, especially when one looks around the mideast, at the horrifying levels of rampant murderous violence and persecutions going on, not to mention medieval judicial systems that execute punishments by heinous means of beheadings, stonings and amputations.
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The Swedish FM's silence about these heinous attacks on innocent Israeli civilian women, in contrast to her deriding criticism of Israel responding in self-defense to murderous terrorists attacks, demonstrates prejudice and bias against the Jewish state of Israel.
      Terrorism pays: How to flummox the White House, the EU — and defeat the 'Palestinians'  (JWR 01/22/2016)
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‘I'm proud of him."
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That's what the father of Dafna Meir's murderer said when the Palestinian media asked him what he thinks of his cold-blooded son Murad Adais.
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On Sunday afternoon, Adais butchered Meir in her home, in front of her children.
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Whether Adais Sr.  is really happy that his son will rot in prison is less important than the fact that he said what he said to his home crowd.
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He knows that his audience thinks his son is a hero.  And so he played to his audience.
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... throughout most of the past quarter-century a solid majority of Palestinians have supported terrorism against Israelis.
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Moreover, the more murderous an attack, the more it is supported.
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... this campaign is not being carried out by "lone wolves," who have been incited by Palestinian Authority propaganda.
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Rather, that propaganda reflects the murderous hatred that the vast majority of Palestinians feel toward Israelis and Israel.
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Adais and his comrades may or may not be members of terrorist groups.  But they are the loyal representatives of their terrorism-supporting society.
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Obviously, any talk of a peace process in this climate is utter folly.  The most Israel can aspire to is to deter the hate-soaked Palestinians from attacking us.
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Twenty-five years of survey data make clear that most Palestinians believe that terrorism pays.
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And the plain fact is that they are right.  For the past generation, the Palestinians have only benefited from killing Israelis through terrorism.
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The fact that Israeli concessions to the Palestinians have strengthened their conviction that terrorism pays rather than convinced them to make peace shows that all concessions in the face of terrorism are dangerous.
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... the Palestinians have learned that the Israeli public does not have the final word on whether or not they will be rewarded for their crimes against humanity.
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The Palestinians believe that Israel is dependent on Western goodwill.  So to the extent that the West pressures Israel surrender to Palestinian demands, the US and the EU work hand in glove with Palestinian terrorists and prove that they are right to murder mothers in their homes in front of their children.
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Israel is under a coordinated assault by the Palestinians who hate us and the Europeans and Americans who are hostile to us.
      Is North Korea testing Iran's nuclear device?  (INN 01/21/2016)
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The provisions of the agreement negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and his team of sycophants make Neville Chamberlain's "peace in our time" negotiations with Hitler look like a stroke of genius.
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Iran's Islamic regime is an incredibly dangerous foe.  Like ISIS ... Iran has an apocalyptic view of current and near-future events.
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Devotees drive both, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic State, to quicken the End Times apocalypse.
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Iranian leaders hold to a Shia brand.  ISIS leaders hold to a Sunni brand.  But both are obsessed by a belief that their messiah is coming.
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Obama and Kerry have witlessly cut a Faustian bargain with Iran, whose theocratic supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, is all too happy to lead chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" in response.
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We believe ... that Iran already has the bomb and is working on figuring out how to get it into a vehicle and send it our way.
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... working together with North Korea, they will seek to take out our electric infrastructure and anything electronic via satellites they already have in space and others they'll put up into space.
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Unlike most satellites that orbit the earth horizontally (from west to east), the Iranian and North Korean satellites orbit from south to north over the poles, often going right over the center of the U.S.
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To those who don't understand the difference between a standard nuclear warhead and a hydrogen bomb, the latter is 1,000 times more powerful and what was tested seemed closer to what fell on Hiroshima than something that could take out a couple of cities.
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The Iranian regime has been working their way to a nuclear bomb for almost thirty years.  While Iran may well have achieved its nuclear goal, testing their monster would not have been possible in Iran.
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So, where else could they go to test?  Most likely to North Korea with a gift of badly needed oil and perhaps with some money and food.  In exchange, Iran would get North Korea to test their bomb for them and it may not be the first time.
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The vicious mullahs want that $150 billion to finance not only Islamic terror, but both theirs and North Korea's efforts to utterly destroy the U.S.  in an instant.
      Dollars for hostages  (JWR 01/21/2016)
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Expecting Iran to use this windfall for purposes other than terrorism would be like expecting a kidnapper to donate the ransom money to a children's hospital.
