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tisdag 30 mars 2010

Human trafficking, mafia-style slayings, now bank heists

President Hussein Obama’s Hamas allies in Gaza are a breed apart.

The US, EU, Quartet and UN are all strategically silent while the violent Hamas regime in Gaza seizes more than a quarter of a million dollars from a local bank. Hamas is a staunchly religious Muslim group that also engages in the practice of human trafficking (read also the following two links for more information about Hamas, what it represents and how it is used as part of the inexorable US/UN anti-Israel drive).

The US, EU, Quartet and UN are all strategically voluble when twenty (20) apartments are given planning permission in Jerusalem. The apartments are intended to house staunchly religious Jews.

The disparity in the treatment of Muslims and Jews is very worrying.

All the more so since the long-scheduled construction of 20 apartments for Jews in Jerusalem is given greater political attention than the accelerated construction of Islamist Iranian nuclear weapons with the avowed intention of erasing the Jewish state from the planet.

It’s a disparity that seems to appeal to Hussein Obama.

Now THAT is really worrying.


Interesting links:
Sweden shuns Israeli investments
Forget what the UN says, here's what Gaza is REALLY like
Here's what the UN is really about
Ending the occupation of the UN

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måndag 29 mars 2010

Är Homer Simpson mer objektiv än vad Hussein Obama är?


När presidentkandidat Hussein Obama behövde röster för att säkra jobbet som den globala politikens starke man, tvekade han inte ett ögonblick att besöka Jerusalem.

Idag, dock, då hans maktposition är säkrad under åtminstone de kommande två åren, har han inget behov av judiskt – eller demokratiskt – stöd så nu tar han varje tillfälle att demonstrera sitt hat gentemot Israel, speciellt hatet mot den judiska statens valda ledare Benjamin Netanyahu.

, när Obamakandidaturen behövde judiska röster, talade kandidat Obama om erkännandet av Jerusalem som odelad huvudstad för den judiska staten Israel.



Idag talar istället president Obama om det absoluta behovet för judar att upphöra med att bygga bostäder i den judiska statens huvudstad. Detta är, enligt Obama, ett grundläggande villkor för att få våldsamma araber och islamister att avbryta sin krigsföring mot den judiska staten tillräckligt länge för att specificera hur lång tid de behöver för att förinta Israel. Av en ren händelse är tiden de behöver för detta ädla ändamål exakt samma tid som Obamas senaste bundsförvant, Teherans Ahmadinejad (läs också detta) behöver för att avsluta utvecklingen av sin kärnvapenarsenal (läs även detta och detta).

, när Obama desperat behövde varenda röst, reste han till och med till den israeliska staden Sderot, staden som har bombarderats med fler än 10 000 Hamasmissiler från Gaza. Där sade Obama att oavsett Jerusalems slutliga status är det "inte USAs uppgift att diktera hur stadens slutliga status ska vara" utan att det måste beslutas "av parterna själva":



Idag, med de amerikanska valen undanstökade, gör Hussein Obama precis tvärtom – han dikterar exakt var Washington anser judar får lov att bo i det Heliga landet i ett område som aldrig någonsin tidigare i historien tillhört någon annan suverän stat. Mer specifikt, Obama anstränger sig för att förhindra varje möjlighet för israeler och palestinier att diskutera lösningen sinsemellan genom att han dikterar till Israel villkor som till och med palestinierna själva är för generade för att kräva.

Men nu kommer Homer Simpson till undsättningen. Denna 2-dimensionella figur från Springfield som är så uppskattade på TV-skärmar världen över har gjort något som den 2-dimensionella figuren i Washington har vägrat göra: Homer tog sin familj och besökte Israel EFTER de amerikanska valen – när det inte fanns några röster att fiska.


Det var ingen sockersöt bild som Homer försökte måla upp. Tvärt om, hans följe inkluderade den aggressive Jakob, en israelisk turistguide vars röst lånas från Sacha Baron Cohen, skådespelaren bakom de högst kontroversielle figurerna Bruno och Borat.

Ändå har Homer Simpson och hans familj gjort något som Obama och hans familj hårdnackat vägrat: besökt, lärt sig från första parkett, blivit fotograferade framför judendomens heligaste plats när det INTE är valår.

Dags så att upprepa något som allt fler amerikanska medborgare öppet erkänner:


Homer Simpson för president.
 
Utsikterna för fred i Mellanöstern skulle säkerligen inte bli sämre än med den som för tillfället innehar posten.

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Is Homer Simpson more objective than Hussein Obama is?



When presidential candidate Hussein Obama needed votes to secure what is arguably the most powerful position in global politics, he had no hesitation in visiting Jerusalem.

Today, however, secure in his position for the next couple of years at least, he has no need for Jewish – or indeed democratic – support and has gone out of his way to demonstrate his aversion to Israel, in particular the Jewish nation’s elected leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Back then, when the Obama candidacy needed Jewish votes, candidate Obama talked about recognition of an undivided Jerusalem.



Today, president Obama talks about the absolute need for Jews to stop building homes in the Jewish capital in order to get intransigent Arabs and Islamists to pause long enough in their assault on the Jewish nation to sign an agreement in which they specify how long they wish to spend destroying Israel. By sheer coincidence, the time-span being kicked around is exactly the time needed by Obama’s latest buddy, Teheran’s Ahmadinejad, to conclude the development of his nuclear arsenal.

Back then, when Obama desperately needed every vote, he even travelled to Sderot, the town that has been battered by more than 10,000 Hamas missiles from Gaza, and said that whatever the final status of Jerusalem, "it s not the job of the United States to dictate the form that will take" but that it must be decided "by the parties themselves":



Today, of course, with US elections well out of the way, the US administration under Hussein Obama is doing just that, dictating precisely where Washington agrees for Jews to live in an area of the Holy Land that has never in history belonged to any other sovereign state. More specifically, what Obama is doing is to prevent any chance of Israelis and Palestinians from discussing the issue themselves, by dictating to the Israelis preconditions that even the Palestinians themselves are to shy to ask for.

Now into the breach steps Homer Simpson. The 2-D figure from Springfield so beloved from TV screens the world over has done what the 2-D figure from Washington has failed to do: Homer took his family and visited Israel AFTER the US elections, when there were no votes in the balance.



It was no cosy, sweet-as-cotton-candy picture that Homer tried to paint. On the contrary, his retinue included the in-your-face Jacob, voiced-over by Sacha Baron Cohen, whose highly controversial on-screen personas include Bruno and Borat.

But still Homer Simpson and his family did something that Obama and his family wouldn’t: visit, learn at first hand, have their pictures taken at Judaism’s holiest site when it is NOT election year.

