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On Obama’s Rage

The Wall Street Journal has an article this morning, reprinted here which touches on a question I have: Why are people so incensed with Israel when in fact almost all of the troubles in our world are coming from various branches of Islam? Why can’t Israel defend herself against Hamas and other terrorist groups? Why is Israeli uppityness so much more offensive to powerful people than say ISIS beheadings, Putin’s aggressions, 170,000 plus dead Syrians, etc? How powerful is Jew hatred, really?

Barack Obama “has become ‘enraged’ at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ” So reports the Jerusalem Post, based on the testimony of Martin Indyk, until recently a special Middle East envoy for the president. The war in Gaza, Mr. Indyk adds, has had “a very negative impact” on Jerusalem’s relations with Washington.

Think about this. Enraged. Not “alarmed” or “concerned” or “irritated” or even “angered.” Anger is a feeling. Rage is a frenzy. Anger passes. Rage feeds on itself. Anger is specific. Rage is obsessional, neurotic.

Well, exactly. What has Israel ever done to harm him? It is just ridiculous.

And Mr. Obama—No Drama Obama, the president who prides himself on his cool, a man whose emotional detachment is said to explain his intellectual strength—is enraged. With Israel. Which has just been hit by several thousand unguided rockets and 30-odd terror tunnels, a 50-day war, the forced closure of its one major airport, accusations of “genocide” by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, anti-Semitic protests throughout Europe, general condemnation across the world. This is the country that is the object of the president’s rage.

The president in Bethesda, Md., July 29. Ron Sachs/Cnp/Zuma Press
Think about this some more. In the summer in which Mr. Obama became “enraged” with Israel, Islamic State terrorists seized Mosul and massacred Shiite soldiers in open pits, Russian separatists shot down a civilian jetliner, Hamas executed 18 “collaborators” in broad daylight, Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria came close to encircling Aleppo with the aim of starving the city into submission, a brave American journalist had his throat slit on YouTube by a British jihadist, Russian troops openly invaded Ukraine, and Chinese jets harassed U.S. surveillance planes over international waters.

Mr. Obama or his administration responded to these events with varying degrees of concern, censure and indignation. But rage?

Here, for instance, is the president in early August, talking to the New York Times’s Tom Friedman about Russia and Ukraine:

“Finding an off-ramp for [ Vladimir Putin ] becomes more challenging. Having said that I think it is still possible for us, because of the effective organization that we have done with the Europeans around Ukraine, and the genuine bite that the sanctions have had on the Russian economy, for us to arrive at a fair accommodation in which Ukrainian sovereignty and independence is still recognized but there is also recognition that Ukraine does have historic ties to Russia, the majority of their trade goes to Russia, huge portions of the population are Russian speaking, and so they are not going to be severed from Russia. And if we do that a deal should be possible.”

This isn’t even condemnation. It’s an apology. For Mr. Putin. Benjamin Netanyahu should be so lucky.

Now think about what, specifically, has enraged the president about Israel’s behavior. “Its actions and its treatment of his chief diplomat.”

Actions? Hamas began firing rockets at Israel in June, thereby breaking the cease-fire it had agreed to at the end of the last war, in November 2012. The latest war began in earnest on July 7 when Hamas fired some 80 rockets at Israel. “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the next day, “and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks.”

On July 15 Israel accepted the terms of a cease-fire crafted by Egypt. Hamas violated it by firing 50 rockets at Israel. On July 17 Israel accepted a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire. Hamas violated it again. On July 20 Israel allowed a two-hour medical window in the neighborhood of Shujaiyeh. Hamas violated it. On July 26 Hamas announced a daylong cease-fire. It then broke its own cease-fire. On July 28 Israel agreed to a cease-fire for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The rocket attacks continued. On Aug. 1 Israel accepted a 72-hour cease-fire proposed by the U.S. Hamasviolated it within 90 minutes. On Aug. 5 Israel agreed to Egypt’s terms for another three-day cease-fire. Hamas violated it several hours before it was set to expire, after Israel announced it would agree to an extension.

If Hamas had honored any of these cease-fires it could have saved Palestinian lives. It didn’t. Mr. Obama is enraged—but not with Hamas.

Read the rest if you can stomach it. I can’t. I’ve just returned from a lovely trip abroad, punctuated with horrific English speaking crowds chanting: Kill the Jews! I think that the western world has a lot to offer – medicine, clean environment, good enough economies to avoid hunger, kind and entertaining people in the countryside – but at the same time they are thinly veiled barbarians. Under the expensive British soaps is a god-awful stink.

