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This Week's Editorial

The Progressives’ Bunker Mentality
By Avi Davis

Avi Davis

Progressives seem rather hard pressed these days to understand what has become of their agenda.   Take journalist and author Neal Gabler, writing in the Los Angeles Times on Monday:

“Americans don’t have the political will to encourage their government to act boldly when necessary, and because we shrink from addressing the things that assail us, we aren’t likely to get the car out of the ditch we’re in anytime soon. And while Americans cling to their self-image of intrepidness here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, we are on target to demonstrate at the polls that we are anything but.”

Or former presidential candidate, John Kerry:

” We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,”

Or Hollywood director Rob Reiner

“My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they’re selling is fear and anger and that’s all Hitler sold. “I’m angry and I’m frightened and you should hate that guy over there.”

One can imagine such chastened progressives sitting glumly around tables at Hollywood dinner parties, bemoaning the fate of their agenda and wondering what could have possibly gone wrong.

After all , it was only 24 months ago that the most radical leader in American history, a man with little experience in government nor even as a politician, had whipped his Democratic base into a frenzied belief that his Administration was going to save America.

The tears of joy rolling down the cheeks of Oprah Winfrey and Jesse Jackson; the chill that traveled down the leg of  Chris Matthews; the sense of relief claimed by Nancy Pelosi and Edward Kennedy  – all of it, for an electorate that is frightened, has real no backbone, can’t bear change and  doesn’t deserve its Savior.

Such entropy spits at such an electorate which has consistently refused to embrace untested and expensive government programs or to expand failing existing ones.

Perhaps, then,  it is time for the intrepid, bold progressives to be reminded of something by passive, frightened conservatives.   The United States became the most prosperous country in the world, with a population which enjoys more personal freedoms than any other people in history because of its prudence in not following the failed social experiments of Europe and in resisting, for the most part, ensnarement in other nations’ territorial squabbles.

There have been, to be sure, mistakes and missteps along the way.

But Gabler, Kerry, Reiner et al.  should at least be aware that despite the failure to live up to the  progressive vision, the ‘timorous’ American electorate remains anchored to values that have prevented drift into murky ideological waters and provided  journalists, politicians and entertainers such as themselves with a platform and a freedom to write and speak  contemptuously of their own country.

The President of the United States doesn’t seem to understand any of it either.

At a fundraiser in Boston on October 16 he remarked:

“And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.  And the country is scared, and they have good reason to be.”

Hard wired not to think clearly?  When will this president finally appreciate that it is not economic turmoil nor crisis which has scarred the American electorate.  It is, rather, his own  failure to inspire confidence and an inability to take the  measure of  the political climate which has sent millions of disenchanted voters fleeing into the arms of the Tea Party Movement.

It would be a tragic mistake for progressives to fail to learn the lessons of this election cycle.  If they persist in casting blame on ordinary Americans, those who feel Obama has gone too far in mortgaging their future to foreign nations or shackling the country to an unworkable health care system, they will almost certainly guarantee that the failed experiment in progressivism will not be revisited in their lifetimes.

It is well then that Rob Reiner invokes the image of Adolf Hitler.  It provides me with an unmatched opportunity to make my own reference to the German dictator.   Near the end of his life, Hitler took  to blaming the German people for his country’s military and diplomatic catastrophes, endlessly declaiming that the Germans had missed their opportunity for greatness and that they did not deserve him.

Hitler’s final days, as reported by his surviving aides , left us with the nomenclature for a mind under siege – bunker mentality.

As it stares in the face of a crushing defeat, that seems to be a surprisingly apt description for the entire progressive movement itself.

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Avi Davis is the President of the American Freedom Alliance in Los Angeles. His writings and blog entries can be found at The Intermediate Zone and the Los Angeles Jewish Journal Blog  On The Other Hand.

 

Guest Columnists

Radical State How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West by Abigail R. Esman
by Steve Emerson


Setting out to paint a portrait of "a thriving democratic nation and the forces that threaten to bring about its demise," Abigail R. Esman's recent book, Radical State: How Jihad is Winning Over Democracy in the West published by Praeger Books is a gripping account of the threat posed to the global community by radical Islam. As I sat there reading it, the vivid threat that we face became ever more obvious—as was the need for Americans to strengthen their resolve and battle the enemy we face. Focusing her narrative on the Netherlands, Esman describes—with the vivid details of somebody who has experienced the threats of militant Islam first hand—how Holland lost its freedom to the terrors of jihad. She then chillingly shows how the rest of Europe and the United States are moving towards a similar fate. Drawing from interviews, news, and personal experiences, Esman tells a dramatic and frightening story of what happens when Western countries cede their ideals to Islamists. (IPT)

Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, is the author of six books on national security and Middle Eastern terrorism.

Michael Ledeen-How Long Can the Iranian Regime Last?
Michael Ledeen

I’ve received many questions about the recent explosion at a Revolutionary Guards base near Khorramabad (near the Iraqi border) that reportedly killed nearly twenty Guardsmen and, according to some accounts, destroyed several new Shehab missiles. The regime described it as an accident, but even the Washington Post’s Thomas Erdbrink, who often shows a touching tendency to accept the official version of events, had his doubts: “It was unclear whether the incident…was an accident or the result of terrorism or sabotage.” He was right to wonder; there have been three such events at the Imam Ali Base in the last several months, and while there are lots of accidents in Iran, it is most unlikely that repeated explosions are all accidental. (Familysecuritymatters)

Israel’s critics strangely silent on Obama’s targeted killings in Pakistan, no sign of a Goldstone Report against NATO
Robin Shepherd

