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Hamas, Fatah and the Elusive Mustache!

Posted by Ryan on August 3, 2008

Of course, Hamas is the instigator here, shaving the mustaches of Fatah prisoners or dissodents in public in order to humiliate them.  I know the whole cultural thing about facial hair in that part of the world, but I would not be surprised if lack of a mustache could get you killed in Gaza one day. 

A few questions come to mind, however:  before performing jihad and getting to rape those afterlife virgins, isn’t it prescribed that one shaves off any excess hair?  Could (by some interpretation) facial hair be considered “excess” hair in that regard?  If so, doesn’t this act put these members of Fatah on a fast track to wear that snug and hardly-noticeable suicide belt faster than those Hamas folks could, say, if they wanted to blow up Jews or Hamas members?  And ultimately, isn’t that an unfair advantage which could backfire on Hamas one day?  If that all follows, I’m not sure Hamas quite thought this renewed policy through fully. 

Either way, sarcasm aside, there seems something very 7th Century about this whole thing.  It is clear that Fatah, by cooperating with Israel and the West, is in a much better position to achieve independence than Hamas, who continues to be violent obstructionists with their sights set squarely on the mustaches of their enemies for the purpose of humiliation and degradation.  I just don’t think that’s a winning strategy in the long-run. 

Reuters photo.

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Israel’s Jimmy Carter Sends Wrong Message

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2008

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has once again displayed unfathomable incompetence when it comes to defending his country. Earlier today, the Prime Minister convinced his Cabinet to agree to a “prisoner exchange” in which Hezbollah will deliver the remains of two dead Israeli soldiers in exchange for the remains of ten terrorists and the release of five Hezbollah terrorists currently in Israeli custody.

Some message this deal sends to Hamas, the terrorist organization holding Gilad Shalit captive.  Israel’s enemies can now conclude that a dead soldier is a sufficient price for the return of their terrorist foot soldiers.

Earlier this week, Olmert successfully delayed the inevitable, but I can’t wait until Israel votes again. When that happens, it will be interesting to see how Hezbollah and Hamas deal with the return of Benjamin Netanyahu.

HT on the title: Hugh Hewitt

Big Lizards has more on the so-called prisoner exchange.

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Bush Speech Irks Obama, Dems

Posted by Ryan on May 15, 2008

President Bush was giving a speech to the Israeli Knesset commemorating the 60th birthday of Israel.  One of the most traumatic events in the history of the Jews and an integral part of the history of the state of Israel was the Holocaust, which only happened because of the horrors of World War II.  That war began as a result of years of appeasement towards Hitler and the Nazis.  “Never again” has been the mantra from the Israelis and Jews all over the world ever since.

So, Bush brought up this concept in his speech today, especially in lieu of the modern dangers of Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda on Israel:

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Somehow, Obama thought this was a swipe at Obama. 

The campaign and the national Dems subsequently flipped out in an amazing knee-jerk fashion: calling these remarks a “false political attack,” (Obama), “bullsh*t” (from the intellectual Joe Biden), an “embarrassment to our country” (Dean), “outrageous and offensive” (She Who Must Not Be Named), and that “serious” people would distance themselves from the remarks (Pelosi), and so forth.

Jumping on the Dems’ knee-jerk reaction, here’s how McCain responded:

“I think Barack Obama needs to sit down and explain why he wants to talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terror, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, who wants to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust. That is what I think that Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people….

“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel. My question is what does he want to talk about?”

Here’s the catch, though, which makes McCain’s point.  This is quoted directly from Obama’s website under the section “Renewing American Diplomacy”:

Talk to our Foes and Friends: Obama is willing to meet with the leaders of all nations, friend and foe. He will do the careful preparation necessary, but will signal that America is ready to come to the table, and that he is willing to lead. And if America is willing to come to the table, the world will be more willing to rally behind American leadership to deal with challenges like terrorism, and Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.”

Um.  Right.  That’s modern appeasement and naivete articulated perfectly.  As if talking to radical jihadists will get them to suddenly stop hating Jews, they’d take off the suicide belt, and they’d stop planning to annihilate Israel in the name of Allah.  Wow!  That was easy!

Now I get it — the Dems are scared to death that people are going to pay attention to an actual policy position Obama has, couching it in “President Bush is bad and McCain should condemn him,” even though the real story here is not Bush (as the Dems would like), it’s Obama’s knee-jerk reaction which seems to have hit a nerve! 

Hat tip Drudge.

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The Morning After, Obama Still has Friends

Posted by Ryan on April 23, 2008

I thought this post at Michelle Malkin’s blog yesterday was telling about which party is the one our enemies are rooting for this November. 

As if you didn’t know!

With fewer friends nowadays after his tough double-digit loss last night Barack Obama can feel a bit better counting on solidarity from Hamas and FARC.  She Who Must Not be Named, on the other hand can add the FALN (the radical Puerto Rican nationalist/terrorist organization) into her camp because of her husband’s pardons.  However, both share the respect of the Weather Underground! 

No word on which domestic terrorist organizations or anti-American third world, human-rights abusing, drug-dealing, tinpot dictators or bloody international terrorist organizations support the McCain candidacy thus far.  We’ll bring any new information in that regard to you post-haste!

 

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Despite Outcry, Jimmah Set to Visit Hamas Leader

Posted by Ryan on April 12, 2008

By now most of you have heard that Jimmah Carter is going to Syria next week, where he’s most likely going to meet up with an exiled Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal.  Jimmah, who has called Israel “an apartheid state” in the past and continues to be predictably on the wrong side of history, becomes the first significant American figure to meet with leadership of this terrorist group since (ready for this) Jesse Jackson two years ago!  Jimmah and Jesse in the same sentence.

The Carter Center is being vague and dodgy on the specifics of his trip, which should tell one everything they need to know.  The State Department, including Condoleezza Rice, has publicly asked that Carter not do this, but Carter is adamant about promoting “human rights” in the region. 

So, let me get this straight: American policy and interventionism in the historically volatile Mideast is bad, but planning and actually blowing up and shooting Jews is OK, plus Saddam should have continued filling mass graves with Shi’ite civilians and dissidents because it’s America that poses the biggest danger to world peace?  Right.

And how did this clown ever become President?

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