Friday, July 17, 2020

Lebanon's New 'Great Satan' - Khaled Abu Toameh


by Khaled Abu Toameh

For several weeks now, a hashtag titled "Nasrallah has ruined the country" has been trending on Twitter, with many Lebanese and Iraqis accusing the Hezbollah leader of destroying their countries.

  • Hezbollah's financial crisis is the result of US sanctions on its patrons in Iran, which had been supporting the terrorist group annually with about $700 million from oil revenues.... — Fahim al-Hamid, Saudi journalist, okaz.com.sa, March 22, 2020.
  • For several weeks now, a hashtag titled "Nasrallah has ruined the country" has been trending on Twitter, with many Lebanese and Iraqis accusing the Hezbollah leader of destroying their countries.
  • "Nasrallah has taken Lebanon hostage and accused the US of Lebanon's economic collapse. Hezbollah is a major partner of the network that looted the Lebanese treasury and banks. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization running an entire country." — Video clip posted on social media platforms.
  • "No one has the right to drag us into the place they want, and no one has the right to impose on us a lifestyle that we do not want.... We do not want to live in isolation and be cut off from the West, Arabs and the entire world." — Sami Gemayel, Lebanese Member of Parliament, Asharq Al-Awsat, June 18, 2020.
  • Hezbollah (Arabic for "Party of God") has long been functioning as a state-within-a-state in Lebanon and its leader, Nasrallah, is the de facto ruler of the country. Now that he is having trouble paying salaries to his terrorists, Nasrallah is hoping that the US will step in and rescue Lebanon (and Hezbollah) from collapse.

The Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah has long functioned as a state-within-a-state in Lebanon and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, is the de facto ruler of the country. Now that he is having trouble paying salaries to his terrorists, Nasrallah hopes that the US will rescue Lebanon (and Hezbollah) from collapse. Pictured: Lebanese supporters of Hezbollah, carrying the flag of the group and a portrait of Nasrallah, at an anti-American demonstration near the US Embassy in Awkar, northeast of Beirut, on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images)

Has Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah changed his mind about the US, which he always considered a great enemy of the Arabs and Muslims? Not likely. More likely is that he is trying to dupe the Americans into giving Lebanon money to prevent the collapse of his Iranian-backed terrorist group.

Dominated by heavily-armed Hezbollah, Lebanon is currently facing the worst economic crisis in its history. The crisis is seen as the biggest threat to stability since the 1975-90 civil war in Lebanon. The World Bank warned last November that if conditions worsened, the proportion of Lebanese living in poverty could rise to 50%. Since then, the economy has been further hit by the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, so the crisis has only deepened.

As the country's currency collapsed to an all-time low against the US dollar, thousands of Lebanese have been protesting by blocking roads with burning tires and setting fire to banks.

This mess, which has resulted in an increase in the crime rate, was made by a corrosive confluence of government malpractice, economic instability and external interference. In the first four months of 2020, murders in Lebanon doubled compared to the same period last year. Burglaries increased by 20% and car thefts by nearly 50%.

Many Lebanese hold Hezbollah responsible for the crisis, mainly because of its wars with Israel and its support for Iran in conflicts with Sunni-led Gulf states.

Until recently, Nasrallah referred to the US as the "Great Satan." Earlier this year, Nasrallah's Iranian-backed terrorist group sent a warning to the US:
"We warn the Great Satan, the bloodthirsty and arrogant regime of the US, that any new wicked act of further aggression (against Iran) will bring about more painful and crushing responses."
In another statement, in January, Nasrallah said:
"America, the Great Satan, is responsible for Israel and all its crimes against the Palestinian people. America built ISIS (Islamic State terrorist group) to destroy our countries, our culture, history, and our future. We must never forget this, that America is our true enemy."
The "Great Satan" has been an integral part of Nasrallah's fiery anti-Israel and anti-American speeches for several years.

On July 7, however, Nasrallah, who regularly encouraged his followers to chant "Death to America, death to Israel," surprised many Arabs and Muslims when he seemed to adopt a conciliatory tone toward the US.

"Although it is our enemy, we won't stop America from helping Lebanon solve its economic crisis," Nasrallah said in a speech.
"I would like to make some corrections; with regards to turning eastward, I was clear in my last speech that this did not mean turning our back on the West. We can take help from all countries, except Israel. Even the US, which is an enemy, can help us. Any country on earth, with the exception of the usurper entity [Israel], which can help us in any way -- we are completely open to this. Some have accused us of trying to change Lebanon's economic structure by turning to China -- making it communist or socialist. This is not true. We must open and explore all possible routes now for staving off Lebanon's collapse."
Nasrallah went on to urge the Lebanese people to engage in an "agricultural, manufacturing jihad resistance."
"Today, we are in the battle of agriculture and manufacturing, and we will commit ourselves to this wholeheartedly. We must all become farmers and manufacturers. Wherever we have potential arable land, even a front yard, even balconies and rooftops, we are going to plant."
Nasrallah's talk about his country's readiness to accept aid from the US has raised eyebrows in Lebanon and other Arab and Islamic states, where cynics wondered why the terrorist leader was suddenly prepared to deal with the "Great Satan."

Lebanese journalist Jerry Maher scoffed at Nasrallah's statement:
"To Hassan Nasrallah, whatever you say and do, nothing will change in Lebanon before surrendering your weapons and bringing leaders of your group to trial."
Fahim al-Hamid, a Saudi writer, said that Nasrallah's statement "reflects the severe financial crisis that the terrorist Hezbollah is experiencing," particularly regarding paying the terrorists it sends to Syria to protect Bashar Assad's "bloody regime."

