Friday, September 4, 2015

NATO Allies Making It Easier for Iran to Attack Israel - Burak Bekdil



by Burak Bekdil


Is it a coincidence that the U.S. and Germany decided to pull their Patriots from Turkey after signing the Iran nuclear deal?



U.S. Patriot missiles in Gaziantep, Turkey
In early 2013, NATO supposedly came to its ally's help: As Turkey was under threat from Syrian missiles -- potentially with biological/chemical warheads -- the alliance would build a mini anti-missile defense architecture on Turkish soil. Six U.S.-made Patriot missile batteries would be deployed in three Turkish cities and protect a vast area where about 3.5 million Turks lived.

The Patriot batteries that would protect Turkey from Syrian missiles belonged to the United States, Germany and the Netherlands. In early 2015, the Dutch mission ended and was replaced by Spanish Patriots. Recently, the German government said that it would withdraw its Patriot batteries and 250 troops at the beginning of 2016. Almost simultaneously, the U.S. government informed Turkey that its Patriot mission, expiring in October, would not be renewed. Washington cited "critical modernization upgrades" for the withdrawal.

Iran views defensive NATO assets in Turkey as a threat to its offensive missile capabilities.
Since the air defense system was stationed on Turkish soil, it unnerved Iran more than it did Syria. There is a story behind this. First, Patriot missiles cannot protect large swaths of land, but only designated friendly sites or installations in their vicinity. That the six batteries would protect Turkey's entire south and 3.5 million people living there was a tall tale. They would instead protect a U.S.-owned, NATO-assigned radar deployed earlier in Kurecik, a Turkish town; and they would protect it not from Syrian missiles with chemical warheads, but from Iranian ballistic missiles.

Kurecik seemed to matter a lot to Iran. In November 2011, Iran threatened that it would target NATO's missile defense shield in Turkey, "and then hit the next targets" (read Israel), if it were threatened. Shortly before the arrival of Patriots in Turkey, Iran's army chief of staff warned NATO that stationing Patriot anti-missile batteries in Turkey was "setting the stage for world war."

What was stationed in Kurecik was an early-warning missile detection and tracking radar system. Its mission is to provide U.S. naval assets in the Mediterranean with early warning and tracking information in case of an Iranian missile launch that might target an ally or a friendly country, including Israel. So, a six-battery Patriot shield to protect the NATO radar in Kurecik against possible Iranian aggression was necessary. And that explains why the Iranians went mad about Kurecik and openly threatened to hit it.

NATO and Turkish officials have always denied any link between the Patriot missiles and the NATO radar in Turkey. They have often pointed out that the Patriot batteries were stationed in the provinces of Adana, Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep, while Kurecik was in nearby Malatya province. But the Patriot is a road-mobile system: It can be dismantled easily and re-deployed in another area in a matter of hours (the road distance between Kurecik and Kahramanmaras is a mere 200 kilometers, or 124 miles).

Clearly, Iran did not go mad and threaten to hit all NATO installations in Turkey because it wanted 3.5 million Turkish citizens to die from the chemical warhead of a Syrian missile. It went mad and threatened because it viewed the defensive NATO assets in Turkey as a threat to its offensive missile capabilities, which the Patriots could potentially neutralize.

Is it a coincidence that the U.S. and Germany decided to pull their Patriots from Turkey after signing the Iran nuclear deal?
Why, otherwise, would a country feel "threatened" and threaten others with starting a "world war" just because a bunch of defensive systems are deployed in a neighboring country? Iran did so because it views the NATO radar in Turkey as an asset that could counter any missile attack on Israel; and the Patriots as hostile elements because they would protect that radar. In a way, Iran's reaction to the NATO assets in Turkey revealed its intentions to attack.

It could be a total coincidence that the U.S. and Germany (most likely to be followed by Spain) have decided to pull their Patriot batteries and troops from Turkey shortly after agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran. But if it is a coincidence, it is a very suspicious one. In theory, the Patriot systems were deployed in Turkey in order to protect the NATO ally from missile threats from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Right? Right.

Assad's regime is still alive in Damascus and it has the same missile arsenal it had in 2013. Moreover, Turkey's cold war with Assad's Syria is worse than it was in 2013, with Ankara systematically supporting every opposition group and openly declaring that it is pushing for Assad's downfall. Why were Assad's missiles a threat to Turkey two and a half years ago, but are not today?

The Patriot missiles are leaving Turkey. They no longer will "protect Turkish soil."

Apparently, NATO allies believe, although the idea defies logic, that the nuclear deal with Iran will discourage the mullahs in Tehran from attacking Israel.

It looks as if the NATO heavyweights' decision is more a gesture to Iran than to Turkey.


Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist for the Turkish daily Hürriyet and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Source: http://www.meforum.org/5467/turkey-iran-nato

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Europe sells the hangman's rope - again - James Lewis



by James Lewis

Today Europe has suicidally imported more than 50 million Muslims -- just as Obama wants us to do here. With America failing to provide international leadership, Europe has simply collapsed and surrendered -- hoping the crocodile will eat it last.

It was V.I. Lenin who sneered that the last capitalist would sell communists the rope to hang him with. That's what happened in the Soviet Empire, which ran Eastern Europe for half a century. But even in the 1930s most European nations were ready to surrender preemptively to the Nazi war machine.

Today Europe has suicidally imported more than 50 million Muslims -- just as Obama wants us to do here. With America failing to provide international leadership, Europe has simply collapsed and surrendered -- hoping the crocodile will eat it last.

Remember how well that worked the last few times?

Since 1945 Europe has been unwilling to defend itself, relying on the US-Anglosphere alliance to pull its chestnuts out of the fire. In the case of Islam, Europe is pre-emptively bowing to the Muslim onslaught. While ordinary people no longer believe pro-immigration propaganda, the ruling class knows it can ignore the people. People with common sense are powerless.

This week a Hungarian Nobelist in Literature, Imre Kertész, himself a WW2 concentration camp survivor, published a book called The Last Escape.

