Your daily hypocrisy from the
Mahmoud Abbas on the IDF's successful
assassination of four terrorists:
"There is no doubt that what the Israeli troops
carried out today is an ugly crime," he said. "We condemn
such acts. This is against peace and the peace process."
Mahmoud Abbas on the
suicide bombing that killed 20, including many children:
"I announce my strong condemnation of this horrible
act which does not serve the interest of the Palestinian people at all,
and I have given my instructions to the security minister to launch
Yeah, you gotta love the guy. And believe him when he says he condemns
the murder of civilians. Funny, he didn't mention that it was a violation
of the shudna or of the peace process. Imagine that. permalink
I don't know who these people
are, but damn, they have a good website. Charles
Johnson sent me to this
memo (read the whole thing, it's excellent):
It has come to our attention, through a continuing
rain of the body parts of our citizens onto our streets, that "your
issues" do not seem to be resolvable through considered and mutually
agreeable negotiations. The outcome of these 'negotiations' in the recent
past seems to us to be one of we give and you take and then you kill
us. We have decided that this is not a program that we wish to continue.
Indeed, it would seem to be the case that your "central
issue," although internally generated within your institutions
and religion, seems to be the eradication of the state of Israel and
the extermination of the Jewish people here and abroad. We mention 'abroad'
since it would seem to us that your goal is to first create a base that
includes the entire state of Israel, kill the Jews within those borders,
and then use that land as a base to kill Jews throughout the world.
Perhaps we are wrong in this but we find that a people is best known
by the company they keep.
We have had a similar experience with this "central
issue" as a "final solution" towards the middle of the
last century. We discovered, after millions of us had been slaughtered,
that mollification, negotiation, and submission was not a successful
policy. Indeed, we created the state of Israel around the central concept
of 'Never again.'
Please note that after no little reflection and soul
searching, we have decided to return Israel to this concept as the foundation
of our internal and international policy from this moment forward.
But there's so much more on this weblog that you simply need to read
the main page, then hit the archives. They lean right (farther to the
right than I care for, actually), but damn, it's an excellent weblog.
Belsen, Dachau, the Gulag, the Killing Fields, the
Towers, Jerusalem -- they all attracted and employed men like this;
men happy in their work and proud, damned proud, to be killing. They
and their masters have always been the same and the only answer to their
ambitions has always, in the end, been the same. These are people with
whom negotiations are futile; who live only for the death of Israel
and the Jews. This is their only goal. All their protestations and excuses
are merely ploys to gain time and arms in order to make their ultimate
extermination of their enemies complete.
And this, on evacuating
New York City in the event of a terrorist attack:
No, as we saw yesterday, the city is prepared to cope
with a massive disruption as long as there is no terrorism and hence
no panic involved. Beyond that, any plan for the "orderly evacuation
of New York City" is about as real as a redevelopment plan for
The terrifying truth is that there is no plan that
can be made to evacuate New York City. Officials can go through the
motions, but I'd bet my life that any scenarios that have been run on
this problem always result in a death toll somewhere north of five thousand
on a good day.
The best that New Yorkers can hope for, should they
come under massive terrorist attacks that paralyze the entire city and
kill thousands of citizens, is that Mayor Bloomberg can be safely escorted
to the downtown heliport so that he can make it to his private jet for
a relaxing week at his home in Bermuda. Concerned citizens may then
line the promenade at Brooklyn Heights and the other areas and buildings
in which they are trapped to wish him "Bon voyage."
I don't know that I agree with that, and I'm betting Diana
Moon won't, but this weblog has excellent writing and fascinating
or funny subjects. (Loved the "Is
Kansas flatter than a pancake?" post.)
Nice work, guys. permalink
There was no hudna
Terrorists have "revoked"
the so-called cease fire. This was the cease fire in which attacks
were made nearly every daya lessening of attacks was considered
a cease fire. No, a cease fire is the cessation of all attacks.
Here's proof there was no hudna, and the terrorists have been lying all
The IDF arrested four members of an Islamic Jihad terror
cell from the West Bank town of Jenin on Tuesday, thereby thwarting
another terrorist attack on the day a suicide bomber killed 20 people
and wounded over 100 in Jerusalem.
According to security report released Thursday, the
terrorists were on their way to carry out a suicide bombing in Haifa.
An IDF unit arrested the bomber, 26-year-old Omar Utman;
his driver Ashraf Halil, and Muhammad Thana, who was in a leading car
and was meant to clear the way for the car carrying the suicide bomber.
These attacks cannot happen overnight, or in a matter of hours. They
take months of planning and strategy.
