“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

ISIS. I doubt this video will be up for long. It is 36 minutes of hell. It is your worst nightmare but worse than that. It is unbelievable evil. It will infuriate you that we had any participation in its birth. It will sicken you that attention is being diverted from it.


  1. It is hard to imagine that the Kurd are resisting this without outside help.


  2. Go-it-alone experiment with Kurdistan will not survive without help from Iraq, Iran and other western and regional allies

  3. Those Neocon pricks really unleashed the jackals with their democracy experiment.

  4. ISIS took full advantage of Netanyahu’s brain trust attack on Gaza diverting world attention to the massacres by ISIS.


    “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference.

    McCain was praising Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former ambassador to the United States, for supporting forces fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham had previously met with Bandar to encourage the Saudis to arm Syrian rebel forces.

    But shortly after McCain’s Munich comments, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah relieved Bandar of his Syrian covert-action portfolio, which was then transferred to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. By mid-April, just two weeks after President Obama met with King Abdullah on March 28, Bandar had also been removed from his position as head of Saudi intelligence—according to official government statements, at “his own request.” Sources close to the royal court told me that, in fact, the king fired Bandar over his handling of the kingdom’s Syria policy and other simmering tensions, after initially refusing to accept Bandar’s offers to resign. (Bandar retains his title as secretary-general of the king’s National Security Council.)

    The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the “moderate” armed opposition in the country, receives a lot of attention. But two of the most successful factions fighting Assad’s forces are Islamist extremist groups: Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the latter of which is now amassing territory in Iraq and threatening to further destabilize the entire region. And that success is in part due to the support they have received from two Persian Gulf countries: Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

    Qatar’s military and economic largesse has made its way to Jabhat al-Nusra, to the point that a senior Qatari official told me he can identify al-Nusra commanders by the blocks they control in various Syrian cities. But ISIS is another matter. As one senior Qatari official stated, “ISIS has been a Saudi project.”

    ISIS, in fact, may have been a major part of Bandar’s covert-ops strategy in Syria. The Saudi government, for its part, has denied allegations, including claims made by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, that it has directly supported ISIS. But there are also signs that the kingdom recently shifted its assistance—whether direct or indirect—away from extremist factions in Syria and toward more moderate opposition groups.

  6. 'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback
    U.S lawmakers encouraged officials in Riyadh to arm Syrian rebels. Now that strategy may have created a monster in the Middle East.

  7. “ISIS has been a Saudi project,” one Qatari official said.

  8. ISIS Praises John McCain For helping Them Invade Iraq

    The Muslim terrorist group, ISIS, issued a statement attributing their success to the Iraq war, and they had John McCain to thank for it. In the statement they wrote:

    …the crusader John McCain came to the Senate floor to rant irritably about the victories the Islamic State was achieving in Iraq. He forgot that he himself participated in the invasion of Iraq that led to the blessed events unfolding today by Allah’s bounty and justice.

    It is true, the war in Iraq that was started by Bush led to the enabling ISIS to commit the massacres and violence it is doing now. ISIS knows that Saddam would have not tolerated them, and would have without hesitated cut them to pieces, as his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar would have done.

    Iraq does not need democracy, but a fierce dictatorship like Saddam. But thanks to John McCain and his ilk, we have devils like ISIS invading Iraq and butchering Christians, and the jihadists are thanking McCain for their victories and atrocities.


  10. ISIS and Hamas are the same.

    The videos of Hamas executing Fatah members by tossing them off of root tops and the Hamas destruction of jewish historic sites seem quite the same...

    the chants, the verbiage and the the goal.... the same

    Hamas and ISIS twin sons of the same faith.

    1. Israel's Yinon Plan, in action

      In broad daylight, a Saudi-Israeli alliance

      “ISIS has been a Saudi project,” one Qatari official said.

      Israel - Founded by Terrorists and Sustained by Terrorism and now Allied with Islamic Terrorists

    2. The Zionists and Saudis, both claim to be Semites.
      Both claiming the same God - both claiming to being the sons of the same father -

      That Abraham ...
      What pieces of shit his progeny turned out to be.

    3. So Anon, you have nothing to add just the same nonsense cut and paste.

      Once again you prove your irrelevancy.

  11. SHANGAL—Kurdish Peshmerga forces have entered Shangal, said military officials, and they have cornered militants of the Islamic State in parts of the town.

    Rudaw reporter in the area said that units from the 10,000-strong Peshmarga force who had encircled the town earlier in the day are now in the town center and try to rout the Islamic militants.

    The Peshmerga were able to enter Shangal following a heavy bombardment of the Rahman and Nasir sectors where the militants had taken position.

    Meanwhile, a large Peshmerga forces have made their way to the Shangal mountainside where thousands of Yezidi families have taken shelter.

    Rudaw reporter says that the Peshmerga have made progress in their counteroffensive near Zumar where they intend to cut off the IS militants from retreating into Syria.

    The IS are said to have demolished the Zumar bridge in anticipation of the Peshmerga advance.

    The Kurdish forces went on the offensive on Sunday after Islamic militants captured Shangal 200 kilometers west of Erbil.

    “We decided to go on the offensive and fight the terrorists to the last breath,” said Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani Monday afternoon. “We have ordered the Peshmerga to attack the terrorists and enemies of Kurdistan with all their power.”

    Barzani said that the Kurdish forces “will not relinquish an inch of Kurdistan and we will defend our dear Yezidi brothers and sisters.”

    Earlier in the day, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered the Iraqi air force to assist the Peshmerga in their fight against the IS militants.

    According to Rudaw reporter in the region, Iraqi jets bombed militant positions in Shangal and Zumar today.

    Unofficial sources told Rudaw that members of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) have joined the Peshmerga fight against the Islamic militants. Ten Kurdish volunteer fighters were also reported to have reached Shangal from Turkey.