In it he writes
“Muslims are flooding, occupying, ... destroying Europe (with its) suicidal liberalism and the stupid democracy.… It always ends the same way: civilization reaches a certain stage of maturation ... where it is in a seemingly incomprehensible worship of (its) own enemy.”
Today's Munich 2.0 deal, courtesy of Obama, is happily endorsed by Vladimir Putin, who will do anything to bring down the United States; plus the Chinese, who routinely preach aggression against us. As a consequence, Japan is rapidly rearming. Its newest helicopter carrier is called the Kaga, after its Imperial Navy namesake that helped to attack Pearl Harbor in 1946. The name "Kaga" is no accident. Symbolism counts in Japan, which has never even managed to apologize to its WW2 victims. A big helicopter carrier can readily convert to a cruise missile platform.

It's a good bet that Japan is working with South Korea and Taiwan on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. All of our former allies are arming up, because nobody can trust us under Obama.

Like Munich 1.0 in 1938, Munich 2.0 could open the gates of hell.

Obama ran as a self-proclaimed peacemaker, but he has destabilized the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Quite an achievement for a peacemaker.

Among the biggest profiteers from Munich 2.0 are Germany, France, Britain and the EU.

Israel is now the first target for the mullahs' genocidal hunger, just as Czechoslovakia was for Hitler.

Every European nation has World War 2.0 burned into its living memory. They know exactly what they are doing. Unlike many Americans, Europe isn't just deluded and dumbed-down, but completely cynical and corrupt. Europe's political class is deliberately choosing evil, and it understands that perfectly well.

Obama is disgraceful, but then he has always rooted for the enemy in the Jihad War, as we now know.  (See Admiral James Lyons' public statement here, and more than 200 retired US flag officers here).

As Imre Kertész wrote, Europe isn't just corrupt, it is suicidal, which makes it even harder to understand. Israel is armed to the teeth and determined to defend itself, with nuclear weapons if necessary. But Europe is just as much in the range of Iran's city-busting missiles and bombs -- all in the hands of a primitive theocracy with its head stuck in the desert sands of the 7th century. When it comes to ICBMs, Washington and New York City are just as vulnerable as any city in the Middle East, along with Moscow and Beijing. Once the missiles are up, who cares where they come down? Ballistic missiles only have to escape earth gravity; from there it's all downhill. If you can launch a satellite and control re-entry, the world is at your mercy.

If there is any shred of rationality left in Tehran and Qom, the mullahs will attack the weaker nations first. Europe is a big, fat target, because it doesn't have the will to defend itself. You can stockpile all the weapons in the world, but if you are psychologically weak you have already disarmed yourself. The 9/11 hijackers killed United and American Airlines personnel with razor-sharp utility knives. All it took was enough fanaticism and indoctrination to make mass murder-martyrdom seem sweet.

 In World War 2 France had the Maginot Line and a sizeable army, but the country simply collapsed for lack of morale. For Jihad killers, Europe's surrender is all but a done deal.

The big payoffs for Munich 2.0 are coming out. The Russians are selling the mullahs one hundred long-range refueling tankers, with China in line to sell them a hundred jet bombers for long-distance power projection. The Iranians have been importing long-range missile technology from North Korea, with Chinese backing. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have been spotted at nuclear tests in the north. And Obama wants to give them 150 billion dollars to beef up their aggression.

Still, the Germans are the most shameless offenders.

From Wikipedia:
"Iran's nuclear program depends mainly upon German products and services. For example, the thousands of centrifuges used to enrich the uranium are controlled by Siemens "Simatic WinCC Step7" software.[7][8] ...  more than 12,000 firms have trade representatives in Iran. Many well-known German companies are involved in major Iranian infrastructure projects... In 2005, Germany had the largest share of Iran's export market with $5.67 billion (14.4%)."
Those dollar figures are bound to go up when the mullahs get their 150 billion dollar payoff for Obama's surrender.

Since everything old is new again, we should remember two words: Munich and Vichy. Today, Europe is repeating the Munich surrender to international thuggery. Tomorrow it may turn into the Nazi puppet state of Vichy.


James Lewis

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/09/europe_sells_the_hangmans_rope__again.html

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Nuke deal will make war with Iran more likely, say former top military officials - Robert Spencer



by Robert Spencer

It “will enable Iran to increase support for terrorist and insurgent proxies, aggravate sectarian conflict and trigger both nuclear and conventional proliferation cascades.” But who cares? Kardashians!


John Kerry

“Nuclear deal will make war with Iran more likely, former top military officials say in report,” by Kellan Howell, The Washington Times, September 2, 2015 (thanks to Banafsheh):
A group of former top military officials and intelligence analysts released a new report Wednesday concluding that the nuclear deal with Iran will threaten American interests and increase the probability of military conflict in the Middle East.
In its report, the Iran Strategy Council wrote that the nuclear deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), “will enable Iran to increase support for terrorist and insurgent proxies, aggravate sectarian conflict and trigger both nuclear and conventional proliferation cascades.”
Additionally, the deal will “provide the expansionist regime in Tehran with access to resources, technology and international arms markets required to bolster offensive military capabilities in the vital Persian Gulf region, acquire long-range ballistic missiles and develop other major weapons systems,” the council wrote.
In its report, the council argued that the deal is not an alternative to war with Iran, as many of its supports have claimed, but would actually make war more likely.
“Contrary to the false choice between support for the JCPOA and military confrontation, the agreement increases both the probability and danger of hostilities with Iran,” the report noted. “Given the deleterious strategic consequences to the United States, implementation of the JCPOA will demand increased political and military engagement in the Middle East that carries significantly greater risks and costs relative to current planning assumptions.”
The Iran Strategy Council was commissioned by the Jewish Institute of National Security to educate Americans on the consequences of the Iran nuclear deal.
Members of the council include retired Gen. James Conway, former Commandant of the Marine Corps; retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Wald, former Deputy Commander of the United States European Command; retired Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, former Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe/Africa; and retired Vice Adm. John Bird, former Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet….

Robert Spencer

Source: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/09/nuke-deal-will-make-war-with-iran-more-likely-say-former-top-military-officials

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Losing the War of Ideas - Caroline Glick



by Caroline Glick

The West's ideological delusions are now too dangerous to ignore.



