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The British People Have Spoken!

To be fair, British left wing antisemites (pardon the tautology) have spoken:

A new poll conducted by the British paper The Guardian suggests that most believe Israel’s fears are unfounded: over three-fourths of readers supported Rouhani as the best candidate for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

More than 10,100 people voted in an online poll of nine international figures or groups nominated by Guardian journalists.

The Mirthful Mullah? Who’s his competition, Bashar Assad? Al Shabaab?

In second place, with 15% of the vote, was Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who is renowned for her fight for girls’ education in her home country. Yousafzai was shot last year by Taliban terrorists angered by her struggle, but survived.

“A vote for her on Friday would go a long way to addressing one of the most pressing issues in fiercely patriarchal societies,” argued Guardian staff.

Guardian nominees Denis Mukwege and Alex Aan were tied for third place in the poll with 3% support each. Mukwege is a doctor who has helped thousands of women who were raped during the DRC conflict in the Congo, and in recent years, has become a political activist speaking about against the violence, despite facing threats to his life that have included a nearly-successful assassination attempt.

Take a number, Doc. Remember your place, Malala. The criminal Islamic Republic puts forward the smiling face of Islamofascism and the left falls in love. But then the Nobel Committee has previously fallen in love with some pretty dodgy characters.

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Pope Asks Everyone To Fast, Pray That US Doesn’t Go To War With Syria

Obama isn’t the Messiah anymore

Pope Francis has written a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, host of the G-20 summit that President Obama is attending, urging world leaders to oppose a military intervention in Syria.

“To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution,” the Pope urged. “Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.”

The move is the latest in a series of efforts by the Holy See to prevent military action in the already civil-war torn region. On Sunday, the Pope declared in his Angelus teaching that Saturday Sept. 7 would be a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. The prayer rally will take place in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. to midnight, on the vigil of the birth of Mary, the Queen of Peace. “Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love,” the Pope asked people around the world. “She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children!”

Next Pope Francis took his views on Syria to Twitter. On Monday he tweeted, “War never again! Never again war!” and “How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake.” On Tuesday, he tweeted “We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out!” and “With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons.” Today his social media message was, “With all my strength, I ask each party in the conflict not to close themselves in solely on their own interests. #prayforpeace.”

Do you think Obama is hiding under the bed somewhere? With a blankie, sucking his thumb and rubbing his nose? The Pope is going after him directly. You can’t make this stuff up, guys; it’s just too perfect.

- Aggie

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Don’t Like the Arab Stance? Wait Five Days!

That was then:

Speaking during a press availability with the foreign minister of Brazil, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas had known for some time that new Israeli settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank would be announced.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu was completely upfront with me and with President Abbas that he would be announcing some additional building that would take place in places that will not affect the peace map, that will not have any impact on the capacity to have a peace agreement,” Kerry said.

This is today:

The PLO leadership on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Israel and threatened to go to international agencies to punish it for its “war crimes, anti-human racist acts and violations of international laws.”

The attack came during a meeting in Ramallah of the PLO Executive Committee under the chairmanship of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Referring to recent Israeli plans to build new housing units in settlements and some east Jerusalem neighborhoods, the PLO leaders said: “The PLO Executive Committee considers the unprecedented settler decisions which were announced by the occupation government as conclusive proof that Israel’s first and last option remains expansionism, Judaization and theft of Palestinian land, and not ending occupation and implementing the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders.”

The committee warned that Israel’s actions would prompt the PA leadership to reassess its position toward the peace talks.

The PLO leaders criticized the US administration for failing to exert pressure on Israel to halt settlement construction.

“We hold the US administration responsible for stopping these Israeli war crimes and attempts to foil the peace process,” the leaders said in a statement. “The last settlement steps contradict assurances that the Palestinian Authority received during preparatory talks for launching the negotiations.”

Did John Kerry speak out of both sides of his mouth? He certainly talks out of his a**:

Kerry said during a visit to Bogota, Colombia, on Monday that “the United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate.”

All of them, John? No wonder the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza feel jobbed. You said you didn’t like the settlements, you said they were fine, you said they’re illegitimate, but will not have any impact—you said everything but STFU.

Which is what you should do.

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Well, That Didn’t Take Long

Good. Fine. See ya:

Palestinian officials in Ramallah have accused the US Administration of deceiving and misinforming the Palestinian Authority with regards to the peace talks with Israel.

The officials told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper that they were concerned about the US Administration’s role in the peace talks with Israel, especially its position on plans to build new homes in settlements and east Jerusalem neighborhoods.

