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      Life in North Korea a horror.  Why are we so hesitant to tell the massive Olympic audience about this reality?  (Fox 02/16/2018)
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... a satellite photo of the Korean Peninsula at night.  At the bottom, awash in light, is the free and democratic South.  Meanwhile, the North is in complete darkness, save for a tiny pinprick of light in Pyongyang.
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The two countries ... have the same people and the same natural resources.  Yet one is glowing with the light of freedom, innovation and enterprise, while the other is enveloped in the total darkness of human misery.
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Keep that darkness in mind while watching the North's Olympic charm offensive over these two weeks.
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Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, is not the "North Korean Ivanka."
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She is the vice director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department, a senior leader of the most brutal repressive totalitarian regime on the face of the Earth.
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"It's like a religion.  From birth, you learn about the Kim family, learn that they are gods, that you must be absolutely obedient to the Kim family."
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Any perceived disloyalty to the Kim family can result in a visit in the middle of the night from the Bowibu — the North Korean secret police — that could send not just the offender, but three generations of his or her relatives, to a forced labor camp for life.
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Under three generations of Kims, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, have been imprisoned and killed in these camps.
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Inmates undergo the most brutal forms of torture imaginable, including being hung on hooks over open fires, while pregnant women are tied to trees while their babies are cut out of their bellies.
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Yet the camps are simply prisons within a larger prison.  The entire country is one giant gulag.
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... up to a million North Koreans died of starvation in the famine that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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"It was the only time in history that people have starved en masse in an urbanized, literate society during peacetime."
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North Korea's people starve while the regime pours its resources into its messianic quest to deploy nuclear missiles capable of reaching and destroying American cities.
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Even among the elites there is no safety.  Last year, North Korea's vice premier for education was executed for not keeping his posture upright at a public event.
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Defense Minister Hyong Yong Chol was pounded to death with artillery fire for the crime of falling asleep at a parade.
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And if you wonder why those North Korean cheerleaders stay in such perfect sync, maybe it's because they saw 11 North Korean musicians lashed to the barrels of anti-aircraft guns which were fired one by one before a crowd of 10,000 spectators.
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"The musicians just disappeared each time the guns were fired into them.  Their bodies were blown to bits, totally destroyed, blood and bits flying everywhere.  And then, after that, military tanks moved in and they ran over the bits on the ground where the remains lay."
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This is the brutality that Kim Yo Jong represents.  Yet despite this cruel reality, the media could not help fawning over the North Korean delegation.
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Reuters declared Kim Yo Jong the "winner of diplomatic gold at Olympics."
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CNN gushed how, "With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea's presidential guest book, Kim Yo Jong has struck a chord with the public."
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NBC even tweeted a photo of the North Korean cheerleaders with the heading "This is so satisfying to watch."
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Seriously?  NBC failed to mention that in 2005, 21 cheerleaders were sent to a prison camp for speaking about what they saw in South Korea.
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Instead of normalizing the regime, this should be an opportunity to educate the massive Olympic audience about the realities of life in North Korea under the murderous Kim crime family that is pursuing the ability to threaten American cities with nuclear destruction.
      Israel proves the NRA's arguments  (INN 02/15/2018)
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... Israel's gun policy is living proof of the arguments the American gun lobby has been making for years.
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Gun rights advocates contend that the way to stop mass shootings is by ensuring that there are always well-armed citizens present who can neutralize the shooter.
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"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".
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A bedrock of the NRA's philosophy is that criminals will always acquire guns illegally, and draconian gun laws only render law-abiding citizens defenseless.
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... "civilians well trained in the use of weapons provide reinforcement in the struggle against terrorism"...
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... Jerusalem Mayor ... called for every resident to carry a gun, and was even photographed traveling the city carrying a Glock 23.
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... the overwhelming majority of terror attacks in Israel are stopped by armed civilians, not law enforcement.
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In Israeli eyes, guns are a valuable deterrent against terrorism.
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The vast majority of IDF soldiers aren't combat soldiers and are certified as 02 riflemen.  To be 02 requires one to shoot between 40 and 70 bullets.
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The pistol course needed to obtain a license takes less than four hours.  It is a far cry from the highly trained population that the Left imagines.
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Gun control has been proven to be a dismal failure in Israel.
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The Israeli Arab communities are rife with illegal weapons, with some police estimates putting the number of unlicensed weapons in the Arab sector as high as 500,000.
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Think about that for a second: The most heavily guarded borders in the world and a highly professional Shin Bet are still not enough to prevent criminals from obtaining illegal firearms.
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When terrorists attacked a school in Maalot in 1974, Israel did not declare every school a gun-free zone.
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It passed a law mandating armed security in schools, provided weapons training to teachers and today runs frequent active shooter drills.
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There have been only two school shootings since then, and both have ended with teachers killing the terrorists.
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It is an approach that the Americans should take to end the constant slaughter of innocents.
      Trump administration's North Korea trap is set  (Fox 02/13/2018)
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North Korea's Kim family are the greatest abusers of human rights on the planet today.  Such a family ... deserves to be tried in The Hague for their sins.
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But instead of a one-way trip to answer for their countless crimes, the killer Kims were instead paid what can only be described as the ultimate honor: VIP seats in a luxury box at the 2018 Winter Games, right there with our own Vice President Mike Pence, thanks to a peace overture pushed by the two Koreas.
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And from there it gets worse.  North Korea used this opportunity to mount what could easily be described as the greatest attempted rebranding of a country in modern times.
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Forgotten was talk of Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests of last year or the 200,000 or so people trapped in prison camps.
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Oh no, instead we were told that Kim's visiting sister was the "Ivanka Trump" of North Korea.  Seriously?
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Washington would continue to ratchet up pressure on the hermit kingdom and ... "will not stop imposing steep and escalating costs on the Kim Jong Un regime until it takes clear steps toward denuclearization."
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However, the Trump administration would be willing to "sit down and talk with the regime while that pressure campaign is ongoing."
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... South Korea's President Moon assured Pence that Pyongyang would get no "economic or diplomatic benefits for just talking."
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This time, Moon apparently promised Pence there would only be concessions to the North "for taking concrete steps toward denuclearization."
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In fact, denuclearization is the key in any talks with North Korea.  If Pyongyang is unwilling or unable to talk about its nuclear program there is simply no point in talking.
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Logic suggests quite strongly that if Pyongyang won't even go that far, to at least talk about their nuclear weapons program and its dismantling in any negotiation, then we have solid proof the North is simply biding for time.
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The Trump administration has laid out a nicely crafted trap for Kim to fall into – either he is willing to talk about the dismantling of his nuclear program or not and this is all a sham.
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And considering the fact that North Korea has been quite clear their nuclear weapons are not to be bargained away — they are enshrined in their sham of a constitution — the stage is likely set for less talking and more tensions fairly soon. 
      Does Trump understand what the US is up against?  (INN 01/28/2018)
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... civilized people forget "that there has ever been a category of human experience called "the enemy." The enemy is someone who is willing to die in order to kill you.
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And while it is true that the enemy always hates us for a reason, it is his reason and not ours.
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He does not hate us for our faults any more than for our virtues.
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He sees a different world from ours, and in the world he sees, we are the enemy."
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America is hated because it is the enemy – the Great Satan
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Israel, like the United States, is the enemy, the enemy of Islam's world view.
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Israel's mere existence is a historical refutation of Islam.  Israel's restoration is a refutation of Islamic prophecy and of its prophet Muhammad.
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This fact alone is a threat to the power structure if every Islamic state.  Does Donald Trump, the great deal maker, fathom this?
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Mankind has always thought of the enemy as one you must kill or destroy first, otherwise, sooner or later, he will kill or destroy you.
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We do not think this way.  "We are caught in the midst of a conflict between those for whom the category of the enemy is essential to their way of organizing all human experience and those who have banished even the idea of the enemy ..."
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"They hope that by pretending that the enemy is simply misguided or misunderstood ... he will cease to be an enemy.  This is a fatal illusion."
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"To see the enemy as someone who is merely an awkward negotiator is perverse.  It shows contempt for the depth and sincerity of his convictions, a terrible mistake when you are dealing with [a master of dissimulation] who wants you dead."
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... if your enemy consists of men who will stop at nothing, who are willing to die and to kill, then you must be willing to do the same.
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"Only those who have mastered ruthlessness can defend their society from the ruthlessness of others."
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Ruthlessness will determine the outcome of World War III, just as it determined the outcome of World War II, when Dresden was napalmed and Hiroshima was incinerated.
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Today, however, our educators have been shaping our minds with utopian ideals "designed for men and women who know no enemy and who do not take precautions against him.  These ideals are appropriate for a world in which everyone plays by the same rules, and accepts the same standards, of rational cooperation; they are fatally unrealistic in a world in which the enemy acknowledges no rule accept that of ruthlessness."
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The tapes of Bin Laden reveal that the destruction of the World Trade Center was not part of the original terrorists' scheme.
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Nevertheless, Muslims saw the collapse of the Twin Towers as a manifestation of divine intervention.
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The 19 hijackers did not bring down the towers; Allah did.  It is no wonder that the Arab street erupted in exultation.
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9/11 erased centuries of Islam's degradation vis-a-vis the West.  The destruction was a victory for Muslims everywhere.  It restored their overweening pride, their sense of superiority over the enemy.
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The Qu'ran praises the Muslim who "slays and is slain" for Allah (Sura 9:111).  To die by annihilating the enemy is the Muslim's supreme glory.
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This sheds light on the bizarre behavior of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Netanyahu's "peace partner" with whom he wants to negotiate on the (impossible) basis of "reciprocity."
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The PA was offered statehood by PM Ehud Barak in 1999, but the transparent and ultimate goal of these Muslim/Arabs is not statehood but annihilation of the enemy, Israel.
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Israel's ruling elites cannot face the fact that compromise – the modus operandi of democracy – is foreign to Islam's world view. 
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By civilization he means a standard that can be applied across cultures and across history.
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He sees civilization as having four prerequisites: (1) a stable social order, (2) the co-operation of individuals' pursuing their own interests, (3) the ability to tolerate or socialize with one's neighbors, and (4) a hatred of violence. 
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Clearly, Islam lacks three of the four prerequisites ... of a civilization.
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We face a deadly asymmetry.  Muslim leaders know the enemy; America's leaders do not.
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This is why if Iran develops nuclear weapons we may lose World War III. 
      No, Russia didn't work to elect Trump — It works to divide Americans, with the help of Democrats  (Fox 01/28/2018)
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It's true that the Russians are meddling in U.S.  politics – they have been since the Cold War.
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Sadly, the Democrats and the #Resistance are falling for the ploy of the Russians and helping their cause.
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The Russians are not deluded enough to believe they can control a U.S.  president, so their actual goal is to sow discord and create infighting among the American people.
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They have certainly succeed in accomplishing this mission.
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The deluge of news stories and attention focused on supposed collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russians grew out of the need by Hillary Clinton and her supporters to have an excuse for losing – blame it all on those nasty, meddling Russians!
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Pinning the blame on the Russians actually played right into their hands.  First, it inflated their influence well beyond reality.  Second, it began to weaken President Trump before he even took office.
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The Russians were actually playing against the efforts of both candidates and against America and our electoral process overall.  The more divided Americans are against each other, the happier the Russians are.
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The terms for such actors in the Cold War days – when the Soviet Union was openly working against us — were "Fellow Traveler" or "Useful Idiots."
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... the damage that Democrats and others pushing the "Russia, Russia, Russia" narrative have caused is as real as the charges are false.
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The Russians aren't supporting President Trump.  They are weakening America and infecting our public discourse and body politic.
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The efforts by the left to tie this to President Trump and his campaign have contributed to Russian success.
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The study found equal efforts against the right and the left to foment misinformation, generate arguments and generally cause problems.
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It is good for us as American citizens and certainly for our government to be aware of these efforts by the Russians, Chinese and others.
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It is unhelpful to spread the unfair and inaccurate idea that the Trump administration supports or benefits from them.
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None of us do, and that is why those on the left should stop helping the Russians in their pursuit of harming and weakening the United States.
      Liz Peek: Trump challenges world's elites at Davos — Do they want to start winning, too?  (Fox 01/26/2018)
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President Trump made the world's elites squirm Friday in Davos, but not for the reasons many expected.
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... he invited the world to invest in America, citing the tax cuts and regulatory roll-back that make "Now the perfect time to bring business, jobs and investment to the U.S."
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... the business titans and political leaders in the audience must have felt a chill.  Not because Trump was challenging or upsetting the global order, but because he was winning in the midst of it.
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People around the world listening to his common sense remarks must have thought: what about us?  Why isn't my president doing the same?
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... he reiterated his pledge that "as president I will always put America first..." Adding, "just like we expect the leaders of other countries should put their country first also." Audiences thought, is my leader putting me first?
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He didn't, as some expected, threaten a trade war, but rather reiterated his stance that the U.S.  welcomes trade deals that are fair and reciprocal.  He indicated a willingness to enter into bilateral agreements, and also to perhaps join the TPP group, as long as it is in "the interests of all."
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Trump has recently called out rivals like China for unfair trade practices.  He has accused them of stealing our intellectual property, dumping excess products like solar panels in an effort to drive competitors out of business and protecting domestic industries through tariffs and other barriers.
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As Trump vows to "protect the interests of our country, our companies and our workers," people around the world hope their leaders will, too.
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On immigration, a thorny and contentious issue not only in the U.S.  but across the globe, Trump argued for policies that benefit the U.S.  Yes, our doors are open, but we want immigrants that will "contribute to our economy, support themselves financially and to strengthen our country."
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Isn't it wise to invite people into your country who have the talents to make your nation stronger?  Doesn't a merit-based approach like that in Australia make sense?
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Trump touted his administration's encouragement of domestic energy production ... rising oil and natural gas output is not just an economic boon to the U.S., but also promotes "energy security for our friends around the world." As he pointed out, "No country should be held hostage to a single provider of energy."
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In addition to touting job creation, Trump also promoted efforts to develop the workforce of the U.S., concluding that "the best anti-poverty program is a very simple and very beautiful paycheck."
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... the president referenced his administration's effective partnership with the UN in tightening sanctions on North Korea, the success of the coalition to defeat ISIS and the emerging cooperation in confronting Iran's illegal missile adventures.
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... his "simple message" put the world's elites on notice: "There has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States."
      Trump's Iran opportunity — give the mullahs a push  (Fox 01/02/2018)
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It's not often that a president has a chance to rewrite history and correct a blunder by one of his predecessors...
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But that's what President Trump has in dealing with Iran this week: a chance to reverse the shameful failures of his predecessors in dealing with the Islamic Republic, and incidentally to rock the Middle East from end to end.
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From the latest reports coming out of Iran, hundreds of thousands of protesters have poured into the streets of the country's major cities, including the capital Tehran, calling for an end to a hardline mullah regime in demonstrations that have turned deadly — but which also show no sign of slowing down.
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Rewind almost a decade ago to 2009, when thousands of Iranians also poured into the streets to protest the reign of the mullahs, and appealed to an American president for support.
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That president was Barack Obama, who was happy to talk about democracy and "Arab springs" if it helped to topple U.S.  allies like Egypt and trigger civil wars in Libya and Syria, but not if it involved toppling the mullahs with whom he hoped to negotiate a dubious nuclear deal.
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Instead, the Green Revolution was brutally crushed by the mullah's armed thugs, as Obama's obsession with getting a deal with Iran, and his delusion that a constructively engaged Iran could be a stabilizing factor in the Middle East, left him silent as protesters were mowed down in the streets.
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Instead of becoming a stabilizing force, Obama's Iranian partners have triggered instability and mayhem across the region, including sparking a proxy war with the Saudis over Yemen, stoking a vicious civil war in Syria, while also taking U.S.  sailors hostage and giving the Taliban the weapons to kill Americans in Afghanistan — not to mention threatening Israel with annihilation.
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With the revival of demonstrations in Iran, however, President Trump has an unprecedented opportunity to reset the U.S.  policy toward the Islamic Republic.
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What steps can Trump take?  First, reimpose all the sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the nuclear deal, especially against anyone that does business with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the brutal elite mainstay of the Tehran regime. 
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Second, make it clear to the European Union and others who sit silent for fear their lucrative post-sanction deals with Tehran will fall through if the regime topples, that they will be held accountable to Washington and to history, if they stand by while one of the most despotic regimes in history once again crushes out the hopes of its citizens.
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Third, show unflinching support for the demonstrators and show that America, and the world, are indeed watching and hails their effort to create a new life for themselves based on democracy and freedom.
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This isn't about imposing regime change.  It's about leveraging American pressure on a major sponsor of terrorism; on Vladmir Putin's reliable client; on Bashar Assad's chief protector; in ways that could usher in an entirely new and stable Middle East.
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One hundred years ago President Woodrow Wilson had the chance to topple a shaky Bolshevik regime when the Russian people rose up against it in 1918, and failed.
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... Wilson withdrew the American troops who had landed in Siberia to keep Russia in the First World War; Lenin and the Communists survived; and over the next century tens of millions died.
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Today with Iran, the stakes may not be as high, but the opportunity has never been so ripe. 
      Women are leading in Iran.  Where is their voice of support from the left?  (Fox 01/02/2018)
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Mind you, this wasn't inauguration protests from January of last year with celebrity activists screaming freely into microphones about how much they've thought about blowing up the White House.
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This was a woman endangering her life and possibly the lives of her loved ones to stand up to government forces of a hardline Islamic theocracy.  She was risking death.  And yet, nevertheless, she persisted.
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Another woman was seen on tape declaring "You raised your fists and ruined our lives.  Now we raise our fists.  Be men, join us.  I as a woman will stand in front and protect you.  Come represent your country."
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Every one of these searing images are of women.  Women are the predominant face of this blossoming revolution.  Women are risking the most to speak out against the Iranian Mullahs.
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So the question must be asked: Where are the women's movement supporters in the United States and Europe, which gathered en masse to protest a newly inaugurated American president last year?
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More specifically, empowered by the cultural muscle of MeToo celebrity leaders and Women's March organizers such as Linda Sarsour: Why are you silent?
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If these nameless women can speak out in the face of true tyranny, risking actual imprisonment and death, why can't you?
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Iranian women are not adorning pink knitted hats, or costumes resembling female genitalia.  They won't be attending award shows.  They aren't wearing red cloaks and bonnets inspired by their favorite Netflix show.
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No, these brave women are caught on videotape and in photographs for the world to see, and the women's movements have yet to barely offer so much as a tweet or a Facebook post of support.
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The official Women's March Twitter account has tweeted exactly zero times in support of women protesting in Iran.  Zero.
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What seems to be lost on Ms.  Sarsour is that these women are currently risking their lives and protesting – not for the right to come to the United States – but for the rights to live and thrive in their own country. 
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Women in Iran are shedding their hijabs while progressive women's movements in the United States try to hold them up as a symbol of empowerment and feminism...
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Women in Iran are standing in defiance of the regime's financial support of Hezbollah and Hamas rather than fair wages and human rights.
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But for progressive women's groups to oppose Hamas in the face of these protests, it would mean abandoning months of pro-Palestinian support...
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Remaining silent in the face of this growing movement is another black eye for Sarsour in particular, who is facing charges of ignoring complaints of sexual abuse while she was director of the Arab American Association.
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Hillary Clinton has not offered support of the women beyond a tweet stating she hopes "their government responds peacefully and supports their hopes."
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Hate to break it to the onetime self-declared ceiling breaker, but the government is very much not responding peacefully nor are they supporting their hopes.
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They are, indeed, emboldened financially by an Iran Nuclear deal she herself claimed partial credit for.
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Political support for the women of Iran would of course contradict the careful echo chamber narrative Democrat politicians spent months crafting in support of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran – which is in fact a major reason for the uprising happening now.
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The Mullahs squandered most of their financial windfall from the Iran deal on support for terror groups such as the Assad regime, Hezbollah and Hamas after promising to invest it in the people at home.
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More importantly, the women of Iran have had enough and are leading the way, with or without public support from the self-declared women's groups on the left around the world, who have decided they are the public voice of resistance for women – except in places where a collective voice of support could actually help women the most.
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Their ideas of empowerment apparently stop where their politics start.
      Trump was right to stand up to the UN's anti-American and anti-Israel bias  (Fox 01/01/2018)
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The United Nations heads into 2018 with its reputation intact as a hopelessly biased anti-American and anti-Israel debating society that passes resolution after resolution condemning these two great democracies.
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At the same time, the U.N.  General Assembly regularly turns a blind eye to human rights violations, aggression against neighbors and murders of dissidents by dictatorships around the world.
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A highlight of President Trump's foreign policy in 2017 was his decision to call out this absurd double standard.
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The latest example of U.N.  members ganging up on America and Israel was the General Assembly's overwhelming approval of a resolution condemning America for recognizing the obvious fact that Jerusalem is Israel's capital.
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... regarding the Jerusalem Embassy Act passed by big bipartisan majorities Congress in 1995.  The act states: "Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than 31 May 1999."
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The Assembly action backfired because it's anti-American and anti-Israel bashing reflected more poorly on the United Nations than on the U.S.  or Israel.
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To maintain that transnational spirit, the Assembly has avoided showcasing state-on-state body-slamming.
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Otherwise, its cathedral-like aura would lower itself to the level of a pro-wrestling cage match.  But every so often its membership majority gives in to that spectacle – particularly when Israel is involved.
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If such cage matches are now to be held regularly at the U.N., skirmishing countries will game and exploit the Assembly for their own quick stake-raising and inexpensive global publicity, further weakening the Assembly's legitimacy and standing.
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In the end, the General Assembly's condemnation did succeed in one sense.
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It proved the United Nations deserves the sharp criticism it often gets from Washington and increasingly from others.
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See related All You Can Eat (Mike Lester, 12/22/2017) cartoon from World picture album
      As we say goodbye to 2017, Nikki Haley stands up for the US and the UN's true ideals  (Fox 12/30/2017)
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Each September, dictators, tyrants and appeasers from nations around the world arrive in New York City for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly and lie to the world about their own actions, denounce Israel as an illegal "occupier," blast America as an imperialist aggressor and attack some of our allies.
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No matter how small, weak, poor and insignificant they are, all nations have an equal vote in the General Assembly.
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And far too many cast those votes not based on fairness and justice, but to lash out at their enemies and flatter their friends – even when their actions have no basis in fact.
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Americans have a love-hate relationship with the U.N.  We appreciate its charter, which guarantees the sovereignty of its member states and holds out the hope of a more just and humane world.
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But we realize that the conduct by nations at the U.N.  often does not live up to the institution's great ideals.
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Fortunately, from time to time a diplomat comes along who stands up to the dictators and tyrants with such force that the original promise of the U.N.  re-emerges
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Earlier this month, President Trump did something that his predecessors from both parties had promised to do in their campaigns, but never did as president.
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He recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and ordered preparations begin to move the U.S.  embassy there.
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In response to the elected leader of the U.N.'s oldest democracy moving his nation's embassy to the actual capital of the Middle East's only true democracy, the U.N.  passed a harsh resolution condemning America and Israel.
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With President Trump's backing, Haley let the assembled delegates know that America finally had had enough.
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"To its shame, the U.N.  has long been a hostile place for the state of Israel," Haley told U.N.  delegates.  "I've often wondered why, in the face of such hostility, Israel has chosen to remain a member of this body."
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Haley then put the U.N.  on notice that the U.S.  "will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation.  We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution to the U.N."
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As the world's most powerful nation, we have a responsibility to stand firm on behalf of the founding ideals of the U.N.  – especially when such a stance is unpopular with the dictators, tyrants and their enablers.
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With her actions, Nikki Haley has joined the ranks of America's greatest U.N.  ambassadors.  The American people are fortunate to have her representing us.
      Rape, sex trafficking, spread of disease highlight horrors on UN's watch  (Fox 12/28/2017)
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"The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known.  We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked."
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The U.N.'s problems, however, are larger than inefficiency and overspending; they include rape, sex trafficking and the spread of disease.
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A decade ago the U.N.  promised to crack down on child sex abuse, yet ... years later children were still being "passed around from soldier-to-soldier.  And in the years since, peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse the world over."
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This from the same entity that just put Saudi Arabia on the "UN Women's Rights Commission"...
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In 2014, the U.N.  also placed Iran on the same human rights body.
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For an entity that feels Iran and Saudi Arabia deserve to sit on a human rights panel determining the fate of women, it comes as no surprise that last year the same collection of miscreants brought 21 resolutions against Israel, with just 6 against the rest of the world.
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"EU states have failed to introduce a single UNGA resolution on the human rights situation in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Algeria, or on 175 other countries."
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The U.N.  is more than an inefficient over-spender, it is a cancer that American taxpayers are funding to spread.
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The crimes of sex trafficking alone should be enough for the decent countries of the world to condemn and dismantle it.
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Reducing the billions of dollars we pay by a few hundred million is nothing.
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President Trump and Ambassador Haleymust understand there is no benefit that now outweighs the calamity of the U.N.
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Ironically, we can now only achieve the U.N.'s initial mission of making the world a safer place by dismantling the U.N.itself.
      Time to Defund the United Nations  (JWR 12/27/2017)
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Last week, Democrats and many in the mainstream media became highly perturbed by the Trump administration's suggestion that the United States might tie continued foreign aid to support for its agenda abroad.
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Foreign dictators agreed.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who spent the last year arresting dissidents, announced, "Mr.  Trump, you cannot buy Turkey's democratic free will with your dollars, our decision is clear."
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Among those who voted last week to condemn the U.S.  for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving its embassy to Jerusalem were North Korea, Iran, Yemen and Venezuela.  Why exactly should the United States ever take advice from those nations seriously?
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We shouldn't.  And we should stop sending cash to an organization that operates as a front for immoral agenda items.
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The United Nations spends the vast majority of its time condemning Israel...  Meanwhile, the U.N.  has done nearly nothing with regard to Syria.  It has instead suggested that Israel turn over the Golan Heights to the Syrian regime.
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One of the great lies of the Obama administration was that diplomacy is a foreign policy.
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We often heard from it that the only two alternatives were diplomacy and war. 
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But the moment that the Trump administration uses tools of diplomacy, including financial pressure, to achieve American ends, the left complains.
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Diplomacy is a tool, not a foreign policy, and the use of diplomacy to pressure other nations to follow our lead is not only smart but also necessary.
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There's no reason for us to continue cutting checks to prop up regimes that condemn us publicly for exercising the most basic standards of morality.
      Palestinians must accept the reality of Israel as a Jewish state to achieve peace  (Fox 12/25/2017)
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... the real obstacle to peace is the stubborn refusal by Palestinian leaders to accept the reality of Israel as a permanent Jewish state in the historic homeland of the Jewish people.
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Every time the U.S.  makes demands of the Palestinians – to end terrorism, to stop paying terrorists in Israeli jails, to end efforts to circumvent negotiations by seeking U.N.  recognition of a Palestinian state – the delusional Palestinian leaders threaten to stop talking to U.S.  officials.
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... if it were up to them, the majority of Palestinians would probably agree to a compromise peace plan with Israel.
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But unfortunately, the Palestinian Authority is a dictatorship run by Abbas without public support and with little regard for his people.
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It's true that the Palestinian people suffer deprivations because of Israel's policies and actions – but these problems are self-inflicted, because some Palestinians engage in terror that provokes Israeli countermeasures necessary to protect the safety its people.
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In the same way, the United States and many other nations have beefed up security after terrorist attacks.
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Meanwhile, Abbas has prevented elections for a decade and denies his people most civil and political rights.
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Arabs in Israel have far more rights and freedoms that Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza.
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The international community, the U.N., human rights groups, and pro-Palestinian advocates are silent when it comes to Palestinian abuses inflicted on their own people.  They only care about Palestinians if some alleged abuse can be blamed on Israel.
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Palestinians also continue to make demands upon Israel as if they are the dominant power in the relationship.  They delude themselves when they act as though Israel has any reason to accept such unrealistic demands.
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The belief that the international community will force Israel to surrender to Palestinian demands is the latest manifestation of Palestinian Derangement Syndrome.
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The Palestinians turned to terror many years ago in the delusional belief that they could bomb the Jews out of their homeland.
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But hijackings, suicide bombings, intifadas and ongoing attacks have not and will not succeed in improving the plight of the Palestinians.  The violence has only made things worse for them.
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... the Palestinians destroyed the land-for-peace formula by bombarding Israel with rockets.  Most Israelis now demand concrete security guarantees before they withdraw from another inch of disputed land.  Any nation in the world would demand such guarantees.
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The delusions of the syndrome are older than most Palestinians alive today, taught to them since childhood.
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But at some point, Palestinians will have to accept reality if they truly wish to reach a mutually beneficial peace agreement with Israel.
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      One way to counter Iran's aggression?  Change the map of the Middle East  (Fox 12/25/2017)
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Iran's geopolitical ascent is the most significant and dangerous development in the Middle East this century.
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Today, America should support indigenous forces that oppose – and seek independence from – Iranian domination.
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The United States also needs to recognize Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen for what they are: failed, artificial constructs now dominated by Iran.
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There is nothing sacred about these countries' borders, which seem to have been drawn by a drunk and blindfolded mapmaker.
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Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen are not nation-states as Americans understand them, but rather post-World War I artificial constructs, mostly created out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire in a colossally failed experiment by international leaders.
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With their deep ethno-sectarian fissures, these four countries have either been held together by a strong authoritarian hand or suffered sectarian carnage.
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Indeed, the principal vulnerability of Iran's regional strategy is its dependence on brutal regimes to rule lands riven by ethno-sectarian fissures.
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The United States should exploit this vulnerability by supporting those forces in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen that oppose Iran's domination and seek greater self-determination or independence from their own capitals.
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The result could be transforming these failed states into loose confederations or new countries with more borders that more naturally conform along sectarian lines.
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Any redrawing of political relationships or borders is highly complex, and the United States cannot dictate the outcomes.  But we can influence them.
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Iran is not a status quo power content to consolidate its winnings; its emboldened radical regime is intent to dominate the region and destroy Israel.
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In addition, Americans must concentrate on Iran's continued development of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that could eventually reach the U.S.  homeland.
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Artificial states have been divided or loosened before with some success, such as the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.
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President Trump should take the offensive to Iran.  The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran's interests, and it's time to upend it.
      Trump's national security in tradition of Truman, Reagan and reality, not elite fantasies  (Fox 12/18/2017)
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There have been two great strategic systems articulated successfully since World War II.
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The first was President Truman's public campaign to convince Congress and the American people that the U.S.  needed to contain the Soviet Union.
