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October 17, 2011 Posted by | culture, freedom, government, history, Israel, politics, social | Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: The next Mideast war – Washington Times

 

 

The Obama administration is pressing a reset button to return the Middle East to the bad old days of open Arab-Israeli warfare. The White House is requiring participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in any prospective new Egyptian government, while the brothers themselves are telling their countrymen to “prepare for war.” The current crisis in Egypt and the Obama administration’s maladroit response are forcing strategists to consider conflict scenarios that had been mothballed since the�1970s.�

The Camp David Accords have formed the bedrock of U.S. security policy in the Mideast region since they were signed in 1978. The strategic logic behind the accords was that no coalition of Arab states could have a chance of waging a successful conventional conflict against Israel without including powerful Egypt. Subtracting Cairo from the equation would mean no new Arab-Israeli�wars.

via EDITORIAL: The next Mideast war – Washington Times.

February 6, 2011 Posted by | freedom, global, government, history, Israel, Muslim, war | | Leave a comment

DE BORCHGRAVE: Wars of religion – Washington Times

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DE BORCHGRAVE: Wars of religion – Washington Times.

September 1, 2010 Posted by | culture, global, history, Israel, Muslim, religion | | Leave a comment

Op-Ed Contributor – In Israel, Settling For Less – NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor – In Israel, Settling For Less – NYTimes.com.

August 30, 2010 Posted by | Israel, religion | | Leave a comment

dandan111 08/10: The fact of how small Israel… — BackType

dandan111 08/10: The fact of how small Israel… — BackType.

August 26, 2010 Posted by | history, Israel | Leave a comment

Kofi Annan’s Holocaust Problem

by Moshe Phillips
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Is this essay by Annan an isolated incident or does he have a track record of inappropriate action in regard to preserving the history of Holocaust?
In June a shockingly disturbing article about Holocaust education appeared in The New York Times online and The International Herald Tribune and was written by Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations. Annan questions the value of teaching about the Holocaust in the first place and deletes the memory of the Jewish victims from the Holocaust – not mentioning Jews one time.

Annan wrote: “it is surprisingly hard to find education programs that have clearly succeeded…” He then linked Holocaust education to other events. Annan declared that Holocaust education has failed to prevent genocidal campaigns “from Cambodia to the Congo, from Bosnia to Rwanda, from Sri Lanka to Sudan.”

Can Annan be blind to the fact that his beloved U.N. bears the largest portion of international blame for failing to prevent these post-World War Two tragedies?

Annan also wrote that “few teachers in any country have the knowledge or skills to teach the Holocaust in a way that would enable today’s adolescents … to relate..”

Here Annan missed the fact that Holocaust education has worked very well in Israel. As a direct result of that education process all Jewish Israelis, regardless of age, level of religious observance, political views or ethnic background, are completely united in their full support of their government to take whatever means necessary to stop Iran’s deployment of a nuclear weapons program.

Perhaps almost as shocking as Annan’s sudden attack on Holocaust education is the text of the article itself. Annan does not mention Jews or Judaism even once in nearly 800 words. Germany and Hitler are not mentioned either. See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/18/opinion/18iht-edannan.html?_r=1 for the entire article.

Annan has the chutzpah to conclude his screed with a veritable love note to Austria. He states “and it seems fitting that Austria – which provided both victims and perpetrators of Nazi atrocities in abundance – should be hosting a (Holocaust teacher training) program.”

Here Annan totally misses the ironic fact that Austria is the one nation in the post-World War Two period to elect a head of state that was accused of Nazi war crimes, Kurt Waldheim. Obviously Annan is familiar with Waldheim’s case. The two were colleagues at the U.N. and Waldheim preceded Annan in the Secretary General position there. That Annan failed to ever investigate Waldheim’s history at the U.N. is just one of in a long career of incompetence. To this day he official U.N. online biography of Waldheim ignores World War Two and the Holocaust entirely. See http://www.un.org/Overview/SG/sg4bio.html.

Is this essay by Annan an isolated incident or does he have a track record of inappropriate action in regard to preserving the history of Holocaust?

Annan claims in this article that he supported Holocaust education in 2005 when as U.N. Secretary General he “urged the General Assembly to pass a resolution on Holocaust Remembrance.”

However, remarks made at the time the Holocaust Remembrance resolution was passed also ignore the connection of the Holocaust to the Jewish People. A November 1, 2005 “Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on General Assembly Resolution on Holocaust Remembrance” was 107 words. There is no reference to Jews. See http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2005/sgsm10197.doc.htm.

The official UN news article from November 1, 2005 failed to mention Jews at all. See http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=16431&Cr=holocaust&Cr1.