Al-Hamid pointed out that Hezbollah's financial crisis is the result of US sanctions on its patrons in Iran, which had been supporting the terrorist group annually with about $700 million from oil revenues, as well as the US war on the money laundering and drug trafficking operated by Hezbollah's international networks. "According to reliable sources, Nasrallah ordered a 60% reduction of the salaries of his fighters," he revealed. "Hezbollah also stopped recruiting new members as a result of the financial crisis. Now he is humiliating himself by begging for help from the US, which he used to consider the 'Great Satan.'"

For several weeks now, a hashtag titled "Nasrallah has ruined the country" has been trending on Twitter, with many Lebanese and Iraqis accusing the Hezbollah leader of destroying their countries. The Iraqis are accusing Hezbollah of meddling in their internal affairs by establishing Iranian-backed terrorist cells in Iraq. The Lebanese, meanwhile, are accusing Nasrallah of ruining their country by dragging it into wars with Israel, destroying Lebanon's economy and smuggling flour and fuel to neighboring Syria.

"Hezbollah should receive the same treatment as ISIS and the terrorist Nasrallah should receive the same treatment as [slain] ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," wrote social media user Ahmad Faqira.

"Government corruption and mismanagement, outdated laws, dominance of Hezbollah, sectarian tension, money laundering, wretched infrastructure are all challenges to economic empowerment," Abdul Aziz El-Bodon commented on Twitter.

"Lebanon cannot breathe -- Hezbollah and Amal militias in the streets of Beirut are claiming to restore peace after their thugs destroyed and looted the city," said another social media user called Joyce. (Amal is a Lebanese political and military party associated with Lebanon's Shia community.)

Some Lebanese mocked Nasrallah's call for waging "agricultural and manufacturing resistance" and noted that the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture has been under the control of Hezbollah for the past 15 years.

Others pointed out that Hezbollah controls Beirut Airport and the Port of Beirut, occupies private and public land illegally, constantly threatens the Lebanese population; runs a global smuggling ring and counterfeit money operation; manufactures [illicit] drugs of all sorts; has rockets in civilian areas; pays no taxes; gets free electricity while others pay; controls gangs that loot and steal; provides protection for corrupt Lebanese politicians; is killing civilians in Syria and Iraq; and brainwashes children from the age of six.

"Nasrallah has taken Lebanon hostage and accused the US of Lebanon's economic collapse," says a video clip posted on social media platforms. "Hezbollah is a major partner of the network that looted the Lebanese treasury and banks. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization running an entire country."

Several Lebanese politicians have blamed Hezbollah for the country's severe financial crisis.
Member of parliament Sami Gemayel said that Lebanon was paying the price for Hezbollah's policy. "No one has the right to drag us into the place they want, and no one has the right to impose on us a lifestyle that we do not want," he said. "We do not want to live in isolation and be cut off from the West, Arabs and the entire world."

Addressing Nasrallah, another Lebanese politician, Fares Soueid, said: "You give us nothing but sedition and backwardness."

It is good to see that many Lebanese now realize that Hezbollah and its masters in Tehran have brought nothing but disaster and destruction to their country. Hezbollah (Arabic for "Party of God") has long been functioning as a state-within-a-state in Lebanon and its leader, Nasrallah, is the de facto ruler of the country.

Now that he is having trouble paying salaries to his terrorists, Nasrallah is hoping that the US will step in and rescue Lebanon (and Hezbollah) from collapse. Arabs and Muslims are perfectly aware of Nasrallah's desperate attempt to drag the US into propping up his country and organization. Accordingly, they now mock his damning of the US as the "Great Satan" by describing Hezbollah as the "Party of Satan."
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Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16241/lebanon-hezbollah-great-satan

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Beinart's Final Solution: End Israel as Nation-State of the Jewish People - Alan M. Dershowitz


by Alan M. Dershowitz

Peter Beinart's New York Times op-ed advocating the end of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is a study in historical ignorance, willful deception and arrogant rejection of democracy.

  • If Israel were to end its existence as the nation-state of the Jewish people — as Beinart advocates — and become a Jewish "homeland" in a single binational, bi-religious state, a demographic war would become inevitable, in which Jews and Muslims would compete to become a majority. As soon as a Muslim majority materialized, the Jewish "homeland" would become precisely the kind of "Bantustan" that Beinart has railed against in the context of South Africa.
  • The Jewish minority would be ruled by the Muslim majority, even if it were given some degree of autonomy. Their protection would be largely in the hands of the Muslim majority, many of whom believe there is no place for a Jewish entity anywhere in the region.
  • A Palestinian majority would not allow persecuted Jews from around the world to seek asylum, as they can today under Israel's Law of Return. Instead, the Palestinian state would enact its own law of return that would allow millions of exiles to "return" and assure a permanent Muslim supermajority.

Pictured: Alan Dershowitz in the US Senate Reception Room on January 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Peter Beinart's New York Times op-ed advocating the end of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is a study in historical ignorance, willful deception and arrogant rejection of democracy.
Beinart proposed that a single binational, bi-religious state in what is now Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip replace current Israel, whose Jewish population would then be given a "homeland" within the new nation. But Beinart is woefully ignorant of previous attempts to create or maintain binational or bi-religious states.

Beinart ignores the lessons of history surrounding the former Yugoslavia — Tito's failed effort to create a single artificial nation from different ethnicities and religions — which ended in genocide, tragedy and its breakup into several states now living in relative peace. He omits any mention of Lebanon — a failed experiment in sharing power between Muslims and Christians. He writes as if Hindu India still included Muslim Pakistan, instead of having been divided after considerable bloodshed and divisiveness. He focuses instead on two countries, Northern Ireland and South Africa, which bear little relationship to current-day Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Northern Ireland is a country whose population is ethnically similar, with only religious differences at a time when religion is playing a far less important role in the life of many secular Northern Irish. South Africa was a country in which a tiny minority of whites dominated a large majority of Blacks, and is now a dominantly Black nation.

Israel and the Palestinian territories are totally different. The population of Israel is a mixture of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, Muslims and Christians. The West Bank and Gaza are comprised almost exclusively of Muslim Arabs.