Originally published by the Jerusalem Post

We have arrived at the point where the consequences of the West’s intellectual disarmament at the hands of political correctness begins to have disastrous consequences in the lives of hundreds of millions of people.
Speaking last month at the memorial service for the five US marines massacred at a recruiting office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, “The meaning of their killing is yet unclear, and what combination of disturbed mind, violent extremism, and hateful ideology was at work, we don’t know.”

US Vice President Joe Biden claimed, the “perverse ideologues...may be able to inspire a single lone wolf, but they can never, never threaten who we are.”

Both men were wrong, and dangerously so.

The meaning of the killings was no mystery.

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot his victims down in cold blood because he was a jihadist. He wrote of his devotion to the Islamic war for global domination on his blog. He downloaded messages from Anwar Awlaki, the American al-Qaida commander killed in a drone attack in Yemen in 2011.

Awlaki’s most prolific follower to date was US Army Major Nidal Malik Hassan who massacred 13 soldiers and wounded 32 in his November 2009 assault at Ft. Hood, Texas. Yet, just as the Obama administration denies to this day that Hassan operated out of devotion to the cause of Islamic global supremacy through genocidal war, so Carter pretended away Abdulazeez’s obvious motive. And Biden stood before those whose lives were shattered by jihad last month and told them that jihad was not a threat to their way of life.

Ideas are the most powerful human force. And the idea of jihad that the Obama administration will not discuss is perhaps the most powerful idea in the world’s marketplace of ideas today.

The notion of jihad is fairly simple. It asserts that Islam is the only true religion. All other faiths are wrong and evil. It is the destiny of the one true faith to reign supreme. The duty of all Muslims is to facilitate Islam’s global rise and dominion.

How this duty is borne varies. Some take up arms.

Some engage in indoctrination. Some engage in subversion. And some cheer from the sidelines, providing a fan base to encourage those more directly engaged. What is most important is the shared idea, the creed of jihad.

The jihadist creed is a creed of war. Consequently, its adherents cannot live peacefully with non-jihadists.

By definition, those who subscribe to a jihadist world view constitute a threat to those who do not share their belief system.

Rather than contend with the idea of jihad, the West, led by the US, insists on limiting its focus to the outward manifestations of jihadist beliefs.

Physical bases of jihadists in places like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen are targeted to kill specific people – like Awlaki. But the ideas that inspire them to action are ignored or dismissed as irrelevant and interchangeable with other ideologies, like Zionism and fiscal conservatism.

Unlike the Americans, the jihadists understand the power of their idea. And they invest hundreds of millions of dollars to propagate it. MEMRI recently reported that Islamic State (IS) runs at least three production companies. They disseminate professional- quality videos daily. The videographers, composers and singers who produce these films are IS members, no different from its beheaders, sex traders and chemical weapons purveyors.

Like IS’s battle successes and its sex slave industry, these videos have already had a profound impact on the shape of the Islamic world and the threat jihadist Islam constitutes for its opponents worldwide.

From Nigeria to Egypt to the Palestinian Authority to Pakistan, in Europe, the US and South America, jihadist armies and individual Muslims are embracing the idea of the caliphate – the ultimate aim of jihad – and pledging or weighing the option of pledging loyalty to IS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

As a result, the never reasonable notion that you can limit war against jihad to the physical bases of IS and other terrorist groups while ignoring the idea that motivates their actions has become downright deadly.

Consider Egypt. As Yoni Ben-Menachem reported last month for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, on August 20, Baghdadi officially asked the Muslim Brotherhood to join IS and pledge loyalty to his caliphate. His request was completely reasonable.

Both IS and the Brotherhood share the same ideology, including the goal of Islamic domination through the renewed caliphate. Like the Brotherhood, Boko Haram in Nigeria, Ansar el-Makdis in the Sinai and other jihadist groups in Asia and Africa have already accepted Baghdadi’s invitation, pledged allegiance to the caliphate and changed their names to incorporate into the Islamic State.

Ben-Menachem noted that in January 2015, Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi said that Baghdadi is a member of the Brotherhood. Organizational cooperation, including military cooperation between IS and the Brotherhood, which is the largest organization in Egypt has grown steadily over the past two years since then defense minister Abdel Fattah Sisi overthrew the Brotherhood regime in July 2013.

IS’s goal is apparently to convince the young Brotherhood members to join forces. If the bid is successful, Egypt will become a tinderbox whose destructive force will be cataclysmic.

Then there is nuclear-armed Pakistan.

Last week the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center published a joint report warning that given Pakistan’s rate of nuclear activity, within five to 10 years Pakistan may have the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world, behind only the US and Russia. According to the report, Pakistan is producing nuclear bombs four times faster than India.

The epicenter of Pakistan’s nuclear work is its Baluchistan province. IS’s popularity is high and growing in the area, as it is throughout much of Pakistan.

Indian intelligence reports claim that Pakistan’s security forces are making the same cynical use of IS that they have made of al-Qaida and the Taliban.

ISI, Pakistan’s spy service, facilitates the operations of these groups in order to coerce the US to provide Pakistan with more aid, which it is expected to use to contain the threat it has itself cultivated.

This game has been going on for decades. But there is no reason to assume that as IS gains power and adherents, the same Pakistani security forces that believe they can control IS will not end up joining it. And as a consequence, the danger that bombs they now build will fall under Baghdadi’s control is real and growing.

Last week the Pentagon’s Inspector General announced it is investigating reports that the Obama administration has required US intelligence agencies to minimize their reporting on the threat IS poses. Intelligence officers have allegedly been ordered to exaggerate the success of the US’s anemic campaign against its bases in Iraq and Syria while understating the threat IS constitutes.

Over the past year, jihadists published the home addresses of American soldiers and officers. On numerous occasions, what an FBI alert referred to as “Middle Eastern men” accosted the wives of US soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan outside of their homes.

Speaking to concerned soldiers last week, Carter again pretended away the problem. While insisting that protecting soldiers is “job one for all of us,” Carter insisted that the threat was limited to “a few troubled losers who are on the Internet too much.”

Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop warned in June that IS may already have sufficient nuclear material to produce a dirty bomb. As we have seen with IS’s wide-scale use of chemical weapons in Iraq, we must assume that its fighters will use all weapons at their disposal.

Had the West – led by the US – been willing to abandon the intellectual straitjacket of political correctness with which it has willingly shackled itself, IS may very well have been a marginal movement able to attract no more than “a few troubled losers who are on the Internet too much.”

Biden’s pledge that while “perverse ideologues...may be able to inspire a single lone wolf they can never, never threaten who we are” might have been credible.

But because of our voluntary intellectual enslavement, we now face a real danger that IS and its demonic notions will take over Egypt. Because we seek to ignore the creed of jihad, Pakistan’s fast growing nuclear arsenal could very well become the property of the caliphate.

Ideas are the force that drives history. If we aren’t willing to fight for what we believe, then we will lose to those who are. And make no mistake, we are not winning this war.



Caroline Glick is the Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Israel Security Project and the Senior Contributing Editor of The Jerusalem Post. For more information on Ms. Glick's work, visit carolineglick.com.

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/260002/losing-war-ideas-caroline-glick

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Obama Secures Rubber Stamp for Iran Deal Catastrophe - Joseph Klein



by Joseph Klein

Nuclear nightmare on the horizon.




Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland has pushed President Obama's nuclear appeasement deal with Iran over the top. With her decision to vote in favor of the deal, Obama now has the support of the 34 senators he needs to uphold his expected veto of a congressional resolution of disapproval. If enough craven Democrats back a planned filibuster to prevent a vote on the floor of the Senate, Obama will not even have to use his veto pen.

The nightmare of a financially secure nuclear armed Iran, legitimized by the Obama administration and its international partners, is about to envelop us.

Ironically, Obama warned in a speech he delivered on September 1st in Alaska that a potentially bleak future could lie ahead, in which "there’s not going to be a nation on this Earth that’s not impacted negatively.”

“People will suffer,” Obama said. “Economies will suffer. Entire nations will find themselves under severe, severe problems...more conflict." 

President Obama is right to be concerned about the future, but his stated reason for his concern is entirely misplaced. Obama was talking about climate change, which he considers to be a man-made disaster. In truth, Obama himself has created a far more imminent disaster with his nuclear deal.

In his climate change speech, Obama spoke about our “grandkids” who “deserve to live lives free from fear, and want, and peril.” He added that we need to prove “we care about them and their long-term futures, not just short-term political expediency.”  

Obama, and the partisan loyalists who support him no matter what, are the ones letting down our grandkids. They are the ones who have sacrificed our grandkids’ long-term futures at the altar of short-term political expediency. The only long-term future that Obama is interested in is his own legacy.

By President Obama's own admission, no later than 15 years from now – when my granddaughter will be just 18 years old - Iran will be in a position to develop enough enriched materials to produce nuclear bombs with virtually no "break-out" time. The deal’s major nuclear restrictions, such as they are, will have gone away, even assuming that Iran had not cheated in the meantime.

The deal’s inspection mechanism is a farce, including most notably, Iran’s self-inspection of its military site where it is suspected that nuclear weaponization research and development work was carried out. The military facility at Parchin is off-limits to onsite inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Yet the Obama administration continues to lie to the American people about how comprehensive the IAEA inspections will be. Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted this falsehood on September 2nd:  "With this #IranDeal, the IAEA can go wherever the evidence leads. No facility...will be off limits." 

The Iranian leaders also will get their hands soon on hundreds of billions of dollars. No doubt they will use some of their treasure trove from sanctions relief to fund their terrorist proxies all over the world. Obama admitted in his speech defending his deal last month at American University that monies from sanctions relief “will flow to activities we object to.” He acknowledged that “Iran supports terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. It supports proxy groups that threaten our interests and the interests of our allies – including proxy groups who killed our troops in Iraq. They try to destabilize our Gulf partners.”

Yet Obama tells the American people not to worry about such real-life risks. Instead, he diverts attention to his Chicken Little climate change hype that the sky will fall if we do not take urgent action now. 

Much of the rest of the Iranians’ windfall from sanctions relief will go towards developing and acquiring, from North Korea, Russia and other sources, advanced military technology and long-range missiles.

Iran’s leaders have made it abundantly clear that they do not consider themselves bound by either the 5-year UN Security Council arms embargo or the 8-year missile embargo.  For example, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani declared: “We will buy, sell and develop any weapons we need and we will not ask for permission or abide by any [U.N.] resolution for that.”

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said last month that “We are considering the design, research, and production of [missiles] that are highly destructive, highly accurate, radar evasive, and tactical.” 

Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, commander of the aerospace division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said: “Some wrongly think Iran has suspended its ballistic missile programs in the last two years and has made a deal on its missile program.” To emphasize his point, the commander announced that Iran “will have a new ballistic missile test in the near future that will be a thorn in the eyes of our enemies.”

The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, announced plans to expand the reach of Iran’s missiles.

The Iranian thugs are not limiting themselves to purely defensive weapons. “They (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” said Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, the IRGC’s top commander in the Tehran Province (as quoted by Iran’s Fars News Agency). “We will continue defending not just our own country, but also all the oppressed people of the world, especially those countries that are standing on the forefront of confrontation with the Zionists,” he added.

The Obama administration, which conceded as part of the nuclear deal to agree to unconditional term limits on the arms and missile embargoes, barely raised an eyebrow at Iran’s refusal to be bound by even these limited embargoes. In fact, Kerry went so far as to say that “they are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it.”

A sobering report was just released by the Iran Strategy Council, led by retired generals Chuck Wald (Commandant of Marine Corps) and James Conway (Deputy Commander of European Command). It warns of the deal's likely dangers to America’s own national security and of the “cascading instability” it will produce in the Middle East region and beyond:

"The final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has potentially grave strategic implications that directly threaten to undermine the national security of the United States and our closest regional allies. By allowing Iran to become a nuclear threshold state and enabling it to become more powerful and expand its influence and destabilizing activities – across the Middle East and possibly directly threatening the U.S. homeland – the JCPOA will place the United States in far worse position to prevent a nuclear Iran."