Let me say what increasing numbers of Americans are saying:


 Homer Simpson for President.

There’d certainly be more chance of peace than with the current incumbent.

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söndag 28 mars 2010

Peace in our time

Finally, peace is in the offing in the Middle East.

And it’s all thanks to Barack Hussein Obama. The man who took the presidency of the United States and turned it into an agency of the AIF.

The AIF? That’s right. The Arab Intransigence Front.

Did I say “peace”? Sorry, I meant “change”.

The AIF consists of Libya and Syria, whose whose chain is yanked by Iran, while the Palestinian Arabs, for the first time since they started massacring Jews back in the 1920s, are finally able to relax and let their allies in Teheran and Washington take the strain.

Make no mistake: the Washington-Teheran-Damascus-Ramallah axis is out to create history. Arab moderation such as it existed in the reign of rulers like Egypt’s President Sadat and Jordan’s King Hussein is finished, what is emerging is the inexorable onward crush of fanatical despotism as dictated by the likes of Moammar Gaddafi (read also this piece on the Libyan dictator), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bashar Assad, Khaled Meshaal, Mahmoud Abbas and Hassan Nasrallah.

Obama won a landmark victory at home with his health-care reforms. Desperate to prove that his domestic success was no flash-in-the-pan proof of mere domestic prowess but that he really is big enough for his overseas boots too, he has carefully tested the wind, abandoned his country’s support for democracy and realigned the United States with whoever can make him look powerful, purposeful, decisive. In short, whoever can make him look like a winner.

Which by definition means the Jews pay.

Read below under “Related Links” what Hussein Obama is doing to create and support a new intransigent Arab Middle East, how he is planning to shelve Israel and how disrespectfully he is treating America’s foremost ally. Britain routinely executes alleged militants abroad in extrajudicial killings and even fights wars in areas as far apart as Iraq, Argentina and Afghanistan while continuing to occupy Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands. Nevertheless, Britain has taken its cue from its master, the Obama-led regime in Washington and in an unprecedented show of animosity has expelled an Israeli diplomat on account of unfounded allegations of Israeli complicity in the murder of a wanted terrorist in Dubai.

Britain’s extraordinarily duplicitous stance on the issue of targeted killings and the USA’s extraordinarily aggressive actions against its sole ally in the Middle East, Israel, are going to have far-reaching and long-lasting repercussions.

Israel may have been selected as the whipping-boy in Obama’s frenzied ego-trip, but it is a fact well known that when one has one’s back to the wall, the only alternative to voluntarily giving up one’s life is to come out fighting.

History has taught us that when pressed, Israel will come out fighting savagely.

The question is which regimes will be in power in Washington, Teheran, Damascus and Ramallah to pick up the pieces. Because just as Obama’s and Brown’s self-assigned policing activities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen result in alarming civilian casualties well beyond US and UK borders, so too do Israel’s US- and UK-enforced policing activities on its own doorstep look likely to result in large-scale casualties well beyond Israel’s borders.

Obama may want to look beyond his own reflection just long enough to consider what he is unleashing on countless people throughout the Middle East.

He’s certainly going to go down in history as a president to remember.

The question is, will he be remembered as a bumbling idiot or a man smart enough to realize his own limitations and take the advice of his betters.

 
Related links:
Zvi Mazel - The decline of the West
David Harris - Letter to Baroness Ashton - How do you write about Gaza without mentioning Hamas even once?
Morton A. Klein - Obama demonstrates his animosity towards Israel
Cal Thomas: America - Israel's new enemy?
Charles Hawley - Is Europe Islam's weakest victim? Article about Switzerland's ban on minaret construction
Elliot Abrams - The future of an illusion
Jonathan Spyer - Re-packaging illusion
Daniel Gordis - Will Obama ignite the third intifada?
 
 
Related links from this site:
Obama's intifada
The EU goes to school - and learns nothing
A composite view of the Middle East
Ban Ki-moon's strange selective silence
Brazening it out
Silence and condemnation
Strange priorities
 

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lördag 27 mars 2010

Obamas intifada

Obamas intifada fortsätter att skörda liv.

Barack Hussein Obama kanske formellt är president av USA, men han uppför sig allt mer som representant för en av de mer hårdföra islamistregimerna i Mellanöstern.

Detta kanske förklarar varför han fullständigt undviker att uttrycka något som helst krav på de palestinska araberna. Det finns totalt samförstånd mellan den extrema Hamasregimen i Gazaremsan och den enligt egen utsago ”moderata” Palestinska Myndigheten på Västbanken (alltså de två judiska provinserna Judéen och Samarien som araberna vill ska skänkas till dem för byggandet av den andra palestinsk-arabiska staten vid sidan om den palestinsk-arabiska staten Jordanien). Både Hamas och Palestinska Myndigheten är eniga om att de vill ha hela Israel, hela Jerusalem, och inga judar boende någonstans i regionen.

Obama avvisar helt tanken på att kräva något av dessa två organisationer, som i alla andra avseenden är varandras svurna fiender. Det är endast hatet mot judar och Israel som förenar dem.

långt det Obama inte gör. Det Obama gör är att öppet och frekvent fördöma Israel för att landet tänker bygga bostäder för judar i den judiska statens huvudstad på mark som aldrig tidigare i världshistorien tillhört någon annan suverän stat. Aldrig någonsin. Hans senaste i raden av fördömanden av den judiska staten härstammar från Israels sedan länge beslutade projekt för att bygga 1600 bostäder i Jerusalem. Det intressanta i sammanhanget är att ett allt ökande antal analytiker noterar att det Hussein Obama egentligen gör är att försöka ändra det politiska styret i en modern, demokratisk suverän stat, tillika USAs starkaste allierade, Israel, genom att offentligt tvinga dess premiärminister Benyamin Netanyahu från sin plats och ersätta honom med någon vars politik ligger mer i linje med Obamas egna visioner för Mellanöstern. Med andra ord, en kupp mot främmande makt.
 
Intressant nog när det gäller att bygga bostäder i huvudstäder säger svenska politiker detta valår att de är stolta över sina program för att bygga 15 000 lägenheter i Stockholm . Ingen kommentar från Obama. Men å andra sidan är Sverige inte ett judiskt land så det kanske är totalt ointressant för honom.
 
De olika palestinska ledarna noterar med stigande förvåning och allt större leenden Hussein Obamas allt fränare attacker på den judiska staten, hans öppna förolämpningar mot den judiska statens premiärminister och Obamas totala avsaknad av krav på en enda av de otaliga extrema hårdföra muslimska regimer vars uttalade mål är att ersätta världens enda judiska stat Israel med världens 25 arabiska och 56 muslimska stat. Dessa representanter för den arabiska och muslimska vägrarfronten har helt naturligt ökat sina egna attacker mot den judiska staten. De låter förstå att de helt enkelt måste öka sina attacker mot Israel eftersom ingen palestinsk ledare kan riskera att ses som mindre propalestinsk än den amerikanska presidenten.
 
