A one-topic blog: how is it that the most imminent and lethal implication for humankind - the fact that the doctrine of "Mutually Assured Destruction" will not work with Iran - is not being discussed in our media? Until it is recognized that MAD is dead, the Iranian threat will be treated as a threat only to Israel and not as the global threat which it in fact is.
A blog by Mladen Andrijasevic
Let me switch to the President
and obviously the open mic segment with
John Kerry on Fox News Sunday “. This is not a pinpoint strike.” etc. , and he’s outraged . I’ve got some video that I want to show you and
I’ll explain to you what it is in case I
your monitor does not put it up . You got Hamas masked militants, inside these
sophisticated tunnels that they’ve built. You can see they got cement
reinforcement there. You have various Hamas armed wing gunmen inside the tunnel
minions putting lights on their heads. They wear green uniforms, masks inside
the tunnel and you can see the weapons, waking inside the tunnel, they got them.
They have literally various masked
militants in there. Obviously, this is how
they kidnapped those three boys. This is
how they launched a lot of their attacks on Israel. Why is the United States
saying 1600 rockets we are with you we support you, you have the right to
Senator Ted Cruz:
Right! And these
Hamas terrorists had tranquilizers and handcuffs precisely to capture innocent
Israeli civilians, to capture soldiers and hold them up for ransom. Israel is
defending herself against vicious terrorists who are trying to murder innocent civilians
and as Prime Minister Netanyahu put it put it very effectively a couple of weeks
ag: in Israel they use missile defense
to protect their civilians. Hamas is using their civilians to protect their
missiles - which is a war crime. And you ask why are we doing this? Sean, the
reason is sad, it’s tragic, but the Obama administration is the most anti-Israel
administration this government has ever had.
Yesterday we saw the FAA make an unprecedented decision to
ban all air travel to the nation of Israel and I’ve asked today the very simple
question: Did President Obama just
unilaterally launch economic boycott of the nation of Israel, because John
Kerry showed up in Israel, gave $47 million to Hamas in Gaza.
That is insanity! We gave $1.5 billion, F-16s and tanks to
Mohammad Morsi, who was the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, who said that the Israelis
are descendants of apes and pigs. What is wrong with this administration?
Senator Ted Cruz:
Well, and listen. This decision by the FAA raises serious questions.
Was this a political decision? Was this driven by the White House? Was it driven
by the State Department? If it was based on airline safety as they said, why
did they single out Israel? Why not ban
travel to Pakistan, or Yemen or Ukraine, where a commercial airliner was just
shot down, but instead they targeted Israel. And the timing – at the exact moment Kerry was
there trying to strong-arm Israel into stopping their efforts to shut down Hamas’s
rockets and tunnels.
You said that you believe that they were trying to blackmail
Israel, which I agree with, because they are cutting Israel off from the rest
of the world at a very important time, you are right. The State Department
spokesman responded to you, and I want to play it and give you a chance to
Clip: Senator Cruz
just released a statement saying that the FAA’s flight suspension of Israel is
economic blackmail and that the Obama administration is doing this to punish Israel.
State Department spokesman:
offensive, quite frankly. The FAA takes its responsibilities very seriously. I
will speak for them in that case. They make these decisions based solely on the
security and safety of American
citizens. Period. For anyone who suggests otherwise – it is just
Senator Ted Cruz:
What is ridiculous is the Obama administration refusing to
answer simple questions about whether this was dictated by politics. Why the
FAA is singling out Israel while not focusing on other areas of the world, and what
is offensive is the Obama administration giving $47 million that will go to
Hamas who is actively trying to kill civilians, while simultaneously imposing
millions of dollars of economic harms on our friend and ally Israel. The State
Department needs to answer those questions, and Sean, I announce today that in
response to that refusal to answer form the State Department I intend to hold
all State Department nominees until they answer these questions. Congress
deserves to know and the American people deserve to know was this politics from
the White House or was this an airline safety decision, and the facts strongly
suggest it was politics and an effort to strong-arm the nation of Israel.
No other army in the world has ever done more than Israel is
doing now to save the lives of innocent civilians in a combat zone. And people like Ban Ki-moon or President
Obama or other world leaders who tell Israel they should do more - perhaps Israel
should ask them what more they can do?
Islamist extremists around the world use very similar
tactics. We’ve seen young boys being given hand grenades to throw at British soldiers
with the intention that because they are young boys the soldier won’t shoot so the
attacker would be able to do so without being killed himself. On the other hand,
if they do shoot that is a propaganda victory for the Taliban.
Many British citizens, civilians, are influenced a great
deal by Hamas propaganda, indirectly normally, but also by the way complex subjects
are portrayed in the media and incidentally the media in some cases bare responsibility
for the killing that is taking place because they are themselves projecting
Hamas’s desire at propaganda and that is causing the conflict to continue. So,
in some respect irresponsible media have some responsibility. And the majority of the British public are
taken in by the influence of the media in this respect. There is a difference in
the attitude if you talk to a British soldier or a former British soldier. Because
British soldiers have fought this kind of enemy, exactly this kind of enemy in
Afghanistan and in Iraq. British soldiers understand what Israelis doing and
support what Israel is doing on the whole.
Question: Do you think the IDF in the end of this conflict
can make Hamas surrender?
Colonel Richard Kemp:
Inevitably, Israel’s inexorable military force driving in
trough Gaza will lead to the surrender of Hamas. Unfortunately, it will cost
quitea largenumber of Israeli soldiers' lives. Of course,
whether that happens depends on pressure from the international community, the
plans of the IDF and the Prime Minster of Israel, whether or not there is a
ceasefire of some sort before Hamas is completely defeated.
WASHINGTON — – 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
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.
Why? The rockets can’t even
inflict serious damage, 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
It makes no sense. Unless you understand, as a
Washington Post editorial explained, that the whole point is to draw Israeli
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.
A rocket fired from Gaza strikes infrastructure in Israel that
provides electricity to the coastal strip, cutting power to 70,000
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?