The report's authors predict that the "nightmare scenarios of WMD and terrorism on the soil of the United States and its allies will become more probable."

Nevertheless, the Obama administration is spiking the ball, exulting over its evident victory in keeping enough Democratic senators on board to protect Obama’s deal.

The White House tweeted: “If your house is on fire, would you refuse to put it out because there could be another fire in 15 years?” 

The question should be: “If your house is flammable, would you hand your enemy a match?”
Kerry, who turned on his own fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War, tweeted: "I have had the privilege of serving our country in times of peace and in times of war—and peace is better."

When Neville Chamberlain returned from Germany with his infamous Munich Pact in hand, he declared: “I believe it is peace for our time...Go home and get a nice quiet sleep."

The long nightmare of World War II ensued shortly thereafter. Thanks to Barack Obama and John Kerry, we are entering the nightmare leading inevitably to an emboldened, well-funded Iran equipped with nuclear arms and the missiles to deliver them.


Joseph Klein

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/260006/obama-secures%C2%A0rubber-stamp-iran-deal-catastrophe-joseph-klein

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Chinese flotilla in Bering Sea off Alaska - Thomas Lifson



by Thomas Lifson

Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, marking the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area.

Welcome to the new post-Obama world power structure, in which the United States is no longer the dominant world power. Jeremy Page and Gordon Lubold report in the Wall Street Journal:
Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, marking the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area.
The officials have been tracking the movements in recent days of three Chinese combat ships, a replenishment vessel and an amphibious landing ship after observing them moving toward the Aleutian Islands, which are split between U.S. and Russian control.
“This would be a first in the vicinity of the Aleutian Islands,” one defense official said of the Chinese ships, which have been operating in international waters. “I don’t think we’d characterize anything they’re doing as threatening,” the official said.
Right. Nothing threatening about an amphibious landing craft and support vessels. Nothing right now, at least. The Chinese are not going to invade and seize land, they are just practicing for it. Off Alaska.

Weakness is provocative, and President Obama is projecting  weakness. We will continue to own Alaska, all right. As long as we can hold onto it.

So cut that military budget and keep the Navy at the lowest number of ships in a century. Nothing to worry about at all. Except for China, Russia, and everyone else who sees a weak America. But don't worry; our news [sic] transgendered armed forces will have enemies doubled up in laughter.


Thomas Lifson

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/09/chinese_flotilla_in_bering_sea_off_alaska.html

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EU Official Attacks Woman, Abuses Her as 'Dirty Jewess' - Cynthia Blank



by Cynthia Blank

Witnesses at a cafe in Brussels say EU labor union head tried to choke woman while asserting 'Hitler should have exterminated all Jews.'
 
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Belgian police have concluded an investigation into a vicious anti-Semitic assault at a cafe in Brussels, in which a European Union official physically attacked a female co-worker, while verbally abusing her as a "dirty Jewess."

The assault, in full view of other restaurant patrons, occurred on the patio of the "Italiano" cafe near European Union headquarters in the city, Haaretz reports. 

A 50-year old Italian woman - a department head at the European Council - saw a man at the cafe holding a metal plaque engraved with "Mussolini" and praising the World War II-era Italian fascist leader. 

She apparently infuriated the man by informing him that "he [Mussolini] was still a dictator," to which the man replied: "Dirty Jewess … Hitler should have exterminated all Jews, just like Jews today are exterminating Palestinians."

According to the woman's complaint, the encounter quickly turned violent with the man then hitting her on the head with the metal plaque, slapping her and grabbing her throat in an effort to choke her. 

When other people at the cafe got up to stop him, he resisted, shouting, "All you Jews should have been killed."

Several visitors in the cafe recognized the attacker as Stefan Gersh, a Maltese EU official and the president of the EU labor union Generation 2004, and gave the woman his name. 

Although not Jewish, she rushed to the police to lodge a complaint and also turned to Joel Rubinfeld, president of the Belgian League against Anti-Semitism (LBCA), who launched his own probe into the attack. 

Based on Belgian's laws against racism, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, LBCA also filed an official complaint against Gersh. 

​“This serious incident illustrates yet again that you don’t have to be Jewish in order to be a victim of anti-Semitism," Rubinfeld told Haaretz on Wednesday. 

"In light of the multiple witness accounts, I’m sure that the ones responsible at the European Union will take the right steps, including firing the assailant. In the meantime we have demanded that he be suspended until the end of the investigation.”


Cynthia Blank

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200246#.VeiPwpdup-9

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Foreign Ministry: Beating Iran Deal Not a 'Lost Cause' - Yaakov Levi



by Yaakov Levi


'We will continue to warn about the dangers of the Iran deal,' Dore Gold, the Director of Israel's Foreign Ministry asserts Thursday.

Although US President Barack Obama has secured the necessary number of votes in Congress to ensure the passage of the Iran nuclear deal, the Democratic Party is still concerned it may lose. 

According to Israeli Foreign Ministry Director Dore Gold, there is major fear in the Democratic Party that some senators will change their minds at the last moment or even fail to show up for the vote scheduled next week

Speaking to Army Radio on Thursday, Gold said that numerous US officials had been in touch with him to downplay the reports Obama had secured the “34th vote" -  the number needed to uphold a Presidential veto of a planned congressional resolution against the deal.

While pundits declared the vote a “lost cause” after reports on Wednesday that Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski would support the nuclear deal, Gold said that the Ministry has not given up hope. 

In addition he said, the Foreign Ministry did not the see the garnering of the veto votes as proof the government had “lost' on Iran.

“In the past, and for as long as necessary, we will continue to warn about the dangers of the Iran deal," Gold stressed. “We respect the decision-making process in the US, but we will remain on guard on all issues surrounding Iran.”


Yaakov Levi

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200247#.VeiNAZdup-8

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Israeli medical startup sold for $920 million - Hezi Sternlicht, Israel Hayom Staff and News Agencies



by Hezi Sternlicht, Israel Hayom Staff and News Agencies

U.S.-based medical device developer HeartWare International acquires Valtech Cardio, which develops heart valve repair and replacement technology • Deal lauded as one of the most successful exits for an Israeli biomedical company.



