This is quite a lady. What she writes is more impressive because she is NOT Jewish. Her articles are published in Spain and throughout some of the most important newspapers in Latin America. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilar_Rahola
Questions for the European Left by Pilar Rahola
Why don’t we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London, Paris, Barcelona?
Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship?
Why aren’t there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection?
Why aren’t there demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs where there is conflict with Islam?
Why has there been no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic dictatorship in Sudan?
Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against Israel?
Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism?
Why don’t they defend Israel’s right to exist?
Why confuse support of the Palestinian cause with the defense of Palestinian terrorism?
And finally, the million dollar question: Why is the left in Europe and around the world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the planet? The two most solid democracies, who have suffered the bloodiest attacks of terrorism, and the left doesn’t care.
And then, to the concept of freedom. In every pro-Palestinian European forum I hear the left yelling with fervor: “We want freedom for the people!”
Not true. They are never concerned with freedom for the people of Syria or Yemen or Iran or Sudan, or other such nations. And they are never preoccupied when Hamas destroys freedom for the Palestinians. They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli freedom. The resulting consequence of these ideological pathologies is the manipulation of the press.
The international press does major damage when reporting on the question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don’t inform, they propagandize.
When reporting about Israel, the majority of journalists forget the reporter code of ethics. And so, any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid things have been written about Israel that there aren’t any accusations left to level against her.
At the same time, this press never discusses Syrian and Iranian interference in propagating violence against Israel, the indoctrination of children, and the corruption of the Palestinians. And when reporting about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported as tragedy and every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or reported about with disdain.
And let me add on the topic of the Spanish left. Many are the examples that illustrate the anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli sentiments that define the Spanish left. For example, one of the leftist parties in Spain has just expelled one of its members for creating a pro-Israel website. I quote from the expulsion document: “Our friends are the people of Iran, Libya and Venezuela, oppressed by imperialism, and not a Nazi state like Israel.”
In another example, the socialist mayor of Campozuelos changed Shoah Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, with Palestinian Nabka Day, which mourns the establishment of the State of Israel, thus showing contempt for the six million European Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
Or in my native city of Barcelona, the city council decided to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, by having a week of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Thus, they invited Leila Khaled, a noted terrorist from the 70’s and current leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization so described by the European Union, which promotes the use of bombs against Israel.
This politically correct way of thinking has even polluted the speeches of President Zapatero. His foreign policy falls within the lunatic left, and on issues of the Middle East, he is unequivocally pro-Arab. I can assure you that in private, Zapatero places on Israel the blame for the conflict in the Middle East, and the policies of Foreign Minister Moratinos reflect this. The fact that Zapatero chose to wear a kafiah in the midst of the Lebanon conflict is no coincidence; it’s a symbol.
Spain has suffered the worst terrorist attack in Europe and it is in the crosshairs of every Islamic terrorist organization. As I wrote before, they kill us with cell phones hooked to satellites connected to the Middle Ages. And yet the Spanish left is the most anti-Israeli in the world.
And then it says it is anti-Israeli because of solidarity. This is the madness I want to denounce in this conference.
I am not Jewish. Ideologically I am left and by profession a journalist. Why am I not anti-Israeli like my colleagues? Because as a non-Jew, I have the historical responsibility to fight against hatred for the Jews and currently against the hatred for their historic homeland, Israel. To fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews, it is the duty of the non-Jews.
Principles that Islamic fundamentalism systematically destroys. That is to say, that as a non-Jew, journalist and lefty, I have a triple moral duty with Israel, because if Israel is destroyed, liberty, modernity and culture will be destroyed too.
The struggle of Israel, even if the world doesn’t want to accept it, is the struggle of the world.
Harper just signed this into law, and the lefty presstitutes were either silent or applauded it. What does THAT tell you?!
The gory, treasonous details have been known since at least 2011, but are never mentioned in the news!
Just check out the Union Farmer Quarterly Spring 2011/ Vol. 17 Issue 1 edition, pages 13 & 14 (Article by NFU president Terry Boehm). And/or you can see contact them or see them at email@example.com and http://www.nfu.ca
Here’s what it says:
CETA must be stopped (because it’s treason, plain & simple!)
- by National Farmer’s Union President Terry Boehm
The NFU received a more recent draft of the CETA after the October round of negotiations. On reading this document it is clear that our earlier analysis of the agreement was accurate and if anything, we see European positions hardening as the negotiation process continues.
The only bright spot in this process is that the specific reference to UPOV’91 has been dropped in this later version. I believe that the NFU ringing the alarm on this last summer played a huge part in getting this removed. However, the agreement still references working to advance UPOV, so we remain vigilant.
This agreement, while characterized as a trade agreement, is really about limiting the role of government to act in the public interest. It essentially penalizes governments if they do anything that could impact the profits of the largest corporations in the world.
What we have is a scenario where monopoly rents can be extracted indefinitely, and where governments are to create the conditions that perpetuate this by enforcing legislation like patents and other intellectual property rights as an example.
The courts are to become a vehicle of the corporations to threaten people with the precautionary seizure of their property if they are alleged to have infringed on an intellectual property right.
THAT MEANS GOVERNMENTS ARE TO JUDGE CITIZENS GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT WHEN CORPORATE GANGS SAY TO!
Intellectual property rights are to supersede all other property rights.
i.e: CORPORATE GANGS WILL BE ABLE TO HOARD ALL BENEFICIAL NEEDED KNOWLEDGE – THUS ENABLING ADDICTIONS INDUSTRIES!
Governments are also to compensate corporations for lost profits in times of civil strife (strikes), war etc.
WHICH MEANS IF AN ENEMY ATTACKS, OR ANYONE STRIKES, OUR TAXES (AGAIN) BAIL OUT CORPORATE GANGS – BY LAW!
This is an additional clause to the equivalent provisions of the NAFTA Chapter 11 investor protection measures that this agreement is to include as well.
Governments can subsidize in very specific instances and sectors, for example the insurance sector. This will of course become increasingly important as natural disasters are to become more frequent with global warming. Coal is also to be freely subsidized.
I.E: WE WILL *HAVE TO* PAY OUR TAXES DIRECTLY TO CORPORATE GANGS TO SUBSIDIZE ALL THEIR LOSSES! IT MEANS THAT “LEGALLY” FROM NOW ON, WE WILL BE PAYING FOR-PROFIT TAXES!!!
What is particularly vexing is that the Europeans, or more accurately the European Commission is negotiating with these positions while the Canadians are seeking miniscule adjustments in Europe to increase acceptable GM contamination levels from 0.01 % to 0.1 % and to allow this for unapproved events as well.
Canadians are also hoping to gain access for hormone-treated beef products. European press and politicians including many members of the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament unequivocally state that this is not going to happen and that Canadian agricultural production will not gain significant inroads in Europe if we continue to insist on production methods that are unacceptable in Europe. Indeed Appendix 1 b of the draft exempts all European GM regulations from the provisions of this agreement.
What we must keep in mind is that the Europeans are able to generate surpluses in most agricultural commodities anyway and that they have east and central European neighbours right next door who can supply agricultural goods with much lower transport costs than we have.
