Protesters took to the streets across Turkey this week, after audio recordings purportedly of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordering his son to dispose of vast amounts of cash amid a graft probe surfaced and went viral on the Internet. Thousands of people demonstrated in 11 cities, including Ankara and Istanbul (Constantinople), shouting anti-government and anti-Erdogan slogans, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. Police in the capital fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd that chanted, “The government resigns” and “Thief Erdogan.”
In Istanbul, protests were reportedly held at 10 locations, with the biggest demonstration in the district of Kadikoy, where some 5,000 people marched to the district center, carrying banners reading, “Where are the thieves?” and “You will answer to the people.”
As is usual in this part of the globe, Turkey's prime minister on Tuesday accused Israel of being behind the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, offering as the only evidence for his claim a statement by a Jewish French intellectual during a meeting with an Israeli official, while both Israel and the US State Department reject the claim as baseless and unsubstantiated, also usual in these other two sectors.
In his nationally televised speech, Erdogan also took a swipe at Muslim nations, accusing them of betraying Egypt by supporting the country's military-backed new leaders.
Protests against Erdogan were also held in the cities of Izmir, Antalya, Antakya, Samsun, Trabzon, Eskisehir, Kocaeli, Bursa and Canakkale, according to Xinhua. Clashes between riot police and the crowds were reported in Istanbul, Bursa and Eskisehir.
A chief prosecutor’s office on Tuesday initiated an investigation into the audio recordings in question, Turkish state-run media reported, as opposition parties demanded that the government resign. Erdogan met with Turkey’s intelligence chief shortly after voice recordings of two peoplealleged to be Erdogan and his soncirculated on the Internet on Monday.
As to be expected, the Turkish leader has drawn parallel between Morsi's ouster and a series of anti-government protests in Turkey in June that he has blamed on an international conspiracy to topple his democratically elected government albeit through illegal means, for Erdogan has been slowly rolling back the secular state to allow Islam's theocratic forces to assert themselves against the opposition of the military. This regress to the pre-Ataturkian mindset is causing much consternation among a large population of secular Turks and the West in the run-up to Turkey having its best chance at joining the EU.
Turkey should never be allowed to join the EU. And yes, the West should hasten Erdogan's ouster by diplomatic means if no other. Until Islamic nations recognize and begin admitting the error of their ways, improving the lives of their own people, ceasing hostilities against other faiths, and pushing for a more secularized version of their former selves, the factions of warcivilization against civilizationwill only heat up.
FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE STARED into the soul-gnarling lies, generalized apathy, distortion, and social cannibalism the vast wasteland that Hollywood and its imperialist camps scattered across this once great nation prop up in celebration of diversity to mock purported failures of conservatism and its time-tested platform, and not its own bankrupt utopian visions (for others less talented than them), we can once again embrace a brief respite from the horrors of this cultural war. The turning tide now includes former lefty artist extraordinaire, David Mamet. Pulitzer Prize winner and Oscar nominee David Mamet, who in the eyes of many is America’s greatest living playwright as well as a successful screenwriter and movie director (his better known plays and films include Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, Speed the Plow, The Verdict and House of Games) has published an important book called The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, in which, in a no-holds barred approach, he expounds his political and cultural beliefs on the world in general and America in particular.
Mamet, like many in the US today, though probably less so among the usual Hollywood and Broadway types, has in recent years come full circle from starry-eyed liberal to determined conservative, giving short thrift to most of American liberals’ “sacred cows,” in particular ridiculing many of the programs and policies of the current administration with regard to education, economics, health-care, multiculturalism etc.
Liberalism is understood in the US in a very different way than in Europe (and Israel). While in the Old World liberalism is a political philosophy which argues for freedom of the individual in all his activities, including economics, religion, etc. and in particular espouses limited government – in America it is nearly the exact opposite, connoting, among other things, a major role for the state in most of the above. In effect, American liberalism has a much closer relationship with European-style socialism than with classical liberalism.