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"In (implementing) the deal," Rouhani said, "all are happy except Zionists, warmongers, sowers of discord among Islamic nations and extremists in the U.S.  The rest are happy."
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This is a regime that allowed the beating of Christian missionary Saeed Abedini in an attempt to force him to renounce his faith and convert to Islam.
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We are repeatedly told by clueless Western political leaders that Islam is a "religion of peace" and that the Koran prohibits "coercion" in matters of faith (Surah 2:256).
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By your fruits you shall know them.
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Pleasurable outcomes do not always validate policy and our enemies in Iran, and among the various terrorist groups it supports, are bound to receive the message that if they can just grab Americans and hold them hostage long enough, America — at least under this administration, which they perceive to be weak — will give them what they want. 
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... the Ayatollah Khomeini believed Reagan was a "cowboy" and might actually drop a nuclear bomb on Iran if the Americans were not freed.
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That and Reagan's subsequent hardline approach to the Soviet Union came to be known as "peace through strength."
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The American left's approach might be characterized as "war through weakness."
      Iran: Did Obama turn a garden snake into a boa constrictor?  (Fox 01/21/2016)
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Having ensured the safety of these Americans, we should analyze the prisoner swap within the broader context of our foreign policy decision-making regarding Iran.
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Secretary Kerry has insisted there is no connection between the Iran nuclear deal and the release of American hostages.  However, there are no coincidences in politics, especially related to the simultaneous transfer of $100 billion to Iran, the lifting of terrorism finance-related sanctions, and the apparent application of new ballistic missile test-related sanctions.
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The prisoners' release came on the implementation day of President Obama's Iran nuclear deal, which will likely be one of the most misguided foreign policy disasters since the 1938 Munich Agreement.
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Despite great hope and promise conveyed by President Obama, implementation of the Iran nuclear deal creates a strategic alliance with the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism.
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As a pre-condition to negotiations, Iran received $700 million per month of repatriated oil profits, totaling $12 billion.
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Surely, the release of American prisoners would have been a minor request in exchange for this financial windfall.
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At that time, Iran's economy was dire, largely due to the long-term economic sanctions imposed by the United States as a response to Iran's state support for terrorist groups.
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The outcome of this agreement will ultimately add hundreds of billions of dollars to Iran's coffers through financial transfers and economic trade, which will only further enable their state-sponsored support of terror.
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... the Obama administration has made concession after concession, doing everything it can to avoid upsetting an increasingly emboldened Iran.
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His proclivity to vacillate is apparent as we recall the disappearing "red line" in Syria, leaving our allies to wonder where America stands.
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n another provocation, Iran last week captured two U.S.  Navy vessels and detained 10 American sailors, even broadcasting propaganda video of the sailors, with hands on their heads, held at gunpoint.
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... these diplomatic actions come only months after Saudi Arabia assembled a coalition of over 30 Islamic countries to combat global terrorism.  Instead of working with these Gulf partners, along with Israel and Egypt, to garner regional leverage against Iran, the Obama Administration has strategically pinned itself in a position of propping up the Iranians in an effort to defend the competence of the Iran deal.
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The Obama administration's deferential negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal and exchange release of prisoners reveal a concerning inability to design and execute an effective strategy in the Middle East.
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History will record whether the Obama administration has turned a garden snake into a boa constrictor.
      Bennett: Real threat to Israel is leaders' complacency  (INN 01/19/2016)
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"The main threat to Israel's security comes not from the north or the south, not from the rockets of Hamas and Hezbollah, and not even from Iran.  Neither is the diplomatic deadlock our main threat — but rather a deadlock in our thinking."
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"It is not the murderers who attack our civilians in Israeli streets and bring their concrete blocks into the heart of Jerusalem - but rather our mental blocks.  Instead of shaping our future with our own hands, Israel is dragged into an existing reality.  This, in my opinion, is the greatest threat to our security."
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"The warm and comforting assumption of the best Israeli army in the world and the best soldiers in the world, as correct as it may be, will not turn our strategy..."
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"We must ask ourselves how it can be that, in all our struggles against Hamas and Hezbollah, we are left bleeding but the head of the hydra has remained immune..."
      Pope Francis, condemn the slaying of Israeli mothers  (INN 01/18/2016)
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While the Pope was preaching and speaking in the synagogue, Palestinian terrorists butchered an Israeli woman in front of her children.
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This is the Vatican's biggest sin: silence.