The officials met with PA President Mahmoud Abbas last Thursday and heard from him about the peace talks with Israel.

According to the newspaper, some of the Palestinian officials accused the US Administration of “deception and misinformation” in order to keep the PA at the negotiating table with Israel

The officials also expressed concern that the US Administration would deceive the PA into accepting a state with provisional borders, the newspaper said.

It quoted Abbas as telling the officials: “I have told the US Administration 10 times, and I’m ready to tell them again that we won’t accept any solution that contradicts the Palestinian vision.”

Ah yes, the “Palestinian vision”:

You just hold on to that vision thing, Pallies. It’s worked out for you so far.

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Appeal to a Fop

Yesterday, we noted John Kerry’s idiotic approach to peace between the Israelis and the Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians”. It involved extorting concessions from Israel, while paying off the Arabs. You can probably tell we were dismissive of the initiative (suspecting it smacked of ego).

We didn’t even get to its immorality. But this gentleman does:

Ten years and four months ago, I lost my daughter Tal Kehrmann in a terrorist attack in Haifa, Israel.

I appreciate your efforts and personal commitment to work for a better future in the Middle East, and I hope that you will be able to develop a formula for peace in the region—something that no one has been able to achieve over the past 65 years.

In the past Israel has made many concessions. Thousands of terrorists were freed under the false assumption that releasing convicted murderers will help bring peace. Yet we were wrong time and again. Whenever terrorists were released a new wave of terrorism struck the region and innocent citizens were murdered.

Freeing murderers is immoral! It does not make for a better society. It is simply wrong. Convicted murderers should end their life behind bars, in the same way that murderers in the U.S. end their lives in prison.

Mr. Kerry, as the representative of the American Nation around the globe I would expect you not to encourage such an immoral act against social justice which involves the freeing of terrorists. History has taught us this lesson well.

I hope that my personal letter will provide you with a different point of view.

I am a father who lost his dear seventeen year old daughter in a terrorist attack because Israeli politicians came under pressure to free killers of innocent people. As a father of two kids who live in Israel and yearn for peace, I would like to ensure that my children will be alive when peace eventually comes.

Sincerely,

Ron Kehrmann, Tal Kehrmann’s Father.

Ron Kehrmann is Tal’s father. Tal was 17 years old. She was killed in a terror attack together with 16 Israelis on board bus #37, March 5th 2003.

I can’t write about stories like this without getting emotional. Not just because I have a daughter Tal’s age when she was murdered, but because of the naiveté of the writer. He appeals to Kerry as if Kerry were moral, as if Kerry would care what he’s gone through and how he feels.

Tal’s parents found an outline of a camel in her diary after she was murdered. She never got around to finishing it. Coloring in the camel has become kind of an Internet memorial to her.

I find this equally emotional. I love the tribute to her memory and her life, but I find this image about how she died more compelling:

By all means, send your colored camels to John Kerry with an appeal to his honor and decency (good luck with that), but also send him a copy of the schedule for bus #37, with the timetable highlighted to show which one she took.

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Bland Leading the Blind

If this news somehow escaped you, you’re not alone:

Hamas was quick to condemn Sunday’s appointment of Rami Hamdallah as the Palestinian Authority’s new prime minister, saying the move was illegal and that the government in Ramallah “does not represent the Palestinian people.” The terror group which controls Gaza is correct in this statement, Middle East expert Dr. Guy Bechor told Arutz Sheva on Monday.

Bechor noted that Mahmoud Abbas’s term as PA Chairman ended years ago, but he continues in his role despite no one having given him the mandate to do so. The PA parliament which was elected for a four-year term in 2005 has yet to be dissolved, despite the fact that nearly two terms have already passed since its election, he added.

An illegitimate “president” appoints a less legitimate Prime Minister. Naturally the rival factions—not to mention the purported electorate—are unimpressed.

But you know who is impressed:

He added that politicians in Israel and the U.S. are aware of the fact that Abbas has no authority, but the Americans choose to ignore this and promote peace talks with Abbas. Israel, said Dr. Bechor, should make clear that it will not engage in any negotiations as long as there is no elected PA parliament and chairman with whom to negotiate.

He added that the U.S. is “obsessed” with the peace process and that Secretary of State John Kerry is working to get the two sides to talk while ignoring pressing issues such as the Syrian civil war or the Iranian nuclear threat.

Washington was quick to hail the nomination of Hamdallah, who has been described as “a moderate pragmatist.”