But while some of Mamet’s polemics about the American political and social scenes may, in the view of some, be debatable or exaggerated, what makes his new book especially important, certainly for Jews, and what sets him apart from some other Jewish intellectuals, is his straightforward, clear-headed and clear-eyed approach to all things Jewish and Israeli. A proud and committed Jew, he closely identifies with the State of Israel, referring to its enemies as “our opponents.”
The concept of Left verus Right has existed since the French Revolution. The "Left" self-identified with the goats of the Bible, and anti-Catholic MPs claimed the seats on the left side of the chamber. From the beginning, the Left excoriated the "Right" as sheep entralled to the Shepherd of Rome.
O UR DULY ESTEEMED ESSAYIST Clarice Feldman writing a piece n today's cluster of new American Thinker articles, describes the Left as people delighted...
"...in the absolute certainty of the righteousness and soundness of their views, and their right to have them automatically accepted as the approved model for all right thinking people."
Progressives hold about a dozen core beliefs plus variations. Half of their beliefs contradict the other half. With a little study, skewering them can be reduced to just a few chess moves. The corrective screeching that results is music.
The concept of Left verus Right has existed since the French Revolution. The "Left" self-identified with the goats of the Bible, and anti-Catholic MPs claimed the seats on the left side of the chamber. From the beginning, the Left excoriated the "Right" as sheep entralled to the Shepherd of Rome. This hatred of religion took on many forms over the centuries and is the hallmark of leftist ideology. In the 20th Century alone, Leftists sought, and very nearly succeeded, in destroying religious faith. In Lenin's Russia, Stalin's USSR, Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Mao's China, Pol Pot's Cambodia. The Left hates religion, but not all religions are equal. Judaism and its offshoot, Christianity, seem to be the main targets of the Left.
At their core, leftists despise God as well as anyone "dumb" enough to follow God's commandments against lying, stealing, murderor promiscuously coveting someone or something. Leftists are not opposed to any of these especially if done to advance the cause.
There is more validity to Saul Alinsky's dedication to Luciferthe first revolutionarythan probably anyone can imagine. Leftists proudly follow their father who was a liar and a murderer from the beginning. This is primarily the reason the Left attempts to control the lives and beliefs of every person on earth. They offer "freedom" to break God's commandments, but in exchange, they offer only slavery. Remember, impresario magnifique, Bob Dylan sings with no strings attached, "You gotta serve somebody."
Ronald Reagan was partially correct when he declared the Soviet Union to be the focus of evil in the modern world. His resolute belief in "We win, they lose" brought about the demise of the Left's Promised Land. But the Left is not vanquished yet. They have almost succeeded in having all expression of religious faith banned from the West. But they will fight to the last drop of your blood to make certain that Islam's belief in Allah flourishes. Hypocritical until one remembers the Left adheres to the dictum, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
The Left is the enemy of God, believers, and liberty. They despise the United States and everything we stand for. For the Left, we are the focus of evil in the modern world, and we must be destroyed.
Raging against the dying of the light? More like raging against the light dawning in this nation and in other western nations. We, the People of the United States, will be free or we will die fighting against tyranny. The Left has held sway over our institutions for many decades. Yet, they are losing the war on freedom and faith. They have reason to rage. Let it be their last act of desperation and impotence. After all, this life is all they have.
IN ISRAEL, THE BIG INEQUALITY GAP is not so much between the Israeli Jews vs the few Israeli Palestinians still in Israel, as it is between the Mizrahi Jews.(sometimes called Arab Jews) and the Ashkenazi Jews (European Jews). In the early 1970s, American Black Panther, Angela Davis, led a large Mizrahi protest. The Mizrahi Jews even formed their own Black Panther party. At one time, the Mizrahi Jews made up the largest percentage of Israel's population, but very few were allowed to hold political office.
