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8704221.jpg941828.jpgAmerica is behind the curve when it comes to nuclear power generation. As John Perazzo notes in this FrontPageMagazine article, the rest of the industrialized world has sprinted ahead of us. Witness this comment:

    Although nuclear power is still controversial in the U.S., other nations have long relied on nuclear infrastructures. France generates nearly 80 percent of its electricity via nuclear power, as does Lithuania. The corresponding figures for other countries include 55 percent in Belgium, 50 percent in Sweden, 41 percent in Switzerland, 40 percent in South Korea, 34 percent in Japan, and 27 percent in Spain.

    Perhaps the most revolutionary benefit the U.S. could derive from nuclear power would be the ability to produce and harness mass quantities of hydrogen to fuel automobiles. Natural gas and oil are currently the most common energy sources used for producing hydrogen. But nuclear reactors are unmatched in their capacity to do the two things most necessary for the efficient, cost-effective production of hydrogen: generating both electricity and very high temperatures.

Who were responsible for creating the ‘hysteria’ that put us behind the proverbial eight-ball when it came to nuclear energy in the US? Why known other than ‘Calamity’ Jane Fonda and the crazed environmentalists. Jane Fonda starred along with the young Michael Douglas in the 1979 film, ‘The China Syndrome” a fictional version of the later Chernobyl ‘meltdown’ in April 1986 that caused thousands of radiation deaths. The “China Syndrome” film came out nearly coincident with the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant (TMI) ‘incident’ in southeastern Pennsylvania. TMI ramped up fears that radiation leaks would sicken and kills hundreds if not thousands. 29 years later there wasn’t significant radiation released against normal background radiation in the atmosphere around TMI equal to half that received in an X-ray.

Nuclear power has nearly a 50 year track record of operating our US Navy vessels without incident. Moreover it is a safer industry than coal mining that provides the bulk of fossil fuel for our utility plants around the country. Look at this comment from the Perazzo FrontPage Magazine opinion piece:

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American nuclear plants have long been safer workplaces than most other manufacturing plants. The nuclear industry’s safety record is far better than that of the competing coal industry, for instance. Each year in the United States, an average of 33 coal miners die in the line of work, yet there have been no calls to end coal mining on grounds that it is too dangerous. In other nations, the numbers are much worse. During Chernobyl’s heyday, thousands of men were killed in coal mining accidents in the Soviet Union. In China, some 5,000 coal miners perish in accidents each and every year. Since the dawn of the nuclear era, the world’s 400-plus civilian nuclear plants have logged well over 10,000 aggregate years of activity, and Chernobyl remains the only accident ever to have harmed members of the public. In addition, the U.S. Navy has been powering ships with nuclear reactors for more than 50 years and has experienced no nuclear accidents.

And for ‘greenies’ like former Vice President Al Gore pushing ‘renewable energy’ nuclear power generation alleviates some major environmental headaches, as Perazzo notes:

    Nuclear energy offers an extremely clean, cost-effective alternative to those fossil fuels. Nuclear plants put no carbon dioxide into the air, and the relatively miniscule quantities of radioactive waste they produce are stored in sealed, self-contained, carefully guarded sites. A coal-fired plant releases 100 times more radioactive material than an equivalent nuclear reactor—and not into a self-contained storage site but directly into the atmosphere. By generating electricity whose production otherwise would have required the use of fossil fuels, the 104 nuclear plants now operating in the U.S. prevent the release of approximately 700 million additional tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year; that is the equivalent of removing 96 percent of all passenger cars from U.S. roads.

    If not for nuclear energy, America’s dependence on foreign oil would be even greater than it currently is. During the 1973 oil embargo, nuclear technology produced only 5 percent of the U.S. electric supply, while oil accounted for 17 percent. Today those figures are 19 percent and 2 percent, respectively. If more nuclear plants are constructed, they could replace coal and natural gas as America’s major source of electricity production.

