Saturday, March 21, 2020

Time to Hold China Accountable for Unleashing Hell on the World - Ari Lieberman

by Ari Lieberman

Communist regime engaged in a massive cover-up -- exposing the world to global pandemic and economic meltdown.

Despite criticism from elements within the elitist establishment media and some radical progressives, President Donald Trump was correct to refer to the COVID-19 virus as a “foreign virus” or “Chinese virus.” Leading the charge of the president’s critics was none other than CNN’s Jim Acosta, who stated that reference to the virus as “foreign” may strike people as “xenophobic.”

In response, Fox’s Tucker Carlson accurately referred to Acosta as a “poisonous moron.” In fact, Carlson was being kind to Acosta, who works for an organization that has long abandoned actual journalism in favor of propaganda.

The Coronavirus, which has thus far killed at least 9,386 and infected 229,960 others, emerged from the city of Wuhan, which is the capital of Hubei province in the People's Republic of China. Chinese authorities were well aware that they had a pandemic on their hands way back in December but maliciously suppressed information about it.  Significantly, The Times of UK, citing a respected and independent Chinese publication, reports that in December Chinese labs identified the pathogen that caused viral pneumonia in patients infected with the coronavirus disease and described the pathogen as highly infectious. A regional health official in Wuhan ordered the compiled samples and related research destroyed. Chinese authorities belatedly acknowledged the highly infectious nature of the disease in late January.

When news of the Wuhan virus began to surface through desperate and often disquieting social media posts, the communist regime of the People’s Republic did what it does best and silenced those responsible for the posts by making them disappear. Needless to say, the regime deactivated their social media accounts as well.

China’s leader Xi Jinping does not handle criticism well. The latest victim of China’s crackdown on information is Ren Zhiqiang, outspoken property tycoon and government critic. After publishing an essay critical of the government’s handling of the outbreak, Ren Zhiqiang disappeared and has not been heard or seen since.

Trump’s national security advisor, Robert O’Brien noted that the calculated Chinese cover-up cost the world two months. Early intervention by virology experts of the CDC could have thwarted an outbreak, or at least minimized it. Affected nations could have stopped flights to and from China earlier, limiting exposure.

In addition to lives lost and disrupted, the Chinese virus has already taken an incalculable toll on the world’s economies. The Stock Market is down by 25 percent. Retirees have watched helplessly as their retirement portfolios dwindle. The unemployment rate in the United States is expected to rise to 6 percent by mid-2021, up from its current 3.5 percent. Businesses are shuttering and bustling metropolitan cities like New York look like ghost towns. It’s almost apocalyptic in scope and scale.

All of this could have been avoided had China been more forthcoming about its Wuhan flu. But there’s more to this story than a mere Chinese cover-up.

There are two theories as to the origin of the Wuhan flu. The first, is that it originated at a Chinese wet market, where live animals like dogs, cats, snakes and Kuala bears are slaughtered in the most filthy and unsanitary conditions. These wet markets are breeding grounds for animal to human virus transmission, and Chinese authorities were well aware of the risks associated with such wet markets.

The second theory is that the virus emerged from a hazardous level 4 bio-weapons facility in Wuhan, located adjacent to the wet market. The virus managed to migrate from the lab, perhaps from an infected bat, to the wet market.

Chinese wet markets are controversial not only because animals in such markets are badly mistreated, but also because they represent a known biohazard to humans. The deadly H7N9 strain, which surfaced in 2013, was believed to have come from one of these Chinese wet markets. The Chinese SARS virus, which surfaced in 2002 also originated from one of these markets.

Yet despite the known hazards posed by these wet markets, Chinese authorities did little, if anything, to shut them down. The Chinese government did eventually shut down the Wuhan wet market but others throughout China, and parts of Asia still operate without regulation or safeguards.

Instead of accepting blame for unleashing hell on the world, the regime has opted to change the narrative, insinuating that the United States was responsible. On March 12, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian wrote on twitter, “When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army [sic] who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe [sic] us an explanation!” In this regard, the communist government of China is no different that the mullahs of the Islamic Republic, who blamed the coronavirus on America, the Zionists and the Jews.

A government-run Chinese paper also advocated that China halt export of needed medicines to the U.S. to combat COVID-19 in the hope of plunging the U.S. into "the mighty sea of coronavirus". Over the years, pharmaceutical companies have opted to have their drugs manufactured in China because it’s cheaper. China now maintains a dominant position in the global supply chain for pharmaceuticals.

The West must make China pay dearly for its maleficence. As of December 2019, U.S. debt to China was $1.07 trillion. We can begin the process of just retribution and compensation there. We also have the option of imposing tariffs on China and earmark funds collected from those special tariffs to a selected account aimed at assisting those adversely affected by the Chinese coronavirus. Lastly, the United States must come to the realization that manufacturing jobs must be brought back to America’s shores and America must be restored to the manufacturing giant it once was.

For far too long, Democrats and even some Republicans took a soft approach on China, disregarding its abysmal human rights record, its theft of trade secrets and intellectual property, its unrestricted hacking activities, its illegal encroachment on the South and East China Seas and its attempts to undermine its democratic neighbors like Taiwan. Former Democratic candidate for president, Mike Bloomberg, even went so far as to deny that China was ruled by dictatorship. But the Wuhan virus has brought clarity to China’s malign activities. This is one thing that all Americans, Democrats and Republicans, should agree upon without equivocation.

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Photo by Senior Airman Cody R. Miller of U.S. Air Force  

Ari Lieberman


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What Happened to the Israeli Left? - Caroline Glick

by Caroline Glick

The calamity of a post-Zionist takeover.