Förra veckan var det en civil jordbruksarbetare i södra Israel som mördades i en Hamas raketattack. Igår var det fyra palestinska terrorister samt två israeliska soldater som dödades när araberna försökte invadera Israel och kidnappa flera judar på samma sätt som de för snart fyra år sedan kidnappade Gilad Schalit, den enda juden som fortfarande lever i ett Gaza som i övrigt är totalt etniskt rensat från samtliga judar. Gilad Schalit används som lockbete i en makaber människohandel. Omvärlden fortsätter att bekosta Hamas styre, utan att kräva att pojken släpps fri ur sin olagliga fångenskap.
 
Hussein Obama har dock inga kommentarer på målet att hålla Gazaremsan etniskt rensad, alltså juderein. Anledningen kan vara att han är för upptagen med att planera sin nästa ombudsattack mot den judiska staten. En sak är säker: han bryr sig inte om den regim som drar i trådarna och iscensätter de otaliga proxykrig som ständigt infekterar Mellanöstern – Iran, som representerar det största existentiella hotet mot Israels fortlevnad och som ämnar skaffa sig kärnvapen med det öppet uttalade målet att förinta den judiska staten. Det iranska hotet är även ett hot mot USA och Europa. Hussein Obamas agerande är resultatet av många års sträng muslimsk uppfostran och därefter blev en kristen pastor med märkbart okristna attityder gentemot judar hans ledstjärna. Det är därför inte konstigt att Obama uppvisar en pinsam fientlighet mot judar och en genomskinligt brinnande iver att straffa den judiska staten, oavsett risken för USA eller dess lierade.
 
Regeringen som representeras av Hussein Obama, USAs president, karakteriseras av egendomliga tystnader blandade med arga utbrott som förtjusar USAs fiender och stöter bort dess vänner. Och än finns det några få analytiker som hävdar att han i verklighet tjänar USAs intressen. Om det ligger i USAs intressen att inte ha några vänner bland demokratiska länder, har de säkert rätt.
 
Det är nästan som om Obama-administrationen har strategin utstakad och målet planerat – men att den arbetar i fel huvudstad.


Intressanta länkar:
Dore Gold - Diplomatiskt bråk döljer Israels ovärderliga militära hjälp till USA

New York Times - Kan man samsas om en odelad Jerusalem?
Times - Obama ogillar lönnmord. Förutom när USA har fingret på avtryckaren.
Commentary Magazine – Obama struntar i mänskliga rättigheter - när det passar

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fredag 26 mars 2010

Obama’s intifada

Obama’s intifada continues to harvest lives

Barack Hussein Obama may nominally be the president of the United States of America, but he is increasingly behaving like the representative of some particularly hard-line Islamist regime in the Middle East.

It may explain why he signally fails to impose a single demand on the Palestinian Arabs. There is total consensus between the hard-line Hamas regime of Gaza and the ostensibly “moderate” Palestinian Authority of the West Bank – the two Jewish provinces of Judea and Samaria that the Palestinians want to create a second Palestinian nation alongside the Palestinian nation of Jordan. Both the PA and Hamas want all of Israel, all of Jerusalem, and none of the Jews who live in the region.

Obama flatly refuses to impose a single demand on these two organizations, which in all other respects are otherwise sworn enemies of each other.

What Obama does do is to openly condemn Israel for wanting to build homes for Jews in the Jewish capital on land that has never belonged to any sovereign nation other than Israel. His latest condemnation of the Jewish state is officially linked to Israel’s long-known project for the construction of 1600 apartments in Jerusalem. However, increasing numbers of analysts note that what Hussein Obama is doing is actually to alter the political make-up of the sovereign state of Israel by forcing Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu out of power, to be replaced by someone more favourable to Obama’s visions for the Middle East.

Interestingly in the context of apartment building in capital cities, Swedish politicians during this election year are proudly claiming responsibility for wanting to build 15,000 new apartments in and around Stockholm (link in Swedish). Obama has no comment. Of course, Sweden is not a Jewish country so it is not worthy of his interest.

After noting Hussein Obama’s steady ramping up of attacks on the Jewish state, his insults to the Jewish premier on the latter’s recent visit to Washington and the US president’s utter failure to make any demands on the intransigent Muslim regimes that aim to replace Israel with the world’s 25th Arab and 56th Muslim state, the hardliners in Gaza have accordingly stepped up their own attacks on the Jewish state.

Last week it was a civilian farm worker in southern Israel who was killed in a Hamas rocket assault on the farm where he worked. Today four Palestinian Arabs and two Israeli soldiers were killed when the Arabs attempted to invade Israel and kidnap more Jews to join Gilad Schalit, the only Jew alive in an otherwise entirely ethnically cleansed Gaza Strip. Gilad Schalit is being used in a macabre human trafficking scam to extract the release of convicted mass-murderers and terrorists.

Hussein Obama has no comments regarding the ethnically cleansed, Jew-free nature of the Gaza Strip. That may be because he is too busy planning his next proxy attack on the Jewish state. He certainly isn’t dealing with the Jewish state’s biggest existential threat in its entire history – a nuclear-armed Islamist Iran. Even though the Iranian threat is also a threat to the US and Europe. Hussein Obama, known for his years of upbringing as a strict Muslim and later for his friendship with a Christian pastor of particularly un-Christian attitudes towards Jews, shows an embarrassing animosity towards Jews and a transparently burning desire to penalise the Jewish state, whatever the risk to his own country or his allies.

The administration of Hussein Obama, president of the USA, is characterized by strange silences interspersed with voluble outbursts that delight the USA’s enemies and alienate its friends. And still there are a few analysts who maintain that he is actually serving US interests.

It’s almost as though the Obama administration had settled down for business in the wrong capital.


Related links:
Dore Gold - Diplomatic dispute obscures Israel's invaluable help to the US military
New York Times - Can an undivided Jerusalem be shared?
Times - Obama disapproves of covert killing. Except when the US engages in this nefarious practice.
Arutz Sheva - The Palestinian leader cannot be seen to be less pro-Palestinian than the White House

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måndag 22 mars 2010

A composite view of the Middle East

Take a look at the state of play from the vantage points as far apart as Scandinavia, the USA, and inside the Middle East itself.
A Finnish blogger, KGS of Tundra Tabloids, brings this story of how Church organizations in Finland and Sweden routinely engage in spine-chillingly anti-Semitic trips that are funded partly by the Church and partly by the State. It is a synthesis of religion and state apparatus pursuing an overtly anti-Israel agenda that gives considerable pause for thought.
 