There used to be a mixture of Muslim and Christians, but most Christians have been forced out. The combined Muslim Arab population of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza is close in number to the Jewish population of Israel. If Israel were to end its existence as the nation-state of the Jewish people — as Beinart advocates — and become a Jewish "homeland" in a single binational, bi-religious state, a demographic war would become inevitable, in which Jews and Muslims would compete to become a majority. As soon as a Muslim majority materialized, the Jewish "homeland" would become precisely the kind of "Bantustan" that Beinart has railed against in the context of South Africa. The Jewish minority would be ruled by the Muslim majority, even if it were given some degree of autonomy. Their protection would be largely in the hands of the Muslim majority, many of whom believe there is no place for a Jewish entity anywhere in the region.

It was precisely this fear that led to the creation of political Zionism in the 19th century. Theodor Herzl and others experienced the anti-Semitism of Europe and the inability of the Jewish minority there to protect itself against pogroms and discrimination. Placing the safety of Israel's Jewish population in the hands of a potentially hostile Muslim majority would be an invitation to possible genocide.

Beinart is insistent that today's Israelis and Jews must ignore the lessons of the Holocaust. But those who ignore history are destined to repeat it. And Jews cannot afford to see a repetition of their tragic past.

Beinart never discusses the issue of who would control the armed forces and, most particular, Israel's nuclear arsenal, under a binational and bi-religious state. Recall that the current Hamas constitution demands that a Palestinian state be an Islamic nation bound by Sharia law. Even if the Palestinian majority state would allow the Jewish minority homeland to have its own domestic laws, the state itself, with its Muslim majority, would presumably control the armed forces. This would create yet another Islamic state, among the many that currently exist — but this one would have a nuclear arsenal. A Palestinian majority would also not allow persecuted Jews from around the world to seek asylum, as they can today under Israel's Law of Return. Instead, the Palestinian state would enact its own law of return that would allow millions of exiles to "return" and assure a permanent Muslim supermajority.


This article was originally published by Newsweek  


Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School and author of the book, Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo, Skyhorse Publishing, November 2019. He is the Jack Roth Charitable Foundation Fellow at Gatestone Institute.


Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16242/peter-beinart-final-solution

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Open Borders Biden - Daniel Greenfield


by Daniel Greenfield


President Trump calls out Biden’s betrayal of American workers.




“There’s probably never been a time when candidates are so different. We want law and order. They don’t want law and order. We want strong, closed borders with people able to come in through merit, through a legal process. They don’t want to have any borders at all. They’re going to rip down the wall,” President Trump declared.

Trump called out Biden’s immigration extremism in the Rose Garden. Earlier, task forces from the Biden and Sanders campaign had released the Biden-Sanders unity policy recommendations.

The co-chair of the immigration task force, Marielena Hincapie, is the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center which is funded, by among others, George Soros. Other members of the task force included Marisa Franco, who had called for "dismantling ICE", and Javier Valdes, the executive director of Make the Road which supports abolishing ICE and letting illegal aliens vote in state elections.

Make the Road was part of an anti-Trump coalition funded by Soros.

The Biden campaign had outsourced its policymaking to a radical Hungarian billionaire with a passion for open borders. The attack on our immigration system that President Trump called out was the result.

“And these are actual key elements of the Biden Sanders unity platform,” President Trump said.

Open Borders

“Well, basically, as you know, what they’re going to do is they’re going to rip down the wall. They’re taking it down. They want to take down the wall,” President Trump warned in the Rose Garden.

The Biden-Sanders task force proposal actually goes beyond that, promising that Democrats will "rescind President Trump's fabricated 'National Emergency'" and end the wall. The proposal claims that the wall, which was meant to stop the huge influx of migrants, is “unnecessary”. It's unnecessary because Biden and most Democrats don't believe that America should have borders or immigration restrictions.

 The Democrats want to go back to the days when Biden last held office and the function of the border patrol was to hand out snacks to illegal migrants and help them enter America.

Catch and Release

The Biden-Sanders plan calls for "community-based alternatives to detention." 

As President Trump succinctly put it, "abolish immigration detention, no more detention. You come in here illegally, no more detention."

There’s no border enforcement without detention. Just as there’s no criminal justice system without detaining criminals. Once illegal migrants are released, few of them ever show up for a hearing. Why would they? Their whole goal is to enter the country and work here illegally. Few of their claims of persecution would stand up at a hearing and they know it.

“Catch and release is gone. So many different things have taken place. We used to catch them, take their name, and release them into our country. We don’t do that anymore. We now release them back where they came from. Sometimes we’ll bring them back to their country,” President Trump said.

Catch and release has been tried for decades. And it’s failed.

America’s huge illegal alien population is partly due to catch and release policies. Catch and release policies are why massive illegal alien caravans have headed for our border, knowing that they will be released, instead of detained. Biden would like to bring back the worst catch and release days of the Obama administration and his call for community detention is just catch and release by another name.

Mass Illegal Alien Amnesty

“Grant mass amnesty. Everybody gets amnesty, mass amnesty. Think of that. And this has created a roadmap to citizenship for massive, massive numbers,” President Trump warned.

"Democrats believe it is long past time to provide a roadmap to citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers," the Biden-Sanders proposal demands.

How many millions is that? The Biden-Sanders task force carefully doesn’t clarify.

But, as the country staggers under the weight of mass unemployment, mass amnesty is a monumental betrayal of American workers, cutting off their dreams, and denying them any hope of a job.

But Biden doesn’t care because what the Democrats really want are illegal alien votes. And if millions of Americans lose their jobs and their homes, that’s a small price to pay for millions of illegal alien votes.

Jihadis Welcome

"We will immediately terminate the Trump Administration's discriminatory travel and immigration bans that disproportionately impact Muslim and African people," the Biden-Sanders task force vows.
“End all travel bans including from Jihadist regions,” President Trump warned against such a foolish and destructive policy. “We have a very strong travel ban, and we don’t want people that are going to come in and blow up our cities.”