MK Ofer Shelah from the Blue and White party is the architect of his party’s current efforts to form a government with the support of Joint Arab List. If Shelah succeeds, he will have formed a radical, post-Zionist minority government entirely dependent on 15 Arab lawmakers, who reject Israel’s right to exist, just to stay afloat.

As Shelah blazed forward in his efforts, political philosopher Yoram Hazony recalled an earlier bid by Shelah to force the public to accept post-Zionist positions hostile to the very right of the Jewish people to self-determination.

In February 2001, the Yitzhak Rabin Center convened a meeting of Israel’s elites from across the political spectrum to compose a document that would set out the Jewish goals of the State of Israel. The meetings led to the drafting of the Kinneret Charter, which in later years served as the basis for the 2018 Basic Law: Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People.

The Rabin Center was spurred to action by three dramatic events. First in July 2000, PLO chief Yassir Arafat rejected Ehud Barak’s offer of statehood and peace at the Camp David summit, effectively ending the Oslo peace process. In September, Arafat ordered his terror forces to initiate a campaign of terror against Israel the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the 1930s.

And in October 2000, the Arab Israeli community joined the Palestinian onslaught. In two weeks of violent riots, Arab Israelis throughout the country assaulted their Jewish neighbors and countrymen and called for the destruction of the state.

The third event – the Arab Israeli riots – shook Israeli society to its core because it called into question the very survival of the state as a coherent political unit.

As a well-known journalist, Shelah was invited to participate in the inaugural meeting. Hazony recalled that the politician now pushing the hardest to form a government reliant the Joint Arab List which rejects the legitimacy of the Jewish state, stood up and announced that he refused to participate in a Jewish-only forum and demanded that Arab Israelis be invited to participate.

Prof. Ruth Gavison, perhaps the most influential intellectual on the Left at the time, responded that Jews have a right to convene to discuss their future just as Arabs do. Most of the participants, including some on the far left, like former Education Minister Prof. Yuli Tamir from Peace Now, agreed with Gavison.

With his demand rejected, Shelah walked out. A handful of participants joined him.

This week, with the liberal mass media providing wall-to-wall support for Blue and White’s efforts to form a post-Zionist government dependent on the anti-Zionist Joint Arab List, it appears that over the past 19 years, Shelah’s post-Zionism has moved from the margins to the mainstream. The media’s energetic attempts to defend Blue and White’s efforts show that post-Zionism is the predominant position of the Israeli left.

How did this happen?

Dozens of leading lights of Israeli society signed the Kinneret Charter in July 2001. The next month, the ideals they embraced were bludgeoned by the international community. In late August 2001, the UN convened its “anti-racism” conference in Durban, South Africa. At Durban, UN member states and the most prominent non-governmental organizations in the world came together to libel and criminalize the Jewish state and people with unprecedented brutality.

Just ten years before, in 1991, the US used its post-Cold War clout at the UN to repeal UN General Assembly resolution 3379 from 1975. Resolution 3379 defined Zionism, the Jewish national liberation movement as “a form of racism.” At that time, it was still taken for granted in the Western world that it is anti-Semitic to deny the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in their homeland.

Two conferences were convened at Durban – a conference of UN member nations and a conference of non-governmental organizations. In both, Resolution 3379 was not merely brought back from the dead. It was transformed into the cri de coeur of the UN and the international NGO community. The NGO conference produced a shocking resolution that called for Israel’s destruction as a Jewish state and accused Israel of being a Nazi, Apartheid regime that was committing genocide and other war crimes. UN member states and NGOs were directed to enact a total boycott of Israel.

The international boycott campaign against Israel was initiated shortly thereafter.

One of the groups most responsible for the diplomatic pogrom at Durban was an Israeli Arab legal advocacy organization called Adalah. The heads of Adalah played leading roles in drafting the resolution. Following the conference, Adalah, which is funded by the EU and anti-Israel foundations in the US set about organizing the Israeli Arab community around the NGO resolution. Arab MKs all parrot the language of hatred and rejection of Israel and Jewish peoplehood that was so violently expressed in the Durban resolution.

Together with other subversive, anti-Zionist NGOs, Adalah works through the post-nationalist Supreme Court to block elected officials in the government and Knesset from enforcing the laws of the state towards Arab Israelis. In accordance with the Durban NGO resolution, they demand that Israeli Arabs be accorded “communal rights,” and so effectively undermine Israel’s ability to operate as a democracy governed by the rule of law. Internationally, Adalah is actively involved in boycott efforts against Israel whose goal is to criminalize Zionism, Israel’s supporters abroad and Israel’s very existence. The anti-Israel portion of the Black Lives Matter charter was reportedly written by Adalah.

Among Israeli Jews, views like Adalah’s have long been dominant in many universities. Already at the outset of the Palestinian terror war against Israel, professors from Israel’s premier universities signed petitions calling for IDF soldiers to refuse to serve in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza and calling for the economic boycott of Israel.

Over the past generation, inspired by retired Supreme Court president Aharon Barak, these positions have come to dominate the legal fraternity as well. Barak is the father of Israel’s legal revolution, which gave unchecked powers to the Supreme Court and state prosecution. Barak’s morally relativist, post-modern world view holds that every nation – including Israel – has the potential to act like Nazis. Barak’s view ignores the plain fact, borne out by hundreds of years of German history before World War II that Nazism was not alien to Germany, but in many ways, intrinsic to it. So too, his view discounts thousands of years of Jewish history and heritage, as well as the character of contemporary Israeli society which all negate the prospect of Israel ever adopting the characteristics of Nazi Germany.

Aside from its historic and sociological inanity, Barak’s view is also problematic from the perspective of anti-Semitism.