Ashkenazim constitute more than 80 percent of all the Jews in the world, vastly outnumbering Sephardic Jews. In the late 20th century, Ashkenazic Jews numbered more than 11 million. In Israel the numbers of Ashkenazim and Sephardim are roughly equal, and the chief rabbinate has both an Ashkenazic and a Sephardic chief rabbi on equal footing. All Reform and Conservative Jewish congregations belong to the Ashkenazic tradition
The influx of Russian Jews pushed the Mizrahi further into the Israeli ghettos, which they share with the Palestinians. Ironically, the ghetto dwellings are some of Israel's most beautiful examples of Oriental architecture. Consequently, wealthy Ashkenazi Jews are booting out the Mizrahis and Palestinians so that they can renovate them into posh lofts. As the Ashkenazi Jews get richer, the Mizrahis get poorer. By appearances, the Ashkenazi and Mizrahis are two entirely different ethnic groups. In Israel, not all Jews are created equal. The are becoming more unequal all the time.
LIKE ALL RAD PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS, Barack Hussein Obama is moxy, arrogant and extremely Anti-Semitic. Jimmy Carter once held the highest distinction for hating Israel but has recently been bested by his disciple Obama. When it comes to supporting Islamic terror Hitler forged that same alliance before. His allies were Croat and Bosnian Muslim Nazis, known as Ustashas, the worst monsters of modern history. Their intended victims were Serbs, Jews and Gypsies. History keeps repeating itself. The same divide and conquer "game" played by Hitler in Bosnia, and other places, during WWII, is now played again by the the Obama regime of Progressive Nazi's. This is why we have to remind you what happened the last time the "game" was played:
"WWII, in Bosnia...The Croatian Fascists began a massacre of Serbs, which in the entire annals of World War II, was surpassed in savagery only by the mass extermination of the Polish Jews!"
The above quote can be found in any edition of Encyclopedia Britannica from Edition 1970 to 1989. (Macropedia, entry: Yugoslavia, World War II).
After World War I, the Great Powers of Europe jockeyed for influence in the Middle East's oil fields and trade routes, with France and Britain holding mandates throughout most of the region. In the 1930s, the fascist regimes that arose in Italy and Germany sought greater stakes in the area, and began courting Arab leaders to revolt against their British and French custodians. Among their many willing accomplices was Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin el-Husseini, who fled Palestine after agitating against the British during the Arab Revolt of 1936-39. He found refuge in Iraqanother of Her Majesty's mandateswhere he again topped the British most wanted list after helping pull the strings behind the Iraqi coup of 1941. The revolt in Baghdad was orchestrated by Hitler as part of a strategy to squeeze the region between the pincers of Rommel's troops in North Africa, German forces in the Caucuses and pro-Nazi forces in Iraq. However, in June 1941 British troops put down the rebellion and the Mufti escaped via Tehran to Italy and eventually to Berlin.
Arab Mufti Greets Nazis, 1944
Once in Berlin, the Mufti received an enthusiastic reception by the "Islamische Zentralinstitut" and the whole Islamic community of Germany, which welcomed him as the "Führer of the Arabic world." In an introductory speech, he called the Jews the "most fierce enemies of the Muslims" and an "ever corruptive element" in the world. Husseini soon became an honored guest of the Nazi leadership and met on several occasions with Hitler. He personally lobbied the Führer against the plan to let Jews leave Hungary, fearing they would immigrate to Palestine. He also strongly intervened when Adolf Eichman tried to cut a deal with the British government to exchange German POWs for 5000 Jewish children who also could have fled to Palestine. The Mufti's protests with the SS were successful, as the children were sent to death camps in Poland instead. One German officer noted in his journals that the Mufti would liked to have seen the Jews "preferably all killed." On a visit to Auschwitz, he reportedly admonished the guards running the gas chambers to work more diligently. Throughout the war, he appeared regularly on German radio broadcasts to the Middle East, preaching his pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic message to the Arab masses back home.
To show gratitude towards his hosts, in 1943 the Mufti travelled several times to Bosnia, where on orders of the SS he recruited the notorious "Hanjar troopers," a special Bosnian Waffen SS company which slaugh-tered 90% of Bosnia's Jews and burned countless Serbian churches and villages. These Bosnian Muslim recruits rapidly found favor with SS chief Heinrich Himmler, who established a special Mullah Military school in Dresden.
