Within months, Israel and Gaza will be at war. Thousands of rockets will be launched at Israeli cities, killing dozens, perhaps hundreds, of civilians. Millions will sleep in bomb shelters trying to comfort their children. Israel will respond by targeting terrorist headquarters in Gaza.
This will be repeated in 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026, 2029, 2032 ...
Israel and Gaza will be at war until one side wins. Every human rights organization should be asked whom they want to win. More often than not, they will deny that there is a war, let alone allow themselves to pick a side. They will speak in platitudes about how no one ever wins in war; they will take delight in brief cease-fires, never recognizing that these are merely interludes between a longer war. The Hamas regime uses this precious time to re-arm and re-group.
There can be no peace until Hamas in Gaza is totally defeated. Allowing an Iranian-backed, theocratic, tyrannical terrorist state to furiously smuggle in arms and preach genocide is a formula for war, not peace. Months of quiet is not a sign of hope, but of impending war. Hamas delights when gullible Western academics and human rights activists call for a resumption of peace talks. It means they will not be defeated and can live to terrorize another day.
There can be no peace between Israel and the Palestinians as long as Hamas remains in power in Gaza. All those who yearn for peace and human rights must ask everyday: What have I done to help defeat Hamas?
FP: Israel will not defeat Hamas unless and until mass deaths in the central area are inflicted on it from Ghaza. If, at that time it will be capable to win, which will require massive collateral damage in Ghaza is unclear. If Hezbollah opens a second front, Assad participates as a way to distract from his atrocities (you can always distract Arabs with Israel) and if the Brotherhood rules in Egypt and/or distraction is required from starvation there, the danger to Israel from a war may well prove to be existential. It will also provide opportunity for Iran to demolish yet another Western interest in the ME together with the Zionist entity.
It’s not only that the West has done nothing to defeat Hamas, it has actually supported and funded its genocide against Israel. As Giulio Meotti points out The West loves terrorists.
Media Whitewash Ghannouchi's Radical Islamist Views
A recurring media theme in recent days is that Rachid al-Ghannouchi and his Ennahda Party, which won last week's Tunisian elections, are "moderate" Islamists despite considerable evidence to the contrary.
A few notable voices in the conservative blogosphere like Martin Kramer, Melanie Phillips and Raymond Ibrahim pointed out problems with this argument, including Ghannouchi's endorsement of jihad in Gaza, stating that "Gaza, like Hanoi in the '60s and Cuba and Algeria, is the model of freedom today." Ghannouchi has expressed support for suicide bombings and welcomes the destruction of Israel, which he predicts could "disappear" by 2027.
"There is no such thing as 'moderate Islamism,'" Phillips wrote. "It's as absurd as saying there were moderate and extreme Stalinists, or moderate and extreme Nazis, or moderate and extreme proponents of the Spanish Inquisition. You cannot have moderate fanatics."…The European media provided a similar picture. The British Daily Mail newspaper reported that Ennahda "believes that democracy is the best system to maintain people's rights."It quoted the party as "support[ing] Tunisia's liberal laws promoting women's equality – making it much more progressive than other Islamic movements in the Middle East."
The German newspaper Die Welt wrote that Ennahda's ascencion shouldn't trouble Westerners very much: "Success in founding a new state, even with a Sharia-oriented party in the lead, as long as it accepts the principles of plurality and human rights, will be an enormous step forward."
FP: A collapsing West is in wishful thinking/denial mode. This the mode that both domestically and internationally has brought it down. And you ain’t seen nothing yet.
U.S. Jewish group appeals against placing 'Jerusalem, Israel' on passports
Americans for Peace Now, the U.S. partner of Israel's leftist Peace Now organization, has filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in order to oppose listing 'Israel' as home country in the passports of those born in Jerusalem.
Since Israel's founding, the American government has not recognized any sovereignty over Jerusalem, be it Israel, Palestinian or Jordanian. As part of this policy, the U.S. embassy to Israel was established in Tel Aviv, despite a law passed in Congress, calling for the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem.
FP: When god distributed stupidity, these “jews” stood several times in line.
Sean Faircloth discusses his new book Attack of the Theocrats
Sean Faircloth, director of strategy and policy for the U.S. branch of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, discusses his new book, Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All—and What We Can Do About It, which examines the crumbling of the United States' most cherished founding principle—the wall of separation between church and state—and offers a specific and sensible plan for rebuilding the church-state wall.
FP: Note very carefully that this is the same core principle that is the root of Islamism: religion as political ideology.
No Country for Old People
Melvinteen Daniels may have been in the autumn of her life, but it shouldn’t have ended the way it did. At a county-run Pennsylvania nursing home, she perished from neglect, her body ravaged by malnourishment and blood infection, according to court documents. Her skin was marred by a pressure ulcer that had grown to about 11-inches wide.
Daniels’ death foreshadows a coming crisis in the healthcare system: As a massive number of older Americans — the “gray wave” — are absorbed into long-term care programs, can the system deliver what our elders need and deserve at the most vulnerable stage in their lives?
By 2030, the baby boom will be hurtling toward a senior bust. Nearly one in every five Americans will be sixty-five or older, up from about 13 percent in 2009, resulting in national demographics similar to those that currently exist in Florida. Despite the soaring need for long-term care that such an aging population is likely to entail — a 2008 study project about half a million new nursing home beds would be needed by 2020 — the number of nursing home beds has actually shrunk by 5 percent over the past decade. And as the system confronts a cohort of old people of unprecedented racial and ethnic diversity, it is likely that it is elderly people of color who will suffer disproportionately from these constraints.
Amid the structural challenges of the impending “gray wave,” newly emboldened Republican lawmakers want to gut the Medicare and Medicaid systems that support nursing homes and other long-term care services. Such cuts are likely to result in even greater racial and class inequities in long-term care.
As the budget standoff escalated in Washington this summer, keystone health programs — despite their vital role as social safety nets in a weak economy — became a whipping post for deficit hawks, particularly in light of the political uproar and budgetary pressures surrounding the new healthcare reform legislation. Now that both parties are embroiled in a race to cut the deficit, supposedly to shore up the country’s long-term finances, both Medicare and Medicaid have been hauled onto the table in the political horse trade. Some possible “cost-saving” measures include converting Medicaid to a flat-funded block grant program or restricting Medicare coverage based on the patient’s income. In the bipartisan deficit-slashing frenzy, healthcare cuts might also be compounded by the downsizing of Social Security and other federal programs that millions of poor and elderly rely on for survival.
FP: Another indicator of societal collapse. A lot of talk about American exceptionalism, but judging from how the US is treating its more vulnerable citizens, it is exceptionalism in the opposite direction.