The question of what Hillary Clinton’s State Department was busy with during the days and weeks before the September 11, 2012 terrorist strike in Benghazi, Libya needs to be asked insistently and often. What was happening at Foggy Bottom as Islamic terrorists planned the murder of United States Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and other Americans?
We now have part of the answer.
At least some of the State Department’s attention (and funds) were being spent on organizing international music tours. Clinton’s staff was literally involved with fiddles (and guitars and drums) while Islamic terrorists where plotting to attack and burn the American consulate in Benghazi.
Two separate musical concert series were being planned by State at the exact same time when American diplomatic personnel in the Middle East were issuing requests for security to be upgraded at consulates and embassies in Islamic countries. There is now no doubt that their demands were dismissed far too quickly.
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has a program, called American Music Abroad, that is tasked with sending American musicians to perform overseas. This year’s tour began its concerts in the Philippines on September 11, 2012. For weeks before the attacks, some at State were working on this program.
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By Caroline B. Glick
A reminder — and warning — to those who would rather attack than analyze
Two weeks ago, US Congressman Joe Walsh published an oped in the Washington Times in which he called for the US and Israel to abandon the two-state solution. After running through the record of Palestinian duplicity, failed governance, terrorism and bad faith, he called for Israel to apply its sovereignty to Judea and Samaria. In his words, he said Israel should, “adopt the only solution that will bring true peace to the Middle East: a single Israeli state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Israel is the only country in the region dedicated to peace and the only power capable of stable, just and democratic government in the region.”
The evidence that the two-state paradigm has failed is overwhelming. The Palestinians’ decision to reject statehood at Camp David in 2000 and launch a terror war against Israel made clear that they had not abandoned their refusal from 1947 to accept partition of the land of Israel with the Jews.
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Op-ed: Many Europeans believe Israel is illegitimate, must be removed from Middle East
Giulio Meotti After the massacre of Jews in Toulouse, many people cried when seeing Miriam Monsonego’s little body wrapped in a white shroud. But most Europeans looked the other way, and the United Nations, EU and the chattering classes all washed their hands of the Jewish blood.
Europe has already forsaken the Jews. The same process can be seen in respect to Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize laureate who published an anti-Israel poem in European newspapers.
According to the polls, 70-80% of Germans support Grass. A Facebook page called “Support Günter Grass” already has thousands of “Likes.” A special Financial Times’ survey sheds more light on Grass’ popularity. Given the question “The statements by Grass are…”, only the 8% answered “dangerous” and “anti-Semitic.” Some 57% said “correct” while 27% said “worth discussing/arguable.”
The total figure of respondents who see Grass’ incitement against Israel as correct or arguable is 84%.
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by Soeren Kern
The French government – which has been trying to reverse the pernicious effects of decades of state-sponsored multiculturalism – expressed dismay at what it called “meddling.”
The United States ambassador to Spain recently met with a group of Muslim immigrants in one of the most Islamized neighborhoods of Barcelona to apologize for American foreign policymaking in the Middle East.
U.S. Ambassador Alan Solomont told Muslims assembled at the town hall-like meeting in the heart of Barcelona’s old city that the United States is not an “enemy of Islam” and that U.S. President Barack Obama wants to improve America’s image in the Middle East as quickly as possible by closing the “dark chapters” of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.
“There are things that the United States has done badly,” Solomont said at the February 28 gathering organized by a non-profit organization called the Cultural, Educational and Social Association of Pakistani Women. “But now the Obama government wants to improve relations with Muslims,” he promised.
During the one-and-a-half-hour question-and-answer session, Solomont asked those in attendance simple rhetorical questions, including: “Did you know that the United States sends a lot of money to Pakistan?” and “Did you know that the decision to destroy Osama bin Laden’s house was made by the United States?”
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An evangelical film leans on a talk with Nasrallah and shows the “Holy Family” on the security wall. ‘Tis the Season to be Anti-Zionist
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
IDF protects film director Hanon
Israel News photo: Little Town of BethlehemAn evangelical Christian movie, released last year, leans on an interview with Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah and shows a picture of Jesus on the security wall.
The “Little Town of Bethlehem” movie, financed by a U.S. Christian millionaire, links the Arab-Israeli struggle with the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s to show Israel as a racist country. The film has been screened on hundreds of American college campuses.
World Net Daily’s Jim Fletcher reported that the film was financed by Matt Green, founder and CEO of Mardel Christian and Educational Supply and an heir to the Hobby Lobby retail empire
American evangelical Christians are known to be strongly supportive of Israel’s right to all of its land, including Judea and Samaria, where the Christian community has dwindled since the Intifada. Muslim fanaticism has emerged in the region, including Bethlehem.
