There's something absolutely creepy as well in the West's willingness to go along with the charade, especially with Israel, who has the most to lose directly closed out of the loop.It recalls the 1938 Munich Agreement on the edge of WWII, when the Czechs were locked out of the room and forbidden to participate while Czechoslovakia's western 'allies' and the Nazis negotiated on the fate of their small country.
FP: Plus ca change…
Britain is ready to launch aid programmes for Egypt once power has been transferred from the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to a civilian president, according to a senior British diplomat. It also warns that there is a risk that the SCAF will not hand over all its powers.
"Those programmes are ready. The goodwill is there, the design is there, the money is there and I think as soon as we get a government that can take longer term decisions and begin engaging in a kind of five-year programme, for example, then we can push the button and we can really help," the senior British diplomat told Ahram Online.
Egypt is on the top of a list of Arab Spring countries that receive what the British government calls technical assistance. London launched an Arab partnership programme just after the start of the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.
FP: Just as I predicted: the West will continue to bankrupt itself and make sure the Islamists won’t fail like they well should.
From the BBC:
As the Nazis tightened their grip on power in the late 1930s, Jews in Germany and Austria began to fear for their safety. Many fled abroad using well-documented methods such as the Kindertransport. But less well known is the story of thousands of Jewish women who fled to the UK by getting jobs as domestic servants.
When Natalie Huss-Smickler arrived in England in 1938 as a 26-year-old, she found her new job as a domestic servant something of a shock compared with her secretarial work back home in Vienna.
"My first job in England was very, very hard," she says. "I had to work from 8am to 11pm with an hour's break, cleaning and scrubbing and looking after the house, with half a day off a week.
"After a few weeks I complained, saying it's a bit too hard. The lady of the house said, 'If it's too much for you, I'll send you back to Hitler.'"
"The British government brought in a visa requirement for refugees seeking entry from Germany and Austria after the annexation of Austria to the Third Reich in March 1938.
"This was a way of the government controlling the sheer weight of numbers of applicants flooding over from the continent, particularly Austrian Jews for whom the situation had become desperate.
"Although they took them in great numbers, there was a very clear motive for the British having Jews over - not to save them, but to provide labour for middle and upper middle class households. A small number of Jewish men also came as butlers or gardeners."
FP: In case current British Jews do not understand today’s anti-Semitism: it never left the isle. Muslim immigrants must feel right at home.
Liran Kapoano reports on a shocking statistic: 78% of Jewish undergrads on US college campuses say that they have witnessed or experienced anti-Semitism. Actually, not shocking. It's reality.
FP: For those who claim it can’t happen in the US.
The problem in a nutshell: The ratio of retirees to active workers in the U.S. will balloon. As retirees sell stocks and then bonds to support themselves, there will be fewer younger investors to buy those securities, keeping a lid on prices. Meanwhile, strong demand from boomers and a limited supply of workers will boost the prices of goods and services the boomers need.
FP: Sounds like Europe to me.