Friday, August 28, 2015

Switzerland 'Regrets' Actions of It's Ambassor to Iran Who Showed Iranians a 'Toon of Doves Crapping All Over Netanyahu

Here's how it went down:
Giulio Haas showed the image during a speech to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a conference in Zurich on Thursday, in which he also described Iran as a “pole of stability” in the Middle East.  
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) called the cartoon “questionable,” and in a statement that it “regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless,” Reuters reported. 
“Ambassador Haas did not intend to insult anybody with the cartoon,” the FDFA statement said. “If that is the case, however, he regrets it and seeks the pardon of everyone who could have felt insulted.”
Ambassador Haas sounds like a chap who knows that money makes the world go around, and that Iran has tons of it.

A "Radical" New Way to See Hitler?

I found it in the Afterword to the Updated Edition of Ron Rosenbaum's Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origin of His Evil. In the Afterword, Rosenbaum mentions an essay by Sir Richard Evans about Hitler's war aims that appeared in the December 2013 issue of The New York Review of Books. The essay contended that, for Hitler, WW2 "was a racial war in which the extermination of six million European Jews...was a paramount war aim." Rosenbaum comments:
"A racial war": In other words, what the late Lucy Dawidowicz called "the war against the Jews" (in her book of that title) was of greater importance to Hitler than the war against the Allies. That was "what the war was really about." And that, according to Evans, more than anything was why Germany lost the war.
But did he really? Lose the war, I mean? Says Rosenbaum:
There is one respect in which I would take Evans's characterization further. A point that Lucy Dawidowicz makes...: Hitler didn't lose the war. Not the war Evans, I'd say persuasively, argues was the most important to him: the racial war. He won that war. Six million to one. Yes, he committed suicide at the end. (And, yes, 50 million others lost their lives so he could win the part of the war he cared about most. Collateral damage.)
What follows it the part where Rosenbaum suggests a "radical" new approach to viewing Hitler:
Thinking about that suicide now, in light of 9/11 and the subsequent exaltations of suicide bombing on messianic, theological grounds, does in fact offer a radical new way to think of Hitler. In retrospect at least, it's tempting to argue that Hitler was, if not the first, then by far history's greatest single suicide bomber. He blew up Europe to kill the Jews in it, even if it meant killing himself and tens of millions of others in the end.
Yes, that does sound "radical." Until, that is, you recall that Hitler laid it all out in a book called Mein Kampf, which, in Arabic translates as My Jihad.

Update: There's no need to see the Grandiose Ayatollah in a "radical" new way. He's laid his cards (and his "Kampf") on the table for all to see.

Ay Caramba!: Idiot Obama Is Trying to Do Away With the America as the World's "Big Enchilada"

The "Big Enchilada," according to Andrew Bacevitch, a professor at Boston University, is the idea of the U.S.A. being, well,  the big enchilada. David M. Weinberg writes that Obama is doing to utmost to ensure that the nation will become a lesser foodstuff--a baby burrito or a tiny taco, say--and that his nuke deal with Iran is part and parcel of his twisted scheming 'n' dreaming:
Obama rejects this notion [of America as the "Big Enchilada], since he essentially views America's preponderance in world affairs as arrogant and sinful. He feels that American "bullying" has brought about disastrous results.  
Most telling was Obama's infamous lament in 2010 about America as "a dominant military superpower, whether we like it or not." In other words, he really doesn't like it at all. No statement could be more revealing of Obama's disgust for American global leadership. 
In the context of the current deal with Iran, Obama has been equally clear as to how he expects this play out. If successfully implemented, the agreement that slows Iran's nuclear program will also end Iran's isolation. This will allow Tehran, over time, to become a "legitimate" and "extremely successful regional power" and a "powerhouse in the region." These are Obama's own words.  
All this leads, of course, to American retreat -- blessed retreat from Obama's perspective -- from the projection of power in the region. Replacing America will be a revanchist, greatly emboldened, anti-Semitic and genocidal (toward Israel), Islamic Republic of Iran. Poof goes the Big Enchilada.
Poof goes the Big Enchilada, to be replaced almost immediately by the Big Kebab.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Why ISIS Kills: It's the Islam, Stupid

In a must-read piece, Paul Berman explains practically everything one ever needs to know about these jihadi savages:
...why do they slaughter people? The Islamic State in particular, with its Baatho-Islamist cadre—what is its motive? On this point, too, there is no mystery. The Islamic State has been eager to reveal its own thinking. The Islamic State slaughters for religious reasons—which is to say, for reasons that are bound to seem incomprehensible to us. It is piety that requires the efficiently organized jihadis to slaughter the poor unoffending Yazidi minority in Iraq; and to slaughter the Shia, which they have been doing for many years now, one suicide bombing after another; and to slaughter Christians; and would surely require them to slaughter the Jews, if only the Israeli Defense Force would do them the kindness of getting out of the way. Given the opportunity, the Islamic State would slaughter most of the world, if I understand the takfiri doctrine correctly. Slavery, too, is piety, in these people’s eyes. They pray before raping. 
And they have prospered! Their successes bear out political theory on a few points, but mostly they are a rebuke to political theory. They are the enemy and conqueror of every doctrine that has ever supposed human behavior to be predictable. This is the bafflement. Anonymous is right. They have scored a triumph over every theory of human progress that has ever been proposed. They are not the first people to score such a victory. We have needed their reminder, though. In recent decades we have liked to tell ourselves that, after the Nazis, mankind has learned its lesson. But mankind is not a lesson-learning entity. Civilizations can learn lessons. But civilizations come and go. Impassive mankind remains uninstructable and stupid, such that, if once upon a time the barbarities of the 7th century thrilled and inspired a substantial portion of mankind, we can be confident that 7th-century barbarities will remain forevermore a viable possibility.
And 7th-century barbarians who employ state-of-the art technology--in which category I'd include the Grandiose Ayatollah and his barbaric nuclear crew--could prove to be unbeatable.