  12. Obama took the troops out too soon.

    We could still do some good with some air power.

    We should support the Kurds.

    Obama will go golfing.

    Hamas and ISIS - joined at the hip and head - freaks.

    1. Since we know the 7 financial institutions - so I read a while ago - where they have their money stashed, we could go after that.

      Obama will go golfing.

    2. Opinion: Columnists
      Intellectual hubris hampers presidential geniuses
      By Noemie Emery | August 5, 2014 | 6:31 pm

      Topics: Barack Obama President History
      Photo - John Quincy Adams was considered one of America's most intellectual presidents, but was neither successful nor happy in office. (iStock) John Quincy Adams was considered one of America's most intellectual presidents, but was neither...

      It’s now two and a half years to the can’t-come-too-soon end of President Obama’s adventure, but his legacy seems to be settled already; he is the smartest man in all of U.S. history to screw up so many big things.

      That he is brilliant is something we already knew. "This is a guy whose IQ is off the charts," Michael Beschloss said of Obama, who was the "smartest guy" to be president. Christopher Buckley said he was first class in temperament and intellectual prowess, boosting him two slots above Franklin D. Roosevelt in the gray matter arena. "You could see him as a New Republic writer," said David Brooks, closing the argument.

      But fact that this genius has become a disaster became clear in mid-June when the Middle East imploded, matching his health care debacle with its foreign equivalent. The non-connection of political wisdom to what intellectuals think makes for intelligence was never more painfully clear.
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    3. Democrats are quick to lay claim to the mantle of intellect, at least in the more modern age: Jimmy Carter was said to be smarter than Gerald Ford, everyone was said to be smarter than Ronald Reagan, Michael Dukakis was said to be smarter than George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton said to be smarter than all except his wife, Hillary, and Al Gore and John Kerry much smarter than George W. Bush, whose SAT scores, the New York Times told us, had to be much, much lower than Kerry’s, until it was found they were not.

      This does not explain how the Gipper (the "amiable dunce" in the Clark Clifford telling) turned out to be rated as the best president since Franklin Roosevelt, the man whom Oliver Wendell Holmes once proclaimed had a "first-rate temperament," though only a third-level mind. But with his "gentleman’s C" he was miles ahead of our two greatest presidents, whose formal schooling never passed what we would call middle school, and were widely mocked by elites of their day.

      John Adams mocked George Washington; Henry Adams found little to like in Abraham Lincoln or Theodore Roosevelt, and John Quincy Adams never got over his loss to Andrew Jackson, becoming irate when his alma mater bestowed a degree on his unlettered successor in 1833. As he wrote to the president of the university (who was his cousin), "I could not be present to see my darling Harvard disgrace herself by conferring a Doctor’s degree upon a barbarian and a savage who could scarcely spell his own name." The "savage," of course, knew how to get to the point of the matter in a way that scholars can’t master. "The only Latin I know is E Pluribus Unum," he said.

      Is it coincidence that our three most intellectual presidents — John Adams, James Madison, and John Quincy Adams — were neither successful nor happy in in office, found it the least happy period of their long and productive careers?

      Michael Dukakis, called a great brain because he took a book on Swedish land use policies to read on vacation, was never able to explain why it was prudent to give murderers unsupervised furloughs, an idea that elites found humane and progressive, and voters found mad. Similarly, Obama is in trouble because he could not get his brain around two base rules of politics so commonsense and self-evident as to need no explanation whatever: big and transformative laws cannot survive without deep, broad support from the public; the absence of power invites aggression, and withdrawing the carrots and sticks of American power from tense situations asks unbridled hell to step in.

      Children should know this, which is why it eludes the more snotty among us — who should never be heard from again.
      Noemie Emery, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and author of "Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families."

  13. If only Bush had just "gone golfing."

    1. I am not really disagreeing.

      The Congress did vote for it, however.

      Bush gave them a shot at a democratic, sort of, country. Obama short circuited all this.

      Whole thing is really sad.

  14. Bush gave us an extra $5 Trillion in Debt, and an Iraqi government that had no chance of "governing."

    1. Let's keep one thing in mind; this ISIS outfit hasn't cost Us one dime, yet.

    2. You used to say endlessly it was all about the oil.

      I never read where we ever got a barrel of oil out of it.

      The Iraqi government, very flawed, had a chance of governing - if we'd have kept the troops around. We could have put pressure on the Iraqi government to knock off the favoritism, share out the oil money.

      Obama pulled the troops out too soon.

      What you are seeing is the result of Obama's decisions, not those of Bush.

      Now, we should support the Kurds.

    3. It was about oil, Robert, not about the US importing Iraqi oil to the US, but limiting the pumping of the Iraqi oil, in an effort to maintain the price support for the Saudi Arabians.

      It was about controlling the output of Iraqi wells, it still is about that. For the Saudi and for US.
      For the Israeli, it is about fragmenting the region into fragmented and ungovernable sectarian tracts. As outlined in the Yinon Plan.

  15. Reagan was a real genius - He helped birth the Mujahideen
    George Bush - The Neocons - destabalizing the entire Middle East
    McCain - McCain

    Obama made a huge mistake in Libya but pulled back on Syria. He has wisley not been goaded into a war with Iran. When you look at that video, you almost have to know that will happen in Afghanistan. The damage was beyond repair in Iraq. You can thank Bush and Bremner for that. All that is academic. ISIS has to be liquidated. The Turks, Iranians, Iraqis, Kurds and Jordanians have to sort it out and fast. There is not much the US can do other than provide intelligence and logistical support for the strongest hands in the individual governments.

    The US has to do something about Saudi Arabia.

    1. I have a suggestion - We just get the hell out of the way.

    2. January 15, 1998

      Zbigniew Brzezinski:
      How Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen
      by Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair

      Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

      Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

    3. Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

      Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.

      Brzezinski: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion.

      It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers.

      But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.