The tariff levels between Europe and Canada are very low already – averaging about 4% – so this agreement can hardly open trade any further.
Unfortunately, the Government of Canada is selling this to Canadians as a free trade agreement (and our press is accepting this as well) when it really is a mechanism to redesign the function of government.
i.e: TO FORCE US TO PAY FOR-PROFIT TAXES TO ALL CORPORATE GANGS; IT IS TREASON BECAUSE IT ENABLES THESE GANGS TO NOT ONLY RIVAL OUR GOVERNMENT IN ULTIMATE CONTROL OF OUR COLLECTIVE NATURAL RESOURCES, BUT ALSO IN CONTROL OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM, OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP RIGHTS, SECURITY OF OUR PERSONS, AND IT ALSO ENABLES THEM TO DIRECTLY SUPPLANT OUR OWN ELECTED GOVERNMENTS ENTIRELY! GLOBAL CORPORATIONS – NOT NATIONAL DEMOCRACIES – WILL RULE “BY FORCE OF LAW”!
This can be the only rationale on behalf of the Canadian government as the actual economic benefits are so minimal when you carefully read the text.
The European Commission has the same neoliberal ambitions as the Canadian government but they are seeking to essentially re-colonize Canada for its natural resources and to open up government procurement at all levels to European companies.
WE WILL BE FORCED TO SELL OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AT ANY AND ALL GIVEN TIMES TO THE SITUATIONALLY HIGHEST BIDDERS (CHINA)!
WE WILL ALSO HAVE TO BUY THEIR GOODS AND SERVICES ON THEIR DEMAND!
THIS FALSE AGREEMENT SELLS OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY OUT TO ANY AND ALL GLOBAL CORPORATIONS – AND ALL ON ONLY THEIR TERMS – FOREVER!
THIS IS OBVIOUS TREASON TO ALL CANADIANS!
It states that governments cannot favour local goods and service providers for any covered procurement subject to thresholds of the Government procurement agreement at the WTO. These are set at $135,000 for goods and services at the federal level and $355,000 at the provincial level and at $5,000,000 for construction projects.
The information I received from Canadian provincial negotiators in Brussels in January is that the three far western provinces are willing to reduce this to $25,000.
What this procurement covers under CETA is government activities but also municipal, hospital, school and university procurement.
One of the realities of this shift for agriculture is that it would be very difficult for any of these entities to establish local food systems.
IN OTHER WORDS, OUR OWN GOVERNMENTS ARE FORFEITING THEIR RIGHTS TO ACT ON BEHALF OF US CITIZENS!
THEY ARE AGREEING THAT THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO BUY OUR FARMERS’ FOOD AT GOOD PRICES (FOR THE FARMERS) ON BEHALF OF CANADIAN CITIZENS IF THERE’S EVER A FOOD SHORTAGE (LIKE IF AND WHEN OIL PRICES GO SKY-HIGH BECAUSE OF PERPETUALLY WARRING MUSLIMS)!
The further danger in all of this is that governments trying to nurture local or domestic businesses would be disallowed from doing so.
Actions to favour disadvantaged areas or populations for, economic development would be subjected to the investor protection provisions if they impacted corporate profits negatively.
Environmental regulation would again be subject to these provisions.
Returning to the intellectual property rights (IPR) issues, one of the areas that will affect all Canadians is the effect these provisions will have on the cost of health care.
LET’S NOT FORGET MONSANTO: THIS WOULD ENSHRINE IN “LAW” THEIR “RIGHTS” NOT ONLY TO SUE, BUT TO STEAL ENTIRE FARMS AND EQUIPMENT IF THEY ONLY “SUSPECTED” A FARMER MAY HAVE (ACCIDENTALLY HAD SOME CONTAMINATION OF THEIR WIND-BLOWN) SEEDS ON HIS PROPERTY!
ALL FARMERS WILL BE PRE-JUDGED AS GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!
The Europeans are calling for extending drug patents by the length of time it takes a regulatory body to test and approve a product. This will both increase costs but will also pressure our regulators to make hasty approvals. If a minor use is found for the drug during the term of the patent it is extended again. In addition, the data supplied by the pharmaceutical or chemical company to the regulator is to remain exclusive to the companies for 10 to 13 years. It cannot be used for other studies or a base for creating alternatives.
THIS “AGREEMENT” TAKES AWAY EVEN OUR RIGHTS TO THINK AT ALL!
Pharmaceuticals comprise one of the largest expenses of our healthcare system and this will add to their cost and transfer even more of our healthcare tax dollars to big pharmaceutical companies.
The precautionary seizure provisions remain in the new draft and extend to third parties accused of assisting in an ALLEGED infringement.
THIS MEANS “OUR” GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ATTACK US ALL FIRST “JUST TO BE SAFE, TO DEFEND THE CORPORATIONS” AND SO IT ALSO ENSHRINES IN LAW THAT FROM NOW ON WE ARE ALL TO BE JUDGED “GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!”
Interlocutory injunctions also are to be used to enforce patents or other IPR’s. The precautionary seizure of movable and immovable property and the freezing of bank accounts and communication of financial data of alleged infringers by the courts on behalf of corporations is an affront to democracy.
Farmers could be confronted with losing their farms, equipment, crops, and cash for being accused of having a patented gene in their crop.
In addition, a third party deemed to have assisted in the so-called infringement could be subjected to the same seizure provisions. This would include seed cleaners, for example.
The crops could be ordered to be destroyed or you could have an injunction placed on you to prevent you from planting your own seed.
THIS IS DESIGNED BY CORPORATIONS TO MAKE OUR GOVERNMENT FORCE US TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS – OR ELSE!
IT’S A FORM OF ENFORCED FOR-PROFIT COMMUNISM!
IT’S TOTALITARIAN CONFORMITY AND IS COMPLETELY UNDEMOCRATIC AS WELL AS ILLEGAL – FOR NOW, ANYWAY!
It is clear that the culture of fear that flows out of these measures would cause most farmers to comply to corporate demands and pay the price for seeds or whatever input the corporations controlled, and produce in their deemed manner.
Farming as an autonomous occupation would evaporate. Those who farm accepting low returns because “I am my own boss” will be sorely surprised if this agreement comes to fruition.
THIS FORCES THE SALES BY CORPORATION TO FARMERS “BY LAW”! AND AT WHATEVER PRICES THE CORPORATIONS CHOOSE TO SET!
IT “LEGALLY” MAKES ALL FARMERS INTO SLAVES!
Just as important, if not more, is what this agreement will do to our ability to govern autonomously. As you read the 361 pages of the CETA text, it is apparent that all of the advances made by our democracies are threatened and perverted by the real power behind this agreement and our governments are duplicitous pawns in a game of power not just over our food (via seeds) but over people as part of functioning democracies.
We have until the end of 2011 at best to stop this and we need to make this an issue wherever we can. The NFU has been protesting and lobbying both in Canada and in Europe but the level of knowledge is low among ordinary citizens and our government representatives.
We all need to challenge our politicians to look at this carefully and not just have them cheerlead for another trade agreement.
This is certainly not just another trade agreement but goes after the heart of our societies.