Remember the uproar in 2004 when the Israelis took out Hamas terror bosses Ahmed Yassin and Abdelaziz Rantissi in targeted assassinations? Referring to the latter, the French foreign ministry sniffed at the time that “extrajudicial executions are contrary to international law and unacceptable…”. EU foreign policy supremo Javier Solana described the killing of Yassin as “extremely terrible”, while as David Hornik reminds us in a recent piece on Pajamas Media, even the Bush administration tended to describe Israeli actions as “unhelpful”. But hold on a second, just what is the politically correct and impeccably multilateralist Obama administration (with the help and complicity of many EU governments) doing right now in Pakistan with all these drone attacks? According to Yediot Aharonot analyst Ron Ben-Yishai (again quoted in Hornik’s article), since entering the White House Obama has authorised 122 assassination raids by unmanned drones on senior people in Pakistan’s terrorist infrastructure. (Robinshepherd)


NEWS: EUROPE AND AMERICA

Four Men Convicted in Plot to Bomb Synagogues- KAREEM FAHIMFour men were convicted on Monday on charges of planting what they believed were bombs outside synagogues in the Bronx and plotting to fire missiles at military planes. The case was widely seen as an important test of the entrapment defense. It turned on the role of a government informer who spent several months secretly recording conversations with the men that included plans for mass violence and anti-Semitic comments, along with their moments of hesitation and concerns about hurting women or children Prosecutors said that the plot revealed the dangers of homegrown terrorism, and that the informer, posing as a Pakistani terrorist, had presented the defendants with an opportunity to commit violence to which they were predisposed. But defense lawyers said the case crossed the line into entrapment. They said the informer, on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, dangled offers of money and lured impoverished men with no ties to international terrorism into a plot they could never have dreamed up on their own. (NYT)

FBI Was Warned Years in Advance of Mumbai Attacker’s Terror Ties-Sebastian Rotella
Three years before Pakistani terrorists struck Mumbai in 2008, federal agents in New York City investigated a tip that an American businessman was training in Pakistan with the group that later executed the attack. The previously undisclosed allegations against David Coleman Headley, who became a key figure in the plot that killed 166 people, came from his wife after a domestic dispute that resulted in his arrest in 2005. In three interviews with federal agents, Headley’s wife said that he was an active militant in the terrorist group Lashkar-i-Taiba, had trained extensively in its Pakistani camps, and had shopped for night vision goggles and other equipment, according to officials and sources close to the case. The wife, whom ProPublica is not identifying to protect her safety, also told agents that Headley had bragged of working as a paid U.S. informant while he trained with the terrorists in Pakistan, according to a person close to the case. (Propublica)

Justice Department Wades Into Tennessee Mosque Controversy on Side of Islam-AP
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Federal attorneys on Monday jumped into a court battle over the construction of a Tennessee mosque by offering legal proof that Islam is a recognized religion entitled to constitutional protection. U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin of Nashville said his office would not sit by while mosque opponents raise questions in court about whether Islam is a recognized religion. Martin said in a statement that to suggest otherwise "is quite simply ridiculous." Martin's office filed a brief saying as much in a state lawsuit brought by mosque opponents against Rutherford County for granting permission for construction of the building. Mosque opponents are challenging whether the county acted properly in granting the construction permit. Their complaint claims that the county failed to determine whether the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is entitled to protection under the First Amendment. They have also claimed that the county violated the state's Open Meetings law in the approval process. (Foxnews)


Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Attempting to Use a Weapon of Mass Destruction to Bomb Skyscraper in Downtown Dallas-DOJ
WASHINGTON — Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 24 years in prison for his attempted bombing of a downtown Dallas skyscraper in September 2009, announced David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division; U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas; and Robert E. Casey Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Dallas Field Division. Smadi, 20, pleaded guilty on May 26, 2010, to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. "The court’s sentence of Mr. Smadi sends a clear message that there is a serious price to be paid by those who may be willing to carry out acts of violence in this country to further the terrorist cause. I applaud the many agents, analysts and prosecutors responsible for this successful investigation and prosecution," said Assistant Attorney General Kris. (DOJ)


Six dead after suicide bomber and gunmen storm Chechen parliament-Daily Mail Reporter
At least six people died after Islamic militants stormed the Chechen parliament and blew themselves up. Shouting Islamist slogans, they launched the attack as officials arrived for work at the building in the capital, Grozny. Two guards and one government official were killed, it was reported. A further 17 were injured. At least two gunmen ran into the building shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ – ‘God is great’ – as they opened fire on workers. They both then detonated suicide bombs, while a third attacker blew himself up at the doors, according to official sources. Insurgents had earlier attacked the Agriculture Ministry building, which is in the same complex as the parliament. (Dailymail.co.uk)

Norway: No Saudi mosques, as long as there's no freedom of religion in Saudi-Arabia-Islam In Europe
The Saudi Arabian government and wealthy Saudi individuals want to build mosques in Norway for tens of millions. They are legally entitled to do so, according to Norwegian law for financially supporting religious communities, but the large sum means that the government will have to approve the financial support. The foreign office is not only refusing to approve the funding. In a response to the Tawfiiq Islamic Center, the ministry wrote that it would be 'a paradox and unnatural to approve funding from sources in a country which is not open to religious freedom." The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre told VG: "We could have just said no, in principal the ministry doesn't approve such things. But when we were first asked, we used the opportunity to add that an approval would be paradoxical as long as it's a crime to establish a Christian community in Saudi Arabia." (Islamineurope)

Saudis Warn Of Terror Threat Against France-CBS
Paris 'Directly Concerned' After Saudi, U.S. Intel Officials Pass Info On New Unspecific Threat From Al Qaeda Militants
Police officers stand guard after evacuating the Eiffel Tower and the park surrounding the Paris landmark after a bomb alert on Sept. 14, 2010. A police officer said about 25,000 people were in the area at the time. Saudi intelligence services have warned of a new terror threat from al Qaeda against Europe, particularly in France, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said. He said Sunday the warning of a potential attack by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was received "in the last few hours, few days." European officials were informed that "al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was doubtless active or envisioned being active" on the "European continent, notably France," Hortefeux said during a joint TV and radio interview. "The threat is real," he said on RTL-LCI-Le Figaro's weekly talk show. (CBS)

