Tuesday, July 22, 2014
How do you deal with an incompetent and ignorant US President and Secretary of State who time and again want to interfere in the conflict they understand nothing about?
You demonstrate what they should know about the Middle East and don’t. You let them take the Kerry Quiz!
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 1:57 AM
Thursday, July 17, 2014
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
— – Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.
“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”
Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows Hamas’ proudly self-declared raison d’etre: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.
Apologists for Hamas attribute the bloodlust to the Israeli occupation and blockade. Occupation? There is not a soldier, not a settler, not a single Israeli in Gaza. Does no one remember anything? It was less than 10 years ago that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling diehard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted it settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians.
There was no blockade. On the contrary. Israel wanted this new Palestinian state to succeed. To help the Gaza economy, Israel gave the Palestinians its 3,000 greenhouses that had produced fruit and flowers for export. It opened border crossings and encouraged commerce.
The whole idea was to establish the model for two states living peacefully and productively side by side. No one seems to remember that simultaneous with the Gaza withdrawal, Israel dismantled four smaller settlements in the northern West Bank as a clear signal of Israel’s desire to leave the West Bank too and thus achieve an amicable two-state solution.
And how did the Gaza Palestinians react to being granted by the Israelis what no previous ruler, neither Egyptian, nor British, nor Turkish, had ever given them – an independent territory? First, they demolished the greenhouses. Then they elected Hamas. Then, instead of building a state with its attendant political and economic institutions, they spent the better part of a decade turning Gaza into a massive military base, brimming with terror weapons, to make ceaseless war on Israel.
Where are the roads and rail, the industry and infrastructure of the new Palestinian state? Nowhere. Instead, they built mile upon mile of underground tunnels to hide their weapons and, when the going gets tough, their military commanders. They spent millions importing and producing rockets, launchers, mortars, small arms, even drones. They deliberately placed them in schools, hospitals, mosques and private homes to better expose their own civilians. And from which they fire rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
being almost uniformly intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Even West Bank leader Mahmoud Abbas has asked: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?”
It makes no sense. Unless you understand, as a Washington Post editorial explained, that the whole point is to draw Israeli counterfire.
This produces dead Palestinians for international television. Which is why Hamas perversely urges its own people not to seek safety when Israel drops leaflets warning of an imminent attack.
To deliberately wage war so that your own people can be telegenically killed is indeed moral and tactical insanity. But it rests on a very rational premise: Given the Orwellian state of the world’s treatment of Israel (see: the U.N.’s grotesque Human Rights Council), fueled by a mix of classic anti-Semitism, near-total historical ignorance and reflexive sympathy for the ostensible Third World underdog, these eruptions featuring Palestinian casualties ultimately undermine support for Israel’s legitimacy and right to self-defense.
In a world of such Kafkaesque ethical inversions, Hamas’ depravity begins to make sense. This is a world in which the Munich massacre is a movie and the murder of Klinghoffer is an opera – both deeply sympathetic to the killers. This is a world in which the U.N. ignores humanity’s worst war criminals while incessantly condemning Israel, a state warred upon for 66 years which nonetheless goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid harming the very innocents its enemies use as shields.
It’s to the Israelis’ credit that amid all this madness they haven’t lost their moral scruples. Or their nerve. Those outside the region have the minimum obligation, therefore, to expose the madness and speak the truth. Rarely has it been so blindingly clear.
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 11:02 PM
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 9:41 PM
A rocket fired from Gaza strikes infrastructure in Israel that provides electricity to the coastal strip, cutting power to 70,000 Palestinians.
Israel has not shut off power to Gaza, says Channel 2, but will not risk the safety of Israel Electric Corporation personnel to repair the damage caused by this shell. Still, overall electricity supply to Gaza will not be significantly affected by the strike.
In the meantime, reporting of the foreign media has become truly insane. Poor Palestinians, the CNN reporter Diana Magnay comments, they suffer since they do not have the Iron Dome, but the Israelis are protected!
Could a Martian listening to this comment deduce that the Palestinians are the ones indiscriminately lobbing rockets into Israel’s cities?