The only condition the Mufti set for his help was that after Hitler won the war, the entire Jewish population in Palestine should be liquidated. After the war, Husseini fled to Switzerland and from there escaped via France to Cairo, were he was warmly received. The Mufti used funds received earlier from the Hilter regime to finance the Nazi-inspired Arab Liberation Army that terrorized Jews in Palestine.
The Arab Embrace of Nazism: Husseini represents the prevalent pro-Nazi posture among the Arab/Muslim world before, during and even after the Holocaust. The Nazi-Arab connection existed even when Adolf Hitler first seized power in Germany in 1933. News of the Nazi takeover was welcomed by the Arab masses with great enthusiasm, as the first congratulatory telegrams Hitler received upon being appointed Chancellor came from the German Consul in Jerusalem, followed by those from several Arab capitals. Soon afterwards, parties that imitated the National Socialists were founded in many Arab lands, like the "Hisb-el-qaumi-el-suri" (PPS) or Social Nationalist Party in Syria. Its leader, Anton Sa'ada, styled himself the Führer of the Syrian nation, and Hitler became known as "Abu Ali" (In Egypt his name was "Muhammed Haidar"). The banner of the PPS displayed the swastika on a black-white background. Later, a Lebanese branch of the PPSwhich still receives its orders from Damascuswas involved in the assassination of Lebanese President Pierre Gemayel.
The most influential party that emulated the Nazis was "Young Egypt," which was founded in October 1933. They had storm troopers, torch processions, and literal translations of Nazi sloganslike "One folk, One party, One leader." Nazi anti-Semitism was replicated, with calls to boycott Jewish businesses and physical attacks on Jews. Britain had a bitter experience with this pro-German mood in Egypt, when the official Egyptian government failed to declare war on the Wehrmacht as German troops were about to conquer Alexandria.
After the war, a member of Young Egypt named Gamal Abdul Nasser was among the officers who led the July 1952 revolution in Egypt. Their first act – following in Hitler's footstepswas to outlaw all other parties. Nasser's Egypt became a safe haven for Nazi war criminals, among them the SS General in charge of the murder of Ukrainian Jewry; he became Nasser's bodyguard and close comrade. Alois Brunner, another senior Nazi war criminal, found shelter in Damascus, where he served for many years as senior adviser to the Syrian general staff and still resides today.
Sami al-Joundi, one of the founders of the ruling Syrian Ba'ath Party, recalls: "We were racists. We admired the Nazis. We were immersed in reading Nazi literature and books... We were the first who thought of a translation of Mein Kampf. Anyone who lived in Damascus at that time was witness to the Arab inclination toward Nazism."
These leanings never completely ceased. Hitler's Mein Kampf currently ranks sixth on the best-seller list among Palestinian Arabs. Luis Al-Haj, translator of the Arabic edition, writes glowingly in the preface about how Hitler's "ideology" and his "theories of nationalism, dictatorship and race… are advancing especially within our Arabic States." When Palestinian police first greeted Arafat in the self-rule areas, they offered the infamous Nazi salutethe right arm raised straight and upward.
The PLO and notably Arafat himself do not make a secret of their source of inspiration. The Grand Mufti el-Husseini is venerated as a hero by the PLO. It should be noted, that the PLO's top figure in east Jerusalem today, Faisal Husseini, is the grandson to the Führer's Mufti. Arafat also considers the Grand Mufti a respected educator and leader, and in 1985 declared it an honor to follow in his footsteps. Little wonder. In 1951, a close relative of the Mufti named Rahman Abdul Rauf el-Qudwa el-Husseini matriculated to the University of Cairo. The student decided to conceal his true identity and enlisted as "Yasser Arafat."
The most recent "Obamination" is the giving of US tax dollars from the stimulus package to the PLA Fatah. A division of the PA or PLA is the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade a terrorist wing of the Fatah Security Force.
Again, aid and comfort to the enemies of the US and Israel are being funded by hard earned and foolishly spent tax payer dollars. At present US tax dollars are being spent to "fund" Islamic students at the UC in California. Students recieve a free ride under the liberal "diversity" outreach program plus $40,000.00 stipend. What do Americans get for their money? Hatred, Nazism, Islamonazism and a well educated enemy. Tell me, who gives the children of US citizens a free ride and 40 G's?