In the USA, New York Post columnist Ralph Peters writes about how the US under Barack Hussein Obama is openly undermining the Jewish state in favour of radical Islamist regimes spanning the entire Middle East. Obama’s chronic inability to recognise Israeli anxieties is matched only by his overwhelming desire to anticipate whatever the Arab states want – and to pressure the Jewish state into feeding Arab rejectionist intransigence. Obama’s approach marks a social disparity with a worrying religious echo and unpleasant racist undertones.
 
On the subject of racism, in Egypt, an Israeli reporter was arrested by the military as he tried to cross the border into Israel together with Muslim African refugees who often make the hazardous journey across several Muslim countries to seek asylum in the world’s only Jewish nation. The reporter, Yotam Feldman, wanted to record the plight of the African asylum-seekers from their on-the-spot perspective. He recounts that he was treated reasonably well by the Egyptian authorities but testified to the far worse fate of the black Africans who he says are routinely mistreated in the Muslim state of Egypt, noting that the Egyptians make a distinction in their treatment of white people and their treatment of Africans.
 
It is remarkable that in a world characterised by economic tailspin, major environmental concerns, massive social inequalities, substantial political corruption and other crises of enormous weight, there is such corrosive preoccupation with the Jewish state in countries as far apart as the US and Finland, at the same time as these very same countries turn a blind eye to the vicious injustices perpetrated by Muslims on other Muslims, as testified by a journalist in Egypt.
 
How does one explain this imbalance without using the words “anti” and “Semitism”?

But it’s not all gloom, doom and anti-Semitism. For light comic relief, there’s always that stalwart of manic humour, the United Nations. As Barry Rubin reports with regard to the UN-Habitat organisation, “granting an award to the close friend of those who murdered the man it's named after, a backer of those who he fought against, and who is aiding those seeking to take over his country definitely qualifies for being granted our own award for ironic and disgraceful behavior”.

Read it and weep.
 

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onsdag 17 mars 2010

Silence and condemnation

Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007.

More specifically, 250 Greenwich Street.

It’s where the World Trade Center used to stand.

The street is going to be renamed.

Its new name: Osama bin Laden Plaza.

You may not have heard about this. No international protests. No public demonstrations about the unsuitability of naming the site after a terrorist and mass-murderer of civilians. No debates in the UN Security Council. No hasty meetings convened between the US and EU to discuss the aggressive tone of this deliberate insult, no inter-governmental agreements on how best to punish the decision-makers behind this tasteless, counterproductive measure. No UN comment on how this unnecessarily subverts attempts to bridge cultural, political and religious divides.

The reason for the silence?

Perhaps it’s because the US prizes consistency. After all, the US signally refused to comment on – let alone condemn – the Palestinian Authority for naming the public square outside Ramallah town hall in honour of terrorist and mass-murderer Dalal Mughrabi, who a number of years ago killed 38 Jewish civilians in Israel, including 13 children. The dedication of the town square was scheduled to coincide with US Vice-President Joe Biden’s visit to the region.

Before we go any further, let me clarify that there are no plans to rename the Twin Towers site. It was merely a ruse to make a point. But that point, however, is still frighteníngly valid. Why the US silence on dedicating a town square to a terrorist and mass-murderer? The US is, after all, bankrolling the Palestinian Authority and even arming and training its fighters. Does the US administration really feel so comfortable with this decision by its protégé?

Not only was it not Joe Biden’s policy to comment on the decision, he did not actually have time to comment on it – he was too busy “condemning” Israel for wanting to build apartments for Jews in a part of Jerusalem that even the Palestinian Arabs recognize will always remain part of Israel, whatever the shape and details of a possible future final-status peace agreement.

Interestingly, neither Joe Biden nor Barack Hussein Obama nor Hillary Clinton has ever spoken out against the unsuitability of China building apartments for ethnic Chinese in Tibet, after first transferring one million Tibetans out of their ancestral home and carting them off to China, with one million ethnic Chinese taking their place in Tibet.

So perhaps it has nothing to do with consistency, after all.

Perhaps it’s simply a question of Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton - as well as Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu - being held to ransom by a pathetically immature US president.


(With thanks to Yaakov Kirschen, Israel, who regularly publishes exquisite social and political commentary in cartoon form in the Dry Bones Blog: http://drybonesblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/family-relationship.html)


A president who is tough on his nation’s colleagues and allies, but soft on his nation’s enemies. A president who sets greater store by personal prestige than by strategic sensibilities. A president who has keener affiliations with the Muslim world than with the Western world.

Incomprehensively, Obama keeps trying to force Israel to pay the price for Palestinian Arab intransigence. "Intransigence"? Yup. This week the Palestinian Arabs - both the extremist Islamist Hamas and the extremist secular PA - joined forces to launch a violent yet comically named "Day of Rage" (read also here) to protest Israel's rebuilding of the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem. This is the synagogue that the Palestinian Arabs destroyed in 1948. Absorb it: the Palestinian Arabs are protesting the rebuilding of a Jewish religious site that they destroyed, and claim that by doing so they are protecting the freedom of their own religious sites. So much for adherents of what is constantly being touted as the "religion of peace". Read here an unguardedly honest view of one Muslim cleric on the implications of his own religion. (Hat tip to blogger Loganswarning).

No comment from Obama, Biden or Clinton on this either. They seem to have an innate inability to comment on any negative steps taken by Muslim regimes or on any expressions of Muslim extremism as stemming from ... well ... Islam.



Of course, perhaps the US administration is simply far too busy cowering in the face of the increasingly strident position being taken by Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria and Turkey.

See a common denominator?


For expert analysis from a broad range of perspectives, read the following:
Naomi Ragen
Barry Rubin
Yossi Klein Halevy
Noah Pollak
David Frum
Michael Fenenbock
Washington Post

Is Barack Hussein Obama the only politician to focus unfairly on the Jewish people and on Israel?
Here's what's going on in Sweden: Read Rosie DiManno in The Star.

From this blog:
Swedish Prime Minister Candidate Sacrifices Swedish Jews' Security for Muslim Votes by guest writer Peter Rubinstein
Turkey's Erdogan and Sweden's Reepalu: Twin Souls

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tisdag 12 januari 2010

With Jihadi Islam, everyone's a loser

It seems the world is gradually accepting the need to identify problems accurately instead of baptising them with politically correct euphemisms.

The Swiss decided in a referendum to ban the construction of minarets on mosques. Many – but far from all – mosques are increasingly regarded as fertile breeding-grounds for Islamist fanatics peddling a sinister brand of anti-democratic venom.