Oh, and fear is not improving the stink much, is it? Because they are now well and truly terrified of their own citizens.

- Aggie

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Yorkshire Diddling

Before he got punched in the face, George Galloway boasted that his constituency, Bradford West, was “Israel Free”.

Given the behavior of the locals, that may well be by choice, George:

Simon Danczuk, who helped expose a pattern of grooming of white teenage girls by men from a Pakistani background in Rochdale, where he is the Labour MP, said a culture of intimidation and closing of ranks within parts of the Asian community had mired politics in towns and cities across northern England for years.

He said Asian councillors were under constant pressure from the community to “conform” and other politicians acquiesced for fear of being accused of racism, failing to face up to evidence of abuse as a result.

Last week a scathing inquiry report said there had been a “blatant” failure of leadership from politicians and council officials in Rotherham over the sexual abuse of at least 1,400 children over 16 years.

The Rotherham scandal and a series of cases in towns including Rochdale highlighted how evidence of Pakistani men targeting white girls for abuse was repeatedly played down for fear of accusations of racism.

He said he had personally come under pressure from Asian councillors and members of the community for speaking out as well as being warned by prominent figures in his party.

He pointed to the way in which two Muslim councillors in Rochdale had provided character references for one of the perpetrators of the Rochdale abuse.

“Politics are done differently in Pakistan, it is a cultural difference we have imported some of that into some of these northern towns and cities and I think we have to face up to the fact that we can’t carry on doing politics like that.

Ann Cryer, the former MP for Keighley, said she had come under constant pressure from the “politically correct brigade” when she raised the issue.

Ann Cryer said that Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, was among those who had challenged her for speaking about the issue.

Meanwhile it was reported that more than 100 babies were born as a result of girls being raped in Rotherham.

Sarah Champion, the current Rotherham MP, said one of the most upsetting aspects of the scandal was that babies born to some victims were taken away from them and their mothers will never see them again – something she said “spoke volumes” about how victims were treated.

So, the sexual enslavement of 1400 girls (and their 100 children bred by rape) by Pakistani men in South Yorkshire isn’t even the worst of the story. The cover-up and complicity of mainstream British politicians, mainly from the Left, over years is.

Go ahead, British lefties: judge Israel.

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Let’s Have No More of This

The Grand Duchy of Bloodthirstan sends its best wishes to George Galloway, MP (blech), and prayers for a speedy recovery.

On the other hand, George, a diet of milkshakes and smoothies doesn’t suck!

Respect MP George Galloway was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw on Friday night after being attacked in the street.

Police arrested a British man over the incident, which is believed to have been prompted by comments Galloway has made about Israel in past weeks.

The 60-year-old was posing for pictures in Notting Hill, London, on Friday evening when a man lashed out at him, his spokesman said. Galloway gave a statement to police after a man aged 39 was arrested.

“George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him,” his spokesman said.

“It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust. George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in pretty bad shape.”

Why would someone so beset the honourable MP for Bradford West?

Last week, the MP was interviewed by police under caution after he was accused of inciting racial hatred by declaring his constituency, Bradford West, an “Israel-free zone”.

In a speech he gave in Leeds on 2 August he said: “We don’t want any Israeli goods; we don’t want any Israeli services; we don’t want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college; we don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford, even if any of them had thought of doing so.”

Surely, that’s how his constituents want it.

Surely, there must be more:

“What else is Gaza but a Warsaw Ghetto? When the people, the heroes, of the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto, who decided they’d rather die on their feet, than live on their knees, desperate for food and water, rose up and tackled their besiegers – those who were keeping them in that Warsaw Ghetto – they were rightly hailed and are remembered in history as freedom fighters, as heroes. Yet the Palestinians, when they rise up out of their Warsaw Ghetto, are called terrorists in your country, and in my country, never mind in the country that is doing the besieging,” charged Galloway.

Who knew that the Warsaw Ghetto had luxury hotels and malls, teeming markets, and water parks, as Gaza does (or did)? Learn something new.

Is that all?

According to Galloway, “the Zionists” engineered the situation in Ukraine in order to bring “the Nazis” to power and have the Ukrainian Jews “settle in Palestine”.

