US Army Reservist Tewfik Boulenouar was looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Baghdad in 2003. What he and the MET-Alpha task force found instead was evidence of the mass destruction of Iraq’s 2700-year-old Jewish community. He shares his life-changing experience in a raw interview with Eve Harow, The sacred and profane met in the basement of Saddam Hussein’s Mukhabarat.The Land of Israel
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U.S. officials said on Thursday, Aug. 13, that Islamic State terrorists this week used mustard gas against Kurdish forces in Iraq.
Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard, is a type of chemical warfare agent that is not found naturally in the environment and which today has no medical use. It blisters the skin and may lead to blindness, adverse effects to the respiratory and digestive tracts and bone marrow abnormalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No antidotes currently exist for mustard gas exposure.
And where did ISIS get that mustard gas? They probably obtained it from Syria, Wall Street Journal reporter Adam Entous said he was told by U.S. officials.
CBS is reporting that a senior Department of Defense official said the mustard gas was either “leftover from Saddam Hussein stockpiles” or “were brought over from Syria.” Of course, it could be the same chemicals from both sources, as Hussein was believed to have whisked stockpiles of chemical weapons from Iraq and hid them in Syria.
In 2013, Syria’s Bashar Assad’s government admitted having caches of mustard gas as well as other chemical warfare agents.
At that time, U.S. President Barack Obama claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin removed Syria’s chemical weapons, but U.S. intelligence now admits Syria was able to hide some chemical weapons reserves from international inspectors.
Saddam Hussein also used mustard gas against the Kurds in 1988.
The Kurds claim that ISIS used chlorine gas, another chemical weapon, against them in a Jan. 23 suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq.Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led tens led tens of thousands of Iranians to scream “death to America” and “death to Israel chants Saturday, five days after the United States and five other world powers reached agreement on a nuclear deal.
Khamenei did not specifically criticize or praise the agreement, leading American pundits to conclude that he was just letting off steam to please the hard-liners., and so what if President Barack Obama hailed an agreement with a country that loves to hate?
Khamenei spoke on national television on Saturday, during the Eid a-Ftir celebrations concluding the daily fasts in the Muslim month of Ramadan, and poured salt on the fresh wound President Barack Obama has suffered in his weak defense of the deal.
Khamenei told throngs in Tehran:
Our policy regarding the arrogant U.S. government will not change. We don’t have any negotiations or deal with the U.S. on different issues in the world or the region.
Whether [the deal is] ratified or not, we will not give up on our friends in the region.
And who are his friends? For starters there is Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who owes his life to Iran for remaining alive, at least for the time being. And then there is Hezbollah, for which ObamaDeal is a multi-billion bonanza for buying even more missiles to aim at Israel and to fund terrorist attacks against Jews around the world.
Khamenei’s appearance dispels reports that he is about to die from cancer. His performance Saturday was at least par for the course in his making President Obama look like a dishrag. Congress may confirm the agreement, but Khamenei is going to embarrass the president as much as possible.
The Supreme Leader of Iran bragged that the United States has no other choice “but to tolerate the spinning of a few thousand centrifuges” in Iran.
President Obama last week admitted that the United States made foreign policy mistakes by backing a coup in 1953 and backing Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in the eight-year with Iran in the 1980s.
The admission gave Khamenei an opening that he stretched, saying:
He [Obama] mentioned two or three points but did not confess to tens of others. I am telling you, you are making a mistake now, in different parts of this region, but especially about the Iranian nation. Wake up, Stop making mistakes. Understand the reality.
Isn’t it interesting that Obama is getting the same message from Israel, Saudi Arabia and more than half of Congress?
Below is a video from CNN of Khamenei’s speech and the hate chants.
Galloway apparently was not satisfied with his stinging defeat in recent elections for parliament.
Pro-Hamas provocateur George Galloway officially announced Sunday night he is running for mayor London in next year’s election.
Galloway once was the sole Member of Parliament for his Respect party until he lost his seat in last month’s elections, but he is not giving up his political ambitions. He pledged last night to build London into “a city that benefits everyone, not just those dripping in gold.”
London has for too long been run in the interests of the 1% working in the city’s glittering towers, whilst the vast majority of Londoners feel that their voices are not heard.
I’m running because I want to represent every piece of the mosaic of this city which I have called home for 35 years.
