The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a passionate, inspiring, thoughtful, and "game changing" speech before the American Congress which lasted for about 45 minutes, during which time he was applauded 43 times, often for 15 seconds at a time. His words elicited many standing ovations.
The only other foreign leader to have spoken to Congress three times was Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister. In honor of that, Speaker of the House, John Boehner plans to present Netanyahu with a bust of Churchill.
Netanyahu received wild applause when he said: "The world should demand that Iran do three things. First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East. Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world. And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state."
Yesterday, terrorists threatened to "behead" Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie if she did not help "introduce sharia law in Australia."
To her credit, Lambie had recently called for the introduction of the death penalty for terrorists and had been quoted as saying: "If you don't like our Australian law… then pack your bags and… leave. We will never bow down to sharia law."
The police do not yet know whether this death threat was sent by Jihadists or by opponents of a planned mosque.
Australia, Down Under? Is there no continent free of lone wolves, wolf packs, citizen-jihadists who turn on their own countrymen or who travel to join ISIS?
Reports that "Jihadi John," the British-accented narrator of ISIS snuff videos, is Mohammed Emwazi — an educated young man from a middle-class background — ought to put the final stake in the pretense that poverty and a lack of education and opportunity fuel Islamist hate.
This mistaken idea seems to be Obama administration policy. Marie Harf, the US Department of State deputy spokesperson, recently said:
"We cannot win this war by killing [jihadists]. We need to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it is lack of opportunity for jobs. . . We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people."
Against President Obama's wishes, PM Netanyahu will be addressing Congress about the extraordinary danger of a nuclear Iran. Obama's administration wishes to deflect American concerns about the unenforceable deal it is negotiating with Shiite Iran by conducting a demonization campaign against Israel and its Prime Minister.
I share Jonathan Tobin's view that Netanyahu should meet with everyone and anyone to warn them about the utter foolishness of negotiating with Iran and the grave danger to American interests if Obama stops Israel and a willing coalition of allies from attempting to stop Iran since America is not inclined to do so and Russia is inclined to further enable the Iranian nuclear enterprise.
Israel has known what it is to live with constant Jihad that cannot be appeased—only militarily defeated, weakened, beaten back. America and Europe are just learning about this but their political leaders are telling them that Jihad and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam, and that what Jihadists need are jobs and an education. This—despite the fact that so many Jihadists are well educated and come from wealthy or solidly middle class families.
Jews are commanded to pursue justice—true justice.
"The wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceeding fine"—so said Euripides as did Sun Tzu ("The wheels of justice grind slow but grind fine") and Longfellow ("The mills of God grind slowly but they grind exceedingly small").
When it comes to justice for Jews, we have often received precious little or been forced to wait for thousands of years for it.
Now, a stunning moment is upon us. After a decade of litigation, and after a seven week civil trial in a Manhattan federal court, a jury has found that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) are liable for the deaths and injuries of ten American families plus the estates of four victims. These attacks took place on an Israeli street, at a crowded Israeli bus stop, inside an Israeli bus, and in a cafeteria at Hebrew University.
This decision, which of course can be appealed, nevertheless makes it crystal clear that the PLO and the PA are not "moderate," "peaceful" groups but are, in fact, terrorist entities, just like Hamas and Hezbollah.
As Islam conquered what was formerly a Christian Middle East, what was formerly a Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, and Christian Central Asia (India, Persia, Afghanistan, parts of Russia), what was formerly a pagan, animist and Christian Africa, Islam also conquered what was formerly a Hindu and Buddhist Indonesia and Malaysia.
As an Arab-and African-style Islam spread via the sword, customs that may or may not have been religiously mandated also spread.
According to a recent report, female genital mutilation (FGM), long associated with Muslims and Africans, is becoming more popular in Malaysia. Some Malaysians believe this is religiously required by the Quran; others believe it is an important Muslim custom, one that will "protect girls from premarital sex as it is supposed to lower their sex drive."
A spokeswoman for a local women's rights group, Sisters in Islam, insists that sunat (Malaysian for circumcision) is not mentioned in the Quran."Previously, it was a cultural practice," she says, "but now, because of Islamization, people just relate everything to Islam. And when you link something to religion, people here follow it blindly."
Former film star Brigitte Bardot, France's iconic blonde bombshell and "sex kitten" who reigned supreme from 1952 – 1973, has been on trial four or five times for insulting Muslims and "inciting racial hatred."
The prosecutor in her fifth trial, Anne de Fontette, wanted a heftier fine and a tougher sentence: the equivalent of $24,000 and a two month (hopefully) suspended jail term.
What crimes has Bardot committed in the land without a First Amendment, in the land of Hate Speech laws that are being slickly exploited by non-persecuted Muslims?
Brookings Institution Center for Middle East Policy Fellow Shadi Hamid recently criticized the West as "illiberal" for refusing to accept the fact that Muslims, both in the West and globally, are different from Westerners.