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Truman's effort was supporting implementation of the strategy laid out in National Security Council Report 68, a top-secret policy paper written in 1950 that set the framework for 30 years of the Cold War.
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President Reagan, in a series of speeches and strategic initiatives, set as his goal defeating the Soviet Union and expanding freedom.
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Within 11 years of his election, the Soviet Union disappeared.
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Four presidencies – Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama – built their strategic efforts around a system of global multilateralism defined by lawyers, diplomats, and elite media.
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The gap between their idealistic vision and reality has been staggering.
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Disasters in Venezuela, Libya, Crimea, Syria, and elsewhere have demonstrated the collapse of the "New World Order" fantasy.
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The Trump campaign focused on these foreign policy failures as a major component of its appeal to millions of Americans.
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Candidate Trump's critique was sincere, and President Trump has now moved to replace the failed doctrine of the past.
      Analysis: The aftermath of Trump's Jerusalem declaration  (INN 12/12/2017)
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Watching the hysterical reactions to President Trump's decision to finally execute the 1995 Congressional Jerusalem Embassy Act and to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the capital of the country, one could be reminded of the words of the prophet Zechariah (12:2)
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"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem," the Prophet said thousands of years ago.
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Across the globe tens of thousands of protesters took the streets to express their anger with Trump's decision while leaders of states, including America's allies, lined up to condemn the move.
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In Israel, Palestinian Arabs and their Israeli brothers did what they always do when they don't agree with an issue concerning Israel: they resorted to violence and terrorism.
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In their anger, the Palestinian Arabs conveniently forgot that Trump had said his decision to move the U.S.  embassy from Tel Aviv and to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would not jeopardize the current drive to restart the moribund peace process and would not preclude territorial concessions in the city.
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"We are not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders.  Those questions are up to the parties involved."
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Appeasing terrorists never worked, to the contrary, it is an incentive to more violence and would encourage those who never reconciled them with the existence of a Jewish state in the Dar-al-Islam the territory which once formed the first Caliphate.
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In 1948, David Ben Gurion was pressured by the U.S.  State Department to postpone declaring independence to which the first Israeli PM reportedly replied: Independence will always lead to Arab aggression so there is no need to postpone independence.
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The Palestinian discourse about the 100-year-old-conflict has always been based on the denial of Jewish history in the land of Israel and the canard that there always has been a ‘Palestinian people' which now claims Jerusalem as its "eternal capital."
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That's why Trump's statement that "Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times," was so important.
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It was perhaps the most important line in the whole speech and as Professor Alan Dershowitz pointed out it was the "perfect response" to former U.S.  President Obama's decision to throw Israel under the bus by supporting UN Security Council Resolution 2334 of December 2016.
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That one-sided resolution denied Israel's rights in Jerusalem and said that Israel's presence in places like the Western Wall, Judaism's second holy site, and the historic Jewish quarter of the Old City was "a flagrant violation under international law."
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Dershowitz, who voted two times for Obama in the presidential elections in the U.S., now says "Trump did the right thing by undoing the wrong President Obama did at the end of his presidency."
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Jerusalem has always been the core of Judaism and while the Koran doesn't even mention the name of the city once, the Bible mentions Jerusalem more than 660 times.
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"Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital is the essential step without which peace can never be achieved."
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... Trump's recognition of Jerusalem "can serve as a healthy reality check for the Palestinians."
      North Korea won't start a war — Trump shouldn't launch an attack  (Fox 12/10/2017)
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The only way a war breaks out in Northeast Asia is if Washington starts it.
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The 50-year war between North Korea and its neighbor South Korea is over.  North Korea lost.
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Dictator Kim Jong Un now presides over a dying society in the North — a prison camp full of about 25 million miserable, starving people masquerading as a country.
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North Korea lags in economic terms somewhere behind Ethiopia.
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In contrast, South Korea is an economic juggernaut; a nation of roughly 51 million with an economy larger than that of Russia, which has a population of about 144 million.
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In terms of per capita gross domestic product, South Korea ranks 31st in the world, while Russia ranks 68th and North Korea ranks nowhere.
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Kim's armed forces mirror his society's tragic condition.  They are an aging tribute to the Soviet forces of the 1970s.
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Any attempt to employ them against South Korea's modern armed forces would end in devastating defeat for North Korea.
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Kim also knows that missile attacks launched from his soil against the South Korea, Japan or the United States would result in the immediate and total destruction of his Stalinist regime.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Kim in very clear terms that if Kim launches an attack on his neighbors or the United States, he is on his own.
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To reiterate, the only way war breaks out in Northeast Asia is if the United States starts it.
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And this insight explains Kim's strategy.  His best chance of survival is to goad President Trump into attacking him.
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Then Beijing – despite the Chinese distaste for their North Korean neighbor – will be obligated to intervene to defend Kim's regime.
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From Moscow's perspective, North Korea is useful insofar as it can be leveraged in a high-stakes game to bring Washington into conflict with not only North Korea, but more importantly with China.
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While China will not support North Korea in a war unleashed by the Kim regime, Beijing has said the Chinese Armed Forces will assist Kim if Washington attacks North Korea.
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To promote conflict with China ... Moscow is willing to provide just enough technical assistance to create the illusion of capability in North Korea. 
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For Washington, the right course of action is obvious.  Don't take the bait.
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The sole beneficiary of a conflict between the United States and China is Russia.
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Like Serbia in 1914, North Korea is unpopular with virtually every nation in the world, including China.
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Of course, in 1914 not a single European statesman regarded Serbia as a country so important that every major power in Europe – and eventually the world – would go to war over its future.
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My advice to President Trump is simple: Mr.  President, Moscow is inciting Rocket Man.  Don't take the bait.
      Alan Dershowitz: Why Trump is right in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital  (Fox 12/07/2017)
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President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a perfect response to President Obama's benighted decision to change American policy by engineering the United Nations Security Council Resolution declaring Judaism's holiest places in Jerusalem to be occupied territory and a "flagrant violation under international law."
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It was President Obama who changed the status quo and made peace more difficult, by handing the Palestinians enormous leverage in future negotiations and disincentivizing them from making a compromised peace.
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It had long been American foreign policy to veto any one-sided Security Council resolutions that declared Judaism's holiest places to be illegally occupied.
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Obama's decision to change that policy was not based on American interests or in the interests of peace.  It was done out of personal revenge against Prime Minister Netanyahu and an act of pique by the outgoing president.
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It was also designed improperly to tie the hands of President-elect Trump.
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President Trump is doing the right thing by telling the United Nations that the United States now rejects the one-sided U.N.  Security Council Resolution.
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So if there is any change to the status quo, let the blame lie where it should be: at the hands of President Obama for his cowardly decision to wait until he was a lame-duck president to get even with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
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President Trump deserves praise for restoring balance in negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians.
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It was President Obama who made peace more difficult.  It was President Trump who made it more feasible again.
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Before June 4, 1967, Jews were forbidden from praying at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site.  ... Jews could not live in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, where their forbearers had built homes and synagogues for thousands of years.
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These Judenrein prohibitions were enacted by Jordan, which had captured by military force these Jewish areas during Israel's War of Independence, in 1948...
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When the Jordanian government occupied these historic Jewish sites, they destroyed all the remnants of Judaism, including synagogues, schools and cemeteries, whose headstones they used for urinals.
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Between 1948 and 1967, the United Nations did not offer a single resolution condemning this Jordanian occupation and cultural devastation.
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When Israel retook these areas in a defensive war that Jordan started by shelling civilian homes in West Jerusalem, and opened them up as places where Jews could pray, study, receive medical treatment and live, the United States took the official position that it would not recognize Israel's legitimate claims to Jewish Jerusalem.
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But even that historic status quo was changed with President Obama's unjustified decision not to veto the Security Council Resolution from last December.
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President Obama's refusal to veto this one-sided resolution was a deliberate ploy to tie the hands of his successors, the consequence of which was to make it far more difficult for his successors to encourage the Palestinians to accept Israel's offer to negotiate with no preconditions.
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President Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital helps to restore the appropriate balance.
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It demonstrates that the United States does not accept the Judenrein effects of this bigoted resolution on historic Jewish areas of Jerusalem, which were forbidden to Jews
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After the UN, at the urging of President Obama, made it a continuing international crime for there to be any Israeli presence in disputed areas of Jerusalem, including areas whose Jewish provenance is beyond dispute, President Trump was right to untie his own hands and to undo the damage wrought by his predecessor.
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Some have argued that the United States should not recognize Jerusalem because it will stimulate violence by Arab terrorists.
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No American decision should ever be influenced by the threat of violence.  Terrorists should not have a veto over American policy.
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If the United States were to give in to threat of violence, it would only incentivize others to threaten violence in response to any peace plan.
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So let's praise President Trump for doing the right thing by undoing the wrong thing President Obama did at the end of his presidency.
      Memo to Jared Kushner  (JWR p:/p3/2017)
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President Trump's son-in-law and designated Middle East peace envoy, Jared Kushner, told ... that a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is key to solving larger goals, such as stopping Iranian aggression and Islamic extremism.
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If he believes that, he has fallen into the trap numerous and more seasoned diplomats have experienced.
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The most obvious impediment to peace in the region is a religious one.
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A visceral hatred of Jews is promoted in Palestinian media and many mosques and schools throughout the region.
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The destruction of Israel and elimination of Jews from land that has been historically and legitimately theirs for thousands of years is their goal.
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Radical Islamists believe Allah has ordered it.  Why would they risk perdition by violating his command?
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Duplicity and deception are the coin of the realm in the Middle East.  It is why many Palestinian leaders say one thing to the West and another to their own people.
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... incremental steps toward a shared goal: the elimination of the Jewish state, which Iranian mullahs have described as a "cancer" in the Middle East.
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Does this sound like the language of people who wish to live in a peaceful state adjacent to Israel?
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A person not deceived by the mirage of a Middle East peace agreement should consider the numerous and unreciprocated concessions Israel has already made to advance the "peace process," which seems more like a war process from the Arab and Palestinian perspective.
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Many Palestinian and Arab leaders hate Israel (and Jews) not for what they do or don't do, but because they exist.
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If Mr.  Kushner believes he can be a peace broker without understanding and accepting this basic fact, he is bound to end up like all the others who have inserted themselves into the region.
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Does Jared Kushner fully understand what he has gotten himself into?
      Trump made the right call recognizing Jerusalem  (NYP 12/06/2017)
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Here's the latest version of Fake News: President Trump ruined the Mideast peace process.
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The assertion is a worldwide headline, but for it to have a shred of truth, there would have to be a peace process to ruin.
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But since there isn't one, and there hasn't been one for years, the anti-Trump media is exposed again.
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By acknowledging what everybody in Israel already knows, that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state, and by putting in motion the process of moving the American embassy here, the president is making history and calling the bluff of the Palestinians.
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For 25 years, they've played a game with the world and previous American presidents.
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They endlessly demand a state, but will do nothing to build one.
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They won't accept the various boundaries Israel offered, can't or won't hold free elections and won't even negotiate in good faith.
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Instead, they can be counted on to do what they've always done.  Make threats of violence, throw rocks and burn rubber tires in the streets.
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Most moving was our visit to the Galilee Medical Center, near the Lebanon border.  It has treated more than 2,000 injured Syrians caught up in that nation's endless civil war.
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Ferried to Galilee and other hospitals in northern Israel by the Israeli military after making it to the border, the wounded, including hundreds of children, are given whatever treatment they require, all paid for by Israeli taxpayers, no questions asked.
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The hospital says the average stay is about 22 days, and most have had about three surgeries each.  At least six Syrian babies have been born there.
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Before the Syrians are sent home, any tags or markings that would identify their clothing or bandages as Israeli are removed, lest they be killed as collaborators with the Jewish devil.
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Meanwhile, most of the Arab leaders thundering about the rights of the Palestinians being violated by Israel have not lifted a finger to help Syrian Arabs caught in a human slaughterhouse.  So much for their compassion.
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It's just that the refusal of the Palestinians to take yes for an answer has left most Israelis cynical to the point of boredom.
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Israelis have better things to do with their lives and bigger problems to solve as a nation, including confronting terrorist regimes on three borders.
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If they do decide to negotiate in earnest, the Palestinians will find in Trump a broker who wants to help them make a deal.
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If they don't seize the opportunity, the Palestinians can go on making demands and threats.  History has proven that to be a losing hand, and it's getting weaker by the day.
      Pre-empting a nuclear strike  (INN 12/04/2017)
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The question of today is: If the only real US military option available to President Trump that offers the possibility of a quick immediate American victory without millions of South Korean casualties and tens of thousands of American casualties is to pre-empt North Korea by nuking North Korea first, is this pre-emption a a legitimate and necessary strategy?
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... if allowing Hitler to have nukes would have been insane, allowing Kim Jong-un to have nukes is even more insane.
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WMD have become more dangerous.  North Korea could trump MAD theory and asymmetrically, but "rationally", use a tactical EMP nuke to paralyze the Korean peninsula and capture 30,000 US POWs that would effectively prevent any US nuclear retaliation.
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Kim Jong-un would have 30,000 living bargaining chips under which he would demand an American surrender of the entire Korean peninsula.
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... in the case of North Korea, while America should use nukes to pre-empt North Korea's plans, it is not likely America will.
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In the Iranian case, the mad Ayatollahs in Tehran make Kim Jong-un look almost rational.
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Unless the American security establishment rationally discards its mad MAD theoriy of the "rational actor," we would do well to bring those old bomb shelters up to date.
      Europe's Left has joined the Islamosphere  (INN 11/18/2017)
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Everywhere you look in Europe, you see leftist intellectuals, politicians and militans coming to the defense of former inmates at Guantanamo, Iranian ministers and mullahs, convicted Palestinian terrorists or Sunni radical preachers. 
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Some of them haill from anti-capitalism, others from the battles for the Third World, others simply hate the West, others want to eradicate Israel and the Jews.
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This Left has lost everything it had: The Soviet Union, the Third World, the Western working class, and it now sees radical Islam as a surrogate proletariat to mobilize the world against free market, democracy, pluralism and Western values.
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In 1917, many useful idiots in the West were able to convince many in the West that Communism in Russia was paradise (think about all the red spies in the UK and US), that the Gulag didn't exist or that it was the forced road to equality.
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In 2017, the new useful idiots repeat over and over how beautiful, equal and just the West will be after the submission to radical Islam.
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In 1917, they succeeded and for 70 years Western Europe was submerged by Soviet totalitarian darkness.  Will they succeed again in 2017?
      Trump represents the US far better in Asia trip than Obama ever did  (Fox 11/15/2017)
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President Trump did us all proud on his Asia trip – at least those of us who are still prouder to be Americans rather than citizens of the world.
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He scored points by simply behaving like the leader of our nation and the free world.
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President Obama was never comfortable in either role.  He often acted like he was ashamed of the United States and gave speeches that blurred the distinction between friend and foe.
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... he was in Asia to address North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, help right America's trade imbalance with China, and reassure our allies about American staying power. 
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The world was never comfortable with President Obama's bowing and scraping.  Other nations couldn't understand why the head of the world's only superpower would deliberately project weakness rather than strength.
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At times President Obama seemed almost embarrassed by American power, as if he believed that America's free enterprise system was morally inferior to the vastly poorer but politically virtuous communist, socialist, and Islamic regimes he had to deal with.
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Our allies saw this behavior as, well, un-American.  Our enemies were emboldened.
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... China, and its increasingly open and brazen flouting of international laws and agreements, is the root of all the problems that we face in Asia.
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The U.S.  trade deficit, for example, is in large part Made in China.
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China lets American companies into its country only to milk them dry of their technology and then squeeze them out.
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All the while, China's state-sanctioned cybertheft of intellectual property continues apace, bleeding away America's technological advantage.
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The North Korean threat is also, in large part, a Chinese creation.  ... it is China's ongoing trade relationship with Pyongyang that keeps Kim's nuclear and missile ambitions alive today.
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... the two communist dictators remain joined at the hip by a mutual defense treaty.
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... there are China's destabilizing territorial claims, which have the potential to bring it into conflict with a dozen of its neighbors.
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... it jeopardizes the free and open use of one of the world's most important waterways.  In saner times, claiming an entire sea would be an act of war.
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"All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea.  And to those nations that choose to ignore this threat or, worse still, to enable it: The weight of this crisis is on your conscience."
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To fault President Trump for not solving our problems with North Korea in his two days in China, as some are doing, is ridiculous.
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After all, the problem has been a quarter century in the making.
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... instead of engaging in endless "six party talks," President Trump has tagged China as the key to cutting short Kim's nuclear ambitions.
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That is a lot more than three previous presidents have accomplished.
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Trade was an ever clearer win for Trump.  ... may have only approved them to curry favor with the new American president and avoid a trade war, but who cares?  This keeps American factories humming and our workers employed.
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... Trump continued to repeat his long-standing charge that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are "very one-sided and unfair."
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"I don't blame China," President Trump then said, adding a new twist to the tale.  "Who can blame a country that is able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens?  I give China great credit."
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President Trump also brokered major arms sales to our allies, Japan and South Korea, further contributing to righting the U.S.  trade imbalance.
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He offered to mediate between the competing territorial claims of the half-dozen nations that lay claim to part of the South China Sea and China itself, which claims the whole.
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Of course, the last thing China wants is for America to interject itself into the South China sea dispute.
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China prefers to bully its smaller neighbors into surrendering their claims one by one.
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... by now, Xi has surely realized that his days of taking advantage of the United States are over.
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See related I Wish We Could Help (Michael Ramirez, 05/01/2017) cartoon from World picture album
      How Trump can immediately take control of Pyongyang situation  (JWR 11/09/2017)
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"The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer," Trump told the North Korean tyrant Tuesday.  "They are putting your regime in grave danger.  Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face."
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The problem is that Kim believes precisely the opposite, and it will take action, not just words, for Trump to disabuse him of that notion.
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If Trump wants to stop North Korea's drive for nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S.  homeland ... he should announce that North Korean nuclear and missile tests will no longer be tolerated...
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Any attempt by North Korea to launch a ballistic missile will be met with a targeted military strike either taking out the missile on the launchpad or blowing it up in the air using missile defense technology.
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And any attempt to test a nuclear weapon will be met with a targeted strike taking out the test site and other related nuclear facilities.
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Trump should make clear that so long as North Korea does not retaliate, he will take no further military action against the regime...
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However, if North Korea does retaliate, then the United States reserves the right to, as Trump put it to the U.N.  General Assembly, "totally destroy North Korea."
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The historical record suggests North Korea would opt for regime survival and not retaliate.
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Now is the time to announce a "Trump Doctrine" that North Korea shall not be permitted to develop weapons of mass destruction, or the means to deliver them, against the American people.
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... proposed that any further missile tests be met with "a massive American and South Korean air and missile strike against all known DPRK nuclear test facilities and missile launching and support facilities."
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Preventing such tests test would be a justifiable act of self-defense.
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"North Korea may have the capability today to successfully conduct a nuclear attack on the United States."
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We should therefore operate on the assumption that it does have this capability and that any missile launch could in fact be a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States - which the United States has the right and responsibility to prevent.
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Announcing an end to all North Korean nuclear and missile tests would take control of the situation away from Pyongyang.  ... Today, the Kim regime holds the initiative and can escalate tensions by carrying out nuclear or missile tests without consequences.
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Such a policy is not without risk.  It is possible that North Korea could miscalculate and retaliate for a U.S.  strike, thus sparking a full-scale military conflict.
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But if the Kim regime is so prone to irrational behavior, then it is better to find out now before it possesses the ability to destroy New York or Washington.
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If we cannot deter Kim from testing a nuclear missile, can we really deter him from using one once he has it?
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Trump should simultaneously announce a massive increase in funding for U.S.  ballistic missile defenses, including boost-phase defenses that can take out a North Korean missile when it is still over enemy territory and presents a large, slower-moving target.
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And he should direct the intelligence community to focus its assets on providing early warning of any pending North Korean tests.
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With a Trump Doctrine declaring North Korea a "no-fly" and "no-test zone," Trump can accomplish what three American presidents before him could not - an immediate halt to North Korea's efforts to threaten American cities with nuclear missiles.
      John Stossel: Communism turns 100 this year - why are people celebrating?  (Fox 11/01/2017)
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This year marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia.
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Communist regimes went on to kill about 100 million people.  Most died in famines after socialist tyrants forced people to practice inefficient collective farming.  Millions of others were executed in political purges.
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Yet when the Russian Revolution happened, people both inside and outside Russia were excited.
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Crowds cheered Lenin.  No longer would nobles rule; no longer would capitalists exploit workers.  Now the people would prosper together.
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"The undivided sway of the Imperialist nightmare is at an end ...(there will be) rule of the labouring classes."
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But you can't have government plan every aspect of people's lives and expect things to go well.
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Instead, you get bureaucratic planning commissions and secret police.
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A few commentators will call the protesters "idealistic" but impractical.  They shouldn't.  We should call them supporters of mass murder.
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Lenin ordered the hanging of 100 property owners at the very start of the Revolution, saying people needed to see the deaths of "landlords, rich men, bloodsuckers."
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Mass murder and starvation rapidly increased the death toll after that.
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Marx admitted that capitalism is productive but said that "capital obtains this ability only by constantly sucking in living labor as its soul, vampire-like."
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Even as the Russian regime killed millions, some journalists and intellectuals covered up the crimes.
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This year, the Times ran a series of essays commemorating the anniversary of Russian Communism, including one piece arguing that sex was better in the Soviet Union because the Revolution destroyed macho capitalist culture.
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Communism kills wherever it's practiced.  But people still people believe.
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"I was so hungry.  My uncle taught me how to trap rats.  But the problem is, everybody is trying to catch rats.  Rats run out, too."
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"Big, powerful government, it's very scary.  It will keep growing like cancer, will never stop.  If you empower government, not the individuals, we're going to lose this free country!"
      The Soviet experiment's rise and fall  (JWR 10/24/2017)
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Early next month, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of an event that largely shaped the 20th Century and continues to reverberate in the 21st: the Russian Revolution that brought the Communist Party to power on Nov.  7, 1917.
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With its slogans of equality for all, human solidarity, and the elimination of oppression and want, communism appealed to millions of people in the West in the last century.
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To many, the Soviet Union looked like the realization of a beautiful dream: a state truly run by and for the people, where class divisions were meaningless, workers were liberated from their shackles, women were equal to men, housing and medical care were free and everyone had dignity.
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Eventually, this dream clashed with the reality of the gulag — a vast system of camps in the USSR, where not only dissenters but also people accused of minor or nonexistent infractions by a paranoid regime were used as slave labor.
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Meanwhile, the Soviet regime's promises of social welfare and equality turned into the reality of privilege for the party elite and cramped communal housing, abysmal hospitals and food lines for the rest.
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Yet numerous Western intellectuals continued to excuse and romanticize the Soviet regime and communist regimes that followed.
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Later, many claimed that Stalin perverted the communist cause.  Yet there is plentiful evidence that terror was part of the Soviet creed from the first days of the revolution.
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Vladimir Lenin, no less than Stalin, advocated extermination of the "class enemy."
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His associate Nikolai Bukharin, who was later killed in Stalin's purges and is often touted as a prophet of "humane" socialism, wrote in 1920 that "proletarian coercion," including executions, was "a method of molding Communist humanity out of the human material of the capitalist era."
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Communism lost much of its luster in the West after the 1991 fall of the USSR...  But now, many people in the post-Cold War generation increasingly disenchanted with capitalism are falling for the romance of communist revolution all over again.
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It's not uncommon to see the hammer and sickle in the usernames of leftist Twitter accounts.
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The communist dictatorships of Cuba and even dismal North Korea still have their apologists.
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At the end of the last millennium, left-wing journalist Daniel Singer lamented in The Nation that the focus on communism's atrocities not only ignored its positive achievements but served to discredit "collective action and the possibility of radical transformation" in today's world.
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But collective action and social change are possible within democracy.  And the communist experience certainly should be a cautionary tale for those seeking utopia, especially through violence.
      Newt Gingrich: 'Death to America' — Why Trump's Iran policy is right  (Fox 10/15/2017)
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When the Iranian parliament chanted "death to America" while unanimously voting "to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard," sophisticated diplomats may have pondered the symbolic meaning of "death to America."
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After all, our wisest and most sophisticated analysts have reassured us, it couldn't literally mean "death to America."
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The same analysts reassure us that when senior Hamas leaders are quoted saying "not a single Jew will remain" in Israel, they are really communicating symbolically.
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In my experience, dictators and revolutionary movements mean exactly what they say.  In this case, the Iranians would like to destroy both America and Israel.
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Thankfully, President Trump understands this reality better than many so-called experts.
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President Trump has previously referred to the deal as "an embarrassment to the United States," and called it "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into."
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Since he was a candidate, the President understood that America is today with the Iranian dictatorship where it was in 1994 with the North Korean dictatorship.
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We now know that during 23 years of talking, posturing, and diplomatic maneuvering, the North Koreans simply kept building their nuclear weapon and missile programs.
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"History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous that threat becomes."
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This will be a big surprise to Iran – and North Korea.  Having been conditioned by eight years of President Obama to assume that America will always posture and then cave, neither of these rogue nations knows how to deal with a super power that is serious.
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The weaknesses of the Obama agreement with Iran are simply symptoms of the weakness and self-delusion behind the entire Obama team approach to the Iranian dictatorship and its revolutionary terrorist strategies.
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Iran has proved that appeasement and negotiation fail time and again.
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When President Obama came into office, nearly 30 years of hostility was replaced by a new vision of developing a relationship with the Iranian dictatorship.
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This is the delusional fantasy that has allowed Iran to dominate much of the Middle East, especially after Iraq was weakened by war.
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Even after President Trump's historic and amazing United Nations speech when he condemned the JCPOA and said Iran is a "reckless regime – one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room," the Iranians responded by building more missiles.
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"Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities and not seek any country's permission", President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday rejecting demands from U.S.  President Donald Trump.
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"We will increase our military power as a deterrent.  We will strengthen our missile capabilities ... We will not seek permission from anyone to defend our country."
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... "the rate of our missile production is so high that we are faced with the problem of space' to keep them in."
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The failure of the JCPOA is simply one component of a disastrous Obama policy which has enabled Iran to break out and begin to develop a hegemonic position across Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon (with a dangerous extension to Gaza).
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Hezbollah, the Iranian front group in South Lebanon, has more than 100,000 missiles that can be fired into Israel.
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As though that isn't enough of a threat, the Iranians plan to build missile factories in Syria and Lebanon.
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Flush with money from Obama (including an airplane full of cash flown in like a drug cartel run), Iran has funded a proxy war in Yemen against the Saudis.
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On every front, Iran is a dangerous nation seeking to build up its capacity to wage war, project power, and intimidate its neighbors.
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Under the current agreement, the Iranians have reserved the right to keep their military installations secret.  ... This means the inspections can have no validity, because inspectors will never know what they are not allowed to see.
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Finally, the United Nations agreement limiting Iranian missile development is being blatantly and publicly violated.
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How can you take President Trump's strong, clear denunciation of the dictatorship and argue that continued suspension of sanctions on Iran is both appropriate and vital to our national interest?
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Unlike President Obama, whose posture was all talk and no action, President Trump has begun to establish a pattern of taking real actions, creating real pressures, and insisting on real results.
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The administration should continue to oppose Iran's aggression in the region and seek to eliminate the fundamental flaws of the nuclear deal (starting with the sunset clauses).
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... decertification will increase the Administration's leverage to fix the nuclear deal by clarifying that the US will not be satisfied to remain indefinitely in an agreement that is not in our national security interests.
      It’s time to deploy US ships off North Korea to knock out missiles when they’re launched  (Fox 10/14/2017)
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We need to be prepared to defend against new North Korean missile launches – and there is a way to do this short of full-scale war.
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One U.S.  military option would be to deploy a special team of two or three guided-missile destroyers – ships especially equipped to target, track and shoot down ballistic missiles – to strategic locations off the North Korean coastline.
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The ships would be positioned outside the 12-mile internationally recognized maritime territorial limit, or at other locations that intelligence indicates would be effective.
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Erecting what amounts to a destroyer "fence" to contain North Korean missiles and knock them out of the sky might seem like a farfetched scheme.  Can a handful of small warships really perform such a huge task?
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Since 2002, the Aegis combat system – a powerful weapons system used by the U.S.  Navy that utilizes computer and radar technology to find, track and destroy enemy targets – has recorded 35 successful ballistic-missile intercepts in 42 test attempts.  And in the last dozen tests, the SM-3s have only missed once.
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Nearly all of the tests pit a single U.S.  missile interceptor against a single ballistic missile.
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Against an actual launch, the Navy could send up numerous interceptors, dramatically increasing its chances for a hit.
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The ballistic missile defense ships depend on SM-3 missile interceptors to blow apart enemy ballistic missiles relatively soon after they enter what's called flight midcourse, at their most vulnerable point where the atmosphere ends.
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This starts about 400 miles above the Earth's surface and extends out to a few thousand miles.
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SM-3s have no explosive warhead.  Instead they work through sheer force, colliding with the targeted missile with the power of a 10-ton truck traveling 600 miles per hour.
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Every ballistic missile defense destroyer has the capacity to launch up to 96 missiles.
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Each ship would have to retain some Aegis capacity for self-defense and that missile number would depend on the mission.
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For argument's sake, assume a destroyer making up part of the "fence" could aim 80 interceptors at a launched North Korean missile.  That would mean two ships could unleash a fusillade of 160 missiles and three ships could fire 240.
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If North Korea were to triple its single-day launch rate, which with sanctions seems extremely difficult, it could possibly send a dozen missiles aloft.  In that case, the odds still favor the Aegis interceptors.
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An important step in making the fence operational would be for the U.S.  to adopt rules of engagement that allow the Navy destroyers to shoot down North Korean missiles as soon as leave the country's airspace.
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If an SM-3 misses, there's little concern of collateral damage.  The interceptor would burn up harmlessly as it reentered the Earth's atmosphere.
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Even if an interceptor collided with a nuclear warhead there would likely be no nuclear explosion.
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While North Korea could be counted on to rail at the "recklessness" of an Aegis interceptor taking out one of its missiles, the hornet's nest would be stirred up far less than in the case of a U.S.  invasion of North Korea's territory or attack on a land target.
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If the moment for the destroyer fence to show its capability ever arrives, the U.S.  Navy will have to make absolutely certain its missile-killing missiles don't miss.
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Of course, a destroyer fence is only a short-term fix.  ... In the longer term, the Navy should consider upgrading more ships for ballistic missile defense. 
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With bold use of proven, off-the-shelf missile-defense technology, the U.S.  can turn the tables on Pyongyang, neutralizing its strategic missile threat without launching a war.