So, Al Gore and Boone Pickens with their renewable energy and wind power alternatives, wake up! Nuclear power is safer, cleaner and offer the ultimate source of hydrogen fuel for our vehicles. In the interim, we could plug in electric hybrid vehicles every night powered by nuclear plants and get up to 100 MPG. So, what are we waiting for. Let’s get those estimated 141 new nuclear plants built and pout on-stream, pronto. That way we can forego transferring billions of our our wealth to those fundamentalist Arab Muslim regimes supporting terrorism against us.

By John Perazzo, FrontPageMagazine, July 24, 2008

Something was amiss when Al Gore gave his high-profile speech on global warming last week, and it wasn’t just the gas-guzzling SUV caravan that delivered the former vice president for the occasion. Even as Gore endorsed an ambitious 10-year plan to produce 100 percent of the country’s electricity through carbon-free sources, he omitted the one carbon-free source that truly could ease America’s energy woes: nuclear power. That is not entirely surprising. For the environmental Left, the efficiency of nuclear power has long been an inconvenient truth.

The anti-nuclear campaign scored its first major success in 1979. That year, environmental activists effectively brought the construction of American nuclear power plants to a halt. Their crusade was assisted immeasurably by The China Syndrome, an intellectually vapid film whose star, anti-nuclear activist Jane Fonda, played a TV reporter who uncovers a nuclear accident at a California power plant. In an unfortunate coincidence for America’s nuclear industry, twelve days after the film’s release, an accident did in fact occur at the Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. Almost overnight, nuclear power plants became politically radioactive. All plans for the construction of additional plants were cancelled.

Fonda was “ecstatic” at the film’s commercial success, which was due in large measure to the public curiosity sparked by the TMI incident. But in the anti-nuclear hysteria that followed, some crucial details were lost. If Three Mile Island was a disaster, it was largely in terms of public relations: the meltdown had resulted in no injuries and precisely zero deaths – indeed, there was no sign of harm to any living thing in the plant’s vicinity. The worst that occurred was that the two million residents in the surrounding were exposed to approximately one-sixth the amount of radiation that they would have absorbed from a single chest X-ray at their local hospital. Thanks to the plant’s built-in safety features, the public was never in danger.

Seven years later, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine injected the anti-nuclear movement with a new burst of self-righteous momentum. That incident resulted directly in the deaths of more than 30 people, and it exposed millions more to radiation that, by the highest estimates, could eventually result in several thousand cancer-related deaths. Moreover, it rendered some 20 square miles of land uninhabitable for an extended period.

Seizing on this most welcome bad news, anti-nuclear alarmists carefully avoided drawing attention to the fact that the Soviet reactor in Chernobyl was an outmoded relic: it bore no resemblance to the reactors that used in the West. Most notably, it lacked containment shells to prevent radioactive materials from escaping in the event of an accident. The far superior Western reactors were equipped not only with such safeguards, but also with numerous built-in sensors designed to shut down the plant immediately in the event of trouble.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American nuclear plants have long been safer workplaces than most other manufacturing plants. The nuclear industry’s safety record is far better than that of the competing coal industry, for instance. Each year in the United States, an average of 33 coal miners die in the line of work, yet there have been no calls to end coal mining on grounds that it is too dangerous. In other nations, the numbers are much worse. During Chernobyl’s heyday, thousands of men were killed in coal mining accidents in the Soviet Union. In China, some 5,000 coal miners perish in accidents each and every year. Since the dawn of the nuclear era, the world’s 400-plus civilian nuclear plants have logged well over 10,000 aggregate years of activity, and Chernobyl remains the only accident ever to have harmed members of the public. In addition, the U.S. Navy has been powering ships with nuclear reactors for more than 50 years and has experienced no nuclear accidents. (Continue Reading this Article)

July 24th, 2008 at 2:47 • opinionFrontPageMagazine
 

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lieberman-picture.gifThe following was a note sent to Senator Joe Lieberman’s Washington Senate office, Chief of State, Ms. Clarine Nardi Riddle following his appearance as a key speaker at the CUFI Washington Summit for Israel on Tuesday night. It mirrors some of the comments made by Senator Lieberman in this Jerusalem Post article, notwithstanding the swirl of alleged controversy surrounding Pastor Hagee’s views.