It was an unusual argument, one for which The Atlantic devoted 3,400 words.
Although President Obama insists that the "fight against terrorism is not a religious war," Hamid seems to disagree with him.
Recently, London Mayor Boris Johnson described Jihadists as "porn driven losers" who have "low self-esteem and are unsuccessful with women." He's on to something important and profound.
According to Syrian doctors in a report in the British media, ISIS fighters are buying frilly underwear for their wives and sex slaves — and subjecting them to abnormal and sadistic sexual practices. They may well have learned this from pornography.
ISIS fighters are "buying their wives kinky underwear," demanding Viagra to better their performance, and subjecting their wives, concubines, and sex slaves to sadistic sexual practices, according to Syrian doctors forced to treat jihadists in conquered territories.
The Daily Mail reports that doctors have been able to relay their witness testimonies through the advocacy group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. Their eyewitness accounts of being forced to treat Islamic State terrorists echo reports from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where doctors are often forced to treat wounded jihadists returning from the front lines.
These men are living day-to-day in an almost post-Holocaust desert of their own making, and yet—perhaps therefore–they are obsessed with sex, frilly underwear, their own impotence, and an insatiable desire to have as many orgasms as possible.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has announced an "extensive campaign against violence against women across the country, in the aftermath of the brutal murder of a university student in an attempted rape on a public minibus."
Three men, now in custody, have been accused of stabbing twenty-year-old Ozgecan Aslan to death, cutting off her hands while she was still alive (to make sure there was no DNA evidence on her fingernails—suggesting she fought back). Then, for good measure, they burned her body. Women are wearing black to mourn her murder. There are discussions underway about the death penalty for woman-murder.
However, violence against women in Turkey is not confined to stranger rape, stranger harassment, or stranger murder. On the contrary, intimate partner and family violence in terms of honor killings are rampant.
For centuries, Westerners have been lured by the "mysterious" East. Fortune hunters, explorers, adventurers, businessmen, diplomats, journalists, artists, missionaries, and humanitarian aid workers have all fled the confines of the West for lives of drama and danger.
The tragic Kayla Mueller wrote on her blog: "This is really my life's work, to go where there is suffering. I suppose, like us all, I'm learning how to deal with the suffering of the world inside myself…to deal with my own pain and most importantly to still have the ability to be proactive."
Lawrence of Arabia and his mentor Gertrude Bell found greater personal freedom for themselves, as well as adventure, in what became Iraq and the Kingdom of Jordan. Life back home was cold, wet, and dreary; they became figures of significance and respect in sunny Middle East.
On Sunday, February 15, five American states — Wisconsin, Florida, West Virginia, New York and California — will officially celebrate the birthday of an American hero: women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony.
This should be a national holiday.
A second American revolution began in 1840, when Anthony's colleagues, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, were turned away and not allowed to speak against slavery at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London — because they were women. In 1848, Anthony, Mott, Stanton and others held a historic meeting in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and issued a Declaration of Rights and Sentiments that spelled out women's utter disenfranchisement.
What would Anthony have to say about the progress American women have made since 1920?
Anthony, Stanton and the American suffragist movement fought for 60 years to get women the right to vote. Anthony kept fighting until she died in 1906. The 19th Amendment was passed in 1919 and ratified in 1920.
Sanity has just prevailed in Muslim-majority Indonesia. An attempt to impose virginity tests on female high school students in the city of Jember has failed. A public outcry, led by human rights groups, as well as by Indonesia's Muslim clerics, has led to the rescinding of a virginity requirement for girls-only in high school. Non-virgins would not have been entitled to their diplomas.
This victory is important and might establish a precedent for an interesting coalition of human rights activists and knowledgeable and humane Muslim clerics.
ISIS has released a Manifesto on women and girls. Titled "Women in the Islamic State," it is far more extreme than even Hitler's vision of women as belonging in the nursery (Kinder) the kitchen, (Küche) and the Church (Kirche).
ISIS believes that girls can marry adult men when they are only nine years old; that "pure" girls should be married by the time they are 16 or 17; that motherhood is the sole purpose of female existence. The Manifesto was posted in Arabic last month on a Jihadist forum and crafted by ISIS's female militia Al-Khanssaa Brigade.
The most wanted woman in France may be working with ISIS now!
The video, "Blow Up France 2" in French, calls upon French Muslims to "defect from the French Republic and take up arms in the new Caliphate."
Six masked men in black holding weapons are standing. There is only one armed, masked woman wearing camouflage clothing who is standing with them in the video; she stands in the front row. This suggests that the woman is especially honored and important. Hayat Boumeddiene, the wife of Amedy Coulibaly, who orchestrated an attack on a Kosher deli in Paris in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders, would meet that requirement.
In addition, when Coulibaly's name is mentioned as a martyr, for a brief moment, the woman lowers her head and seems to be reacting emotionally.See All Articles
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