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All the Popes blessed Yasser Arafat and his Palestine Liberation Organization, the terrorist seeking to win for the Arabs not only the territories liberated by Israel in 1967, but all of 1948 Israel.
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Arafat and his followers had shed the blood of Jewish schoolchildren and athletes, politicians and passers-by, in and beyond the Middle East.  His organization's actions had horrified the world.
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But the Popes gave them publicity and legitimacy, including the current PLO's chief Mahmoud Abbas, whom Pope Francis recently called "Angel of Peace".
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"The Church, which did not say a word about the massacre of the Jews for six years in Europe and has not had much to say about the killing of Christians for seven years in Lebanon, is now ready to meet a man who committed the killings in Lebanon and who wants the destruction of Israel in order to complete the work carried out by the Nazis in Germany..."
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We could also remember the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity standoff, when the Church and the Pope rallied behind the Palestinian terrorists who desecrated the Christian shrine and came out against the Israeli soldiers.
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In short, the Catholic authorities sanctioned the terrorists' right to use the church as a shelter.
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By refusing to mention the name "Israel" and by refusing to condemn the slaying of an Israeli mother in Otniel, Pope Francis just confirmed himself as being another Papal bystander in front of genocidal violence against Israel and its people. 
      Could Obama's nuke deal unleash Iran's Apocalyptic Muslims?  (Fox 01/18/2016)
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"Apocalyptic Islam doesn't want to simply attack us, it wants to annihilate us."
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"Apocalyptic Muslims like the leaders of Iran and the leaders of the Islamic State believe that we are living in the End Times and that it's their mission from Allah to bring about the end of the world as we know it."
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"We're not talking about 1.6 billion Muslims," he said.  "We're talking about ten percent or less who are radicals."
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But ten percent of 1.6 billion is still a mighty big number – and they want to destroy Christians, Jews anyone else they consider to be an infidel.
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"They want to establish their global Islamic kingdom where everybody has to follow Islam."
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"And that is a substantively, significantly different and much more dangerous form of radical Islam than even Al Qaeda and Hamas and the Taliban."
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When Al Qaeda thinks you're crazy, you're really crazy."
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"And these people are not just crazy – they're demonic."
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And yet President Obama and his administration are trying to appease the Islamists – including the ones currently in charge of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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"Once you understand Apocalyptic Islam, you understand just how dangerous it is to give Iran not just one path to nuclear weapons, but two."
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"This president doesn't understand the threat of radical Islam.  He won't even define that – much less Apocalyptic Islam."
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It's not so much that the world is facing a future threat – the threat is already here.
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"These people are crucifying Christians, they're beheading people.  They are creating mayhem and really genocidal conditions in Syria and Iraq and our current president is just using half measure to run some sort of public relations war against them."
      The Iran nuclear agreement is national security fraud  (Fox 01/18/2016)
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As the Obama administration celebrates what it claims is a great victory for its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, many Americans are scratching their heads and wondering how we got to this point given the many examples of Iranian bad faith and belligerent behavior since the nuclear deal was announced last July.
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... it will receive approximately $150 billion in sanctions relief even through Iran is still designated by the United States as a state sponsor of terror and was listed in a June 2015 State Department report as the world's leading terrorist state.
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Over the last six months, Iran increased its support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah, its terrorist proxy.
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Iran is threatening Saudi Arabia by backing a Shiite insurgency in Yemen.
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Iran tested ballistic missiles in October and November even though President Obama and Secretary Kerry said last July that under the deal Tehran would abide by U.N.  Security Council resolutions for eight years calling on it to halt its missile program.
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Iran fired rockets last month near a U.S.  aircraft carrier.  It also detained and humiliated 10 U.S.  Navy sailors last week.
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At the same time, few Americans understand that Iran keeps its nuclear infrastructure under the nuclear deal and will be allowed to expand it.
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Iran will continue enriching uranium under the nuclear deal with 5,000 uranium centrifuges and will be developing more advanced centrifuges while the deal is in effect.
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Although Iran agreed to remove the core of a plutonium-producing heavy water-reactor, it will be rebuilt and redesigned with Chinese assistance.
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Although President Obama and Secretary Kerry said Iran sent all of its enriched uranium out of the country, they failed to mention that this was a swap for an equivalent amount of uranium ore that can be converted into enriched uranium in a few months.
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And then there is the issue of the "swap" of five American hostages for seven Iranian criminals held in U.S.  prisons and the removal of 14 other Iranian criminal and terrorists from the INTERPOL wanted list.