    Clarine:

    I received a call from my colleague Brigitte Gabriel , this morning. She along with other mutual friends had attended last night’s stunning CUFI dinner in Washington.

    Having attended and written about the first CUFI Washington Summit for Israel in 2006, I know first hand the overwhelming palpable love and support for Israel and for Jews.

    I was pleased that my friend, the Senator spoke there last night. He showed the mainstream media and the Jewish community and press what friendship means. He also showed that you don’t abandon friends, even when you may disagree on certain issues.

    Hagee had no need to redeem himself despite the fact that among his followers, a few believe that he is not ‘bearing witness’ and proselytizing among American Jews.

    Because of Hagee’s earnest, deep abiding love for Israel and the Jewish people and the tens of millions of Christian Evangelical Americans, including many that I have met and befriended both in Connecticut and here in Florida, Israel has enormous support.

    Both Sen. Lieberman and my colleague Brigitte Gabriel are among those who demonstrate solidarity and are not intimidated by the ministers of misinformation in the media.

    Kol hakavod (all honors) to the Senator, Brigitte Gabriel and you.


by Hilary Leila Krieger, JPost Washington Correspondent, The Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2008

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut) backed controversial pastor John Hagee during an appearance before Hagee’s organization Tuesday night despite calls from some quarters of the Jewish community to cut ties with the preacher.

Hagee’s previous comments on the Holocaust and Catholics inflamed some Jewish and Christian groups, and also led presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain, whom Lieberman strongly supports, to reject Hagee’s endorsement earlier this year.

Lieberman, a frequent surrogate for McCain, arranged Tuesday’s appearance before Christians United for Israel independently, according to the campaign. But one campaign aide, referring to outreach among evangelicals, said, “Are we happy that he’s there? You bet we are.”

Alluding to an “aggressive campaign” to stop him from speaking at the gathering, Lieberman told the crowd that “the bond that I feel with Pastor Hagee and each and every one of you is much stronger, and I am proud to stand with you tonight.” His words elicited an extended standing ovation from the annual CUFI gathering, in town to lobby Congress to support Israel, complemented by the waving of hundreds of American and Israeli flags.

Lieberman noted that he didn’t agree with everything Hagee has said, some of which had been “hurtful and offensive to some people,” but that they agreed on more important issues.

Hagee was widely criticized when previous statements he made calling the Catholic Church “the great whore” and claiming that God allowed the Holocaust so Israel could be created surfaced this spring.

Lieberman also suggested that Hagee’s objectionable comments had been taken out of context by a media that would, he offered, have given Moses and Miriam a hard time, too.

During his remarks, Hagee lashed out more harshly at the press, with its “dark motives,” and said the organization had come through “a vicious media firestorm.” At the same time, he called for greater sensitivity and welcomed Catholics, to whom he has apologized, into CUFI. He also rejected beliefs he said were often ascribed to him in error, including the idea that his group supports Israel so that it will “usher in the endtimes” by bringing all the Jews to Israel or that he wants to stop peace negotiations. “Israel alone decides,” he said.
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arab_nazis_cover.jpgicon-of-evil.jpgJonathan Tobin reviews a new book entitled:”Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam” about the modern equivalent of the biblical Amalek, the Haj Amin Al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Husseini was an implacable foe of Zionism from its earliest days following the issuance of Balfour Declaration calling for a Jewish Homeland in 1917, while he served as an officer in the Ottoman Army, defeated by the British, Commonwealth forces and the Jewish legion during WWI. The irony was that Husseini was courted by anti-Semitic elements in the British forces occupying the Palestine Mandate. Appointed as Grand Mufti of Jerusalem by the British Jewish governor of the Palestine Mandate, Lord Herbert Samuels, Husseini went on to foment riots against Jewish settlements in the pre-state Yishuv in 1921, 1929 and against the British from 1936 to 1939. An early supporter of the Nazis in the Middle East, he fomented anti-Jewish pogroms in 1941 in the brief pro-Nazi al Nuri Iraq government fleeing to Berlin where he was Hitler’s House Guest during WWII. See film clip here. He recruited two Waffen SS Divisions in Albania and Bosnia, and volunteer Arab Muslims in der Frie Arabien Korps. The Bosnian Muslim Waffen SS Handschar or ‘Dagger” division was responsible for the slaughter of 12,000 Bosnian Jews and tens of thousands of Serbs during the Nazi occupation of what was Yugoslavia.