The Egyptians have tightened control over their sovereign territory by banning foreign troublemakers such as renegade British MP George Galloway and his ilk. The rioters and their organisations have been labelled as seditious forces aiding and abetting a recognized terrorist entity, Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Britain has outlawed a number of Islamist groups headed by British Muslims. To the mindset of the traditional British left-wing liberal movement, this is an astonishing step. Essential, but astonishing – and it shows just how firmly the realization has finally dawned on the powers that be in the UK.

In the USA, the ADL has come out swinging at CAIR for the Muslim organisation’s anti-American, anti-democratic stance. This is something that veteran Middle East analyst and commentator Daniel Pipes has been doing for some time now. So much so that US President Barack Hussein Obama is himself edging towards identifying the nature of the problem facing his country: terrorism practised by Muslims in the name of Islam. He is increasingly turning to American Muslims to clean up their own act – the spectre hanging over the US is the prospect of outlawing American Muslim organisations, which is precisely what Britain has now done.

The failed hatchet and knife attack on Danish Mohammed cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was carried out by a Somali with Danish citizenship. He was apparently regarded as a role model for successful integration. He reportedly visited Sweden a few months ago in the company of a compatriot – who subsequently blew up himself and dozens of innocent civilians in Somalia – and tried recruiting Swedish Muslims to the cause of violent jihad in the name of Islam. Thus far the Swedish authorities have kept a low profile because that is what the Swedes do best, but perhaps the truth will eventually dawn here too.

Is the West involved in an existential struggle against an aggressive Islam? The answer is that unless peaceful adherents of Islam take back their religion from the hate-mongers and violent jihadis, they are likely to be drawn into an all-encompassing battle, whether they like it or not. And if and when that happens, it will be too late to protest their innocence.

It is up to the Muslims in the West to assert themselves and seize control of their faith and their reputation. Today. Otherwise, watch for increasingly stringent impositions on various Muslim groups and increasingly widespread general anti-Muslim sentiment.

If that happens, everybody loses.

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torsdag 7 januari 2010

The music dies out as the West stumbles on towards its destiny

It’s OK to play music and dance in the streets to celebrate the massacre of civilians on 9/11, but illegal to play music and dance at your own wedding.
Hamas, the government of the Gaza Strip

This is no joke, and no exaggeration. Watch this video, made by a Palestinian Arab, which documents how Hamas kills a bridegroom for playing music at his own wedding.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_OGhj43GAE&feature=fvw

Hamas abuse of civilians and children as part of its racist war against the Jews is well-known, thoroughly documented – and largely ignored.

Read here to find out just how it is that Hamas terrorists are masqueraded as “civilians” – even after they are dead. The deception comes alive even after their death, in the statistics that Hamas and their willing collaborators in the West spread as part of their US- and European government-funded propaganda operations.

Richard Goldstone, in his whitewash of Hamas culpability and his publicly funded targeting of Israel’s self-defense measures, noted that there was “no evidence” that Hamas waged war against Israel from civilian areas and with its fighters dressed in civilian clothing.

Bloggers Elder of Ziyon and Solomonia beg to differ. And they have the video and other evidence to back their claims of Hamas abuse of the Geneva Conventions.

Read Augean Stables for a highly lucid comment on the subject and further video evidence of Hamas tactics.

Of course, Hamas does not only use adult civilians in its propaganda war. Here is a video clip from MEMRI that shows what passes for children’s entertainment on Hamas TV. Raw indoctrination of vulnerable minors, racism of the most brutal sort. It needs to be remembered that the Palestinian Arabs – in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip – rely exclusively on the West for their financial well-being. Agriculture, industry and trade have zero priority, it is the West that funds the Palestinian Arab war and propaganda budget.

For a further analysis of just what Hamas is up to, to understand the racist Islamist mindset that drives this and countless similar organisations, and to understand how close the West is to committing collective suicide in the face of the Islamist onslaught, read another piece from Augean Stables.

And there’s more. Bret Stephens, renowned from his senior writing and editorial positions at highly reputable publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Jerusalem Post, raises the question of whether the West is competent to safeguard its own civilization in a climate in which Political Correctness has replaced organized religion as the key aspiration for politicians keener to preserve their jobs in the short term than they are to protect their citizens in the long term.

While continuing to routinely ignore human rights abuses in the Arab and Muslim worlds, the West continues to do what is most convenient – kowtow to the threats issuing from the Arab and Muslim worlds and focus instead on delegitimisation and demonisation of the sole democracy in the Middle East. Israel. As many keen observers and analysts have pointed out, it's remarkably like dropping your car keys by mistake and then searching for them under the street light because that's where it's bright and most convenient to search, rather than in the pools of inky darkness in between - where you actually dropped them.

Turning a blind eye to Islamist aggression has become such second nature in the West that few question where we are headed. Fewer still recognize that this is a problem. One of the exceptions to the rule showed itself in Der Spiegel where an editorial by Henryk M Broder pointed out with the utmost clarity that the West is indeed choked by fear. Spiegel also has another highly interesting article entitled “Fears of Eurabia: How Much Allah Can The Old Continent Bear?” Well worth a read for its cool, objective analysis.

The question that begs an answer, of course, is whether the politicians will ever wake up to the occasional clarion calls being sounded by the media. Or whether they will continue to insist that we do not have a problem with any given religion, just with certain nationalities.

In the wake of the attempted terror attack on the civilian airliner in Detroit last Christmas, President Barack Hussein Obama has announced restrictive travel measures for 14 nations.

All are Muslim nations.

But he continues to deny that the US faces a Muslim or Islamist threat.

Either his eyesight is failing, or his intelligence is. And I mean his intelligence, not his intelligence agencies.

They’re never given the chance to do their job. Political Correctness has higher priority than national well-being.

Of course, Obama isn't the only politican suffering from SES - Selective Eyesigt Syndrome. Has-been US President Jimmy Carter has made a name for himself - particularly in the Arab world - for his constant baracking of the world's sole Jewish state. Now he has apologised for hurting the feelings of Israelis and Jews worldwide, apparently in the belief that his scant apology buys him sufficient breathing-space to continue his attacks on the Jewish state. While at the same time continuing to ignore the legion human rights abuses throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds. Read what CAMERA writes in its response to Jimmy Carter.


