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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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Belgian Doc Expresses Hypocratic Oath

Or is it Hypocritic Oath™? Antisemitic oath? What kind of medicine to they practice in Belgium?

ANTWERP, Belgium – A Belgian physician who refused to treat a Jewish woman with a fractured rib suggested she visit Gaza to get rid of the pain.

The physician made the remark on Wednesday while manning a medical hotline in Flanders, Belgium’s Flemish region, whose capital, Antwerp, has a sizeable Orthodox Jewish population, the local Jewish monthly Joods Actueel reported Thursday.

“I’m not coming,” the doctor reportedly told the son and hung up. When the son called again, the doctor said: “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she’ll get rid of the pain.” According to Joods Actueel, the doctor confirmed the exchange, saying he had an “emotional reaction.”

Health ministry officials were looking into the incident, according to the monthly’s online edition. According to Joods Actueel, the doctor knew the patient was Jewish because of Klein’s son’s American accent.

The family called a friend, Samuel Markowitz, who is an alderman of the Antwerp district council and a volunteer paramedic. He called the doctor to confirm the exchange, and also recorded their conversation.

Hershy Taffel, Bertha Klein’s grandson, filed a complaint with police for discrimination.

“It reminds me of what happened in Europe 70 years ago,” Taffel told Joods Actueel. “I never thought those days would once again be repeated.”

Joods Actueel editor-in-chief Michael Freilich said the incident is particularly alarming because it comes amid a string of recent incidents which involved boycotts against Jews in Belgium since the start of Israel’s attack on Hamas in Gaza on July 8.

Since then, an Orthodox Jewish woman was refused service at a clothes store in Antwerp, and police removed a sign in French and Turkish from a café near Liege which said dogs were allowed but Zionists and Jews were not.

Europe is so much more civilized than the US, than Israel, and than Jews everywhere, right? Right Lefties? It is long past time to boycott Europe in its entirety. (And the next European who innocently asks me for directions is either getting the wrong information or an earful and no information.)

- Aggie

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2 New Mass Murders!

The first is an antisemitic attack (although the media isn’t ready to call it that yet) in Brussels at the Jewish Museum.

I gave you the link to the Israeli media, since the AP really isn’t sure that it had anything to do with antisemitism…

One person remained in critical condition as a result of the shooting. Twelve people were being treated for shock, according to local sources.

“Two women and one man are dead, a third person is in hospital,” Interior Minister Joelle Milquet said at the scene. “We don’t yet know if they were tourists or staff, they haven’t been identified.”

Asked whether she believed it was an anti-Semitic attack, she said it was too early to say as a police and judicial inquiry was under way but that given the target “there are strong grounds for presuming so”.

One man was reported in custody after the attack.

Milquet said the government had moved to increase protection at Jewish buildings as well as the Israeli embassy.

The country’s foreign minister, Didier Reynders, tweeted Saturday that he was “shocked by the murders committed at the Jewish museum.”

Shocked! Shocked I tell you. Because we’ve never seen this in Europe before. Or in the United States, for that matter… (I’m recalling that antisemitic terror attack on the Holocaust Museum in DC, the antisemitic terror attack on the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, the antisemitic terror attack on the Jewish Community Center offices in Seattle, and the antisemitic terror attack on a Jewish day care facility in the LA area. Please write in if I’ve forgotten any.

And we also have a killing spree in Santa Barbara today, one that is unrelated to antisemitism, I think.

Six people are dead and seven injured after a swift and deadly “mass murder” rampage by a gunman who plowed through the streets in a black BMW, spraying bullets into Friday night crowds in the Southern California seaside town of Isla Vista near UC Santa Barbara.

The gunman — identified by an attorney for his father as Elliot Rodger — was later involved in at least one shootout with sheriff’s deputies and died of a gunshot wound to the head, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a Saturday morning news conference. He could not confirm whether the gunshot was self-inflicted and the department had not released the idetity of the gunman by Saturday afternoon.