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As objectionable as this sounds, President Obama and Secretary Kerry failed to mention that Oman paid Iran $500,000 ransom each for the release of the Americans and that several were brutally mistreated while incarcerated.
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Given these factors, how can the Obama administration claim Iran has complied with the nuclear agreement? 
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How can it justify providing over $150 billion in sanctions relief that Tehran is likely to spend on terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East? 
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How can the United States reward a state that used Americans as hostages to advance its policy goals?
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... because the Obama administration wanted a legacy nuclear agreement with Iran so badly they made any concession necessary to get one.
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The Iran nuclear agreement is national security fraud.  It will not stop or slow Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.
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Seeing itself as the big winner in the nuclear deal, Iran probably will be emboldened to expand its efforts to destabilize its neighbors and sponsorship of terrorism using the estimated $150 billion in sanctions relief it won in the deal.
      Europeans did not learn from the Jews  (INN 01/15/2016)
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One skill of a true statesman is the ability to learn from the experience of other countries and peoples.
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The number of European politicians who have managed to learn anything from Israel's experiences over the last decades seems minimal.
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The outbreak and handling of the recent mass sex assaults in Cologne and other German cities has also demonstrated their inability to learn anything from what has happened to Jews in Europe during the current century.
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The extreme characteristics of crimes committed by some Muslim immigrants should have given European politicians and police pause for thought.
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Islam is not only a religion and an ideology.  The culture of the Muslim world is very different from that of the Western democracies.
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The recent incidents in Germany again demonstrate that some immigrants bring considerable negative attitudes with them from parts of the Muslim world. 
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The sex assaults were a damning indictment of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open borders policy toward the refugees.
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In their response to the mass sexual assaults, German Muslim organizations demonstrated a very common reaction among Muslim immigrants in the Western world.  They reproached the police for their behavior.
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Rather than asking ‘what can we do to help suppress ugly characteristics from fellow immigrants from Muslim countries and culture,' — a move which would require them to own up to such characteristics — they try to shift the blame to others.
      No more martyrs funerals  (INN 01/14/2016)
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Israeli government officials agree: they announced that they cannot stop Arab terrorism.  We can expect, therefore, that more Jews will be murdered and maimed.
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Excuses from politicians, police and IDF commanders are pathetic.
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Waiting for the next tragedy to happen is unacceptable.  Neutralizing a terrorist after they have launched an attack is not sufficient.
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Putting barriers at bus stops offers barely minimal protection.  Cameras on the street only help to identify terrorists after an attack.  More police on the street is reassuring but doesn't work.
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The only way to stop homicidal jihadists is to create disincentives, making the price that they will pay – in their minds – unacceptable. 
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The only thing that could dissuade them is the knowledge that their path to martyrdom would be blocked.
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The simplest and most effective obstacles would be to bury Islamic terrorists at sea or cremate their bodies, both of which are forbidden according to Islamic law. 
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Some have suggested burying terrorists with pig entrails since, according to Islam, contact with a pig defiles Muslims to such an extent that it prevents them from the rewards of an afterlife.
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This may seem extreme to some, but if it works and saves lives, it's worth trying.
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And, according to legend, it was used effectively by US Gen "Black Jack" Pershing to stop Muslim terrorists in the Philippines a century ago.
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Under no circumstances should bodies of terrorists be returned to families where they will receive glorious funerals and used in parades to promote violence.
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This shames the memory of their victims, our country and our civilization.
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Anyone who is found to be an accomplice should be deported; their property should be confiscated and turned over to the family of the victim.
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Islamic hate-preachers should be banned and, if necessary, deported. 
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Families of the terrorists will be outraged until they and their communities understand that terrorism will not be tolerated and terrorists will not be honored.
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We all have the right to live without fear of terrorist attacks.  And we don't have to sacrifice ourselves in order to prove that we have moral principles and value life.
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We are facing an evil that must be conquered and eliminated, not only for Israel, but for the world.
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The right to life is always more important than the desire to destroy it.
      Put down that fiddle!  (INN 01/12/2016)
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The enemies of the Jews need to know that we are not easy targets.  That we will defend ourselves by any means necessary and when threatened, take care of business.
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The government needs to supply every Jewish and law-abiding Israeli citizen with the adequate means to stop terrorists dead in their tracks.
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While Hamas and many Palestinians celebrate each Israeli murdered in cold blood, they have the audacity to call these terrorists "brave" and heroic.
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Someone shooting into a crowd of unarmed civilians, many of them women and children, is probably the best example of cowardice on the planet.