It is worth recalling that not a single Muslim nation other than Turkey supported the Holocaust Remembrance Resolution. Can one imagine that happening now? Annan apparently could not have cared less about the Resolution at the time. Annan was either unable or unwilling to see to it that his native Ghana supported the Resolution either. He gave a speech of over 780 words the night the Resolution was passed at the “King Hussein Foundation inaugural peace-builders dinner.” There was not a single remembrance” of the Holocaust included in Annan’s remarks.

One more aside: Ninety countries supported the Resolution, but not one “moderate Islamic Arab” country such as Egypt, Morocco or King Hussein’s Jordan signed on. Well before 2005 Egypt, Morocco and Jordan had all signed peace agreements with Israel. Just what kind of peace does Israel have with these nations if they refuse to acknowledge that the Holocaust needs to be remembered? And that is even with the fact that the actual wording of the original resolution itself mentioned Jews just once in an over 500 word text:

Reaffirming that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice…

Given the fact that Holocaust deniers often argue that less than six million Jews were murdered during World War Two, was it just a coincidence that the term “six million” was not used? See http://www.unclef.com/holocaustremembrance/docs/res607.shtml.

Annan is often considered to have been a fair arbiter in the Israel-Arab conflict. This is a naïve reading of Annan’s track record and his professional alliances. As the maxim states: A man is known by the company he keeps.

Annan’s longtime colleagues in the self-appointed (and self-righteous) group of elites called The Elders that is funded in part by the United Nations Foundation. The Elders seem like a rogue’s gallery of Israel’s harshest critics. Included as part of The Elders are Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson. For more on Mary Robinson see http://frontpagemag.com/2010/06/21/allied-in-anti-semitism-%E2%80%93-the-irish-connection/.

In the post Annan era the way the U.N. has related to the Jewish People and the Holocaust has worsened considerably.

One example is that Ban Ki-moon’s 2010 official statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mention Jews.

Another example is the honors that Holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (who sponsored the December 2006 International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust) received at the U.N. in September 2007. Annan and Ban Ki-moon have repeatedly worked to keep Ahmadinejad from being marginalized. Ban Ki-moon stated on December 14, 2006:

(D)enying historical facts, especially such a very important historical fact as the Holocaust, is not acceptable. It is not acceptable. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan himself visited Iran and had a series of dialogues with the Iranian leadership and other senior-level people. Wherever and when, and if the situation requires me to do, I am also prepared to engage in dialogue with the Iranian leadership.”

In the full version of his December 14 remarks, Ban Ki-moon again avoided any mention of Jews. See http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2006/sg2120.doc.htm.

Still another recent example is the controversy that erupted when Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann was the President of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly from September 2008 to September 2009. Brockmann compared Israel’s treatment of Gazans to Nazi atrocities against Jews. See http://www.haaretz.com/news/host-of-un-holocaust-memorial-skips-event-after-u-s-jews-threaten-walk-out-1.268965.

Brockmann’s successor as General Assembly President, a Libyan (!) diplomat named Ali Abdussalam Treki, stated that Israel’s Gaza blockade “is worse than the camps of the Nazis in the past.” And this was weeks before the Flotilla episode. See http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/2460.htm.

The next person in line for the presidency is Switzerland’s Joseph Deiss. Deiss is a longtime critic of Israel. In 2001 when he was Switzerland’s Foreign Minister, Deiss met with Yasser Arafat’s aides and condemned Israel for settlement activity and “a blockade of Palestinian areas.”

Annan’s attack on Holocaust education was published just as the U.N. was generating headlines for condemning Israel for the Gaza Flotilla episode. What was behind the timing of this article?

The Israel bashers do not want to give up the powerful imagery of the Holocaust so they transform it and remove the Jews. This allows The Elders and others to recast the Gazans as victims and the Israelis as the war criminals. This is especially outrageous when one recalls that the father of modern Arab anti-Jewish violence was Mohammad Amin al-Husseini , the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem from 1921–1948. He was an important ally of the Nazis and helped recruit thousands of Muslims for Waffen SS units in Bosnia.

And so, what is there to learn from Kofi Annan’s Holocaust problem and the U.N.? Over the last several years it has been popular to speak about nations that are in internal disarray as “failed states.” It is now past time to declare the U.N. a “failed institution.” If the U.N. cannot be reformed it must be marginalized. And the sooner, the better. Moreover, the U.N. controlled Quartet on the Middle East project and led by Special Envoy Tony Blair must be re-evaluated given the U.N.’s Holocaust problem and its funding of The Elders.

“If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting,” says Stephen Covey. If we fail to reform the U.N. these outrages won’t just continue, they will get worse.