Federal Judge Envisions ‘Rape License’ for ‘Right to Rape’
By Matt Barber on 13 September, 2014 at 19:00
Judge Richard Posner, a federal judge with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, recently become a hero to the pro-”gay marriage” left when, by way of a “legal analysis” free from the troublesome constraints of logic, case precedent, biology, tradition and reality in general, he managed to somehow divine a long-hidden constitutional “right” for two dudes to get “married.” “How can tradition be a reason for anything?” an incredulous Posner demanded last month of attorneys defending marriage protection amendments in both Wisconsin and Indiana.
It would seem that Posner’s contempt for tradition extends to all things sexual, up to and including the puritanical presupposition that it’s always wrong for a man to rape a woman. This idea, according to Posner in his 2011 book “Economic Analysis of the Law” (8th edition), is evidently an equally archaic tradition that, like the institution of natural marriage, needs a significant overhaul.
Posner’s suggestion? Perhaps it’s time the government begin issuing “rape licenses” (I kid you not) since, and based upon an exclusively utilitarian and morally relative cost-benefit analysis, the “right to rape,” for some men at least, “exceeds the victim’s physical and emotional pain.”
On page 216, Posner, a Reagan appointee considered “conservative” in “progressive” circles, writes, “Rape bypasses the market in sexual relations (marital and otherwise) in the same way that theft bypasses markets in ordinary goods and services, and it should therefore be forbidden.”
OK, while this is an oddly detached and clinical start to a discussion on rape, it is, so far, not entirely unreasonable. Posner would have been well served to stop here. But, and much like those who are the subject of his rape analysis, he does not stop.
“But,” continues Posner – I didn’t know there were any “buts” when it comes to rape – “But some rapists derive extra pleasure from the fact that the woman has not consented. For these rapists, there is no market substitute … and it could be argued therefore that, for them, rape is not a purely coercive transfer and should not be punished if the pleasure to the rapist (as measured by what he would be willing to pay – though not to the victim – for the right to rape) exceeds the victim’s physical and emotional pain. There are practical objections [No, really? Practical objections to rape?] … [b]ut the fact that any sort of rape license is even thinkable [what kind of bigoted rape-o-phobe would suggest otherwise?] … is a limitation on the usefulness of that theory.
“What generates the possibility of a rape license,” he persists (hold off, fellas, they’re not available yet), “is the fact that the rapist’s utility is weighted the same as his victim’s utility. If it were given a zero weight in the calculus of costs and benefits, a rape license could not be efficient. The only persuasive basis for such a weighting, however, would be a moral principle different from efficiency.”
And herein lies the rub. We all know what Posner thinks about “moral principles.” He’s a moral relativist. There are no moral principles, most especially “traditional” moral principles. I mean, “How can tradition be a reason for anything?”
But wait, there’s more. You gals trapped in one of those “traditional” marriages needn’t fret. Posner’s got you covered, too. “Marital rape?” C’mon, is there really such a thing?
“In a society that prizes premarital virginity and marital chastity [I know, sheesh, right?], the cardinal harm from rape is the destruction of those goods and is not inflicted by marital rape,” he writes.
“… The nature of the harm to the wife raped by her husband is a little obscure,” he continues. “If she is beaten or threatened, these of course are real harms inflicted by an ordinary assault and battery. Especially since the goods of virginity and of chastity are not endangered, the fact of her having intercourse one more time with a man with whom she has had intercourse many times before seems peripheral to the harm actually inflicted but is critical to making the offense rape.
“Most of the reasons for not making marital rape a crime have lost force with time,” he laments.
Of late a fanciful meme has taken root among the “progressive” left. It’s one that imagines ours as a patriarchal “rape culture,” which fosters an environment wherein women are systematically raped with impunity (especially on our nation’s college campuses).
Apparently, the solution is for chicks to pierce and tattoo themselves, declare “slut pride” and parade nude in “slut walks” across the globe. But that’s an outlier.
I finally get it. Posner is the “rape culture.” I wonder how these mouth-frothing “marriage equality” lefties will react to his permissive approach to rape. In much the same way, I suppose, they reacted to myriad accusations of sexual harassment and assault lodged against Bill “depends-on-what-is-is” Clinton. With total silence and self-serving hypocrisy.
None of this should surprise anyone. Richard Posner is a faithful disciple of Alfred Kinsey, the anti-science, anti-morality left’s sexual messiah. Kinsey was a bug doctor turned “sexologist.” Though married to a woman who took part in his many filmed “scientific” orgies, Kinsey was a promiscuous homosexual and sadomasochist. He managed to completely upend and twist the world’s perception of human sexuality in the 1950s and ’60s with his world famous “Kinsey Reports.”
Even today, most are completely unaware that during his tenure at Indiana University, Kinsey facilitated, with stopwatches and ledgers, the systematic sexual abuse of hundreds, if not thousands, of children and infants – all in the name of science. His research also “found” that rape doesn’t really hurt women. In his 1953 volume “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female” at page 122, Kinsey wrote, “Among the 4,441 females [reporting rape] on whom we have data, there was only one clear cut case of injury … and very few instances of vaginal bleeding, which however, did not appear to do any appreciable damage.”
Starting to see what makes Posner click? “His Honor” is a dyed-in-the-wool Kinseyite.
Though Kinsey’s “research” has long since been completely debunked and discredited, the elitist left, to include Judge Posner, even still relies on it to push its own sexual anarchist worldview. Writing in his 1992 book, “Sex and Reason,” for instance, Posner gushed, “The two Kinsey reports remain the high-water mark of descriptive sexology.” He calls Kinsey the “central figure” in the “scholarly science” of sexology.
Raped? Well, suck it up, walk it off and congratulate yourself.
You’ve reached Posner’s “high-water mark.”
Like all “liberals” (criminal idolaters) he has objectified people as, well, objects. And objects don’t have inherent rights; they can be priced, traded, and consumed with impunity. Clearly, the man is a psychopath, and his writings are confessions to it.
As a judge, it’s clear that he literally doesn’t know the first thing about the Law.
(The first thing about the Law, is the Golden Rule, which is so simple to understand that it boils down to “Do Not Attack First.”)
This covers “economic” contracts and “utility” as he is wont to spin it, as well: in the social contract between two or more people, none have a right to do anything either TO, or FOR, the others, without getting their specified assent to it first. So our only real right is to not be attacked by others first, and our only real responsibility is to not attack (thereby innocent) others first. Period.
After all, when one chooses to attack first, one’s own actions define one as the predatory criminal aggressor, and they as one’s innocent vicitms; there’s no two ways about it.
And all crimes are attacks: forms of theft (un-assented to / non-contracted) transfers: lies are at-least-attempted thefts of the Truth, threats are thefts of one’s peace of mind; basic robberies are thefts of one’s stuff; and rapes and kidnappings are thefts of one’s liberty and peace of mind, and injurious assaults are also thefts of one’s liberty, peace of mind, and eventually thefts of one’s life.
This tard has obviously abdicated his right to “judge” any others, by confessing to his criminally negligent infantile delinquency and dereliction of duty to the Law.
He also seems (as idolatrous liberal gangsters do) to pretend to believe in group rights, as if groups were not only composed of real live individual human citizens.