Like most Western democracies, Israel embraces the definition of anti-Semitism conceived by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. According to the IHRA definition, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis,” is an example of anti-Semitism.

So by claiming that Israel can potentially become a Nazi state, members of the Barak-influenced Israeli legal fraternity have embraced perceptions of Israel that are substantively anti-Semitic.

Perhaps the most problematic place where echoes of the Durban conference are heard is the IDF officer corps. These echoes are heard loudest in IDF discussions of the lessons of the Holocaust.

In 1993, then education minister Shulamit Aloni, from the post-Zionist Meretz party joined then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin at the newly inaugurated March of the Living, which brings Jewish groups to Auschwitz. Aloni remarked that she believed the trip would be destructive to Israeli school children who would go to Auschwitz and come home right-wingers.

Over the past decade, distressing signs appeared that the IDF senior brass shares Aloni’s position on Auschwitz and the right-wing.

On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2016, then IDF deputy chief of staff and current Meretz MK Yair Golan gave a speech at an official ceremony. There, he explicitly drew a comparison between contemporary Israel and Nazi Germany. Golan alleged that “nauseating trends that occurred in Europe generally and in Germany specifically back then – 70, 80 and 90 years ago – are now present among us.”

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that then-defense minister Moshe Yaalon instruct Gen. Golan to retract his remarks, Yaalon refused. Yaalon (who now prefers forming a minority coalition with Meretz backed by the pro-Hezbollah Joint Arab List to forming a unity government with Likud), insisted that Golan’s straightforward defamation of Israeli society had been distorted and taken out of context. He then attacked his fellow politicians for having the temerity to criticize Golan’s scandalous remarks.

In his words, “The attacks on [Golan]… which stem from deliberately distorted interpretations of his remarks … are yet another attempt in the worrying and irritating campaign to politically harm the IDF and its officers. Woe to us if we permit this to happen.”

Yaalon then claimed that it is the duty of IDF commanders to shape the values of their soldiers, and to serve as their “compass and conscience.”

The storm of controversy that Golan’s slander of Israeli society provoked came in the midst of another public outcry over the brutal treatment that Yaalon and his fellow generals meted out against IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria for killing a wounded terrorist in Hebron. Yaalon and his generals castigated Azaria as a criminal before the IDF even investigated the allegations raised against him by a video taken by anti-Israel activists from the radical B’tselem group. The widespread sense of the public was the Yaalon and his generals rushed to side with radical leftists who seek to criminalize IDF soldiers against Azaria, a young conscript who claimed he acted out of fear that the terrorist was about to detonate an explosive vest.

Two years ago, a mid-level IDF career officer who had just returned from an IDF delegation to the March of the Living told me that the post-modern, anti-Israel views that Golan gave voice to in his 2016 speech were among the central themes of the lessons he and his colleagues received from the Education Corps before and during their trip to Poland.

In other words, put lightly, post-Zionism, which views Israel as atavistic at best, and xenophobic at worst is not unfamiliar to IDF commanders.

Benny Gantz, Yaalon and Gaby Ashkenazy, the three former IDF chiefs of staff who lead Blue and White, (together with Shelah’s friend Yair Lapid), were at the helm of the IDF when these events occurred.

We don’t know how Israel’s political Gordian knot, the product of yet another inconclusive election, will be cut. But what is clear enough is that Blue and White’s eagerness to form a coalition dependent on lawmakers who reject Zionism and support terrorists is the consequence of a decades-long process that led to the post-Zionist takeover of the Israeli Left. This process will not be reversed by the simple formation of a government, regardless of who leads it, and who supports it.

Caroline Glick


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Are America, and Trump, being played? - Eric Georgatos

by Eric Georgatos

If the China virus isn't a deliberate plot to take down America and every safeguard of American freedom, how would it look different if it was?

Our concern about Donald Trump in the campaign of 2016 was not about his personal morals. The ultimate choice to vote for him was made easier by the manifest political criminality of Hillary Clinton. And his emergence as an America First, America-loving president was a welcome relief after the apology tour presidency of Barack Obama. 

The concern about Donald Trump was that he had no ideological core. His public political persona was that of a fairly standard liberal Democrat from New York, but one smart enough over his career to shift around and play both sides of the political aisle as necessary to support his business interests and ambitions.

The problem with a leader with no ideological core surfaces in a time of crisis. He will display who he really is. This may include a lot of good parts — i.e., he may have the street smarts of a New York real estate developer, and he may have an insightful and creative mind for addressing big challenges. But with no governing philosophy developed over years of deeper thinking, he may not have that "true north" of wisdom that filters and shapes the right steps to take to protect America.

That surely sounds like heresy to the mainstream Trump-supporter, especially on the surface of evaluating his performance in handling the CCP Virus crisis. Because on that surface, Trump appears masterful: facing the cameras every day, demonstrating a president in command, offering confidence that America will prevail, and exercising the far-reaching powers of the presidency to "care" for Americans on a scale that no one would confuse with a philosophy of limited government. His use of unprecedented wartime powers is winning praise from CNN's Dana Bash, from New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and from Squad member Ilhan Omar. That ought to tell you something about the non-ideological nature of how he is behaving.

But here's the rub: America has never been brought to her knees to the level happening right now, on Trump's watch. Not in the Civil War. Not in WWI or WWII, and certainly not at any time during the Cold War. Forty million Californians sheltered in place — by order of an American government official? Schools closed from coast to coast and restaurants closed in every major order of American government officials? And movements toward gun control and limited rights to gather — by order of American government officials? And nationalized health care achieved in important practical respects without the inconvenience of having to pass laws?