    4. Now there is no doubt of Brzezinski's influence in the Obama Administration ....

      CNN: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on CNN told Wolf Blitzer that the invasion of Gaza was a strategy to demilitarize Gaza, explaining the use of force. But it has been quite a robust use of force…Do you think that it is going to succeed, the Israeli strategy?

      Brzezinski: No, I think he is making a very serious mistake. When Hamas in effect accepted the notion of participation in the Palestinian leadership, it in effect acknowledged the determination of that leadership to seek a peaceful solution with Israel. That was a real option. They should have persisted in that.

      Instead Netanyahu launched the campaign of defamation against Hamas, seized on the killing of three innocent Israeli kids to immediately charge Hamas with having done it without any evidence, and has used that to stir up public opinion in Israel in order to justify this attack on Gaza, which is so lethal.

      I think he is isolating Israel.
      He's endangering its longer-range future.
      And I think we ought to make it very clear that this is a course of action which we thoroughly disapprove and which we do not support and which may compel us and the rest of the international community to take some steps of legitimizing Palestinian aspirations perhaps in the U.N.

  16. There is no question that we cannot stop this with US troops. That would only play into it. The US public will not stand for it. It would only encourage the Russians to cause more problems in Europe. I could see Israel coming to the defense of Jordan but nothing more than that. Netanyahu would have to be told in no uncertain terms that he had to stay out of Syria and drop any idiotic ideas about Iran.

    1. The Yinon Plan map graphic -

      Securing the Realm: At about the Year 2000 the work would start…

      Although tweaked, the Yinon Plan is in motion and coming to life under the "Clean Break." This is through a policy document written in 1996 by Richard Perle and the Study Group on "A New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000" for Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel at the time. Perle was a former Pentagon under-secretary for Roland Reagan at the time and later a U.S. military advisor to George W. Bush Jr. and the White House. Aside from Perle, the rest of the members of the Study Group on "A New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000" consisted of James Colbert (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs), Charles Fairbanks Jr. (Johns Hopkins University), Douglas Feith (Feith and Zell Associates), Robert Loewenberg (Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies), Jonathan Torop (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy), David Wurmser (Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies), and Meyrav Wurmser (Johns Hopkins University). "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" is the full name of this 1996 Israel policy paper.

      In many senses the U.S. is executing the objectives outlined in Tel Aviv’s 1996 policy paper to secure the "realm." Moreover, the term "realm" implies the strategic mentality of the authors. A realm refers to either the territory ruled by a monarch or the territories that fall under a monarch’s reign, but are not physically under their control and have vassals running them. In this context, the word realm is being used to denote the Middle East as the kingdom of Tel Aviv. The fact that Perle, someone who has essentially been a career Pentagon official, helped author the Israeli paper also makes one ask if the conceptualized sovereign of the realm is either Israel, the United States, or both?

      Securing the Realm: The Israeli Blueprints to Destabilize Damascus

      The 1996 Israeli document calls for "rolling back Syria" sometime around the year 2000 or afterward by pushing the Syrians out of Lebanon and destabilizing the Syrian Arab Republic with the help of Jordan and Turkey. This has respectively taken place in 2005 and 2011. The 1996 document states: "Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right — as a means of foiling Syria’s regional ambitions."

    2. Another Yinon Plan graphic -
      and ...

    3. I think what you do is called "spam"


  17. What's wrong with a few B-52's backing up the Kurds?

    What's wrong with a few F-16's? Flying from temporary Kurdish airfields quickly built by the Army US Corps of Engineers?

    What's wrong with an ISIS Highway of Death?

    1. What the fuck is wrong with your brain?

    2. What the fuck is wrong with your brain?

      Ah, we know the answer, alcoholic dementia.

    3. In case Rufus might misread I state it this way -

      What the fuck is wrong with YOUR brain, Rufus.

      Ah, we know the answer, alcoholic dementia.

    4. First of all, moron, those guys might very well have "surface to air" capable of shooting down those B-52's, and F-16's.

      And, the ISIS are too dispersed for any "highway of death" scenario. You're looking at, possibly, a few "small streets of death."

    5. And, besides, why in the hell would we want to?

    6. You wouldn't want to, booze brain.

      Others might want to prevent the genocide of the Christians, whom the Kurds have taken in, and the Kurds themselves.

      And they are not too dispersed. They must be grouped up to attack anything meaningful, and with our eyes we can see that.

      If I'm not mistaken, ISIS is a terrorist group and the enabling legislation for a war against terrorists is still in effect. Surely a connection to al-Qaeda can be made in some way.

      You're so damned dumb you get propagandized a bit and you're nearly ready to run off to Gaza and join Hamas.

  18. Peeing our way to a Saudi free future -

    Producing Pee Power

    By Randy Leonard Posted at 9:39 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2014
    Comments in post: Producing Pee Power 2

    Ioannis Ieropoulos and his team at Bristol Robotics Laboratory are studying how to produce electricity from urine, The Economist reports.

    Live organisms in microbial fuel cells feed off of urine, according to the magazine:

    When urine flows through an MFC the microbes consume it as part of their normal metabolic process. This, in turn, frees electrons. Electrodes within the cell gather these electrons and when they are connected to an external circuit a current is generated.

    Funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to research next generation sanitation, the researchers are looking at the process to also treat wastewater and produce fertilizer.

    “It’s quite fascinating,” Ieropoulos said. “We are developing something that is for the better of humankind.”

    The Economist magazine is owned by The Economist Group, which also owns CQ Roll Call


  19. I imagine our air power is mentioned from time to time in the Iranian Nuclear Discussions.

    If Obama gets what he wants from Rouhani, he might be willing to break loose with a few sorties. But, it's not something he would do, lightly. As I said, the air crews might be in danger from air defense systems, and the military really doesn't want to use the B-2's, and F-22's over there if they don't have to.