During their interrogation by the Shin Bet the terrorists
gave up their commander and planner of the strike, Bashar Shuhana.
Shuahana was released from an Israeli prison in March
this year. He was serving a two-year sentence.
The terrorists also led the interrogators to the suicide
bomber's explosives belt, which weighed 10kg. Army sappers detonated
it device in a controlled explosion.
Now you know why the pals want their people released from prison. They
need more planners to take the place of the ones the IDF arrest.
Also during the "hudna:" the weapons-smuggling
and weapons-making went unchecked.
Palestinian terrorists have been attacking the Israeli
Negev town of Sderot and civilian settlements in Gaza with a barrage
of Kassam missiles and mortars, a military source told The Jerusalem
"Since 10 p.m. last night (Thursday) Palestinians
have been launching a steady hail of Kassam missiles and mortar shells
aimed at Sderot and Jewish communities in Gaza," the source said.
"The Negev town of Sderot has suffered extensive
damage to homes with 28 mortars and at least 6 Kassam missiles. These
are not small rocks that Palestinian children are throwing. These are
missiles with explosive warheads whose only purpose is to kill innocent
Jewish civilians and destroy a cease-fire for which Israel desires,"
the source said.
And just to make your morning even more depressing, here is the face
of the victims of this week's suicide bombing:
name was Shmuel Tabenfeld. He was three months old. He was an American
citizen, as was his motheralso dead now.
Goldie Taubenfeld, 43, and Shmuel Taubenfeld, 3 months,
A mother of thirteen, Goldie lived in New Square, an
orthodox community near Monsey, NY, and was in Israel with her husband
and two of her children for a family wedding. Both she and her son,
Shmuel, were killed in the attack.
Goldie and Shmuel were buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday
They were in town for a wedding. Their family had a funeral instead.
Build the wall, Ariel. Build it high and wide and safe. Then let the
palestinians eat the fruits of their own industry. If they stay true to
form, they'll kill each other off within a decade.
Wizbang readers: Try the main page,
and see how little has changed in two years.
And I'm tired. Below is the only entry I wrote at CAJE. There wasn't
much extra time, and when I did have the time, I found myself chatting
with various other Jewish educators, or going to the concerts at night,
or just plain hanging around schmoozing.
I haven't had dinner yet, and I've just driven 540 miles in about nine
hours. And cleaned up two separate incidences of cat barf.
There is a cricket in my kitchen sink that I cannot seem to kill, but
that has managed to startle me twice. The cats are yowling, the pot is
boiling, and I may not get to another entry until tomorrow morning.
Oh, and I didn't stop in Charleston, West Virginia, or any of its suburbs.
If you really missed me, you could always show your appreciation for
my return by, oh, hitting my wishlist.
The Two Towers is out on DVD in a day or two.
Or you could donate to Magen David
Adom. I have pictures of me standing in front of the ambulance that
was donated by the people of Columbus. More details later. permalink
So I don't know if it's the Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education,
the Conference of American Jewish Educators, or the Conference on the
Advancement of Jewish Education, but I do know this: There are 1200 Jewish
teachers here at Ohio State University, and so far, my luck is holding:
My roommate has not arrived. I may have the bathroom all to myself. Just
like I did at Clarion, for five of the six weeks, anyway.
The odds were 400 to 1 that I'd find the three other teachers from Richmond,
whom I did not know. Found 'em. I heard them talking about two of the
synagogues, and thought, "Yeah, I know Beth El is a common name,
but how many Beth Ahaba's can there be?" and said to them, "Or
Atid." One of them is in my dorm.
Oh, the ride through Ohio was much less mountainy. Pictures to come when
I get home. I expect I won't have time to do much else. They seem to have
really scheduled things tightly.
Debbie Friedman, who is the Beatles of Jewish music, gave a concert tonight.
Who knew that "Oseh Shalom" could be such a rocking song? (Aside
to Charles and
a few others: Yeah, here at a gathering of more than a thousand Jews,
we sang about world peace, instead of preaching how many infidels should
be murdered. We're better than them.)
I'm having a little trouble configuring the ethernet connection. Either
it's not working in my room, or I just don't know how to to it correctly.
Even after I, er, borrowed an ethernet cord from the computer room downstairs.
I may try to plug in there, but in the meantime, there's the old standby:
disk and FTP.
Oh, I have pictures of a truck fire/near explosion that happened in W.Va.
yesterday. Looks like a bomb hit it. Anyway. More when I can get a few
Last week's blogs are archived.
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Arafat Secret Phone Transcripts. Iseema bin
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