Valtech Cardio develops innovative surgical instruments
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Photo credit: Valtech


Hezi Sternlicht, Israel Hayom Staff and News Agencies

Source: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=28053

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Rare Sarcophagus Discovered at Ashkelon Building Site - Arutz Sheva Staff



by Arutz Sheva Staff

Israel Antiquities Authority and police find impressive sarcophagus, which construction workers tried to conceal.

An impressive 1,800 year-old stone sarcophagus was discovered at a building site in a new neighborhood currently going up in Ashkelon, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Thursday. 
It was found early Wednesday morning during a joint operation by inspectors of the IAA’s Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery, the Southern District of the IAA, and patrol officers and detectives from the Ashkelon police station.



The sarcophagi is one of the rarest ever discovered in Israel. The coffin, which is made of hard limestone, weighs 2 tons and is 2.5 meters long, is sculpted on all sides. A life-size figure of a person is carved on the sarcophagus’ lid.
The sarcophagus, however, was damaged, after being repeatedly struck by a tractor in different places, scarring the stone and damaging the decorations sculpted by an artist on its sides. 

Cleaning the sarcophagus Yoli Shwartz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
The irreparable damage was caused by contractors who encountered the impressive sarcophagus during the course of their work. They decided to hide it, pulled it out of the ground with a tractor, concealed it beneath a stack of sheet metal and boards and poured a concrete floor in the lot so as to conceal any evidence of the existence of the antiquities site.
The IAA's Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery received information about the unlawful activities at the construction site and led the nighttime search where they discovered the hidden sarcophagus and its lid. 
Five Palestinian construction workers from Hevron were detained, as were two buildings contractors from Ashkelon. The contractors were questioned under caution on suspicion of not reporting an ancient discovery and on suspicion of damaging an antiquities site. 
“This is an extremely serious case of damage to a rare antiquity of unprecedented artistic, historical and cultural importance," said Amir Ganor, head of the Inspection Department at the IAA
According to Ganor, “The proper way to operate in an ancient and important historic city such as Ashkelon is with transparency, openness and close cooperation between the property owners and the IAA." 
"Only in this way will the development of the city be possible while protecting public assets, for the common good,” Ganor added.
Dr. Gabi Mazor, a retired archaeologist from the IAA described the scene on the sarcophagus, which included a Roman figure in a tunic, wreaths and images of bulls' heads, naked Cupis, and the head of the monstrous female figure Medusa. 
According to Mazor, “Such sarcophagi were usually placed in or next to a family mausoleum. The high level of decoration attested to the family’s affluence, which judging by the depicted motifs was probably not Jewish."

Arutz Sheva Staff

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Fiction of Political Islam - Bassam Tawil



by Bassam Tawil

  • To this day, the Obama administration mourns the fall of Egypt's Islamist President Morsi, and turns a cold shoulder to forward-looking President el-Sisi, who is (sometimes) trying to take Egypt into the 21st century and extricate Egypt from its economic and societal crisis.
  • Muslim Brotherhood terrorism against the Egyptian regime is a perfect example of how this "political movement" is in reality a terrorist movement whose objective is the violent overthrow of Egypt's government. The White House, fully aware of the facts, continues hosting senior Muslim Brotherhood officials and shows them respect during consultations about the American Islamic community and U.S. policy in the Middle East.
  • Events in Sinai prove there is no such thing as "political Islam." There is a radical Islamist leadership that represents itself to the gullible West as "moderate," preaches violence from mosques, cloaks itself in ideological-religious tradition, and employs Islamist terrorists to attack civilians and Egyptian government targets.
  • It is hard not to conclude, looking at President Obama's record (ignoring protesters of 2009 in Iran; "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone"; the dictatorial way the Iran deal is bypassing the democratic process) that in his heart-of-hearts, he is far more committed to supporting extremist Islamist regimes -- whether the mullahs of Iran or the Muslim Brotherhood -- than to supporting democracy, individual freedoms or human rights.
  • The Europeans are more aware of the situation but woke up too late. As hundreds of thousands of migrants from Muslim lands continue to pour over Europe's open borders, there is little doubt that radical Islam is poised to take over the West. Islamic communities and terrorist cells continue to mushroom throughout the cities of Europe.
  • The world is beginning to understand that the catastrophes of the Middle East have nothing to do with the resolution of the Palestinian issue but are caused by the innate homicidal tendencies of the Arab rulers and the regional Islamist terrorist organizations.

Hamas is in trouble. Its relations with Egypt are going from bad to worse, and the influx of money, primarily from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the mosques in the Western world -- where charity (zakat) was collected to finance anti-Israel terrorism -- has dwindled to almost nothing. So has the flow of arms and explosives from Iran, Libya, Sudan and Lebanon. The resulted is the weakening of Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip, making it ever more difficult for Hamas to continue its ongoing subversion of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and its non-stop attempts to overthrow President Mahmoud Abbas to take over the West Bank and establish there the sort of Islamic emirate it established in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas's military buildup was halted when the President Mohamed Morsi's radical Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt was toppled and General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was elected President. Morsi, it will be recalled, strangely received support from President Obama until he was ousted. The Obama administration supported him despite Morsi enabling for the flow of money and arms to Hamas in Gaza to continue unhampered through the tunnels in the Sinai Peninsula. The weapons were used not only to attack Israel, but also to sabotage peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and, indirectly, to attack the Palestinian Authority.

The Islamist terrorism festivities ended when President el-Sisi clamped down on the Islamists in Egypt, destroyed the tunnels and sealed Egypt's border with Gaza. Since el-Sisi has been president of Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood rule has ended and the tunnels have been destroyed. It is hard to fathom why, to this day, the Obama administration mourns the fall of the Islamist Morsi administration and turns a cold shoulder to forward-looking el-Sisi, who is (sometimes) trying to take Egypt into the 21st century and extricate Egypt from its economic and societal crisis.