He pretends “the government” can somehow issue a rich rapist with a license to rape, simply because the rapist has raised enough money (maybe by owning a shoe company or through selling enough drugs) to cancel his victims human rights.
To him and his ilk, rights are not to be enforced by laws, as only might makes right.
And like all criminals, to him, the ends (enriching the state coffers) justify the means (rich men paying to rape unwilling yet lesser economically beneficial women). Next he’ll advocate for the license to commit arson, and murder. I’m sure he’d want to legalize kidnapping and other forms of extortion, too, as long as the state got to take a cut of it in taxes (or, of course, up-front licensing fees). And if he was feeling fair-minded, and thought that the rights of the state gang should come with at least some responsibilities, then of course he’d also be all for crime insurance, so others would have to pay the victims, not the criminals who commit the crimes.
Three years ago, on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I posed a series of questions about the official narrative that to this day remain unanswered — and largely unasked — by the propaganda media and the elites walking the halls of power.
Here they are:
- In the months leading up to 9/11, the United States’ vaunted intelligence agencies lost track of 19 foreigners, most of whom had overstayed their visas, and could not catch up to them even though some of them were living with FBI informants and others were enrolling in flight schools where they sought to learn to fly — but not land — airplanes. They were living the high life and not showing any evidence of trying to hide. In July 2001, according to an article in Germany’s daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies received warning signals through the Echelon spy network that Middle Eastern terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons against important symbols of American and Israeli culture. Yet we are told the attacks came as a complete surprise. How could this happen?
- Papers released by WikiLeaks indicate that in the weeks before 9/11, American intelligence services were on the trail of another group of five men with terrorist ties who were staying in California. They slipped away in the days after 9/11. Were they a fifth team of hijackers who did not complete their mission for some reason? How were they able to escape the massive U.S. dragnet?
- Two days before the 9/11 attacks, the “Lion of Panjshir,” Ahmad Shah Massoud Khayin, who was the leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, was assassinated by two suicide bombers posing as journalists. In the early morning hours of Sept. 11, a van occupied by Middle Eastern men pulled up to The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Florida, where President George W. Bush was staying. They said they were there to interview the president, but didn’t have an appointment. They were turned away. Are these two incidents related?
- Two hours before the planes slammed into the Twin Towers, two employees of the Israeli instant messaging service Odigo received messages warning of the coming attacks, according to the Israeli publication Haaretz. Who sent the messages and why? Who else was warned ahead of the attacks?
- At 8:44 a.m., during a working breakfast on missile defense with Congressional leaders, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld predicted a terrorist attack would come, saying, “Let me tell you. I’ve been around the block a few times. There will be another event.” Did he know about the attack in advance?
- How did that passport of Satam al-Suqami survive the crash? The plane was exploded into a giant fireball upon impact with WTC 1. Yet the passport exited his pocket or luggage and fell unharmed to the ground near the tower, where it was spotted by a passerby and turned over to police despite the bedlam going on all around? How is it that his was the only identification found out of all the passengers on the plane?
- At 8:50 a.m., four minutes after the first plane struck, CIA head George Tenet was made aware of the crash and realized it was no accident. Yet there is no indication he made an effort to stop Bush from making a scheduled appearance at Booker Elementary School in Florida, despite the danger he may have been facing were a highly coordinated attack being carried out. Before entering the classroom, Bush paused to speak with then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. Later, Bush said he learned of the first crash before entering the classroom when he saw the plane crash into the building on television. There was no video of the first crash until much later in the day, and the school principal said there was no television in the area that Bush could have seen anyway. Why this discrepancy? Was Bush lying?
- According to media reports, a number of the passengers on the hijacked airliners supposedly used cellphones to call loved ones and authorities. But cellphone technology in 2001 didn’t allow the use of phones above 10,000 feet. How were the calls possible?
- Witnesses reported seeing a white jet that looked like a fighter plane trailing United Airlines Flight 93, and a sonic boom was reported in the area over Pennsylvania. Was there a second plane? If so, where did it come from?
- Some witnesses also reported seeing Flight 93 on fire before it crashed into the field. Why were these witnesses hushed up and why weren’t they allowed to testify for the 9/11 Commission? What was the plane they saw and did it shoot down Flight 93 upon orders from Vice President Dick Cheney?
- If the plane flew into the ground intact, how did a large portion of the engine fall more than a mile away from the crash site? How did lighter debris wind up as far as eight miles away?
- In the days following the attacks, at least 60 Israeli citizens were arrested and held secretly — some of them with ties to Israeli military and intelligence. Fox News’ Carl Cameron was the first mainstream reporter to break the news. It was weeks later before other mainstream news outlets picked up on it. His four-part series that provided evidence that the Israelis had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks has been scrubbed from Fox News. Who were these Israelis, what did they know and what became of them? Why did Fox News scrub the stories?
- The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is tasked with protecting American airspace. Yet even though the Federal Aviation Administration notified NORAD of the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 11 at 8:38 a.m. and other flights in the minutes that followed, it wasn’t until long after the last plane hit the ground that NORAD planes showed up. Where were they and why did NORAD sit on news of the hijacked planes for several minutes (which NORAD admits to but won’t explain) before scrambling any fighters?
- When the 9/11 Commission tried to get answers to these questions, NORAD stonewalled and its representatives lied. What were they covering up and why? Why do they continue to stonewall to this day?
- Firefighters and reporters arriving on the scene of the WTC fires claim to have heard numerous explosions before the buildings collapsed. What caused the explosions? Were they deliberately set to bring down the Twin Towers?
- How did fires cause two skyscrapers to fall? It’s the first time fire ever brought down a skyscraper, and it happened to three buildings in one day. Why did they pancake down as if in a controlled demolition? If fire weakened the support beams, as the official stories suggest, why didn’t the towers fall to one side or the other, rather than pancake down as if in a controlled event? Many engineers and architects at AE911Truth.org say it could not have happened as we’re told. Why are they being ignored? Better yet, if these architects and engineers are lying about their theories, ask yourself what they stand to gain from lying and what is their motive.
- Traces of an explosive called thermite were found in the rubble of the WTC, and melted steel was found beneath the columns. What is the source of the thermite and what caused the steel to liquefy? Burning jet fuel does not reach a temperature high enough to liquefy steel.
- What caused WTC Building 7 to fall?
- The maneuver required to fly an airliner at the trajectory of the one that hit the Pentagon would be difficult for an experienced pilot, and some of the air traffic controllers watching the flight believed it to be a military aircraft at the time. How did a terrorist with limited — and by all accounts very poor — flying ability pull off such a maneuver without crashing into the ground prior to reaching the Pentagon?
- Why was the hole in the Pentagon wall too small to accommodate an airliner — both in width and height? Why were no identifiable parts of a Boeing 757 found at the crash site? Why was an engine turbofan from an A3 Skywarrior found at the crash scene? If Flight 77 did not crash into the Pentagon, what happened to it and its passengers and crew?
- In the weeks and months after the attack, men alleged to have been the hijackers and supposed to have died in the attacks began turning up alive. At least seven of them have been seen since 9/11 and one was found to have died prior to 9/11 in an airplane crash. What is the explanation for this?