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The goal would be to buy enough time for cooler heads to prevail.
      When Palestinian Arabs cry "Humiliation"  (INN 10/06/2017)
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In addition to stabbings, car ramming and suicide bombings that have been frequently occurring at checkpoints, Palestinian Arabs claim they feel humiliated and harassed when Israeli authorities search them and their belongings; when they are prevented from traveling freely because of checkpoints, roadblocks, closures and curfews.
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Meanwhile in Israel, Israelis are searched numerous times during the course of a day.  Israelis are asked to open their bags and purses for inspection.
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In most cases, they are subjected to body searches with a metal detector every time they enter a bank or a post office, pick up a bottle of milk at the supermarket, enter a mall or train station, or visit a hospital or medical clinic.
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Not one U.N.  organ has protested the fact that, for years, an entire country has been harassed and humiliated.
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Israelis are searched not only when they go out for a cup of coffee at the local Coffee-shop, but also when they go to the movies or the theater or a concert, where the term "dressed to kill" has an entirely different meaning.
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No one abroad talks about the humiliation Jews in Israel are subjected to, having to write at the bottom of wedding invitations and other life cycle events, "The site will be secured [by armed guards]"...
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To date, no one protests the fact that Jewish schoolchildren in Israel are surrounded by perimeter fences with armed guards at the schoolyard gates.
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Not one Arab village in Israel or the Territories has a perimeter fence around it.
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Guards are not required at Arabic shops, cafes, restaurants, movie theaters, wedding halls or schools - either in pre-1967 Israel or in Judea and Samaria.  Palestinians also do not need armed guards to accompany every school trip, youth movement hike or campout.  They are not targets of terrorism.
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Israelis are told, in effect, to disguise themselves when traveling abroad - not to speak Hebrew in public and not to wear garments that reveal their Jewish/Israeli origins.
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On the other hand, Arabs who frequent Jewish cities and towns in Israel wear their traditional Arab headgear without fear of being attacked or harassed.
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Strangely, no media outlets and not a single human rights organization has fully and objectively reported or protested the daily humiliation and harassment Israelis suffer because of the Palestinian Authority's 'factory of terror.'
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Not one U.N.  organ has protested the fact that, for years, an entire country has been harassed and humiliated.
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All this begs the question: Who are the victims and who are the victimizers?  Who are the ones being harassed and humiliated?  Palestinians or Israelis?
      Trump is an internationalist, not a globalist  (Fox 10/06/2017)
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The American president, they pontificated, should have celebrated the "United" part of the UN, not the "Nations" part.
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He should have been extolling the promise of globalism in his speech, not the virtue of the nation-state or national sovereignty.
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"Selfishness is popular.  Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping no doubt nodded approvingly when they were briefed about Trump's words."
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Actually, no one would have been surprised if British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron were giving President Trump the high five, when he stated, "As president of the United States I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first."
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Western leaders may extol international cooperation during speeches.  But in reality they remain committed to protecting their nations' interests.
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Indeed, every U.S.  president has put America First and would have saluted Trump when he asserted that the American government's "first duty is to its people, to our citizens - to serve their needs, to reassure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values."
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Even President Barack Obama, the darling of the One-World crowd, put America First and dismissed cherished notions of globalism, when he sent American drones to destroy targets in Pakistan or kill one of its residents, Osama bin Laden.
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... the post-1945 liberal international order, including the UN and other multilateral institutions, was not based on globalist principles, but on an internationalist vision that assumed that governments could and should cooperate if and when they conclude that it's in their national interest to do so.
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Like all previous presidents, Trump isn't a globalist.  Like them he is an internationalist, committed to cooperating with other nations to achieve common goals based on mutual interests.
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Trump is an internationalist, and his repeated reference to how all states ought to prefer their own interests, was a specifically internationalist message.
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He said that the best international policies would emerge when each, having regard to its own interests, cooperates with all other countries.
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What Trump is not is a globalist who thinks that a country should sacrifice its own interests to advance fanciful principles advanced by a globalist elite composed of the academics and CEOs who attend Davos conferences and who have little regard for their fellow countrymen.
      Follow Israel’s example: We must wage financial warfare against terrorists  (Fox 10/06/2017)
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The United States and nations around the world battle ISIS and other terrorist groups with special forces and other ground combat troops, pilots of manned aircraft and drones, police, explosives experts, intelligence agents and informers.
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But to win the fight we also need financial experts who can deprive terrorists of money they require to wage war against us.
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Money is the common denominator behind everything that ISIS and other terrorist groups do and threaten to do.  Without the cash to fund fighters and leaders, there would be no global jihad against the West.
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The Israeli military and security services waged relentless efforts to end the bloodshed, and elite counterterrorist units launched daring raids to kill and capture key terrorists – but the bombings continued.
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So Israel shifted its focus to the money that financed everything from bomb-building factories to the cash bonuses issued to the families of suicide bombers.
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... followed the terrorist money from its source – whether it was cash raised by charities in the U.S., or multimillion-dollar transfers from Iran, the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia.
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Following the money wasn't enough.  The cash and the accounts had to be taken from the terrorists or destroyed.
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Israel even encouraged human rights lawyers to use the power of the U.S.  federal courts and multimillion-dollar law suits – brought against the state sponsors of terror and the financial institutions that served them – to place additional pressure on the cash flow that financed attacks.
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Some of the Israeli tactics, such as raiding banks, were criticized in the West – even by President George W.  Bush – as being "Wild West" in nature.
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But eventually, the United States came to appreciate Israel's tactics and emulated them with the far-reaching muscle that only a superpower could flex.
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The European intelligence services will have to cut through red tape and muster their resources to bankrupt ISIS, intercept its ability to move money from country to country, and stop it from funding fighters and operations throughout the continent.
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Rendering a group like ISIS insolvent will yield victorious battlefield results.
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In 2014, during the fighting in Gaza, the Israeli Air Force incinerated over $10 million in Hamas cash that was earmarked to pay the salaries of terrorists on the front lines who hadn't been paid in weeks.
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When the money evaporated inside the flash of a missile strike, Hamas had no choice but to seek an end to the conflict.
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If European nations are truly serious about wanting to put an end to ISIS attacks on the continent they must accept that in the war on terror – primarily the financial war – there is no fair play, only results on a ledger.
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Days before terrorist attacks in Spain killed 13 and injured 100 in August, a judge in Germany sentenced a Syrian hairdresser to two years in prison for defrauding ISIS by tricking the terrorist organization into transferring 180,000 euros to him under the pretense of carrying out attacks in Germany.
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German authorities shouldn't have charged the man – they should have copied the scam on a much larger scale.
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To weaken the terrorists who target innocent men, women and children for murder and mayhem, America and European nations must adapt and develop new and decisive strategies to make sure that the next attacks are much more difficult to carry out.
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The bankrupting of terrorists must be the tip of this strategic spear.
      What if South Korea acted like North Korea?  (JWR 09/14/2017)
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The truth of the North Korea missile crisis is not the boilerplate assumption that China is the key to the solution, but rather that China is by design the root of the problem.
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China did not fail to realize that North Korea was developing a nuclear arsenal.
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Rather, it calculated that North Korea would do exactly what it is now doing, and that such nuclear roguery would serve China's strategic interests both on the Korean peninsula and in its rivalries with the United States and with America's allies in Asia.
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In other words, if China were in America's position, we would have likely witnessed a tragically destructive war a long time ago.
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See related I Wish We Could Help (Michael Ramirez, 05/01/2017) cartoon from World picture album
      How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal  (National Review, 08/28/2017)
      North Korea represents the most imminent threat to US national security  (Fox 09/12/2017)
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... we will likely witness yet another cycle of fruitless diplomacy.  The U.N.  Security Council has already imposed the toughest sanctions ever on North Korea.
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After President Donald Trump declared that North Korea "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," Pyongyang publicly threatened to launch missiles against U.S.  bases in Guam.
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Rapidly developing technologies can offer options beyond the tragic choice of appeasement or conventional attacks...
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These new weapons – and, just as important, the will to use them – allow for faster, more precise uses of force with less harm and risk, which could allow us to face down North Korea and other, looming threats.
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... advanced drones could stealthily enter North Korean airspace to cripple Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile infrastructure.
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... the Navy can surround North Korea with Aegis anti-missile cruisers, the Air Force could deploy drones in the airspace above to shoot down North Korean ICBMs in their initial boost phase, when they are most vulnerable.
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U.S.  hackers could degrade North Korea's command and control of its missiles and destroy networks used to design and test missiles and warheads.
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American hackers could freeze North Korean regime accounts held abroad and cut the government off from the global banking system.
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Expanded space-based weapons can provide a third means to defend against the North.
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The United States may soon have it within its abilities to station an anti-missile system in geo-synchronous orbit over North Korea.
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It could attack North Korean ICBMs not only in their initial boost phase, but also as their warheads traverse space before plunging to their targets.
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Future space platforms could quickly strike North Korean ground targets with conventional weapons that have the force of tactical nuclear warheads, but with no radioactive fallout.
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Intellectual roadblocks, not technical difficulties, ultimately will slow the deployment of these weapons.
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Ever since the Catholic Church and European kings tried to ban the cross-bow, these arguments appear almost every time technological progress spurs advances in warfare.
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Efforts to ban these new weapons, however, would harm the cause of global security by limiting options to bring economic pressure and gradually escalating force against troublemakers.
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New technologies offer the opportunity for the United States and its allies to return to coercion as a tool of statecraft.
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New technologies could impose the same level of pressure with far less permanent damage by, for example, striking critical bottlenecks in Iran's energy industry with precision drone strikes, crashing the financial markets and banking system with cyber weapons, or shutting down all internet communications in Teheran.
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Using robotics, cyber, or space based weapons to conduct pinpoint warfare could even produce more freedom for a negotiated peaceful resolution of disputes, before leaders risk their soldiers' lives and their nations' honor.
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It would be the height of folly if the United States were to continue to restrain its development and deployment of new weapon as challenges rise around us, not just from North Korea but from rivals around the world.
      In Interview, Top Indonesian Muslim Scholar Says Stop Pretending That Orthodox Islam and Violence Aren't Linked  (Time, 09/07/2017)
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Western politicians should stop pretending that extremism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam.
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There is a clear relationship between fundamentalism, terrorism, and the basic assumptions of Islamic orthodoxy.
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So long as we lack consensus regarding this matter, we cannot gain victory over fundamentalist violence within Islam.
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Radical Islamic movements are nothing new.  They've appeared again and again throughout our own history in Indonesia.
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The West must stop ascribing any and all discussion of these issues to "Islamophobia."
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Within the classical tradition, the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims is assumed to be one of segregation and enmity.
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To the extent that Muslims adhere to this view of Islam, it renders them incapable of living harmoniously and peacefully within the multi-cultural, multi-religious societies of the 21st century.
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[ISIS's] goal of establishing a global caliphate stands squarely within the orthodox Islamic tradition.
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But we live in a world of nation-states.  Any attempt to create a unified Islamic state in the 21st century can only lead to chaos and violence.
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Any [fundamentalist] view of Islam positing the traditional norms of Islamic jurisprudence as absolute [should] be rejected out of hand as false.  State laws [should] have precedence.
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Too many Muslims view civilization, and the peaceful co-existence of people of different faiths, as something they must combat.
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... Western politicians should stop telling us that fundamentalism and violence have nothing to do with traditional Islam.  That is simply wrong.
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If you refuse to acknowledge the existence of a problem, you can't begin to solve it.  One must identify the problem and explicitly state who and what are responsible for it.
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Over the past 50 years, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have spent massively to promote their ultra-conservative version of Islam worldwide.
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... we live in a time when you have to think and act realistically.
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... the fact remains that you're taking in millions of refugees about whom you know virtually nothing, except that they come from extremely problematic regions of the world.
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... there's an extreme left wing whose adherents reflexively denounce any and all talk about the connections between traditional Islam, fundamentalism and violence as de facto proof of Islamophobia.
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This must end.  A problem that is not acknowledged cannot be solved.
      Cal Thomas: On taxes and immigration — look to Hungary  (Fox 09/07/2017)
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... the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban lowered the corporate tax rate from 19 percent to 9 percent, the lowest rate among the 28 member states of the European Union.
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... the United States' top marginal tax rate is 38.92 percent, just behind Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates.
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... the country's 15 percent flat tax and lower corporate taxes have — surprise — increased government receipts because more people are being hired and they generate additional tax revenue.
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In the last seven years ... 700,000 new jobs have been created in Hungary, only 150,000 of which are government jobs.  The government jobs are mostly for people who had relied in the past on social welfare programs.
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While American debt keeps rising, Hungary's debt is falling.
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Hungary has some of the toughest immigration policies in the European Union.
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Asked how many stayed, he replies "none," adding, "They (immigrants) all wanted to go to Western Europe, Germany, Scandinavian countries."
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Why?  Because, he says, they have welfare programs in those countries and Hungary deliberately does not.
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The charges for this policy are familiar to Americans: "We are racists, we hate those people who come in," when in fact ... it is about maintaining Hungary's culture and way of life.
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What about the religious component when it comes to migrants from Muslim countries?
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"We do not underestimate that element.  Islam is mostly fundamentalist.  Europe is mostly secular, but even for those who don't believe in God, or go to church the very culture of Europe is Christianity."
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... the massive flow of mostly Muslim immigrants is "undermining the very foundations of the European countries."
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... even secularism is a threat to those foundations, "but when you bring in a completely different culture — and it's not superiority vs.  inferiority — it's simply about the difference.  If you see the experience in other societies, Islam is not integrating.  They exist in parallel societies and live by their own rules.  We don't like what we see in France, The Netherlands and Germany."
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He might have added that if a nation loses its culture, it loses the nation.
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The failure of especially Muslim immigrants to assimilate in ways that will preserve their host's culture is critical.
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Otherwise, it is not immigration, but invasion, which appears to be happening in Europe, a continent that has a lot of experience over many centuries when it comes to that practice.
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Hungary has provided a good example when it comes to tax reform and immigration policy.  The U.S.  could learn from it.
      Barcelona: Islam is at war with itself and the West isn't helping  (Fox 08/18/2017)
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Following yet another terrorist attack in Europe – this time in the Spanish city of Barcelona – the world's leaders are once again expressing their outrage at jihadi terror.
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Missing from these statements, however, is the fiery resolve of British Prime Minister Theresa May's condemnation made last June after her nation was assaulted on the streets of London.
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"The recent attacks are connected... by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism."
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Reflect for a moment on the attacks in America and Europe over the past 20 years.  New York.  Washington DC.  Boston.  Fort Hood.  Paris.  Brussels.  Madrid.  London.
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Barcelona.
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What do these attacks have in common?  All were inspired by the teachings of Salafi Islam.
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Islam is a religion comprised of different types of believers that largely fall into two branches: Sunni and Shia. 
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Most Muslims around the world are Sunni, while the Shia are fewer in number and predominantly live in Iran.
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Within Sunni Islam, there are dozens of different types of "churches" or sects with distinct beliefs.  The vast majority are moderate and want to live in peace and prosperity.
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Not the Salafi sect, however.
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Salafis reject a separation of church (mosque) and state, believing that governments should be made up of religious clerics — and only clerics — that use the Koran to justify their governing decisions.
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It is this ideology that forms the backbone of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other jihadi groups.
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Sadly, the world's political leaders have let Salafis take advantage of our open, liberal societies by allowing the operation of Salafi mosques and madrassas (religious schools).
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From Bangladesh to Los Angeles, Salafis spread their violent beliefs shielded by the constitutional guarantees of free speech and religious liberty.
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This radical ideology is the dirty little secret in our war on terror.
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Most politicians don't want you to understand it.  Why?  If you did, the implications would be profound.
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Our politicians would make it clear that our fight is against a religious ideology rather than a random group of fanatics.
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Accordingly, the people and governments who embrace and spread Salafi Islam would be labeled enemies of the state.
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Next, Trump would fundamentally change his travel ban.  As of now, the president is focused on six Muslim nations.
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But the truth is that the Salafi ideology reaches every continent, every country, and every city.  In Germany, for instance, they number nearly 10,000 strong.
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Additionally, the administration would acknowledge that the Salafi sect is in the United States too, some as citizens.
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The FBI would work more closely with local law enforcement to prioritize the monitoring of these individuals and the mosques that indoctrinate them.
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Where laws need adjusting to allow for it, Congress would move quickly.
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Third, we'd recognize that some of our foreign policy decisions are working against us.
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From our war in Iraq to our efforts in Libya, it is we who have helped spread the virus of radical Islam.
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Recent case in point: we have provided money and military weaponry to Salafi Islamist rebels in Syria.
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Finally, we would publically address the role that Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab nations have played in sponsoring and spreading Salafi Islam.
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Ever since 15 Saudis launched their attack on 9/11, America's politicians have made half-hearted demands of the Kingdom to do something about their terror ideology.
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Fifteen years later, very little has changed.  Saudi Arabia still operates terror mosques and madrassas around the globe.
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Meanwhile, even Trump has faltered on taking a strong stance against the Saudis.
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Indeed, he spent his first overseas trip offering the Saudis $180 billion in business deals, including advanced weaponry.
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Not to be outdone, Trump's CIA Director gave a Saudi prince a medal for his work on countering terrorism.
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In other words, we continue to reward an arsonist for being a part-time firefighter.
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None of this will change until and unless politicians of all stripes start being honest about why our citizens, soldiers, and spies continue to die at the hands of Islamic extremists.
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It's the ideology.  And it's time we're honest about it.
      The North Korea gambit  (INN 08/14/2017)
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Don't hope for much from Russia or China on the Korean Peninsula.  The US has to go it alone — and it can.
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First, understand that North Korea is a pawn in a geostrategic chess game being played by China and Russia against the United States.
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The North Korean nuclear missile threat is built on technology provided by Russia and China, to threaten and if necessary wage nuclear war by proxy against the U.S.  and its Pacific allies.
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Their North Korea gambit is to so increase the nuclear threat against the United States, so that U.S.  security guarantees to Japan, South Korea and other allies will no longer be credible.
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Will the U.S.  sacrifice Chicago and Denver to protect Seoul and Tokyo?  China, Russia, and North Korea don't think so.
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Begging China and Russia to rescue the U.S.  from nuclear North Korea plays right into their hands by messaging our allies that the United States is helpless, that real power over North Korea is not in Washington, but in Beijing and Moscow.
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Why should allies remain our allies if the U.S.  is a helpless giant?  Japan and South Korea may choose to realign with China and Russia for security.
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It is hard to imagine anything more injurious to U.S.  credibility, after insisting that a nuclear-armed North Korea cannot stand for over 20 years, to now surrender in the face of North Korean ICBMs.
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Yet many foreign policy establishment Democrats and Republicans, who previously insisted a nuclear-armed North Korea is unacceptable, are now arguing for accommodation (really appeasement and surrender).
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If the U.S.  learns to live with a nuclear-armed North Korea, will we also learn to live with a nuclear-armed Iran?  With China annexing the South China Sea and Taiwan?  With Russia conquering the Baltic states and the other territories of the former USSR?
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Iran, China, and Russia will probably think so.  This way leads to global nuclear war, or to global surrender by the West, and a new world order dominated by Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
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The United States to protect itself and maintain international credibility has little choice but to make a disarming strike, at least against the two North Korean satellites, that might be nuclear-armed for EMP attack, orbiting over the U.S., and against the dozen North Korean road-mobile ICBMs currently deployed.
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But if North Korea escalates, the U.S.  must be prepared to escalate to massive disarming strikes, including use of nuclear weapons.
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China and Russia should be warned, to give them one last chance to disarm North Korea.
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Before proceeding, the U.S.  should launch emergency programs, on the scale and intensity of the World War II Manhattan Project that developed the first A-Bombs, to strengthen missile defenses and protect the American people from the worst consequences of a nuclear attack by hardening the national electric grid against electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
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Immediately, move more THAAD interceptors to South Korea, more Aegis anti-missile ships around North Korea and in the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening U.S.  missile defenses.
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In months, the U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers could EMP harden many of the most important nodes in the electric grid and other critical infrastructures.
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Longer term, a crash program reviving President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative could deploy, perhaps in a few years, space-based Brilliant Pebbles.
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This promising anti-missile program was canceled by the Clinton Administration in favor of President Clinton's Agreed Framework and its policy of appeasement, which ultimately resulted in today's North Korean ICBMs.
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SDI, leveraging America's technological superiority, could render nuclear missiles obsolete — and thereby checkmate North Korea, Iran, China, and Russia.
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See related I Wish We Could Help (Michael Ramirez, 05/01/2017) cartoon from World picture album
      Why should Israel have a right to self-defense?  (JWR 07/25/2017)
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It's time to beat up on the Jews again, particularly the Jews in Israel and the West Bank.  Once more they're not standing still enough to enable the Palestinians to maim and kill at will.
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Killing by stealth is what the Palestinian freedom fighters do best.  They're pretty good at it, particularly when they get to prove their manly courage against women and children.
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The terrorists are upset this time because the Israelis installed metal detectors at the entrance to the al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, after three Arab Israelis shot dead two Israeli police officers just outside the mosque, using guns they had smuggled into the compound.
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Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority and ever eager to pour something flammable on troubled waters so as to be helpful to someone passing by with a match aflame, said his government would "freeze contact on all levels" with Israel until the metal detectors are removed.
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This is negotiation, Middle East style: resolution on terrorist terms first, negotiations later.
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The Arabs have tried conventional warfare, even starting one war with Pearl Harbor-like stealth and surprise.  They took their usual licking, and even that didn't work, though it is true that the Arab military colossus enjoyed only a 6 to 1 advantage.  Ganging up on women and children is all that a defeated colossus can do.
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The killer looked typical.  Omar al-Abed, 19, who lived in a nearby village, broke through a window and surprised the family with an unregistered knife, stabbing and slashing with stealth and surprise, killing the father, about 60, and his son and daughter, in their 40s, before they could gather their wits to fight back.
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The killer told his captors that he bought the knife two days earlier to avenge the metal detectors at the Temple Mount.
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Why won't the Jews give assistance to those who want to kill them?
      Trump, in Poland, vows 'the West will never, ever be broken'  (Fox 07/06/2017)
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"Just as Poland cannot be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken.  Our values will prevail, our people will thrive, and our civilization will triumph."
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"We write symphonies, we pursue innovation...  We reward brilliance.  We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God."
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"We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression...  We debate everything, we challenge everything, we seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves."
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"The story of Poland is a story of people who have never lost hope, never been broken and never, ever, forgotten who they are."
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"There are dire threats to our security and to our way of life — you see what's happening out there — they are threats.  We will confront them and we will win — but they are threats."
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"We are fighting hard against radical Islamic terrorism and we will prevail."
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"While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind."
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"Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?  Do we have the desire and courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who subvert and destroy it?"
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"If we don't have strong families and strong values, we will be weak, and we will not survive."
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"We must work together to confront forces whether they come from inside or out, south or east, that threaten to undermine these values and erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that makes us who we are."
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"These forces are doomed to fail if we want them to fail, and we do indeed want them to fail."
      You Can’t Destroy the Jihadists with Candlelight Vigils and Benefit Concerts  (06/04/2015)
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The British have a decision to make: do they care more about multiculturalism and open borders or stopping Muslim jihadists from stabbing people and blowing up 8-year-old girls.
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How much more blood must be spilled in the name of the "religion of peace?" How many more throats must be slashed?  How many more little girls must be sacrificed to quench their bloodlust?
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"I saw these three Muslim guys run up and started stabbing this girl.  ... They were running up and saying, ‘This is for Allah.'"
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News anchors warned against a rush to judgment as pundits were predicting this is the new normal.
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The clearly delusional mayor of London tried to reassure citizens by announcing there was no reason to be alarmed.
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No reason to be alarmed?  New normal?
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Wild-eyed savages rampaged through the streets of London shouting, "Allahu Akbar" as they stabbed people with foot-long machetes.
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And the mayor wants the people of London to think they have no reason to be afraid of the city's new normal?
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Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill must be turning over in his grave.
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Now, is not the time to run and hide.  It is the time to stand and fight.
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We must stand together, side by side, and eradicate the jihadists.
      London terror: Saturday attacks a tipping point in campaign to destroy the West  (Fox 06/03/2017)
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There is no longer any doubt: the mayhem in London Saturday night has raised terrorism to a new threat level to the Western world.
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The methods, and reported reference to Allah by one of the knife wielders points to Islamic perpetrators.
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... reflect the same boldness and brazenness on the part of the twisted warriors of the Islamist campaign to destroy Western civilization and force us all to worship their version of God.
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"My view is that we are no longer facing random acts of terrorism.  We have reached a tipping point.  This is now an insurgency."
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... this latest spate of attacks is the natural evolution of years of recruitment among British Muslims by terror cells like ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.
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"The Muslim terrorist population in Britain and Europe no longer feels constrained to live by stealth."
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"They have built an infrastructure, they have put it in place, and now they are moving up to the next level."
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For far too long, Western societies, including in the United States, have tried to rationalize what has now become an avalanche of violent hatred of democratic freedom, basic human rights, and freedom to choose if and how to worship.
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The result in Britain: government officials estimate there are more than 20,000 jihadists living among the population.
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Here's their message: We hate you and want to kill you.
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... ISIS is peopled by Sunni killers and Hezbollah soldiers are Shi'a.  The two Muslim sects dislike each other and have killed one another – always in Allah's name, of course.
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But here's the thing ... "Shi'as and Sunnis have had serious differences for centuries, but what we are seeing now is a global alliance, they are perfectly capable of making common cause to take down the West..."
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For British voters, this week's election may come down to one central issue: who will call these soldiers of Islam what they really are – savages – and keep us safe?*
      Frau Merkel, you might not like Herr Trump but you need him  (Fox 05/30/2017)
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Here's some unsolicited advice for German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Achtung!
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Merkel's uncalled-for remarks about the United States no longer being a trustworthy partner for its European allies set off a frenzy.
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Or is she just trying to keep her job?
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... Merkel's horrible decision to open the gates of Europe to tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa turned her own people against her. 
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Since she invited migrants into her country, and forced her neighbors to do the same, Europe has suffered nearly a dozen major terror attacks, none more horrific than the December 2016 Christmas market truck massacre in Berlin, which killed 12 and left Germany feeling very exposed to lone-wolf Islamic horror.
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And who was among the first to decry Merkel's come-one, come-all policy?  Donald Trump.
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Who spoke up about the lopsided trade deficit the United States has with Germany?  Donald Trump.
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Who lectured European members of NATO – specifically Germany – about not paying its fair share for the continent's defense.  Same answer.
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Among her European counterparts, Merkel is used to being treated with deference.
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Germany is really the economic engine for the entire continent, and the only country willing to shell out its own resources to bail out the ne'er-do-wells like Greece, who have become addicted to free money.
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You might not like Mr.  Trump, Frau Merkel.  He is rude and outspoken and typically, in your view, American.
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But remember: Russia is to your east.  Vladimir Putin is not impressed with the paltry defense force Europe could put together, if it did not have the United States behind it.
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Verstehen?
      Seriously, Mr.  President?  Would you also trust the KKK to fight racism, anti-Semitism too?  (JWR 05/25/2017)
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President Trump's speech was written by Westerners, delivered by a westerner and based on a faulty western premise, namely, that radical Muslims can be persuaded to abandon their goal of establishing a worldwide caliphate.
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It is a central theological principle of Wahhabism, an austere form of Islam based on a literal interpretation of the Koran, which Saudi Arabia has for years promoted in children's textbooks, in mosques and through its media.
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No reporter asked the central question ... Since Saudi Arabia's domestic and foreign policy is based on a theological worldview, have those views changed and if so, how did that "revelation" come to you?
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"The plan to add the Islamic State's Saudi affiliate to a U.N.  list of terrorist groups was quietly killed two weeks ago in a bureaucratic maneuver at the U.N.  Security Council..."
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"...  the Saudis objected to the public acknowledgement of the existence of a separate Saudi offshoot of the terrorist group inside the kingdom."
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Arab and Muslim leaders have long said one thing to the West and the opposite to their own people.
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This is not "breaking news." The surprise is that Westerners continue to fall for it.
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... Saudi Arabia will stop promoting an ideology that encourages terrorism only if their god cancels the order for establishing a worldwide caliphate, the elimination of Israel and the vilification of Jews.
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This is what the secular West under several administrations has failed to grasp.
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A policy forged in theology is not about to be changed by the urging of "infidels."
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"If we can change the conversation in the Islamic world from enmity towards the U.S.  to partnership with the U.S., and if we can change the conversation in the U.S.  and in the West from enmity towards the Islamic world to one of partnership, we will have changed our world and we will have truly drowned the voices of extremism and we will have drained the swamps ... from which extremism and terrorism emanates."
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It is an interesting metaphor in a desert land.
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"From our perspective, we judge Iran by its actions, not by its words."
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That's a suitable standard by which to judge the words of Saudi leaders.
      Dershowitz: Terrorism persists because it works  (Fox 05/23/2017)
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Every time a horrendous terrorist attack victimizes innocent victims we wring our hands and promise to increase security and take other necessary preventive measures.
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But we fail to recognize how our friends and allies play such an important role in encouraging, incentivizing, and inciting terrorism.
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If we are to have any chance of reducing terrorism, we must get to its root cause.
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It is not poverty, disenfranchisement, despair or any of the other abuse excuses offered to explain, if not to justify, terrorism as an act of desperation.  It is anything but. 
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Many terrorists, such as those who participated in the 9/11 attacks, were educated, well-off, mobile and even successful.
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They made a rational cost-benefit decision to murder innocent civilians for one simple reason: they believe that terrorism works.
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And tragically they are right.  The international community has rewarded terrorism while punishing those who try to fight it by reasonable means.
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It all began with a decision by Yasser Arafat and other Palestinian terrorist groups to employ the tactic of terrorism as a primary means of bringing the Palestinian issue to the forefront of world concern.
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The hijacking of airplanes, the murders of Olympic athletes at Munich, the killing of Israeli children at Ma'alot, and the many other terrorist atrocities perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists has elevated their cause above all other causes in the human rights community. 
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Other groups with grievances have learned from the success of Palestinian terrorism and have emulated the use of that barbaric tactic.
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Even today, when the Palestinian authority claims to reject terrorism, they reward the families of suicide bombers and other terrorists by large compensation packages that increase with the number of innocent victims.
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There is a name for people and organizations that pay other people for killing innocent civilians: it's called accessory to murder.
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The Palestinian Authority also glorifies terrorists by naming parks, stadiums, streets and other public places after the mass murderers of children.