    One video of an F-16 Pilot getting his head sawed off, and we would be right back in the middle of that mess, all the way - something that doesn't seem to be high on Obambie's agenda.

    1. Our idiot President will be satisfied with some nice press release from Rouhani.

      That's all he's going to get.

      He doesn't give a shit anyway.

  20. In a Quixotic attempt to 're-educate' Rufus who has been propagandized plumb to death -

    August 6, 2014
    Hamas Combat Manual Explains Benefits of Using Human Shields
    By Neil Snyder

    This is one of the many positive things to come out of Operation Protective Edge. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has found a Hamas combat manual explaining the importance of using human shields. Below is an excerpt from the IDF report:

    IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm to civilians.

    Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has continuously used the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. The discovery of a Hamas “urban warfare” manual by IDF forces reveals that Hamas’ callous use of the Gazan population was intentional and preplanned.

    This Hamas urban warfare manual exposes two truths: (1) The terror group knows full well that the IDF will do what it can to limit civilian casualties. (2) The terror group exploits these efforts by using civilians as human shields against advancing IDF forces.

    In a portion entitled “Limiting the Use of Weapons,” the manual explains that:

    The soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities. It is difficult for them to get the most use out of their firearms, especially of supporting fire [e.g. artillery].

    Clearly Hamas knows the IDF will limit its use of weapons in order to avoid harming civilians, including refraining from using larger firepower to support for infantry.

    The manual goes on to explain that the “presence of civilians are pockets of resistance” that cause three major problems for advancing troops:

    (1) Problems with opening fire
(2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward
(3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it

    Lastly, the manual discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed:

    The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).

    It is clear that Hamas actually desires the destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, knowing it will increase hatred for the IDF and support their fighters.

    I’m ashamed that the IDF felt the need to report it because it should be patently obvious to everyone by now. An imbecile should know it, especially since we have video footage of Hamas firing rockets from hospitals, mosques, and schools, and we know that they stored weapons in U.N. schools.

    Physical evidence is not enough for a large number of people who are either brain-dead morons or anti-Semites to the core. I’m afraid that masses of people live by this principle: I’ve made up my mind and facts don’t matter. I just wish they understood that they are complicit in Hamas’ actions since their support is an important reason why Hamas uses human shields. If the public reacted negatively, they would stop it.

    So rest easy tonight Hamas supporters, if you can. If I were complicit in murder it would trouble me greatly.

    Neil Snyder is the Ralph A. Beeton Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. His blog,, is posted daily.


    Cheers !

    1. <<<>>>I’m ashamed that the IDF felt the need to report it because it should be patently obvious to everyone by now. ((((((An imbecile should know it)))))), especially since we have video footage of Hamas firing rockets from hospitals, mosques, and schools, and we know that they stored weapons in U.N. schools.<<<>>>

  21. General Dynamics no longer builds aircraft, they build armored vehicles.
    APCs and tanks.
    Which is why the US is funding the manufacturing of tanks in Egypt.

    And not flying combat air operations in the Middle East.

    The Iraqi air force is flying in support of the Kurds, Robert, it is their country, their air force.
    The US has no real national interest in the region. Mr Bush proved that.

    1. Spoken like a true Jew hating Moslem lover, Professional Asshole.


  22. Report: Nearly 10% of ISIS Fighters Are Turkish
    Turkey Issues Gag Order on Mosul Hostage Crisis

    by Jason Ditz, August 05, 2014

    As ISIS continues to expand its control over Iraq and Syria, the nature of the group and its membership are coming under increasing scrutiny, as is the Turkish factor, particularly important as ISIS now spans much of Turkey’s southern border.

    According to Germany’s Die Welt, of the estimated 10,000 to 15,000 ISIS members, some 1,000 of them are known to be Turkish citizens. The group has recruited worldwide, but such a broad Turkish contingent could be significant given their proximity to southern Turkey.

    ISIS, along with other rebel factions, have used Turkey as a staging area as well as a source of fighters. In addition to the Turkish citizens, some 1,200 people from EU member nations have joined ISIS as well, also traveling through Turkey.

    Turkey’s problem with ISIS is only going to grow, and the Erdogan government is trying to keep the media from covering it too broadly, imposing a gag order on stories about the 49 Turkish citizens captured by ISIS in early June. The situation remains unresolved, but essentially uncoverable inside Turkey.

    1. ISIS is the same as the Moslem Brotherhood and Hamas.

      Welcome to the Islamist Nazi decade.

  23. Netanyahu helped ISIS by his obscene attack on Gaza diverting World attention against the real threat

    The vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq fears ISIS is literally getting away with murder in Iraq as the world turns its gaze to fighting between Israel and Hamas.

    Canon Andrew White, vicar of St George's church in Baghdad, said in a newsletter published by the Catholic News Service that ISIS was free to do what it wanted as the world's attention remained fixed on the latest conflict in Gaza.

    ISIS militants have taken over Mosul and other parts of Iraq, causing thousands of Christians to flee after they were told to convert, pay a jizhya tax or else be killed.

    Canon White said that although the situation was serious for Iraqis under ISIS, it was "very easy to feel forgotten".

    "The Islamic State simply said we can do anything now the world is just looking at Gaza," he wrote.

    "In reality that is true. Iraq seems like old news, yet things just get worse and worse here.

    1. Netanyahu has stood up to the islamic nazis of Hamas, which are the SAME as ISIS.

      The world in it's sick appetite to bash Israel at all costs diverted it's gaza from Syria that has been going on for 3 years.

      Long before this latest Hamas started war...

      But now the war is over, hamas has had it's ass kicked and it's time for a new vision for Gaza, one that does not give Hamas the ability to be the tax authority and skim billions and billion of dollars in aid to rebuild a war machine.

