Thursday, July 24, 2014

Now I get it

With the discovery of dozens of terror tunnels reaching out to Israeli preschools I think I understand now why the three teens were kidnapped last month. Hamas, better than maybe anyone else, knows that their murderous militarism does not spring up overnight; it has to be cutlivated. Within the Gaza Hamas rules it's easy, but what about the world outside? So Hamas kidnapped the teens first. After some bargaining the teens would be returned, Hamas could declare a victory, and the world would be ready for the spectacle of 400 Jewish kindergartners stolen from their classrooms. But Hamas botched it and the teens were shot dead. The teens couldn't be paraded as a Hamas op, because when the kindergartners got kidnapped Israel would then have no expectation the children would or could be returned alive. So Hamas backtracked and denied everything. They probably judged that if they waited six months to a year everyone would forget about the teens and they could go forward with The Big Kidnapping as originally planned. (EoZ link)

Update, 8:15pm:  Seems I'm mistaken; the tunnels under kindergartens were filled with explosives!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

The Apartheid Libel: A Legal Refutation

Eugene Kontorovich, professor of international law at Northwestern U., destroys many anti-Israel shibboleths.  This is just his latest example, published at The Tower: link


Monday, May 05, 2014

Response to Mirza

Mirza: Hamas has actually been formed by Israel and its support. This was to thwart the leadership of Fatah which according to Israel was a terrorist organization. One only negotiates with their enemies not friends. Nelson Mandela was branded a terrorist and put in jail for quarter of a century. Slavery, occupation, lack of hope and lack of respect and lack of basic civil rights breed terrorism and extremism. The argument “occupied are not ready for negotiation” is baseless. What negotiations when the occupier has all the powers and the other side none. Palestinians have never demanded an Islamic state, it was the Israel which started Hamas and to divert attention toward an Islamic state. It is a struggle for freedom nothing more or nothing less.


Hamas has actually been formed by Israel and its support. This was to thwart the leadership of Fatah which according to Israel was a terrorist organization.
Hamas was originally a social welfare organization; it developed a public appetite for genocide and terrorism afterward.

 One only negotiates with their enemies not friends.
Hamas says it will not negotiate away its self-declared opposition to the existence of the Jewish State.

Slavery, occupation, lack of hope and lack of respect and lack of basic civil rights breed terrorism and extremism.
Gaza and the West Bank are indeed occupied by organizations that enforce such conditions, primarily Hamas and the Palestinian Authority: Israel-hatred and terror-training are part of their school curricula and Arabs exercising deviations from the Israel-hatred line may be labelled "collaborators" and executed with little or no trial.  Thus, the only way to compete for political power is for rivals to assert that they hate Israel more than the party in power and the only check on exercising hatred through violence is external: cutting funds for hate-education, material support for armaments, or Israeli military action.

It is a struggle for freedom nothing more or nothing less.
The Jews of Israel re-settled through fair land purchase from Arabs, or had state lands formerly belonging to the Ottomans deeded to them for settlement under international law, or settled upon land vacated by Arabs who sided with Israel's enemies by flight, thereby surrendering their civil rights under the applicable international law: the British Mandate of Palestine, which references the civil and property rights that existed under the Ottomans. 

Arabs who did not rebel or join the ranks of enemy armies retained their civil and property rights; Israel today is over 20% Arab and its capital, Tel Aviv, boasts over fifty minarets.

The British Mandate also required Arabs to respect the civil rights of Jews who lived on Arab-controlled territory but this has been completely ignored by the international community for generations, even though the ejected Jews settled in Israel itself, often on top of vacated Arab villages.  The Jewish population of Israel's neighbors is nearly zero as a result. The property of the departed Jews was mostly used to bolster the power of ruling tyrants.