“The bizarre alliance in the Maidan between former Israeli army officers [is] the most ugly alliance you can possibly imagine. [This] is part of the thinking of this… Well, if these Nazis come to power in Kiev, and they hate Jews so much, the remaining Ukrainian Jews will feel that they have to go and settle in Palestine,” he continued.

Isn’t a person entitled to his own opinion, no matter how bat[bleep] crazy?

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West claimed that the Jewish state had given rebel groups affiliated with Al Qaeda chemical weapons for use against Syrian civilians.

“If there’s been any use of nerve gas, it’s the rebels that used it…If there has been use of chemical weapons, it was Al Qaeda who used the chemical weapons,” claims Galloway in a video distributed on the internet.

“Who gave Al Qaeda the chemical weapons? Here’s my theory: Israel gave them the chemical weapons.”

Slander and libel are not enough for Galloway: there must also be lying:

[D]uring a debate in the British Parliament on whether to take part in a military offensive against Syria, Galloway was challenged by Matthew Offord, a representative of Hendon in North London.

Offord said he had received several e-mails from constituents on Galloway’s hateful remarks, then said, “I would find that very hard to believe that the honorable member said that, so would he like to take this opportunity to refute that, or provide the evidence to satisfy my constituent?”

In response to Offord, Galloway said that letters from constituents were “unreliable”, because, he claimed, “I said no such thing.”

A nut, a liar, and a bully, sure, but debate is healthy. Isn’t it?

British lawmaker George Galloway, known for his vehemently anti-Israel views and support for Hamas, stormed out of a debate at Oxford University on Wednesday night after learning that his opponent was Israeli.

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West advocated that “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank”, while his opponent, Eylon Aslan-Levy, claimed that a withdrawal should take place only as part of a negotiated peace agreement.

After Levy used the term “we” to describe Israel’s stance, a perturbed Galloway interrupted asking “You said ‘we,’ are you Israeli?”

After his opponent answered in the affirmative, Galloway said, “I don’t recognize Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis,” as he stormed out of the room.

Galloway attempted to justify his behavior on his Facebook page saying, “I refused this evening at Oxford University to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the Apartheid state of Israel.”

“The Reason is simple: No recognition, No Normalization, Just Boycotts, divestment and sanctions, until the Apartheid state is defeated.”

Look, everyone agrees that George Galloway is, to be kind, a pig. But do we go around beating pigs in the face and breaking their jaws?

Let me think about it:

“The story, for those who don’t know it, is Scarlett Johansson. She’s a very famous Hollywood actress, I think of Swedish or Danish origin [don't tell George she's Jewish---he'll have a stroke!], who is a big star. She’s taking money from a company called SodaStream to promote their product, which is a kind of spray which sprays soda water into drinks,” said Galloway.

I’ve got to say to her: You are an absolute disgrace. Your face should be scarlet now – scarlet with embarrassment that you chose a few shekels from SodaStream over Oxfam and over your international reputation.”

“Because your hands are certainly scarlet – they are scarlet with the blood of the Palestinian people, whose land has been stolen so that these illegal settlements can produce products like SodaStream,” he said.

Time was, a man would punch the pig square in the face for those remarks alone. Or buy a cigar for the man that did.

Not that we condone such senseless violence—oh no. Though come to think of it, Galloway is lucky not to have been assassinated for his incitement against Jews, as happened to Meir Kahane for his remarks about Arabs. Six weeks of cream of broccoli soup versus an eternity underground—see what I mean?

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Foley Murdered By Brit With London Accent

Because British culture produces the best butchers.

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says that the government is “urgently investigating” the identity of the apparently British executioner of US reporter James Foley, whose death was shown in a video released by members of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria. The IS member’s apparent ties to Britain highlight increasing concern in the West about the radicalization of European and American nationals by jihadi groups and the threat they pose if they return home.

The video published overnight on YouTube shows the hooded, black-clad IS member speaking extensively in both English and Arabic before killing an orange-jumpsuited man described as “James Wright Foley, an American citizen.” In what the Daily Telegraph describes as a London accent, the executioner says that the US has “been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,” before killing Foley.

But at least David Cameron takes this seriously:

Over there: “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”

Over here:

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.

Oh, Obama did make a statement about the beheading, before heading off to play a round of golf:

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the entire world is “appalled” by the brutal death of American journalist James Foley, who was shown in a video released by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq being beheaded.
“No faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” Obama said in his statement. “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”

“People like this ultimately fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy,” Obama said.
Obama also called Foley’s parents to offer his condolences and told them that a nation was heartbroken for their loss.
According to a pool report obtained by Politico, Obama went to the Vineyard Golf Club following his statement.