Read also:
Daniel Pipes: Security Theater Now Playing At Your Airport
Barry Rubin: The Suicidal Rules of Arab Political Debate

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Musiken tystnar medan vi leds till vårt öde

Det är OK att spela musik och dansa på gatorna för att fira 9/11, men olagligt att spela musik och dansa på ditt eget bröllop.
Hamasregeringen på Gazaremsan

Inget skämt, och ingen överdrift. Titta på denna videofilm, som gjordes av en palestinsk arab, och som visar hur Hamas dödar en brudgum för att det spelades musik på hans bröllop.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_OGhj43GAE&feature=fvw

Hamas övergrepp mot civila vuxna och barn som del i sitt rasistiska krig mot judarna är välkänt, väldokumenterat – och mer eller mindre ignorerat.

Läs här hur Hamasterrorister maskeras som ”civila” – även efter det att de dödats. Lögnen blir levande även efter att de är döda genom den statistik som Hamas och deras villiga kollaboratörer i väst sprider som del av den amerikanskt- och europeiskt-finansierade propagandaverksamheten – finansierade inte minst genom våra svenska skattemedel.

Richard Goldstone, som gjorde enorma ansträngningar för att friskriva Hamas allt ansvar och som använde skattepengar för att rikta kritik mot Israels självförsvar, sade att det inte finns “något bevis” för att Hamas strider mot Israel från civila områden, ej heller att Hamasterrorister strider klädda i civil mundering.

Bloggarna Elder of Ziyon samt Solomonia vet annorlunda. Och de har video- och annat bevis för att Hamas fullständigt ignorerar Genèvekonventionerna.

Läs Augean Stables för en kristallklar kommentar i ämnet samt för att se mer videobevis för Hamas taktik.

Självklart använder Hamas inte enbart vuxna civila i sin propagandakrigsföring. Här ser ni en videofilm från MEMRI som visar vad Hamas anser är bra barn-TV, den visades i den palestinska regeringens statliga TV-kanal. Rå indoktrinering av sårbara minderåriga, rasism av den brutalaste sorten. I detta sammanhang bör man ha komma ihåg att de palestinska araberna – såväl på Västbanken som i Gazaremsan – helt och hållet förlitar sig på Väst för sina pengar. Jordbruk, industri och handel har noll prioritet, istället är det Väst som finansierar det palestinsk-arabiska kriget och propagandabudgeten.

För en djupare analys av vad Hamas håller på med, för att förstå de rasistiska islamistiska tankegångar som driver denna samt otaliga liknande organisationer, och för att förstå hur nära Västvärlden är till att begå kollektivt självmord på grund av den islamistiska anstormningen, läs en till artikel på bloggen Augean Stables.

Och mer finns det dessutom. Bret Stephens, känd från både Wall Street Journal och Jerusalem Post, ställer frågan om Västvärlden är kompetent nog att skydda sin egen civilisation i ett klimat där Politisk Korrekthet har ersatt organiserad religion som den viktigaste måttstocken bland politiker. Politiker som är mer entusiastiska över att behålla sina välbetalda jobb i det korta perspektivet än att skydda sina medborgare i det längre perspektivet.

Medan man fortsätter att konsekvent ignorera brott mot de mänskliga rättigheterna i arabvärlden och den muslimska världen, fortsätter Västvärlden att göra det som är bekvämast – svansa för de många och allvarliga hoten från arabvärlden och den muslimska världen och helt och hållet fokusera på delegitimisering och demonisering av Mellanösterns enda demokrati – Israel.

Att blunda för islamisternas aggression har blivit så vanlig i väst att få här ifrågasätter vart vi är på väg. Ännu färre inser att detta förhållande är problematiskt. Ett av undantagen i medievärlden visades i Der Spiegel där en ledarartikel skriven av Henryk M Broder klargjorde med all önskvärd tydlighet att Västvärlden har paralyserats genom rädsla. Tidningen hade även ytterligare en mycket intressant artikel med titeln (översatt till svenska) ”Rädsla för Eurabia: Hur mycket Allah kan den gamla kontinenten tåla?” Oerhört intressant läsning, inte minst för dess lugna, objektiva analys.

Frågan som kräver ett svar, förstås, är om politikerna någonsin kommer att vakna till mediernas tilltagande larmsignaler. Eller om de kommer att fortsätta att vidhålla att vi inte alls har något problem med någon enstaka religion, utan endast med vissa nationaliteter.

I spåret av den misslyckade terrorbombningen av flygplanet i Detroit nu i julas har President Barack Hussein Obama aviserat reserestriktioner till USA för medborgare från 14 nationer.

Samtliga är muslimska nationer.

Men han fortsätter att förneka att USA har att göra med ett muslimskt eller islamistiskt hot.

Antingen har han problem med ögonen, eller med intelligensen.

Han är förstås inte ensam om det. Den tidigare amerikanska presidenten Jimmy Carter har gjort sig ett namn (bejublat i arabvärlden) för sina konstanta påhopp på den judiska staten. Nu säger han att han ber om ursäkt för att ha sårat israelernas och judarnas känslor och tror att dessa ord ger honom frihet att fortsätta sina angrepp på Israel – samtidigt som han fortsätter att ignorera de förödande brotten mot de mänskliga rättigheterna i hela den muslimska världen. Läs vad organisationen CAMERA skriver som svar.


Läs också:
Daniel Pipes: Security Theater Now Playing At Your Airport
Barry Rubin: The Suicidal Rules of Arab Political Debate

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fredag 1 januari 2010

Out with the old, in with the new. Maybe.

So 2009 has ended.

Here’s how it ended in Israel.

With a powerful missile fired from a civilian residential area in Gaza into a civilian residential area in Netivot, Israel.

Palestinian Arab President Mahmoud Abbas is the head of the Fatah political party. The rocket was fired from Hamas-controlled territory by the Al-Aqsa Brigade, a UN- and US-subsidized and trained Fatah military unit.

According to such leading lights of strategy and tactic as US president Barack Hussein Obama, EU ambassador to Israel Andrew Standley, the foreign minister of the current EU presidency Carl Bildt of Sweden, UNRWA commissioner Karen Abu-Zayd and others, Mahmoud Abbas is nonetheless to be regarded as a man of peace and his counterpart in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, is a misunderstood man who only wants prosperity for his people.

Here’s something none of the high-salaried EU and US potentates ever seem to consider: linking Gaza’s well-being to the freedom of kidnapped and illegally incarcerated Israeli Gilad Shalit. Shalit has now been in captivity for three and a half years for the crime of being Jewish in Israel, the world’s only Jewish state. He was kidnapped as a teenager from within sovereign Israel and has been held by the Palestinians’ Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh without access to a lawyer (not that he’s accused of anything), the International Red Cross (not that they’ve demanded Hamas honour the IRC’s internationally recognized right to see him), his family, his doctor, visits by Human Rights Watch (not that they’ve ever asked to visit him), the UN (which via UNRWA co-funds the entire Gaza regime of Ismail Haniyeh), the EU (which is the main donor bloc to UNRWA), or Sweden (which is the largest per capita donor to Palestinian Arab welfare in Gaza and as such pays to keep the regime in power. Read here and here and here about the professional anti-Zionist and often anti-Semitic campaign being waged with public funding in Sweden.). And visit aish.com to view Gilad Shalit’s father Noam’s appeal last spring on behalf of his son. Noam Shalit advocated and still advocates linking the massive aid to the Gaza regime to his son Gilad’s release from illegal captivity.

