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14-Nov-2006

Sleeping With the Devil

Filed under: US & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 1:27 am

This article is based on Robert Baer’s book Sleeping With The Devil (2003). Baer was a case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1997. His overseas assignments included stints in Iraq and Beirut. Baer, who is fluent in Arabic, handled agents that infiltrated Hezbollah, Fatah, and al-Qaeda.

Sleeping With The Devil is a partly (CIA-) censored account of how the United States, or rather Washington, D.C., has been cohabiting with Saudi Arabia for decades under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Let’s understand why. (more…)

06-Nov-2006

Gays, Democracy, and the Democratic Party

Filed under: JudaismUS & Global PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 7:02 am

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, November 7. 2006.]

The scheduled Gay parade in Jerusalem is nothing less than an attack on Judaism and on the Jewish people. Only a government headed by Jews who prefer to be identified as “democrats” rather than “Jewish” would tolerate this desecration of the Holy City. Here we see that this government derives its legitimacy, and its secular leaders derive their respectability, from Israel’s reputation as a “democracy,” especially in the United States. (more…)

01-Nov-2006

On the Verge of Disaster

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 6:17 am

The following is a comment on the article: Decision Time on Iran, which appeared on the danielpipes.org website.

President George W. Bush’s multilateral attempt to stop Iran’s development of nuclear weapons is futile.

Multilateralism will not work vis-a-vis Iran because neither Europe nor Russia nor China is duly alarmed about a nuclear Iran, or rather, they are quite content to look on and see how awkwardly the United States is tripping over itself here and there in the Middle East. And why should they worry about Israel, Iran’s must vulnerable target? (more…)

23-Oct-2006

The “Religion Of Peace” And What To Do About It

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 9:56 pm

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 23, 2006.]

The day after Saudi and Egyptian suicide bombers destroyed the World Trade Center, killing almost 3,000 people, President George W. Bush assured Americans that Islam is a “religion of peace.”

The British were offered the same soporific by prime minister Tony Blair after the July 7, 2005 jihadist bombings in London. The media were no different. In June 2006, after 17 Muslims were arrested in Canada on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks against the Canadian Parliament building, The Ontario Citizen blamed Islamic “extremists.” Islam itself was innocent. (more…)

12-Oct-2006

America Alone

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 7:17 am

URGENT
Mark Steyn, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It (Regnery, 2006), is a most important and urgently needed book. It should be read by every American—indeed, by everyone concerned about the Islamic threat to Western Civilization. (more…)

11-Oct-2006

Defining the Issue and the Enemy

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 10:20 pm

The issue of the Second World War was Nazism versus liberal democracy. The United States rose to the challenge and, with its allies, defeated the clearly defined enemy.

The overriding issue that followed that war was Soviet Communism versus liberal democracy. The United States stayed the course and, almost alone, triumphed over that “Evil Empire.”

Today we find ourselves in a Third World War whose overriding issue is “Islamism” versus liberal democracy. Today, however, the United States is alone, the enemy has yet to be clearly defined, and it is by no means certain that the U.S. will triumph over this enemy. (more…)

26-Sep-2006

Needed: An Ideological Offensive

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 11:34 pm

A comment on the article: Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict, which appeared on the danielpipes.org website.

The hypersensitivity of Muslims or Arabs to aspersions of their prophet Muhammad is not merely a result of piety. Muslims have exaggerated ideas of their world–historical significance; indeed, they are notorious for their overweening pride. The West indulges this conceit, and not only because of the West’s dependence on the oil resources of the Persian Gulf. Also operative is cultural relativism, which has eroded the West’s confidence as the pinnacle of civilization.

Be this as it may, notice the double standards and duplicity of Muslim clerics who demand Pope Benedict XVI apologize for his unflattering reference to Muhammad: Did these clerics ever apologize for 9/11? (more…)

24-Aug-2006

Toward a Serious War Process

Filed under: Foreign PolicyIslam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 6:31 am

Not to minimize the loss of Jewish lives and property, but Israel’s latest round with Hezbollah is a blessing in disguise, for revealed not merely the inept and craven character of Israel’s government. What is even more important in the long run: the war revealed—more clearly than ever, and especially to the United States—that the enemy is not merely “militant Islam” (a tautology) but ISLAM per se.