  24. Gaza crisis: UK government policy falling into disarray
    Clegg demands suspension of arms export licences to Israel after Warsi resigns saying Cameron has lost moral authority

    Patrick Wintour and Rowena Mason
    The Guardian, Tuesday 5 August 2014

    The government's policy towards the Israeli incursion into Gaza was in danger of falling apart on Tuesday night in the wake of the surprise resignation of the Foreign Office minister Sayeeda Warsi and a demand by Nick Clegg that Britain immediately suspend arms export licences to Israel.

    Lady Warsi said the prime minister had lost moral authority, undermined the national interest and deprived Britain of its historic role as an honest broker in the Middle East by refusing to condemn the aggressive Israeli response to the Hamas rocket attacks as disproportionate.

    In her strongly worded resignation letter, whose morning publication came as a surprise to No 10, Warsi warned that "our approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible [and] is not in Britain's national interest".

    She also complained that Cameron's response may become "a basis for radicalisation [which] could have consequences for us for years to come".

    Her departure came after internal argument inside the National Security Council over Cameron's refusal to condemn the aggressive Israeli response to the Hamas rocket attacks.

    British ministers have condemned the outcome of the Israeli bombings as intolerable and appalling, but Cameron has barred ministers from describing the Israeli bombings as disproportionate, and refused to attribute final blame prematurely even for some of the attacks on UN schools in Gaza.

    1. England has a large, radical Islamist population that will also need to be put in check or England will have violence in Londonstan.

      Already the islamists are abusing the welfare system, all the while destroying the fabric of "british" life in many english cities.

      It's going to get interesting and it has NOTHING to do with Israel.

  25. Israel’s continuing restrictions on economic development in Palestine are causing so much suffering and such “deep resentment” that they now threaten to undermine rather than preserve the country’s security, a cross-party group of British MPs has warned.

    In a report on the UK’s development work in the occupied territories (OPTs), the international development committee (IDC) argues that Israel’s policies – which include restrictions on building, access to water, and 3G and 4G for Palestinian mobile providers – are proving seriously counterproductive.

    Members of the committee said they had been shocked by what they had seen during a visit in March. “We saw a country whose people have known immense suffering now imposing conditions on their Palestinian neighbours which cause a different but very real suffering and often without real security justification,” says the report.

    “We saw Israel taking a range of actions that hinder Palestinian economic development and must, at the very least, cause deep resentment on the Palestinian side, even amongst the most moderate and pragmatic people, and so will actually worsen Israel’s own security.”

    Such restrictions, the report adds, are stymying economic development and fuelling anger. “In Gaza, from where rockets have been indiscriminately launched on Israel, restrictions, in particular on movements, are even more severe than on the West Bank: ordinary Gazans are not generally allowed to leave Gaza, whilst trade is heavily restricted.”

    1. Hamas used 900,000 TONS of concrete and countless billions of misdirected aid to build tunnels and buy rockets.

      Israel's restrictions would not have stopped the Gazans from building malls, schools, homes and parks for the betterment of it's people.

      The reason there were "blocked" items? Hamas used them to make war.

      Now that Hamas has been severely defanged and beaten like the bitch that it is?

      It will now try to turn the ass kicked it got into some type of "victory", but the buzz on the street?

      Arabia, Egypt, UAE, the PA, Jordan, Israel are all working together to CHANGE the political situation in Gaza and SIDELINE Hamas.

      there is hope.

    2. Jul 9, 2014 - The Israeli Air Force has dropped approximately 400 tonnes of bombs ...

      Funny thing about weight, concrete does not kill people.
      Israelis do.

      Israel - Founded by Terrorists and Sustained by Terrorism and now ... Allied with Islamic Terrorists

    3. So Anon, you have nothing to add just the same nonsense cut and paste.

      Once again you prove your irrelevancy.

  26. I wonder how many new recruits for ISIS were created by the Israeli rampage and massacre in Gaza?

    Israel caused $5 billion in damage to Gaza, 40,000 Homes Destroyed or Damaged
    By contributors | Aug. 6, 2014 |

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s offensive on Gaza has caused over $5 billion of damage to homes and infrastructure in the Strip, the Minister of Public Works said …

    Some 10,000 homes have been completely destroyed, and 30,000 homes partially destroyed, al-Hasayneh said.
    “The three areas that have undergone the most intense destruction are Shujaiyya, Beit Hanoun, and Abasan,” the minister said.
    “Ministry crews were astonished when they arrived to Shujaiyya, where some 110,000 people live. Sixty percent of the homes were completely destroyed, especially those in the eastern part of the neighborhood.”

    The minister said it would take $5 billion to rebuild structures alone, “not including possessions, like furniture and cars.”
    “The offensive destroyed buildings belonging to Gaza governorates, in addition to police stations and national security buildings,” al-Hasayneh said.

    The diesel containers belonging to Gaza’s power plant have been destroyed as well, he said.

    Al-Hasayneh says the “containers will cost $25 million, and there are ten power lines that supply Gaza with power and have been cut off” as well.

    He added that 70 percent water wells had been completely destroyed, “in addition to waste water lines.”

    According to UN figures, up to 485,000 people — a quarter of Gaza’s population — has been forced to leave their homes throughout the assault on the Strip.

    Many of them will return to find their homes destroyed or damaged.

    1. Hamas and ISIS are the same.

      Better question, how many of the ISIS/Hamas nazis did Israel kill.

      And better question, how many of the Hamas/ISIS, now defeated in Gaza, will flee to parts in Iraq and Syria?


      Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told the Jerusalem Post that Israel so wanted Assad out and his Iranian backers weakened, that Israel would accept al-Qaeda operatives taking power in Syria.

      “We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”

      Even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.

      “We understand that they are pretty bad guys,” Oren said in the interview.

      Israel - Founded by Terrorists and Sustained by Terrorism and now ... Allied with Islamic Terrorists

    3. So Anon, you have nothing to add just the same nonsense cut and paste.

      Once again you prove your irrelevancy.