The Democrats not only want them, but the Biden-Sanders task force promises to invite any potential terrorists whose visas were denied because of the travel ban to "re-apply to come to the United States."

The Islamic terrorist attacks of tomorrow will be brought to you by Biden’s terror amnesty.

If Your Country Has a Crime Problem, Apply for Refugee Status

The refugee system was created for people fleeing oppression, not bad neighborhoods. But the Biden-Sanders task force promises to go back to the broken policy of allowing asylum requests by people complaining about gang violence. The so-called "victims" of gang violence are often involved in it and allowing them to apply for asylum has helped boost the gang violence problem in America.

And gang violence is the main cause of gun violence in America.

Mass immigration from gang countries, like El Salvador, just like mass migration from Jihadist countries, like Syria and Iraq, brings gang violence to America. The Democrats claim that they want to end gun violence by banning guns. That didn’t work in Europe and it won’t work here. The best way to stop gun violence is to cut off the flow of new gang members to America by ending open borders asylum.

Instead, Biden is telling Americans that if they like their MS-13 beheadings, they can keep them.

Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens

"They want government healthcare for all illegal aliens. This is part of their plan. I’m not making this up. This is all down in their plan from last week," President Trump said.

And, indeed, the Biden-Sanders plan calls for expanding ObamaCare to DACA illegal aliens and rushing new immigrants into Medicaid without a waiting period.

"Sign new immigrants up for welfare immediately. This is Joe Biden. So they walk off and they come in and they put a foot into our land, and we sign up new immigrants up for welfare. We sign them up immediately. They get welfare benefits. United States citizens. Don’t get what they’re looking to give illegal immigrants. Think of that,” President Trump expressed his frustration. “Sign up. It’s hard to believe I’m even reading that, new immigrants for welfare immediately. Not to mention the cost of this which is incalculable. The cost of this is so crazy.”

The Biden-Sanders plan claims that illegal aliens need free health care because of the Wuhan Virus.

But, as President Trump points out, Democrat support for open borders is what really spread the virus.

“The wall was so timely because it stopped people coming in from heavily infected areas of Mexico. If we had that, we would be in trouble like you wouldn’t believe,” President Trump said.

Come to America, Get on Welfare

"End requirement for immigrant self-sufficiency and maximize their welfare. Now, this is us writing this. Who’s not coming to the United States? Every person from South America is going to pour in,” President Trump fumed.

The Biden-Sanders plan not only wants quick Medicaid for immigrants, but promises to "immediately halt enforcement of and rescind the Trump Administration's un-American immigrant wealth test."

Determining whether new immigrants can support themselves, or whether they will become a burden on taxpayers, is not a wealth test and it's not un-American.

It's how America's immigration system was always meant to work.

The Biden-Sanders plan will force the citizens of a country already struggling with the economic havoc of the pandemic lockdowns and the Black Lives Matter riots to shoulder the burden of welfare migrants.

“Every person from other countries, they’re going to be pouring in. End requirement, think of that, for immigrant self-sufficiency and remember to maximize welfare. So we give it a maximum. Then we have massively expand immigration during a global pandemic, taking jobs from unemployed Americans," President Trump pointed out.

Are You an Illegal Alien? Welcome Back to America.

The Biden-Sanders plan really rolls out the red carpet for illegal aliens who had been banned from returning to America.

"The task force calls for eliminating "immigration barriers, such as the 3- and 10-year bars, and remove the 10-year waiting period for waivers to the permanent bars."

The 3- and 10-year bans are for illegal aliens who were living in the United States.

The Biden-Sanders plan would make it very easy for those illegal aliens to emigrate to the United States if they have family members already living here.

Chain Migration Puts American Taxpayers in Chains

“Vastly expand low-skilled immigration to the United States. So they want a lot of people come in with low skills," President Trump said.

As the president had already pointed out, quite a lot of American low-skilled workers had lost their jobs because of the pandemic lockdowns. Bringing in large numbers of low-skilled workers would cripple the American workforce.

Especially the African-American workforce.

But the Biden-Sanders plan doubles down on the Democrat commitment to chain migration, declaring that it will build immigration policy around "family unity".

Chain migration means lots of low-skilled and welfare immigrants flooding America.

Protecting Illegal Aliens and Their Employers From the Law

The Biden-Sanders plan calls for making every place illegal aliens work into a "sanctuary" workplace.

The task force promises to "end workplace and community raids".

The proposal would effectively end domestic immigration enforcement. As President Trump said, “abolish immigration enforcement against illegal workers. Think of that.”

The victims of this policy will be the American workers and unemployed Americans who won’t even have a shot because their jobs will be taken by illegal aliens who will be protected from workplace raids.

The plan sends employers of illegal aliens the message that Joe Biden has their back.

A Radical Attack on American Workers

As President Trump said, “This is Biden. Biden’s gone radical left.”

The Biden-Sanders open borders, amnesty, and welfare plan goes beyond Obama. It incorporates proposals from Soros grantees and Sanders allies that would end America as an independent nation.

These proposals would break the back of American workers and reduce much of the population to welfare status. They represent the worst attack on the American working class in history.

President Trump is now under attack for condemning the Biden-Sanders plan in the Rose Garden. Meanwhile the Democrats, who claim to care about workers, refuse to condemn Biden’s descent into a radical extremism that puts illegal aliens first and American workers last.


Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow exploring the influence of the radical Left on America.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/07/open-borders-biden-daniel-greenfield/

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Biden's Nicaraguan Back Story - Lloyd Billingsley


by Lloyd Billingsley

Joe Biden has been “wrong on every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”.