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The United Nations glorifies terrorism by placing countries that support terrorism in high positions of authority and honor and by welcoming with open arms the promoters of terrorism.
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On the other hand Israel, which has led the world in efforts to combat terrorism by reasonable and lawful means, gets attacked by the international community more than any other country in the world.
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Promoters of terrorism are treated better at the United Nations than opponents of terrorism.
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Terrorisms will continue as long as it continues to bear fruits.
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England, France, Italy and Germany were among the countries that released Palestinian terrorists in the hope of preventing terrorist attacks on their soil
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Their selfish and immoral tactic backfired: it only caused them to become even more inviting targets for the murderous terrorists.
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... no matter how terrorism works, the reality that it does will make it difficult if not impossible to stem its malignant spread around the world.
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To make it not work, the entire world must unite in never rewarding terrorism and always punishing those who facilitate it.
      Israeli Ambassador on Trump in the Middle East: Iran remains the crucial issue  (Fox 05/21/2017)
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President Donald Trump arrives in the Middle East with a large number of issues on his agenda.
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In Israel alone he is set to grapple with the possibility of moving the U.S.  embassy, the chance he will recognize Jerusalem as our capital and the ever-present possibility of restarting the peace process with the Palestinians.
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While these are all extremely important causes which are fully supported and encouraged by Israel, they pale in comparison to the main task at hand when the leaders of our two countries meet: grappling with the increasingly growing menace of Iran in our region.
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Assad and his henchmen are puppets of the Iranian regime, propped up with their funding, trained by their military advisers and armed with their weapons.
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This Iranian proxy entrenched along our northern border is placing its weapons in homes, mosques and hospitals with the intention of once again committing a double war crime by targeting our civilians while using Lebanese women and children as their human shields.
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Iran's Republican Guards "Quds Force" trains the Hezbollah fighters, funnels money to them and directly provides the terrorists with these deadly weapons.
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... Hamas is spending millions of dollars on digging sophisticated terror tunnels to try to attack our border communities.
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They aim to attack kindergartens and community centers with the hope of massacring as many innocent people as possible.
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Funding for these terror activities comes directly from Iran which has declared that support for this "resistance" is part of their foreign policy. 
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Leaving aside the dangers of their supposedly dormant nuclear program and the ticking clock towards the sunset clause associated with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement, Iran's continued testing of ballistic missiles is extremely alarming.
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The Iranians' intentions for these missiles are no mystery.  In fact, just last month they displayed their missiles in a military parade and wrote on one of them: "Death to Israel."
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Throughout the Middle East, wherever there is terror, death and a complete disregard for human life, there is Iran.  This alliance of evil anchored by Iran must be met head on.
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We are grateful for America's leadership in fighting ISIS, standing up to Assad and attempting to assist in finally bringing peace with the Palestinians.
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Yet as worthy as these causes are, what is needed right now is a concerted effort to confront Iran by stringently enforcing sanctions that are in place, judiciously weighing further possible restrictions and continuing to leave all other options on the table in facing this extremist regime.
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"If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit, Iran."
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Israel, the U.S.  and numerous moderate countries throughout the Middle East must work together in pressing on until this regime is isolated and no longer poses a threat to its neighbors and the world as a whole.
      North Korea's regime must go, and the U.S.  has options to make that happen  (Fox 05/21/2017)
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In fact, North Korea is well overdue to test something much more menacing — another nuclear weapon.
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... long march to develop a nuclear device that can rain down atomic terror not only on South Korea, Japan and U.S.  bases throughout Asia – but eventually on the U.S.  homeland itself.
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His goal is survival, and the only way to survive when faced with the awesome military might of a superpower is an atomic arsenal that can kill millions at the push of a button.
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These include tough sanctions on anyone helping the North Koreans develop nuclear weapons or missiles, the levering of cyber weapons on a grand scale to constrain and raise the costs of missile and nuclear advances, as well as more missile defenses deployed and retained in the area around North Korea.
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There is however one solution, the toughest of all solutions, that in all our hearts we know would solve this problem once and for all — one that is not for the faint of heart: the eventual change of regime in North Korea.
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No regime as evil, as sinister, and as dangerous as North Korea — the modern day equivalent of Nazi Germany with death camps where the regime tests chemical weapons on its own people — has survived forever.
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The sins of its leaders continue to grow with each passing day, sealing the regimes fate — clearly a question of when, not if, it will fall.
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... we do know how North Korea keeps control of its citizens — the brainwashing of its society into believing that Washington and Seoul are the enemy and that they must starve and live in destitution to support an army that is the fourth largest in the world with an economy the size of Laos.
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We must exploit this weakness by working to educate the North Korean people of the abuses of the regime — to help them begin to understand the tyranny they live under.
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Citizens are also taking matters into their own hands — hacking government issued cell phones to talk to the outside world as well as trying to flee their prison-of-a-nation in increasing numbers.
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We must help awaken the hopes, aspirations and dreams of a people enslaved far too long.
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America must weaponize against the Kim regime the most powerful of passions — hope for a better future.
      China's silky threat to American leadership  (Fox 05/13/2017)
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This weekend, while the Sunday talk shows obsess about Trump, Comey and secret recordings, a top-level gathering in China will kick off the biggest challenge ever to America's place in the world economy: the creation of a 21st Century version of the ancient Silk Road travelled by Marco Polo.
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President Xi Jinping will host the so-called Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit. 
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The BRI is Xi's $1 trillion – yes, with a T — plan to build state of the art roads, ports, pipelines and airports that will link China to 110 countries around the world and make Beijing the epicenter of world trade for decades to come.
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Russia's Vladimir Putin thinks the BRI is important enough for him to attend.  So do the leaders of Turkey, Pakistan, the Philippines and 25 other countries, most of them with developing economies.
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The United States, trapped in political navel-gazing, could only ante up an assistant to the president.
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For Xi, the initiative is a brazen attempt to seize worldwide economic leadership from the United States.
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With official Washington bogged down on President Trump's tweets and his relationship with Russia, Xi sees an opportunity to bind emerging trade partners to him by offering them access to China's vast consumer market.
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"There are real political, economic and strategic goals at stake.  It is China effectively applying soft power in a very visible way.  It wants to become what the United States has been until now – the leader of the world economy."
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There is, of course, a catch: Xi will ask the heads of state that he is wining and dining to sign a joint communique endorsing Beijing's claims that Taiwan is part of China, and that it has legitimate territorial rights in the South China Sea.
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The summit's slogan is "One Belt, One Road." For Xi, that means showing that the rest of the world is girded to China, and that all roads lead to Beijing.
      North Korea's Christians are suffering.  We cannot forget them  (Fox 05/12/2017)
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... our guide told us how North Koreans come to the riverbank and wait until evening to attempt the risky swim to mainland China.
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The border guards have orders to shoot on sight, and anyone attempting to cross illegally is subject to summary execution.
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Once inside the country, I was suddenly struck by the eerie quietness that pervades the towns and cities we visited.
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I was shocked to see students typing on keyboards while staring at blank computer screens at one government school.  They were pretending to do their classwork while the power was out.
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea — a communist state of 25 million souls — is considered the most secretive nation on earth.
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Driven by the Kim family into isolation and a cultic reverence to the royal family, this small nation now threatens to destabilize the world with nuclear warfare.
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Yet, while rumors fly about secret islands used to stage missile launches, and stories emerge of U.S.  citizens being held in hard labor camps, a whole narrative of persecution against Christians goes largely unreported in the media.
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Though exact numbers are hard to confirm — estimates range between 30,000 to 70,000 — tens of thousands of Christians are believed to be held in "kwanliso," or political labor camps.
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Often sick and malnourished, these captives are subject to extreme violence and crude torture, suffering beatings with electric rods and metal poles, and even being used as test subjects for medical experiments.
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Christians are frequently sentenced to these labor camps simply for owning a Bible.
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... teacher told the class, "Today we're not going to give you homework." Naturally, all the children celebrated the news, but the teacher wasn't finished.
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"However, when you go home, look for a book.  Normally it's black.  Normally it's hidden.  Normally it's the book your mom or dad read when you sleep.  Normally it's hidden in the closet or the drawer or somewhere that's not reachable, but if you look hard enough you can find this book.  And, if you bring it, we will honor you."
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With the scarf around her neck, she ran home to tell her mom what had happened — but her mom wasn't there.  In fact, Eun waited all night for her mom, but she never arrived.
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When Eun got to school the following day, with an empty stomach, she found out the parents of 14 other students also hadn't come home the night before.
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Many people don't remember that in the early 20th century, Pyongyang was known as the "Jerusalem of the East," or that Christianity played a major role in the history of the Korean peninsula.
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Even after communism began to overtake North Korea, Christianity's influence was so prevalent that Kim Il Sung's father was a Christian and his father-in-law a Presbyterian minister.
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Today, I know brave Christians who smuggle Bibles disguised as phone books into the country.  They risk their lives so others may have the opportunity to read the forbidden words of Jesus in their own language.
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During this time of great political intrigue surrounding North Korea, we must not forget the country's Christians.  Countless thousands of them suffer daily for their faith.
      The North Korean threat is not theoretical, it is reality  (Fox 05/01/2017)
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North Korea is surging to the brink.  Advancements in their missile technology and nuclear weapons program will soon put the United States in the crosshairs.
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"A North Korean missile tipped with a nuclear warhead, capable of reaching our homeland is no longer a distant hypothetical, but an imminent danger."
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A policy built around angry diplomatic statements and passive observation is no longer viable.
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The United States must seriously anticipate the use of force to eliminate this rogue nation's offensive nuclear capacity. 
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When dealing with North Korea, it is critical to appreciate everything comes down to keeping Kim Jong Un and his family in power.
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That is why diplomatic measures, economic isolation, and international commendation have proven ineffective.  As long as the leadership structure remains intact, everything else is of a secondary concern.
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While China, North Korea's primary ally, controls 90% of its trade, Chinese leaders are reluctant to take a hard line on the North, fearing a collapsed regime that would precipitate a refugee crisis and a potentially hostile unified Korea.
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Nuclear weapons are deemed the penultimate point of leverage preventing the United States and its allies from toppling North Korean regime.  Make a move against Kim Jong Un and you will likely face a nuclear response.
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Should a conflict erupt, Seoul, South Korea, which lies just thirty five miles from the boarder, will be subject to an overwhelming attack.
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This leaves the United States in a difficult position.  Lacking economic or diplomatic points of leverage, military action increasingly looks like a likely path. 
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... significant funds were expended for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, capabilities optimized for counter-insurgency warfare are wholly inadequate for a high-end conflict.
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A surface campaign fighting mile-by-mile up the peninsula would afford Kim Jong Un more than enough time to decimate the South and launch nuclear strikes.
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Instead, the United States needs to consider options that would collapse the North Korean threat as fast as possible.
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That means hitting targets in a concurrent, decisive fashion to prevent wholesale devastation in Seoul and a nuclear launch.
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Doing so demands America's most advanced combat aircraft — the B-2 bomber, F-22 fighter, and F-35 fighter.
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Their stealth technology is necessary for survival and their advanced sensor capabilities will allow them to locate their targets in an incredibly dynamic environment.
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There is just one catch: the US failed to procure enough of these airplanes because they were deemed to be outdated, expensive "Cold War" assets.
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While it is true that the Cold War is over, that does not mean adversaries stopped investing in advanced defenses.
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In fact, the world is far more dangerous than it was thirty years ago.  This is a major problem given that the United States only has 20 B-2s, 185 F-2s, and a handful of F-35s in the inventory.
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It is time for the nation to acknowledge this capability gap and accelerate their acquisition.It is time for the nation to acknowledge this capability gap and accelerate their acquisition.
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Decisions made over the last several years have left the country in a precarious position.
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Failing to make such investments will leave the country woefully unprepared to execute a mission where the alternative to a rapid, decisive victory is unthinkable.
      North Korean crisis 'worst I’ve seen,' top Navy officer warns  (Fox 04/27/2017)
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... testifying that it's only a matter of time before Kim Jong Un has the capability of launching a nuclear warhead toward the United States.
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"There is some doubt within the intelligence community whether Kim Jong Un has that capability today or whether he will soon, but I have to assume he has it, the capability is real, and that he's moving towards it."
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... has "no doubt" the country intends to develop nuclear missiles that could be aimed toward South Korea and the U.S.
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"Kim Jong Un is making progress and all nations need to take this seriously because their missiles point in all directions."
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"If left unchecked, they will match the capability of his hostile rhetoric."
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"His rhetoric is going in one direction and his capabilities are approaching the lines of his rhetoric."
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"Where those lines cross, I believe we are at an inflection point and we wake up to a new world."
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"We want to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses — not to his knees.  I have the forces in place to fight tonight if necessary."
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"THAAD allows us intercept capability to shoot down, at the high altitude level, ballistic missiles that go from North Korea to South Korea.  THAAD is a system that would give an umbrella to protect South Korea."
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... China is as responsible for where North Korea is today.
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"We're seeing more activity — positive activity — from China in this case than we've seen in a long time."
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See related Crazy Guy (Bob Gorrell, 04/01/2013) cartoon from World picture album
      Krauthammer: Trump's Right That Iran Is Violating the 'Spirit' of the Nuke Deal  (Fox 04/21/2017)
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"Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement."
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"The U.S.  Department of State certified to U.S.  House Speaker Paul Ryan today that Iran is compliant through April 18th with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action."
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Only hours later, however, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agreed with Trump and described the landmark deal as a failure.
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... this is not a flip-flop for the Trump administration.
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... three things are needed to develop a usable a nuclear weapon: fissile material, a way a to weaponize it, and ballistic missiles.
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"The problem is that the Obama administration looked only at the fissile element."
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"But what the Iranians are doing — and this is so obvious a child could see it — is while the program on the fissile material is frozen, they're working rapidly on the weaponization ... and of course on the ballistic missiles, which we can see."
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"Yes, they are developing a nuclear weapon.  It's a violation of the 'spirit' of agreement, because the way they look at it, in half a decade, they'll be able to resume the fissile material — the enriching uranium — they will have weaponized, and they will have the missiles."
      Alan Dershowitz: What North Korea should teach us about Iran  (Fox 04/19/2017)
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We failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons.
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As a result, our options to stop them from developing a delivery system capable of reaching our shores are severely limited.
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The hard lesson from our failure to stop North Korea before they became a nuclear power is that we MUST stop Iran from ever developing or acquiring a nuclear arsenal.
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A nuclear Iran would be far more dangerous to American interest than a nuclear North Korea.
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Iran already has rockets capable of reaching numerous American allies.
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They are in the process of upgrading them and making them capable of delivering a nuclear payload to our shores.
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Its fundamentalist religious leaders would be willing to sacrifice millions of Iranians to destroy the big Satin (United States) or the little Satin (Israel).
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... the Iranian Mullahs were willing to sacrifice thousands of "child-soldiers" in their futile war with Iraq.
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There is nothing more dangerous than a "suicide regime" armed with nuclear weapons.
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The body of the agreement itself – the portion Iran believes is legally binding — does not preclude Iran from developing nuclear weapons after a certain time, variously estimated as between 10 to 15 years from the signing of the agreement.
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Nor does it prevent Iran from perfecting its delivery systems, including nuclear tipped inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.
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If we are not to make the same mistake with Iran that we made with North Korea, we must do something now – before Iran secures a weapon – to deter the Mullahs from becoming a nuclear power, over which we would have little or no leverage.
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"Congress should pass a resolution authorizing this and future presidents to use force to prevent Iran from ever becoming a nuclear weapons state ... Iran must know now that the U.S.  president is authorized to destroy –without warning or negotiation – any attempt by Tehran to build a bomb."
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A law based on these two elements –adopting Iran's reaffirmation as the official American policy and authorizing a preventive military strike if Iran tried to obtain nuclear weapons – may be an alternative we can live with.
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But without such an alternative, the deal is currently interpreted by Iran will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. 
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In all probability, it would merely postpone that catastrophe for about a decade while legitimating its occurrence.
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This is not an outcome we can live with as evidenced by the crisis we are now confronting with North Korea. 
      Why Trump is right on North Korea  (Fox 04/14/2017)
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The United States and North Korea are finally facing off this Easter weekend over Kim Jong Un's insatiable appetite for courting danger.
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While the rest of the world sits by, twiddling its collective thumbs and hoping that Kim comes to his senses, Trump has laid down a marker: test an underground nuclear device as you are threatening to do, and there will be consequences.
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The presence of a U.S.  Navy strike force, armed with Tomahawk Cruise missiles, is the unspoken backup to Trump's clear message.
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The excuse for the North to conduct the test is morbidly fitting: Saturday is the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-Sung, the current Kim's grandfather.
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What better reason to plunge the world into conflict than to thank granddad for all he did?
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Trump has raised the stakes in this showdown, unlike Barack Obama, who tried to give Kim toothless avuncular advice, or Bill Clinton, who was hornswoggled into a bad nuclear arms deal with Kim's father, in 1994.
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Clinton promised then that the pact would bring North Korea into the community of civilized nations.  Right.  Guess it all depends on what your definition of is, is.
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China's role in this showdown is crucial.  It is now North Korea's only patron, keeping its economy barely afloat and protecting it from United Nations sanctions and condemnations.
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So far, there have been at least 15 meaningless finger-wags from the House of Humor on the East River in Manhattan.
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... the two seemed to have reached a gentleman's agreement: China would do what it could to restrain the haircut challenged man-boy in Pyongyang.  Trump, in return, would stay calm in the face of North Korean provocations and let China know what it planned to do.
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Like a smart aleck kid whose big brother is the captain of the wrestling team, Kim seems to believe he can act with impunity on the world playground.
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The Chinese, and before them, the Soviet Union, protected his granddad and his father for decades.
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The latest model Kim probably either doesn't understand, or maybe doesn't believe, that Trump is a new kind of American president.
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After visiting Mar-a-Lago at the very moment the U.S.  was sending its regards to Syria, President Xi certainly knows that is true.
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But can he convince the juvenile delinquent who is his political ward to back off in time to prevent disaster?
      North Korea: Trump's Tuesday tweet, Kim Jong Un and America's best options  (Fox 04/11/2017)
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When it comes to dealing with the North Korean threat, President Trump is far more likely to pick up where President Obama left off.
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Trump has reportedly asked for — and received — a review of the full range of options for dealing with the growing nuclear threat from Pyongyang and the increasingly bellicose Kim Jong Un.
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That's the right approach, and there's nothing novel about it.
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U.S.  policy has long been "everything is on the table" — the only practical policy when dealing with a regime that threatens to burn your cities to the ground.
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Circumstances may change, moving matters from the "be prepared for anything" stage to "drastic, decisive action is called for now?  But that day is not today.
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When the president reviews all the options, the first to drop-off the list is an escalatory military conflict.
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Most of Seoul, a city of 10 million, is within range of North Korea's "cone of fire." An artillery and missile barrage from the North could be devastating.
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No president would choose, as Option One, a strike that would invite a response that could inflict mass civilian casualties among an ally.
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Likewise, the "let's negotiate" option was probably quickly dropped.
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Giving into North Korea's wild threats is exactly what Kim wants.  Rushing to talk now would only encourage more provocative actions.
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That leaves the suitable and feasible options somewhere in the middle.  This includes deterring North Korea with a protect-and-defend strategy.
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... while demonstrating the capacity to reach out and touch the North Korean regime.
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The latter element is why we now have U.S.  strategic bombers circling overhead and U.S.  combat ships steaming to the peninsula.
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The other part of pressing Kim to back down is to squeeze the regime where it hurts — in the bank account.
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North Korea despite what you may have heard, is not the most heavily sanctioned country on earth. 
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Yes, a lot of sanctions have been imposed on the regime, as far as paperwork is concerned.  ... China, for example, routinely signs on to new sanctions, then just as routinely stops observing them within a few months.
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But cracking down on North Korea is a strategy that has given Dear Leaders pause in the past.
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Exasperated after trying everything else, even the Obama administration concluded in the end that's increasingly tighter sanctions are part of the best strategy for now.
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... when Trump says we are going to deal with Kim with or without China, likely what he means is that Beijing can voluntarily agree to participate in the sanctioning regime or we'll do it with a heavy hand — one that will include Chinese firms and individuals doing business with North Korea.
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That would make the Chinese very uncomfortable, but Trump seems to be saying, it'll happen unless they start working harder to get Kim to tone down his act — and his actions.
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In other words, the free lunch for China is over.
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There are no easy answers for dealing with North Korean.  ... What Trump ought to do — and is most likely to do — is follow this tough-minded but responsible middle course. 
      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.
      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."
      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."
      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.
      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."
      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
      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."
      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...
      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. 
      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 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.
      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."
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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."
      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.
      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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Philadelphia's police commissioner corroborated this confession at a press conference on Friday.
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Just minutes later, at the same exact press conference, Mayor Jim Kenny squealed that the attack had nothing to do with "being a Muslim or the Islamic faith."
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This is no longer just a cruel joke.  The Left's unwillingness to accept these inconvenient truths is dangerous.
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If we can't properly diagnose the problem, we can never solve it.
      Unraveling the Duma circus  (INN 01/05/2016)
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The Duma tragedy - the murder of two parents and their baby boy, a crime, an apparent act of terror — has become a circus, and everyone is in on the act.
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So who is guilty?  Who murdered Saad, Reham and Ali Dawabshe, and left young Ahmed with life-changing injuries?
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Why, everyone knows the answer to that question!  Only...  the answer depends on who you ask.
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What is the reason for this absurd dichotomy?  For the circus of collective guilt and hysteria on the Left, and of self-delusion and conspiracy theories on the Right?
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Underlying the reactions of both Left and Right are one or both of two fears.  The first is that wretched psychological relic of the ghetto: "What will the world think?" As if our actions as a people must always be condemned to be judged against the yardstick of what others think.
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The second fear is related, but more internal: What happens to our perceived moral superiority?  It's the Palestinians who commit acts of terror, not us, and an attack by Jewish terrorists would ruin this narrative which so many lean on as a psychological, intellectual and emotional crutch.  Are we now no better than them?
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The response to either fear must either be to "prove" - to "the nations of the world" and/or to ourselves - that we are still good people, still better than the Palestinians.  This can either be achieved by denying everything, or by preemptively confessing to every possible accusation (fair or unfair) and begging for forgiveness.
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And yet, this is not a sane or rational response.
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So what about "the world?" What will they say if it was indeed Jewish extremists?  The answer here should be first and foremost: why should we care?  Israel is a rule-of-law country, and our priority is to make sure that terrorists and criminals of all persuasions are brought to justice.  Period.  Criticisms from outside are totally irrelevant to this task.
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... our response should be one of confidence, not insecurity.  A single act of terror defines Israel as a racist country?  Really?  So what of the daily acts of anti-Jewish terror by Palestinians?  What does that make their society?
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Every single nation or community in the world has its extremists: from White Supremacists and Christian fundamentalists, to extreme Hindu nationalists, even Buddhist extremists in Burma — and of course Muslim extremists, who commit daily atrocities throughout the globe.
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But societies must not be judged by the actions of a few extremists but by the reaction of the wider society to them.
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In Israel, the reaction, from Left to Right (beyond the very furthest fringes), has been nonstop condemnation.
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In Palestinian society, the response — whether from the "moderate" Fatah or the "extremist" Hamas and Islamic Jihad — has been praise, glorification, encouragement and incitement of anti-Semitic terrorism.
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We condemn it, while they revel in it — that speaks volumes.
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Those who would judge the people of Israel differently to any other nation should be dismissed out of hand as the bigots they are.  We certainly don't need to prove ourselves to them (nor is there any point in doing so).
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Israel's first prime minister David Ben Gurion famously said: "We will know we have become a normal country when Jewish thieves and Jewish prostitutes conduct their business in Hebrew."
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He could equally have talked of murderers and other criminals, which exist in every normal society.
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The main thing is that the Hebrew-speaking police, judges and legislators of the law are there to ensure the criminals don't get away with it — even prime ministers and presidents.
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This, then, is the lens through which the Duma case must be viewed.
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To ensure that justice is done, without political bias or hysteria.
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To hold fast to the values of innocent until proven guilty — but to accept that the security services and justice system which work day and night to keep us safe must be allowed to work and be trusted, though with a critical eye, to get the job done.
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To hold them accountable if there are suspicions of wrongdoing.
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To neither throw our lot in with anarchists nor smear entire communities due to political biases.
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To realize that this is what being an independent, responsible, sovereign nation is all about.
      Another year of living dangerously NY to Tel Aviv  (INN 01/03/2016)
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This is how civilizations begin to disintegrate, by accepting the most outrageous acts as being normal.
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Around the world, people frolicked to welcome a New Year as if it's only natural to be caged in against the threat of terrorism.
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The correct term is Islamic terrorism but authorities, certainly the media, would rather keep it simple to keep us in the dark.
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In many places around the world police, soldiers and other security personnel nearly outnumbered the revelers
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Some countries simply banned New Year's and warned citizens to keep clear of crowds.
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Nowadays we call that normal.  People barely notice that because of Islamic terrorism, everything has changed.
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Checkpoints everywhere and everyone a suspect and thank you Islam for taking the safety and joy out of our lives.
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Of the millions around the world who had to pass through checkpoints, possibly no one realized that the entire world is in the same boat with Israel.  It's the same threat all over coming from the same savages requiring the same roadblocks.
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We were ordered to be fearless because if we show fear they win, we lose.  Well, we lost.  If it takes an army to let us celebrate ourselves, we lost.
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What used to be strange and unthinkable — entire continents jittery about the next trick from Islamic extremists — is now routine.
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... all Europe had the quivers about a New Year's gathering, or any gathering that might tempt Bad Islam, — as opposed to the other Islam, which we are assured is good and noble and peace loving if and when we ever get the luxury to tell them apart.
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Most times, like Paris, San Bernardino and Friday in Tel Aviv, it's too late.  ... The Tel Aviv killer was indistinguishable from any other customer until he began to shoot.
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But even as we cannot tell the one from the other, we in the West keep bringing them in wholesale.  In Allah we trust.
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Trudeau wants them.  Obama can't get enough of them.  We are given no choice when our leadership toss the dice and gamble with our lives.
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Let's not be puzzled about how we came to accept as normal a world turned upside down through savagery, butchery and mindless brutishness.
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It began in Israel when nobody cared so long as "only Jews" were getting killed, so why bother making a fuss?  It's normal.
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Let the Jews die, said the world.  We are safe.  Can't happen to us.  We are not Israelis.  They deserve what's coming.  Radical Islam is their problem.
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Sorry to rub it in, Dear World, but now who's got the problem – a problem that could have been stopped if people had cared?
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So they said, and said so again when weeks later another group of Arab terrorists "struggled for independence" by rampaging a Jewish family in Adura, murdering four, including a five-year-old.
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Witnessing the horror, the child ran to her bedroom, clutched her favorite doll for dear life and hid under the covers – and we'd rather not imagine what happened next.
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No, we cannot process such cruelty as we watch Danielle sinking herself deeper into her bed as she hears footsteps drawing closer.
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From around the world, mostly silence.  Too bad, said The New York Times.  That's the way it goes, said CNN.  Tough luck, said the BBC.
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No concern of ours, said the world.  Not our business.
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But now who's cowering under the covers?
      Paris climate deal: Nothing but hot air  (Fox 12/15/2015)
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If representatives of the nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris for the UN Conference on Climate Change had instead formed a coalition to fight a real threat — Islamic terrorism — they might have accomplished something useful.
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Instead, what they came up with is a document that even Secretary of State John Kerry, in a rare moment of candor, confessed is pointless.
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"...The fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, guess what — that still wouldn't be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world."
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"If all the industrial nations went down to zero emissions — remember what I just said, all the industrial emissions went down to zero emissions — it wouldn't be enough, not when more than 65 percent of the world's carbon pollution comes from the developing world."
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Being a liberal means never having to admit error.  Liberalism, it appears, has always been about intentions and feelings, not results.  Fighting "climate change" makes liberals feel good.
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There has been a near complete media blackout and intimidation of anyone presenting contrary scientific evidence disproving the theory that Earth is warming and humans are responsible.
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This phony doctrine is being shoved down our throats by people who continue to fly in private jets and ride in gas-guzzling SUVs while telling the rest of us to walk or ride bikes.
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Not that facts matter to the major media and others who have embraced the doctrines of this new religion, but here are some anyway because, in my opinion, belief in "climate change" is on a par with childhood faith in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy.
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Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) is a scientific research company located in Northern California, specializing in satellite microwave remote sensing of the Earth.  According to RSS, the Earth's temperature has not increased in the last 18 years and nine months, a record.
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... predictions of global warming have been based on imperfect computer models.
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That those models do not reflect reality has not affected the minds or policies of people who worship at the altar of government and wish to impose additional regulations on already overburdened corporations and individuals.
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"Data from America's most advanced climate monitoring system shows the U.S.  has undergone a cooling trend over the last decade, despite recent claims by government scientists that warming has accelerated worldwide during that time."
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... there is money and political power associated with climate change orthodoxy and next to sex, humans lust after these more than anything else.
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If you are a climate change disciple, or confused, do yourself a favor.  Visit climatedepot.org and see the film "Climate Hustle," which premiered in Paris during the UN gathering.
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There is nothing wrong and much right about the goal of reducing pollution, especially in China, the world's worst polluter, but "global warming" shouldn't be the reason.
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... why would the U.S.  and other developed countries stifle their growth potential by embracing a false doctrine that could lead to predictable and even unforeseen economic consequences?
      Academia — the factory of today's political nincompoops  (INN 12/09/2015)
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Countries are coming together in a common cause to strike ISIS in their rage, and in their fear.
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The anger that wasn't there in the past is palpable today.
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At its heart it's not ISIS that is driving Muslims to behead people, to shoot them in Paris or San Bernardino, or to cause teenagers to knife people in the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, or the launch of rockets at Israeli civilians, or explode themselves on buses, or fly planes into buildings, or to slaughter tourists on a Tunisian beach or in a luxury Mali hotel.
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ISIS is not the root cause.  It is merely a horrible symptom of an age-old sickness.
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It is a sickness that politicians, diplomats, media and think tank pundits cannot, or will not, identify.
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They cannot bring themselves to identify the root cause dispassionately because it passionately conflicts with everything they have been taught in the misguided halls of higher learning by radically leftist professors and lecturers.
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The result has been the sheer nonsense of American political leaders blaming Islamic terror on global warming or the lack of gun control, the Paris outrages on Palestinian discontent against Israeli policies , according to a grossly misinformed Swedish Foreign Minister, and, basically, pointing the finger at anyone or anything, except what it is.