All of this to fight a pandemic of still unclear comparative seriousness that originated in anti-American communist China and is being cheered on, magnified, and roiled relentlessly by the anti-American left, including especially the MSM. 

If this isn't a deliberate plot to take down America and every safeguard of American freedom, how would it look different if it were?

It feels increasingly like Americans are watching execution of a plan to take down America as a constitutional republic, and Trump as president, fed by a CIA-type psychological assessment of Trump that bet on his 'go big' instincts that are untethered by a deep ideological understanding and appreciation for what truly makes America exceptional and great.

One can almost picture the idea popping up in a John Brennan type's head: Pandemic! That's the ticket. There are a couple of generations of Americans who've dismissed God and faith; they can be counted on to be "frightenable" out of their minds by the prospect of a runaway disease and won't raise a peep of dissent against any action government might take in the name of caring for them. And Trump can be counted on to throw restraint to the winds. There will be no real nod to the idea of trusting Americans and trusting American freedom to cope, adapt, and overcome. Trump could be counted on to embrace all-powerful nanny-state government on steroids. By doing so as a so-called Republican with populist support, Trump could be maneuvered to deliver all necessary precedents for an eventual leftist president to overthrow the Constitution in the name of dealing with a "public health crisis." 

Whether Trump wins re-election in 2020 matters less and less to the left. The pieces are in place; the "pandemic play" has done the trick that Nazism, communism, and socialism could not do from the outside.

So if it is a plot — who are the plotters? Deep State intelligence holdovers in cahoots with the CCP? Is George Soros in the mix? Or is this just another conspiracy theory in the age of conspiracy theories?

We'd prefer to believe that it is a conspiracy theory with no merit. 

But we would also have preferred to believe that America's DOJ and FBI were not capable of the manifestly criminal behavior that they engaged in the run-up to and aftermath of Trump's election—all with the purpose of overthrowing the duly elected American president. 

We would have preferred to believe that no American Congressman would have been capable of the tyrannical abuse of the rule of law that Adam Schiff transparently engaged in to promote an impeachment and removal of the duly elected American president. 

And we would prefer to believe that we would never see America in the condition it is in right now—paralyzed by fear and ordered into passive submission by actions of the American government. 

And so we, along with millions of other Americans, are not sure what to believe about what is happening to this country in March 2020. It feels like we are being played.

Eric Georgatos and wife Debbie operate the America, Can We Talk? media platform, with 4 day a week video podcasting by Debbie, and weekly written commentary, all centered around the importance and value of preserving America as founded.


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Donald Trump: A War Hero - Bruce Hendry

by Bruce Hendry

Thank you, Mr. President.

Frontpage Editors' note: Below is Part 9, the final part, of a new essay written by Bruce Hendry: Democrats, Progressives and Socialists. [See links to previous chapters below this article].

22. The Mueller Probe.
The Mueller investigation of whether Donald Trump or his associates colluded with the Russians to help him win the 2016 presidential election is finished. The story of this investigation is a living, current example of Alinsky-inspired Democratic tactics and is worth examining here.
The Mueller probe is perhaps the greatest political hoax in U.S. history.

Two parties conspiring to do an illegal act is a crime. Collusion is what we all do every day when talking with each other, and is not a crime. The press and their Democratic allies were careful not to use the word “conspiracy” in the charges because they knew from the beginning that there was no conspiracy, although in their attacks on Trump they used these terms interchangeably, and so in the public’s mind one was the same as the other. If they could get to prove the easier, but legal, charge of collusion, talking to Russians, they would have gained big political points that could be used against President Trump in the next election.

In summary, the Mueller report said three main things:
1. There was no collusion or conspiracy between Trump or his associates with Russia on the 2016 election.
2. There will be no more indictments from Mueller’s Special Council office.                                          
3. Mueller could not exonerate Trump on whether he obstructed justice, but decided to leave that decision to William Barr, the U.S. Attorney General. But as Special Counsel, Mueller does not have the authority to “exonerate” anyone. That language was just a political stunt leaped on by the Left like a hungry trout.

If “collusion” is not a crime, and it isn’t, then what was the point of the Mueller investigation? From the Democrats' point of view, there were three main reasons for the inquiry, and as will be seen, all of their expectations were realized. Even though some individual Democrats, like Adam Schiff and some of the national media, like CNN, look stupid now for their support for the hoax over the last two and a half years, the exercise was a great success for the Democrats as a party.
Reason #1.

This is the main reason for the probe: to create a “shiny object” to distract the public from an actual conspiracy centered on Hillary Clinton. While Secretary of State, Hillary made a deal with five Russian oligarchs to sell them 20% of the U.S. uranium production. In return, the Clinton Foundation received a tax-free donation of $145 million. I went onto the IRS web site to see what this and other donations looked like on the IRS’s form 990PF. Here’s what I found:

In 2014, the Clinton Foundation took in $180 million. Just $4 million went to charitable activities. The rest was used for travel and other expenses – in other words, for building the Clinton’s political machine. The Clinton Foundation was nothing more than a tax-free vehicle to collect money from foreign states or entities, and other players in return for favors that Clinton could provide as Secretary of State or as President. In other words, quid pro quos – or bribes.

The Trump investigation did indeed switch the national press’s focus off the Clinton Foundation to the Trump inquiry. A Democratic success.

Reason # 2.

Send a warning to anyone helping Trump that they may have their lives destroyed by the Federal government. This was done by indicting Trump’s friends and associates, even though none of them committed the crime of conspiracy or the act of collusion. Their crimes were not related to the official purpose of the inquiry, but they were very effective in warning others that helping Trump could destroy their lives. This message was loud and clear, and a huge success for Democrats.