Thus the Jews of Israel owe the Arabs of Gaza and the West Bank absolutely nothing, either legally or morally.  There is no "Palestinian Arab struggle for freedom" from Israeli occupation; there is only the desire for conquest mandated by tyrants and reinforced by decades of war-promoting culture.
As long as people don't realize that due to external support the Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza cannot escape the bonds of the Hamas and PA tyrants they can never have the hope to even struggle for freedom.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/704144/a-welcome-rapprochement/

Monday, December 02, 2013

Not created equal



'Memories' pass between generations


Generations of a family

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Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest.
Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations.
A Nature Neuroscience study shows mice trained to avoid a smell passed their aversion on to their "grandchildren".
Experts said the results were important for phobia and anxiety research.
The animals were trained to fear a smell similar to cherry blossom.
The team at the Emory University School of Medicine, in the US, then looked at what was happening inside the sperm.
They showed a section of DNA responsible for sensitivity to the cherry blossom scent was made more active in the mice's sperm.
Both the mice's offspring, and their offspring, were "extremely sensitive" to cherry blossom and would avoid the scent, despite never having experiencing it in their lives.
Changes in brain structure were also found.
"The experiences of a parent, even before conceiving, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations," the report concluded.
Family affair
The findings provide evidence of "transgenerational epigenetic inheritance" - that the environment can affect an individual's genetics, which can in turn be passed on.
One of the researchers Dr Brian Dias told the BBC: "This might be one mechanism that descendants show imprints of their ancestor.
"There is absolutely no doubt that what happens to the sperm and egg will affect subsequent generations."
Prof Marcus Pembrey, from University College London, said the findings were "highly relevant to phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders" and provided "compelling evidence" that a form of memory could be passed between generations.
He commented: "It is high time public health researchers took human transgenerational responses seriously.
"I suspect we will not understand the rise in neuropsychiatric disorders or obesity, diabetes and metabolic disruptions generally without taking a multigenerational approach."
In the smell-aversion study, is it thought that either some of the odour ends up in the bloodstream which affected sperm production or that a signal from the brain was sent to the sperm to alter DNA.
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What does this mean for us humans?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Dialogue is the key to peace"

In a worthy opinion piece in Arab News discussing the Saudi King Abdullah's rejection of a U.N. Security Council seat, Abdulateef Al-Mulhim advocates:

"In my opinion, the Arab world instead of relying only on official contacts between the US and their respective governments, should find new ways to engage in dialogue with the American people. The US is one of the most open societies in the world and the American people are good listeners and open to political and social discussions -"
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I don't doubt King Abdullah has similar thoughts, though the course of action he advocates is rather different. Five years ago he sponsored an "Islamic Conference on Dialogue" that was attended by prominent Muslims throughout the world . The resulting dialogue guidelines include:

1) Most important: is to spread Islam.

2) Refute "the suspicion that Islam and Muslims are responsible for terrorism, extremism and hatred."

3) Reject "the oppression and exploitation of poor people under the excuse of liberating them or guarding their human rights. "

4) Giving "priority to issues of protection of values and ethics against the calls for demoralization on grounds of defending individual freedom" - meaning, I suppose, that Muslims should turn a deaf ear to the complaints or differing priorities of non-Muslims and that Muslims who do listen should be denounced or their interaction with foreigners suppressed from the ears of Muslims.

5) Urge that Muslims worldwide respect their host nations but obey Muslim governments and organizations.

6) Work to ensure that "the United Nations and human rights organizations to criminalize the abuse directed at Islam and its Messenger."

7) Denounce "odious claims of superiority" that one group of people can be superior to another on the basis of race.

Conveniently, the Saudi King believes "dialogue" should be redefined as proselytization, its refinements, and the sort of propaganda needed for himself and his clan to remain in power; Muslims anywhere should obey their leaders - no matter how oppressive; and Muslims should have no hope that improvement could come about through political action of their own, nor that the rest of the world can serve as an example.  