Obama is doing the same thing by the same identical play book used by Hitler to support and get support from the people of Islam. Again, there is no peaceful Islam, only outnumbered Muslims. Should he be relieved of his command?
IS IT REALISTIC TO BELIEVE that while Islam is conquering Europe and spreading throughout America that there is an economic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, indeed, that making Palestinians prosperous will transform them into bourgeois democrats? Is it not the case that many Islamic terrorists, including those that destroyed the World Trades Center, came from middle class families?
Is it realistic to think that a few million “Palestinians” are going turn their back on 1.5 billion Muslims on planet earth? Is it realistic to believe that these Palestinians are going to trash their fourteen-century religion, overcome its equally long hatred of Jews, and genuflect to Bibi, who insists that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state? This strikes me as a page from Alice-in-Wonderland—to put it kindly.
Of course, Bibi and his allies may be disingenuous, merely playing the “politics of peace.” Many politicians and pundits pose as “politically correct” because they lack the courage to be politically incorrect. Like Hamlet said of men’s conscience, “Islam doth make cowards of them all.” It takes intellectual probity to see Islam for what it is. This is especially, but not exclusively, true of superficial secularists. It’s difficult for such secularists to take any religion seriously, especially one that strikes them as utterly alien and irrational.
If you ask any religious Jew whether genuine peace is possible between Israel and the Palestinians, I dare say nine out of ten will say no, and he will add that those who think otherwise are not realistic.
To clinch the argument, a large majority of Israel’s own Arab citizens, who enjoy a relatively high standard of living and possess educational and professional opportunities unequalled in the Islamic world, identify with Israel’s enemies and are therefore committed to Israel’s demise—contrary to their own economic interests.
Genuine realism requires a candid theological understanding of Islam correlated with a candid review of Islamic history—a correlation of the Quran’s venomous hatred of “infidels” and Islam’s genocidal slaughter of Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Armenian communities.
Genuine realists like philosopher Lee Harris and psychiatrist Wafa Sultan know that Islam’s ethos of Jihad makes it an enemy of civilization.
Genuine realists know there are no evidentiary grounds to expect the Palestinians to renounce that Islamic ethos—the precondition of peace—and become bourgeois democrats, unless you so devastate them as to eradicate their desire to wage war for a hundred years—as the Allied powers did to Germany.
As indicated in “Wishful Thinking Realists,” the economic approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is based on a Marxist mode of thought: the primacy of economics over religion. Marxism involves a simplistic view of human nature. By the way, one reason why Bibi is so lucid is because he is rather superficial. Consider his insistence on “reciprocity” in negotiating with the Palestinian Authority. What can these Arabs give Israel that is comparable to Israel’s heartland, Judea and Samaria? Assume Bibi knows this. Then his talk about reciprocity is “politically correct” flapdoodle, which Arabs must surely laugh to scorn.
His talk about “reciprocity” has nothing to do with realism. If Bibi were a realist, he would know that a non-compromising approach to dealing with non-compromising Muslims is the only genuine realism. Secure in his prestige as an orator, however, Bibi talks foreign policy; he does not make foreign—certainly not a Jewish foreign policy.
So he plays a game of “political correctness.” You can hardly expect him to say in public that Israel is confronted by a foe with which genuine peace is impossible? He could confirm this “politically incorrect” position by recalling the Sharm e-Sheikh Memorandum of September 4 1999, when Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat, in addition to Gaza, 97 percent of Judea and Samaria including eastern Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Yet Arafat refused. There’s a little secret here.
No leader of the Palestinian Arabs is going to sign a peace treaty with Israel—will recognize Israel as a Jewish state—because he knows he will be assassinated soon thereafter as was Anwar Sadat. Does Bibi know this? Is this why he endorsed a Palestinian State? If so, who is Netanyahu deceiving, and how many “politically correct” pundits are keeping his secret?
If this assessment is correct, does Bibi have any constructive plans for Israel’s future, plans that will preserve Israel as a Jewish polity? I intend to address this issue on my Monday morning (November 15) report on Israel National Radio.