This article appeared originally in American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/07/kofi_annans_holocaust_problem.html

Moshe Phillips is a member of the executive committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of Americans for a Safe Israel / AFSI. The chapter’s website is at: http://www.phillyafsi.com . Moshe’s blog can be found at http://phillyafsi.blogtownhall.com and Moshe tweets at http://twitter.com/MoshePhillips.
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August 15, 2010 Posted by | Auschwitz, depression era, freedom, history, Israel | , | Leave a comment

Iran Turns the Tables on US, Calls it World’s Leader in Terror

Iran says the United States “is calling the kettle black” by saying it leads the world in terror and that the American government is trying to cover up its guilt of sponsoring and conducting terrorist operations around the world.

“Under such circumstances that instances of the U.S. behavior show this country has been the biggest sponsor of terrorism during the last three decades, Washington projects the blame and levels void accusations against other countries in a bid to conceal its acts in this regard,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said Monday.

The U.S. State Department’s annual report on terrorism last week blamed Iran for sponsoring terror. “Not so,” according to Mehman-Parast. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always made special efforts to cooperate with the international community in fighting terrorism,” the spokesman said in a statement published by the semi-official Fars News Agency.

“To give [an] example of such the double-standard, we can refer to full-scale activities of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in the Western states and their connections with political figures and their secret services in those countries,” he told another government agency.

The MKO is a religious leftist organization that advocates the overthrow of the Iranian regime but also has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. An American court last month ordered the government to reconsider the blacklisting.

Mehman-Parast said the United States sponsors the Sunni Muslim Jundollah terrorist group that has carried out attacks on Iranian officials. Iran has maintained that the group’s leader, Abdolmalek Rigi, confessed after his arrest in February that the United States funded Jundollah.

The Iranian official also alleged that the U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan have allowed increased cultivation of poppies, used to make heroin that is a fundraising vehicle for terrorists. American activities in Israel were not spared in Iran’s accusations. Mehman-Parast said the “crimes and atrocities of Zionists” indicate the role of the United States in promoting terror.
(IsraelNationalNews.com)

August 10, 2010 Posted by | death, Israel, Terrorism | | Leave a comment

Imam Khamenei(HA) – US and Britain Responsible For Terrorism in the Middle East

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The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khamenei(HA) says the intelligence services of the US, Israel and Britain were the main supporters of the recent terrorist attacks in Iran.

“One of the main objectives the enemy pursued through the terrorist attack in Iran’s southeastern city of Zahedan was to create division and religious dissension,” Imam Khamenei(HA) said on Wednesday (July 21, 2010).

At least 27 people lost their lives and more than 100 others were injured after two bombs went off in quick succession outside the Zahedan Grand Mosque in Sistan-Baluchestan Province on July 15, 2010. The attack has widely been blamed on extremist Wahabis and Salafis trained by US intelligence in Pakistan.

Imam Khamenei(HA) stressed that the Islamic Republic would not allow arrogant powers to obtain their objectives and urged all Iranian officials to “firmly and seriously” confront the enemies of the country’s solidarity and security.

“Their animosity with the Islamic Republic stems from Iran’s adherence to Islam and its repeated call for unity, strength and Islamic dignity,” the Leader(HA) said.

“[The Islamic Republic] is now the target of the evil conspiracies of the intelligence services of the US, the Zionist regime and Britain, who falsely believe that Iran will become entangled in religious dissension and Shia-Sunni conflict,” Imam Khamenei(HA) added.

The Leader(HA) stressed that the emergence and spread of “wild and blind terrorism” had been fathered by the evil policies conspiracies of the US and Britain and their mercenaries.

Imam Khamenei(HA) urged all Muslims to fight terrorism, saying it is an “ominous offspring” and a “clear sample of Moharebeh (waging war on God).”

“The Shia and Sunni elite in all Muslim and Arab countries should clarify the enemy’s objectives in creating and expanding sectarian terrorism. They should forewarn Muslims of the grave danger of religious dissention, which is the desired goal of the enemies of Islam,” the Leader(HA) stressed.

Imam Khamenei(HA) said the global arrogance aims to sow the seeds of discord among Muslims using Wahhabis and the likes of this extremist group.

August 8, 2010 Posted by | Britain, Israel | Leave a comment

Michael Totten » “The Greatest Collection of Nightmares on Earth”

Michael Totten » “The Greatest Collection of Nightmares on Earth”.

August 5, 2010 Posted by | culture, Israel, media, social | | Leave a comment

VIDEO Islam 270 Million Bodies In 1400 Years – What Every Kafir Must Know! | Israel Muse Portal

VIDEO Islam 270 Million Bodies In 1400 Years – What Every Kafir Must Know! | Israel Muse Portal.

July 31, 2010 Posted by | culture, disaster, freedom, India, Israel, Muslim, religion, war | | Leave a comment