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The fault lies with the deformed political thinking of a dishonest campus upbringing in faculties teaching a fictional form of anti-Western history designed to leave students with a guilt complex that blames the West, particularly America, Europe and Israel...
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They find it impossible to address the sickness that, through the ages, has erupted with global violence, namely an inbred Islamic thirst for a God-driven drive to world domination, intimidation and death.
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The fault lies with the educators.  It has infected political thought, as evidenced by President Barack Obama.
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Can anyone tell me, in all honesty, if this man has a clue about what is going on in the world? 
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Is this the quality of political thought that they produce in American universities?  If so, God help us!
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Today, the sight of thin-skinned and intolerant students demanding the comfort of "safe-space zones" to escape conflicting thought they find offensive because it doesn't tally with their brain-washed numb-skulls, to avoid any full and open debate in case it damages their dogma, makes us non-academics fearful of what these campuses are producing.
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It is we, the general public that will require safe-spaces when these academic idiots graduate, join us in society, and start imposing their nonsensical thought control on the rest of us.
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The root cause of the cancer of modern-day terrorism is so obvious that simple people recognize it, but ‘progressive' leaders don't.
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It's time to reform the universities that have become riddled with radically specious teaching that has resulted in the vacuous thinking of too many of our political leadership.
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It's time to get back to common sense and plainly diagnosis of what is troubling the world.
      The global fight against ISIS: Channeling Churchill in Britain  (Fox 12/08/2015)
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Wisdom can often be found in unexpected places.  During debate in the House of Commons ... Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary of the liberal Labour Party, delivered a speech that approached Winston Churchill in its vision:
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"And we are here faced by fascists.  Not just their calculated brutality, but their belief that they are superior to every single one of us in this chamber tonight, and all of the people that we represent.  They hold us in contempt.  They hold our values in contempt.  They hold our belief in tolerance and decency in contempt.  They hold our democracy, the means by which we will make our decision tonight, in contempt.  And what we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated..."
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In the U.S., we get moronic statements claiming that climate change is "directly related" to terrorism (Sanders), endure calls for more gun laws when current gun laws are disobeyed, and stand bewildered as our president, in the face of attacks by radical Islamists, says, "We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam," while Attorney General Loretta Lynch targets people who use anti-Islamic language for fear it "will be accompanied by acts of violence."
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Meanwhile, Islamic extremists move about the U.S.  with apparent impunity.
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MSNBC and other networks, meanwhile, give airtime to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a so-called advocacy group with ties to the Holy Land Foundation and Hamas, to spout propaganda that the San Bernardino murders had nothing to do with Islam.
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And let's not forget those "Christian" killers who shoot up abortion clinics, as if these are immorally equivalent.
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The BBC also refuses to label ISIS killers as terrorists, preferring to call them "militants."
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In his brief address Sunday, President Obama offered no new strategy for defeating Islamic terrorism.  He disingenuously claimed his policies are working.  If this is success, what does failure look like?
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The UK and U.S.  have invited this madness by admitting thousands into our countries, many of whom come from regions that do not embrace Western values, foolishly hoping these people will assimilate.
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The FBI says it is investigating ISIS suspects in every U.S.  state.  Why, then, are we allowing more refugees in before these investigations are concluded and action taken?
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What will our leaders say if these murderers succeed in acquiring weapons of mass destruction?  What happens if one of these weapons wipes out London, New York or Washington?  Should we take decisive action now, or wring our hands later?
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On Nov.  16, 1934, Winston Churchill, who stood virtually alone in his early warnings about the growing rearmament of Germany and the threat it posed to a world that preferred the false comfort denial brings, told his fellow parliamentarians:
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"As we go to and fro in this peaceful country with its decent, orderly people going about their business under free institutions and with so much tolerance and fair play in their laws and customs, it is startling and fearful to realize that we are no longer safe in our island home."
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Eighty-one years later, we are again unsafe.
      In the beginning, there was an Arab with a knife; 100 years of excuses  (INN 11/25/2015)
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During the height of the second Intifada, the media and politicians in general were adamant, only total desperation could cause one human being to walk onto a bus full of innocent civilians and blow himself up.
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This twisted logic unashamedly blames the victims for the act of violence that kills them and removes personal responsibility from the terrorist.
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It is also a logic that only applies in Israel, as we find the same media and the same politicians have no trouble identifying the true cause of the brutal violence when it hits closer to home.
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Young, British and university educated, they had their whole lives before them, but simply believed there was more to gain from murdering Jews in Tel Aviv instead.
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It is October 2000 ... Two Israelis, Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami having accidently entered Ramallah, were ‘arrested' by PA policemen and taken to the local Police Station.  There they were ‘beaten, stabbed, had their eyes gouged out, and were disembowelled' by a mob of Palestinians.
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The picture is of Aziz Salha, one of the ‘lynchers', waving his blood-stained hands from the police station window.  Salha was later arrested by Israel and sentenced to life imprisonment, but was released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.
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The general consensus amongst politicians and the western media was that this outbreak of brutal violence was the result of Ariel Sharon provoking the Palestinians by stepping foot on Temple Mount.
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It is September 1999 ... Haifa couple Sharon Steinmetz and Yehiel Finfeter went hiking in the Megiddo region when they were stabbed and murdered by an Israeli Arab...
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Although the terrorist suggested he had murdered these two ‘because they were Jewish', the media and politicians of the time were having none of it.  They suggested that the late 1999 tension was caused not by the self declared hatred of Jews of the terrorist, but by the friction and stagnation of the peace process.
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It is late 1993 ... Yigal Vaknin became the first of many victims of this process, as he was stabbed to death in an orchard near the trailer home where he lived.
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Over 250 Israelis died in the years immediately following the Oslo accord, sacrificed for a peace that never came.
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Western media and politicians explained away these terrorist actions as the desperate measures of extremists intent on stopping the process.
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WIt is 21st March 1989 ... The first Intifada has hit its peak and Muhammad Zakut, an Arab construction worker in Tel Aviv began randomly stabbing Israeli civilians in Tel Aviv on the Jewish holiday of Purim.  Zakut stabbed three Israelis with a commando knife as he shouted "God is great."
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Zakut received a life sentence, but like Aziz Salha from the Ramallah lynching, Zakut was released as part of the Gilad Shalit exchange.
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Around 160 Israelis were murdered during the first Intifada, with western press and politicians blaming frustration at the ‘occupation' and the building of settlements for the outbreak of violence.
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It is 1966...  because most of the attacks against the Jews in Israel began beyond the border, the terrorists were armed with guns or explosives rather than knives.  There were massacres on buses, attacks on trains, archaeologists, cross border shootings and numerous sniper attacks.  The knife still made its appearance with an attack against the odd shepherd, kidnap rape and murder of women and various random attacks where specific details have been lost through time.
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Rather than take the available option and declare a Palestinian State, the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) was formed in Cairo in 1964 with the intention of destroying Israel.
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Through all this violence, western media and the politicians placed the blame on the tensions in the region caused by the status of the refugees created during the War of Independence that followed the birth of the State of Israel.
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It is December 2nd 1947...  The Arabs begin a riot in Jerusalem, with 8 Jews reported as being killed.  The New York Times pointed out that it was the knife that was the weapon of choice.
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It is impossible to calculate precise Jewish losses over each period in a conflict that was to turn from civil to regional war, but in total over 6000 Jews were to be killed in the following 18 months.  Proportionally more than the UK lost in the entire 7 years of WW2.
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According to western politicians and media of the time, this, all because of the ‘understandable' Arab reaction to resolution 181 and partition.
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It is April 19–20, 1936...  ‘The Bloody Day in Jaffa' is upon us and the first day of the ‘Great Arab Uprising'.  By the end of the first week, 17 Jews had been murdered.
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The revolt was to last 3 years and led to an almost absolute curb on Jewish immigration into British Palestine.
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The British, and the media placed the blame for the murders and the violence of the revolt on Arab opposition to growing Jewish immigration that was caused by Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.
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It is 19th August 1929...  A young Sephardic Jew named Abraham Mizrachi was stabbed to death by an Arab near Mea Shearim.
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The following Friday, August 23rd, a violent Arab demonstration took place at the Western Wall and that afternoon a massacre of Jews in Jerusalem began (17 Jews murdered).
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The violence spread across British Palestine and in the coming days, Hevron (65+ massacred and tortured) and Safed (18+ massacred) saw the worst of the incidents.
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The massacres and killings were to lead to the Shaw Commission analysing the cause of tension.  It found Arab leaders had created and spread propaganda calculated to incite the trouble.  They spread rumours of a Jewish takeover of Temple Mount (sound familiar).
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The commission believed that the underlying cause was Jewish immigration and the threat that local Arabs felt a Jewish presence in Palestine brought.
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It is 1920...  We are now back in Jerusalem at the time of the Neba Musa festival.  A time that was to see riots that had Arabs murdering Jews in yet another ‘excusable' massacre in Jerusalem.  The knives were out again.
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5 Jews were murdered and 216 were injured.  The Palin Commission of Inquiry (don't the British love making up excuses for violence against Jews) found that Arab disappointment at the non-fulfilment of the promises of independence was the primary cause.
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It is 1910...  Ariel Sharon's foot has not even been born.  We are in Shiraz to witness a massacre of Jews in 1910 that was sparked by a blood libel (also 1892 & 1897).  Twelve were killed, another fifteen were stabbed or hit with bludgeons or bullets and many more were injured.
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We can then travel back even further ... to the Damascus affair and the blood libel of 1840.  And we find contemporary ‘mob attacks on Jewish communities throughout the Middle East'.
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We also find Jews were being murdered throughout the 19th century, just for being Jews, in Aleppo (1850, 1875), in Damascus (1840, 1848, 1890), in Beirut (1862, 1874), in Dayr al-Qamar (1847), in Jaffa (1876), in Jerusalem (1847, 1870 and 1895), in Cairo (1844, 1890), in Mansura (1877), in Alexandria (1870, 1882), and in Damanhur (1871, 1873, 1877, 1891).  Each and every one before the first Zionist congress took place in 1897.
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Before the partition, before Israel, before the settlements, before the ‘occupation', before the refugees, before Sharon walked onto Temple Mount, before the ‘wall', before immigration, before Balfour and before even Zionism itself.
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In the beginning there was an Arab with a knife and he murdered a Jew, simply because he was a Jew.
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It is an absurd logic that attempts to blame Zionism for creating violence against Jews when modern Zionism only came about because of relentless violence against Jews; both in Europe and in the Middle East.
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You cannot place the cart before the horse.  Enough with the excuses.
      The Week in Nothing to do with Islam  (JWR 11/23/2015)
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The British Home Secretary, Theresa May, was a little behind the curve when she reacted to the bloodbath in Paris by insisting that "the attacks have nothing to do with Islam".
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But why be so modest?  In the United States, the most senior members of the Democrat establishment are taking it to the next level.  Secretary of State John Kerry:
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It has nothing to do with Islam; it has everything to do with criminality, with terror, with abuse, with psychopathism - I mean, you name it.
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Because the not-naming of Islam is more important than the actual naming of whatever it is.
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President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton assures us: Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.
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So not only is terrorism nothing to do with Islam, but Muslims have "nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism".
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She said this a few hours before yet another US citizen was killed by terrorists shouting "Allahu Akbar!" - this time in a mass slaughter at the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali.
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Hostages were given a stark choice: if they could recite from the Koran, they would live; if they were incapable of reciting from the Koran, they would die.
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So whoever these terrorists were — "you name it" — they knew enough about Islam to be able to recognize quotations from the Koran.
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Yet they can't be Muslims because Muslims have "nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism".
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So who does have something to do with terrorism?  Republicans mainly.
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President Obama on Wednesday angrily accused Republicans of feeding into the Islamic State's strategy of casting the United States as waging war on Muslims, saying the GOP's rhetoric has become the most "potent recruitment tool" for the militant group...
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"I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate."
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The president said that the group "seeks to exploit the idea that there's war between Islam and the West, and when you start seeing individuals in position of responsibility suggesting Christians are more worthy of protection than Muslims are in a war-torn land that feeds the ISIL narrative."
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So "Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism" except when Republicans goad them into it.
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In this case, they goad them by suggesting that Christians need more "protection" than Muslims.
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In the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, the Christians did, indeed, need more protection — which is why they're dead and the observant Muslims are alive.
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In Syria and Iraq, in less than two years, the oldest Christian communities on earth have been entirely eradicated - every Christian male is dead or fled, and their prepubescent daughters are now rape slaves for the sexual inadequates of ISIS.
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Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians.
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When a swastika is found on a bathroom stall on an American campus, officialdom does not line up to say that most white people "have nothing to do with racism". 
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When a single killer is discovered to have a Confederate flag emblem among his possessions, that's reason enough to have it removed from all public land within the country, and even to have ancient TV shows that include a motor vehicle with a Confederate flag decal canceled from the rerun channels.
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But when the Koran and invocations therefrom are found among the possessions of killers in Bamoko, in Tel Aviv, in Paris, in Chattanooga these are just daily 24/7 exceptions that prove the ironclad rule that Muslims "have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism".
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So it is unacceptable for western societies to have an honest discussion about, say, mass Muslim immigration and the expansion of ever more self-segregating communities within their borders.
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After the Charlie Hebdo attack, Steve Emerson was mocked across Europe and threatened with a lawsuit by the Mayor of Paris for suggesting that there were "no-go zones" where the state's writ does not run.
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In the last week the Government of Belgium has admitted that Molenbeek, five miles from the EU's governing institutions and Nato headquarters, is exactly that.
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The non-existent no-go zones are the incubators of jihad, and the entire political establishment of the western world is committed to expanding them.
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Terrorism's great achievement isn't hijacking jetliners, but hijacking the debate.  Successful terrorism persuades the terror-stricken that he's conscience-stricken.
      Western leaders ignore 'apocalyptic Islam' at their peril  (INN 11/15/2015)
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... glaringly absent from the discussions are any serious attempts to understand the ideological motivations of the Muslim extremists, several of them French citizens, who carried out the worse terror attacks in France in a generation — including the first-ever suicide bombings on French soil.
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"Misunderstanding the nature of the threat...  of evil, is to risk being blindsided by it.  ... And we're going to be blindsided by a nuclear Iran, just like we're being blindsided by ISIS."
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"At the core of it, American leaders are refusing to deal with the theology and eschatology of our enemy."
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"The question is, the ones who are — what do they want?  What do they say they want?  What motivates them?"
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"Obama refuses to even acknowledge radical Islam.  Come on - really?  At this stage in the 21st century you're not even ready to acknowledge the ideology that is motivating these folks?  That's a problem."
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"Radical Islam encompasses a wide range of groups...  Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Al Qaeda - all of these are serious threats."
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"But apocalyptic Islam is now the biggest threat.  This is the Iranian leadership, this is ISIS."
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"Apocalyptic Islam is motivated by the idea that the end of days has come, that the Mahdi [Muslim messiah - ed.] is coming at any moment to establish a global Islamic kingdom or Caliphate, and that the way to hasten his coming is to annihilate two countries: Israel the 'Little Satan', and America the 'Big Satan'."
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"...  the western political class doesn't want to even deal with the theological ideas that are driving the radical Islamists - let alone to explain the end of times theologies of two 'nation states'," Iran and ISIS's self-declared "Islamic State," which encompasses huge swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.
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"Never in history have we had one, much less than two states, whose leaders are trying to force the end of the world."
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While Jews and Christians also have their own beliefs in the "end of times" or the messianic age, the difference is that "we don't believe we have to commit a genocide to bring about the end of times."
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"ISIS's strategy is to commit genocide today, because the goal is to build the caliphate, to force the hand of the messiah to come.
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"Iran is not trying to build a caliphate today.  They're building the infrastructure to build nuclear weapons.  Why?  Because while ISIS wants to commit genocide today Iran wants to commit genocide tomorrow.  The point is: don't launch until you're ready.  Rather than kill thousands in one day, Iran wants to eventually kill millions."
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"They're not interested in negotiating something together with us — they're taking a gift.  You're giving us two paths to a nuclear bomb: if we cheat, or if we don't cheat?  OK we'll take it!"
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"For these guys killing is at the center of what they're doing.  When you bear that in mind making concessions isn't just a mistake or misguided — it's insane."
      Paris attacks: Four important lessons world must learn from French tragedy  (Fox 11/14/2015)
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French President Francois Hollande has contended unambiguously that ISIS launched the Paris terrorist attacks Friday night, and ISIS itself has now claimed responsibility.
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It is not too early, even now, to draw important lessons from this tragedy.
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We do so both to prevent the near-term recurrence of more terrorist violence against the West, and to address seriously the broader, global Islamicist threat that has been growing, not diminishing, in recent years. 
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Indeed, this is a time for statesmanship, resolve and determination, not for sweeping the cruel reality of what has just happened under the rug.
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Our ability to safeguard the future may well depend in substantial part on what we do and how we do it in just these coming days and weeks.
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First, the Paris attacks were not "senseless violence" as some media commentators observed as the news coverage unfolded. 
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Nor were they "an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share," as President Obama said late Friday evening. 
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This coordinated, well-planned and, sadly, well-executed series of assaults on innocent civilians was deliberate, ideologically motivated, and carefully targeted. 
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These Islamic radicals know who their enemies are, and have for decades.
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It is we — or at least some of our leaders — who have forgotten who is under attack.
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At a minimum, the terrorists showed they could strike in close physical proximity to the head of the French government. 
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Second, we should not view the appropriate American and Western response as "bringing these terrorists to justice," in President Obama's words.
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This is not a matter for the criminal law, as many American political and academic leaders, including the President, have insisted, even after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
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This is a war, as President Hollande has forthrightly called it, not a slightly enhanced version of thieves knocking over the corner grocery store within an ordered civil society.
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And the mechanism of response must be to destroy the source of the threat, not prosecute it, not contain it, not hope that we will "ultimately" destroy it.
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"Ultimately" is too far away.
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Third, in light of Paris and the continuing threat of terrorism it so graphically conveys, we need a more sensible national conversation about the need for effective intelligence gathering to uncover and prevent such tragedies before they occur.
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Knee-jerk, uninformed and often wildly inaccurate criticisms of programs (such as several authorized in the wake of 9/11 in the Patriot Act) have created a widespread misimpression in the American public about what exactly our intelligence agencies have been doing and whether there was a "threat" to civil liberties.
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Similarly, in the debate over immigration and refugees, it is time to take into account the national security issues at stake.
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... thousands of European and U.S.  citizens had travelled to ISIS-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq, there to receive training and financing to conduct terrorist operations in their home countries.
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And imagine now the dangers posed by the massive refugee flows moving into Europe from North Africa, the Middle East and even Afghanistan.
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Finally ... the United States is already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.  America's proper place in the world should be at the very center of the debate.
      Wake up and start connecting the dots  (INN 11/06/2015)
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An acrimonious argument is going on in Israel over the explosive issue of whether the public is allowed to take the law into its own hands if confronted with a terrorist who has just stabbed a Jew.
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The dilemma is over whether it is permissible to kill a terrorist after he has knifed someone. 
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The problem arises when a terrorist is neutralized, lying flat on the ground, possibly wounded or handcuffed and unable to rise and continue injuring more people.  Can physically attacking him and even causing his death be condoned, or is he entitled, once neutralized, to protection against spontaneous vengeance, to medical care and a fair trial to determine his punishment?
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... does the debate have to be based on deductions reached from the study of Israeli legal and moral systems, reflecting a country ruled by law where even a criminal is entitled to due process – or should the debate be based on the fact that the perpetrators are not part of Israeli normativity, do not accept Israel's moral standards and would like to destroy them along with the entire state, so that there is no logical reason for the system to protect them.
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In other words, should the "lynch question" debate be guided by the legal principles that serve Israeli society, or should we look at the question from the point of view of the attacker, his society and the norms by which he lives.
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And don't forget that while this argument rages on, other, more immediate questions give Israelis no respite – how can the next attack be prevented and how can the next terrorist be deterred from stabbing even 80-year-old Jews in an attempt to murder them?
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... the moral ethos that claims that we Jewish Israelis are bound by an ethical code that prohibits our acting violently against someone who does not present a palpable and immediate danger, even if, less than a minute earlier, he stabbed us with intent to murder.
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This moralistic approach is to be found in Israeli law and in various court decisions.  The principle behind it is that we do not act as our enemies do, we do not descend to their level – because we are better than they.  Does this approach not smack of supercilious arrogance?
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Another "minor" detail that bears noting is that our legal and moral dilemmas do not impress our enemies one bit; they simply take advantage of the fact that we allow them to wander freely and unchecked in our midst, enabling them to draw sharpened knives from their pockets at any given moment and butcher us.
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The average stabber knows that if caught, he will be put in prison where he can study for an academic degree, that within a few years he will be exchanged for an Israeli soldier or citizen kidnapped for the very purpose of freeing terrorist murderers, and that while he is imprisoned his family will receive generous sums of money from the Palestinian Authority (the source of which funding is the American taxpayer).
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This is in addition to the great honor that his family will enjoy, whether he is killed or not.  If he is killed, he will have a school named for him, one in which children will study his "heritage", and possibly a street or even an organization that will spread the spirit of anti-Israel jihad in the world.
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Our moral concerns do not interest him in the least, but if worst comes to worst, they will be the reason he will be protected from the anger of those surrounding him at the scene.  He relies on Israeli law and Israel's police force to protect him from the crowd's vengeance, and is sure he will survive to stab more Jews after he is freed during a prisoner exchange.
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That is how Israeli morality works against Israel and its citizens, paralyzing Israeli deterrence and encouraging terrorists to stab Israelis.  The stabbers are in a win-win situation since Israeli law and morals grant them immunity from immediate punishment by bystanders who were witness to their terrorist actions.
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This is how Israel ties its own hands, making it more difficult to respond effectively to terror.  Israel has lost its ability to deter terrorist murderers because they feel that they have immunity.
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It should be a given that any terrorist who takes up a knife to stab a Jew knows that he will not return home alive, that he will be killed either by security personnel or the people who witnessed his actions.
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Isn't the period when Muslims considered Jewish blood cheap a thing of the past?  Israel has no choice, it must renew its ability to deter terrorists.
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Both the left and right must remember that this is the Middle East.  Peace in this region is not the lot of those who unwaveringly follow Western mores, laws and ethics.
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He who succeeds in convincing his enemies that he is invincible and that they had better leave him alone for their own good, has a chance of achieving peace.
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Anyone who does not understand this or who does not want to understand it, is cut off from reality.
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I suggest that he wake up and connect the dots for his own good, before the butcher's knife separates his head from his body - and I am not engaging in mere fear mongering.
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In case that scenario does occur, will his being a moral person be of any help?
      Dear World — Would you please answer a few questions?  (INN 10/24/2015)
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Sorry to disturb you in the middle of your very important sports events and celebrity reality shows, but please take a moment to answer a few questions regarding your blatantly anti-Semitic and double standard approach to Israel.
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Please explain to me why Israel is condemned by the international community every time it defends itself against ruthless attacks on its citizens?
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Why is the Obama Administration, among many other governments claiming the use of ‘disproportionate response' when a 13 year old boy and 70 year old woman are viciously stabbed in Jerusalem?
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Please explain to me why millions of anti-Semites posing as intellectuals and liberals can promote and support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, standing side by side with people who would murder every single Jew living in Israel (and the rest of the world) if, G-d forbid, they had their way?
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... these New Age anti-Semites, wearing suits and ties, are being invited to speak at universities rather than being tried for crimes against humanity for aligning themselves with those who openly call for the extermination of the over 6 million Jews living in their homeland, Israel.
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Please explain to me how instead of recognizing Islam for the violent, hate-mongering oppressive religion that it is, the world has instead shifted to adapt a new policy of embracing Islam, the so called ‘Religion of Peace'.
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The blood of the victims of 9/11, the London Tube bombing, the Moscow Theater hostage crisis, the Madrid train bombing and the Boston marathon attack is still fresh in our minds!
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The list goes on and on with the official numbers being estimated at 500+ major attacks by Muslims since the 1980's on every continent, claiming the lives of more than 33,000 innocent souls since 2006 alone!
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The violence happening now in Israel is no different than the violence of the 1920's and 30's when Arabs (who hadn't yet manufactured the fictitious term 'Palestinians') were stabbing, shooting and murdering hundreds of Jews all across the British mandate of Palestine.
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So please explain to me why the Jewish people are constantly being attacked by ruthless enemies who spend all of their waking hours planning and perpetrating new, twisted ways of killing us.
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Please explain to me how any human being with even the slightest shred of moral fiber can side with those raised in the cradle of hate.
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Please explain to me dear world why you hate us Jews so much.  Have we not yet been afflicted by enough murder, rape, pillage, crusades, pogroms, blood libels, inquisitions and Holocausts?
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We do not ask for your assistance in dealing with this terror and we do not seek your pity.
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We demand for you to STOP justifying false claims by this FAKE people!
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Please take a step back and let us handle these savages who preemptively blow themselves up as suicide bombers in pizzerias and on buses, all in the name of ‘Allah'.
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These deceptive parasites will enjoy your support while laughing at your ignorance, because they are just waiting for the opportunity to kill all ‘Infidels' including you, your family, city and country.
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For the record, the people you are supporting with this BDS nonsense are the same exact people who following the horrific killing of 2,977 innocent Americans on that bloody day in September, were handing out candies in the streets of Gaza celebrating the death and destruction you seem to have forgotten about.
      Is it Ethical to Kill a Terrorist?  (INN 11/21/2015)
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"We have become like Sodom and Gemorrah," the judge lamented when referring to the hard kick the Arab woman terrorist received from a Jewish bystander after an attempted stabbing.
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The Jew who kicked that Arab terrorist still has moral clarity; it is the judge who is stricken with Sodom mentality.
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Clearly, not all the Arabs are murderers.  There are very good people among them, some of them personal friends of mine.  I believe that many of them – perhaps even the majority – feel very badly about the wave of Arab murderousness enveloping us right now.
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But that does not change the fact that we are currently in a war
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Arabs in the Land of Israel ... backed up by determined and dominating religious and political leadership have declared that the lives of Jews are worth nothing.
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Not only have they made declarations – they carry them out, as well.
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This is not a criminal conflict in which, as soon as the intruder is neutralized, it is clear that the court — and not the victim — must determine his sentence.
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This is a war that was declared against all the Jews simply because they are Jews.  And in a war, you do not fire at the enemy soldier only after he fires at you; you try to shoot first.
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As we are dealing with total de-legitimization of the very right of Jews to live, there is only one way to stop the trend and to make it non-legitimate and unacceptable to murder a Jew.
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Whoever raises a knife over a Jew in the Land of Israel will be the one to lose his privilege to breathe air on the globe – and should be killed on the spot - without any doubt.
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When Netanyahu began to explain that Abu Mazen lied and that the young Arab murderer was alive and breathing in a modern Israeli hospital – the PM proved how much he lacks understanding of the threat.
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The Israeli leader should have said the following:
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"As usual, Abu Mazen lied.  The boy in question is alive.  Nevertheless, I would like to clarify: The Nation of Israel did not establish its own state just three years after Auschwitz in order to once again be slaughtered in the streets.  Anybody in our Land who raises a knife against a Jew has lost his humanity and the right to continue to live."
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Clearly, Netanyahu is doing just the opposite and a whole trail of confused people has followed in his footsteps.
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The result, of course, will be that the lives of the murderers will be worth their weight in gold, while police officers and civilians who were the intended victims will be severely punished.  And Jewish blood will continue to be cheap. 
      Lone Wolves?  (INN 10/14/2015)
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It has been pointed out that the latest crop of terrorists are very young and act mostly independently of any structured terror organizations; "Lone wolves" is the term used to describe the phenomenon in the USA.
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The "Oslo Accords" and Shimon Peres' "New Middle East" were thrust upon us in September 1993.
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These very young killers, including school children who lob big fat rocks onto windshields, were born into a world of non stop incitement against Jews.
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Their greatest heroes are those who kill the greatest number of Jews.  The more cruel the act, the greater the adulation and the chance to have a football team named after them.
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They were born into a culture where bravado, cruelty, dishonesty, violence and religious fantasy (seventy two virgins can be very attractive to a frustrated teen) have always reigned.
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Nevertheless even this primitive, destructive culture knows its limits.  It does understand force.  Force is how they govern themselves and it is what they respond to best.
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The one thing though that they truly despise is weakness.  These young killers were born at a time in our history where Israel (the Jews) have been in retreat on every important and symbolic front.
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Concession, retreat means only one thing - weakness; and they just despise weakness.  The weak in their culture know their place;they always have in their world.
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Ever since Muhammad succeeded in defeating and massacring the Jewish tribes in the Arabian peninsula, Muslims gave Jews the choice of humiliation or death.
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Jews never again dared raise their head.  The Koran defines the proper place for Jews and they have followed the rule book ever since; that is until recent history.
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As Jews began the historic and prophetic return to their beloved land that they turned to in prayer for two thousand years, it simply upset the Islamic order.
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When Jews defied both the humiliation and the sword, the Arabs went wild, abandoning all logic and all other concerns for what totally united them: to put the Jews in their rightful place.
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These new Jews were an affront to their beliefs and to their very manhood.
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War after war against the Jewish state taught them that the rules had indeed changed and a sort of detente based on their respect for Jewish power evolved.
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Then came Oslo.
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Just as we had them on the ropes; just as they were losing hope of turning the tide and were resigning themselves to our strength, we did the least expected.
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... after Oslo, an entire generation was born into a world of Jews on the run; literally and in spirit.
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The Oslo concessions and weakness which brought Yasser Arafat to our front doors brought with it deep disdain for Jews and the launching by the Palestinian Authority (that Israel created),of Nazi like, public non stop incitement to kill Jews and hail the murderers. 
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It is this incitment that Israel ignored from the beginning of Oslo until today that fills the heads of the young killers. 
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When Eli Wiesel was asked, "What is the lesson you learned from the Holocaust'?  He responded, "The next time they say they want to kill us we must believe them."
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It is our weakness that feeds their hate and their uncontrollable blood lust.  How does one reverse all that hate?
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In the long term it is possible by controlling their media and hateful clerics as was done before Oslo. 
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But is the short run, how do we discourage these young products of a culture of death?
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Deport their families to Gaza.  That is the last place they want to be.  Do that and the rest of the parents parents will check their brood for knives etc..  before they leave the house in the morning.
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For every attack on a Jew, expand Jewish settlement in the very areas they are trying to expel us.
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And get our leaders to finally lead like real Jewish leadership or replace them.