  27. Ah.... It's beginning....

    The Egyptian army announced on Monday that its military had destroyed three tunnels on the border with the Gaza Strip, killing eleven fighters in the process.

    "Army troops raided terrorists' hideouts in Northern Sinai, killing 11 terrorists in the ensuing clashes," spokesman Mohamed Samir wrote on his official Facebook page.

    He said the army destroyed three vehicles and eight motorbikes used by the militants.

    "Three tunnels on the border with the Gaza Strip have also been destroyed," added the army spokesman.

    The army has launched a major offensive against militant groups said to be based in the Sinai Peninsula, which shares borders with both Israel and the Gaza Strip.

    Egypt is now killing Hamas and destroying more tunnels...

    1. Reader, please understand this is much bigger news than will likely be reported elsewhere. Remember, Egypt was until recently, a pro-Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood regime, having come to that disturbing result with aid from the Obama administration. The Obama White House continues to indicate “concern” over how Egyptian military officials kicked out the extremist Muslim Brotherhood – the very organization Valerie Jarrett has strong ties to in Washington D.C. With Egypt now indicating it is prepared to open fire on both Hamas and ISIS should they threaten its borders, the North African nation is also positioning itself opposite the Middle East goals of the Obama regime as well.

      Egypt and Israel BOTH get it. Obama supported the Moslem Brotherhood and Hamas AND ISIS

    2. Unlike the quick to flee Iraqi military, Egypt’s forces are well trained, and far more dedicated to defending the nation. Both ISIS and Hamas would face an opponent more than capable of fighting back. Interestingly, the current animosity between the current Egyptian government and Islamic militant groups surrounding its borders has made it a seemingly closer ally to Israel than Israel is to the United States and the Obama administration.

    3. That is a swap that is worthy of making.

    4. Well if America is going to support Hamas and the Moslem Brotherhood? Lawlessness and no border control, printing 18 trillion in quantitative easing, throwing American allies under the bus while stoking fires across the globe and doing nothing to slow down or counter china and russia?

      America aint much of an ally... In fact, America is shooting it's self in the head.

      The question really begs, Who is America, under Obama and Jarrett?



      Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told the Jerusalem Post that Israel so wanted Assad out and his Iranian backers weakened, that Israel would accept al-Qaeda operatives taking power in Syria.

      “We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”

      Even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.

      “We understand that they are pretty bad guys,” Oren said in the interview.

      Israel - Founded by Terrorists and Sustained by Terrorism and now ... Allied with Islamic Terrorists

      In broad daylight, a Saudi-Israeli alliance

    6. So Anon, you have nothing to add just the same nonsense cut and paste.

      Once again you prove your irrelevancy.

    7. Your feeble responses illustrate that the rounds are on target.

      We will continue to fire for effect.


    8. Everyone has read that bullshit some many times, rat, it has no effect whatsoever.

    9. It looks like Bob and WiO prefer dictators and authoritarian governments to democratically elected ones.

    10. Ash, Hitler and Hamas were democratically elected.

    11. .

      It looks like Bob and WiO prefer dictators and authoritarian governments to democratically elected ones.

      It being the ME, other than the neocons, who doesn't?

      Of course, it being the ME, does it really make a difference?


    12. well, yes, it does make a difference. The various entities not only get the perks of power but the responsibility and that can lead to their eventual downfall.

    13. As you have noted Quirk, Hamas was falling in prestige and popularity amongst Palestinians until the Israelis jumped in. They've gone and "cut the grass" once again helping Hamas along which, it appears, suits the Israelis just fine.

  28. Hamas is not destroyed - Operation Protective Edge is a failure - Hamas won.
    By the Standard set by "O"rdure and allen, our two Israeli contributors.

    1. Your feeble responses illustrate that the rounds are on target.

      We will continue to fire for effect.

    2. AnonymousWed Aug 06, 09:14:00 AM EDT
      Hamas is not destroyed - Operation Protective Edge is a failure - Hamas won.
      By the Standard set by "O"rdure and allen, our two Israeli contributors.

      please present that standard.

  29. Israel send negotiators to Cairo, to negotiate with Hams

    Hamas gains legitimacy.
    Hamas wins.

    By the Standard set by "O"rdure and allen, our two Zionist NASI contributors.
    Israel loses.

    1. Israel sends negotiators to Cairo, to negotiate with Hamas

    2. By the Standard set by "O"rdure and allen, our two Zionist NASI contributors.
      Israel loses.

      please present this "standard"

      Hamas accepted a ceasefire it rejected, with all pro-Israel conditions now..

      it's called surrender…

      Hamas's ass was kicked, again.


      let them eat broken rubble...

  30. Our Zionists contributors, the NASI, have stated that anything less than the total destruction, the annihilation of Hamas was tantamount to an Israeli defeat.

    The Zionists set the Standard. ...

    Israel lost the "Protective Edge".

    1. Jack HawkinsFri Jul 18, 12:36:00 AM EDT

      I mean, you are an Israeli, and here is nothing worse than that.

      In all the world, the Arabs of Israel are the scum.

      Now if you were a European, well thatd be different, but Israelis are all Arabs, Semites.
      Scum of the Earth


      Have a nightmare tonight and a shitty tomorrow,
      QuirkFri Jul 18, 01:13:00 AM EDT


      And the voice of the rat is heard in the land.

      And the world once again cringes.

    2. AnonymousWed Aug 06, 10:43:00 AM EDT
      Our Zionists contributors, the NASI, have stated that anything less than the total destruction, the annihilation of Hamas was tantamount to an Israeli defeat.

      Please present that standard as stated by Allen or myself.


      You once again are lying.

  31. "O"rdure will now do the wiggle dance, to attempt to divert attention from his bombastic rhetoric of the past month, to change the Standard he himself set, for the Israelis to claim a "win".