That comes from the man who declared the district of Bradford “Israel-free,” has backed off making cleansing London of Israelis.
He said to weeks ago that he would like to London “Israel-free” but that it is not practical.
Displaying delusions of grandeur and posing as a diplomat, Galloway said:
I think Palestine has more supporters in London than anywhere else in the country. But the mayor is not the pope and the mayor is not the president and is not the prime minister or the foreign secretary.
Galloway hates Israel and loves Hamas. He also once was fond of praising Saddam Hussein and said he had “courage,” a description he claims was intended for the Iraqi people, and he fiercely opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
He did not mention his pro-Arab agenda at the launch of his campaign and instead focused on the “housing crisis.” and “white-collar crime.
It is not clear whether he really thinks he will win in London, and perhaps is counting on its growing Muslim population to vote him into office.
After his loss as Member of Parliament, and after his expected loss in the race for mayor, maybe Galloway will run for prime minister.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
This article first appeared in Jewish Business News.
Far from being a fan of ISIS, who represent the very worst in Islamic culture, I nevertheless believe President Obama should leave them alone and not attempt to remove them from the face of the earth, as he has promised a few days ago.
ISIS serves a very important purpose, it is actually a source of stability in the region, and as such should be left to its own devices. Yes, the West must protect its assets in the region, and, yes, care must be taken to bolster innocent bystanders like the Kurds and the kingdom of Jordan against the onslaught of the Islamic ninjas. Other than that, to paraphrase a popular sentiment: don’t just do something, stand there.
Nature abhors a vacuum. Back in the 7th century, as the Roman Empire was losing its oomph in the Middle East, the Arab hordes, led by Muhammad, rushed out of the Arabian peninsula and grabbed all that nice, free property, never to let go of most of it again. This is precisely what ISIS, the new Muslim hordes in the very same region, have been doing.
Thirteen years ago, Barbara Bush’s less gifted son decided to remove the only man in the region who was able, using cruelty, paranoia and a voracious appetite for power, to stop the Iranian Shiite empire from expanding and gaining a hegemony in the region. That wondrous man was Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and when he fell, he left a vacuum that was quickly filled by Iran and its Shiite allies inside Iraq.
In essence, the United States spent trillions of dollars and countless lives, American and Arab, to give Iran the primacy it so desired in that part of the world. Yes, that was some idiotic move.
And as President Obama decided to cut America’s losses and pull out of the region en mass, he forced the Sunnis to get up and make a move before it was too late. So they did. Taking advantage of the vacuum left by Obama’s America, ISIS has been running through the region like knife through hot butter. And that’s a very good thing.
Because ISIS, despite their obvious religious fanaticism, are realists. They want money and land, which they’ve taken’ and they want a reliable and well equipped army, which they’ve also taken, from America’s Iraqi clients.
But they’ve been staying out of areas where they know they’d get a bloody nose. While attacking women and children wherever they could, ISIS soldiers have kept away from serious confrontations with the IDF and the Jordanian Legion. They’re not interested in fighting for the sake of fighting alone, they’re looking for rewards. So, like I said, that’s a good thing.
The big service ISIS is doing the West right now is checking Iranian power, just as the Sunni rebels inside Syria are keeping the Iranian agent Hezbollah in check, and just as the PLO is keeping Hamas in check, at least to some degree.
It’s a volatile region, where violent, crazed men will always make life terrible for their weaker, more productive, less sociopath neighbors. But now the crazies are balancing one another, like a circle of snakes, each keeping the tail of the next snake in its clenched jaws.
Israel and the West could do worse, by helping any of these brutes. Let them keep each other busy for decades, and let’s wish all of them much success in their bloody endeavors.
Oh, and if you’re a journalist looking to interview these guys – use Skype, for heaven’s sake.Tibbi Singer
In a move that he fervently resisted for weeks, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki relented to international pressure and has agreed to step down, according to statements issued on Thursday, August 14.
Al-Maliki has also agreed to support the Prime Minister-designate Haider Al-Abadi, who will attempt to form a new goverment and to navigate governing the country according to Iraq’s constitutional timeline.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised Maliki for taking the momentous step, thereby helping to ensure there will be a peaceful transition of power in Iraq.
The announcement came during a speech delivered on national television. He said his decision to back Al-Abadi, whom Iraqi President Fouad Massoum nominated earlier this week, was in keeping with his interest in helping to “safeguard the high interests of the country.”