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Put Down the Tam Tams and Step Away From the Shelves

I see no problem here. How many Mohammeds (see post below) buy kosher?

A British supermarket chain is at the center of an anti-Semitism row, after a Jewish shopper found that the Kosher section had been completely removed, and was told by the store manager that Kosher food has been taken down because “We support Gaza.”

Anti-Israel demonstrators had picketed the branch of Sainsbury’s in Holborn, central London, part o fa pattern of aggressive calls to boycott Jewish-made Israeli goods – calls that often spilled over into violence.

In one incident Saturday, anti-Israel activists trashed a Tesco store in Hodge Hill while waving Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flags, throwing produce on the ground and closing the establishment for several minutes. Likewise protests outside Tesco stores in Greater Manchester, Blackburn and Luton were reported.

The Sainsbury’s move to empty the Kosher section was discovered that same Saturday by Jewish actor Colin Appleby, who posted a photo of the empty shelves on his Facebook page.

Appleby recounted what he had been told by the store manager, triggering a firestorm of criticism with many noting that a significant proportion of the Kosher goods were not even from Israel, and that the move amounted to pure anti-Semitism as it clearly targeted Jewish shoppers.

Journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti, who is also a Sainsbury’s customer, called Sainsbury’s on Sunday to register his shock over the incident, to which he was told the store decided to remove the Kosher goods out of fear that protesters would “take Kosher products off the shelf” and wreak havoc.

“Why is it considered a good reaction to remove products of interest to Jews from the shelves when there’s going to be some sort of violent intervention rather than to stop the violent intervention?” asked Sacerdoti. “If I told you I was going to go into the store and start trashing Halal products from the shelves, would you remove them all?”

“Of course not,” responded the Sainsbury’s telephone operator. After being pressed by Sacerdoti she refused to call the incident a “mistake,” later refusing to comment on her statement that the store would not remove Halal products when faced with an identical threat.

No one’s making Britain behave this way. All those baby Mohammeds, Mohameds, and Muhammeds (see post below) are too young to mind kosher groceries. Heck, they may even like them. All those baby Muhamets have mommies and daddies—some of whom might be upset that Jewish dietary laws are respected, but lots of whom aren’t.

But Sainsbury’s supports Hamastan. So the Manischewitz has to go.

PS: I’ve always wondered how come the Prophet’s visage can’t be depicted even once (even though it has been, plenty), while His name can be transliterated thusly?

The name is transliterated as Mohammad (primarily in Iran and Afghanistan), Muhammad (in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia), Muhammed (Arab World, primarily in North Africa), Mohamed, Mohammed, Mohamad and Muhammad (Arab World), Muhammed, Muhamed (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Muhammed, Muhamed, Muhammet, or Muhamet (Turkey and Albania).

The name may be abbreviated to Md., Mohd., Muhd., or simply M. because of its utmost meaning, its popularity has meant that it can become hard to distinguish people when there is a multitude with the same name, in some cases it may be to keep a personal name less tied to a religious context. This is only done if the person has a second given name, Some men who have Muhammad (or variant) as a first name choose not to use it, as it is such a common name. Instead they use another given name. For example, Anwar Sadat, Hosni Mubarak, Zia-ul-Haq, Ayub Khan and Nawaz Sharif use their second given name.

In Latin, it is Mahometus (hence Italian Maometto) and ?????? (Moameth) in Greek. In Catalan and in Spanish, it is Mahoma, in Portuguese, it is Maomé, and in Galician it is Mamede. In Polish it is Mahomet. In Russia, it is ???????? (Mukhammad), another common spelling is ??????? (Magomed). In Somali, it is Maxamed. In Senegal and in other West African nations, the variant is Mamadou. In Kazakh, the name is ???????? (Mukhammed). In Chinese, it is written as ???? (Mùh?nmòdé). In Hebrew, it is written as ????? (Mukhammad).

PPS: Sorry WordPress can’t handle the other alphabets.

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Congratulations, It’s a Muhammed!

And another one. And another one. And another one….

Muhammed has been crowned Britain’s most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013.

As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that “Muhammad” came in 15th with 3,499 children but “Mohammed” was 23rd with 2,887 and “Mohammad” was 57th with 1059 given the name.