Eden Pastora passed away at 83 in Nicaragua last month, an event of significance for the 2020 presidential race and an educational opportunity for millennials and such. Back in 1978, “Comandante Zero,” as he was known, led a raid on Nicaragua’s national congress, freeing 60 political prisoners of the Somoza regime. Not present that day were Humberto and Daniel Ortega, comfortably sheltering in Cuba.

“They wanted to copy the Cuban model and failed and they didn’t listen to me,” Pastora told reporters in 2003. “I never wanted to be in charge nor to be the figure, but they shoved me aside to the point of obliging me to armed dissidence.” Pastora led an anti-Sandinista force on the southern front. The “Contras” fought in the north, and Sen. Joe Biden opposed U.S. aid for their cause.

Under President Reagan, it was aid to the Contras that forced the Communist FSLN to hold elections. In 1990, the people of Nicaragua voted the Sandinistas out of power. It was not the first, or last, time Biden would be on the wrong side. In the 2013 Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates charged that Joe Biden has been “wrong on every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

Sen. Biden supported the Soviet-backed “nuclear freeze” campaign and opposed Ronald Reagan’s military buildup and Strategic Defense Initiative. Those moves accelerated the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the liberation of millions. Vice president Biden was against the operation to take down Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the worst attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor in 1941. 

The deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 came on November 5, 2009, at Fort Hood, Texas, when Maj. Nidal Hasan, a self-described “soldier of Allah,” gunned down 13 American soldiers and wounded more than 30 others.

“Jill and I join the president and Michelle in expressing our sympathies to the families of the brave soldiers who fell today,” Biden said in a statement. Biden’s thoughts and prayers were with the Fort Hood community “as they deal with this senseless tragedy.” No mention of terrorism or Hasan, and not even a condemnation of “gun violence.”

Despite his record, Biden drew rave in-house reviews. According to White House mouthpiece Jay Carney, “As a senator and as a vice president, Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time and he has been an excellent counselor and adviser to the president for the past five years.” In the years to come, little would change.

“China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man,” Biden said in May of 2019. “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not competition for us.”

Last October, President Trump green-lighted a raid that took down Islamic State terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Joe Biden said he was glad Trump ordered the mission, “but as more details of the raid emerge, it’s clear that this victory was not due to Donald Trump’s leadership. It happened despite his ineptitude as commander-in-chief.”

In January, after President Trump authorized the takedown of Iranian master terrorist Qassem Soleimani, Biden proclaimed. “This was avoidable,” adding, “The seeds of these dangers were planted by Donald Trump himself on May 8, 2018 — the day he tore up the Iran nuclear deal, against the advice of his own top national security advisers.”

During the current campaign, Robert Gates has expressed few if any second thoughts about Biden’s wrong-sided record. Gates’ observations in Duty about Biden’s boss are also of interest.

Presidents normally express gratitude to soldiers for service, and explain why their cause is just and why they need to prevail. “President Obama never did that,” Gates recalled. “Troops risking their lives need to be told that their goal is to ‘defeat’ those trying to kill them. But such terms were viewed in the White House as borderline insubordinate political statements.” This is the man who picked Joe Biden to be his vice president.

For his part, Biden has expressed few if any second thoughts about his record on Nicaragua. The Communist regime, aligned with the USSR, Cuba and East Germany, held ten times as many political prisoners as the regime it overthrew. As filmmaker Werner Herzog documented in Ballad of the Little Soldier, the ruling FSLN junta targeted Nicaragua’s Miskito Indians.

The FSLN campaign, the New York Times noted, “resulted in the Miskitos being ruthlessly uprooted, their villages destroyed, their crops burned, their livestock butchered and the systematic massacre of all recalcitrants – men, women and children.” Kids of ten and twelve took up arms against the FSLN. So did “Comandante Zero,” Eden Pastora, but Joe Biden opposed U.S. aid for the anti-Communist fighters.

Democrats John Kerry, Tim Kaine and Bill de Blasio were also supporters of the FSLN regime. After a tour of Nicaragua in the 1980s, Bernie Sanders proclaimed, “Vermont could set an example to the rest of the nation similar to the type of example Nicaragua is setting for the rest of Latin America.”

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Photo credit: Gage Skidmore


Lloyd Billingsley

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/07/bidens-nicaraguan-back-story-lloyd-billingsley/

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PA rewrites history as it happens - Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik


by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

PA denies obvious terror attack and calls killing the terrorist “an execution in cold blood”

Facts:
1. Terror attack was captured on security cameras
2. Terrorist recorded motive on phone before attack: “I’m not a spy, I never betrayed the homeland”
3. Terrorist shot by Israeli police during attack also captured on video

PA libel:
PA leader Saeb Erekat (terrorist’s relative): “Execution in cold blood of young Ahmed”

Demonizing Israel at every opportunity is part of PA policy. Even when a terror attack is documented clearly on video, top PA leaders will often lie by declaring that the terrorist killed by Israel was an innocent victim.

Recently Ahmed Erekat, a relative of PA leader Saeb Erekat, carried out a terror attack that was captured by an Israel security camera. After slowing down his car at a police checkpoint, Erekat suddenly accelerated, turned the car and rammed into a policewoman, throwing her into a wall. The moment the terrorist jumped out of his car he was shot by other Israeli officers. All of this was captured on security camera.

Before his attack, terrorist Erekat recorded a video message on his phone indicating his motivation for the attack. In the recording he proclaimed his innocence, denying he was a spy for Israel, and stated that he had “never betrayed the homeland” – apparently something he had been accused of. He then rambled on about some family issues which may or may not have been related to the spy accusation.