Norway: Segregated gym and swimming classes for one Muslim student-Islam in Europe
A school of 300 students in the Norwegian town of Tromsø introduced segregated gym and swimming class because of one Muslim student. The parents of the Muslim students asked the Borgtun school to exempt the girl from gym and swimming due to the family's religious beliefs. In response the school decided to segregate boys and girls for these two classes in that specific grade level, reports Nordlys. Knut Johansen, gym and swimming head teacher at the school, says this wasn't a demand from the parents. And this way the girls gets to participate in class, which is a positive thing. "We want to include all students. We know how important it is with swimming classes, so we wanted to do what we could to have everybody participate," says Johansen. (Islamineurope)

Multiculturalism in Germany has 'utterly failed', claims Chancellor Angela Merkel-Daily Mail Reporter and Alan Hall
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her country’s attempts to build a post-war multicultural society have ‘utterly failed’. In a landmark speech, she broke one of Germany’s last taboos and courted anti-immigration support by claiming those from a different background failed to live happily side-by-side with native Germans. Her comments, to the youth wing of her own Christian Democrat Union party, came amid growing resentment about immigration in Germany. There are about seven million foreign residents living in the country. Some 4.3million of these are Muslim and there are more than 3,000 mosques across Germany.
Mrs Merkel said the so-called ‘multikulti’ concept – ‘that we are now living side by side and are happy about it’ – does not work. ‘This approach has failed, utterly,’ she said just days after a poll showed a third of all Germans viewed immigrants as nothing more than welfare cheats. (Dailymail.co.uk)

Strange coincidences- Klein Verzet
Via Elsevier (NL) we get the news that Rotterdam city council is forcing those that want to have a little meat with their meal to eat halal. Leefbaar Rotterdam is furious about the mandatory eating of halal meat in Rotterdam city hall. Council members that have to make long days are given the choice of fish, vegetarian or meat prepared in islamic fashion. (...) 'I don't want to be forced to eat religiously prepared food', says Leefbaar council member Ronald Schneider in Metro (NL). He adds he is sick and tired of 'the islamisation of city hall'. (...) Schneider said that he'll order out for 'a ham pizza'.
Rotterdam, of course, has a reputation to protect, with regard to overzealous accommodation of muslims. Rotterdam has been described internationally as the symbol or even the capital of Eurabia.


ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Islamic students at top university 'are preaching hard-line extremism,' terror experts warn-Daily Mail Reporter
Radical Islamic extremism is being openly practised at a leading university campus, a report today claimed. Think tank Quilliam said they had evidence of hard-line Islamist ideology being promoted through the leadership of the university's student Islamic Society at City University in central London. The group had intimidated and harassed staff, students and members of minority groups, it was claimed. The counter-extremism think tank said they had evidence of the president of City University's Islamic Society, (ISoc) openly preaching extremism during prayers held on the campus during the 2009/10 academic year. They said the president - Saleh Patel, was recorded saying: 'When they say to us 'the Islamic state teaches to cut the hand of the thief', yes it does! 'And it also teaches us to stone the adulterer. (Dailymail.co.uk)

“Lily-White Imbalances”: Blatant Reverse Racism at Brooklyn Colle- Ashley Thorne
“Please spread the word among your colleagues and friends on Faculty Council, that we need to correct the lily-white imbalances of the Dean's Search Committees, all four of them.” On October 9, faculty members at Brooklyn College got an email containing this sentence from Jocelyn Wills, associate professor of history. Several recipients were shocked by the bluntness of Wills’ demand. “This is designed to initiate a campaign to vote for members of search committees—for school deans—exclusively based on race,” said David Seidemann, professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Indeed there are several major problems with this statement. First, it is blatantly racist against white faculty members. Imagine how offensive it would sound the other way around: “we need to correct the minority-heavy imbalances to include more white people...” (NAS)


MEDIA BIAS

MSNM to Israel: We’re a force of nature, deal with it.-Richard Landes
The latest developments from Silwan, and a brilliant spoof on the MSNM by Latma (below) prompt me to report a conversation I had last summer with a journalist who is the Middle East Correspondent for a major Western news outlet. I was speaking to him about my concern that the MSNM had behaved very badly over the previous decade, much to the detriment, not just of Israel but of the West and societies that try and guarantee the freedom of speech and the press. In particular I emphasized the skewed epistemology whereby they treated Palestinian claims as true until proven false, and Israeli claims as false until proven true, and when the evidence eventually favored the Israelis, they tended to fall silent. His response was that Israeli complaints (whining) about the media being unfair is like a general who complains about rain on the field of battle. I didn’t bother pursuing the point that in no case does the rain only fall on one army alone. What interested me more was the implication of this (repeated) comment, namely that he (and apparently many others) saw the media as a force of nature, an unalterable force, immune to reason or rebuke. They would just do their thing, and let the Israelis deal with it. (Theaugeanstables)

CBS's Smith Labels Bill O'Reilly 'Bloviator-in-Chief' Over 'View' Appearance-Kyle Drenne
On Friday's CBS Early Show, after news reader Erica Hill reported on Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's heated Thursday appearance on ABC's 'The View,' co-host Harry Smith proclaimed O'Reilly to be "the bloviater-in-chief" and that "he was in full bloviation mode yesterday." Hill began her report by declaring: "When Barbara Walters introduced the conservative talk show host on 'The View' Thursday, she ignited a major fuse, turning daytime TV into dynamite." Hill described how O'Reilly's statement that "Muslims killed us on 9/11" caused left-wing hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set. Once she concluded her piece, Smith said of O'Reilly: "He loves all this attention." Hill replied "he thrives on it." Smith added: "He was so happy to see their reactions to him." (Mediaresearchcenter)

