DANIEL GREENFIELD: THE WEEK THAT WAS PART 2
ONLY WHEN THE DEBATE IS MODERATED BY A BLACK LESBIAN IN A WHEELCHAIR WILL THE LEGACY OF AMERICAN RACISM FINALLY BE LIFTED FROM OUR SHOULDERS
Just as the media had finished congratulating itself for selecting a woman, CNN’s Candy Crowley, as one of the 2012 presidential debate moderators for the first time in 20 years, there is now an outcry over the lack of African American representation among the moderators.
Maybe we can just choose 1,000 moderators who will fully encompass the great mosaic of diversity in this country.
ISLAMOPHOBIA STILL THE GREATEST THREAT OF OUR TIME
The murder sparked national interest after Parvaiz told police that shots were fired by three men who shouted racial epithets and called the Muslim family “terrorists.”
But his story fell apart as investigators questioned him at Morristown Medical Center, and he admitted to arranging the shooting of his Pakistan-born wife, according to a court affidavit.
…so this brings down the number of actual violent religiously-motivated crimes against Muslims down to what? Probably too small a number to even mention when you consider that the number is small to begin with, includes ridiculously petty incidents and that the splashiest cases, like this, turned out to be false.
In the past few years, the local media went into frenzied cries of Islamophonia over a Muslim boy snatching the Hijab off a Muslim girl. And we are talking boy here, not even close to an adult. Media reporting carefully avoided any mention of his religion even as they screamed hate crime.
We also had a drunk Latino man who urinated on rugs piled outside a mosque, a fight between three men on the subway which turned out to have no religious component and another drunk with mental problems who stabbed a Muslim taxi driver. Those were major “Islamophobia” cases in New York.
DUCKS IN A ROW
One of these steps was the introduction of Avi Dichter, former Shin Bet chief into Israeli PM Netanyahu’s security cabinet. He’s replacing outgoing Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i, who will leave next week for Beijing to be Israel’s next ambassador to China.
Dichter used to be a Kadima MK,but resigned his seat and his affiliation with Kadima in order to make the move.
His security credentials are impressive, but there’s a deeper connection most non-Israelis aren’t aware of.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack, PM Benyamin Netanyahu and Avi Dichter all served together in Israel’s elite Army unit, the Sayeret Matkal. In other words, there’s a bond there of blood and fire and of working together on military operations. The Sayeret Matkal’s motto is the same as Britain’s renowned Special Air Service (SAS): ‘Who dares, wins.’
And they’ve proven it time and again.
Dichter’s entry into Netanyahu’s special security cabinet strikes me as assembling an old team together for a mission in enemy territory, which is exactly what the Sayeret Matkal specializes in.
The military is Israel’s core old boys network. Or it used to be. The associations you make there follow you in your career. Their generation may be the last generation for whom that is truly the case, but Netanyahu is bringing as much of the opposition on board as he can.
He knows that a lot of the opposition to a strike on Iran’s nuclear program is not truly ideological, it’s political. To move forward before the election in the United States, he needs to bring as many of the experienced hands on the other side, particularly those with a security background, into the process.
The real redline is the election. If Obama wins, then any possibility of a strike will have to go up against everything that Barry will be able to throw at Israel. That may include threatening to warn the Saudis and Iranians about any overflights as they are happening. Even if Romney wins, the advisers will be telling him the same diplomatic things that they told Bush and Obama, that an Israeli strike will result in a regional backlash against the United States.
Until the election is wrapped up, Obama isn’t likely to devote too much time to attacking or obstructing Israel. That means there are a few months in which to move. Right now the sabotage will be huge, both internal and external. The challenges of this operation are not just the ones on the battlefield, but the high risk of internal leaks from lefties, the local versions of Bradley Manning, like Anat Kamm. It also includes the open question of how far Obama’s closest associates, especially Susan Rice and Valerie Jarrett, will push him to go to stop any attack based on information that the CIA picks up from its own agents within Israel’s political and military structures. (Yes they exist.)
Even if an operation is launched and succeeds, Iran’s leaders will do their past to save face by inflicting as much damage on Israel as they can. Their primary vehicles for that will be the ones operating out of Gaza and Lebanon. Since Hamas has switched its allegiance, if the Saudis are on board with the strike, then there may be quiet there at least. But Iran will at least make an effort to lob something at Israel. It will almost certainly be conventional, but it will do it to make a point.
Iran is flailing in Syria and that makes it look weak. The Saudis once invaded Iran and Iran cannot afford to give Sunni Islamists the impression that it is weak.
If Arrow works, with G-d’s help, then the damage may be light, but it is almost certain that there will be some casualties on the home front. A united domestic government, or the closest that Bibi can manage, may starve off the left’s attempts at using that damage for political gain.
RELIGION OF MISINFORMATION
Some Muslim sites appear to be spreading the false rumor that I run the Religion of Peace site. While ROP is a great site and I would be happy to claim credit for it, I am not its webmaster nor do I run it or have any ties to it. But I would those in the Counterjihad to stop by there from time to time.
Finally a retired Jewish social worker from Philly has some strong words for Sarah Silverman.
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