Terrorist Ahmed Erekat phone message: “Of course your brother isn’t (i.e., I’m not) a spy and nothing like that. I’ve never betrayed the homeland in my life... my brothers and sisters were not involved in this”
[Twitter account of Israeli journalist Shimrit Meir, June 24, 2020]



PA sources have explained that Palestinians who are accused of working with Israelis, often attempt to erase the suspicion by committing terror attacks:
“In several cases [Palestinian children] carried out stabbing operations because of the way the public looks at them. They realized 'the best way to clear myself of this image [of helping Israel] is to participate in resistance (i.e., terror) operations.'"
[Official PA TV, Personal Encounter, Oct. 11, 2017]
Ignoring the video evidence of the attack as well as the terrorist’s statement that provides the motive for the attack, PA leader Saeb Erekat publicly accused Israeli soldiers of murdering his relative in cold blood:

Saeb Erekat, Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Chief Negotiator:
“Netanyahu bears personal responsibility for the execution in cold blood of young Ahmed, and the time has come that he be summoned to the International Criminal Court.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 24, 2020]
The PLO itself even tweeted the video of the attack, but chose to lie about it and stated that the terrorist was “extrajudicially executed at point-blank”:
Tweeted text in English: “(All errors in source –Ed.) Ahmad Erekat, clearly unarmed/ harmless, was extrajudicially executed at point-blank by the Israeli occupying forces. Terrorism is such savage/cold-blooded crimes that illustrate Israel's shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinians.
@IntlCrimCourt #PalestiniansLivesMatter”
[Official Twitter account of the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department, June 25, 2020]
Abbas’ Fatah also repeated the lie in a cartoon, showing the terrorist as a flower shot dead by an Israeli soldier:

Text on cartoon: “The murder of young Ahmed Erekat”
[Official Fatah Facebook page, June 25, 2020]
Demonizing Israel at every opportunity is a fundamental aspect of PA policy. Turning a terrorist into a victim, and turning Israel’s successful self-defense against terror into a “cold-blooded execution,” is another blatant example of such demonization.

The following is a longer excerpt of Saeb Erekat’s accusations against Israel:
Headline: “The death as a Martyr of a young man from Abu Dis on his sister’s wedding day – Erekat: Netanyahu bears personal responsibility for the execution in cold blood of young Ahmed, and the time has come that he be summoned to the International Criminal Court” “The death as a Martyr of young Ahmed Erekat (i.e., terrorist, wounded 1), 28, from the town of Abu Dis in occupied Jerusalem, was announced yesterday [June 23, 2020] after he was shot by the Israeli occupation forces next to the ‘container’ checkpoint northeast of Bethlehem.
Abu Dis Mayor Ahmed Abu Hilal said that the occupation soldiers fired at the young man and left him to bleed until he died as a Martyr, and he added that the body was seized. He said that the young man was on his way to bring his sister from the bridal salon in Bethlehem for her wedding…
The occupation soldiers situated at the checkpoint stopped the car the young man was driving and opened fire on it (sic., security camera footage shows Erekat ran over a female Israeli border police officer, causing other security personnel to open fire in defense), and prevented the Red Crescent teams from providing him with first aid…
PLO Executive Committee Secretary Saeb Erekat placed the responsibility for young Ahmed’s death as a Martyr on Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu.
Erekat – who rejected the Israeli version that claims that Ahmed attempted to run over a soldier – said: ‘Netanyahu is personally responsible for the execution in cold blood of the young man, as happened with the murder of young Iyad Al-Hallaq in Jerusalem (see note below –Ed.).’ …
He added to Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the young man was executed in cold blood by the Israeli occupation army…
Erekat emphasized that the time has come to summon Netanyahu to the International Criminal Court (ICC), and he called on the UN to provide international protection for our people.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 24, 2020]
Note: The terrorist’s video was found on his phone after his death and published on Twitter by Israeli journalist Shimrit Meir, June 24, 2020.

Ahmed Erekat - Palestinian terrorist who wounded an Israeli border police officer in a car ramming attack at a security checkpoint near Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, on June 23, 2020. In defense, Israeli security personnel shot and killed him. Ahmed Erekat was a relative of PLO Executive Committee Secretary Saeb Erekat. The PLO claimed that the attack was an "accident" and that Erekat was killed by Israel "in cold blood." The attack was caught on security cameras, showing Erekat suddenly accelerating and swerving to hit the officer.

Iyad Al-Hallaq was a mentally disabled Arab resident of Jerusalem who fled when Israeli border police officers asked him to stop on suspicions he was armed with a handgun, causing them to open fire and kill him at the Lions’ Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem on May 31, 2020.

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Source: https://palwatch.org/page/18091

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Black Lives Matter South Carolina Founder: Nothing Wrong With Calling Jews and White People Subhuman - Daniel Greenfield


by Daniel Greenfield

Black Lives Matter is a racist hate group and its chapters keep intersecting with the Nation of Islam.





This is your daily reminder that Black Lives Matter is a racist hate group and its chapters keep intersecting with the Nation of Islam.
(WOLO)–The face of the local Black Lives Matter group has drawn criticism for supporting and reiterating comments made by Nick Cannon, now former host of the Masked Singer and America’s Got Talent who was fired Tuesday from CBS/Viacom.
In Cannon’s hour-plus podcast, he and former Public Enemy member Professor Griff contend that Black people are the true Hebrews and that Jews have usurped their identity.
Cannon then segues into a discussion of skin color — “And I’m going to say this carefully,” he begins — to allege that people who lack sufficient melanin are “a little less.”
Those without dark skin have a “deficiency” that historically forced them to act out of fear and commit acts of violence to survive, he said.
“They had to be savages,” Cannon said, adding that he was referring to “Jewish people, white people, Europeans,” among others.
Wednesday morning, founder of Black Lives Matter SC, Lawrence Nathaniel defended Cannon saying he agrees with the controversial comments.
“What Nick Cannon believes in,” Nathaniel said, “is the beliefs of Louis Farrakhan and Malcolm X who taught the same teachings of what white folks was and how they are and how they treat Black people.”
“Personally I didn’t see nothing wrong with his comments at all, I just think that he spoke the truth” added Nathaniel.
Well yes. Those are the teachings of the Nation of Islam which believes that white people were created by an evil mad scientist and are subhuman. And the NOI is a racist hate group. Malcolm X and Farrakhan had vile beliefs which led Malcolm X to ally with Nazis and led Farrakhan to praise Hitler. The real problem isn't Cannon, it's Farrakhan.