Why I Won’t Be Reading the NAACP’s Report on Tea Party Racism-Roger L. Simon
Nothing is more reactionary in America today than identity politics, and there is no better example of this than the NAACP. The organization was of great importance in its day, but there is a strong argument to be made it should no longer exist. Do I have a right to say such a thing? Well, I was a civil rights worker in the South in the sixties, lost the full use of my finger there, went on to be a significant financial supporter of the Black Panther breakfast program in the seventies…. Is that enough? Maybe, maybe not, but whatever you think of me, the NAACP has become a creator, not a fighter, of racism. They are in the racism business, fanning the flames in order to survive, and I won’t be reading their shameful, phony propagandistic report on the supposed bigotry in the Tea Party movement just being issued today in time for the election. Life is too short. If it were centuries long, it would be too short. (Pajamasmedia)


FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Geert Wilders and the Rise of Islamic Correctness-Andrew G. Bostom
Islamic correctness, which criminalizes any criticism of Islam, is a rising force in the world, and not merely in Muslim-majority countries. Even in traditionally tolerant Holland, a combination of misguided liberal multiculturalism and a fear of violence from immigrants has led to a sometimes farcical prosecution.
This past Friday (10/15/10), Dutch prosecutors asked the presiding judges to acquit Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders on all charges of inciting hate and discrimination arising from his comments on Islam.
Wilders was unsurprisingly "very happy" with the prosecutors' recommendations, adding with his usual plainspoken lucidity, "I do not insult, I do not incite to hatred, I do not discriminate. The only thing I do and will continue to do is to speak the truth." However, former U.S. federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy underscores an important caveat regarding the presiding judges: they could ignore the recommendations of the Dutch prosecutors and convict Wilders when they deliver their verdict next month. (Americanthinker)

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Encouraging Violent Jihadists to Kill U.s. Citizens-DOJ
WASHINGTON – Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Fairfax County, Va., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady to a three-count criminal information that included charges of communicating threats against the writers of the South Park television show, soliciting violent jihadists to desensitize law enforcement, and attempting to provide material support to Al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization. The guilty plea was announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division; Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and John G. Perren, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. Chesser faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 25, 2011. (DOJ)


The extremes of moderate Islam-Janet Albrechtsen

EVEN for supposedly reasonable Muslims, accommodation is a one-way street.
PERCHED high in the verdant mountains of central Java recently, the rural silence was broken five times a day by the Muslim call to prayer. The chanting wafted up from loudspeakers in the local villages as Indonesian Muslims observed longer than usual prayers during Ramadan. I asked a cab driver if he was fasting until sunset during this Islamic month of reflection. Rules are made to be broken, he said with a smile. But not according to the government and police in Indonesia, a country hailed as the world's largest, most moderate Muslim nation. Local newspapers report an American man being held on suspicion of blasphemy for pulling the plug on a loudspeaker at a local mosque. According to police, Luke Gregory Lloyd pulled out the loudspeaker's cable in Kuta village in central Lombok when he was woken by the Koranic reading. So how is moderate Islam doing in Indonesia? Not so well if you're that American man facing five years in prison. Perhaps it's all relative. In Saudi Arabia, he may have faced more violent punishment for his cultural insensitivity. That said, the promise of moderate Islam is beginning to look decidedly unconvincing. (Theaustralian.au)


ANTISEMITISM

Canada Punished in UN for Backing Israel-Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu(Israelnationalnews.com) The United Nations has humiliated Canada and rejected its bid for a seat as a non-permanent member on the Security Council, apparently because of Outlaw’s pro-Israel stand, according to Canadian media. Newspapers in Canada called the rejection a “humiliating” defeat for Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, considered one of Israel’s staunchest supporters. The blow to Canada, which has been a non-permanent Council member until now, reflects the growing dominance of Muslim countries in the international body. Canada found itself in last place before the last round of General Assembly voting on the membership. Rather than face obvious defeat, Ottawa pulled out of the running. The non-permanent members, beginning January 1, will include Lebanon, a declared enemy of Israel, Brazil, which is aligned with Iran, and South Africa, where anti-Israel groups flourish. Other members will be Gabon, Bosnia, Nigeria, India, Colombia, Germany and Portugal. (INN)

Memo to Abbas: Jews Also Have a Right to a Homeland-Rabbi Abraham Cooper
The State of Israel is roughly the size of the state of New Jersey, 1/20th the size of California. Now, as genocider-wannabe, Ahmadinejad tours Lebanon, Israel's northern and central civilian communities are threatened by 60,000 rockets in Southern Lebanon, deployed by Iran's lethal lackey. Meanwhile, Hamas continues to launch missiles at Ashdod and other cities and towns that lie between Gaza and Tel Aviv, 40 miles away. Against this backdrop, US President Obama strives to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that controls Palestinian cities on the West Bank. The president is pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to extend a ten-month freeze on building in Israeli settlements on the West Bank. Mr. Netanyahu has offered to extend the freeze if his (supposed) partner in peace recognizes Israel as a Jewish State. PA President Abbas declined. His spokesman declared: "The topic of the Jewishness of the state is not connected at all to the issue [of the building freeze]". (Huffingtonpost)