Seven victims were hospitalized and at least one of them underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries, Brown said. Details regarding the other victims’ conditions were not immediately available.

Rampage witnesses who spoke with NBC4 identified the gunman as Elliot Rodger. An attorney for the man’s father — “Hunger Games” assistant director Peter Rodger — later confirmed to NBC News that Elliot Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College student, was the gunman.

The family has not visited Santa Barbara to identify the remains, the attorney said, adding that the family is cooperating with investigators.

Sheriff’s department personnel are investigating a video in which a man identified as Rodger sits in a car, detailing plans for “retribution” and “revenge against humanity” prior to the shooting.

There is a video made by the young man at the link. He was unhappy. I am not watching it or posting it.

- Aggie

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Czechs Feel Betrayed By The Palestinian Terrorists

Disappointing, isn’t it?

Czech officials in the Suchdol district of Prague, where the Palestinian embassy stands, has requested the embassy move to another location on Friday, AFP reported. Officials say they feel betrayed by the findings inside the embassy following the death of the Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal on Jan 1 in his home in Prague.

“We asked the Czech foreign ministry for the embassy to be moved out of our district,” Petr Hejl, senior councilor of Prague’s Suchdol district told AFP.

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Weapons found at Palestinian mission in Prague
“The district feels betrayed by the behavior of diplomats who kept weapons and explosives at the embassy, violating Czech and international law,” he added.

“We understand the fears of Suchdol residents,” Czech foreign ministry spokeswoman Johana Gohova told AFP Friday. The ministry would “look into it,” she added.

Earlier in the week, Prague police chief Martin Vondrasek told Czech Radio that investigators had found weapons at the mission that were not registered with local authorities. He did not reveal the quantity and type.

The Czech foreign ministry said it was concerned by the discovery. It said diplomats’ weapons were subject to local laws on arms, which require registration and licensing.

“The ministry is concerned that among evidence… were weapons not registered in the Czech Republic,” the ministry said in a statement.

“In such case, the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations may have been breached and we will demand an explanation,” it added, referring to the international rules that govern the activities of diplomats and embassies.

They aren’t very nice, are they? Imagine if a crowded coffee shot in the Czech Republic mysteriously exploded? Or a bus? That would be quite the bummer. But that is the kind of stuff that Israeli put up with in a big way for a number of years, while our government, our State Department, and the EU urged that they “show restraint”. So maybe you should let them keep their weapons, kiss and make-up?

- Aggie

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Romania Is Shocked! To Discover Antisemitic Television Programming

During the Holocaust, Romania was one of the most antisemitic nations in Europe. Even the Nazis were shocked by the enjoyment that population displayed at the torture and murder of Jewish citizens. So, although the government claims to be “shocked”, we at BTL are not.

Song includes lyric: “This is what the kike is good for, to make kike smoke through the chimney on the street.”

A Romanian public broadcaster distanced itself from a Christmas carol celebrating the Holocaust that aired on the new channel.

TVR3 Verde, a television channel for rural communities, presented the carol on December 5 during its maiden transmission.

Sung by the Dor Transilvan ensemble, it featured the lyrics: “The kikes, damn kikes, Holy God would not leave the kike alive, neither in heaven nor on earth, only in the chimney as smoke, this is what the kike is good for, to make kike smoke through the chimney on the street.”

In a statement Tuesday, TVR3 said it did not select the carol but only broadcast songs that were chosen and compiled by the Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture, which belongs to the eastern county of Cluj.

TVR considers the selection “an uninspired choice and therefore notified the Cluj County Council of this,” the broadcaster’s statement read.

MCA Romania, a local watchdog on anti-Semitism, has written to Romanian President Traian Basecu and to Prime Minister Victor Viorel Ponta, to complain about the broadcast.

“We are shocked to see that the Romanian Public Television Channel 3 broadcast an anti-Semitic Christmas carol,” Maximillian Marco Katz and Marius Draghici of MCA Romania wrote in the letter. “It is outrageous that none in the audience took a stance against the anti-Semitic Christian carol that incites to burn the Jews.”