As a result the top three spellings alone accounted for the names of 7,445 boys, easily beating the second most popular name Oliver which got just 6,949.

[E]ven more obscure spellings of Mohammed are likely to push the total even higher.

It’s hardly surprising. Oliver is an unusual name for a Muslim.

Muhammad is so popular as a name because the three million Muslims in Britain tend to like to name at least one of their sons after the prophet. This makes the name much more popular amongst Muslim families than any name is amongst Christians.

In 2002, the Muhammad spelling of the name was the 61st most popular boys name in Britain. In the same period the number of Muslims in Britain has doubled.

And we wonder why Britain leads so many boycotts against Israel and the Jews. How many of those Muslims would you want to piss off?

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All the News That’s Fit to Suppress

The UK Guardian opinion section quotes an old editor: “Comment is free, but facts are sacred.”

Funny, that:

The British newspaper The Guardian rejected an advertorial piece penned by famed Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, JNS.org has learned. In the ad, Dershowitz refutes statements by many media outlets that all of the Gaza Strip is densely populated, a claim that has been used to justify the use of human shields by Hamas in the terrorist group’s recent conflict with Israel.

“The British media is divided,” Dershowitz said in an interview. “But The Guardian, which holds itself out to be a purveyor of diverse truth, clearly reflects a bias against Israel on its editorial pages, as well as in its presentation of the news. Now that bias has spread to the advertising pages.”

Dershowitz told JNS.org that newspapers “have a right to decide which ads to accept and reject,” but questioned The Guardian’s decision not to run his advertorial.

“My column was factually sound and not a personal attack on anybody. It simply laid out the geographic facts of the Gaza Strip and its implications,” he said.

“Dershowitz was presenting a new point of view in this article,” Harry Wechsler of the Wechsler Family Foundation told JNS.org in an email.

“Hamas was not forced into shooting their rockets from pads located in urban areas, thereby leading to unavoidable civilian deaths,” wrote Wechsler. “They were not shooting from some of the densest population centers anywhere because they had no other choice. No—the choice was there. Though not large, Gaza had ample space that was not densely populated—farm land, empty spaces where rockets could have been stored and shot from. Furthermore, the U.N. could easily have developed temporary quarters in these same spaces for the sheltering of civilian refugees, far away from the sites of battle.”

“The Guardian rarely shows photographs of Hamas fighters firing from densely populated areas. They continue to perpetuate the myth that all of the Gaza is densely populated. They continue to perpetrate the myth that the vast majority of people killed in this was have been children and women, when the fact is the vast majority of people killed have been males of terrorist age,” Dershowitz said.

It is important for Americans and British readers to know that the worst kind of distortion is “distortion by omission, where the media refuses to print the truth or opposing points of view, and the rejection of this ad [by The Guardian] is a manifestation of that,” added Dershowitz.

Exactly. No one in Britain knows anything except what the media report. If the media report an Israeli massacre, that’s what they believe. If the truth is far different, well, that’s someone else’s job.

But I reject even Dershowitz’s point. So what if Hamass were forced by population density to fire from crowded areas? That’s still on them. Nobody’s making them shell, rocket, and mortar Israel continually over the the past nine years. That’s their choice. If Israel doesn’t have the right to put an end to that, even if protecting their citizens from terror might harm Gaza’s citizens, she is the only country I’ve ever heard of so constrained. Nonsense. Israel may kill as many Gazans as necessary to secure Israelis, no more, no fewer. Indeed, it must.

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Heard On The BBC

Today on the BBC they did a heartfelt piece about the anguish of the average Gazan. It dripped with empathy, British-style, meaning they were warm and caring toward the Gazans and at the same time hostile and snotty toward Israel.

I thought about this: “Aggie, (I thought), how can you help the British media, and the British public, to feel empathy for the suffering of the Israelis? How to make them understand that in a nation of roughly 7 million people, 14,000 missiles have been launched from Gaza in total, and about 3,500 of them happened within the past couple of months? How can such loving people not feel for the poor Israelis, and how can I help?”

Well, I thought and I thought and I think I have the solution. It is pretty simple. You see, there are about 7.5 million Israelis, but 63,742,000 citizens of the UK. I want to divide the UK into Israel-sized populations. Hmmm. I have to divide 63,742,000 by 7.5 million. It comes up to 8.493333333333. Let’s agree on 8.5, ok? So that means that there are 8.5 regions of the UK, somehow divided into 7.5 million human beings each (except for the .5 which has only 3.75 million, give or take). Got it? Now draw the borders any which way, as long as each region has only 7.5 million people.