And it's the ability of black nationalists to put forward violently racist beliefs while getting kid glove treatment and playing the victim.

Meanwhile, unsurprisingly, like so many lefty bigots, Nathaniel came out of the Bernie Sanders campaign.
A former organizer for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign has announced he will run against U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, in the Midlands’ 2nd District in 2020.
If elected, Lawrence Nathaniel, a 25-year-old Columbia Democrat, would be South Carolina’s first African-American Hispanic congressman, he said in a campaign announcement.
Nathaniel’s announcement focused on income inequality and the need for “leadership that are woke to today’s struggles.”
Gotta stay woke.


Daniel Greenfield

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/2020/07/black-lives-matter-south-carolina-founder-nothing-daniel-greenfield/

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Communist China Partners With Islamic Iran - Joseph Klein


by Joseph Klein

Intensifying China’s challenge to U.S. ascendancy.




Communist China is forging a 25-year strategic partnership with the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is an economic and security alliance between two America-hating dictatorships. As a result, China’s footprint in Iran will increase in proportion to its expected $400 billion of investment in Iran’s energy, petrochemical, transport, and manufacturing infrastructure and purchase of oil at a discounted price over the next 25 years. Beijing’s ongoing infrastructure work includes the China National Nuclear Corporation’s redesign of an Iranian heavy water nuclear reactor at Arak.

According to the New York Times, which has had access to the proposed agreement between the two countries, the agreement “calls for joint training and exercises, joint research and weapons development and intelligence sharing.” China would also be helping to construct port facilities, including one just outside of the Strait of Hormuz, the strategically important entrance to the Persian Gulf.

China was already Iran's largest trading partner and oil client in 2019, although Iran-China trade fell by over 34 percent to $23 billion compared to 2018. The decline was in part the result of the impact of the Trump administration’s crippling sanctions imposed on the Iranian regime and firms doing business with the regime. Nevertheless, while Chinese companies are continuing to keep a wary eye on the impact of U.S. sanctions on their overall business, the Chinese government appears willing to risk a short-term economic hit to its state-run companies in order to reap the geopolitical benefits of gaining greater influence in the Middle East region through an expanded relationship with Iran. This relationship promises to bring Iran more firmly into China’s Belt and Road Initiative orbit. China is delivering yet another message to the United States that China will use its increasing economic power to challenge U.S. ascendancy in defining the rules of international relations and multilateralism.

Alex Vatanka, an Iran analyst at the Washington-based Middle East Institute, was quoted as saying during a Voice of America Persian interview that “Iran is potentially a lucrative market for China, which wants to keep its stranglehold on that market and keep out rivals.” Vatanka added that “China also does not want to see the Islamic republic fall because of American pressure, an outcome the Chinese would read as a net loss for themselves, geopolitically.” 

The Iranian regime is desperate for China’s lifeline as it tries to stay afloat amidst a tanking economy, the coronavirus, domestic unrest and a slew of explosions and fires affecting its infrastructure facilities. China is very adept in taking advantage of other countries’ economic plight. Iran could face the same fate as Asian and African countries who took on heavy indebtedness to Chinese entities and had to cede control of vital port facilities to China when they were unable to pay back their debts. While some hardliners in Iran oppose increasing the Iranian regime’s dependence on China or on any outside country, the proposed agreement with China has the support of the regime’s leadership including Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

China is also helping Iran diplomatically on the world stage. It makes a point of manipulating appeals to international law and multilateralism to defend the Iranian regime “against unilateralism and bullying,” as China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi put it during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing on December 31, 2019. Wang Yi said that “the unilateral withdrawal by the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], giving up on its international commitments and [attempts] to exert maximum pressure on Iran are the sources of the current tension arising over the Iranian nuclear issue.” He added that “China will firmly defend international justice and fairness, and oppose any unilateralism and bullying behaviour to push for a political and diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.”

After the U.S. killing on January 3, 2020 of Qasem Soleimani, leader of the terrorist Quds force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “The dangerous US military operation violates the basic norms of international relations and will aggravate regional tensions and turbulence. China opposes the use of force in international relations. There is no way out for military means, nor for extreme pressure.” China’s unilateral militarization of the South China Sea doesn’t count as the use of force or extreme pressure in international relations as far as the Communist Chinese regime is concerned.

China vowed during a UN Security Council meeting on June 30, 2020 to join Russia in opposing U.S. efforts to extend the UN arms embargo against the Iranian regime. “China opposes the U.S. push for extending the arms embargo on Iran,” said Zhang Jun, China’s UN ambassador. China exercised its veto alongside Russia. In late December 2019, the navies of Iran, China and Russia had conducted a joint maritime exercise in the Gulf of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean.

China’s multi-pronged economic-diplomatic-military offensive, as exemplified in its expanding relationship with Iran, is all part of China’s cynical strategy to position itself as the alternative to the United States’ global leadership. China casts the United States as a power-hungry villain seeking to impose neo-colonialist control over the developing world, while portraying itself as a responsible multilateralist benevolently providing developmental assistance around the world and defending “victims” of U.S. “aggression.” China’s strategy is gaining traction.

Last year, the Democrat presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden shrugged off China’s behavior as nothing to worry about. “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks” Biden said. “They’re not competition for us.” Biden may just be plain naïve or he might be covering for China as payback for his son’s lucrative business with the state-owned Bank of China – or a bit of both. For whatever reason, Biden appears willing to turn a blind eye to the most critical geopolitical challenge to U.S. leadership of our time – the ambitions and growing capabilities of the Communist Chinese regime. Communist China is determined to bring the era of American global leadership to an end, leveraging its rising economic and military power and resulting enhanced diplomatic clout to achieve its ultimate goal. Biden’s indifference to the severity of this threat is reason enough to consider him unqualified to become the president of the United States.