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Pentagon planners have plenty to deal with these days – Iran in search of nuclear-weapons technology, suicide bombings in Afghanistan, and the final pullout of US troops in Iraq potentially leaving behind a security vacuum in the Middle East. But in war games in Washington this week, US Army officials and their advisers debated three nightmare scenarios in particular. Here are the doomsday visions that Pentagon planners have been poring over:
Members of the Azad Welfare Society burn a replica US flag Sunday during a rally to condemn NATO air strikes on Pakistani troops.
1. Collapse of Pakistan
Following the assassination of the Pakistani president in a scenario that begins in 2013, Pakistan begins to descend into chaos. It is a time of great uncertainty, in which Pakistan’s “Islamist Army faction and its militant Muslim allies” decide to act.
Their plan, according to the war game: “to exploit that country’s growing civil disorder to seize power and create a radical Islamist state.” Compounding this chaos is the confusion over who will gain control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons arsenal, estimated to number 80 to 120. These weapons are believed to be located at a half-dozen or so sites around the country.
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‘Mysterious explosion rocks Iranian city of Isfahan’ – The Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2011, 19:30
For weeks Israelis have been greeted – almost every day – with headlines sounding the ticking clock that is measuring the minutes toward war.
Other things – for us, relative trivia, but indicative of growing global chaos – have dominated the news in the west: Occupy Wall Street; the imminent collapse of the Euro; the quest for a Republican candidate for 2012; the guilty verdict for Michael Jackson’s doctor; allegations of misconduct against Herman Cain…
All the while, here in the Middle East, we have been made freshly aware of how swiftly we could slide into a massive – even non-conventional – war against Iran and its proxies around us. We have been wondering what the coming hours and days could bring – and we wonder how long we’ll be left wondering.
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The US holds a large-scale aerial exercise in Israel and Saudi Arabia; a navy fleet sails to the region in preparation for terror attacks By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu The United States is conducting a week-long large-scale aerial exercise in Israel and Saudi Arabia as a navy fleet sails to the Mediterranean in preparation for any surprise flare-ups in the Middle East as Israel and frees 1,027 terrorists and security prisoners in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.
Intelligence officials have said that terrorist groups, particularly Hizbullah and those based in Gaza, will try to stage attacks on American and Israel targets in the Middle East while the exchange takes place.
“The U.S. Transportation Command and its Air Forces Transportation will be testing its ability to provide a rapid strategic airlift response to major crises and contingencies,” according to DebkaReport.
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Radical left journalist Amira Hass not only doesn’t like the Israeli government, she doesn’t like a “purely Jewish environment,” either. By David Lev #imag1While most Jews were busy celebrating Rosh Hashana, far-left journalist Amira Hass was regaling an audience in Vancouver with chilling tales of “the occupation” – the horrors that Hass claims Israel has been perpetrating against Arabs in Judea and Samaria for decades.
But besides talking politics, Hass also talked about Israeli society – and how she no longer sees herself as a part of it. Accusing Israel of being an “apartheid state” that was carrying out an “ethnic cleansing against Palestinians,” Hass told attendees at the event sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East – a far left “activist” group that supported the illegal Turkish flotilla and the attempted lynch of IDF soldiers – that she had felt far more welcome during the several periods she lived in Gaza and Ramallah than she did in the country of her birth.
And in an interview with Paul Weinberg of the Canadian site Rabble, Hass, the daughter of Holocaust refugees, said “To tell you the truth I cannot see myself living in a purely Jewish environment. I will not be able to move back to Israel if I had to, and to live in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem…. I told my Palestinian friends, who are Israeli citizens, okay if I am kicked out of Ramallah, I will go and live in a Palestinian neighborhood, in Israel itself.”
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Syrian chief warns attack will set Middle East aflame
By Aaron Klein
TEL AVIV – NATO troops are training in Turkey for a Turkish-led NATO invasion of Syria, a senior Syrian diplomatic official claimed to WND.
Separately, informed Middle East security officials said Russia has been inspecting Syrian forces and has been advising Syria about possible Syrian military responses should NATO attack the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The officials said Russia recently sold Syria a large quantity of Iskander ballistic missiles, and that, in light of the NATO threat, the Russian government renewed its pledge to sell Syria the advanced S-300 anti-missile system.
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The Syrian diplomatic official, meanwhile, recognized his country receives general support from Russia, but told WND that Assad’s regime is concerned the European Union and U.S. may offer Russia an economic incentive to scale back Russian support for Syria.
The report comes as Assad reportedly warned yesterday he will set the Middle East on fire if NATO forces attack his country.
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