And start shelling them. Randomly and persistently, begin to fire missiles into the UK. Some will land in fields, some will shatter the stained glass in those beautiful cathedrals, some will hit cafes, and some will land in nursery schools or senior living facilities. This needs to go on for 9 years and it needs to be random. Perhaps someone can write a computer program to create the randomness of the targets? And naturally, the missiles themselves must be faulty enough that even if something is aimed at a park, it could as easily land in the 3rd floor living room of a nice apartment.

Talk doesn’t matter. Whoever runs the program can talk and talk and talk, as long as the shelling continues. It’s best if they promise to stop if demands are met, etc., but the shelling must continue. Oh, and it would be lovely if the population of Britain was blamed for their own misery and most especially if the UN passed dozens, oddles!, of resolutions blaming them.

In 9 years, we can see how the BBC responds. Our readers who either live in the UK or are familiar with it can write and let us know if this would work.

Best,

Aggie

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ObamaCare: Define Best, Define Worst

One of the terrific things about being a liberal is that you get to define the terms, and those terms are flexible:

The liberal attraction to making government the sole source of health-care insurance has not abated even as the deficiencies in ObamaCare, a halfway move toward the single-payer model, have become increasingly evident. The question is whether growing signs of single-payer trouble overseas will be enough to discourage this country’s flirtation with socialized medicine.

The Obama administration showed its hand long ago with the nomination of Tom Daschle, an advocate for Britain’s socialized National Health Service, as secretary of Health and Human Services in 2009. (Mr. Daschle withdrew amid criticism for nonpayment of taxes.) The White House installed another outspoken NHS fan, Donald Berwick, as an interim appointee (2010-11) to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

This summer, the Commonwealth Fund—a private foundation focused on health care that is a favorite of progressive policy types—issued a report ranking the NHS as the best medical system among those in 11 of the world’s most advanced nations, including Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. Coming in last: U.S. health care.

So what makes Britain best and the US worst? Beats me..

Yet the Commonwealth rankings are contradicted by objective data about access and medical-care quality in peer-reviewed academic journals. For instance, Americans diagnosed with heart disease receive treatment with medications significantly more frequently than patients in Western Europe, according to Kenneth Thorpe in Health Affairs in 2007. In Lancet Oncology in that same year, Arduino Verdecchia published data demonstrating that American cancer patients have survival rates for all major cancers better than those in Western Europe and far better than in the U.K.

Personal anecdote: I have a dear friend who came down with an aggressive breast cancer in her 30s. I happened to be in Europe at the time, and read some research that indicated that if she had been a citizen of the UK and reliant on the NHS, her survival rate would have been about 44%. Germany: 63%. US: 88%. This was in the 90s. She’s still with us.

Similar examples concerning the deadliest and most significant diseases abound in medical journals. One may ask why the Commonwealth Fund’s health-care rankings published in June don’t reflect that reality. Theanswer lies in the report’s methodology, which relied heavily on subjective surveys about “perceptions and experiences of patients and physicians.”

Yet even as the single-payer system remains the ideal for many on the left, it’s worth examining how Britain’s NHS, established in 1948, is faring. The answer: badly. NHS England—a government body that receives about £100 billion a year from the Department of Health to run England’s health-care system—reported this month that its hospital waiting lists soared to their highest point since 2006, with 3.2 million patients waiting for treatment after diagnosis. NHS England figures for July 2013 show that 508,555 people in London alone were waiting for operations or other treatments—the highest total for at least five years.

Even cancer patients have to wait: According to a June report by NHS England, more than 15% of patients referred by their general practitioner for “urgent” treatment after being diagnosed with suspected cancer waited more than 62 days—two full months—to begin their first definitive treatment.

In addition to the wait, they are denied state of the art chemotherapy meds until they “fail” on the standard medications. And, natch, the cancer grows at they “fail”. Which is why the top 20% or so of Brits pay for private health insurance. Is that racist?

We will all experience this and real soon. The Baby Boomers dug their own graves when they voted Obama in – twice.

- Aggie

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The British Commonwealth Has A Problem

A couple thousand problems.

This first bit is about Australia, but the numbers coming out of Britain are very concerning.