Hamas Priorities Clear for All to See

Propaganda Video Shows Hamas Investing in Weapons, Tunnels as Gaza Reconstruction Lags

"The Artist Has Decided to Cover His Work to Protest Being Exhibited Alongside Artists From Israel"

What a loser!

What I Saw At the Aga Khan Museum

Along with the items in the museum's permanent collection (located on the main floor), I, accompanied by my son, took in the art assembled for Home Ground: Contemporary Art From the Barjeel Art Foundation, the work of 12 Arab artists, displayed on the second floor.

I guess we shouldn't have been surprised that, given the artists' provenance, this work would be imbued with a political message. For instance, there was the concrete volley ball, described in an article from a UAE newspaper linked to on the Barjeel Facebook page as
a sculpture of a sports ball made from reconstituted concrete from the Apartheid Wall in Palestine. It offers a poetic response to conversations held with Palestinian children playing by a section of the wall near Ramallah.
As well, we saw
the images from Larissa Sansour’s series Nation Estate, which offers a fantastical and futuristic response to the Palestinian situation. She imagines a skyscraper within which each floor represents a different city or area in the occupied land.
The artist was born in Jerusalem, but in a film that's part of the display she cannot leave the elevator on the Jerusalem floor, which, when the doors open, shows the gold-domed mosque; in another image, one of the series' photographs displayed on the wall, the mosque and its surroundings are seen through shattered glass. The implicit message: she, a Palestinian, is barred from a broken Jerusalem because of those awful rhymes with you-know-whos.
We also saw a small bronze sculpture encased in glass. "Oh, look," said my son. "That's the thing on the BDS logo."
And, indeed, it was.

Update: The CBC called the artwork "edgy." Good word, since much of it is double-edged.

Update: Shout out to the woman I saw in the permanent gallery wearing an "I Heart Jesus" T-shirt.

EU NGOs Wage an Animalistic Jihad on Israel

It galls 'em that Israel is a success and that the Holocaust occurred on their continent. Because they can't wreak their revenge via overt anti-Semitism (that's simply not done in polite circles these days) they try to disguise their lupine revulsion for the Jewish Enterprise by dressing it up in the sheep's clothing of "social justice" and "human rights." At the same time, they shed copious crocodile tears for the Palestinians, the victim group of "helpless" lambs they cherish above all others in distress. Here's part of a Gatestone piece on the animalistic hijinks:
There is a European "jihad" against Israel. A significant number of activist groups -- presenting themselves as international humanitarian aid and charitable projects designed to benefit the Palestinian people -- are actually "directly or indirectly active in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, lawfare, delegitimization and lobbying against Israel," according to a detailed report by NGO Monitor
Every year, European governments send hundreds of millions of dollars for humanitarian aid projects in Palestinian territories. Ostensibly, the money is intended for projects such as improving medical care, alleviating poverty, improving schools, or enhancing infrastructure. 
But beneath the surface lurk more venomous political advocacy agendas apparently designed to undermine Israel as a nation-state. 
Some of these European governments give money directly to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Others funnel it through non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are present themselves as charitable groups. 
These governments and European-funded NGOs, however, often seem more dedicated to propaganda, political activism and undermining Israel, and less aimed at helping the Palestinians. Between 2012 -2014, for instance, more than $27 million in foreign funds have flowed into the bank accounts of radical left-wing NGOs in Israel, all in some way involved in anti-Israel advocacy activities...

Tikkun the SpongeBob

It's a Jimmy Kimmel "social experiment":

The 'Shanda'* of a Jewish Traitor

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim confirms talks for Tehran concert

*Shanda: a Yiddish word meaning shame/disgrace.

For Dennis Prager, Accounting For Why So Many American Jews Support the Odious Nuke Deal Is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Prager explains it like this. They support the nuke deal:
Because they 1) are loyal to President Obama, 2) have an intense dislike of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and 3) have an intense dislike of Republicans. 
Similarly, here in Canada many Jews support Justin Trudeau, whose party "welcomes the deal," because they 1) are loyal to the Liberal Party, 2) have an intense dislike of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and 3) have an intense dislike of Conservatives.

Update: On the other hand, not every Jewish Democrat is willing to be cowed by the Bully-In-Chief.