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It doesn't take a hero to do such violent, despicable acts.  It takes a brainwashed coward.
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Our true heroes in the US military protect civilians and put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.
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The IDF is the same.  Even in wartime, they bend over backwards to insure the least amount of enemy civilian casualties.  Have the Palestinians ever sent leaflets to a kibbutz or Israeli community stating that they were coming in and all civilians should vacate the premise?
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It's been shown over and over again that responsible and law-abiding armed civilians help deter crime, not encourage it.  Criminals pick on soft targets.
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The mindset of a terrorist is very much like a criminal.  They will do their best to avoid armed defenders.
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In the midst of this resurgence of Palestinian murderers, Jews and Israelis must be armed and ready to turn the tide at any given moment, whether it's in a pizza shop, at a ballgame, during a concert, and yes, even during prayers at a synagogue.  The word will get out mighty quickly not to mess with the Jews.
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... those who say that militant Islam cannot be defeated militarily probably would have said the same thing regarding Nazism not too many generations ago.
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But that was, in fact, the only method that the Nazis understood and respected.  And they were, of course, eventually defeated and disgraced.
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ISIS and all the other sub-terrorist groups have a very similar philosophy to Nazism.  They believe their path is the only valid one and they will force it upon others by any means they deem necessary, including violence, terror, and murder.
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But these groups can and should be defeated militarily.  We shouldn't feel bad that we have the means to do so, because it's for sure that if they did, they sure as heck would use it against the entire civilized world.
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Arm every law-abiding and responsible Israeli citizen.  Background checks are essential to help eliminate potential problem individuals.
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Demolish the homes of terrorists and deport their families.  If Israel is so bad for them, see how happy they are to live in Syria, or Lebanon, or almost any other Arab land.
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With every terrorist neutralized, follow the USA's example.  We didn't send Bin Laden's body back to his family or home to be buried with honors.  The US wasn't so shortsighted.  War is war and not the time for pleasantries and gentlemen behaviors.  Not a chance.  His body was unceremoniously dumped into the sea.  Israel needs to follow suit. 
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Israel should arrest and deport any Imam who preaches racism and fosters violence.  These so-called "religious leaders" are anything but.  They should be held liable not just for encouraging stabbings and shootings, but also for brainwashing their people and destroying their own youth's lives.
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Cameras should be put up immediately on the Temple Mount.  Why don't the Palestinian Arabs want them?  What are they hiding?
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Take over completely all of the Jewish holy sites.  Protect them and beautify them.  It's time for some serious self-respect.
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With technology today, it shouldn't be too hard to develop effective neck and head protectors against stabbing attacks.
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For the sake of western society and democratic, freedom loving people everywhere, it's time to stop terrorists dead in their tracks.
      There Were 452 Suicide Attacks Last Year.  How Many Were By Muslims?  (01/11/2016)
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The Religion of Peace loves a good old-fashioned bomber.  "450 of 452 suicide terror attacks in 2015 were perpetrated by Muslim extremists."
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"One of the remaining two attacks was carried out by the Kurdish underground.  [However it should be noted at least 98 percent of Kurds are Muslim] The other was perpetrated by a woman supporter of a leftist group in Turkey."
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Clearly, this is unique to Islam.  The fact is, Islam is not a religion of peace.
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The verdict is still out on whether it is a religion of violence, despite a perilous foundational period.  Early Islamic history is riddled with bloodshed and massacre.
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"It is time we admitted that we are not at war with 'terrorism.' We are at war with Islam."
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"This is not to say that we are at war with all Muslims, but we are absolutely at war with the vision of life that is prescribed to all Muslims in the Koran."
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"The only reason Muslim fundamentalism is a threat to us is because the fundamentals of Islam are a threat to us."
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The fundamentalists of any religion, naturally, shed light onto the fundamentals of a religion.
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Again, 450 of 452, a staggering 99.6% of all suicide terrorist attacks have been executed by Muslim fanatics.  This isn't a coincidence.
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All the whataboutery, blame games, and finger-pointing in the world won't negate these statistics.  Neither Christian ‘fundamentalists' nor Jewish ‘fundamentalists' have this problem.
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One religion, Islam, is inherently unique in its violence — at least in the modern era.
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After a Muslim fanatic exploded like a powder keg because of the city's apparent un-Quranic civil liberties, he casually ambushed and shot at a police officer sitting in his squad car.
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Edward Archer, the Muslim cop-attacker, then confessed that he did it ‘in the name of Islam.'
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