Since el-Sisi has been in power, money and arms no longer flow through the tunnels into the Gaza Strip; instead they began to flow in the opposite direction, from the Gaza Strip into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Since the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated terrorist organizations, Hamas among them, have not accepted defeat, there has been an increase in terrorist attacks targeting the Egyptian regime both inside the country proper and in the Sinai Peninsula. The terrorist campaign receives ongoing support from the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military-terrorist wing, and the ISIS-affiliated Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. Both continuously attack the Egyptian police and army in the Sinai Peninsula, murder Egyptian officials and target Egyptian institutions.

The endless terrorist campaign in Egypt has proven yet again that the claim of a political Islam, separate from the terrorist organizations, is simply a lie. Muslim Brotherhood terrorism against the Egyptian regime is a perfect example of how the "political movement" tries to represent itself as dealing only with the da'wah [proselytizing], while in reality it is a terrorist movement whose objective is the violent overthrow of el-Sisi's administration. The White House, fully aware of the facts, continues hosting senior Muslim Brotherhood officials and shows them respect during consultations about the American Islamic community and U.S. policy in the Middle East.

While being hosted by the State Department on a visit to Washington in January 2015, Muslim Brotherhood judge Waleed Sharaby (left) flashed the organization's four-finger "Rabia" sign. At right, ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (from the Muslim Brotherhood) displays the Rabia sign.

The events in the Sinai Peninsula prove there is no such thing as "political Islam." There is a radical Islamist leadership that represents itself to the gullible West as "moderate," preaches violence from the mosques, cloaks itself in ideological-religious tradition, and employs a hard core of Islamist terrorists to carry out attacks on civilians and Egyptian administration targets.

In the meantime, the real victims are the Egyptians. The Muslim Brotherhood's terrorism has paralyzed Egypt's tourist industry, as foreigners fear to visit Egypt's antiquities. And now there are terrorist threats to the New Suez Canal, a project initiated and carried out under the leadership of General Sisi to turn both banks of the two canals into an international logistics, commercial and industrial area.

The Islamists' plans are clear. First, they want to leverage violence, murder and countless Egyptian army casualties into establishing an autonomous terrorist enclave in the Sinai Peninsula. Then they will try to overthrow the Egyptian government and reinstate an Islamist Muslim Brotherhood regime headed by Morsi. That is exactly what their offshoot, Hamas, did in the Gaza Strip when it liquidated Palestinian Authority officials and established an Islamic emirate. The writing on the wall is still illegible as far as the U.S. government is concerned. Or else the Obama administration is still in the thrall of extremist Islam and its Muslim Brotherhood leaders. The two main ones are Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has just called new elections so that he can try again to acquire enough seats in parliament to amend Turkey's constitution to award himself a one-man Sultanate, an absolute dictatorship-for-life to go along with his new palace. The other is Mohamed Morsi, whom Obama apparently is still backing.

It is hard not to conclude, looking at the U.S. president's record (ignoring the protesters of 2009 in Iran; "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone" and the dictatorial way the Iran deal has been short-circuited to bypass the democratic process) that in his heart-of-hearts, he is far more committed to supporting extremist Islamist regimes -- whether the mullahs of Iran or the Muslim Brotherhood -- than to supporting democracy, individual freedoms or human rights.

The Europeans are more aware of the situation but unfortunately woke up too late. As hundreds of thousands of migrants from Muslim lands continue to pour over Europe's open borders, there is little doubt that radical Islam is poised to take over the West. Islamic communities and terrorist cells continue to mushroom and gather strength throughout the cities of Europe.

From the beginning of the wave of attacks in Egypt, senior Egyptian security officials threatened Hamas. Egypt warned Hamas to stop training, arming and sending its terrorists to collaborate with ISIS operatives in attacks against the Egyptian army. Hamas steadfastly denies any involvement, even as it continues collaborating with ISIS against Egypt.

As far as Hamas is concerned, destroying the Egyptian army is essential, because its continued actions along the Rafah border and in Sheikh Zuweid in the northern Sinai Peninsula prevent Hamas from acquiring money and stockpiling weapons to fight Israel, which weakens its subversion against Mahmoud Abbas and its plans to take over the West Bank.

Despite profuse denials, at the end of August 2015, four operatives from Hamas's military-terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, were taken off a bus by armed Egyptians on the way from Rafah through the Sinai Peninsula to Cairo. Hamas immediately accused Israeli intelligence of responsibility and warned the Egyptian authorities that "the abduction of its operatives will not go unpunished."

In response, Dina Ramez, a co-host on Egypt's official TV station, called Hamas out on its lies and denials of its terrorist activities in the Sinai Peninsula against the Egyptian regime. She asked Hamas, "If you are not involved in terrorism, what were your senior Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operatives doing in Sinai?" and called them "cockroaches."

Sources in Hamas called her a "whore," and called Egypt a loser country defeated by Israel, using a peace treaty to sell Palestine to the enemy. Was that really the way to thank Egypt for everything it has done for the Palestinians, sacrificing its army and soldiers for us? It is a sad situation for the Palestinians and for our leadership.

What have we Palestinians gained from Hamas's military actions against Egypt? What have we gained from our solidarity with Islamist organizations fighting against Assad in Syria, or joining organizations such as the "Palestinian Liberation Army" fighting for Assad? Why are we killing each other in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp? Why do we refuse everything the Israelis offer us?

Anyone who remembers history remembers the ungrateful path trodden by the Palestinians against the Kingdom of Jordan, when our leaders, headed by Arafat, tried in 1970 to overthrow King Hussein, despite the refuge Jordan offered us during the catastrophes of the Nakba in 1948 and the Naksa in 1967. Then we did the same thing in Lebanon, to where we fled from Jordan. The PLO relocated its headquarters to Beirut, and went on to turn Lebanon into a terrorist country and the lives of the Lebanese into a nightmare. If the Israelis had not invaded Lebanon in 1982, and forced the PLO to relocate to Tunisia (where its behavior was also criminal), the Palestinians definitely would have destroyed Lebanon.

The Middle East is in chaos, and Palestinian factionalism and ingratitude continue to inflame the dissolution of the Arab states and the internal Palestinian division between Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

The world is beginning to understand that the catastrophes of the Middle East have nothing to do with the resolution of the Palestinian issue, but are caused by the innate homicidal tendencies of the Arab rulers and the regional Islamist terrorist organizations.