Joseph Klein

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/07/communist-china-partners-islamic-iran-joseph-klein/

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Live as a Conservative, Vote as a Leftist - Parker Beauregard


by Parker Beauregard

Traditional liberals will vote for their party because... that’s what good liberals do


Who are traditional liberals? Traditional liberals are a base of voters and Americans who blindly accept the mainstream media narratives of Trump’s inability to preside over the country, his damaging effect on race relations, his ineptitude in dealing with the coronavirus, and the Republican Party’s indifference to the middle class. The kicker is that these people think Joe Biden has better mental faculties and preparedness to lead a nation. He couldn’t lead the support group in his retirement home.

These people think Trump will lead to the destruction of America, somehow ignoring the fact that Black Lives Matter publicly states they want to dismantle American systems. The media calls Trump a divider, then praises an organization built on sowing division. 

One great frustration concerning traditional liberals is their complete unawareness of the changing world. They think Democrats in the mold of John F. Kennedy are still in office. They believe the lie that it was Democrats who ushered in the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s and are therefore the party representing the underserved or little guy. They also must have missed the Reagan comment thirty years ago that he didn’t leave the Democrat party, the party left him. But traditional liberals hang on.


To be clear, what traditional liberals are not are leftists. You know a leftist when you see or hear one. These are the nihilists “protesting” in American streets about alleged systemic inequalities or telling you that, for just having white skin, you are a horrible human being. Leftists are in your face, self-righteous, and always long on insults while being short on rationale.


It is maddening because you all know a traditional liberal. You spend time with them. You call them your friends. They are largely uninformed, the reason behind the epithet “useful idiot.” When presented with reality, they usually move on without considering the facts. They respond, with “Yeah, well” or “I guess” and never think about it again.


These are the people that regurgitate the hyperbole that Florida saw 15,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, but never have the context that Florida tested more people in one day (42,000) than did New York in a six-week span in March and April, or the fact that of the 15,000 new cases, they might die in proportion to 3/100,000. It could even be less. They don’t know that Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts all have higher death counts than Florida, despite many of them having significantly less people. Like, millions less.


The greatest frustration involving these people is that they live entirely conservative lives. They take care of themselves, they take care of others, and they basically want to be left alone to work and raise a family. They don’t get involved in social causes, unless it’s affiliated with a church, because they are too busy living their generally decent lives.


They go to college, study and work hard, and eventually get a steady income. By and large, they wait to get married and have kids until they can provide for a family. 


When they choose to begin raising a family, they move out of the cities and into the suburbs. Why? They want to get away from crime, they want to flee higher taxes, and they want to find better schools. You know what people mean by a “better” school? A school that is not full of disruptive and dangerous students. As just an objective reality, the demographics of these schools are typically whiter. For all of the traditional liberals that virtue signal how in tune they are with diversity and how much they supposedly embrace diversity, they certainly don’t act like it when it comes time to buying a home and choosing a school district. 


Traditional liberals are the first group to surround themselves by the comfort of whiteness, all while voting for a party that says whites are the devil incarnate. I don’t imagine much thinking is going on, because it doesn’t even make sense. How do they grapple with this?


These people also vote for hardcore leftists who proclaim that the world is ending in a few years unless we take drastic measures like the Green New Deal. It would bankrupt America. Did you know that people have been telling us that we’re doomed for the past sixty years? And every ten years when the bill comes due, they just tell us that in another ten years we should expect some disaster. All the doom and gloom of rising oceans didn’t stop Obama from buying a $15 million beachfront property. Why is it that when a religious nut prophesizes an imminent apocalypse we rightly call him crazy, but when a scientist predicts climate change calamity we just call him a science-based Democrat?


Do they really believe this? Their actions suggest otherwise. Your traditional liberal friends have a two-car family, commute to work from the suburbs, and either blast the air conditioning in the summertime or the heat in the wintertime. You know what runs your car and central air? Fossil fuels. 


Those lawns don’t get green by themselves, either. Did you know that clean water scarcity affects over one billion people on Earth? But by all means, keep watering your yards, and contradictorily voting for a party that would turn off the spigot.


More likely, they do believe in man-made climate change. That’s what CNN tells them. They think conservatives deny science. That’s not true. We see climate change, accept it might be an issue, but also don’t think ruining modern society is the correct course of action. That’s like a doctor amputating your legs after getting the common cold.


It gets really obvious that these people are cluelessly insincere when it comes to taxes. Your traditional liberal friends often complain about taxes, usually in the form of property or payroll tax increases. They are also really good at sheltering their cash income from the IRS. Do you know a waiter or waitress friend, flea-market friend, garage-sale friend, or blood-donor friend that gets straight cash from their job and keeps it all? Of course, you do. The next time your waiter or waitress friend tells you that we need higher taxes, tell them to start at home or close their yap.


Then the cause of the day: Race. None of your traditional liberal friends are outwardly racist. No doubt they harbor certain quiet thoughts about this or that, but who cares? They don’t act on it. These people go about their workday treating everyone equally and kindly. That’s what you do. When determining if they’ll play golf with so-and-so again, or have another dinner with the so-and-so family, they don’t decide down racial lines; they decide if the people they want to associate with share their same values.


Yet here they are, voting for a party that now says acting colorblind or in a non-racist manner is actually racist! They don’t see themselves as racist. They don’t act in a racist manner. But they will vote for a party that says they are.


Traditional liberals will vote for their party because... that’s what good liberals do. They vote for Democrats.
 

Parker Beauregard is a freelance cultural commentator whose articles appear regularly on various online outlets. He can be followed on Twitter and Parler @LastBestHope76.

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/07/live_as_a_conservative_vote_as_a_leftist.html

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