Palestine – Mandela’s Elders Malign and Vilify Israel-David Singer
The Elders – an independent group of eminent global leaders founded in 2007 by airline mogul Sir Richard Branson and co-founder of Genesis Peter Gabriel – has sent four of its members – including Mary Robinson and Jimmy Carter – on its second visit to the Middle East this week. As The Elders web site explains: “Inspired by the role that elders play in traditional societies, as a source of advice, wisdom and experience, they [Branson and Gabriel] took the idea to Nelson Mandela and were thrilled when he agreed to help bring a group of ‘global elders’ together… The Elders comprises ten visionary leaders including Graça Machel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan and President Carter. They work both publicly and behind the scenes, collectively and individually, in areas of conflict such as; Kenya, Cyprus, Darfur and Zimbabwe and also work on a number of global issues, such as health and gender equality. No mention is made of The Elders becoming involved in the Arab-Jewish conflict which still remains unresolved after 130 years of bitter confrontation. One would have thought that was a wise decision – given that an established negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – the Roadmap – sponsored by America, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union has been ongoing for the last seven years. (Wire.au)

How defenders need to attack-Melanie Phillips
Last weekend, I was a speaker at a huge CAMERA conference in Boston on the topic of the "war by other means", the global campaign of demonisation and delegitimisation of Israel. CAMERA stands for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. The work it does in combating the media onslaught against Israel, through careful, calm and forensic exposure of the lies and distortions being promulgated about Israel, is of enormous value. But, for all the great work that it does, and for all the undoubted commitment of the conference's 800-plus participants, it seems to me that so many American pro-Israel Jews - like those in this country and doubtless elsewhere - are missing the big picture. This feeling was amplified by remarks made by another conference speaker, Wall Street Journal columnist (and former Jerusalem Post editor) Bret Stephens. As he said, much pro-Israel advocacy isn't very smart because it is conducted from a permanent defensive crouch rather than an offensive position which sticks the accusations into Israel's attackers. (Thejc)

The war against the Jews-Robert Murdoch
When people see a Jewish prime minister treated badly by an American president, they see a more isolated Jewish state. We live in a world where there is an ongoing war against the Jews. For the first decades after Israel’s founding, this war was conventional in nature. The goal was straightforward: to use military force to overrun Israel. Well before the Berlin Wall came down, that approach had clearly failed. Then came phase two: terrorism. Terrorists targeted Israelis both home and abroad – from the massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich to the second intifada. The terrorists continue to target Jews across the world. But they have not succeeded in bringing down the Israeli government – and they have not weakened Israeli resolve.
Now the war has entered a new phase. This is the soft war that seeks to isolate Israel by delegitimizing it. The battleground is everywhere: the media, multinational organizations, NGOs. In this war, the aim is to make Israel a pariah. The result is the curious situation we have today: Israel becomes increasingly ostracized, while Iran – a nation that has made no secret of wishing Israel’s destruction – pursues nuclear weapons loudly, proudly, and without apparent fear of rebuke. (Jpost)

Prof. Chesler: Anti-Semitism Cannot be Equated with Islamophobia-Phyllis Chesler
(Israelnationalnews.com) Even as Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounces the failure of “multiculturalism” in Germany, the English-language German newspaper reporter, Marc Young, writing for the English-language German news at The Local, proclaims that “bigotry towards Muslims is the new anti-Semitism.” As the author of a book with the title The New Anti-Semitism (with an edition in German), allow me to remind Mr. Young that one of the things that is “new” about this most ancient of hatreds is that it is pandemic in the Islamic world and in Muslim communities in the West and that the multicultural relativists in the world’s universities, media, and political leadership, are collaborating with it in the name of “political correctness.” Thus, what both Young and those who run the state-subsidized Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at the University of Berlin have learned from the Nazi Holocaust is that Europeans should not discriminate against Muslims as they once did against Jews. (INN)

Budapest Experiences A New Wave of Hate-Erich Foliate
Budapest survived fascism and communism and blossomed after the fall of the Iron Curtain. But the Hungarian capital is experiencing a rebirth of anti-Semitism. The far-right Jobbik is now the country's third largest party and Jews are being openly intimidated. The city was always good for drama -- for intrigues about life and death, for eternal love and murderous betrayal, for torture, political heroism and sexual escapades. Founded by the Romans, destroyed by the Mongols and oppressed by the Ottoman Turks, Budapest has reinvented itself time and again, flexible in the flux of time. It has also served as a laboratory of sorts for varying political ideologies, from National Socialism to fascism to communism. The United Nations has named four spots in the city UNESCO world heritage sites: the panorama on the Danube River embankment, the Buda castle district, the Millennium underground railway and Andrássy Avenue. The Hungarians wanted to use the magnificent boulevard, which was designed and built as part of preparations for the nation's mythical millennium celebration in 1896, to demonstrate that they had assumed their rightful place in the center of the continent. The country fell to the Nazis 40 years later. The Arrow Cross Party, a Hungarian national socialist party briefly in power from October 1944 to March 1945, was still driving Jews into extermination camps after Adolf Eichmann, the "architect of the Holocaust," had already fled. (Spiegelonline)


TERRORISM, security and policy

Iran doubles enriched uranium stockpile despite sanctions-AP
Iranian nuclear chief announces Teheran now has 30kg enriched to 20 percent; Turkish deputy PM says sanctions won't harm business between 2 countries, overall trade expected to increase.
TEHERAN — Iran announced Wednesday it has almost doubled its stockpile of uranium that the country began enriching to higher levels earlier this year in defiance of UN demands to halt the program. Nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran now has 30 kilograms, or about 66 pounds, of uranium enriched to 20 percent — almost twice the amount reported in June. The 20 percent level is enough to produce fuel for a medical research reactor but far below the more than 90 percent enriched uranium required to build fissile material for nuclear warheads. However, US officials have expressed concern Iran may be moving closer to the ability to reach weapons-grade level. (Jpost)