View this film clip here of the Mufti in his white turban trooping the Bosnian troops giving the Nazi salute.

After WWII, Husseini was given sanctuary by none other than French President Charles de Gaulle and fled to Beirut and Cairo joining forces with Arab forces opposing a Jewish State. He had been indicted as a war criminal by the post-war Yugoslav Titoist government. He urged Palestinian Arabs to flee their towns and villages prior to the invasion of the Jewish state on its founding on May 15, 1948 to return when the five invading Armies crushed the embryonic state. Didn’t happened. But that didn’t stop Husseini, a distant cousin of the late PLO mass murderer Arafat from attending every anti-Israel conference after each War between Israel and Arabs in 1948 and 1967. The irony, as Walid Shoebat, the ex-PLO terrorist told me was that the Husseini came from a large land owning Arab notable family sold land the the pre-State Jewish National fund for creation of Jewish settlements. The heritage from Husseini, the modern day version of the the Biblical Amalek can be seen in those Nazi salutes by Hamas, PLO and Hezbollah terrorist forces. Husseini was a real Islamo Fascist.

By Jonathan Tobin, Jewish World Review, July 23, 2008

Although some deprecate the use of the term “Islamo-Fascist,” a study of the life of the Mufti shows that the combination of these disparate ideas into one ideology of hate is no Western invention

It is axiomatic that a knowledge of history is a prerequisite for understanding the present. But the question is: How much weight should we give to controversial figures from the past when deciding how to think about current conflicts?

According to the authors of a new book about Haj Amin al-Husseini (1893-1974), the grand mufti of Jerusalem, who played a key role in fomenting and exacerbating the struggle between Jews and Arabs during much of the 20th century, the answer is quite a lot.

The book, “Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam”, by David G. Dalin and John F. Rothman, makes the case that you can draw a direct line from al-Husseini to not only the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas — groups that took up his battle against Zionism — but to Iran, Al Qaeda and the 9/11 conspirators.

That’s a searing indictment that both supporters of Israel and its foes ought to examine closely. And if this book fails to deliver the definitive account of the Mufti’s life in English that students of this period of history have been waiting for, it nevertheless shines a spotlight on a figure who deserves far greater attention than he has received in recent decades.

APPOINTED BY A JEW

Husseini was a member of an elite landed-clan of Palestinian Arabs who retain their status to this day (Yasser Arafat was a cousin). In the aftermath of World War I, he rose to prominence as a fanatical opponent of both the British and the Jews.

Ironically, it was a British Jew, Sir Herbert Samuel, who appointed Husseini to the post of mufti, the putative Muslim religious leader of Jerusalem.

Samuel became the first high commissioner of the territory in 1920. Palestine had been given to Britain as a mandate by the League of Nations in order for them to make good on their 1917 Balfour Declaration promise to create a Jewish national home in the country.

While many in the British government were openly hostile to Zionism, Samuels was not. But he was concerned about being seen as evenhanded between Jews and Arabs. So when there was a vacancy in the office of mufti, Samuels appointed the hard-line Husseini.

This was a decision the Jews would rue for decades as Husseini used his post as a platform to promote hatred against the Zionists, who were transforming the country from a barren backwater into what would become the modern State of Israel. Husseini incited the riots of 1929 in which hundreds of Jews were slaughtered by Muslim pogromists and did his best to better that record during the Arab Revolt of 1936-39.