    Watch him dance, like a puppet on a string

    1. Please present those "standards" to measure against.

      i said a month ago that if hamas still had a functioning laptop they would claim victory.

    2. Hundreds and hundreds of dead hamas fighters, hundreds and hundreds of tunnels destroyed, thousands and thousands of terrorist's rockets made un-lethal, dozens of nations lining up to purchase the Iron Dome from Israel. Israeli technology has figured out how to make rocket wars survivable.

      Now let the Hamas and it's supporters? Eat rubble...

    3. Yep the "war" was worth it according to Hamas, a GREAT victory!

      “It has failed to achieve any of its goals and would be a clear defeat for the occupation army and for its leaders,” the Hamas bloc in the Palestinian Legislative Council said. “Gaza resisted, endured and will achieve victory.”

      Tell that to the dead….

  32. We, The United States, have not lost a dime in the Middleeast since Barack Obama pulled out the last of our troops.

    I, for one, have no desire to go back into the money-wasting business just because the people in some little Iraqi town profess to worship this "guy in the sky," moreso than "That guy in the sky."

    Those people will be fighting a hundred years from now, whether we bankrupt ourselves over it, or not.

  33. Our Median Income has been falling for 14 years, now.

    Fourteen Years.

    We Have to quit fucking around "over there," and fix this mess, "Over Here."

    1. For a couple of months, now, the economy has been putting up some pretty good numbers in most of the metrics, but Not in the most important metric - Median Real Income.

      No one wants to talk about it, because it's caused by the thing that drives the stock market, and thus, the wealth of the upper 0.1%. The Movement of Jobs to China!

  34. If, as per Rasmussen, over half of the American People want us to stay out of the Israeli/Hamas mess,

    how many do you suppose want us back in the Iraqi Sunni/Shia debacle?


  35. Islamic State's new icon is a hipster jihadi
    Sword-wielding supporter of the Caliphate is a university graduate from a well-off Cairo family, say friends
    Islam Yaken, he has been both lionised and demonised back home as the
    Islam Yaken, he has been both lionised and demonised back home as the ''hipster jihadi''. Photo: TWITTER

    Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent, and Magdy Samaan in Cairo

    4:13PM BST 06 Aug 2014

    Islamic State jihadists ruling over much of Syria and Iraq have a new icon, whose fashionably styled curly hair and black-rimmed glasses contrast strikingly with the pose in which he has been photographed: astride a horse, and waving a shining scimitar above his head.

    Identified by friends as a young Egyptian university graduate from a well-off Cairo family, Islam Yaken, he has been both lionised and demonised back home as the "hipster jihadi".

    Although he is said to have once been a supporter of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood former president, Mohammed Morsi, his friends say there was little to suggest his sudden change of life direction a year ago.

    His page on the social media site VK suggest a young man apparently obsessed with his body - it is dominated by a series of pictures of him in a gym, showing off his toned physique.

    Now he uses Twitter to glorify the "Caliphate" of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, and to post gory pictures including one of two heads in a basket, which he compares to the heads of sheep that can be ordered for the table in specialist Egyptian restaurants.

    Nice lookin' young devil, right out of Hollywood.

    Rufus is so easily propagandized I almost did not post this, for fear he might buy a horse and a scimitar and go riding off for Iraq or Gaza to fight for the Glory of Allah and the oppression of women.


    (these 'western' girls are mostly islamobroads)

    Let's face it.......some women are truly unbelievably STUPID.

  37. August 6, 2014
    $619 billion missing from federal transparency site
    By Rick Moran

    The irony is thick with this one. A government audit has found that a website dedicated to making federal spending "more transparent" can't find $619 billion.

    USA Today:

    And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on is "fully consistent with agencies' records," according to the report.

    Among the data missing from the 6-year-old federal website:

    • The Department of Health and Human Services failed to report nearly $544 billion, mostly in direct assistance programs like Medicare. The department admitted that it should have reported aggregate numbers of spending on those programs.

    • The Department of the Interior did not report spending for 163 of its 265 assistance programs because, the department said, its accounting systems were not compatible with the data formats required by The result: $5.3 billion in spending missing from the website.

    • The White House itself failed to report any of the programs it's directly responsible for. At the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House, officials said they thought HHS was responsible for reporting their spending.

    For more than 22% of federal awards, the spending website literally doesn't know where the money went. The "place of performance" of federal contracts was most likely to be wrong.

    That's a problem, said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

    "We live in a world in which information drives decisions," Carper said. "And, given the budget constraints that our government faces, we need reliable information on how and where our money is being spent."

    No, this doesn't mean that $619 billion has been "lost," although some of it may have, indeed, gone down a black hole. What it means is that we have incompetents running federal departments. How can HHS not report $544 billion? Madness.

    I'm sure the government will eventually get it all sorted out - mostly. The good news is that responsibility for the website is being switched to a department of the Treasury.

    At least they have an idea how to count money.

    1. A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're close to a trillion.

    2. .

      That is one way to quickly cut the deficit in half and balance a budget.


  38. Tillis (R) and Hagan (D) are now running neck and neck in North Carolina.

  39. "Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead From the Gaza Conflict

    GAZA CITY — Inside the Health Sciences Library at Al-Shifa Hospital here, a small team spent the war crunching numbers. Stuck to their laptops were a statistician, a graphic designer, a data-entry specialist and an issuer of death certificates, some of whom spent nights sleeping in their straight-backed chairs.

    By Tuesday, this is what they had come up with: 1,865 “martyrs” from “Israeli aggression” since July 6: 429 under age 18, 79 over 60, 243 women. The Palestinian Ministry of Health does not categorize victims as civilian or combatant, but others do: The United Nations — which had a lower death toll, 1,814 — said that at least 72 percent were civilians, while two Gaza-based groups put the percentage at 82 (Al Mezan Center for Human Rights) and 84 (the Palestinian Center for Human Rights).