But the above publicly funded official organizations – they are funded by hard-working citizens’ tax revenues – are not interested in linking money to life. They want to keep funding the regime that engages in the ghoulish practice of human trafficking, while urging the Jewish State to release 1000 convicted Palestinian Arab mass-murderers in exchange for the life of Gilad Schalit.

No wonder then that the hard-line Palestinian Arab regimes in both Judea and Samaria (also known as the West Bank) and the Gaza Strip (read here how women fare in the Gaza Strip) have no intention of backing down – they have all the financial and political backing they want from the international community. This is why Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas can use this massive foreign aid to pay convicted Palestinian Arab mass-murderers huge salaries and can express his confidence in continued terrorism by honouring one of the worst Palestinian Arab mass-murders in recorded history.

That was the note on which 2009 ended. There is every indication that 2010 will bring more of the same, only worse. However, there are some signs, albeit tentative, that 2010 might actually bring some improvement.

There is perhaps even a chance that politicians and the media might take a step back and look at the broader canvas, examining the plight of refugees in the entire Middle East and applying the same yardstick to all, including the countless Christian victims (read also about Christian bodies being disinterred in Gaza and a Reuters report on Muslim oppression of other religions) and Jewish victims and refugees of Muslim Arab aggression, oppression and violence.

Watch this slide show to find out more about the refugee problem that is never talked about – the 850,000 Jewish refugees escaping persecution in Arab lands.

The whole picture. Something that highly paid – and publicly funded – EU and US politicians might want to start considering. Assisted by the media. What a brave new world we might see then, one where the media actually start asking uncomfortable questions – which by definition means probing questions of the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Worlds which in the best traditions of Political Correctness have been exempt from any questioning at all.

This is the 1st of January 2010. We live in hope.

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fredag 25 december 2009

The thunderous Palestinian Arab silence

In early November 2009, an Israeli Jew, Ya’acov Teitel, was arrested by Israeli police on suspicion of terrorism. His alleged victims were Arabs, and his motivation was political: violence as a strategy for political gain.

Here’s what the mainstream English-language Israeli press had to say:

Jerusalem Post: “Analysis: How many Jewish terrorists are still out there?
If the allegations against Ya'acov "Jack" Teitel are true, then the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has succeeded in apprehending one of the most dangerous Jewish terrorists in recent years.”
Haaretz: Netanyahu: “Minority of violent far-rightists must be stopped
The Shin Bet revealed that it arrested Shvut Rachel resident Yaakov Teitel last month for allegedly killing two Palestinians.”
The paper goes on to say:
Following the arrest of a West Bank settler suspected of multiple murders and bomb attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel must fight the terror posed by violent extreme rightists, whom he termed a ‘marginal minority’.”
PM Netanyahu continued:
 “There is still among us a minority that is not prepared to accept democracy and are not prepared to accept the rule of law.” He then went on: “They do not represent the majority of the nation. They are a small and marginal group, but we have already seen the strength and damage of one murderer. We must continue to condemn the use of violence and to use all legal power against any attempt at violence.”
Israel’s Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz said that he “categorically condemned the actions of the Jewish terrorist. It is the insane behavior of a lone man, one that is foreign to the ways of Judaism.”

No doubt then about the response of the Israeli media and the political establishment. A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist.

Now fast forward a few weeks. Israeli Jewish father of seven Meir Chai was gunned down by Arabs following the removal of multiple security roadblocks at the insistence of Barack Hussein Obama, who is comfortably ensconced in the safety of the White House a few thousand miles away.

Here’s what the Israeli press had to say:

Jerusalem Post:
After months of quiet, a father of seven was shot dead in a drive-by shooting attack near the northern Samaria settlement of Shavei Shomron on Thursday.
The victim was identified as Meir Chai, a 45-year-old resident of the settlement and father of seven children ranging in age from two months to 18.
Chai was the fourth terror victim in the West Bank in 2009. In March, two policemen were shot dead in the Jordan Valley and in April, 13-year-old Shlomo Nativ was stabbed to death near his home in the Gush Etzion settlement of Bat Ayin.”
 Israel National News:
“Samaria Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika said following the terrorist murder of Rabbi Meir Chai from Samaria Thursday: “After a long period of security quiet, the main roadblock between Shavei Shomron and Tulkarm was recently opened, despite our warnings. The government of Israel preferred 'the Palestinian fabric of life' to its citizens' rights.
“An unnamed IDF officer told Haaretz that the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Chai most likely escaped through the abandoned checkpoint, which was removed shortly before the murder.
“The IDF's removal of roadblocks is widely perceived as a gesture toward US President Barack Obama, who has pressured Israel to make Arabs' "fabric of life" as comfortable as possible.”
 Here is the response of the Palestinian media:





This is the response of the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas:





And here is the response of the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad:





Silence.

Israeli cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen sums it up neatly:



Visit Dry Bones and read Yaakov Kirschen’s incisive comments on the issue.

The only time Palestinian Arab media and politicians ever comment on Palestinian Arab terrorism is to commemorate their “heroic feats”.

Way to go, Barack Hussein Obama. Got any more experiments up your sleeve?

Useful links:
To find out more on the issue of the Palestinian Arabs' insatiable appetite for concessions while bringing less than nothing to the table, read Professor Barry Rubin on the GLORIA website: “For Obama, 2010 in the Middle East Looks More Like the Precipice of Doom than Achievement
 
To find out more about what the Palestinian Arabs want and who's entitled to what, read the following on the Daniel Pipes website danielpipes.org: No Palestinian State - No Land Concessions R4.

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lördag 12 december 2009

A noble cause?

So the Nobel Awards for 2009 have come and gone.

US Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Hussein Obama – who was nominated for the prize within mere days of taking up office – arrived in Oslo, accepted the award and promptly left.

Obama said that “the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace”. That’s when the US itself is involved. However, it appears not to be a consideration he extends to America’s staunchest ally, Israel.

President Obama, whose very entitlement to the US presidency has been called into question owing to uncertainty over his country of birth, has come in for fierce criticism for accepting the Peace Prize when he has not actually contributed to peace.