- Why did Bush begin talking to cabinet members about attacking Iraq while the Afghanistan attack was being formulated
- If we attacked Afghanistan with the intention of defeating al-Qaida and killing Osama bin Laden, why are we still there? Al-Qaida is no longer in Afghanistan and bin Laden is reportedly dead
- Why did the Pentagon participate in a cover-up and attempt to mislead the 9/11 Commission?
- Why do members of the 9/11 Commission believe there are still many unanswered questions regarding the events of that day? Why did Commission members say they believed the Commission was set up to fail? Why have there been no charges of obstruction filed against those who stonewalled and lied to the Commission
- Did someone or someones in government or within some shadowy quasi-governmental agency participate in or facilitate the attacks? Was it a coup against the Bush regime? Could that explain Bush’s seeming confusion and his trips crisscrossing the Southern portion of the U.S. before going back to Washington, D.C.? What other lies are we being told?
- And a new question: What’s on those 28 redacted pages in the 9/11 Commission Report that congressmen have called “shocking?”
Why aren’t you asking some of these same questions?
(Other sources include: http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j030802.html, http://www.911timeline.net/, http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/booker_time.html, www.prisonplanet.com, 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made In USA.)
Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Luis Monreal is a ball of energy who speaks quickly and wields a large vocabulary. Born in Spain to a Catalan mother and a Basque father, he is fluent in French, Spanish, English, German, and (he smiles) “some Arabic.”
The man who runs the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva is in Toronto, preparing for the opening of the new Aga Khan Museum.
Lighting technicians, carpenters, curators and cleaners bustle through the galleries, scrambling to get everything finished for a press preview Wednesday. The facility, which opens next week, is the first museum of Islamic art in North America.
Mr. Monreal threads his way to a glass box inside which glows a gold disc the size of a tea saucer.
“Now a major piece in the museum is a very small one,” he said. “This is an astrolabe, made in Spain in the 14th century — probably made in Toledo, Spain, not Toledo, Ohio! The inscription is in Arabic, Hebrew and Latin.”
An astrolabe, he explains, is an astronomical tool, a medieval piece of high technology used for navigation. Not far away sprawls a mamluk, a traditional square fountain of mosaic marble in geometric patterns, made in the 15th century for a home in Cairo.
Then there’s a 12th-century Afghan candlestick “for a very big candle.” Another case displays white ceramic pots with blue glaze. “These are produced in Syria in the 14th century,” said Mr. Monreal.
In a grand hall, workers with a mobile crane have just hung a tapestry pierced in an intricate pattern with 1.2-million pins. The museum commissioned the piece from Aisha Khalid, an artist based in Lahore, Pakistan, who is here supervising the installation.
Syria. Egypt. Afghanistan. Pakistan. These place-names drip with blood in 2014, conjuring images of unrest, protest, bombings and civil war. The Aga Khan Museum, which opens Sept. 18, offers a welcome antidote to these clichés through art that celebrates the rich cultural history of the Islamic world.
The building’s architect, Fumihiko Maki of Japan, has used geometric patterns inspired by the great mosques of classical Islam, repeating them in the inlaid floor of the courtyard, etched glass, and wood screens in the auditorium.
All this is an intellectual investment by the Swiss-based Aga Khan Development Network, a sprawling non-profit empire, employing 80,000 people in 30 countries, headed by one of the world’s lesser-known royals, Prince Karim Aga Khan, 77. Lesser-known but well-to-do, the 49th Aga Khan lives on an estate called Aiglemont, north of Paris, and owns hundreds of racehorses. He also has private investments; in 2010 Forbes magazine put his personal fortune at US$800-million. He is not a household name in Canada — yet.
Claiming direct descent from the Prophet Muhammad, the Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of an estimated 15 million Ismaili Muslims, thousands of whom came to Canada to escape persecution in East Africa in the 1970s. Today about 100,000 of them call Canada home.
Lately, the Aga Khan has spent time and money in this country. He addressed Parliament in February; recently the government of Canada gave his network $30-million and a 99-year lease on the former Canadian war museum in Ottawa to establish a Global Centre for Pluralism, a joint venture between the Aga Khan’s network and the government. In May, he spoke at the Every Woman Every Child conference in Toronto.
About a decade ago, his network bought seven hectares of land north of downtown Toronto from the Bata family. It angered some when it knocked down the Bata Shoe headquarters, a John P. Parkin building that some compared to the Acropolis in Athens.
“It resembled the Acropolis in the sense that it was on a hill,” Mr. Monreal said. “We had a very fruitful dialogue with the architectural gotha of Toronto.” (He uses gotha, a German word, to mean elite or intelligentsia.)
“We said, ‘If you accept that this building goes, we will provide two buildings that will add to the architecture of Toronto.’ “
The Aga Khan’s network kept its promise. The museum shares the site with the Ismaili
Centre Toronto, designed by the Indian architect Charles Correa, which includes a jamatkhama, or Ismaili prayer hall. Between the two buildings spreads a park with five huge reflecting pools, above a parking garage for 600 cars. The investment in the site totals $300-million.
On Friday the Aga Khan visits Toronto to open the museum. It is a welcome addition to the cultural landscape.
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No one seems to know what to do as al-Qaida masses an irregular Black Flag army and heads toward Baghdad for a final showdown.
What am I missing here?
When the bad guys come out of the shadows, out of their holes, out of their hiding places, and into the light, you eradicate them with air power.
What’s happening in Iraq right now is not really a crisis. It’s an opportunity!
It’s the best opportunity we’ve had to set back al-Qaida in years.
Of course, Obama is conflicted.
Look at his history.
When millions of Egyptians rallied in the streets to overthrow Muslim Brotherhood warlord Muhammad Morsi as president, Obama suspended aid he had earmarked for the tyrant he helped bring to power.
When a Muslim Brotherhood army that included a strong al-Qaida element set out to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, Obama sought congressional approval for airstrikes to support the insurgents – and he did help arm them.
He can’t wait to turn Afghanistan over to the “Tallybon,” as he likes to call them. He even released five of their top commanders from Guantanamo Bay using the excuse of bringing home an American captive. Of course that “prisoner of war” turned out to be a deserter and a Taliban collaborator.
There’s a pattern here. If you can’t see it, check your lenses. Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood. To expect him to come to Iraq’s aid with air power that can blow away much of the al-Qaida terrorist army amassing on the road to Baghdad would be foolhardy. It’s against all his instincts.
There’s another reason Obama has hesitated to take this obvious action. This will be hard to believe for some, but the facts are becoming more apparent everyday: Obama fosters chaos.
We don’t think about government being empowered by chaos – at home and abroad. But it is. It’s simply the Cloward-Piven strategy on steroids. Choosing the right option, the obvious action, at home or abroad, is never going to be easy for Obama. Because the right option will reduce the chaos. Obama’s ideology embraces chaos because it eventually leads to bigger and more powerful government.
There’s another reason Obama has difficulty ordering the destruction of an al-Qaida army. he had already told Americans al-Qaida was on the run. Now we know the truth. Al-Qaida is on the run to Baghdad. And where it runs after that is anyone’s guess.
You don’t think we’re missing a big opportunity in Iraq every day?