They added it was “absolutely unacceptable that TVR 3 tried to deny responsibility” by claiming it was the responsibility of Cluj County.

Here is the video. Cute little monsters, aren’t they?


They are members of the EU. Big surprise.

- Aggie

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The Swiss Are So Civilized

Instead of saying, “Let’s wipe Israel off the map!”, like the barbaric Iranians, they use fancy words like ‘carbonize’.

Swiss lawmaker Denis Menoud was excluded from the populist Geneva Citizens’ Movement (MCG) on Friday after commenting that Israel was “on the path of carbonization” following the signing of the interim nuclear deal with Iran, AFP reported.

His comments, written on his Facebook page on Tuesday, caused an uproar in the party, leading party president Roger Colay to condemn his words and demanding him to resign.

Menoud, who later deleted the post from his page, told the Tribute de Genève that the “sentence was taken out of context,” and that he only meant to say that this situation in the Middle East will create a new paradigm. “The loser is Israel, strategically and politically.”

Let’s see… bombs drop, people and objects burn, carbon remains. But we are supposed to believe that that was taken out of context? Sorry. Europe is a cesspool. And by cesspool, I mean disgusting, sick, shitty, diseased sort of a place. But very pretty. Mountains and lakes. Edelweiss. Yodeling. Leather shorts. Stolen money. Lots of cheese.

- Aggie

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A Travesty of a Mockery of a Sham

How dare they!

The Israeli government on Wednesday denied an official European Union delegation entry to the Gaza Strip, claiming the visit would strengthen the ruling Hamas movement.

Six members of an EU Parliament delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council were due to visit Gaza from Oct. 27-30 in a trip largely focused on social, economic and humanitarian issues, including visits to UNRWA health centers, schools, food distribution centers, rehabilitation centers and sports clubs.

The MEPs, from a cross-section of political parties representing six EU member states, were informed in an email by Israeli authorities that they would not be allowed into Gaza via the Erez crossing for the three-day visit, which also included trips to Christian schools, a sports clubs and the University of Palestine.

Emer Costello, chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said she was “astounded and dismayed” by Israel’s decision to refuse an official EU visit.

“Despite interventions by the President of Parliament and other distinguished Parliamentarians, the Israeli Authorities are preventing elected members of an official delegation from paying a humanitarian visit to this ravaged and impoverished little country,” Costello said in a statement.

What an outrage! What a scandal! What a… oh, never mind:

Egyptian authorities on Saturday closed the Rafah crossing, which borders the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, indefinitely after granting passes for Palestinians returning from Saudi Arabia following the Hajj pilgrimage.

Egypt had opened the crossing for one week until yesterday. An official Egyptian source told DPA that the crossing will be closed indefinitely until further notice.

The Euroweenies should thank their lucky stars they don’t have to go to that “ravaged and impoverished little country”. Though technically it’s not a country. Gaza is a strip, like a mall or a runway. But then, if you come from some place like Belgium, your standards are understandably low.

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Profligacy Kills

Isn’t that the real lesson here?

If austerity had been a clinical trial, it would have been stopped. As public health experts, we have watched aghast as a slow motion disaster arose from austerity policies in Europe, while politicians continue to ignore the evidence of their disastrous effects.

Austerity was designed to shrink debts. Now, three years after Europe’s budget-cutting began, the evidence is in: severe, indiscriminate austerity is not part of the solution, but part of the problem — and its human costs are devastating.

But suicides and depression are not unavoidable consequences of economic downturns: countries that slashed health and social protection budgets have seen starkly worse health outcomes than nations which opted for stimulus over austerity.

Greece, for example, is in the middle of a public health disaster. To meet budget-deficit reduction targets set by the European Central Bank, European Commission, and International Monetary Fund (the so-called troika), Greece’s public health budget has been cut by more than 40%.