Reason # 3.
Bob Mueller could have ended this national nightmare with his report, but he didn’t. In fact, he sowed the seeds for a continuation of it by leaving it up to Attorney General Barr to decide on the obstruction of justice issue. Barr was recently appointed by Trump to the inevitable chorus of Democrats claiming Barr was Trump’s pawn and accomplice. Lost in the shouting on this issue was that Mueller found no crime of collusion or conspiracy. How can someone “obstruct justice” if there was no crime, and therefore nothing to obstruct? Of course the press refused to raise this obvious question and echoed the Democrats’ attacks on Barr.
It’s important to review how and why this inquiry got started. It started when the Clinton Campaign hired a company, Fusion GPS, to do opposition research on the Trump campaign. Fusion came up with false stories of Trump or his associates meeting with the Russians and many other lies. This false and unverified dossier was used by the Obama DOJ to get wiretaps to spy on the Trump campaign. None of the reasons for the inquiry was true. But their falsehoods were used to get the FISA court’s permission to spy on Donald Trump and to provide a rationale for the the Mueller investigation itself. It was all lies and deceit and Mueller must have known about it, as anyone who watched Fox News did, early in his investigation.

Mueller hired 19 lawyers to be on his team. Public records show that every one of them contributed to the Clinton campaign or to the Clinton Foundation or to both. His team was not an impartial group looking for the truth, but a highly partisan political group, armed with the power of the subpoena to dig up dirt on President Trump. It was a witch hunt. Mueller was aided in his malicious quest by an army of journalists, all over the world, looking for the same thing.

Treason is a capital offense, punishable by death. James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence appointed by Obama, John Brennan, the former head of the CIA appointed by Obama, and James Comey head of the FBI, appointed by Obama, all accused Trump of treason, claiming that because of their connections and knowledge they knew facts about the Russian investigation that would confirm that charge. They were lying. But those sinister lies were repeatedly reported on CNN and MSNBC as “facts.”

Mueller doesn’t get any credit for finding “no collision.” He knew early on that Trump was innocent, but he spent $35 million of taxpayer money, used 19 highly partisan lawyers and took two and a half years to find something, anything that could be used against Trump. Trump never colluded or conspired with the Russians. Trump knew that about himself, as did Mueller.

Mueller couldn’t just make it up that Trump colluded; he would need some evidence which two and a half years of inquiry failed to turn up. He had no choice other than the choice he took -- no collusion. No conspiracy. He should not get any credit at all for that finding.

Mueller is not one of the good guys;he’s a political animal without a moral compass. He did what he could to help the Democratic establishment overthrow a duly-elected president. In the process, he exacerbated the deep divide in this country by leading the greatest political hoax in modern history.

23. Democrats' Impeachment Charade.
The Spanish Inquisition sought to flush out heretics -- those who didn’t have the same religious beliefs as the Inquisitors. If the heretic did not confess, torture and execution were inescapable. Heretics weren't allowed to face accusers, received no counsel, and were often victims of false accusations. Sounds a lot like what the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives did to Donald Trump in their impeachment hearings, doesn’t it?

The Inquisitors tortured their victims until they confessed to thinking false thoughts about the true religion. Once the confession was obtained, the torture stopped and the confessors were executed, usually by burning them at the stake for their thought crimes.

While Joe Biden was the Vice President of the United States and specifically appointed by President Obama to be in charge of U.S./Ukrainian relations, his son Hunter landed a no-show job on the Board of Burisma, a corrupt Ukrainian energy company at one million dollars a year board fee. Looks bad, right?

President Trump asked the new Ukrainian President about this transaction, as he should have, and was then impeached by a Democratic House for asking this perfectly legitimate question about possible misconduct by the prior administration.

The Democratic allegation was that Trump abused his power, as President, against a domestic political opponent, Joe Biden. The Democrats apparently thought that running for president as a Democrat exempts one from any questions about past crimes and misdemeanors.

Democrats admit that in the end there wasn’t an investigation into possible Biden corruption and that an alleged threat to withhold military aid to the Ukraine unless Biden was investigated was never carried out. The military aid arrived on time and on schedule. In other words, no quid pro quo.
Although there wasn’t an actual “crime,” Democrats claim that there was the thought of doing harm, a crime in terms of what Trump was thinking. In other words, a thought crime like in the Spanish Inquisition. A thought crime for which President Trump and the whole nation had to endure the impeachment process.

The idea that a U.S. President should be removed from office, for the first time in U.S history, for a thought crime was ridiculous. The fact that almost all Democrats actually voted to impeach Trump for his purported thought crime tells you volumes about who modern Democrats are and why we should be concerned, actually frightened, about them regaining power.

A quid pro quo means that I’ll do something for you if you do something for me. But the demand for a quid pro quo didn’t come from President Trump. It came from Joe Biden. Joe is on tape bragging that he gave the President of the Ukraine six hours to fire the prosecutor who was investigating Burisma and his son Hunter, or else he would withhold one billion dollars in US aid. Joe then brags, “Son of a B, they did fire him within 6 hours.” It’s all on tape and you can view this video yourself on YouTube.

The Biden abuse of power goes far beyond this one Ukrainian incident, as reported in great detail in Peter Schweizer’s book Profiles in Corruption. The whole Biden family -- his sister Valerie, his son Hunter, his brothers James and Frank -- are all involved in the Biden family business, leveraging Joe Biden’s political connections into hard cash for themselves.

Peter Schweizer explains how the “family business” works. First they pick a country where oversight is slight and corruption is common. Western countries that are strong and transparent, like Japan, Germany or England are avoided.

Next, they let the right people in those countries, those that award contracts, for instance, know that they have a direct connection to Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States, Like, "He’s my dad," or "He’s my brother."