      How Islam Creates Sociopaths  (INN 10/04/2015)
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The daily mass killings, terror, persecutions and family executions committed by the followers of Islam are nauseating, and the ingenuity behind the attacks — always looking for new and more effective ways of killing and terrorizing people — is astonishing.
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Hijacking jumbo jets and flying them into skyscrapers, hunting unarmed and innocent people with grenades and automatic rifles in shopping malls, planting bombs in one's own body, using model airplanes as drones, attaching large rotating blades to pickup trucks and using them as human lawn movers, killing family members with acid or fire, hanging people publicly from cranes in front of cheering crowds, etc.  — in addition to stabbing people in the back, shooting parents in front of their children, slitting throats of sleeping babies, etc.
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It makes one ask oneself: what creates such lack of empathy and almost playful and creative attitude towards murdering perceived enemies?
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Nobody is born a mass murderer, a rapist or a violent criminal.  So what is it in the Muslim culture that influence their children in a way that make so relatively many Muslims harm other people?
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As a psychologist in a Danish youth prison, I had a unique chance to study the mentality of Muslims.  70 percent of youth offenders in Denmark have a Muslim background.
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I came to the conclusion that Islam and Muslim culture have certain psychological mechanisms that harm people's development and increase criminal behavior.
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I am, of course, aware that Muslims are different, and not all Muslims follow the Quran's violent and perverted message and their prophet's equally embarrassing example.
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But as with all other religions, Islam also influences its followers and the culture they live in.
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One group is mainly connected with religion, which aims at indoctrinating Islamic values in children as early as possible and with whatever means necessary, including violence and intimidation.
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One can understand a Muslim parent's concern about his offspring's religious choices, because the Sharia orders the death penalty for their children should they pick another religion than their parents. 
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... cultural psychological mechanisms are a natural consequence of being influenced by a religion like Islam and stemming from a 1,400 year old tribal society with very limited freedom to develop beyond what the religion allows.
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Brainwashing people into believing or doing things against their own human nature — such as hating or even killing innocents they do not even know — is traditionally done by combining two things: pain and repetition.
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The conscious infliction of psychological and physical suffering breaks down the person's resistance to the constantly repeated message.
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Totalitarian regimes use this method to reform political dissidents.  Armies in less civilized countries use it to create ruthless soldiers, and religious sects all over the world use it to fanaticize their followers.
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During numerous sessions with more than a hundred Muslim clients, I found that violence and repetition of religious messages are prevalent in Muslim families.
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Muslim culture simply does not have the same degree of understanding of human development as in civilized societies, and physical pain and threats are therefore often the preferred tool to raise children. 
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The Muslim tradition of using pain and intimidation as part of disciplining children are also widely used in Muslim schools — also in the West.
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Combined with countless repetitions of Quranic verses in Islamic schools and families, all this makes it very difficult for children to defend themselves against being indoctrinated to follow the Quran, even if it is against secular laws, logic, and the most basic understanding of compassion.
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And as we know from so many psychological studies, whatever a child is strongly influenced by at that age takes an enormous personal effort to change later in life.
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It is no wonder that Muslims in general, in spite of Islam's inhumane nature and obvious inability to equip its followers with humor, compassion and other attractive qualities, are stronger in their faith than any other religious group.
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Not only does a traditional Islamic upbringing resemble classical brainwashing methods, but also, the culture it generates cultivates four psychological characteristics that further enable and increase violent behavior.
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Anger
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Lack of self-confidence
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No sense of responsibility for oneself
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Intolerance
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In Muslim culture, anger is much more accepted, and being able to intimidate people is seen as strength and source of social status.  We even see ethnic Muslim groups or countries proudly declare whole days of anger, and use expressions such as "holy anger" — a term that seems contradictory in peaceful cultures.
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... criticism, no matter how true, is seen as an attack on one's honor, and it is expected that the honor is restored by using whatever means necessary to silence the opponent.
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Muslims almost never attempt to counter criticism with logical arguments; instead, they try to silence the criticism by pretending to be offended or by name-calling, or by threatening or even killing the messenger.
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Muslims are raised to experience their lives as being controlled from the outside.
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Everything happens "insha' Allah" — if Allah wills — and the many religious laws, traditions and powerful male authorities leave little room for individual responsibility.
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This is the cause for the embarrassing and world-famous Muslim victim mentality, where everybody else is blamed and to be punished for the Muslims' own self-created situation.
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... the fourth psychological factor making Muslims vulnerable to the violent message in the Quran concerns tolerance.
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Muslims are told that they are superior to non-Muslims, destined to dominate non-Muslims, and that they must distance themselves socially and emotionally from non-Muslims.
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The many hateful and dehumanizing verses in the Quran and the Hadiths against non-Muslims closely resemble the psychological propaganda that leaders use against their own people in order to prepare them mentally for fighting and killing the enemy.
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Killing another person is easier if you hate him and do not perceive him as fully human.
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The cultural and psychological cocktail of anger, low self-esteem, victim mentality, a willingness to be blindly guided by outer authorities, and an aggressive and discriminatory view toward non-Muslims, forced upon Muslims through pain, intimidation and mind-numbing repetitions of the Quran's almost countless verses promoting hate and violence against non-Muslims, is the reason why Islam creates monsters.
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The problem with Islam and Muslim culture is that there are so many psychological factors pushing its followers towards a violent attitude against non-Muslims that a general violent clash is — at least from a psychological perspective — inevitable.
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For people to change, they have to want it, to be allowed to change, and to be able to change — and only a tiny minority of Muslims have such lucky conditions.
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Far too many people underestimate the power of psychology embedded in religion and culture.  As we have already seen, no army of social workers, generous welfare states, sweet-talking politicians, politically correct journalists or democracy-promoting soldiers can stop these enormous forces.
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Sensible laws on immigration and Islamization in our own countries can limit the amount of suffering, but based on my education and professional experience as a psychologist for Muslims, I estimate that we will not be able to deflect or avoid this many-sided, aggressive movement against our culture.
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I do believe that we, as a democratic and educated society can become focused and organized concerning the preservation of our values and constitutions, can win this ongoing conflict started by the often inbred followers of Sharia.
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The big question is how much of our dignity, our civil rights, and our blood, money and tears will we lose in the process.
      Three Cheers for Terroristine  (INN 10/04/2015)
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We need a terrorist state.  Where the politicians are terrorists, the police are terrorists and even the men sitting at the desk when you come in to drop off a form are terrorists.
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Terrorists from the top down.  Terrorists everywhere.  A state where every branch of government and the entire country is nothing but terrorists.
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A generation of keffiyah draped thugs, KGB operatives and human rights activists have looked out into the darkness and called it into being.
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It is a vision of a country where everyone is a murderer and children are taught from a very young age that their purpose in life is to die killing people who don't share their religion.
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Abbas, its unelected dictator, who has struggled long and hard so that one of his sons might have his own cigarette monopoly in Gaza, has come to the UN to promise that Terroristine will have "will actively contribute to the achievement of economic, cultural, and humanitarian progress of civilization."
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Terroristine, whose noble flag (that looks like nearly every other Arab flag) flies over the UN, has done wonders for civilization.
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Consider the airplane hijacking.  The suicide bomber.  Has there ever been a civilization that did as much for civilized living as the Terroristinians?
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Every time you get groped at an airport, thank Terroristine.  Without the Terroristinian contribution to civilization, you might actually be able to get on a plane in peace.  Or visit the Twin Towers.
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The Terroristinian contribution to human progress is unquestionable.  But only one thing stands in the way of it unleashing its full Terroristinian potential for all mankind.
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Them.  Those pesky people who live in that country that is always in the way.  You know the ones, with too many Nobel prizes, newly invented tomatoes and microchips.  They stand in the way of the great cultural contributions of Terroristine.  They must die so that Terroristine may live
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They must be thrown out of their homes, village by village and city by city, so that the noble Terroristinians can plant their rockets on the rubble of their houses, the charred remains of their fields, and point them at their cities.
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Trying to end terrorism by creating a terrorist state makes is like trying to put out a fire with more fire.
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Until there's nothing left but Terroristines everywhere.  Until all the world is Terroristine.  The question is can we make it happen?  Yes, we can.  Oh sweet Allah, yes we can.
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But the dream failed.  Farmers armed with outdated rifles.  Volunteer pilots from America and Canada.  Refitted cargo ships filled with half-dead men, women and children straight from the camps.  Used Czech artillery.
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They held off the armies of seven Terroristinian nations.  Farm by farm, they stood off tanks and infantry.  In Jerusalem, they fought for every house.  And so the Zionist entity survived.
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But now it's back to 1948 again.  Every war undone.  Every defeat turned to victory.  Cut Jerusalem in two.  Drive out the farmers.  Burn their land.  Dig up their graves.  March the borders back to 1948.  And fly the Terroristinian flag over dust and rubble.
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Hospitals here, launching pads there.  Schools here, bomb factories there.  Life here, death here.  We all know the story.  Olive trees and bomb belts.  Rocks and dead families in burning cars by the side of the road.  Children with their throats cut.  Parents shot dead with their four children cowering in the back of their car.
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Why do we need Terroristine?  Peace.  There can be no peace without a terrorist state.  Not a chance of it.  The only way we'll ever have peace is to give the terrorists a country of their own.  A country dedicated to terrorism. 
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Only then will the Terroristinians finally give up on all the killing, and dedicate themselves to medical research, quantum mechanics and the arts.  It hasn't happened yet.  But it's bound to.
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After decades as an autonomous territory, spreading death and destruction, it's time for Terroristine to finally be recognized as an independent state.  With contiguous borders cutting Israel in half.  It is the only hope for peace in the region
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The international community is impatient.  They want Terroristine and they want it now.  Whatever Israel has offered in the past, it isn't enough.  It must offer more and more.  Whatever it takes. 
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We know the Terroristinians want their own state.  Every time they walk out of negotiations or end them with a round of terrorist attacks, it shows their deep and abiding passion for a state.  They want it so badly they aren't willing to make a single concession for it.  Or even negotiate for it.
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We know they're terrorists.  That's why we're giving them a state.  If they weren't terrorists, they could go to the back of the line with the Jews, Kurds and Armenians.
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Jewish store windows are smashed in London, Terroristinians butcher Rabbis in Jerusalem synagogues, fuming Terroristinians shoot up American recruiting centers.  And the crowds cheer.  "We Are All Terroristinians Now."
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One day the borders of Terroristine will stretch from Spain to Pakistan.  Or beyond.  Why settle for Jerusalem, when we can have London, Paris and Hamburg too.  Why settle for anything at all?  Allah is generous to the believers.
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We are all Terroristinians now.  There is no other book on our shelves than the Koran.  No law but Sharia in our hearts.  And no nation but Terroristine. 
      Russia vs the West in Syria — a One-Way Street  (INN 09/24/2015)
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It is not only about Syria.  It's about two polar ideologies, two worldviews incompatible with each other.
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At one extreme, we see the time-honored tradition based on the primacy of national interests and perceptions of those involved as Empire.
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At the other extreme, there is a schizophrenic conglomeration of amateurism, idealism, Neo-Marxism ideology, quasi-religious utopias of the universal triumph of democracy "for all, here and now" and violently distorted conceptions of human rights and civil liberties.
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The first outlook generates calculating and cynical, but predictable policies.  The second one paves the road to hell.
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Obama may cherish illusions that Iran's Ayatollahs will become US allies for as long as he wants them to, but in Tehran they even don't try to conceal their contempt for him.
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Mullahs have friends already, and they sit not in Washington, but in Moscow.  Both sides coordinate every step. 
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The second key point is related to Islamist threat.  Putin's calls to destroy ISIS are not just empty rhetoric.  The defeat of Assad would be the triumph of "jihadists", and the flame of "Green revolution" under the banner of the Prophet would inevitably spread to Muslim regions of Russia...
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Unlike the Europeans, Russia doesn't accept returning "jihadists", who went to fight for the Caliphate - Russians prefer destroying them in Syria.  One of the main aims of Russians in Syria will be Chechen militants, penetrating into Syria via Turkey.
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The third point – starting from the 18th century, the Russian Empire, and after it the Soviet Union, sought to increase its presence in the "South Seas" - the Mediterranean.  It would turn Russia into a leading player in world politics, would let it go beyond the Eurasian steppes and dictate its own terms to the West.
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The Eastern Mediterranean becoming Russian – the aim that was unachievable in the face of such statesman-rivals as Palmerston, Disraeli, Churchill, Truman and Reagan, became ridiculously easy with Obama.
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The fourth point - Russia wants to show to the whole world that it is a power that under no circumstances abandons its friends and allies to their fate.
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It was a useful lesson – now all countries in the region apply for mediation not to Washington, Paris or London, but to the Kremlin.
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They manipulate Obama, cynically obtaining American weapons and technology from him, but it is Russia that they consider the power capable of influencing events. 
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As far as I know, Moscow planned to offer a deal to Netanyahu: the participation of "Gazprom" in Leviathan gas field development on the northern border of Israel in exchange for curbing Iran and Hezbollah
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Blackmail?  Yes, to a certain degree, but at least it is much more explainable than the demands to return to "Auschwitz borders" immediately.
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Russia assumes the mission of the protector of Christian minorities in the Middle East, in the same way that it protected the Eastern Orthodoxy in the 19th century, and Great Britain, represented by Lord Shaftesbury, protected Jews in Holy Land.
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And eventually, all of these efforts coming out of Moscow are based on the deep, uncompromising belief in Russia's rightness and its divine mission...
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What does the West set against Russia?  It betrays its allies by encouraging their worst enemies.  This is done senselessly, egregiously, in ways harmful to own strategic interests.
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Yes, it betrays – in dirty, cowardly and hypocritical fashion - Israel, its last stronghold in the Middle East, this in the name of the mythical "Palestinian people" that never existed.
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This "people" was the inspired invention of the KGB and the Arab League and turned out to be the "sacred cow" of postmodern culture.
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The US betrayed the friendly Kurds - in the name of "good relations" with the psychopath Erdogan, whose hatred of the West is no less than that of Ali Khamenei.
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It betrayed — in the name of political correctness — Christians of the Middle East inseparably connected to Christian civilization.
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While Russia is building its Empire, the West is concerned with self-destruction.
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This is a "suicidal syndrome" in the name of "progressive thinking" that killed both the progress and thinking.
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The result of this contest is predictable.  History does not like idiots, and especially "useful idiots."
      The Left Has Its Pope  (National Review, (09/22/2015))
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Pope Francis has created political controversy, both inside and outside the Catholic Church, by blaming capitalism for many of the problems of the poor.
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Pope Francis is part of a larger trend of the rise of the political left among Catholic intellectuals.  He is, in a sense, the culmination of that trend.
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... putting aside religious or philosophical questions, we have more than two centuries of historical evidence of what has actually happened as the ideas of people like those Enlightenment figures were put into practice in the real world — beginning with the French Revolution and its disastrous aftermath.
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Both the authors of the Bishops' Pastoral Letter in the 1980s, and Pope Francis today, blithely throw around the phrase "the poor," and blame poverty on what other people are doing or not doing to or for "the poor."
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Any serious look at the history of human beings over the millennia shows that the species began in poverty.  It is not poverty, but prosperity, that needs explaining.
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Poverty is automatic, but prosperity requires many things — none of which is equally distributed around the world or even within a given society.
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Geographic settings are radically different, both among nations and within nations. 
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So are demographic differences, with some nations and groups having a median age over 40 and others having a median age under 20.  This means that some groups have several times as much adult work experience as others.
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Cultures are also radically different in many ways.
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... which has a better track record of helping the less fortunate — fighting for a bigger slice of the economic pie, or producing a bigger pie?
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In 1900, only 3 percent of American homes had electric lights but more than 99 percent had them before the end of the century.
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Infant mortality rates were 165 per thousand in 1900 and seven per thousand by 1997.
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By 2001, most Americans living below the official poverty line had central air conditioning, a motor vehicle, cable television with multiple TV sets, and other amenities.
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... the official poverty level in the United States is the upper middle class in Mexico.  The much-criticized market economy of the United States has done far more for the poor than the ideology of the Left.
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Pope Francis' own native Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions he is now promoting around the world.
      Going it Alone: Israel's Cold War with Iran  (INN 09/09/2015)
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It's painfully clear by now that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu failed in his mission to prevent a bad deal with Iran.
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And a bad deal it most certainly is, in so many ways - if anyone needed reminding: The farcical 24-day warning period preceding any "surprise" check on nuclear sites; the fact that Iran can still continue enriching uranium, won't need to shut down its heavy water plants, and can continue research and development into faster, military-purpose centrifuges; the permission to continue its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program; that Iran isn't required to end its support for terrorism or vicious incitement to destroy Israel.
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... how can Israel move forward from here?  What can Israel do now to offset the looming threat posed by the deal which Obama is determined to pass, and will pass, thereby empowering and emboldening an already hyper-aggressive Iran and all but ensuring that it will, at some point in the future, achieve nuclear breakout capacity?
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... if the leaders around the table in Vienna or Lausanne believed it was in their interests, financially or otherwise, to cut a deal, no third party would ever convince them otherwise.
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... it's clear Netanyahu never stood a chance - whatever he did he was never going to succeed in persuading enough Democrats to take his side over their own president's.
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One reason for his error lies in the uniquely irrational bedrock of Israel's foreign policy: our total reliance on our "special relationship" with the United States.
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Putting aside the nature of that relationship (and the US is indeed our greatest ally), the notion that a sovereign state should rely on any other country to secure its own interests and security, no matter how lovey-dovey that relationship sounds or feels, is a fatal error.
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There are no "friendships" in international relations, and even "shared values" will only take you so far; the only currency of any enduring worth is cold, hard interests.
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That fallacy is a relic of the ghetto that our Jewish leadership has failed to completely shake off.  To be a "free nation in our land," as our national anthem declares, Israel must first stop viewing itself as a humble, if beloved, serf of the United States, or of anyone else.
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To shake off that fallacy, the State of Israel must come of age politically - and recognize its true position as a regional power of no lesser caliber than its Iranian nemesis.
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Only the collective will of the international community can prevent Iranian nuclear proliferation, and clearly that will has been rapidly eroded by a combination of sheer cowardice, the prospect of major trade deals (read: greed), and Obama's indomitable ego.
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It is important at this point to recognize that the option of a direct Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities is now out of the question.  ... Not only would it be logistically and physically impossible without US support, but an attack at this late stage would at best set back Iran's nuclear program by a few years, while exacting a massive diplomatic cost on Israel for publicly slapping the face of every major world power that signed the deal.
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The notion that Iran's leadership, unlike for example the Soviet Union, is utterly "irrational" and so fanatical that it would surely launch a nuclear war with Israel, even if it meant mutually-assured destruction, is another fallacy...
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Yes, the Islamic Republic is ruled by extremist, fanatical, messianic, even genocidal theocrats - but they seek world domination, not suicide.
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In this context, as with the Soviet Union, nuclear weapons are a powerful political tool rather than a military one.
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So while Iran would represent a far greater threat with nuclear weapons than without, the actual threat itself comes not from nuclear warheads that will never leave their silos, but from Tehran's aggressive actions on the ground...
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Instead of maintaining an eternally defensive-reactive posture towards Iran's creeping encirclement of Israel's borders ... while praying someone else (America) solves the problem for them in the long run, Israel must take the fight to Tehran, by fighting fire with fire.
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Our struggle with Iran is, in a sense, our very own "Cold War" - and we must begin waging it as such.
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Such is the way of the Middle East.  Might is not merely measured by one's military expenditure or by what you "could do," but by perceptions of strength, and the knowledge of what you will do.
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Efforts by Israel, possibly in coordination with its newfound Sunni Arab allies, to escalate, arm and train such insurgencies would be a fitting response to Iran's support for regional terrorism.
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It would simultaneously end Tehran's sense of invincibility and impunity (and nuclear weapons wouldn't help them either), while draining its resources (and cancel out any benefits from sanctions relief), forcing it to focus them domestically rather than on foreign policy adventures.
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Israel should similarly join in efforts to deny Iran the allies it needs to maintain its grip on surrounding countries.
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At the same time, Israel should continue to boost security ties with its Egyptian and Jordanian neighbors to establish a cohesive bloc against Iran (and ISIS).
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To succeed, Israel must shed its self-image as an eternal victim and realize its true status as a regional power - a position well-earned, by the Grace of God, through the blood, sweat and tears of its people.
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How would the Iranian people - particularly its educated middle-class - respond to continued investment in a failed empire-building project at their own expense?
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Whatever the answers to those questions, it is clear that with the passage of the Iranian nuclear deal Israel is entering into a new phase in its struggle against an Iranian regime sworn to its destruction.
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Our reliance on western patronage and largess failed, as we should have predicted — now it's time to go it alone.
      Syrian Refugees, How Lucky They Aren’t Jews  (INN 09/08/2015)
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The refugee tsunami coming out of Syria may well be genuine.  But here's something to ponder.
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"We are deliberately ignoring the issue as a strategic maneuver. If these refugees go and settle in the West then they will take with them the beacon of light that is Islam," an official from the Saudi government said.
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So whatever the result, by accident or by design, the West, beginning with Europe, is being gifted by "the beacon of light that is Islam."
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Whether from ISIS and whoever else is maneuvering from behind the scenes, this could have been the plan all along... to force millions to vacate one continent in order to subsume another continent.
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By hook or by crook they keep on coming and most of them are men.  Where are the women?
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Where are the 57 countries that make up the world's Islamic constituency?  Oh – this has just been explained, has it not?
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The Islamic confederacies are "deliberately ignoring the issue" to deliver Islam into our homes.  Understood.
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Says the Saudi authority — "We already have a lot of Muslims here.  We don't need any more."
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For the Jews in the same spot only a generation ago, no tears, no hugs, no welcoming arms, no open borders, no cry to help these people – nothing.  Nothing but silence, the silence of complicity.
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The New York Times could not be bothered.  The paper that covered the Holocaust on page 36 as part of "in other news," today lobbies and campaigns to bring Syrians into the United States – FRONT PAGE.
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That Syrian infant washed up on shore.  The world weeps.  One and a half million Jewish babies never even got that far.
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... Germany trading its Six Million murdered Jews for six million living and very active Muslims.  Good luck with that.
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Canada's Mackenzie King government spoke for Canada.  Asked how many Jewish refugees it was willing to absorb, a high-placed official uttered these famous words – "None is too many."
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He spoke for Canada.  He spoke for the world.
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... these Syrian men who left their women behind and pushed their children forward, only yesterday weren't they stomping the American flag and shouting death to Christians and Jews?
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Tomorrow, once settled in and comfy in their European jihadist no go zones, won't it be the same thing all over again, with raping your wives and daughters as an added feature, a specialty of the beacon of light that is Islam?  It's already there, but there's more coming.
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So spare me your superior compassion because some of us fail to weep as loudly as you do for Syrian infants.  We are dry of tears after weeping for Jewish toddlers in Israel who were stoned, knifed, firebombed and shot by Palestinian jihadists who share Syrian kinship.
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For you, Dear Europe, there is no stopping "the beacon of light that is Islam." That's called justice. 
      Europe's Fate will be that of the Roman Empire  (INN 09/07/2015)
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In his new book "The Last Refuge", Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Imre Kertesz criticized the attempt to replace European culture with mass immigration:
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"Europe will soon go under because of its previous liberalism which has proven childish and suicidal."
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"...  the doors are wide open for Islam; no longer does anyone dare talk about race and religion, while at the same time Islam only knows the language of hatred against all foreign races and religions".
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"I would talk about how Muslims are flooding, occupying, in no uncertain terms, destroying Europe; about how Europe relates to this, about the suicidal liberalism and the stupid democracy..."
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"It always ends the same way: civilization reaches a stage of maturation where it is not only unable to defend itself, but where it in a seemingly incomprehensible manner worships its own enemy".
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Europe is finished and being replaced by Islam.
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"Islam is the fastest growing religion in post-Christian Germany"
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And the media are all using one tragic photo to sell the immigration's ideology to the public opinion.
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No one shows the bodies launched from the Twin Towers.
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Nobody reminds us of the images of James Foley's execution. 
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Nobody saw the photo of Khaled al Asaad, the archaeologist beheaded and hung upside down in Palmyra by IS.
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During the Iraqi War, the eyes of the West were all trained on four Americans grinning at Abu Ghraib.
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Nobody saw the severed head of Daniel Pearl and the remains of the Israeli soldiers displayed by Hamas.
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What Europe is witnessing is a deja vu of ancient Rome.  The rationalists Voltaire and Gibbon attributed the fall of the Roman Empire to the defeatism inspired by Christianity.
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Others resorted to administrative sclerosis, detachment of spirit, the connivance with the invaders.
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The bureaucracy that has expanded uncontrollably, the selfish and lazy style of the senators and the growing religious clashes are a constant warning aimed at our apathy, our failure from within.
      The Mideast Migrant Crisis Requires Mideast Solutions  (INN 09/07/2015)
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He was hardly the first innocent victim of this century's most brutal war.  Where has the world been for the last 54 months?
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... the unfolding humanitarian crisis was an entirely foreseeable consequence of Obama's spineless Syria policy, and the Western European leaders who followed it.
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... it is understandable if some collective shame for Western failures — driven by tragic images that went viral — has prompted Europe suddenly to announce that it will accept more refugees from the war-torn Middle East.
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But how did the West become more responsible for the Mideast refugee crisis than the wealthiest Mideast states (whose funding of Islamist rebels helped to create that crisis)?
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Even if Gulf states weren't at all responsible for aggravating the Syrian refugee crisis by strengthening ISIS, their wealth, proximity, and cultural/religious affinities with the refugees should still make these countries far more responsible than Europe is for their welfare.
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The vast majority of refugees are Muslim Arabs.  They therefore share a common language, religion, culture and ethnicity with the wealthy Gulf countries that have shunned them for reasons of national security (as if the West didn't have such concerns).
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Even more absurd, Gulf countries are bringing in foreign laborers to build up their vast, oil-rich territories.  Putting aside their horrific exploitation of those workers ... why aren't they instead accepting Mideast refugees who would happily accept the work that imported labor is now doing?
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Similarly, why have no Gulf countries granted Palestinian refugees citizenship if they so readily advocate for them at the U.N.  out of some purported concern for their welfare?  The cynical hypocrisy is staggering.
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By contrast, tiny Israel absorbed nearly a million Jews from the Middle East and North Africa who were similarly made homeless when, in the 1940s and 1950s, their survival meant fleeing the Muslim-majority states where they had lived for millennia.
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Israel has also accepted plenty of non-Jewish refugees, from the Vietnamese boatpeople in the late 1970s to African refugees and migrants in recent years.
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... double standards will undoubtedly worsen as Europe becomes increasingly Muslim — a trend that will only intensify with the current refugee crisis.
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Europe clearly failed to integrate Muslim immigrants into its societies, which only reinforces doubts about the wisdom of bringing in more such immigrants.
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More importantly, the EU's sudden, politically correct acceptance of refugees addresses the symptoms rather than the root cause: the rise of ISIS — an evil cancer that metastasizes with each day that the world dithers.
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The longer ISIS survives, the more people are killed, tortured, and enslaved, the more Syria's minorities are persecuted under an extreme Sunni Islamic rule, and the more refugees desperately try to flee wherever they can.
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Defeating ISIS will have to happen eventually anyway, because ISIS threatens everything that civilized life offers, so the sooner that painful task is accomplished, the sooner the related problems (like the migrant crisis) will be solved.
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... the refugees should be able to live in security and dignity in the same region from which they fled, which means defeating ISIS and converting the ISIS-liberated territories into mini states that will serve as safe havens...
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The Kurds — who have fought ISIS with more courage and determination than any other party — have more than proven themselves worthy of a state.
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The fact that Christians were once 20% of the Middle East and are now safest in the only non-Muslim country in the entire region (Israel), reinforces the need to create a Mideast Christian State.
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The Druze — an ancient religion that has often also suffered persecution — could be given a state in southwest Syria.
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There could be yet another, non-religious state that welcomes any other minorities (like the Yazidis) and moderate Sunni Muslims.
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To address the Middle East refugee crisis intelligently, the EU should help to defeat ISIS, convert liberated territories into states for the region's persecuted minorities, and pressure Gulf states to absorb all refugees in the interim.
      Germany Replenishes Itself With 6 Million Muslims  (INN 09/03/2015)
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Millions, even as we speak, are emptying the hellholes of Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan for the fleshpots of France, Spain, Italy and any other European country that will take them in, and most do so happily or reluctantly.
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... by the end of the year, Germany will have taken in six million new people, mostly Muslims.  Do we have to spell it out, what this means – Six Million?  No, not necessary.
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But call it payback.  Call it Karma, for the day is nearing for a new anthem to the tune of "The Koran Uber Alles."
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Yet word is that the Germans are happy to welcome this new resource, blissfully untroubled that this new population brings with it unique lifestyles and too often does not play well with others.
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Let's try political correctness and just say that Islam is different.  Different rules, and before you know it, it's their rules that do the ruling.
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"As for you masters of Europe and your treachery; one day your sly anti-Semitism will come back to haunt you.  Over the centuries, you have uprooted a thousand synagogues and replaced them with ten thousand mosques.  Wait, now, and see what grows from the soil of Ishmael.  Your churches are next."
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On the one hand this is a humanitarian crisis that merits kindhearted justice.
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On the other hand, one culture, arriving in numbers so large, is consuming the established culture, threatening to obliterate a thousand years of tradition.
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Back during the Korean War, America's generals were worried that China might simply make it a stampede.
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Ten million Chinese – UNARMED – would simply march in and erase all borders.
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That's Europe in a nutshell, only it's Muslims who are encamping Europe by the millions.
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In England girls and women face a rape epidemic caused by Pakistanis who've been imported by a welcoming government.
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They come as migrants seeking shelter.  Our mercy knows no bounds.  That's how it begins.  That is never how it ends.
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Case by case we owe the refugees our mercy, but it is strange that they are not crashing the gates of Muslim countries, their brothers.
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Continents are shifting.  The globe is being turned upside down.  But there is a method to the chaos.  There is a plan.
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One morning we will wake up to find out what it is.  But by then it may be too late.
      Internet roulette  (JWR 08/24/2015)
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Are we ready for the "Internet of Things"?  Probably not. 
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Be skeptical.  It's not that technological opportunities aren't genuine.  The trouble is that they come with huge risks — risks that tend to be minimized or presumed solvable.
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The more activities we put on the Internet and other networks, the more vulnerable we become to hacking, cyberwarfare, software glitches and the like.
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To date, these problems have been costly, inconvenient and (often) embarrassing.  But they have not crippled everyday life.  Greater disruptions are conceivable.