I would like to remind you, visually, of what an opportunity it is.
This was what we did to Saddam Hussein’s army in the first Gulf War. Remember? Saddam had declared he was going to defeat U.S. military forces in the “mother of all battles.” This is what his army looked like after U.S. air power took care of it. Toast!
This is what U.S. military air power can do to that Black Flag al-Qaida army right now – today – before it reaches Baghdad.
We can eradicate them. We don’t have to worry about nation-building. We don’t have to worry about what will happen afterward. One thing we know for sure, al-Qaida will truly be on the run after this kind of setback.
I know Obama is not going to listen to me.
I doubt he will listen to Congress. I doubt he will listen to the American people, who are genuinely and understandably tired of foreign wars without end.
But I marvel at the talking-head pundits who are wringing their hands, wondering what we can possibly do to stave off an al-Qaida takeover of Iraq after we poured so much blood, sweat, tears, not to mention billions of dollars, into “nation-building.”
Forget nation-building. What is needed in Iraq right now is a big fiery wrecking ball that hits the bad guys deliriously waving the Black Flags.
MEDIA CENSOR SOROS CONNECTION TO PERRY INDICTMENT
By L. Brent Bozell, III
On January 27, 1998, then First Lady Hillary Clinton – without a shred of credible evidence – infamously claimed during an NBC Today interview with Matt Lauer that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” had been working to destroy her husband “since the day he announced for president.”
Sixteen years later we have tangible, documented proof that a vast left-wing conspiracy is in fact out to destroy conservative presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry, and the liberals who run the establishment media are doing everything possible to cover it up.
The alleged wrongdoing by Gov. Perry is a farce and the indictment a brazen political abuse, denounced by conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats alike. Who is behind this outrage?
According to a Media Research Center analysis, from the moment Perry was indicted on two flimsy counts by a Travis County, Texas grand jury on August 15 through the morning of August 20, the Big Three broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC – have run 24 stories totaling 38 minutes and 34 seconds across their morning and evening broadcasts. In all that coverage, not one single story mentioned that the group responsible for filing the complaint against Perry in June, Texans for Public Justice (TPJ), is part of a “progressive” coalition that has received $500,000 in funding from prolific left-wing billionaire George Soros.
Imagine for a moment that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley – another presumed presidential hopeful, but a Democrat – was indicted in similarly obvious political ploy, and the group responsible for that indictment had received a half million dollars from those awful Koch brothers. Every single story on ABC, CBS, and NBC would make that connection while the liberal media machine would rain fire and brimstone across the land, claiming an all-out assault by the “extreme Right” on the sanctity of our electoral system. Forests would be slashed to the ground to print the endless string of liberal columns denouncing the evils of conservative money in politics.
I wasn’t in the least bit surprised to learn the Soros machine’s fingerprints were all over this brazen, partisan ploy. It’s what they do. It’s a clear effort to undermine and circumvent the political process and yet the media refuse to divulge his role. Not one reporter, on any program, could find the time to report this as part of the Perry story – never mind this being its own story? This is deliberate censorship.
Any mention of Soros-funded TPJ is almost as difficult to find. Of the Big Three, only ABC named the organization during Monday’s World News broadcast and made no mention of the Soros connection. Switch to cable, and TPJ remains almost entirely anonymous with the exception of the inevitable positive shout-out from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow lauding the group for spurring the bogus two-count indictment.
CNN mentioned the group a handful of times, but never made the Soros connection. On Saturday’s New Day, correspondent Peter Hamby referred to TPJ only as “a left-leaning watchdog group.” The next morning Mary Maloney, on the same program, reported the story saying, “The corruption charges stem from a complaint filed by Texans for Public Justice, a public interest group.” Later that morning on State of the Union, an infographic stated, “”Texans for Public Justice identifies itself as a non-partisan watchdog group.” A second box a moment later clarified, “Some consider Texans for Public Justice to be a left-leaning group.” At no point was TPJ’s benefactor mentioned.
The media’s double standard in covering a story such as this misleads and misinforms the very public it claims to serve. In this case, the media have gone beyond mere bias and are complicit in the Soros machine’s scheme to take down a conservative leader.
As always thank you for your support. Please take a minute and consider signing our Tell The Truth petition urging the liberal media to reveal liberal billionaire George Soros’ role in Perry’s indictment.
-Media Research Center Team-
By Paula Bolyard
An Oprah-inspired program in public schools described by critics as an intrusive, emotionally manipulative effort with the laudable goal of ending bullying, cliques, gossip and other such behaviors, has been presented to a million students in 400 cities in 47 states.
Challenge Day, the subject of the 2010 MTV series, “If You Really Knew Me,” promises to provide schools and communities with “experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression.”
But critics contend Challenge Day, an independent, nonprofit program, can do more harm than good and pose a danger to emotionally fragile students, lacking privacy safeguards normally expected in counseling programs.
Schools pay $3,200, plus travel expenses, to bring Challenge Day to their students.
Focusing heavily on self-esteem and positive thinking, it regulates the environment, confining participants to a room for six half-hour periods during the school day. Everything from the room size, to the temperature of the room, to the windows (must be covered), to the chairs (no arm rests) is controlled. Challenge Day even dictates the number and size of tissue boxes schools must provide.
The first half of the day is made up of games designed to help the students break out of their comfort zones, so that later they are “willing to be vulnerable enough with one another to connect as human beings.” The students are encouraged to share very personal hurts they’ve experienced.
One episode of the MTV series featured Challenge Day at Royal Oak High School in a suburb of Detroit, led by a facilitator named Sela.
“The goal of challenge day is to bring students together, break down the cliques that normally separate them, and give them the opportunity to see who they really are inside,” Sela said.
Throughout the day, the students experience extreme emotional highs and lows, all led by the trained facilitator.
Many have noted that Challenge Day closely mirrors the processes of Large Group Awareness Training, or LGAT, which is often linked to the human potential movement. Timothy Conway, Ph.D., described LGAT this way:
The trainers are well-trained to be adept at “working the crowd,” pushing their emotional buttons – building people up and breaking them down, praising them and insulting them, inflating them and deflating them, saddening them and gladdening them, scaring them and relieving them, agitating them and relaxing them. … Through it all, people will predictably bond with each other – just like inmates or hostages in a prison, Marine recruits at boot camp, or any group of people put into a helpless position of stress.
Conway said the method promotes group-think, and he likens it to the Stockholm Syndrome. He explained that people in confined seminars “can very easily and quickly be turned into a pack of sheep with a ‘herd-like’ mentality and emotional needs.’
“Dynamics of inclusion or else marginalization and even ostracization are exploited to ensure that most people will conform with the agenda and identify with the trainers and their aims,” he said.
One person described the pressure to conform to the group at Challenge Day:
Kids were asked to sit in a circle and one-by-one go around and share an experience in which they were hurt. The boy recounting this story did not want to participate in that exercise. Then one boy announced that he was “gay” and most of the kids began to clap. Someone then told the group to stand up if they supported and accepted the “gay” boy. Next, a girl announced that she was bisexual. The standing and clapping continued. Only two students remained seated, but finally, because of the extended standing and clapping, the boy felt pressured to stand. He feared if he didn’t stand, someone would say something to him.
