http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/09/lost_chance_at_g20.html President Obama has lost a golden opportunity at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg to step back from undertaking a military assault on Syria, that promises to create hell for Syria’s civilian population and to unleash consequences that can extend far beyond Syria’s borders. At his press conference held after the summit, President Obama […]
http://tiborkrausz.com/html/features/The%20battle%20of%20the%20bloggers.html In the early afternoon of August 9, 2001, Palestinian terrorism became terribly personal for Arnold and Frimet Roth. The Jerusalem couple’s precocious 15-year-old daughter, Malki, was meeting a friend at the Sbarro Pizzeria in the center of the city when a Hamas suicide bomber detonated his nails-packed explosive belt inside the crowded eatery, killing […]
So it’s not surprising that the mega-star of the pro-Israel blogosphere features prominently in an article by Tibor Krausz on blogging in defence of the Zionist Entity, and has some interesting things to say about the role and status of those of his ilk:
‘Much of political blogging,’ observes Krausz,
‘is the online equivalent of pamphleteering, an unabashed form of partisanship masquerading as informed commentary. The blogosphere is home to a ceaseless cacophony of invective and hyperbole; and a myriad of virulently anti-Israel bloggers — white supremacists, conspiracy nuts, self-styled “friends of Palestine” — find common cause in demonizing the “racist,” “Nazi,” “apartheid” state of “Israhell.”
On mainstream media sites, meanwhile, the comments sections under even the most innocuous news items about the Jewish State invariably become hotbeds of vicious rants against the country, drowning out the rare dispassionate voices….
Pro-Israel bloggers clearly have their work cut out for them, but that doesn’t faze perhaps the most influential one of them. “We definitely make a difference,” insists the New York-based IT professional who goes by the cyberspace nom de guerre of Elder of Ziyon and enjoys regular attention from mainstream media outlets for his investigative scoops.
Elder, who chose his pseudonym to poke fun at cockamamie conspiracy theories about Jewish power, began frequenting Yahoo message boards a decade ago to challenge the views and logic of Israel’s garrulous detractors. “Arguing one-on-one with people emotionally invested in hating Israel was a big waste of time,” the blogger, who prefers to remain anonymous and describes himself as a “fairly ordinary middle-aged Jewish guy,” tells The Report. “I looked for alternatives where I could write more freely and expansively for a larger audience.”
http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4125/more_forlorn_stuff_from_palestinian_authority_israel_turning_us_into_druggies Why oh why do the Palestinians persist with this self-defeating defamation campaign? Do they think it helps their cause? The latest utterly pointless garbage from the Palestinian Authority is just… well… garbage. Apart from firing up their own people against any possible peace agreement with Israel, this is a tired old theme which adds […]
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323595004579065022169566560.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion As Congress returns and prepares to take up President Obama’s request for an authorization to use military force in Syria, William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, tries to reassure queasy Republicans that “yes” is not only the right vote but the expedient one: A Yes vote is in fact the easy vote. It’s […]
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3969/europe-homeschoolers One of the largest Jewish schools in Belgium is at risk of losing its state recognition and subsidies because it is “too conservative.” Meanwhile, the Belgians have opened their own Islamic school, subsidized by the authorities, who evidently do not see Islamic education as “too conservative.” A German SWAT team stormed a house in […]
In September 1939 German forces bombarded Poland on land and from the air and invaded. World War II had begun.
The invasion was aided and abetted by Russia after the signing of the Molotov Ribbentrop Non-Aggression Pact. The campaign was ended on October 6 with Germany and Russia dividing and annexing Poland. The Polish Jews were trapped.
The Polish Jews had been warned by Zeev Jabotinsky…please read:
As this day of mourning, Tisha B’Av, approaches, it is fitting to read the words of a great prophet and Zionist, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, as he pleaded with the Jews of Poland 73 years ago to save themselves from the certain death that Hitler was planning for them. In addition to seeing the horrible danger, he also foresaw the birth of the State of Israel.
A PROPHETIC WARNING – Ze’ev Jabotinsky – Warsaw, Tisha B’Av 1938
“…it is already three years that I am calling upon you, Polish Jewry, who are the crown of world Jewry.
I continue to warn you incessantly that a catastrophe is coming closer.
I became grey and old in these years.
My heart bleeds, that you, dear brothers and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spit its all-consuming lava.
I see that you are not seeing this because you are immersed and sunk in your daily worries.