The only person left who believes the Israeli-Palestinian nonsense is President Barack Obama, even though he is witness to the murders, rapes, beheadings and the millions of refugees, next to which the Palestinian issue is an old, irrelevant and very tired joke.
 
 
Bassam Tawil is a scholar based in the Middle East.
Source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6427/political-islam

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Small Euro countries unite to defy EU quota plan - Ralph Sidway



by Ralph Sidway

Hat tip: Jean-Charles Bensoussan
 
Central European nations Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland are preparing to reject EU immigrant quotas, and guard their borders with barriers and military, to try to save their countries from an apocalyptic Muslim migrant invasion

Central European nations Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland are preparing to reject EU immigrant quotas, and guard their borders with barriers and military, to try to save their countries from an apocalyptic Muslim migrant invasion caused by the U.S.-led destabilization of the Middle East.

The hindsight rearview mirror is looking clearer all the time, as the fruits of the “Arab Spring” revolutions, which swept away stable if autocratic governments only to allow the brutal rise of the Islamic State Caliphate, are now ripening in the form of millions of migrants fleeing Syria and Iraq, and entering Europe through the Balkans.

In a significant analysis piece in National Review last August, Ira Straus traced how the Obama-Clinton-Kerry Mid-East policy
"has provided the hothouse for the growth of the extremist Islamic State. In due course, it spilled over from Syria into Iraq, and it has issued threats against the American homeland. The Obama-Kerry policy has also made for the more than 190,000 deaths in Syria, 500,000 wounded, and 8 million refugees (more than 2 million abroad, 6 million inside Syria) — this, out of a population of about 22 million.
And that was in August 2014. In May of this year, declassified Defense Intelligence documents revealed that the Obama administration actually did create ISIS as a tool against Assad. Per a report in the US Herald:
"Thanks in part to the declassification of Defense Intelligence documents, connecting those missing dots seems to have finally reveled [sic] what most Middle East observers have suspected all along, that the rise of the terrorist group ISIS and the likelihood of establishing a terror state (a caliphate),  had been predicated by both the CIA and DIA, as far back as 2012.
And purposely created by the Obama Administration in part to isolate the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. The documents also predicted that the support given by the West, Turkey and the Persian Gulf Arab states to the Takfiri militants would eventually lead to the establishment of a Salafist Principality in Eastern Syria.
According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed, the “leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria.”
Judicial Watch press release detailing the released documents. Here are the released documents themselves.

That revelation was confirmed via a separate source in a report from WND on August 11, which states,
"The former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency… Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael J. Flynn said the assertion that the rise of ISIS caught the administration by surprise isn’t true.
The White House made a conscious decision, he said, when it sponsored the radical jihadists who later became the Jabhad al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to fight the Assad regime.
Flynn also said that he backed a 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document that recently was obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request.

And now we are witnessing the fallout from the Obama administration’s policies, as millions of Middle East migrants flood Europe. Of course, there is no leisure time for the Pew Forum to conduct research polls on the religious makeup of the migrants, but it’s a safe bet that we’re looking at a demographic spread of at least 10-1, Muslim to Christian, given the collapse of the Christian population in Iraq and Syria already; the ratio is likely much more extreme.

Slovakia had already rejected the EU’s quotas, denying entry to Muslim refugees and stating they “will only accept Christians.” Now in the Reuters report (below), we see the the so-called Visegrad 4 countries preparing to form a united front against the Muslim migrant invasion directly caused by Obama’s policies.

The leaders of the four brave countries know who is behind this catastrophe. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico defiantly “said Europe should focus on tackling the causes of the crisis and criticised Western support for opposition groups in Syria and Libya, saying that had helped fuel the civil wars there and thus the flight of so many people.”

“Smaller European Countries Defy EU, Reject Migrant Quotas,” Breitbart News, by Reuters, September 1, 2015:
Slovakia and the Czech Republic hope to forge a common position with Hungary and Poland on Europe’s migrant crisis that would reject any EU quotas for redistributing the immigrants, the two countries’ leaders said on Monday.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has invited his counterparts in the so-called Visegrad 4 group to discuss the crisis in Prague on Friday, a spokesman said.
The outcome is likely to be a hardline stance on the issue that the EU’s central European states will take to an extraordinary meeting of EU interior ministers on Sept. 14.
Hungary’s status as an eastern outpost of Europe’s passport-free Schengen area has made it a transit route for tens of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and beyond heading for western Europe via the Balkans. Hungary has responded by erecting a fence along its border with Serbia.
The central Europeans have blocked proposals from Brussels that envisage EU member states accepting binding quotas to share out asylum-seekers crossing the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece. Since then, voluntary offers by member states to take in immigrants have fallen short of the needed numbers.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has called their stance “scandalous”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the future of Schengen would be in question if Europe cannot agree on redistributing refugees.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said binding quotas would not happen.
“We strongly reject any quotas … If a mechanism for automatic redistribution of migrants is adopted, then we will wake up one day and have 100,000 people from the Arab world and that is a problem I would not like Slovakia to have,” Fico told a news conference shown live on television.
“We are prepared to do what is needed and what is within our possibilities, for people who really need help, separate them from economic migrants,” he added.
Czech President Milos Zeman said the country should reject quotas and increase its border protection, given the EU was unable to do so.
“The Czech Republic should take care of its borders on its own, it should expel illegal migrants … even using the army, should it be needed,” Zeman said.
Fico said Europe should focus on tackling the causes of the crisis and criticised Western support for opposition groups in Syria and Libya, saying that had helped fuel the civil wars there and thus the flight of so many people.
Most of the migrants arriving in Hungary aim to move on to wealthier countries further west such as Germany, which is expecting an influx of some 800,000 people this year alone.
Austria, another favourite destination, tightened border controls on Monday, days after discovering a truck with the remains of 71 people thought to be Syrian refugees.
Slovakia, which lies north of the main ‘Balkan route’ for migrants passing through Hungary, has seen only a fraction of the numbers flowing through Hungary and received only 109 requests for asylum since January.

Ralph Sidway

Source: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/09/small-euro-countries-unite-to-defy-eu-quota-plan

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