Challenge Day has ties to various New Age gurus and has added former Obama policy czar Van Jones, who resigned after his far-left political activism was exposed, as a member of the group’s Global Leadership Council.
An adult mentor in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District was very emotional about her experience as a Challenge Day leader:
For the first time in my life I cried in front of everyone. I did not feel embarrassed, I felt safe. Finally I was not afraid to be myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone, I had finally broken free.
We then broke off into our groups. For the first time I felt safe to be honest about my past. I began my sentence with: “If you really knew me you would know this about me.” Each person in the group was given two minutes to speak. To hear the students’ problems and their suffering ripped me apart. We held hands, we hugged, and we all cried together.
Cleveland schools spent $395,000 in “stimulus” funds to pay for the Challenge Day program to “improve school climate” in a district where just over 50 percent of the students graduate on time. Only 38.2 percent of fifth graders score proficient in reading and 24.9 percent score proficient in mathematics.
Group therapy net
In their book “One Nation Under Therapy,” Christina Hoff Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel believe programs in schools that employ “therapism,” such as Challenge Day, can be dangerous, contrary to the belief that it’s a “benign, constructive influence that comforts children, calming their fears and enhancing their feelings of self-acceptance.”
They contend the “therapeutic regime pathologizes healthy young people,” causing “normal” students to conjure up “problems” in an effort to please the facilitator and be included in the process.
“It encourages remedial measures for nonexistent vulnerabilities, wastes students’ time and impedes their academic and moral development,” the authors say.
“American students are, with few exceptions, mentally and emotionally sound; they are resilient.”
The leftist self-hating Jewish organization, AVAAZ, has endorsed an open letter to Israel from apartheid activist cleric Desmond Tutu, admonishing them to repent of their evil towards their poor muslim victims:
This is the first time an opinion piece has gone out to our community, but this one’s historic.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has just published a powerful call to conscience in an Israeli newspaper. In it, the Nobel Laureate and anti-apartheid legend stands with 1.7 million of us in calling on companies to boycott and divest from the Israeli occupation and repression of Palestine. His love shines through, as he urges Israelis (87% of whom supported the Gaza bombing) to liberate *themselves* from this terrible status quo. It’s a must-read:
The piece is exclusively published in an Israeli newspaper, but it’s a powerful legitimizer of what some governments still see as a controversial position, and the rest of the world needs to see it. The only way that will happen is through people sharing it. Let’s share it with everyone!
This campaign is gathering real pace. Russell Brand has recorded this video backing our campaign, and the companies we’re targeting are starting to reach out to the Avaaz team and ask for meetings. Avaazers in the UK are campaigning to end arms sales to Israel as the government there initiates a review. And shockingly, even the US government cancelled a shipment of hellfire missiles to Israel!
The pressure is working – so let’s keep it up! If you haven’t yet, sign the petition here. Or click here to keep sending messages to our target companies. Let’s make sure they don’t think they can ride this out. And if you have a local campaign you could start to ensure that your town, or university, or community divests from the repression of Palestinians, start your own campaign here.
It’s a tremendous thing for us to once again stand alongside Archbishop Tutu – one of our truly great non-violent leaders. Because in a world torn apart by extremists who successfully demonise the ‘other’, non-violent strength is transformative – the strength to be firm, even tough, in standing up for justice, but out of a love for all people that refuses to fall victim to the fear and ignorance that is our universal enemy. A love that recognises that all our fates, and freedom, are intertwined. That’s the precious spirit that our greatest leaders, from Gandhi to Tutu, have taught us, and that our community strives to live up to with each and every campaign.
Ricken, Alex, Fadi, Jeremy, Ana Sofia, Ari and the rest of the Avaaz team
PS – This campaign is about creating the conditions for a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine, and safe homes for Jews and Palestinians alike. Both anti-semitism and racism against Palestinians, like all hatred, are grotesque and should be fought. At the end of day, it is extremists on both sides that work together to threaten a peaceful future, and our work is to bring reasonable people together from all sides to take the action needed to save both Israel and Palestine. If anyone feels this campaign is one-sided, please check the Avaaz team’s response and explanation here.
THE GREEN PARTY OF CANADA PRESIDENT IS FORCED TO RESIGN FOR SUPPORTING ISRAEL:
Paul Estrin, the president of the Green Party of Canada, is forced to resign
Sometimes we should examine how the other side thinks. In this case, the author is a LibTard and probably a Jewish LibTard. His vain hopes indicate to me that he has not done his homework.
Estrin does not understand the meaning of ‘Shahid is our highest aspiration.’. To a believing Muslim, death in battle means instant admission to Allah’s celestial bordello, which is “the supreme success“. This world is play and pass-time; the real action is in the ethereal garden of delights.
Full comprehension of the Muslim mindset requires reading the Qur’an and Sahih Bukhari. Churchill was right when he said that “Islam in a man is as dangerous as rabies in a dog.”.
Abandonment of Jihad curses Muslims jointly and severally. Allah will cast a pall of disgrace over them and not lift it until they return to their “original religion”. A Muslim who meets Allah without battle scars bears a mark of hypocrisy: he is liable to the fire.
The conquest of Israel was completed in 638. According to the Qur’an and the HAMAS Charter, that makes Israel a permanent waqf, never to be relinquished. Israel’s restoration is like a neon sign: “Allah is an impotent idol!” . No Muslim can accept that blasphemy.
Here is why:
The history of the people who live in Gaza is something that should infuriate.
We could delve into their history of the Egyptian rule over Gaza, or further back during the rule of the Ottoman Empire, or we could even go as far back as biblical histories of the people that lived in that same region, for which some of the place names have stayed unchanged for millennia.
Instead, we can just look at what has happened since Israel left Gaza. Yes, it was occupied by Israel, from 1967 to 2005, 38 years. And then, in a decision that rocked many people, Israel said that although it did not see a partner for peace in Gaza, and although Israel has a very clear policy that it will trade land for recognition and peace, Israel decided to leave, fighting its own citizens, showing once more that it sticks to its word about the settlements not being permanent, but instead something to be removed painfully if peace is achievable to be had.
And then Hamas took power. It has nearly been ten years. Since August 2005, Gazans have been in control of their own destiny. Some might say otherwise, yet Gazans have their own government and they are their own people: If their neighbours, Egypt and Israel, close their borders to Gaza, one must look to a Gaza run by a terrorist organization cum government that teaches and propagates hate, death and destruction to understand why.
Since then, stories of resources being used, such as concrete supposed to be used for infrastructure for civil use instead used for purposes of terrors, or stories of repression of the people there by its own government, or stories of how under Hamas rule people no income or ways to support themselves … I’m reminded of Bill Clinton’s remark “It’s the economy, stupid” … but instead of showing openness to the world, or managing, or caring … Gaza has instead shown that it is not interested in peace, in building a stable economy, in a secure future.
The Gazan government has had ample opportunity over these past years, nearly a decade, to alter its ways, change its mantra of death to the Jews, and become respectable caretakers of the people in their charge.
They have not.
Surely they could have done more. Should have done more.
We can forgive them for at first being overjoyed with the departure of the Israeli forces, and them as a terrorist organization unable to initially take up the challenge of good governance.