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Cybercriminals are not the chief threat; they just steal.  The chief threats are cyberterrorists and other nations; they seek to weaken our defenses and sow confusion and disorder.
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Most costs are embedded in the price.  If consumers and companies find the benefits not worth the price, they don't buy.
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The Internet is different.  The ultimate costs of the worst-case scenario are unknown and probably unknowable.  They are not included in the price and would be borne by society as a whole.
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Relieved of these costs, Internet companies can more easily expand.
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"Extending information technology (IT) systems to new devices creates many more opportunities for potential breaches, which must be managed.  Furthermore, when [the Internet] is used to control physical assets, whether water treatment plants or automobiles, the consequences ... could potentially cause physical harm."
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Everyone is gung-ho for "innovation," but what if some innovations make us worse off in the long run, despite short-term benefits?  Can we reconcile the demand for "progress" with the need to protect social stability?
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... maybe we have simply made a bad bargain with the technological devil.  The charms and conveniences of the Internet have seduced us.  It has become so intertwined with daily life that we are, inevitably, playing an economic and technological version of Russian roulette.  We keep firing the pistol and hoping there's nothing in the chamber.  It's Internet roulette.
      Questions to the Enemies of Israel  (INN 08/09/2015)
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Which is the only country in the world that has its very existence and legitimacy constantly denied and disputed by the nations of the world?
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Which is the only country in the world whose capital city is not recognized by those nations?
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Which is the only country in the world, where a certain city council could authorize the construction of a few houses and apartments, and all those nations would rise up in anger and protest...
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Which is the only country in the world that allows a citizen to be elected as a member of parliament, who would publicly vow for the annihilation of his own country and its invasion by alien armies, without his being arrested, summarily tried for treason and expelled?
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Which is the only country in the world which hosts and embraces over 400 (four hundred!) non-governmental organizations funded by their worst enemies' dirty money...
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Which is the only country in the world that grants religious freedom to the worshipers of any sect, religion or group, except for the citizens that profess their major, millennial faith?
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Which is the only country in the world which has in the very heart of its capital (its holiest site) a huge area kept under the operational control of a foreign hostile entity...
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Which is the only country in the world where a terrorist (known among the liberals as "freedom fighter") cowardly kills dozens of innocent people, gets arrested and jailed in a five-star prison – much more comfortable than his own house, where he can graduate and get his master and doctor degree if he wishes, at the expense of the families of his very victims?
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Which is the only country in the world that, invaded by several hostile nations which try to destroy it, manages to defeat them in a humiliating way and, shortly after winning the defensive war gives to one of the defeated aggressors – totally free of charge – a part of its territory larger than its own final area, in exchange for a worthless piece of paper...
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Which is the only country in the world which fully respects the rights of women and every kind of ethnic, religious and gender minorities, notwithstanding it is unanimously condemned by so-called "liberals" throughout the world, accused of being the worst violator of human rights?
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Which is the only country in the world, accused of "apartheid", where citizens belonging to all minorities enjoy full civil and voting rights, access to public education, health, social security, college education and every other possible rights?
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Which is the only country in the world where the defense forces distribute millions of leaflets to the enemy, warning them to evacuate their civil buildings used as weapon caches, before attacking them...
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Which is the only country in the world where the army warns the enemy before bombing their ammunition storages, and the world media depicts is as "cruel" and "inhuman"?
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Which is the only country in the world which, in order to avoid civilian casualties among their enemy, sends its own beloved sons to death on land missions, instead of simply carpet bombing the enemy as all other nations do?
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Which is the only country in the world that would propose to make peace with an enemy who openly declares before the world media, verbally and in writing, his intention to annihilate it and to seize all its territory "from the river to the sea"?
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Which is the only country in the world that would, in exchange for the remains of two young rank-and-file soldiers, who perished in combat several years ago, liberate from prison dozens of bloodthirsty terrorists jailed for murdering innocent children?
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Which is the only country in the world that uproots thousands of peace-loving and hard-working citizens from a territory conquered in a legitimate self-defense war, then gives this land to the defeated enemy...
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Which is the only country in the world whose boundaries, conquered with blood throughout several wars always initiated by the enemies, are continuously challenged by all nations...
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Which is the only country in the world where a terrorist could slay dozens of innocent civilians in a traitorous attack, get severely wounded, have his unworthy life saved by those he hates and, shortly after recovering his health, commit new deadly terror attacks?
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Which is the only country in the world that sends the enemy thousands of trucks loaded with cement and other materials, in order to help him build houses, schools and hospitals, and those who receive such gift use it to make tunnels designed to invade the country and kill its innocent children and civilian population?  (and that insane country keeps on sending more and more trucks!!)
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Which is the only country in the world that, in order to recover alive a single soldier kidnapped for five years by the enemy, grants freedom to five hundred terrorists with blood in their hands (including the blood of babies)...
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Which is the only country in the world that performs amazing technical and scientific research, which revolutionizes the world daily and improves the quality of life of billions of people, in the areas of agriculture, health, computers, airspace, telecommunications etc., and as a great thank-you from the nations that enjoy such benefits, obtains worldwide campaigns for boycotting their fruits, flowers and all kinds of products – even against their musicians, orchestras, theater groups and university professors!..
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I'd suggest each reader analyze the facts, check whether there is any inconsistency or injustice in their way of thinking, and arrive to his/her own conclusions about this tiny country and its people, who only wish to be left alone and live in peace on the land the Creator promised them, and to coexist in harmony with all nations of the Earth.
      ISIS kidnaps more Christians.  When will we put an end to this madness?  (Fox 08/07/2015)
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... no one in the world can say they do not know what ISIS does to Christians in the Middle East.  This includes President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Biden, and all of those – Republican or Democrat – running for president.
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In the words of "emir" of the "Caliphate," ISIS intends on marching all the way to Rome and will "break their [Christian] crosses and trade and sell their women" as they go.
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So, far, they have fulfilled their promise.  Every single encounter these terrorists have had with these ancient Christian communities has resulted in one of four outcomes: forced conversion, sexual slavery, extortion or execution.
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We have evidence of this – abundant evidence – including a price list from a slave market in Mosul which lists the slaves for sale by age and by religion with Christian girls listed from one-to-nine-years-old for approximately $172.  Older Yazidi and Christian women can be bought for the cost of a pack of cigarettes.
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Who can forget the cover of ISIS's October magazine which superimposed an ISIS flag atop the obelisk in St.  Peter's Square, the Nazi-like symbols they painted on the homes of Christians in Mosul, the scores of churches destroyed, manuscripts burned, and the crosses chipped out of the tombstones in Christian cemeteries?
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Then there were the 21 Egyptians and the 30 Ethiopians who were grotesquely executed in Libya, for their faith alone.
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... time when the world's most ancient Christian communities face a legitimate threat of extinction at the hands of terrorists who've been allowed to run wild across our world.
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If our leaders don't begin to take this threat more seriously, the oldest Christians communities in the world will have survived nearly 2,000 years of conflict — from the likes of Ghenghis Khan — only to fade into history in the 21st century.  They literally might not survive past 2015.
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Syria's quiet Christian genocide wages on while the world remains mostly indifferent.  I wonder what we will say to our children and grandchildren when they ask us what we did to stop this Christian holocaust?
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William Wilbeforce's words seem apropos, "You may choose to the look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know."
      The Middle East They Wanted  (INN 07/30/2015)
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The details are debatable, and largely irrelevant, when compared to the two irrefutable aspects: The agreement guarantees that Iran will develop nuclear weapons and the ayatollahs will get $150 billion.
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U.S.  Presidents regarded ratification by two-thirds of the Senate as necessary where an international agreement would bind a future president.  Obama stated that he would sideline Congress by anchoring the agreement in a binding UN Security Council resolution.  The resolution would force Obama's successors to uphold the agreement after he leaves office.
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He got Congress to replace the two-thirds Senate majority required to approve a treaty with a two-thirds bicameral majority necessary to disapprove an executive agreement – then pledged not to go to the Security Council until after Congress voted.
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Obama betrayed his pledge.  He went to the Security Council before Congress could vote on the agreement.
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Regardless of congressional action, Iran will have a free hand to develop nuclear weapons, at least until the next president is inaugurated.
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Obama can be expected to take no military action against Iran's nuclear program and to disregard U.S.  sanctions against his Iranian comrades.
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Like so much that has been done by the Obama administration, including the diplomatic recognition of Cuba, the agreement demonstrates how safe it is to be America's enemy.  The administration's policies toward Israel and Ukraine demonstrate how risky it is to be America's ally.
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Since sanctions are gone, deterrence is gone; that leaves only war.  Rather than diminishing the chance of war, the agreement makes it inevitable that Iran will get the bomb or there will be a full-scale war, or both.
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The most solid confirmations of the military success in Iraq were the intercepted messages from al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq to their leaders in Pakistan that there was no point sending more insurgents, because they now had no chance of prevailing against American forces.  This was the situation that Obama inherited — and lost.
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If Iran is not stopped, the choice will no longer be between a nuclear Iran and war.  The choice would be between surrender to Iran and nuclear devastation, since Iran has explicitly and repeatedly declared its intention to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
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There was a time when Israel or the United States could have destroyed Iran's nuclear facilities with little risk of war.
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The Obama administration's leakage of Israel's secret agreement with Azerbaijan, allowing Israeli warplanes to refuel during attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities, also sabotaged Israeli attempt to destroy Iranian facilities.
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There is never going to be any real inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities.  They get to provide their own samples and delay things if they do not want to be inspected.
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The Keystone Pipeline from Canada has been subjected to a greater inspections regime than Iran's nuclear program will ever be subjected to, because Obama cares more about stopping Canada getting the pipeline than Iran getting the bomb.
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In January 2009, before his inauguration, Obama told a crowd of cheering supporters: "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." These are not the words of a pragmatic-minded politician.
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A pragmatic politician attempts to address problems and fix them, not to "fundamentally transform" an entire nation.  Transforming nations is what radicals aspire to do.
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Obama's actions in the past six years have been radical; his "fundamental transformation" did not end at America's shores.
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Obama alienated America's friends and emboldened America's enemies. 
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Obama has reoriented America's Middle East policy in favor of the ayatollahs, to make Iran the regional superpower in the Middle East, disfavoring America's traditional allies: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Arab monarchies.
      It's Called a Persian Bazaar for a Reason  (INN 07/20/2015)
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A phrase commonly used for a negotiation where everything is up for grabs and there are wide swings between the bids and the asks is a "Persian Bazaar." The expression refers to the ancient shuks that originated in Persia – now Iran – and remain common today throughout the Middle East, even in Israel.  In a Persian Bazaar, the overriding rule is caveat emptor – let the buyer beware – and there is not even a pretext of honesty, integrity or good faith.
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The Iranian nuclear negotiations were a prototypical Persian Bazaar.  The Mullahs repeatedly spoke out of both sides of their mouths, professing, simultaneously, a desire for world peace and for death to America and Israel, making supposed concessions and then taking them back, refusing to consider new issues and then adding new conditions of their own.  What would you expect?  They are Persians playing a game they invented.  And the United States was badly outplayed.
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There are some basic rules to negotiation in such an environment.  Simple and obvious rules that America flubbed at every opportunity:
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WALK AWAY: When you are not getting what you need, you must leave the table.  The failure to do so sends an undeniable message to your adversary that you are not serious about your demands.  Most successful negotiations include at least one such episode.
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DO NOT ACCEPT INSULTING BEHAVIOR: You cannot allow yourself to be insulted.  When the Mullahs call for "Death to America" or refuse to release innocent hostages as a token of good faith, and Kerry sits there with a smile on his face, he is exuding extraordinary weakness.  No self-respecting Iranian would smile in such a circumstance.  There is nothing worse than to project weakness.
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BE AMBIVALENT: Do not crow about how wonderful it would be to limit Iranian nukes, even if that's what you think.  With every comment, your leverage drops.  It would be far better to say – publicly and privately — that you think the world might be better off just ramping up the sanctions and bringing Iran to the point of surrender.
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MAKE NO GRATUTIOUS CONCESSIONS: Don't try to appear reasonable by taking options (like a military attack) off the table.  Maybe that will score you some points in Norway or Japan but not in the Middle East.  Again, you just appear foolish and weak.
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The United States, the strongest and wealthiest nation on earth was completely out-maneuvered by a rogue nation on the brink of collapse.  And the world is now a much more dangerous place.
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Obama arrogantly defends his ineptitude by saying that the United States gave up nothing in this deal – all options supposedly remain.  He couldn't be more wrong.  The United States gave up the one thing that mattered – the opportunity to rid the world of Iranian nuclear weapons through competent, strategic and hard-nosed negotiations while the Iranians were on the ropes.
      Letter from an Australian to America: Here's why I love you, USA  (Fox 07/03/2015)
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American exceptionalism is often derided as a phrase of partisan polemics, or worse still, a mere hypothesis, or even a myth.  But it is an incontrovertible reality, however unwelcome or unpalatable this might be to those whose ears are attuned to a different siren.
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In 5,000 years of recorded human history, there has been no nation even resembling the United States.  The American model has offered, and continues to offer, a greater chance for dignity, hope and happiness for more people than any other system.
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As Margaret Thatcher, the British prime minister, put it: "Europe was created by history.  America was created by philosophy." Lady Thatcher was right.  The philosophy is one of individual liberty, free-market opportunity and belief that it's all a gift from God.  America is the best idea the world has ever had, the greatest value system ever devised. 
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What are these values that make America exceptional?  Individualism, not collectivism.  Patriotism, not relativism.  Optimism, not pessimism.  Limited government, not the nanny state.
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God, not Caesar. Faith, not secularism. E pluribus Unum, not multiculturalism. Life, not death. Equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. Goodness, not moral equivalence.
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America is about being bold, not bland.  Brave, not meek.  Striving for greatness, not mediocrity.
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Tellingly, all of these values are aligned with what today is called a conservative outlook.  On every single count, traditional America both viscerally and ideologically sides with conservatism.
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America thus represents the greatest impediment to leftist aims, and it becomes the prime target of the progressive movement in all its manifestations.  It is easy to love America simply for the enemies she makes.
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American success – by design, not accident – is the most significant refutation of leftist ideals.  That's because America has fostered a society that allows its citizens the widest latitude for creativity and innovation.  It rewards success without government approvals and bureaucratic interference.  It embraces religious faith, aspiration and risk.
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As a result, the people of America have been the most enterprising, market-oriented, individualistic and averse to taxation and regulation that have ever walked the earth.
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From the beaches of Normandy to the sands of Iraq, America has spread more freedom and fought more evil than any other country, expending enormous treasure.
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Put simply, the world is a better place for America being in it.  This is not to say America is perfect.  She's not.  But she is the best thing we have.
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We must recover a common recognition that the principles of freedom and responsibility found in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are in every American's self-interest, irrespective of identity politics.
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As Americans, you should never be intimidated into mediocrity or cramped into submission.  You've been given so much more.  For the sake of the world, you must remain the dream-makers and the dream-keepers.
      Iran deal: Why a smart mom [or dad] could do better.  Lessons in statecraft...  (Fox 06/30/2015)
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... our diplomats seem lacking in good, old-fashioned common sense, which parents need in abundance to survive.
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... while the diplomats in Vienna debate enrichment cycles and sanctions relief, they might spend some time sussing out the people they're dealing with – on both sides of the table.
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In the end, countries are just an aggregate of their leaders and people.  They're motivated by some of the same incentives and disincentives as your typical 6-year-old.
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1.  Don't let your kids eat dessert before dinner.
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Iran's supreme leader insists we lift all sanctions upon signing, ... If they get everything they want up front, what is the incentive for them to carry out their end of the bargain down the road?
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2.  You DO want to see what's in that backpack, especially if your kid's been caught smoking pot in the past.
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Iran's Parliament voted to ban inspectors from military sites, documents and scientists while some legislators chanted "Death to America."
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Really?  What is the most logical place for Iran to conduct nuclear weapons research?  On their military bases, of course!  Any agreement that doesn't allow for anytime/anyplace inspections isn't worth the paper it's written on.
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Which brings up a very important point.  Are the specifics of this agreement written down anyplace?
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There should be just one public version of the Iran deal.  No secret understandings.  No vague principles with details left to be worked out later.
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Given the very wide gulf between what the Iranians think they're agreeing to and what Secretary Kerry says they've agreed to, the final terms should be very clearly laid out.
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Every parent knows a kid will exploit any ambiguous edict to his advantage, especially if he can play Mom off against Dad.
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3.  The store won't let you return the toy after it's been opened and played with.
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The president says don't worry about enforcement – if Iran cheats, we can always "snap back" the sanctions.  He's fooling himself.
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Countries and international companies are already lined up, ready to do business with Iran the second sanctions are lifted.  ... Iran has the potential to be the largest market in the Middle East.
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Does the president really think he can cancel all those contracts?  These will be the very same companies he hopes will donate to the Obama Library and offer him fat speaking fees once he leaves office.
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Once those sanctions are lifted – on Day One – it will be like the California Gold Rush.  Even if we catch Iran cheating, the political reality is it will be impossible to re-impose sanctions.
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4.  Good parenting is just a means to the end.
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It's not all about backpack inspections, eating dessert last or following the rules of the house.  It's about raising a kid who can navigate safely through his youth, who doesn't harm himself or others and who grows up to be a self-sufficient, well-balanced, mature adult.
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The Iran agreement isn't as much about Iran's nukes as it is about preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
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It's what Iran's neighbors believe this deal does or doesn't do.  ... It's finding a way to prevent a nuclear arms race in the most unstable, dangerous part of the world.
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If Iran's neighbors conclude that this deal confers America's blessing on Iran's nuclear program, many of them have already pledged to build their own nuclear programs.
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Once nuclear weapons are introduced into the region, it's only a matter of time before one gets used – accidentally, inadvertently, intentionally.
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The Arab Spring has demonstrated that entrenched Middle East autocrats can be toppled overnight, and what replaces them are not stable, pro-Western, peace and freedom-loving democracies, but ISIS, terrorists, the Islamic State and jihadi chaos.
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Then we will have what has terrified the world since the dawn of the atomic age: nuclear weapons in the hands of crazy people who want to use them.
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If the Iran agreement is unverifiable, unenforceable and possibly unconstitutional, then it is also very undesirable.  If the agreement doesn't stop Iran's nuclear program, then it not only won't prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, it will accelerate one.
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No doubt the Iranian diplomats are driving a hard bargain and threatening to blow up the deal if their final terms aren't met.  They know the other side is most vulnerable when it's salivating for the signing ceremony.
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One of the greatest negotiators of the 20th century, my old boss Ronald Reagan, walked away from an arms control agreement with the USSR when President Gorbachev insisted on significant 11th-hour changes at Reykjavik.
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In the end, Gorbachev came around, and Reagan got the deal he wanted.
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It was a turning point in history.  Within a few years the Soviet empire collapsed, and we won the Cold War without firing a shot.
      The new world map  (JWR 06/18/2015)
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Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939.  Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia.
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Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific.  Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China.
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Fascist Italy, by the outbreak of World War II in Europe, had already been remaking the map of the Mediterranean region in imitation of ancient Rome.  Strongman Benito Mussolini had annexed what is now Ethiopia, Albania and most of Libya.
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All of these hegemonies had arisen without triggering a global war.  Had Hitler, Mussolini and the Japanese just been satisfied and consolidated their winnings, there was no evidence that the tired Western democracies would ever have stopped them.
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The contemporary world is starting to resemble the 1930s, and maps again must be redrawn.
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The Islamic State plans to take Baghdad to make it the capital of a radical Sunni caliphate from what is left of Syria and Iraq.
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Its enemy, theocratic Iran, is forging its own Shiite empire.  Through its proxies, Iran now effectively runs much of Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks he can reconstitute the empire of the czars and the later Soviet Union.  American "reset" diplomacy green-lighted his annexation of the Crimea and his occupation of areas of Ukraine.  Should Putin wish to absorb Estonia or other Baltic States, NATO probably would not stop him.
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A terrified Eastern Europe, which not that long ago was part of the old Soviet Warsaw Pact, is already making the necessary political concessions in hopes that the unpredictable Putin leaves them alone.
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China is vastly increasing its strategic air force and navy — and reminding its neighbors from South Korea to Australia of its new military clout. 
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Well before World War II, Great Britain and France allowed Hitler, Mussolini and the Japanese to acquire what they pleased.  The Western European democracies were terrified of confrontation and mired in economic crises.
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Nothing much has changed 75 years later.  Western Europe is terrified of Putin and mostly disarmed.  The European Union is awash with debt.
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As in the 1930s, an isolationist United States is again watching the new map unfold from the sidelines.
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Afghanistan is a quagmire.  Iraq collapsed once the administration pulled out all U.S.  troops.  The bombing of Libya proved a disaster.
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In 1945, after some 60 million had perished in World War II, the Western democracies blamed themselves for having appeased and empowered fascist empires.  That sadder but wiser generation taught us two lessons: Small sacrifices now can avoid catastrophic ones later on, and dictatorial regimes on a roll never voluntarily quit playing geostrategic poker.
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If the present trajectories continue, a reconfigured Middle East will be bookended by radical Islamic empires — the Islamic State caliphate and a new Persian empire.
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China will control most of the Pacific and adjudicate trade, commerce and politics west of Hawaii and to the south and east of India.
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The client states of a new Russian empire will border central Europe and be under constant pressure to leave the EU, NATO or both.
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How does all this end?  One of two ways.
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America and its allies can reawaken, gradually restore deterrence and re-establish the old postwar order without a global war.
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Or the United States will not be bothered — at least until this new generation of dictators bothers us at home.
      De-Islamization is the Only Way to Fight ISIS  (INN 05/26/2015)
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Obama can't defeat ISIS with soft power, though ISIS could beat him with soft power assuming its Caliph ever decided to agree to sit down at a table with John Kerry without beheading him.
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Iran has picked up billions in sanctions relief and the right to take over Yemen and raid ships in international waters in the Persian Gulf just for agreeing to listen to Kerry talk for an hour.
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If ISIS were to agree to a deal, it could pick up Baghdad and Damascus just in exchange for showing up.  All it would have to do is find a Jihadi who hasn't chopped off any heads on camera to present as a moderate.  The administration and its media operatives would accuse anyone who disagreed of aiding the ISIS hardliners at the expense of the ISIS moderates who also represent the hardliners.
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So far ISIS has preferred the classical approach of killing everything in its path.  The approach, deemed insufficiently nuanced by masters of subtlety like Obama and Kerry, has worked surprisingly well.  Their response, which is big on the Bush arsenal of drone strikes, Special Forces raids and selective air strikes, hasn't.  But Bush was fighting terrorist groups, not unrecognized states capable of taking on armies.
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It's hard to destroy something if you don't know what it is.  And it's hard to know what a thing is if you won't even call it by its name or name its ideology.
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The left loves root causes, but the root cause of ISIS isn't poverty, unemployment or a lack of democracy. 
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It's Islam.
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The Islamic State isn't unnatural.  Its strength comes from being an organic part of the region, the religion and its culture.  Its Arab enemies have performed so poorly fighting it because their institutions, their governments and their armies are unstable imitations of Western entities.
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The United States can't make the Iraqi army work because Iraq isn't America.  The assumptions about meritocracy, loyalty to comrades and initiative that make our military work are foreign in Iraq and Afghanistan where the fundamental unit is not the nation, but the tribe, clan and group. 
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Iraq and Syria aren't countries; they're collections of quarreling tribes that were forced into an arrangement that included the forms of Western government without any of the substance.
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ISIS is the ultimate decolonization effort.  ... The cities that ISIS controls have been truly decolonized.  There is no music, there are no rights, slavery is back and every decision is made by a cleric with a militia or a militia leader with a cleric.
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That's Mohammed.  It's the Koran.  It's Islam.
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Before ISIS, there were the Wahhabi armies of the Ikhwan which did most of the same things as ISIS.  The British bombed them to pieces in the 1920s and the remainder became the Saudi Arabian National Guard.
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The fundamental mistake of the Arab Spring was the failure to understand that Islamist democracy is still a road leading to the Caliphate.
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"The resistance is not only a reaction to the American invasion; it is part of the continuous Islamic struggle since the collapse of the Caliphate.  All Islamic struggles since then are part of one organized efforts to bring back the Caliphate."
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ISIS is not a reaction.  It's the underlying pathology in the Muslim world.  Everything planted on top of that, from democracy to dictatorships, from smartphones to soft drinks, suppresses the disease.  But the disease is always there.
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The left insists that Western colonialism is the problem.  But the true regional alternative to Western colonialism is slavery, genocide and the tyranny of Jihadist bandit armies.
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Our policy for fighting ISIS is colonialism by another name.  We are trying to reform Iraqi institutions in line with our values and build a viable Iraqi military along the lines of our own military.
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To deal with a problem, we must be honest about what it is and what we are doing about it.  If we lie to ourselves, we cannot and will not succeed.  ... The missing element is admitting that Islamization has failed because Islam was the problem all along.  The West is the solution.
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Sunni Gulf Arabs responded to their military and economic dependence on the West with a largely successful campaign to Islamize the West.
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ISIS is not a military force.  It is a cultural one.  Much of its success has come from its cultural appeal.
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As long as the Middle East is defined in terms of Islam, some variation of the Islamic State or the Muslim Brotherhood bent on recreating the Caliphate will continue reemerging.  We can accept that and give up, but the growing number of Muslim migrants and settlers mean that it will emerge in our country as well.
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... we must carve out secular spaces by making it clear that our support is conditional on civil rights for Christians, non-believers and other non-Muslims.
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Our most potent weapon isn't the jet, it's our culture.  We disrupt Islamists with our culture even when we aren't trying.  Imagine what we could accomplish if we really tried.
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But first we must abandon the idea that we need to take sides in Islamic civil wars.  Any intervention we undertake should be conditioned on a reciprocal degree of de-Islamization from those governments that we are protecting.
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We can't beat ISIS with Islam and we can't fight for freedom while endorsing constitutions that make Sharia law into the law of the land in places like Iraq and Libya.
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We don't only need to defeat ISIS.  We must defeat the culture that makes ISIS inevitable.
      The Amoral Revolution in Western Values and its Impact on Israel  (INN 05/24/2015)
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It was all about the good fighting the bad and the good were expected to win.
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Even as late as 1973, Israel was still widely seen as the good guys and the Arabs were the bad.  Sympathy was with Israel because they were being picked on and bullied.  There was little consideration of the ‘legitimacy' of Israel; it was taken for granted.
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This was the general view of British people, and of many in the West, obviously with plenty of exceptions.
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Back then, in the 60s and 70s, young minds were still being shaped by traditional views of good and evil.
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In general, popular culture still reflected the long accepted beliefs and principles of a Christian society.  All of this shaped the views of the majority of people.
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We live in a very different world today.  In 40 years the general opinion of Israelis and their Arab foes has been reversed.
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What has changed?  Some say the situation is different.  But this is not the case.  Fundamentally the situation remains the same.  Israel's stance is unchanged from 1948.  A desire for the survival of the Jewish national homeland, at peace with its neighbours.
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All that has changed about this has been that Israel has made repeated costly concessions, including giving up land, for peace.  Concessions which have not been reciprocated by the Palestinians, but instead exploited at the grave expense of Israel.  Concessions which have not been acknowledged or remembered by the international community, who, like the Palestinians, simply and uncompromisingly demand more and more and more and more.
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Nor have the Arabs fundamentally changed.  We have of course peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan.  And the growing threats from Iran and from expanding Sunni jihadism may be leading to some temporary and below the radar mutual cooperation from parts of the Arab world.
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But the underlying perspective and agenda, especially among the Palestinians, is the same as it was in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.  Rejection of Jewish communities in the land of Israel.  The destruction of the Jewish State.
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Some of the basic dynamics have altered.  Before, organized, uniformed and relatively disciplined and conventional Arab armies fought under their national flag.  Today the armies have been replaced by terrorist gangsters and black-cloaked jihadists.  Conventional war has been replaced by terrorist attacks.  Battles fought between tanks and infantry in remote deserts have been replaced by battles fought in densely populated civilian areas and behind the protection of human shields.
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So I again ask the question, what has changed?  And the answer is: The morality and values of the West. They have been transformed almost beyond recognition.
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As public opinion in the West in the 60s and 70s was influenced by popular culture, so it is today.  Throughout most of the West, certainly in Europe, Judeo-Christian principles, honesty, family values, respect for the state, honour and loyalty have all been eroded, often beyond recognition.
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Negative values, such as the acceptance of betrayal, duplicity and deceit, have flourished.  Defining values including patriotism and religious faith have been undermined.
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The 80s ushered in the insidious campaign of political correctness and moral relativity that has over the last 30 years gripped and taken over so much of our society.
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Balanced, level-headed, impartial reporting in our media has been replaced by sensationalism as the purpose of mass media has swung from informing, educating and edifying to making money – and only too often to making the news rather than just reporting it. 
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We all know but rarely have the courage to say, that hypocrisy, duplicity, betrayal and sensationalism are the four cornerstones of violent radical Islam as so often demonstrated to us on our TV screens by Hamas and the Islamic State.
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It is impossible to avoid a connection between the shift in public opinion on Israel and the change in Western morality.
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Political correctness encourages individuals to say what they think is seen as acceptable and will not offend the majority, rather than what they actually believe.  This perpetuates itself and can lead to wholly unacceptable beliefs being outwardly and widely accepted and becoming the received wisdom.
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The media destruction and character assassination of strong, outspoken leaders has led to the rise of the ‘grey man'.
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Sensationalism and the graphic depiction of violence has made the population increasingly immune to the horrors of violent atrocities such as public beheadings, massacre, kidnap, execution, torture and forcing your own people to die as human shields.
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The target is Western values themselves; most often represented by the United States, the most powerful country in the world.  But Israel has increasingly become a proxy for the United States.  For three reasons.
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Firstly, the US President and the US Government is at present left wing and liberal and thus harder for left-wing liberals to attack.  Second, Israel is smaller and more easily bullied and impacted by corrosive media sniping than is a superpower.  Third, Israel can be portrayed as a Western colonial outpost in a rightfully Arab world.
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These three things are underpinned by a pervasive and increasing anti-Semitism which intensifies the obsession with Israel and its portrayal as a true evil to be attacked at every possible opportunity.
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Any anti-Islam comment or perspective cannot be tolerated, while anti-Jewish, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel perspectives are all acceptable and encouraged.
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Hamas and the other Palestinian terror groups don't use human shields in the hope that Israel will refrain from attacking their rocket launchers, weapons dumps, command centers, terrorist bases or tunnel entrances.  They use human shields in the hope that Israel will attack and kill their people.