    Israel has a very different assessment. The military says it took the lives of 900 “terrorists,” but it did not provide specifics beyond the 368 cases listed in 28 entries on its blog. Politicians have been saying that 47 percent of the dead were fighters, citing a study by an Israeli counterterrorism group that is impressive in its documentation, using photographs and Internet tributes, but analyzes only the first 152 casualties, when the assault was exclusively from the air.


  40. John Bolton: ‘The World's Descending Into Chaos’ Under Obama
    "'re going to have anarchy increasing."

    On Fox Business Wednesday, former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton declared that under the president’s ineffective leadership, “the world’s descending into chaos” and if America continues to pull back internationally, "you're going to have anarchy increasing."

    Speaking with host Stuart Varney, Bolton first discussed Vladimir Putin’s hostile strategy in Ukraine and Europe, including increasing the number of Russian troops at the border and conducting cyber-warfare against several European countries—“aggressive” tactics to which Bolton saw no end in sight.

    Varney then transitioned to the recent WSJ/NBC poll that presents damning numbers about the American people’s opinion of President Obama’s leadership—particularly in foreign policy, with a dismal 36% approval.

    Bolton: Yeah, I’d like to know who those 36% are because the world’s descending into chaos. And I think this poll and the drop in approval numbers overall, gives the lie to the conventional political wisdom that Americans don’t care about foreign policy, that it’s too remote from their lives.

    1. I think the American people are much more sensible and practical than their political leaders, and they see that because our economy here at home depends on a global economy that instability in Europe can have a profound effect...

      Varney argued that the American public has become used to the 24-hour news cycle, and expects stories like Ukraine to be resolved, but they are “just not going away.”

      Bolton responded, “It’s just the tip of the iceberg,” pointing out that Putin broadcasted his intentions eight years ago, but was being met by "no effective American or European resistance":

      Bolton: It’s just the tip of the iceberg. Look, Putin gave us strategic warning eight years ago when he said the collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century. That was a statement right then that he intended to get Russian hegemony in the space of the former Soviet Union.

      That’s what he is doing and he is meeting no effective American or European resistance.

      Varney then asked Bolton if he agreed that the problem was that the president had “withdrawn from the game”:

      Bolton: I think that’s a large measure of it. Look, what minimal international order and stability there’s been since World War II has been because of American strength, the projection of our power, our system of alliances around the world. International trade, finance, travel, you name it, didn’t get there by accident. And if the United States pulls back, you’re going to have anarchy increasing. You can see that in the Middle East today, but signs of it exist everywhere.

      Video via WFB.

      The Usual Suspects in our Neo-Isolationist Conga Line here might do well to listen to John Bolton.

      Pictures of Conga Line -;_ylt=A0SO8zrekuJTfkUA.EVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0YTNzaDVkBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDQ2N18x?_adv_prop=image&fr=moz35&va=Conga+Line

      Can you pick out Quart?

      Can you pick out Rufus?

      I've got Quart spotted but not sure about Rufus.

      Quart leading Conga Line -;_ylt=AwrTcXzzkuJT.LMAkJ.JzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTIzaGp1aWNwBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZAM5MjY0MGFjYzJjNzRhYjdkNDE1MGRjODk4ZTI4ZDdjNQRncG9zAzE1BGl0A2Jpbmc-?

    2. .

      Bolton is a neocon nutjob.

      Every program I have seen him on lately from CNN to FOX (I doubt he would go on MSNBC) have been ragging on him for his part in supporting the Bush Iraqi fiasco. He like so many of the other neocons choose not to talk about that period. When questioned, his usual comment amounts to 'that was then and this is now.'

      Anyway, saw him on with either Megan Kelly or Jake Tapper and he was talking about the Gazan war. Somewhere in the conversation he said 'Israel was our most reliable ally in the ME', something we hear here often from the Lobby. He was a bit gobsmacked and thrown aback when the host had the temerity to question that statement and asked 'is Israel really a reliable ally to the US?' [The question was asked within the context of the current frayed diplomatic relation between the US and Israel.] This question has also been asked here a number of times. However, Bolton had to answer it so he did unlike the lobby here which when asked the question were unresponsive other than to attack the people raising the query.

      It took Bolton a couple seconds to respond but when he did his answer was as unresponsive as that of the Lobby here. He said (paraphrased but pretty much dead on) 'Israel is a modern western style democracy. It is economically sound and technologically advanced. It has one of the most powerful militarys in the world. When a peace accord is reached there it will be a centerpiece and example in the ME.'

      Typical bullshit. Even if all of that is true (except obviously the part about the peace agreement, let's not go crazy) it doesn't answer the question.

      How has Israel been the US' most reliable ally in the ME.

      The answer to the question should be right on the tip of the tongue of every supporter of Israel; yet, it is as if they have never thought about it but rather just assumed it was true.


  41. Displaced Gazans Attack Hamas Spokesman Outside Hospital

    August 6, 2014 by Daniel Greenfield 19 Comments

    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


    Maybe it was his extremely punchable face. Maybe it’s frustration over being dragged into a Hamas war, which it started just to sabotage its own unity agreement, which most Muslims in the West Bank and Gaza seem to want, while Hamas doesn’t.

    And the time he announced, accidentally, that “we are leading our people to death” may have been a Freudian slip too far.

    But they’re probably just Islamophobes.

    Palestinian Arab sources said Tuesday that Gaza residents attacked Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri Saturday evening, near the Shifa Hospital.

    Abu Zuhri had arrived at the hospital for an interview with a news outlet.

    The residents blamed Hamas for the death of family members and for destruction of their homes. Armed Hamas terrorists from the Izzedine al-Kassam Brigades extricated Abu Zuri and arrested the angry residents.

    Good to see that Jimmy Carter’s favorite terrorist group is continuing its long tradition of democratic rule and respect for human rights.