by Barry Rubin
It's bad enough that lunatics are running the asylum but to make matters worse they're charging us rent! UN General Assembly chaired by
So let's see what's happening in the Middle East today….
There have been several days of Palestinian riots in
Meanwhile, a meeting of the radical Islamist Movement in
Massive criticism and protests over this racism? Muslim groups lambast the Islamists for displaying racial prejudice? Guess not. Instead, violent demonstrations were organized by Fatah, Hamas, and Hizb al-Tahrir based on an untrue rumor.
So what did Fatah do after it helped provoke riots? Why it ran to the UN and demanded it intervene to keep
What a wonderful metaphor. First, attack
[Which reminds me, a couple of months ago I spoke at the Council of Europe in
Which brings us to the European Union's endorsement of the Goldstone Commission report. LINK Note that the EU's membership as a whole will almost certainly not support serious sanctions against
Incidentally, you may think the Goldstone Commission report is just being criticized by some because it condemns
There was no independent investigation or verification of facts. Compared to this, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a scholarly document.
But that doesn't mean PA and Fatah and PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas is happy. Oh, no. He has committed the dreadful sin of "moderation" in Palestinian eyes and so must repent (hence one of the reasons for his role in provoking the riots).
What did Abbas do wrong? First, he stood next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN because President Barack Obama asked him to do so. And second he agreed to withdraw the PA's being the main sponsor of the Goldstone resolution at the UN to accuse
Why does he need to do anything? He can just let the EU do the job for him.
Not that Abbas is all "bad" from the radical standpoint that dominates Palestinian thinking. After all, he refuses to negotiate with
And this is the man and movement that Nobel Laureate Obama would have us believe is about to make peace? He can't even do a small favor for Obama, much less make the big compromises necessary for real peace.
So how do you win popularity? Well, Hamas knows. Firing rockets and mortars at
Get that? Minor acts of moderation make you unpopular so you must repent by organizing riots and escalating extremist rhetoric. Violence and punishing your own people makes you popular.
Welcome to the
One government that understands this is that of
Ironically, the exercise was known as Anatolian Eagle but there will be no Anatolians.
Note also that the Turkish government has imposed a $2.5 billion fine (that is not a typographical error) on the Dogan Group, the largest company backing opposition media. This is a huge danger to freedom of the press in
Sorry to go on so long. Blame the news, not me.
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