Today, however, I demand from you trust. You were convinced already that my prognoses have already proven to be right. If you think differently, then drive me out of your midst! However, if you do believe me, then listen to me in this 12th hour:
In the name of God! Let anyone of you save himself as long as there is still time. And time there is very little…and what else I would like to say to you in this day of Tisha B’Av:
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/there-are-no-moderate-syrian-rebels/ The moderate Syrian rebels, like the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, are a myth; an imaginary character used to tell soothing stories to children. Unfortunately the storytellers think that we’re the children. The Syrian Civil War is a religious war. It’s not a war over democracy or freedom. It’s a conflict between two […]
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/357927/how-not-win-over-congress-john-fund Sending Susan Rice, on the Benghazi anniversary, to argue for Syria is one of many missteps. If anyone in the Obama administration thought having former Democratic representative Jane Harman appear on NBC’s Meet the Press to support the Syrian war resolution was a good idea, he must be cringing now. Harman, a former congresswoman […]
There is a purge afoot, not at the behest of the Left or the White House, or at the Huffington Post or Salon, but in the ranks of “conservatives” and “neo-conservatives.” The purge, instigated by the Neocon editors of FrontPage Magazine, is designed to discredit and smear Diana West and her book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character, and to claim any collateral damage in the meantime. I have written on this purge in my August 8th column, “FrontPage’s Spitballs Strike Diana West,” and also reviewed her book. It is the Neocons who are sniping at West and anyone who defends her. I will not repeat everything I wrote in the “Spitball” column, except this:
But, then, we are dealing with Neocons here. Neoconservativism is simply a smorgasbord of supposedly “right-wing” ideologies populated largely by former communists, retired radical left-wing activists, cringing liberals, and even ex-SDS members such as Radosh. It is as philosophically rudderless as traditional “right-wing” Republican philosophy (provided anyone can find it). As a movement, it is so open-ended it may as well admit Barack Obama and all three Clintons as honorary members. Neoconservatism can accommodate just about every ideology but Islam.
And to judge by the way FrontPage’s leading editors are conducting the smear campaign, it’s not beyond fantasy that they could also accommodate totalitarian Islam. Islam is against everything, too. FrontPage may as well run ads on Al Jazeera TV. Perhaps the editors could also pen a series of defenses of Walter Duranty, the New York Times writer who helped to whitewash Stalin’s (and Lenin’s) skull-crushing, famine-as-policy régime.
On a dramatic note, the campaign against West brought to mind Milan Stitt’s 1976 play, The Runner Stumbles, in which an attractive nun is murdered by a Catholic convert, because she was too tempting to the parish priest.
The chief problem with Neocons is that while they are against Islam and make token noises about their opposition to “big government,” they are not for anything. This partly explains why the Neocons are fulminating against West. West, after all, is for the truth about the U.S.’s role in aiding and abetting, by design or by default, the perpetuation and arming of the Soviet Union. She is for revealing the depths and scope of the Big Con, a con which is reflected in academia and in the history of WWII found in most standard textbooks and read by most living Americans in their formative years. That con has been established dogma and narrative, and that dogma and narrative originated with FDR and his administration.
Woe to those who depart from it or challenge it.
West’s compellingly demonstrated and amply documented thesis swims against the current of standard history, which is that FDR cut cards with a very personable devil (Josef Stalin) in order to crush Nazism and Hitler, and that it wasn’t his fault or that of his cronies, dupes, and advisors (chiefly Harry Hopkins) that Stalin got atomic bomb materials and know-how and helped to replace Hitler’s murderous totalitarianism in Europe with the Soviet Union’s after the war.
The standard history is that it just “happened.” No fingers should be pointed at St. Franklin, because up to a point, Stalin was viewed as just a benevolent despot looking out for “his people.” That is how Stalin was sold to Americans during WWII in propaganda. After it was “revealed” that the U.S. was ignorant of Stalin’s responsibility for the murders of millions of Russians in a concerted campaign to eliminate all opposition to the Soviet régime, and that it really, really was the totalitarian horror that others had described, the standard history is that the U.S. could only adopt an Alfred E. Neuman-like “What-Me-Know??” stance.
West and her book have been defended by Andrew Bostom, Michael McCann and Shari Goodman, among others. The contemptible behavior of FrontPage’s editors has been noted and highlighted by Family Security Matters, Breitbart, and Gates of Vienna. West has published the first part of a lengthy and detailed rebuttal (not on FrontPage, of course) here.
I mentioned collateral damage. On September 3rd The Gatestone Institute published an article by Clare Lopez, “Recognizing the Wrong People,” in which she cites Diana West’s book and focuses on what moved West to write it, the baffling accommodation by especially the Obama administration of hiring Muslims into the most sensitive realms of policy and in indiscriminately patronizing the Muslim Brotherhood. Lopez discusses the distinct and observable parallel between that and FDR’s accommodation of the Soviet Union with its formal recognition in 1933 and its consequences.
Without warning or explanation, that article was removed by Gatestone the very same day. The next day Lopez was removed from Gatestone’s stable of writers and researchers. Shall we say expelled or purged? Qua terms, there’s not much difference in the motive or the consequence. The Gates of Vienna relates the sequence of events.