References:
http://www.spa.gov.sa/english/details.php?id=562841

http://www.spa.gov.sa/english/details.php?id=562842
http://solomon2.blogspot.com/2008/06/proposed-islamic-conquest-of-western.html

Friday, October 18, 2013

US Passes Saudi Arabia to become the World’s Largest Oil Producer

"PIRA, a leader in worldwide energy market analysis, has recently announced that the US has finally surpassed Saudi Arabia as the largest oil producer in the world, after an explosion in the use of hydraulic fracking created the largest oil boom in nearly 40 years, only beaten by the production boom in Saudi Arabia between 1970 and 1974."




Should the U.S. join OPEC next?  

This is an important milestone: within five years the U.S. will resume its role as a net exporter of petroleum for the first time in over four decades.  The flow of oil through the Arabian Gulf will no longer be considered  a necessary beverage for U.S. consumers but something of necessity for the rest of the world - and this Administration is very keen to push such responsibilities on others.  

If KSA cannot defend itself, nor cooperate in a regional alliance, the obvious candidates become their prime customers in the Far East: China, Japan, South Korea, and India.  These nations either lack the will or prowess to project decisive naval power to the Gulf.  

Long term, Saudi oil production is declining while domestic consumption continues to rise.  Around 2030 Saudi Arabia may even become a net importer of crude!  

What will happen then?  For comparison, early in the colonial period the West Indies was home to rich and lucrative sugar plantations, a strategic asset prize contested between European powers in war and peace, so highly valued that at the end of the Seven Years' War France yielded its sovereignty of mainland Canada to Britain in exchange for retaining its sugar islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

After the development of sugar beet in Europe and cane sugar plantations elsewhere the importance of the West Indies dropped and the region once again became a backwater.  Early in the 20th century Europeans pretty much yielded primacy in the area to the local up-and-coming power, the United States.  Spain lost Cuba in a war and didn't try to win it back.  Denmark sold its islands to the America. In WWII Britain offered the U.S. its naval bases in exchange for American-built destroyers. 

And the oldest independent Caribbean state, Haiti, hit by civil unrest, suffered for a generation the indignity of U.S.-European invasion and occupation, followed by disorder, mass slaughter (by its neighbor), dictatorship ("Baby Doc"), and currently another foreign occupation (this time by Brazilian-led U.N. forces.)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Saudi King's 2013 haj speech

Arab News gives the summary.  Here it is verbatim, as read by Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and reported by the Saudi Press Agency:

In the Name of Allah. Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Praise is due to Allah, and peace be upon His mercy, prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, whom Allah has sent to all creatures as witness, preacher, precursor, a caller to Allah with His permission, and an illuminator candle. Cherishing is due to Allah who said in His Holy Book:
"This day I have perfected your religion For you, completed My favor upon you, And have chosen for you Islam as your religion" and who says "For Hajj are the months well known. If any one undertakes that duty therein, let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling in Hajj. And whatever good ye do,(be sure) Allah knoweth it. And take a provisions(with you) for the journey, But the provisions Is right conduct. So fear Me, O ye that are wise".

Dear brothers and Dear Muslims all over the globe:

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatu Allah Wa Barakatuh

I congratulate you on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, and I pray to Allah Almighty to accept the Hajj of his servants, and to include all of us in his mercy and forgiveness, may Allah help the Muslim Umma to execute the historical responsibility bestowed on it, in regard to its faith, homelands, and unity, along with its humanitarian and forgiving method while dealing with others, that has no excluding of the others just because not believing in the same religion. [That is, if people who don't believe in the correct creed of Islam or in Islam the procedure for dealing with them is dictated by Islam.]

What we agreed on with the others based on ethical methods of dialogue and do not conflict with our belief should be honored. [Note the allusion to the 2008 dialogue guidelines and conference, which redefined dialogue as proselytization and proclaimed that its most important purposes are to spread the faith and prevent revolution due to economic disparity in the Muslim world.] In contrary, if what we disagree on, the decisive word is what our religion explained to us as that is stated in the holy Qur'an "To you be your way, And to me mine".[The Koran continues with many qualifications to this statement.]