Al-Abadi not only had the support of the Iraqi president, the U.S. government has been strongly urging Maliki to step down, and approved of the selection of Al-Abadi.
Al-Maliki has been the leader of Iraq since 2003, following the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein. He initially refused to step down and even threatened to file a court challenge. There was widespread fear that al-Maliki would attempt a military coup.
But Al-Maliki’s ultimate decision to leave office quietly and to support the designated transition clears the path for Iraq to benefit from increased U.S. aid.
IS (ISIS, ISIL) are massing forces 122 kilometers north of Baghdad near the town of Qara Tappa, according to ABC news, in what appears to be next step southward towards Iraq’s capital.
Al-Maliki stepping down is one less battle the Iraqi nation has to fight. ISIS is more than enough for any country to have to tame.
Lori Lowenthal Marcus
According to Winston Churchill, “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
The US Administration is leading the easing of economic sanctions against – and the legitimization of – the regime of Iran’s apocalyptic, almost-nuclear Ayatollahs and Mullahs, the allies of North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and other anti-US rogue regimes. They are the chief sponsors of anti-US Islamic terrorism, the role model of anti-US incitement and non-compliance with agreements, double-talk, repression, public executions, state-sponsored terrorism and subversion against the pro-US oil-producing Arab states.
Simultaneously, and against the will of the American people and the US Congress, the White House and the Department of State imply a not-so-subtle support of supposed European economic sanctions against the fallible Jewish state, which is the most reliable, stable, predictable, capable, democratic and unconditional ally of the US in the Middle East and beyond. Israel is the only country, whose alliance with the US is based on shared Judeo-Christian values, the foundation of Western democracy and American morality.
Contrary to the state of mind of the American people and the US Congress, the US Administration has not warned anti-Israel Europeans of the dire consequences, should they resort to sanctions against the Jewish State – a besieged island of Western democracy surrounded and assaulted by an ocean of anti-Western Islamic tyrannies. Instead, the current US policy – shaped largely by a foreign policy establishment, which courted Hafiz Assad, Bashar Assad, Saddam Hussein, Khomeini, Arafat, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood – provides a tailwind to misguided Europeans, and fuels unrealistic Palestinian expectations, radicalism and violence.
Western governments have chosen to pressure and threaten the Jewish state – the only Middle Eastern country where Jews, Christians and Muslims enjoy civil liberties and Muslim women benefit from equal opportunities – while placating and appeasing the regime of Mahmoud Abbas:
*The author of the Palestinian Authority death penalty for Arabs selling land to Israeli Jews, while Israel uproots Jews who settle disputed land;
*The ethnic-cleanser who reiterates opposition to the existence of Jewish communities in the proposed Palestinian state, while the Jewish state extends freedom of religion, press, expression, assembly and association to the 1.7 million Israeli Arabs, who – including most East Jerusalem Arabs – prefer Israeli to Palestinian citizenship; *The founding father of Western-bankrolled Palestinian hate education, who heralds suicide bombers, using Western financial aid to provide monthly allowances to families of Palestinian terrorists;
*The liquidator of the ancient Christian communities in Bethlehem, Beit Jallah, Ramallah and Beit Sakhour. There are more Christian refugees in Belize, Central America, than there are Christians left in Beit Jallah. From a Christian majority in Bethlehem before the 1993 arrival of Mahmoud Abbas, the Christian community has been reduced to a 15% minority. *A graduate of KGB training and Moscow University (Ph.D. thesis – Holocaust Denial); the coordinator of PLO ties with the Communist Bloc; an ally of Russia, China and North Korea; the loyal deputy of Arafat, systematically betraying the trust of Egypt (1950s), Syria (1966), Jordan (1970), Lebanon (1970-1982) and Kuwait (collaboration with Saddam’s August, 1990 invasion of Kuwait) through subversion and terrorism.
*A systematic violator of most agreements with Israel since 1993, when Israel imported some 70,000 PLO terrorists from Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Syria, Lebanon and Tunisia and provided them with control over 40% of Judea and Samaria and all of Gaza. The Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate, Jordan nor Egypt ever allowed this when they controlled that area. Mahmoud Abbas reciprocated with unprecedented hate education, terrorism and non-compliance.Yoram Ettinger