Kerry “obsessed”? You tell me:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday issued a stark warning to Israel to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, saying that if efforts fail now they may never get another chance.

“We are running out of time. We’re running out of possibilities… If we do not succeed now, we may not get another chance,” Kerry told a forum held by the American Jewish Community, according to the AFP news agency.

“The absence of peace becomes perpetual conflict,” he stressed, urging the Jewish forum to reflect on what will happen if his peace bid does not work.

“We will find ourselves in a negative spiral of responses and counter-responses, that can literally slam the door on a two-state solution, having already agreed, I think, that there isn’t a one-state one,” Kerry said, according to AFP.

No, not “literally”, John: figuratively. There is no tangible door between the Israelis and the Arabs, though there is a wall, thank God. But it’s just that kind of wooly thinking for which Kerry is noted:

“And the insidious campaign to de-legitimize Israel will only gain steam,” he said…

Of course! The flood of antisemitism swamping the world today (figuratively speaking) is Israel’s fault. By refusing to lie down and bare its (figurative) throat to its (literal) sworn enemies, Israel only assures its guilty verdict in the (figurative) court of global opinion. To which Israel’s only answer can be: go [bleep] yourself—literally.

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Confucius Say…

“Country that oppress and occupy minorities should shut pie-hole.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday issued a four-point proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The four-point proposal, according to the agency, calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and peaceful coexistence with Israel.

“To establish an independent state enjoying full sovereignty on the basis of the 1967 borders and with east Jerusalem as its capital is an inalienable right of the Palestinian people and the key to the settlement of the Palestinian question,” the Chinese proposal states.

“At the same time, Israel’s right to exist and its legitimate security concerns should be fully respected.”

The proposal calls for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians as the only way to peace between the two parties.

“The two sides should follow the trend of the times, pursue peace talks, show mutual understanding and accommodation, and meet each other halfway,” the proposal states.

Zzzzzzz… huh, wha? Sorry, I drifted off. Is that the best you can do, China? Hardly surprising that they just pirated the worn-out platitudes of peace initiatives of the past. That’s what they do.

We look forward to China bringing these same diplomatic skills to these territorial disputes.

And let’s not forget plucky little Tibet! Though everyone else has.

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They’ve Got Your Back, Israel

Israel should count itself lucky. Other countries with UN forces get wasting diseases, unwanted pregnancies, child prostitution.

Hezbollah doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

The number of Lebanese troops in the southern border district, near Israel, has been decreasing and leading to an increase in standoffs between UNIFIL and suspected members of Hizbullah, the Lebanese Daily Star reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, UNIFIL patrols are finding paths blocked and former temporary observation points suddenly out of bounds in what is being interpreted as Hizbullah seeking to flex its muscles on the ground.

UNIFIL officers are privately expressing frustration at the often humiliating confrontations with Hizbullah members, in which the peacekeepers feel compelled to back down.

Didn’t see that coming!

As we all remember from the war with Lebanon, Hezzy wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near the south of the country. Yet here they are running it. With the UN “humiliated”. And it takes a lot to humiliate the UN!

In one of several examples given to the Daily Star, on February 9, a motorized patrol of Belgian peacekeepers drove down a track to inspect the border fence near Mais al-Jabal. As the peacekeepers approached the fence, they saw a civilian vehicle coming the opposite way with five men inside, one of them in military uniform.

The Belgians stopped the car and one of the peacekeepers attempted to snap a picture of its occupants. Four of the five men jumped out of the car and snatched the camera along with the keys to the Belgians’ vehicle. The Belgians cocked their rifles and one of the Lebanese men put his hand inside his jacket as if to reach for a pistol.

Another of the four men quickly interceded and explained they did not want any trouble. The four men returned to the car and drove away, taking with them the camera and the vehicle keys, leaving the Belgians stranded. Moments later, the car reversed back down the track and the keys were tossed out of the window for the Belgians to collect.

That is humiliating, you have to admit.

There you go, Israel. The only thing between you and some of the most heinous terrorists on the face of the earth (except for Nasrallah, who cowers beneath it, and a few former leaders buried underneath it, put there by you) is a handful of bashful Belgians.

Why are you people so happy again?

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Tutu Tootsie Goodbye!

What’s Zulu (or Afrikaans, for that matter) for “shut the [bleep] up”?

Three Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have contested the awarding of this year’s prize to the European Union, saying the 27-nation bloc contradicts the values associated with the prize because it relies on military force to ensure security.

In an open letter to the Nobel Foundation, Tutu of South Africa, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina demanded that the prize money of 8 million kronor ($1.2 million) not be paid out this year.