A seven-year-old jihadi has been pictured with the severed head of Syrian soldier in a photo posted online by his proud father. The boy is the son of the wanted Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, according to the Metro.
The boy was pictured holding the head in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. His father tweeted the photo along with the caption “That’s my boy!”. He also posed with the head himself under the caption “what a head.”
Khaled Sharrouf is a former drug addict who is one of the most wanted Australians. He travelled to Syria to join the jihad and now regularly sends updates of his actions to Twitter. He is believed to have made it out of Australia in December by using his brother’s passport.


The former Sydney resident also claimed there would be “Inshaallah soon in Aus” – which means “God willing or if Allah wills”, a sign he wishes to bring jihad to Australia.

This child is not the only one to have been dragged to a warzone by his parents. As previously reported on Breitbart London a British-four-year old was pictured posing with a gun in Syria.
His parents travelled from Britain to fight for ISIS, they are amongst the estimated 1500 UK nationals who are now fighting jihad.
This has led to serious concerns that when the war with ISIS is over large numbers of well trained terrorists will return to countries like Britain and Australia.

Huh. Sucks to be you, Britain.

- Aggie

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The Only Way to Fly…to Israel

Aggie:

Just so you know not everything British sucks:

After a brief period during which several international airlines cancelled flights to Israel over rocket attack fears, flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport have largely returned to normal now.

In hindsight the episode may feel like a minor blip, but had Israel not convinced the airlines in questions – and most notably the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which prevented all US airlines from flying for several days – that they were overreacting, the Israeli economy could have taken a much harder hit.

With that in mind activists from the Bnei Akiva religious-Zionist youth movement have taken it upon themselves to thank one of the few major European airlines which carried on flying to and from the Jewish state, even as others would not.

Activists presented roses and letters of appreciation to British Airways crew members as they landed in Ben Gurion, to the obvious delight of pilots and other flight staff.

“We will be giving every single crew member an individually-wrapped rose, coming from the love of our chanichim (members) and from our alumni around the world, showing our appreciation for them coming and supporting Israel during this difficult time,” said Daniel Winer, a member of World Bnei Akiva.

Here’s someone who won’t be giving BA staff a rose, however:

In a recent TV interview, Osama Hamdan, top Hamas representative in Lebanon and a member of the Hamas political bureau, said:

The Israelis concentrate on killing children. I believe that this is engraved in the historical Zionist and Jewish mentality, which has become addicted to the killing of women and children.

We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos. This is not a figment of imagination or something taken from a film. It is a fact, acknowledged by their own books and by historical evidence. It happened everywhere, here and there.

I thought the crackers with the cheese plate on my recent British Airways flight had a funny taste.

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Next Stop: Armageddon

Aggie,

Here’s the best response to British antisemitism, about which you post below:

A spoof map that uses a London Underground-style diagram to depict the web of tunnels leading from Gaza into Israel was recently posted on online image hosting service Imgur.

The tunnel network is thought to have been built over years through the Gaza Strip and under the border into Israel. At least five times in the past two weeks, Hamas fighters have used the tunnels to execute deadly infiltrations into Israeli territory, most recently on Monday evening, when five soldiers were killed at an army position near Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

The Gaza Underground Map, posted on Sunday, had racked up a modest 2,500 views as of Tuesday, and didn’t list any information about its creator.

The Brits would get the reference to their own Tube system.

PS: Among the tunnels:

According to an initial investigation by the IDF, four to seven gunmen emerged from a tunnel 150 meters inside Israel early Tuesday morning, Walla reports. The existence of the tunnel was known to Israeli forces.

The assailants managed to reach a pillbox guard tower next to Kibbutz Nahal Oz, and fired an anti-tank missile at the small barracks attached to the pillbox. Five soldiers were killed in that attack.

The terrorists then charged at the position in an attempt to kidnap a soldier and bring him to the Gaza Strip, but a soldier in the top portion of the tower opened fire, hitting one of the attackers. Two other soldiers failed to fire their weapons.

The other Hamas gunmen dropped their weapons and slipped back into Gaza.

Soldiers searching the area found a rifle and missiles left behind by the Palestinians.

The IDF said that the soldier’s action prevented an infiltration into the kibbutz.

Call me a dewy-eyed optimist, call me the most naive ingenue, but I think even the most Hebrew-hostile Englishman would defend the Jewish State’s right to self-defense against such savagery. After all, Brits, it was only 70 years ago your lot was under bombardment by the Nazis. Random rocket attacks every night ring a bell? Welcome to Israel.

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