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336667117.jpgbarck-hussein-obama.jpgBarrack Hussein Obama had a large photo op in Berlin yesterday a send up to the late JFK and his “ich bin ein berliner” speech in 1961. But on his media tour of Eurabia, the presumptive Democratic nominee couldn’t take time out to visit severely wounded US troops at the Ramstein Landstuhl medical facility. The reason, ‘no photo ops’. Not sure that went down very well with the hospitalized servicemen and women there, nor does it with many of us who are veterans here in the US.


by Ed Morrissey, HotAir.com, July 25, 2008

NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski & Courtney Kube get the skinny on the abrupt cancellation of Barack Hussein Obama’s visit to Landstuhl & Ramstein yesterday. The campaign tried to excuse it by claiming that it wouldn’t be appropriate to visit while on a campaign-funded portion of his trip, but that wasn’t the real problem. When Barack Hussein Obama found out he couldn’t use the visit as a photo op, he canceled:

One military official who was working on the Obama visit said because political candidates are prohibited from using military installations as campaign backdrops, Obama’s representatives were told, “he could only bring 2 or 3 of his Senate staff member, no campaign officials or workers.” In addition, “Obama could not bring any media. Only military photographers would be permitted to record Obama’s visit.”

The official said “We didn’t know why” the request to visit the wounded troops was withdrawn. “He (Obama) was more than welcome. We were all ready for him.”

In fact, those same rules applied for the CODEL trip to Iraq & Afghanistan. They serve to keep politicians from exploiting military facilities for political reasons & to ensure that all visitors get treated fairly. Andrea Mitchell, also of NBC, complained of this very issue during the earlier visits with the troops when she told Chris Matthews that the media couldn’t get access to Obama when visiting troops in Iraq & Afghanistan.

This makes the decision track very clear. Obama & his team set up the visits to military installations before going overseas. After seeing how the media got excluded in Iraq & Afghanistan, they decided it wasn’t worth traveling to Ramstein & Landstuhl to visit the severely wounded troops because they couldn’t bring the campaign & get the photo ops they wanted. Instead, Obama went shopping in Berlin.

As I wrote yesterday, that’s certainly a revealing set of priorities for a man who wants to lead these troops as Commander-in- Chief.

 

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islamic-saudi-academy.jpg3913238492.jpgSecretary of State Condi Rice copped out on the decision by the Fairfax County, Virginia leasing property to the Royal Saudi Embassy for the controversial Islamic Saudi Academy and its Islamic studies hate texts the subject of reviews by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Here are the salient comments in the Fairfax County Times article on a State Department Letter sent to Fairfax County:

    “The [State Department] has not objected to the [Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia] leasing the property in question for the Academy,” reads the letter to Fairfax Board chairman Gerry Connolly on behalf of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

    Although the county board voted in May to renew the school’s lease, they reconsidered after the allegations by the USCIRF were released. Since the school is leased through the Saudi Arabian government, Fairfax asked the State Department to weigh in, a request that agency has now denied.

    “No authorization from the Department to renew the lease is required,” the federal response reads, putting the ball firmly in Fairfax County’s court.

Now, the ‘hot potato’, as we have called it, is back in the hands of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Gerry Connelly, the Democratic candidate for a Congressional House seat in the 11th District. We suspect that U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf of northern Virginia will not be pleased by the State Department decision. He may possibly call for a hearing by the House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of House Appropriations Committee on the subject of the ISA and the County request to State that was left to the Board of Supervisors to make a determination. In light of the Second Saudi text studies released by the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom, both the State Department and Fairfax County are faced with a dilemma, given evidence that the Saudi Education Ministry has not produced texts used by the ISA cleansed of Wahhabi hate doctrine for the new school year as originally promised. Stay tuned for further developments.

By Monty Tayloe, Fairfax County Times, July 23, 2008

The U.S. State Department has left it up to Fairfax County whether to continue leasing county buildings to the Islamic Saudi Academy, a local Islamic school that has operated in Alexandria and Fairfax for more than 20 years.

Textbooks used by ISA were recently found by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom to promote religious intolerance and violence.

“The [State Department] has not objected to the [Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia] leasing the property in question for the Academy,” reads the letter to Fairfax Board chairman Gerry Connolly on behalf of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

Although the county board voted in May to renew the school’s lease, they reconsidered after the allegations by the USCIRF were released. Since the school is leased through the Saudi Arabian government, Fairfax asked the State Department to weigh in, a request that agency has now denied.