Swedish journalist and commentator Per Gudmundson said on Swedish TV that President Obama makes as fitting a Peace Prize laureate as Yasser Arafat did – both have done equally little to advance the cause of peace, albeit in entirely different spheres. Arafat through decades of terrorist attacks on civilian Jews in Israel and around the world, Obama though ongoing and heightened military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively.

Here’s the speech Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Barack Hussein Obama should have made in Oslo:


Dear friends of peace,

I am humbled by your gesture and vow to act in the spirit in which this signal honour was bestowed on me. If there is one lesson recent history has taught us, it is that of Northern Ireland. Decades of violence ended when funding for weapons and training dried up. As a result of international determination to strangle the supply of armaments to hate-mongers and violent terror groups, guns have been replaced by conference tables and very real progress has been made towards genuine, lasting peace. Friendship requires trust, and trust is based on mutual recognition of the other’s concerns and rights.

It is this same approach that I will apply now that I am in receipt of this, the greatest honour I have ever received. I have admittedly done nothing whatsoever to deserve it, yet, but I promise to live up to your expectations and to deliver on those expectations.

Here’s how I will do it: in Afghanistan and Iraq I will use military means to fight the hate-mongers and violent terror groups to a standstill. I will use the money from my Award to set up foundations for education so that future generations in these two war-torn countries see a different reality, a better future. I will above all else do absolutely everything it takes to proactively battle the supply of arms to these two fractured societies.

It is this very same approach I will adopt in that other Middle East hot-spot, the one that for so many decades has pitched the 50-odd Arab and Muslim states against the world’s sole Jewish nation, Israel. To paraphrase a former US President, read my lips: there will be an absolute stop to the supply of weapons to hate-mongers and violent terror groups. When the ability to perpetrate violence has been removed from the equation, the relevant sides will sit down and negotiate a solution. A solution that is a compromise. Because only a mutually agreed compromise will once and for all put an end to this conflict. A conflict that the community of nations has deliberately maintained as a running sore over a number of decades for reasons of political expediency.

Political expediency is at an end. From today the focus is on the human being. Whether Christian in Bethlehem, Muslim in Ramallah, Baha’i in Haifa or Jew in Jerusalem – the Nobel Peace Prize is going to sow the seeds for an approach that brings equal dignity to human beings across this conflict-ridden region.

Human dignity. For everyone. That means an end to Palestinian Arabs living in squalid refugee camps. It means full citizenship, and compensation, for all displaced peoples, both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians, as well as Jews from Arab lands. It means an absolute – and resolutely enforced – ban on arms shipments to all groups engaged in violence, as well as the financing of such groups by any means whatsoever. It means an unequivocal refusal to countenance a nuclear-armed Iran. That will not happen, for the simple reason that the Iranian regime has clearly announced it intends to erase a fellow member of the UN family, Israel, off the map. The UN is not Mafia family which countenances the rubbing out of other family members. It is supposed to be a family of tolerant nations that enshrine mutual respect. If this kind of family is not to your taste, you’re welcome to leave.

And it means, finally, the immediate and absolute ban on all further state-sponsored interference in the affairs of other sovereign nations. This means – and I spell it out very clearly – the total and absolute cessation of government funding of subversion within Israel. The Israelis and their Arab neighbours, including the Palestinians, need to have sufficient peace of mind to work out their differences without outside interference. I am absolutely convinced that without the interference and active subversion of nations such as Sweden via a plethora of “NGOs” – activities that only serve to preserve and extend the atmosphere of mutual distrust and conflict – the Israelis and their Arab neighbours will come to an agreement that meets the widest possible consensus. Not everybody will be satisfied, but the majority will – on all sides.

However, that requires an end to subversion through the use of state-funded organisations that really serve as the extended arm of various nations’ covert foreign policy aims.

That has got to stop. No more covert interference from outside.

While I am here in Oslo, allow me therefore to spell it out clearly for your Swedish neighbours: no more use of Swedish tax revenues to fund disparate organisations such as SIDA, Diakonia, Palestinagruppen, Palmecentret, the Swedish Church and their obsessive meddling in the Middle East. Swedish foreign policy should be conducted openly and transparently through its Foreign Minister. Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has used his time and energy and his nation’s considerable resources to try and persuade the entire EU to push through the division of Jerusalem. Some observers may find it remarkable that the EU would actively support partition in one city while celebrating the 20th anniversary of reunification in another city, Berlin.

However, while the drive to partition Jerusalem may be cheered in certain quarters and abhorred in others, it is nonetheless the openly declared policy of Sweden, through its Foreign Ministry, and as such perfectly legitimate. It is a policy that can be contested in many forums, and doubtless will. What is not legitimate, however, is for the Swedish Foreign Ministry to extend its reach under the table by employing a web of subversive organisations, providing massive government funding for the execution of an invisible policy. To give one single example, Sweden’s extremist Palestinagruppen, with membership totalling just 800 or so members, gets government grants totalling in the region of 5.5 million US dollars, which it uses to fund anti-Israel operations both in Sweden and in Israel. Sweden is of course far from the only country engaged in this subversion. Many European and other countries pursue an active strategy of parallel yet invisible foreign policy via various NGOs.

This will stop.

Today I received the Nobel Peace Prize, for which I offer my heartfelt thanks. It is an award that brings with it serious obligations. I intend to live up to the obligations that came with this award – I will promote peace. Robustly.

Because sometimes, promoting peace requires going to war.

If you are engaged in subverting peace, I put you on notice.

I am Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Barack Hussein Obama, and I am prepared to go to war to ensure peace. Because the instruments of war have a very real role to play in preserving the peace.

I will go to war to preserve peace because I hold human dignity dear.

Thank you for you attention.

Barack Hussein Obama


NGO Monitor: Promoting Israel's isolation
NGO Monitor: Lawfare
Gerald Steinberg: European Funding
Barbara Sofer: Letter to the Swedish Foreign Minister
Manfred Gerstenfeld: Behind the Humanitarian Mask
Jerusalem Post: Raising funds for Hamas on US campuses
JCPA/Dore Gold: Europe Seeks to Divide Jerusalem
IPT: Radical Movement's Leader Forecasts America's Demise
Honest Reporting: UNRWA Perpetuating the Misery
Spectator/Melanie Phillips: An Inconvenient Truth
Spectator/Melanie Phillips: Spot the Difference
Daniel Pipes: Sheikh Obama and his Two Wars
GLORIA/Barry Rubin: Radical Islamism
Isi Leibler: Candidly Speaking: Europe Has Forsaken Israel
Israel National News: Sweden's Radical Anti-Israel Programme
Ilya Meyer: The Swedish Foreign Minister's Crusade Against Israel
Ilya Meyer: EU Buys Swedish Votes

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