Terrorism and cyber attacks: the risks that Britain faces-Duncan Gardham and James Kirkup
For the first time the National Security Strategy breaks the risks Britain faces into three tiers - although there is no order within the tiers – by assessing the likelihood of an event taking place against the impact in terms of casualties, the economy and social factors.
THE RISKS
The document lists the top threats to Britain as international terrorism and Irish terrorism, attacks in cyber space, a military crisis between states, and a major accident or natural hazard, including a flu pandemic. In the second tier is an attack on Britain or its overseas territories using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons; an insurgency or civil war overseas which creates an environment that terrorists can exploit; organised crime; and a communications breakdown from an attack on satellites by another state. The third tier lists a conventional military attack on Britain by another state; an attack on a British overseas territory; a conventional attack on another EU or Nato country; a significant increase in the level of terrorists, organised criminals, illegal immigrants and illicit goods trying to cross the border into Britain; the release of radioactive material from a civil nuclear site; disruption to oil or gas supplies; and a short to medium term disruption to international supplies of resources such as food or minerals. (Telegraph.co.uk)

Who Says Islam Is Totalitarian?-Andrew C. McCarthy
Not long ago, Bernard Lewis sounded almost like Geert Wilders.Who says Islam is a totalitarian doctrine? Well, Geert Wilders does, of course. As the editors point out in Monday’s superb National Review Online editorial, the Dutch parliamentarian has even had the temerity to compare Islam with Nazism. Strong stuff indeed, and for speaking it, Wilders has earned the disdain not just of the usual Muslim Brotherhood satellite organizations but even of many on the political right. Though they support free-speech rights, and thus grudgingly concede that Wilders should be permitted to say such things, they want you to understand they find his sentiments deplorable. Taking the politically correct view, they assure you that Islam is not a problem at all — it’s just those bad extremists and Islamists who have, as the Bush-era refrain went, “hijacked one of the world’s great religions.” Emblematic is the estimable Charles Krauthammer, who has described Wilders’s views as “extreme, radical, and wrong.” Dr. K.’s complaint, expressed on Fox News back in March (and published on the Corner), was that Wilders conflates “Islam and Islamism.” The latter, Krauthammer insists, is “an ideology of a small minority which holds that the essence of Islam is jihad, conquest, forcing people into accepting a certain very narrow interpretation [of Islam].” (Nationalreview)

Al-Qaeda magazine published 'tips on how to kill Americans'
A magazine run by the Yemeni group al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula has published a list of tips on how to kill Americans.
"A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, DC at lunch ... might end up knocking out a few government employees," one article reads, according to the private SITE Intelligence Group, which studies, tracks and analyses the global jihadist network and terrorism financing. The edition also includes "The Ultimate Mowing Machine," which describes how to use a pickup truck "as a mowing machine, not to mow grass, but mow down the enemies of Allah." It says "to achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control . . . to strike as many people as possible in your first run." (Telegraph.co.ku)

Taliban Influence Grows in North-Yaroslav Trofimov
Insurgents Attack, Recruit, Adjudicate, Countering NATO's Advance in South
PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan—The Taliban's influence in northern Afghanistan has expanded in recent months from a few hotspots to much of the region, as insurgents respond to the U.S.-led coalition's surge in the south by seizing new ground in areas once considered secure. Taliban militants stop traffic nightly at checkpoints on the road from Kabul to Uzbekistan, just outside Baghlan province's capital city of Pul-e-Khumri, frequently blowing up fuel convoys and seizing travelers who work with the government or the international community. In many areas here and the rest of the north, the Taliban have effectively supplanted the official authorities, running local administrations and courts, and conscripting recruits. "Day by day, the Taliban are advancing into new districts," said provincial council chief Mohammad Rasoul Mohseni of Baghlan. (WSJ)

Terrorist Cop’ offers his memoirs and a safety manual-URI FINTZY/JTA
Until September 11 attacks, Dzikansky was a homicide detective known in New York’s Jewish community for his role on the NYPD Torah Task Force. Except Saturday. Dzikansky, who became a cop in 1983 and retired recently, was among the few Orthodox Jews ever on the force. The son of a rabbi from Brooklyn, he eventually rose through the ranks to become an expert in global terrorism and the NYPD’s representative in Israel. Dzikansky is also the author of a new book about his experience, Terrorist Cop: The NYPD Jewish Cop Who Traveled the World to Stop Terrorists. Jewish Jack Bauer anyone? “I am in awe of the comparison, but I don’t consider myself to be the Jewish Jack Bauer,” Dzikansky says. “We both are counter-terror officers, but that’s about it.” (Jpost)

French MP says UK is 'losing fight against Islamic extremists'
The architect of France's burka ban has accused Britain of "losing the battle against Islamic extremism" by failing to introduce one of its own.
Jacques Myard, a senior member of President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, said relaxed UK policies had "opened the door to terrorism". He added: "Allowing women to exclude themselves from society by wearing the full Islamic veil makes radicals extremely comfortable, and Britain should realise this." Mr Myard made his outspoken comments to British journalists in Qatar, where he was defending his country's recent banning of the veil at the Qatar Foundation Doha Debates, which are broadcast by the BBC this weekend. His words will inflame tensions between London and Paris on the fifth anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings, which the French have regularly blamed on lax policing. Referring to the 2005 atrocity in which 52 died and 107 were injured Mr Myard added: "Britain has suffered a number of high-profile failures in its fight against extremism in recent years. (Telegraph.co.uk)

The Trouble With Talking to the Taliban-Bret Stephens
As in Vietnam, compromise is not in the insurgents' playbook. So the U.S. has now given safe passage to senior Taliban commanders for parleys with the Afghan government in Kabul. That's good for Hamid Karzai, who must look to his own post-American world, good for the Obama administration, which wants a politically graceful exit from Afghanistan, and excellent for the Taliban, which seeks to return to power. Too bad it also risks turning Afghanistan into another Vietnam. By late 1967, the U.S. had been fighting in Vietnam for seven years, combat deaths were at the 10,000 mark, and pundits and policy makers (though not yet the public) were concluding the war was unwinnable. The Johnson administration had undertaken a bombing campaign of the North but had refused to go after communist sanctuaries in neighboring Laos or Cambodia, or to disrupt the supply of Soviet arms. Nor would the U.S. invade the North out of a misplaced fear of Chinese intervention. (WSJ)