As Greece’s health minister observed, “these aren’t cuts with a scalpel, they’re cuts with a butcher’s knife.” The spending was reduced to 6% of GDP, a figure lower than the UK, at 8%, and Germany, at 9%.

As a result, HIV infections have jumped by more than 200% since 2010, concentrated in injection drug users, as needle-exchange program budgets were cut in half. There was a malaria epidemic in Greece — the largest in 40 years — after mosquito-spraying budgets were slashed.

More than 200 essential medicines have been de-stocked from some pharmacies as the state’s drug budget was reduced and pharmaceuticals companies exited the country in arrears.

Since 2008 there has been a rise of more than 40% of people who report being unable to access healthcare that they believe to be medically necessary, the majority concentrated in pensioners.

I’m awfully sorry to read these statistics, truly I am, but how is austerity to blame? Austerity is the natural successor to profligacy. Austerity is what happens after you run out of money. Profligacy is how you run out.

Two of my favorite Maggie Thatcher quotes (at least I think they’re hers) are: “the facts of life are conservative”; and “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s [Germany's] money”.

I added Germany, if you couldn’t tell. So, why don’t these Drs. Goody-Two-Shoes blame Germany for the outbreak of malaria? Why shouldn’t Angela Merkel take the hit for the HIV epidemic, rather than the junkies themselves who pass needles around like joints?

Silly, of course, but expect it. Greece is Detroit on a national scale (before America becomes Detroit on a national scale). Detroit was put into receivership after losing two-thirds of its population and just about all of its ability to fend for itself. The situation is humiliating and demeaning, depressing and dehumanizing—but it’s all that’s left.

Detroit is lucky there’s a Michigan (and a federal government). Greece is lucky there’s a Germany (and an EU). The history of species teaches us that behavior like Greece’s and Detroit’s almost always leads to extinction. “People who report being unable to access healthcare that they believe to be medically necessary” should consider themselves blessed they are around to “believe” anything. Especially when their “beliefs” have been the problem all along.

Besides, there’s always a silver lining in destitution:

My fiancé and I receive a CSA farm share every week, and this week we got bok choy that had been pulled from the ground in central Massachussetts the same day. When shopping at a supermarket, it’s easy to forget that our vegetables are grown in the dirt – our obsession with cleanliness and sanitation has seeped into our food, and any produce that’s not squeaky clean is discarded or ignored by consumers. Again, it’s important to remember that this concern for cleanliness is not without merit – we know what happens when contaminated food gets into the retail pipeline – but though many microbes live in the earth, soil is not the source of most infectious disease.

A little rinse with water (clean, sanitized water from a municipal water system) was enough to remove most of the dirt on the bok choy, but what about the microbes that hitched a ride? Many environmental bacteria form biofilms that can prevent easy removal, and a cursory hand-scrub isn’t likely to do the trick. During most of human evolution, humans have been consuming microbes from the environment, and it’s clear that this exposure shapes the populations of microbes in our guts. A experimental link between microbes consumed in the diet and specific health conditions has not been shown, but it’s quite plausible that at least some of the observations linked to the hygiene hypothesis aren’t just due to passive microbial encounters, but because of what we put in our mouths.

I don’t think the Greeks (or Detroiters, either) are heavily into bok choy, but the point applies to all produce it seems to me. And with Detroit turning ever more ghettos into community gardens, they would do well to heed this advice.

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Wearing Europe Down

Let’s have more of this:

A historic conference in support of the Jewish settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria took place Tuesday inside one of the bastions of opposition to the Jewish presence in the region – the European Parliament.

The conference was organized by the Deputy Chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Dr. Fiorello Provera of Italy, who became a supporter of the Jewish communities after touring Samaria (Shomron), and by senior MEP Bastiaan Belder of Holland, who has also become a friend of Samaria in recent years.

About 20 MEPs took part in the historic conference, in the Foreign Affairs Committee hall, and many media representatives attended it as well.