We can forgive them for not immediately changing their charter. In Canada and elsewhere, national charters protect the people. In Gaza, the first article calls for the death of Israel and the Jew. (Let me quote just a bit: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” I would like to believe all of us in our organization can see how atrocious such a statement is, and that we would believe in things like the right of people to not be obliterated …)
They said, they being the Hamas government newly in power, they needed time. They have had nearly a decade. What is the holdup … oh, wait, the hate and desire to obliterate.
So, let us fast forward past a decade’s worth of battles, wars, incursions, etc.
How much aide has Israel given Gaza? How much has the world given Gaza?
Giving aid is worthwhile, a noble cause. But, has it gone to the people that need it? Ten years …
So, now, this month, what do we see:
Israel is more threatened than even because its neighbour, instead of caring about the welfare and well-being of its citizens, cares about the cause of killing, of carrying the banner of martyrdom, and of watching its fellow people die.
And yet, these are the same people who are embraced and loved by the international community, with marches on Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital, and in cities throughout the world, holding banners and chanting about the destruction of the state of Israel and of death to the Jews.
Meanwhile, Gaza uses UN locations to launch or house weapons … yet the international community cries out, a day after the UN itself admitted this and said that this practise puts at risk those in these facilities given that these places then are not safe havens but rather places of war to be targeted .
Meanwhile, Gaza is giving children grenades … and asking their citizens to be sheep to the slaughter.
Gazan officials tell their people to be killed while they hide in bomb shelters.
Cowards? No, this is worse than cowardice. It is vile and ugly and they should be put to shame.
Instead, it is Israel who is put to shame. It is easy enough to do.
In our culture, often activists are against colonialism, yet forget that their ancestors only a handful of generations ago partook in just that, enabling them to live the secure lives they currently enjoy, and the lives the live is at the benefit of economic colonialism … … to critique, is it better to know your roots and who you are, or is ignorance better so that you can accuse the other without seeing just how similar the other is to you?
It looks very bad for Israel. 800+ Gazans dead. 1000s injured. Lots of destruction.
Meanwhile, in Syria, how many hundreds of thousands of people, including so many Palestinians, are dead or injured … where are the inflammatory protest???
Meanwhile, throughout the world, injustices happen on a near-daily basis. But these same activists, when they hear the cry of the moment, if it is anti-Israel it is an easy band-wagon to get on, to get their anti-Israel war-paint on and join their friends between potlucks, veggie smoothies and coffee breaks.
Ask them about a warlord or abuser in another part of the world, I highly doubt they will know .. or care .. but Netanyahu, or Sharon, those are names they know and loath.
I always found it interesting, the focus on such a small country .. is it because then it is easy to know who is who, who to love, who to hate, as opposed to so many other regions and countries many, many times larger that have atrocities of a scale much larger than what has been seen in that one oh-so-small strip of the Middle East known as Israel?
I am sure that many people I know will be upset for my having the gall to write these words.
I am simply sick and tired of having to hear such hypocrisy and twisted logic.
I am reminded of a seminar I attended at the University of Victoria a decade ago.
The seminar was a group of Iranian professors who had fled Iran after the revolution, and a central theme that repeated itself was the image of the protests and marches in the city of Teheran.
I remember how one of the lecturers painfully spoke about the European marchers that were so caught up in the cause of overthrowing the Shah that they were all chanting “Allah-hu akbar” at the tops of their lungs, and how she was looking at these foreigners and wondering if they had any idea just what this chant was going to mean for her country.
… That history continues to be written, and it is a sad one.
We want to see the world as black and white, right and wrong.
We want to support the under-dog. Who doesn’t.
But, terror is terror. Evil is evil.
When Gazans are asked what they want, they want peace. They want to work in Israel. They want security for their children and themselves. They don’t want to live in the terror they have under Hamas … and yet the world cheers on Hamas that spends the money and resources needed for infrastructure, housing, hospitals, schools, and buys weapons, builds tools for terror. I cannot help but feel sad for this world. And we, as a green movement, should not be supporting such a movement or government .. yes, their flag is green, but that is where the resemblance stops. Or at least, that is where it should stop.
On the other side of the coin, Israel is doing all it can with an untenable situation. The world media vilifies it, to the point that when those firing missiles into its borders and sending militias into its land need to see that they cannot do this, it is Israel, and not Gaza, that feels the world’s hate. When al-Jazeera does a more balanced job than CNN, and let’s not talk about here in Canada our media, how that has been … …
Military experts look at Israel’s military strategy: No carpet bombing, no quick actions, but instead pinpoint strikes whilst warning the enemy in advance of what their plans are, and slow movements… they, military people the world over, say that Israel’s military is the most moral of them all, above the British, above the Americans, but at what price, when the enemy knows no qualms, and would rather see hundreds of their own people die for a media blitz against Israel than do all it can to save a single life.What other military calls up the enemy on their phone to tell them that their building will be bombed, to kindly leave, yes, you have enough time to leave, just thought it would be the neighbourly thing to do … anyone else in war, and that is what Hamas is calling this time in Gaza, would simply bomb, kill and destroy.
And that is it in a nutshell: Whilst Israel does all that is in its power to protect the lives of all its citizens and the lives of those it is attacking, Gaza does all in its power to have all the more die.
We need to re-examine our priorities if we are marching in the streets. Unless we want to see another Mullah amongst us, where other religions aside from a certain variety of Islam are not allowed, where synagogues are used as latrines and garbage dumps and Christians are living in constant fear.
For those of you who would say this is ridiculous, look at all the countries surrounding Israel and read their track record. And yes, Jordan up until Jerusalem was freed was using synagogues as garbage dumps and as latrines, it is history, look it up and understand how Israel is different, a land where all religions are free to practise and all its citizens are citizens … how many Palestinian refugees are still not the citizens of their countries of residence, the countries they were born in … But, that is a comment for another article for another time, how the world doesn’t actually care about the Palestinians, but rather cares about showing they care about the Palestinians. Though it is interesting, in that it resounds so similarly to nations and people saying they care about Jews and are appalled by anti-Semitism, but when violence occurs … Again, another article for another time.
One day, and soon, I hope that Gaza’s government will act appropriately and show that the life of every single person is precious. But I fear that our world’s international media, international agencies and all the activists whose noble actions are grossly misplaced, although nonetheless noble, they are simply enabling the terrorists, and so all they are having reinforced is that this is a strategy that works.
I hope and pray for a peace. That the borders will open. That trade starts up. That the international airport in Gaza can be reopened. That Gazans can retake their old jobs and through economic endeavours create and build upon a peace of social and economic unity.
And then maybe the other issues, such as water, air, and environment can be paid the dire attention that is needed.
But I feel that peace will take a miracle. Israel is losing patience, a country cannot live in constant fear without hardliners coming to power .. oh wait .. and then, while the world watches, Israel will be forced to conduct a military manoeuver, one that perhaps it ought to have made years ago, to then enable reconstruction and a manageable peace. I pray it will not come to that, but if Gaza under Hamas continues its reign of terror, what choice will Israel plausibly have?
Thank you for reading.
President, Green Party of Canada