The race to insanity, called the “primary races to the White House”, has left me catatonic, and so this blog has been silent too long. Sorry. And as I said: “Sorry”, ISIS struck with vengeance in Brussels killing scores. The attack was in retaliation for the arrest of one of the leaders of the November 13 bombings in Paris that left 130 people dead. Arrested in Belgium was one of the masterminds of the attack who had when captured, a cache of heavy weapons. The upsetting part of the story is that he was being protected by his relatives, friends and neighbors in Belgium, who then set off a neighborhood protest because of his arrest. The entire European continent has move into a shutdown mode. All the airlines have bypassed Brussels and local governments wait for more attacks. And they will come.
At the same moment, the rest of the world seems to be heating up and I do not mean climate change:
The migration caused by the chaos in Syria is frightening and beyond mere human understanding. The sitting German government is in trouble because of the large influx of migrants. Turkey, beginning to look more like a dictatorship, is certainly not helping ease the crises in Europe. What is becoming more evident as time evolves is that Turkey’s president evidences the zeal of a despot. He has within one week taken control of a majority of Turkey’s newspapers and TV stations. The issue becomes what is his next heavy handed attack on what was a thriving democracy turned dictatorship, the plight of the Kurds and the fate of the immigrants as he holds Europe hostage in the political chaos.
The president of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza is getting older and to keep hold of its population he formants more and more low level terrorism against individual in Israel. Abas turned down a new US peace imitative brought by Vice President Biden, although it gave the Palestinians practically all they asked for. At this moment 58% of Palestinians support the stabbings in Israel. As Hamas expands its tunnel network in Gaza, Israel and the United States are working on a network of secret tunnels to destroy Hamas handiwork with seismic sensors. Less than a mile away from where Biden spoke in Jaffa, a Palestinian attacker went on a stabbing binge that left one US tourist dead, who happened to be a graduate of West Point. The US, in the hope of moving Abas away from his myopia, has withheld 159 Million dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority.
Notwithstanding ISI making headline news that is devastating (including the latest Brussels attack), in 2015 it lost about 40% of the area it held in Iraq as well as parts in northern Syria. While its cash deposits have been depleted, it still manages to use Turkey as a trading hub. Today’s Brussels attacks show that one should not count on ISIS filing for bankruptcy…not yet. The Associated Press has just reported that ISIS has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in what it describes as a series of deadly wave of attacks. ISIS is deploying interlocking terror cells similar to the ones that attacked Brussels and Paris.
What we learn from Steve Emmerson is that the five countries where the US has involved itself militarily—Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan—all failed states account for 55% of all death caused by radical Islamist terror in the world. ISIS filled the vacuum in Iraq and Syria created by a lack of effective governance, and Libya became a nest of extremism after NATO deposed its dictator. Saudi Arabia and Iran are currently fighting a deadly proxy war in Yemen. My thought is our eyes are wandering away from Jordan and a potential implosion from within.
Don’t blink when you attempt to follow the news of North Korea whose official name is The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or the DPRK. Its information agency has defined its government’s mandate as a “genuine workers’ state in which all the people are completely liberated from exploitation and oppression.” It goes on to claim that the United States and its puppet South Korea are “seized with extreme frenzy for invading the north.” And last, the DPRK will make a “preemptive nuclear strike of justice.” What all this boils down to is bluster with a very big “if”. Any miscalculation, a wrong button pushed, can escalate words and ballistic testing to something much more international and violent.
As you might have seen, the United States conducted one of the deadliest airstrikes that I can recall in recent memory. It has been confirmed that the airstrike relied on multiple manned and unmanned aircraft against large groups of militant camps that posed an imminent threat to the US and African Union forces in Somalia
As China moves ahead with its man-made island expansion, the US navigates its ships within its island’s corridors and the Australian navy shows its might. The Australian Navy announced that its ships patrolling near Oman intercepted a fishing vessel carrying almost two thousand AK-47 assault rifles and 100 rocket propelled grenades. The weapons had been sent from Iran to the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Hitler said:” I could have killed all the Jews, but I kept some alive so the world would understand why I killed them.” He also wrote: “The Jews are like parasitic plants that burden the nations and compete with them for their source of income.” In February news began to trickle out in greater and greater volume regarding the degree of Anti-Semitism in England. A country awashed in Muslim terrorism. Among the left leaning population there is a new term: Zio. It is a term used by the KKK, an expression of solidarity with Hamas and a short cut expression for an “imperialist-colonialist state of Israel”. England already has a high level of anti-Semitism among academics and is spreading to other portions of a country that one would expect would be more tolerant.
But then I pause and remind myself, that they have a cast system and its starts with the royal family and the House of Lords. A very dear friend of mine from Scotland once said to me: listen to the accents of the people you are engaged with in England and you will immediately identify the various classes —clearly defined. I am saddened by that thought, because it would seem to me that the people of England (and they are an educated society) should embrace Israel not denigrate it. Israel protects and secures the only democracy in the Mid-East. There are open and free elections. There are Palestinians sitting in their Parliament. No other nation in that area is democratic—only failed states or demagogue governments or governments about to implode. If Israel were to disappear or be destroyed, that would only vitalize and embolden the Jihadist Muslims living and plotting in London at this very moment to blow up more of their buses, more underground train stations , more pubs and what next. At the same moment Israel’s Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software is helping the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters. And now, after Brussels, the world looks to Israel to understand airport security. All that in the long run will benefit the anti-Semites of England and the free world. There are no Jewish jihadist in London.
It boggles the mind to consider the failure of logic and might I say bigotry of the highest order among people of England who should know better, who have themselves suffered the pangs of horrific terrorist attack and not by the people of the Jewish faith. Shame on them.