Samaria Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika said in his speech that “the European Union needs to carry out some serious soul searching, as regards its treatment of the Jewish people throughout history, in general, and specifically in recent years. The bad old anti-Semitism is cloaked in a costume of anti-Israelism nowadays.”

Lots more of this, unfortunately. For while I wholeheartedly agree and support the effort, 20 MEPs represent 2.6% of the 766 member body.

“The EU must stop funding the extreme leftist organizations that are sabotaging the coexistence in the factories of Judea and Samaria. This is a great waste of money and it harms coexistence as well as relations between the EU and Israel.”

MK Shaked called for a change in the very terminology employed within the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“It is time to say the truth: Judea and Samaria are not occupied territory, but disputed territory. That is the truth as far as international law is concerned, as well.”

The Israelis’ speeches were marked by applause from the audience.

Two-point-six percent down, 97.4% to go.

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Arnold Palmer for SecDef!

Like UFO sightings and panda matings, pictures of President Obama playing golf while the world around him plunges into chaos are few and far between.

But the truth is out there:

President Barack Obama faces a high-stakes week of trying to convince a skeptical Congress and a war-weary American public that they should back him on a military strike against Syria.

His administration came under pressure Saturday from European officials to delay possible action until U.N. inspectors report their findings about an Aug. 21 chemical attack that Obama blames on the Assad government.

Foreign ministers meeting in Lithuania with Secretary of State John Kerry did endorse a “clear and strong response” to an attack they said strongly points to President Bashar Assad’s government. Kerry welcomed the “strong statement about the need for accountability.” But the EU did not specify what an appropriate response would be.

They didn’t? No way!

But let me skip ahead a couple of paras (the 12th to be exact):

Dozens of people opposed to Obama’s call for military action demonstrated outside the White House. Speakers chanting “They say more war. We say no war,” said the picket line marks a line Congress should not cross as it prepares to vote on the issue.

Obama left the White House during the protest, traveling by car to Andrews Air Force Base to play golf with three aides.

There it is! That’s our man!


We’ll march into Damascus! And then Tripoli! And then Beirut! We’ll be greeted as liberators!

Maybe if he were seen playing soccer instead of golf. It’s a more global game. These excitable folk in Brazil, for example, might be less promiscuous with the lighter fluid:

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Obama Lied, Credibility Died!

What, he lied again?!

Still:

Just over two weeks ago, Obama made a promise to the world. “The main thing I want to emphasize is that I don’t have an interest and the people at the NSA don’t have an interest in doing anything other than making sure that (…) we can prevent a terrorist attack,” Obama said during a hastily arranged press conference at the White House on August 9. He said the sole purpose of the program was to “get information ahead of time (…) so we are able to carry out that critical task,” adding: “We do not have an interest in doing anything other than that.”

That was then. This is now:

The European Union building on New York’s Third Avenue is an office tower with a glittering facade and an impressive view of the East River.

For the National Security Agency (NSA), America’s powerful intelligence organization, the move was above all a technical challenge. A new office means freshly painted walls, untouched wiring and newly installed computer networks — in other words, loads of work for the agents. While the Europeans were still getting used to their glittering new offices, NSA staff had already acquired the building’s floor plans. The drawings completed by New York real estate company Tishman Speyer show precisely to scale how the offices are laid out. Intelligence agents made enlarged copies of the areas were the data servers are located. At the NSA, the European mission near the East River is referred to by the codename “Apalachee”.

The floor plans are part of the NSA’s internal documents relating to its operations targeting the EU. They come from whistleblower Edward Snowden, and SPIEGEL has been able to view them. For the NSA, they formed the basis for an intelligence-gathering operation — but for US President Barack Obama they have now become a political problem.

Obama’s public appearance was aimed at reassuring his critics. At the same time, he made a commitment. He gave assurances that the NSA is a clean agency that isn’t involved in any dirty work. Obama has given his word on this matter. The only problem is that, if internal NSA documents are to be believed, it isn’t true.

