Tag: Middle East

Tony Blair, I read my Koran everyday!

By Debbie Schlussel

Remember Tony Blair as George W. Bush’s hand-picked pan-Arabist, pan-Muslim Middle East “peace” envoy? He was totally one sided. And his side was anyone and everyone who is against Israel . . . you know, the same Muslims that own half of his country. And then there’s his sister-in-law, Lauren Booth, who converted to Islam (after visiting Iran!) and regularly helps HAMAS in its efforts and propaganda against Israel. Unfortunately, after Bush appointed him as an envoy, Barack Obama kept him on, and he’s now the envoy for the “quartet”–the U.S., U.N., Europe, and Russian. And, now, there’s a new reason Tony Blair can’t be–and never should have been–taken seriously on anything regarding the Middle East: he reads the Koran, daily.

His chief spin doctor Alastair Campbell famously comment[ed]: ‘We don’t do God.’ . . . But since leaving Downing Street in 2007 . . . Mr Blair . . . has now spoken of how he reads the Koran every day.

Reading the Islamic religion’s holy book – considered by Muslims to be the exact words of God – ensured he remained ‘faith-literate’, the former Labour leader said.

Destroying Hamas is the only goal that makes sense

Posted By Moshe Phillips

The May 11, 2011 Wall Street Journal editorial “Engaged to Hamas” at first glance seems like the type of clear thinking on the Middle East that is missing from The Washington Post and The New York Times. The conclusion of the editorial stated:

There’s no way for any donor or for Israel, which transfers customs and other receipts to the Palestinian Authority, to ensure that money won’t be used by Hamas to launch more rockets on Israeli school buses.

Good, right? But here’s the problem – and it’s a big one – everything in that last line is correct, it is what is not being said that is the key to why the entire Arab-Israeli conflict goes unresolved. Even if Hamas does not “launch more rockets on Israeli school buses” assumes that Hamas is not evil and both needs and serves to be utterly and completely destroyed. Destroyed because it is evil. The moral thing to do is to destroy evil when it poses a “clear and present danger” or likely will again.

When the Allies after World War Two conducted a systematic effort of denazification it was not because the Nazi Party or Nazi ideas were going to be threat in 1946 or 1947 but because the Nazis’ ideas were dangerous enough that if not outlawed and fought and vanquished on the battlefield of ideas then the Allies had every right to believe that they might have to return to combat on the actual battlefield in the 1950s or 1960s and fight the Nazis again.

The purpose of war is to permanently eliminate the threat coming from your enemy. Far too often history has revealed that wars are things that must be won decisively or they will cause subsequent conflicts that grow in both intensity and the degree of devastation. Evil must be confronted and evil must be destroyed. Hamas is evil. Hamas is the enemy. Hamas must be eliminated.

Why is Glenn Beck in Israel?

“But I have sensed things, because I am a student of history, and trouble is coming. And trouble is coming all over the world because there is a fight for democracy and not a fight for freedom.” #imag1 Glenn took…

The Christian predicament in Syria and Egypt

By Avi Lipkin The last few months have seen an historical earthquake or volcano if you will in the Midde East. Islamic countries, some with sizeable Christian minorities are witnessing revolutions which on the surface seem to display a desire by the peoples of the these countries for a genuine democracy, something only to be found outside of the Middle East except for Israel.

The story begins with an economic trigger of $147 a barrel for oil in 2008 leading to the near collapse of the world economy. With this near collapse of the world economy, the barrel of oil dropped back to $30 even if for only a few days, and then slowly began to climb back hovering now around the $100 dollar mark. Whether or not the world economy recovers or not, we all know that food prices have gone through the roof of this OPEC greed. Higher oil prices mean higher food prices. Food prices will continue to spiral upwards and starvation will increase in many more places.

When the Tunisian fruit/vegetable vender self-immolated himself after a humiliating arrest by a policeman and then being slapped in the face by a a Tunisian Moslem policewoman and having his produce confiscated, ostensibly for not having a license (or paying a bribe) the word got out quickly in the Tunisian streets thus setting off massive riots with the help of such hi-tech media as Google, Facebook, Twitter and U-Tube. The corruption, the lack of employment, the lack of freedom and democracy led these people in the Middle East to want and demand more, primarily what is to be found in the West where there is work, democracy and food.

These revolutions spread to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and other countries and threaten to spread elsewhere as well such as Saudi Arabia, Morocco and perhaps even Iran.

The Egyptian Revolution is a case in point. Christians and Moslems demonstrated together in Tahrir Square and other places calling on the overthrow of the Mubarak regime hoping for a better future. The Mubarak regime suffered from the same corruption and elitist domination of the economy by certain chosen groups. US President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the “democratic revolution” in Egypt as they are now doing in Libya as well.

When the US Administration was warned of the dangers of the Moslem Brotherhood, Secretary Clinton’s response was: “They are only a 30% minority.” The problem is that throughout the Middle East, the governments are usually controlled by minority and not majority. By the way, Hitler came to power in Germany in January of 1933 with only 30% of the German democratic vote. Khomeini in Iran came to power in 1979 leading a wall-to-wall coalition of democratic forces but in the end it was his fanatic group of fundamentalist Shi’ites that eliminated all the other groups leaving only Khomeini’s group in power.

So today, the Egyptian Army in partnership with the Moslem Brotherhood are now the ruling forces. And there should be no doubt that the agenda in Egypt has never been for democracy nor is it now. On the contrary, the Islamic motto is: We kill the Jews on Saturday, and we kill the Christians on Sunday.