Dear brothers and sisters:

With Allah's Grace, we are one Umma, as far as we are united, knowing that we share same worries and hopes, and aware of the fact that our glory and pride come by holding tight to our belief, which stimulates all sort of ethical principles that our lord have asked us to follow. [That is, the King and the other leaders of Muslim countries are scared stiff of revolution and hold that religion is the key to keeping people in check.] Consequently, Islam is known with its mildness and along with its moderation, clarity, and forgiveness, it becomes our way in understanding and engaging in dialogue with the others, also becomes our civilized guide in understanding concepts such as freedom of religions, cultures, beliefs and not implement force in regard to these concepts. [No open violence against others - no violence that can be traced back to Muslim leaders, anyway.] Allah Almighty stated "Let be no compulsion In religion: Truth stands out Clear from Error". In complying with this notion we have established King Abduallah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and intercultural Dialogue, [as explained in earlier posts, this is an institution which redefines "dialogue" and "tolerance" to such an extent that what remains is a morally depraved institution] so it can act as a gate between Muslims, and other religions and cultures, declaring to the world that we are extending our hands with an initiative that respects all the followers of heavenly religions. The initiative that is against hatred and violence, it shows the world that Islam is the religion of purity, clarity and moderation.  [Note "toleration" over rights; that is, the moment non-Muslims misbehave in some way toleration ends.]

Having dealt with non Muslims with the method mentioned previously, it is a must for us Muslim to avoid skirmishes and disunity among ourselves, and therefore we have ordered the establishment of the Center for Dialogue Among Islamic Sects in Madinah. The establishment of the center was recommended by the Islamic Solidarity conference which was held in Makkah during the month of Ramadan,1433H. Our concern of the Islamic Umma was the aim to establish the center in order to avoid disunity and division. [We tyrants must stick together or die!] We are convinced that dialogue among Islamic sects with Allah' grace and help, is the appropriate method to understand each other. What we have agreed on is, thanks to God, due to his favor, and what we have disagreed on should not be of a way to destroy the unity of Islamic Umma. By Allah grace, the door of interpretation(IJTEHAD) is open, and this is why we have different views among Islamic schools of interpretations. Having said that, the basic of our faith should not be touched, and we don’t accept any bargaining on it. [That is, tolerance has its limits and from that point violence is fair play.]

Dear Muslim brothers:

From the prophetic land, cradle of revelation, we announce to the world that we are an Umma which does not bargain on its religion, ethics, and values. It does not allow whomever that maybe to interfere in its internal or external issues. [More explicitly than in 2008, "dialogue" is a one-way street, Muslims telling non-Muslims how they should behave and what they should do and turning a deaf ear to any complaints of Muslims dealing unjustly with non-Muslims.]  It should be clear to the world that we respect it, and value its humanitarian contribution throughout the history, but there is no option left before whoever tries to manipulate according to his narrow views or interests. [No "tolerance" there.] We are an Umma, its security is synonym to its religion and homelands. [That is, tyrants' security is in their control of religion.] It deals with the others in an equal manner. So, we hope that mutual respect between nations and countries can be a wide gate for friendship and to achieve mutual goals and interests. [The countries of the West should respect our views.  I believe the bits including and after "friendship" and "mutual goals" allude to corrupting non-Muslim leaders as necessary through selective bribery to achieve these goals.]  We are aware that we live in harmonious world where hatred is rejected, predominance and arrogance are objected. Whoever realizes this notion, our hearts are capable and willing for all sorts of friendship, and for those who choose otherwise, it is their business. Yet, we are firm in maintaining the dignity and the pride of our people. [Including violence, as needed or desired.]

Once again, I renew congratulations to you on Eid Al-Adha, may Allah accept your Hajj and good deeds.

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A speech remarkable for its intolerance, even aggression, almost the first person to praise it was the imam of the al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, who "hailed the Kingdom's stances towards the Palestinian people and their cause, highlighting the Kingdom's efforts in defending the Palestinian people."