Prof. Paul Eidelberg is a political scientist, author and lecturer; Founder and President, Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, a Jerusalem-based think tank for improving Israel's system of governance. He is a valued contributor to JewishIndy.
His previous book, Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall, provides the philosophical and institutional foundations for reconstructing the State of Israel. It has been translated into Hebrew and Russian. His most recent books are: A Jewish Philosophy of History and The Myth of Israeli Democracy: Toward a Truly Jewish Israel.
From our friend Hershel Tsvi Yehuda in a pithy response to everything the pro-Palestinean activiists have to say on this very old, very bloody topic:
HISTORY SHOWS THAT THE CONFLICT here in Israel is not over land, but has to do with the inability of our Arabs/Muslim neighbors to recognize that Jews and Christians have any claim, religious or historical, to the land of Israel. Time and time again throughout the middle east, and even now in Asia, it becomes the goal of radical Muslims to destroy religious sites from other religions and build Mosques over them. From the destruction of Buddhist statues in Afghanistan to the constant religious battles in India, and back to the middle east, this history repeats itself over and over again.
But while we are on the subject, let's dig that swimming pool a little deeper, shall we, again from the rife pen of Hershel Tsvi Yehuda:
The first thing to note is that the conflict between Jews and Arabs in the land of Israel predates the settlement movement that started in 1967, and even pre-dates Israel's re-establishment as an independent state in 1948. There were pogroms that included the sadistic rape, murder, dismemberment, and burning of thousands of Jews and their properties here going back to the middle of the 19th century. There was no Israeli state, no settlements, and there was no "occupation" of an Arab people called Palestinians.
Next, it it important to point out that the Palestinian Arabs have been offered a state multiple times and rejected it outright, preferring to wage war on the Jews with the hopes of "throwing them into the sea." The entire land of the British mandate was designated as a Jewish state, and in contradiction to official British policy, 80% of the land was given to the Heshemite monarchy to establish the Kingdom of Jordan (which is now over 80% Palestinian.) Of the 20% of the land remaining, the United Nations (League of Nations at the time) offered partition, half to the Palestinian Arabs, half to the Jews. The Jews accepted the small and virtually indefensible borders and immediately established Israel. The Arabs rejected and sent 5 national armies and legions of Palestinian Arabs to destroy the new Jewish state. Thank G-d, the Jews won, and were happy to have a state even though it did not give them authority over it's most holy sites in Jerusalem.
From 1948 until 1967, after every Jew living in east Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza Strip, (places Jewish families have lived consistently since temple times) had been murdered or exiled, Israel still suffered hundreds of murderous attacks from the Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. From bus hijackings resulting in the murder of the passengers, to schools being raided by child murdering terrorists, shootings, bombings, kidnappings and more. All these attacks despite the fact that there was no occupation, no settlements, and the Arabs did not make a single attempt at establishing an independent state called Palestine.
In 1967, when the Arab countries called up their armies and pledged to throw Israel into the sea, Israel launched a pre-emptive attack destroying the Arab armies, and re-claiming the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Since then, Israel re-built Jewish towns (settlements) in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, reestablishing ancient Jewish communities from biblical places such as Hebron, Bet El, and Shilo, and Israel finally gained control over it's most holy site, the site of the ancient temple that Jews had been forbidden to visit since the Arabs controlled it in 1948. With Israeli control over all of Jerusalem, Christian and Jewish holy sites were restored and for the first time in many years, all religions had access to their holy sites.
Suddenly the Palestinian Arabs decided that the reason they are murdering Jews is because of the occupation. To reiterate, these attacks had been going on all along, before the West Bank and Gaza Strip were "occupied." Throughout this war of terror, Israel has repeatedly tried negotiating with the Palestinian Arabs. They have been offered a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip 2 times by Israeli leaders, most famously by Prime Minister Ehud Barak who against the security interests of Israel offered them 97% of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with a capital in east Jerusalem. The answer Israel received was a "no," and a wave of suicide bombings and shooting attacks that murdered and injured thousands of Israelis.