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September 18, 2014 / 23 Elul, 5774
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US Embassy Personnel Collect Israeli Drone Parts After Crash Near Baghdad

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

For the third time in a week, an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was reportedly shot down, this time in Iraq, near the Baghdad Airport, according to the Iranians.

According to reports by the Iran state-run FARS news agency and the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen television network, the UAV was a Hermes model drone. U.S. embassy personnel went to the site to collect the remains.

A drone was allegedly shot down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Monday as it was approaching the Natanz uranium enrichment nuclear plant.

Also this week, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza claimed it ‘seized’ a “Zionist reconnaissance plane” in eastern Gaza City.

Of course, Iran has a history of making up these type of news and victory stories, so we’re taking these drone reports with a big grain of salt.

It Takes a Woman to Help the US Fight ISIS (Video)

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

All-female Kurdish units including hundreds of women were part of forces backed by American bombing raids in the takeover of the Mosul Dam from Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, who captured it two weeks ago.

If you control the Mosul damn, you can threaten just about everybody — a very substantial part of Iraq — with flooding, with lack of electricity, with lack of water,” Daniel Pipes told CNN after ISIS commandeered what has often been called “the most dangerous dam in the world.”

Kurdish women have said that their presence in the fighting scares ISIS terrorists, who not want to go through the agony of being killed by a woman, running their chances in the after-life.

“The jihadists don’t like fighting women, because if they’re killed by a female, they think they won’t go to heaven,” said one Kurdish woman fighter.

The approximately 550 women fighters have trained in grueling summer heat to prepare themselves for the fight against ISIL.

ISIS Beheadings Mark Declared War on the United States

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

President Barack Obama is “appalled” and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is angry at the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, whose execution was posted in an online video by his killers, the Islamic State ISIS group also known as ISIS.

While the United States, Britain and other Western countries professed their shock, actually believing that these grisly acts only happen to other Muslims and African Christians but never to Americans, except Daniel Pearl.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu showed Wednesday night that Israel is a lot more tuned into reality.

In his address to the country in which he promised that Israel will not stop the war against Hamas until total quiet is restored, he compared Hamas with ISIS.

If you are surprised, you are dreaming.

Beheading someone is savage. It is an act of an animal who wants to inject fear into the hearts of souls of decent people.

Hamas also has beheaded people, mainly those Gazans who hate the terrorist regime and took the risk to relay intelligence information to Israel on Hamas.

Beheading is gory but no less than Hamas terrorists’ primitive behavior after they killed Israeli soldiers and blew them to bits and pieces.

Hamas animals, AKA terrorists, actually picked up body parts, a head here and a finger there, and hustled them off through terror tunnels with the intention of using them to barter with Israel for the return of terrorists in Israeli custody.

The two families of two soldiers whose body parts were not recovered or were only partially recovered did not fall into the trap that would have undermined Israel’s war effort. They buried their sons with whatever body parts there were, and in one case there were virtually none.

Once the soldiers were buried, the Hamas animals’ plans were foiled.

An animal is an animal, or if you prefer, a terrorist is a terrorist, but the United States still doesn’t get it.

U.S. State Dept. assistant spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Wednesday that despite Netanyahu’s statement that Hamas and ISIS are look-alikes, they cannot be compared.

Of course not. ISIS is not a potential peace partner for Israel, but Hamas is.

President Barack Obama said the world was “appalled” by the beheading of Foley in Syria and that “the United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. .We will be vigilant and we will be relentless.”

Wow, isn’t that scary?

Americans security officials verified the authenticity of the video showing the beheading after the recorded marks by Foley that the United States and the West are to blame for his imminent death because of their “complacent criminality” that he said is the cause of his death.

The video showed another American journalist Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be the next to die.

If words could kill, Obama slaughtered ISIS, calling it a “cancer” and stating, “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future is won by people who build and not destroy.”

Now what?

The ISIS video warned that the “next move” is up to Obama.

An hour after Obama spoke, the U.S. Air Force carried out 14 bombing raids on ISIS targets.

It is a bit late for that.

The United States has spent two decades making the Middle East safe for democracy by sending American troops all over the place and undermining autocratic but stable regimes so that can be replaced by autocratic and unstable regimes that have left a vacuum of power grabbed by terrorists, or animals.

Report: ‘Hundreds’ of Anti-Aircraft Weapons in Syrian Terrorist Hands

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A Swiss research group has published a report that explains why the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. flights through Syria air space.

The Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey research organization released a report Tuesday warning that armed terror groups in Syria possess portable anti-aircraft weapons.

The weapons present a risk to aircraft like Malaysia Airlines Flight #17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, allegedly by pro-Russian separatist rebels.

The Swiss group analyzes the global flow of weapons. It estimated the terrorists have access to several hundred of the anti-aircraft missiles.

Its report focused on launchers and missiles known as “man-portable air defense systems,” or MANPADS, which are dangerous to aircraft upon takeoff and departure, and that fly at lower altitudes.

The weapons could also easily be smuggled to other terrorist organizations, the group noted.

The revelation raises red flags for neighboring Israel, already on alert due to incidents in which Syrian mortar and gunfire have been aimed at its northern region.

The Islamic State — formerly known as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) — has been operating in Syria for some time. The group has conquered wide swathes of territory both there and in Iraq, including two border crossings between Iraq and Syria, and one border crossing between Iraq and Jordan.

It is alsos not clear which group has possession of the anti-aircraft weaponry.

The report was released just hours after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had banned all U.S. flights from flying in Syrian air space.

Armed extremists in Syria are “known to be equipped with a variety of anti-aircraft weapons which have the capability to threaten civilian aircraft,” the FAA stated in its notice. In previous alerts, the FAA had warned against flying over Syria but had not issued an outright ban.

Will Iraq Become the Next Syria?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Baghdad’s new leader faces a fight from his predecessor and a raging tornado from the tornado of ISIS raging across his land. Will Iraq be able to weather the storm or will it become the next Syria?

Two-term Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lost his job yesterday (Monday) to Haider al-Abadi, but he has yet to concede defeat.

Al-Maliki had cherished hopes of serving a third term in office. But the consensus of world leaders was that Iraq was badly weakened by an existential threat from the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It was, however, equally weakened by its own folly, having thrown out American troops in 2011, thus assuring a lack of support from the United States, which pulled its forces from the region as demanded, leaving al-Maliki and the largely unprepared Iraqi army to wrestle with the terror threat alone.

Iraq’s new president, Fouad Massoum yesterday formally appointed al-Abadi, a former finance minister and moderate Shi’ite politician in a nationally televised address and gave him 30 days to form a new government.

The move was supported by US President Barack Obama, who congratulated al-Abadi in brief remarks delivered from his holiday retreat in Martha’s Vineyard. Obama said that both he and Vice President Joe Biden had already spoken with al-Abadi.

Al-Maliki could, however, make trouble for al-Abadi since he still controls a number of military units who are personally loyal to him. A political or even military civil war in Iraq a la Syria, given the current terrorist war already raging there, would ignite the tinderbox that would blow the country to Kingdom Come.

The Al Qaeda-linked ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terror organization has swept through much of northern Iraq, conquering the region’s largest city, Mosul. In addition to trapping tens of Iraqis at the top of a mountain and threatening to exterminate them, ISIS is now threatening Baghdad itself.

The United States sent some 400 ‘military consultants’ to the country several weeks ago to help the overwhelmed Iraqi army reorganize its forces to meet the threat. Last week the US also air-dropped food, water and other essential humanitarian supplies to those trapped on the mountaintop.

But the Obama administration has been adamant about where the military line will be drawn: ‘No boots on the ground,” said White House spokesman John Earnest. Instead, the US began carrying out targeted air strikes against the terror group last week. Obama justified the move in a statement in which he said the American people could not stand by and watch a terror group attempt “genocide.”

It is not clear how ISIS – an extremist Sunni Muslim group – differs in its intent from attacks on Israeli civilians by Hamas and other Palestinian Arab terrorists — other than the relative success of Israel to defend itself. The only difference seems to be the identity of the victims, and the fact that oil is involved.

ISIS has seized Iraq’s valuable oil fields, raking in some $3 million per day. The terror group is also rampaging through central parts of the country and continuing to spread through the region into Syria and now even into Lebanon, where the group is proving to be a threat now to the Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah terror organization as well.

Several months ago ISIS seized control of two border crossing with Syria, and one with Jordan, where its guerrillas began to trickle in to the Hashemite Kingdom. Even Iran is expressing concerns over the impending threat to its borders. And ISIS operatives have already been spotted in Gaza.