The EU “clearly is not one of ‘the champions of peace’ Alfred Nobel had in mind” when he created the prize by including it in his will in 1895, they wrote in the letter, a copy of which was acquired by the AP on Friday. “We ask the board of the foundation to clarify that it cannot and will not pay the prize from its funds.”

They said the EU condones “security based on military force and waging wars rather than insisting on the need for an alternative approach.”

Do I recall Bishop Tutu denouncing the award to Yasser Arafat? I do not. To Barack Obama? Nope. To Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Mohamed ElBaradei, Henry Kissinger, and Woodrow Wilson? Uh-uh, no way, you’re kidding, get real, as if.

Not that I think the EU is worthy, it’s just no less worthy than many of other recipients—see above, not least Tutu himself.

For while Tutu is justly lionized as a hero among South Africans for his brave stand against apartheid, he is or should be universally condemned and shunned for his libels, slanders, and calumnies against Israel.

Instead, he gets a million dollars:

A billionaire’s foundation announced Thursday [October 4] a one-off $1 million award to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu for “his lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power.”

The foundation, which promotes good governance in the continent, was established by Sudan-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim.

Tutu is more deserving of an award from Idi Amin (the Golden Liver? the Pickled Finger of Fate?) than from Mo Ibrahim, but ah well, such is life. We knew there was good money in antisemitism, but not this good. Don’t spend it all in one place, Des.

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Memorial Day

Before I create the Aggie’s Famous Potato Salad™, can I take a moment to make an unemotional comment about Memorial Day?

If you look at the news on any day in your lifetime, you’ll notice that there are dictators and bullies running terror groups who are making life miserable somewhere. And there are always appeasers telling us that if we just twist ourselves into ever more complex pretzels and deny reality even more completely, these people will bake cookies and bring them to the cookout.

It isn’t true. In every generation, we are faced with awful choices. We can either set limits on bullying and back them up, if necessary, with the military, or we can watch various genocides unfold. That is the choice. Thinking back to WWII – how many millions of lives would have been saved if the world have responded more quickly to the obvious? Easily tens of millions.

Each situation is different. We can choose to ignore Iran and Syria, for whatever reason, or we can negotiate, and when that fails either ignore the obvious or fight a lame war – a war of containment. Or we can get serious, but who has the will for that? Nearly eleven years after September 11th, almost no one wants to be involved in war.

Still, thinking back on my misspent youth – the 1960s – I am always a bit surprised that the generation that was born immediately after the men came home from that miserable war decided to firmly stick their heads in the sand leaving their butts hanging in the air.

- Aggie

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Occupy Obama’s HQ

I’d like to think I supplied the “intellectual foundation” for these folks:

[Can we all get those t-shirts?]

Dozens of demonstrators dashed into the Loop building housing President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters this morning, slipping past security guards and running up escalators as they kicked off what they called a “Week Without Capitalism.”

Eight protesters were led out in handcuffs about half an hour later after they refused to clear the lobby. They were cheered by other demonstrators who began dancing and singing folk and gospel songs.

After about 30 minutes marching and singing outside the building, the group tried to enter the building and reach Obama’s campaign offices around 8:30 a.m.

Guards locked the revolving doors, but protesters slipped through unlocked doors off to the sides. Some pushed past a security guard who tried to block their entry but quickly gave up as protesters poured through the doorway.

Like Elizabeth “Lie-a-Whoppuh” Warren, however, be careful whom you clutch to your bosom:

Jerica Arents, from the Rogers Park-based White Rose Catholic Workers, said some of the demonstrators had come from across the Midwest and would be joining NATO protests throughout the week. Arents said demonstrators are committed to remaining non-violent.

“We see NATO as using up a lot of resources in the city and the world,” she said.

Okay, they’re a little simple-minded—but no violence, no rape, no defecation. I’m proud to embrace these child-like creatures as Bloodthirsty Liberal’s Children.

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Taliban Humor

Not an oxymoron, you just have to see things from their perspective:

A key figure in Afghanistan’s efforts to bring the Taliban to peace negotiations was assassinated Sunday in Kabul, authorities said.

Gunmen killed Moulavi Arsala Rahmani while he was on his way to work Sunday morning, the Afghan interior ministry said.

Rahmani was a senator and Cabinet minister during the Taliban government. In recent years, he was a senior member of the High Peace Council, established by President Hamid Karzai to ignite peace talks with the Taliban.

Very funny, Mullah Omar. It is to laugh. It’s a pity your single eye is such a jaundiced one.

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