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They do this for one purpose: to gain the global condemnation of the State of Israel.
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It is the media that brings pressure onto government leaders and heads of international organizations, compelling them to act in their weakness and with their values undermined.
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Never mentioning, suggesting or even hinting at what more they can do.  Never acknowledging the context for the action.  Never condemning Hamas for the actual war crimes of using civilian locations as military facilities, compelling citizens to remain, and failing in their legal duty to evacuate civilians from a military area.
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While remaining even-handed, Western media should remain mindful of, and to an extent reflect, the values of the society that supports them, funds them and depends upon them.
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It is not the role of the media, especially publicly-funded media, to undermine the values of their society.  It is not the role of the media to turn a blind eye to wrong-doing, corruption, law-breaking and immorality of one side, while exaggerating, falsifying, distorting and over-emphasizing allegations of wrong-doing against the other.
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When the media distort and mislead, when they turn a blind eye, when they paint a false picture, they must be considered culpable for the consequences.
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For the violence that is provoked, especially in this region, when they falsely report massacres, intentional targeting of babies, war crimes.  For the anti-Semitism, including violent anti-Semitic attacks, and the terrorism around the world that their false prospectus inspires.
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The defense in this case of course revolves around doing what we can to ensure that the truth is made known.  Both the truth about Israel's enemies and how they act; and the truth about Israel and how its forces operate.
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The offence in this form of political warfare is in exposing the bias, distortions, and untruth of the media.  This is much more difficult but it is vital.
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Make no mistake.  This afternoon I have spoken about Israel's fight.  But the danger that Israel faces and that the media projects extends far beyond Israel, and threatens us all.
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We should never forget the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller: "When they came for the Jews I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.  Then they came for me – and there was no-one left to speak for me."
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Israel's fight is the Western world's fight.  Upon Israel's survival depends the survival of Western civilization.
      Why we must defend Freedom of Speech  (Fox 05/18/2015)
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The cartoon contest in Garland was organized to make a stand against this demand.  We should never allow ourselves to be intimidated.  Not in Europe, and not in America.
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I am an elected politician from Europe.  I am a member of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands and the leader of the Party for Freedom.  I oppose the Islamization of my country.
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I am on the death list of Al Qaeda and other Islamic organizations.  For over ten years now, I have been living under 24/7 police protection.  But I will never allow the enemies of liberty to silence me.
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The winner of the contest had made a picture of a fierce looking Muhammad, waving a sword.  "You cannot draw me," Muhammad said.  Underneath the picture, the artist had written: "That is exactly why I am drawing you!"
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Under Islamic Sharia law, depicting Muhammad is a crime.  But as an American, the artist is not living in an Islamic country.  He is living in America.  In America, you are allowed to make pictures and drawings, no matter what the Sharia says.  And you are also allowed to change your religion and become an apostate.
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Through violence and terrorism, these two jihadis tried to impose Sharia law on America.  We should not allow them to succeed.
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We must do exactly the opposite of what the terrorists want.  If they want us to stop drawing cartoons and we react by showing even more cartoons, the terrorists will have lost.
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There is more at stake than our freedom of speech.  Our Judeo-Christian civilization and even our very existence are in danger.
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Islam is a Trojan horse within our societies.  The more Islam we get, the less free our societies become.
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Of course I realize that while most terrorists today are Muslims, not all Muslims are terrorists.  Of course, I realize that the terrorists are only a minority.
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But I am not naive.  Where are the demonstrations of Muslims who do not agree with the violence committed in the name of Islam and its prophet?  I have not seen them.  The majority may not commit violence, but they do not oppose it either.
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The Islamic creed obliges one and a half billion people around the world to take Muhammad as their example.  We have to face reality and tell the truth about Islam, Muhammad and the Koran.
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The first step towards safeguarding our freedoms is to realize the facts, speak out the truth, draw the conclusions, and act upon them.  We have to restrict immigration from Islamic countries, and never allow terrorists to dictate us how to behave.
      Dutch pol who spoke at Muhammad cartoon contest warns of more attacks on US soil  (Fox 05/05/2015)
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"I always said that what has happened in Europe will also happen in America if you don't stop Islam."
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"Cartoons do not kill jihadis, but jihadis kill cartoonists."
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"Islam [simply] wants to kill or subjugate us."
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"Never give in to terrorism.  I want to live, but would rather die than give in to totalitarianism."
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"But we say, 'The future must not belong to Islam!' Do you hear Mr.  Obama?  We said, 'No to Islam!'"
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"We entered a new era...because this wasn't Paris, this wasn't Copenhagen, this was Texas."
      From terrorists to freeloaders?  'Uruguay Six' want Obama White House to take care of them  (Fox 04/29/2015)
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While President Obama continues to obsess over closing Gitmo, a handful of former detainees, including men with training in suicide operations and explosives, are now protesting for cash outside the U.S.  Embassy in Montevideo.  They bitterly complain that Uruguay's welfare of $600 a month just isn't enough, and now they're demanding Uncle Sam chip in too.
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For these jihadist prima-donnas, even though the local labor union repeatedly offered them jobs since they were resettled on humanitarian grounds last December, they have refused them all.  Apparently they consider working in construction or meat-packing beneath them.
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The "Uruguay Six," four Syrians, a Tunisian and a Palestinian are outraged that the White House isn't taking care of them financially and want their big payday.  And they want it now, refusing to back down until they speak with the U.S.  ambassador.
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Even though the six were given a 4-bedroom house by the Uruguayan government, Adel Bin Muhammad El Ouerghi of Tunisia told the press, "we are too many to stay in the house."
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According to his Guantanamo file, El Ouerghi was a senior explosives trainer for Al Qaeda who was captured in Afghanistan.  Given his seniority and sense of notoriety as an ex-Gitmo man, perhaps he views living with 5 other men in a 4-bedroom place as beneath his dignity?
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Omar Mahmoud Faraj of Syria said the Uruguayan government "promised many things, but so far these are only words." Like his roommates, he wants his own house, and a family too.
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Even getting past his rap sheet, which includes suicide operations training and combat operations at Tora Bora, Bin Laden's last stand in Afghanistan, how can anyone expect to have a family if they aren't willing to work?
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They've also insisted that a mosque be built in Montevideo.  After all, why should they adjust to Uruguay when they obviously think that Uruguayans should adjust to them?
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Even for the far-left former president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, who took them in last year, their outrageous behavior has been too much.
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The great irony here is exposing the naivete of the international left. 
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But even he was unprepared for the reality of just how undesirable these guys really are.  So now he, and everybody else in Latin America have learned the hard way.  The Gitmo detainees are Creeps with a capital "C."
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Meanwhile, Congress should ensure that these terrorists don't get a dime of taxpayer dollars.  Americans should hold the White House accountable if they even try.
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Not one more detainee should be released from Gitmo until a better system is in place — or their fellow jihadists stop attacking us.  Whichever comes first.
      To save innocent lives UN, world leaders must confront terrorism, radical Islam  (Fox 04/27/2015)
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While migration is inevitable, the fact remains that most people leave their homes to escape violence and the certain persecution that comes from it.
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Today, terrorism and Islamic radicalism are a major cause of our refugee crisis.
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The U.N.  and other international bodies, along with wealthier nations, could manage the unavoidable migration from poorer countries if there were greater focus on stopping the larger chaos created by leaders who finance and support terrorism in the name of Islam.
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The U.N.  and international officials cannot simply focus on what else Western nations can do to integrate millions of people into their countries.  We must collectively confront those that are creating the instability – and stop them.
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Kenya's generosity also serves as a lesson and a warning sign of how dealing with just the side-effects of migration without confronting the real problem can be an unfolding and greater disaster.
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In 1991, Kenya welcomed Somali refugees fleeing terrorism and war in their homeland to a UN-mandated camp consisting of mud huts and tents in North East Kenya.
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In 25 years, this "temporary" refugee camp has grown to house 600,000 Somalis in what Kenyan officials today say is an Islamic radical training ground for al-Shabaab militants.
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Commissioner Guterres says, "Some people argue that letting in refugees and other foreigners poses a threat to our society's way of life."
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He goes on to say, "we can't deter people fleeing for their lives.  They will come.  The choice we have is how well we manage their arrival, and how humanely."
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But his singular focus on managing the crisis is troubling.  No one should want to manage suffering without acting to stop it.
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It isn't real compassion if we aren't committing to end it.  Ignoring the actual problem is not only costly, it is inhuman.
      The Armenian genocide was...  genocide  (Fox 04/24/2015)
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But on this issue facts rule: What the Armenians of the dying Ottoman Empire suffered was, indeed, genocide.
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Only fools and demagogues revel in old hatreds with so many new ones available.
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But labeling the long months of massacre inflicted on the Armenians anything but genocide misrepresents abundantly documented facts.  The equivalent would be for the United States to deny that slavery existed on our soil.
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Turkish insistence that no genocide occurred prolongs the bitterness to no one's advantage.
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The Young Turk government that sponsored those massacres 100 years ago needed someone to blame for wartime disasters.  And when embattled governments need scapegoats, minorities are, inevitably, the victims.
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The Young Turks accused the Christian Armenians of acting as a fifth column for Russian invaders, and in a burst of butchery tens of thousands of loyal Armenians wearing Ottoman uniforms died at the hands of their comrades virtually overnight.  Thus it began.
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Incited by demagogues, Turks turned on Armenians, killing neighbors, pillaging homes, kidnapping children and driving survivors southeastward into the desert.  Corpses clotted rivers, and the roadsides were lined with bones.
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Kurds — who since have made their peace with Armenians — raided the refugee columns to murder for sport and make off with female captives.  Crimson hatred gripped populations that had lived side by side for centuries.
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This is not a myth.  Nor is it anti-Turkish propaganda.  We have extensive eyewitness accounts written by stunned American missionaries, shocked foreign consuls and appalled German officers sent to advise the Turks.
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Pleas went out for relief and intervention, but nothing happened to save the victims until it was too late (sound familiar?).
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For the slaughtered Armenians, there will never be justice.  But there can be truth.  For today's Turks, there is no shame in admitting that truth.  The shame lies in denying it.
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The Young Turks who drove the genocide suffered defeat, ignominy, exile and early death.  The chapter is closed, and Turks need to turn the page.
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Just as the Germans renewed themselves by facing the facts of history, so is it time for Turks to free themselves from the burden of denials.
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When Hitler first expounded the "Final Solution" to his henchmen, some of the grisliest Nazis were aghast.  Hitler's response was that "Nobody remembers the Armenians." Hitler was wrong about that, but he certainly knew genocide when he saw it.
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If you can't believe Pope Francis, try Adolf Hitler.
      Guenter Grass: German Nobel laureate was no hero  (Fox 04/13/2015)
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It is rare for me to celebrate the death of an author.  Even the worst of them seldom merit sufficient indignation or contempt or, let's face it, bad manners.
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But when I heard the news that German writer Gunter Grass has died, I celebrated.
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He was 87-years-old.  I am only sorry he didn't die seventy-five-years ago.
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Before he became an enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth organization.  Before he volunteered to serve in the murderous Waffen SS during World War II.  Before he claimed the mantle of post-war Germany's conscience.  Before he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1999.
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The Swedish Academy gave him the prize, for literature, because they saw in Grass a modern German hero, an anti-Nazi who took on, "the enormous task of reviewing contemporary history," by exposing "...the lies people wanted to forget because they had once believed in them."
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This was quite an accolade for one of the great liars of the Twentieth Century.  And Grass appealed to Europeans precisely because he was a monumentally bold liar.
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His moral authority stemmed from his innocence.  As a sensitive teenager he had been forced by the Nazis to belong to the Hitler Youth.  As a young man he had been an unwilling conscript who had contrived to be just a harmless "flakhelfer," a slacker who remained in the rear and hurt no one.
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This, of course, was precisely the alibi of Grass's generation — the Nazi supermen who claimed, after the war, to have been nowhere and done nothing, as well as the Nazi collaborators in a dozen occupied countries who, when the fighting ended, reinvented themselves as heroic members of the resistance.
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Like Grass they were innocent, victims in fact, of the Nazis.
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They didn't all get Nobel Prizes of course, but they awarded themselves the status of civilized and decent citizens of the New Europe, and in no time at all they were giving the rest of the world lessons in morality.
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In 2006, Gunter Grass published his memoir, "Peeling the Onion." He revealed that he not been just a hapless cog in the German army, but a soldier in the Waffen SS, a unit that embodied Nazi evil and barbarity.
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Why did Grass blow his own cover in 2006?  It was, in his telling, a tribute to his own moral sensitivity.  He had suffered in shamed silence for decades, he said.  He could no longer lie.
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Of course, he insisted that he, personally, had never participated in Waffen SS atrocities.  How could he?  He was, after all, a man of conscience.
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But he couldn't continue lying about his past, he said.  The pain was too great.  After 60 years he could not tell a lie.  It was embarrassing, he admitted, but he was a victim of his own exquisite morality.
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Some of his admirers were scandalized, but Grass didn't become a pariah among the intelligentsia of the New Europe (or the United States).
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Nor did he sentence himself to a humiliated silence.  On the contrary.  In 2012, Grass launched a diatribe against Israel for endangering the peace of the world. 
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The Jewish State, he wrote, was guilty of arming itself against Iran, whose regime (he didn't write) deeply admires the Waffen SS and its genocidal anti-Semitism.
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He deplored "Western hypocrisy" in not singling out the Jewish State as a nuclear danger to the innocent Ayatollahs of Iran, and tossed in the Palestinians for good measure. 
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He sadly predicted that his intellectual honesty would lead the Jews to defame him as an anti-Semite.  Once more, he would be a victim.
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Gunter Grass was a man of his time and place, a low life con man with legions of admirers.
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He deserves to be buried in the cemetery in Bitburg alongside his Waffen SS comrades, with a headstone that reads: Here lies Gunter Grass, the Conscience of New Europe.
      Modern medicine did not help Germanwings pilot, it may have damaged him  (Fox 04/09/2015)
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Whatever else may be said about Andreas Lubitz, the pilot who deliberately crashed his Germanwings jet into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 passengers, he did not lack medical attention: he as under treatment for a good proportion of his relatively short adult life.  To judge by the terrible outcome, however, it didn't do him much good.
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On the contrary: it is even possible, though not provable, that it made him worse.  For example, the antidepressants that he was taking might have inclined him to an extremely violent act.  Many mass killers have been taking such drugs when they committed their acts...
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Of course, a tenth of the population is also taking these drugs, for the most part quite without any benefit to themselves, though with real enough side-effects.  The main beneficiaries of such large-scale unnecessary, useless or even harmful prescription, apart from the pharmaceutical companies, are the doctors, who do not know what else to do for their patients.
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Depression – for which the treatment, of course, is antidepressants – is now very loosely diagnosed.  Patients themselves want the diagnosis...  They all described themselves instead as depressed.
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This is important, because depression is an illness...  And it is only natural that people with an illness, depression, should look to their doctors to cure them.
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But often they cannot.  Andreas Lubitz was not depressed, he was of bad character, for the improvement of which there is no drug.  He was an angry narcissist, murderous at least as much as he was suicidal.
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Suffering reverses in life, Lubitz sought revenge on what he thought was an unjust world.  Many people like him who commit suicide, or try to, imagine a continued shadowy existence after their deaths in which they are able witness the doleful effects that their death has had on others, and they enjoy the prospect.  He didn't want to slip away quietly, he wanted fame, even if it were only notoriety.
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If he had killed himself by jumping from a building, say, which requires no more courage than crashing an airplane, no one would have heard of him.  By crashing his plane, everyone has heard of him.  The 149 people were sacrificed to his wounded vanity and his desire for fame.
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Adreas Lubitz was treated as if he were ill, thereby disguising from him his own responsibility for his state of mind.
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He was a narcissist whose sorrows and failures made him vengeful and murderous as well as suicidal.
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He thirsted for fame, though he had no achievements that entitled him to it, and he was willing to sacrifice 149 others to achieve it.  He was prescribed useless drugs that possibly contributed to his aggression.  It is a very modern story.
      Apocalyptic Betrayals  (INN 03/30/2015)
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President Obama's far-reaching efforts to facilitate Iran's march to nukes amount to nothing less than apocalyptic betrayals of U.S.  voters and allies that will make the world exponentially more dangerous.
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Obama has ignored the countless reasons to doubt that the ayatollahs will make and keep a nuclear accord that prevents them from acquiring nuclear weapons.
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Iran's president Hassan Rouhani boasted about his own role in exploiting diplomatic talks to advance Iran's nuclear program.
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Iran hid its nuclear facility in Qom until it was exposed in 2009 and continues to cover up its nuclear work in Parchin).
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Iran recently tried – in a single transaction – to buy know-how for nukes and impunity for one of its biggest terrorist attacks.
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Iran is actively developing more advanced, long-range cruise missiles.
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Iran continues to stonewall IAEA inquiries intopotential military dimensions of its nuclear program.
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The Saudis have warned that the current deal will spark a Mideast nuclear arms race.
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It could also hasten the era of nuclear terrorism.
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Breaching his promise to everyone, Obama has embraced a process that makes Iran a threshold nuclear state.
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Instead of questioning the intentions of the same theocratic regime that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, the Obama administration has whitewashed Iran's terrorist activities/record.
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Despite Obama's attempts to influence the outcome of Israel's free elections, no Israeli government, regardless of the political parties that comprise it, can live with the existential threat posed by a nuclear Iran.
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The most successful strategy for stopping Iran's nuclear march was the very real threat of force in 2003.  After the U.S.  military quickly trounced Iraq, Iran was deterred from continuing its nuclear activities.
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Under Obama, the weakest U.S.  president since Jimmy Carter, there is no credible military threat, as his actions in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere have shown.
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Some think that Israel will refrain from attacking because a military strike would, at best, set back Iranian nukes by a few years.
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Like "mowing the grass" with Hamas' military buildups in Gaza, Israel may simply have to take military action every few years.
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The Iranians may eventually stop trying to develop nukes, after realizing that it's a huge waste of resources to build nuclear facilities that Israel will promptly destroy.
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Despite all of the risks of attacking Iran's nuclear program, doing nothing will be riskier to Israel's survival because the world's most dangerous regime then acquires the world's most dangerous weapons.
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The Jewish nation knows all too well the dangers of ignoring genocidal threats, and Iran, the world's chief sponsor of terrorism, has repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel.
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However, because Israel's capabilities are far more limited than those of the U.S.  military, Israel won't be able to prevent Iranian retribution when destroying Iran's nukes.
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What follows is a nuclear World War III.  Iran will retaliate with an overwhelming barrage of potent, long-range ballistic missiles on Israel's population centers.
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For all of its impressive successes, Israeli missile defense systems are simply ill-equipped to handle such a huge number of incoming missiles, and so there will be thousands of casualties.
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The world, as usual, will do nothing but excoriate Israel and call for restraint, leaving Israel with countless casualties.
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Adjusted for population differences, ten thousand dead in tiny Israel is like about 400,000 killed in the USA.
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At that point (if not much sooner), Israel will feel that it's very survival requires nuking Tehran and a few other major cities, which would destroy the regime along with maybe a million people.
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The Sunni countries threated by Shiite Iran's hegemonic aggression in the region may have already entered the fray at that point, or would do so soon after, and the centuries-old Sunni-Shia conflict would explode throughout the region even more than it already has.
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Absurdly enough, the U.S.  could probably prevent such a doomsday scenario by simply asserting an ultimatum backed by very credible military force.
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If the U.S.  can make such a threat credibly, then Iran will acquiesce, no actual force will be needed, and the decades-long Iranian nuclear threat will finally end.
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But, unlike apocalyptic betrayals, such a bold show of force is unthinkable for Obama, and so we could be looking at a nuclear World War III in the not-too-distant future.
      Religious Illiteracy Hampers West’s Response to Radical Islam  (INN 03/30/2015)
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As ISIS was busy slaughtering Yazidis, Coptic Christians and western hostages, burning fellow Muslim alive, and destroying ancient pre-Islamic artifacts, President Obama was denying its spiritual pedigree and planning a White House summit on violent extremism that would deny any connection between radical Islam and terrorism.
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The very use of the term "violent extremism" minimized the terrorist threat by obscuring its ideological motivations.  And by using neutral terminology to mask its doctrinal character and goals, the president didn't simply ignore the religious connection – he affirmatively denied it and thus facilitated Islamist dissimulation.
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He also attempted to shift blame for terrorism by legitimizing Muslim grievances against the West and attributing the actions of religious extremists to economic privation.
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With other world leaders and moderate Muslims finally acknowledging the threat, President Obama's steadfast refusal to do likewise seems pathological.
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His denial of the religious foundation for much of today's terrorism – and for Iran's nuclear ambitions – is a slap in the face of reality and an insult to Israel and all other U.S.  allies that are targets of Islamist aggression.
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Moreover, it demonstrates either ignorance of history or an affinity for those committed to religious totalitariarism.
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Furthermore, any discussion that misrepresents Islamist terror as "violent extremism," or fails to acknowledge that its primary targets are Jews, westerners, "infidels" and "heretics," serves only to camouflage the problem.
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... western society's inadequate response to Islamic radicalism arises from religious illiteracy and ignorance of history.
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Gaps in popular knowledge exist because of the secular progressive penchant for belittling domestic religious traditions, criticizing western culture's global influence, and suppressing history that contravenes liberal sensibilities.
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In contrast, followers of Islam have engaged in jihad, which is explicitly referenced in the Quran, from its earliest days to the present in many parts of the world.
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The ability to understand religious differences is essential for understanding the conflict between Islamist radicalism and western values.
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... "[we] love death, while you love life." ... this observation is indicative of a master-slave worldview in which those in control do not fear death, but rather prefer it over the loss of mastery and freedom, while the slave accepts his lowly status in order to preserve life.
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Those who value life are more likely to accept subservience than those who are willing to kill or die to advance their ideology and preserve their mastery.
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It is difficult to analyze religious extremism in the absence of a countervailing belief system against which to compare.  When confronted with Islamist ideology, some progressives attempt to accommodate it in the name of multiculturalism, or to deem negative reactions to it as bigoted and insensitive.  Such responses are certainly informed by religious illiteracy, but are also shaped by moral relativism and ignorance of history.
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Those who believe all religions are fundamentally the same often have little understanding of their own traditions and thus have no standard for determining how extremism deviates from normative faith.
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Christian and Jewish religious identities are shaped by relational covenants with G-d rather than the master-slave dynamic.
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This refusal has become a meme of his administration, often leading to absurd results, such as designating the Fort Hood shooting as workplace violence and referring to terrorism perpetrated by Muslims as "man-caused disasters."
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Those who refuse to make the connection must deny the long history of jihadist colonialism in the Mideast, India, Africa, Asia and Europe, where fanatical armies subjugated indigenous peoples, destroyed their sacred places, and exterminated those who refused to submit.
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In extolling the virtues of an idealized Muslim tolerance that never really existed, secular apologists from the president on down – liberals and conservatives alike – are simply parroting back dissimulation that is fed to them.
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As brutal as the Crusaders were to Jews, their campaigns against Muslims were reactions to the jihad that had been unleashed on Europe centuries earlier, and which was not finally quashed until the Battle of Vienna in 1683.
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"It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every Muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise."
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This cultural dumbing down is an inevitable consequence of the theological illiteracy and politicization of education ... which have compromised western society's ability to understand religious extremism.
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The problem is exacerbated by a multicultural elite that freely slanders and disparages Israel, Jews, Christians and western values, but which tends to excuse Islamist extremism or contextualize it disingenuously.
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However, mislabeling Islamist terrorism "workplace violence" or "violent extremism," or falsely comparing it to the lawful political activities of religious conservatives, only inhibits the ability to confront it.
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The situation will not change until westerners reclaim their own religious traditions, relearn their history, and take control of the dialogue from those who believe that religious terrorism is an understandable reaction to European and American chauvinism.
      Netanyahu Must Remember Begin’s Lessons From The Holocaust  (INN 03/25/2015)
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I believe the lessons of the Holocaust are these.
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First, if an enemy of our people says he seeks to destroy us, believe him.  Don't doubt him for a moment.  Don't make light of it.  Do all in your power to deny him the means of carrying out his satanic intent.
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Second, when a Jew anywhere in the world is threatened or under attack, do all in your power to come to his aid.  Never pause to wonder what the world will think or say.  The world will never pity slaughtered Jews.  The world may not necessarily like the fighting Jew, but the world will have to take account of him.
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Third, a Jew must learn to defend himself.  He must forever be prepared for whenever threat looms.
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Fourth, Jewish dignity and honor must be protected in all circumstances.  The seeds of Jewish destruction lie in passively enabling the enemy to humiliate us.  Only when the enemy succeeds in turning the spirit of the Jew into dust and ashes in life, can he turn the Jew into dust and ashes in death.  During the Holocaust it was after the enemy had humiliated the Jews, trampled them underfoot, divided them, deceived them, afflicted them, drove brother against brother, only then could he lead them, almost without resistance, to the gates of Auschwitz.  Therefore, at all times and whatever the cost, safeguard the dignity and honor of the Jewish people.
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Fifth, stand united in the face of the enemy.  We Jews love life, for life is holy.  But there are things in life more precious than life itself.  There are times when one must risk life for the sake of rescuing the lives of others.  And when the few risk their own lives for the sake of the many, then they, too, stand the chance of saving themselves.
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Sixth, there is a pattern to Jewish history.  In our long annals as a nation, we rise, we fall, we return, we are exiled, we are enslaved, we rebel, we liberate ourselves, we are oppressed once more, we rebuild, and again we suffer destruction, climaxing in our own lifetime in the calamity of calamities, the Holocaust, followed by the rebirth of the Jewish State.
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So, yes, we have come full circle, and with G-d's help, with the rebirth of sovereign Israel we have finally broken the historic cycle: no more destruction and no more defeats, and no more oppression – only Jewish liberty, with dignity and honor.  These, I believe, are the underlying lessons to be learned from the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust.
      Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Obama want Israel to commit suicide?  (Fox 03/24/2015)
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He added that in the end, his nation could not trust any nation with its fate and security.  The protection of Israel, he said, was ultimately the responsibility of Israelis.
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Begin's comment was prophetic given the petulance of our current president, who behaves like an enemy of Israel when he attempts to impose a Palestinian state on Israel and negotiate a deal with Iran that can only lead to new threats against the Jewish state and further destabilize the chaotic Middle East.
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In his determination to strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program (which Iran has denied exists, so what is the U.S.  negotiating?), President Obama has traded history, facts and reality for a potential deal with a regime that promotes terrorism around the world and is busy attaching Iraq to its vision of a greater Persian Empire.
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Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei again called for "Death to America," just one day after President Obama appealed to Iranians in a video message to seize a "historic opportunity" for a nuclear deal and a better future.
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The president is cozying up to a nation that oppresses women, has an apocalyptic view of the world and believes that if it starts a nuclear war the 12th Imam — the Islamic messiah — will emerge from a well and bring peace on Earth and good will, at least to Shia Muslim men.
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Israel, which embraces Western values of free elections, religious tolerance and pluralism, a free press and equal rights for women is treated by President Obama and his administration as Iran should be treated.
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Do these people suffer from diplomatic dyslexia, or anti-Semitism?
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Why should Israel be forced to surrender more land to an enemy that has sworn to destroy it?  A Palestinian state would likely be used as a launching pad for an attack.  Gaza is a perfect example.  It has been used by Hamas to attack Israel, which unilaterally and foolishly gave it up in hopes of promoting peace.
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Suicide is not in Israel's interests, or that of the United States, but suicide is what President Obama seems to want Israel to commit by pressuring it to return to indefensible 1967 borders and accept a nuclear deal with Iran.
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Arafat, his contemporaries and those who have come after him, desire only one state headed by themselves with no Jewish state and no Jewish presence, as evidenced by the wars and terrorist attacks they have launched and continue to wage against Israel.
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In his dangerous pursuit of a problematic nuclear weapons deal with Iran and his attempt to marry a cancerous Palestinian state to the land of Israel, President Obama is not purging evil; he's inviting it to spread.
      No peace in our time  (Washington Post, 03/19/2015)
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Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel's prime minister.
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The latter two were (non-Likud) prime ministers who offered the Palestinians their own state — with its capital in Jerusalem and every Israeli settlement in the new Palestine uprooted — only to be rudely rejected.
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The fundamental reality remains: This generation of Palestinian leadership — from Yasser Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas — has never and will never sign its name to a final peace settlement dividing the land with a Jewish state.
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And without that, no Israeli government of any kind will agree to a Palestinian state.
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Today, however, there is a second reason a peace agreement is impossible: the supreme instability of the entire Middle East.  For half a century, it was run by dictators no one liked but with whom you could do business.
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For example, the 1974 Israel-Syria disengagement agreement yielded more than four decades of near-total quiet on the border because the Assad dictatorships so decreed.
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That authoritarian order is gone, overthrown by the Arab Spring.  Syria is wracked by a multi-sided civil war that has killed 200,000 people and that has al-Qaeda allies, Hezbollah fighters, government troops and even the occasional Iranian general prowling the Israeli border.
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From Mali to Iraq, everything is in flux.  Amid this mayhem, by what magic would the West Bank, riven by a bitter Fatah-Hamas rivalry, be an island of stability?
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There was a time when Arafat commanded the Palestinian movement the way Gaddafi commanded Libya.  Abbas commands no one.  Why do you think he is in the 11th year of a four-year term, having refused to hold elections for the last five years?  Because he's afraid he would lose to Hamas.
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With or without elections, the West Bank could fall to Hamas overnight.  At which point fire rains down on Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport and the entire Israeli urban heartland — just as it rains down on southern Israel from Gaza when it suits Hamas, which has turned that first Palestinian state into a terrorist fire base.
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Any Arab-Israeli peace settlement would require Israel to make dangerous and inherently irreversible territorial concessions on the West Bank in return for promises and guarantees.  Under current conditions, these would be written on sand.
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Well, say the critics.  Israel could be given outside guarantees.  Guarantees?  Like the 1994 Budapest Memorandum in which the United States, Britain and Russia guaranteed Ukraine's "territorial integrity"?  Like the red line in Syria?  Like the unanimous U.N.  resolutions declaring illegal any Iranian enrichment of uranium — now effectively rendered null?
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Peace awaits three things.  Eventual Palestinian acceptance of a Jewish state.  A Palestinian leader willing to sign a deal based on that premise.  A modicum of regional stability that allows Israel to risk the potentially fatal withdrawals such a deal would entail.
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I believe such a day will come.  But there is zero chance it comes now or even soon.  That's essentially what Netanyahu said Thursday in explaining — and softening — his no-Palestinian-state statement. <