Now that there are no more Jews in Egypt (Saturday people), the Moslems say: “We will go for the Sunday people” (the Christians). There is no doubt that the condition of the Coptic Egyptian minority is indeed dire. Woman are being kidnapped, raped and forced to marry Moslem men who can anyway have multiple wives. When Christians protest about this, the Moslems riot and kill the Christians. Churches are being burned down and Christians gunned down. My fear is that the Egyptian Coptic community faces imminent and massive ethnic cleansing if not outright Holocaust at the hands of the Moslems.

When the Egyptian Christian community is terminated, the economy will completely collapse and Egypt will become a desolation with tens of millions of Egyptian Christians and Moslems fleeing to the West were the grass is greener and there is food, employment and freedom, at least for now.

In Syria, another country ruled by a minority, this time a pro-Iranian 10% Alawite minority, another volcano is about to explode. The Sunni population of 80% is seeking “democracy” or rule of the majority of the people. The Christian population is about 10% and until now protected by the Alawites, but if the Bashar Assad and his regime fall from power, the Sunnis, led by the same Moslem Brotherhood as in Egypt, I am afraid, will decimate both the Alawites and the Christians, thus terminating the Christian presence in Syria, and by extension the Christians in Lebanon as well. We already have seen how the Sunni/Shi’ite struggle in Iraq killed Christians and forced them to flee to Syria. Now, I am afraid, this is about to happen in Syria and by extension in Lebanon.

Unfortunately, the Christian world in the West is silent about this as are most of the churches and denominational leadership. By the no one in the Christian world is saying or doing anything about the slaughter of Christians in Africa. And, of course, as the fundamentalist Moslem Brotherhood takes over in Egypt and Syria as it already has in Turkey and Gaza, I believe we are witnessing the creation of a Sunni Caliphate that will soon be surrounding Israel as well. Could this be a Gog and Magog scenario in the making? Will the world do anything about the Christians of Egypt and Syria? Will the world do anything to stand by Israel at that time? I believe it is time for Jews and Christians to awaken and unite in an alliance for the defense of Christians, Jews, and all of Western Civilization threatened by this rising wave of Sunni Moslem Brotherhood fundamentalism.

What Pre-Israeli history should teach Jimmy Carter about the Hamas/Fatah deal

by Moshe Phillips.

Jimmy Carter’s reputation as one of the most consistent supporters of Israel’s terrorist opponents remains intact with the publication of his “Support the Palestinian unity government” op-ed in The Washington Post.

In his 2006 book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid Carter cemented his place in history as one of the most vicious critics of Israeli policy. He has been one leading voices in support of the formation of an Islamic state in the Land of Israel since the 1970s.

Let’s take a moment and recall one part in the history in the Middle East that Carter rarely brings up.

Carter failed to grasp the danger to the Middle East, Israel and the U.S. that the watershed event of the Iranian Revolution meant. The Jihadi takeover in Tehran during the Carter presidency was one of the first parts of the campaign of terrorist violence that led to 9/11 and that we are still combating today. Carter’s Iran policy is the story of one tragic mistake after another.

Now Carter expects his opinion to be accepted in regard to Hamas – the Iranian surrogate in the land of Israel. He was wrong in Iran, wrong in criticizing Israeli policy and he’s wrong about the Fatah/Hamas “unity government.”

The royal wedding and the war on terror

Moshe Phillips
If you do not work or play in Boston, New York or Philadelphia you may have never see a Metro newspaper. What you need to know about these publications is that they feature skewed coverage of news related to the conflicts in the Middle East and the wider war on terror. You should also know that Metro papers already reached more than 20 million daily readers worldwide back in 2008.

The April 28, 2011 Metro Philadelphia edition contained an article about the murder of nine Americans in the Kabul airport. The two paragraph article was 94 word Reuters it was on page eight. There were no photos. The headline read “Americans shot dead.”

By contrast Metro Philadelphia ran a half page on the British royal wedding. There were two full color photos and the various components of the Reuters feature ran to over 350 words. The four column wide headline read “William and Kate hold final rehearsals.”

One shock away from crisis says World Bank President

The president of the World Bank has warned that the world is “one shock away from a full-blown crisis”.

Robert Zoellick cited rising food prices as the main threat to poor nations who risk “losing a generation”.

He was speaking in Washington at the end of the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Meanwhile, G20 finance chiefs, who also met in Washington, pledged financial support to help new governments in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr Zoellick said such support was vital.

“The crisis in the Middle East and North Africa underscores how we need to put the conclusions from our latest world development report into practice. The report highlighted the importance of citizen security, justice and jobs,” he said.

The danger in al-Jazeera’s new branding

Moshe Phillips

The news reports that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaeda terrorist mastermind behind the September 11th attacks, will be prosecuted by a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, come at a time like no other in Arab history. The dissent and rebellion in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and most recently in Syria has caused most of the mainstream media to speculate about a future Middle East where moderates have a greater influence.

Cooler heads have pointed out that there is still much to be concerned about in regard to the growth and strength of al-Qaeda. For example, Admiral James Stavridis, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in late March reported that there was al-Qaeda activity among the rebel groups in Libya.

Dr. Judea Pearl is the father of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl. Daniel Pearl was the victim of another of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s vicious crimes. Dr. Pearl has chosen to speak out in recent weeks about his current concerns. And, again, the mainstream media has been uniformly silent. On February 23, 2011 Dr. Pearl shared with journalist Cliff Kincaid the reasons for his scrutiny of Al Jazeera.

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