“No authorization from the Department to renew the lease is required,” the federal response reads, putting the ball firmly in Fairfax County’s court.

As of press time, county supervisors had not indicated what their next step might be.

At the academy, school is out for the summer, but the controversy has created a lot of work for school officials, who have worked to create new textbooks without offending passages in time for the coming school year. The new textbooks have been sent out to Islamic studies professors at several American universities for review.

“They’re checking the new books over with this issue in mind,” said ISA Director of Education Rahima Abdullah, referring to the controversial passages.

According to Abdullah, the school is not sure which passages in the old textbooks the USCIRF specifically referred to, but hopes the review will eliminate future problems. Many passages of the school’s old textbooks, which were provided by Saudi Arabia, were not taught at the school, Abdullah said.

The older books included “some extremely troubling passages that do not conform to international human rights norms,” according to USCIRF.

“We don’t teach hate or intolerance,” said Abdullah, whose three children attended the Saudi Academy.

USCIRF Director Judith Ingram said that new books without the controversial language would fix the problem “as long as the new books were publicly available. … They have to be able to be verified.”

The ISA has its hopes set on the upcoming school year, when “the new textbooks will hopefully be ready in time” and the school won’t have to deal with the protesters who marched outside its gates at the close of the last school year, while students were taking their final exams.

 

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chesnoffhead.jpgThe Forgotten Refugees they are called. Watch the trailer for the film about their plight and story, here. They are the more than 900,000 Jews expelled from Arab lands after the start of Israel’s War for Independence in 1948. Richard Cheznoff in this Jewish World Review article compares and contrasts the success of absorption of Jews expelled from Arab lands with properties confiscated estimated at being worth over $200 billion today, with the failure to absorb 500 to 600,000 Palestinian Arab refugees ,now grown to over 4 million, huddled in those eyesores-the UNWRA refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and, as we found recently, Iraq. The forgotten Jewish refugees from Arab lands were absorbed by the world Jewish community in Israel and the West without a penny of assistance from the UN or from the US government. Contrast that with the annual half billion budget for the UNWRA eyesores teaching Arab children to hate and harboring terrorists on the payrolls. The UNWRA program has been going onb for over 60 years, with most of the donations coming from Western countries and minimal amounts from wealthy Arab oil sheikdoms. Why our government donates $150 million annually to maintain the third generation of Arab refugees and their descendants from the 1948 Arab Israeli War in these UNWRA camps is beyond comprehension. Save for one aspect. It is propaganda to put the guilt of their alleged expulsion onto the West to force a peace agreement with Israel with billions in compensation, something Saudi Arabia and the wealthy oil Sheikdoms could take care of in a nanosecond, but won’t. Why? Because that would mean recognition of the Jewish state in their midst.

by Richard Z. Cheznoff, Jewish World Review, July 24, 2008

Israel’s birth 60 years ago produced two refugee problems that still haunt us. One we all know about: the flight of some 650,000 Palestinian Arabs from what is now the Jewish state. Most fled out of fear of war, others because they were urged to make way for “victorious” Arab armies, and some — but certainly not most — because Israeli troops drove them out in the heat of battle.

Most other mid-20th century refugee problems were quickly settled (the millions who simulataneously fled Pakistan and India, for example). But the Arab refugee problem has merely festered. Eager to maintain the Jewish character of its sliver of Mideast land, Israel allowed only a handful to repatriate. No Arab state has ever granted them a permanent home, let alone citizenship . Instead, masses of Palestinian refugees have been kept permanently penned up inside overcrowded refugee camps, living off massive international welfare doles, playing the political pawn, and waiting for Israel to die so they can invoke their “Right of Return”. According to UN sources, Palestinian refugees now number more than 4 million.

Compare that to the other, lesser know refugee crisis that coincided with Israel’s birth — the forced exodus of some 900,000 Jews from their centuries old homes in the Arab world; from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Aden, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia , Algeria and Morocco.

These were communities rich in culture, with their own Judeo dialects and traditions, their own rich religious literature, thought and scholars.

To be sure, Jews in the Arab world were occasionally subject to outbreaks of violence, forced conversion and never accepted as anything but Dhimmi — protected second class citizens. Still, this vast Jewish community flourished, most especially in the late fifteenth century when thousands of Sephardic Jews fled the persecutions of Spain and the rest of southern Europe for the relative peace of the Islamic world.