Obama Authorizes Targeted Air Strikes Against ISIL

Friday, August 8th, 2014

For the first time since December 2011, US President Barack Obama has authorized targeted air strikes against Al Qaeda-linked ISIL (Islamic State in the Levant) terrorists in Iraq.

“When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye,” Obama told a news briefing Thursday. “Today, America is coming to help.”

However, White House spokesman later added a blunt clarification for reporters: “No combat boots on the ground.” The US would support Iraqi and Kurdish fighters in their efforts to beat back the Islamic State, but no American soldiers would pay the price in their stead.

Secretary of State John Kerry added that “ISIL’s campaign of terror against the innocent, including Yezedi and Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide. For anyone who needed a wake-up call, this is it.”

It is not really clear how the Islamic State’s “campaign of terror against the innocent” in Iraq differs from Palestinian Arab terrorist rocket attacks raining down on southern and central Israel, and their stabbing and rock attacks against civilians on the roads and within Israeli communities.

U.S. military aircraft dropped humanitarian aid to Iraqi refugees who have been trapped in the north of the country for some time, officials said, including 16 bundles containing 5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water and 8,000 “meals ready-to-eat” or MREs, near Sinjar. Thousands are trapped on a mountaintop near Sinjar, Defense One reported, trying to flee the Islamic State terrorists.

The terror organization launched a coordinated attack spanning “hundreds of miles” in northern Iraq, administration officials said, leading to fears of “genocide.”

The Ideological War

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Looking at our recent history and near future, it seems like the wars keeps coming and the condemnation of other nations and their ‘voices of morality’ reliably follow.

Our foes want us dead, and we see no exit.

It seems as though our menu of choices has only three choices. Keep fighting with no hope of any resolution, eliminate our enemies, or have them eliminate us. Any hope for a peace agreement is founded in a false narrative. For our enemies, an ‘acceptable peace’ is our elimination. They are willing to pay a tremendous price in their own peoples’ blood to achieve it.

It is a stark and deeply uncomfortable reality. With each fight the world seems to hate us more and its condemnation seems to gather force.

Our allies appear to abandon us. Stage-by-stage, they walk away. First they abandon us diplomatically, then they deny us arms and then they turn fully against us or simply allow others to do the job they lack the courage to do themselves. Some do it to our faces, but others lack the conviction and courage to so publicly share their desires.

It seems hopeless.

The biblical statement that the nations will look upon us and say, “Only a nation of wisdom and understanding is this great people” seems almost like a joke.

But we are the Jewish people. And through every catastrophe, we seek hope; we dream, forever, of peace.

Peace without extermination.

The question is: how do we get there?

Our reality is that we are the vanguard. The vanguard of an ideological war. Like any ideological war, deaths and guns and bombs and diplomacy and alliances are only the symptoms of conflict. They are not its core.

Our enemies are fighting their own ideological wars. Their solutions are extermination. And we are not their only target. In Syria, Nigeria, Iraq and other places we can see their approach to this war. Guns and bombs and death seem to define their battle.

In this ideological war, Israel is playing defense.  We are justifying our actions, but our actions are only responses to the attacks upon us. We are forever playing defense. We argue that we belong here; but we are failing to conduct our ideological war like we conduct our physical ones; but pushing the battle into our enemies’ space.

But we can conduct an offensive. If we believe in our ideas, we can attack. We can do more than roll back the advances of our enemies. We can overwhelm them with our vision and our promise in this world.

Writing in the early 5th century, a prominent Christian theologian named Augustine presaged our modern world. He spoke about a City of G-d. But instead of being a physical city, it was a city of shared religious connection that unified disparate people wherever they may be.

We are now seeing a twisted and dangerous version of his insight. The Internet and modern media seem to be producing a multitude of twisted Cities of G-d. We are flooded with people grouping themselves by ideas. They are then forming into international groups with more cohesion than ever before. They are like flash mobs of destruction. Some dominate societies. That is what the Islamic State, Boko Haram and others are doing. They are forming state-like entities with laws and governments and territories.

They are a coming together of like-minded people to establish something new and different. Something dangerous and repulsive.

States like Israel and its allies have a very hard time dealing with this. We want to deal with other states. We want to play by the rules that have developed over hundreds of years. We can’t understand how to battle with people who ignore our model and our world view. We somehow imagine that negotiations with states formed purely for offensive ideological purposes – states like the Palestinian Authority – are a solution.

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