The world is giving Israel far more leeway to destroy Hamas than it seems at first
Great piece. One of the sideline effects has been the surfacing of antisemitism, especially in universities and among immigrant groups stupidly allowed in the UK and Europe. Best if your enemies expose themselves; the hands-off for Islamist radicalism is now over (it will probably be the nail in the coffin of the hapless Sunak government in the UK).
Today is the day that AB finally crossed the aisle to Team Obvious.
"the loudest protests have come from the same coterie of Western progressives who have spent the last decade in a snit about climate change, with a brief break for Black Lives Matter."
Next up thoughts on Ukraine....................................................
I am listening to The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State. It was on my reading list for years but October 7th made me give this book another look. It is an incredibly disturbing story of what radical Islamic terrorists do to anyone who they view as a non-believer. I pray Israel finishes HAMAs. Sadly, I write this as CCP flags are flying in a cleaned-up San Fransicko to welcome Biden's puppet master to America. The Western world better wake up.
It seems that the Arab "street" is with Trump, not with Biden, feeling that normalization, commerce and peace are superior to ideological religious warfare. The historic Middle East peace agreement, the Abraham Accords, is the greatest threat to Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Jihad, Iran and others of this ilk. Hamas was desperate to undermine this Nobel Peace Prize-worthy accord with Israel.
Anywhere that Palestinians go there is chaos and unrest, and all the other Arab countries know that. This is why no other Arab country will take them in, including neighboring Egypt and Jordan. When King Abdullah of Jordan was asked about taking in refugees, he dropped all diplomatic pretense and language and stated emphatically "No Palestinian refugees in Jordan...that's a red line!" Similarly, Egypt doesn't want them in the Sinai, where they would likely start launching attacks into Israel, thus creating instability in Egypt and endangering the 40 year peace agreement with Israel.
Hamas leaders (comfortably ensconced in luxury Qatar dwellings) have 11 billion dollars. Hamas should be seen as a multi-billion dollar corporation. Most of the foreign aid billions sent to Palestinians was squandered on building tunnels under Gaza City and buying weapons. If Gaza is a shithole, the people can thank Hamas. They voted Hamas into power and they only have themselves to blame for their misery. There hasn't been an election since 2006, so the Hamas leadership isn't exactly democratic. Would the same people vote for Hamas again if given the chance?
It's also worth noting that Hamas doesn't appear to value Palestinian lives any more than they value Israeli lives.
It seems the only ones rallying to Hamas barbarism is the American and British media and the Hamas Caucus of the US House of Representatives!!!!!!
With 2 US carrier battle groups (possibly a 3rd) in place, an unknown contingent of nuke subs (like American Express cards...carrier battle groups don't leave home without them!), and of course, the IDF done licking its wounds, all hands on deck, and on the offense, I think Iran/Hezbollah, and the rest are aware that this is not like "climate change"...if they attack now, it will be truly "existential" for them, and they know it.
“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
― Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
I hope you are right. You make a lot of good points. the largest protests are in Europe right now. this is why i agree with Glenn Greenwald. do not muzzle free speech. we need people to tell us who they are.
"Big investors increasingly believe the United States has controlled inflation."
Yeah, so long as you remove energy, food, and housing from the calculation of inflation. And don't count the hundreds of billions of dollars printed and then immediately offloaded to other countries.
On what f'n basis can "big investors" rationally and persuasively think the US has controlled inflation? Have they not spoken to their multi-staff domestic employees about grocery store prices??
Great analysis, from a slightly different angle than I've seen before. I guess I hadn't looked beneath the surface of the rhetoric coming from Islamic capitals to see what they were actually doing (or not doing). One question for you: what do you make of Turkey and its president? He is really talking a good game of demagoguery, and acting like Israel is committing Nazi-like atrocities, when of course that was what Hamas did, and Israel is conducting the most ethical war imaginable. When they invade a hospital to get at the command post underneath they actually bring medical supplies and doctors to try and help the patients. I believe I even heard that they might have life-flighted a few to Tel-Aviv.
When I was a member of Congress I visited the Middle East 6 times. I spoke with many political and business leaders of many nations. Not once did anyone raise with me the plight of the Palestinians. They were focused on Iran. The argument for years that we could not solve the Middle East without satisfying the Palestinians was silly. (John Kerry never did understand the Middle East.) Economic considerations that formed the basis for the Abraham Accords will rule the day.
As the old western movies presented fronts to buildings with nothing behind the front, a person has to always look for the story behind the story. As with the vaccine, we slowly but surely uncover the real story instead of what we have been told. Safe and Effective (Now we have sudden and mysterious death of relatively young people. And the CDC now admits to increased incidences of stroke, myocarditis and pericarditis.). Will prevent you from catching Covid. (Even a four year old now know that is bogus) 400,000 died from Covid (They only had an average of 2.4 comorbidities each. Did they die from Covid or their comorbidities). And on and on.
So Alex's point is absolutely on target. Proof of the World's real position on Israel's action is in the pudding (what they are doing) not in their BS (what they are saying). That is the real story behind the bogus front story.
You need to do a piece and have a continuing series on the brainwashing of students around a very simple concept: Marx's "the history of mankind is the struggle between the oppressed and the oppressor". For decades now, universities have been defining Israelis as oppressors. Once defined in that manner, all violence is not only allowed but mandatory. Marx's concept is false, the result of faulty analysis but it has killed millions.
I'm just astounded at the moral depravity of so many of my Jewish friends and acquaintances who clearly do see Palestinians as subhumans. This blog is a good example. You clearly do not care one whit about the 2 million Palestinians being bombed and displaced, starved, operated on without anesthesia, babies dying in hospitals for lack of fuel, almost all of Gaza's hospitals bombed and shut down, etc. Israel is engaging in intentional genocide in Gaza, that is quite clear at this point. Hamas won when they killed the humanity in Israel and Jews who support Israels actions. Isn't it clear at this point that there is no military solution? https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2023/11/gaza-running-out-time-un-experts-warn-demanding-ceasefire-prevent-genocide
Is Iran finally waking up to the fact that most of the world detests 1st century barbarism? Is this the reason Iran has done nothing except pay its proxies in Syria and Iraq to send drones over US Bases and injure our Prescious military personnel, knowing full well that weak WOKE Biden and Austin will bomb some insignificant munitions depots? Iran needs to pay a very stiff price for their actions against US targets and interests in the middle east.
Hamas is here! And the Demss invited them. Listen to today's congressional hearing! "We don't know where they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lost me at "Last week, the New York Times......."