By 1947, close to a million Jews lived in the Arab world. Many played primary roles in local economies, global trade, and medicine. Some became senior advisors to Emirs and Sultans and helped enrich the cities of the Arab world ((EG Baghdad’s pre 1948 Chamber of Commerce was 50% Jewish).

The historic decision to establish the State of Israel changed all that. Outraged by the idea of a Jewish state in their midst, the Arab world turned against its Jews, targeting them with legislated discrimination, government sponsored anti-Semitic riots and murderous pogroms. Faced with growing threats, outright violence and government moves to completely disenfranchise them, close to 900,000 Jews were forced to abandon their ancient homes.

Almost all were allowed to leave only on condition they signed agreements never to return and — most important — to leave their property and belongings behind. Recently uncovered documents indicate that much of this massive theft was a coordinated scheme by several Arab governments to grab Jewish property worth as much as $100 billion.

Today, with the exception of small communal pockets in Morocco, the Arab world is effectively Judenrein. Egypt which once had 180,000 Jews now has only a handful of mostly aged Jews living in Cairo and Alexandria; Iraq which had 160,000 Jews now has 20, Libya and most other Arab states have none.

But here comes the difference between the fates of Arab and Jewish refugees. While the corrupt Arab world condemned Palestinian Arabs to statelessness, squandered chance after chance to make peace with Israel and stole mega-millions in welfare funds, the Jewish state and the world Jewish community worked tirelessly to resettle its fellow Jews from Arab lands. More than half a million have settled in Israel where, after early years of economic and sometimes social hardship, they and their descendants have been successfully integrated and now form more than 50% of the Jewish population. Others found new homes in South America, Western Europe, the United Kingdom, United States, Canada — rebuilding lives while trying to retain their own unique cultural ties and communal institutions.

Most important, not a single Jew from the Arab world remains a “refugee”, not one lives in a squalid camp or demands a “Right of Return” to the Arab world. Above all, not one angry Arab Jewish terrorist has ever strapped a suicide bomb to his or her waist and climbed aboard an Arab bus to murder dozens of innocents.

Next time someone moans to you about the plight of Arab refugees, remind them that there still is another way. And that compensation works in two directions.

 

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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.

But it cannot survive treason from within.

An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly.

But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he seeks to infect the foundation so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.”

— Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and statesman, circa 45 B.C.

Burqa-Clad Woman Denied French Citizenship

A French court’s decision last month not to grant French citizenship to a burqa-clad Muslim woman provided a ray of hope to those willing to stand up for western values and oppose Islamization of their societies. But you would never know it according to the New York Times.

Arctic May Hold 90 Billion Barrels of Oil, U.S. Says

So tell me again, Ms. Pelosi, why are we still buying oil and paying those who are working to subjugate us?

Why Democrats don’t want to lower gas prices
Senator lets cat out of the bag on Bloomberg TV show

In an interview with Bloomberg TV’s “Money and Politics” last night, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., explained Democrats don’t want to increase supplies of oil and gasoline because they want to wean Americans off of petroleum products.

Oh really? And what effective means have they come up with to implement the weaning process? Time to get a new Congress.

Stop Honorcide

Gender apartheid is an attribute of primitive cultures. Things like honorcide, forced marriages, polygamy, or FGM are not exclusively Islamic and many so-called Muslim representatives who claim to speak for all Muslims will tell you that they have nothing to do with Islam. But let’s face it: in the West, vast majority of the incidents involve Muslims. And in countries like Saudi Arabia, the home to Mecca, gender apartheid is legalized.

WINNER TAKES ALLAH
NYC MTA’S ISLAM AD FUROR

“I strongly believe the MTA should pull the ads,” said Rep. Peter King (R-LI), a ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee. “They are especially shameful because the ads will be running during the seventh anniversary of September 11, and because the subways are considered a primary target of terrorists.”

Tehran welcomes arrest of former Bosnian Serb leader

“We hope that arrest of other war criminals, involved in such inhumane catastrophes, that have hurt conscience of the international community, will to some extent soothe the sufferings of people in the region,” he announced. Qashqavi also hoped that a fair tribunal will be held to unveil to the world people the covert and untold dimensions of the war crimes and genocide perpetrated against Bosnians.

What about the war crimes and genocide perpetrated against the rest of us every day in the name of Jihad?

Obama heckled as he makes a surprise visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall

One worshipper chanted “Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale” and “Jerusalem is our land” as the Illinois senator stood at the wall, a relic of the ancient Jewish temple destroyed during Roman rule nearly 2,000 years ago.
 

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