Why New START is a non-starter-Frank Gaffney, Jr.
President Obama must be frantic. Among his most important personal and political priorities is ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Toward that end, he wants the U.S. Senate to rubber-stamp a seriously defective bilateral strategic arms control accord with Russia by which he hopes to set an example for other nuclear powers to disarm. This so-called "New START" Treaty was in trouble even before it became clear that the window for Senate approval would be the short, post-election lame-duck session. The expected influx next year of conservative Republicans-- to say nothing of the prospect that one of them, Sharon Angle, may replace the Majority Leader Harry Reid, let alone the possibility that Mr. Reid's party may no longer be in the majority after November 2-- all but ensures New START will face even-greater skepticism in the next session of Congress. Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, the prospects for getting what will soon be yesterday's Senate to go along with his radical disarmament agenda have been seriously diminished in recent days. (Centerforsecurity)

CIA Cites Missteps in Ambush-Adam Entous
Unheeded warnings and a series of communications and security lapses allowed a man recruited to help track down Osama bin Laden's deputy get into a U.S. base in Afghanistan and kill seven CIA operatives, an investigation concluded. A Central Intelligence Agency task force's six-month probe of the December suicide bombing at Khost stopped short of blaming any individuals, but found systemic problems. CIA Director Leon Panetta said the lapses are being addressed and security rules at agency bases have been tightened. The agency had hoped to use Jordanian doctor Hammam Khalil Abu Mallal al-Balawi, initially recruited by Jordanian intelligence, to track down Mr. bin Laden's top deputy, the Egyptian doctor Ayman al Zawahiri. (WSJ)

Obama “dangerous” to US national security-Roger Aaron
WASHINGTON: In an exclusive interview with Accuracy in Media, Retired Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson says that President Obama is very “dangerous to our military, and to the national security of this nation.” He says that Obama refuses to “acknowledge the fact that we’re fighting a very extreme element of Islam.” And he cites the National Security Strategy Policy of the United States, which is President Obama’s national security policy, in which “he does not, one time, use the words jihad, Islam, Muslim, extremism, fundamentalism, terrorism—in fact, quite the opposite: He identifies the greatest national security threat to America being global warming.” (To hear the interview go here: http://www.aim.org/podcast/take-aim-lt-col-robert-buzz-patterson/) (Australianconservative)

Hezbollah Riding on a Wave of Confidence Daniel Steinvorth in Beirut
After the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Lebanon, the radical Islamic group Hezbollah is brimming with confidence. But the country is bracing itself for unrest amid speculation that a UN tribunal investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will accuse Hezbollah members of involvement in the killing. When the radical Islamic group Hezbollah organizes a major rally, one group is always there: al-Wilaya. It's a kind of revolutionary choir, consisting of young bearded men wearing paratrooper boots, brown combat uniforms and traditional Palestinian scarves. Accompanied by stirring synthesizer sounds, they sing about their Lebanese homeland -- and about "glorious martyrs" and the "bloodsucker America." "Hezbollah's boy group," as it is called in Lebanon, has achieved cult status in the southern, overwhelmingly Shiite districts of Beirut. For weeks now, a new song by al-Wilaya has been booming from the loudspeakers of street cafés in southern Beirut -- a tune that the group has dedicated to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "You noble knight from Persia, you pride of the nations." (Spiogelonline)

Sharia Advancing in the West Like a Snake in the Sleeve-Salah Uddin Shoaib Chowdhury
While most people are still ignorant of the tremendous growth of Sharia Banking in the West, a recent report by International Financial Services London reveals that Britain's Islamic banking sector is now bigger than that of Pakistan. What is important to grasp is that Islam recognises no authority superior to Sharia law. When trillions of pounds and dollars are locked into them, Sharia banks will not recognize the superior authority of the law of the land. One thing possibly many of the Westerners are yet to realize is, by simply opening an account with any of the Sharia compliance banks, they in other words are giving endorsement to -- and enabling -- the advance of Sharia law, which endorses, among other tenets, stoning for adultery; hanging for homosexuality, and an offically inferior status for non-believers and women. Equally troubling is the potential cover provided by Sharia finance for the financing of terrorism. (Hudson)

GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM

Britain attempts to block Europe's maternity rights plans-Mark Banks
Britain is attempting to block controversial new European laws giving women greater maternity rights which it is feared could "turn the clock back" on female employment.
The European Parliament will this week vote on plans to increase fully-paid maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks. The move could cost British businesses and the Government more than £2.5 billion a year and fears are growing that the proposed legislation could lead to some firms rejecting female applicants for jobs. Conservative MEPs are preparing to vote against the legislation. Coalition ministers are also thought to be anxious over the impact of the proposed laws as Britain struggles with record debts. Britain is expected to seek to block the legislation, if passed by the European Parliament, although senior ministers are wary of intervening to restrict maternity pay as they are fearful of alienating mothers. (Telegraph.co.uk)

Marginalizing the Environmental Movement-Alan Caruba
“Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.”—Dave Forman, Founder of Earth First! “If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels”. —Prince Phillip, World Wildlife Fund. If you want to understand how utterly soulless and nihilistic environmentalism is than you need only pay attention to what they say. (Click here for more such quotes) My friend, Joseph A. Olson, PE, recently wrote of “Climate Science’s Worst Week in History” in which he noted a series of events such as the UK’s Royal Society’s step back from its former support of global warming. This was followed by a Washington Post opinion editorial by one of its perpetrators, Michael Mann of Penn State University, pleading for a Democrat victory in the midterm elections so he could avoid being investigated by Congress. (Familysecuritymatters)