Though the Mufti’s gangs were defeated, his work paid dividends in 1939 when the British, as eager to appease Arabs and Muslims on the eve of World War II as they were the Germans, issued a White Paper that placed severe limits on Jewish immigration and land sales, effectively closing the door to a Jewish state. (Continue Reading this Article)

 

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080721_for_textbookstn.jpgInvestors Business Daily in today’s editorial adds its voice to the rising outcry against hate perpetrated by the Saudi government in the oil rich desert kingdom, across and the Muslim ummah among radical Madrassas and here in the US in the Islamic Saudi Academy. This follows in the wake of the Second Saudi text book study by the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom spearheaded by Nina Shea. The IBD editorial notes:

    Many of these jihad-infused 12th-graders are flooding U.S. campuses right now, thanks to a post-9/11 “good will” gesture by the White House to reward more than 20,000 young Saudi men with student visas. King Abdullah had asked for the deal and got it — in part because he promised to reform the textbooks.

    As usual, the Saudis tricked us. Instead of moving them to reforms, the deal only puts our homeland security at risk. Trained as they are to hate America from an early age, there is a good chance some Saudi students will lash out at their gracious host like the 15 Saudi hijackers before them.

    “Some Saudis themselves have linked the kingdom’s educational curriculum to patterns of violence in young Saudi men,” the 90-page Hudson report said.

    The curriculum is not confined to the kingdom; the oil-rich Saudi government is exporting it far and wide.

    It disseminates these texts internationally, including to 19 academies founded by the Saudi ministry and chaired by local Saudi ambassadors in or near major foreign cities.

    The Saudi ministry has not removed these messages from its school texts. Its promised reforms are a joke, and the proof is clear. Now will the White House and State Department finally take action, as required under the International Religious Freedom Act?

 

Investors Business Daily, July 24, 2008

Islamofascism: A new study confirms our “ally” Saudi Arabia is still poisoning young Muslim minds with anti-Western textbooks. So? Its hate-filled graduates are enrolling at our colleges.

The Hudson Institute reviewed the 2007-08 textbooks distributed by the Saudi Ministry of Education and found that, despite promised reforms, the kingdom still teaches students to “hate the infidels.”

The texts assert that it’s “permissible” for a Muslim to kill an “apostate,” an “adulterer,” a “homosexual,” as well as non-Muslims practicing “polytheism,” or Christianity.

The violent ideology is introduced in a religion textbook in the first grade and reinforced and developed in following years of the public education system, culminating in the 12th grade where a text instructs students that it’s their religious duty to do battle against infidels in order to spread Islam.

The 12th-grade book glorifies “martyrdom” as “noble” and defines “jihad” as an “effort to wage war against the unbelievers.” Jihad, it asserts, is the “pinnacle of Islam.”

Many of these jihad-infused 12th-graders are flooding U.S. campuses right now, thanks to a post-9/11 “good will” gesture by the White House to reward more than 20,000 young Saudi men with student visas. King Abdullah had asked for the deal and got it — in part because he promised to reform the textbooks.

As usual, the Saudis tricked us. Instead of moving them to reforms, the deal only puts our homeland security at risk. Trained as they are to hate America from an early age, there is a good chance some Saudi students will lash out at their gracious host like the 15 Saudi hijackers before them.

“Some Saudis themselves have linked the kingdom’s educational curriculum to patterns of violence in young Saudi men,” the 90-page Hudson report said.

The curriculum is not confined to the kingdom; the oil-rich Saudi government is exporting it far and wide.

It disseminates these texts internationally, including to 19 academies founded by the Saudi ministry and chaired by local Saudi ambassadors in or near major foreign cities.

Quotes from the latest textbooks Riyadh is propagating include:

• “Every religion other than Islam is false.”

• “The Jews and Christians are enemies of the believers.”

• “Only through force and victory over the enemies is there security and repose.”

• “The apes are Jews, the people of the Sabbath; while the swine are Christians, the infidels of the communion of Jesus.”

The Saudi ministry has not removed these messages from its school texts. Its promised reforms are a joke, and the proof is clear. Now will the White House and State Department finally take action, as required under the International Religious Freedom Act?

 

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