http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323501404578163210469870342.html?mod=hp_opinion The man who founded the Heritage Foundation in the 1970s explains how to build a think tank ‘for the long haul.’ Ed Feulner, who is finishing a 35-year run as the president of the Heritage Foundation, should be glum. As one of conservatism’s senior officers in the war of ideas and policy, Mr. Feulner […]
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324001104578161242314336934.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_AboveLEFTTop The bad news continues in Egypt, with the glorious revolution of 2011 evolving into a not-so-glorious present of violent political clashes and a slide toward Islamic authoritarianism. Over the weekend President Mohammed Morsi scrapped his recent dictatorial decree, but he is still insisting on a rushed December 15 national referendum on a new constitution. […]
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/davidhornik/should-israel-let-the-palestinian-authority-fail/ …our people have witnessed, and continue to witness, an unprecedented intensification of military assaults, the blockade, settlement activities and ethnic cleansing, particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem, and mass arrests, attacks by settlers and other practices by which this Israeli occupation is becoming synonymous with an apartheid system of colonial occupation, which institutionalizes the plague […]
DAVID SOLWAY IS A SPLENDID WRITER AND POET WHOSE ESSAYS ON EVERY TOPIC…FROM CLIMATE WARMING HOAX TO JEWISH ASPIRATIONS AND SURVIVAL TO GENERAL POLITICS AND CULTURE ARE ALL GEMS…..RSK
“The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharqad tree would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.”
Sahih al-Bukhari, 4:56:791
For Muslims the boxthorn tree is their botanical metaphor for the Jews, but for Israelis their own self-chosen botanical metaphor is the prickly pear. Both are thorny plants at home in the desert and more than capable of protecting themselves in that harsh environment. For Muslims the Jew is a tree that must be torn out of the soil, but the Jew in Israel sees his people becoming trees whose roots hold fast to the soil of a revived land.
Lycium ferocissimum, the boxthorn tree, or the Gharqad tree, is the overarching metaphor of David Solway’s The Boxthorn Tree. Muslims see the Jews as the people of the boxthorn tree and that same genocidal Hadith, which appears in the Hamas covenant, among so many other Muslim Brotherhood documents, is how Solway’s book looks back at Muslim hatred, persecution and terror.
The Boxthorn Tree by David Solway is a collection of essays, literary in intent, practical in expression, that touch on the topics of Jewish identity and Jewish life under the shadow of constant genocide. As Solway notes, Jews live always under the threat of the fate of the boxthorn tree and of every tree in a desert land. There is always someone seeking to tear them out of their small piece of good earth.
David Solway however explores more than just Islamic terror, that quintessential threat, which in the Hadith, from whose name the book emerges, the end of the world concludes with every rock and tree, but the boxthorn tree, crying out for the death of the Jew. The Boxthorn Tree is about more than the rendezvous with evil that has become such a part of Jewish history; it is about Jewishness itself.
Terror raises the Jewish question again, summons up the ghosts of the new anti-Semitism and covers them with rotten flesh and causes them to speak with rancid tongues, but David Solway is more concerned with how Jews respond to the experience of being hated, than with the hatred alone. The Boxthorn Tree is less about hatred and more about self-hatred, whether it is the self-hatred of the Post-Jewish Jew chanting bellicose slogans outside the Israeli consulate or the Post-Christian Western leader selling out Israel and then his own country, in that order, in the hopes of winning a stay of execution from the demographic Damocles Sword of Islamic immigration and Islamist terror.
“’Peace’ means that we are no longer willing to fight for the principles and traditions that have raised us to the top of the dominance hierarchy and that we are ready or eager to submit to a clear ideological foe,” David Solway writes of the degenerating instincts of the senescent free world. “’Freedom’ means that we have accepted the growing likelihood of defeat and comparative servitude. And ‘Justice’ means the acknowledgment of the ‘rights’ of our adversaries to game the social, political and legal systems of their host countries to their advantage, in other words, to insinuate their norms of conduct and cultural presuppositions into a way of life we have long taken for granted and are now prepared to surrender piecemeal to the claims of the ‘other.’”
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/arnold-ahlert/indoctrination-sold-as-education/print/ The effort to turn public school classrooms into laboratories for government propaganda has reached a new milestone. Common Core State Standards in English is a program already adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia. It calls for an increase in the reading of “informational text” instead of fictional literature. When the new […]
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/bruce-thornton/a-nation-of-takers-hurtles-toward-the-fiscal-abyss/ The on-going negotiations over avoiding the tax hikes and spending cuts we call the “fiscal cliff” are the simply the latest act in a farce of self-serving political denial. For decades now both parties have overseen and nurtured the expansion of the entitlement state all the while ignoring the slow-motion economic implosion whose predictable […]
http://spectator.org/archives/2012/12/10/throwing-conservatives-off-the While the White House and congressional Republicans shadow box on the verge of the fiscal cliff, the federal government is busy digging below the cliff and raising its height. According to a Congressional Budget Office report released on Friday, the federal government borrows 46 cents of each dollar it spends. We’re only two months […]
Shocked. Everyone is just shocked that an illiterate, untalented, anti American creep named PSY was invited to the White House last night.
“A South Korean entertainer known as PSY will perform on the evening of December 9 at the White House despite a swirling controversy over lyrics in his songs that advocate the torture and murder of Americans. President Barack Obama and his family are scheduled to attend the holiday concert. South Korea is an ally of the U.S.”
What about the invite to a swine named “Common” in May 2011?
Obama White House invitation to rapper who praised convicted killer of N.J. state trooper outrages police officials
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/jamie-glazov/female-genital-mutilation-an-islamic-crime/print/ Asia News recently reported how the misogynist crime of female genital mutilation (FGM) continues to be a “widespread traditional practice” in “rural areas and more remote areas of Indonesia, particularly the island of Java.” The story makes sure to remind us, naturally, that while this crime is being perpetrated in a Muslim country, the […]
Hillary Says Israelis Lack Empathy Toward Palestinians — on The Glazov Gang
The Obama administration sinks further into the moral sewer.