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 2:11 PM
Thursday, July 10, 2014
As Matthew Kroenig so brilliantly proved in his new book A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat, the United States MUST attack the Iranian nuclear facilities if diplomacy fails. But Obama is quite reluctant to do even that which is imperative for the US. So it leaves Israel. The retaliatory strike that will follow an Israeli preemptive strike on Isfahan, Arak, Natanz and Qom will come from Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas. Israel has to get rid of the Hamas component in the Iranian retaliation. Israel has to neutralize Hamas NOW so that its part of the Iranian retaliation will not exist when the time comes to attack the Iranian nuclear facilities.
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 2:20 AM
Monday, July 7, 2014
The jihadist mindset is really puzzling to me. Is it possible that they do not realize that Israel has the means to kill not 7 terrorists but 70 or 700? How does their mind work? They attack Israeli population centers and then expect Israel to do what? Have they any notion of history and how other countries reacted when their citizens were under fire, the Brits during the Blitz and later under V1 and V2 attacks?
The situation is in fact so absurd that you have to think hard to come with an analogy, and you cannot because there is none. The nearest I could think of is that you have an enclave of Germans in Brighton with the SS launching rockets at London from Brighton. What would Churchill in his War Rooms at King Charles Street have done?
Well, I came out of the mamad (safe room) a few hours ago where all the staff of our hi-tech company went into after the sirens went off and was thinking: This is too absurd to describe. What other country in the world would tolerate this crap?
|The Cabinet War Rooms|
Thursday, November 15, 2012Be'er Sheva under Grad attack
By 3:30 am we already have had 4 attacks since 11 pm, I think 8 altogether, lost count, and I was getting tired to every time get up and shut the door of the safe room when the siren goes off and reopen it after the attack. I once calculated that we would have enough air in the safe room for about 10 hours because when the door is shut the room is hermetically sealed, but it is uncomfortable to sleep in a room if you know that you are using up the air slowly . Feels as if you were in a submarine. Das Boot and The Hunt for Red October comes to mind. However, if you leave the door or the window ajar there is always the probability, small, but not zero, that the shrapnel would ricochet into the room . Still, I left the door open and went back to sleep, till the next red alert. Should try and do the math and calculate the probabilities and consequences of leaving the door open.
It was eerie to drive through almost deserted streets of Be'er Sheva this morning to pick up my daughter from the bus stop. A few taxis and nobody else. At least there are no cars at intersections so you could more easily take cover within the 60 seconds. On the way back I asked my daughter to measure how long it would take us from the nearest circle till home. 54 seconds. Should not make a dash for it if caught at the circle. Too risky.
Tried to post Article 7 of the Hamas Charter and Hadith Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177 from which it is taken on Sky News . Article 7 reads " The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,' except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews." It never appeared on the Sky News site. Censored. Direct quotes from the Hamas Charter is just too much truth for the Brits. Churchill must be turning in his grave. This is not Britain's finest hour.
My son's school teacher phoned to inquire about my son. He's fine my wife says. She skips the fact that he is thanking Hamas there is no school. Homework assignment is on the internet. In the meantime he is playing chess with himself.
Obama is backing Israel's action. Very nice. Everyone seems to have forgotten that only three years ago his administration transferred $900 million to Hamas. The 69 percent of American Jews who voted for him could not care less that the Soviet designed, Chinese manufactured Grads falling on my head are being financed by the American taxpayer. Maybe they will more concerned with their own soap opera scandal and interested what Petraeus will say in his testimony to the congressional intelligence panels.
Meanwhile the Mahdi, the 12th Imam, is still in occultation but the centrifuges are spinning...
Iron Dome intercepts Grads over Be'er Sheva
Update, Dec 2: The other day while driving in Be'er Sheva I realized I had found the music I should listen to during Grad attacks. Shostakovich's "Leningrad" Symphony. The wailing of the sirens goes well together with the main repetitive theme of the approaching German armies...
Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad" 1st Movement part 2
Update, July 10, 2014
Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad" 1st Movement part 2
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 10:41 PM