Archive for the ‘Foreign Affairs’ Category

What would an earth-shaking event be without remarks from the ivory tower’s most prolific and predictable scholar, Noam Chomsky? His recent commentary on the operation that led to the demise of Bin Laden would indicate that his once sharp critical mind has dulled considerably over the years. I would go so far as to suggest it’s incontrovertible proof that Chomsky has, in fact, been dead for some time now and that a very simple computer algorithm generates his rather boilerplate missives. His full commentary can be read here, but I’d like to draw your attention to a particularly laughable excerpt in which Chomsky addresses Geronimogate:

Same with the name, Operation Geronimo. The imperial mentality is so profound, throughout western society, that no one can perceive that they are glorifying bin Laden by identifying him with courageous resistance against genocidal invaders. It’s like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk… It’s as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes “Jew” and “Gypsy.”

Wouldn’t naming an implement of destruction as brutal and efficient as the ones he mentions be a sign of respect for the warrior prowess of the Native American? It’s a sign that well over a hundred years after the Indian Wars and the excesses our federal government engaged in against the Native American, we, as a people, no longer see him as the simple savage that our ancestors might have.

The Jewish people and the Gypsies were treated the way they were for being, according to Nazi ideology and the popular eugenic science at the time, genetic pollutants. The Third Reich had no respect for them as a people, which led them to truncate their individual liberties to the extent that systematic extermination was viewed as ethical. They would therefore never name a weapon – something meant to command respect on the battlefield—the “Jew” or the “Gypsie” as Chomsky suggests.

However, were the modern German army to name a weapon the “Anielewicz”, after one of the primary organizers of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, it would be a sign of respect towards those they had once treated as less than human. This would indication that as a society they have adopted that struggle against Nazi excesses as a part of their common heritage, and not an adoption of a “profound imperial mentality” as Chomsky suggests.

The questions Chomsky raises in the complete piece require a more complex analysis, but that particular aspect would indicate that he believes society is incapable of progress and must remain mired in what many believe to be a dark period of its past. Contrary to being progressive, his outlook is anything but. I think it’s time for someone at MIT to update the Chomsky algorithm.


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My friend Yogi Love has a brilliant cartoon over at Red Planet Cartoons concerning the Ground Zero Mosque:

(Yogi is the artist who created my custom header and About section image. Check his work out at RedPlanetCartoons.com)

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Hey…remember the international outrage when Egyptians gassed and killed 4 Palestinian tunnel smugglers in April:

Egyptian forces pumped gas into a cross-border tunnel used to smuggle goods into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing four Palestinians, Hamas officials said.

Egypt has been under pressure to seal off the hundreds of tunnels that are a key economic lifeline for the blockaded Palestinian territory but which are also used to bring in weapons for the Islamic militant group.

Oh, you didn’t hear about that one? I was sure that it had led to a UN resolution condemning Egypt and massive protests from the international left.

Well I’m sure then that you must have heard about the Palestinian fisherman who was killed by the Egyptian navy on May 12th.

A Gaza fisherman claims that an Egyptian corvette rammed his fishing boat, near Egypt, knocking his father into the water.  Then, the son says, the corvette kept ramming his father until dead, rather than rescuing him.

You didn’t hear about that either? Must have been an oversight.

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Sorry, once you start swinging weapons and grabbing the rifle’s of the soldiers, you’re no longer a peace activist. Had the flotilla passengers resisted non-violently, I might have sympathy. As the video plainly demonstrates though, the occupants of the flotilla did not engage in a water-borne sit-in. The truth is that those who were on the flotilla were emissaries of organizations that are offended at the very idea of a Jewish state, not because of political reasons, but for ethnic and religious ones.
Seeing as your criticism of Israel is considerably more vitriolic and knee jerk than your criticism of nations that are far more vicious to their domestic populations as well as to their neighbors, I have no choice but to question your motives. I have no choice but to wonder whether Israel’s existence as a “Jewish State” is what really upsets you as well. If it is, that’s fine, just stop pretending otherwise please.
Yes, I hear you when you say you’re simply “anti-Zionist”, but what do you really mean when you say you are anti-Zionist? I return to the immortal words of Martin Luther King who said, “Anti-Semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionism is inherently anti-Semitic, and ever will be.”

Wake the hell up my libertarian friends. There is no brotherhood of freedom fighters to which you and those who fight for a “free Palestine” belong.

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Where are the liberals on this one? An American Citizen was just given the death penalty without the benefit of trial. This from the NYT:

The Obama administration’s decision to authorize the killing by the Central Intelligence Agency of a terrorism suspect who is an American citizen has set off a debate over the legal and political limits of drone missile strikes, a mainstay of the campaign against terrorism.

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You want to know what’s considered to be acceptable on our college campuses today, take a gander at this 3 minute video of part of a question and answer period from a David Horowitz speech. Not only does the young muslim girl refuse to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah, she explicitly agrees with the leader of Hezbollah who hopes that Jews will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt them down globally.

All I have to tell this girl is prepare to be famous.

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He did so on the Conservative Jewish radio program The Nachum Segal show, calling The White House’s policy “counter-productive”. When you’ve lost Schumer…

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