Next comes foreign aid from the United States to do something that requires a contractor to bid on the project. Guess who gets the contract? Yup, it’s someone in Biden's family. As just one example that is easy to follow: in 2015 the Obama/Biden administration provided $47.5 million of taxpayer money to build a 20-megawatt solar facility in Clarendon, Jamaica. On the face of it such a facility would be of little or no benefit to U.S. taxpayers, but it was very beneficial to Frank Biden, Joe’s brother, who “won” the contract to build the facility.

Variations on this Biden family enrichment plan have been carried out in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Costa Rica, China, Russia, Iraq and the United States. James, Joe’s other brother, landed a massive $1.5 billion contract to build housing in Iraq, despite no history of construction experience. Hunter Biden arrived in China with his dad on Air Force 2 and obtained a $3 billion investment from the Chinese government.

If you are interested in more details than I am providing here, I recommend Schweizer’s book, Profiles in Corruption. The impeachment of Donald Trump is yet another example of the left throwing up a “shiny object” to distract the public and the press from their own criminal behavior.

24. Donald Trump: A War Hero.
Four and a half years ago my wife, Sharon, was diagnosed with Bile Duct cancer. 85% of those who get this disease die within five years. There is no cure, and only those who have successful surgery survive. Sharon’s surgeon was aloof, non-communicative and arrogant. He was not a likable character and you wouldn’t think of inviting him to dinner, but he was an outstanding surgeon and he saved Sharon’s life. To some people, this may remind them of Donald Trump.

I didn’t start out as a Trump fan, but I am now. I find him very funny at times, but I wouldn’t disagree if you said that he can be arrogant, self-centered, a bully and occasionally an obnoxious person. So you don’t like his personality or demeanor. So what? The real issue is how is he doing as President. By any objective measure he is doing very well.

Functioning systems don’t improve unless there is a disruption to the status quo. The establishment, whether in a scientific community or a political community, likes things just the way they are because every person has a stake in the status quo. Disruptors like Trump are not welcome by the establishment, who will try to extinguish a disruptor it perceives as a threat. We are seeing that right now with Donald Trump.

What do Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Donald Trump all have in common? They are all wartime presidents who fought to save the Republic. Trump has been at war with the media, the Democrats, the eastern and university elites, and Hollywood from the day he took his oath of office. It’s fair to say that this group has not found one single good thing in Trump's presidency and has worked hard to put the worst possible spin on virtually everything he has done or said -- with the goal of undoing the 2016 election. The war on Trump is also a war on traditional American values and on the United States itself.

The Democratic war machine includes verbal attacks on his wife, his adult children and even Barron, his 13-year-old child. There are so many assaults on the president that the fact that the Obama administration actually used the FBI to spy on candidate and then President-Elect Trump gets lost in the conversation. Then, when Trump was actually in the White House, his political enemies in the Deep State leaked even confidential conversations with foreign leaders to sabotage his policies. To date there have been no punishments for these obvious crimes.

The war against Trump includes sending waves of illegal migrants in caravans from Central America and then blaming Trump for the chaos they cause at the border. It includes the greatest political hoax in modern times: the Mueller probe. Add to this the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearing circus and the impeachment inquiry, much of which was held in secret tribunals, as was common in Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany.

The attack dogs in this war, Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi  and Chuck Schumer, are enemies not only of the President but of the Republic. As president, Trump has done a brilliant job. But these three Trump haters have demonized almost everything Trump has said or done. A compliant press then reported their baseless accusations as if they were all true. Few people could have endured the personal attacks Trump and his family have suffered since taking office. He is truly an amazing individual whom I greatly admire.

Like the other wartime presidents, Trump saved our Republic; he saved our Supreme Court from becoming a left-wing legislative body; he saved our Union from the close call with socialism and government control of everything. He saved us from Hillary Clinton and her band of university and eastern establishment elites; he saved us from the Hollywood wackos; from the national press corps and from the entrenched unelected government establishment which he calls “the swamp.”
In my mind, Donald Trump is a war hero. Thank you Mr. President.

25. Conclusions.
This essay has demonstrated the danger that we face as a nation from the Democratic agenda -- a danger to the very fabric of what the United States stands for. We know from history that the Left's socialist paradise always devolves into a socialist hell that hurts the very people that it says it wants to help.

The socialist agenda is destroying the Democratic party with an eye towards doing the same to our Republic. America’s response to this threat is Donald Trump, a gift provided by President Obama and the Democratic party. The political Left is guided by its emotions, not by history and a realistic view of what human beings are like. Progressives are censors of ideas that they don’t like under the banner of politically correctness -- a convenient club used to stifle any fact-based discussion of their ideologies. Democrats are attempting to “transform” America into an idealistic and unrealistic socialist paradise.

To get what they want, the Democrats will use the “Big Lie.” They will cheat in elections and abolish our borders in order to import illegals who will eventually vote for Democrats. The powerful Democrat elite will use emotional appeals to distract their kind-hearted, but clueless groupthink followers, in order to gain and keep the power they seek. Black Americans in America’s Democrat-run inner cities are kept poor and uneducated in order to secure their vote. We have seen that Democrats are experts at using the legal system and the courts to get what they can’t get legislatively.
The arguments in this essay are devastating to the progressive agenda because they use the three things progressives most fear: facts, logic and common sense.

My hope is that this essay will serve as a wakeup call to both Liberals and Conservatives who care about this country. They need to start standing up to the war against the freedoms that we cherish, and not be intimidated or silenced by shouts of racism and misogyny.  Don’t be diverted by the “shiny objects” thrown up by the Left and its media partners to divert your attention from the big-picture agenda of taking away your freedoms.