Climategate and the American Physical Society-Charlie Martin
On October 8, Harold “Hal” Lewis, emeritus professor of physics and ex-chair of the physics department at the University of California in Santa Barbara, resigned [1] his membership in the American Physical Society (APS) after 67 years of membership. In his letter of resignation [2], Professor Lewis said: [M]y former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society. The reason: the APS treatment of Climategate and the global warming debate. If you listen carefully, you can hear the climate “consensus” starting to crack. As usual with this kind of thing, what precipitated Lewis’s resignation was a succession of events. In November of 2007, the APS released its “National Policy 07.1: CLIMATE CHANGE [3]” document, which said in part:
The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth’s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now. (Pajamasmedia)

Klaus denounces "global warming dogma"-Prague Monitor
London, Oct 19 (CTK) - The general acceptation of the "global warming dogma" is one of the costliest and least democratic mistakes of recent time, Czech President Vaclav Klaus said in a lecture at The Global Warming Policy Foundation in London yesterday. Klaus went on to criticise "powerful special interests" that advocated the "global warming doctrine." Not climate, but governments, politics and lobbyists are the core of the problem as the latter want to gain more power and more opportunities to decide, Klaus said. Scientists should help "politicians and public to separate environmentalists' myths from reality," he added. The Global Warming Policy Foundation was established by former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson. Klaus wrote the preface for his book An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming from 2008. All mainstream British parties, including Conservatives, consider fight against global warming their key priority. (Praguemonitor)

SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND CULTURE

Cancer caused by modern man as it was virtually non-existent in ancient world-Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
Cancer is a modern man-made disease caused by the excesses of modern life, a new study suggests.
Researchers looking at almost a thousand mummies from ancient Egypt and South America found only a handful suffered from cancer when now it accounts for nearly one in three deaths. The findings suggest that it is modern lifestyles and pollution levels caused by industry that are the main cause of the disease and that it is not a naturally occurring condition. The study showed the disease rate has risen dramatically since the Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer – proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer. Now it is hoped that it could lead to better understanding of the origins of cancer and to new treatments for the disease which claims more than 150,000 lives a year in the UK alone. “In industrialised societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death," said Professor Rosalie David, a biomedical Egyptologist at the University of Manchester. "But in ancient times, it was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle. (Telegraph.co.uk

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islam is a political movement-Søren Espersen & Ayaan Hirsi Ali
"It makes no sense to differentiate between Islam and Islamism. One, sympathetically, probably tries to say that Islam is a normal religion, but the point is that Islam by its nature is a political movement, and that the religious dimension is cosmetic." Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks quietly, pronouncing each word carefully, and a friendly sense of perfection. Sensible for what she is: An intellectual, who had the good fortune to have studied at a school still dedicated to the good, solid education still provided in what used to be called "British East Africa". I am talking with Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the suite at her hotel, an hour before she is to give her long speech to the delegates of the Danish Peoples' Party in Herning Congress Center. And I notice that she is nervous for holding the speech. Sure, there is an audience of 800, and the entire Danish press will be present, but still I had expected that she was used to similar large events in the Netherlands, in the US, Great Britain, France, and sort of had gotten used to it. Suddenly I realize that this is not really nervousness, but rather a humility for the upcoming major speech, a humility typical of the genuinely great. (Europenews.dk)

Howard Jacobson offers a contrary voice in the arts-Nick Cohen
Last week's Booker prize winner shines a light on the lack of honest comment in modern drama and broadcasting
Howard Jacobson is always a sparkling writer, but to claim that The Finkler Questionwas "the first comic novel to win the Booker", as the critics were saying, is to miss its point entirely. Comic novels have won before and however light his touch and sharp his observations Jacobson's latest is hardly a laugh riot. His main themes are Jewishness, antisemitic violence and men's relations with women, in particular the disorientation men feel when the love of their life dies. Like other authors feminists accused of misogyny a generation back, Jacobson's hatred of pretence turned out to be a blessing in the long run, as it was always going to. He writes about sex and loss with more poignancy than his PC contemporaries have managed and allows his satirical talent to feast itself on one plump target only. The butt of his humour is a group so ostentatiously righteous that few commentating on the Booker mentioned Jacobson's attack. I don't know if literary journalists were baffled or unable to handle a delicate subject. For whatever reason, they refused to describe how he reserved his mockery for Jewish celebrities who respond to radical Islamists pumping the hatreds of fascism and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion back into Europe by crying: "I'm not Spartacus, don't pick on me." (Guardian)


She-Wolves: The Women who Ruled England before Elizabeth by Helen Castor: review-Anna Whitelock
Anna Whitelock praises Helen Castor's She-Wolves, a history of England’s royal wives and mothers who were kings in all but name
Despite his father Henry VIII’s notorious efforts to avoid it, by the summer of 1553 the dying young King Edward knew the prospect of a female succession could no longer be sidestepped. There were simply no credible male candidates. Determined to preserve the Protestant Church settlement, Edward overturned his father’s will, set aside the claims of his sisters Mary and Elizabeth, and conferred the throne on his Protestant cousin Lady Jane Grey. While the original draft of the 'device’ for the succession named 'the Lady Jane’s heirs male’ as future kings, as his health failed Edward was forced to alter the text to read 'the Lady Jane and her heirs male’. In the days following Edward’s death, Lady Jane Grey was installed in the Tower of London. She would rule for just nine days before being defeated in a dramatic coup d’etat by Mary Tudor. On October 1, 1553, Mary became the first woman to wear the crown of England. (Telegraph.co.uk)


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