Stated another way: A lot of American policy-makers and opinion-makers know more clearly than ever that the U.S. is in the midst of World War III, and that the enemy is more dangerous than Nazi Germany. (more…)

21-Aug-2006

What Prevents the West from Winning World War III?

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 11:55 pm

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, August 21, 2006].

Few people realize that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmaninejad, the most powerful leader of Shi’te Islam, has declared war on Judaism and Christianity by declaring his intention to “wipe Israel off the map” and establish a “world without America.” To take Ahmaninejad seriously, you must think of Hitler with nuclear missiles. But this is not all.

Wahhabi Saudi Arabia has financed the construction of thousands of mosques in the Western world. Imams are preaching jihad to the millions of Muslims that now populate the West. Great Britain and Europe, thanks to their immigration policies and permissive legal systems, are being Arabized primarily by Sunni Muslims who share Ahmaninejad’s jihadic agenda. (more…)

15-Aug-2006

Why Islam Should Be Wiped Off the Map

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 9:47 pm

I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.

Alexis de Tocqueville

[Islam’s massacres in India] are unparalleled in history, bigger in sheer numbers than the [Nazi] Holocaust, or the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks.

Serge Trivkovic

However much institutions, attitudes, and customs have changed, the Muslim approach to politics derives from the invariant premises of the religion and from fundamental themes established more than a millennium ago.

Daniel Pipes

Anyone who has read the Quran as well as Ibn Warraq (Why I Am Not a Muslim), or Robert Spencer (A Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam), or Bernard Lewis (The Crisis of Islam), or Bat Ye’or (Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide), or Kenneth Timmerman (Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America), or Raphael Patai (The Arab Mind), or D. F. Green (Arab Theologians on Jews and Israel), or Melanie Phillips (Londonistan)—anyone, I say, who has read these books knows that Islam, by any other name, is Islam, and that the Quran is the Islamic equivalent of Mein Kampf, as Winston Churchill indicates in his history of the Second World War. (more…)

03-Aug-2006

Optimism, Pessimism, and Realism

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 6:12 am

Middle East expert Daniel Pipes estimates that 10 to 15 percent of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims support the jihadist agenda. How comforting: only 130 to 195 million Muslims on planet Earth are committed to the destruction of Western civilization in general, and of the United States and Israel in particular!

Another expert, Robert Spencer (The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam), offers a pessimistic assessment: “there are indications from various parts of the Islamic world that the actual number of supporters of today’s jihad might be higher.” (more…)

01-Aug-2006

The War Against Israel

Filed under: EthicsForeign PolicyUS & Global PolicyCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 11:57 pm

by Melanie Phillips

The signs are mounting that the atrocity at Qana was not what it originally seemed. Two must-read blogs—Were the Qana Bodies Staged? and Milking it?— suggest the whole thing might have been staged. We have yet to discover the truth of what did actually happen, but the questions are mounting.

The Daily Telegraph—whose once principled support of Israel is now a distant memory as the paper signs up to the psychological pogrom against Israel being perpetrated by Britain’s media—entertains no such doubts. A disgusting headline this morning proclaimed: (more…)

28-Jul-2006

Collateral Damage and Cocker Spaniels

Filed under: Foreign PolicyUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 6:21 am

(Published July 3, 2003)

“On June 26, 1993, twenty-three Tomahawk guided missiles each loaded with a thousand pounds of high explosives, were fired from American Navy warships in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea at the headquarters complex of the Mukhabarat, the Iraqi intelligence services, in downtown Baghdad. The attack was in response to an American determination that Iraqi intelligence, under the command of President Saddam Hussein, had plotted to assassinate former President George Bush during Bush’s ceremonial visit to Kuwait in mid-April. It was President Clinton’s first act of war.”