All societies tend to migrate to the socialist view that people should give up their personal freedoms in return for the illusory promise of of safety and "fairness." Civil order in the West is under assault, not from Russia, China or from anybody outside, but like in the Roman Republic, from the inside, from the Democrats, progressives and socialists.

Self-criticism, the disinterested search for the truth, separation of church and state, the rule of law and equality under the law, freedom of thought and expression, human rights and liberal democracy, are superior to any other notions devised by humankind. This is “Western Culture” and this is what is under assault from progressive Democrats. If these are your values too, please pass this essay on to others that you care about.

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Hamas threatens new attacks if demands aren't met - Arutz Sheva Staff

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Hamas reportedly warned that, 'If the situation persists - terrorist organizations will force half of Israel into bomb shelters.'

Channel 13 reported that Hamas officials told the Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper on Saturday that talks had been held with Egyptian and Qatari negotiators in recent days to monitor the difficult economic situation in Gaza in light of the coronavirus crisis. They claimed that if the economic situation were to deteriorate, "the [situation] with Israel will get to the point that terrorist organizations in Gaza will force half of the Israeli public into [bomb] shelters."

This, they say, will double the number of Israelis infected with the COVID-19 - and Israel will lose control of the virus. In addition, Hamas officials warned that the quiet in Gaza could [end] if there is a delay in the shipment of Qatari money or if additional aid for treatment of the virus fails to reach Gaza. They also claimed that Qatar had informed Hamas that no changes had been made to its promise of providing financial aid and that Israel was interested in continued quiet on the border.

Qatar, for its part, is still deciding how to ship additional monetary aid to Gaza in light of the cessation of international flights. Among the proposed methods are the possibility that money would be transferred by mail without the necessity for Qatari envoy, Mohammed al-Amadi or his deputy to step foot in Gaza, and that officials of the Qatar's Gaza Reconstruction Commission would receive the package and distribute it. In addition, the sources said that Hamas demanded that mediators pressure Israel to deliver the necessary medical equipment for fighting the virus when it reaches Gaza.

Compared to dozens of coronavirus cases in Judea and Samaria, no cases of the disease have been reported in Gaza up till now. Some 60 Gazans have so far identified suspicious symptoms. All were immediately quarantined at a special facility in Rafah, but none have tested positive for the virus. Head of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, inspected the quarantine measures in the city.

Preventive measures are not being enacted in Gaza like they are in the rest of the world, however. While a special factory for the production of alcohol has been established with the claim that local residents will have a surplus of disinfectants when the virus arrives, and all institutes of higher education and mosques have been shut down by the Ministry of Health, unlike in Israel where shops, markets, and banks remain open for business, with thousands of customers purchasing goods on a daily basis.

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Palestinian Leaders Use Coronavirus to Attack Israel - Khaled Abu Toameh

by Khaled Abu Toameh

The Palestinian leaders, who are pursuing their efforts to prosecute Israelis for "war crimes," have been concealing from their own people and the international community the fact that Israel is assisting them in the war on the coronavirus.

  • On March 18, Israel delivered hundreds of kits for detecting the coronavirus into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, together with equipment for medical protection. This is the same Gaza Strip from which Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups have been firing thousands of rockets at Israel for the past few years, and launching party-balloons carrying hidden bombs as recently as last week. In February alone, more than 40 rockets were launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip.
  • The Palestinian leaders, who are pursuing their efforts to prosecute Israelis for "war crimes," have been concealing from their own people and the international community the fact that Israel is assisting them in the war on the coronavirus.
  • For Palestinian leaders, it seems that the war on Israel is more important than the battle against a pandemic and saving the lives of their own people. Yet, these leaders and their families, if they are diagnosed with the disease, will undoubtedly be the first to rush to Israel to seek medical treatment there.

Palestinian officials continue, on a daily basis, to spread lies about Israel and Jews, even as Israel is helping them combat the coronavirus. For Palestinian leaders, it seems that the war on Israel is more important than the battle against a pandemic and saving the lives of their own people. Pictured: A Palestinian Authority policeman stands outside a hospital in Ramallah on March 12, 2020. (Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images)

What is the connection between US President Donald Trump's recently unveiled plan for Middle East peace and the coronavirus?

Palestinian leaders seem to believe that there is a connection between the peace plan, also known as the Deal of the Century, and the coronavirus pandemic. According to these leaders, Israel is taking advantage of the health crisis to implement the Trump plan and build new housing units for Jews in the West Bank. They are referring to Israel's intention to build a new road between the E1 area and Jerusalem, and 3,500 apartments in Ma'aleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem.

First, the building program in the area has been on the agenda for more than 20 years. All Israeli governments since Yitzhak Rabin's second tenure as prime minister in the 1990s have supported it.

Second, the recent Israeli announcement was made in the last week of February, before the outbreak of the coronavirus in Israel and the West Bank. In fact, the announcement came on the eve of the March 3 election and was more likely a pledge from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's electoral campaign.

On March 18, the PLO Executive Committee, whose members held a meeting in Ramallah, said that it "rejects the Israeli occupation government's exploitation of the coronavirus to pursue its policy of settlement construction and colonial expansion."

The committee, consisting of veteran PLO leaders and loyalists of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed that the Israeli government and Jewish settlers were exploiting the outbreak of the virus to "destroy trees, attack houses and vehicles, and pave new roads for the use of settlers [in the West Bank] in order to implement the ominous so-called Deal of the Century."

In addition, the PLO leaders went on to condemn Israel for supposedly allowing "herds of Jewish settlers to storm the Al Aqsa Mosque" in Jerusalem. They were referring to routine, peaceful, visits by Jews to the Temple Mount. In fact, Jews do not "storm" the compound. Instead, they enter as visitors in coordination with the Israeli authorities. Moreover, contrary to the claims of the Palestinians, none of these Jews has ever set foot inside the Al Aqsa Mosque.