The classified documents, which SPIEGEL has seen, demonstrate how systematically the Americans target other countries and institutions like the EU, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna and the UN. They show how the NSA infiltrated the Europeans’ internal computer network between New York and Washington, used US embassies abroad to intercept communications and eavesdropped on video conferences of UN diplomats. The surveillance is intensive and well-organized — and it has little or nothing to do with counter-terrorism.

Such Nixonian prevarication is in need of Clintonian parsing: it must depend on one’s meaning of “terrorist attack”. I yield to no one in loathing the EU and the UN—but even I can’t imagine those two bloated bureaucracies accomplishing a terrorist attack. Out of sheer incompetence if for no other reason.

Out of respect for the office and for the truth, I write: President Obama is a big, fat liar. Liar, liar, liar. His creased trousers are aflame.

PS: I’d spy on the little fu**ers in the EU too. Can’t trust ‘em. But I’m not sure I could lie about it as brazenly as President Obama. That takes talent.

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Apartheid State Update

It’s been a while since we checked in on the living museum of apartheid:

Jewish worshippers hoping to ascend the Temple Mount in commemoration of Tisha B’Av were bitterly disappointed as, once again, police prevented them from ascending.

The hundreds of Jewish worshippers who waited Tuesday morning to enter the Temple Mount were turned away by the Jerusalem Police, who informed them that the district commander had ruled that entry to the Mount is forbidden to Jews.

This latest incident comes only a day after a group of Jewish worshippers were forced off the Mount by a Muslim mob, amid claims that the police were failing to protect Jewish worshipper’s at Judaism’s holiest site.

Why would Muslims force Jewish worshippers out of Judaism’s holiest site?

Prayer:

Likud Beyteinu MK and “Jewish Leadership” faction head Moshe Feiglin continued his quest to overturn a ban forbidding him from praying on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, where the two holy Temples once stood before being destroyed by the Babylonian and Roman empires respectively. Tuesday marks the anniversary of the destruction of both temples (which occurred on the same day in the Hebrew calendar – the 9th of Av).

Despite its supreme importance to Jews worldwide, Jews are subject to draconian limitations on the Mount, including a ban on praying, due to the presence of an Islamic complex, administered by the Waqf Islamic Trust, and threats by Islamist groups. The Israeli police are able to bypass court decisions upholding the Jewish right to prayer there by citing unspecifiied “security concerns”, either to ban individual activists or even to issue blanket prohibitions on Jews ascending at all.

Religious Jews are followed closely by Israeli police and Waqf guards to prevent them from praying.

Restricting Jews from their own land—where would they get such an idea?

The European Union has decreed that contracts between EU member states and Israel must include a clause stating that east Jerusalem and the West Bank are not part of the State of Israel and therefore not part of the contract, it was reported on Tuesday.

The decree, which will go into effect Friday, will forbid any cooperation, awarding of grants, prizes and funding for any Israeli entity in the specified areas.

Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) said in response to the decree: “This decision is tainted by racism and discrimination against the Jewish people which is reminiscent of the bans against Jews in Europe over 66 years ago,”

Minister Ariel added that “The Israeli government must not, under any condition, be a part of any future agreement which includes a clause that Judea and Samaria are not a part of the sovereign State of Israel.”

The Yesha Council stated that “To our regret, in Tisha B’av Europe has returned to a policy of boycott and segregation against the State of Israel. Europe’s unrestrained support of the Palestinian Authority has turned it into a non-neutral element.

“The Israeli government must instruct the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry to immediately halt all European projects in Judea and Samaria until this unilateral decision is aborted.”

Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, etc. are in flames, Iran races toward an atomic bomb, Al Qaeda and other Islamofascist movements are spilling across the entire region—and the EU chooses Israel to boycott. For being Jewish in an unauthorized location. Just Europe being Europe, I guess.

Pretty map, isn’t it? A whole lot of ugliness in all those pretty colors. Can you even find Judea and Samaria in there? You can if you know where to look. And the Europeans know exactly where to look. You might say they have tunnel vision. They’ve got a long history of finding Jews and ghettoizing them.

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