Thus writes Seymour M. Hersh in an article on that event. More significant is the sequel: (more…)

23-Jul-2006

Some Reflections

Filed under: Foreign PolicyUS & Global PolicyCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 5:25 am

Both Syria and Iran are transporting terrorists into Iraq. These terrorists are killing American soldiers. These are acts of war. The U.S. should issue an ultimatum to Iran and Syria: “Stop sending terrorists into Syria, and stop arming Hisballah, otherwise we shall bomb the hell out of you.”

The Bush administration’s verbal support of Israel is a cynical joke.

Israel is fighting America’s war in Lebanon. Indeed, Israel is fighting the Islamic enemies of Western civilization. It’s a cruel joke that this little country, despite its inferior leadership, should be doing the dirty work of the decadent West. (more…)

06-Jul-2006

U.S. Dependence on Israel: A Request

Filed under: Foreign PolicyUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 6:18 am

Dear Friends:

I have asked for this before: Perhaps Yoram Ettinger—or someone with his help—can write an article setting for the extent to which the U.S. is dependent on Israel in

  1. avionics
  2. high tech
  3. medicine
  4. intelligence
  5. jobs
  6. science
  7. agriculture
  8. (more…)

12-Feb-2006

A War America Can’t Win

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 5:51 am

Introduction
This article, which was published nine days after 9/11, should be reviewed in the light of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and the “Road Map to a Palestinian state (as is done in the Epilogue dated June 13, 2003. I am publishing it again because American scholars persist in denying a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West, a clash which Muslims, down through the centuries, have always emphasized. This clash must not be obscured for various reasons.

  1. We are at war. Informed people in America know, and Muslims know, that the U.S. is extremely vulnerable—that if New York is closed down, the American economy would be devastated, racial and ethnic violence or urban warfare would erupt, which would put an end to American democracy and destabilize the entire world.
  2. The anti-war movement regarding Iraq is little more than a manifestation of the adolescent and self-indulgent character of Americans society. This society is steeped in moral relativism, takes civilization for granted, and is abysmally ignorant of how many thousands of years were required for mankind to transcend barbarism.
  3. At stake in the current war is the sanctity of human life, threatened by the murderous paganism latent in Islam. Only a rejuvenated Israel can overcome Islam.

PART I
America can’t win the war against international terrorism because the U.S. has failed to identify the enemy. (more…)

07-Feb-2006

The Myth of Israel’s Dependence on the United States

Filed under: Foreign PolicyUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 6:52 am
  1. So long as Israel believes it’s dependent on the U.S. for its survival, Washington will continue to mediate the Israel-Arab conflict to the disadvantage of the Jewish state.

  2. American and Israeli politicians are ever saying that the shared moral values the U.S. and Israel is the basis of their friendly relationship. Ariel Sharon often said that his friendly relationship with President George W. Bush was Israel’s greatest strategic asset. No wonder Sharon repeatedly engaged in unilateral concessions to Israel’s Arab enemies! But this obviously renders Israelis servile and undermines the security of their country.

  3. (more…)

01-Jan-2002

Peace of Perfidy

Filed under: Foreign PolicyOslo/Peace ProcessUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 5:17 am

Nations with democratic forms of government are not for that reason the natural allies of each other or the implacable foes of dictatorships.”
Metternich (1773-1859)

I want to assure you, Mr. Katz, that if we were not getting full value for our money, you would not get a cent from us.”
Joseph Sisco (former Assistant Secretary of State, to Shmuel Katz, Israeli author, February 3, 1989)

I. The “Honest Broker”

Ever since Henry Kissinger’s shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East, the term “honest broker” has been bandied about to describe America’s role in the Arab-Israel conflict. What exactly is an “honest broker”?

First of all, the mere fact that the adjective “honest” qualifies the noun “broker” suggests that brokers are usually dishonest or have a reputation for being so. (more…)

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