The Palestinian officials, however, are not prepared to be "confused by the facts." They continue, on a daily basis, to spread such lies about Israel and Jews, even as Israel is helping them combat the coronavirus. In Arabic, we call it wakkaha (audacity).

While Israeli and Palestinian medical professionals were working together to prevent the spread of the virus, the Palestinian Authority's official news agency, Wafa, came out with yet another blood libel against Israel.

According to Wafa, Israel was now releasing wolves to attack calves belonging to Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley. The agency claimed that three calves were killed when they were attacked by wolves "released by the Israeli occupation forces in the Jabarees area in the northern Jordan Valley." There have always been wolves in the area, but the claim that they are being released by Israel is false. There is no evidence that Israelis -- or anyone else -- have ever released wolves in the area.

Another false charge spread by Palestinian officials and media outlets claims that Israel is taking advantage of the world's preoccupation with the outbreak of the coronavirus to "impose abusive measures" against Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. The Palestinian Authority's Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) published a statement on March 17, accusing "the Israeli prison administration of using the coronavirus as a pretext to continue with the imposition of abusive measures against Palestinian prisoners." The PPS called on international organizations, particularly the International Committee of the Red Cross, to "stop exploitation of the current situation for the imposition of more abusive measures against prisoners."

Mahmoud Aloul, deputy chairman of Abbas's ruling Fatah faction, also contributed to the anti-Israel campaign by repeating the claim that Israel was taking advantage of the world's preoccupation with the virus to implement the Trump peace plan.

As is obvious from the PPS statement and the false charges made by the PLO officials, it is the Palestinian leadership, not Israel, that is exploiting the coronavirus. Clearly, Palestinian leaders are leveraging the virus to continue their campaign of incitement against Israel and Jewish settlers instead of focusing their energies on preventing the spread of the disease.

The Palestinian leadership also seems to have enough time to pursue their effort to prosecute Israelis for "war crimes" at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Palestinian leaders are evidently determined to pursue their efforts to delegitimize Israel in the eyes of the rest of the world.

On March 16, the Palestinian Authority submitted its "observations" to the ICC in relation to the prosecutor's request for a determination on the scope of the court's territorial jurisdiction in the PA-controlled areas. These "observations" were submitted to the ICC at the same time that Israel was busy distributing coronavirus test kits to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"In the past two weeks, hundreds of coronavirus testing kits have been delivered by Israel to the Palestinian territories and health systems in response to the outbreak of the virus in the region," said Major Yotam Shefer of the Israeli Defense Ministry.
"Israeli and Palestinian health and medical bodies are cooperating in the training of medical staff and in the sharing of knowledge and equipment. We will continue our joint efforts to prevent the spread of the disease and maintain public health throughout the region."
On March 18, Israel delivered hundreds of kits for detecting the coronavirus to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, together with equipment for medical protection. This is the same Gaza Strip from which Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups have been firing thousands of rockets at Israel for the past few years, and launching party-balloons carrying hidden bombs as recently as last week. In February alone, more than 40 rockets were launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian leaders, who are pursuing their efforts to prosecute Israelis for "war crimes," have been concealing from their own people and the international community the fact that Israel is assisting them in the war on the coronavirus.

Instead of telling Palestinians the truth, these leaders are continuing to incite their people against Israel. The Palestinian "observations" submitted to the ICC are silent about the Israeli aid to the Palestinians in the fight against the spread of the virus. Only on March 16, a spokesman for the Palestinian government admitted that the Palestinians and Israel have set up a joint command center to fight the virus.

Palestinian leaders have again shown that they are grandmasters at playing a double game.

On the one hand, they seek Israel's assistance in the fight against the coronavirus. On the other hand, they have upgraded their diplomatic warfare to try to delegitimize Israel in the international community. For Palestinian leaders, it seems that the war on Israel is more important than the battle against a pandemic and saving the lives of their own people. Yet, these leaders and their families, if they are diagnosed with the disease, will undoubtedly be the first to rush to Israel to seek medical treatment there.

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Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at Gatestone Institute.


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Galant to left: Israeli democracy is just fine - Eitan Divinsky

by Eitan Divinsky

MK Yoav Galant responds to attacks against Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Likud party by Blue and White.

Yoav Galant
Yoav Galant                                                                                                     Kobi Richter, TPS

Maj. Gen. (res.) MK Yoav Galant (Likud) responded Saturday evening to attacks against Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Likud officials on the part of the Left.

"Israeli democracy is not in danger. The real risk to Israeli citizens these days is the coronavirus epidemic and its effects on the health, economy and [social fabric of our nation]," he said.

"It's time for unity and partnership – I call on Blue and White: Stop the anti-democratic processes in the Knesset and join a Likud-led unity government. Israel before all," he said in response to recent accusations by [MK Benny] Gantz and other members of the left-Arab bloc that Edelstein was preventing a left-wing coalition from being formed by shutting down Knesset proceedings due to the spread of COVID-19 on orders from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Edelstein has reiterated that safety measures at the Knesset are the same as ones that have gone into effect in the entire country, and that Blue and White were using the fact that the Joint Arab List and Yisrael Beytenu had supported Gantz's candidacy out of hatred for Netanyahu rather than approval of Blue and White.

The Likud has repeatedly called for the formation of an emergency unity government that could be discarded once the crisis is over, while Gantz and fellow Blue and White party members have insisted on additional ministerial posts along with Netanyahu's resignation as preconditions to joining a Likud-led government.

Eitan Divinsky


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